Sunday, April 23, 2017

Release blitz + Review: "Ghost in his eyes" by Carrie Aarons


Author: Carrie Aarons
Standalone
Main characters: Carson Cole and Blake Sayer

Synopsis

He was as magnetic as a deadly hurricane to the shore.

Carson Cole was my first love. The boy I'd shared my whole self with.

He was the man who'd taken the other part of my soul and drowned it in the sea we'd grown up in.

And now he's back. Ten years later, and the demons of our past are still haunting every breath trapped between us.

She was as wild as the horses who owned the beach highways we drove down.

Blake Sayer was the beautiful daredevil who had me wrapped around her finger from the time we were seven.

Until a horrible accident stole every piece of joy from her life.

Ten years later, she's a shell of the girl she once was, and it's all my fault. The whispers of our history shackle her to the island I left behind.

Just like lost years and unspoken words, love had slipped from our fingers like grains of sand. We’d barely made it out alive last time, was it even possible to reconstruct the shattered pieces of us?

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I initially gave this story 4 stars... but after thinking about it for a few days, I'm changing it for 4,5 stars instead :) although if we're being totally honest, I'm still not sure what to think about it... this book *sighs* this book gave me so many feels... and it's very hard to rate such an experience... but as always, I will do my best to tell you all about my thoughts and feelings and help you make your own decision about reading this book... although I highly recommend you to give it a try :)

Carson and Blake... it's... they are just... *sighs* there are sooo many things I can't tell you... or to be more precise, I refuse to tell you, because I don't want to share spoilery things and ruin your experience of reading it for the first time... so what I can tell is that they were actually childhood sweethearts :) they've been friends first for a very long time, and then it grew into something soooo much more :) until something horrible happened that tore them apart for ten years... we learn pretty early in the book what was that, but since it's not in the synopsis I won't spoil that for you... it was a tragedy, and they both reacted in a way I can understand... there's not much more I actually want to tell you about them, because this is definitely one of those stories when the less you know the better :) but what I can share is that I really liked Carson :) maybe because he was a bit more "put together" when he finally came back to their hometown... because when it comes to Blake... yeah, it took me a while to connect with her... I mean, don't get me wrong, I absolutely understand why she practically became a hermit and why she was so closed off from everyone and everything... it broke my heart... that's why I really appreciate the change in her that we could see throughout the story :)

This book was nothing like I expected it to be... seriously... in the best way possible :) let me explain... I was afraid that it will be filled with angst and drama and all that... which would be totally understandable now that I know the whole story... and yes, it had that, but only a little bit... I was actually surprised by how quickly they were able to overcome certain pretty big obstacles... it was almost like him coming back was a catalyst she needed to confront everything she kept bottled up inside her... all the emotions and guilt... *sighs* and most important thing... all of that was written soooo beautifully... *sighs dreamily* depends on the characters and stories I enjoy Carrie's books a little bit more or less... after all, we have our personal preferences as readers and it's only natural that certain plots will be closer to my heart... but every time her writing style is the most wonderful part of her books... :) it's honest and raw to the point of being painful at times... and it always hits my in all the feels... you can tell how much of herself she puts in those stories... this one is once again written in 2 POVs, which means we get chapters from Blake's perspective as well as from Carson's and they both are done so well... the best compliment I can give this book, is that days later it was still on my mind... the emotional journey that this couple went through, the depth of the feelings they had for each other... I highly recommend you guys to give this book and this author in general a try, if you haven't already :)








About the author:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

XOXO

A

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: "The truth about love vol. II" by Anna Bloom


Author: Anna Bloom
Book 2 in series The truth about love
Main characters: Jared Smith and Cherry Donaldson

Synopsis

Cherry Donaldson goes through dates like some women go through coffee. So when she find herself in need of a temporary roommate, saying yes to the gorgeous guy—even if he’s not her usual type—is a bad idea. A very bad idea.

The last thing she expects is to fall into a friendship with Jared. But he makes it so easy. And before she knows it, the lines blur and his annoying habits become just a little bit charming.

Will Cherry break her own rules to take a chance on the guy she now calls a friend, or is The Truth About Love too much to bear?

