Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Don't Blackmail The Vampire (Sons of Kane #2) by: Tiffany Allee (Review and Giveaway)

Release Date: April 28, 2014
from Entangled Covet
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Rachel Davis will do anything to get her sister out of a bad relationship with her fiancé. Even if it involves a few fibs, a little breaking-and-entering, and blackmailing the fiancé's potential boss, Charles, for his help. So what if the handsome Charles happens to be a vampire?

Charles Wright has found the perfect way to trap the man threatening his brother's wife: cozy up to him, get invited along on the skiing trip, and then search for incriminating evidence. How much better that audacious but gorgeous Rachel is just as eager to nail the bastard. As far as he's concerned, there's nothing wrong with a little blackmail between two consenting adults. Especially when it's time for Rachel to pay up."

My Thoughts:

This series is just turning out to be so quick and delightful. It is just a ton of fun and such quick reads. I always love a good vampire read and this delivers just that. However, it also has a very contemporary feel to it. So it reads like a good contemporary, but has just enough paranormal flair to make it fun.

Rachel and Charles made a good pair. They complemented each other well and just worked well together. I liked how they just felt drawn to each other despite neither one ever wanting a relationship previously. It was very cute to watch them fall for one another.

I liked how their relationship began because of a mutual dislike and need to get back at the same person but grew into more. It was an arrangement that worked out better than either one could have hoped for. I loved how their relationship was relatively easy and low on the angst. The drama didn’t drag on too long and really we just got to watch them fall for each other, which I really enjoyed. They had some great banter and were fun to watch.

I also really loved seeing Noah and Alice again. One of my biggest complaints with Don’t Bite The Bridesmaid was that I felt like the story was still a bit open, it concluded but I wanted just a bit more. Well, this one closed everything up pretty well. I liked getting to see them further into their relationship and see where it is headed.

Vampires will forever be my favorite paranormal creature and I will never tire of them, so this was right up my alley. I highly recommend this one to paranormal lovers like myself. It is quick and fun and is a great escape for a few hours.

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About The Author:

CPA-turned-romance-author Tiffany Allee used to battle spreadsheets in Corporate America, and now concentrates on her characters’ battles to find love. Raised in small-town Colorado, Tiffany currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver. She is happily married to a secret romantic who tolerates her crazy mutterings.
She writes about ass-kicking heroines and the strong heroes who love them. Her work includes the suspense-driven From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series which revolves around a group of paranormal cops solving crimes and finding love, and Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, a lighthearted paranormal romance (Entangled Publishing) Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads |  Newsletter

Waiting On Wednesday #98: Tempting The Bodyguard by: J. Lynn

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.


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"A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint...

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose..."

I. NEED. THIS. BOOK. I am so excited for Chandler's story! 

Tempting The Bodyguard will be released on May 12, 2014.
What are you waiting on?


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sloppy Seconds: Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by: Tammara Webber


Welcome to Sloppy Seconds which is monthly feature hosted by myself and Michele of A Belle's Tales. Sloppy Seconds is a feature in which Michele and I buddy re-read some of our very favorite books and then post our thoughts and feels. So sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, and re-live some great reads with us!

Release Date: November 6, 2012
from Berkely
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"Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy."


OUR DISCUSSION
**spoilers ahead**

Teresa Mary Rose
So Easy was amazing.... the way I see it we can approach this discussion two ways… we can begin with our Lucas love or we can start with the more serious aspects and work up to Lucas. What do you think?

Michele Belle
Let me think


Teresa Mary Rose
Hahaha okay then.... Lucas it is! I don't even know where to start with him! He just embodies everything amazing and wonderful and *swoons*

Michele Belle
I love him, completely and irrevocably.  He's so much more than eye candy. Lucas has many layers, and I love every one of them.

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes! Lucas is the book boyfriend all other book boyfriends wish they could be! He is just such a genuinely good guy, unlike a lot of other guys out there in New Adult and he is so special because of that.

Michele Belle
He really is unique.  I haven't read another book where the male MC is such a fierce protector of women.  He is also the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover.  At first glance, he might appear to be a man you should be afraid of... but Lucas is the guy who is going to save you from the guy you should actually fear.  And not just save you...  he will make sure you learn how to save yourself.

Teresa Mary Rose
See- you just put into words exactly what I wanted to say about Lucas! He isn't a crutch for Jacqueline, he is there to support her and help her learn to take care of herself. He will do anything for her but he also wants her to be strong in her own right. He recognizes that she doesn't need a man to save her, but he wants to be part of her life. It's beautiful.

