Monday, 30 June 2014

Release Blitz ~ Rhett by J.S. Cooper

RHETT-AVAILABLE-NOW

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Rhett is a new standalone novel from New York Times Bestselling Author J. S. Cooper
 
Book Description:

I’m Rhett.

I’m cocky because I can be. I’ve got it all: the looks, the money, the endurance. I’m the guy that every girl wants to be with, yet none of them have ever been able to tie me down.

I don’t do love. I don’t do relationships. And I sure as hell will never do marriage.

I’m all about the fast life and everything that entails. There’s a different woman in my bed every week. My friends are jealous of me. My enemies envy me. Everyone wants my life. And everything in my life is absolutely perfect. At least, that's what everyone thinks.

Everything changed the day, Clementine O'Hara told me she was moving away. She’s my best friend. She was my first kiss in grade school. We share everything with each other. She's the only girl I haven't tried anything with because she's off-limits to me and my friends. Only, suddenly I'm seeing her in a different light.

I’m Rhett and I don’t let anything get me down. Then one night changed everything and everything I thought I knew was called into question. All of a sudden, being Rhett didn’t mean so much anymore. All of a sudden my friendship with Clementine was in jeopardy and I wasn't sure what I was going to do.

 
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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Release Blitz ~ Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Needing Moore Trilogy Box Set by Julie A. Richman


 
Congrats & Happy Release to Julie A Richman! 
The Needing Moore Trilogy Box Set is LIVE!

All three Bestselling, Top-Rated Books from The Needing Moore Trilogy by USA Today Bestseller Julie A. Richman, PLUS never before seen BONUS CHAPTERS for each book and is ONLY $4.99

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Book Description:

All three Bestselling, Top-Rated Books from The Needing Moore Trilogy by USA Today Bestseller Julie A. Richman, PLUS never before seen BONUS CHAPTERS for each book.


SEARCHING FOR MOORE – Book 1

I lost the love of my life when she disappeared without even a goodbye.
It was the 80’s – there was no internet, no Google, no cell phones.
If you wanted to disappear, you could.
And she did.
She crushed my soul.
A friend just told me he saw her on Facebook.
And now I’m a keystroke away from asking her the question that’s haunted me for two decades.
“Why did you leave me?”

Two decades after she broke his heart, sexy entrepreneur Schooner Moore uncovers the truth and betrayal his life has been built on when he Facebook friend requests college love, Mia Silver. Determined to win Mia’s love once again, Schooner embarks on a life-altering journey that could cost him everything.

MOORE TO LOSE – Book 2

Continuing the fight for their happily ever after that began in Searching for Moore, Schooner Moore and Mia Silver struggle to overcome the ghosts and baggage they accumulated during their time apart.

Exploring the missing 24 years when they were separated, Moore to Lose follows Mia's journey from heartbroken teen to kickass businesswoman to her emotional reunion with Schooner and the exploration of the love that was ripped from them.

But is their love really strong enough to overcome the damage of those missing 24 years or will they continue to be ripped apart by pasts that can't be changed?


MOORE THAN FOREVER – Book 3

"You have no idea of what you do to me, Baby Girl."
"It's smoochal."

Is the love they always dreamed of enough?

Continuing the emotional journey of love and betrayal that began on a college campus in Searching for Moore and turned their worlds upside down in Moore to Lose, handsome, California entrepreneur Schooner Moore and sharp and sassy, New York advertising agency owner Mia Silver continue to be confronted with the harsh reality of the remnants from the lives they lived apart for 24 years.

Now, Schooner Moore and Mia Silver face the ultimate challenge - were they really meant to be together or will their pasts continue to tear them apart?

On the heels of the birth of their newborn son, Nathaniel, Schooner and Mia must decide if their love and loyalty to one another is strong enough to learn to grow together as a couple or if the life they always dreamed of sharing was better left as a teenage fantasy.
 
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Excerpt

Moore To Lose by Julie A Richman (Book Two: Needing Moore Series)

Damn, this woman could bring him to his knees. There they were - both standing there, naked. Vulnerable. The truth was finally out. And if he was standing there high on the edge of a cliff, he wasn't standing there alone anymore. Mia had joined him. She was as bold and fearless as she'd always been. This was the Mia Silver with whom he had fallen hopelessly in love.

"We're going to be ok, Mia," he reassured her. He wasn't going to allow himself to believe anything else. He could picture her shaking her head yes on the other end of the phone as he heard her trying to hide her tears. He pictured gently wiping them away with his thumb.

 "You promise, Schooner?"

 And as always with Mia, making a promise was so damn easy. "I promise, Baby Girl."

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About the Author:

Author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.


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Friday, 27 June 2014

Friday Frights ~ PNR reviews ~ Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series 6) by JR Ward

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 4.5 Stars

This is the sixth book in this compelling, utterly erotic series. This book is about Phury, Zsadist's twin, who in the last book, Lover Unbound changed places with Vishous to become the Primale of the Chosen.

It is a book of having the strength to change yourself, to make yourself a better person and in places it made me cry because of this.

