Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Crave by B.J. Harvey

Check out the cover of B.J. Harvey's Crave!

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Title: CRAVE
Author: B.J. Harvey
Release Date: Late October 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover Photographer: K Keeton Designs
Cover Designed by Najla Qamber Designs

 Book Description:
 
I have a craving.

A dark urge that I’ve failed to resist despite years of trying to do that very thing.

I’ve forced myself to hide behind a mask, a perfect orchestration to hide my true self.

After I met her, my wants and needs, my inner most desires changed.

She encouraged me to embrace who I truly am, and she was willing to do anything and everything I wanted, giving herself to satisfy my most carnal appetite.

Then everything in my carefully managed world came crashing down around me. A moment in time, a loss of control, and the very thing I cherish was nearly taken from me.

My fate now lies in her hands.

The very life I’ve built for myself … everything I’ve ever done now waits in purgatory, all caused by a lack of focus at a time when my most concentrated attention was needed.

The very thing I crave may now be the very end of me.

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About the Author:
 

10410300_305186626325871_7569965335137914406_nBJ Harvey is the Amazon Bestselling Author of The Bliss Romantic Comedy Series and The Lost Romantic Suspense Series. An avid music fan, you will always find her with headphones when writing, and the speakers blaring the rest of the time. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful children, and a full-time university student. BJ resides with her family in what she considers the best country in the world—New Zealand.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Hot Bed #Route69 Trip @TheHotBed

Today, on their #Route69 Trip, The Hot Bed are featuring Abbi Glines and her Rosemary Beach Series and have an exclusive from Abbi! Don't forget to check that out www.thehotbed.tumblr.com
 
We are going to share with you a few Rosemary Beach reviews we did. First here's the Rosemary beach reading order!
 
#1 Fallen Too Far (Rush Finlay)
#2 Never Too Far (Rush Finlay)
#3 Twisted Perfection (Woods Kerrington)
#4 Forever Too Far (Rush Finlay)
#5 Simple Perfection (Woods Kerrington)
#6 Take A Chance (Grant Carter) 
#7 One More Chance (Grant Carter) ~ due for release September 2014
 
Twisted Perfection (Rosemary Beach 3)
 
Written 24th April 2013
 
Reviewed by Donna 4.5 Stars

Abbi Glines does it again however this had the added bit of HOT SMOKING chemistry and attraction.
Della is on a road trip to find herself, her best friend has just got married, gives her the car and tells her to go and find herself!! Della was a prisoner in her own home, her brother died her mum went loopy and kept her in the house, she was home schooled by her mother and was extremely lonely she knew no-one. When she hit her teens she started to brave her mothers dominance and used to sneak out of the house at night, even if it was just to breathe in the air and touch the grass, this is where she met her best friend Braden. She was her next door neighbour and wondered what went on at the house, she thought they were vampires!! After meeting a few times at night Braden gets Della out and about a bit more and eventually persuades her to go out to a party. However, when they return Della’s mother has committed suicide. After initially being arrested for her death, once her alibi checks out she is released and Braden’s family take her in and that is when their friendship becomes unbreakable. Even Braden’s husband knew that when he married Braden, he also got Della, they came as a package. The love that they both have for Della was beautiful and I for one would love a best friend like Braden.
On this road trip Della runs out of petrol, she coasts into a petrol station and then realises that she does not know how to put gas in the tank..she is there struggling and then along comes her knight in shining armour“Woods Kerrington”…I loved Woods in Rush’s story and he doesn’t disappoint in this book either..he does have a shaky moment until he finds his balls, but I forgave him, just a little bit!!
They have their night of fun after the gas station incident and Woods leaves her to carry on her road trip, however, their paths cross again four months later..is this destiny???
The chemistry that these two have is amazeballs, you can feel it oozing off the page and I had to think twice…is this Abbi Glines??? Giving us smoking hot passion and sex in a book??? Abbi did it really well, who knew that Woods had it in him?? There was me thinking he was this cutesy man, work-a-holic, Ivy league jock and he is actually seriously hot!!! He has alpha male tendencies and a filthy mouth that made me blush on more than one occasion!! But he also had his caring side and one that he needed constantly with Della.
Della suffers with panic attacks and night terrors..she does not think that she can be loved because of them and that people with think that she is crazy. She thinks that she will end up as crazy as her mother and does not really want to have children as she feels that she will pass the crazy gene on. Woods witnesses one of her panic attacks and it only makes him want to protect her more.
Tripp has been looking out for Della and pulls Woods aside to find out what his intentions are, when Woods admits that he is in it for the long haul Tripp asks him to come one night once Della is asleep so he can witness first hand the night terrors that she has every night…this scene was amazingly beautiful…I cried happy tears and sad tears all in one go!
As usual the course of true love never runs smooth and as I said earlier Woods does make some stupid decisions based on peer pressure from his parents, but he soon sees the light..but is it too late?? Will his parents let him live the life he craves or will they ruin it all???
The ending!!!! Wow, although it was a little cliffie it wasn’t one that had me screaming as Woods and Della were back on track..but am I wrong in thinking that it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person??? I think I am, but hey I can live with it….I just hope that this latest development does not hinder Woods and Della’s relationship as guilt can eat you away.
Forever Too Far (Rosemary Beach 4)
Written 3rd July 2013
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars

