Blog Tour: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow #2) by Pintip Dunn

Today is my stop during the blog tour for Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow #2) by Pintip Dunn! I’ll share my review of the book and there’s an excerpt. Remember Yesterday is the sequel to the NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book, Forget Tomorrow. You can read my review of Forget Tomorrow here.

remember-yesterdayTitle: Remember Yesterday
Author: Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow #2
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction? Dystopia

The sequel to the sci-fi hit Forget Tomorrow is a twisting, turning roller-coaster ride—the perfect sci-fi futuristic read.

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries — if only she’d let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.

But when she discovers the past isn’t what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She’ll do anything to change her past — even if it means aligning herself with the enemy she swore to defeat.

My Review:
Remember Yesterday is the next instalment in the Forget Tomorrow series by Pintip Dunn. I liked the first book and after that horrific ending I was excited to get stuck into the next book. However, I felt an immediate disconnect when I opened my Kindle to discover this book was narrated by Jessa ten years later. Now, this does make sense on one level (don’t want to spoil the story so I’m being vague on purpose) but I still felt let-down. Not sure the author could have written it any other way though.

I missed Logan so much in this book, but Tanner was an awesome male substitute. Jess was probably more likable than Callie as the MC but it did take me some time to warm up to these characters and this story.

The first half dragged for me and I felt the story was too similar to the first book but things really ramped up a few notches in the second half and I became immersed in the plot and addicted to the characters. The end few chapters were exhilarating and I was totally hooked. The plot was a lot less predictable in the second half and I really enjoyed it.

Now I love Jess and Tanner and I’m so happy with the reemergence of some of my fav characters toward the end.

I adore Pintip’s style of writing and I have no issues there. Her world building is decent and well crafted as was character development.

In summary, after a bit of a disconnect and a slow start, I became engrossed in the story and the characters lives and I’m definitely invested in continuing this series.

Actual rating 3.75 stars.

I lift my eyes to meet his, and I reach into the future—his future. The vision pours into me. The future Tanner grabs me and kisses me. Without warning, without hesitation. It is hot and searing and exquisite. And I like it. Oh, how I like it.
“No!” I fall out of the vision and scoot away from him, so far that I approach the edge of the platform. My pulse is thundering; my nerves are jumping. Oh, Fates. What’s wrong with me? Is it because I don’t want him to kiss me? Or because I want it too much?
His eyes turn watchful. “Come back here, Jessa. You’re too close to the sky.”
I look into the open space, fluffy with wads of cotton-ball clouds. I take a breath, hoping to inhale some of the sky’s serenity. He doesn’t know about the kiss. Why would he? In the vision, he acted impulsively, without premeditation. The desire to kiss me hasn’t arisen in him yet. Maybe I can prevent it from cropping up altogether.
“Look, you don’t want to kiss me,” I babble, staying where I am. And hope I sound more reasonable than I feel. “It’s only because we talked about kissing the other day. When you talk about something, you give it life. Make it real. Like an annoying song you can’t get out of your head.”
He creeps toward me, his eyes flicking between my face and the sky. “So you can’t get the idea of kissing me out of your head?”
“I said it was annoying. Like a song. Not based on anything real.”
He stops five feet from the edge of the platform. “So let me get this straight. You saw into the future and we kissed. Right?”
“Y-yes,” I stutter, shocked that he guessed the truth so easily. “But it doesn’t have to happen that way,” I add quickly. “As my sister proved, we’re in control of our own fate. We can make any future we wish.”
“Unless this is our Fixed.” His voice is low, rough. And yet, every syllable imprints into my memory forever. “Unless this kiss is so important, it happens in every one of our worlds.”
“It’s just a kiss. How can it be that important?”
His eyes glitter with the challenge. With one last look at the platform’s edge, he crawls to me, slowly but steadily. “The path of our particular world might depend on this kiss. Would you risk our future just to be stubborn?”
And then, he’s right in front of me. He rests his hands lightly on my back. They slide down to my waist, until his fingers brush against the strip of bare skin between my pants and top. I shiver, and my skin pebbles into a million goose bumps. He pulls me against him. So much of my body is touching his that I can’t think; I can’t breathe. All I can do is feel. His trembling breath. My hammering heart. His shaking hands—or hell, maybe that’s me, vibrating against his touch.
Our lips are inches apart. Time blends together. You couldn’t move me from this spot if the world were crashing down around us.
“I thought I wasn’t your type,” I whisper.
“You’re not,” he says. “But for the fate of our world, I’m willing to make the sacrifice.”
And then, he closes the gap between us.

