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
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Blurb:
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
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Blurb:
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.

Release Day: The Heir and the Human

I am so excited to announce that today is the release day for The Heir and the Human! The Heir and the Human is book #3.1 in the Saven series and can be best read after Saven Defiance. It will be on sale for a special release price of 0.99$ for a limited time so get your copy now!

If you scroll down I’ll tell you a bit more about this book, share an excerpt, a teaser and the buy links for this book.

About The Heir and the Human

The Heir and the HumanThe Heir and the Human (The Saven series #3.1)
by Siobhan Davis

Axton’s existence was a lonely one until his mother brought Sadie into his life. Now, she’s the center of his universe, and he’ll do everything in his power to protect her.

But Griselda’s evil plans cast a dark shadow over their love, threatening the future he so desperately craves. With separation looming, Ax is preparing to sacrifice everything for the girl he loves. It’s a high-stakes gamble, and he needs to stay ahead of the game if he’s to outsmart his conniving mother.

Sadie has been his savior.

Now it’s his turn to save her.

Note from the author:
This optional novella relays Axton and Sadie’s backstory, and it is narrated solely from Ax’s point of view.

Excerpt:

I step toward the railing as a lone figure materializes out of the corner of my eye.
Logan’s head whips up, and he sends me a startled look. Without hesitation, he advances toward me and I inwardly cuss. Propping my elbows up on the railing, I gaze upon the eerie blank canvas outside.
“I didn’t take you for a rule breaker,” Logan says, leaning over the railing alongside me.
“I could say the same about you.” I send him a sharp look, unsure if he’s teasing me or not.
“Yeah, ordinarily I’m not, but I like to sneak up here every year. It’s quiet, peaceful. Helps me deal with the memories.” His Adam’s apple jumps in his throat.
I hadn’t thought about that. How hard it must be for him to return here, year after year, knowing that it was among the last moments he spent with his mom. According to rumors, Queen Tayla was killed mere hours after returning with Logan from the Heir’s Summit.
“I’m sorry.” I’m not sure why I said that. Perhaps it’s because subconsciously I’m hyper aware of all the things I owe him an apology for.
He shrugs. “I thought it would get easier but every year is as hard as the previous year. I can’t help thinking of all the different ways it could’ve gone.”
“I can relate.” Although I haven’t lost a parent, it often feels like that. I’ve never stopped mourning the “idea” of my father. Never stopped pining for motherly affection. I’m pathetic, I know.
Logan opens his mouth to say something but clamps it shut again. We stand, side by side, staring out into the gloomy blackness surrounding us, not speaking. After a while, Logan twists around to face me. “What’s it like to be in love?”
My eyes pop wide at the drastic change in subject. “What?”
“You never even glance at any of the girls here. And I’ve heard what some of the others have said over the years, about you being in love with your mate. Is it true?”
Damned fate. Of all the times to ask me this. Why, all of a sudden, is he so interested in me and Sadie? Does he know something? Has he discovered Sadie’s identity?
I fold my arms across my chest as I pin him with a suspicious look. “Why do you ask?”
“I’ve never felt anything even close to love,” he admits. I’m not that surprised. While Logan has his fair share of admirers, and I’ve seen him indulge on more than one occasion, he always gives the impression that he could take it or leave it. There is a faraway look in his eye. “I always hoped I’d get to experience true love. But my father is starting to put pressure on me to pick a bride, and based on what I’d seen of my parent’s marriage, I don’t have high hopes. But I heard that you were actually in love with the girl chosen for you, and”—he shrugs—“I guess that gives me some hope.”
I turn and face the railing, unable to look him in the eye. I don’t respond. There are no words of comfort I can provide.
“Why do we hate one another?” he offers after a bit.
I shrug, not even looking at him.
“That’s very ignorant, even for you.” A snide layer slips into his tone.
“What do you want me to say, Logan?” I eyeball him. “It’s just one of those things.” Oh, and yeah, I’ve stolen your girl, and my mother wants to end you sometime soon.
“I remember what I thought of you the first time I saw you,” he continues. I’m expecting him to say how much he pitied poor bastard me. So, I’m almost knocked off my feet when he replies completely differently. “I couldn’t shake the feeling that you had taken something of mine. Something you had no right to. It’s lingered over the years, that all-consuming feeling. And I feel it now. What are you hiding, Axton? What do you have that’s mine?”

