Blog Tour: The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by Amalie Howard

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by Amalie Howard. I share my review with you today, I really enjoyed this book. And there are two teaser images, an excerpt and a giveaway in this post as well.

Title: The Fallen Prince
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: The Riven Chronicles #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction
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Blurb:
Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.

And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.

Praise for THE FALLEN PRINCE:
“[P]acked with action . . . Imagery is the highlight of this book.”—VOYA

“A parallel-dimension–jumping cyborg soldier must make questionable alliances to save her country from an existential threat in this sequel to The Almost Girl. [O]ffers a solid conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This sequel to The Almost Girl was everything I wanted: non-stop action, smart science, new and intriguing characters, and a satisfying romance. I couldn’t put it down!” —Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

“[T]he next step in a dark, clever and thrilling scorched-earth, world-hopping adventure.” —Jet Black Ink

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My Review:
This was a great read, and I’m sorry to see this series ending.

This book picks up about a year after book 1. General Riven is back in the Otherworld trying to track down her errant father before he can get up to more mischief and mayhem. Caden is on the throne back in Neospes so our couple is separated by loyalty and duty. However, old foes have arisen from the ashes and are attempting to destroy everything the king has been painstakingly rebuilding.

One of the things I enjoy most about this series is the superb tech – it’s creative, well developed and consistently built and described in a way that makes it understandable and credible. It’s more tech-heavy than most other books in this genre but I think that helps make it stand-out from the crowd. The worldbuilding, in general, is imaginative, well-thought-out, and well written.

I adore General Riven. She is one bad-ass ninjata-swinging cyborg warrior! She kicks some serious butt in this book and I loved all the action and fight scenes. Having indulged her human side in book 1, and fallen for Caden, she struggles at times to keep her emotions in check. Especially when she finds out what Caden has agreed with a neighboring nation in return for their help in defeating their enemies. I don’t think I would have liked Riven as a character if she didn’t have this softer, more emotional, more human side. She was well-rounded.

Caden is just, ah, swoon, a great guy! I love his confidence and his sacrifice and how much he loved Riven when she turned gung-ho. Rather than feeling inferior, as a lot of guys might, he thought it was hot!

It’s easy to tell from the title who the main villain is, so it was no surprise when he showed up seeking vengeance. Parts of the plot were predictable in that regard, however, as the story progressed more tension and suspense was added and it soon became difficult to tell who could be trusted.

The pacing was off at the start of the book and it was slow and dragged in parts. But the second half more than made up for that, and the action ramped up a notch or two. The last third was nailbiting and chock-full of ‘edge of the seat’ suspense and intrigue. Awesome!

I enjoyed the writing and it was well edited.

I was a little surprised when I got to the end to see that it appears to have concluded. I definitely think there was enough mileage to stretch to another book. I’m actually sad to say goodbye to Riven and Caden as I enjoyed their characters immensely. I would recommend this book to fans of sci-fi/dystopia/paranormal romance.

Thanks to the publicist and publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
As the last two people disappear behind Caden and his two Faction guards in a blue haze, I take a breath and hit the coordinates on the keypad.
Era’s eyes meet mine. Even in a wheelchair she still looks fierce. “Remember your promise.”
I’m not sure whether she means my promise to not get in the way or my promise to defend Neospes with my life. Maybe they’re one and the same. “I remember.”
I hit ENTER.
The wind sucks at my gut, pulling me in toward my belly-button as if every part of my body is dissolving and coalescing into that one point. I keep my eyes open for as long as possible, watching time elongate on all sides before the wormhole breaks me into a million pieces. The nanobes harden around my cells, making them impervious to the gravitational changes in pressure. For a second, I feel invincible.
Unbreakable.
At the midpoint of the transition, all is silent, like being in the center of a storm before things start picking up. I’m snapped back together again, disparate cells rushing together toward the whole. As I exit the jump, everything explodes into motion at once.
Voices are coming at me from every direction—screaming and yelling. My ninjatas are out of their harness and in my hands before I can blink. The hot glint of metal reflects o the bodies surrounding us, the sour scent of rotting flesh filling the air. Reptiles—hundreds of them.

