Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March wrap-up + April TBR

Wrapping-Up March!!!!

Man March was a bloody very busy month, I had to do a lot of overtime for work and I also got almost all of my ARCs out of the way.
My Netgalley account was almost empty. Did my buddy reads, but the bummer was i never got the chance to post my reviews (hopefully I can post them up this month to my blog), reason behind that was I had already scheduled my ARCs for the month.

So this next month I plan to post reviews 3 times a week Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

THE HAPPS OF THIS MONTHS BLOGGING SESSIONS 

Book Blitz

Cover Reveal

Blog Tours

Extras

Reviews

TBR April
Netgalley (ARC)


 From Authors

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cover Reveal: Shelby Rebecca

The Tour ( Phoenix Rising #2) by Shelby Rebecca

Publisher: Not available at the moment
Release Date: Autumn (Fall 2014)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
Mia, the saint

Kolton, the sinner

The Tour is the conclusion to The Stage: a Phoenix Rising Novel

After the finale of The Stage, Mia comes to terms with where she’s placed in the competition. But that night, Kolton and Mia come face-to-face with both of their biggest fears: fire and loss. Not everyone will survive, and the challenges that their relationship cause won’t end when the show does.

Kolton needs Mia’s trust, and he’ll do anything to get it—even exposing himself and what makes him vulnerable. He’ll do anything to keep her. Knowing the choice is hers to make doesn’t make it any easier. The secret about the night of the finale, about the choices made in a moment of survival can’t stay hidden when a celebrity’s life is fodder for the masses.

In the midst of this chaos and loss, Mia has to balance her love for Kolton and the future of her career. Will she sign with him, letting him be her boss with control over her future? Or will she go out on her own, with a sup par record contract so that she stands on her own equal to Kolton in her own right?

When there are so many questions and decisions to be made, going on tour could either make things clearer or make all the weaknesses in their relationship pull to the surface. Those fissures either get stronger, or break so permanently nothing can repair them.

When loves burns so bright, is it sustainable?


Author Bio:
Shelby grew up between two mountains and a lake in Wasilla, Alaska. She used to run around in the tall grass, catch frogs, rescue dragonflies, ride horses, and ice-skate during recess. She still likes adventures and has even gone skydiving. Today she lives in Northern California with her husband, John and their daughter, Elise, their two dogs, and a fish named Jade.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

ARC Review: Weightless

Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
352 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: March 12th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Adamsville wasn't a place that people came to. It was a place you were from, where you were born, where you were raised, where you stayed…

Before Carolyn Lessing arrived, nothing much had ever happened in Adamsville, Alabama. Each week, at dinner tables and in the high school assembly, everyone would pray for the football team to win. Each year, the Adams High hotlist would be updated, and girls would rise and fall within its ranks. Each day, everyone lived by the unwritten rules that cheerleaders did not hang out with the swim team, seniors did not date freshmen and the blistering heat was something that should never be remarked upon. But then the new girl came.

All Carolyn's social media could reveal was that she had moved from New Jersey, she had 1075 friends – and she didn't have a relationship status. In beach photos with boys who looked like Abercrombie models she seemed beautiful, but in real life she was so much more. She was perfect.

This was all before the camera crews arrived, before it became impossible to see where rumour ended and truth began, and before the Annual Adamsville Balloon Festival, when someone swore they saw the captain of the football team with his arm around Carolyn, and cracks began to appear in the dry earth.

My Review:
The story is sole stated around Adamsville high, a school in a small town in Alabama, beinning when a new girl starts. This in itself is new, noboby ever moves to Adamsville. The new girl, Carolyn, is instantly popular. She fits straight into the cheerleader clique, wih her stick thin body, pale skin in effortlessly perfect hair. Nobody notices that maybe she is a little to thin, as they are all consumed by ency. The story is told as someone looking back on things, looking back on how what they witnessed caused the events that occurred to happen.

Its told in the second person which is something I haven’t come across before, everything is ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ ‘he’ or even ‘she’. It emphasizes the idea of the cliques, the fact that Carolyn is an outsider. The people telling the story are not the ‘popular’ girls they aren’t even in the cheerleader clique. They just stand in the back, and let things happen. When they first visit Carolyn’s house they notice the scales. The chart next to them. The pills. Instantly the details of Carolyn;s private life are updated to facebook and it starts slowly Carolyn becomes a victim to the girls at the high school, she becomes even more of an outsider.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
Sarah Bannan was born in Watertown, New York in 1978 and is the youngest of three daughters. She moved frequently growing up, living in Texas, Florida and Alabama, where she went to high school.

