Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Seaside Lovers by Melissa Foster Exclusive Excerpt!

Today we have SEASIDE LOVERS by Melissa Foster!! Check out this fantastic new contemporary romance and the exclusive excerpt Melissa is sharing, and be sure to grab your copy today! 

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Seaside Lovers CoverSeaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series. "You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely In SEASIDE LOVERS...

 After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he's misinterpreted their budding relationship. Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she's ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she's prepared to hole up and mourn--and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn't count on the sinfully hot artist she's been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night. When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn't stop him from feeling protective of the woman who's consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker's plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker's past unfolds, they're led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they've found. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire
Amanda Bouchet
Sourcebooks 8.2.2016
448 pages
**** Stars
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Source: ARC provided by publisher for honest review

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…
Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

I've been into high fantasy novels Lately .  So when the opportunity to read A Promise of Fire was presented to me I jumped at it!  The beauty of a fantasy novel is being swept away into another world, being transported into the lives of complex and otherworldly characters. And it is by far one of the best things about being a reader.  And when the characters and story are done right...and you leave that otherworldly place behind you're  left with this...emptiness and a sense that maybe, just maybe it can actually be a possibility that world exists.  If only you could find the portal or magic closet to get there. That is how you know you've just read a good book.  Whether it's fantasy, sci-fi, romance...if you had any kind of after effects....I don't need to repeat myself.  And that's exactly what happened to me after I finished A Promise of Fire.

I enjoy mythology a lot and I was happy with how the author intertwined mythology with her story. Much like her main character, she didn't give too much away at once.  It kept me engaged as a reader, invested in the story as well as the characters. If you're preferred genre is fantasy you know how important world building is. IMO the plot is secondary to the world building because if you don't create a space for the story to's just words on a paper.   I felt the world building and characters were amazing! Everything from the circus to the performers to Hades, all of it was utterly mesmerizing! Cat, our heroine, is going to have one amazing group of friends once all those formalities are out of the way.  Yes, I'm guessing here, but I got a sense of where this story might be heading.  Either way, I'll be reading the series.  

Speaking of Catalia (gorge name by the way!) I instantly liked her.  She reminded me of a cornered wild animal.  All claws and fangs but underneath is a very feeling and caring individual.  She was spunky, smart-mouthed and tough! My goodness what she endured....she's got liquid steel running through her veins.  When she meets Griffin her eventual love interest, oh my, the tension becomes so thick you can cut it with a knife.  Griffin is strong, confident, sexy, level headed, a great military man. I mean...where can I find one of these?! 

For a debut novel A Promise of Fire promises to be an exciting series full of action, angst and romance.  I am definitely looking forward to picking up this series.  If you're a fan of fantasy novels I highly recommend you pick this one up! 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter Giveaway & Teaser!

The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series, available now! Grab your copy today!

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Get your copy of THE DARKEST TORMENT here!

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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

Sunday, May 8, 2016

ARC Review: The Empty Jar by M. Leighton

The Empty Jar
M. Leighton
414 pages, M.Leighton Books
***** Stars
Amazon | Goodreads 
This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review

Three months touring Europe. 
Romantic. Dazzling. Unforgettable. 
The trip of a lifetime.

But some lifetimes are shorter...

We couldn’t have known it would work out this way.
No one could. No one could’ve guessed that something so beautiful could be so tragic.

But it is tragic.
Yet so, so beautiful.

That’s what sacrifice is—beauty and tragedy.
It’s pain and suffering for something or someone you love.
And this is the ultimate sacrifice. 
One stunning act of true love.

This is our story.
Our true love story. 

There comes a time in a readers life when you come across a book that completely and utterly breaks you into millions of pieces and then puts you back together by the time the last word is read.  The Empty Jar by M. Leighton was that book for me.

From the first page I knew this book would kill me.  From past to present it begins and we slowly become enveloped into a love story so heartbreakingly beautiful.  At times it was hard to watch, or read rather, but I couldn't stop myself.  The love Nate & Lena have for each other felt so real, like I could reach into the book and grab it with my hands.  Palpable. And unbreakable.  Not even fate or circumstance could break it. It's the kind of love we all want and work hard to keep if we have it. Which is why this book killed me!
"My heart," I murmur, rubbing the tip of my nose back and forth over hers, wishing I could make things right, make things better. Change them.
But knowing I cant.
"For Yours," she replies, as she has since the night I proposed to her just over sixteen years ago.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review: A Better Man by Candis Terry

A Better Man
Sunshine Creek Vineyard #1
Candis Terry
Publisher: Avon, 368 pages
March 29, 2016
Source: ARC galley from publisher

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy—but what happens when love gets in the way?

Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Valley and everyone who mattered for a career in the NHL—a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now he’s back to make amends, which begins with keeping his younger sister from flunking out of school. It’s just his luck that the one person who can help is the girl whose heart he broke years ago.

Lucy Diamond has racked up a number of monumental mistakes in her life, the first involving a certain blue-eyed charmer. She has no intention of falling for Jordan Kincade again, but when he shows up asking her to help one of her students, Lucy just can’t say no. Worse, the longer he’s back, the more she sees how much he’s changed. And so when a blistering kiss turns to more, she can’t help but wonder if her heart will be crushed again . . . or if she’ll discover true love with a better man

I love small town romances.  There's just something about the intimacy of it that makes falling in love seem...ethereal.  Being a new reader to Candis Terry I was more than excited to dive into this small-town, sports themed, second chance romance.  Did I forget to mention I love sports?! I totally do. Being a mom to three boys, it was kinda required of me to learn to like 'em.  Thus making me fall in love with sports because I spend a majority of my time on a field of some sort trudging along snacks and juice for the players.  But I digress.  I'm not here to talk about my personal life, that's a different blog ;-)

Jordan our main character is a star hockey player who spends most of his time in the penalty box rather than the ice, but he always makes those minutes count when he is on the ice.  His team has just won the game that will take them to the championship when he gets a call that changes his life forever.  A Better Man is aptly titled since Jordan has come to the reality that maybe he hasn't been the best version of himself.  Funny how tragedy will make a person introspect. Since being home Jordan's had time to learn more about the vineyard and all the secrets it holds.  He's slowly rebuilding his relationship with his family and learning how to be this different person that isn't just about hockey or winning or penalty boxes.