Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Teaser Post - WILD RECKLESS by Ginger Scott

Hi folks!
We're getting ever closer to the release of Wild Reckless by the wonderful Ginger Scott!
Who is excited? 
I'm excited and I'm super grateful to have my mitts on a ARC so I can say with 100% certainty that people are going to LOVE this book!!

Read on for a teaser. You know you want to


Blurb:
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.


Instead, a nightmare took over. 

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.


Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.


Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.


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About The Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After.A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com. 
When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils). 

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Monday, 23 February 2015

RDL: Her Fallen Protector by Nichole Severn

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It's release day for Her Fallen Protector by Nichole Severn!! 
I am so excited to share this new paranormal romance with you!! 
Read on for teasers and giveaways!

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Synopsis:

When a trio of demons kidnap Vdarra Jansen, her normal life is ripped away. Her abductors claim she is the “lost heiress” of the Underworld, and the commander of the mighty Army of Duemos. They don't seem to care that she knows nothing about the Underworld, or that she only remembers the last ten years of her life...   Former archangel Jacob will do anything to bring back his lost love’s memories. But if he succeeds, it could mean the end of the world. Torn between love and duty, Jacob will do whatever it takes to save her.   Jacob and Vdarra must learn to trust each other, and push aside old hurts to find their way. They are in a race to find the one thing that will decide Vdarra’s, and the world’s, fate – the lost Seal of Solomon. It will mean choosing between innocent lives ...and their hearts.

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About The Author:

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she spent most days at her grandmother’s house watching X-Men, Married with Children and The Simpsons, Nichole Severn migrated to the Salt Lake City valley to live life as scandalous romance author.

She graduated with a degree in psychology from Utah Valley University and resides with her very supportive and patient husband, as well as her terrorist of a toddler, in Sandy, Utah. When she’s not writing, she’s constantly injuring herself running, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and snowboarding.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Review: Blushing by Katie Delahanty

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance - Rockstar - Hollywood

Series: The Brightside (Book 2)

Publication Date: 23rd February 2015

Format: ebook

Synopsis:

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Engaged.

When Berkeley proposed I thought we’d live happily ever after—we’d plan our wedding and he’d tour with the Brightside while I continued designing lingerie. But instead he dropped a bombshell that turned my life upside down: he’s set to star in a movie with, who else, his gorgeous ex, Christina Carlton. And what’s more? I’ve been erased from the public eye. All anyone can talk about is #Berkstina.

Berkeley wants me to work on set as a costume designer—a dream come true—but there’s a catch; we have to keep our relationship secret. I’m okay with not being photographed, but the sneaking around, the lies, the love scenes; it’s not how I imagined our engagement. I know Berkeley is passionate and driven, but he has so much going on—I don’t know if we can take it. I’m starting to wonder how well I know him.

I love him, but am I ready to drop everything and decide the rest of my life? To become Olivia Dalton?


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

My Thoughts:

I LOVED book 1 in this series - In Bloom - and I stalked Katie Delahanty's FB, twitter etc desperate for news on when the next book would come. The longer I waited the more desperate and excited I got. I couldn't wait to read more about the wonderful characters we met in In Bloom and to overload on the delicious feels that Berkeley and Olivia generate. So, you can imagine my super embarrassing fan-girl display when I granted an ARC by the author.

Blushing picks up pretty much immediately where In Bloom left off, so I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you've read In Bloom. Too much of who the characters are is invested there and thus I feel you'd loose too much of the connection and back story to truly appreciate Blushing.


Katie's writing is wonderful. She has a real gift at making the characters feel alive. It makes it so easy to lose yourself in the story as it doesn't feel like you are reading about fictional characters. It feels like you are reading about real people, people you know, friends, and it makes these books so addictive!

Blushing moves from music to movies - proper Hollywood - but most of it is spent on set in Pittsburgh so we get to see a lot more of Olivia's family! (Psychic mom! Legend.)
I loved the drama and tension, the ups and downs, the general ridiculousness of celebrity and PR that the book presents.