Sarah attended Georgetown University from 1996- 2000, majoring in English (with a concentration in literature and literary history) and minoring in Theatre. She had a number of influential professors while attending university, including John Glavin, David Kadlec and Norma Tilden, and, from 1998 – 1999, she moved to Ireland for a year of study at Trinity College Dublin.

Following graduation from Georgetown, Sarah moved to Ireland permanently in 2000. She has worked in various arts organisations , including the Irish Film Institute and the Lilliput Press. Since 2007, she has been the Head of Literature with the Arts Council. In 2010 – 2011, she completed the Faber Academy’s Novel Writing Course in Dublin.

Sarah married her husband, Duncan Keegan, in 2004. In 2011, they had their first child, Niamh Ann Keegan. They live in a small cottage in the north inner city of Dublin. Sarah’s parents now live in Virginia. WEIGHTLESS is her first novel.


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ARC Review: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2)

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Plc, 2015
416 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince is the event of a lifetime. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit. She's a spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

My Review:
With this book you have to read the first book to understand the second book. So before you pick up the second book look for the first book, I highly suggest you seek the first book out. But like the synopsis says, Kestrel is due to marry the Valoria prince and Arin has got just as much commitments himself trying to keep his newly free country a float. I do not know about you but the only I see is when I read this is that they weren’t together, and truthfully I thought that was sad fact of it is that for most of the book they aren’t together. But although it as lovely to read the stolen moments, once you get over the initial shock that they would not up close and personal for the majority of the book I actually started to like the idea. Yes I missed the romance and the banter between them but in the first book we saw them develop together, they grew perfectly around one another and it was just refreshing and interesting to see the type of people they were without one another at there side. It was a risky move but I honestly think it paid off.

Kestrel and Arin have seemed to lost their softy side and instead the situations they are put in and the things they must do to survivie have hardened them. Though we did have to sacrifice the romance to pave the way for noew characters, I was more than happy to. I love a romance as much as the next person and the romance in the first book was probably my favorite think about the story, I liked that even though Arin and Kestrel were separate we had some good character to fill the gap, we had Verex the prince and Risha the kidnapped eastern princess. They may never feel the giant whole left by our favorite Herrani, we are lucky enough to have the story spilt into a joint point of views so he is never really gone.

And overall like I have already said, I really did like this book. It was very different to the first because of the lack of romance but it really gives the rest of a story a chance to shine and Marie Rutkoski the opportunity to really build up everything else and that cliffhanger is going to have people climbing the walls until the next book is out.


My Rating:

Author Bio:
Marie Rutkoski is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Winner’s Curse (March 2014). She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.

After attending the University of Iowa and living in Moscow and Prague, she studied Shakespeare at Harvard University, where she honed her skill in referring to herself in the third person.

Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to make friends with the family cat, only to be snubbed for the dark quiet of a closet. Marie can tie a double figure-eight knot with her eyes closed. She’s learning how to play the violin. She’s a sucker for fancy tea, and her favorite dessert is crème brulée. Or maybe sticky toffee pudding. Tough call.


Author Links: Website | Pinterest | Twitter | Goodreads

ARC Review: Cruel Summer (Undertow #0.5)

Cruel Summer (Undertow #0.5) by K.R. Conway

Publisher: Wicked Whale, 2015
221 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: March 16th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"One damaged survivor. One flawless killer. One unforgettable summer."

Kian O’Reilly is flawless as a killer.

Well-practiced in the art of making murder look like an accident, he is selfish, wealthy, and totally arrogant as a soul-stealing immortal. But when he ends up stranded on Cape Cod with a stolen car and a dead drug dealer in the trunk, he thinks his luck couldn’t get any worse.

That is, until Ana Lane shows up.

Gifted as a mechanic and surfer, feisty Ana is not a fan of the entitled Frat Boys who show up every summer, messing with local girls. Believing Kian is one of those typical rich brats, she fixes his car and ruthlessly dismantles his cocky ego . . . which intrigues the dangerous soul thief.

