Sunday, 28 May 2017

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway ~ A Girl Like Me (Like Us #2) by Ginger Scott


We're celebrating the release of A GIRL LIKE ME by Ginger Scott! Readers have fallen in love with these characters!


A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott
Book 2 in the Like Us Duet
A mature YA romance, and a little something more…
Release day: May 26


Book Description:

I’m not supposed to be here.


Death has come for me more than once, and each time it’s been a boy who’s

stood between me and my final breath.


I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my

life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time

before, he disappeared the moment he made sure I was out of harm’s way; as

if I didn’t need any more saving.


This time, though, death left me with a reminder of how powerful it is. I

know it meant to strip me of my spirit again, but it failed.


Even so, I know I need Wes to survive. Our souls are woven together

somehow, our every breath in sync. I feel it, even though everyone says I

shouldn’t.


The world thinks he’s missing.

His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead.

Only I know just how special he is.


I’m going to find him and bring him home, where he belongs. Together,

we’ll face impossible—we’ll rewrite our ending.


And when the bad guys come calling, we will always win.


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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“I promised you I would tell you everything I could, but some things might be better left in boxes.”


After the ending of A Boy Like You I was totally confused, but in a good way. My mind was running a mile a minute with what ifs, buts and maybes. My mind was a jumble of trying to piece together what was going on and in what direction Ginger Scott would take this. A Girl Like Me is not what I was expecting, but I loved it anyways and I have come to the conclusion…my predictions are shite.


“He said I’m supposed to be your hero…what if I’m the bad guy?”


I will say that the beginning of this book was a little slower paced than her usual style and it did take me a while to get back into the swing of this story, but once I was in, I was hooked. While the plot does stretch your imagination a little it was not way beyond the realms of possibility and I did enjoy this unique spin on their story.


“I just need you…I need you…I need you…and you are not my villain.”


I have to be vague unfortunately because I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but for me, the main thing that I took away from this book was Joss’s growth. After the way her life was left at the end of A Boy Like You most people would have given up the ghost. Joss though, she perseveres and her inner strength and determination were admirable qualities and really made her grow up in my eyes. The way she throws herself into everything with one hundred percent commitment is commendable and Joss was a great role model in this book.


“There are so many people who love you in this world. I’m merely one of them.”


I particularly loved the relationship she forges with her father. Joss’s father went to pot once her mum had left and had become an absentee drunk, but when needed, he made amends even if he did not go about it the right way, his intentions were pure and honourable. I loved seeing these two build those bridges and went quite the way into showing that a love a father has for a daughter and vice versa never wanes, despite the circumstances.

But onto the romance, here I will be extremely vague. Sometimes you don’t find love, love finds you. There is someone in this world for everyone and at times I am sure that your life is predetermined so that you find them. Call it kismet, call it fate or soul mates or whatever, this I firmly believe as I didn’t find mine until later on in life. Joss’s life was written as a fairytale…or is it a horror story…who knows…well I do, but you need to read it. But, if it is meant to be, it is meant to be and there is nothing that you can do about it.


“Before, I only stayed away for you. Everything…it’s for you. I came back for you, I was born for you.”


Love is a battle, there are ups and downs, twists and turns and it is this journey that makes it stronger. Life makes it stronger. Being there in times of trouble is testament to the bond that a couple has, it is easier to give up, it takes strength and true love to stay and weather the storm. This is certainly a journey that this couple undertakes. It was tragic and beautiful and I loved the romantic element that Ginger Scott delivered.


“We’ve come home, to the beginning. Our story starts again. And nobody writes it but us.”


Overall, I adored this duet. I loved its uniqueness, I loved the morals behind the story, I loved the suspense element and I loved how Ginger Scott finely knitted all these elements together. As ever the writing style was beautiful, totally captivating and submerses the reader into the story being told. Another hit from Ginger Scott.



Book One: A Boy Like You


A BOY LIKE YOU
YA Contemporary Romance
Released on: March 3, 2017



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About the Author:



Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Release Day Blitz, Review & Excerpt ~ Loving Jade (Riverstone Estates #3) by Roya Carmen


Book Description:

I never thought I’d be able to leave Michael, but I finally worked up the courage. I’m not sure where I’m heading but I feel safe here with the Riverstones. This place is lovely and serene. There is so much beauty and love here.

