Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Blog Tour Stop! Never Been Kissed by Molly O' Keefe (Review)

Hello and thank you for checking out our stop on the Never Been Kissed Blog Tour!

This post contains info on the book, the author, buy links, a giveaway and our review! 
So keep reading!


Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Series: Boys of Bishop - Book 2 (Can be read as a standalone)

Publication Date: 1st July 2014

Kindle: Yes
ePub: Yes
Print: Yes
Audio: No

Synopsis:

Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s second novel in her exciting new series—The Boys of Bishop—features an irresistible romance and unforgettable characters in a page-turning story that delivers equal parts emotion and humor . . . with a little edge to boot.

As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates. Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.

Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Molly O' Keefe and it wont be my last!
This book is really easy to read. It's a really sweet, slow building love story that is simply addictive. The more I read the more I wanted to read and when it got hot, it got hot!

Ashley goes through a horrible ordeal but she doesn't let it break her. I liked her immensely and considering her family, namely her mother,  it's a wonder she grew up with a soul!

Brody is the tall, strong, silent type. Honestly, I felt he was a bit of an ass at times the way he pushed Ashley away, pushed his brother away... Pushed everybody away, but I liked him anyway. He can be kind, caring and the sexy bodyguard thing won him lots of brownie points.

If you like contemporary romances that aren't smothered in instalove/lust and feel real - despite this being outside most peoples scope of normal, i.e. politician's daughter and the "bodyguard" - then give Molly O' Keefe a try! You won't be disappointed!

P.S. It is book 2 in the boys of Bishop series but you don't need to have read the first to read and enjoy this one.

Buy Links - Never Been Kissed:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1qpWwn6 
Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/SXQ3U1 



Book 1 in The Boys of Bishop Series - 
Wild Child

Goodreads

Buy Links - Wild Child:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1nSVy1G
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1jDyO1i 





Author Bio:
Molly O'Keefe is the RITA Award winning author of over 25 books and novellas. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two kids and the
largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Site - http://www.molly-okeefe.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/MollyOKwrites
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MollyOKeefeBooks
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/223845.Molly_O_Keefe


Author's Giveaway!


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Release Day Spotlight! The Gilded Flower Series by Vivian Winslow (Erotic Romance)

Hi all! 

Tiger Lily (book 3 in the Gilded Flower series) releases today so to celebrate we are spotlighting the series for you all to check out :-)

These books are erotic romance shorts from author Vivian Winslow.



Synopsis of Gilded Lily (Book 1)
After catching her fiancĂ© Jack in bed with her sister the day before her wedding, New York socialite Lily Baron escapes to Rio, her honeymoon destination—alone. There, Marcelo, the dark and sexy hotel masseur, releases a heated passion Lily had never experienced with Jack. When Lily meets handsome and powerful Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, she can hardly resist him. There’s just one problem. He’s married. In this uber-sensual city, will Lily’s reluctance to be with a married man, in light of her own fiancĂ©’s betrayal, give way to her burning desire for Gustavo?



Synopsis of Calla Lily (Book 2)
Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom?



Synopsis of Tiger Lily (Book 3): 
Weary from battling a hostile takeover attempt of her family’s company, Lily seeks a distraction in Todd, an erstwhile bartender with a large trust fund and magical tongue. Meanwhile, a connection seems to be developing between Lily and Alejandro, a wealthy and gorgeous Cuban-American, whose brother, Rodrigo, is dating Lily’s twin sister, Dahlia. When Alejandro unexpectedly rebuffs Lily one night, she is deeply dismayed.  But, after seeing Alejandro’s picture with a gorgeous Latina model in the gossip pages, Lily thinks it wasn’t just a misunderstanding. When the sisters and brothers reunite in Aspen for a ski weekend, will Lily’s heart remain frozen or will the fire between her and Alejandro rekindle and melt away the ice?

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Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance

Series: Maddox Brothers Book 1 (Spin off from the Beautiful Disaster Series)

Publication Date: 1st July 2014

Kindle: Yes
ePub: Yes
Print: Yes
Audio: No

Synopsis:

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn't have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with her first weekend off in almost a year.
Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. 
Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlour to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red. 
As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she'll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever - even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in the Maddox brothers series and it is the story of Trent and Cami.

