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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: BETTER WHEN HE’S BAD by Jay Crownover (@JayCrownover) @InkSlingerPR

June 14, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult, Past Giveaways 5

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Welcome to my stop on the Better When He’s Bad Blog Tour! Many of you know that I’m a Jay Crownover fan and I’m so excited about this newest release. Check out my 5 STAR REVIEW and enter the giveaway 🙂

 

About the Book

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover returns with a heart-stopping new series… Welcome to the Point.

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.

 

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“He was unpredictable, he was a criminal, he was hazardous to my sanity, but then he held me when I couldn’t sleep and touched me like I would break.”

This book is a wild ride; the kind of ride you only get riding shotgun in a muscle car with a gorgeous, sexy, tattooed felon behind the wheel. Wild ride indeed; and I loved every edgy, violent, gritty, exciting, and deliciously sexy moment.

With Better When He’s Bad, Jay Crownover is better than ever. Make no mistake, I adore her Marked Men, but my true tastes tend to run a little darker. We still get all of her original and engaging writing style, the flawless and genuine dialogue, complex characters, emotion, sex, and everything else we love about her books, but in a slightly different package. This package is a little more damaged and dirty, and we never quite know if it’s going to make it to the intended destination.

Our main characters in this downtrodden, raw and stark landscape of the Point are Bax and Dovie. Both grew up hard, and that has shaped them completely. Their individual circumstances sent them in different directions in life, but they ultimately arrive in the same place, seeking the same answers, and finding an intense emotional and physical connection that neither can deny no matter how hard they try. Their chemistry is explosive and the sex is HOT. I absolutely love they the way they are together; they are so different, yet neither wants the other to change. In their world, there’s plenty of heartbreak and just a tiny bit of hope. If surviving in the Point has taught them anything, it’s that their future is bleak and uncertain, so it’s important to appreciate any moments that bring even the illusion of peace and safety.

Bax and Dovie’s difficult relationship brings plenty of drama to the table, and still the story surrounding them is completely exciting and engaging. There’s violence, danger, and intrigue around every turn. The plot unfolds quickly, action and romance blend perfectly, and there’s a few “holy shit, I never saw THAT coming” moments.

Bax and Dovie’s story is a fantastic introduction to a new series that promises great things to come. It’s a complete book and won’t leave you hanging, but it will absolutely leave you wanting more of the Point and the people that live there.

“Even when you grew up hard and had little faith ion the world, every little girl still wanted her prince to come to her rescue, even if that prince had a star tattooed on his face and operated under horsepower instead of a white stallion.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: NEVER DOUBT ME (Judge Me Not #2) by S.R. Grey (@AuthorSRGrey)

June 2, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult, Past Giveaways 2

Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2) by S.R. Grey

 

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Release April 27, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

(recommended for readers 17+ due to mature content)

 

About the Book

 

Can a tattooed, former bad boy leave his past behind? Can he find lasting happiness with the love of his life?

Gorgeous and sexy Chase Gartner hopes to do just that with Kay Stanton. But when Chase’s troubled teen brother, Will, stays on in Harmony Creek, Ohio—-after an unexpected arrival-—Chase and Kay’s bonds of love and commitment are soon tested.

Chase finds himself caught up in secrets—-and revisiting a past he thought he’d left behind—-when Will makes a number of irresponsible decisions. Despite Chase’s attempts to keep his brother out of trouble, Will’s reckless behavior continues, affecting not only Chase and Kay, but other residents in town…one disastrously so.

But it’s the final, potentially deadly decision Will makes when his girlfriend runs into trouble back in Las Vegas that leads Chase to make a fateful decision of his own. A choice that threatens his relationship with Kay.

Never Doubt Me is a touching, poignant story of love, redemption, and coming to grips with the fact that escaping the past is never easy.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. 2nd novel in the Judge Me Not series.

***warning: contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Sure, I want to be a good person, and for the most part, I am, but I can’t deny there’s a level of darkness in me, just like there is in Chase.”

I absolutely love this book. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the excellent sex scenes, and I love how the author finds a strikingly perfect balance between hopeful romance and the dark moments that still creep in.

