Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week is: 
Books with Red, White, & Blue for the 4th of July! 

I love book covers! I try not to judge too many books by their covers, but that can be hard sometimes. I enjoy covers that seem to tell a story of their own, or some that are really eye catching. This was a fun post, and I really enjoyed doing it! 

1) Sunken Seas by Lily Harper Hart

The Bounding Storm is racing toward adventure … and this time it’s something completely out of the ordinary. 
Rowan Gray still can’t wrap her mind around the fact that an old shipwreck – one that could make salvagers rich beyond their wildest dreams – is going to be The Bounding Storm’s main focus for a full week. It’s true, though, and the shift in demeanor on the boat is exciting and worrisome at the same time. 
Even Rowan’s boyfriend Quinn isn’t immune and he’s swept up in the grandeur of the event … right until things turn sour and someone attacks one of the divers. It becomes clear rather quickly that something else is going on and someone has nefarious designs on the find. 
If that weren’t bad enough, Rowan finds herself at odds with the salvage team leader – a man who she recognizes on a level she can’t quite explain – and her tragic past is about to push to the forefront when the man’s identity becomes known. There’s only one question: Is he friend or foe? 
Rowan has to figure it out fast because when things come to a head, she has to decide who is on the side of right and who is trying to commit a terrible wrong. If she doesn’t make the correct decision, someone could die … including her. 
It’s all hands on deck for another adventure, and whether everyone will live to make history is anyone’s guess.

I picked this one because not only does it have red, white and blue on it, but because it is about a cruise ship during the summer time! I love that aspect, and it is a great read! 

2) Bound by Faerie by W.B. McKay 

Sophie Morrigan inherited many magical gifts from her death goddess mother. Most of them inflict torture, except the most beautiful. That one kills. 

As an agent for the Faerie Affairs Bureau, Sophie loves retrieving dangerous magical objects. The job lets her indulge her covetous nature, and most importantly, it pays the bills. But when a routine job goes south, she finds herself struggling to keep her deadly magic in check while fleeing the wrath of an enraged dragon. 

In a desperate search for answers, Sophie stumbles across Owen, a fae nightclub owner who's as sexy as he is irritating, but just happens to hold the key to her problems.

Sophie wants nothing more than to get her magic under control and return to her normal life, but first she'll have to face off with all the dangers Faerie can throw at her. Can she fight her way back home? Or will both she and Owen fall prey to a crazed death cult?

I picked this one mainly because of the cover. I think it has a great color of red and blue, with a bit of white mixed in there! This is also a pretty interesting series. You should check it out if you haven't already. 

3) Witchin' USA by Amanda M. Lee
Hadley Hunter has lived a normal life, in a normal suburb, with a normal job and a normal father. All that changes when a grandmother she didn’t even know existed dies and leaves her a fabulous lighthouse on Moonstone Bay Island. 
Hadley, ready for an adventure, decides to check things out and finds herself plunged into a world she never envisioned. 
From the naked woman swimming in the ocean outside her back door, to the hot sheriff who seems to be hiding a secret, Hadley is intrigued from the start. That’s before magical things start happening – including to Hadley – and a body washes up on the beach. 
It seems Moonstone Bay has a killer on the loose … and he may be stalking Hadley, although no one can figure out why. 
Things are about to spiral for Moonstone Bay’s newest reluctant – and baffled – witch. She has to learn about the past, investigate the present and hold on to her future for dear life. Along the way she will meet a bevy of new friends who have a few particular abilities … and a lot of really odd quirks. 
Set sail for adventure, because once you visit Moonstone Bay, you’ll never be the same again.

This one is another great pick for summer, and for the red, white, and blue theme! I really enjoyed this one, and the second one is coming soon! 

4) Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . . 

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

I love the cover of this book! I think it is really awesome looking, and has the colors that match this theme. However, this is a bit of a dark book, with a great mystery. And some awesome characters! 

5) From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.

I picked this one because of the cover. It is a really good read, but it doesn't fit with the summer very well. It's more a winter story. :) But you should try it if you haven't! 

That's all from me today, be sure to see Nica's post below. 

Book covers have an important role in the book world. They are the face of an author’s work, and the first thing a reader sees. There are more times than I can count that a cover has captured my attention, enticing me to read the blurb, then the book. Or vice versa. Below are my picks for red, white, and blue themed covers.

