Friday, November 29, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #177


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow!  Well, I'm pretty new at this, so I'm all in!!!  

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
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  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
This week's feature is a question:

Q: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Day food? If you’re not American or Canadian, what is your favorite holiday food?


I'm not really a turkey lover.  The leftovers are decent, but overall, I think they're highly overrated.  HOWEVER, stuffing is DA BOMB!  I don't know what happened this year, but there was NO leftover stuffing, and I was choked!!!

Pumpkin pie also sucks.  Seriously, I will gag if I'm ever forced to eat pumpkin pie.  So this year, I made an apple pie, and it was sooooooooo easy and really good.  Thought I'd share the recipe (there's even a video to go with!):  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chef-johns-easy-apple-pie/detail.aspx

I would love it if you followed me and let me know what your favorite holiday food is!  I'll be sure to follow back!!!

Rachel Bateman's INCUBUS Cover Reveal!‏


Title: Incubus (Episode #1)
Author: Rachel Bateman
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Summary:
All Kyle Prideaux wants is a normal life.

But with a serial killer in town, murdering women the same way her mother died seven years ago, and a silent stalker watching her during the day and invading her dreams at night, normal is impossible.

After she's attacked at work one night, Kyle wakes in the hospital to discover things of nightmares exist and walk among us every day.

And she's the only one who can stop them.


About Rachel:
Rachel Bateman is a writer and editor who spends too much time thinking she can out-bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: she can't.) She lives in The Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, but dreams of living by the ocean. When not writing, editing, or reading books, she can be found playing with her husband, young son, and herd of alpacas.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein


A new four-book e-novella series featuring four different characters trying to find out the answer to one big question: where is Lizzy Ross? Book 1: Mimi Lerner and Lizzy Ross have been best friends since high school began and now, as seniors, they've made big plans together—from a trip to the Bahamas only months away to going to college the following year and ruling it like they do high school. But when Lizzy goes MIA after a party Mimi throws at a posh Manhattan hotel, everything is suddenly up in the air and Mimi must face facts: Lizzy Ross may not be the girl she knew, and the life she thought she'd have is going in a very different direction. Please note that this book ends in a cliffhanger and book 2 will be told by another character. Keep an eye out for the next installment, as told by a different character, of the Lizzy Ross series in early 2014!
Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to review an ARC of this novella.

This novella was really well done, and unlike anything I've ever read before.  Mimi has many character flaws, and is not exactly likable, and yet, I found myself feeling sorry for her almost instantly.  Despite being ridiculously wealthy, her parents have virtually nothing to do with her life, so the only love she receives is from her best friend, Lizzy, and her sometimes boyfriend/coke dealer, Jared.  When Lizzy disappears and Jared all but cuts her off, she feels very alone and sorry for herself.  She also feels confused by all the clues she comes across to Lizzy's disappearance.  

The author does a fantastic job of revealing little tidbits here and there, things that make a reader say, "Whoah, didn't see that coming!"  I think it takes a rare talent for an author to take a character with questionable morals and make a reader not only identify with them, but sympathize with them, too.  

I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment, and I'm extremely curious as to who will be the narrator!

My rating:  3.5 stars





Monday, November 25, 2013

New from Entangled Publishing - Flaunt!

Entangled Publishing has a new imprint, and it's for those who like things just a wee bit spicy!  This new line of books is labeled "Flaunt", and here are some of the first titles to be released!  (Make sure you read to the end, this Giveaway is HUGE!!!)

"Conned" by Chloe Cole



Synopsis: 
Human sexuality professor Cricket Malloy typically likes bad boys, but when buttoned-up science teacher Tucker Lamb needs help with an experiment on aphrodisiacs, she goes the extra mile to help him out. After all, what could go wrong? He’s totally harmless… Tucker Lamb was born into a life of a grifter. He used to pride himself on his fast fingers and quicksilver tongue, but ever since being placed in the witness protection program, he’s been on the up and up. Still, something about Cricket Malloy makes him ache to see if his tongue is as fast as it used to be.

