Thursday, 30 July 2015

Free- Torn Hearts by Claire Contreras

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Free, free, FREE!  Torn Hearts follows Mia and Jensen's story in the beginning. Like many of our own stories, theirs is not complete.  Their story will continue in Paper Hearts releasing September 10th!

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Blurb

I met a boy once.
He made my heart go into a frenzy every time he looked at me, and my knees go weak whenever he touched me. Our love was so beautiful that even its demise was bittersweet.
I met a girl once.
Her world, full of possibilities, made me feel like even I had a chance at being someone. She believed in me. She loved me. We were so secure, that even our breaking point seemed hazy.
Until we reached it.


Author Information
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Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Release Blitz- Shrinking Violet by Jessica Prince

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Forgiveness. From the time we’re old enough to understand the word, we’re taught to forgive those who wrong us, so what do you do when the one person you can’t forgive is yourself? For Cassidy Ashworth, it's a question that haunts her. Forgiveness has become a foreign concept. Self-loathing is something she’s much more familiar with. Convinced that she doesn’t deserve happiness, Cassidy is determined to spend every day trying to make up for the wrong she’s done. But no amount of repenting for the past will ever convince her that she's worthy of a future with Carson Langford. Raised in the foster system, Carson has always been a throwaway kid. He knows firsthand just how cruel life can be, how easy it is for people to prey on the weak, and there's nothing Carson detests more than a bully. So focused on his self-imposed role of protector, he never counted on the beautiful blonde with the haunted eyes to stumble into his life and shake up his world. Despite her reluctance, Carson is determined to have Cassidy in his life, but once the truth of her past comes to light, the question is…will he still want to keep her?
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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That's why God created central air, after all. In addition to being a wife and mom, she's also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books--romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it's a passion...there's a difference. Not that she'd expect a boy to understand. Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.
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Monday, 27 July 2015

Review- Criminal by Alex Abbott

Title: Criminal
Author: Alex Abbott
Genre: Romance
My Rating- 3 Stars

Criminal

About

He was my protector. My savior. He would have done anything for me.

Now he's a criminal, and he's taken everything.

He's my stepbrother and I hate him.

I'm homeless, jobless, desperate. And I had to come crawling back. To him.

Bad enough my college money went to post his bail, now I have to work in the same, seedy bar he deals out of, too, just to get by? And listen to him with girl after girl, night after night, while he walks around all shirtless and sexy during the day?

I'm going crazy--wanting him. I know I shouldn't.

Maybe he was once my Prince Charming, but now he's just a big, tattooed, pierced, cocky prick. 

Problem is, even though he cut contact with me two years ago, I couldn't turn off the feeling I had for him. He's back, and my feelings are back too.

Now he's in trouble, with his gang, with the law.

And me... I'm in trouble, too.
 

My Review

I’m a little torn as I’m writing this review because as with other reviews in some parts this book was a strong 4 star read but then at other only a 2 star. I have read a few step-brother romance stories over the last view months so I was looking forward to this one.

The story is about Kaiden and Abby. Abby has to go and live with Kaiden after her parents death. Abby has been in love with Kaiden for years the only problem is that she is her stepbrother. What follows is a story of forbidden romance with some drama and action thrown in.

For me I liked the action and drama within the story I always feels it adds to the story however for me at times I felt it was often resolved a little too quickly.

One major issue for me when reading was the way that Kaiden and Abbey referred to each other. I understand that it’s a step-brother romance story but when the main characters refer to each other a brother and sister during sex and in monologue of thought it just felt wrong reading. It just but me off a little and I found myself skimming over those parts.

As I read an ARC version of this book the author has made some edits so I’m not sure if this had been changed and as it currently free on Amazon I may download to read at some point.

Over all this story had lots of potential to be a great story  but it just didn’t quite do it for me, however I will certainly look out for other books by author Alex Abbott in the future.

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Review Post- Leo Rising (Fire and Water #1)

Title: Leo Rising (Fire and Water #1)
Author: Christine Besze
Genre: Romance
My Rating- 4.5 Stars

Leo Rising (Fire and Water, #1)

About

Tattoos, muscles, and dimples ̶ Theos the whole package. And that package should come with a warning label.


He makes my mouth water and my body burn.


Trouble...that’s what he is.


Now my house has been blown up and we’re on the run.


My name is Victoria “Tori” Gracen ̶ high school senior ̶ currently the mobs most wanted.



***This novel is intended for readers 18+ due to mild violence, sexual situations, and language. This is also a stand alone novel, no cliffhanger endings.***



My Review

This is Christine Besze’s first new adult book and also my first book that I read by this author.

This book is about Tori who is just about to turn 18 when she finds out her whole life that she thought is knew has been lie and when the truth is exposed what follows is a whole lots of trouble  for Tori. I can’t really say too much about the plot without giving it away. All I will say is that there was lots of twists and turns and I was kept hooked throughout the story. Not only is it a romance story but also there is plenty of drama and action thrown.

