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“How come I’m the one that got left behind?
Left Behind is a new standalone from VI Keeland & Dylan Scott. Zack and Nikki’s story was a sweet emotional read, about two people who meet, and bond through secrets, heartache, loss and love.
“Maybe, just maybe, fate brought us together for a reason. To fix each other, not obliterate our already wounded hearts.”
Nikki Fallon has not had an easy life growing up, from a young age; she has had to deal with her mum’s mental illness. After her mum dies, Nikki discovers she not only does she have an aunt, but also a twin sister. In her search to get answers, and to find her sister Nikki finds herself in California. Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan, but fate had other ideas. I did feel for Nikki, with all what she was going through and had discovered she was suffering, but In spite of all this she was a strong, lovely character
“Around Zack, I feel… at home. Like I belong. Something I never thought I’d feel again”
Zack Martin was also suffering he is finding it hard to come to terms with his guilt and grief of losing someone close to him. I liked Zack was also lovely a real sweetheart. I could feel his pain, as he found is hard to open up at times. With Nikki he felt calm, and started to understand that’s it was okay to let go of the past, and move on.
“There’s something about her that I’m drawn to, something that makes me smile when everything else around me only makes me angry”
The story is about fate, love, loss, grief, friendship and hope. I like the chemistry, the bond, dialogue, and communication between Zack and Nikki. And for a true romantic like me, I just loved the notes such a special, just shows how something so small can mean so much.
"Love needs no words. You had me before you even spoke"
Overall, I enjoyed Left behind. I enjoyed being on Nikki and Zack’s emotional journey, which was both heartbreaking, and heartwarming. It was a slow build, and I did see the twist from very early in the story. However, I was invested in the story, so it didn’t take away my enjoyment or the emotional feel of the story for me. There were also some things that I didn’t see coming along the way.
Told from dual points of view and has some great secondary charters such as Nikki best friend Ashley loved her sassy side, and that she was such support for Nikki. Loved the epilogue such a lovely ending.
"Stars can't shine without a little darkness."
“I didn’t have hope until I met you”
I would recommend this book to fans of YA but also NA romances. I started reading it thinking it was more YA, and I tend not to read YA as I find the characters annoying, and wanted to shout grow up to them! But I have to say even with the characters being 17/18 these feelings didn’t enter my mind once, and that is a testament to VI Keeland & Dylan Scott writing, and storytelling. So NA fan will like this one too.
He looks up and I watch his eyes take me in. Slowly. They rake over me, dropping from my eyes to my glossed lips down to my exposed shoulders. Taking his time, he follows the neckline of my simple, yet body contouring sundress, lingering when he reaches my full breasts. I’m sufficiently covered, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t aware that the dress showed off my assets well. Tight around my chest, gathering snuggly at the waist, with a scant amount of cleavage. Just enough coverage to still leave something for him to imagine. And I watch his face change as his imagination takes off running.
His eyes drift down my legs, tanned now from the eternal California sun. Momentarily he’s lost in what he sees and doesn’t even notice I’m watching him leer. Totally worth the extra effort getting ready tonight, I couldn’t be happier at the reaction I get. Eventually, his eyes make their way back up to mine and I arch one eyebrow, letting him know he’s been caught. A normal reaction might be to look embarrassed or perhaps even flustered a little. But not Zack. Instead, he flashes me a wicked grin. “You look incredible.” He’s the one doing the leering, yet I’m the one who ends up blushing.
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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
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Dylan Scott is a New York trial attorney, wife and mother of four. She believes her job as a trial attorney is a subcategory to the field of entertainment more than law. With a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature she believed teaching English was a destined career choice until she realized her life long talent of "argument" could actually be her job. A recent, fairly boring, midlife crisis resulted in a brief stint as a middle school English teacher which confirmed that she wasn't ready to give up the law. Dylan has also taught legal courses at the college level and worked with at-risk inner city youth in the roles of mentor and coach. She is co-author Vi Keeland's biggest fan.
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Blog Tour - Addicted After All (Addicted #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie ~ Text Convo and Kindle Giveaway!
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Title: Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2)
Author: Georgeann Swiger
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Published: 21st October 2014
What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?
When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.
But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.
