Tuesday, 27 June 2017

REVIEW - True to You - Jodi Watters



TITLE - True to You
AUTHOR - Jodi Watters








BLURB:


Some people said that love and hate couldn't coexist. That such polarizing emotions could never be assigned to one singular thing at the same time. That much like roller coasters or Brussels sprouts, you either felt love or you felt hate, but never both. Common ground was nowhere to be found, forcing a person to pick a side.

Olivia Quinn would tell those people they'd never met Asher Coleson.

Never met him. Never touched him. Never loved him.

And never hated him.

Asher Coleson hadn't always lived his life from the outside looking in. That neat little trick of the mind started somewhere around four years ago. Right about the time he'd gone to sleep one night living the American dream, and woken up the next morning in his own private nightmare.

Considering he was a front-lines defender of that American dream, it was irony at its best.

But that didn't change his life story.

Magic to tragic, in less time than it took paint to dry.


REVIEW:



"True love prevails, 5 stars"

First off let me say that Jodi is a new to me author. I had never heard of her but the cover drew me in and the blurb sealed the deal. When I read True To You I fell into the story, I was submerged and there was no stopping until the end. I absolutely loved it. 

This story has a small military aspect to it that hits so close to home for me, because my husband is military that I got it. I straight up understood where Olivia came from at times. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, yet proved that in the end if you're willing to work for it true love will win.

Olivia is a true southern girl. Shortly after getting to California she meets Ash, her bosses son. It is the definition of a fast past romance. They spend more time apart then they do together (which totally hits home to me, the first couple of years with my husband was similar) yet they work. Ash and Olivia experience a loss that I would never wish upon another. It destroys them, Olivia is filled with hate and contempt. When your husband lives for his job and you feel like your second fiddle I can see where leaving would be easy, but does she really leave?

Ash is the definition of an elite soldier. He has a wife that he sees when he's rarely stateside and for him life is good. But when tragedy strikes sometimes the fixer can't really fix anything. He spends years paying what he feels like is his penance. But what happens when your penance is up? Do you get the happily ever after?

I fell and I fell hard for Ash and Liv.  Maybe it was because I know people who have went through something similar but I was rooting for them hard. Once I started True To You I couldn't stop. I was sucked in and invested. I want to go back and read the stories that come before this one, heck I plan on following the series through because I became invested in the rest of the group. The story was so real to me that I wanted to cry when they cried and shout when they shouted. It was completely captivating to me and I would recommend this story to someone looking for a feels all book. 


Here are a couple quotes that stuck to me during True To You;

11: 06 a.m. I love the way you touch me after a deployment. Insistent, but gentle. Like I’m fine glassware you covet, but are afraid to use.

“I sorta have a thing for you, and it won’t go away. You set the bar. No other man will ever measure up. Some think they can. One or two wanna try. But it doesn’t matter what they do or how well they do it. They can’t be you.”



Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Character-5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing Style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5




REVIEW - Martinis & Moonlight - Andrea Johnston



TITLE - Martinis & Moonlight 
(A Country Road Novel #3)



AUTHOR - Andrea Johnston





BLURB:


Minnesota “Minnie” Walker has worked hard for the life she has – a close knit family, successful career, and long-term relationship. When a tragedy strikes, Minnie sacrifices everything to be there for her family. Never expecting a move to the small town of Lexington would change the course of her future, Minnie finds herself wondering if what she always thought was perfect is really what’s best for her … and her heart.

Owen Butler has lived in the town of Lexington his entire life. After years of feeling second best and wasting his time vying for the attention of his father, Owen has settled into an uncomplicated life. Not one to believe in happily ever after, he never expected the new woman in town to have him questioning everything he thought he wanted in life.

Together, under the rays of the moonlight, Owen and Minnie find themselves wondering what the future holds and if facing it together is worth the risk.