Chase and Kay are amazing together. Their relationship isn’t perfect, but there’s such a fantastic connection between these two as they struggle to move on from their pasts and in to a hopeful future. Life’s difficulties creep in, and even when not handled perfectly, there’s still such clear love between these two. They share an intense connection and I appreciate (so much!) that the author doesn’t constantly have the couple in extremely dramatic emotional turmoil. That’s not to say that there’s not a lot of strong emotion, because there is, it’s just not a constant “I love you, wait now I can’t stand you” roller coaster ride. This is a strong couple, one that faces their difficulties and tries their best do to right by the other. Oh, and their sexual chemistry is super intense. There’s some great sex scenes and let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to spend some sexy time with Chase Gartner: the  hotter-than-hell, inked up bad-boy with a past, who wants change and be the best for his “sweet girl”. The beautiful Kay is his perfect complement: soft and vulnerable, but with a surprising and admirable strength, and her own sexy side. Everything about this couple is so real, so genuine, that as I reader I couldn’t help but feel connected to them.

“I like his hand over my mouth, keeping me quiet while he fucks me as only he can do, with power, with finesse.”

Will’s brother and his girlfriend Cassie add another layer to the story. It was beautiful watching Chase and Will reconnect and heartbreaking to witness the struggles that this young couple faces, and the struggles that Chase and Kay must face with them.

I can’t say enough good things about this book and this series. I enjoyed so much reading Chase and Kay’s story as their relationship develops and moves forward. I’m captivated by their romance, and hopeful for their future. I wish them luck, because some pretty big obstacles are ahead of them, and I absolutely want to best for this couple. This is the second book in the series, and the author has done a good job of filling in any necessary information from the first book, so it could potentially be read alone. However, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series. Trust me, you don’t want to miss any of this engaging story of loss, love, hope, and redemption. As with the first book, this second book ends with a dramatic conclusion, and I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

“A long time ago, when Chase and I first embarked on this journey of our relationship, I told him that I was in this for the long run. He said he was trouble and I asked him to be my trouble. I still feel the same way.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestselling author. Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way are novels in the completed Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. She is also the author of New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories.

New novels slated for publication in 2014 are Inevitable Detour, a New Adult novel with a Romantic Suspense edge, as well as Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3).

Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background may be in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.

 

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Audiobook Review: RESOLUTIONS by Teri Riggs (@TeriLRiggs)

May 31, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense 2

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DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…
As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…
On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.
“…Perfect Romantic Suspense…This is an action packed book from beginning to end.” -Kaylyn Davis

 

My Review (Audiobook)

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

An exciting and sexy thrill ride, Resolutions has it all: a super hot alpha male hero, a bad ass female lead, steamy sex, suspense, surprises, and a satisfying second chance romance.

I love romantic suspense, especially when our female lead is a kick ass operative who stands toe to toe with dangerous drug lords, fights alongside her sexy male counterparts (and saves their asses!), but still has a touch of sexy femininity. With their intense chemistry and rocky past, Eve and Mac are a fun couple to follow as they do their jobs as operatives and still manage to find time for some hot sex. Though it seems pretty clear they belong together, they certainly struggle to get it right (but when they do, it’s worth the wait!).

The plot is action-packed, with violence, suspense, intrigue, betrayal, and plenty of unexpected twists and turns. It a sexy and exciting story with fun characters and even a dose of humor. A great read (or listen)!

I listened to the audiobook version and did not read the actual book. I was fine with but didn’t love the performance. The narrator was a bit robotic and it made the dialogue sound stiff. It didn’t interfere with my listening experience, though a different narrator could have improved it.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 


Book Review and #Giveaway: FISSURE FREE (Schasm #2) by Shari J. Ryan (@sharijryan)

May 28, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways, Young Adult 0

 







Author Shari J Ryan reunites the colorful cast of friends and family in Book 2 of the Schasm Series with a powerful tribute to the power of the mind and heart in this romantic, suspenseful, and engaging novel.

After nineteen years of suffering with a psychological condition, ethereal Chloe had finally come close to finding her ultimate escape—or, so she thinks on the vibrant streets of Paris.

