Review: Jaded (Jaded #1) by Tijan

Title: Jaded
Author: Tijan
Series: Jaded #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sheldon doesn’t care about anyone except Corrigan and Bryce. The three of them rule their school, but it seems someone else wants in on the action or that someone else just wants Sheldon. How many bodies is enough to prove their love to her?

This book is dark and edgy with sexual situations, drinking, swearing, murder, and more messed-up parents.

My Review:
This wasn’t my favorite Tijan read, even though it had that same addictive, page-turning quality that all her books have. I found it very difficult to warm to either Bryce, Corrigan, or Sheldon. On the surface, they are shallow and nasty and they rule by fear. I also thought the writing left a lot to be desired in the first half of the book. The second half was vastly superior and I started to understand the characters a bit better, and the plot really picked up pace. The chemistry between Bryce and Sheldon is great, and I love how this author writes romantic relationships. While I wasn’t mad about this one, I have already purchased the next book in the series because I still need to know where the story is going.

As an aside, one thing that annoyed me was the description of Bryce as an up-and-coming professional football player. I live in a house with three football players who are also FC Barcelona fanatics and I know that if that club had signed a guy like Bryce they would be insisting that he trained regularly to maintain his pace and fitness levels. In this story, he wasn’t allowed in case he picked up an injury. In reality, FCB would have lined up a training programme in a local partner club. I know that for most readers this doesn’t matter, but it bugged me.

Cover & Title Reveal: Fallen Crest Home by Tijan


Today is the Cover & Title Reveal for Fallen Crest Home by Tijan! This is the sixth book in her Fallen Crest series.

Title: Fallen Crest Home
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest #6
Genres: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
It’s been years since my mother was in my life.
I healed.
I learned to accept love.
I lived.
That’s all done. She was away, and now she’s back.
I’ve avoided her for a year and a half, but I can’t hide anymore.
Mason has an internship in Fallen Crest, so we’re heading back for the summer.
And when we got there—no one was prepared for what happened.

EXCERPT:
I had no time to stop and think.
I had to fight.
I had to hurt.
I had to protect.
Feeling someone behind me, I let loose with the bat, a scream erupting from my throat. Someone caught the bat and wrapped an arm around my waist. I tried kicking out. He dodged my feet and said hurriedly in my ear, “Damn, Strattan. It’s me, Channing. Stop!”
Channing.
He was friendly.
Stop.
I sagged in his arms, looking for Mason. Where was he? He was circling a guy, still fighting.
I started forward, but Channing caught my arm. “Whoa. Chill.”
I growled as I yanked my hand free and started forward again, but Channing grabbed my arm once more.
He got in front of me, holding his other hand up. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Look. He’s fine. We’re here. He’s got that. Look. Look, Sam.”
My senses began to calm. The black around my eyesight faded. I could see more normally, and the buzzing in my ears subsided. I gulped for breath, tasting salt and dust in my mouth.
Channing was right. Mason’s eyes were deadly, but alert, his mouth set in a flat line. His shoulders were tense, but he looked in control.

Also Available in the Fallen Crest series

About the Author:
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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Book Blitz: Myths & Legends Week 2

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. This is the second post during this tour. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

I’m introducing a few of the participating authors and showcasing some of their books/back catalogue as well as including details of a special pre-order giveaway where you can get 17 free books when you pre-order this box set.

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to pre-order for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors! Details of how you can pre-order this special box set are included at the bottom of this post. First off, let’s meet some of these amazing authors!

Meet Madisyn Ashmore
Madisyn Ashmore

Madisyn Ashmore is a bestselling contemporary and paranormal romance author. She is the winner of the BEA Writer’s Award, and is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

She writes stories about alpha males and the strong women who love them. Her characters are billionaires, vampires, shifters, time-travelers, and small-town American good guys.
You can learn more about Madisyn Ashmore on her website.

Check out her book Alpha!
Alpha

He’ll melt you from the inside out…

Aidan Channing is an alpha wolf shifter. He’s a ripped and protective male who knows exactly what he wants. And what he wants is the sexy young lawyer, Olivia Ryan, who just showed up in his small Alaskan town.