**Martinis & Moonlight is the third book in the Country Road Series but may be read a standalone**
 



REVIEW:



"Accidental relationship, 5 stars"

Minnesota (Minnie) just got out of a long term relationship. She firmly thinks she doesn't need a man. All she wants to do is take care of her nieces while her sister is away and settle into the new life she found for them. She finds she loves her job which is way more low key then what she was doing, making legitimate friends, and life is good. Except for one small hiccup, Owen. He's everything she has never gone for in a man, yet she can't help but be drawn to him. Maybe he's the perfect fling.

Owen has never had a relationship with a woman longer than six weeks. He is the perfect description of a guy with commitment issues. Owen is a love em and leave em type, but he always makes sure he loves them good before he gets his fix. When he first meets Minnie he is instantly attracted to her and can't help but flirt with her. When the woman that his late night fantasies revolve around offers herself up on a silver platter how can he say no?

Owen and Minnie soon realize that they aren't all about sex. Somewhere along the lines feelings were developed and friendship was formed. Will the bachelor finally settle down or will he miss out on the chance of forever?

These two are spicy. I loved the dialog with these guys. The chemistry was off the charts, can you say hello sexual tension? Plus if you've followed the series you get a little bit of the other characters we have grown to know. If not don't worry, you don't need to read the other two books before this one.


Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Characters- 5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5




Monday, 26 June 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Tied - Carian Cole





Title: Tied
Series: Devils Wolves #2
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: June 26, 2017



Blurb

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one
knew the truth... except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what
love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him


He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred
just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He
doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal.  I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s
the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too.
everything...








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OUR REVIEW:

Tied is another emotionally charge novel by Carian Cole. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and let me tell you,  I was not disappointed. Carian has a way of making n each and every novel she writes feel new and refreshing even though we have met some of these characters before. This book does get kind of dark so I do caution those who do not like darker books, but it also has hope and redemption. Wonderful book.

The plot of this book i knew would be a good one. Tyler was mentioned in Torn and I just knew I had to read his story. The plot of this story was written wonderfully. There is some dark subject matter in this book, but it is written in such a realistic way that I can honestly say did the subject justice. Nothing felt forced and it shed light onto a serious situation. I'm very happy with how this book turned out.

The characters in this book have a ton of developing to do.  Tyler has been damaged by his past. Instead of moving on,  he has isolated himself from others and dwells in his misery. Holly has her own demons to battle. She has lived through he'll and is trying to find her way in the world. Both of these characters are on a journey and I loved traveling with them.

The heat in the book is just as hot as ever. The chemistry between the characters is so wonderful. Watching these characters get to know each other is so heartwarming. You'll need to read the book to fully understand. 

The author did an amazing job writing this book. Readers can tell she took her time to really develop this book and the characters. It is also obvious she either researched or has personal experience with the subject matter. There seems to be a level of understanding about the situations the characters are experiencing. The pace of the book is steady as well. Honestly I have no complaints about this book.

Overall, this was an amazing book. The author writes in a way I actually experience the emotions of the characters. I would recommend this boom to others, but do warn about the dark situations in the book. 

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


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Author Bio

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.



Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.



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REVIEW - Tied - Carian Cole



TITLE - Tied

AUTHOR - Carian Cole









BLURB:


He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth... except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. 
Everything...



REVIEW:


Tied is another emotionally charge novel by Carian Cole. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and let me tell you,  I was not disappointed. Carian has a way of making n each and every novel she writes feel new and refreshing even though we have met some of these characters before. This book does get kind of dark so I do caution those who do not like darker books, but it also has hope and redemption. Wonderful book.

The plot of this book i knew would be a good one. Tyler was mentioned in Torn and I just knew I had to read his story. The plot of this story was written wonderfully. There is some dark subject matter in this book, but it is written in such a realistic way that I can honestly say did the subject justice. Nothing felt forced and it shed light onto a serious situation. I'm very happy with how this book turned out.

The characters in this book have a ton of developing to do.  Tyler has been damaged by his past. Instead of moving on,  he has isolated himself from others and dwells in his misery. Holly has her own demons to battle. She has lived through he'll and is trying to find her way in the world. Both of these characters are on a journey and I loved traveling with them.

The heat in the book is just as hot as ever. The chemistry between the characters is so wonderful. Watching these characters get to know each other is so heartwarming. You'll need to read the book to fully understand. 