Michele Belle
So true!  And he is beautiful... where it counts -- on the inside (but I ain't gonna lie... that outside is mighty fine!)  And let's talk about that word 'saving' again.  Lucas indeed does save Jacqueline from something horrible that, if not for him, would have become something devastating.  But the best part?  Jacqueline saves him back... not from an actual attack, but from the demons that chase him and refuse to let him go.  It's beautiful.  I love that the author wrote these characters the way she did.  They are so real and so easy to adore.

Teresa Mary Rose
Ohhhhh yes! His outside is just as beautiful as his insides! 

Those two found each other when they most needed to. Jacqueline needed him more immediately in that moment, but Lucas needed her to help him open up again. He didn't realize what he was missing until he found her. I loved that both of them had such a big impact on each other. You are so right! Those two are just so easy to love. 

Since we mentioned Jacqueline's attack, I have to mention something. That first chapter is absolutely horrifying. I forgot how difficult it was to read and how it seriously scares the crap out of me. It is gut wrenching!

Michele Belle
And his fear of what he felt for her... it broke my heart.  Lucas was so scarred by his past; and as terrible as I feel that Jacqueline was put in such a horrific position, I am so thankful that it brought the two of them together.  She needed him, but he needed her even more.  

I'm so glad you brought that up.  That first chapter hurts my soul every time I read it.  It's terrifying, it is dark, and it is realistic.  I think that it is incredibly eye-opening, and I commend the author for bringing this difficult topic to light.  The first chapter will scare you, but Jacqueline's story will empower you; and I would love to place a copy of this book in every woman's hands.  

Readers had a lot of different reactions to how Jacqueline handled her assault, but I think it's important to stress that no two women are alike.  I don't think anyone can say what they would do in that exact situation unless they were actually faced with it.  Jacqueline's decision came with consequences that really impact the rest of the book; and again, I have to applaud Ms. Webber for the realism of the story and especially for how much knowledge can be gained from what Jacqueline went through.  

What were your feelings on Jacqueline's decision to not inform the police of her attack that night?

Teresa Mary Rose
I know exactly what you mean. It is horrible what happened to her, but something good did come out of it. Lucas needed her so much. He needed someone to help him face his past and get through it. 

That first chapter kills me. I completely agree! I remember making my sister read Easy before she went off to college. I just thought it was so important that she read it because it realistically tackles the topic. It is also eye opening for women, because unfortunately some people still do not realize that your attacker is not always going to be a creepy guy in the night. 

I thought Jacqueline handled it in a way that fit her personality. Yes it did have repercussions, but that it what made it realistic. Everyone is going to react differently and nobody has a right to judge unless they have been in the same situation. This is going to bring me to another point we can circle back to, but women have got to stop tearing each other down with situations like this and stand behind each other. This brings me to the meeting with the sorority but again, we can come back to it.

Honestly, I understood why she made that decision. As an outsider reading it my initial reaction was "What? You need to go to the police". But in reality, it would have done nothing. It was a he said she said situation because thankfully Lucas stopped it from getting too far. I really doubt that the school would have treated the situation seriously because there was no real proof and unfortunately I have seen situations exactly like this play out in real life where it hurts the victim more than the attacker. I wanted her to go to the police and get justice, but at the same time I understood that it would have destroyed her reputation and not just that; what would have happened if nothing happened to her attacker in the end. I wish it was a world where she could have gone to the police and have had faith that the situation would have been taken care of.

Michele Belle
I absolutely love that you had your sister read Easy before she left for college -- I think that was a brilliant idea and you are an amazing sister.  My daughter was too young to read this book the first time I read it, but it really gave me a wonderful opening when I approached this topic with her.  She was so open to talking about what happened to Jacqueline and especially to the two of us taking self-defense classes.  

YES!  One of my favorite aspects of the story is that the "bad guy" is in fact a good-looking, popular, and well-liked college guy.  It's part of why some women are so caught off-guard -- most attackers are very unsuspecting.  And in this instance, the hero of the story was a pierced, tattooed 'bad-boy.'  I love how the typical stereotypes are so shattered in this book.  

And that describes my feelings in a nutshell.  Once you get a good handle on the campus politics and the way things work... I just don't see how anyone could fault her for handling it the way she did -- the way, as you mention, that was right for her.  And how she chose to handle it is definitely addressed later in the story. 