The First book in this series:
forget-tomorrowTitle: Forget Tomorrow
Author: Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow #1
Rating: 3 stars, read my review here
Genres: Young Adult Dystopia

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.

pintip-croppedAbout the Author:
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journel.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include The Darkest Lie and the forthcoming Remember Yesterday.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.


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Cover Reveal: Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus by Paula Berinstein

Today is the cover reveal for Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus by Paula Berinstein! I’ll show you the cover and there’s a cover reveal wide giveaway!

amanda-lester-and-the-red-spider-rumpusTitle: Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus
Author: Paula Berinstein
Series: Amanda Lester, Detective #5
Release Date: 1 November, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Mystery/ Detective

It only takes a moment to spill a secret.

The detectives have managed to keep Legatum Continuatum’s secrets safe for more than a hundred years, but that could soon change. Amanda and her friends have discovered that the red spiders of Ambleside possess a talent that could expose everything.

Unfortunately, Amanda’s new stepfather knows about them too, and his plans are deadly. The kids try to get to the spiders first, but their attempt to save them just complicates matters. Then Amanda disappears and it falls to her friends to save the day. If they fail, she could die. The situation has never been more critical. The problem is that only one person knows how to find her, and they don’t trust him.

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paula-berinsteinAbout the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.


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Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

twisted-palaceTitle: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

My Review:
The nail-biting, stomach clenching, heart pounding conclusion to Ella and Reed’s story is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I had all the feels reading this one and it was virtually unputdownable.

Initially, Ella grated on my nerves a little – her attitude toward Reed’s guilt or innocence and her behavior around her dad bugged me. But I got over that pretty quick as Steve took a more prominent role in her life. What a total and utter complete douchecanoe!! There were plenty of things that didn’t add up about him but most of all, I hated how he abused his parental role and tried to pull Ella away from Reed. (How very dare you!)

As the story progressed, I became increasingly frustrated at whoever was setting Reed up – they were doing a stellar job, and I became so worried for him.

As a couple, Ella and Reed really come into their own in Twisted Palace, and I loved their progression. They are a real unit and the romance was swoon-worthy and downright perfect. Reed is to die for. Amen. He also grew up a lot and realized how much his actions had hurt others in the past. As if I needed any more reason to love him.

Ella was amazing, as always. I love her no-nonsense approach and her intelligence even if I did wish she thought to investigate a little sooner.

The last twenty percent of the book had me on the edge of my seat, almost afraid to turn the page. It was so freaking amazing – my heart was in my mouth and my pulse was pounding so badly.

I loved how it ended. Loved, loved, loved it. But now I feel bereft – I am not ready to say goodbye to any of these characters, but especially Reed and Ella. Can we have a college based NA spin-off at some time, pretty please? It also leaves things open for a book about Easton which I believe Erin Watt is writing mid-2017.

This was a very fitting ending to a phenomenally addictive series. If you haven’t started it yet you need your head examined. You won’t be disappointed.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.

Review: Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1) by Pintip Dunn

forget-tomorrowTitle: Forget Tomorrow
Author: Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Young Adult Dystopia

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.

My Review:
Forget Tomorrow is a beautifully written book, with decent worldbuilding and some imaginative concepts. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it as I was expecting.

The cover and blurb are what attracted me to purchase a copy of this book while it was on sale. I snapped this beauty up for 99p – thanks, Bookbub. In particular, it was the mention of memory and psychic ability that intrigued me, as I have similar themes in my own dystopian series.

Callie is a believable teen heroine, even if her indecision grated on my nerves at times. Her voice was consistent with her characters age and situation and it was authentic. Can’t say that I overly loved her, but I didn’t hate her either. I’m a bit on the fence.

But I’m not on the fence about Logan! Now, I have a fondness for the name (I have a Logan of my own) but this Logan would happily belong on my book boyfriend list in his own right. He was protective and charming and sweet and kind and self-deprecating and there isn’t a damn thing I can fault about him. Logan made this book for me.

At times, I felt that emotional depth was lacking, and sentiments were expressed that seemed to come out of nowhere. At other times, I skimmed across overly descriptive parts that were redundant. In my opinion, developmental editing could have been stronger to flesh out the characterization and trim the excess.

The world building was a little bit of a conundrum for me. Parts of it were superb – well mapped out and executed but other parts felt underdeveloped (Harmony, for example.) It was very reminiscent of Divergent at the start and when the story shifted to Harmony it reminded me of The Revolution of Ivy, and I had issues with an underdeveloped community in that book too.

