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Book Review: Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Mardsen

gettingsevenWhat’s your lucky number?

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”?with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…

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After being subjected to a failed setup, Lyla’s had enough of being seen as the ‘fugly’ nerd. Feeling that the time has come for an aesthetic overhaul, Lyla decides that she needs to ditch the frumpy layers and formulates a plan on how to make it through the rest of the college year while stepping out of her comfort zone and having fun.

Enter Beck…best friend and ladies’ man extraordinaire. He knows what guys look for in their latest catch so he seems the perfect tutor.

Though Beck thinks Lyla is perfect the way she is, he agrees to help Lyla draw up a college bucket list. First on the list: makeover. Beck finds himself trawling the shops with Lyla to help her pick out her new look. Hitting the mall isn’t really Beck’s style, but Lyla insists she needs him, and he’ll do anything to put a smile on his nerdy best friends face.

As Lyla’s transformation begins, though Beck still prefers the old Lyla, the new hot Lyla has fuelled a spark he didn’t know he carried for her. As the two work to scratch off the items on Lyla’s college bucket list, Beck feels the innate need to protect his friend from crass college guys and as time goes on, he finds it harder and harder to resist falling for her.

Becks protective side sparks a whole new side of him that Lyla hadn’t realized was there and as the two spend more and more time together, Lyla’s feelings develop into something more than friendship.

I absolutely adored Lyla—she’s a real nerd, full of heart and a total sweetheart. I found her uncomfortable rambling when faced with a hot guy really funny, especially her tendency to talk about her cat. She feels inadequate, always doing what she’s been told to by her mother—covering up what God gave her with layer upon layer of bright colors. She’s perfectly imperfect and her sometimes hilarious confusion over her feelings for Beck drew some face palming from me.

I knew better than to get the flutters over Beck Davenport. The guy had longer relationships with cereal boxes than girls.

Beck—oh myyyyy, where do I begin?! He’s hot as hell, sweet as sugar and his protectiveness for Layla had me drooling. Beck’s pretty closed off about his personal life. Tragedy has left him questioning if love even exists and if it does, he’s not sure it’s worth it. Yet he finds himself opening up to Lyla, divulging parts of his past that he’s never told anyone about. Being with Lyla is easy—she’s his friend, after all, but even as Beck falls deeper for her, the screaming alarm to run like the wind that he usually gets with other girls, never goes off.

But Beck doesn’t want a long term relationship, however, when he spots the last item on Lyla’s bucket list: have mind blowing sex, he can’t stand the thought of it being with anyone other than him. As Beck gives into his desires, he finds himself heading into unfamiliar territory.

As I peered into her eyes, at the green and brown battling it out for control, I found myself wanting to take the next step with Lyla. If I did believe in relationships and love, Lyla would be the perfect girlfriend. Being with her like this made me want to take a risk.

But more revelations from Beck’s family only serves to strengthen his negative opinions on love, relationships and everything in between, causing me moments where I wanted to fling my kindle across the room.

Through everything that these two adorable characters go through, I found myself really rooting for them. The chemistry between them is written so well that I could practically feel it zinging through my fingers as I held my kindle in my hand. My heart flipped, skipped and broke as Lyla and Beck became closer and kudos to Beck—he already found Lyla perfect the way she was.

Leading the way in the New Adult genre, Entangled Embrace has done it again. This superb book zings with chemistry, sweet heat, and a clever and witty story line. The Dual POV allows the reader an insight into both characters thoughts and feelings and is just another reason why I know that my insatiable appetite for the New Adult genre will be satisfied at least for a little while when I pick up one of these books.

Light, easy and fun, a well deserving 5/5.

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Book Review: Gone for You by Jayne Frost

GFYAs the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and me are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

Note: You won’t need to turn up the heat—Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.

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Cameron Knight, lead guitarist for the band Caged, lives the good life. Caged’s fame is on the rise, his pick of the ladies is endless, and his bandmates are his best friends. When the bassist for Caged is involved in an accident in Dallas, the news spreads like wildfire, and the hotel where the band is staying is swamped with fans willing to make all their “troubles” disappear. Luckily, Caged has connections, and desperate to have a few peaceful moments in Dallas before their big show, they are set up at a high-end resort, The Mansion.

