Review: Beautiful Oblivion (Beautiful Oblivion #1) by Addison Moore

Beautiful OblivionTitle: Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Addison Moore
Series: Beautiful Oblivion #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Addison Moore:

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION.

My Review:
This was an amazing read and I devoured it in record-breaking time.

I loved everything about it – the writing, the characters, the pacing, the plot.

Reese and Ace have been in love with each other for years, but both are afraid to tell the other in case they ruin their friendship. Totally believable premise. Reese suggests a summer ‘fling’ and Ace agrees and most of the novel centers on their developing romance. I’m all about the romance so this book was the perfect read. It’s essentially the story of how they turn a sweet friendship into a steamy love that will last forever.

Character development was really strong in this book and there are a lot of interesting side characters who will no doubt become the focus of future books.

There were a few scenes where I was disappointed in Reese – she could have tried harder to set Warren free and she let Ace down a couple of times which broke my heart. But she redeemed herself in the end so I forgive her <3 This is the second Addison Moore book I have read. I read one of her 3AM Kisses books and while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it like I did this book. I'm already more than halfway through the second book in this series and I'm loving that one too. I'm delighted to have found another favorite author and I'll definitely check out some of her other series in the near future. Highly recommended if you enjoy well written, sweet but steamy NA series.

Blog Tour: Serendipity Summer by Laurie Kozlowski

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Serendipity Summer by Laurie Kozlowski. There is a teaser and a tour wide giveaway.

Serendipity SummerTitle: Serendipity Summer
Author: Laurie Kozlowski
Series: Riverbend Way #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Please Note–this book contains some adult language, partial sex scenes, and recommended to readers ages 18+ only.

Anna and her daughter, Katy, are uprooted from their Atlanta home when they become unexpected recipients of Rocky Top Inn, a family estate, in Riverbend Way, Tennessee. Anna loses patience with her ex’s demands while being harassed by his fiancee, a bonifide ice queen. The chance for a new beginning draws her into fulfilling an aunt’s dying wish while an overwhelming desire for her former boss, Jake Ivers, unravels any doubt that soul mates don’t exist.

While traveling through remote parts of the country as a wildlife photographer, Jake Ivers lands an assignment in the small mountain town of Riverbend Way. He soon finds himself wading in way over his head. Becoming the town handyman, consoling his nephew, being targeted by animals and threatened by an old lady with as much money as Bill Gates, was not part of his original plan. To top it off, there’s the issue of convincing Anna she has his heart.

Will their friendship last beyond a season or could this summer prove to be a stroke of serendipity?

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Laurie Kozlowski resides in Northeast Georgia with her daughter and husband. Having small town roots, she’s intrigued with the charm, drama, and humor of the south, often weaving those themes into the fiction she writes. Her first contemporary romance book, Serendipity Summer, is the first of four books in the Riverbend Way Series. The Riverbend Way Series is contemporary small-town romance fiction. The series touches on serious modern day issues, a twist of earthy and sometimes bawdy humor, and a heavy dose of love. Laurie enjoys incorporating family-centered themes and stories including friendship, hope, and healing. When not writing, she loves to make music and jewelry, picnic near the river, or catch the latest comedy or drama flick at a local cinema. She hangs out mostly on Twitter @LaurieKozlowski when she isn’t caring for her daughter, writing, or driving her husband crazy.

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Trailer Reveal: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today is my stop during the trailer reveal for Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout. First there’s some information about the book, followed by the trailer. I am really excited for this book!

Oblivion-Final-1600x2400Title: Oblivion
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1.5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

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JLA_Author-photoAbout the Author:
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Blog Tour: Blue Phoenix series by Lisa Swallow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Blue Phoenix Series by Lisa Shallow. The entire BLUE PHOENIX series is on SALE for this week only! Summer Sky is FREE, and the other books are all .99¢ each! These are available exclusively through Kindle Unlimited. And there’s a tour wide giveaway. I feature Unplugged and a playlist for the book.

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Blurb:
“A rock star doesn’t return to his humble beginnings and whisk away the girl he kissed once. Especially if she has a four year old and her relationship status is ‘it’s complicated’.”

Blue Phoenix bass player, Liam Oliver discovers pictures of his fiancée with another man and his world crashes around him. He packs up his humiliation and hurt and flies back to his Welsh family home for Christmas.

Cerys Edwards once had pictures of Liam Oliver covering her bedroom wall. Her best friend’s big brother never gave her the time of day when they were growing up. When she was fifteen, he left town leaving Cerys with her fantasies. Now he’s back. The problem is, she has a daughter and a broken relationship of her own.

In the world of his Christmas past, Cerys and Liam reconnect. Are they two hurt people looking for comfort in a time of heartbreak or does Cerys have a place in Liam’s future too?