I loved Tori’s  character throughout, she was strong and feisty and I loved the chemistry between Tori and Theo. However I did think that Tori at times was a little acceptable of what Theo was telling her in the second half of the book. I would have thought she would have had more questions and wanted answers. As well as lots of action scenes there was plenty of hot and steamy moments between Tori and Theo and as I said some of the banter and chemistry between  them was great.

The story is very well written and flows really well. Once I started it I wanted keep reading to see what happened next. The secondary characters were also great as Tori’s and Theo’s friends and I was pleased to see that the author had included a snippet of Dani and Jeromy’s story which I look forward to reading.

Overall a hot, sexy action packed read.

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cover Reveal- Resist by Heather C.Leigh


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Meet Gavin in Heather’s newest M/M standalone romance!

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RELEASE DATE: August 9th, 2015

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Blurb
All Gavin Walker, bass player for the multi-platinum selling band, Sphere of Irony, wants to do is surf, play music, and occasionally get laid. The problem is that Gavin has a stalker. A potentially deadly one. The threats he receives always mention something about Gavin being gay, which isn't public knowledge since the record label wants to keep it quiet.

Mitch Hale used to track serial killers for the FBI. A live-changing incident led him to quit the bureau and start his own company providing computerized security for Los Angeles' wealthiest people. Mitch doesn't know anyone when he moves across the country from D.C. to California, and all he has for companionship is a pathetic string of failed relationships with women.

When Gavin's manager hires Mitch to find the stalker, the men instantly hate each other. Despite the constant fighting, attraction between the two blazes hot, confusing the former FBI agent. Spending time with Gavin forces Mitch reflect on what he's denied about himself for the last ten years. Listening to Mitch's plan to catch a madman thrusts Gavin's personal life out in the open for the entire world to see.

Can Gavin and Mitch stop fighting long enough to stop a stalker before someone gets hurt? Or will they stubbornly resist the feelings that develop when they're forced to work together?

This is book 3 in a 4 part series. It is a spin-off of the Famous Series. These can be read as standalones.

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Excerpt

“I need a drink,” I mutter to no one in particular.
Adam Reynolds must hear me complaining because he places what I assume is a Jack and Coke in my empty hand.
“Here you go, mate.” He grins and I can’t help but smile back. The man’s enthusiasm is infectious.
Gavin, the sourpuss, is currently glaring at me from across the room. So much for us being an item. In the car, Gavin’s excitement at pretending to be boyfriends to lure out his stalker and the accompanying smile he gave had me sprouting questionable wood for most of the drive. Now he’s reverted right back to being a little shit. Hot and cold.
“Thanks, but I’m working—”
“I’ll take it, honey.” Gavin swoops in, steals the glass, and downs half of it before I can blink. I stand there, paralyzed, while I watch his pink lips caress the edge of the glass. “Thanks, dear,” he snaps, pulling me from my gawking. Before I can reply he turns and stomps off to pout somewhere.
I’m annoyed at his attitude and the distance he’s kept between us tonight. What. The. Hell. No way is he going to up and disappear on me at another party. Especially after we paraded ourrelationship in front of the media to lure his stalker out of the shadows.
“Sorry guys,” I apologize to Adam and his wife, Ellie. I was happy to finally meet them both after everything Gemma had told me about the couple when I gave her Adam’s phone number last year. Now I have to cut our conversation short because of yet another Gavin Walker temper tantrum.
Weaving through the crowd at the club, I follow Gavin to the back hallway that houses the kitchen and bathrooms. Once I’m out of sight of the other guests, I grab a shocked Gavin’s upper arm and shove him into the men’s room.
“Hey! Quit being an asshole!” Gavin wrenches out of my grip, turning to sneer. “I’ll put you on your knees again, Hale!”
The thought of being on my knees in front of Gavin sends a flush of heat up my body. I can feel the fire in my cheeks and by the way Gavin’s eyes widen, I’m betting he can see it too.
“I’m not the one behaving like a brat!” I growl in a low voice. Ducking, I check to make sure no one else is in the stalls. Once I’ve made sure it’s clear, I lock the bathroom door.
“Brat?” Gavin shouts. “I’m a brat?”
“Yes, you’re a brat. Ever since we had our picture taken outside, you’ve been unbearable to be around!”
“You’re not the one whose entire life was just turned upside down out there!” he yells.
I step closer, more furious than I’ve ever been. “Are you kidding me? You are so unbelievably self-centered!” Those damn hypnotizing full lips fall open in shock. “I was just outed too, and I’m not even fucking gay!”
Without thinking, I grab either side of his head, digging my fingers into that thick, blonde hair, and crush my mouth over his.
And it’s the hottest kiss of my life.
Just, damn.