Phury has now got Cormia, who was chosen to be the Primale's First Mate housed in the manor at the compound. Sadly, Phury is still having difficulty in being able to perform his expected duties as Primale. Also, Cormia is finding it hard to adjust to life at the Manor that she has been brought into, which is so different to her previous life that she had led as a chosen one.

Cormia is also upset that Phury has not come to her to fill his duty as Primale, but the time that she does spend with him, she is drawn closer and closer to him. This helps in overriding her terror and naivety concerning the sexual act but Phury is getting more out of control with everything that is expected of him. Because of a particular act against the Lessers, Phury’s problems are exacerbated when Wrath, the king of the Brotherhood has to inform Phury that he can longer be a warrior, desolate and totally stunned he makes his way to his room where Cormia is waiting for him.

In her role as First Mate, she sees it her duty to help him, so she helps him to undress and gets him in the shower, overcoming her shyness and while brushing his magnificent hair, Phury’s attraction and sexual wanting of Cormia finally wakes up and as he looks at her all that goes through his head is…

“Mine.”

Phury yanked the robing out of the way of her sex and – oh yeah, there it was. He could feel the heat come up – “Fuck,” he groaned. She was wet, welling up, overflowing.


And then they were interrupted and the moment was lost, but afterwards Phury realised that Cormia was the one who could soothe him and calm him, not Bella who he always had tormented himself over.

Their love story slowly unfolds and is so touching you cannot help to feel for these two lovers.

This book is a virtual roller coaster ride with the Lesser getting bolder, a surprise the Omega has just now revealed and a reunion that all the Brotherhood is so grateful for.

A really great read Ms Ward with lots of action and storylines unfolding. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly get Book 7, Lovers Avenged to continue reading this thoroughly enjoyable series.
 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Blog Tour Promo ~ Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Changing Forever (Rain 2) by Lisa De Jong


Title: Changing Forever (Rain 2, can be read as a stand alone)
Author: Lisa De Jong
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Mae I Design



Book Description:
 
I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.

Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.

He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.

I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.

With one decision, everything changes … forever.

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Author’s take on the leading man:

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m just as obsessed about football as I am about books. I’ve always wanted to write a book around football because I think I know my stuff. Anyway, Drake had to be the quarterback, because for me, that’s the most exciting position. I mean, everyone’s heard of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, right? I actually envisioned Drake as a young Tom Brady. Did I mention I’m a bit obsessed with him?

Like Emery, Drake has some stuff in his past. The only difference is, he hasn’t let it go. He carries it around on his shoulder because of the repercussions it had on his family … still has on his family. He’d do anything for the people he loves, but he hasn’t let himself love many. He’s stubborn and a little arrogant. He fights with himself more than anyone else so when he develops feelings for Emery, he doesn’t give in.

I absolutely love this guy – his vulnerability, his internal war. He even fought with me a few times, but I think I won. J
 
Author’s take on the leading lady:


It was funny because I found my Emery on my photographer’s page one day. Her name is Jenessa Andrea (https://www.facebook.com/jenessaCEandrea), and the second I saw her, I knew she was my Emery.

Out of all the female characters I’ve written about, Emery is the most like me. I was – okay, maybe I still am – a do-gooder. The thing about Emery is no matter what she does, she’s going to give her best effort. She doesn’t like when obstacles stand in her way, but when they do she finds a way around them.

She felt like she lost out on a lot during her childhood, which fuels her to want to be the best. It’s what she can control. She’s not immune to a hot guy who can match her jab for jab, though. She might fight it for a little while, tell herself he’s just another pig-headed athlete, but her walls aren’t that hard to tear down.

Emery doesn’t attach herself to many people, and when she does, it’s with super glue. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but when it all goes downhill, things get really bad.

Author Bio:
 
Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn't change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music. She is the author of When It Rains, After the Rain, Plastic Hearts and Glass Hearts.

Contact: lisadejongwrites@gmail.com, @LisaDeJongBooks, FacebookWebsite


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Cover Reveal ~ Dust to Dust (EiT 9) by Karina Hale

It's here! Check out the Cover for Dust to Dust,  the final instalment in Karina Hale's Experiment in Terror series!

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Title: Dust To Dust (Experiment In Terror #9 )
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 29th, 2014

Book Description:

The dramatic conclusion to the Experiment in Terror Series.


Perry Palomino and Dex Foray.

On their own, they’re uniquely brilliant. Together, they’re an unstoppable team.

Until now.

Because after everything the duo has encountered, they haven’t come across an evil quite like this. An evil that has been years in the making, an evil that will stop at nothing until they, and everyone they care for, are destroyed.

Dex and Perry’s love has survived a multitude of sins.

