Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance - College - Sports (Hockey)

Series: Off-Campus (book 2)

Publication Date: 28th April 2015

Format: ebook

Blurb:
He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

The second book in Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus novels… I loved the first one. I really loved the second one!

OMG the feels

This book is a bit unusual actually in that the couple meet, have a bit of a thing then break-up, then get back together and stay that way for the rest of the book. Typically the big event that tears the central couple apart comes towards the end of a book and they reunite just in time for the epic conclusion. Obviously, this is a very simplistic view of the novel. It doesn’t capture everything this couple go through or have been through to get to where they are going but I needed to mention it as I just love that the author shook up the typical format for this genre in particular.

Logan and Grace have had very different lives, but they just fit together. It was a pleasure watching them work that out and move into a future they deserved. They really grew throughout the book and this series has most definitely claimed a place in my heart this year.

I loved how the humour, banter and general madness from book 1 was still present in this one. Elle Kennedy’s writing has lost none of its energy; it’s as vibrant and entertaining as it was in The Deal which makes it a whole load of awesome.

I wholeheartedly recommend giving this series a try. It feels fresh – despite using ‘old favourite tropes – and is just simply wonderfully done.

Cover Reveal - The Affiliate by K.A. Linde

Hi All!

Today I'm pleased to be taking part in the cover reveal of Kyla Linde’s The Affiliate! 

The Affiliate is a YA fantasy novel and is book 1 in the Ascension series. 

Release Day: September 15th 2015

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About The Affiliate: 

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have... King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. 

Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

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Exclusive Excerpt: 

“Do you enjoy the view?” King Edric asked.

“The rains have made the gardens bloom, and it warms my heart to see it so.”

“It is good to know that the gardener approves of the work.”

Cyrene laughed lightly. “I have not gardened in a month’s time. I fear I can no longer call myself a gardener.”

She remembered when she had told the king of her interest in gardening at the last feast day almost a week ago. After that dance, Queen Kaliana added a list of plants to her assignment, forcing her to reread every page she had already dredged through for information. It had wasted two entire days.

“Perhaps I could change that,” he offered.

He directed her down the staircase and into the courtyard below lit solely by the setting sun in the distance.

Her stomach churned at the thought of him offering assistance to any of her needs. It was like what she had read in her children’s books of the tales of Leifs, and how one request would be necessitated by a much larger sacrifice. Her biggest sacrifice at the present moment was time. She wanted nothing more than to finish her work on agriculture and prove that she could get moved somewhere that involved traveling…and adventure.

“On the contrary, My King, I am fully enthralled in my Affiliate duties, and believe that gardening would only distract me from my work.”

“You cannot spare one afternoon to spend in my gardens?” His blue-gray eyes searched her face. “If you have half the green thumb you suggest, then it would be delightful to have you on the grounds.”

She swallowed. “I really have much work to accomplish before we go on Processional.”

“I could speak to the Queen and request it be lessened,” he whispered into the evening air.

“No!” It was the first time he had ever admitted to discussing her with the Queen. Hearing him admit it aloud made her voice come out strangled.

Cyrene missed her footing on the pebble path and stumbled forward a pace. Edric steadied her. He turned his body to face her in the middle of the garden, and her breath caught at the sight of him in the setting sun. 

“You do not wish me to speak to the Queen?”

“I spoke out of turn. Please forgive me.”

“I cannot forgive that which I do not understand. Did the Queen somehow offend you?”

Cyrene shook her head. “I fear that the Queen does not…like me.”

Edric laughed softly, taking one of her hands in his own. “Oh Cyrene, I believe that the Queen likes no one but herself.”

Cyrene found that she, too, could laugh at his comment.

“Now, tell me what the Queen has done to make you believe that she dislikes you.”

“It’s nothing, my King.” She turned her face away from his. She couldn’t possibly tell him the real reason.

“Enough to infuriate you, which is enough for me.”

When she looked back up into his blue-gray eyes she felt that same magnetic pull between them. 

Somehow she had not realized how close they were standing. His hand felt warm against her bare skin. 