That said, there was enough about this book with the whole memory/fate theme to allow it to stand on its own. The plot was decent, if a little slow moving.

The romance was sweet and my only complaint is that I wished for more of it! I definitely ship these two, and I can’t help thinking that there is more to Logan’s memory than he’s letting on.

That ending was fantastic and I wasn’t expecting it. I’m still in shock and hoping all is not as it seems.

One of the standouts was the writing. The prose is stunning and it’s clear that Pintip Dunn can really write. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the words glided effortlessly over the pages of my kindle.

In summary, this was a decent start to what seems to be an intriguing series. However, I did have some issues with plot, characterization, and aspects of the world building that stopped me rating this higher. I look forward to continuing the story in book two.

Saven Box Set Release Day and Discounted Price!

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Today is the release day for The Saven Series Box Set by yours truly! For a very limited time, you can read the first three books in this special collection for only 0.99! The normal retail price is $6.99/£4.99.

Discover why Saven Deception, book one in this Amazon bestselling series, has been shortlisted for the Best Young Adult Book in the 2016 CAP Awards. Over 50,000 copies have been downloaded in the ten months since publication, and millions of pages have been read in Kindle Unlimited. Get your discounted copy of the box set on Amazon!

Today also marks the start of The Saven Series Box Set book blitz  organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 11 till 18 October, and you can view the complete blitz schedule here.

I’m running a special release day giveaway, where you can enter to win a copy of this box set or a paperback copy of Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L Armentrout. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Saven Box SetSaven Box Set (Saven #1, #2 and #2.5)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: October 11, 2016

What if you were meant to kill the one you love?

“Recommended to fans of The 5th Wave, Insignia, Across the Universe, and Unwind series.” Schuyler Central High School Library

“The Heir to the Lux Series.” Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

This box set contains Saven Deception, Saven Disclosure, and Saven Denial.

You can buy the Saven Box Set on Amazon

Books included in this box set:
Saven DeceptionSaven Deception (Saven #1)


I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person–herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

Excerpt From Saven Deception:
“Come, sit,” he says, his fingers curling gently around the tips of mine.
I plop down on the beanbag beside him and yelp.
“You are hurt.” He frowns. “Let me take a look.”
He scrunches the edge of my shirt, but I clamp down on his hand. There’s no way I’m admitting that it’s my butt that’s sore, and no way am I ready to let him inspect that part of my anatomy. Yet.
Get you, my inner devil teases.
“I’m fine.” I pin him with a “drop it” look.
“You are so stubborn.” Shaking his head, he unscrews the cap from his bottle.
“I’m stubborn?” I level an incredulous look his way. “Have you not looked in the mirror recently, dude?”
He laughs and the sound sends warmth flooding through me.
“You’ve a lovely laugh,” I blurt out. Ohmigod! I can’t believe I said something so cheesy.
“I do?” He looks amused.
“Yep.” I’m resorting to one-word replies now for fear of what else might inadvertently tumble out of my mouth.
He stares intently at me, his fiery eyes penetrating my soul. The cord buzzes with anticipation. I might’ve forgotten how to breathe again. “You are beautiful, through and through.”
With each passing second, my heart pounds faster and faster. He inclines toward me and I move closer. Butterflies are throwing a mad party in the pit of my stomach. Like magnets, we inch closer and closer still. As my pulse throbs, he zeroes in on my lips and his eyes linger there.
I’ve imagined this moment so many times without ever really believing I’d get to experience it. Now that I’m here, seconds away from my first real kiss, I’m terrified of the strength of my emotion. I never knew it could be like this. That I could feel such a strong connection to a boy; that my body could tremble with such intense desire. And our lips haven’t even met yet.
We are a hairsbreadth from one another. I bridge the final distance and close my eyes. His fingers brush my lips and I’m tingly all over. Reopening my eyes, I see the adoration glistening in his gaze. For me.
“Ala beatra.” The words roll seductively and respectfully off his tongue.
I’ve no idea what it means, or what language he’s speaking, but it sounds beautiful.
And like a form of worship.
Though it’s possible I’m deluding myself.
He closes his eyes and presses his mouth to mine. His touch is feather soft and it unravels me. I kiss him back equally gently and he moans softly. His lips exert more pressure as he draws me in flush with his solid chest. I’ve never felt this much emotion before. It’s almost too much, but at the same time, not enough.
Gaining in confidence, I encircle my arms around his neck and melt into him, savoring the feel of his body as it presses against mine. Angling his head, he extends the kiss, and it grows in intensity and fire. I’m matching him, kiss for kiss, and my need for him is reaching an all-time high. I can’t get enough of him. He is everywhere, and yet I need more.

