Review: The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever #1) by Melissa Chambers

The Summer Before ForeverTitle: The Summer Before Forever
Author: Melissa Chambers
Series: Before Forever #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…

My Review:
A sweet, uplifting, coming-of-age romance that will give you all the feels!

I seem to be addicted to forbidden romances at the moment, and I must admit it was what attracted me to request a review copy of The Summer Before Forever. However, to categorize this book as such would be doing it a massive injustice, because there is so much depth to this read and it is much more than just a story of two soon to be step-siblings who fall hard for each other.

This is a story about overcoming obstacles to follow your heart’s desire.

Chloe undergoes massive character development throughout this book, bolstered by support from both Landon and Jenna. Jenna was an absolute hoot – a minor celebrity thanks to a stint on a TV show/competition, she clearly loves the spotlight. She is the polar opposite of shy Chloe in that regard. However, Jenna was such a fantastic friend to her, encouraging her to come out of her shell, and to deal with the issues as a result of a horrible assault she had endured.

Landon had my heart from the first time he made an appearance on my Kindle. What a complete and utter sweetheart. It’s clear they are attracted to one another from the minute they meet but it takes a few weeks for them to act on it. I loved the build-up and getting to know both of them during that time. They really brought out the best in one another, and it epitomizes everything that is wonderful in a relationship when it’s truly meant to be.

I’ve heard of dyslexia but I hadn’t heard of dyscalculia until I read this book. Landon was following a different path in life rather than the one he desired because he felt the limitations of his disability. He never came across as weak even though he often felt like that on the inside. I loved the end of the book and how Chloe helped him face up to the challenges and move beyond them. Such a sweet, empowering, feel-good message.

I enjoyed the author’s writing style, and there was great emotional complexity and characterization. Voice was strong and distinguishable. It was a little slow the first 15% but that was a non-issue thereafter. The sexual assault was a little glossed over, and I felt that could’ve been explored a little more, however, it didn’t dent my enjoyment.

In summary, this was a fantastic read and I highly recommend to fans of well-written sweet contemporary YA romance.

Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Saven Defiance Release Day and Giveaway!

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I’m delighted to announce the release of the fourth book (the third full-length novel) in the Saven Series. Saven Defiance is now live and you can download a copy exclusively from Amazon. The entire series is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited. I’ve shared an excerpt with you and there is a giveaway to win an Amazon gift card.

Saven DefianceBook Description:
THE TRUTH ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

I’ve promised to protect those I love.
But someone is lying to me.
Will I discover the truth in time to save him?

With war looming in outer space and the Earthen government forced into hiding, the battle for ultimate world domination is only just beginning.

Having accepted her identity, Sadie sets out on a daring quest with her friends, which takes them deep into alien territory. Fraught with tension and danger, the journey is not an easy one, especially when previous adversaries become new allies and cherished friends become suspicious opponents.

As the heirs unite in a bid to restore peace to the galaxy, powerful enemies, determined to exact retribution, surround them on all sides. When hidden agendas and shocking revelations come to light, the fallout is massive.

Sadie’s love life is a tangled, messy affair. While one relationship is embraced forever, another spirals out of control, threatening to destroy everything. Determined to do the right thing, Sadie will fight hard to protect those she loves.

But there are some battles she cannot win.