Amalie HeadshotAbout the Author:
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Review: Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

Maybe SomedayTitle: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

My Review:
Is there a cure for a Colleen Hoover addiction because I think I have one. Lol. Stayed up until 5.38am reading this. Yes, 5.38am. I can’t put her books down – they are utterly unputdownable. And man, how does she pack so much emotion into her words? This book damn near ripped my heart right out of my chest. I felt the pain and heartache. Loved Ridge even though what he was doing wasn’t fair to either girl, but it was such a complicated situation. I love how this book explored the concept of being in love with two different people at the same time. It was messy and raw and it hurt like hell. Loved all the witty banter, Colleen writes amazing dialogue. Another winner for my library. Now, let me see, which CH book will I read next?

This quote, which is one of my favorites from the book, pretty much sums up the dilemma at the heart of this story:

“Desire is easy to fight. Especially when the only weapon desire possesses is attraction. It’s not so easy when you’re trying to win a war against the heart.”

Cover Reveal: Kissing the Bride by Tracey Alvarez

Today is the cover reveal for Kissing the Bride by Tracey Alvarez. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Kissing the BrideKissing the Bride (Due South #7.5)
By Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: June 24, 2016

Blurb:
The countdown is on to the Wedding of the Year, New Zealand!

It’s seven days until Shaye Harland and Del Westlake finally tie the knot—and it’ll be the most awesomesauce wedding Stewart Island has ever seen if Shaye has anything to do with it. Her All Things Nuptial journal has the big day planned to perfection, but not everything runs like clockwork. While marrying the man of her dreams beats chocolate as an Easter treat, a few mini-catastrophes like Boris the obstinate sea lion threaten to ruin their special day.

WARNING: If you’re new to the Due South world, this fun and sexy short story of Del & Shaye’s wedding isn’t the book to start with. Lots of favorite characters join in the wedding craziness—and if you haven’t read the earlier Due South books it’ll just be crazy-confusing.

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Other books in the series:
Book 1: In Too Deep (Currently FREE)
Book 2: Melting Into You (Currently FREE)
Book 3: Ready To Burn
Book 4: Christmas With You
Book 5: My Forever Valentine
Book 6: Playing For Fun
Book 7: Drawing Me In

Book 1: In Too Deep (Currently FREE)Book 2: Melting Into You (Currently FREE)Book 3: Ready To BurnBook 4: Christmas With YouBook 5: My Forever ValentineBook 6: Playing For FunBook 7: Drawing Me In

Tracey AlvarezAbout the Author:
Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, Tracey Alvarez writes steamy but heart-warming contemporary romances set in New Zealand. Her two series, DUE SOUTH and FAR NORTH, both focus on small coastal towns, close communities, and family.

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Review: Wednesday by Kendall Ryan

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ebook WedTitle: Wednesday
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Hard core fucking.

It’s not what I really want, but it’s all he has to offer. He’s filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I’d like things to be different between us. Real.

He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It’d be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him. So I give him what he needs. Dark delicious fucking. But I know I can’t keep this up. I’ve already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m forced to take.

Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.

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My Review:
A short, fun, sexy read that will leave you begging for more.

Kendall Ryan is fast becoming a must-read author for me. When I read an ARC of her latest book, a sample of this book was in the back and I wanted to get my hands on a copy asap, because the premise was SO intriguing. I was, therefore, delighted when the opportunity arose to read this in advance of publication.

It didn’t disappoint. Shaw has suffered the loss of his new wife and he is leaning heavily on his former BFF Chloe for support. It just so happens that that support takes the form of, ahem, “hard-core fucking.” This has been going on for months, and while Chloe initially felt guilty now she’s feeling a maelstrom of different emotions. She’s been in love with Shaw for years and he’s the first guy to set her bed (and her world) on fire so she is reluctant to end their arrangement. But all the sneaking around on Wednesdays and the way he keeps cutting her out is starting to wear her down. Then his actions escalate, becoming confusing and hurtful. It’s not intentional – it’s just that Shaw is a bit of a mess.

Now, initially, I was thinking that Shaw was a right selfish bastard. Yes, he was grieving but it was still no way to treat his childhood friend. There were times where I wish Chloe had pushed him away – she did, eventually, and I was glad that she developed some self-respect and some backbone.

The sex scenes were well written and smoking hot. I liked how their relationship progressed toward the end and it was much more romantic.

There are a couple of moral-dilemma-type issues/situations in this book that make you think (or at least it made me think) and I like when a book is more than just the sum of the expected exterior.

