Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Human Instinct by Kenneth R. Miller

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will by Kenneth R. Miller
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Simon & Schuster

A radical, optimistic exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will.

Lately, the most passionate advocates of the theory of evolution seem to present it as bad news. Scientists such as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and Sam Harris tell us that our most intimate actions, thoughts, and values are mere byproducts of thousands of generations of mindless adaptation. We are just one species among multitudes, and therefore no more significant than any other living creature.

Now comes Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller to make the case that this view betrays a gross misunderstanding of evolution. Natural selection surely explains how our bodies and brains were shaped, but Miller argues that it’s not a social or cultural theory of everything. In The Human Instinct, he rejects the idea that our biological heritage means that human thought, action, and imagination are pre-determined, describing instead the trajectory that ultimately gave us reason, consciousness and free will. A proper understanding of evolution, he says, reveals humankind in its glorious uniqueness—one foot planted firmly among all of the creatures we’ve evolved alongside, and the other in the special place of self-awareness and understanding that we alone occupy in the universe.

Equal parts natural science and philosophy, The Human Instinct is a moving and powerful celebration of what it means to be human.

The Human Instinct is a book that I would call brain food. And the more brain food for me, the better. I really kind of crave it. I can't ever get enough of this kind of nonfiction (more recommendations are always much appreciated!) The book involves science and philosophy, both topics I'm very interested in, especially when it's about evolution. I'm also very interested what the author has to say about the concept of consciousness. If someone handed this book to me right this second I would probably just sit down with it and read it in one sitting, assuming no one would interrupt me... That's how excited I am about it and how much I want to read it. ♥

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Release Blitz: Escort by Skye Warren

“Hypnotically romantic…this book reads like a sensual dream and I didn’t want to wake up.” – Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author

Escort, a sexy new contemporary romance standalone from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren is now LIVE!


There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.
I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I'm getting lucky. There shouldn't be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L'Etoile, everything changes.
1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.
2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.
3) Except that . . . she’s a virgin.
I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can't I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.
Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I'm an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction.
But once I realize one night with her won’t be enough, I’m the one who's screwed.


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About Skye:
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Final Debt by Pepper Winters

Title: Final Debt
Author: Pepper Winters

Series: Indebted #6
Publication: November 30th 2015
Genre: Dark Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | Kobo

Rating: 5/5

The Last Book in the New York Times Bestselling Dark Romance Series. Where love tries to triumph and darkness continues to reign....

"I'm in love with her, but it might not be enough to stop her from becoming the latest victim of the Debt Inheritance. I know who I am now. I know what I must do. We will be together--I just hope it's on Earth rather than in heaven."
It all comes down to this.
Love versus life.

Debts versus death.

Who will win?

There is also a BONUS BOOK: Indebted Epilogue OUT NOW.

130,000 words approx 450 pages

Final Debt by Pepper Winters blew my freaking mind. I couldn't stop reading the book, I was so damn hooked. This is the last book in the series (aside from a 128 page epilogue) and definitely the best one, in my opinion. SO MUCH DEATH THO! I have to admit that I teared up more than once, with a certain character dying and Jethro's inner struggles. It just all got to me. But oh it was such a fantasic book. I loved it.

I'm actually not sure what more to say. The story took us to from England to Africa and back. It also let's it reader learn so much more about the debt inheritance and all my questions about it got answered. Because I've been wondering how it all started in the first place. It was really amazing to finally know about all of it. 

The time the story spend in Africa was terrifying but also kind of my favorite. And I can't help but marvel how strong Nila was and how even though she was sure she would die she was determined to destroy the Hawks. Jethro in the meanwhile was doing everything he could do save Nila even though there was no guarantee he would even make it in time. And so much happened there. I still can't quite believe it. 

Overall, I couldn't have imagined a perfect ending for this dark romance series. Final Debt was everything I'd hoped it would be and so much more. It was sexy, full of unexpected twists and turns, emotional and my favorite out of all the books. I loved it! 

Author bio:
Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 20 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-nine times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stacking The Shelves: March 17, 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
This book was on sale for only 7€ coming from 14€ so I just knew I HAD to buy it. It's set in Renaissance Florence so that was a bonus for me as well.

And this book is just the best purchase I've ever made. I'm totally in love with it! AND Hatshepsut is on the cover and inside it as well so again a bonus for me. I'm obsessed with her.

Tales From Earthsea DVD by Studio Ghibli
I know it's not a book but this film is based on the Earthsea book series by Ursula K. Le Guin and it's one of my favorite films ever. So glad to finally own it.

Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd
The Wild Girls by Ursula K. Le Guin

For Review:
The Boy & His Ribbon
by Pepper Winters

Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe
Night After Night by Lauren Blakely

History of India: A History in 50 Events by Hourly History

Have a great weekend and happy reading, everyone! ♥

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #1

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. 
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For my first Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts post I have a quote from Escort by Skye Warren. This is a book about male escort Hugo and virgin Bea who hires him. I love that Hugo knows how to cook and that he took the time to make it for Bea. The fact that his mother (who passed away) taught him how to make it showed Hugo's softer side and that made me adore him even more.

My Quote:

In my loft I prepare a gourmet picnic with sliced meats and creamy cheeses. There are plump grapes and ripe strawberries. A baguette from the French bakery so fresh it crackles when I place it in the bag. Most of these items are easy to prepare. The only thing I make from scratch is a moist brioche with hints of orange and white chocolate, soft on the inside, the sugar caramelized on the outside. My mother taught me to make this.

Escort releases on March 20th and my review for the blog tour will be up on March 27th. I absolutely loved the story and think it's one of Skye's best books yet.