Finally in a relationship with Alex, a man she fell in love with in Schasm, Chloe thinks life is finally coming together. As she battles her own demons, she attempts to repair the damaged man she’s grown to love. But as his clouded past abruptly crashes into their lives and falls heavily upon their budding romance, Chloe must fight to maintain her relationship.

Although even when the problems begin to subside, she comes to realize certain things cannot be escaped. Franco, her disillusioned, serial-killing uncle has taken up residency in Chloe and Alex’s life. In search for an item that belongs to Chloe, Franco will deceive, connive and conquer until he finds what he is after—that is, unless, Chloe finds a way to beat him at his own game.

Just as Chloe believes she might have sealed the doors of darkness once and for all, new questions, new findings and new inceptions arise. Whether or not Chloe wants to continue forward with the path her life seems to be leading, she quickly learns that any choice she makes will ultimately land her in a place she never knew she was destined to be.

 

 

 

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

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“Most women spend a lifetime searching for the man of their dreams, but I seem to have found mine within my dreams.”

Fissure Free is one of those books that reminds us that love does conquer all, that it’s the biggest force in the universe. Love can transcend time, place, and any and all opposing outside forces. Even a love that shouldn’t be real, couldn’t be real, is real if we want it to be.

The love that exists between Alex and Chloe is a seemingly impossible and hard-won love. This book continues their story from Schasm, and the more I get to know these strong characters, the more I’m drawn in to their improbable world. Their romance is epic and transcendent, but with a certain purity and sweetness. There’s heat and tension as well, but it’s well balanced with the rest of their relationship. They care deeply for each other, mind and body. They are each vulnerable but incredibly resilient; they have to be with the challenges they must face.

In this second book in the series, we’re drawn deeper in to Chloe and Adam’s dream world, a place they can truly be together as a couple. The plot is constantly surprising with twists, turns, action, and suspense. New characters color the exciting story and I was constantly questioning motives and outcomes, eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next, and how Alex and Chloe will deal with yet another hurdle. As with the first book, I sometimes found the plot disorienting, though not in a negative way; I imagine it’s often how the characters feel as well.

Question are answered but plenty more arise in Fissure Free. As far as a series, I really like how the author has set this one up. Though this second book is clearly a continuation of the first, it has its own beginning, middle, and end. I do think it’s necessary to read the first book in the series to fully understand this book. But, each book has its own exciting and fully realized plot line and conclusion, with endings that keep the reader wanting more of this epic, intriguing, and wholly original romance series.

” ‘Real is only what you make of it. If you want us to be real, then we’re as real as it gets.’ “

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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My heart quakes against my sternum. My stomach feels like stone, and my throat is clenching in on itself. I walk to the other bar covered window, completely horrified. I curl my fingers around the damp, ice-cold bars, and I pull myself up, pressing my face against the metal to look out.
The hallway is just as dark and abandoned as this room. The walls are painted a sea green. They’re cracked and peeling, and old rusty handcuffs hang from chains that line the wall. I peer down the other end of the hall, somewhat curious and somewhat petrified as to what I might see. The words “help me” are smeared along the wall in what looks to be blood.
Against my desire, I take in every detail of this deserted passageway, hoping to gain insight on where we might be. But I’m lost and dumfounded. An abandoned institution is the best I can come up with.
Sounds of footsteps arise from the depths of the barren walls, and the dissonance increases with each footstep, warning me that someone is coming. The hallway only has two directions and I don’t see anyone in either.
I’m going crazy.
I could only hope.
The footsteps stop, as does the beating of my heart. I close my eyes and pull in a deep lungful. But I inhale someone else’s warm, stale breath. My eyes snap open, and two large bulging brown eyes stare back at me. My chest caves in. My lungs struggle to move, and I fall backwards.

 

About the Author

 

Shari J. Ryan hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her hubby and two lively little boys. Writing has become Shari’s great escape from the real world over the past few years. After a bout of postpartum depression with her first child, Shari was determined to occupy her brain enough to eliminate some of the blue moments in life. When she found writing to help as a newfound therapy, she started her first book. Her books brought her out of postpartum depression and helped her overcome it when her second son was born. Shari likes to think writing saves her mind. She even used one of the characters in the book (the main character’s protagonist mother), to veer away from the type of person she refuses to become. Shari has two happy little boys and the Schasm series to show for her unorthodox therapeutic method.