I got the ARC of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) since this is a novella, my review will be on the shorter side as well... :) I can't, after all, tell you guys too much, because that may as well end with me telling you all about way too spoilerific stuff :) so I'm gonna do my best to say a bit about the plot and the main characters, and then a little bit more about my thoughts and feelings, and hopefully I will convince you to give it a try :) cause I really enjoyed this story :)

So what you need to know is that this is the second installment in an on-going series... although that first story concentrated on another couple... :) and they will be once again the main focus of the next novella :) but maybe let's go back to the pair from this book... :) we actually met Cherry before :) she and Eve, the heroine of that first story, are roommates :) or to be more precise, they were roommates, until certain things happened, that I'm not gonna spoil you, but beware, because they are discussed in this novella, so if you haven't read that first book and don't want any spoilers, maybe go back and start at the beginning :) anyway... said things happened and now Cherry needs a new temporary roommate... :) and that's when we meet Jared :) and... that's pretty much everything I can tell you about the overall plot of the story... don't hate on me, but I feel that if I so much as hint about certain things, it will totally ruin certain surprises... and the story is really short so I want you guys to have as many of them as possible :) so how about I will skip to the part when I tell you all about my feelings about this story :)

I gave this novella 4,5 stars and I thoroughly enjoyed myself when I read it :) that missing 0,5 star is only because I connected a bit more with the couple from the first story... but don't get me wrong, Cherry and Jared are... hilariously imperfect together :) that is the best way I can possibly describe them to you :) I cannot wait to read more about them, because even though this story ends with what I like to call a happy-for-now situation, I NEED more :) I'm greedy like that when it comes to characters and stories that catch my attention :) and Anna's writing style is absolutely amazing ;) it was my second novella written by her and again, I flew way too fast through it... I really need to read a full lenght novel by her to check if her writing style is as entertaining with longer stories :) fingers crossed :) but back to the topic... :) I can wholeheartedly recommend you guys this short and super fun novella :) although I would advise you to read the first one in this series as well to get all the connections, but it's not absolutely necessary... unless you don't want to be spoiled at all, then definitely start at the beginning ;) either way, if you have time for just a quick read, then absolutely give this book, and this whole series a try :)


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XOXO

A

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: "Sparking the fire" by Kate Meader


Author: Kate Meader
Book 3 in series Hot in Chicago
Main characters: Wyatt Fox and Molly Cade

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) even though it's part of a series, you can actually read it as a standalone... in fact this was my absolute first book written by this lovely author, but it will definitely not be the last... not only because naturally I had to start this particular series with the last book in it ;) but also because I really enjoyed the writing style in general, and I am curious about her other stories :) although I do feel the need to warn you that you might encounter some spoilers about previous books and how certain couples got together, if you're not familiar with those stories... but that lack of knowledge doesn't ruin the joy of reading this particular installment :) so now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about this book :)

I will start with our main couple :) Molly and Wyatt... they actually met before... the very beginning of the book is a glimpse into one hot week they spent together... *fans myself* and what a week it was... ;) and then we skip ahead five years to the present... :) where Wyatt is a firefighter and a consultant on a movie Molly is shooting in Chicago... she's the producer and the star of it, working her way back to the top after a messy divorce and quite a scandal... yeah... her last year was pretty rough... but she is doing her best to overcome all that... I absolutely loved her and the fact that she did not lost her sassy side :) she was so much fun to read about... even though there were moments, or to be more precise certain decisions she made, that I did not like I could sort of undertand where she was going with all that :) Wyatt on the other hand... damn... ;) he definitely stole my heart... yeah, he has some alpha moments, but I actually did not mind them at all... ;) there was just something about him... he was this calm and confident wall of force in his family, but once he unleashes all that when someone threatens people who are close to him... watch out world... ;)

Theirs is a relationship that is not easy to describe... ;) on the one hand, the chemistry is off the charts... like seriously sizzling hot... #NoJoke :) and the sarcastic banter... man oh man, you know how much I love that... :) but on the other hand, they both know that actually getting together is not really the best idea at the time... they both have a lot going on... and I can't tell you about some of that stuff... :) but that doesn't change the fact that they are absolutely drawn to each other... and watching all the sparks between them is soooo entertaining... :) I'm not gonna tell you everything about how they actually get together, because I want you to experience all that without any spoilers whatsoever, but I loved it... which really says a lot, cause I'm not usually a fan of those push-and-pull-at-the-same-time-situations :)