With the promise to be sheltered from the press and fans, the remaining Caged members hole up in The Mansion. Cameron’s expectations are low: maybe a few random hook-ups with waitresses, or maybe he’ll pull back some beers while soaking in the resort hot tub. But after setting foot on the premises, his hopes to have a few uncomplicated days are pushed to the wayside by a pair of creamy thighs and the face of an angel. From the moment he sees Lily Tennison, he has a sinking feeling his playboy days are fleeting.

Lily Tennison, The Mansion’s Event Coordinator, is cool as ice when Caged first arrives. She’s aware of their reputation with women, and their inclination for one night stands.  At first, she puts up a good fight and ignores Cameron’s flirting, but soon she lowers her guard and gives in to his many charms.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this read. The story was told entirely from Cameron’s point of view, which I felt was a good call on the author’s part. I found that his confidence, mixed with witty dialogue and sarcastic inner voice, really drew me into the plot. Using inner thoughts sparingly, the author successfully conveys Cameron’s feelings for Lily without overanalyzing, which I find is the norm in stories where the narrator is the female. In the case of Lily, her background eventually rears its ugly head, and you find she is steeped with insecurity. Her self-doubt is pivotal to the story, but if it had been told from her point of view I’m not sure it would have worked as well.

I particularly love the humor in this book, especially between Cameron and his bandmates. The writing is light, and the author chooses words thoughtfully, which improves the reading experience. The steamy scenes were plentiful, which never hurts. If I had to nit-pick, I would have wished the author offered a few more glimpses at Lily’s family life. That would have made their struggle, and the eventual win between Cameron and Lily more satisfying for me.

Overall, this is a charming short read which encompasses all the elements I seek in a romance, and the qualities I love in main characters—sexy and funny. It also has a healthy dose of conflict involving malicious side characters and shaky childhood experiences, but not so much it bogs down the story. If you are a lover of funny (who isn’t?) and enjoy well-drawn characters (who doesn’t?) this is the romance for you.

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Crossing Abby Road by Ophelia London

abbyroadTodd Camford went from Marine sniper to owning a beachfront surf shop in Florida, and he couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately, the programming from his training hasn’t quite been eliminated. His ex called him an unfeeling cyborg, but he’s a free-flying, unfettered hawk, damn it. Relationships are out of the question…

And then she comes into his shop.

Everyone knows who Abigail Kelly is—mega rockstar, tabloid fixture. Still, nothing prepares Todd for Abby’s smoky gray eyes or the swift breathlessness of their instant chemistry. He’d be an ass (or possibly insane) to think he can resist her. Just for today, maybe he’ll keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t get mobbed. Because really, how much damage could one day with a super-hot, kick-ass celebrity really do?

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Former Marine, Todd Camford is just finding his way in life. He’s bought a beachfront surf shop and so far, business has been okay. His personal life, however, is another matter. Recently dumped by his fiancé because he doesn’t show his emotions very well, Todd is just trying to cope with a life outside of the military.

Abbigail Kelly is a hot commodity. Lead singer of a hugely famous band, she’s always in the public eye. For one day, she just wants to get away from it all—be independent and do normal things.

After ducking into Todd’s shop to escape some fans, Abby and Todd’s chemistry is pretty instant. Todd is very much drawn to the famous beauty and she to him. When Abby leaves the shop, Todd feels the loss immediately, so when he bumps into her later…and saves her from a screaming five year old, he’s elated and takes the opportunity to spend some time with her. Crossing Abby Road takes place all in one day as we follow the two to see where their few hours together takes them.

This book is told entirely through Todd’s point of view. I did wonder how that would work, given that his fiancé accused him of being a robot, but actually his thoughts are quite animated—it’s displaying his feelings that he has problems with. So that is entirely plausible and I did enjoy the time I spent in his head.

Abby is a lot of fun and I found the two together a really sweet coupling. I think Abby came into Todd’s life when he really needed something spontaneous and good, which is exactly what he got. It was nice following their day together, and though this book is slow, it’s more of a personal journey for Todd than anything else.

I felt the writing was quite choppy at times, sometimes moving from one thing to the next was quite abrupt. The same can be said for the dialogue between the two. I found myself reading over several areas a couple of times to see how one thing led to the next and still felt slightly puzzled when I had.