Thank you so much for mentioning that fact. That's something else that truly saddens me.  Whether it is the lack of support from the other young women in this book or the bashing of Jacqueline's decision from some readers -- women really need to have each other's backs in a situation like this.  As Erin says in the book: "Sisters in solidarity and all that shit!" 

Speaking of Erin... good gravy, I loved that girl!  When we were first introduced to Erin, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about her as a friend.  You and I recently did a discussion on another book where the best friend of the MC had us bringing out the soapboxes and full-on ranting!  Erin proved to be a very worthy friend, and she absolutely stole my heart by how astute she was to what Jacqueline was feeling and how much she supported her friend.

Teresa Mary Rose
Easy is the perfect read for broaching a not so fun topic to discuss. I love that it gave you and you daughter an opportunity to discuss something so important. I think self defense classes would be amazing, I looked into them around me after reading Easy as well, but unfortunately none of the times worked with my work schedule. 

Oh Wifey, I love us! Even before we knew each other our brains were working the same! I loved how she took down those stereotypes as well! There is nothing typical about any of these characters and I adore that. When I finished re-reading I went back to re-read my original review (I get curious if my thoughts are the same the second time around) and I found this line "She took those stereotypes and smacked them in the face for being so stupid." I wanted to bring that line back here again because that is exactly what Tammara does to stereotypes with Easy

I knew you would agree with me on this! I could not stand the lack of support from the other girls. Every time I read that scene with the sorority meeting I see red. Those girls enrage me! Some of the crap they spew is horrendous and I clap every single time the president gets up and puts each and every one of them in their place. Why do we immediately want to discount the girl? NOTHING ever gives anyone any right to do anything to you that you do not want. 

I am so glad you brought up Erin! I adored that girl. I was like you in the beginning, a bit unsure of her, but she proved herself. I wasn't a fan of her whole Operation Bad Boy thing, but she was a great friend for Jacqueline and such a support.

Now since we ranted about the girls.... I also couldn't stand when the fraternity tried to make the situation disappear. How dare they!

Michele Belle
Hopefully you can find a great weekend class one day -- they are so empowering!

Haha!  Me, too!  Oh, I love that line!  Couldn't agree more!  I could gush about Tammara all day.  I love that lady!

That meeting.  I was an emotional wreck reading that.  I was so filled with anger at some of those girls -- and when the president shared her story?  I am not ashamed to admit that I bawled like a baby.  I will never understand why some people want to shame a victim -- as if they haven't been through enough.  There is another very important point made in the story.  When excuses are being made for Buck, it is mentioned that his consumption of alcohol could be to blame.  I love this line:  "Alcohol removes inhibitions.  It doesn't trigger criminal violence where there was none before."

And we can't talk about the fraternity without bringing up the ass known as Kennedy.  Get him, Wifey.

Teresa Mary Rose
Wifey... I wanted to smack some people... I really did. I cried during that scene too, from frustration, anger, and because my heart broke for three of the women sitting in that room and having to listen to that nonsense. There are no excuses for Buck... none... none what so ever. That line is perfect! I love it too. 

I love how you just sicked me on Kennedy... I will gladly attack his sorry ass. I. HATE. KENNEDY. Even before his "drop the case" nonsense. He was just a pompous jerk face. He treated Jacqueline horribly and then he wanted her to come back to him when he was done having his fun?!?! What the hell! I hate guys like Kennedy. He is so entitled and just ugh! If I were Jacqueline I would have kicked him in the groin Erin style.

Michele Belle
I hear ya.  Talk about adding insult to injury.  To live through such a traumatic experience and then feel you have to defend yourself against your peers?  And when I think about how many real-life women have experienced this?  It's sickening.

Hahaha -- I'm just skipping along beside you singing 'someone's gonna get it!'  Kennedy is a prime example of someone who learned a valuable lesson on 'the grass being greener on the other side.'  How noble of him to cut her loose BEFORE he explored those greener pastures.  What. An. Ass.  Then when he realized what a great woman he threw away, he was so confident he could easily win her back.  Yes, I would love to see Erin use the "lawnmower" on him!!  

I want to mention another favorite character of mine:  Professor Heller.  I absolutely love that man.  Everything he did for Lucas and for Jacqueline.  I want every institution everywhere to have someone like him.