There is no doubt that this was the perfect ending to a brilliant series, however I couldn’t give it the five stars I wanted to because I was so upset that the show was more or less stolen by Nan. I appreciate that she is an integral part to Rush’s life but she was really way too much in this book, to the point of complete irritation. But Rush and Blaire, now that is a totally different story.

My favourite bit of the whole book has to be Blaire’s something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…..if you did not love Rush Finlay before then you would certainly love him after, that was the most heart warming, romantic thing I have ever read in a book and it made me cry big fat happy tears!!

Rush was perfection in this book, he doted on Blaire and the baby and to see a man react that way, you can’t help but love him….sod the testosterone, he let his feelings out, put himself out there in a big way and it was lovely to read. Blaire was brilliant in this book, she was a lot more understanding than I would have been with regards to Rush and Nan but then again everyone has their limits. At one point I thought it was all going to go tits up and Rush was nowhere to be found..obviously with Nan AGAIN!!! I am glad that she rekindled her relationship with her dad and found out some other family secrets, at least she has some family now to go with her own.

Also found new respect for Rush’s dad, the way he doted on Blaire whilst pregnant and then after with his grandchild was endearing…I could just imagine a hard living, rock star being brought to his knees by a baby.

Nan, well what can I say….despite what she may or may not believe she has been through her attitude is UNBELIEVABLE…I mean, spoilt, rich, diva, ungrateful, selfish, evil in general just a complete and utter BITCH!! I could have quite easily murdered her….seriously Abbi, please do not write a book about her, you have managed to create the worlds most loathsome female ever (no mean feat) and every time her name appears on the page I cringe…just waiting for the next feel sorry for me line to come up and there are quite a few in this book. How she dare even come between Rush and Blaire is just….arggggghhhhh GO AWAY NAN, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME…P OFF AND CRAWL UNDER THE ROCK YOU DESERVE TO BE UNDER PLEASE!!! I know it sounds over the top but I am sorry I really cannot stand her….along with millions of others that have read this series.

I won’t say too much so that you lovely readers can form your own opinions about the ending of this couples story but I loved it, it was a fab ending and just what they deserved. Yes there is a little angst but nothing too bad or drawn out…perfectly balanced.

A few fave lines from this book:-

“I love you Rush Finlay. You are going to be the best husband and father the world has ever known. One day our sons wife will be thankful that her husband will have had you for a role model. She’ll be lucky because of you, because you will have raised our son to be the man that you are. He’ll love her completely because he’ll know how.”

“I’m not ever letting your sexy ass get too far away from me again”

“How far is too far?” I asked

“It’s all too far. I want you right here beside me………forever!”


I am still swooning over the old, new, borrowed and blue, that will stay with me for a long time. Fab read, you’ll all love it if you are a fan of this series.
Simple Perfection (Rosemary Beach 5)
Written 23rd October 2013
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars

"She is my perfection. She holds my heart in her hands. When she hurts it brings me to my knees.”