With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken.
The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.
tremor through my body. I jump to my feet to run to Micah, but I’m stopped by the
piercing pain of glass going through my foot. I look down to see blood trickling on the
floor. When I sit on the couch to pull out the shard, Kieran and Emory hover around me.
“Why are you in my room?” Micah asks, angrily.
Kieran and Emory move to the side to give Micah a direct line to me. I look up and his gaze grabs mine. We stare at one another, caught in a wordless hello. Small expressions run over his face, telling me he’s relieved, happy, confused.
“Leave us,” he says quietly without looking away from me.
Kieran and Emory hurry out of the room, shutting the door behind them. Micah closes his eyes. He takes a deep breath, bows his head and mutters something under his breath. When he looks up, he stares at me in disbelief. He doesn’t seem to notice the glass crunching under his feet as he steps toward me. His lips quiver, trying to form words that won’t come.
The fire crackles and pops behind him. Micah’s eyes glisten while he studies my shaking hand, reaching for him. My hand finds his, linking our fingers together. The strong beat of his pulse thumps in his trembling fingers. I step cautiously to the floor, avoiding the glass. When I’m eye level with him, his pupils flicker. As soon as I open my mouth to tell him how much I missed him, he pulls me to his body and covers my mouth with his. Every pent up emotion is released the second he kisses me. I don’t know where this Micah came from. His mouth claims mine without reservation or fear of repercussions. I fall into his embrace, enjoying every bit of the intensity of the kiss that tells me he missed me as much as I missed him. The tension in his body falls away as his hands travel through my hair and down my back, over my hips and up my sides like he’s making sure I’m real. I’m real, Micah, I want to say but I don’t want to stop kissing him. The taste of his lips brings to life the forbidden feelings I’m done hiding. I can’t get enough of him.
Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.
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Made in Nashville by Mandy Baggot
Published by: Harper Impulse
Publication date: February 6th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?
Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?
Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. Can she get a new contract? Will she get to perform at the Marlon Festival? Or will Dan Steele destroy everything?
When a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music. Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want? And who is really behind the anonymous gifts she keeps getting sent?
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So I put the whole prologue thing out of my head and decided to focus on the story in front of me. Which was good, and I was really enjoying where the characters were going, and I immediately liked Jed (aka HOT country/rocker star) He is basically at the top of his game when he stumbles upon the voice of an angel coming through the radio. Jed needs someone to accompany him on tour so he makes it his mission to find the owner of said angel voice.
That would be Honor Blackwood (aka voice of an angel). Honor was also at the top of her game, only it was years prior when a horrible thing happened to her and made her abruptly quit her blossoming music career. She has since then basically put herself in her own bubble if you will and she vows that she will never sing in public again, she’s so damaged that she doesn’t even listen to the radio or pay attention to the country music scene at all. So when Jed rolls in to her workplace, she has no clue who he is. Jed is obviously intrigued, not just by her voice, but the fact that she is so adamant about not performing again. He is relentless in his pursuit and he starts becoming extremely protective over Honor, and begins falling for her despite how she acts towards him.
I was really enjoying the book, and yes I had some issues that really couldn’t be ignored. I have a huge pet peeve when things are over killed in books or when things become too repetitive. Maybe that’s just me being nit-picky but I found myself rolling my eyes and saying “enough already”. This wasn’t a huge deal but I just found it kind of silly and unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong I love Vince Gill, but to mention him 36 times is a little much. I understand if an Author has a major liking for a country star and I find it perfectly normal to give a shout out or two, but this was a bit excessive and I found it to be distracting to the story.
Moving on… Towards the end of the book when Jed and Honor finally decide to be on the right page about each other things turn really awkward and strange. Honor in my opinion turned into a different person and if I’m totally honest I felt that it was so weird to the storyline. I’m not going to say what happens, but I was kind of disappointed that I had gotten that far into the book and the all of the sudden the demeanor changes for no reason. I’m all for changing the head of the reader, but this just made no sense and made me upset with her character.
Overall the writing was good, and the flow was great until the last bit. Some may actually love how it ends, but it just wasn’t my favorite is all. Either way I got my country fix and I did really enjoy the book, there were just those little things that really bothered me and I couldn’t look beyond that.
Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional reads.
Represented by Kate Nash of the Kate Nash Literary Agency she is also a contributor to writing blogs, magazines and short story anthologies and regularly takes part in fiction festivals and literary events.
Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, Corfu, shoes and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.
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Blog Tour - Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker ~ Ava and Bianca's Reviews and #Giveaway
Title: Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Category: New Adult
Release Date: October 7, 2014
The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
Burying Water was something fresh and exciting from K.A. Tucker. The synopsis about a young girl waking up with no memory was intriguing. It was up to Water to piece together the puzzle of her disappearance and it was written in a great way. The book held my attention throughout the story and I read it in almost one sitting.
The beginning of the story is all action and there is jumping back and forth, it doesn’t make sense immediately but by 10% in, I knew what happened and the role of each character and from then on, it was a case of sitting back and waiting for Water to catch up.
The story is told in alternating past and present chapters, I know this isn’t a favourite for some, but for me, it was something I enjoyed. Jesse played a big part in the story, he had a good heart and I liked him from the start. With the book being set out the way it was, we almost got two love stories for the price of one.
Jessie was a great support for Water, even though she was warned about talking to “that damn boy”, Water felt a connection and she sought him out, as she felt comfortable around him. Water awoke in hospital very badly scarred and beaten and Jesses went out of his way to prove, she was still beautiful to him. *Swoon.*
“He slides a finger around my ear, tucking my hair back, exposing my scar, before leaning in to kiss my temple. It’s like a silent communication, telling me that he knows it’s there, he sees it, and it won’t deter him.”
What I wasn’t expecting was the love for Ginny, the old grouchy lady that took Water in when she needed to start over. Ginny was one of a kind and she was set in her ways. Water reminded Ginny that they were more a like than she would have admitted, and this caused Ginny to open up more. Her story alone was heart breaking and the tears I shed over this book were for Ginny.
Burying Water was written really well, I take to K.A. Tucker’s writing like a duck to water. I can just sink into it and sometimes forget to come up for air. I would have liked the suspenseful element to be stronger, as the situation was laid out in the beginning, I never felt worried for the couple or scared they wouldn’t make it. I also thought if there was more drama surrounding Viktor at the end; it would have added an extra kick to the story. But with that being said Burying Water is the first book in a long while that has had me reading into the wee hours of the morning.
Jesse and Water's story is wrapped up in this book; book two is a mystery as to who the main characters will be. I did think perhaps Jesse's sister? I am intrigued and can't wait to find out.
I really enjoyed Burying Water and I know fans of K.A. Tucker will too. If you are looking for a fresh New Adult novel, then you really must check this one out.
Left for dead, a young woman wakes up in a hospital room with no memories of who she is. Or who she once was. She has no recollection of the tragic event that has left her body and life in shattered pieces. Not satisfied for being called ‘Jane Doe’. She decides on the name Water. Little does she know that she has chosen a name that has such a meaning beyond what she could have ever imagined. The heart of the story is to be experienced, not spoiled. To give too much of the story would be a complete disservice to the reader.
“...the truth is like that water; it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”
I found Burying Water to be heartbreaking. The book starts off with a gripping prologue. You are immediately captured in the story and for what’s to come. Your heart goes out to Water. And to the man who once loved her. And still does. For me personally, I felt like that gripping feeling tapered off as the story continued. I also found it to be a bit predictable, but still held my interest as I wanted to know what was going to happen. On the surface, the story itself is about a girl who wakes up with no memory of herself. Not even her own name. However, as you dig deeper, you watch two people fall irrevocably in love. Twice. Despite the circumstances, love came through and brought them to where they belong.
Oveall, I thought that Burying Water was a flawlessly written story. Almost lyrical. The words were beautiful. The dual point of views were seamless and I found it easy to transition from the past to the present. This is the type of story that unfolds. Every chapter brings a deeper meaning to the story. It truly represents the power of love. That love can find it’s way. Even in darkness.
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Release Date: September 22, 2014
Chained To The Past.
On the brink of going pro in MMA, Tyler Graves has defied his past—a past where going to jail for beating the hell out of his foster father took him away from the girl he loved and swore to protect, leaving her in the house of the man who abused them both.