This book was very well written, and it flows smoothly. The characters and plot are as developed as you can get with a novella. Signature Kendall Ryan. A superb choice if you are in the mood for an emotional friends-to-lovers with-a- twist quick read.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Blog Tour: Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1) by Tessa Bailey

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1) by Tessa Bailey! I’ll share my review with you and there are two teaser images and an excerpt for you to check out!

Too Hot To HandleTitle: Too Hot to Handle
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.

My Review:
Rita has to choose between her head and her heart in this funny, heart-warming tale of finding true love and happiness.

This series has a great premise, and once I read the description, I just knew I had to read this book.

The Clarksons are a mad, eclectic mix of personalities, and I can’t wait to read more of this series to find out what’s in store for the rest of Rita’s siblings. All of them were unique in their own way, and it was refreshing to read about such different characters. Characterization was superb.

All of them are suffering severe emotional baggage, and they are at a crossroads in their lives. They are attempting to rebuild their relationships after the passing of their mom. Their mom was this larger-than-life somewhat-celebrity chef. Rita was her nominated heir and she is in charge of her mom’s restaurant, but she is miserable as sin, and crumbling under the pressure of delivering to the same high standards as her belated mother. She manages to convince her siblings to go on a trip – it was their mom’s last wish- and they hit the road.

Jasper enters the picture when their car breaks down just outside his village. He finds himself instantly attracted to Rita and wants the opportunity to get to know her. He is battling his own demons, which force him to pull back from Rita when he doesn’t actually want to. Consequently, he is sending out all kinds of mixed signals that are confusing Rita. There is a fair amount of angst and back and forth, so you have been warned!

The main focus of the book is the developing relationship between Rita and Jasper and how they both come to terms with the issues they are hiding. While, on the surface, they appear to be in similar situations, they are being drawn in opposite directions. Can they make it work to build a life together?

This book is chock-full of witty banter and hysterically funny scenes and there are plenty of sizzling sexy times, too.

I enjoyed the writing, the setting, and the pacing was bang-on.

The only thing I didn’t like was how this all took place in three days. I had to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy the story, because, in reality, Rita would have to be cray-cray to make the decision she did after only three days.

Overall, though, this was a great read, and I look forward to continuing the series.

Thanks to the publisher and publicist for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Excerpt:
“Believe this, Rita. I think you’re gorgeous as sin and I need your mouth on mine.”
Rita nodded, meshing their wet lips together in the process. “I want to believe that. You might have to help me.”
“Thank Christ.”
Their mouths slanted and somehow—somehow—that feast of lips and tongue and teeth was even more potent than the night before. His knee rammed into the bike—almost as if his leg had tried to buckle—shooting pain up his right thigh, but it vanished under the pleasure. Vanished into vapor. The stroking, hot, abandon of Rita. They were both breathing through their noses so as not to break the voracious mouth-fucking they were engaging in, and that shouldn’t have been so all-out sexy. But it sure as shit was. They were attacking each other with seeking tongues and open lips, playing chicken to see who would give in first.
When her hands slipped under his shirt and pulled down on his belt buckle, putting pressure on Jasper’s cock, he cursed into her mouth, securing his fist in her hair like a goddamn barbarian. And she liked it, too. Why else would she be tugging on his belt, encouraging him to rock into the notch of her pussy? Too far. This was going too far. Any farther and they’d end up somewhere naked.
She’d leave the encounter with no doubt of his experience, because, hell, Jasper knew every button to press, when to change rhythm, when to be forceful or pull back. Knew it all. But Rita wouldn’t look at him the same way afterward. She’d see the local tramp, like everyone else.
She’d leave. And he’d have failed in his one attempt to be more to someone.
Jasper tore his mouth free, releasing a gruff exhale into her neck. “You have me ready to bust in my jeans, beautiful. I was smoother than this in high school.”
“That’s a scary thought,” she breathed out in a rush, her fists still curling in his shirt. “Was that the other half of your apology for last night? B-because I have to say, it was pretty effective.”
“At the risk of sounding arrogant, Rita, I haven’t even moved my hips yet. You’ve barely gotten a preview of how thoroughly I can…apologize.”
“Don’t leave me in suspense,” she whispered, those golden-brown eyes going as big as salad plates.
Don’t do it. You’ll have a hard-on for a decade. “If you agree to go out with me tonight, I’ll rub that wet, aching seam of yours with my own ache.”
Rita’s head fell back on a whimper. “Fine. Yes.”

highres-MJB_5140.jpgAbout the Author:
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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Review: Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

Losing HopeTitle: Losing Hope
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

My Review:
I honestly didn’t think I could love Dean Holder any more, but I was wrong. I adored reading this companion novel from his POV and Colleen managed to deliver a fresh, thoroughly engaging read. Sometimes I find that companion novels fail to live up to my expectation and they can often feel like a rehash of the original book. That definitely was not the case with Losing Hope. There are lots of new scenes that we haven’t read before, and we get a really good insight into Holders world.