The author did an amazing job writing this book. Readers can tell she took her time to really develop this book and the characters. It is also obvious she either researched or has personal experience with the subject matter. There seems to be a level of understanding about the situations the characters are experiencing. The pace of the book is steady as well. Honestly I have no complaints about this book.

Overall, this was an amazing book. The author writes in a way I actually experience the emotions of the characters. I would recommend this book to others, but do warn about the dark situations in the book. 


Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5





Sunday, 25 June 2017

REVIEW - Unlikely Magic - Lena Mae Hill



TITLE - Unlikely Magic

AUTHOR - Lena Mae Hill









BLURB:


Devastated by her father’s sudden death, Stella barely protests being shipped off to live in a secluded forest encampment with the mother she never knew. Upon arrival, things go from bad to downright creepy. Everyone in the cultish community stares at her like she’s a mutant, including the two sisters her father failed to mention in her fourteen years, and her mother promptly locks her in the attic. Her only companions are a mouse and fantasies of befriending her own sisters. 

Desperately lonely, Stella watches from the window as her family leaves for a night each month to attend mysterious “lunar meetings.” While they are gone to one of these meetings, Stella escapes the attic, only to discover why her mother has kept her locked up her since her arrival—the entire community is made up of werewolves. Intensely protective of their privacy, they would do anything to keep their secret from outsiders…outsiders like Stella. Once she knows their secret, she must fight for her freedom...and her life.



REVIEW:



GIVE ME MORE! This book is flipping amazing.  I went in a bit skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised by it.  Unlikely Magic is a retelling of Cinderella, but in a delightful new light. There is mystery, action, and a bit of flirty romance in this book. The book also ends on a perfectly amazing cliffhanger making me NEED more!

The plot of this book intrigued me. Girl is uprooted to go live with her unknown family in the woods? What trouble can't you get into in the woods. I can honestly say this book exceeded my expectations in this area. 

The characters in this book were wonderful and awful at the same time. The main character, Stella is written so realistically. I think her actions and thoughts are what could be expected from a girl going through similar situations.  The other characters in this book are written very well for their roles.  I can't say too much more without giving anything away,  but read it and you'll agree.

Usually this is where I talk about heat. This book has some flirty parts,  but not a lot. With that being said,  it felt organic for the story.  I would've been disappointed if there were scenes included that felt forced.  

The writing style of the book is a bit different than most,  but it felt right.  There are some time jumps,  but I felt it was necessary you keep the story moving.  I hate when authors try to force so much in any unrealistic timeline.  I love that this author included the time jumps to make the story more credible. The pace of the story is steady. The author writes in a way that readers can relate. I was so emotionally invested in this story I could feel myself getting angry,  scared,  and sad for the characters.  

In conclusion, I fell in love with this story.  I'm seriously dying to continue the series. It takes a special author to elicit real feelings out of me when reading, but this author did it.  I have already recommended this book to others.  Now I just have to be patient for the next book to come.  Hopefully soon. :)


Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5





Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Wrecked - Jeannine Colette





Title: Wrecked
Author: Jeannine Colette
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2017



Blurb

Take one sexy bartender. Add a badass cop. A splash of
sweet, that's me. One sour, that's him... and serve over ice.



That’s how you’ll get to my current situation.



You know the girl - the one who commands the scene, bottle of liquor in hand,
pouring liquid fire into the willing throats of patrons as they let loose at
the local bar?



That's me.



I may be known as the town party girl, but in reality I'm this close to my
dream of opening my own bar - McConaugheys. Yes, it will be named after the
acclaimed actor. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that sexy Texan.



Everything was going as planned until the night I had a few drinks and accepted
a ride home from a friend. A misunderstanding leads to an arrest, and now I'm
at the mercy of the one man I can’t stand, and trust me, the feeling is
definitely mutual.



Adam Reingold is six-feet-tall and built like a stallion -- the man is the
epitome of male. He also happens to be the town narc and hates my guts. There’s
a story to our past and it's not a pretty one.



