Cover Reveal: Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Today is the cover reveal for Unknown by Wendy Higgins. I am so excited to share this cover with you. And Starting Friday, April 8th, Wendy will be uploading unedited chapters of UNKNOWN on my Wattpad account for people to preview! Here is the link to her Wattpad account

UnknownEbookTitle: Unknown
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown #1
Genres: Apocalyptic Sci-Fi NA Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2016
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Blurb:
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technological communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

WendyHigginsAuthorPicAbout the Author:
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.
Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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Review: Playing For Fun (Due South #6) by Tracey Alvarez

Playing for FunTitle: Playing For Fun
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #6
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
PLAYING FOR FUN is the sixth story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like Jill Shalvis, Marie Force, or Bella Andre, then you’ll enjoy diving into these heart-warming, sexy & seductive small-town romances with authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

Wanted: A woman for Ford.
Ford Komeke can’t deny he could use an up-skill in the dating arena. It’s a local in-joke that his game, as far as women go, sucks. Thanks to the meddling of New Zealand’s worst octogenarian matchmaker, he’s got an online dating profile, a new wardrobe, and a haircut from Stewart Island’s sexy hairdresser, Holly Parker. But since he’s well and truly mired in the friendzone with Holly, what’s the harm in exploring his options? A little jealousy could work wonders.

Offered: Dream job with a catch.
What do you say when you’re offered an un-turn-downable career opportunity? You say, hell-to-the-yeah! Only there’s a problem. To get the dream job Holly must leave Stewart Island and her two best friends, Shaye and Ford. But if Holly can distract Shaye with wedding planning and set Ford up with a nice girl so she can stop imagining him naked, neither will notice if she exits stage right. Neither will notice if her feelings for Ford stop being strictly platonic.

Warning: One kiss is never enough.
As addictive as the chocolate stash Holly hides in her fridge, one kiss forces them out of the friendzone—way out of the friendzone. Heat and hunger explode, but the ugliness in Ford’s past hold his heart hostage. Playing for fun or playing for keeps? Holly and Ford must decide because the consequences of falling in love means that someone’s heart or someone’s dream will ultimately end up shattered.

My Review:
Anyone that follows me on social media will know I am a massive fan of Tracey’s Due South series. I was therefore very excited to get the opportunity to beta read this book in advance of publication.

What can I say? I LOVED Holly and Ford’s story and I ADORED being back in the amazing small-knit community that Tracey has created, and it was FANTASTIC to catch up with some of my favorite characters (especially Shaye and Del, they are my absolute favs)

Ford had a very difficult early childhood, and he is still showcasing the scars. He’s also very much lost in his twin brothers shadow. Mrs. Taylor (the community busy body with a heart of gold) decides he needs a woman and she ropes in his bestie Holly to help with her matchmaking. Holly and Ford are great friends but she’s been harboring more than friendly feelings for him for some time. There were lots of hilarous scenes where Ford is on dates with some crazy chicks! LOL funny.

Holly has an opportunity to leave the Island, and she is torn. On the one hand there is Ford, and her adopted-grandma, and her BFF Shaye, but on the other hand most of her friends are all married or engaged and she feels like she’s skirting the fringes of their lives.

This is more than just a simple friends to lovers story. Ford needs Holly to help him overcome his demons, and she needs his love to keep her where she has always belonged. Ford clams up whenever the conversation gets heavy, where Holly really needs to see him vulnerable, so she knows she can truly trust him and plan a future with him. The path to true love and real trust is not an easy one and it’s filled with plenty of angst and heartache.

This was a fantastic read for a book that is still undergoing final round of editing. It’s testament to Tracey’s considerable talent that I’m already rating it 5 stars – it was seriously that good. The worldbuilding and character development was solid, pacing is perfect, and the writing is amazeballs as usual. It’s also filled with plenty of sexy times and funny dialogue, both of which I’ve come to expect from this author.

If you love this series then you must read this book. And if you haven’t checked out this series yet then what are you waiting for? In Too Deep, Book 1 is free on all major online retailers.

