Saturday, 22 November 2014

E.L Montes Weekend ~ Reviews of Disastrous & Cautious plus giveaway!

We are huge fans of E.L Montes and her debut book Disastrous will always be special to us as it was instrumental in building our friendship and without that friendship there would be no blog.
 
So this weekend we thought we'd share with you again our reviews of E.L's books and for those of you who haven't read them yet we are giving you the chance to win them.
 
Today we will feature Disastrous & Cautious, tomorrow we will feature Perfectly Damaged.
 
Disastrous (Disastrous 1)
 
Book Description:
 

After struggling with the loss of yet another person so dear to her heart, Mia Sullivan channeled her frustration and loneliness into focusing on her future career. At the top of her class at Harvard Law, she was nervous and excited when given the opportunity to work as a summer extern at one of the top firms in Boston. Her new boss was the young, extraordinarily handsome, and successful Marcus DeLuca. As she falls for his charms, she discovers he is keeping something from her.

Marcus DeLuca was living two separate lives: one that involved his successful career and the other that could potentially ruin his entire reputation. His secret could jeopardize not only his life but everyone he loves. There was no room in his life for a serious romantic relationship, but after meeting Mia, he makes room. He cannot resist her. She is innocent, humble, and pure--the total opposite of him. She distracts him from all of his deep dark secrets. He knows once Mia finds out the things he has done and who he truly is, she will never want to look at him again. Deep down he knows he must stay away, but he can't.

Mia and Marcus are heading down a path of love, lies, heartbreak, and betrayal. Can their love conquer all, or will the web of deceit be too much to overcome?
 

Our Review:
 
Review by Willow 4 Stars (Written 26.10.2012)

 The story is about young, extraordinarily handsome and successful Marcus DeLuca, who has a secret and Harvard law student Mia Sullivan, who ends up working for him. I was expecting this story to be a certain way and I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't.

First the story grabs you in with a prologue. Mia is arguing with someone and is running away from them in the middle of the night. She has blood on her, but you don't know why. Chapter one then starts with events prior to this. The author did a great job of reeling you in here, because as you are reading the book you keep thinking of that prologue, you need to know more about that event so you keep reading. Once you meet Marcus and slowly start to know things about his secret you start to form scenarios of what he's done and where the blood has come from to cause that prologue, but when it finally comes its probably not what you were thinking!

Marcus is a very likable character, he has his flaws, but he really does care about Mia. Mia is feisty and can stand up for herself. She really annoyed me during one part of the book though, because she should have told Marcus something straight away, he had a right to know the instant it happened.

The story has some heart breaking moments and some angst. I really enjoyed the book and didn't want to put it down.

The ending leaves you wanting more with Mia and Marcus and the epilogue leaving you knowing the second book, which I think might be called cautious, will be more involved with Marcus' secret and is likely to put both Mia and Marcus in danger. I was definitely left needing to read the second book.

There is a bonus chapter at the end of Marcus' POV when meeting Mia for the first time and it was a nice touch.

Here are my Goodreads status updates whilst reading!
26/2012
85.0% "So not fair, I forgot my husband got some comedy tickets for tonight, so now out. Trying to read on my kindle app on phone, but he's not having it!!! Can't finish it for another 5 hours!!! I need to finish this!!"           
10/26/2012
83.0% "this is so unfair - I have to stop reading to drive home from work (yes I have been reading at work I couldnt stop!)"                           
10/26/2012
81.0% "OMG the heartbreak."                           
10/26/2012
72.0% "Ok so when the main character thinks "nothing can go wrong" you gotta know something is coming! uh oh"
10/26/2012
71.0% "I cant put this book down."
10/26/2012
62.0% "uh oh... this doesn't look good."                           
10/26/2012
39.0% "Marcus - what are you doing???"                          
10/26/2012
25.0% "why do I have to work today? I just want to read!"   

 
Cautious (Disastrous 2)
 
Book Description:
 
Marcus and Mia share a LOVE stronger than others, but their relationship was built on LIES and deceit.

Cautiously, they continue to struggle for what they desire more than anything, each other.
Though, that comes with a price … one that involves more HEARTBREAK and deception.
Can they survive another disastrous path?


Is their love strong enough to defeat all the obstacles, all of the BETRAYAL?

Not all broken relationships are repairable, but Marcus and Mia try their hardest to fight for themselves and for each other.
 
 
Our Review:
 
Reviewed by Dawn, Donna & Willow ~ 5 Stars (written 21.05.13)
 
We've been patiently waiting for Cautious and were so excited when author EL Montes offered us an ARC to review for the blog. We've decided to do this review a little bit different that we usually do. We are going to share with you the messages we sent each other whilst we were reading the book so you can see what we were going through, and then we'll share our conversation after we'd all finished! 