His body only a few inches away from her. His breath hot on her face. Her heart contracted in her chest, and she forced herself to respond. 

“She speaks of…of your interference, as if…as if you…”

Time stretched between them, and she thought for a split second he might move even closer to her. She was rooted in place, captivated by his gaze.

“Yes?” His other hand drifted to her waist, and she was suddenly on fire.

Their breath mingled together as she murmured, “As if you favor me.”

“And do you think that?”

“I…”

“Yes?” he asked, stepping closer.

“I think you have your queen,” she breathed.

  About K. A. Linde: 

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper. When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Release Day Launch - Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s

Dark Elements Series...Who Will She Choose?

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Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Don't miss the conclusion to this stunning Young Adult Paranormal series filled with danger and romance! 

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Excerpt:

Roth cleared his throat. “Shortie, look…look at your hand.”
Look at my hand? Why in the world would he be asking me to do that in the midst of all the cray?
“Do it,” he said quietly and too gently.
The dread exploded in my gut like buckshot, and my gaze dropped to my left hand. I expected to see the weird marbling of black and gray, a mixture of the demon and Warden that existed inside of me and a combination I’d become almost familiar with by now. My nails had lengthened and sharpened, and I could tell they were hard enough to cut through steel, as hard as my skin, but my skin…it was still pink. Really pink.
“What the…?” My gaze traveled to my other hand. It was the same. Just pink. My wings twitched, reminding me that I had shifted.
Zayne swallowed. “Your…your wings…”
“What about my wings?” I almost screeched, reaching be‑ hind me. “Are they broken? Did they not come out—” The tips of my fingers came into contact with something as soft as silk. My hand jerked back. “What…”
Stacey’s watery eyes had doubled in size. “Um, Layla, there’s a mirror above the fireplace. I think you need to look in it.”
I met Roth’s gaze for a second before I spun around and all but ran to the fireplace I was sure Stacey’s mom had never used. Clutching the white mantel, I stared at my reflection.
I looked normal, like I did before I shifted…like I was going to class or something. My eyes were the palest shade of gray, a watered-down blue. My hair was so blond it was almost white, and a mess of waves that went in every direction like usual. I looked like a colorless china doll, which was nothing new, except for the two fangs jutting out of my mouth. I wouldn’t show them off at school, but that wasn’t what caught my attention and held it.
It was my wings.
They were large, not as massive as Zayne’s or Roth’s, and normally they were almost leathery in texture, but now they were black…black and feathered. Like legit feathered. That soft, silky thing I’d felt? It had been tiny feathers.
Feathers.
“Oh my God,” I whispered at my reflection. “I have feathers.”
“Those are definitely feathered wings,” Roth commented.
I whipped around, knocking over a lamp with my feathered right wing. “I have feathers on my wings!”
Roth cocked his head to the side. “Yeah, you do.”
He was absolutely no help, so I turned to Zayne. “Why do I have feathers on my wings?”
Zayne shook his head slowly. “I don’t know, Layla. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
“Liar,” hissed Roth, shooting him a dark look. “You’ve seen that before. So have I.”

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis: 
Some loves will last ‘til your dying breath Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

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 # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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RDL - Racing The Sun by Karina Halle



Happy Release Day Karina Halle!!
Racing The Sun is OUT NOW folks!


From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . .

After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?












About The Author:

With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.


Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancĂ© and rescue pup.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance - College - Sports (Hockey)

Series: Off-Campus (book 1)

Publication Date: 24th February 2015

Format: ebook

Blurb:

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy... 

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice... even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. 

...and it’s going to be oh so good. 

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Before reading this book I’d heard so much about it. 
Seriously, it was everywhere when it released.  Authors, readers, bloggers constantly yabbering about this book and it made me both want to read it and want avoid it like the plague, because books rarely live up to insane hype.

However, I am pleased to say that curiosity eventually got the better of me and I read it, because this book actually was really good, and so I throw my fangirling praises into the ring.