Chained To Regret.
No matter how much time has passed, Danielle Debasco weighs on Ty’s mind and conscience. He was supposed to save her, instead he abandoned her.
Chained To Love.
To free Danny from the abusive man who still haunts her, Ty’s faced with sacrificing his future by finishing what he started four years ago—taking vengeance. But, this time will be different. This time he won’t stop until the horrors of their past are sealed not just in blood, but in death.
“Sip slow,” I told her, handing her a cup of chicken broth.
“No. I never tried to find her.”
“Do you ever think about it?” she asked, taking a couple crackers out of the box I set on the table.
“No. She took off on me. I don’t want to force my way into someone’s life who doesn’t want me there.”
She made an, “Mmm,” sound, nodding and staring into her mug.
“What about you?” I asked. “Have you talked to your mom?”
Danny was taken away. Her mom wanted her, but she couldn’t take care of her. When we were with Striker, she’d make wishes on stars and dandelion fuzz and birthday candles for her mom to take her back home, but her mom never got her shit together.
“A couple years ago,” Danny said, “Striker told me she overdosed.”
I put down the glass of water I’d poured her a bit too hard, with a thunk that echoed. “She’s dead?”
“That’s what he said.”
I watched her take a sip of her broth, hesitant to say what I was thinking. But it was Danny, and she’d have already thought it, too. “Was he lying?”
She shook her head. “I looked it up online at the library. Found her obituary. It didn’t mention a daughter.”
I sank into the chair beside her and took her hand. “You know what sucked the worst about my mom leaving me? She didn’t want to know me anymore. I mean, it was fucking shitty of her to abandon her kid, but after that, when I was alone at night in the dark I thought about how she didn’t know I liked to draw.”
“You lived to draw,” Danny said, squeezing my hand.
“Yeah, and she had no idea. She didn’t know that when she left the lady next door made me sleep on an old dog bed infested with fleas and sprayed me off with the hose instead of letting me shower.”
“How can people be so cruel? You were a little kid.”
“We were both little kids, Dan. People are fucking animals. They take care of their own and screw everyone else.”
“Not everybody,” she said.
I thought about Mike. “No, I guess not everybody. Most people.”
“I thought my mom wanted me,” she said. “I thought she’d try to get me back. When they took me away, she cried and promised she’d do everything she had to so we’d be together again.” She looked up at me with watery blue eyes. “She lied. She never tried to get me back.”
The pained expression on her face gripped me inside and twisted. I hated her mom. I hated Striker. I hated my own mom. How could they all do this to us? Then it hit me. I promised to go back for her, and I never did. Just like her mom.
I leaned forward, pressing her hand against my chest and my lips to her temple. “I want you, Danielle. I want you in my life. I always have. I was selfish and caught up in setting things right first, but I never forgot about you.”
She turned to me and stroked my cheek. Her eyes roamed my face, her sorrow of past memories gone. She watched her fingertips grazed my lips and lifted her eyes to mine, asking permission.
My heart drummed. I took her hand away and cupped her face, bringing her close enough to feel her breath on my cheek. I ran the tip of my nose up and down the ridge of hers before tilting her head and securing my lips against hers.
It was like breathing in life. Like I’d only been keeping myself alive with air in my lungs, food and water, but this—Danny in my arms with our lips seeking and discovering—this was really being alive.
The tip of her tongue edged along my bottom lip and started a fire in my gut. I dropped my hands from her face and wrapped my arms around her, pulling her onto my lap. Our tongues darted in and out, shy and bold at the same time, learning the feel of each other. How could Danny—my Danny—still have part of her for me to discover?
The thought sent my mind south of her navel. Danny wasn’t the girl she used to be. If I were honest, I’d admit to myself that I’d noticed it when we were teenagers. She’d gotten hips and breasts and a firm, round ass. By the time she was fourteen, it was hard to look at her like she was the same little girl anymore. I never thought of her as a sister. Maybe if we’d lived in a house that was like an actual family instead of an abusive nightmare.
Sitting here with her ass pressed against my crotch and her lips and tongue slick and hot against mine, I was so fucking happy I’d never thought of her as my sister, or I’d be in for some serious guilt. There was no way I was turning back from being this close to her.