But can it survive the end?
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The Experiment In Terror series
Book #1 — Dark­house - FREE
Book #2 —
Red Fox
Book #2.5 - The Ben­son (An Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror Novella)
Book #3 —
Dead Sky Morn­ing
Book #4 —
Lying Sea­son
Book #5 — On Demon Wings
Book #5.5 —
Old Blood (An Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror Novella)
Book #5.7 —
The Dex Files (An Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror Novella)
Book #6 —
Into the Hol­low
Book #6.5 —
And With Mad­ness Comes the Light (An Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror Novella)
Book #7 —
Come Alive
Book #8 —
Ashes to Ashes

About the Author

4785031With 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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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Review ~ Come to Me Softly (Closer to You 2) by A.L Jackson

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 Stars

**ARC received for honest review**

“I always thought I’d be her ruin. But right then, I was pretty sure she’d be mine.”

Come to Me Softly is the eagerly anticipated and long awaited sequel to Come to Me Quietly, continuing the journey of Jared and Aleena (Aly). Their journey has always been emotional and that does not change in this book. This is a story packed with emotion, feelings, love and angst. An emotional rollercoaster that will put you through the mill but will leave you with the warm and fuzzies at the end.

This is a book about finding yourself, accepting love, learning to love in return, redemption and forgiveness, learning to let go of the past and looking to the future but most of all, the journey to fight those inner demons and come out the other end the winner.

“Promise me you won’t run when it gets ugly, Jared. Because life always does, and I can’t bear the thought of living without you in mine.”

This book continues where Come to Me Quietly finished, with Jared and Aly reunited. Jared is still emotionally scarred, still frightened, still plagued by his inner demons but one thing he has learned from their time apart is that he needs Aly in his life. Aly grounds him, loves him warts and all, even if he doesn’t think he deserves it, he strives to be a better man because of her, she is his soul mate but most of all she is his lifeline. I did think that Jared became a bit too dependent on Aly in this one, he was extremely needy but you understood why, he didn’t want to discuss his past, he didn’t want to deal with it, didn’t want to accept it, even though he knew that it was killing him from within.

Aly was super strong in this book, she needed to be. She had her moments, but she knew that she had to be strong for Jared. Aly constantly supported him, championed him, loved him, adored him but she struggled to make him see the light, he needed help. At the end the day, you can lead a horse to water…but you cannot make them drink.

“When beauty breathes life back into the broken.”


You saw the glimpses of the “real Jared” and you will find yourself supporting him, willing him on and waiting for him to take that next step. To see his constant battles both inside and out are heart breaking at times but you know deep down that he needs to work his way through it, he desperately seeks atonement, but is too stubborn to see that he should already have it. Throughout, Aly is her determined, supportive self and you hope that deep down that the love and connection that these two share will be enough.

“It thundered in my ears and danced with my spirit, this man that was mine.
Volatile yet pure.
Corrupted yet worthy.
My beautifully broken boy.”


I love AL Jacksons writing and this book is no different, so emotive, so swoon worthy, you know that she has that ability to pull those emotions out of you and she does so brilliantly in this book. However, the first half of this book, I personally felt was a little padded which made it a little difficult to keep my full attention, I must admit I did struggle a little. There is a lot of love in this book, both in actions, dialogue and inner monologue. I knew they were in love, I knew their connection but it just felt the first half was packed with this when nothing actually really happened in between. The second half is packed and will keep you gripped from page to page as you bear witness to the struggles that these two encounter in the battle to stay together.

A solid closure for this couple that will leave all Jared and Aly fans extremely happy, even if it was emotional torture to get there. You will feel, you will probably cry, you will be happy and sad but most of all you will know you have been on a journey, one that has finally come full circle, you will just have to read and see how that full circle closes.

“This amazing love that began in a boy who grew up to be my man.”

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Release Day Blitz ~ Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Breathe with Me (With me in Seattle 7) by Kristen Proby

We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Kristen Proby's BREATHE WITH ME!! BREATHE WITH ME is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novel and is the 7th book in the With Me In Seattle Series.

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ABOUT BREATHE WITH ME:

Sometimes you meet the right person at the wrong time…

Mark Williams has loved Meredith since he was seventeen. A successful man with a strong family, he’s worked hard to move on from Meredith breaking his heart all those years ago. When his path crosses with the only woman he’s ever loved again years later, Mark knows there is nothing he won’t do to keep her in his life. But when the going gets tough, will Meredith stick around or will he lose her again?

…But true love has a way of finding its way back.

Meredith Summers is a dancer. One of the first things she learned in following her dreams is that timing is everything. She has spent the past ten years following her dream touring with mega-stars while trying to forget the high school sweetheart she left behind. Now she’s back in Seattle, running a successful dance studio with her best friend Jax and determined to move on from her gypsy past. Until the day she sees Mark Williams and time stands still. It’s as if no time has passed at all when Meredith finds herself in Mark’s arms again. The chemistry, the bonds and the love are as strong as ever and hearing Mark whisper breathe with me in her ear is a balm to her wounded soul. But will she grab onto this second chance at love, or is the timing all wrong for them again?

Don't miss catching up with the Montgomery and Williams clans in this latest installment of the With Me In Seattle Series from New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Proby.

“There were days that I would have exchanged a year of my life just to touch you one more time.” –Mark Williams
 
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EXCERPT:

I knock on Mer’s apartment door and shift back and forth on my feet. I haven’t been this nervous since the very first time I picked her up for a date early in our Junior year.

