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 unfold...it'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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THE DARKEST TORMENT Synopsis:

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.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sass by Laramie Briscoe Excerpt + Giveaway

Author Laramie Briscoe brings you her next standalone  novel SASS.


I, Cassandra Straight, have loved Reed Shamrock to distraction since I was a teenager. I even watched him fall in love with someone else and almost get married. 

A year ago, when he walked into his house and found his fiancĂ©e’s face in his best friend’s crotch, his life changed forever and it hasn’t been the same since.


On his first night out since the horrible incident, we run into the ex-skank. Seeing the devastation in his eyes, I made a promise that I would help him get over her. I told him that a pretend relationship between us would work. It would help him move on.

I didn’t count on my heart or his getting in the way. And I sure as hell didn’t count on not being able to tell when pretend turned to reality. When it all implodes, the only thing left is the truth. 


Sometimes though, the truth? It hides and we have to dig deep to find it. To make it come to the surface, we have to give it a little talking to. We have to give it a little Sass.







Sass gives me a bored, disbelieving look as she pushes her sunglasses down on her nose so her eyes are exposed to mine.
"Are you sure you put fish in this pond? Have you fed them? Have they died? Did they leave you for someone who actually cared? Two hours, Reed, and we haven't gotten a bite."

Monday, March 14, 2016

Review: Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden


Six Degrees of Scandal
Scandalous #4
Publisher: Avon, 384 pages
Caroline Linden
Goodreads
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**** Stars

Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see … and the man who was her first-and-only-love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when he comes to her aid and vows to stand by her this time, no matter what, she can’t help but hope things will be different this time.


James Weston has blamed himself for letting Olivia down when she needed him years ago, and he will not do it again. Fortunately, his unusual life has equipped him well to outsmart the villain chasing Olivia. Unfortunately, being so near her again threatens to expose every secret in his heart…even those that should stay hidden forever.



I'm a historical romance genre lover.  There's just something about the chivalric quality in a male character from the time period that really catches my interest and when you throw in romance..it's a match made in heaven.  For me anyways.  This quality was definitely not missing from our hero James in Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden.  However, don't be mistaken, just because it's "historical" doesn't mean the female characters written for that time period are weak or submissive. In fact it's the exact opposite for our heroine Olivia, she's every bit strong and independent as today's woman and I cheered for her all the way through the book.


I absolutely adored the beginning of the story, it gave great insight to the history of our characters and the way their lives were intertwined from the start.  So much is said in so little paragraphs, you would think it would take away from the plot and the characters.  However that wasn't the case for me. Because I was allowed to have back story, I was immediately hooked.  Oh the heart clenches I felt for our Olivia! And mind you this is within the span of the first 100 pages.  I'm telling you I.WAS.HOOKED.  When an author can have me invested in the story and the outcome so quickly, it's one I definitely keep my eye on.

Six Degrees of Scandal was enjoyable and an instant favorite for me.  An in-depth story full of wit,charm and romance not to be missed! I highly recommend this read if you're a fan of historical romance.  

Thursday, February 25, 2016

We Were Here by Daisy Prescott blog tour

In the 90s …
texting involved paper and a pen …
… our selfies were Polaroids ...
… our favorite music was on mix tapes.
Sex was dangerous, music was raw, and falling in love felt nostalgic.
We were friends and lovers.
We thought we knew everything.
We knew nothing.
We were here.
Set in the early 1990s, a time before the internet, social media, and smart phones, We Were Here is the prequel to Geoducks Are For Lovers. This book can be read as a standalone.
"This story has it all! Just like a mixed tape; we get a dose of steamy romance, angsty ballads and sweet love songs woven together in a compelling, heartwarming and sometimes heartwrenching journey of self-exploration." Helena Hunting, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

RoomHate by Penelope Ward Excerpt + Giveaway


Swoon-worthy Justin Banks is FINALLY HERE in

 RoomHate by Penelope Ward!  

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward comes a new standalone novel.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: Ink & Lies by S.L.Jennings

Ink & Lies
S.L. Jennings
249 pages
***** Stars

From International Best Selling Romance Novelist, Hope Hughes, comes a gripping, heartfelt tale of two lovers, fighting for the freedom to...

No. Scratch that. Too cheesy.

...two people, torn apart by the tumultuous tides of life, only to discover refuge in...

WTF? What does that even mean? DELETE.

...two people, confused as shit as to where they should be and who they should love and none of this means a damn thing because it's all lies!
Lies.
I'm not Hope Hughes. I'm not some fierce woman romance machine. Hell, I'm not even a woman.
I'm a liar.
And while I refuse to believe my own BS, deceit masked in heartfelt phrases of love and devotion, I want to make her believe them. Because maybe--just maybe--if she can find the soul within my words, she'll also be able to find the truth scribbled on my heart.
You see, I once lived for the perfect plot twist.
I just never expected to actually live it.
This is my story. Well, maybe her story. I just wish I could make it our story.
The one I'm still writing.





There are very few times when I read a book and have to stop and just take a breath at the end of it.   There are very few books that can make me experience every single emotion known to man in the span of 250 pages.   But that's exactly what Ink & Lies did.  I laughed, I got angry, I yearned, I had the heart clenches and I loved.  I loved this story!  There's no in-depth, twisted, mind-fu$&ing going on here.  It's an average story about your average boy & girl and there seemingly average friendship. What makes it extraordinary  is the glaringly obvious fact that this boy loves this girl and he doesn't even realize it.  What drew me into this story, into these characters lives is being able to see their love and live it while simultaneously getting a narration of their evolving relationship.  I'm not sure if I'm doing the book or author justice when I say that so I guess I'll just say that it was good, reeallll good!

Read Along! Suspicious by Elizabeth Reyes + Giveaway

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What happened in chapter 24 - the epilogue?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: Tell the Wind & Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire
Sarah Rees Brennan
368 pages
Published by Clarion Books
** Stars

Tell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.

The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life…


It's hard to perfect the Urban Fantasy genre.  The characters, story and plot need to be well thought out and developed in order for me to be fully engrossed and captivated.  Tell the Wind and Fire was an...interesting story.   It's supposed to be a take on A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens but to me it felt more like a mash up of The Hunger Games and Divergent.   I had a challenging time relating to our heroine Lucie in any capacity.  And at some points I even thought she was a tad whiny and emo with all her self loathing.

Monday, February 8, 2016

RoomHate by Penelope Ward Pre-Order + Excerpt



Blurb
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Faking It by j.d. hollyfield giveaway + teaser


I'm so excited to bring to you guys a new novel by the talented Ms. J.D. Hollyfield! If you're like me and you like sweet romance then keep reading for a teaser.  Thank you for joining me on the tour and don't forget to enter the giveaway! 



Saturday, February 6, 2016

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