Determined to spend more time with the prickly mechanic, Kian sets out to understand what makes Ana so fierce. Soon, however, he uncovers the painful truth behind the real Ana Lane, and the decision to save her, may destroy them both.

**This is a stand alone novel in the Undertow series.**

My Review:
This prequel novella to the series Undertow by K.R. Conway, readers are given an up close and personal look at the relationship of Ana Lane and Kian O’Reily in the infamous summer before the events of Undertow takes place. And I loved it. It was great to see the inside look at the relationship between two characters who were somewhat of mystery in the first novel of the Undertow series.

But in fact I could Cruel Summer to actually be a bit more enjoyable than Undertow in more ways than one. Cruel summer also has the added bonus of a more present villain. One hides in Ana’s abusive and alcoholic father, who remains a constant and chilling presence within the pages of the story. One is never quite sure when the man will turn up and just how his character will act during a particular scene.

But the other villain is a little less tangible and hides within Ana and Kian’s relationship. It is the constant threat of just how and when their relationship will come to an end. In Undertow readers are told why but the whole picture never really becomes clear until the end of Cruel Summer, and it sheds a whole new light on Kian as a character and maybe even as hero of some sort.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
What can I say – I’m one part crazy and one part professional writer. I’ve been a journalist since 1999, an editor, graphic designer, critique partner for other writers, and book reviewer. I also teach the devious art of telling lies for money to various impressionable young people (i.e. I teach fiction craft classes for teens and adults).

Because I believe the words “FREE TIME” refer to a parallel universe of which I am banned from, I find myself also on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Writers Center, a member of the SCBWI, and the driver of a 16-ton school bus. Apparently I tweet my random thoughts @sharkprose and yup – I am on Facebook, because even my BFF’s dog is. I can’t rank below a dog . . . seriously, I need more friends. The dog is killing me.


I am also the author of UNDERTOW, a dark, Urban Fantasy YA, which follows 17-year-old Eila Walker, last in a brutal race of humans and her unlikely allies, including a soulless boy who becomes her beloved bodyguard. The second book in the series is STORMFRONT launched the summer of 2014. UNDERTOW is also on WattPad.


I live on Cape Cod with my two children and husband, two dogs (adept at both flatulence and snoring), and a cage-defiant lovebird that sleeps in a miniature tent. This is Cape Cod – even the animals are nuts.


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ARC Review: Perfect Timing

Perfect Timing by Robin Mellom

Publisher: Robin Mellom, 2015
279 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: March 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
After a break-up with her boyfriend, Tori Wright decides to get her mind off the guy and takes a job running errands for an eccentric couple. Suddenly she finds herself involved in the crazy world of LA nightlife--nightclubs, palm readers, movie stars, and a roving pack of paparazzi. After a misunderstanding lands her in jail, she has one night to clear her name, help a movie starlet avoid the paparazzi, and find Adam...the coworker who is quickly stealing her heart.
As she makes decisions that can change the course of her life, Tori discovers just how far she'll go to set the record straight.
But is she too late?
Perfect Timing is a charming romantic comedy that will have you wondering if true love can be found at the wrong time. It's a teen romance that will appeal to readers of New Adult contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jenny B. Jones, Rainbow Rowell, and Sophie Kinsella.

My Review:
This book is a romantic comedy great for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Sofia Kinsella, in this book Tori Wright (who has been wrongly arrested) has one night to clear her name, save a movie star from a pack of paparazzi and find Adam…the co-worker who has stolen her heart.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
Robin Mellom is the bestselling author of THE CLASSROOM, a middle grade series from Disney-Hyperion. She is also the author of the forthcoming three-book picture book series, HANNAH SPARKLES, from HarperCollins as well as THE PAGES BETWEEN US, a middle grade series told in letters, co-written with Lindsey Leavitt, which releases from HarperCollins in early 2016. She has taught grades five through eight and has a master’s degree in education.She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

ARC Review: Soul Crossed (Of Demons & Angels #1)

Soul Crossed (Of Demons & Angels #1) by Lisa Gail Green

Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital, 2015
252 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: February 25th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
One Demon. One Angel. One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

My Review:
There is a certain sense of things being reigned in to make Soul Crossed YA friendly, that could have exploded if written for an adult audience even if it was New Adult, and it might not have been so stymied. It certainly felt like it was trying to push that boundary in a few scenes and if the characters were just a few years older, there might have been some real depth to this book.