I loved the journal letters to Les and it was a very creative way of weaving Holder’s twin into the story. I loved how Holder was emotional without being sappy, and I felt so sad for all the guilt he was carrying around over both Les and Hope.

I also loved getting to know Daniel, though I think it’s a little weird that he didn’t feature at all in Hopeless. I thought he was hysterical and quite a unique character.

Colleen sure knows how to write captivating male characters and Holder has skyrocketed to the top of my Book Boyfriend list.

If you have read Hopeless then you MUST read this book. Highly Recommended.

Release Day Saven Denial!

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Today is the release day of Saven Denial, which is the continuation of my Saven series. Saven Deception, Book 1, is currently free to download from Amazon, iBooks, B&N/Nook, and Kobo. However, it’s only free for a limited period, so, make sure to download your copy today, and find out why readers have called this series “The heir to the Lux series,” “Amazingly perfect,” and “The X-Files meets Twilight and blows them both away!”

Saven Denial is a novella between Saven Disclosure (book 2 – out now!) and Saven Defiance (book 3 – releasing August 2016.) This is an essential read as it picks up the story exactly from the point where Saven Disclosure ended.

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Saven DenialSaven: Denial (The Saven series #2.5)
by Siobhan Davis

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy Romance
Age: 15+
Exclusively available on Amazon and free to download from Kindle Unlimited

Book Description:
THE TRUTH HURTS

My mother was right to fear me.
I’m an abomination.
And the world should be very afraid.

Sadie has been kidnapped by the Tor, the vindictive alien race who destroyed Thalassic City. As her past, present, and future collides, her worst nightmare looks set to become her shocking new reality.

A deliberate pawn in leader Griselda’s vengeful game, Sadie is horrified to learn the truth about her heritage and the destiny that’s already been mapped out for her. Refusing to cooperate, she risks paying the ultimate price for her defiance.

Love for Logan is her only motivation to stay alive. Saving him is the only thing that matters—the fate of the world depends upon it. While he may never forgive her, she’s determined to protect him. Until her dying breath.

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Early Praise for Saven Denial:
“A gripping page turner. The plot twists keep coming, and the suspense is upped a notch.” Deirdre. Goodreads reviewer

“Siobhan fabulously incorporates great character development, awesome new worlds and species, never-saw-that-coming twists and turns and above all an emotional roller coaster that has me completely hooked.” T.J Loves to Read.

“This is one of the best novellas I’ve ever read! We are hit with non-stop revelations. Some you expect; others come out of nowhere.” K.M. Goodreads reviewer

“Siobhan’s skills are really showing in this innovative, breathtakingly suspenseful, beautifully crafted series.” Schuyler Central High School Library.

“A fantastic read … a rollercoaster ride, fast and furious, with curveballs coming from every direction.” Karla. Goodreads reviewer

“Siobhan took what was already a very compelling story and made it into a master-level marvel of wonder.” Kim. Goodreads reviewer

“Ms. Davis has continued the suspenseful, intriguing and thrilling adventure of some of the most exciting characters in today’s sci-fi world!” Sharla. Goodreads reviewer

“Awesome!!! I cannot wait for the next book to arrive!” S.M Goodreads reviewer

“Some very surprising twists and turns … the writing is some of the strongest I have seen yet from Siobhan Davis.” Danielle. Goodreads reviewer

Blog Tour: She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla

Today is my stop during the blog tour for She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla! I review this book, there are two teaser images and there’s a tour wide giveaway.

She Laughs In PinkTitle: She Laughs in Pink
Author: Jessica Calla
Series: Sheridan Hall #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben’s heart.

Then she meets Ben’s roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he’s ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he’s never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate

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My Review:
Wow, what a sensational read! I am still reeling from my sojourn in Sheridan Hall!

Jessica Calla has expertly crafted a heart-wrenching angst-filled love story that will rip you apart and then piece you back together again! I had all the feels reading this one. I love when an author delves deep into the emotional psyche of her characters and strips them raw, so we see them bare, with all their strengths and weaknesses on show (that sounds unintentionally naughty. Lol.) Jessica does this effortlessly with the first book in her Sheridan Hall series.