I wanted more.
I wanted closer.
I wanted inside her.
She parted her lips from mine, panting, and looked at me with hazy eyes. The last thing I wanted was to pressure her, scare her. “Should we stop?” I asked, hearing the deep rasp of lust in my voice.
She gazed into my eyes for a moment before shaking her head and falling back into our kiss.
I stood, picking her up in my arms, and carried her upstairs. In the bedroom, I laid her down on the bed and straddled her, sitting on my knees with my hands on either side of her head. “I need you to tell me if you don’t want to do this,” I said. “Or if you want me to stop.”
She gave me a sinful smile and looked up at me with those lusty, hooded eyes. “I’ve wanted this for as long as I knew what sex was, Tyler.” She ran her hands up my thighs. “I wanted this to take away what I didn’t want. To replace it with you. Someone who cared. Someone safe.”
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Blog Tour - Stars in Their Eyes (Wrapped Up in Love #2) by Lauren Blakely ~ Ava's Review and #Giveaway
Title: Stars in Their Eyes
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: Wrapped Up in Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: October 9, 2014
This a full-length novel of nearly 100,000 words. It does not have a cliffhanger. You don't need to buy another book to know the ending! By the way, the hero in this book is hot, charming, smart, funny, ripped, gorgeous, respectful and completely panty-melting. Please proceed.
A sexy and swoony new adult romance...
Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts, she'll need help from her biggest rival--hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He's the last person Jess should trust, but he's her only ticket in.
William Harrigan wants one thing - to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he's scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn't have ulterior motives...
But there's no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess' new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.
The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone's acting and no one's playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?
**Stars in Their Eyes is the start of the sexy, swoony and scandalous new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, which is a spin-off of the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Caught Up in Love series. You don't need to have read Caught Up in Love to follow this new series, but you'll likely enjoy those books!**
(It is also included in Stars in Their Eyes)
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After reading the prequel, A Starstruck Kiss, I was unsure how I would like reading more of William and Jess; I was hoping I would fall in love with them both. Even though that didn’t happen, I did fall in like and Stars in Their Eyes was something different from Lauren Blakely’s usual romances.
William and Jess have struck a deal with each other, Jess gives William the scoop on her life as a paparazzo and in return William will sneak Jess into the most sought after wedding of the year. Their attraction to each other makes things a little more complicated not to mention William has less than two months before his visa expires and he will be sent back to England. Add in a blackmail plot and the manipulative schemes of LA’s rich and famous and you have yourself one fun filled romance novel.
I felt William and Jess’ relationship took a back seat, as the lives of the stars were front and centre. I liked both characters and yearned for more scenes when they opened up to each other. Jess was a complex character and one that I liked; I could understand her need for control and admired the great job she did of keeping everything together as she provided for herself and her future.
With everything going on, their romance was slow building and I liked that. Jess wanted to take things at her own pace and that was refreshing. The focus was on the kisses they shared, it was slow foreplay and with William being ever so swoony, it worked a treat.
“Kisses with him were spectacular. Add in his flirty, swoony words, chase them with a touch of naughtiness, and I was quickly sliding down the path to a frazzled brain. Like a marble rattling down a chute, he was poised to knock my carefully controlled life out of orbit.”
Stars in Their Eyes had a different feel to the other books I have read by Lauren Blakely. It had a little bit of mystery, and lots of interesting characters. I think if you are a gossip hound and love the lives of the rich and famous then the parodies of celebrities and shows will work well for you.
This is probably the first book of Lauren’s I’ve felt indifferent about, I enjoyed reading it and wanted to finish but I’m not eager to read on and learn more about the other characters. Perhaps it’s because it’s set in a world that doesn’t capture my interests, or Anaka whom the next book is about didn’t catch my attention, I’m unsure.
What I did like was William’s character; he was a sweet, charming guy. Sometimes you need a book boyfriend who is a good guy, no broken past, addictions or reformed lives. He was a sweetheart; he fell hard for Jess (in the span of a week) and wanted to do right by her. He wanted to stay in America even before he met Jess but she quickly became his main reason. It made a nice change from the other book boyfriends out there. The fact that he had Jess’ best interests at heart scored him big brownie points from me.