Meet Michelle Madow
Michelle Madow

Michelle Madow writes fast-paced fantasy novels that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Maryland and now lives in Florida. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.
You can learn more about Michelle Madow on her website.

Check out her book Remembrance!
Remembrance

They’re reincarnated soulmates. So why is he pushing her away?

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England… but she doesn’t know it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

Meet Amber Lynn Natusch
Amber Lynn Natusch

If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.
You can learn more about Amber Lynn Natusch on her website.

Check out her book Live Wire!
Live Wire

Sapphira is a ticking time bomb.

Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory.

Meet Chrissy Peebles
Chrissy Peebles

Chrissy Peebles has always loved reading and writing fantasy from the earliest age she can remember. She lives in a busy city with her husband, two children, and one cat (Shadow) and three dogs. (Sparkles, Rosie, and Jack) Chrissy also loves to snap photos as her favorite hobby.
You can learn more about Chrissy Peebles on her Facebook page.

Check out her book The Alpha!
The Alpha

Logan is a werewolf tormented by his past and a need for revenge. The Falcar, half demon and half vampire, destroyed his life when they killed his entire pack. He’s the last royal prince werewolf, and the Falcar were determined to end his bloodline once and for all. Logan goes on a mission to find the Falcar and destroy them forever. When he meets an Ankh witch named, Sophia, his world is turned upside down. Can she save Logan from himself?

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2. Send an email to mythsandlegendspreorder@gmail.com with your proof of purchase.
3. Check your email, your 17 FREE books will be delivered there!

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During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
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Review: The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Struggle
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Mythology
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Blurb:
A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: EPIC. Loved every single part of this book. Can’t believe I read it so fast when I had every intention of savoring it slowly but it was unputdownable. I will never get enough of the Covenant world. Never.

Full Review:

Fair warning – the fangirl in me is out in force right now and this review is going to be cheesy and gushing in the extreme. I’m making no apologies – just letting you know in advance.

Waiting for this book felt like an eternity for me. The Covenant series is my all-time fav series, ever, EVER and I was so excited when Jennifer announced this new spin-off series and it is everything I was hoping it would be and more. I wanted Seth to get his HEA and I was really hoping we would see more of my fav couple, Alex and Aiden, and the other characters I have come to love, and Jen has delivered in spades. My respect and admiration for her are at an all-time high because every book in this series is even better than the last and I am salivating at the prospect of the next book already.

The Power ended explosively and I thought I’d die if I didn’t get my hands on this book. Finally, the wait was over and I had every intention of reading this one nice and slow to really appreciate the magnificence. But that is virtually impossible when it comes to this world and these characters (and this author.)

There is not one single thing I would fault about this book, and I’d give it a million stars if I could. I loved it. I loved Seth. I loved Josie. I loved Aiden (especially Aiden. Yum. Yum.) I loved Alex (she’s still such a bad ass) and Marcus, Deacon, Luke, Colin etc – I could go on. Told you I’d gush buckets.

The blend of action/adventure and romance was perfect in this one. The snarky, witty banter is there, the sexy times are there, the edge-of-the-seat suspense is there. What I really loved was the character development, especially Seth’s progression. And I enjoyed the fact that Aiden and Seth are starting to see eye-to-eye, yes they say they still hate each other but they don’t really.

Josie has grown on me since book one and I loved her faith and her loyalty to Seth in this one. I kinda guessed the two big things going on with her but they were still awesome reveals. Seth goes off to do something at the 96% mark and I swear I was legit afraid to read. My heart was in my mouth and I was turning the pages of my Kindle shielding my eyes. Really loved the end, even if the ending wasn’t quite as “bam-in your face” as The Power. Doesn’t matter – I’m still suffering from the worst book hangover and I’m already on a countdown to the next book.

The writing is superb (as usual) and the pacing is consistent and it was virtually impossible to tear myself away from this masterpiece.

The Struggle = Book Heaven for me, and I am on the verge of tears now because it’s over already and I want to slap upself up the head for devouring it so quickly. I have a ton of other books to read for reviews and I can’t do it. I just can’t let go of this one yet. Think I’ll have to re-read it instantly.

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for writing such an amazing spin-off series. Please let it go on and on. I for one will never tire of reading about these characters. I love them all.