The author writes with humour and heart. Her characters are likeable and loveable. Not just Hannah and Garrett but all the secondary characters too.

You are routing for Hannah and Garrett from the very first meeting and the ride they take you on is a giggle infested, heart-felt, romp of pure happiness.

I love fake couple to real couple romances and this one ticked all my boxes… All the feels man! The feels!
It’s also not part of multi book, cliffhanger infested epic! Woohoo! Yes, it’s part of a series but they are all interconnected standalones… SCORE!

I’m so glad I read this and I’m off to read the next one!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Review: The Outcast by Glynnis Campbell

Genre: Historical Romance - Scotland

Series: Scottish Lasses (Book 0.5)

Publication Date: 4th Feb 2015

Format: ebook

Blurb:

Lachlan Mar, a disfigured and broken Scots warrior, doesn't believe anything can mend the wounds of war until Alisoune Hay, a brilliant and beautiful young lass, stumbles into his cottage and his life, healing his hurt and his heart with the most magical power of all--love.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

The Outcast by Glynnis Campbell is a novella, set in medieval Scotland and is quite possibly the weirdest and most far-fetched historical I’ve read in a while but I enjoyed it.

It’s a simple story really. Lachlan lost a leg in battle and was ostracised, so lives alone in a little cabin in the woods.

Alisoune stumbles across this cabin when running for her life for being accused of witchcraft.
Sparks fly, hearts melt, wounds heal… It’s all very nice, typical and touching. Except for the fact that Alisoune is obsessed with science and uses this knowledge to do things such as make Lachlan a fully operable mechanised leg… Yeah
Then there is the random and out of place stone / crone thing at the start that has no bearing on the story what-so-ever really.

It’s a quick read and excepting the weirdness, it’s pretty enjoyable. Alisoune and Lachlan are wonderful together creating a fair few butterflies in the tummy and it didn’t trigger the need to throw my kindle in rage at how Scots were portrayed. Yeay!

Yep. I was born and raised in Scotland, and historical romances quite often cause me to die a little inside as they typically butcher my country’s history, people, accent etc. Unfortunately, I quite enjoy them every now and again, so the search for authors who do it well is always on. 
Glynnis Campbell does it well.  

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Review: First Verse by Emily Snow

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance - Music - Novellas

Series: Second Verse (Book 0.5)

Publication Date: 10th July 2015

Format: ebook

Blurb:
From the moment Kinsey Brock walks in on Emmett Hudson in the shower, she knows he’s going to be trouble. He’s sex with a Southern accent and a guitar, and he makes her heart go from zero to sixty just by darting his intense moss green eyes in her direction. But he’s also the grandson of the woman who took Kinsey in when she had no one else—and that means he’s off-limits. 

Too bad for Kinsey that word isn’t in Emmett’s vocabulary. 

But want, need, and more sure as hell are. 

NOTE: Set eight years before the standalone novel SECOND VERSE (Coming July 2015), this prequel novella tells the story of Kinsey and Emmett’s first moments together. Both stories are intended for mature audiences.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

First Verse is a novella length story that introduces us to the characters of Kinsey and Emmett.
Kinsey has had a shitty life, has just finished high school but things are looking up for her in the shape of a supportive foster carer, Mrs. H.

When Mrs. H’s grandson comes to town, sparks fly, and as you’d expect, they fall in love. It could have been a beautiful thing, but Emmett’s wicked bitch of a sister ensures that it all turns hideously ugly.

It’s gut-wrenching, heart-breaking and utterly infuriating. You want to wrap Kinsey in a bubble and spit-roast Emmett while hoping and praying that everything is ok in the end.

Of course, since this is a prequel novella for a full length novel – Second Verse – you know you aren’t getting happy ever after in this one and the story ends with an almighty bitch slap leaving you screaming “NEED IT NOW” for the next book because it can’t end like that but how can there be forgiveness?
I guess we’ll see!

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this year and its stories like this that remind me why I love reading so damn much.

* Skips off happily to a corner to rock back and forth while waiting on the next one... *

 
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