Dealing with all the issues of an sociopathic teenager is slightly hairy ground to be walking on, especially when they are actively being pushed into evil by one of the love interests. Really killing cats and torturing dogs makes me cringe, but it is an interesting concept that delves into quasi-religious type issues I am not equipped to handle as a pagan.

If you’re feeling forced to do evil things are they still evil? The jury is still out on the moral implications set in this book. It is another one of those books that push’s the bad boy as being ok, if he feels guilt for what he is done some of my previous posts have dealt with how I feel about this trope and suffice to say I am not really ok with it anymore in YA novels.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers so she's represented by the lovely Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.


Lisa loves YA. She believes with all her heart that teen readers are ready and willing to experience things that some adults have closed their minds to, that books are the safest way to explore, learn, and escape, and that imagination is the key to just about everything.

You can also find Lisa by clicking on the buttons below. Plus, buttons are fun.


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

ARC Review: Exposure (Exposure #1)

Exposure (Exposure #1) by Annie Jocoby

Publisher: Tobann Pulication, 2015
421 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: January 16th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Photographer CJ Parker is a woman who has literally not gone outside for the past six months. She’s been hiding from the world, and from life, ever since an unimaginable tragedy forced her into seclusion.

On the one day where she decides to finally venture outside, she meets the mysterious billionaire, Asher Sloane. Dark-headed, magnetic, and gorgeous, Asher drips sex and animal magnetism. He draws CJ out of her shell and into the world, while showing her things that she never knew existed.

What CJ doesn’t know is that Asher has a dangerous past. Behind his beautiful blue eyes and confident demeanor lies dark secrets that, if they are brought to light, could mean the end of CJ and Asher’s relationship.

Will the exposure of Asher’s past destroy them?

Warning: This book has plenty of hot and steamy sex scenes featuring an alpha male who knows what he wants and knows exactly how to get it.


My Review:
The book by this author is my first try and I was in the middle with this book (didn’t love it, didn’t hate it) but the overall of the book held a lot of merit for a good storyline, but however Jacoby made a fatal flaw when introducing her main characters. the instalust between CJ and Asher was completely unrealistic especially since CJ is suffering from a traumatic event and hasn’t ventured outside in well over 6 months. The fact that her first attempt to reenter the outside world left her passed out from a panic attack and then she later woke in a stranger’s apartment on the other side of town was just over the top.

Separately these two character’s back stories were really well written. Jacoby’s reveal of CJ’s traumatic event was brilliantly delivered at just the right time providing readers with what I call the maximum impact. Her later exposure of Asher’s secrets were also very well delivered, however the time the 2 characters spent together was completely about sex and held no real attraction. I would have loved to see the characters have a gradual build to an intimate relationship rather than have CJ open herself up and the next thing you know, BAM.


My Rating:
Author Bio:

Well, I'm just a tad nutty in real life. A bit scattered, a bit of a dreamer, never together. I wanted to originally create a character based upon myself, because I felt that people could relate to somebody who is decidedly imperfect. And have her get the dreamboat man, because, let's face it, we all want that, right ladies? That was my inspiration for the story of Iris and Ryan in my Illusions books. Those novels were so well-received, that I just decided to keep on keeping on. Scotty, the current heroine in my Broken novels, is so much more together than myself. So it’s been fun to write her. And Nick has turned into a revelation – he seems to be a bit of a tough guy who is nothing but a womanizer, but I’ve found his soft side. I’m a little bit, ok a lot, in love with Nick and Ryan myself, and who wouldn’t be? I'm having the time of my life writing these books, and I want to keep on writing them until my fans decide that they've had enough!

My books all have things in common: they all combine a touch of mystery and intrigue with drama, love, and lots of hot sex. Some of the books have action and even some criminal elements in them. My current book, in fact, is my first book that would be classified as straight romantic suspense, although it also combines definite elements of the thriller genre! If you're in the market for a book that is fast-paced, where the heroes are beautiful and wealthy, and the heroines are strong, vulnerable and flawed, then try these books out!