Olivia and Berkeley were all kinds of awesome. I wanted to smack 'em both upside the head a few times but they got themselves sorted in the end and provided loads of yummy feels throughout.

The secondary characters each have their own developments and I enjoyed catching up with the gang. I hope to see more of them as the POV of the books moves from Olivia and Berkeley to Mark, the Brightside's Bassist.
Especially Boots - Olivia's cousin - she is so funny and weird, I'd love to read more of her!

My only complaint would be that the book is... I don't know how to phrase it. More clunky(?) than the first book in the series and, for me, lacks some of the sparkle, but I still enjoyed it immensely and will read it over and over again so I guess it' not much of an issue or a complaint. Just needed to be stated for the sake of honest reviewing.

100% recommended, and if you enjoy books from the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk then I think you'd definitely like Katie Delahanty's Brightside Series.


(ARC granted via Netgalley)

P.S OMG! The blog was mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book! (First time that's ever happened!) Plus, the twitter handle and one of our tweets was used in the actual book!!!! Total fan-girl overload right here!!

Review: Ripped by Katy Evans

Genre: New Adult  - Contemporary Romance - Rockstars

Series: Real Series (book 5)

Publication Date: 9th December 2014

Format: ebook / print

Synopsis:

The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.

Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he's back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she'll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he's in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she's in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it's clear she's still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I was quite looking forward to this book, which was hard to explain, as I wasn't really a fan of Pandora in past books, and I knew next to nothing about the rocker who broke her heart, but I was really looking forward to finding out about her, more about him and generally getting answers to my questions about the pair.
So, I would say that I was intrigued when I started reading and that I became completely engrossed in under a chapter. It was addictive, enthralling, sexy, angry, sexy, funny, sexy, heart-breaking and, did I mention sexy?

Kenna and Pandora had a complex history and a shit ton of baggage. Watching them unpack, clean house and move forward was immensely enjoyable. My heart broke for them but I was glad that in the end they had each other at least.

For Real fans, you see Brooke and Remy. You catch up with Mel and Grayson and you meet the entertaining and curiosity piquing, Jaz and Lex. Possible subjects for subsequent books? Hmmm...

I'd say the only negative of this book was that the language was a bit repetitive at times, but meh. When it's good it's good and this book has a whole load more good than anything bad so, two thumbs up from me.


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Review: Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance

Series: Love, In English (Book 2)

Publication Date: 11th November 2014

Format: ebook

Synopsis:

The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after." Note: It should be read after Love, in English and it is mostly new material (aka not just rehash of LIE). 

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“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.” 

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world. 

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences. 

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship. 

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn. 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I loved Love, In English and was incredibly excited to read this book. I couldn't wait to read what came next for Mateo and Vera but I'm afraid to say that after finishing the book I was left feeling deflated and generally disappointed.

I enjoyed reading from Mateo's POV, I was captivated by the eloquence of his thoughts and his words. His love for Vera is deep and powerful. Passionate and all consuming.

It was wonderful to read but as the story went on it was like Mateo and Vera were lost and in their place was two needy, insecure asshats who didn't listen to each other and sure as shit didn't respect each other.
The a relationship that they had fought so hard for, that we so routed for, was damaged by their actions to the point I felt it wasn't worth the pain and angst they went through before the author managed to pull it back on track.
Unfortunately it was too little too late. The magic and sparkle had been lost and all that was left was disappointment.

I will read the spin off books featuring Vera's brother but I felt that this book could have been so much more than it was as Karina Halle is a wonderful writer.
I just couldn't put up with all the un-necessary drama and the inconsistency of the characters to enjoy this one. 


Review: Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens

Genre:  New Adult - Contemporary Romance - Rockstars

Series: Thoughtless (Book 1.5)

Publication Date: 24th February 2015

Format: ebook / print

Synopsis:
A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Timesbestselling author S. C. Stephens! 

Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.

All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar, and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson: You're worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal band mates, and fast women...until he meets her. 

Kiera makes him ache for more. Makes him feel for the first time that he'sworth more. But there's one problem - she's his best friend's girl.

Just when Kellan thought his emotional defenses were rock solid, Kiera's indecisive heart wreaks havoc on his soul, changing him forever. Losing Kiera is not an option.
 


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Thoughtless from the POV of Kellen Kyle...

To start this review I should probably say that I hated Thoughtless as much as I loved it (I wanted to spear Kiera on a spike and roast her over the fiery pits of hell - to read the full review click here) and even though I loved Effortless and Reckless, I am still not sure if I'll ever read Thoughtless again... But, I LOVED Kellen in Thoughtless, I loved him in Effortless and I loved him in Reckless. I HAD to read Thoughtful. I had to read his thoughts, read his take on the absolute train wreck that was the beginning of his relationship with Kiera.

So, I mentally strapped on my armour and got ready to put myself through the emotional wringer and by god did this book put me through the emotional wringer.
Knowing what was going to come did not in any way prepare me for the breath-stealing heartbreak of seeing it through Kellen's eyes.
Kellen is more broken, lonely and vulnerable than I would have ever believed. Such a damaged, beautiful soul. It made me forget the fact that I "forgave" Kiera her selfish bitchery and actually began to like her character in later books. I went straight back to despising her and wishing SC Stephens killed her off in the end and matched Kellen up with another. But alas...

Moving on.

Did I like the book? Yes. Did I love the book? Yes. Would I read it again? Actually, yes. Even though this story is an emotional roller-coaster from hell, it was easier to read it - and enjoy it -  from Kellen's POV. It had the same soul-stealing addictive quality as it's twin but without the flaw of coming from a character I couldn't relate to, like or give a shit about (aka Kiera).
Something that I really loved about this book, that was lacking in Thoughtless, was the insight we got into the lives of the rest of the D-Bags and Kellen's relationship with them. It was fantastic to see that side of the coin and I really hope this series continues in some way shape or form and we get to see more of the gang.

If you are a fan of the series, reading this is a must. I you are just coming in, without reading the others, I guess it'd work as a standalone.

(ARC received via Netgally)


Friday, 20 February 2015

Review: Reckless by S.C. Stephens

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance

Series: Thoughtless (Book 3)

Publication Date: 5th March 2013

Format: ebook / print

Synopsis:

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other survive the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they've formed, the new family they've found, and the history they've forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band's exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price-but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

This series has finally hot all the right buttons (and avoided hitting all the bad ones) to finally get a 5 out of 5 stars from me!

This book follows straight on from the events in Effortless so, once again, it's best to read book 1 and 2 first.

In Reckless Kellen and the D-Bags have hit it big and you can imagine all the drama that comes with loving a man-candy rockstar in the shape of Kellen Kyle! (That is if you've read the other books, if not the answer is LOTS!)
Thankfully, the drama in this book is caused by external sources and not by any idiocy from Kellen and Kiera. The pair of them were are solid throughout and It. Was. Awesome!!
I wanted to shout and scream and happy dance in joy at the fact that they finally got there! They are happy! I finally believed that the could make it, that they could last. It was all worth it!!

I enjoyed the growth from the characters, even Griffin! Denny and Miss Sunshine bugged me and are the only truly bits about this series that I can't suspend belief over but putting them aside... Perfect. Just perfect.

I've been stupefied by these three books for weeks now. I read them back to back then re-read my favourite bits a what felt like a million times. It's been a hell of a ride with a hell of a book hangover but I'd do it again!

I'm sad to see it end because I want more! But I'm excited for Thoughtful so I guess there is a silver lining... Even if it is a re-hash of a past book.







 
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