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Excerpt:
The sun shines high from an elevated position in the sky, beating a burning path straight for us. My feet sink into the thick, dense sand of the desert, to the point where my legs throb with the effort involved in walking. Sweat coats my skin like a new outer layer, and my clothes are practically welded to my body at this stage.
The frosty reception—from Haydn—is in direct contrast to the hot, humid climate. He continues to ignore my questions as he guides me toward the ship that has just shimmered into existence in front of us.
It’s as if we share a cloak of invisibility—this ship and I.
“Where’s Logan?” I ask for the umpteenth time, channeling more patience than I ordinarily possess.
Haydn’s response is to tighten his grasp on my arm and clamp his lips shut. I inwardly sigh as I glance around me. Neve is escorting Izzy on my left, and Rylan is guiding a cuffed Axton in front of us. Every so often, Ax peeks over his shoulder at me, a stern frown creasing his forehead.
I’m as confused as he is. I don’t understand why I’m being treated like a common criminal, because the three Saven—whom I thought were my friends—are refusing to talk. “Please, Haydn. Where is he? Is he okay?” My breath huffs out in exasperated spurts at the unrelenting chilly silence.
“Walk ahead of me,” he instructs as we approach the open mouth of the craft. It’s the first time he has spoken since the ominous “Make one false move and I’ll shoot” comment he threw at me when the three Saven first appeared here. Wherever here is, because I’ve no clue how I managed to teleport us safely from Torc or where we landed.
Ax and Izzy are ascending the walkway into the belly of the ship, and I trail behind them. A welcome, familiar face is waiting to greet me at the top of the steps. Fern leans against the railing, her usual sunny features obscured behind a mantle of worry. Spotting me, she brightens for a split second until she takes in my transparent prisoner status.
She skips toward us with purpose. “What the hell?” Piercing Haydn with a murderous glare, she deposits her hands on her slim hips.
“Don’t. Interfere.” He growls out a warning as he pushes past her, hauling me along for the ride.
I shrug my shoulders as I eyeball my friend. “Don’t ask me for an explanation. No one is even speaking to me.”
“This is completely ridiculous, and totally unnecessary,” Fern yells as she stalks behind us like a miniature tornado.
“Babe,” Rylan says, stalling on the steps above us. “Let’s get to the cabin and we’ll clear everything up.”
Haydn snorts and shakes his head. I deliberately impale him with my penetrating gaze, willing him to look at me so he can absorb the full glare of my frustration. But he’s as stubborn as ever, and he pretends not to feel my eyes burning a hole through the side of his skull. As I continue to stare at him—noting the ashen pallor of his skin and how his once shorn hair has grown out, now curling and twisting around his ears and over his neck—I wonder if I’ve ever really known him at all. Or if he has ever truly known me.
Because if he did, he would know not to fear me. That there’s no need to treat me like this.

You can read the first three chapters of this book for free here. Caution: You should only read this sample if you are up to date with the series, otherwise it will spoil the story.

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Praise for Saven Defiance
“I can safely say Defiance is my favorite book in the Saven series to date. I’ve just got so many feels … I’ve been well and truly pushed into the fangirl camp.” Goodreads Reviewer

“A fantastic young adult, fantasy/sci-fi, dystopian romance full of drama, angst, thrills and sweet swoonage with amazing new worlds, endearing characters, and a plot that’s unputdownable.” TJ Loves to Read

“Full of contradictions, revelations, action, and romance, I was glued to Defiance from the moment I first opened it.” Schuyler Central High School Library

“Siobhan Davis has truly out done herself with this one. Nothing like a good sci-fi romance with hot aliens and thrilling adventures through new galaxies to warm a bookworm’s nerdy heart.” Goodreads Reviewer

“Everything Siobhan publishes has a touch of breath-taking suspense, complex characters that engage your interest, and new worlds that pique the imagination. Saven Defiance is no different.” Goodreads Reviewer

“Siobhan has knocked it out of the park! Saven Defiance has all of the things we love about her writing – action, romance, plot twists, and characters that we are drawn to … this book is amazing.” Goodreads Reviewer

“Siobhan Davis is hands down one of the best YA authors writing today. She creates wonderful characters, amazing worlds, and provides them with solid, entertaining storylines.” Goodreads Reviewer

“Saven Defiance has soul-deep romance, heart-pounding action, amazing characters, gut-wrenchingly intense moments, and once you start it you will be drawn into the story so completely … sleep be damned!” I Have a Book Obsession

“Saven Defiance is another incredible notch on the literary belt of Siobhan Davis and her crazy-wicked imagination.” Tome Tender

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Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of ShadowsTitle: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: fantasy
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Blurb:
The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Review:
This was a superb read, and hands-down the best of the series so far.

The plot was incredible; full of suspenseful twists and turns, and an imaginatively created fantasy world that I loved. The pacing was spot on, and even though it’s a big book, I never felt that any part dragged. The writing was great, as usual.

At this stage, the characters all seem so real to me, so much so that I feel quite intensely about them. There are minor inconsistencies with some of the characters, and there were plenty of times when a few of them really grated on my nerves, but that’s a side effect of being so invested in them and their stories. Honestly not a bad thing.