The premise is interesting, captivating even, but for me it didn’t quite hit the mark. It lacked the sizzle and though Todd felt the chemistry between Abby and himself, this was not extended to the reader. The ending left me bemused, my initial reaction was ‘what was the point’, but the more I thought about it the more I understood that Todd was dealing with a lot and for a short time Abby helped take him away from it all. He really needed some time away from the complications in his life and she helped him to sort through everything.

I’m really torn—on the one hand, it was a lovely journey, but on the other, it is not what I expected and I still can’t shake the feeling that I needed more from it. Even so, the writing, though choppy as I mentioned, is still good. The characters are fun and interesting. The small interpersonal journey that Todd unwittingly embarks on is thoughtfully executed. The location is lovely, and it is a really sweet book regardless of my personal tastes.

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Book Review: Salvation by Lizzie Ashworth

salvationSummer 2059. Fires burn out of control contaminating crops and water supplies with poison particulate. Carbon film infection runs rampant, spreading its devastating brown death across the globe. Only the mysterious effects of pleasure energy clear the infection. Transmitted from dance centers, meditation rooms, and sex houses to the healing grids by psionic adepts, pleasure energy ignites controversy and dissent.

Or the disease is a lie fabricated by the liberty culture. According to the Brotherhood, these are the end times, hastened by the world’s slide into moral decay. Young Josh Carter, fourth generation Brotherhood, has trained for years to combat this lie, to right the wrongs. Now the time has arrived. His mission—get inside the House of Rae sex house and take it down.

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The year is 2059 and the world is in trouble. Fires burn out of control and carbon film is making everyone sick. The only cure or help for the situation seems to come from pleasure energy brought on by dance centers, meditation rooms and sex houses. Unfortunately and despite being legal, the sex houses are still controversial due radical fundamentalist who target them.

Raised believing the end of time is near and that he was chosen to avenge his father’s death, Josh Carter was taught that the world’s views on sex contribute to Earths moral decay. For years he’s been training to carry out the mission of getting inside The House Of Rae, a female pleasure house, and take it down, but once he does, uncomfortable feelings evoke leaving him more confused than he’s ever been.

From the moment I saw the description of this book, I was both intrigued and somewhat skiddish as to whether I would really enjoy it. A dystopian centered around the idea of pleasure sex almost seemed too far fetched, but how the author would make it happen, was what really piqued my interest and I must say, I was completely amazed.

Lizzie Ashworth captivated me from the first few pages. Told mostly from the POV’s of Josh, Rae and Lu, we get vivid descriptions of every feeling, sight, sound and smell, but not so much that it holds the story back. Each character was flawed just enough to make them believable, but also likable despite their backgrounds and views. I felt for and sympathized with each of them and kept turning the pages hoping somehow it would all work out. This is not a romance where the male and female lead characters monopolize the story. Although their relationship contributes to the meat of the plot, it’s more of a secondary storyline to what’s really going on, but also one that you can’t help but want to see through.

Beautiful writing with a unique and well thought out plot- Salvation is well deserving of 5 Stars! I now want to devour every book Lizzie Ashworth has ever written and cannot wait to get my hands on Denial, the second book in The House of Rae series.

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Book Review: More Than Ever by Gretchen Tubbs

mte“I can’t. I’m sorry, and I appreciate everything you did for me today, but I just can’t.” I feel slightly sick as the words are coming out of my mouth. I don’t think I can open myself up to this. I want to, but I won’t do this to either of us. I can feel the chemistry. If we started something and it would end, it would be disastrous.
“Because of him?”
“No.” I get up from the table and start picking up my food. I don’t want to have this conversation. I walk to the trashcan and throw my leftovers away. When I reach the restaurant’s interior doors that lead back inside, I feel Bennett’s body pushed up against mine. It feels both safe and scary, all at the same time.
He leans over and whispers, “Why?”
In a voice that barely comes out, I reply, “Because of me.”

Lucy Brennan is fighting for her life.
Bennett Strickland feels alive for the first time.
Lives, friendships, family, and love are put to the test.

Everyone is fighting with everything they’ve got.
Will it be enough?

This is the first book in a series, but is a stand-alone novel.

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Lucy Brennan is like any ordinary girl…except she suffers from a genetic kidney disease and is going through life on dialysis three times a week and no kidneys.

Lucy is surrounded by a supportive family and her best friend Miller, whom she lives with, as well as her sister, Maggie. Miller is deeply in love with Lucy, but sadly, she doesn’t reciprocate.