So, now, here I am, chained to him for the summer like a hardened criminal,
doing whatever he tells me to do. Problem is, I can’t help but look at him when
he’s not watching and wonder what our future could be like if things were
different.



There are so many reasons why he’s all wrong for me. Even more reasons why I
need to stay away from him.



It’s a cocktail of trouble. Best served shaken, not stirred.











OUR REVIEW:


This book had me entranced! I started this book on a Saturday morning and had it devoured by dinner time. What a page turner! Wrecked is a wonderful novel with some pretty amazing characters. This book has humor, romance, feisty women, alpha men, and some action. There is some scenes that can be a bit darker, but I think it was a nice balance to make this novel feel complete.

I love the plot of this book. Sexy bartender gets in trouble with the law and ends up at the mercy of a hot police officer? Sign me up! What is even better is that the author does an amazing job of taking this plot and elevating it to a whole new level. I love the added layers of the characters past along with some mystery about the current situation and the future. All in all, I loved this aspect of the book.

The characters were even better than I imagined. Leah is one badass woman. She is the type of woman that would make me think she could kick anyone’s butt. She also happens to be a sexy as sin bartender. I loved her character. She is such a strong female character with good morals. She also is very humorous. 

Then you have Adam. He is very uptight and takes the law very seriously, as one would expect from a police officer. He just so happens to be sexy as well. These two have a shared past and a lot of developing to do, which is done beautifully in this novel.

The minor characters in this book are just as great as the main characters. My favorite would have to be Leah’s Grandma. She is beyond funny. I can see where Leah got her humor from. Then you have Luke, Leah’s brother. He is just as funny as Leah. My only complaint would be that I wish we got to meet more of Adam’s friends. I guess we kind of did with a couple of the guys, but I felt this would have added another layer to the story. With that being said, it did not really take away from the story for me.

The heat in this book is flaming hot! These two characters start off hating each other. As a reader, I know that when a book starts off like this, sparks are going to fly. This author did not disappoint. You can literally feel the sexual tension melting the pages as you read. If you like a lot of steam in your book, this book is for you.

The author kept the pace of this book steady. She allowed layers to be peeled back for the readers so they would better understand the characters, but not get too much information too fast as to ruin the story. I loved the action aspect of this book. It was just enough to get your blood pumping, but not enough to overpower the book. The only compliant I have is I wish we got to read more from Adam’s point of view.

Overall, this is one flipping amazing book. I am so glad I got the chance to read it. I would recommend this book to others and cannot wait to read more from this author. This book has a little bit of everything for readers. I loved the feisty attitude and the hate to love relationships. I also loved the action and mystery. What a wonderful novel!


Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


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Author Bio


Jeannine Colette is a television producer, writer, mother, and philanthropist.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She currently freelances in the television industry while attending to her children and pursuing her writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the two tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and the Hearing Health Foundation.


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Monday, 19 June 2017

Blog Tour - New Moon - Lisa Kessler


Title: New Moon
Series: The Moon Series
Author: Lisa Kessler
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: June 19, 2017



Sometimes Fate plays dirty...

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side...

Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.








I didn’t take the elevator down. The stairs were more private. That asshole had pointed a goddamn gun at me. He’d cocked it. And still my wolf was howling, crying out for her mate. I wanted to scream. The farther I got from him, the worse my heart ached.


Maybe the wolf would mellow out in time. I’d run back to my place, pack, and hit the road for Reno without ever looking back.



That was probably Sebastian’s plan from the beginning. He was a master manipulator. I had to give him that.



I hustled past the valet to the self-parking lot in the shadows. Inside my car, I blew out a pent-up breath and put the key in the ignition. Before I could start the engine, a hand tapped on my window.



There was Sebastian, shirtless, his dark eyes locked on mine. “Wait.”



He didn’t yell. He didn’t need to for my keen ears to hear him. Without moving a muscle, I asked, “Why? Give me one good reason.”



He put his hands up and slowly knelt to my level. “I don’t have one.”



I glared at him through the glass. “You’ll have to do better than that.”



He clenched his teeth but didn’t break eye contact. “I want…damn it.” He looked toward the back of the car.