Aelin has really come into her own, and she was amazing in this book. Sharp, shrewd, brave, snarky, and cunning are all words that spring to mind. I adored her and Rowan in this book, and they are so perfect together. And Rowan is just perfect book boyfriend material. (Swooning.)

I disliked Chaol for most of this book, and I hated the fact that he was pinning so much blame on Aelin when he was the one who sent her away in the first place! He vented a lot of his own self-frustration in her direction which was massively unfair. Thankfully, he took his head out of his ass by the end of the book and redeemed himself.

I actually enjoyed Manon’s POV this time around, and the witchy sub-plot added depth and an additional layer which was lacking in Heir of Fire. I figured Elide was going to reappear though it’s still unclear what value she offers, or what role she will play.

Dorian. Poor Dorian. He has really been through the wringer. I hope he has what it takes to see this thing through, and that he’s not too damaged. I’m still intrigued to see how him and Aelin as a magical unit fit into the overall picture.

Aelin’s dark side still wriggles beneath the surface and I’m wondering if she is strong enough to fight it off in future books. There is definitely potential for her to turn to the dark side, and wouldn’t that be an interesting turn of events.

All in all, this was fantastic. I can’t wait to read the next instalment.

Review: Jubilee Year (Erelong #1) by Gerard O’Neill

Jubilee YearTitle: Jubilee Year
Author: Gerard O’Neill
Series: Erelong #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: sci-fi/ dystopia
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Blurb:
What if the world were about to end, but they weren’t going to tell you?

Eighteen-year-old Storm lives in a small country town in Australia, next to one of the most famous telescopes in the world. When he falls for Penny, the daughter of the chief scientist at the observatory, he discovers a global conspiracy of silence. He learns a mini-star system approaches Earth, and the penalty for any scientist who talks about it is death.

If Storm and his companions are to survive they must stay out of the way of the government’s security forces, assassination squads working for powerful hidden entities, and the internment camps for dissenters. Even his special ability is not going to be enough. He must accept help when it’s offered. But others are not who they seem to be and neither is the reality of a world Storm thought he knew.

My Review:
Jubilee Year is a solid sci-fi dystopian read with an interesting premise and plenty of mystery and suspense to keep the reader engaged.

This is a well-written debut novel with a focus on family, friendship, young love, and government conspiracy and control. I really enjoyed the Australian setting and it was a refreshing change from the norm. World building is credible. This book focuses on the unsettling climate change and the reasons behind it. Yes, there is political intrigue and a controlling government keeping citizens in the dark, which is common enough within the genre, but I still found it a very interesting read.

Storm is a strong, decent male lead. In the main, character development is solidly built throughout the novel, and it was easy to love or hate or certainly feel strong emotions toward every player.

For me, the pacing was a little inconsistent in parts. I struggled to get into this book for the first 25 percent, and I put it down a couple of times. I’m glad I came back to it because I thought the second half of the book was superb, it flowed much better and was a lot more action packed.

The romance was very light in this book and that’s my biggest complaint as I like my sci-fi to have a strong romance subplot and a swoon-worthy lead male. There is some romance, and it is sweet but just not deep enough to satisfy this reader.

Overall, I think this is a very good debut novel that will definitely appeal to fans of this genre.

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

Excerpt Reveal: Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

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Today is the excerpt reveal for Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan. Anti-Stepbrother is releasing August 22, 2016!

anti stepbrother coverTitle: Anti-Stepbrother
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance.
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Blurb:
He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