On a scheduled trip to the hospital for dialysis, Lucy meets smoking hot nurse practitioner Bennett Strickland.
Lucy takes Bennet’s breath away the moment he lays eyes on her, despite her emptying the contents of her stomach onto him. Bennet wants nothing more to than to win Lucys’ heart, but Lucy is afraid of starting something with Bennet that she may be unable to finish.

More Than Ever is a beautiful story of love and loss. I really sympathized with Lucy’s situation and I loved how Bennett didn’t care about that at all. I did struggle with parts of the book as I really loved Miller and wanted so much for him to be happy. I felt at times that Lucy didn’t treat him fairly.

There are some truly heartbreaking moments in this book as well as times where I groaned and uttered ‘oh-no’. The emotion swirling within the pages was excellent and should be commended.

I think the differing points of view could have been expressed better. There were times, just after Bennett’s point of view, that we go back to Lucy’s point of view without clear direction. Also, I feel that we could have had more of Bennett’s point of view rather than snippets. There are also some errors that a good editor could weed out.
Overall I really liked More Than Ever. It is well told, and really pulled at my heartstrings. 4/5

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Book Review: Tall Tatted and Tempting by Tammy Falkner

tttLogan wants to know my name, but I can’t tell him. I can’t tell him anything. There are too many people looking for me. He’s pretty persuasive, though, and he convinces me to go home with him so he can keep me safe from this harsh city where I find myself. It’s not my home. It’s his. He belongs. I don’t.

Logan lives with four brothers in the inner city. Yet I’ve never felt more safe than I do when I’m with him. I want him. But he won’t let me have a darn thing, aside from his friendship, unless I’m willing to tell him my secrets. But they’re mine, and I can’t share them. Not unless I want them to come and get me.

Logan

She catches my eye because she’s so beautiful she takes my breath. But that’s not all that I love about her. I love the way she smells. The way she smiles. The way she plays the guitar is unlike anything I have ever seen. She sleeps in my bed every night, and drives me crazy with her touch. But I can’t take what she offers because I need all of her. I need for her to tell me her secrets. I need for her to trust me.
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She’s locked up tight. But he might be the key.

Logan Reed is tall, tatted and tempting.
Kit’s a woman with a mean right hook and a secret.

Kit wants a tattoo, but Logan sees more than she intends to share in the drawing of the tat she wants. He sees her in ways no one ever has.

Logan’s not disabled; but he hasn’t spoken in eight years. He hasn’t needed to.
Until he meets Kit.

Logan doesn’t know everything about Kit. Kit doesn’t know anything about herself,
until she has to sacrifice all she ever wanted to save what’s most important to him.

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Kit (Emily Madison) is living on the streets. Homeless and hungry, she feels trapped and alone, until she meets Logan.

Logan has had his fair share of women. With his impressive build, inked body and beautiful eyes he can have any woman he desires. He never sticks with one woman for longer than one night, and even then, he won’t sleep in bed with them all night, preferring them to be gone by morning….until Kit walks into his life. With a mean right hook, Kit catches Logan’s attention immediately and before he knows it, he’s hooked. But Kit has a secret and because of that, she refuses to give away her real identity or stay in one place for too long.

As Logan and Kit fall hard for each other, Kit finds herself in a situation she never planned. When Logan’s brother is rushed to hospital, Kit sacrifices everything she wants from life to make sure Logan gets everything he needs.

I absolutely adored Logan—he is now my new book boyfriend. Sweet, loyal and hot as hell, the man has it all. His adoration for Kit took my breath away and the way he treats her – me, pick me! I want him. Logan is aware that Kit is running from something or someone and though he wants all of her, he refuses to give himself up to her until she trusts him enough to tell him about her past.

“This girl will shred me. I already know she will. And I’m jumping in with everything I am anyway.”

Kit is struggling to find her way in life. A bright young woman, she feels she’s stupid because she struggles to read. She is NOT stupid, she’s smart and kind, though a little wary of people. She knows she’s falling for Logan and it scares her. She doesn’t want to talk about who she really is and she really doesn’t want to hurt Logan. Kit is a very likeable character and I really rooted for her to get the things that she really wants in life, especially Logan!