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Chloe Valcourt drifts between two worlds: the dark reality of her domineering mother and feeble father and the vivid fantasy of her imagination. With her condition comes the harsh observation of doctors who intend to cure her of it. But a chance encounter with a handsome and vaguely familiar young man in her dream world hints at the possibility of hidden truths—and a life she can’t remember. As her drifts become a greater escape from the cruelty of the real world, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what is imagined, questioning her very existence. Can she remain in the lush new imagined landscape to find happiness in a realm of her own invention? Is she doomed to return to the harsh reality of the outside world forever? Or will she become trapped somewhere between the two…unable to return to either?

 

 

 

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Book Review and #Giveaway: LADY’S DESTINY by A.R. Von (@ARVonDreamZ)

May 11, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Fantasy Romance, Past Giveaways 7

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A Unique Magical, Erotic Novel @ 53, 207 Words
When dreams haunt you in the most delicious ways and fate pulls you into destiny’s path, what can be done other than to accept and submit to it.

Can Iria truly get what she’s always dreamed of or will it always just remain a memory? Being a rare creature such as her with exceptional beauty and rarity of existence should be enough. Though, all she wants is her desire, her destiny…

To be with a man—one man.

Are these dreams she’s having real? Could she really take on human form and become a Lady to be with the man she craves?

Dezso discovers a magical creature—a being of incredible light and peace. He is drawn to it again and again, and his feelings grow with every encounter. He carries a dark secret that he wishes never existed. The only thing that truly brings light upon his existence is the beauty that warms his heart but seems to only exist in his head—with dreams and visions of a magical woman, full of heartwarming light.

Will he ever know true love and happiness? Will he ever be able to lighten the weight and share his dark secret with another…?

Darkness is growing stronger, weakening the light and killing off what makes the world a beautiful place to live in. Enter a world of fantasy and dreams, passions and temptations. A world where dragons, unicorns, magic and mermaids really do exist. A world where love WILL conquer all!

 

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My Rating: 4 Stars

“I did nothing my Lady. But I will always do anything for you. Anything you need, I will provide. Only for you. You are forever my heart…”

An unexpected and unique fantasy world is alive in A.R. Von’s Lady’s Destiny. A colorful landscape inhabited by many types of magical folk, as if the characters of so many imaginations have come together in this one romance.

I found no fault in the author’s use of first person POV, even as she switched between characters. The transitions were executed smoothly and I liked being able to see this world through the characters’ eyes; especially how they saw each other. It added to a chemistry and emotional connection of this unconventional couple.

The plot is interesting and engaging and as I hoped for Iria and Deszo’s eventual happily-ever-after, I was surprised by the turns the story took. It’s battle of good vs. evil and of love, fate, secrets, and magic. There’s a bit of action, sweet romance, and some sizzling scenes.

The writing has a lyrical, poetic quality that brings fairytales to mind. I enjoyed the author’s voice very much, but this very unique style may not appeal immediately to every reader. However, with it’s vast cast of characters and satisfying story, this book is a perfect fit for fans of magic, romance, and magical romance.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

 

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A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time she enjoys exercising, writing, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and reading. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!
She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story.

She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.

A.R.’s web site: http://ar-von.com/

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: AN UNWILLING HUSBAND by Tera Shanley (@terashanley)

May 9, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Historical Romance, Past Giveaways 0

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Title: The Unwilling Husband

Author: Tera Shanley

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Release Date: May 5, 2014

Cover Art: Renee Rocco

Publisher: Lyrical Press – A Kensington Imprint

Synopsis

For adventurous Margaret Flemming, arrived from Boston to be with her father, the Old West town of her childhood is a far cry from the drawing rooms and balls of the high society life she’s used to. Her fancy gowns and proper manners have no place in the dusty, cruel land inhabited by Indians and rough cowboys.And her fiercely independent streak constantly gets her in trouble. When tragedy strikes, there’s only one person she can turn to–her childhood friend, Garret Shaw–but he’s disgusted with her Society ways.