Yet, I still don’t feel free – I know Michael will find me. It’s just a matter of time.

Love is the last thing I’m looking for, but Flynn is such a beautiful man, inside and out. He makes me believe that I can be stronger, that I can be fierce. He believes he can fix me with equine therapy but he has no clue how much damage has been done.

Yet, somehow, he manages to get through to me. With patience, love and understanding, he slowly peels off the hard layers of self-doubt and fear that have held me captive all these years.

Just as I finally start to get stronger, Michael tracks me down and sends us all into turmoil, and threatens not only me but the family I’ve come to love.

Author’s note:

Loving Jade contains explicit sexual scenes and some coarse language, and is intended for a mature audience.

Loving Jade also contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence which could be a trigger for some. The central theme of the story, however, is female empowerment and self-love. Equine therapy plays a large role in this story as I wanted to share this wonderful form of therapy with my readers.

Loving Jade is the last book in The Riverstone Series, and can be enjoyed as a standalone. However, if one intends to read all three books, it is best to read them in chronological order to avoid spoilers.


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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“…it’s all about taking control and not being afraid…being strong and fierce.”


Roya Carmen has charmed me with the Riverstone family over the last three books and to see a family so close and so supportive is very welcome. The setting is idyllic and while the Riverstone family seem to have their shit together it is their spouses that always seem to have the problems. Loving Jade is the story of Flynn Riverstone, the brother of Amber and Ruby who were the main characters in the previous two books. Flynn is the equine therapist, a cowboy doctor of sorts and was completely adorable.


“Hottest. Doctor. Ever.”


Jade has been married to Michael for ten years. Jade has been by his side in times of poverty and has witnessed his meteoric rise to immense wealth. The money certainly changed him and not for the better. While I have no doubt that Michael loved Jade, their love was toxic. Michael was a master manipulator, he had Jade on a short leash, was emotionally abusive and at times physically, but never enough to warrant a visit to the ER. Michael had battered Jade’s heart and soul, her self-esteem and her sense of self-worth. Jade was an empty vessel and now it was her time to fill herself back up.

Flynn is an Equine Assisted Therapist, a man that uses horses to help and heal those people that are damaged through things like PTSD, depression and stress. The power of animals is immense and it is this bond that helps people gain confidence and definitely brings them out of their shells. When Jade appears at the Riverstone Estate seeking refuge from her abusive husband, the family take her in with open arms…some arms more open than others.


“I’m in love. I’m in crazy love.”


This was a journey of self-discovery for Jade, for finding her true self away from her husband and trying to rectify the damage that he had inflicted. The support from the entire Riverstone family aids Jade in just that but with Michael a constant lurker in the background you always knew he wasn’t going to make life easy for her.


“My stomach sinks. Is that how I’ve been…a pathetic needy little dog.”


This book had a little more angst than the others but was also incredibly sweet too. Some characters really surprised me in this book, especially knowing them through the previous ones and for me did act a little out of character and not in a good way. I did enjoy the way the story went with Jade and Michael however, I did feel that this was a little rushed and would have liked a little more depth. None the less though, this was an easy read and a page turner. While this is the concluding book in this series I am hoping that at some point in time this adorable family is revisited. While this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading them in order so that you can appreciate the supporting characters, the family and their dynamic.


Excerpt:

“I’m sorry, Jade. I don’t know what game you’re playing but I’m not playing it. This thing with us… it’s real for me. And if it’s not real for you, if you’re just getting off on the drama, getting off on this cat and mouse game you two seem to be playing…”

I’m at a total loss for words. I wish I could say something but he’s rendered me speechless.

“If you’re just using me to make him jealous, hoping he’ll chase you and fight for you—”

“No… that’s not what I’m doing.” His words cut so deep. Is that really what he thinks?

He runs a hand through his hair. “If I’m just a pawn in your fucked up little game—”

“No,” I scream.

“I’m just tired of this shit. I’m tired of this guy. Is something still going on between you two?”