ARC generously provided by the author. I have voluntarily reviewed same and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: Flawed by Kate Avelynn

Title: Flawed
Author: Kate Avelynn
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…

My Review:
I pretty much knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book but I was in the mood for an angsty, dramatic story of forbidden love with dark vibes and I sure as hell got what I was looking for!

I gobbled this one up like it was my favorite chocolate – couldn’t savor it slowly, just had to cram it in, one delicious page after another.

I started out really liking James – he was Sarah’s savior in the house of hell but, by the end, I despised him even though he was a product of his environment and just as much a victim as she was.

Sarah was a very well written character. She has her scars, both internal and external and she had lived in her brother’s protective shadow her entire life. There were times when I desperately wanted her to stand up for herself yet I understood why she couldn’t.

The family situation was messed-up to the max. Seriously dysfunctional.

Sam is a babe – a total sweetheart and I completely shipped them. He was a little controlling/bossy at times too, but it was coming from a good place.

That ended killed me and I hated it but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this was an INCREDIBLE read. If you are looking for a traditional HEA you won’t get that here although it still ends on a positive note. While the scenes at the end had me on tenterhooks, and it was a credible scenario, it totally broke my heart. The epilogue was a bit rushed and hard to swallow – struggled to believe his mother would be that forgiving that quickly.

This is a powerful read, not for the faint of heart or for those who like a trad HEA, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to readers who enjoy dark, dramatic romance.

Blog Tour: Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross! You can find the tour schedule for the tour here.

Title: Off the Ice
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Juniper Falls #1
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Whatever Life Throws at You kicks off a brand-new series perfect for fans of Miranda Kennealy and Abbi Glines.

All is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.

For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.

My Review:
I read Chasing Truth by Julie Cross a few months back and absolutely adored it so I was super excited to get my hands on this book, especially because I love me some hockey romance. While I did enjoy this book, and I’m definitely invested in this series, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with certain aspects of it.

Tate’s sister is besties with Claire O’Connor – the local publican’s daughter. They live in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. Claire is a talented musician and actress and she has moved away to college when we first meet her. Fast forward and she’s back in town to help mind her very sick dad and to help run the family business. Tate has broken up with his girlfriend, has just landed a coveted place on the hockey team and he appears to be going places, but he’s hiding some pretty shocking secrets and almost buckling under the pressure.

Both Tate and Claire were complex characters who were wonderfully developed. I felt every emotion as if I was living and breathing it myself. It was gritty and raw and downright painful at times. Julie deals with some difficult subject matter in this book but she deals with it extremely well. It isn’t dramatized or glossed over and it’s handled realistically and sensitively. We have a horrid example of a parent in Tate’s dad but that scenario is beautifully contrasted with Tate’s stepfather Roger and Claire’s parents, who were both fantastic and it was clear they loved their daughter so much and only wanted the best for her.

I adored the hockey aspect and it was the perfect balance for me – enough detail without pulling me out of the story.

All the side characters were very well developed and I love Jamie and Leo in particular and I sincerely hope they are getting their own books as I really want to read them.

The romance is angsty and there is lots of toing and froing but I have to say, it got way too frustrating, and it takes a lot for me to say that because usually, I love that type of romance but I felt it was taken to extremes here. All they did was constantly shut each other out (especially Claire) and I wanted to throttle both of them. However, the main reason this is a lower-star rating is because it was so slow in the first half – the plot was not moving forward and I was struggling to maintain interest. My personal view is you could cut about twenty-five per cent out of the first half (’cause it’s a decent length as it stands) and not lose anything. I felt like giving up on several occasions but I hate doing that so I persevered. I’m really glad I did because the second half was superb and everything I was expecting and hadn’t seen in the first half of the book.

The writing is excellent and I certainly can’t fault the characterization. My issues were with plot development and pacing, in the main.

By the end though, I was definitely hooked and I totally want to continue with this series. I’ll be anxiously awaiting Leo, Jamie, and Jake’s books.

1st half rating – 2.5 stars. 2nd half rating – 5 stars. Overall actual rating = 3.75 stars.

Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

About the Author:
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).
She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Book Blitz: Myths & Legends Week 1

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. This is the first post during this tour. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

I’m introducing a few of the participating authors and showcasing some of their books/back catalogue as well as including details of an awesome Facebook party where you can win tons of cool bookish stuff!

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to pre-order for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors! Details of how you can pre-order this special box set are included at the bottom of this post. First off, let’s meet some of these amazing authors!

Meet Margo Bond Collins

Margo Bond Collins
NYT bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. (Sometimes her heroines kill monsters, too.)
You can learn more about Margo Bond Collins on her website.

Meet N.R. Larry

Natasha Larry is a mother and DC comics fan girl. She writes multicultural paranormal fantasy for teens and adults. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her published works include The Night and Darwin’s Children.

She lives somewhere in Alabama.
You can learn more about N.R Larry on her website.

Check out the book Immortal Winter by Margo Bond Collin and N.R. Larry!

Immortal Winter
A princess locked away in an ice tower.
A handsome kidnapper who insists her savior-queen is a liar.
And a chance to break the curse that’s bound them all.

Meet Joanne Wadsworth

Joanne Wadsworth
Joanne Wadsworth is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author who adores getting lost in the world of romance, no matter what era in time that might be. Hot alpha Highlanders hound her, demanding their stories are told and she’s devoted to ensuring they meet their match, whether that be with a feisty lass from the present or far in the past.
You can learn more about Joanne Wadworth on her website.

Check out her book Protector!

Protector
To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young couple find their place in the world?

Meet J.H. Croix

J.H. Croix
Bestselling author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. Croix writes sexy contemporary romance and steamy paranormal shifter romance with strong independent women and rugged alpha men who aren’t afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. Take a walk on the wild side of romance with her bestselling novels!
You can learn more about J.H. Croix on her website.

Check out her book Protected Mate!

Protected Mate
Dane Ashworth, a sexy, solitary mountain lion shifter, comes from one of the founding shifter families of Catamount, a town deep in the woods of Maine where mountain lion shifters have existed in secret for centuries. The community is in turmoil after the startling death of a shifter. In the midst of upheaval in Catamount, Dane encounters the unassuming, curvy and deliciously sexy Chloe Silver.

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The MYTHS & LEGENDS Boxed Set is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads, including works from USA Today bestsellers, Bestselling Harlequin authors, and various Award-Winning authors!

You can pre-order Myths & Legends for only 0.99$ here:
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Join the Myths & Legends Facebook Party and have a chance to win tons of cool stuff and meet some fab new authors! Join the Facebook party here.

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During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
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Book Blitz: Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni


This is my stop during the book blitz for Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 20 March. You can see the tour schedule here.

Behind the Lens (Boys of Fallout #2)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 14 March, 2017

Blurb:
Natalie Scott’s life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she’s made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.

At least not ones that last and that’s the way she likes it.

She only has one rule.

Don’t date or otherwise screw around with the client.

But she never said anything about love.

Brent Andrews knows Natalie’s rules.

And he’s about to make sure he’s an exception to them.

All of them.

Even ones she didn’t know she had.

You can find Behind the Lens on Goodreads

You can buy Behind the Lens on Amazon.