All of the characters are well developed and the author did a wonderful job of ensuring that each character stands out as an individual. This book is so well written. It has everything I love in a book – a sexy inked love interest, a strong and sassy main female character and SMOLDERING chemistry between the two. I absolutely ADORED it. 5/5

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Book Review: Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne

bnWhat happens when you start falling for your worst enemy? Fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy will relish this addictive novel of smoking-hot seduction—and revenge gone so wrong, it’s right.

I wasn’t always this jaded. I had a clear head, things I wanted out of life, and a concise plan on how to get there. For being only twenty-one, I pretty much had it all figured out. Until the day my cousin died.

I spent months going over all the details surrounding her death, trying to figure out how I missed the signs, and the only thing I could come up with was she would still be alive if it wasn’t for one person: her professor. So I transferred to his college, enrolled in his class, and set my new plan in motion.

First I’ll seduce him. Then I’ll ruin him. I’ve just got to stay strong and not let his charm and my emotions get the best of me. Because someone has to pay for her death. If it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to break Noah.

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Zara had a great life. With great grades and well on her way to gaining the grades she needs to study law, everything was going her way. Until her cousin and best friend, Karly committed suicide. Karly sends one note prior to taking her life. A note that reveals she was pregnant and the father of her baby was less than impressed. Fuelled by rage and an intense need to find justice for Karly’s death, Zara hatches a plan. Find the man responsible for the death of her friend, Noah Bain, and destroy him.

Noah is an English Lit professor. After a hard year in which one of his students took her own life, Noah feels the need to make sure that nothing like that ever happens again.

When Zara breezes into Noah’s class half way through the semester, Noah has the gut feeling that something is off. All of Zara’s transcripts indicate she was working toward law as her major, so why has she suddenly changed it to English Lit, moreover why has she moved at such a strange time, and, having missed out on a room at the College—where is she staying?

As Noah’s concern leads him to Zara’s door, he’s unwittingly playing into her hands. Brick by brick, Zara lowers his defenses until she has him exactly where she wants him.

But things aren’t as they seem. Everything Zara think she knows starts to no longer make sense. Noah is sweet, caring and hot as hell and she finds herself struggling to keep at bay the feelings beginning to develop for him. And as missing pieces of the puzzle start to click together—Zara realizes she’s in way over her head.

The complexities of this book – where to start? Zara is hell set on revenge and determined to destroy Noah. From the moment her chapters begin, it’s apparent that she’s really struggling to deal with Karly’s death. She’s withdrawn, doesn’t make friends and her behavior screams crazy. She throws herself at Noah, although I think she thought she was being subtle – she really wasn’t. Although her intentions are admirable – to get justice for her friend, the way she goes about it leaves a lot to be desired. That is not to say that this was a negative part of the book, on the contrary, Zara is messed up and her actions show that.

I found Noah a bit of a bore. He is sweet and he does try to keep everyones best interests at heart, but he just didn’t float my boat. Also, the bossy side of him during sex just did not, in any way, tie into his personality.
The plot is really good and the book is written really well. There are a few twists and turns along the way, although I think they were a little obvious. Some parts of it were just too brushed under the carpet, for example Noah and his girlfriend’s relationship. I didn’t fall in love with either of the characters and the ending was a little too easy for my liking. 3/5

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Book Review: Jem by Michelle Abbott

JemTwo injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father’s fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.
She listened.
She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he’ll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

This is a standalone, new adult contemporary romance. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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No one wants to be four year old Jem’s friend, they call him names and accuse him of having the lurgy. When those kids look at Jem all they see is a flea ridden skip rat – not seven year old Devon. Devon sees a sweet little boy that only wants to be loved. When Devon discovers bruises and scars all over Jem’s tiny body, she confides in her mother with disasterous consequences. Jem’s family disappears and Devon never see’s him again.

Fourteen years later, Devon is on the run from her abusive boyfriend who is also the father of her three year old son. When she arrives in a small English seaside town, she promptly makes friends with her neighbors who often take her out. On one visit to the pub, Devon watches as an insanely attractive tattooed man beats the crap out of someone—just for touching him.

Jem recognizes Devon the minute he sets eyes on her—she was the only good memory he had of his childhood and her image is forever burned into his brain. As Jem tries to become closer to Devon, he struggles to understand how she could’ve forgotten him. Devon is completely unaware of Jem’s true identity, but when he saves her from her abusive ex one night, she welcomes him into her arms.

When I read the blurb for this book, I got really excited as it sounded just the sort of thing I like. It’s told from first person points of view of both Jem and Devon and I absolutely adore this kind of story telling, especially with the second chance romance aspect.