Months later and unplugged from his Blue Phoenix lifestyle, Liam reconnects with Cerys. He discovers Cerys’s world is full of complications he never expected – including Ella’s father who isn’t happy about being replaced by a rock star.

Unplugged is more than a rock star romance. Liam isn’t dark and brooding like Dylan, or a bad boy like Jem but a fiercely loyal man with a big heart. This is a story of love, family and unexpected bonds made that can’t be broken.

This is book three of the Blue Phoenix series. It can be read as a standalone but has minor spoilers for books one and two.

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1. Liam’s bassist hero and inspiration is Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and I think this song sums up how he feels when he’s in California watching his life fall apart and all he wants is to see Cerys again.

“The secret I’ve kept locked in my heart since Christmas can’t stay hidden. Cerys touched me in ways Honey never did and there has to be a reason why. If we’d really just been two hurt people looking for comfort, the need to see her wouldn’t have obsessed my thoughts for the last two weeks.”

Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

2. Cerys isn’t the only girl who steals Liam’s heart in this book. He builds a snowman with Cerys’s daughter, Ella, although he’s not keen on the song.

“I like you,” says Ella as she watches Liam place the head on the snowman’s body.
“Why, thank you, little lady,” he says in a false American drawl.
Ella suddenly hugs Liam around the leg and he looks down in surprise before glancing at me. Now he’s out of his depth as his arms hover over whether to hug the girl back or not. ~ Cerys in Unplugged

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3. This is the book where we first hear Jem’s real name too and more of a hint about Bryn’s weird sense of humour

“How’s Jeremy?” I can’t believe she still calls him this. Jem hasn’t been Jeremy since he was in primary school, apart from if we want to annoy him. If Bryn really wants to piss Jem off, he sings him the Pearl Jam track of the same name. ~ Liam in Unplugged

Jeremy ~ Pearl Jam

4. This is also the first book where Ruby Riot feature, as Liam takes Cerys on a date to one of their local gigs. Ruby makes quite an entrance.

I’m interrupted by a girl arriving in the bar. ‘Arriving’ is a mild way of putting the entrance of the tall, skinny girl. She crashes through a side door and stomps in motorcycle boots across the room. Dressed in a short black dress barely covering any of her long legs, the girl’s hair shines scarlet red as it catches the light of the bar. ~ Cerys in Unplugged

She’s Thunderstorms ~ Arctic Monkeys

5. Cerys is a long-time friend of Liam’s sister and four years younger than him. When she hung out with his siter, Louise, they used to listen to Blue Phoenix rehearse.

“Blue Phoenix rehearsed at Liam’s house. I got subjected to their early stuff and believe me, it wasn’t good.”
“I don’t believe that! They’re an amazing band.”
“Once they started playing their own stuff, it improved. Marginally. When you’ve heard ‘Stairway to Heaven’ rehearsed on repeat for two hours, it doesn’t sound so good anymore.”
~ Cerys in Unplugged

Stairway to Heaven ~ Led Zeppelin

6. Well, there has to be a rock ballad…. I think this could be the song playing in the final scene of the book too (no spoilers!)

“Every time you listen to my heart, I want you to remember one thing. Until the day my heart stops, it belongs to and beats for you – always remember that.”
Cerys burrows further into me, pressing her face harder against my chest as if burrowing further into my heart and soul. She doesn’t need to. She’s there, always.

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing ~ Aerosmith

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by Lisa Shallow

Blurb:
Sky changed her life for a man once, and she has no intention of doing it again – even if he is a six foot, tattooed rock god who makes a mean bacon sandwich.

Sky Davis is fed up of boyfriend Grant taking her for granted and when she comes home to find him wearing a girl, Sky suspects the relationship is over. She takes an unscheduled holiday and leaves the life (and guy) she hates behind.

Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with fame and infamy, sick of his life being controlled by other people. Dylan cuts his hair and walks away from his role as lead singer of Blue Phoenix, leaving chaos and speculation behind.

Outside the English seaside town of Broadbeach their cars and worlds collide.

Sky decides Dylan is an arrogant guy with too many tattoos, and Dylan is amused by the smart-mouthed girl with no idea who he is. Dylan and Sky soon discover they’ve travelled to Broadbeach for the same reason – to escape from reality back to a place with happy childhood memories.

Losing themselves in a world where they know nothing about each other, Sky and Dylan begin a holiday romance that soon heats up their rainy English summer.

Fantasies can’t last forever and when reality crashes the party, Sky isn’t sure she wants to be more than his ‘summer Sky’.

Returning to the real world and public scrutiny isn’t their only problem. Blue Phoenix lead guitar player, Jem Jones, has a reason for wanting Sky out of Dylan’s life, and is determined to come between them. Some things won’t stay hidden, even when they’re paid to ‘go away’.