Author Links: Website

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: Taylor Dawn

Saving London by Taylor Dawn

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Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Release Date: June 9th 2015
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads


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Synopsis:
“You have terminal cancer.”

London Patterson, a seemingly healthy young woman had her entire life ahead of her. That was until four little words brought everything to a screeching halt. As the shock and grief begin to fade, London decides to map out her last year and embark on an epic journey to complete a bucket list. She wants to do the things she’s been afraid to do in her life, step out of her self-contained box, and see the world. What she didn’t expect was for a mysterious stranger named Adam to breeze into her life like a breath of fresh air.

Adam offers to help London complete her list on one condition…that she sees it through to the end. Agreeing on those terms, the two set out on an adventure of a lifetime. But London soon realizes that Adam isn’t quite…human. Along their journey odd occurrences happen that cause London to question who or what Adam is and why he’s helping her.

Author Bio:
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C.D. Taylor [pen name Taylor Dawn) began writing as an item to check off her bucket list. She resides in the southernmost part of Illinois, right on the mighty Mississippi river. She enjoys the quiet country life with her husband, son and the many farm animals that make up the rest of the family. C.D. decided that farm life was just a little too mundane, so she started writing erotica to spice things up, so far so good. C.D. entered cosmetology school right out of High School and practiced the art of hair styling for 12 years. When she isn't writing, she can usually be found sitting around a table making people laugh. She has always wanted to be a standup comic. She loves pulling practical jokes, dresses up in a costume every Halloween and believes that dancing is the key to a happy life (even if you aren't a good dancer). She believes that life shouldn't be taken too seriously, we will never get out alive anyway. More than anything, C.D. is a kid at heart, she doesn't believe in bedtimes, eating everything on her plate, or having ice cream only for dessert. Her favorite quote is by Dr. Seuss..."Why fit in, when you were born to stand out."

Author Links: Facebook | Website | Twitter

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Book Blitz: Sariah Wilson

Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

Publisher: Not available at the moment
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US

Synopsis:
This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince . . .

Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin.

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?