I’ve come a long way since then.

Suddenly the door is wrenched open and Jax is standing there with a wide smile.

“Hey,” he says.

“Hi. I’m here to pick up Meredith.”

“Mr. Delicious is here for your date, tootsie roll!” Jax yells.

“I’m right here, dork,” Meredith says as she slips under his arm out into the hallway. “Ignore him. He has horrible manners.”

“Have fun,” Jax continues, leaning on the doorjamb with his arms crossed and watching us walk to the elevator. I brace my hand on the small of her back and feel the electricity travel up my arm and down to my groin. After all this time, the chemistry is still here. “You have her home at a decent time, now. I’ll leave the light on.”

“Shut up, Jax,” Mer says with a laugh.

“Use condoms!” He calls just as the elevator arrives.

“Oh my God! Shut the hell up, Jax!”

He laughs as the doors close and I can only smile in delight down at her. Her cheeks are pink with embarrassment. Her hair is pulled up in one of her signature messy buns and she’s in jeans and a blue sweater the same color as her eyes.

Jesus, she’s fucking gorgeous.

“You look amazing,” I say and rub a large circle over her slender back.

“So do you,” she murmurs and looks up and down at my plain black T-shirt and jeans. I threw a plaid button down over the T, but her eyes travel to my arms anyway.

She always did have a thing for my arms.

“Thanks for coming out with me tonight.”

“Thanks for inviting me,” she replies with a grin. “Where are we going?”

“You’ll see.”

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And don’t forget the rest of the With Me in Seattle Series…

 
 
ABOUT KRISTEN PROBY:

Author photoNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Probyis the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.


Release Day Blitz with Giveaway ~ Come to me Softly (Closer to You 2) by A.L Jackson

Happy Release Day to A.L Jackson as we celebrate her new book Come to Me Softly!!
 
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Book Description:
 
ComeToMeSoftlyCover.Final From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Quietly comes a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.

A second chance at life…

A second chance at love…


Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?

To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.

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Grand Prize: Coach Bag stuff with A.L. Jackson Goodies!
 
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Grand Prize: Coach Bag, Kindle Paperwhite, and A.L. Jackson Swag
Second Prize: Come to Me Quietly Custom Charm Necklace
Third Prize: A.L. Jackson Swag Pack
 
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come to me quietlyAleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.

Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.

Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.
 
 
About the Author:

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, and Come to Me Quietly.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

Look for Come to Me Softly and When We Met: Behind Her Eyes coming soon.



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Monday, 23 June 2014

Review ~ Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons 1) by Christina Lauren

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 Stars

“What you feel, Cerise? I feel it, too. Fuck, Mia, I feel everything for you.”

To say I loved this book is an understatement as much as I absolutely loved the “Beautiful” series I have to say I think that this one topped them and that is saying something!

Mia Holland has just left college and will soon be on her way to business school in a few weeks. Her two best friends manage to persuade to her to go to Las Vegas for the weekend, a final blow out before they embark on the next stage of their education. Three girls…Las Vegas…what could possibly go wrong? Yes there are some “clich├ęs” in here, but it all made for some very interesting and seriously sexy reading…extremely hot, extremely addictive, extremely Ansel!

Mia Holland has some serious hang ups, she was a born worrier, she worried about everything. None more so than what her parents thought of her, specifically her dad, she was being coerced into a career that she never really wanted, her life was dancing, but her dad passed this off as some “artistic nonsense.” She was always aiming to please, trying to be the perfect daughter; would Vegas open her eyes to being Mia?

Ansel was out celebrating with the lads, he was a typical French man, he had a way with words, looks that could decimate even the strongest of wills, he was romantic, he was impulsive, and he was super sexy and seriously, seriously swoon worthy. I was captivated by this character from the get go, he wasn’t over the top, he was genuine, he was just so perfect.

One night stands were supposed to be just that…one night stands…but when a drunken Mia and Ansel stumble across each other for the second time in the same night, it seems fate has other ideas. After one night of fantastic, mind blowing sex and lots of other shenanigans, these two soon realise that one night will never be enough. These two have an attraction, they were like magnets and could not keep away from each other, yes this was a instalust/love kind of book, but it was believable, their story drew me in, captivated me, I wanted them to succeed, I wanted them to win, I wanted them to be together, but they had the biggest obstacles in their way…Mia lived in America, Ansel lived in France.

“You just implied you’re banging me tonight.” His grin gets bigger as his hands snake around my waist.
“Play your cards right.”
“I forgot my cards.” His smile wilts dramatically. “But I did bring my penis.”
“I’ll try not to break it this time.”
“In fact, I think you should try your hardest.”


Our impulsive Ansel asks Mia to spend the remainder of her summer in France with him, his impulsiveness finally rubbing off on Mia; she agrees to go, much to her parent’s anger and dismay. With a different country, different language and a constantly working Ansel, Mia struggles living in France, but will their love be enough? Can they continue going forward? Mia has to go back to University, but Ansel is settled in France working as a lawyer. Will their pasts interfere with their future? There is so much that this couple do not know about each other, they have only just met, but is what they have strong enough to stand the test of time? You will be rooting for these two from the start, I couldn’t help not.