I love an Abbi Glines book, you know what you are going to get and you know that it is going to be good and as usual Abbi Glines delivers with Simple Perfection.

Woods, he is the epitome of a perfect gentleman and when he loves, he loves fierce! This comes through Abbi’s writing crystal clear, there is nothing that Woods wouldn’t do for Della. Woods was in a bad place at the end of Twisted Perfection as his father had just died. In Simple Perfection, he is dealing with the aftermath of his fathers death, his mothers unreasonable behaviour and his vile ex all while trying to keep the club running smoothly and while putting his own stamp on it. Despite everything that he is dealing with he still puts Della first, before everything. I must admit, sometimes he did come across as a bit “too much”, I was worried that this may cause Della to panic, but she seemed to be handling it all in her stride.

“You’re my all-in, Della. I’ll throw it all away for you. I just want you. I’m all in, baby. This life with you, I’m planning on us.”

Della, god I could have strangled her at times but she did grow in this book. She has a lot of internal demons to battle and she does struggle at times. She cannot really get a grip on the fact that Woods is unconditionally in love with her warts and all, she feels that she has become a burden to him, especially now that he is so busy and he is constantly looking out for her. I think that what she fails to realise at times is that they both need each other, they are good for each other and they are in fact soul mates. Will Woods manage to persuade her otherwise??

“That girl in the photo was scared. Of her past and her future. She was scared to love you. That’s not me. I’m not scared anymore. My past is what made me who I am. My future…as long as I get to spend it with you, then I can’t wait to live it. I’m going to be okay, Woods. I’m not going to…snap. I have a lot to tell you.”

There are a lot of surprises in this book and Abbi Glines “did go there” in this book. I was really surprised when that happened and I can see why she has done it but it didn’t make it any easier to read about. This event not only affected Della and Woods but the whole gang and it will be interesting to see where this goes in the future.

Della does learn a lot about her past in this book and what she does find out makes her future all the more rosy, perhaps these new snippets of information will give her the courage needed to get on with her life, rather than dwell on the possibilities that could have emanated from her past.

“Heaven. This is my heaven. All I f**king need to breathe,” he said as he shifted his hips, moving in and out of me.

Overall, this was a great read. I loved Simple Perfection and cannot wait to see where this series is going. Even though this one made me laugh and cry, I want to see their relationship develop even further, especially now that Della is more confident in herself and with the changes that Woods has made to his life, life for them can only get better.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Cover Reveal with Excerpt ~ Unforgiven by Rebecca Shea

Check out the cover for Rebecca Shea's upcoming release, Unforgiven.
Unforgiven is due for release on  22nd September 2014

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Book Description:
 
A companion novel to "Unbreakable" & "Undone" and is the final book in the Unbreakable series -- This is Lindsay and Matt's story.

Lindsay Christianson seemingly has it all—the perfect career, the perfect boyfriend, and the best-laid plans for a perfect life—until one phone call changes everything.

With a moments notice, Lindsay must choose between her perfect life and her professional dreams. The choice momentarily seems clear when the opportunity to propel her career abruptly sends her across the country, leaving everything she loves behind in North Carolina.

Navigating a new city with a broken heart and a job where her colleagues will do anything to sabotage her success, the pressure quickly becomes too great. When old habits resurface, Lindsay finds herself chasing demons she thought were long since buried.

With pain and destruction left in her wake, will Lindsay find a way to erase the damage she’s done, or will her sins remain unforgiven?

**This book is a Contemporary Romance and contains mature subject matter. It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.**
 
Excerpt:
 
“All right, everyone.” Lindsay stands up and pushes back her chair slightly. She wobbles a bit on her heels and rests her hand on my shoulder to steady herself. “Apparently, tonight is as good as any night to let you all in on a little secret.” She wipes the palms of her hands down the sides of her black dress.