Saven DisclosureSaven Disclosure (Saven #2)
By Siobhan Davis


To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.

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Saven SenialSaven Denial (Saven #2.5)
By Siobhan Davis


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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Blog Tour: Burning Bond (Holly Woods Files #6) by Emma Hart

Today is my stop during the blog tour for Burning Bond (Holly Woods Files #6) by Emma Hart. I’ll share an excerpt of the book and some teaser images.

burningbond_final-ebooklgTitle: Burning Bond
Author: Emma Hart
Series: Holly Woods Files #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Brody Bond. The youngest homicide detective in Holly Woods. My best friend’s younger brother.
Off. Freaking. Limits.
I’ve told myself that for the past five years, and I’m going to keep telling myself that. Besides—I’m kind-of dating Jason. I don’t need Brody. I shouldn’t even want him, but want him, I do.
Not that I have time to think about it. With Noelle and Drake in Mexico for two weeks, I’m holding down the fort at Bond P.I. Or I was… until I stumbled upon a young woman who’d been attacked while walking my dog.
Jason thinks it’s the latest in a long line of gang-rapes happening across three states. Brody thinks I’ve added a target to my back. Getting to the bottom of it is at the top of my to-do list.
Two men, both determined to protect me.
I think I could love one. I’m almost certain I’m in love with the other.
Ride or die just got a whole lot realer.


“Danger! Danger! Danger!” Gio screams. “Danger! Neenaw neenaw neenaw!”
“Jesus Christ, Nonna!” Brody yells, rubbing his ear. “What the hell is that?”
Nonna stops. “He-a likes CSI.”
I blink. Gio watches CSI?
“You let your parrot watch murder TV shows?” I ask.
“Si. He-a likes it.”
“Neenaw neenaw neenaw!” Gio flaps his wings.
“What is the neenaw about?” I say quickly when he stops.
“He-a is-a a police-a car,” Nonna says in the kind of dry tone that says I should know that.
Like it’s totally fucking normal for a parrot to pretend to be a police car.
“Nonna, you need a quieter pet,” Brody tells her. “That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
She snorts. “He will-a learn-a a fire engine next!”
“I’m leaving.” I grab my purse and stand up.
Nonna grabs my arm, stands me up, and spins me toward the dining room—and away from the wannabe siren with a heartbeat. “No. You-a must-a help me.”
“Nonna,” I say gently, hoping to placate her and trying not to think about the fact that I dropped my purse on the floor. “They haven’t set a wedding date. This can wait until they’re home.”
She shakes her head. “No. She-a does-a not-a care about-a napkins!”
I don’t blame her. I’m not gonna lie. I don’t care about napkins, either. At least, not right now. There are far bigger things to worry about.
“Neenaw!” Gio cries through the house.
Brody slams the dining room door, cutting him off. “That goddamn bird, Nonna.”
Nonna clasps her hand to her chest. “Take-a it-a back!”
“I’m going to damn you if you don’t get on with this. I’m supposed to be on a lunch break, not a torture break,” he grinds out. He grabs the samples and, flicking through them halfheartedly, selects the most god-awful pattern I’ve ever seen. “Here. This is nice.”
“If you’re blind,” I say sarcastically, reaching across and taking them from him.
It’s even uglier at closer look. I don’t know what Nonna was drinking when she picked these, but it must have been Moonshine or something. I can’t even describe the vile mixing of lace and satin on that swatch.
“One of these three.” I pull them from the clip and put them on the table. “Trust me. I’m not being responsible for Noelle having to wipe her mouth with a napkin that looks like it lost a fight with a paper shredder and a glue stick.”
“What’s wrong with the one I picked?” Brody asks me indignantly.
I cast my gaze upward. “It looks like it lost a fight with a paper shredder and a glue stick,” I say slowly so he gets every word. “No. I’ll be held responsible, and it’s not happening.”
Nonna wrinkles her nose as she puts her glasses on and examines the swatches I’ve handed her. Honestly, if she brings them any closer to her face, she’ll be able to feel them. Then she selects a fourth.
“I like-a this one.”
“No,” I say firmly. “One of these.” I hand her the best three.
Brody groans. “Why can’t she just use paper napkins?”


emma-hartAbout 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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Release Day: His Best Mistake (Shillings Agency #6) by Diane Alberts