I must say, being the epilogue junkie that I am I did feel cheated out of William and Jess’. I was surprised it was in the POV of William’s brother Matthew. Rather than giving us more from William and Jess and their HEA it merely acted as a segue to Matthew’s own book. That’s great for new fans but if like me, you have already read Far Too Tempting, I felt short changed and wanted it to be about the characters I had just invested my time in reading. With that little niggle aside, plenty of characters like Matthew from Lauren’s other books cropped up and it’s always great to see how they are getting on.
Stars in Their Eyes mixed the glamorous lives of the stars with the behind the scenes dealings of the paparazzo. Throw in a sassy chick and a charming British guy and you have yourself a fun new adult read. If you are a fan of Lauren’s work you should check this one out today.
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Title: Tied (Tangled #4)
Author: Emma Chase
Release Date: October 7, 2014
In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.
For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.
The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.
That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of... my final test.
I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you've heard the whole story.
And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?(
“The Road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners.”
Oh how I have missed the mind of Drew Evans. He is hands down one of the funniest male MCs I have read. I love Drew and the fact he is now a father and about to become betrothed has not changed him one bit. He is still as witty and hilarious but above all he still has a great big heart and a lot of love for his soon-to-be wife, his son and his family and friends.
“I really liked my old life and I couldn’t imagine anything better. But I was wrong, James-falling in love with her, earning her trust, having you, are the best things I’ve ever done.”
Tied takes place two years after the end of Twisted. Adorable James is now two. Kate and Drew have adjusted and juggled their life to accommodate their son and both have their career. So the only thing left to do is, officially tie the knot.
I will admit, I thought there would have been more Kate and Drew time. I love when they are together and as the cover suggests, I thought the wedding was the focal point. In actual fact, it was their bachelor and bachelorette parties that the story covered, with the nuptials thrown in at the end. As soon as Vegas and Drew were mentioned in the same sentence, I knew a ‘Hangover’ plot would follow. So there was plenty of mischief and shenanigans before the big day.
It was great to see the gang share one last hurrah, before Drew became a married man, and also because this book ends the series. Even Kate’s ex, Billy came along for the ride, and Drew’s attitude towards him was priceless.
And of course, it was great to see Matt and Dee-Dee make an appearance. I loved reading about the progression of their life and it was great to see, some things never change between Drew and Dee-Dee especially when it came to arranging strippers and accessories for Kate’s bachelorette party.
“Of course it’ll fucking bother me!”
“Dee-Dee says what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
“Matthew needs to learn how to muzzle his fucking gander.”
“Thank you, Dee-Dee. I’ll save these for after dinner.”
My father grins. Broadly. Great. Now I’m stuck with the image of my sweet, saintly mother sucking down a cock-pop while my old man watches. There’s an excellent chance I’ll never get a boner again.
For all the fun it was to see Drew and Kate have one last blow out before they got married. My favourite parts of the story were the flashbacks to days of James’ beginning and as always Drew had insightful advice, now that he was a parent. He was hilarious and always tells it how it is.
“Here’s the kicker-in spite of the exhaustion? The frustration? The crying that makes you want to puncture your fucking eardrum with a meat thermo? You love them anyway. Fully. Fiercely. Intensely.”
“You gotta be quiet, buddy. If your mom finds me in here, she’s gonna lock up her pussy like a steel safe. It’ll take me hours to crack that bad boy back open.”
In terms of context, Tied wasn’t my favourite of the series, when I first began to read, I easily put the book down once or twice. As much as I loved Drew, I was expecting something more. But he is pure entertainment and I think if you go in with that frame of mind then you won’t be disappointed.
Tied was bittersweet, it is sad to see this gang go but at the same time it was great to be in their world again. I always laugh out loud whenever I encounter one of Emma Chase’s characters. I love her writing and I really can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
If you are a fan of the series, Tied will send you out with one last fun, shenanigan filled bang.
Words cannot describe how much I adore Drew Evans. I think he may be by favorite male character ever. He’s funny, charming, oh and he’s a big jerk. That is putting it nicely. But I love him all the same. As this series comes to an end, Tied is sure to remind true Drew fans what made you fall for him in the first place!
