Welcome to the Contagious Reads Book Report (please say in your head like the Colbert Report)! We’ll be recapping all the books we read this week that didn’t get the full review treatment as well as recapping some book news.
Let’s kick this sucker off with all things SUGARTOWN! Have you read ANY of the Sugartown books by Carmen Jenner? Good, because I know we aren’t internet somethings without you having read these precious little nuggets of sexy Elijah Cade. Oh and if you need some visual stimulation to get you motivated to make your visit to Sugartown please go google Stephen James. As in, I totally put a link under his name to make it easy!
Life in Sugartown hasn’t always been easy, not for an ex-con like Elijah, and certainly not for Ana, who grew up desperate for a way out.
Meeting Elijah changed all that; Elijah changed a lot of things.
You’d think that after three years together and the worst behind them that life would be a walk in the park, but Sugartown’s sexiest couple may be about to face their biggest obstacles yet.
Between failed marriage proposals, a trampy ex-lover and a tempting new biker, Sugartown is suddenly not so sweet.
They’re head-over-heels in love. It should be simple—but it rarely is.
Will they make it down the aisle to the happy ever after they deserve? Or are some relationships just destined to fail?
Short and Sweet review of GfS: Carmen Jenner busted out last year with her racy, badass debut Welcome to Sugartown, then she followed it up with the equally as awesome Enjoy Your Stay. Greetings from Sugartown is a return to the love story that is Anna and Elijah. Those two kids have still got it. And the it they have is a bad case of the crazy love. They have their share of fights, and problems but they have even more love. If you think that settling down has made Elijah Cade tamer then you have another thing coming.
What I enjoyed about GtS is the same things I loved about WtS. The world, the characters, the writing, the tattoos, the bloody biker vibe. It’s all still there and kicking lots of arse. Oh and the sexy times are on FIRE! So go grab your copy of all three Sugartown books. Don’t worry it’ll be okay. Look at how sweet and innocent looking that cover is. No one will know you’re reading about bikers and their sexy arses!!!
Greetings from Sugartown is a 4.5 Star book for me!!
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I also read this really interesting new take on the zombie subgenre called Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo! Do you like zombie books? I mean I know you do, because otherwise what are you doing on Contagious Reads, we cut our teeth on zombie books!!! But I just thought I would ask, for rhetorical reasons…
“Scary, freaky, and original. Get this book!” -Nancy Holder Lifeless. Slow-moving. Brain-dead.
“Welcome To Zomburbia.”
My name is Courtney Hart, and I’m here to tell you about things that suck. Being born in a podunk town like Salem, Oregon, for one. Living in a world infested with zombies? That, too. And the meat heads I go to school with? I think I’d actually take the undead over them most days. But I have a plan to get out of here and move to New York. I just have to keep selling Vitamin Z along with your fries at The Bully Burger. The secret ingredient? Zombie brains.
I’ve noticed things are getting even worse lately, if that’s even possible. The zombies seem to be getting smarter and faster. If I can avoid being arrested, eaten by shufflers, or catching the eye of some stupid boy, I should be able to make it through finals week still breathing. . .
“Gallardo’s world-building is innovative and fascinating, sick and twisted and unexpectedly touching. You’ll want to check that your zombie apocalypse closet is well stocked.” -Molly Harper White
“Readers are guaranteed plenty of mayhem and romance, laughter and heartbreak.” -James Patrick Kelly
Short and Sweet Review:
Zomburbia is an awesome unique twist on the Zombie mythology. And yes, folks zombies have their own rules. Just ask any super hardcore fan. Adam Gallardo asked the question, what if the Z-Poc wasn’t really a Poc at all. Instead it was a setback, but life kinda of resumed itself after Z-Day. The answer he gave was just as terrifying as the post apocalyptic zombie books I have ever read. Courtney reminds me a lot of my teenage niece. She’s kinda edgy, has a decent battitude, and likes all the wrong boys. The story is fast paced, I literally flew through this book. I just want MORE, MORE, MORE of the world though. Because even though the world is going on like the zombies are annoying little flies, something is happening, something that I think will break the little zomburbia they have going on.
Zomburbia is a four star read, because it’s not the best book I have ever read, but it’s definitely a damn good one!
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Next up I read Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker! I love this series. I remember when Ten Tiny Breaths came out over a year ago I just went gaga over the whole thing. I do think that, One Tiny Lie is my favorite out of the series, but Five Ways to Fall came in super duper close to being the top! I’ve LOVED Ben since book 1. And yes, I may have claimed that every single one is my favorite, but I’m like sticking to this. For now.
Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…
I can’t really put my finger on what I love the most about this series. I think it’s that the characters are always SO flawed in such real ways. Plus I guess I am a sucker for a good happy, messy, fictional romance every once in a while. I’d just come down from reading a scary creepy book, so this was a nice balance to that. KA Tucker is a must read author for me because of this series and this book really just cemented that fact. Love it!
**I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.