“So, for a little over a year now, Matt and I have been seeing each other.” There are a few chuckles, but mostly everyone sits silently listening to Lindsay. “We’ve kept it quiet for a while simply because it’s what worked for us.” She shrugs. “It started off casual and just turned into more, and we didn’t really make a big deal out of it.” She looks down at me and smiles the most beautiful, genuine smile I’ve ever seen. Her blue eyes sparkle in the lights from the crystal chandelier and her long, blonde hair hangs in waves. She looks almost angelic in the dimly lit room. “So, cat’s out of the bag.” She laughs and raises her glass. I stand up and raise my glass next to hers. “To Matt and me,” she says with a smile on her beautiful face. I lean in and press a long kiss to her lips while everyone hoots and hollers around us.

“I love you, sweet girl,” I say between kisses.

SERIES READING ORDER
Book 1: Unbreakable

Book 2: Undone
 
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About the Author:

Rebecca SheaRebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable and Undone. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.

 
 
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Hot Bed #Route69 Trip @TheHotBed

Today we are catching up with The Hot Bed in Chicago for their #Route69 trip. We are going to take a look back at our reviews for JM Darhower's Sempre Series.
 
Review ~ Sempre (Forever 1) by JM Darhower
 
Reviewed 11th January 2014
 
Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 Stars


“Per sempre.”
“Sempre?”
“Always and forever.”


How comes I have waited so long to read this series? Seriously, I have missed out! It was through the hype for the sequel Sempre Redemption that my book brain was drawn towards this book, I downloaded both books and started…and I couldn’t put them down, in 2 days both books were done, gone…I was a wreck but I knew that I had read 2 really damn good books. I never thought that a book about the mafia would be so interesting and so addictive, but they were. From the first till last page I was there, enveloped in this grisly but incredibly romantic tale that kept me enraptured, I lived and breathed this story and I didn’t want them to end.

This is the story of Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco. Haven was in a bad place when she was rescued by Vincent DeMarco, she was a slave whose father was her master. Since she was born, her life was full of abuse and neglect and she should never have witnessed some of the things that she had. Her nights were full of nightmares and the days were no better either. Always wanting for food, being dirty and living in an outbuilding, to say her life was dire is an understatement. Once “bought” by Vincent she is taken to live with him and his two sons, Carmine and Dominic. Dominic is on the straight and narrow, his life is focused, he does well at school and has a great girlfriend. Carmine is on a downward slippery slope, having witnessed his mums murder and been shot when he was younger, these events left him with issues, deep rooted issues that he lets dictate his life.

Haven is a very complex character, yet considering what she has been through is extremely strong. Having had such a woeful and sheltered upbringing when she is suddenly thrust into her new environment she has a lot of adjusting to do. She can’t comprehend that she is not living the life she once was and works hard to keep the house clean and the men fed, but she is constantly on guard for fear that “bad behaviour” will bring with it serious consequences. It takes Vincent, Carmine and Dominic quite a while to make her see that she actually has a life now and that she needs to grab it with both hands. Whilst she may not be totally “free” so is certainly no longer a slave and the men try to slowly but surely introduce her to the goings on of the outside world.

Carmine has the reputation of a drinker and recreational drug user, he has a constant stream of different girls he uses for sex but never kisses. He does not want to make attachments. His mothers death left him physically and emotionally scarred, he actually feels that he died that day too. The Carmine that exists is just a shell of the person he was. When Carmine finally “notices” Haven it seems that he gets hit by the “Colpo di fulmine” the thunderbolt of love, kaboom as Dominic says. They help each other “heal,” they are so good for one another, two broken souls on a voyage of discovery and this is documented brilliantly. Carmine is so protective over Haven, he totally changes, even going against his dad in some instances. This is a slow build romance and it is beautifully written, extremely emotional and totally and utterly captivating. You can’t help but be moved by their story. However, as with any Mafioso connections, will true love run smooth or with the Cosa Nostra cause problems for these young lovers?


“Love. The word perplexed him. He wasn’t swimming in lust anymore. This was uncharted territory, and he was fucking drowning.”

I would love to rant and rave but it would give away too much of this brilliant story. Be prepared though, have Sempre Redemption downloaded ready to go as you will want to carry on with this captivating story.