Now when it comes to secondary characters... they were definitely a big plus of the story :) like I mentioned before, this one is the last book in a series, so naturally we have appearances of all the previous couples... especially since they are all siblings in this huge and amazing family :) and even though I now know some of the events that happened in their own books, that definitely does not discourage me from reading them... in fact, the more scenes I read in this novel about the whole big Fox clan, the more I fell in love with all of them.. and now I want to read ALL of those books... :) *sighs* and my tbr #BookMountain just gets bigger and bigger... #NoRegrets ;) I'm not gonna name all of the people I loved, but I have to mention Gage :) he was the most hilarious one of them all and I may just skip the order and read his story first... ;) it's a real struggle people ;)

I really loved this story... :) the writing style was fantastic... and I am always apprehensive when trying out a completely new to me author, because you never know what you'll find, so when I discover a great storyteller it's always such a wonderful surprise :) now I got her and her books on my radar ;) I gave this book 4,5 stars because even though I loved the majority of it, there was just one thing that bothered me... I think that it took a bit too long to resolve certain drama towards the end of the book... I'm not gonna go into specifics, but I wanted to see that remedied sooner... but again, it's mostly connected to my personal preferences as a reader, so I'm sure it won't be a problem for a lot of you guys... :) just wanted to put it out there :) and please, don't get me wrong, I loved how this story ended and I highly recommend you this novel :) especially if you like witty and sarcastic banter, scorchingly hot chemistry and all sorts of relationships... because the connections and interactions not only between our main couple, but between the members of the family and their friends are simply wonderful... I wouldn't mind dropping by for a barbeque with them... ;) I hope you guys will give it a try ;)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: "Madelyn" by Kat Brewer


Author: Kat Brewer
Title: "Madelyn"
Book 5 in series The chronicles of Erla
Main character: Madelyn

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I have to say that this series just keeps getting better and better with each installment I read :) I have no shame in admitting that it's one of my favourite guilty pleasure fantasy reads :) #NoJoke ;) even though technically each books follows a different main character, a lot of people we met previously appear, so I highly recommend you guys to read them in order :) especially since the further we get into this series, the more connected those stories are, soooo... ;) just an advice ;) as always with a book from the middle of an on-going series, it's very hard for me to write a spoiler free review... that's why they always tend to be a bit shorter than usual... not because I don't have a lot of things to say about it, but because the majority of the things are too spoilerific for me to share with you, without giving away some major plot points and twists... :) but I will do my best to tell you as much as I can and convince you to give those amazing books a try :)

Ok, so let me start by saying a little bit more about the premise of the whole series and that world in general... :) like I said, each book concentrates on another heroine... who is transported from our world into the world of Jiva through a transdimensional rift... and I know how that may sound to some of you, but stay with me ;) Jiva is filled with kingdoms and queendoms... kingdoms are... let's call them countries, for the lack of a better word ;) where men are the more dominant sex... they are warriors and fighters and generally in charge of stuff :) queendoms are the opposite, the women are strong and dominant and rule everything :) I do feel the need to warn you about one more thing... in those queendoms, at least the ones we met as readers so far, men are... well, there's no better way than to just say it straight... they are slaves... but please, reserve your judgmenet for when you actually read one of those books... it's not as horrible as it may sound... there is a whole explanation of why they are so submissive and gentle in Erla, which is one of the queendoms... and trust me, I was apprehensive at the beginning as well... as are all the women who travel through that rift and learn about that situation... it's really one of those things where it's very hard to accurately explain everything, so again, please just give it a try and then if you hate it, at least you formed your own opinion :) now that we have some basics established, let me tell you more about why I loved this story as much as I did :)

What I loved about this particular installment, that I can share with you of course ;) is how different from the other heroines Madelyn was :) she's definitely not a warrior, she doesn't really have any martial class in her past or anything like that, and I adored that change :) it was soooo entertaining to read how this type of a person will adapt to a world full of warriors and find her place there :) and she definitely left her mark... let's just say that her love of fashion definitely started some trends... ;) not to mention that this particular story has a certain different plot than others... I can't tell you what kind exactly, I can't even hint at it, because it involves some serious spoilers, but it made this book absolutely fascinating to read :) Madelyn is not a warrior, or at least not in the most basic sense of the word, but I loved how strong she was... what a good diplomat she became... *sighs happily* it was a delight to read... well, certain warlord definitely did not make the matters worse... ;) and of course we got all sorts of appearances of previous main characters and a whole bunch of regular secondary characters from the series... just one more reason to read those books in order :) I swear, that the lovely Kat just keeps getting better and better with her writing style :) because the further we go into the series, the more and more I am loving the new characters she creates and introduces to us, the development of the ones we already met... the changes in the world... *sighs happily* I seriously hope I convinced you guys to give this series a try, because it's really amazing and it pains me that not as many people heard about it as they should ;)

XOXO

A

Release blitz: "The hot shot" by Kristen Callihan


Book 4 in series Game on

Synopsis

First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?