With his ranch under attack from the land-grabbing Jennings, the last thing Garret needs is to be saddled with a high-falutin’ lady. Even if she is his friend’s daughter and her kind ways tug at his hardened heart. Duty to her father forces them to wed, but he knows sure as anything, when the chance comes along, she’ll go back to Boston. No matter how much he wants her, loving her is not a risk he can take.

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My Rating: 5 Stars

 

“From the disconcerting way he stared at her, she couldn’t tell if he was going to kiss or kill her.”

I feel like I need to make one of those memes and have it say “I don’t usually read historical romance, but when I do, it’s by Tera Shanley”. It’s true, I don’t generally read this genre but I’m a big fan of the author so I thought I’d give a shot; I’m glad I did. I was rewarded with a totally delightful reading experience as I was transported back to a dusty Texas cattle town and right in to Maggie and Garret’s story.

If it’s going to be historical, I want it to be western. One word… cowboys. Rugged, hard-working, sexy cowboys. Garret Shaw fits the mold perfectly. He’s chiseled and hard from long days of work, brooding and moody, but also loyal and kind in his own way. He loved Maggie once, but that was years ago… he’s not sure he can trust enough to love her again. Then there’s Maggie. She’s absolutely the kind of heroine that makes a book great for me. She has a fantastic inner strength, stubborn determination, a sense of humor, sense of self, and a dirty mouth. She’s beautiful and tough as nails, but has just the right amount of feminine vulnerability. She’s smart and brave and not afraid to do what she believes is right, others’ opinions be damned. Garret and Maggie have some serious chemistry going on. They spend a good part of the story trying to find common ground, fighting with the past and an undeniable attraction. The struggle towards their happily-ever-after is filled with emotion and quite a few exciting misadventures.

“He wanted a piece of her soul. Would wrench it from her body and hold it in her hand. Asked her to trust him with a piece of herself, and she could only think of one thing that held any meaning to her.

‘I’ve loved you since we were children.’ “

This story is not only about Garret and Maggie, though it is their romance that drives the plot line; it’s much bigger. They are surrounded by an entire cast of characters. Lenny is a particular favorite of mine but they’re all great. This cast reminds us that family is not necessarily blood, it truly is the people we choose to surround ourselves with. We can choose our family, and we can choose our home: if you try hard enough, you will find where you really belong. A wonderfully written story shaped by romance, humor, friendship, adventure, and fate; I highly recommend this book… even if you don’t usually read historicals ;).

“The rhythm of the ranch matched those of the seasons and pulled at her heart. The more she saw of this life, the more she loved it.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

 

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Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love! A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book.Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: NASH (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover (@JayCrownover)

April 30, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult, Past Giveaways 0

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Title: Nash (Marked Men #4)

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: New Adult/ Coming of Age

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 

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Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“I needed my friends, loved my crew of misfits and rebels, but now I needed her more.”

Once again, Jay Crownover has given us a wonderful book. She writes super sexy, tattooed bad boys with huge hearts, and creates exceptional women to love them. Nash exceeded my expectations with engaging characters, an unputdownable romance, real emotion, steamy sex, and the author’s own flawless style and clever brand of wit and humor.

Crownover has a knack for writing colorful characters and Nash and Saint fit the bill perfectly. They have some serious history and big hang-ups that they struggle to overcome so that they can be together, like really together. Before they can find common relationship ground, the sex between the huge-hearted redhead nurse and the tattoo artist with (sexy) piercings is fantastic. I love the author’s way of writing characters and romances that feel completely real and accessible. Her characters, this family, are a group I would love to hang out with, and Crownover draws you in and makes you feel as if you are a part of their story.

Nash and Saint’s story is about love and healing, about moving forward from the past. It’s a story about finding that special person who deserves us most, and even though finding them may be easy, their journey shows us that loving someone and really being with them is difficult. They love through past hurts and quirky personalities, they love through hot sex and support each other in consuming careers, through family strife and heartbreaking loss.

This book made me laugh, made me cry, and made me want to hold my own tattooed bad-boy close; right after I fuck him silly. Nash may be the sexiest of the Marked Men so far and when Saint finds her herself, her place in the group, and taps in to her inner strength, she’s amazing. I was so pleased to be dive in to more of all the characters’ stories: complete with a baby, an incredibly romantic wedding, and a heartbreaking funeral. I am anxiously awaiting the next books in this awesome series.

