I love when books make me smile as I read them. Not only on the inside, but on the outside as well. Girls, you all know what I mean. When the Heroes are just so irresistibly irresistible and make your heart feel all warm and mushy. Ya...THAT. This book has it in spades! The foreplay. The build up. *Sigh* I actually got butterflies when Leo spoke to Roxie. Alice wrote epic sentences, so perfectly written, that I just HAD to read them two or three time over because they are just that good!
Even though this book was a slow go at the beginning for me, once it did finally pick up I couldn't put it down!
There was a moment in the book, Leo's little secret, that I don't normally like reading in my books (just one of my things, and I may be alone here). I went from the dreaded "damnit I hate when this happens" angry and sad face to a "damnit it totally works for me in this book" happy and mushy love face. It's a total HFD effect! I made that up by the way, don't ask what it stands for. That's for me to know and you to (possibly) find out when you READ THE BOOK.
So a note to all the single hot male farmers out there, Alice has just created an army of romance readers with their eyes on a new prize. That prize, being your luscious farm lands. So beware!
Not only will Nuts make your loins growl with excitement, it will also make your stomach growl with all the delicious food talk. So my advice is DO NOT READ ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, or make sure you have some yummy snacks on hand. And enjoy this fabulous read!
Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.
Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.
Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mr. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…
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Just because she's famous doesn't mean she's happy.
Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.
She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.
But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel "DJ" Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something's haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.
DJ's genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.
Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can't get close to Lianne, and he can't tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll be honest. When an author continues to add to a series, I get worried. Worried that there will come a point where I will be over the series and ready for completely new characters. But every time Sarina releases a book, my worries go away. The Fifteenth Minute was no exception. Just when I didn’t think I could love her couples anymore than I already do, Daniel and Lianne blow me away.
The moment Lianne sees Daniel, her world is tilted a bit on his axis. She met him on another occasion, but she was not quite sober. This is different. They immediately bond over music at a party/get together. Their banter is witty, funny, and I thought they were absolutely amazing for each other. Leanne is a famous actress, determined to lead a somewhat normal life and attend college like others her age. She’s never felt like she ever belonged anywhere. She never fit in. Until she meets Daniel. And Daniel? Well he’s a college student that also DJ’s for the hockey games. But he also has a secret. One that could threaten them before anything even starts.
“So this is what people mean by attraction. He is the magnet, and I feel the pull.”
The more Lianne and Daniel spend time together, they both realize there is something much deeper between them. It goes beyond friendship. Lianne is herself with Daniel. He brings out the best in her. She fits with him. She’s never wanted to be desired or dare I say loved? By anyone. But Daniel changes it for her. And Daniel learns he can share his heart with Lianne. His past has left him without the ability to give in emotionally or physically with another woman. But it’s different with her. He wants nothing more than to be in her presence. His unyielding love for her is felt throughout the entire book.
“The only time I feel like myself is when I’m with you.”
Fifteenth Minute is the kind of read where you never want it to end. I laughed through their story. I teared up, I simply lived it with Daniel and Lianne. I had no idea what to expect with these two, and it was everything I never knew I needed. There is no insta love here. Daniel and Lianne are two lost souls that find themselves in each other. Their connection is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was magical. There is so much more I can say about the story, but I refuse to spoil it. To watch these two fall for each other is simply breathtaking. I love this series and this was a wonderful addition to it. I cannot wait for what’s to come.
Lianne Challice is chatting me up.
As I fetch the pizza I ordered from the window, I try to decide whether or not I’m going insane. Maybe all the stress in my life has finally cracked me.
But no. When I deposit the pie on a table, her big eyes cut from the jukebox over to me, before darting away again. She is so freaking cute and so feminine that it’s making me crazy. Her mouth is like a little red candy that I’m dying to taste. And who has teeth that straight? She intimidates the fuck out of me, to be honest.
I make another trip to the pizza counter for paper plates and napkins. Usually we just grab slices off the tray like animals. But tonight I’m trying to be classy. The idea makes me snicker to myself. As if. Impressing Lianne Challice isn’t something I’m capable of. But I’m having fun trying. And there hasn’t been a whole lot of fun in this year for me. So that’s something.
Years from now I’ll look back on this night and laugh. Guys, did I ever tell you about the time I chatted up a movie star? I mean, my father is still telling people about the time he sat one table over from Tina Fey at Nobu.
Lianne sneaks another glance in my direction and I beckon to her. “Have a slice?” If she wants one, now is the time. In a minute my brother and his teammates will fall on the pizza like seagulls.
“Thank you. I guess I should. I didn’t make it to the dining hall tonight.”
“Your enthusiasm for Capri’s pizza overwhelms me,” I tease. “Aren’t you a fan?”
She slides a slice onto a paper plate, considering the question. “Pizza is like a nineties hit. Pretty good, especially if that’s all there is and you’re hungry.”
My own slice stops halfway to my mouth and I laugh. “Seriously?”
“I don’t know if we can be friends,” I say before taking a bite.