It is told from Cami's POV and it runs alongside the beautiful disaster story arc which was amusing as it gave another perspective on the madness of Travis and Abby.

Cami is a bartender at The Red and part-time college student. She has 4 brothers, a doormat mother and a hateful, violent father which causes no end of problems and heartache for Cami and on top of it all her boyfriend, TJ, works in a different state and she hasn't seen him in months because he keeps cancelling - often last minute - due to work.
You instantly like Cami and you are angry on her behalf at the stuff she has to deal with. You are routing for her throughout this book but I'm not going to lie - I wanted to slap her on more than one occasion. Mainly over the absentee boyfriend. Honestly, how she could put the guy before Trent was beyond me. How she could hurt Trent - and herself - so badly over a guy who will never put her first, and wasn't really in her life, was mind boggling but it made for one hell of an addictive ride! I couldn't put the book down.

Trenton Maddox is bloody marvellous! I loved Travis but I have to say after Beautiful Oblivion I love Trent more.
He invites himself into Cami's life and gives her everything she needs and puts her beyond everything. You could call him various names over the fact he knows from the beginning Cami has a boyfriend but you just wont want to. Her boyfriend isn't around, makes no effort to be around, and Trent has loved her since high-school. He is awesome, supportive, protective and God! I just wanted to lick him.

Before reading this book I was made aware of a "big spoiler" at the end and was asked by the publisher on receipt of the review copy not to disclose what it is. So I'll start by saying that I guessed the "big spoiler" at 5%.
Honestly, I think A LOT of people (if they have read Travis and Abby's books) will guess the big spoiler. It's not overly hidden if you are looking for it. Having a good idea of what the spoiler was all the way through made me view the events in the novel differently than I probably would have if I hadn't worked it out and I'm afraid I can't explain how the suspicion - then confirmation of my suspicions - changed my view of the story cause it'd totally spoil it! Sorry! You'll find out at the end but it'll be a miracle if you haven't worked it out by then...

Anyways, read the book. Enjoy and find out for yourself what the shocker is.

Book 2 sure is going to be an interesting one. Each of the Maddox's come with a whole truckload of baggage and the next brother - Thomas - is certainly no different.

In fact, considering everything we know about him (FBI an' all) I expect it'll be a doozey!


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Cover Reveal! Finding Her Muse by L. Mertz!

Finding Her Muse releases on 31st July 2014!

It is book 3 in the Muse Inspired Love series.


Synopsis:

I thought I had found my Prince charming, my happily ever after. Turns out, the prince was a liar and happily ever after’s only exist in books; my books. Or at least they did until the writer’s block kicked in.
Mary is a mother of a beautiful little girl. As an accomplished indie author with a major block, she’s feeling the pressure from her editor and fans to put out another book. She has to find someone, something, to inspire her and get her out of this funk. She wasn’t looking for romance. Especially not from someone so young, but if she was taught anything growing up, it was that age is just a number.
Landon is completely lost after just losing his only living relative, his Grandmother. All in the middle of getting his degree. He knows he needs to finish, for himself, and to make his Grandmother proud, but what about after? An unexpected gift left behind by his grandmother gives him the chance of following his dream and opening an art studio. A night out with his friend turns into a whole lot more than he ever could have expected.
One night, too many drinks and a need to be wanted pull Mary and Landon together for a ride neither one of them are sure they are ready for.

Add it to your Goodreads!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Shattering Halos Blog Tour - Our Stop!


Hi and thank you for stopping by and checking out our stop on the Shattering Halos blog tour!

Shattering Halos is the debut novel Sunniva Dee and it is a New Adult, Paranormal romance that released on February 24th 2014.

Synopsis:

I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.


The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.



He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.



My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.



The war is about to begin.



My Thoughts:

Shattering Halos combines a couple of my favourite kinds of book - paranormal romance and (kind of) New Adult - into one and the result is enjoyable but not as awesome as I was hoping it would be.