Excerpt:
The guys have already done their soundcheck, and I stand on the stage, absorbing the quiet that will disappear in mere hours. I drop my head back, closing my eyes and let the few lights that are on soak into my skin before looking down at my camera and flipping through its settings. I adjust for the poor lighting and begin to snap test shots. After looking at the preview of the picture I change the ISO and increase my shutter speed, so my exposure won’t be affected as much by the light. The shots will be grainer, but I can adjust that later if need be.
“So I see you didn’t learn your lesson.”
I freeze as I stare down at the camera and the hair on my neck stands up. I don’t want to look up.
“Jace,” I reply, and I watch his shadow on the ground I’m staring at.
“I figured you would’ve quit after what happened with us, but…” he says, stepping forward out of the light and nodding to me. “Here we are, and you’re doing photography for my label.”
I finally look up, cocking my head at him. “Yeah, it’s your label.”
“You haven’t changed one bit, have you, Natalie?” he asks as he stops in front of me.
“What was I supposed to change?” I reply.
He towers over me with those menacing green eyes, and my jaw clenches as I take him on for the first time in three years. His face has aged; the corners of his eyes are now wrinkled, but it only adds to his appeal. My heart doesn’t flutter the way it used to, though. It seems to have stopped beating altogether.
He runs a hand through his hair, letting it drop to his neck as he tilts his head, a sick smile coming to his face. “You’re still a musician whore.”
I step back, my mouth dropping open before I gain my voice and say, “Let me remind you, you’re the one that cheated on me!”
My blood pulses in my ears as I watch his thin lips press into a line. He crosses his now fully tattooed arms, and one eyebrow goes up.
“Maybe you should’ve stayed then,” he replies.
I fight the shaking of my body as I stare at him. A metallic taste fills my mouth.
“I couldn’t!” I say, my voice trembling. “You know that! This is my career. This is my life!”
Jace’s nostrils flare as he steps forward. “So how many members of Makeshift Chemistry have you fucked?”
I try to step away from him, but with each move back, he moves forward. Movement from the front of the venue catches my eye, and I see Brent and James walking down the aisle.
“Can’t answer me, whore?” Jace says as he leans down over me.
“None!” I scream in his face and something in my brain clicks. I push him back. “I made that mistake with you!”
“You were supposed to love me!” Jace says, grabbing my arms and holding me.
“You never loved me!” I reply as my body trembles. Krav Maga, Nat! You know it! But my body won’t work.
“How could anyone love you?” Jace chuckles as he pulls me up, so my face is inches from his. “You only love one thing, your God damned pictures.”
“Let her go!” Brent yells as he somehow manages to jump up onto the stage. Jace drops me just as Brent’s fist connects with his face and I fly backward, skidding onto my ass.
“Brent!” I say as I scramble forward, standing and grabbing his arm. “Stop! He’s not worth it.”
“I…” Brent’s voice drifts off as his chest heaves, his eyes moving between Jace and I. “Alright.”
James goes to help Jace, who is grinning despite his growing black eye and dripping nose. “I guess I figured out who you’re fucking.”
My body goes numb as my eyes water, my hand dropping from Brent.
“Do you want to die?” James asks Jace before shoving him back into the drums.
“So more than one?” Jace says as Brent grabs James’ arm to prevent him from hitting Jace.
I don’t want to know what happens next and take off running in the direction I know the tour bus is. I rush up the steps with tears rushing down my face.
“Natalie?” Kie asks, seeing my face as I rush passed him and Brad. I don’t respond as I go into the bathroom, slamming the door, before sinking to the ground. A knock comes on the door. “Nat?”
“I’m fine, Kie,” I reply.
“No, you’re not,” he answers. “What happened?”
“Nothing.”
“I know you hate me, Nat.”
I stand, throwing the door open and his eyes widen as he looks at me.
“I don’t,” I pause, my chest heaving. “I don’t hate you. I hate what I see in you. I hate I see Jace Smith in you.”
“Jace Smith?” he asks, his eyes racing over my face.
My lip trembles. “Yeah, I’m that photographer he fucked.”
Kie’s mouth drops open.
“So you’ve heard his stories,” I say, and my throat is thick.
“I…” his voice trails off, and his eyes drop to the floor.
“You’re friends with him,” I say, and his hand goes to the back of his neck.
He looks up, and his green eyes are sad. “I never knew it was you.”
“Be careful what you believe.”
He swallows as he shakes his head. “I know you, Nat. I know what he said isn’t true.”
“Imagine how many people would believe me if I tried to stand up to him,” I say, and a fresh set of tears comes over me.
I hear the door open again, and I know it’s Brent and James.
Kie looks over his shoulder. “Dude, what happened to your fist?”
Brent pushes passed Kie and pulls me into his arms.

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Book one in this series Out of Beat is available now! You can buy a copy on Amazon

About the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts #2) by Emily McKay

Title: How Willa Got Her Groove Back
Author: Emily McKay
Series: Creative HeArts #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

My Review:
I LOVE the way this series has been crafted with different authors writing different books based on characters who are all interconnected. Did I say I LOVE it? I LOVE LOVE it! Okay, fangirl moment over. I’ve read four in the series now, and not in the order I was supposed to (’cause I’m an idiot) but it hasn’t dented my enjoyment and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book.