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Review: Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf

love-me-neverTitle: Love Me Never
Author: Sara Wolf
Series: Lovely Vicious #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Read the book that Kirkus Reviews called: “A complex, witty page-turner, ideal for YA fans of scandal and romance.”

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

My Review:
Love Me Never is a stupendous read chock full of humor, angst, drama, intrigue, and one of the best MCs I’ve ever come across. Add a superb, unique, writing style, and distinctive narrative, and you have the recipe for one truly amazing read.

I think you can tell already that I loved this book! The characterization was exceptional and Isis Blake had me laughing out loud one minute and on the verge of a breakdown the next. She’s so damaged on the inside from that jackass “Nameless” but she’s brave and strong and holding her head up high despite the challenges and obstacles in her path.

She butts heads with Jack pretty much straight away and they enter into a contest of sorts, trying to outwit and outsmart one another. I have read some funny books in my time but this one takes the biscuit. I was in CONVULSIONS of laughter, literally shaking all over, tears leaking out of my eyes while reading. Seriously, my stomach was actually SORE by the time I finished. Read it for the humor alone.

Jack Hunter may be the Ice Prince of East Summit High but he’s one hot, sexy, intelligent guy. Now, he has deep-rooted psychological issues (as does Isis) and he’s full of self-loathing but he’s trying hard to be there for Sophia even though he’s crippled with guilt over his supposed failures. I couldn’t help falling for the guy with such a selfless attitude. I don’t approve of what he was doing to raise money for her medical treatment but it fit his character.

The plot is fairly predictable but you know what? It doesn’t matter because the beauty of this book is the character development, snarky dialogue, witticisms, and a truly refreshing writing style. It was a little light on the romance for my personal taste but I have high hopes for the next books.

In summary, I ADORED this book and I’m really looking forward to continuing the series. Well done Ms. Wolf – it’s a triumph.

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

Review: Falling Free: A Falling Fast Novel (Falling Fast #3) by Tina Wainscott

Falling FreeTitle: Falling Free
Author: Tina Wainscott
Series: Falling Fast #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Ever since she was a teenager, Grace Parnell has had one ambition: to prove her father’s innocence and overturn his prison sentence. That drive led her to become a tough, compassionate lawyer—until the case hits a heartbreaking end. Now Grace is adrift, with no idea how to rebuild her life. It’s certainly not the time to fall in love. But from the moment she meets Artemis Tanner, their instant connection is undeniable.

A motor-sports pioneer, Tanner has come to this little coastal town for the racetrack—but he’s staying for Grace. Even though the standoffish attorney seems determined to stay out of reach, Tanner doesn’t need a law degree to tell that their attraction is very, very mutual. As her visits to the track become more frequent, and as Tanner learns more about Grace’s troubled family, he starts to pry open the tiny cracks in her controlled demeanor. Hidden beneath, there’s an incredible passion waiting to be set free.

My Review:
An emotionally charged romance with all the feels.

Tanner and Grace meet each other at the perfect time in their lives. Both are meandering lonely through life, and they have written love out of the equation for quite similar reasons. Both of them are the product of dysfunctional upbringings, and neither of them had much love growing up. (His was non-existent, hers was absent.) That’s where the similarities end, though. They have each dealt with their demons in very different ways. Tanner is literally drifting through life and Grace is a closed-shop, totally focused on her work and her singular goal in life.

They meet as Grace has just received a bombshell that has shattered everything she thought she knew about herself. Now she is questioning everything, so, even though she is hugely attracted to Tanner, she continuously pushes him away.

Tanner was so patient and I loved him for it. I adored how he was written, and he is (hands-down) one of the most perfect book boyfriends ever. I’m still in a total swoon. He was sexy and sweet with a heart of gold. He could easily have become a player but he was a gentleman instead.

Even though this romance only spans two weeks it wasn’t a wham bam kind of connection. It still felt slow-building.

This book was full of emotional angst, witty banter, great secondary characters, and a thrilling, captivating world/setting.

The writing and pacing were great. My only complaints are the seemingly rushed ending and cliched epilogue, but overall this was a fantastic read.