“What God has joined together, let no one who wants to keep his arm attached try to pull asunder.”
This time around, Drew and Kate are parents to the most adorable little boy, James. I have to say, Drew was always hot. But to see him as a father put him over the edge. His heart is so big. Never thought he could love as hard as he does. Kate and his little boy are his world. But this wouldn’t be Drew’s story if there was no drama involved. Drew and Kate are ready to tie the knot. Their bachelor and bachelorette weekend finds them in Vegas. With all their friends. Yes, the entire gang. Yes. That gang!
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas right? Well...kinda. The things that go down in Vegas were quite hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud. Several times. Ok. Fine. A lot. While funny, the story shows how much Drew has grown as a person, a father, and now a husband.
If you love this series as much as I do, you will absolutely devour Tied. I found it impossible to put down this book! I will never get enough of Drew. His witty and captivating demeanor will stay with me for a long time to come.
The Tangled Series
Holy Frigging Matrimony (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Twisted: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Tamed: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.
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Title: Shame (Ruin #3)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light.
I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can't change your soul.
A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie.
When guys kissed me--I felt only pain.
When they touched me--Nothing but fear.
Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world.
But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn't fool enough to think I'd ever get it.
Until he walked into my life.
I wasn't prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie--I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea.
But I was powerless to stop myself from falling.
And he was powerless to catch me.
Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I'm stronger than I knew. I'm stronger than you think.
You think you know my story, but you don't....after all everyone has Shame in their lives-- and I'm no longer afraid to show you mine.
“Hearts don’t make sounds when they break, but there’s pain-God, there is pain.”
If there is one thing I can say about this series is that it is highly emotional. Shame was no exception. Finally we are given Lisa’s story. This was a sad, tragic, beautiful story that is sure to capture hearts of those who are fans of this series.
“...the thing about running, the thing about trying to start over-eventually that hope is dashed by your past coming up to greet you like the fires of hell.”
Shame is dark. It’s twisted and heartbreaking. Lisa’s past will leave you stunned. Her spirit is broken. The Lisa we have seen in the previous books is nothing like you thought. We were always given a glimpse of her past. Of her secret, but it is not revealed until now. Oh and this secret? It’s a heavy one. Her past is shameful and you completely understand why Lisa chooses to be in the present. Her past will only bring her pain. Lisa didn't feel love. She wasn't capable of it. Did not have the desire. But then? She meets Tristan. And soon learns he is forbidden. But the heart does not listen. It never does.
“...and for the first time in my life, I wanted wrong. I wanted the bad. I wanted it more than truth. Give me the lie. Just give me her.”
“The broken pieces are the prettiest ones, Lisa. The demons, the proudest scars.”
Tristan. He was so bad. But I loved him anyway. His intention with Lisa was horrifying. But you understand. As the darkness lived inside him as well. But his heart is so torn as it wants nothing more than to feel for Lisa. Vague much? There is a reason for that. There is a reason why the synopsis is the way it is. Shame has so many twists and turns. Lies, betrayal, pain comes to light. The past and present collide and shatters the hearts of both Lisa and Tristan. Everything you think you know, forget about it. Because you don’t.
“But with Lisa? I had no control; the madness she created in me stirred parts of my should that I hadn’t known existed until now.”
While I am so glad we got to learn about Lisa’s past, it was not my favorite in the series. I expected to see Lisa’s strength. I was hoping we would see it and there was a glimpse of it towards the end. For someone to endure the past that she did, it takes an amazing person. A strong individual. I just wish this shined through a bit more. I think what has pulled me so much towards this series is the flawless writing. The journal entries? Genius. These were my favorite part. You must read to experience these. The author has a true talent of weaving an incredible story while evoking emotions you never thought were possible just by reading a book. Simply raw emotion.
“She was afraid of the darkness he’d brought out in her almost as much as she was afraid of the light that she was still unable to reach.”
Is this really the end? I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. I can easily say put this series at the top of my all time favorites. Shame is a nice addition to the series as all the lies and darkness finally reveals itself. The entire story and lives of these unforgettable characters comes full circle.