“He had finally found his light in the darkness, the spark that snuffed when his mom died reignited in Haven.”

I have found another author that will be an auto download, not only did I fall in love with the story, but I fell in love with the writing style. You could tell that the author had spilled their love and life into this book. I was emotionally connected and emotionally invested and I didn’t want it to end. Such an amazing read, well done JM Darhower!

Review ~ Sempre Redemption (Forever 2) by JM Darhower
 
Reviewed 12th January 2014
 
Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 Stars
 
“Everyone falls sometimes, son, even me, but the trick is to get right back up. They’ll always target the ones who appear vulnerable, so you need to be strong. Fake it until you make it.”

I really don’t know what to say about this one, to say I was engrossed is an understatement. My kindle was glued to my hand, I neither bathed, ate or went to the loo until I had devoured this baby. I could not put it down, seriously, I had to call in my reading buddy for a shoulder to cry on when I got too emotional and I cried…A LOT!! I know I am blubberer, everyone who knows me, knows this, but this book ripped out my heart, stamped on it, shredded it into tiny pieces and threw them around for good measure. JM Darhower sure knows how to tug on your heart strings and pull out them tears. I was a mess, red puffy eyes, runny nose, hiccups…yes I was emotionally destroyed and my husband just laughed! But, it was such a bloody good book, you know you have read a good one when it pulls out that kind of reaction and all this from reading about the Mafioso, who would have thought?? This series is one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

“La mia bella regazza” - my beautiful girl

Carmine and Haven’s love story continues in this book, however as expected with the types of lives they lead, the course of true love never runs smooth. We knew that Carmine had made the ultimate sacrifice in Sempre and now he must fulfil his commitment. Carmine has to make some tough choices right at the very start of this instalment and whilst it made sense and I could understand, I didn’t like it one bit, I cried a lot. But this gave us an incredible journey and story for both Carmine and Haven. Both characters grew and evolved tremendously in this instalment. Carmine matured a lot and Haven, she discovered herself and life. This book really was a voyage of discovery for them both and a real eye opener.

“He was Carmine Marcello DeMarco…and even broken, he was beautiful.”

JM Darhower takes you on a dark and gritty journey throughout this book. I could have thrown my kindle many a time, if I could have throttled her I would have, my emotions were destroyed and my heart went with it. The author is extremely brave in this instalment and she took the book to a place that you could never have predicted, but that is the beauty of this story, you never knew what was going to happen, you never knew what was around the corner and JM Darhower is certainly unpredictable.

The style of writing is extremely engaging and captivating, at times I forgot I was reading and felt as if I was right there, there was one particular scene where the hairs on the back of my neck and arms were standing on end, I was scared, I was frightened and it was as if I was watching a movie in slow motion. I could visually picture the scene, I could hear everything and I felt EVERYTHING. I cannot express enough how this author pulls you in. Total and utter absorption into this story.

Vincent and Corrado really made this story too, I have always had a major soft spot for Vincent, but Corrado really comes through in this book. I always felt he was a bit high and mighty and aloof before, but we see a different side to him in Sempre Redemption and I totally adore him now. He goes above and beyond in this story and while I don’t agree with some of the decisions he made, I can see why and I understand but it doesn’t make them any more palatable.

“Out of curiosity would you be willing to take a lie detector test?
“I’m afraid not,” he said. “It goes against my religion.”
“How?”
“Only God can judge me. I certainly do not trust a machine to do it.”
“You only have to worry if you’re untruthful. Do you plan to lie?”
“No, I prefer to sit, thank you.” - Corrado and Agent Cerone


I would love to rant and rave but this book cannot be detailed as it would spoil the story too much. All I can say is it is a must read, put aside a good amount of time because once you start this series or even this book you will not be able to put them down and they are longer than the usual, so are well worth the money.

“Ama, ridi, sogna-e vai dormaire” - Love, laugh, dream and go to sleep

JM Darhower you are a true genius. I cannot express enough how much I have loved this series. I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve for us next but I am secretly hoping for more Corrado and Carmine et al.