Willow: Have you guys read the prologue? OMG!!
Donna: The Prologue is badddddddddddd :-(
Willow: I know WTH? I love that E's done it again, though this prologue is more shocking!!
Donna: Will probably finish today, but I'm scared!
Willow: I'm scared too!
Dawn: OMG who was that in the prologue!!! This better be a HEA!!
Donna: I'm now at 60% and bricking it!
Dawn: Oh no!
Donna: Only because I feel something bad is going to happen!!
Willow: I'm only at 25% but E can't do this to us can she???
Dawn: I hope not. In the prologue was that Marcus or Mia?
Donna: Or not them at all?  
Willow: I assumed Marcus was narrating, but it's not clear.
Dawn: I thought it was Mia narrating?!
Donna: I thought Mia too
Willow: Im going back to re-read!
Donna: Ooooo 70% think this is where it hits the fan! Need to take a breather.
Donna: OMG 86%...........
Dawn: Stop it I'm only 4%!! lol
Willow: No no no Donna!!
Donna: I'm on the Epilogue now and only answered a few emails today I'm sooo bad - it was just too good to put down.
Willow: I'm so Jealous right now Donna!!
Donna: Finished!
Dawn: Are you happy or sad?
Donna: There were some sad bits and some happy bits lol
Dawn: I think in the prologue it was Mia speaking, he calls her Babe, she calls him Baby.
Donna: Not saying
Dawn: Gaaaaaaah!!!
Dawn: I need to know about that prologue - we'll ask E in her interview whether she writes the prologue first or the book first and adds the prologue
Willow: Once again the prologue is genius!
Dawn: I'm dying to know what "the" secret is! And they are sure to find out the other one knew about it and they really wont be happy!!
Dawn: 57% and Gaaaaah! The way she's writing it is keeping the secret from us!  I just want to know!!
Willow: lol I felt like that, it's coming I promise! :-)
Willow: Wait until you get to around 83%, there's a line there that killed me! let me know when you get there!
Dawn: Gaaaaaah! I thought he was going to tell Jimmie on the phone, not skirt around it!
Willow: It is genius how she keeps you guessing though don't you think?
Dawn: I got to that line! "My deepest regret that night...." right?
Donna: Awwww sob sob sob!
Willow: Yep that's the line that broke my heart!
Dawn: I'm Scared.
Dawn: OMG they're going to walk in on it aren't they?
Donna: Have you got Kleenex? I cried lots
Dawn: Willow you've a heart of stone did you cry?
Willow: As you say I'm a cold hearted bitch, I didn't cry but I was extremely upset. I think the non crying was just shock more than anything. I just couldn't believe it!

And here's the discussion we had after:
Willow: The thing I loved about this book and Disastrous is although you have the story Marcus and Mia's relationship, there is just so much other stuff going on that grips you.
Dawn: I know I love all the side characters. Jeremy is funny. And Elle is so cute.It's good we get to see Mia building relationships with her family too in this one. And I felt for Marcus more in this one. He really doesn't want that life but he's trapped in it with very little options to get out. But he tries his hardest because he loves Mia and want a better life for them than his mum and dad had.
Donna: I felt that Marcus matured a lot in this book although I did feel that his reaction to "the secret" was not like him..he has led the family for so long I just felt that he would have reacted a bit differently. I did really feel for him though...I cried at his turmoil
Willow: I agree Donna, Marcus did seem much more mature in this book, but I get what you are saying about his reaction. The relationships with the other DeLucas was lovely to see - I am excited that EL has decided to do a book on Jimmies story. As you know I'm a sucker for alternative points of view in a story and I loved that Cautious does this, you get to feel both characters highs and lows. 
Dawn: Jimmies story will be good. He's a great character and has had some tough times and I think Ellie is going to give him some more!! Ha ha Hope he finds love too though.  Yeah the alternate POV is good. It means there's no gaps in the story and you're not left wondering what the other on is thinking or feeling. I felt Mia had grown a pair in this book too. She was much more willing to try for their relationship despite what Marcus did in his "other" life. She still didn't like it but was more willing to give it a go I thought.
Willow: So Dawn after Donna was warning you about Kleenex, did you cry?
Dawn: Of course!!! U know I cry at anything!! Lol
Donna: I went through a box of tissues and had red eye for ages...again I cried at the epilogue as well. I am wondering what will happen after the event with a certain character...I cannot see it being let go especially as there was no "punishment". Marcus did something that was so right yet so wrong but understand why he did it. I am just worried about the future repercussions. 
Willow: Perhaps this is what we'll see in Jimmie's story? 


Our Rating and Final thoughts:
Willow: Definitely 5 stars without a doubt. I couldn't put it down, I loved it. It's a great story and if you haven't read them you must! I <3 EL and will read anything she puts out there.
Dawn: 5 stars from me too. It's so much more than just a romance book. And we need more of them like this. I'll be waiting in line for her next one out.
Donna: 5 stars! One word: Amazeballs.
Giveaway:
 
One winner will win a kindle copy of both Disastrous & Cautious.
 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Frights ~ PNR Reviews ~ No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It (Grayslake Book 1) by Celia Kyle.