“He wasn’t just making love to me, he wasn’t just trying to turn me on or wind me up. He was worshipping me. He was trying to show me in yet another way just how beautiful and perfect he saw me as being.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out…

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: THE DARK LIGHT OF DAY by T.M. Frazier (@TM_Frazier)

April 29, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 1

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Title: The Dark Light of Day

Author: T.M. Frazier

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

Release Date: September 15, 2013

 

About the Book

This book is for mature audiences 17+. It contains explicit language and sexual content.

Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely. To the outside world she is just a loner with an attitude. When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else. Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that will rival her own. Two broken souls that can’t be healed. They can’t be saved. Abby & Jake must reveal to one another their most guarded secrets and discover if they can embrace the darkness those secrets hold-and the shadows within themselves. If they can accept one another for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light.

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

*Warning*: This book is DARK. It contains abuse, rape, drug use and violence; not a butterfly, unicorn, or rainbow in sight.

“I fell asleep that night in the arms of a killer. I’d never slept better.”

I adore this book; even in all it’s darkness and senseless violence, and in it’s hopeful, but slightly twisted romance. Love is a small thing of beauty in the ugliest of circumstances.

Abby and Jake are broken. Past abuse and tragedy had left them unable really love, or so they thought. When they come together, it’s electric. This couple BELONGS together. Never mind that they just met and everything is all wrong; they make you believe that they can make it work. Jake is sexy, dark, violent, and even funny. He shows his soft side around Abby, but always maintains that alpha-male persona. Abby’s past has left her numb, never accepting touch or love, and afraid to show herself to anyone, inside and out. But she is strong; often beaten but never quite broken. Abby and Jake are wonderfully realized kindred spirits, and they have genuine, simmering, palpable chemistry. This couple kept me glued to the pages, wanting more of their complicated, emotional love story. It is impossible to judge these two on a scale of right and wrong. They exist in a grey area and do what they must to survive and to try and find peace, but that peace is not easily granted.

This is Jake and Abby’s story of acceptance, healing and heartbreak, but also so much more. The story as whole developed in to something I never expected and I was constantly surprised. Moments of happiness were suddenly shattered and the characters’ actions and reactions kept me guessing. When I was hopeless and lost, the characters found a way to pull me from the depths. The writing is gritty and raw, but beautiful and entirely engaging.

After all of the tears, anguish, and heartbreak, I finished the story with a smile on my face and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Jake and Abby’s (sort-of) happily ever after does not come without a price. Darkness and light, hell and heaven, violence and love, redemption and revenge fight for balance in this book. This haunting, dark romance is a fantastic read.

“We were just us. Broken and bruised. Fucked up and messy. And together we were everything we never thought we could be.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously. In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents. It only took her twenty years to start the next one. The Dark Light of Day is her debut novel. Determined not to wait another twenty years, T.M. is hard at work on her second novel. It will not be about hamsters.

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*New Release* 5 Star Book Review: LOVE, IN ENGLISH by Karina Halle (@MetalBlonde)

April 20, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books 0

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Title: Love, In English

Author: Karina Halle

Release Date: April 20th, 2014

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He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.

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To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.

 
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My Rating: 5+ Stars

 

“You can fall in love in a second… The heart has no regard for time.”

It took me longer to read this book than perhaps it should have. It’s fairly long, but that isn’t why. I enjoy when books keep me eagerly turning pages, when I can’t put them down. But Love, In English was something more, different. It’s not that I wanted to put it down, but forced myself to. I knew early on that this book was going to be special, was going to stand out for me, and I wanted to draw it out as long as possible.  I wanted to exist with these characters, in their world, for as long as I could.  I loved this book; from the sweeping love story that spans continents, to the easy, clever, and natural dialogue. There’s happiness and heartbreak, and characters that stole my heart and whose moments together stole my breath.

“There was only me.

And I knew I was strong. I was resilient. And I wasn’t as bad as people had told me.

I was Vera Miles.

And I might have been the villain of my own story.

But I was the hero too.”