Excerpt:
“A little light reading?” His accent was faint, and I couldn’t quite place it. Italian-ish. But I didn’t care enough to ask. I felt him standing next to my stuffed armchair, hovering, and sighed. What was it with European men? American guys didn’t give me the time of day. But over here I was like some kind of dude catnip.
I didn’t take my eyes off of my book. “Sorry, not interested.”
He moved away from me, sitting in an armchair next to mine. Well, I suppose this was what I got for hanging out in the lodge’s lobby. I should have stayed in my room until my best friend, Lemon, was ready to leave.
“You’re not interested in Shakespeare?” he asked. I could hear the amusement in his voice.
“I’m not interested in you.”
“Why not?” This guy just could not take a hint. I turned to look at him, ready to tell him off, and nearly choked.
Gorgeous was an understatement. Tall, athletic, high cheekbones, black hair, and blue eyes. Like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin. He was dressed for a day of skiing—a black turtleneck with an unzipped royal-blue winter coat. And he topped it off with a smile, a blinding, unbelievable smile that nearly did me in.
He leaned in conspiratorially, and I got a whiff of his cologne. He smelled as good as he looked. His glacier-blue eyes were full of intensity and fun, and I wanted to sit and stare into them all day. “I’ve been told I’m very charming.”
I didn’t doubt it. I would never have admitted it out loud, but I was very charmed. Like I was the snake and he was playing a hypnotizing tune that only I could hear.
And I didn’t like the way that made me feel.
Plus, I had to consider reality in this situation. No way could this guy really be hitting on me. He probably dated supermodels and I . . . didn’t date at all. Like, ever. He was so out of my league.
I’d never been so tongue-tied before. I was typically handy with the quips and comebacks. But I couldn’t respond. I had to look away from him and back at my book. The words on the page swam around in front of me, and I was unable to focus on a single one. I needed him to leave so I could regain my equilibrium. “Nothing personal. Italian men don’t do it for me.”
I was the lyingest liar who ever lied.
“How fortunate for me then that I am Monterran.” He had a deep, rumbly, smooth voice that felt like honey and laughter mixed together. I wasn’t immune, and he hadn’t been kidding. He really was disgustingly charming.
My mouth twitched, wanting to smile. I turned a page, pretending to be entranced. I was on Christmas break, I reminded myself. I was here in Monterra to ski with Lemon. It was the last time we would be together before getting our master’s degrees in a few months. I had priorities and plans, and SuperHottie was not on the list.
And if I were being truly honest—he kind of scared me. A guy like that would have expectations, and I wasn’t like other girls.
“I’m Nico, by the way.”
“That’s nice for you.”
But he again failed to parse out the subtext here (and I wasn’t being very subtextual). Short of blatantly telling him to get lost, what else could I do? Would I have to be rude? Because instead of realizing that I was a lost cause, he laughed. He laughed and it did funny things to my insides. I wanted to laugh with him. And crawl into his lap and beg him to be mine.
“And you are?” he prompted.
“Still not interested.” It was becoming a bigger lie as time passed. If some other guy had pursued me this way, I would have thought it was creepy and called for security to have him escorted off the mountain. Instead, I secretly hoped he would keep talking to me.
I thought he’d finally gotten the message as an entire minute of silence passed between us before he reached over to look at my book’s spine to see the title. I gulped in response—his hands were large and masculine, and I wondered how his long fingers would feel interlaced with mine.
I shook my head and let out a shaky breath. I had gone seriously crazy. Like jumping-on-Oprah’s-couch crazy.
“Macbeth? I would have guessed Romeo and Juliet.”
I couldn’t help myself. I had to look at him. “Two fifteen-year-olds who kill themselves in the name of love after only knowing each other for three days? No thanks.”
That smile. He was killing me. “You don’t find it romantic?”
“I don’t find anything romantic about suicide.”
“You don’t think love at first sight is romantic?” he persisted.
I’d never believed such a thing possible before this moment, but now I was sort of getting where Romeo had been coming from. Nico was literally the most handsome man I’d ever met in real life. If anyone could convince me to believe in love at first sight, he was the guy.
“Nope,” I finally managed. He smiled like he didn’t believe me.
“Nico! Andiamo!”
Nico looked over his shoulder at a group of guys who were waving and calling out to him. He shouted something back to them, and they headed out the door, hooting and hollering as they went.
He stood up. He was taller than I’d first thought. Yummy tall. Way taller than me tall, and that wasn’t easy to find. “How long will you be in Monterra?”
It was such a personal question my gut reaction was to tell him to mind his own business, but to my surprise, I found myself saying, “For the next couple of weeks.”
“May I see your phone?”
I didn’t actually own a cell phone. I could barely afford food.
“No phone, and I’m not phone adjacent.”
Nico smiled again, and I wanted to melt into my chair. He reached inside his coat, pulled out a small white business card, and handed it to me. “If you do ever find yourself adjacent to a phone while you’re here, please call. I would love to take you to dinner before you leave.”
When I reached out he took my hand and turned it over, leaning down to kiss my knuckles. A lightning arc exploded inside my hand and zoomed around my entire body, all the way down to my toenails. I might have gasped, but I decided to pretend that I would never do something so lame.
He straightened back up to put the card in my shaking hand, closing my fingers around it. “I look forward to your call,” he said as he walked backward toward the exit. “Ciao, bella.”
He left and it took my eyes a second to adjust. Like I’d been staring at the sun and now had third-degree burns on my retinas. Who did that? Who just kissed people’s hands like that? This wasn’t the fifteenth century. So weird. And exciting. But weird.
The business card was white and thick. Obviously expensive. There was only a series of numbers, presumably his telephone number. I flipped the card over. Blank. Who had a card without a name on it? Just their phone number?
I’d tell you who. A guy who kissed your hand.
I closed my book and put it on the coffee table in front of me. I looked at the card again, turning it over a couple of times as I considered my decision.
I didn’t need this while I was here. And I couldn’t let Lemon see it or she’d hogtie me and force me to call him. I was here to relax, forget about my school troubles, and enjoy time with my best friend. Boys were not part of the equation.
A massive fire burned in the fireplace across the room. Decision made, I walked over and before I could change my mind, threw the card into the fire.
And informed myself that I absolutely, totally and completely did not regret it.