Highly Recommended.

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

Blog Tour: Entrapment (Infidelity #4) by Aleatha Romig

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Entrapment (Infidelity #4) by Aleatha Romig. I will review this book today, an excerpt and there are some teaser images. You can find the whole series on amazon here.

BK4 Entrapment E-Book CoverTitle: Entrapment
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Infidelity #4
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
“The snare is set—leaving, friendships, lives, and futures dangling in the balance”

ENTRAPMENT continues the epic new romantic suspense series INFIDELITY, featuring Lennox “Nox” Demetri, Alexandria “Charli” Collins, the Montagues, and the Demetris.

The thrills, heat, and suspense continue to add up…

One chance meeting
plus…
One sexy, possessive alpha and one spunky, determined heroine
plus…
One week of uncontainable, unbridled passion
plus…
One impulsive decision
times…
Two declarations of love
divided by…
The sum of intertwining pasts, lies, and broken rules
equals…

ENTRAPMENT

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

Don’t miss this latest novel in the Infidelity series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. The classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions will have readers on the edge of their seats, discovering answers that continue to pose questions. Be ready to swoon one minute and scream the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

ENTRAPMENT is the fourth of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series: Betrayal, Cunning, Deception, Entrapment, and Fidelity.

*This series does not advocate nor does it condone cheating.

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My Review:
Entrapment is the fourth instalment in Aleatha Romig’s insanely addictive Infidelity series. While this book was a little slow at the start, once I got past the 25% mark it came into its own and I couldn’t (and didn’t) put it down.

I was incensed at Charli at the end of the last book because of the decision she made. I understand she has deep psychological issues as a result of the abuse she suffered growing up, so I decided to accept that she lost her way for a few crucial moments and made one of the worst decisions of her life. If she had stayed with Nox he would have found a way to rescue her mom, but she chose to take matters into her own hands and I came to respect that.

Man, this story gets sicker and more depraved the more we delve into it, but I lapped it up. Aleatha writes heart-pounding edge-of-the-seat romantic suspense with plenty of exciting twists and turns. Entrapment was no exception.

Bryce and Alton are conniving and hateful as ever. Actually, Bryce is a total psychopath and it’s completely obvious in this one. Those parts were exemplary in their execution and I had chills all over reading those scenes. He managed to scare me and he’s not even real. Chelsea is a shell of her former self, having suffered at their hands. It all falls to Charli/Alexandria to save them.

I was a little disappointed in Nox in this book. Yes, he is distraught and pulling out all the stops to save her, but he doesn’t personally do much and that annoyed me. He has his minions running around trying to rescue his girl, and the one time he gets the opportunity to do something he ruins it -Yes, I am talking about that shameful hotel room scene – that was wrong on so many different levels that I can’t even form words, but I’m digressing.

I again loved the Oren and Adelaide sections, and the revelations about the past are starting to come out. Can’t wait until they find out everything in the next one!

I did predict that cliffhanger but it was still AMAZING. Dumped right in the middle of a sentence this time, not just a scene, and it made me howl with frustration, but that’s what I love about cliffhangers. I’ll be biting my nails until the next ARC is available.

Overall, this was a great continuation in what is proving to be a very solid series. I’m really looking forward to the conclusion. Thank you for the great read, Aleatha.

Actual rating 4.5 stars.

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

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Excerpt:

DETONATIONS OF RED.
Flashes of white.
Explosions—visible to only me—momentarily hindered my vision. Blinking, I tried to make sense of Deloris’s text message.
“ALEX GOT INTO A CAR WITH ALTON FITZGERALD. WE ARE FOLLOWING.”
Though the plane ascended higher and higher, my heart fell to an abyss, the place where my stomach used to be.
I read it again.
The words refused to change.
Emotions boiled within me, creating a turbulent concoction capable of destruction. I looked toward the small window, expecting to see swirling clouds, but saw only the deceiving blueness of a complacent sky. Despite the misleading calm, disbelief, hurt, and rage swirled through my body, rushing through my blood, tightening my chest, and weakening my knees. Unconsciously, my fingers balled, creating fists that needed to connect with something—with anything—as I increased the pressure on the phone. Surely it would crack and shatter.
I read the words again and again.
They didn’t make sense.
Charli wouldn’t do that. She wouldn’t willingly get into her stepfather’s car.
Something terrible had happened.
I’d witnessed her apprehension and disgust when it came to Alton Fitzgerald. She’d shared her fears and some of her stories. He was the other devil, the one she spoke of. No matter what he’d done to her or not done to her in the past, being with him was dangerous. She knew that and so did I.
Charli wouldn’t willingly go with him, not after she’d promised me she’d stay safe.
I clenched my teeth, hearing her words in my mind, her promises…her lies.
When she refused to wait for me for this trip to Savannah, Charli had promised she’d stay with Deloris.
According to this text message, she hadn’t.
That’s what the words on my screen were telling me. Deloris’s message confirmed that Charli had done the one thing I forbade her from doing. She’d put the one person whom I’d entrusted to her care in danger.
She’d willingly sacrificed herself.
I needed to understand why.
I needed to speak to her, but I couldn’t.
Since the plane had just left the ground, I couldn’t make a call until we were high enough for the Wi-Fi to be activated; however, that didn’t stop my rant. Pounding the tabletop before me with the butt of my fist, a tirade of words spewed forth. The outburst, infused with obscenities, echoed uselessly through the cabin.
Wisely, Isaac remained quiet, rightfully assuming I’d share more when I was ready. The flight attendant, though, was new. She didn’t know me.
“Mr. Demetri, is everything all right?” she asked, her eyes bigger than dinner plates as she hurried around a wall and moved toward me. With each step she teetered one way and then the next, her body thrown off balance as the plane continued its ascent.
“No! Nothing is all right. Go sit down before you fall. There’s nothing you can do.”
“Sir,” she said, looking down at the phone still in my hand. “If we’re not yet out of the range of cell towers, we will be soon, but once we have Wi-Fi you’ll be able to Face Time.”
I reined in what little self-control still remained. This wasn’t my first flight. “I’m aware.”
“However, if you don’t want to wait, the plane has a satellite phone. Would you like to use that?”
What? Why didn’t I think of that?
Because I’m too stunned to process.
“Yes. Get it right away.”
Her knees buckled as she maneuvered toward the cockpit, her hands supporting her one way and then the other.
“I’M CALLING ON THE SATELLITE PHONE. I WANT DETAILS!”
I sent the text to Deloris, not caring if it would send or if she would get it. Just pushing the letters gave me something to do.
As soon as the flight attendant placed the satellite phone in my hand, I began dialing the longer-than-normal string of numbers. With each second that I waited for the connection, my blood pressure rose another notch. The rush coursing through my veins filled my ears with an internal roar, muting the engine’s drone.
Ring.
Ring.
Ring.
“You have reached—”
Though the plane continued its climb, at the sound of her voice, my stomach took another nosedive. Hitting the disconnect button, I called Mrs. Witt. She probably should have been my first call, but I needed to try to reach Charli. I wanted to know that I could.
Now, I knew that I couldn’t.
As the satellite phone again waited to connect, I reached for my own phone and pushed the app on Charli’s tracker.
Nothing.
My mind reasoned that it wasn’t because she was unreachable. She may have gotten into a car, but she wouldn’t take off the necklace. There was nothing on the app, because we didn’t yet have Wi-Fi access and the cellular service was unavailable.
As soon as the satellite phone began to ring, Deloris answered, “Lennox we’re following her…”
“What the hell happened? Where is she? Where is that bastard taking her? Why the fuck did she get in his car? Why didn’t you stop her? Did he threaten her?”
“She’s a few hundred yards ahead of us on the street. We’re making our way out of the city. According to her tracker, her heart rate is elevated, but otherwise, we believe she’s safe. According to the GPS it seems as though we’re headed toward her home.”
“Her home?” I asked incredulously. “No, Deloris, her home is in New York.”

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aleatharomig1About the Author:
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Review: Filthy Beautiful Love (Filthy Beautiful Lies #2) by Kendall Ryan

Filthy Beautiful LoveTitle: Filthy Beautiful Love
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Filthy Beautiful Lies #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I never expected to watch Sophie walk away. She was mine. I would own her. She just didn’t know it yet. New goal: Seal the deal and rock her world so thoroughly she never wanted to leave again.