Summer Sky is a romance where occasionally more than the bacon sizzles. This is the first in the new ‘Blue Phoenix’ series of contemporary rock star romances.

*Please note this is not a standalone and has a cliffhanger – Sky’s and Dylan’s story continues in Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix #2)

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Rising (Blue Phoenix #4)
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Reverb (Blue Phoenix #5)
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About the Author:
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.
Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.
In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

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Review: Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate

PassionTitle: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
‘Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.’

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

My Review:
After the torment of the last book (ahem) I was thrilled that this book delivered in all the ways in which the second installment didn’t.

I LOVED the world building in this book. We follow Luce on her travels through time and various different continents and I could vividly depict all the places as they were so well described and detailed. I also loved how Lauren tied some of the plot into key historical events. For example, Luce and Daniel were Shakespeare’s muse and they were both there the night the Globe Theater went on fire. Smarty Pants Lauren Kate. Very clever.

I was suspicious of Bill from the outset. Someone who professes to sit on the fence is someone to be very wary of. While I had a feeling he was untrustworthy, I didn’t anticipate his identity so that was a good twist at the end.

This book was way more imaginative that Book 2 and I loved the 3D/Cleaving plot development. Genius.

(view spoiler) I was screaming at my Kindle, so afraid she was going to act all stupid again. Thankfully, she has matured and progressed while on her journey of self-discovery and she made the right call. I really hope that in the final book her and Daniel are a solid unit and that all the nonsense over who she should be with is put to bed and the plot concentrates on winning the war against Satan.

The big thing that Daniel is concealing still hasn’t come out though I have s strong suspicion I know exactly what it is – all tied up with her true identity and what actually happened to instigate the curse.

The only thing that was a bit confusing in this book was the whole notion of the truce between Cam and Daniel, good and evil. There was a pretty big deal made of this in the last book as it was listed as a countdown. Yet there is no mention of it anymore and I assume we are meant to believe that in the greater scheme of things it no longer matters?

Also, since Book 1 there is no further mention of why Cam was trying to lure Luce away from Daniel and no explanation for his vague statement at the end of Fallen.’I just want her. You know why,” he said to Daniel when they were in the rafters. I would really love to know the backstory here and it would add substance to what’s supposed to be a love triangle but really never was.

Anyway, my issues with this book were minor and I enjoyed it way more than the second book. Im looking forward to finishing this series now.

Review: Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate

FallenTitle: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

My Review:
Luce has been troubled her whole life and plagued by mysterious shadows that seem to appear when she least wants them to. Misdiagnosed, she has flitted between psychiatrists and boarding school until she lands in reform school as a result of an inexplicable accident that claimed the life of the boy she was crushing on.

Cue lots of strange goings-on as she gets to grips with the reality of life in the creepy Swords and Cross school. She feels an intense connection to Daniel Grigori the moment she lays eyes on him and with the help of lovely Penn she starts digging into his past in an attempt to understand him.

As the story progresses she finds out that Daniel is her long-lost lover and due to a curse she has been reincarnated over and over again, never once surviving beyond 17 years of age. Daniel has been around for thousands of years, forced to watch her die one lifetime after another.

I enjoyed this book and thought it was a decent start to the series. Daniel is mysterious and enigmatic and a worthy male lead. Luce is struggling to understand him and he blows hot and cold in equal measures. At times, I wondered if he was betraying her or simply being vague to annoy her. Add bad-boy Cam into the mix and she becomes even more confused. At times, it’s hard to figure out who is trustworthy and who has a personal agenda. I liked the element of intrigue.

While I thought it a bit weird that a bunch of angels were confined to a reform school for three years (some of them) I liked this world and the addition of the creepy cemetery was perfect. I loved Arriane and Penn and both had very distinctive personalities.

This book had definite shades of Twilight and I thought the writing was rather similar in a few places. I had a few issues with some of the plot – what’s the story with Cam? Why was he trying to tempt Luce away from Daniel? And what’s the significance of the serpent necklace? The author made a big deal of it, but it seemed to serve no purpose at all. I didn’t even think of it as a love triangle though I believe that was the intent. Perhaps that will come out in later books.

Overall, I enjoyed it; liked the characters and the world, enjoyed the writing and the pace. While I had a few minor issues with the plot I’m engaged enough to continue the series.

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate

TormentTitle: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #2
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

My Review:
Luce has been secreted away to the Shoreline school – a school that caters to the Nephilim – as a place of sanctuary to provide protection considering she is now public enemy no. 1 ( in the eyes of Fallen Angels, Demons, Outcasts and the Scale.)

She feels isolated and lonely and is struggling in the aftermath of all the huge revelations that came to light at the end of Fallen. Daniel has explained that he has to be vague because if he tells her too much she will die like she has thousands of times before. In order to survive in this life, she must realize the truth that is hidden within herself. As she wasn’t christened she will also die for real this time unless they can break the usual cycle and she can break free of the curse.