Author Bio:
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Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters--which is why she writes romance. She has published five happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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Book Blitz: Nicole Snow

Outlaw's Obsession (Grizzlies MC #2) by Nicole Snow

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Publisher: Not available at the moment
Release Date:  March 161th 2015
Genre: Adult, Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US


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Synopsis:
AN OUTLAW’S OBSESSION RUNS FURIOUS, DEEP, AND FOREVER…

CHRISTA

Hell always screams into my life on two wheels – so why the hell does he look like heaven? Rabid’s nothing like the other vicious thugs in the Grizzlies Motorcycle Club. When I see the dark ink dancing on his stunning body, I almost believe he’s here to save me, instead of just seduce me.

But I won’t be fooled again. All the club brings is ruin, and they’re back to give me more.

Sure, Rabid saved me once. Doesn’t mean I’ll get closer and dig my grave deeper, no matter how nice his rough hands would feel locked around my waist. Angels never kiss like devils, right?

RABID

I can’t get her outta my skull. My brothers say she’s like broken glass, but they don’t know she’s already lodged in my heart.

She’s tense, suspicious, and totally scared. I’m gonna find out why. Secrets don’t mean a damned thing if she’s in danger.

Christa’s mine. I don’t care if my patch makes her flip, or even if she keeps breathing fire my way every second we’re together. I’m the best thing that ever walked into her life, and I’m not walking out.

I’ll bleed rivers to get my brand on this woman. She’s gonna wear it and get used to calling me her old man. I'll have my lips all over this redhead knockout if it's the last thing I do...

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Excerpt:
Christa
Jesus, he was so hard. The thick, throbbing lump in Rabid's pants was a terrible distraction. I should've spit in his face for inserting himself into my life like this, totally uninvited, but all I really wanted to do was drop to my knees and feel his cock in my mouth.

His eyes burned fiercer than the stars overhead. When my eyes caressed his body, I imagined what his tattoos looked like underneath his clothes. Those big black stripes on his arms probably rolled all the way up, lining the fearsome icons on his chest like all the other bikers I'd seen shirtless.

This body invited questions, filthy curiosities and wonders and bathed my brain in fire.

Would he look more ferocious than the roaring bear inked on his chest when he fucked me? Would I suck his tattooed skin into my mouth and bite down hard when I came? Jesus, would I ever stand up again if I gave in to one night with this dark Adonis pretending to be a man?

Half the guys in the Redding Grizzlies charter were younger, harder, and hotter than most of the old bastards and greasy criminals who'd visited my bar in Klamath. Without the leather cut and a few less scars on his arms, the man with his hands sliding up my back would've looked like an underwear model.

But no pretty boy modeling ever smelled like this. I couldn't stop inhaling him, and that only made my breaths more erratic, betraying the insane desire I was desperate to hide.

No! I couldn't actually let him see how hot he made me. But I couldn't stop myself from shaking when I pushed my face into his chest and inhaled, filling my lungs with badly needed oxygen.

Pure masculinity caressed my nose. His feel, his smell, his everything burned deep, melting me from the inside-out.

My body understood, even if my mind didn't. This was a warrior man right down to every molecule. Loyal to his club, comrade to his brothers, ready to serve and protect me when I wanted none of it. Also, more than ready to slip inside me, making my body shake and scream in ways I'd never even heard of.

Fuck.

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Author Bio:
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Nicole Snow is a sweet, unassuming young woman. You'd never suspect the deeply sensual, sometimes depraved fantasies raging behind her eyes.

She started writing erotica to escape the boring drudgery of a desk job. In fiction, there are no rules and no boundaries. Everything is on the table, no matter how forbidden.

Today, Nicole serves up some of the bestselling erotica and erotic romance on the shelves. She welcomes comments from readers


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Cover Reveal: L.P. Dover

Kyle's Return (Gloves Off #5) by L.P. Dover

Publisher: Not available at the moment
Release Date: June 1st 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
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Synopsis:
I promised myself I’d stay away from dangerous men, but I couldn’t live up to that when Kyle Andrews came back to town. He’s a manipulator, a guy who’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, sabotaging anyone who gets in the way. After a fatal fight left him wounded, his UFC career comes to a close. He has nothing, but he’s determined to get it all back.