There are some major twists and turns that will leave you reeling, but this just adds to the enjoyment, I would have liked more at the end but as this series will be continued with Mia and Ansel’s friends I am sure that we will see these two a lot more going forward. As always with this duo, the book is a perfect blend of humour, angst, romance and hot and sweaties…these two seriously know how to write a love scene. If you want a read that will have you laughing, crying and swooning then this is definitely the book for you.

“Give me a little show, Cerise. Break me.”

Once again I can see this series becoming a major hit for the girls who are Christina Lauren; I can’t wait to read more about my Sweet Filthy Boy and his friends.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Cover Reveal & Excerpt ~ Playing In the Rain by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Today we want to share the cover, synopsis and an excerpt from Jane Harvey-Berrick's upcoming Novella Playing in the Rain, which is due for release on 1st July
 
 
Book Description:

Ava Lawton can’t believe her run of bad luck. It’s supposed to be an exciting time in her life: fresh out of college, living in a new state, with a new job, and away from her family at last.

But when she’s forced to quit her job, everything falls apart quickly. Suddenly, she’s alone in a crowd, with no one to turn to.

At her lowest point, a stranger gives her a message that brings her hope.

Now is the time to live life her own way.

Now is the time to choose to be happy.

And maybe it’s time to let a beautiful stranger be part of her life.
 


Excerpt:

I’d never felt so miserable. And it was still raining.

That’s when I saw him.

A blur of movement caught my eye as the rain on my windshield gave the illusion that I was underwater. He was running, which I suppose is what people do when they’re caught in the rain. A huge furry dog was running next to him, matching his long, even strides, both of them drenched and dripping, their feet splashing through puddles, raindrops running off their faces.

His white t-shirt had become transparent and clung to his muscled chest, and I could see the rapid rise and fall of every breath. He raised his hand, the tendons flexing in his forearm as he pushed his dripping black hair out of his eyes. And then he’d passed me, leaving a glimpse of his tight butt in a pair of running shorts, and long muscled legs striding out. All of those things caught my attention, but what totally captured and held it so I couldn’t look away was the huge smile of pleasure on his face.

He was soaked to the skin and smiling so wide I could see his even white teeth, grinning like a loon, like he was enjoying the rain.
 
 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Into the Fae ( Gypsy Healers series book 1 ) by Quinn Loftis

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 4-5 Stars

This is a brand new series by one of my favourite authors. If any of you have read the brilliant Grey Wolves series by this author many of the names that are in this book, you will recognise.

Running through this superb book is the growing romance between a three thousand year old High Fae by the name of Perizada, or Peri for short and a werewolf, who at one time was lost to his family for centuries, but had been brought back from an evil place and is trying to get to grips with the 21st century that he now finds himself in, and his name is Lucian.

Peri is trying to come to grips with the fact that she is the true mate to Lucias. This does not sit well with her and is fighting it with all that she has in her artillery, sarcasm, witticism and sometimes nastiness. Whereas Lucian is patience itself, knowing it to be fact and therefore he is very happy that after centuries of profound loneliness, to have found his true mate is entirely so happy, he feels blessed, but he knows he is going to need infinite patience with his new mate, but also knowing the rewards will be greater.

"True, unconditional, selfless love can soften the hardest heart, cleanse the filthiest soul, and quench the driest spirit."
 
He really has his work cut out for him as Lucian tells Peri on one occasion...

"There are none who hold even a crumb to the beauty I see in you, Perizada."
Her lips quirked up in a sly smile. "You sureknow how to sweet talk a woman, Lucian," she teased.


but Lucian, only had to talk to her with a certain timbre in his voice, could calm her like no other, but Peri being Peri always coming out with the witticism more often than not, because of her inward battle of fighting the deep feelings she was getting by being around Lucian. And Lucian was finding even he had limits at what he could take.

"I love you, Perizada. I don't know when it happened but I know that I love you. You are my mate and when you are ready to admit that you need me, use the bond and I will return to you."

and he was gone and Perizadas tears fell.

Her friend Sally came to her and tried to help her feel exactly how she would feel if she completed the bond with Lucian. How much more she would feel.

"I want to," Peri whispered to the once again empty room. "But I'm scared, I admit it. I fear a love that deep, that complete. Because if I ever lost it, how would I survive?"
and then in her mind she heard him...

"You can never lose me. I was yours before our time, and I will be yours long after it has past."

and when they did complete the bond it was so much more even more than Sally would know, being High Fae as Peri was it was much more...

I totally loved this book. It had all the ingredients of a thoroughly enjoyable read. As the author Quinn Loftis has not disappointed again. I thoroughly urge you to read this book as I can see its going to be another superb series.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #3) by Jessica Park

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 Stars

**ARC received for honest review**

“You’re a lifesaver, Celeste.”
“No, you are my lifesaver, Justin.”