The premise sounded fantastic; sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. The backbone of the plot is so good and it could have been wonderful, but jumpy dialogue and monotonous writing held it back. There were blocks of text where every sentence began in ‘I’ which really distracted me. This book could’ve been seeped in emotion and feelings and heartbreaking inner thought. Unfortunately, even though we get first person accounts, we don’t get very much feeling. When I’m reading a book I like to exist within the story, but I felt like an outsider peering in, never getting a true sense of how the characters were feeling physically or emotionally. I couldn’t connect to either characters and I really, really wanted to.

70% of the way in to the book, Devon still hasn’t asked Jem his name—this is despite interacting with him several times, Jem rescuing her from her ex and Devon arranging a date with him, yet when she meets his roommate, she asks her what her name is within minutes.

The cover also has me a little confused. In the book, Jem is covered in tattoos, some of which are described in detail. There’s even a conversation about how he wouldn’t be able to fit more tattoos on his arms, yet one glance at the cover completely contradicts this.

Such a damn shame. As much as I wanted to love this book, I couldn’t and it saddens me. 2/5

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Release Day Blitz: Faith by Kristie Cook!

 When her eyes see only darkness, her soul must uncover
faith’s light.

Evil reigns the world. Earth’s been ravaged. Only
supernaturals roam the surface, while anyone else who escaped the fallout
remains hidden deeply underground. The only signs humans survived at all come
from those who serve the Daemoni. To finalize his conquest of humanity, Lucas
prepares to rip down the veil between Earth and the Otherworld, opening the
gates of Hell into the physical realm.
So why do the Angels insist on Alexis fighting a war that’s
already been lost? Defending a world that no longer exists?
With a soul that’s been battered and beaten by both Heaven
and Hell, Alexis holds onto a single conviction—her love for her family. Her
only mission now is to save her husband’s and her son’s souls. Once she does,
She’ll plead with the Angels to allow them off this world God has obviously
forsaken.
But has He? And can she give up on her people so easily? On
the souls of all humanity? Or will she find the faith she needs to defeat the
Daemoni and win back the world? Just how far will she go to save the souls she
loves . . .  and those she does not?
This epic finale of the bestselling Soul Savers Series will
break readers’ hearts, put them back together, and leave them demanding more.

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various
genres, primarily New Adult paranormal romance and contemporary fantasy. Her
internationally bestselling Soul Savers Series will be complete and all seven
books available by early 2015. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis:
A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 350,000 Soul Savers books have
been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at
#1 in the Amazon Fantasy category, and Wrath peaking in the Top 10 on 5
international iBooks stores.
She has also written The Book of Phoenix trilogy, a New Adult
paranormal romance series that includes The Space Between, The Space Beyond,
and The Space Within. The full trilogy is available now.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and
riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently
calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, a beagle, and a puggle, but
spends many weekends with her three sons at UCF, cheering on the Knights.