“Because I don’t love pizza?”
I shake my head. “Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s, like, a basic human desire.” I cram a bite into my mouth to prove my point. Smooth, right?
She bites her bottom lip, and I realize I’d rather have that for dinner. “It’s okay. But it’s mostly just something you eat when you’re in a hurry or need to feed a crowd on the cheap.”
“Ah, I see,” I say when I can speak again. “The problem is that you haven’t had any great pizza. You’re a freshman, right? You don’t know all the glory that is Harkness pizza. Have you been to Gino’s Apizza?”
Lianne shakes her head. “I don’t think so.”
“She doesn’t think so,” I scoff. “Baby, if you’d had great pizza, you’d remember.” And now I sound like a real perv, but Lianne Challice is smiling at me, watching me with her big doe eyes, and I feel it like a drug. “They make everything from scratch. Even the sausage. We’ll go together, so I can prove my point.”
Annnd I think I just asked a movie star out on a date. Here comes the crash and burn.
First her eyes widen just a smidge. Then two pink spots appear on her face, one on either cheekbone. “Well, it would be a shame to live in this town and never know its true pizza greatness.”
I replay that sentence in my head and realize that she didn’t turn me down. “True,” I agree. “Do you think Thursday would be a night to experience pizza Nirvana?” I’m overselling the hell out of Gino’s now, but it’s working for me.
She gives me a serious frown, and I’m hoping she’s not busy on Thursday. Because I have back-to-back hockey games to DJ on Friday and Saturday. “Thursday it is. I shall prepare to be amazed.”
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.
Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the five book series athttp://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears
Also, the Gravity series.
Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
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After the disastrous Planet X party, Noah Lake knows he must to learn to cope with his anger and bitterness, to learn to live as he is and not as he had been. He sets out on an impossible journey, alone. in the hopes of making himself worthy of Charlotte's love, and to slay the demons of an old life that is lost to him.
As he makes his arduous way across Europe, following Charlotte's tour, Noah writes of his experiences that will become his memoir, and it is only after reading his words that Charlotte comes to fully understand the hardships Noah endured for their sake; a journey that nearly broke him in mind, body, and spirit. She knows what she must do: show Noah that while she is the light in his darkness, he is the music in her heart, and that without him, she'd be just as lost.
Endless Possibility is the final chapters in a love story about acceptance, peace, and the bond between two souls who have found their equal in each other, and the happily ever after they both deserve.
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have loved Noah Lake from the very moment I started RUSH. My heart soared over his story. When I heard we were getting a novella, I am not sure how to truly put into words how excited I was. Because Noah? His story inspires. Gives hope. And this novella? It was everything I never knew I needed, but so glad it came to be.
“The light in my darkness. The reason I live instead of exist. You are the dawn of my every new day.”
If you’ve read Rush you know that Noah makes a huge sacrifice to be the man he believes Charlotte deserves. But what we don’t know are the details of this journey. In Endless Possibility, we are placed in the most vulnerable time in Noah’s life. As he waded through the darkness, he found his light in Charlotte. Noah puts his pride aside and truly embraces the truth of his blindness. He wants to live, no longer exist. He wants to love. Wholeheartedly. Unconditionally. And the only way to do this is to let go.
“Because the idea of failure, of living without her in my life, was a nightmare worse than blindness.”
Nothing is held back in Endless Possibility. You understand Noah’s inner battles. You FEEL his struggle. His struggle to live even with his circumstances. The author brings you inside Noah’s darkness. This journey breaks him. But there is one thing that allows him to not break completely. To persevere. And that is Charlotte. She is literally his sunshine on his darkest days. You truly do not understand the profoundness of his love for Charlotte. Until now. His love endures. His love is never ending. His love is breathtaking. He loves relentlessly. Unashamed. His love triumphs.
“Everything. Every breath. Every beat of my heart was for her.”
The writing is flawless. We the readers are effortlessly placed inside the pages of Noah’s story. Inside his heart. And most importantly inside his soul. The words are magical. Powerful. Moving. Inspiring. The author brilliantly executes a heart stopping beautiful story where a man does the most self less thing to earn the love of his life. But he soon learns that he never had to earn her. Charlotte was embedded in his soul the moment she became his.
“Charlotte owned that particular piece of me. Hell, she owned all of me, heart and soul...”
I am vague on the plot as this is HIS story. And what an honor to truly see inside of his heart. Is there a man that loves as fiercely as Noah Lake? I am not so sure. Noah loves Charlotte with a love that makes you want to weep. He loves from the very depths of his soul. His heart is beautiful. Brave. Intoxicating. To say I loved Endless Possibility is an understatement. The love between Charlotte and Noah challenges all thoughts on love and all it is capable of overcoming. Miss Emma Scott...do you know how much Noah Lake OWNS my heart?
Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance writing when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word flash story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it's amusing to write about herself in the third person.
My third novel in the City Lights series (set in Paris) is called Beside You in the Moonlight, and will be released December 2015
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