My love affair with this series began way back when Flat-Out Love was first released and was the start to my addiction to all books Jessica Park. Jessica has proven she can write the wit and the serious (see Left Drowning) and this book is a perfect balance of both. My affinity to Celeste has always been strong, like her I was the nerdy school girl, the loner and I never fitted in. While I like to think in the long run it never did me any harm, I couldn’t help but relate to Celeste’s plight both in Flat-Out Love and now Flat-Out Celeste. Throughout Flat-Out Love I was her biggest cheerleader so when Jessica revealed that Celeste was getting her own book I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I knew I would love it, if ever a character deserved their own book it was her and I was rooting for a HEA for our troubled school girl.

In Flat-Out Love, Celeste was at junior school, in Flat-Out Celeste we start with her completing her final year of high school and yes she is facing her biggest challenge yet… what university to go to. Yes the little girl has grown up, still super intelligent, super nerdy but trying her hardest to try and change and to make friends, she wants to begin her University life as the “new and improved” Celeste. Although in my opinion, she needn’t have changed, she was perfect just the way she was. Even though our Celeste was emotionally stunted and was still gravely lacking in social skills, throughout this book you were witnessing her slow realisation of her want to change, her need to change and then you watch her take the bull by the horns and try to change. No mean feat for a little girl that only really ever interacted with her brother Matt, his then time girlfriend Julie and to a small degree her parents and also our beloved Flat Finn.

Celeste could have the pick of any University she wanted, being wise beyond her years and a grade A student, all the top Universities were vying for her to pick them. Imagine her surprise when out of the blue she receives an email from another University she hadn’t even approached. The email was from Justin Milano their liaison officer, he was a sophomore. It soon became apparent that he was just as socially inept and awkward as she was. You could tell just from their first initial emails that he was her soul mate, the ying to the yang, the sun to the moon, they couldn’t have been more perfect for each other, but would either of them see that, would their social awkwardness rule or would they both be finally able to spread their wings and fly, could they do the impossible?

“Yet, in terms of dating, if males are drawn to me for my appearance, they are soon discouraged by my other qualities. Eccentricities, of which I know I have many, do not hold universal sexual and romantic lure. I understand that.”

I have to say that Jessica Park did Celeste proud with this book; I never would have thought I could have loved her any more than I already did. She was like my little sister, I wanted to nurture her, I wanted to smother her with cuddles and kisses and prove to her that she was beautiful, she was perfect just the way she was. She never needed to change, her character was infectious, her dry sense of humour and her mannerisms were all unique to her, they made Celeste the beautiful character that she was and I wanted more and more than more is what I got, I was deliriously happy.

Justin was just totally adorable, awkward, clumsy and so romantic. He shared the same level of humour as Celeste, the same intellectual aptitude, similar quirks and they were so perfect for each other. Right from the very start, their very first email exchanges I knew that he was the one for her, they were just sooooooo cute, I was championing them from the start, but as you know, nothing ever runs smooth and these two are going to need to face some challenges full on. They need to push their boundaries and their comfort zones and I was with them all the way, pushing and pushing and pushing.

“I am staggered by you. I am intoxicated by you. I think about you way more than I should. I want to get to know you as much as possible, but you have to let me. I mean, if that’s what you want. Maybe you think I’m a huge jerk, and maybe you’re done with me. So tell me that if you need to…but please don’t, because I desperately want to take you out tonight.”

Matt and Julie also star in this book and it was great to catch up with these two, I just don’t want this series to end, I love it too hard. Once again Jessica has pulled me in with her unique story telling abilities, the quirk, the humour, the wit and the way she brings the characters to life. No longer are they characters on a page, but they are real life people to me, while reading I became totally submersed in their story, I was there with him, I lived it, I breathed it and I devoured it.

This is a story about finding your way in life, learning to live it for what and who you are, live it your way, stamp your imprint and make it count, don’t change for no-one, you are what you are, quirks and all, there is someone in life for all of us, it just may take a leap of faith to find them, grab them with both hands and don’t let go, make the most of what you have been given and just be happy.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

This is a series that will stay with me for a long time and one that I will never forget. So if you haven’t jump on board the crazy Flat-Out Love train, give it a try, it is YA at its best, it will have you laughing, it will have you crying, but most of all it will have you feeling and loving, it is a joy to read and one that I will read again and again and again.

“This confusing, overwhelming, daunting world. The one that she imagined might one day swallow her whole.”


Once again, awesome job Jessica Park, I seriously want more from this crazy family, please I am begging you, write MORE!!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review & Excerpt ~ Beautiful Disaster (The Bet 1) by Francette Phal



Book Description:
 
They created the game but eighteen year old Nicholas Grayson mastered the rules.

They are young and entitled and utterly bored with their lives, so they play games to entertain themselves. They call it the “bet” and new girl Ellie Holbrook is their latest target. Ellie is not the kind of girl Nicholas dates, but she is pretty enough to be his next conquest and so he sets out to seduce her and claim a nice little prize at the end. But her seduction proves difficult when she openly rejects his advances. In his dogged pursuit of her he slowly finds himself in her small circle of trusted friends and meets her two year old daughter, Sophie.