Juliet (Jules) has been living in the shadow of her dead twin since she passed. She blames herself for her death and she has struggled to move on in her life. Her relationship with her parents is troubled, and she has come to rely heavily on her best friend, Ben. She has even followed him to college, as she is focused on convincing him that he loves her as much as she loves him. A chance encounter with Chase changes the path of her destiny.

Chase has his own demons to battle. Both his parents died when he was young, and he was raised by his loving grandmother. But he went down the wrong path and now he is desperately trying to get his life back on track. The minute he spots Juliet, all his best-laid plans fall out the window. There is an instant attraction between them, but when he realizes who she is, and that she’s in love with his new roommate, he tries to do the honourable thing by backing off.

But the attraction between Jules and Chase is too hard to deny, and soon they are indulging in steamy make-out sessions.

There is a love triangle in this book, but I love me some love-triangle, so I lapped it right up. And boy, is it an angst-ridden ride as Juliet and Chase battle their feelings for one another and try to avoid hurting Ben.

The romance was very well-written and the chemistry between our couple very believable.

One of the best things about this book, beside the well-developed emotionally complex mains, are the fantastic secondary characters. A lively bunch, they have formed their own little family community in Sheridan Hall, and I LOVED that aspect of this book. It really made it stand out from other NA/college stories I’ve read. I came to care about all of them.

The other thing I really loved was the fact that Jules was a ballet dancer and Chase an artist. I was both in my younger years and it resonated with me. It also appeals to my creative side in general. I like that they both supported each other with their passion.

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, and Ms. Calla writes like a seasoned professional. It’s hard to believe this is only her second published work. The pacing was perfect, and it flowed from beat to beat, and scene to scene, with ease. I didn’t skim a single part as it was all relevant and not bogged down in unnecessary details.

There is a sub-plot that comes out toward the end of the book that I didn’t see coming. I actually think that could have been interwoven a little better from the point we were first introduced to that character, as I felt it added an extra dimension to the story. A little fleshing out would have embellished this plotline; however, it didn’t in any way dent my enjoyment of this book, because, as you can probably tell, I loved it!

There is also a slight paranormal twist to the story that I wasn’t expecting. It reminded me a little, in that regard, of Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer. I liked it, thought it was quirky and interesting.

The toing and froing between our pair became a little irritating in the last quarter of the book. I also disliked the fact that Juliet was slow to make up her mind. The only other thing that grated on my nerves was how Ben initially described Juliet to Chase. He was quite patronizing and dismissive of her and I expected more from him as her best friend. I wished I could reach into my Kindle and slap him on her behalf. Lol. These points are the only reason I knocked off half a star.

Overall, this is a fantastic start to what promises to be a great new NA series. I highly recommend it to fans of the NA genre and well written emotionally-charged romance. I look forward to continuing the series.

Actual Rating 4.5 stars.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Jessica CallaAbout the Author:
Jessica Calla is a lawyer by day, author by night. Her favorite time is the kids’ bedtime, when she’s free to open the laptop, battle with the blinking cursor, and pour out the contents of her heart.

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest marketing intern ever at BookFish Books, and was named a Team Member for the inaugural FicFest writing contest. She also mentors unpublished writers as part of the Young Adult Romance Writers’ mentoring program.

Besides reading and writing, Jessica enjoys movies, yoga, coffee, and chocolate, but has a serious addiction problem when it comes to Diet Coke, Twitter, and Netflix. Always a Jersey Girl, she lives in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and her dog.

Jessica’s first book, The Love Square, an adult contemporary romance, was published by Limitless Publishing in January of 2016 and continues to receive positive reviews. She can’t wait for Book 2 of the Sheridan Hall Series, She Runs Away, to be released in November 2016 by BookFish Books.

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Release Week Blitz: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I share an excerpt fo this book and link to my post where you can read my review. There are also two teaser images, a pre-order giveaway and a tour wide giveaway.

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TPWF_FinalTitle: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars – Read my review here
Genres: YA contemporary romance
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Blurb:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.

For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.

Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” -Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly

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Excerpt:
The expression on her face said he gave great full frontal, and when he laughed, her pink lips split into a wide smile. Her smile transformed her from pretty to beautiful, but my attention swung away from her as tiny hairs rose all over my body. That laugh…it was deep, rich and somehow familiar. A shiver crept over my shoulders. That laugh…
He was walking backward, and I was rather amazed that he didn’t trip over anything, actually somewhat envious of that fact. And then I realized he was heading toward the last half circle. Toward me. I glanced around. There were only a few seats open, two on my left. The girl was following him. Not just following him. Touching him.
Touching him like she’d done it a lot.
Her slim arm was extended, her hand planted in the center of his stomach, just below his chest. She bit down on her lower lip as her hand drifted farther south. Golden bangles dangling from her wrist got awful close to the worn leather belt. My cheeks heated as the boy stepped out of her reach. There was something playful about his movements, as if this dance was a daily routine for them both.
He turned at the end of the desks, stepping behind the occupied chair, and my gaze tracked up narrow hips, over the stomach the girl had touched, up and up, and then I saw his face.
I stopped breathing.
My brain couldn’t perceive what I was seeing. It did not compute. I stared up at him, really saw him, saw a face that was familiar yet new to me, more mature than I remembered but still achingly beautiful. I knew him. Oh my God, I would know him anywhere, even if it had been four years and the last time I’d seen him, that last night that had been so horrible, had changed my life forever.
It was too surreal.
Now the reason why he’d popped in my head this morning made sense, because I’d seen him, but hadn’t realized it was him.
I couldn’t move, couldn’t get enough air into my lungs and couldn’t believe this was happening. My hands slipped off the desk, falling limply into my lap as he dipped into the seat next to me. His gaze was on the girl who took the seat next to him, and his profile, the strong jaw that had only been hinted at the last time I’d seen him, tilted as his eyes moved over the front of the room, across the wall-length chalkboard. He looked like he had back then, but bigger and with everything more…more defined. From the eyebrows darker than the mix of brown and black hair and thick lashes to the broad cheekbones and the slight scruff covering the curve of his jaw.
Goodness, he’d grown up in the way I’d thought he would when I was twelve and started to really look at him, to see him as a boy.
I couldn’t believe he was here. My heart was trying to claw itself out of my chest as lips—lips fuller that I remembered—tilted up, and a knot formed in my belly as the dimple formed in his right cheek. The only dimple he had. No matching set. Just one. My mind raced back through the years, and I could only think of a handful of times I’d seen him relaxed. Leaning back in the chair that seemed too small for him, he slowly turned his head toward me. Eyes that were brown with tiny flecks of gold met mine.
Eyes I’d never forgotten.
The easy, almost lazy smile I’d never seen on his face before froze. His lips parted and a paleness seeped under his tawny skin. Those eyes widened, the gold flecks seeming to expand. He recognized me; I had changed a lot since then, but still, recognition dawned in his features. He was moving again, leaning forward on his seat toward me. Four words roared out of the past and echoed in my head.
Don’t make a sound.
“Mouse?” he breathed.

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JLA_Author-photoAbout the Author:
# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Blog Tour: Dirty Little Rendezvous by Emma Hart

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Dirty Little Rendezvous by Emma Hart. I’ll share my review of the book, there will be some teasers and an excerpt.

Dirty Little RendezvousTitle: Dirty Little Rendezvous
Author: Emma Hart
Series: The Burke Brothers #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes the past becomes the present… And he’s hot, cocky, and British.

Leila Burke expected a lot of things when she joined her brothers on tour in Europe. He wasn’t one of them.
Jase Masters had no idea what to expect when he agreed to support Dirty B. on tour. She definitely wasn’t it.
It’s been eighteen months.
He remembers that night a little too well.
She insists she has no idea who he is.
He’s rugged and determined.
She’s wild and free.
Together, they’re a tornado.
Keeping it from touching down is the least of their worries.

(Dirty Little Rendezvous is a spin-off of The Burke Brothers series, but can be read as a standalone.)

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My Review:
Wow! What an amazing read.

Having read a couple of books in the Burke Brothers series, I was really looking forward to reading this book as I’ve always enjoyed Leila as a character. This book definitely lived up to my expectation and some!

It had everything I could ask for in a quick read:

*A hot man to swoon over – Jase is perfect leading man material.
*A sassy, snarky, independent leading lady – Leila can easily hold her own with her over-protective brothers and their respective partners.
*A family and friends theme – love how they all look out for each other, even if her brothers are more than a tad OTT when it comes to her sex life!
*Steamy romance – this book delivers in spades.
*Rockstar world – love Dirty B. and the world that Emma has created. Rocker romances are some of my fav to read and the Burke Brothers series is one of the best rocker series. This book is a superb addition (though it can completely be read as a standalone.)
*Hysterically funny moments, comedic scenes and plenty of witty banter that flowed so naturally.
*Great, consistent pacing.
*Fabulous writing.
*Well-developed characters.