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Excerpt
The sun shone into the room, and it took me a few moments to realize where I was. I didn’t recognize the king-size bed, or the black sheets, but then Caden walked past the open door and all the memories flooded into place.
I slept at his place.
I glanced around the bed… I slept in his bed!
“Your alarm’s about to go off in ten minutes,” Caden called from the doorway. He had a cup of coffee in hand and wore only jeans.
I tried to keep my eyes front and center, but I lost. The tattoos were a nice little zig-zag pattern, pulling my gaze down, all the way down. Caden’s slow, smooth chuckle told me he knew what I’d just done. My cheeks only warmed a little.
I shot him a look, falling back to the pillow. “I feel like this should be the first skip day of my school career.”
“You’ve never skipped before?”
I shook my head, rolling it side to side on the pillow. “Am I missing out? Should I embrace my inner deviant?”
He smirked. “You can skip a class for any reason in the world. It’s your life.”
I sat up, eyeing that coffee. “You were supposed to be the bad influence.”
His eyebrow lifted. “I’m not selling it enough?” He lifted his cup. “You want some coffee?”
“I’m wondering if today is the day I try coffee too.”
“You’ve never had coffee?”
“I’m beginning to think I’m lame.” I thought about it. “Really lame.”
“You slept at some guy’s house last night. Think of it that way.” His smirk was back. “Not so lame now.”
I could do one better. “I slept at a fraternity house.”
“And you drank beer.”
“It was the second night in a row that I drank beer.”
“See? Not so lame after all.”
“You’re right.” I sat up. “I’m halfway to total badass.”
He grinned. “We cuddled last night, and you could think of it as dry humping. You almost got some last night.”
Except I hadn’t, and we were in the friend zone. Why were my hands curling around the covers into tight balls? I glanced down and forced them to loosen, then shrugged, trying to be the nonchalant badass I was.
“You carried me to bed. Almost the same thing.”
Suddenly, the joking was gone, and his eyes burned. I could feel his heat from across the room, and my body reacted, instantly warming even before he said a word.
“Nothing’s the same as sliding inside,” he murmured after a moment. “The feel of being in there, feeling that clench around you, knowing you can push as deep as you want, as hard or gently as you want. Nope. I’ve gotta step off the joke train for a moment here. Nothing is remotely the same as that feeling.”
Fuck. My pulse spiked.
He tossed me a look. “Maybe I’ll cop a feel the next time.”
I pretended to groan. “One more notch on my badass peg. You better cop a feel next time.”
“Is that all I am to you? A notch on the bedpost? I feel so used, Stoltz.”
Okay. My last name. We were back on familiar ground here. But my grin was still a little shaky.
“Get used to it, Banks. I’m only disguised as this plain Jane. Inside there’s a wild woman just waiting to be let loose.”
He didn’t reply.
He stared at me for a few more seconds, then straightened from the doorway. “There’s nothing plain about you, Summer.”

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tijan bioAbout the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Review: Spanish Lessons (Study Abroad #1) by Jessica Peterson

Spanish LessonsTitle: Spanish Lessons
Author: Jessica Peterson
Series: Study Abroad #1
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Vivian Bingley has big plans for her semester abroad in Spain…

Along with her BFF, Maddie, Vivian hopes to indulge her inner Art History nerd by visiting the best museums in the world. She also wants to tackle more practical concerns—like a less than stellar GPA in her major, Economics—with the help of a Spanish tutor.

But falling for her studly Spanish tutor definitely isn’t one of them.

Madrileño Rafa Montoya is the stuff study abroad dreams are made of: super studly and super smart. He also happens to be super into Vivian. With his wicked dancing skills and his passion for the arts, he tempts her to throw caution to the wind and live out her wildest dreams.

Only problem? Maddie wants Rafa, too, and Vivian promised herself she’d never settle for second best again…not after a hookup-gone-awry last semester left her heartbroken. Is it best for Vivian to protect her heart at all costs? Or is letting Rafa in worth the risk?

This book is a New Adult contemporary romance, suitable for mature audiences.

My Review:
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Vivian is at a bit of a crossroads in her life. Her grades are dropping, she’s still a bit heartbroken over her cheating ex, and she isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. She takes the opportunity to study in Spain for six months and finally finds her true path and her true love.

I adored the writing in this book, and it’s clear that Jessica is a talented writer. I love the setting with all the Spanish culture and sayings. It was definitely refreshingly different in that regard.

And Rafa, wow, what a guy. I loved his Justin Timberlake moves. Lol. Rafa was super hot and super patient, because, honestly, Vivian was such hard work at times. But I’ll come to her in a minute. I wasn’t sure at first if I really understood the attraction between the pair of them, but as the story progressed, their chemistry burned holes in my Kindle. Love how the romance and sex scenes were written. And I liked how he never entertained any notion of Maddie. He was always obviously into Vivian.

