Thursday, 3 September 2015

Blog Tour & Review ~ The Moment of Letting Go by JA Redmerski

Book Description:

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling author J. A. Redmerski brings us a heart-wrenching, stand-alone new adult novel.

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart...

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she'd always craved - until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he's convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can't deny the deep connection he feels. But there's a reason Luke doesn't do long-term. He can't promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Ultimatums come with consequences. And resentment.”

As usual with JA Redmerski this was an extremely well written book, the author’s voice was flawless as ever and I could picture myself in Hawaii with this couple. This is one of those books that would be an ideal holiday read, it is easy going, nothing too angsty but more a book of reflection, falling in love, and as the title states “letting go.”

“Because…I found something more worth dying for.”

For me this book was a bit slow going in places but my attention was kept with wanting to know the characters back stories, wanting to know their stories that they were too scared to tell and trying to read between the lines. While my hunches were correct when certain circumstances were revealed I have to say I had a very glassy eyed moment.

Most of us in this world work to live, to pay the bills, pay the mortgage and just generally survive. Never having enough to do what we would love to do but safe in our monotonous jobs knowing that the bills would be covered. When you take all those pressures away and live for the moment, what would you do? If you stripped back everything to basics, the bare necessities, earned enough to survive but gave you time to do something for you, would you take that leap?

“I wish I’d never left Hawaii.”

Love finds you when you least expect it, just a glance, a glimpse of that someone, but that someone stays in your mind, you take that leap, you converse and somehow with that one little conversation you give a little piece of yourself away, this is one of those books.

Sienna was on Hawaii for work, just for a few days, until she met Luke. Luke had that carefree attitude, but these two just clicked. You could tell that Luke had his own issues underneath that carefree fa├žade that he had firmly in place and Sienna couldn’t help but be drawn under Luke’s spell. For the first time ever, Sienna does something for herself and she stays on the island for two weeks vacation at Luke’s request. Here begins a love story that you cannot help but get swept away in.

“Because fear is like a vampire…and I’m tired of letting the bastard suck the life out of me.”

Fears and insecurities are at the forefront of this story and each one is dealt with together. Facing up to fears and challenges and tackling life head on with Luke’s contagious enthusiasm at the helm. Holiday romances are sometimes just that but you could tell that these two had longevity, they had a connection, one that neither had felt before and you couldn’t help but champion them along, hoping that the obstacles that they had to climb were just speed bumps rather than mountains.

“I was sure I was gonna die that day…but I was more tired of being afraid of everything than I was of dying. It was like I was already dead, letting fear ruin what life I had.”

This would have been a solid four star from me had it not dragged in places, but none the less, still a story I thoroughly enjoyed. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author.

“Drink the sky.”
“I drank the sky and brought an angel down with me.”

Blog Tour & Review ~ Under My Skin (Stark International Trilogy #3) by J Kenner

Book Description:

Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose. 

Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape. 

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both. 

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run. Under My Skin is intended for mature audiences. 

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Say My Name (Book 1)

On My Knees (Book 2)

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

“I want to reduce you to ashes, to discover all your secrets.”

So another J Kenner series comes to an end and once again I am bereft knowing that these characters’ storylines have come to their conclusion. Reconnecting with Damien Stark and learning all about Jackson Steele has been an amazing ride and once again J Kenner delivers a fantastic finale.

This book continues from the last and we were all left wondering who killed Reed and would Jackson take the rap for it or more importantly, did Jackson do it? It seems murder charges seem to follow these brothers around but for high profile individuals’ mud is constantly slung and the fear is that one day it will stick.

“You want to run off and fight? Want to kick the shit out of something? You don’t run to the ring, remember? You run to me.”

J Kenner ties up all our theories in this book and all questions are answered but there is still a lot going on. It seems that the resort is a target of sabotage and now we have another whodunit on our hands. Enemies are prevalent in their field and now it is a case of learning who can and cannot be trusted. With the investors all antsy, especially after Jackson becoming a person of interest it seems the world and his wife are against them.

“It’s a screwed up situation…and that’s why we’re all here. To make sure you don’t end up fucked.”

The first half of this book was a tad slow and there was quite a bit of recapping which did interrupt the flow but once we get into the nitty gritties in the second half the whole story ramps up and really gets going. The one thing I loved about this book the most was the burgeoning relationship between Damien and Jackson. It is when the chips are down that you know who has your back and even though these two had their differences in the beginning, they really do become a tight knit unit and that was beautiful to see. Blood can be thicker than water, unless you are of course, their dad.

“…father…That’s just a word…and right now it feels pretty damn hollow.”

I have to say the change in Sylvia in this book was not for the better, she was kind of annoying at times but she had her reasons and her insecurities. Jackson, as ever was strong, he had his moments where life and pressures showed through chinks in his armour but overall he was truly amazing considering what life was throwing at him.

“You’re my life, Syl. You’re my blood. You’re the only person who can break me, and the only one who can save me. And right now, I need you more than I need to breathe.”