Lisa was being stalked and harassed through letters and experienced break-ins at her dorm room. At about 50% I figured it out, and then until the time she figured it out I was yelling and huffing and puffing out loud at her for being so blind, sorry Lisa. There's nothing more frustrating when they can't see it. Is that what the author wanted to pull from her readers? I really have no clue, but good on you for it, Rachel, my child really believes I'm insane now. And speaking of insane... OMG Taylor! He was quite the piece of work! Sick or not, he was f'in despicable! Seriously messed up, horrible human being!
I must admit I was a little preoccupied with the thoughts of plots in my head (like what exactly did Tristan have planned for Lisa before he fell for her and what exactly is the deal with Jack?), rather than paying attention to the falling in love of Lisa and Tristan. I don't think I really liked him for her. The whole situation of who he was was just a little too weird for me. I really did wonder if she could overlook that part in the long run. I guess when it's true love, anything is possible? Yes that is a question, cause to heck if I know what that's all about. Good luck with that, Lisa.
I LOVED that I got more of the protective, smart asses of Gabe and Wes. Even though I still think it's a bit weird they put video cameras INSIDE Lisa's dorm room. Could they have not just aimed them at the windows and doors from the outside? Either way, I loved that they were there for Lisa, although I thought her girlfriends should have been there for moral support. Us girls need to stick together!
Now, even though there was a little too much drama at the end of the book, it was also exciting. Again, this goes back to my being confused over my thoughts about the book, obviously. I like a little suspense in my love stories, this had it. And now the whole gang is happy-in-love, little Lisa will no longer be the 3rd wheel. No book in this series will ever beat Ruin (awww Wes!) for me, but if you're a fan, you need to read Shame!
“Just dinner?” I asked. “Isn’t that against the rules?”
“Yeah, well…” He glanced down briefly before flashing a sensual smile, his eyes dilating. “…it seems to be an impulse I can’t really control around you.”
“Control’s overrated, you label-making fool.”
At that he laughed, a rich chuckle that had my entire body relaxing and heating at the same time. I took a step toward him and smiled. “So, rule-breaker, where are we going?”
He grabbed his messenger bag and keys. “You’ll see.”
“Cryptic.” My eyebrows arched as I crossed my arms over my chest. “This isn’t going to turn into one of those six o‘clock news things where the crazy professor takes the girl out then buries her in the woods, is it?” I tried to sound like I was joking, but the minute the words left my mouth, it was no longer funny. Suddenly, I realized how stupid it would be to go with him. I knew nothing about him, nothing at all!
He smiled, tilting his head toward me. “Why am I getting the sudden urge to pull out a list of character references?”
“Because I just scared myself,” I admitted out loud.
“You want my social security number?” He winked. “Credit score? First grade class photo? Oh, and by the way, in first grade I was nominated most likely to own a pet store… so, if you aren’t okay with that, we probably shouldn’t continue this.”
“Because you liked pets?”
“I wanted to own a lizard farm.”
I covered my mouth with my hands and nodded solemnly. “All little boys have dreams.”
“A bully crushed mine when he told me lizard farms don’t exist.” He shook his head. “In second grade I was voted least likely to succeed, on account that I didn’t speak for the entire year.”
“Why’s that?” I took another step toward him.
He took another step in my direction and shrugged. “It took me a while to get over the lizards.”
“So you stopped speaking?”
“It was more of me trying to make the public aware of my outrage.”
“Ah, like lizard strike.”
“I made shirts.”
“Tell me, professor, is that when the label-making started?”
“No.” He nodded toward the door and started walking. I followed, genuinely interested in what he was going to say and hating that it was possible he was stringing me along only to go all cold-crazy-psycho on me again. “That was an entirely different situation.” He pulled the door open.
“What? No more stories?” I asked.
“Dinner.” He shrugged, his eyes a stormy gray. “I’ll tell you at dinner.”
“My trump card. Label-maker stories. You know, I do actually know how to romance a woman.”
“Well...” I cleared my throat and broke eye contact. “…since I’m your student, I’ll just take your word for it.”
“Right,” he said quickly then repeated, “Right, shall we?”
“Lead the way.” I forced a smile and tried to remember that this was dinner, nothing romantic, just my very sexy professor once again apologizing for being a jackass during class.
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
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