Teresa Mary Rose
It really makes me nauseous thinking about women who deal with this in real life.

Haha... you know just how to get me all riled up! Seriously though. He was so confident that he was doing the right thing and being a good guy when he broke things off. You know what though? I kinda wish Jacqueline had given him a shot. She should have let him crawl on his knees begging and pleading and then told him no. It would have been amusing to watch that. Then we could let Erin lawnmower him! 

OMG I am glad you brought him up! I almost forgot! I adore him. He is an amazing person! I have been hit right in the feels, I love him!

Michele Belle
Agreed!  Yes, I knew you'd come up with the perfect punishment for Mr. Kennedy.  LOL 

He's the best -- his whole family.  I am so grateful for them and incredibly happy Lucas has them.  

Well, we've talked about our favorite characters, our most hated characters, the incredibly inspiring message of the story, and our love for Lucas.  Let's talk about the STEAM.  This book contains some of the most romantic, butterfly-inducing, heart-swooning lines!  The things Lucas says and the way he says them  --  it's no wonder Easy gave me such an incredible book hangover.  I had an extremely difficult time moving on to another book because I just couldn't start living in a world without Lucas.

Teresa Mary Rose
Oh my heart the steam! This book was the perfect amount of steamy! And you know what makes it great? The fact that it is not over the top or raunchy! It is authentic and hot but not gratuitous! Lucas, I swear, he always knows just what to say. Their first kiss makes me reach for the smelling salts every single time! I don't want to even discuss a world without Lucas in it, makes me sad.

Michele Belle
Such a great point!  Oh, that kiss.  This would be me every time I was near Lucas:


Teresa Mary Rose
*snorts* That picture is perfection!

Are we ready to share some quotes?

Michele Belle
Absolutely!  I warn you... I have quite a few 

 “I had never noticed Lucas before that night.  It was as though he didn’t exist, and then suddenly, he was everywhere.”

“The way he kissed me felt like a brand.  Like he was tattooing himself under my skin.”

“Love is not the absence of logic but logic examined and recalculated heated and curved to fit inside the contours of the heart”

“'Not. Your. Fault.' I nodded again, holding onto his words like they were redemption.”

“'The night we met -- I'm not like that guy.' His jaw was rigid.  'I know tha-' He placed a finger over my lips, his expression softening. 'So I don't want you to feel pressured. Or overpowered. But I do, absolutely, want to kiss you right now. Badly.'"

“I breathed him in, closing my mouth tight and inhaling the scent of him through my nose. I felt sheltered by him. Safe.”

“'Choosing to be with you isn't a difficult decision, Jacqueline... It's easy. Incredibly easy.'”

“I’m so proud of you.  I want you to tell me about it, when you can… and when I can stand to hear it.  I’m still too angry right now.”

“Wearing his ghost smile, he watched her.  One more woman, empowered.  One more given the ability to defend herself against attack.  One more who might not meet his mother’s fate.”

“His eyes returned to the pad, turned to the second drawing.  ‘Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this?’”

“If someone had asked, How does this compare to kissing Kennedy?  I would have answered, ‘Who?’”

Teresa Mary Rose
*falls over* love them! *waves from the ground*

"I noticed you the first week." His voice was soft. "Not just because of how pretty you are, though of course, that played into it." I smiled, watching our feet as we matched our steps. "It was the way you lean onto your elbows when you're listening in class, when something catches your interest. And when you laugh, it's never to get attention, it's just- laughter. The way you obsessively tuck your hair behind your ear on the left side, but let the right side fall down like a screen. And when you're bored, you tap your foot soundlessly and move your fingers on the desktop like you're playing an instrument. I wanted to sketch you."

"Katie pinned her with a look. "Did Buck do what you said he did?" Mindi's eyes filled with tears, and when she nodded, they spilled down her cheeks. "Then what the hell is there to be confused about?" Everyone sat in stunned silence for a moment, until the girl who'd pronounced Lucas a total hottie exclaimed, "Are you saying she should press charges?" "Absolutely." Gasps sounded around the table, and I was so dumbfounded I couldn't move. "But this will look so bad for-." "You know what looks bad?" Katie cut off her VP. "A bunch of women who don't support each other when a guy pulls some shit like this. I'm sick of it. Less than an hour ago, I told DJ where he could stick his goddamned fraternal reputation.""

Michele Belle
Oh, Wifey... I love those -- especially the first one -- you just got me right in my feels!! 