Kristie Cook Interview with Red Coat PR

Are you a fan of angels and demons? Discovering new worlds and how they interact with our own? Do you like to ask the “what-if” questions?  Check out the amazing, Kristie Cook and her Soul Savers series, now a completed series with the release of Faith.
RCPR: I have to say I am extremely excited about the release of Faith, your final book in the Soul Savers Series. Are you sad to see it ending? Do you have any plans for a spin off?
KRISTIEOh, gosh, it is so bittersweet to see it ending. With seven books plus a novella and a collection of short stories, it’s been a huge part of my life. Saying goodbye to the characters is like saying goodbye to family. But it’s also been rewarding and quite an accomplishment, especially when I started, I wasn’t entirely confident I’d finish one book, let alone a whole series. As far as plans for what’s next…my lips are sealed. For now.
RCPR: You have so many great characters in this series. If you could either be a character in your book or have a power that one of your characters have who or what would you choose?
KRISTIE: Alexis can read minds, and I think a lot of people would love that power, but I don’t think I would. I already have too many characters in my head. I wouldn’t want the rest of the world in there, too! Not to mention how disturbing most people’s thoughts would be. *shudders* But I do think her power of levitation/telekinesis would be awesome.
 RCPR: I know some authors know their story from beginning to end before they write it. Did the Soul Savers Series end how you thought it would or did it throw you for a loop and go completely off the track?
KRISTIE: I had a general image of the final battle scene in my mind and the big turning point for Alexis since I finished the first book, but not everything play by play. So much of the storyline evolved over time – I was thrown for a loop many times, but every surprise led me beautifully back to where I intended to go. That’s what I love about writing
RCPR: Do you listen to music while you write; and if so what kind or do you need to write in complete silence?
KRISTIE: I have to actually write in silence, with white noise, like a fan. Lyrics distract me. But I do listen to music that is right for the story when I’m doing other work, exercising, cooking, etc.
RCPR: You’ve taken a different approach to writing characters like Vampires and Shifters along with Angels and Demons. What inspired you to write this series so creatively and pushed you to create a world like you did?
KRISTIE: I’d had the idea of writing angels and demons tumbling in my mind for years before I decided to start writing fiction again. When I finally decided to play, I sketched out some angel and demon-type characters. Around the same time, I was scanning through reader and book forums one day and came across a thread of young girls crying because they wanted the Twilight characters to be real. And I thought, “Well, then the bad guys would kill the author for exposing their secrets.” Immediately, the “what if” question popped into my head—“What if the supernatural creatures a big-name author wrote about showed up in her home, threatening to kill her if she didn’t stop exposing their secrets?” Then I realized this author and my character for the angels and demons idea were one and the same. The mythology snowballed from there.
RCPR: What book or series do you have in the works for us next?
KRISTIE: Top-secret…for a little bit longer. I have a lot of stories I want to discover about secondary characters in the Soul Savers world, but I also have other things in the works. Announcements will be coming after Faith releases.
RCPR: What has been your craziest fan interaction so far?
KRISTIE: Tattoos! Several fans have tattoos from my books! I do, too, but you know, I’m the author. I just never thought… The craziest is a tattoo of my skull-and-wings logo, including my initials – breaking her own rule of never tattooing someone else’s initials on her body. Haha! My fans are unbelievably awesome. I’m always blown away and humbled by how many people love my characters as much as I do.
RCPR: Is there a snack or drink or drink that you must have for while you are writing?
KRISTIE: Chocolate. And when under deadline, coffee.
RCPR: Are there any authors that you go Fan Girl over?
KRISTIE: So many I fan girl over even though they are friends now! But the ones I’d completely freak out and probably lose all brainpower with would be J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. I know, not very original, but there’s a reason people love them.
RCPR: What are some events that you have coming up for 2015?
KRISTIE: I’m doing a UK Tour in April, utopYA (Nashville) in June, PennedCon (St. Louis) in July, and InD’Scribe (Palm Springs) in September. That’s what I have planned so far for this year.

Book Review: Step Brother Dearest by Penelope Ward

stepYou’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. But things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Then, just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

 

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Oh my gawd, ladies. Pass me the fan and run me a cold shower, this book is hawt. The story begins as Greta and her mother prepare their house for their new arrival, Greta’s never-met-before stepbrother – Elec. From the moment Elec walks through the door, Greta can’t keep her temperature down, he is smoking. Unfortunately, he’s also a rated A pain in the ass.

Elec has a serious chip on his shoulder and finds it all kinds of fun to tease, ridicule and embarrass Greta. Not exactly happy about having to spend the year with his father’s new family, Elec just wants to stay away from everyone until the time comes when he can be on his way.

Greta finds Elec rude, ignorant, cocky and sexy as hell. As his games begin to wear thin on her nerves, her retaliation – well, lets just say, it doesn’t go to plan.

And so begins the equally measuring heartwarming and heartbreaking journey of Greta and Elec as they begin to bond, ultimately overstepping boundries and breaking each other’s hearts.

Stepbrother dearest is a tale of forbidden love, loss and a relationship doomed before it even began.

This book is nearly everything I want in story. The emotional journey I experienced while reading was tumultuous to say the least. Laugh, cry, scream at the pages – I did it all. Greta had me eating out of her hand from page one. She’s sweet, loyal and tough as nails when she needs to be. Elec – ladies, you will love him. He’s had a tough time of it and his attitude becomes very understandable.

I want to rate this five stars, I really, really do – however, there is a part of the book that is overly repetitive and honestly, it could have been condensed. This segment turned the book into something I was thoroughly enjoying, into something I became a little irritated with. That being said, it is still a wonderful book and more than worth the read.

A not quite there 4/5

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