Today is the release day for His Best Mistake (Shillings Agency #6) by Diane Alberts!

his-best-mistakeTitle: His Best Mistake
Author: Diane Alberts
Series: Shillings Agency #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance

One night with a stranger…

Security expert Mark Matthews has loved, and lost, and has no intention of ever loving again—especially not a woman who thrives on her life being in danger. Now, hot, meaningless sex with strangers he had no intention of ever seeing again? That’s a whole other story. And it’s all life as a single father allows him to enjoy. But when he meets a woman who refuses to tell him her real name, the game is on, because she’s everything he swore to stay away from. Daisy O’Rourke has bad idea written all over her, but he’s in too deep to walk away now…

They walked down the hallway side by side, their arms brushing. Every time they touched, something inside her tensed up even more, building up pressure until she was sure she was going to explode if he didn’t either stop, or do something more than accidentally brush against her.

When she halted at her door, he stopped directly behind her, towering over her. “God, how tall are you? Six-four?” she blurted out.

“Exactly.” He cocked his head. “How’d you know?”

“I guessed.”

“You’re good at that.” He stepped closer, his nostrils flaring slightly when she swayed closer. He looked way too sexy standing there with his first few shirt buttons undone, and his jacket open. She wasn’t even sure when he’d done that, but it was hot as hell. “At guessing.”

It would be so easy to grab the lapels of that jacket and pull his closer. And she’s get to find out what he tasted like – whisky, more than likely, but still, she needed to know. The old her, the one before she lost everything…she would have gone for it. Would have taken what she wanted and not hesitated. But it had been so long since she touched a man, let alone kissed one, and he wasn’t William. He’d never be William.

But tonight…He could be hers.

Resting an arm over her her head on the wall, he offered her a small smile, and tugged oh her hair playfully. “What are you thinking about that’s got you blushing, Scarlett?”

“Nothing.” she said, her cheeks going even hotter. She spun and pressed her key against the reader until it blinked green. The heat of his body was directly behind her, burning her.

Hands trembling, she turned the knob and pushed the door open. She should go inside. Leave him in the hallway, along with any bad choices she might have made with him. But…

Was it bad? Was it so wrong to want one night where she didn’t miss the love of her life? One night where she didn’t have to be alone?

“Would you like some water? I have a few bottles in my mini fridge.”

He shoved his hands in his pocket and rocked back on his heels, letting out a soft laugh. “If I come in there, we both know it’s not going to be for water.”

“Like I said.” Heart pounding, palms sweating, she lifted her chin. “Want to come in?”

Diane AlbertsAbout the Author:
Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin RandomHouse. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


Book Blitz: Due South Boxed Set by Tracey Alvarez

Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Due South Boxed Set by Tracey Alvarez! This is an amazing series and during this blitz it will be discounted to 0.99$!

Get this boxed set while it’s discounted!
From 26 September till 2 October this box set will be discounted from 7.99 to only 0.99$. That’s 0.99$ for 5 full length books! Don’t miss this amazing bargain! Get your copy on Amazon or any of the other vendor sites!

due-south-boxed-setTitle: Due South Boxed Set
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #1-5
Genres: Contemporary Romance

The Due South bundle contains the first five books of Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling series set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet small-town romances with a touch of comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

The first 5 Due South Books (over 1500 pages) included in this bundle are:
In Too Deep (Book #1)
Melting Into You (Book #2)
Ready To Burn (Book #3)
Christmas With You (Book #4)
My Forever Valentine (Book #5)

My Reviews:
In Too Deep (Due South #1) – 4 stars
Melting into You (Due South #2) – 4.5 stars
Ready to Burn (Due South #3) – 5 stars
Christmas with You (Due South #4) – 5 stars
My Forever Valentine (Due South #5) – 5 stars

tracey-alvarez-author-photoAbout 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: The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos (Enlighten #1) by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

the guardian, a sword & silettosTitle: The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos
Author: Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Series: Enlighten #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

Zoe Jabril could be just another 17-year-old girl attending parties with her friends and checking out cute guys—except her best friend is a Guardian Angel, and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, half-angel, both sent to Earth to protect her. A high school classmate happens to be a trendsetting shopaholic fairy. And now there’s a new werewolf in town.

Zoe has to deal with her feelings toward Shay, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. Now Zoe is under constant attack from demons, trying to kill and stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite the Enlightens to battle evil. Then on top of that, between boring homework and drama with girls at school, she has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

In order to do so, Zoe must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time. She turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.