And I think we should mention to those who have stuck with reading this long and gushy discussion (thank you!) that we've had the enormous pleasure of reading Breakable, and hold on to your heart because that book is absolute perfection.  It is NOT just a companion novel to Easy told in Lucas's POV.  It is so much more.  Yes, we do get Lucas's perspective on what transpired during Easy, but we also get Lucas's 'before' story... everything that leads up to his meeting Jacqueline.  It is a story not to be missed.  I didn't think it was possible to love him more... but I do.

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes! I want to second what you just said! Breakable truly completes the story that began in Easy and gives you more than you could ever even think to ask for. I completely fell for Lucas all over again!

Oh Wifey, this was such a wonderful discussion and thank you for putting up with my ranting! This book pushes all my buttons!

Michele Belle
It was!  Thank YOU for reliving one of my all-time favorite books with me and letting me gush and squee to you in the multiple texts, emails, and even in this discussion.  This is such a special book, and I'm so happy we could feature it today.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read If You Like The Walking Dead

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

For the topic this week, we had to share reads one would enjoy if they enjoy a certain movie/tv show etc... I decided to share my zombie love with some The Walking Dead-esque reads. Not all are strictly zombie reads, but they have the feel of that kind of world.


What  made your list?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: Scan (Scan #1) by: Sarah Fine and Walter Jury

Release Date: May 1, 2014 from Putnam
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"Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

All Tate knows--like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid--may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart."

My Thoughts:

This book surprised me. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but it also frustrated me more than I thought it would. It was a fun story that pretty much takes off immediately and it just keeps going. Seriously, it feels like the book never stops. There is no such thing as downtime and that really keeps you hooked to the pages. It also makes it feel like you are running a never ending marathon. I kept waiting for Tate to be some sort of safe but it never happened.

Tate is a good perspective to read from and I always enjoy switching it up with a guy’s point of view. I really liked Tate because he is simply a good guy. You can tell it with everything he does; from the big decisions to the tiny ones. He is just easy to like and get behind. He has been trained his whole life for some unknown responsibility and it hasn’t been easy. My heart truly broke for him because he clearly did not have a particularly nice or normal upbringing. But his upbringing did equip him to create explosives out of many things, so there’s that.

Then there is Christina who I also really loved. She was so strong and dealt so well with all the crazy. She was such a great support for Tate. I adored her. I really did. I always appreciate a strong character who is strong without question and has the crazy thrust upon them and just steps up to the plate and that was Christina.

Scan is full with a bunch of secondary characters and this was my biggest obstacle with the book. See, I hated every single character other than Tate and Christina. Like, I’m not even exaggerating or being dramatic. I hated them. I didn’t like their actions or condescension or the way they handled anything. I didn’t trust anyone or anything and just ugh. It can get a bit tiring when you can’t trust anyone.

Despite my hatred for characters, I did truly enjoy Scan. It was nonstop action and it really does grab your attention. You will root for Tate from the get go and it is very easy to get invested in his story. It was just enough sci-fi without being too much to comprehend. I love a well done sci-fi and that is exactly what Scan delivers. The story builds up and up and then the ending drops on a dime and has you begging for a sequel.

All in all, Scan is a great read for sci-fi fans and one you do not want to miss.

Cover Reveal: Opposition by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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"Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.
She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.
Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.
They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.
War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing."

About The Author:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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, working out, 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.She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. Twitter | Facebook | Website | Entangled Website

Cover Reveal: Born To Ride

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Title: Born to Ride: A Clubhouse Collection
Cover Designer: Louisa at LM Creations
Release Date: May 5, 2014 - Available for a Limited Time Only!!

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6 Biker Books from some of today's bestselling authors in 1 Unbelievably Awesome Collection!
   