Thanks to the author for gifting me a review copy in exchange for my honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.

Review: Fearless (Ruin #2.5) by Rachel Van Dyken

FearlessTitle: Fearless
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Ruin #2.5
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
When I met Kiersten, time stood still. It was as if every cell in my body screamed HER. I couldn’t look away, I couldn’t walk away, I couldn’t even move. My other half, my soul mate, was staring right at me. I had to have her. I had to make her mine. But I felt selfish doing that–knowing that I may not have endless amounts of time to give her…and even now that every things’ over with and I’ve been given that time back.

Nothing is ever certain in this life.

Which is why I’m about to do something crazy, impulsive, daring.
After all, what type of person would I be if I didn’t take my own advice?
I’m jumping off the cliff, I’m living fearlessly.

This is the continuation of Wes and Kiersten’s story.

My Review:
After reading the first book in this series, I just had to read this one to catch up with Wes and Kiersten.

It’s very short, and essentially just covers their wedding but I loved it. I am also totally intrigued now about Gabe and Saylor (really should have read that book before this one but I’ll backtrack) and dying to uncover the mystery that is Lisa and her dark past.

My only complaint is that the language Wes uses is a bit unbelievable for a bloke – way too flowery and emotional. He was like that in the first book to a certain extent, but it was overdone here. Still, it’s only a minor point.

Great series. Great author.
Recommended.
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Blog Tour: Playing the Witch’s Game (Keepers of the Veil #3) by Zoe Forward

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Playing the Witch’s Game (Keepers of the Veil #3) by Zoe Forward. I’ll share my review with you and there’s a tour wide giveaway!

Playing_the_Witchs_GameTitle: Playing the Witch’s Game
Author: Zoe Forward
Series: Keepers of the Veil #3
Rating: Paranormal Romance
Genres: 3.5 stars
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Blurb:
Pleiades witch Jennifer Marcos is certain that the host of Extreme Survivor is her soulmate. All she has to do is find a fake boyfriend, get on the show, and voila! She’ll have her destiny. Unfortunately, she has to rely on ex-Russian spy Nikolai Jovec’s six-foot-something of gorgeous, infuriating hotness. To make matters worse, the electric attraction between Jen and Nikolai is hotter than ever. But the only way Nikolai can protect Jen is by hiding the identity of her true Destined…him.

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My Review:
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I’ve read the other two books in this series, and really enjoyed both of them, so I was keen to read this when it came up for review. While I definitely enjoyed Jennifer and Nick’s story, it’s my least favorite of the series so far.

Both were trying to deny the obvious attraction toward one another, and I enjoyed all the snarky sexy toing and froing. Owen was a total slimeball and it was obvious that Jen was under some form of spell.

While this was quite an action-packed read, I felt the pacing was off in the middle and it started to lose my attention. It picks up at the end and it concluded with a bang.

The romance was great as I’ve come to expect from Zoe. She knows how to write awesome romantic and sexy scenes. The writing is fab overall and I enjoy this author’s style.

My primary issue was the whole notion of the reality TV show. I can’t believe that Matt would jeopardize so many of his ‘clan’ to go on a ridiculous show. I understand she was hexed but I still struggled to wrap my head around the premise. It just wasn’t believable. The scenes of them in the show were also a bit anti-climactic – they could travel to her alternate realm when they needed to, so I didn’t feel the danger. For me, it was non-existent. When the threat materialized it was all over and done with too fast. It lacked substance and depth.

Overall, this was an enjoyable enough read. While I didn’t love it as much as the first two books, I am still invested in this series and look forward to reading the next book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author:
Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she’s a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.

When she’s not typing at her laptop she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s madly in love with her globe trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.

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Cover Reveal: Stripped Bare by Emma Hart

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Today is the cover reveal for Stripped Bare by Emma Hart. Come check out the cover and let us know what you think of it!