She feels safe and protected when she is with Daniel and she feels a huge pull to him; everything seems right when she is in his arms. Yet, they bicker and fight continuously and it’s threatining to tear them apart.

One part of me could totally relate to Luce (taken out of her comfort zone, afraid, lonely, confused, trust issues etc.) but another part of me wanted to shake her around to knock some sense into her. Daniel is keeping things from her, but how she can doubt his love or willingness to protect her is beyond me. She continously ignores his pleas to stay within the safe confines of the school and she skips out flippantly whenever she feels like it. Uughh! She comes across as immature, selfish and stupid and she really got on my nerves in this book. She has also been told that she could die for real this time yet she never ever dwells on that fact and that is not believable in the slightest. She has been told that she plays an important part in the ‘end of times’ but doesn’t try to uncover what that is. I found that lame especially considering she has been told by Daniel that she needs to figure things out by herself. Daniel’s Watchers book was introduced in Fallen but she makes no attempt to find it and read it (surely this would be a good starting place?) and Steven gives her a book on Plato to help her understand the Announcers and she never picks that up either.

Luce acknowledges that she shares this powerful love with Daniel yet she lets Miles kiss her? Hello?! WTF?! Poor Daniel. How he can continue to love her so completely when when she is downright horrible to him beggars belief. Then Shelby throws it out there that her and Daniel have some history and she claims that Daniel is a crappy bf and lying to Luce. That’s never explained and Luce doesn’t probe into it at all. Nah, not buying it.

After really enjoying Fallen I was quite frustrated with this book. The pacing was off, parts were way too descriptive, and it was very repetitive in places. I also don’t feel like there was enough happening – we learn about the threat of the Outcasts and the real story of the shadows/Announcers but apart from that not much else happens.

The dialog between Miles and Daniel at the Thanksgiving dinner was stilted and unnatural and downright cringey.

I liked the action at the end and the fact that she finally grew a pair and set her own path. I can understand how she felt pulled in so many different directions and how she was desperate to take back control of her life. Her behaviour is totally reckless but at least she is doing something constructive now. But did she have to be so mean to Daniel? To leave without even a goodbye or ‘I’m sorry but I need to do this. Don’t follow me’ or something like that.

Though I had issues with this book, I still want to see what happens in the next book. I hope that Luces’ journey of self-discovery culminates in her growing up and acting more responsibly toward herself, Daniel and those she professes to love.

Blog Tour: Protecting the Prince by Dana Volney

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Protecting the Prince by Dana Volney. I’ll share my review with you and there’s a tour wide giveaway.

Protecting The Prince FINAL coverTitle: Protecting the Prince
Author: Dana Volney
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
Eliam Prince is finally where he wants to be in his late father’s shipping enterprise: at the helm and ready to navigate. However, when a mysterious car tries to run him off the road on his first day as CEO, it’s clear he needs a personal bodyguard—even if the idea annoys him to no end.

Winter Wyn has built a thriving personal security business after surviving a horrific tour in the Middle East. Eliam is just a routine middle-of-the-night call—until she arrives at his penthouse, where it’s clear her strict policy of not mixing business and pleasure with her clients is in serious trouble. Keeping this man safe—from sabotage, blackmailers, assassins, and his own stubborn pride—isn’t nearly as hard as protecting her own heart.

But as the stakes rise, Eliam and Winter have no choice but to break all the rules if they want to survive. Fans of Castle will love the sparks that fly on this most unlikely couple’s journey to their happily ever after.

My Review:
Eliam Prince has only just managed to take back control of his family business from his step-dad Franklin when an attempt is made on his life. His Head of Security calls in an ex-military subordinate of his to provide extra personal protection. Cue the arrival of Winter Wyn and her team of specialists. The book describes the efforts made to protect their high-profile client, and there is plenty of action, twists and turns, and suspense to propel the plot along.

I enjoyed both main characters and they each had their own issues to deal with. They are instantly attracted to one another and it doesn’t take much for them to cave to that attraction. To be fair, their lives are at stake and they need to draw comfort from one another in order to survive. I wasn’t sure about them as a couple at the start, but I believed in it by the end. There’s a decent smattering of smoldering scenes to liven things up.