I inch closer to him and look up into his eyes – there’s so much hurt there. I hate that I’ve hurt him. It’s the last thing I want to do. “No,” I tell him softly. Doesn’t he know how much I care about him? “I filed the papers on Tuesday.”

His eyes darken. In an instant, he pulls me against him, hard. His mouth crashes onto mine, and the warmth of him sinks deep, melts me into a puddle. He’s hungry and wild as he slides his hot tongue across my jawline, down the curve of my neck. My mouth is frantic as it searches for his again. He tugs at my hair as he kisses me again, and grabs my ass as he pulls me hard, closer against him. I grind him, wanting more. 

This is a Flynn I haven’t seen before, but I like it. I love it. I pull my mouth from his, breathless. “I want you, Flynn.” 

With a dark gaze, he grabs my hand in his and pulls me behind him. 

As soon as he closes the door behind us, he slams me against the wall. His loft is dark and smells of horses. It’s cold as hell too but I’m burning inside.

I’m wrapped around his hips, my feet off the floor, my mouth lost in his. He slides his hot tongue across my neck. “You’re a dark soul, Jade,” he whispers, his mouth pressed to me ear. “You get off on this. You like it hard, messy and complicated. Admit it, that’s how you like it.”

He’s not completely wrong. I know one of the reasons I’ve always been so attracted to Michael, so infatuated with him, is his darkness. I find it powerful – it’s so intense. He makes me feel alive. 

Flynn drops me to the floor. He slaps a hand on my ass and jerks me around and flattens my face against the wall. He slides his warm hand under the skirt of my dress, up my thigh. “Is this how you like it?”

I close my eyes. 

Yes…

Other Books in Series:

Loving Amber




Loving Ruby




Cover Reveal ~ Saints & Thieves (The Wild Bunch #3) by London Miller


Title: Saints & Thieves
Series: The Wild Bunch #3
Author: London Miller
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 6, 2017


Book Description:

Sin always came wrapped in the prettiest of packages, made to tempt and entice, but Dahlia Taylor had never known temptation could come in a pair.

Both dark and intoxicating, terrifying and vicious, Vali and Nicu were everything she didn’t know she needed.

One promised to love her by ruining her—the other promised to love her while owning her.

They were two halves of a whole, and Dahlia realized all too quickly there would be no choosing between them.

Not when she wanted them both.



Also Available:


AMAZON UK / US / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited

Coming Soon:


Releasing June 14, 2017




About the Author:

With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.

She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.

Author Links

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Blog Tour & Review ~ 100 Proof by Shanora Williams

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100 Proof, an all-new taboo STANDALONE romance from Shanora Williams is available now!

100 Proof

100 Proof by Shanora Williams
Release Date: May 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

I was the low life.
The screw up.
The hopeless one with no future.
He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.
My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn't follow the path they paved for me.
I drank and partied and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn't live without - the fire that filled my veins after each sip always kept me running back for more.
But then I met her, and suddenly the drinks didn't matter. The parties weren't as fun. That fiery buzz came second for once.
I drowned only in her, wanting her more than I wanted to exist.
But even with her, I screwed things up.
Now, he's with the woman I love. And he may have her, but what he should know is that even with all of his money, that nice house, and his expensive cars, her mind, body, and soul will always belong to me.
And I'm not sorry about it, brother, 'cause she was mine first.

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Buy Links:

Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/sXLP4b


Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“He could have everything else, but he wasn’t keeping her.”


Shanora Williams delivers a heart-breaking yet heart-warming second chance, forbidden romance with 100 Proof. Two people that loved hard but broke apart even harder. My heart shattered multiple times for the hero in this book and my character connection to him was 100 Proof. Our heroine delivers a case of tough love when these two split after a three-year relationship, yes, it was needed and yes it was warranted, but that didn’t mean it hurt any less.


“She was my kryptonite, but also my strength. She gave my life meaning—for a while, anyway.”


Vinny was a character that lived up to the reputation he was unfairly given. If you want me to be the black sheep, I will be the black sheep and this was his way of acting out and rebelling against the people that should have loved him the most. Vinny’s relationship with his mom was perfect, he was the angel child but his father and brother despised him and made his life hell. I must admit I was intrigued as to what went wrong between the males in this family and I was glad that Shanora Williams slowly drip feed little snippets and made us wait, because it added to the intrigue.