My Review:
I have mixed views on this book, and while I did enjoy reading it, I can’t say that it blew me away. I’m still undecided on whether to continue the series.

This book started off really well, with an exciting chase and subsequent fighting scene, and we were quickly introduced to the main themes. I love stories about angels and demons and I was really into the story at the beginning. Zoe finds out that she is the Redeemer and the subject of a prophecy which is due to kick off when she turns 18, in about two months time. Oh, and the world is going to go to hell in a handbasket when demons have free reign over the Earth. It’s up to her to save everyone. Yay! I thought, brill, right up my alley. I hunkered down to read- all great so far.

However, it quickly fell apart when the focus became all about the romance. (And believe me when I say it is so weird for me to say that because I love my romance.) There was a significant lack of action, which was disappointing and not what I expected. I kept waiting for something pivotal to happen and when stuff did happen it felt quite anti-climactic.

I enjoyed the author’s writing style, and she has a natural way with words. The pacing was fairly consistent. The world building was fab, and while not always original, I think Kristin managed to create her own ideas and put her own stamp on things, and I did enjoy the fantasy aspect of the story.

The biggest issue I had was with characterization and emotional depth. I felt the characters needed more fleshing out, and scenes that should have packed an emotional punch fell way short of the mark. To be fair, this is a debut novel, and it is something that I’m sure will improve in later books.

Some of the dialogue was stiff and unnatural and some of the scenes were downright cringeworthy. I hated that Shay was into One Direction and The Wanted (even though I personally like both bands) as it seemed completely out of character. Even if he had been an ordinary teenager (and not an 80-year-old neph) it would have seemed weird. I don’t know many teenage boys who would openly admit to such musical taste in front of the girl they are crushing on, let alone rely on them to woo her in part.

Zoe was a typical MC and though she irritated me with her lack of regard for the situation, and her shallow focus on boys and dresses, I can forgive that because she’s a teenager in love for the first time. I didn’t love her or hate her; I suppose I tolerated her.

Some of the side characters were much better developed and I liked Sidelle and Finn, in particular. And the boys – I loved Kieran and Shay, despite some minor irritations over character inconsistency. But they were both totally swoon-worthy and really decent leading men.

Reading back over this review, it may seem that I didn’t like the book, which would be unfair to say. In summary, I did enjoy reading this book, and there were certain aspects that were very good, however, there were some issues that detracted from my overall enjoyment. With that ending, I am still curious to see where the story is heading, so maybe I will check out the sequel. I anticipate that a lot of the issues I had with this one would be non-issues in the next book.

I think if you enjoy your fantasy reads with a strong focus on romance and a high-school kinda vibe then you will love this one. It should also appeal to fans of Fallen, Hush Hush etc.

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

Review: Make it Right (Bowler University #2) by Megan Erickson

Make It RightTitle: Make it Right
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Bowler University #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max – cocky jocks who assume she’s fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem…

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.

My Review:
Max has got a massive chip on his boulder-sized shoulder and he is pretty much angry at the universe. Trapped in a life he does not choose for himself, he sees no way out of the future that is already mapped out for him. He harbors a secret crush on Lea, his ex’s bff, but he can’t stop acting like a total jackass around her.

Lea had been drowning under the weight of her own problems, but now that she’s in college she has her shit together and she has a plan for her life. Because of what she has faced in the past she can see beyond the carefully cultivated mask that Max wears to the vulnerability underneath. Because Lea showcases her vulnerability Max opens up and starts to let her in. Then she locks down and the story goes back and forth as they desperately try to trust one another. I love books that essentially focus on the redemptive power of love and Make It Right is such a read.

I loved their love story and it was full of the heart-breaking, frustrating, angst-laden toing and froing that I love to torture myself with! Both characters are complex and solidly developed. I like the secondary cast of characters and they were decently detailed as well. I didn’t read the first book, and you don’t need to in order to enjoy this story, but I’m beyond curious to read the first book now, and when I have space on my reading schedule I will be downloading a copy.

Lea’s disability was well written and not glossed over. I truly came away with a strong appreciation of how difficult it was for her to manage her condition, but she was a tough girl with a lot of inner strength and someone I very much admired. Max was very supportive of her in that regard and I warmed to him as a result.

I did find the plot fairly predictable and it lost some brownie points for that. However, the writing was great and the pacing spot-on, and for me, it was a real page-turner. I read this in two sittings in the space of twelve hours.

If you enjoy well-written NA that is character rather than plot driven then you will love this book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.