The writing is good, the pacing is consistent, and the words flowed smoothly. This was a very enjoyable, quick read. The only issue was the villain of the piece: it’s pretty obvious who it is and I would have preferred more intrigue around the culprit’s identity. But it didn’t dent my enjoyment at all and I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

I’d like to thank the publisher and Inkslinger PR for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:
Dana Volney lets her imagination roam free in Wyoming where she writes romances and helps local businesses succeed with her marketing consulting company. Surrounding herself with good friends and family, Dana thrives on moments and memories created with loved ones, especially while baking. Not possessing the natural ability to want to cook every day, she still enjoys watching culinary shows while eating take-out. It helps her to dream up sweet treats and sexy men. Dana is bold, adventurous and, by her own admission, good with plants, having kept a coral cactus alive for more than one year. Find Dana Volney at www.DanaVolney.com , on Facebook at
www.Facebook.com/DanaVolney , on Twitter @VolneyVentures, and Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/DanaVolney .

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Chapter Reveal: Cadence (Ruby Riot) by Lisa Swallow

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Today is my stop during the tour for Cadence (Ruby Riot) by Lisa Swallow. I will help reveal the first chapter today, so scroll down for the excerpt.

Cadence.Ebook.AmazonTitle: Cadence
Author: Lisa Swallow
Series: (Ruby Riot)
Genres: Romance
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Blurb:
Tegan Hughes joins Blue Phoenix and Ruby Riot on tour, and drummer Bryn isn’t the only one who notices his little sister isn’t a kid anymore.

Jax Lewis is the guitarist for Ruby Riot and the band are rising to success. He’s hot property and loving every minute of his new found fame. Now, he’s on tour supporting Blue Phoenix and living his rock star life to the full. Until Tegan walks into his world and puts the brakes on.

Tegan Hughes is taking a year out and has her sights set on touring Europe with her big brother’s band. Blue Phoenix drummer, Bryn isn’t happy when his sister arrives unannounced at his hotel in Lisbon, but Tegan isn’t the type of person to take no as an answer.

With her big brother breathing down their necks, Jax and Tegan attempt to keep a handle on their growing attraction but that proves harder than they thought. Jax is used to getting whoever and whatever he wants and after kissing Tegan once, he knows one thing…he wants more.

But Tegan isn’t rock star girlfriend material. She has ambitions of her own and refuses to let anything stand in the way of her plans. And when Jax and Tegan’s relationship becomes public knowledge life becomes a hell of a lot more complicated.

Ruby Riot is a spin-off from the Blue Phoenix books but the two series can be read separately. All the Ruby Riot books are standalone.