The biggest issue I had with this book was Vivian. She really grated on my nerves, and it was only toward the end of the story that I actually started to warm to her. All the sobbing at the start really annoyed me. She is twenty, not twelve, and she made a decision to study abroad, and she was going with her BFF, so there was no need to cry into her pillow. Straight off the bat, she came across as weak. Then all the toing and froing with Rafa annoyed me too. So many issues could have been avoided if she had just been honest with herself and with him and Maddie. I also thought her stance on relationships was strange for someone so young. She was a total contradiction at times – too mature in that regard, and very immature in other situations.

Maddie was a bit of an oddball to me, and I’m not sure I bought into their so-called friendship. Then again, she was dealing with some troubling personal issues, and who knows how that would mess with your head.

It all turns out well in the end, and I do love a HEA.

Overall, this was a decent read, but I would have enjoyed it more if the MC had had more strength of character. The writing, the setting, and the sizzling hot señor were the standouts, for me.

Thanks to the author for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Saven Denial Free Days and Giveaway

In honor of the impending release of Saven Defiance, the fourth book in the Saven series, I have decided to make Saven Denial free for a few days. Saven Denial is not an optional novella, but an essential read if you intend to continue the Saven Series. Hopefully, I’ve just made that a little easier for you 🙂 This novella currently has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon. You can read an exclusive excerpt below and enter the giveaway to win an Amazon gift card.

Saven DenialBlurb:
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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Excerpt:
I didn’t realize it was possible to smell fear. To taste it. To ingest it like a tangible substance. But it is. I smell it now. On my clothes. In my hair. Seeping skin deep. I taste its pungent sharpness as it fills my mouth and slides down my throat.
My entire body trembles in my alien captor’s arms as we languish in some alternate realm, traveling through space and time. Muscular arms entrap me at the waist as he holds me firmly against him. It’s just as well, because my limbs are boneless, my body as fluffy as a wispy cloud. He whispers something in my ear, but I can’t hear over the alarm bells blaring like sirens in my head.
A blast of biting cold air whips my hair off my face, streaming behind me like a flag flapping in the wind. The alien splutters, and his hold loosens a smidge. The skin on my face wobbles like Jell-O, and my nose is frozen stiff and about ready to drop off.
Suddenly, I’m free falling, as if I’m weightless and plummeting, down, down, down, dropping father and farther until I land on something solid with a resounding thud.
I’m crashing about, stumbling like a drunkard, as the alien struggles to keep me in his grasp. My bones continue to shudder as my feet stabilize. Slowly, cautiously, I open my eyes. Accosted by a sudden blinding light, I snap them closed again, swaying against the boy. Piercing screams break through the haze of disorientation. I slowly blink my eyes open and focus my vision.
“Escort her to the Med Bay immediately,” a horribly familiar voice says. Glancing sideways, I watch Griselda hand the injured alien girl to a strangely attired guard ascending the steps in front of us. He’s encased in a silver and black armored shell suit, a mask obscuring his face.
The girl is doubled over, clutching her torso, writhing in pain. Lifting her head, she fixes me with a toxic look. Not that I can blame her for that. Burned, charred skin cloaks the right-hand side of her face, and I wince. Her clothing hangs in tatters across her upper torso, exposing a scorched trail of blackened, blistering skin. Acid churns in my stomach. I did that to her, and I’m not proud. But she was going to kill Logan, and I’d do it all over again if it meant keeping him safe.

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

“Loved it … the character development, the creation of new worlds and species, the twists and turns, and above all, the emotional roller coaster this novella packs.” 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.” 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 roller coaster ride, fast and furious, with curveballs coming from every direction.” Goodreads Reviewer

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

“Awesome!!! I cannot wait for the next book to arrive!” Goodreads Reviewer

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

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Review: Kissing The Bride (Due South #7.5) by Tracey Alvarez

Kissing the BrideTitle: Kissing The Bride
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #7.5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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.

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.

Download your copy of KISSING THE BRIDE and dive into the Due South world!
Intended for mature 18+ aged readers.

My Review:
A short, sweet, heartwarming story that is an absolute must read for fans of the Due South series.