Excerpt

CHESS

Grumbling, I toss on some black lounge pants and my oversized Tulane t-shirt and head to the drugstore. 
My head throbs by the time I get there, and my insides are writhing. I rest my hand against my lower stomach and grab a basket before calling James to complain. 
“I swear,” I tell him as I grab a bottle of painkillers. “It’s like this entire day has been cursed.” 
He snickers. “Curse. Get it? Curse?” 
I roll my eyes, even though he can’t see me. “Laugh it up. Meanwhile, it feels as if someone is playing Battleship in my uterus.” 
“Poor Chessie bear. At least we know why you were in such a foul mood.” 
A flush washes over my cheeks. “Yeah.” Lie. Lie. Lie. A tub of salted caramel gelato makes its way into the basket. 
“Tell me you’re getting some gelato,” James says. 
I smile. “Just grabbed it.” 
“Salted caramel?” 
“You know it.” 
I find the feminine products aisle and search for my brand. “I’m going to go home, take a long bath with my gelato, and forget this fucking day.” Forget Finn. “And then I’m going to go on Amazon and buying a freaking year’s supply of tampons so I don’t have to make these kinds of emergency runs anymore.” 
A low, deep chuckle rumbles from behind me, and all the tiny hairs lift on my arms. 
“But you’ll still need your gelato,” a familiar—fuck me, seriously?—voice points out. 
My insides swoop even as my cheeks burn. 
“Who is that?” James asks in my ear. 
I slowly turn on one heel. “The plague,” I say, glaring up at Finn Mannus’s smiling face. 
“From asshat to plague.” Finn scrunches up his brow. “I’m not sure if that’s a step down or a tie.” 
“Who is that?” James nearly yells now. 
I don’t take my eyes off Finn. “I’ll call you back.” 
James’s squawks of protest cut off as I hit the end button. 
“Are you stalking me, Mannus?” 
Finn a rests his hands low on his lean hips. “Having a healthy amount of conceit myself, I have to admire yours, but no, buttercup. My buddy Woodson lives a few blocks away. It’s poker night. I’m stocking up on beer.”
It’s only then I notice a twelve pack tucked under his other arm. 
“And tampons?” I ask, with a pointed look around the aisle we’re standing in. 
 “Not tonight,” he says easily. “Though we used to keep a pack of them back in college. Light flows were perfect for stopping up bloody noses.” 
A snort escapes me. “Now there’s a visual.” Somehow, I’ve taken a step closer to him. He’s freshly showered, the golden brown strands of his hair still damp at his temples. And I wonder if he’s just come from the gym or practice. “So back in college you went and bought these tampons?” 
“Nah,” he says with a cheeky smile. “I’d ask one of the girls hanging around to get me some.” 
“Of course you did.” My nose wrinkles with annoyance. 
“Give me a little credit, Chess. I’d buy them now if I had to.” 
“Hmm…” I eye him, trying not to return his smile. If only because it’s more fun when he teases. “So why are you in this aisle now, if not for potential nosebleed needs?”
“That’s easy.” He steps closer, a warm wall of muscle and clean scent. “I heard your voice.” 
For a second I just blink. “You recognized my voice?” 
His gaze darts over my face as if he’s trying to get a read on why I’m gaping at him. “Not to be…ah…rude, but you’re loud when you talk on the phone.” 
“Yeah, but… You recognized it.” We’d only just met. It occurs to me that I’d recognized his both times he’d snuck up on me. Then again, his voice is distinctive, flowing like hot honey when he’s relaxed or hammering down like iron to rock when he’s taking command of a situation. 
A soft flush of pink tints the tips of his ears. If I wasn’t staring at him, I might have missed it. He shifts his weight. “Was I not supposed to?”
“No. Yes.” I shake my head and laugh. “I don’t know.” 
He grins then. “You’re cute when you’re flustered.”
“I’m not flustered.” I am.

About the author:


Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

XOXO

A