Life takes a startling turn for Nicholas when he realizes his happiness now lies with the young mother and her daughter. Falling in love with Ellie isn’t something Nicholas ever thought could happen to him and he’s completely frightened at how fiercely she makes him feel. But before he can further examine those emotions and clearly process them, enemies from Nicholas’s personal circle of friends conspire to tear them apart and he must now decide whether their love is worth saving or allow his friends to take away the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him.

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Our Review:
 
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars
 
“He was his father’s child after all; he had learned about screwing people from the master himself.”

I originally read this book in January 2013; this was pre blog so I had not written a review for it. When I saw the sign up for the re-release, I looked back and read the blurb, kinda remembered the gist of the story and thought, yep, it was really good, I will sign up. Boy did I under estimate the power of this book, as soon as I started re-reading, I was sucked in once again, as soon as I read the first page, all the intricacies of the plot came flooding back, the story came flooding back and the tears came flooding back. Even though I have already read it, the pain, the emotion, the love that I had for this book came straight to the forefront and it didn’t leave until I read the last page. Now, I am so wrapped up in this story once again, I am heading straight back into Redemption, because I need to see this story to the end, it really is that powerful.

Eleanor/Ellie Holbrook had already lived a life even though she was 18 years old, she was strong though, sassy and took no crap from anyone. I won’t go into her full back story as it will spoil some of the plot, but it wasn’t pretty. She had seen and done most things that people would never dream about; she nearly lost herself and her life. There was one bright star that managed to pull her back from the brink, that and her ever faithful Uncle. Having home-schooled for a few years Ellie decides that she needs to experience her senior year at school. So for that final year she enrols, will life ever be the same again?

“Seeing as how you’re so fond of my ass, feel free to kiss it while I walk away.”
 
Nicholas/Nicky Grayson should have everything that every teenage boy wants, his father is disgustingly rich, and he lives the life, wants for nothing or does he? The one thing that Nicholas wanted the most; he was starved of, love and a stable family life. Emotionally stunted he saunters through life without a care in the world, not worrying about the trail of broken hearts that he leaves behind. Girls were a means to an end, the occasional quickie, but more importantly they were a money earner, they were the force behind “The Bet.”

“He was supposed to be the jaded playboy, the rebel without a cause, who felt nothing except the occasional stirring of his cock.”

Nicky and his friends used girls as a way to stave off their boredom, they used them as pawns in a game they called “The Bet” and Nicky was the master player. Never one not to take a “Bet” on, Nicky is just too tempted by Matt’s latest lucrative victim. The name of the game is to get the said victim into bed and record it as evidence that “The Bet” has been fulfilled. Matt’s latest nomination is none other than the new girl Ellie Holbrook. It soon becomes apparent, that unlike his past challenges who have succumbed to the Nicholas Grayson charm at the click of the finger, Ellie was going to be someone he worked hard for, she had balls, a back bone, her own mind and this was going to be no easy push over, he had to pull out the big guns, he had to go all in for this one. Little did he know that “all in” would also include his heart, the one thing he didn’t even know existed, the one thing he thought was impenetrable, was he strong enough to lose it?

“Because despite my best efforts to stay away from you, I keep finding myself back in your gravity. You’ve become this thing I can’t be without. Your voice in my head - your face in my dreams - your smell all around me. I-I’ve changed…”

As we know the course of true love never runs smooth and it is no different for these two. Their pasts, no matter how hard they try to keep them that way, always have a way of interfering with the future and this story is no different. The biggest question here is will what they have be enough? They have some huge mountains to climb, a lot of skeletons, but will life cut them a break or is this relationship doomed before it has begun?

I was totally engrossed in this story once again, it is emotional, it is a little bit dark in places but it is angst at its best. To see Nicky humbled by his feelings for Ellie and the constant battle that wagers in his mind is one that is so easily relatable. He cannot believe that he has fallen in love and moreover he never believes that he deserves it. Ellie was such a beautiful character inside and out, their chemistry on the page is palpable, you felt it and you couldn’t help but root for these two. I wanted them to believe in themselves, but would the past be too powerful?

The side characters are just as powerful, I loved Gabe and Sophie with a passion, as much as I wanted to hate Maddie, I could only feel nothing but sorrow for her, Matt I could have throttled many a time and finally Tony, only death would be a fitting end for this character. Such is the powerful emotions that this book draws out; you will virtually feel like you have been on the proverbial roller coaster, even a second time, my heart and head hurt.

“When you go through the rest of your life, Nicky, I want you to remember this moment exactly as it is now. I want you to remember the words you’ve just said and I want you to remember that this is the moment you have lost a lover and a friend.”

Francette Phal certainly pulls you in with this one, it is a page turner for sure and seeing as I read this sooo long ago and it still had the power to reduce me to tears is testament to the emotional tug this will have on you. This is the first part of Ellie and Nicky’s story and now I have to re-read part two “Redemption,” I need to see this story through to the end but it will be one of those stories that you won’t forget in a hurry. Fantastic job, I can’t wait to read more from this author.