Del and Shaye are my favorite couple from this series and I was jumping for joy when Tracey decided to write a story featuring their wedding. It was everything I had hoped for and more.

Cupcake and Hollywood are as endearing as ever and so solid as a couple. In an attempt to be uber-organized, Shaye is a tiny bit of a bridezilla. Del isn’t that phased but he wants his woman to be happy so he is going out of his way to ensure that their day goes off without a hitch. But you know what they say about best-laid plans?! Things don’t go according to plan but their wedding is still a wonderfully joyous affair and they get married surrounded by their family and friends.

This novella is chock-full of witty banter, sexy times, romantic times, family and friends times. Loved every word! We get to meet all the amazing characters from the series and I truly felt like an invisible guest at the wedding.

I hated turning the page because I knew each one was bringing me closer to the end, and I didn’t want it to end!

In summary, this was a fantastic feel-good read. Highly recommended.

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Review: The Bad Boy Wants Me by Georgia Le Carre and Laura Jack

The Bad Boy Wants MeTitle: The Bad Boy Wants Me
Author: Georgia Le Carre and Laura Jack
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Tori.

Cash Hunter is the sexiest bad boy Brit on the planet!

Yeah, he’s famous, tattooed, and ridiculously hunk-a-licious, but he’s also filthy-mouthed, cocky, crude, and a dyed in the wool womanizer.

And now he wants me! I’ve said, no, constantly, but apparently he doesn’t take no for an answer. Everywhere I turn he seems to be around with those smoldering hot, seductive green eyes.
OMG, the air is crackling with sexual chemistry and I don’t know how long I can resist.

Cash.

In my world, girls don’t say no. Everybody wants a piece of Cash Hunter. It’s use and get used, and it suits me just fine.

But all Tori Diamond gives me is sass, and fucking more sass. I’m a player, I don’t chase pussy, but damn if I can’t stop thinking about that fiesty, wildcat beauty. She turns me on so fucking bad it hurts. Fine. She’s a challenge but I’m game.
She can pretend to resist me as much as she likes. We both know that act won’t last.

First, I’ll make her beg for me, then I’ll make her mine…

My Review:
Fun, flirty, sexy, and sweet … this book was utterly addictive from the first word to the last.

I’m a big fan of rock star romances and I wanted to devour this book from the minute I read that enticing blurb.

Cash presents as your typical bad boy rockstar at the start: Loud, mouthy, dirty, arrogant, obnoxious, pretentious, and full of his own self-importance. However, as Tori (and the reader) begin to peel back the layers, we realize there is a lot more going on in Cash Hunter’s head than we were originally lead to believe. Frustrated with certain aspects of his career and his lifestyle, he actually craves normality.

I loved his family set-up and how loyal and supportive he was to his father and his sister. That was a lovely side to his personality. Poor Britney – she was such a lost soul and my heart bled for her.

Tori was a mass of tormented conflict and I loved that about her personality. Underneath it all, she has a heart of gold, but her obsession with Cash has played havoc with her life. Determined to deal with it once and for all, she took the job as assistant to Britney in an attempt to get over him. What actually happens is that she falls for him as he does for her. I loved how their relationship developed and how they both gradually opened up to one another. The banter between the two of them was hysterically funny and there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

When they finally get it together, their chemistry was sizzling hot and I totally shipped them.

But, of course, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that trouble is waiting in the wings. Tori has kept her fangirl obsessive past a secret and you just know it’s going to come back to bite her in a major way. When it all exploded, I thought my heart would break for both of them. One of the things I loved the most about this book was how it wasn’t immediately resolved. They had a lengthy separation which was credible because the trust was broken. Often, I find in similar books, the conflict is brushed over far too quickly and it takes away from the authenticity of the story. Not in this book. The authors handled it perfectly.

I also loved the future scenes at the end and they were amazing to read.

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and the book flowed perfectly. I didn’t skim a thing. It was very well executed.

All in all, this was a superb read and I highly recommend it to fans of rock star or bad boy romance.

Cover Reveal: The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy

Today is the cover reveal for The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy! I can’t wait to read this book! Let me know what you think of the cover!

The GoalTitle: The Goal
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

About the Author:
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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