*Releases November 5th 2015*

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Chapter One

LISBON, PORTUGAL

TEGAN

Bryn forgets that I travelled across Asia on my own, and chooses to ignore the lesson he learned when we were growing up: my big brother doesn’t tell me what to do. In fact, anybody who tries will discover the slender girl who looks younger than her twenty years, and gets far more attention from men than she’d like, isn’t a delicate pushover but a force of nature they can’t control.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not rude – unless you’re rude to me – I just know what I want and aim high. ‘No’ isn’t an answer; it’s a challenge.
Which is why my sour-faced brother is standing in the doorway of his hotel room, arms crossed. My big brother, the rock star, in his uniform of scruffy t-shirt and black jeans, a canvas of ink covering his muscled arms. Unimpressed deep-brown eyes regard me from beneath his curled fringe. This is the mountain-sized guy people at school were scared of, but they never knew he’d go home and have tea parties with his kid sister and her dolls.
Seven years older than me, Bryn left town when I was ten, launched into the stratosphere with Blue Phoenix. On the day he left, Bryn promised my teary, snotty-faced self that one day I could join him and tour with the band.
Guess what day it is today?
“What the actual fuck, Tegan?” growls Bryn. “Where did you come from?”
I flash him a smile. “London.”
“Yeah, I know where you live, but why the hell are you here?” His heavy brow tugs lower.
“Because this is where the taxi brought me from the airport,” I say breezily. “Nice that you’re kicking the tour off in Portugal, I haven’t seen much of Europe yet.”
Bryn composes himself, steps back, and opens the door wider. “Get in here.”
“Sure! Grab my bag then.” I indicate my well-travelled rucksack, tiptoe to plant a kiss on his stubbled cheek, and head inside the air-conditioned room.
A muttering Bryn follows me into his suite. My last travels involved backpacker hostels: bunk beds in shoebox-sized rooms and grotty, shared bathroom facilities of a basic nature. Bryn’s accommodation is a hotel suite the size of the small flat I share with Phoebe. Well, technically I crashed on her sofa several weeks ago and haven’t moved on.
I perch on the blue couch, sinking into the plush cushions and continue to smile sweetly as Bryn half-throws my rucksack across the room.
“So, you forgot to buy my plane ticket and book my room, didn’t you?” I ask.
“I told you it wasn’t a good idea for you to tour with us.”
“Yeah, but you never gave a reason.”
“Apart from I don’t want my baby sister on a Blue Phoenix tour!”
“Don’t be ridiculous, I’m not a kid.” I shift and remove my phone from the back pocket of my jeans and check for messages. “Plus, you guys are tame these days.”
Bryn continues to hover by the closed door. “Yeah we are, but there’s plenty around who aren’t. Some of the tour crew don’t do this for the pay; they do it for the perks.”
I screw my nose up. “I haven’t come here to be the perks. I’ll pull my weight. Give me something to do to help out with the tour, and I’ll do it.”
“Like what, Tegan?”
“I don’t know… anything. Find me something Blue Phoenix needs help with, or ask if Ruby Riot needs a bodyguard. Lots of girls want their hands on Jax. Dylan had better watch his king of the rock stars crown.”
Dylan, the lead singer of Blue Phoenix and the man who topped numerous ‘World’s Sexiest men’ lists over the past few years recently married. Now the world’s scrutiny has shifted elsewhere – to the Ruby Riot guitarist, Jax Lewis.
“What?” Bryn misses my teasing tone. “Jax? You want to get close to Ruby Riot, don’t you?”
Seriously? Seven years a rock star and Bryn thinks everything is about sex.
“I was joking! Do I look like I could hold a horde of salivating girls off the pretty-boy rock star?”
Bryn continues to regard me with suspicion and I sigh. “Is there anything to drink?” I ask, and before he can give his indignant response, I add, “Water. I’m tired after the trip. I’m not a big drinker.”
“That’s one good thing…” Bryn disappears and returns with a litre bottle of water, which he throws at me and I deftly catch.
“I’m not interested in who you all are, I just want the experience of doing this. I’ll stick to the background, okay?”
Bryn chews a nail and studies me. “No. I don’t like you around this scene.”
“I promise I won’t tell Mum what naughty things you get up to.”
“Very funny, Tegan. Listen, we’ve mellowed, but this isn’t the environment for a girl.”
My mouth falls open; Bryn doesn’t usually talk down to women. “I’d like to hear you say that to Ruby Riot’s lead singer! She’d have your balls for that.”
“Ruby’s different.”
“Why? She’s not much older than me!”
“Lots of reasons. Tegan, you can’t tour with us.”
“I’m here, aren’t I? Tough.” I put my feet on the nearby low table and drink the water, waiting for Bryn’s next move.
“Jesus!” Bryn drags his phone from his pocket and hits the screen. Watching me with a tired look, he barks at the unfortunate person who answers. “Who’s tour managing? I need their help.”
Bryn walks into the nearby bedroom, continuing his conversation and I shuffle down into the cushions. Best he sorts this soon. I yawn, ignoring my growling stomach and fight against posting a Twitter update about my arrival.
A couple of minutes later, Bryn reappears, crosses toward me, and grabs my arm. “Right. You. Downstairs.”
I drag my arm away. “I’m not leaving!”
“Yeah, not tonight. Come on.” He pulls open the door and heads out.
“Or tomorrow!” I call after him as I follow. The heavy door slams shut behind me. “You promised!”
My voice echoes along the quiet corridor as Bryn strides along the carpeted floor to the elevators.
As I reach him, the elevator door slides open and we step into the confined space. “Does Mum know you came here?” he asks.
“Kind of.”
“Kind of?”
The doors close and I rest against the wall as Bryn hits the button. “I told Mum I was travelling again. She’s cool with what I do as long as I’m back for uni in September.” I pause. “You should take a leaf out of her book and notice that I’ve grown up.”
“I’d noticed,” says Bryn as the elevator moves down, lurching my stomach. “And that is the problem.”