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 4 Stars

What I liked about this book was the endearing quality about it. It is about two people, Mia and Ty, coming together. One very sure about his feelings virtually from the get go and Mia not so sure but she had to admit he was gorgeous. Ty was determined, in his eyes Mia was his and his slow seduction on her was beautiful to read.

The story begins with Mia coming to Grayslake, Georgia. She had been left a house by her grandfather on his death. On arriving at the house and going through all the boxes left by the removal company, Mia hears a noise in her kitchen and when she went to investigate, she found a very frightened bear cub. It was instant love and all a mothers protectiveness rose to the fore in Mia.

This is when Mia first meets Ty, him being the local sheriff, but also he was the head of the local were community, the Itan.

Mia, only having a bit of were blood in her had quite the fight on her hands in being able to keep the cub especially when the cubs uncle came banging on her door, raising merry hell being a drunk and very nasty with it. This is why Ty was called out to her address.

Ty on seeing Mia was immediately attracted to her and was doing his best to placate her but knew it was going to be difficult for her as she was classed as human in many of the eyes of the town. Managing to get Mia and the cub back to the weres den, Ty starts to slowly work his magic on Mia because in his eyes she was definitely "Mine". He slowly wore her down and Mia couldn't deny what she felt for Ty, having him around her so much to say she liked him was an understatement and he could certainly bring out strong feelings inside of her.

 “He licked the seam of her lips and swallowed her gasp. He delved into her mouth and moaned, her delicate sweet flavours sliding over his tongue. He tasted, groaning when she returned the caress.”

The story tells you about Mia’s fight against the odds, with really nasty characters working against her in the background, but it also tells you of the beautiful blossoming relationship between Mia and Ty.

I loved this book. It is really lovely to read about a growing romance which is slightly done in the old fashioned way.

Ms Kyle I will be following up on the Grayslake series that's for sure.


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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Cover Reveal with Excerpt ~ Before Ryan Was Mine (The Rembrance Trilogy Prequel) by Kahlen Aymes


RELEASE DATE: December 16th, 2014

Book Description:

When Ryan Matthews meets Julia Abbott for the first time at Stanford University, he immediately knows she will change his life. They have an instant, unbreakable connection that goes beyond partying and palpable attraction. Although his intelligence and good looks land him any girl he wants, Ryan hesitates to cross that line with Julia because she quickly becomes the best friend he’s ever had.

Both secretly in love, Ryan and Julia are terrified to take the chance that could mean the loss of the very person they don’t want to lose. As the bond between them grows stronger, they are both miserable as they are forced to watch as they each date other people. But will Ryan’s all-consuming jealousy and Julia’s deeply broken heart torment them enough to make one or both walk away?

Join Ryan and Julia on the beginning of the journey that has made Kahlen Aymes’ Remembrance Trilogy an international bestselling favorite among her readers. This book was written after The Trilogy was finished due to an abundance of reader requests for more of Ryan and Julia’s story.

And so…

The Mad, Mad Love Begins…
 
Find it on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1ym7uwQ



Excerpt:

~Ryan

The biggest moment of my life found me unexpectedly. It crept up softly, and settled around me like a fuzzy blanket. A mere whisper; it hit me like a sledgehammer. At the time, I knew it was significant, but I didn’t realize just how those few seconds would change absolutely everything: how one brief glance could leave such an indelible stamp on the remainder of my life. It would become a contradiction; an unstoppable force that would send me reeling out of my control, churning and shredding my emotions, but create the most incredible contentment I’d ever feel. Contentment that could wrap me up in a warm, safe place or devastate me to the core and leave my heart in shambles. It would become years of want and pain, lust and love… It would hurt like the deepest hell, but become the most euphoric and precious ecstasy I’d ever know. I’d never forget that day, that moment; that glance.

It would wreck me. It would make me.    

The Remembrance Trilogy Reading Order



Before Ryan Was Mine (Book 0.5) Releasing 12/16

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The Future of Our Past (Book One)

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Don’t Forget to Remember Me (Book Two)

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A Love Like This (Book Three)

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The Remembrance Trilogy: Books 1-3

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About the Author:

I'm a single mother of one daughter, Olivia. She's amazing in every way.

I was born in the Midwestern United States and educated at a private university where I received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration.

I've always been creative with art, music, theater and writing. I decided to write a story as a way to build a network for a business venture. The reader support of my stories and my overwhelming desire to find out where my characters would take me, soon had the writing morphing the business. No one was more shocked than I. When readers began nominating my work for online awards, it took my breath away and only made me love it more. It soon became clear that writing was, and should be, my focus.

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