Highly sexual and emotionally charged, Filthy Beautiful Love is the provocative conclusion to Filthy Beautiful Lies.

My Review:
Didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, even though it was still a good read. Not a huge amount happens but it was so well-written that I was thoroughly engrossed in their love story anyway. Lots more of the steamy stuff in this one. Love Kendall’s writing style and characterization is superb – well-developed, complex characters with plenty of emotional depth, just as I like it.

I’m interested in Pace’s story and will check it out at some point.

Book Blitz: In Every Way by Amy Sparling

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for In Every Way by Amy Sparling! There’s an excerpt of the book and a tour wide giveaway.

In Every WayTitle: In Every Way
Author: Amy Sparling
Series: standalone in the same world as In Plain Sight
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
It’s the start of summer and Josh Graham will be working at his parent’s surf shop. When his best friend Colby goes on vacation, Josh is stuck working with Bryce—and all of Bryce’s terrible ideas for summer. They make a list of what the “perfect girlfriend” would be like, and now they plan to find her. It shouldn’t be too hard, since Josh is one of the hottest, most popular guys in school. Right?

Bess Navarre would rather read a book than go outside. She’s chubby, dorky, and a self-proclaimed loser. But when her grandmother volunteers her to work at a jewelry kiosk on the beach, Bess has to comply, no matter how humiliating it is. Bikinis and Bess do not go together, and now she feels even dorkier than ever.

When Bess and Josh’s paths collide, sparks fly. But it won’t be that easy. Bryce wants Josh to date a supermodel. And although Bess might just fit all of the things on Josh’s list, she won’t give herself a chance to figure it out.

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Chapter 1
Josh

Graduating high school was supposed to feel like becoming an adult. After so many years of slogging through early morning alarms, bumpy bus rides, and crappy cafeteria food, the day after graduation was supposed to be . . . different. Guess I thought I’d feel like an official adult or something.
Besides the fact that I slept until noon, my life feels exactly the same. Some seniors from my school are planning to move across the country and become crazy party college freshman, but not me. I’m just stuck here in Louetta, Texas, a small town with a few good pizza joints, but nothing really exciting to brag about. I’ll be starting good ol’ community college in the fall, for what, I have no idea. Mom said she’d help me sign up for core classes. Dad said I’ll have a blast. I’m not exactly sure how true that is, since I’ve seen the campus and it looks like a combination of a thrift store and like, an old Walmart. Once college starts, I’ll have two years to figure out what I’d like to major in, and then maybe, I’ll feel more like an adult.
Right now I’m just happy to have one last summer of not doing a damn thing except working at the family business, The Flying Mermaid. It’s a surf shop on the beach, passed down from my grandparents. It was a TV repair shop when they owned it. My parents turned it into a surf shop with a little section at the front for gifts and girly crap my mom loves. It’s a pretty popular hangout at Blue Beach, and working there has always felt more like fun than actual work.
Of course, there are other things I aspire to do this summer.
Like get a girlfriend.

Amy author buttonAbout the Author:
Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She lives in Texas and has an addiction to sparkly nail polish, taking photos of her cute dog, and swooning over book boyfriends.

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A Mortal SongTitle: A Mortal Song
Author: Megan Crewe
Series: standalone
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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Blurb:
Sora’s life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.

“Megan Crewe’s A Mortal Song is engrossing from the first chapter. The world of the kami is beautifully fantastic and delicately drawn, and the switched-at-birth scenario made me instantly feel for both of these resilient, brave girls. A Mortal Song has lots of magic, lots of heart, and lots to love.” -Kendare Blake, author of Three Dark Crowns

Megan CreweAbout the Author:
Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say “eh”), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she’s spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper. These days the stories are just a lot longer.

Megan’s first novel, GIVE UP THE GHOST, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her second, THE WAY WE FALL, was nominated for the White Pine Award and made the International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choices List. Her Fallen World trilogy (THE WAY WE FALL, THE LIVES WE LOST, THE WORLDS WE MAKE) is now complete and she has a new trilogy forthcoming in October 2014, beginning with EARTH & SKY. Her books have been published in translation in several countries around the world. She has also published short stories in magazines such as On Spec and Brutarian Quarterly.

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