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Incite (Book One) The Sphere of Irony Series

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Strike (Book Two) The Sphere of Irony Series

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About the Author:
Heather C Leigh
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After growing up in New England, I currently live just outside Atlanta, GA.
I love the Red Sox and hate the Yankees.
I love hot, sexy romance novels, but hate long, drawn out misunderstandings as a plot line.
I love book series, but hate cliffhangers.
I love alpha males, but hate when they borderline on abusive.
Mostly? I love love love chocolate.

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Review- Quirks and Kinks by Laurel Ulen Curtis

Title: Quirks and Kinks
Author: Laurel Ulen Curtis
Genre: Romance
My Rating- 4 Stars

Quirks & Kinks

About

“It’s a new show, Quirks and Kinks. We’ve already selected a male reenactment actor to be your co-host, so you're the last piece of the puzzle. There’s some seriously f@$%ed up sh*t out there that people are into, and the two of you are going to be the face of it.”

“I’m going to be the face of people’s freakish fetishes?” I asked disbelievingly.

Larry shrugged his nonchalance, shoving it directly down the throat of my panic. “Half of it.”


That conversation was the beginning of more than a show. 
It was the beginning of mystery, friendship, and love, and the outcome of mixing all three together with two unsuspecting victims.

Easie Reynolds and Anderson Evans were drawn to the same, simple thing—each other.

But, sometimes, undeniable chemistry isn’t enough. After all, how easy is it to get to know someone when they’re constantly pretending to be someone else.

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My Review

Quirks and Kinks is another fun, witty and sweet read.

The story is about Easie and Anderson. Both are aspiring actors in L.A. Easie lands a part in a new show ‘Quirks and Kinks’. To celebrate she goes to a restaurant where she had an encounter with Anderson. On the first day of her new show she meets her male co-stars and it is clear that the pair don’t get on and Easie finds him creepy. Following an incident her co-star is fired and Easie needs a new one quickly. This is where Anderson enters. As the pair begin to work on the show the pair become closer whilst re-enacting all the crazy Quirks and Kinks in the show. However Anderson has some secrets he has not shared with Easie.  Can Easie overcome Anderson secrets and can Anderson bury them to be with Easie.

This story seems to have everything- humour, great witty one liners along with romance and some emotional scenes. The book is spilt into three parts. The first part is told from Easie’s POV and is full of humour and great witty lines from Easie. The second part is from Anderson’s POV and this is where the story changed slightly for me. Yes there is still lots of humour but Anderson’s POV also adds an emotional dimension to the story. The third part of the book alternates between Easie and Anderson’s POV. 

There is some great banter between Easie and Anderson and there are some laugh out loud moments. I very quickly connected with the story and the characters. The only thing for me was I thought that perhaps the author could have brought out a little more of the Quirks and Kinks stories which Easie and Anderson were re-telling. All we got were little tiny samples of the stories. There are also some great secondary characters and I would like to see more of Tammy and also Easie’s sister Ashley.

Overall another great story from author Laurel Ulen Curtis . If you’re looking for a fun, humorous, sweet read then this book is for you.  

*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Review- Beautiful Entourage by E.L Todd

Title: Beautiful Entourage
Author: E.L Todd
Genre: Romance
My Rating- 4 Stars

Beautiful Entourage (Beautiful Entourage #1)

About

Standalone. No Cliffhanger. HEA. Remaining books in the series can be read in any order. 

Being a professional escort comes with its vices. To keep women from getting too clingy, stop them from dropping their panties, and silence them before they can blurt the L word, Rhett has made certain rules. He never breaks them. 

Ever. 

1. No Kissing. 
2. No Feelings. 
3. And definitely, absolutely, no sex. 

But when Aspen, a beautiful brunette, hires him to help repair her image to her family, things get complicated. Rhett's never had a problem separating work from pleasure. But now work and pleasure seem to be one and the same.

My Review

The story is about Aspen who has recently been dumped by her ex-boyfriend for her cousin.  Her dad is also putting pressure on her to find a man otherwise he won’t give her CEO position in his company. This is where Rhett comes in when it is suggested by her best friend Harper to hire a escort to act as her boyfriend to attend events and get her dad off her back. Aspen and Rhett quickly strike up a close friendship and they slowly begin to develop feeling for each other. I really enjoyed the plot of this story, it was slightly different to other escort stories I have read. Aspen and Rhett were both great characters.

It was a very easy book to read and sat and read it in one sitting. There is plenty of hot steamy scenes and a little bit of angst at times. I loved Rhett’s brother Chase and I know this series is about 5 escorts but I love for him to get his own book. It was great to see Rhett’s relationship with his brother.
The only thing that bothered me about this book was some of the plot lines seemed unfinished unless they occur in future books. It would great to know the outcome of the law suit and also I love to see the scene when Aspen dealt with her brother.

It’s Troy’s and Harper’s story next which I look forward to reading.

Overall a great sweet, fun, hot romance story.

*I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Entourage-1-ebook/dp/B00WZOSI3U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430511035&sr=8-2&keywords=Beautiful+Entourage+E.+L.+Todd

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