FIGHTING TO STAY – Kasey Millstead
“Wanna take a ride, sugar?” His voice is thick, husky and laced with the sexual tension that is radiating between us. After enduring a tough childhood, Lacey has spent her life running when things get too hard. When her boyfriend hits her, she runs again and ends up in Alabama. She meets Mayhem MC Vice Pesident, Roam, and falls hard and fast. When curveballs are thrown and lies are told, will Roam be able to convince her that it’s time she started Fighting to Stay?
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STORM – Nina Levine
"Baby, it's always been you. Always." Madison Cole’s family is the Storm Motorcycle Club. Two years ago she walked away from them and the world they live in. Jason Reilly has sacrificed a lot for the Storm MC, and two years ago he made the biggest sacrifice of all; he gave up the woman he loved for them. Now they've been thrown back together; can they overcome their past and discover love again or will the harsh reality of their world break them both?
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ANGELS IN LEATHER – Bella Jewel
A Girl On The Run Her father gave her one task before he died - deliver a package. Now she's got the baddest biker in the state after her - He wants what she's got. Secrets of the past and present threaten to destroy everything she's worked for. A dark love, a jagged past, two worlds will collide to make something explosive.
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WELCOME TO SUGARTOWN – Carmen Jenner
Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust. Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his biker past. She'd be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, but when Elijah's secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point. And you thought small towns were boring. Welcome to Sugartown.
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HOLDING OUT – Lila Rose
"I'd love to taste you right now, babe, but my woman wants me to fuck her, so that's what I'm gonna do." Zara Edgingway is a twenty-six-year-old secretary and about to face her next obstacle in life, the one she ran from six years ago: her ex husband. Talon Marcus is the president of the Hawks Motorcycle Club. For two years, he's had his eye on the quiet, yet sassy, neighbor Zara. The time has come were she'll need, not only his protection, but the help from his biker brothers. Now, if only she'd stop fighting him along the way.
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RYDER- Jani Kay
“Princess was my Juliet and I was her Romeo – I would give my last breath for her.” Ryder wants inner peace and freedom from the torment of his childhood. Adopted by the Scorpio Stinger MC after a stint in juvie, he owes his life and loyalty to his brothers. What he doesn’t want is a judgemental, smart mouthed princess who thinks she is better than him. Jade, a newly qualified lawyer, wants a man who is perfect for her and will give her the charmed life she is accustomed too. She doesn’t want a demanding and foulmouthed biker in her life. But neither can get the other out of their head. Their undeniable chemistry is off the charts. Ryder wants Jade, but she has a secret that will stop them from ever being together. Until one fateful night when Ryder rescues Princess on his metal horse. Can they resist one another? Can two people, so different in every way, find love? Or will their different worlds collide and tear them apart? “Princess was my Juliet and I was her Romeo – I would give my last breath for her.”

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekly Recap 4/27/2014



Goodreads Links:
Madly and the Jackal by: M. Leighton
Deeper We Fall by: Chelsea M Cameron
Faster We Burn by: Chelsea M Cameron
When I Break by: Kendall Ryan
The Regret Series by: AL Jackson
I Am Midnight by: Samantha Young
Wait For You by: J. Lynn
Be With Me by: J. Lynn
Beautiful Ink by: Nicole Reed


Reviews:
Sweet Reckoning by: Wendy Higgins
The Taking by: Kimberly Derting

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Are Bookish
Waiting On Wednesday: Oceanborn by: Amalie Howard

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: The Taking (The Taking #1) by: Kimberly Derting

Release Date: April 29, 2014
from Harper TEEN
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.
When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?"

My Thoughts:

I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. It was a super quick read and I breezed through it. I had a ton of fun reading this one and the ending has me dying for a sequel. This is my first book by this author but it for sure will not be my last. 

Kyra is a great heroine because she is believable. She wakes up lost and alone to find out she has lost five years of her life. Everything is different for her and it is a lot for her to take in. I like that she felt real and believable and I could feel her confusion. She is a strong heroine, but in a quiet way. She is strong in the sense that she survives and deals with the changes and comes to terms with everything. It’s a nice progression as opposed to her just coming back and suddenly being amazing. 

Tyler was also great and very swoony. He is very sweet and charming. I feel like we still have a lot to learn about Tyler and I can’t wait to learn it all. But so far I like what I see. He is exactly what Kyra needed. She needed someone to just be her friend and show her that she can make something out of this second chance. 

I’ve read a good amount of alien stories, but I can’t recall one that deals with abduction so that was a nice twist for me. It was weird to see the after effect of an abduction. So it’s about aliens, but it’s not really about aliens. 

I liked the romance in the book; it was super sweet although a tad fast. But it’s understandable given the circumstances. Although in the beginning, I was a little weird about the age thing until I realized Kyra is still sixteen in all the important ways. My only complaint is that I wish I had some more answers. I am left with a lot of whys and something major was left open. I love that I’m left wanting more, but I want to know! 

All in all, The Taking is a good read. It’s quick and fun and very hard to put down.

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