Stripped bareTitle: Stripped Bare
Author: Emma Hart
Series: standalone
Genres: romantic comedy/ contemporary romance
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Blurb:
When unlucky in love Mia O’Halloran finds herself face to Sex God V-Lines with a chiseled, hot male stripper in possession of a package not even the postal service could lose, what happens in Vegas is definitely supposed to stay in Vegas.
She doesn’t expect to find Mr. Multiple Oh-Oh-Oh as her client—and hell, how is she supposed to pitch a marketing plan when she can remember how easily he briefed her g-spot on an orgasm… or five?
West Rykman has one rule: you don’t mix business with pleasure. They can look, but unless they’re shoving a dollar inside his pants, they can’t touch. He learned that lesson the hard way two years ago.
He had no idea the flame-haired vixen with a penchant for hot, kinky sex and a mouth that would make a hooker cry would be the one to bend—and break—his rule.
She’s sworn off men after ten too many heartbreaks.
He’s determined he’ll never lose it all for a woman again.
She’s pretty screwed.
He’s really screwed.
And not in the we’re-not-sleeping-tonight way…

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

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Blog Tour: With the Band by Natasha Preston

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for With the Band by Natasha Preston. There’s a tour wide giveaway!

With the BandTitle: With the Band
Author: Natasha Preston
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Texas Knight is daughter of the word’s biggest rock star, Mark Knight.

Kitt Daniels is lead singer in the hottest up-and-coming band, Filthy Sound.

Mark has mentored Filthy Sound from the beginning, seeing their potential, and now he’s supporting them on their first worldwide tour.

She’s off-limits.

He can’t help himself.

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UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since.
She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer.

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Review: Protecting His Witch (Keepers of the Veil #1) by Zoe Forward

Protecting his witchTitle: Protecting His Witch
Author: Zoe Forward
Series: Keepers of the Veil #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch…

Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn’t a clue that she’s a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there’s the whole “dimension-hopping” issue that she can’t quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan–the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.

And there’s the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.

May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn’t forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat’s unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas–like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he’s turned his back on his druidic ways, he’s still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell…

My Review:
I received a review copy of the second book in this series, and then I saw a post the author put up about the first book being on sale so I snapped up a copy and got sucked right in.

Kat has no clue that she is a powerful witch, one of the seven Pleiade witches whom the Druids have sworn to protect. She has been stumbling in and out of Matt Ryan’s life for years, and they have made a lasting impression on each other. While he hurt her in the past, Kat can’t get him out of her head, and no other man seems to match up.

I loved their romance, and it was full of pushing and pulling, angst and misunderstanding, and plenty of lust-filled moments. Perfect. However, I did feel that the romance overshadowed the rest of the plot and I would have liked more insight into the paranormal world. What we were shown was really intriguing, and I hope that the author develops this as the series progresses. Also, did I mention how much I love the dimension-hopping aspect? Love, love, love it.

The confirmation ceremony at the end was a bit anti-climactic, and I never really felt the danger that Kat and the other witches were supposedly in. That said it didn’t dent my enjoyment of this book at all.

In the main the writing is solid, character development is good, and the pacing is consistent.

If you enjoy well-written paranormal romance then you should definitely check out this series.

Review: Ruin (Ruin #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

RuinTitle: Ruin
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Ruin #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

My Review:
I read this a few nights ago when I was in a bit of a funny mood. I had loads of great ARCs to read but for some reason none of them were jumping out and saying ‘read me now’ so I went on a bit of a prowl. This book was on sale and it sounded perfect. Then I did something I don’t normally do – checked out the reviews on Goodreads (I usually only look to see if it has a decent overall rating) and lots of reviewers spoke to the emotion and angst and I was hooked. Perfect.

Gosh, I think I’ve forgotten that this is supposed to be a review. Enough waffling!!

Ruin is beautifully written and the heartfelt note from the author at the start and end of the book was very touching. There is a very personal reason behind this story.