****

Bryn ushers me to a quiet cafe area close to the lobby, the space filled with empty metal tables surrounded by high-backed upholstered chairs. I sit and pull some cash from my back pocket then grab a menu. “I’m starving.”
“I’ll buy you something. What do you want?”
“No, it’s okay. I can pay my own way.” I offer a Euro note. “Just a sandwich. Any kind is fine.”
He ignores the money and heads off, returning a few moments later with Turkish bread wrapped in paper and a china cup of coffee.
“Thanks, Bryn.”
He sighs. “No problem. I’ll sort you a room once Tina comes down here to do whatever she needs to.”
“Cool, thanks.” I unwrap the sandwich and take a huge bite, savouring the freshness of the cheese and ham. The meal on the plane over here wasn’t enough to fill a child.
I watch him leave, grateful he’s not expecting me to sleep on his sofa, and pull out my phone to post the update I’ve itched to. Since I mentioned – all right, announced – that I was in the privileged position of spending six weeks on tour with Blue Phoenix and Ruby Riot, my daily blog hits have quadrupled. Not to mention my Instagram and Twitter followers. My travel blog suddenly became a whole lot more interesting since I replaced pictures of Thai beaches with rock stars.
After posting a quick update, I sip my latte, deciding these surroundings are definitely better than my friend’s floor in London.
Bryn returns and thrusts a keycard at me. “Room. Go. I’ll bring your bag in a few. I need to sort something out.”
“It had better not been a plane ticket home,” I retort.
Bryn scowls again. What the hell is he behaving like this for? For the last four years, I’ve spoken to him about this; and after three years of nagging, he said when I was eighteen I could come on tour. Blue Phoenix didn’t tour the year I turned eighteen; then the tour last year was cut short amongst all the Blue Phoenix dramas, so I headed overseas while I waited, embarking on a mini-tour of my own. Bryn evidently thought I’d continue to do my own thing and forget about the tour. Wrong. Who’d miss a chance of touring with the world’s biggest rock band?
Blowing Bryn a kiss, which he responds to with a shake of his head, I walk back to the elevator. When I check the number on the keycard, I groan. The same floor as Bryn. I bet he’s booked me in next to him so he can make sure I’m not ravished by the roadies.
I giggle at the image of Bryn following me around and protecting my honour. He probably still thinks I’m a virgin. Right, how many twenty-year-old virgins has he come across in the last few years? Not many, I’ll bet. Not that I’m Miss Sexually Liberated, I had a serious boyfriend at school, and since him, one other guy. Both times the relationship was loving and exclusive, but our lives went in different directions. The backpacking culture saw a lot of bed hopping but that’s not for me.
I step back into the quiet corridor of Bryn’s floor. The setting sun shines through the floor to ceiling window at the opposite end of the long hallway, filtering light across the carpet and creating dazzling rays. From this height, I’ll have an awesome view of the city to add to my collection.
“Hey!”
I look over my shoulder at the owner of the voice. My eyes take a moment to focus after staring at the sunlight, until I see a blond guy striding down the hallway. From his swagger, I don’t have to wait for him to approach before I realise who this is.
The guy halts short of me and eyes the colour of sapphire switch from anger to interest as he checks me out. I arch a ‘yeah?’ eyebrow at him and take in the face and physique of the unmistakable Jax Lewis.
This guy’s on the edge between man and boy, his tall frame filled out with hard muscles beneath the t-shirt – I’ve seen the pictures – but he still holds the wiry frame of a teen. The effect he’s having on me is one hundred percent man though, my insides don’t normally disintegrate into molten heat when I look at a guy.
Jax’s blond fringe dips into his eyes as he rubs a finger along his full lips. Is he as lost at what to say to me as I am to him? Surely not. Guys as hot as this are never lost for words. Oh yeah, h-o-t and he knows it because he soon switches to a slow, seductive smile. I’m too busy checking out the way his jeans fit his long legs and picturing myself running my nails across his firm abs to respond to that.
Sorry, big brother but this is going to be tricky.
“How did you find your way up here?” he asks with his oh-so-English accent that melts the hearts and panties of American fans.
“The elevator. I decided the stairs would take too long.”
“You know what I mean! How did you know we were staying here?”
His eyes distract me, a captivating, intense blue, and I return his scrutiny despite the unwanted pulse hike he’s causing.
“Who’s we? You’re not Blue Phoenix.”
“No. Clearly. Is that who you’re looking for? You don’t look like a Phoenix groupie.”
I choke a laugh. “Oh? What do I look like?”
“I have a number of responses to that,” he says in a low voice.
“Yeah, I bet you have a list somewhere.”
Jax grazes his teeth against his lip as he looks at mine. “They always work on girls who know who I am.”
I laugh. Loudly. Judging by his surprised look, he wasn’t expecting my reaction. “Because you’re Jax Lewis? Hey, I’ve met bigger stars than you.”
“Oh. Right, professional groupie then?” He drops his friendliness and stares at my tits instead.
“Not really, so don’t get any ideas.”
“Why hang around on the floor of the hotel two big rock bands are staying in then?”
“Two big rock bands?” I snigger. “One and a half. Don’t get ahead of yourself, now.”
I bite my lip against saying more; I’ve poked a sore spot because his stance stiffens.
“Fine. I suggest you leave before I call security.”
“Mm-hmm.” I check the numbered sign on the wall, locating the direction I need to walk to reach my room. As I head off, Jax appears next to me.
“Where are you going?”
“My room.” I wave the keycard at him.
“Hang on. Are you with the PR team? I haven’t met you, I don’t recognise you.”
“And you always remember a pretty face, huh?”
“If I’d seen you before, I’d remember. Seriously.” He flashes a smile that does nothing to soothe the attraction to him I’m trying to quell, all sensual mouth and sharpening cheekbones. Damn. Something like this was not on my agenda. Something like him.
“Maybe you’ll recognise me next time we meet,” I reply and swipe my keycard.
“You’re with the tour people? You’re not a groupie?”
“Not exactly and no.”
“Who are you then?”
Opening the room door with my shoulder, I point down the hallway to where Bryn has appeared from the elevator. “Ask him.”