 This story has an extremely sexy male lead: Mateo is a Spanish ex-soccer star with a perfect body, who says romantic things in an accent I could hear even as I read, and does wicked things in bed (or wherever). But for me, it was Vera who was so absolutely special. She is one of those characters I related to so completely. It was like the author had been reading journals that I have never written or has some window to my soul. Perhaps it’s that Vera is rebellious and dramatic, covered in tattoos and loves sex and well, love, or that she often feels that she doesn’t fit, or even that she doesn’t deserve that love. Or maybe it’s that she feels love and guilt equally, and wants nothing more than to do the right thing, even if it rips her soul apart. Most likely, it’s that the author has written a character and a story that many people will see a bit of themselves in; a story with emotions and experiences that we can all relate to. She shows us that love, even difficult and imperfect as most love is, is still love.

“I love you because you are you. You’re a little bit crazy, and I find that more interesting than being normal. You’re passionate and I find that more interesting than being calm. You’re curious and adventurous and sexual and you’re full of life and you make me want to be a better man, to live louder, to bend and break all of the damn rules.”

 Vera and Mateo’s journey has a satisfying, slow burn. Their attraction is immediate, but they try and temper their emotions until it becomes impossible. As it becomes obvious how strongly they feel for one another, it also becomes clear that their relationship will not be easy or simple. They will need to reconcile family, geography, an age difference, and old wounds in order to be together. But they have passion, fire, and love, and hopefully enough strength. Their story is beautifully told and expertly written. It is engrossing, sexy, and passionate, both heartbreaking and hopeful. An epic and captivating emotional romance that is still completely relatable and accessible; an absolute must read.

 “Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest.”

 *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

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Claudia shrugged and pulled down at her yellow tee. “Not my problem. Eduardo is nice but Ricardo is really nice.”

“How did it happen?” I asked, kinda wanting the sordid details.

She was coy. “The way it usually happens.”

“Did you make the first move?”

Another shrug. “Why not?”

I swear, a shrug and a “why not?” were the Spaniards’ go-to answer for everything.

“Well, then I guess it seems safe—and a little boring now—to tell you that I have a crush on someone.”

Her brows quirked up. “Other than Mateo?”

“What?”

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5 Star Book Review: PULLED BENEATH (Bar Harbor Series #1) by Marni Mann (@MarniMann)

March 18, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books 0

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What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine from recently deceased grandparents who she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that drew them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged.

With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“This was a blinding betrayal, this was years of lies, and questioning everything I believed to be true. This was a completely new reality.”

I loved this book! Marni Mann has a unique ability: each time I read one of her books she breaks my heart, and then heals it in a new, better way. Pulled Beneath is an emotional journey; offering heartbreak in its death, lies, and betrayal, and healing in self-discovery and new beginnings.

It’s a journey of single moments, simple snapshots of time filled with intense and palpable emotion that flow easily together in to a fantastic read. It’s beautifully written and fully engrossing. So much so, that even though the story is filled with  many mysteries and unanswered questions, I wasn’t necessarily eager to find the answers, simply because I did not want the story to end. But ultimately, the questions are answered in a surprising and satisfying way.

Drew is a character I couldn’t help but feel for, and though I personally relate little to her personal life experience, I felt extremely close to her as I went with her on this journey. I have never myself lost a parent, but we all understand loss, and the author allows the reader to feel so close to all of the characters. There’s an interesting and multi-layered cast, complete with a sexy, mysterious, rugged, tattooed and seriously swoon-worthy leading man. Saint and Drew’s encounters weave a delicious thread of sexual tension through the book.

A captivating story filled with emotion, heat, loss, family drama, secrets, and ultimately answers and the healing that comes with them, Pulled Beneath is a brilliant read. Pasts are revealed and futures are put in to motion. Lives end and love begins. It has a satisfying “happy-for-now” ending that promises much more to come, and I’m eager to spend more time in Bar Harbor.

” ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. Whether you break my heart or I break yours, that’s not really something we can say right now. But I want to be with you. And you completely own my mind. I promise you, that’s the truth.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

 

A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey.

Marni is preparing for the summer release of her fifth novel, Seductive Shadows, a provocative, intoxicating, erotic and unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption.

When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. Visit her at www.marnismann.com.

 

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