Wes is a reformed player thanks to a nasty ex and an equally nasty false allegation. He hasn’t gone near a woman in months, but all that changes when newly-arrived freshman Kiersten literally falls into his arms. Wes is instantly smitten with the stunning red-head. Kiersten has her own issues and she is still struggling to come to terms with her parents death. Both of them have their secrets and reasons for needing this relationship exactly at that time in their lives.

It’s pretty much a case of insta-lust/love, but they don’t act on it for a few months, as Wes doesn’t want to hurt Kiersten by pulling her into his drama. But he just can’t stay away from her and the inevitable does happen. When they finally succumb to their intense attraction, they both fall head over heels in love. Ah, I loved them as a couple. They were perfect together. And the romantic scenes were swoon-worthy in the extreme. Wes is definitely a new addition to my Book Boyfriend list (that very long list that just keeps on growing. Lol.)

Gabe and Lisa are great side characters though I felt both could have benefitted from some additional development.

The dialogue is funny and romantic and there was great chemistry between the two mains.

I really enjoyed the writing style and loved that we got both POV.

I did have a few minor issues that stopped me rating it higher. Kiersten was very naive when it came to the secret that Wes was hiding. After months in his company, it would have been obvious, so it wasn’t believable that she didn’t discover the truth. The same could be said for the allegation made against Wes – she doesn’t question or challenge him and that was way too trusting for someone she didn’t know. I get that she’s innocent, but she’s not dumb.

However, the main reason why this is a 4-star rather than 5-star read, despite how much I enjoyed reading it, is because I didn’t fully connect emotionally with what the characters were going through. I’ve read a few books recently which focused on illness and death and I was in floods of tears. My eyes didn’t even get moist reading Ruin, it just didn’t resonate with me strongly enough. Perhaps reading the other reviews in advance ruined it for me (no pun intended!)or maybe it lacked depth, or it was just my funny mood; I’m not quite sure.

Anyway, in summary, this is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys well-written NA with a fabulous male lead and heart-stopping romance. I will definitely be continuing the series.

Review: Forever with You (Fixed #3) by Laurelin Paige

Forever with YouTitle: Forever with You
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: Fixed #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Erotic Romance
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Blurb:
Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won’t be easy for the scarred lovers, but they’re committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves.

But while the pair is focused on the future, their past shows up again to threaten their fragile bond. Promises that were made are broken, and Alayna learns that Hudson still has very potent secrets—secrets that will tear them both apart. As much as she feels for him, her ability to forgive and forget is tested beyond her limits.

Even though she found the only man who could fix her, a forever with Hudson seems more and more out of reach.

My Review:
Omg. This book gave me so many feels. Though I was shocked at how quickly Alayna forgave him, there is no way I could rate it less than 5 stars. Emotion drips off the pages and I felt everything. Such dark complex characters. Wow.

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Well, that was one hell of a read, and a fantastic way to bring Laynie and Hudson’s story to a close.

Initially, it started off a little slow and I wondered if there was enough of a story to support a third book. I’m happy to have been proven wrong. Once Laynie watched the recording things started accelerating at a manic pace. I knew immediately what Hudson and Celia had done and I was sickened to my stomach. Though I was hoping I was wrong, it turns out I wasn’t. I pretty much hated him a lot of this book as his actions really rocked my faith in him.

This book was so emotive – I felt everything Laynie felt. Explosive passion, scintillating chemistry, and the gut-wrenching angst of betrayal and heartache. I was a basket-case reading this book.

At one point, I wanted to kill Hudson. And don’t even get me started on Celia! Those two were so fucked-up! Alayna looked like a saint next to that pair and that’s saying something.

I was annoyed that Alayna forgave Hudsn so quickly. I would have loved her to have shown some strength of character and to keep him at arms length for a few months, so that when they finally reunited it was on her terms, not his.

But there is no way I could rate this book any less than 5 stars becaue it seriously blew my mind.

Another stomping read from the very talented Laurelin Paige. I wish I could read Hudson straight away but I’ve a ton of ARC’s lined up already so it’ll have to wait for a couple of weeks.

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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?

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