This book has been edited but Amazon for some reason are taking their time in uploading the new version, if you have the old version please wait to read it, I would hate for your enjoyment to be spoiled.
 
 
 Excerpt:

Nicholas Grayson wasn’t a nice person. In fact one could call him an asshole and he wouldn’t dispute it. He was as jaded as they come, eighteen years old, with a moral compass fixed permanently on diabolical. He was an emotional cripple with the personality of a cactus. He understood his faults and embraced each one with gusto.

His goals in life were to piss off his parents, break a few laws and generally screw his way through life. He was a good looking kid, born with movie star looks, a little James Dean with Brando’s swagger thrown into the mix to make the female populace of John Edgar High swoon.

He was fully aware of his power over the fairer sex and he used that knowledge for his own selfish end.

It was a game his group of friends played and Nicholas excelled at it. He’d slept with nearly every girl on campus, seduced each and every one with practiced ease that had become second nature, like breathing.

The sex was initially meant to stave off boredom; another vice to add to the growing list of evils he’d accumulated over the years. But then, like all things in his life, sex had become nauseatingly easy to obtain.

“Nicky.” The breathy call of his name had Nicholas peering over his shoulder where Maddie Tate, “Fatty Maddie,” as she was known by many in his circle, looked at him with sickening adoration.

Lounging across his king sized mattress in post-coital bliss, she looked every bit the sated lover with her tousled cinnamon red hair, flushed face, and gleaming azure eyes. She was in love with him. Had been for quite some time now and would undoubtedly do anything he asked of her.

 It would take nothing to manipulate her and bend her to his will. Nicholas was sure that she would follow him. Therefore the seduction of Maddie Tate hadn’t taken much doing. The fact is Nicholas had been feeling charitable at the time. She was just another notch in this game he’s come to master; another pawn to use and discard when he was finished. He’d made a video of all their sordid acts just as he always had done and stood to win five hundred dollars for his troubles. Chump change as far as he was concerned but a win nevertheless.

“N-Nicholas…,” the voice was little hesitant this time. He heard the rustling of sheets as she rose.

“Get out.” This was the part he relished the most. Devil that he was, he caught the hitch of her breath and reveled in it.

“I…um…did I do something wrong?”

He took a moment tinkering with the camera before turning to give her his undivided attention, mouth curling into a bastardized version of a smile. “Well.” He moved with effortless grace, swagger unmatched, open and welcoming in contrast to the calculated, almost predatory look in his diamond grey eyes. “You didn’t bore me completely.”

Her face crumpled. The ensuing expression nearly heartbreaking as tears welled. If he cared he would’ve felt something other than this deep rooted annoyance and sudden need to see her out of his bedroom. “Now, please get your shit and get out.” It didn’t take long after that. Shoving him aside with surprising strength she gathered her things and was out like a shot.

Now, Nicholas figured, she’d grow to hate him like so many of the others who’d come before her.

It was what he did best. Fuck ‘em and leave ‘em. He lived by those words, using a slightly different variation out of the bedroom.

He was his father’s child after all; he had learned about screwing people from the master himself. Grabbing the half emptied bottle of whiskey from his dresser Nicholas made his way to the balcony in his bedroom. He took a mouthful, and then another, feeling decidedly better as each swig burned a warm path down his throat. Maneuvering himself over the balcony’s ledge he sat precariously over the edge, legs dangling four stories over the gleaming pool below. A deprecating smile tugged at his lips and Nicholas knew his demons were not far. He could hear the menacing gait of their hooved feet making a steady trek to the forefront of his mind, carrying with them memories he would sooner forget.

Shit, he was feeling maudlin. Why? He hadn’t the slightest idea. Only that the memories refused to be quelled, refused to be inundated by the liquor as per usual. The sudden image of his father fleeted across his vision and Nicholas gave a humorless laugh. Well wasn’t that just a kick in the teeth? Even at his lowest he continued to be haunted by the immoral bastard.

Charles Grayson, CEO and founder of one of the nation’s largest real estate firm was the devil incarnate and Nicholas could attest to that. He’d been ten years old when the first lesson had been imparted. There’d been an incident in school involving him and another student. Nicholas couldn’t remember exactly what it was he’d done, but he remembered he’d been mean and had been fittingly reprimanded for it by his teacher. Charles had somehow gotten word of it and swiftly rectified the situation. The teacher was terminated, credentials ruined and she’d been unable to find work in the state again. This action was quite extreme and cruel for something so little, but then Charles had never been the sentimental sort.

He was a ruthless man whose underhanded business tactics had gained him his empire. Therefore when it came to his son, Charles was merciless. He’d taken the ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’ ideology quite seriously and the scars of those lessons were now imprinted on Nicholas’s soul.

Nicholas took another swig from the bottle while raking a hand through his long hair. He was agitated and dear old Jack wasn’t doing it for him tonight. Needing a distraction that was something quite possibly stronger, he headed back to his bedroom and finished off the last of the amber liquid before tossing it aside.
 
About the Author:

Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.


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