“And you are my world—have always been mine, since the moment we met. Which is more important?”


Vinny had battled addiction, his method of forgetting was whiskey and drugs, a cocktail that destroyed his relationship with Marley. Three years Marley stood by his side, but even she had to admit defeat and put herself first for once. The relationship that these two had was perfect, in the flashbacks to the past you could see just how compatible they were, how much they loved each other and how they made each other the better person, despite the addiction. But when their paths cross two years later…all hell breaks loose!!


“Addictions are bad habits that are hard to let go of. That’s why you have to live without me, Vinny. I don’t want to be the one to destroy you, and I can’t let you destroy me. Not again.”


Yes, this is the battle of the brothers, yes, Marley had no idea they were related and that was all explained, yes, I hated the brother and the more and more time Marley spent with him the more I began to despise her. I did realise that Marley was stuck between a rock and a hard place, but come on…this was brutal.


“This was a dangerous love, but the risk thrilled me. It always had. This was a stupid kind of love, but it was real. So, so real, and so, so bad.”


The back and forth and the not knowing of what the hell was going to happen was infuriating, but was testament to this author’s writing ability and her apparent knack of dangling the carrot while she pulls your strings like a puppet master. Despite the length of this book this was a quick read and one where I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. The flashbacks to the past were extremely welcome and gave the reader an insight into their back story but I was still desperate to get back to the present because that was where all the interesting stuff was happening.


“I missed his touch. I missed his lips. I missed everything about him, and I hated myself for it.”


While I found the end result predictable, because I expected it from the very beginning it didn’t matter, I was more interested in the how. The back story on Vinny and his brother and father was what threw me for a doozy and that part I never saw coming, especially “what happened.” This was a great read, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and although I didn’t love Marley, I appreciated the situation that she found herself in.

Excerpt:

Breakfast was supposed to be happening in less than thirty minutes. I couldn’t bail on Vin. He would have taken it personally. I figured filling him in in person would be okay.

I wouldn’t even eat with him. I’d let him know what was going on and tell him he should schedule a flight back home as soon as he wanted to.

I collected my keys and my clutch before I could process my thoughts, but as I climbed into my car and started it up, driving away from our two-story brick home, I realized I wasn’t doing this for Vin’s benefit.

I was doing it for mine.

I wanted to see him again.

I wanted to know what was really going on with him.

I wanted updates on him and Zay. About California, period. I wanted to see if he’d changed at all—or if he was just giving the impression of it to try and win me over again. Not that he could, but he would try.

I knew this was stupid. I should have cancelled, like Lloyd said. By going to meet him—<em>alone</em>—I was asking for something to happen. I was secretly hoping to feel a connection again, but in the heat of the moment, I wasn’t exactly sure what that something was.

I drove with racing thoughts, wondering what I’d say—what I’d do. Do I hug him when I first see him? Do I shake his hand and pretend to be formal? Do I treat him like my future brother-in-law or as my former love?

I had no clue, but, still, I didn’t stop. I kept going until I was pulling into the parking lot of the busy restaurant and parking the car.

I didn’t fully breathe as I climbed out, didn’t stop moving as I walked towards the entrance. I didn’t fill my lungs with air until I saw him standing in the waiting area, wearing a navy blue T-shirt that clung to his firm upper body, dark wash jeans sitting low and snug on his hips, and his hair a beautiful, chaotic mess. The veins bulged on his arms, the very ones I used to have no problem tracing with the tip of my tongue.

My pulse roared.

And then it hit me.

This was exactly what I wanted to feel.

The electricity between us—the fire that could torch anything that stood in its way. I wanted to witness his smoldering eyes drinking me in, like I was the most beautiful woman in the world.

Lloyd had never given me this look. He had never stared for so long, like he would tear my clothes off right where we stood, no matter who was watching.

My throat tightened.

My core clenched.

But I pretended none of it was happening to me as I walked forward to meet him.


About the Author:


Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive man, and is a sister to eleven. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies. 

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Twitter: @shanorawilliams
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