My name is Megan. I’ve known violence, pain, and what it feels like to be scared to live another day. All of that changed the moment I refused to be a victim. Now that my psychotic ex, Alex, can’t find me, I’ve been given a second chance. I owe my life to my friends. The same goes for Kyle. Without him, I wouldn’t be able to feel.

Everyone hates him. But for the life of me I don’t. There’s something about him I can’t ignore. Being with Kyle makes me want it all. However, in loving a hated man, I didn’t know it’d bring the life I fled from back to haunt me. Everywhere I go danger lurks and bad things happen. Kyle believes it’s because of him, but I’m starting to think otherwise. I think Alex has found me, and if so, this time he’s not going to let me go.

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Author Bio:
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

ARC Review: Being Nobody (Witness #1)

Being Nobody (Witness #1) by H. D'Agostino

Publisher: Not available at the moment, 2014
153 pages, kindle edition
Source: The Write Connections
Release Date: November 3rd 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Samantha Connelly has been on the run since she was seven years old. Forced into Witness Protection after her father saw something he shouldn’t has caused her to learn to blend in. She’s moved, changed her name, and her appearance more times than she can count over the last nineteen years all along wondering if it will ever end. Her handler, Kevin, along with her parents have assured her that it won’t be forever, but as the years tick by she’s slowly given up hope that she’ll ever be normal.

Now at 26, Sam has moved to Chicago and is working at The Rusty Nail as a bartender calling herself Mallory. Her father passed away two years before leaving her to finish what he started…put away the ‘bad guys’. Living on the run in hiding has been harder than she ever imagined, and finding love has always been out of the question. Who would want to be with someone they couldn’t be honest with? She’s resigned herself to being alone, until… Brian walks in.

Brian Sellers is everything Sam has been trying to avoid her entire life. He’s clad in leather and torn jeans, donning several tattoos…all-in-all a bad boy. When their eyes connect one evening, everything she’s ever told herself falls to the wayside as an indescribable draw pulls her to him. He’s sexy and domineering, and something about him reminds her of a boy she used to know.

The more time she spends with Brian, the more she wants him, but…Brian is not everything he seems to be. When Sam happens to see the tat on his wrist, the same tat that her father saw all those years ago, she realizes she’s flirting with the enemy. Brian has no idea that he’s hanging out with the one girl his boss wants dead.

Can Sam hide her identity from the first man she’s had real feelings for? What will Brian do when he finds out who she really is? Can love really conquer all?

This book contains profanity and graphic sexual situations. It may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 17.

My Review:
When Samantha was only a girl, her dad witnessed a crime, the people who committed the crime didn’t intend to leave a survivors but Samantha’s dad was able to hide except that they were now after him and his family. For years Samantha and her family lived in protection, moving from town to town changing their names and never attaching themselves to anyone or anything. But years later Samantha is now going by the name Mallory and tends bar at a local dive bar in walks Brian, sexy, mysterious and desperate for Mallory’s attention but he could be on the wrong side.

I get the statement here, Samantha/Mallory is on the run and cannot get attached to anyone. Brian is the sexy biker/bad boy, it started out fine but I did not think the story was executed properly. I needed more character development, lack thereof led me to not really grow attached to either main character and therefore I had a harder time following with their fast paced relationship, it was somewhat flat for me. The story really began to kick up at the end and the cliffhanger will really get you wondering where the story will go next, so I’m not sure how much you could build on there. Brian is not who or what we thought he was and because of that there may be some more potential here could build on the story line.

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Author Bio:
Heather D'Agostino is the author of the Second Chances series and the Shattered Trilogy. She write contemporary and new adult romance set in Boston and New York. Heather has always enjoyed creative writing, but never pursued it as a career option. Born and raised in Harrisburg, NC she received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After teaching for six years, she decided to leave the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. After finding the world of Fan Fiction, Heather decided to "get her feet wet" in the literary world. With much encouragement and inspiration from the Fan Fiction world, she made the decision to publish her work. Heather prides herself in the fact that the books in the Second Chances series have real life situations with believable characters. These characters could be your best friend or your next door neighbor. Her first book, Unbreak Me, has been welcomed with open arms into the self-published community giving her the encouragement needed to continue to pursue this dream. Heather currently lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and playing chauffeur for all her children's activities. 

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