I'm afraid this review will sound like I didn't enjoy the book and it's not true - I did enjoy it - but I did have issues while reading it. 

So, What were my issues? 

  1. The speed the story moves. (Years go whizzzz!)
  2. Gaia is involved in a horrendous car accident, her friends die, but she plods on pretty much hunky-dorey! The whole Gabriel helping her with her pain thing just seemed like a total cop-out.
  3. Lack of depth to the characters.
  4. Failure to connect with Gaia. 
  5. It felt more YA than NA. Yes, there was sex and it progresses through high school and beyond but those two factors aren't the only things that make NA so  it never shook the YA feeling for me.
  6. The fall on it's face before it begins wannabe love triangle.

So, what did I actually like you may ask?
  1. The overall premise. There are not enough angel paranormals in the world. 
  2. Gabriel (sweet and sexy)
  3. Cassiel (He was really kinda awesome. Sexy and snarky) 
  4. The big battle (and the lead up to it).
  5. It has some nice romantic moments that produce some nice feels. 
  6. The switching POV and the fact it was between Gaia and Cassiel not Gaia and Gabriel.
The book ends up a 3.5 star read for me. My likes and dislikes were tied, which would've put in right in the middle of my rating system but the fact that it didn't take long to read, it held my attention (through likes and dislikes) and left me with a overall positive feeling gets it an extra half point.

Recommened for older readers of YA (got depicted sex in it), NA readers and general paranormal fans. 

It isn't an expensive book so take a chance and see what you think for yourself!

Goodreads: 

Purchase Link: 

Also available in Print & ePub

Author Bio:


I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.


I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.



I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.



I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.



Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.

Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

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Tour Giveaway!

Cover Reveal - Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken










Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him. 

I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself. 

But the only person able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it. 

Im cursed so I did it. 
I'm numb so I held it. 
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins. 
The only way out is death...yours.

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family


AUGUST 11, 2014








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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Review - How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

Genre/tags: New Adult - Contemporary - Romance

Publication Date: 8th July 2014

Kindle: Yes
ePub: Yes
Print: Yes
Audio: No

Synopsis:

When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again. 

But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home—the Abbots. 

Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

How We Deal With Gravity is Ginger Scott's 4th novel and it is stunning! It is a novel about forgiveness, acceptance, life, love and second chances.

Told from the alternating POV of Avery and Mason we get to see how two very different people come together and make each other so much more than they could be on their own. Avery has been through so much and has had to become so strong it's like she doesn't know how to soften and just be anymore. Mason had the opportunity of a life time and blew it so is so lost and looking to find his way back to himself and in doing so he finds a new purpose in Avery and Max.
The heat level between Mason and Avery is pretty low but the emotional intensity is high. The way their relationship develops is lovely and it is real.

The book provides a glimpse of the day to day reality of living with a child who doesn't see life, love, and the world (in general) the way we do and it was utterly heart-wrenching.
As a mother, it broke my heart what Avery has to go through. Reading about Max's life and his interactions with those around him was like having a window opened into a different world. I couldn't imagine what my day would be like without my little man climbing all over me, giving me cuddles and chattering from dawn until dusk but this book is written with such care, attention and realism that I now have a small idea and it makes me want to bow down to those families in respect and also makes me slightly ashamed that I take all those things for granted.

I read this book in under a day. I just didn't want to stop reading it as it was so gorgeous.

My only moan about it all would be that the big relationship hiccup was predictable. However, despite being predictable I was so excited to be correct in my prediction as I wanted to see how the author would handle something so real being mixed with the fantasy life of being a rockstar. The simple answer is that I think she handled it really well but I guess people will moan that it was perhaps wrapped up too nicely with a pretty bow.
I am not one of those people though.
I like my books, especially books that fall under the category of "romance", to have a happy ever after and that is what you get. A happy ever after that leaves you happy with a smile on your face.

To sum it up in 10 words:

Gorgeous cover. Gorgeous story. Gorgeous writing. Simply, gorgeous. Read it!

(review copy granted by author in exchange of a honest review)