1.)  Rock Chick Regret (Rock Chick, #7) by Kristen Ashley
Sadie Townsend is known by all as The Ice Princess and she’s worked hard to earn her reputation. Her father, a now-incarcerated Drug Lord, has kept her under his thumb her whole life and she’s learned enough from living in his world to give everyone the cold shoulder. But one inebriated night, she shows the Real Sadie to the undercover agent she knows is investigating her father, the handsome Hector Chavez, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Hector makes one (huge) mistake; he waits for Sadie to come to him. Tragedy strikes and Sadie’s got a choice, she can retreat behind her Ice Fortress or she can embrace the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch World. Guided by Hector, the Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch and her new gay roommates, Buddy and Ralphie, Sadie negotiates a life out from under her father’s thumb, a life that includes poison, arson and learning how to make s’mores.

☆I love Kristen Ashley’s books, but Sadie’s story was one of my favorites. Her story was heartbreakingly sad and beautiful. I loved every word. The blue cover just fits the book so well, and what’s more American than cooking and eating s’mores?

2.) The Unwanted Wife (Unwanted, #1) by Natasha Anders
No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection—until now.

Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

The stalemate sickens her. Never mind that Sandro has yet to introduce Theresa to the large family that means so much to him. Or that Theresa overhears her husband on the phone with a mystery woman. Most damning is that Theresa senses, in Sandro’s treatment of her, the behind-the-scenes machinations of Jackson Noble, her cruel father. From the depths of her anxiety, Theresa must seek an empowering truth about the husband who calls her, with such cold affection, his cara, his beloved.

☆This cover needs no explanation with its bright red background. Natasha Anders has become one of my favorite authors since finding this series. Just as the American flag goes back to the roots of American history, this series takes me back to my start in the romance genre. It reminds me so much of the Harlequin romances that I’d sneak from my mom’s shelf as a teen.

3.) Color of Forgiveness (Color, #2) by Madeleine Beckett
Myra Sommers is just starting to get her life back on track when everything falls apart. Having had her heart shattered in the past, she hesitates to take a chance on her cranky, handsome contractor but finds herself falling for him nevertheless. Though she knows the rough yet tender man is keeping his painful past hidden from her, she is stunned when the trust she was beginning to put in him is broken.

Myra seeks solace in her one and only friend Susie O’Connor, a boisterous, larger-than-life personality who fiercely and crazily supports Myra and wants to strangle Myra’s hot as hell contractor.

Dylan Lawson is fighting back from the darkness and barely existing when he meets Myra. He’s surprised to find that the reserved woman - completely innocent of her beauty - has somehow managed to crack through his hard exterior. But his inability to open up to her about his past catches up with him, and suddenly their new, fragile relationship is put to the ultimate test. With an inner battle of loss, grief, and pain, will Dylan find his second chance and forgiveness in Myra or will he forever be trapped in his past?

Unusual happenings start going on in the small town and even in Myra’s own home. And soon, a devastating secret is about to be revealed that could either end or strengthen their relationship. Myra could be the key to Dylan’s own healing and forgiveness but can his heart take another chance? With so many obstacles in their way, can they forgive themselves and each other and build a future together? Find out in this final installment of the Color series.

☆Wow! I read this book ages ago, but what a striking cover. I fell in love with Dylan and Myra in book one, and couldn’t wait to see how their story ended in book two.

4.) Wicked Lies (Wicked Bay, #3) by L.A. Cotton
The third book in the bestselling Wicked Bay series from L A Cotton

To the outside world, seventeen-year-old Kyle Stone has it all. A future playing the sport he loves, money and status, and his forever girl by his side. But Kyle’s good at pretending; hiding what he doesn’t want others to see. Because Kyle has secrets, the kind that can change everything.

Pretty, popular, and dating one of Wicked Bay High’s rising football stars, Laurie Davison is living the life most girls only dream about. But behind closed doors, she feels like a fake. Keeping up appearances is exhausting, and the one person she should be able to turn to is the person pushing her away.

They say love conquers all, but lies destroy. And when the truth comes out, hearts don’t only get hurt.

They get ruined.

☆This book is a newer release, and as such, I haven’t read it yet. I really enjoyed the first two in the series, though, and I’m looking forward to getting to know Kyle a lot better. The cover is perfect with the red wording and the fine specimen of American Football.

5.)  Dirty English (English, #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*

☆Ok, yes. I’m aware this cover features the Union Jack flag, but it’s still Red, white, and blue. Lol. And I loved this story. Declan and Elizabeth give great romance with feeling and a sexy alpha.

by Shooting Stars Reviews 8:00 AM 2 comments


  1. Ooh Sunken Seas is pretty awesome! Love that cover.

  2. Ooh nice cover picks! Seeing a lot of Til Death!

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