Once again it is bittersweet and I am hoping that there must be another spin off in the works, I know you should get tired of reading about the same people over and over again but this bunch of characters have wormed their way in and with the many fingers in many pies that these lot have I am sure that they still have a lot to tell. Trouble seems to follow them everywhere so hopefully they will continue talking. We can but hope.

For those that loved the Stark trilogy, you will love this one too, plenty of drama, plenty of angst and plenty of smoking hot scenes to get the blood pressure rising for a different reason. Once again J Kenner delivered another great series.

About the Author:

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. 

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures. 

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries. 

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway ~ Indecision (Maine Attraction #1) by Elisabeth Grace

Book Description:

Jackie Davenport will try anything once, especially in the bedroom. Anything except falling in love.

She lives a carefree existence packed full of fun, but free from emotional entanglements and that’s just how she wants to keep it. When she meets the new police officer in town, she’s unable to deny the connection between them. His over confidence and bullish ways grate on her…still she can’t help but find herself falling into his bed AND falling for him.

Jamie McTavish is man enough to admit that he probably didn’t make the best first impression when he met the 911 Operator. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still sizzling sexual tension between them. He’s a man of action and he’s not content to sit on the sidelines until Jackie works out her issues. But trying to tame this tiger might be too big of a challenge for even him.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
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“…haven’t you figured it out yet? We’re a foregone conclusion.”

This was one of those melt your heart reads and I bet that Jamie McTavish will steal a lot of hearts.

Jackie was a 911 call operator, the police had been in her blood as her dad was also a cop, but the job had also cost him his life. Losing her dad had emotional repercussions for Jackie, one was her fear of loss and two was her mantra that she would never ever date anyone in the services, whether he be police, ambulance or fire. Any job that could take her partner was a 100% no go zone. Jackie had seen what loss had done to her mother and she was certain that she would never put herself in that position. But this gave Jackie a pretty lonely existence, having fuck buddies rather than any long lasting committed relationship. She had never felt love, or been in love….until Jamie McTavish.

“I’d been kidding myself to think that I was strong enough to face this.”

Jamie McTavish was the new cop in town, having moved from Boston to this small town in Maine. Jamie was dedicated to his job but also to his dad who was his main reason for moving back to Maine. Jamie totally stole my heart, he was such a kind hearted person, so loving and giving, you couldn’t help but fall for him. He was slowly but surely finding his feet and then he meets a damsel in distress at the side of the road, little does he know who Jackie is, else he wouldn’t have given her a pat down and a sobriety test. While their first meet may not have been the best, there was no mistaking the undeniable attraction that these two had for each other, even from the beginning.

“His body was perfection, but underneath the solid muscle and fuckable exterior was a man who possessed a heart bigger than anyone I’d ever know - a man who now possessed my soul.”

This was a story of overcoming fears, however unfounded or founded, about moving on from the past and living for the present and future. Taking that leap of faith and putting your trust in another, but most importantly it is about falling in love and being loved, one of the most precious things to give and to be given.

“…unsure whether allowing Jamie into my life was my biggest breakthrough or my biggest mistake.”

I loved the connection between Jackie and Jamie, that slow build in the beginning until they both realised just what they were feeling, those little pangs of jealousy being the first indicators and the fact that Jamie would not give up on Jackie really tugged at the heart strings. The chemistry between these two was palpable and the two of them together set fire to the pages. I must admit there were a few emotional scenes that nearly had the tears falling, but I settled for glassy eye syndrome.

“And so I fell asleep in the arms of a man for the first time ever.”

This was a quick read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. For all us hopeless romantics this one will tick all the boxes and will bring you a huge dose of the warm and fuzzies. Loved this couple and loved this story and one that hammers home just how important love can be from both sides, how much someone can change and just how emotionally rewarding a relationship can be.


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Release Day Blitz ~ Unsaid (The Manhattanites #3) by Avery Aster

Release Date: 1st September 2015

 Book Description:

For fans who loved the snarky wit of Will & Grace and the epic love drama found in Brokeback Mountain comes Avery Aster’s new full-length, standalone contemporary M/M romance novel, Unsaid.

Chelsea’s hottie Blake Morgan III has reemerged from a nasty breakup. His marriage was a frigid

Lower East Side multimedia artist extraordinaire Miguel Santana may be known as the cocky Latin stud in the city, but all he’s wanted since college was Blake’s hand in marriage. He was livid when Blake walked down the aisle with the wrong guy. Miguel has his own list titled the Seven Needs, which are quite contrary to Blake’s dirty-boy deeds. They involve serious commitments, which may leave his new-to-the-singles-scene buddy sprinting for the door, destroying any hopes Miguel has for happiness.

Can these two hunks conquer their intimate fears and love one another as only best friends can? Join the star-studded cast in The Manhattanites series and see for yourself!
disaster beyond repair, and he vows to be single—forever. Bruised, but still hot in Prada, he creates his Seven Desires wish list, his sexiest imaginings. Blake soon realizes there’s only one man he may trust to make these uninhibited intentions come to fruition: his best friend Miguel Santana.

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