****

JAX

The heavy door slams shut behind the girl and I stare as the smooth wood almost hits my face. Weird. I definitely haven’t seen this chick around since the tour entourage arrived yesterday and, as I have a thing for long hair, long legs, and a cute ass like hers, I’d remember this girl.
Bryn heads along the corridor toward me. “Hey, man” he says gruffly as he passes.
“Who’s the chick?”
Bryn halts and spins around. “Which chick? Where?”
“You didn’t see her? Jeez, man, you’d know if you had. Brown-haired girl, long legs, killer body.” Bryn’s brow tugs down and I continue, “I reckon I might be in with a chance, man, she gave me the look.”
“‘The look’?”
“You know, when it’s obvious in a chick’s eyes she wants you naked.”
Bryn’s face hardens further by the moment, and I stop unsure why I’m getting a death stare. Jesus, if Bryn’s stressed like this before the tour kicks off properly, what the hell will he be like on a shit day?
“Did she tell you her name?” he asks.
“Never had the chance, she walked away all coy and mysterious. The girl said you might know who she is.”
“Right. Long brown hair, you said. Tall?”
“Yeah. And beautiful. Like a model.”
Bryn gives a short bark of a laugh. “Don’t get too carried away. She’s attractive, but I wouldn’t go that far. Or is that a line you use on girls, Jax?”
My dumb brain finally switches into gear. “You know her.”
“Oh, yeah, I know her.”
Shit. I thought the girl meant Bryn knew who she was, not this. She’s Bryn’s chick. Why else would his tone harden and look darken? Oh, shit. The girl I’ve seen him with recently must’ve been traded in for a newer model. Nice one, Jax.
“Crap. Sorry, man. Didn’t realise. I’ll back off and she probably wasn’t looking at me like that…” I hold my hands up in apology; telling one of Blue Phoenix I’m intending to hit on his girl is not a great start to the tour. Bryn’s an easy-going guy, but his tense demeanour suggests there’s another side close to the surface. A side I haven’t seen and don’t want to meet.
“Yeah, I suggest you keep your hands off,” he says, voice low and loaded with warning.
“I didn’t realise,” I repeat. “I’m sorry, honest.” Perspiration builds across my back as I wait for his response.
Bryn glances along the hallway. “Where did she go?”
“In there.” I indicate the door.
“Right.” Bryn strides away but passes the room the girl went into.
I continue to the elevator in a daze; the journey from my room to the bar took a very different turn to the one I expected when I walked into the hallway five minutes ago.
If the chick is with Bryn, she’s bad news because I didn’t imagine her reaction to me. I may not have the same experience with women as the Blue Phoenix guys; but I know enough and that was an unmistakable and barely hidden connection. Bryn’s wrong. She’s beautiful but in a larger than life, confident way that’s sexy as hell in a girl. I’d lay bets she knows what she wants and how to get it. Until the conversation with Bryn, I’d swear that was me.
Why do Blue Phoenix always take the girls I want?

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About the Author:
Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark.

Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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Review: My Forever Valentine (Due South #5) by Tracey Alvarez

My Forever ValentineTitle: My Forever Valentine
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Love small town romance and Happily Ever Afters?
Dive into the Due South world to find out what your favourite characters are doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these four short and sweet romance stories.

Shaye & Del
Does Del’s stay in hospital after donating a kidney to his dad mean a Valentine’s Day spent alone? Not if his sexy fiancée, Shaye, can pull off some ninja moves and sneak into his room for a little romance…

Piper & West
Piper attempts to cook a Valentine’s dinner for two—guess how well that’ll turn out? But the results are a little unexpected…

Carly & Kip
An overnight hike on the beautiful Rakiura track is not what Carly had in mind for a romantic evening with her hottie barman. Kip, however, has an ulterior motive…

Kezia & Ben
Nothing will go wrong…the most dangerous phrase in the English language, especially when used to describe a Valentine’s Day surprise for Kezia and Ben.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because these four short stories of approximately 3,000 words each contain spoilers, they are intended to be read and enjoyed after the first four Due South Novels:
In Too Deep (Book #1)
Melting Into You (Book #2)
Ready To Burn (Book #3)
Christmas With You (Book #4)

My Review:
Another stomping good read – short, but sweet and sexy.

Shaye & Del and Kip & Carly are my fav couples from this series and I especially loved their short stories. Ben and Piper witnessing Shaye’s special Valentine’s treat for Del was hysterical. So funny.

There isn’t much else I can say without giving too much away. These are great little teasers for those readers who may not have read the series yet, though you should read all the other books first to maximise the reading enjoyment.

The first book, In Too Deep, is free to download from Amazon and if you sign up to the author’s mailing list you will receive book 2 for free (Melting Into You.)

I highly recommend this well-written series. Love these books! (Fan-girling all over the place)