I could gush all day but I think you get the gist. The only slight thing that irritated me was how Jase didn’t apparently recognize Leila at first. Then, later on, he talks about how she left an indelible mark on his heart, and it didn’t stack up with his initial reaction. Even later on, when they are discussing their reactions upon meeting again, he gave the impression that he knew straight away who she was but the scene wasn’t written like that. Only minor, but it bugged me.

Overall, though, this was a fantabulous read, and one I would highly recommend. Thanks to the publisher and publicist for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
“Hey, Jase?” I look up and down the hall through my eyelashes.
“Yeah?”
My tongue runs over my bottom lip. “You could come in. If you wanted.”
He exhales loudly, running his hand through his hair. “Leila… You’ve been drinking. Whether you say you’re drunk or not, this is your tequila talking.”
“What if it isn’t?”
“How do I know you’re not just saying it?”
“Never mind.” My stomach sinks. “I can take a hint.”
“A hint? I’m a man, love. I don’t give or take hints.” He walks toward me. “But I also respect you and I’m not going to go into your room and fuck you because numerous shots of tequila are telling you it’s a good idea.”
“Don’t worry.” My cheeks burn with humiliation. I’m blaming this on the tequila. He’s so insistent it is, so fuck you, tequila. Fuck you.
“Leila.” He grabs my arm before I can disappear fully inside.
I slowly turn my face back to him. The bright hall lights collide with the darkness of my room, casting shadows across the angular planes of his face. His eyes blaze at me, a bright yet stormy green that shows his inner battle.
“Don’t think I’m not coming in with you because I don’t want to fuck you.” He takes a deep breath and lets it out quietly.
I swallow.
“I want to fuck you again. I want to follow you into this room and fuck you so hard everyone on this floor will know what we’re doing.”
“So do it,” I whisper. “I’m not drunk, Jase. I know exactly what I’m asking.”
“You’re supposed to be avoiding me.” He leans in so his mouth hovers just above mine. “Remember?”
“It didn’t work out.” My mouth gets dry as his breath fans across my lips.
“So, pursuing me is your new plan?”
“Well.” I pause to swallow again, although there’s nothing but the hesitant lump in my throat that won’t go down. “I figure it’s the more enjoyable option.”
His lips twitch up on one side, and he laughs quietly. “Leila, love…”
I grab the front of his shirt, gripping it tight, and pull him down to me at the same time that I push up onto my toes. Our lips collide somewhere between us, and he freezes. His fingers twitch around my arm, but he lets go.
I get it.
I step back from him, my heart thudding and pushing the previous twinge of humiliation around my body until it latches on to every cell and swamps me. My cheeks burn, and I can’t look up at him, so I move back into my room, throwing my book in the direction of the bed.
He grabs me.
Shoves me inside.
Pushes me back against the door so it slams shut.
And kisses me.
Desire blurs my embarrassment as Jase’s mouth descends onto mine and he kisses me as though he’s starving. I wind my hands into his hair as he runs one of his up my thigh. His fingers ease under my dress, coming dangerously close to the top of my leg, and I gasp as he lifts it and hooks it over his hip.
Fuck me, he’s hard.
His cock presses between my legs, against my throbbing clit, and the pressure from his jeans sends a bolt of uncontrollable desire firing through my bloodstream.
He groans, swiping his tongue across the seam of my mouth, and I open for him, sending my tongue to meet his. They battle when he kisses me deeply and grips my ass harder, lifting me up the door a little. My hips buck against him, and he nips my bottom lip when I whimper.
Then he brings one hand between my legs and runs his thumb over the soft cotton of my panties.
Right over my clit.
Right along my pussy.
Now, my gasp is loud, and I break the kiss to control my breathing. Jase smiles against my jaw as he kisses it. His mouth leaves trails of hot kisses along it and my neck, his tongue swirling on my pulse point, his teeth grazing down my skin to my shoulder.
And, the whole time, his fingers are working their way beneath my underwear.
The moment his rough thumb brushes my clit, his lips find mine again, and he swallows my moan.

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DSC_9249About the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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