I pressed the button, lowering my window, his scent intoxicating me. “You pulled your gun on me.”



His gaze snapped to my face. “And you didn’t defend yourself.”



“If you wanted me dead, you wouldn’t make a bloody mess in a hotel room, and besides, you didn’t have a silencer on it.” I shook my head slowly. “You’re too good to be sloppy.”



“How do you…”



I rolled my eyes. “How do I what?”



“Understand me.” He searched my face—for what, I had no clue. His voice was barely a whisper. “I was trying to protect you.”



“By aiming a gun at me?” I clucked my tongue. “That’s not usually how it works.”



He struggled to bite back a smile, and butterflies fluttered in my stomach. When he wasn’t a deadly asshole, he was way too handsome. He lifted his head, and his dark hair fell into his face. The smile was gone. Hunger burned in his eyes.



“My father ordered a hit on the last woman I cared about, simply to remind me he had the power.”



My heart thumped in my chest. “What does that have to do with pointing a loaded gun at me?”



“I was too weak to tell you to leave, so I let the gun do it for me. You’re in danger if you keep digging into Nero. I was trying to keep you safe.”



A laugh escaped my lips before I could stop it. “You’re obviously much better at killing than protecting.”



He nodded slowly. “True.”



“None of this explains why you’re out here shirtless asking me not to drive away.”



“Because…” He shook his head, staring at the pavement. “It doesn’t make sense.” He straightened up and took a step back from my car.



Damn, even in the dim lighting his muscled torso distracted me, the shadows accentuating every curve and angle.



“Until you stabbed me, I was excellent at”—he held up his right hand, extending a finger for each point—“lying, determining a course of action, and distancing myself from the job at hand.”



“And now?” I raised a brow.



“Now…” He groaned, cursing under his breath. His gaze met mine. “I’m confused and indecisive. I fucking hate it, and it could get us both killed.”



“I’m not sure what you want from me, but I’m not going to apologize.”



“An apology isn’t what I want.” He ground his teeth, his voice a hoarse whisper. “I’ve shielded you from my father for years, but now…I want you, Isabelle. And that could cost you your life. I came to say I lied to my father today, not to you. I couldn’t let you drive away without knowing. You were never a pawn. Not to me.”








What a wonderful paranormal romance novel! I really enjoyed New Moon. The story is very well written with characters you want to invest in. I loved the mystery, action, and romance throughout the story. This is a standalone novel as I read it without never having read anything else by this author. With that being said, there are characters and events that I feel had their own book. While it did not take away from the book, it did make me want to go read those other books.

The plot of this story is one that caught my attention. Sebastian is a cold hearted killer. An assassin for his father. Isabelle is trying to save her wolf pack. When she meets Sebastian she plans to kill him, but something wicked happens instead. The main theme I feel is redemption and trust. Seriously an amazing plot written very well. I loved all the action and reluctance in this story.

The characters were written just as well as the plot. Sebastian is a wonderful character. He was raised to be the way he is. On one hand, he wants to follow orders, while on the other hand he wants to escape the situation that he is in. Then you have Isabelle. She has her own issues. She feels she cannot trust anyone. At points she cannot even trust herself. Both of these characters have a lot of self-reflection to do to see if they can become better than what they are or follow down the same path they have been following.

The heat in this book is palpable. While there is a lot of action and violence in this book, there is also plenty of moments where the author slows it down and shows us the budding attraction between the two main characters.  There seems to be an instant romance, but don’t let that deter you. Not everything is always as it seems. The author has a slow build up to bring the characters to where they need to be.

The writing style of this author is easy to read. The book is set in a modern day America, so it is easily understandable. The pace is steady with a lot of action and build up. The climax of the book is just what the story needs. Honestly, I could not find anything about this book I didn’t enjoy.

Overall, this was a wonderful paranormal shifter novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the action and romance included. I do plan to go and find more books by this author and hopefully get to read more about some of the minor characters and events mentioned in this book. I would recommend this book to others. Amazing job!



Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5




Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.


Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award



When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.






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