I first met Finn McCain in Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs (Sloane & Tru #2 and #5 in the series) and I was instantly swooning, so when the opportunity arose to review Weddings, Crushes, and Others Dramas (#6 in the series) I jumped at the chance, and the very lovely Melissa from Entangled gave me a copy of this book to read first.

I’m obsessed with forbidden romance at the moment (ahem!) and I also love stepbrother romance so I had high expectations going in. I am glad to say that this book lived up to them and more.

I loved Willa! Her voice was distinctive, unique, and refreshing. She was sensitive, intelligent, spunky, and very loyal to her father and friends. Her relationship with her father unravels in this one as he falls head over heels in love with a movie star and she pretty much monopolizes his life. Willa has no clue because her father has kept her in the dark (I seriously wanted to throttle him) and overnight her world completely tilts on its axis. She is floundering and feeling insecure and concerned that her father is going to get his heart trampled on again.

Enter the divine, supremely hot, Finn, son of said movie star and all round good guy. He tries his best to help Willa adjust to her new life but she thinks he’s making fun of her and she’s somewhat intimidated by his good looks and his confidence and the simmering attraction she feels for him.

I love me some teen angst and drama and this book delivered in spades.

I really enjoyed the world created in this series and I (naturally) love that Willa is a writer. All the characters are really well crafted and I’m interested/invested in all of them.

The writing is brilliant, the pacing was perfect, and I adored the dual POV. There was a decent amount of witty banter, amidst serious moments, and frivolous scenes. I was a tad disappointed there was no sneaky kissing going on but given how the book ends (and the fact that I have the next installment of their love story on my Kindle to read) I know there is plenty more mileage to come from this couple.

Overall, this was a fantastic read and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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

Cover Reveal for Losing Kyler!

Today is the cover reveal for Losing Kyler! And I am sharing the cover for Keeping Kyler as well. There’s an excerpt of Losing Kyler, a special gift for those who pre-order a copy and instructions on how to enter and a giveaway!

Losing KylerLosing Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #2)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: 27 March, 2017

Blurb:
Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hellbent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

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Losing Kyler Excerpt:
In this moment, I hate my mother, and I’m mad as all hell that she isn’t here for me to yell at. To demand she tell me the Goddamned truth and explain why she thought it was such a good idea to lie about virtually every facet of my life. My hands ball into fists at my sides, and I’m barely holding it together.
“I also discovered that he was working for a firm in Belfast at the time your mother told you she met him. He wasn’t working locally, Faye. There’s no way Saoirse could’ve met him in the way she described to you.”
Liar! How could she do this to me!
I don’t even know who I am anymore, and every memory I have of my parents is tarnished by the knowledge that it was a fabrication. That I was being lied to every single day of my life.
Why? Were they ever planning on telling me the truth?
Hopping up, enraged and upset, and struggling with a million other emotions, I sweep the contents of my dresser clear across the floor. Picking up the stool, I fling it across the room, watching as it smashes against the wall, the sounds of splintering wood adding to James’s shocked gasps. Tears erupt from my eyes, and my cries fill the room as I slump to the ground, sobbing uncontrollably into my hands.
Ky kneels down, gently wrapping his arms around me from behind. His limbs are tense, his arms a little stiff, and I feel it too—the lure of his warmth and the call of his body battling against what we’ve been told, forcing us to maintain a certain distance.
“Kyler.” James’s voice contains clear warning.
“Shut up, Dad. She needs me, and I’m only comforting her. You’re the one who fucked up here, not us. And you’re a damn hypocrite to criticize us after all you’ve done.”
Ky’s statement is paradoxical in part, because the truth is more complex than that. Is James the hypocrite or are we? I don’t know what to think anymore. I massage my temples, digging my fingers into my skin with brutal intensity, welcoming the pressure. What is right and what is wrong? I’m not sure I know anymore, and my jumbled brain is incapable of constructing logical thought patterns.

Cover Reveal Keeping Kyler!
And as a bonus here’s the cover for book 3, Keeping Kyler!
Keeping Kyler

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Start this series with Finding Kyler!
Finding Kyler
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads
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Giveaway
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