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"Cowboy's Way" by Cathryn Fox 



Synopsis:
Sports medicine doctor and weekend cowboy, Chase Cooper, is ready to settle down, and he’s beginning to wonder if his best friend from high school, Mari Blair, could be the one that got away.  Coop and his buddies have come up with a plan, but he never imagined it would be Mari’s sister, Julia—the girl who was always off-limits—, who would take him up on his invitation.
When lawyer, Julia Blair, finds herself on a dude ranch half way across the country, only to discover the invitation was meant for her vivacious twin sister, she knows she has two choices—go home alone or walk a day in her sister’s shoes. When she sets eyes on sexy cowboy Chase Cooper, the choice becomes easy. She's determined to stay and have some carefree fun while at the ranch.
Coop can’t believe the mix up, but when he discovers Julia wants to play, then play they will. When things get steamy and playtime becomes so much more, he’s determined to prove she’s the girl for him. And he’s not above using a few tricks of the trade to get his point across…

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"Falling for the CEO" by Audra North



Synopsis:
Finance genius Meredith Klaus prefers numbers to people, especially around the holidays. At least the large sum of money that’s mysteriously vanished from the company accounts will distract her from the ghosts of Christmases past. Until her sexy boss asks her to be his last-minute date to a fundraiser gala, that is, and the promise of a special evening calls to something long-buried in her.
Andrew Stanton, Manhattan’s best-known philanthropist, has worked hard building his reputation in the industry. He offers to work closely with Meredith to fix his company’s financial crisis, but the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to look at her as just a colleague.
A beautiful dress. A handsome man on her arm. A challenge she can’t refuse. Can they find the missing money and fulfill their holiday wishes, or will Meredith be unable to overcome the demons of her past and lose her chance at happiness?

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"If You Dare" by Jessica Lemmon


Synopsis:
SHE'LL MAKE HIM A BET…
Lily McIntire is tired of losing every office wager to her overly cocky—and yeah, devilishly handsome—coworker, Marcus Black. After a few too many tequila shots, and a taunt from Marcus that she's a wuss, Lily lays down a bet he can't refuse: One night in the abandoned and spooky Willow Mansion alone for his recent office win, a trip to Hawaii.
HE CAN'T REFUSE…
There's only one thing Marcus wants more than his upcoming vacation to Hawaii, it's to take his sexy coworker on a real date. Every time he's tried to get close to her, she's shut him down cold. Too bad the sexual tension just keeps climbing the charts. Now, he'll have to scare her out of the mansion if he has any chance of going out on a real date with her any time soon.
UNTIL ALL BETS ARE OFF…
But in between trying to scare Lily out of her pants and get his hands into them, Marcus realizes there’s more to Willow Mansion than either of them counted on. Suddenly, it’s not just he and Lily that are going "bump in the night".  If they manage to survive the night and escape the mansion unscathed, can they survive each other in the light of day? Or will what happens at Willow Mansion stay at Willow Mansion?

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"Playing Doctor" by Jan Meredith


Synopsis:
When a fellow RN jokingly predicts that Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, it’s supposed to be from across a crowded room, not giving CPR to a wedding guest. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again, but who could have predicted the ponytailed doctor with the mischievous smile would break through her defenses?

Dr. Gabriel North blamed himself for his wife’s death. Now, after two years of battling guilt and meaningless hookups, he’s ready to move on. When he sees the sexy brunette at his friend’s wedding, his attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining her trust as a man was going to take more than medical school had prepared him for.

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"Take A Chance" Series Bundle by Diane Alberts



Synopsis:
TRY ME
What happens in Vegas...can lead to romance.It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea.Bloody. Bruised. Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend's sister...and the girl he'd loved since childhood.
The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn't seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he's always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances...or will she surrender ground and give love a try?
LOVE ME
Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Falk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get closer to her. Yet she resists his charm.Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.
PLAY ME
Even the best-laid plans can go awry. Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job. Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.
TAKE ME
Married in the morning…Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?
Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind?

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Author Information:
Website: www.dianealberts.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5081315.Diane_Alberts

Giveaway: 

Grand Prize: Kindle Fire 
Second Place: $50 Victoria Secret Gift Card 
Third Place: $25 Amazon/B&N Gift Card 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Feature & Follow #176

Hey, happy Friday!  One of my favourite days of the week!!!  It's time for another Feature and Follow Friday!  This week is all about spreading the love!

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To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

This week's prompt:

You Are It! We are playing #FF tag this week. Comment on as many blogs as you can, even if they aren’t participating in #FF. Just say Happy #FF! At the end of your comment. Keep a running total if you want and update your post with it. The bigger the number the more impressed we will be!

If you would like to follow me, I would LOVE it!!!  And I'll be sure to follow you back!





Review - Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London


Goodreads description: Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.  “Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.  Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the ├╝ber-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.  Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review an ARC of this novel.

Technically, there's nothing really wrong with "Definitely, Maybe in Love", and yeah, I bet you can see where I'm going with this one.  It's one of those, "It's not you, it's me" type of stories.  As it says in the synopsis, this is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, but I think maybe it was a little overdone, to the point where it was too unbelievable, and, in my honest opinion, a bit silly.  

First of all, Spring.  Did I like her?  I don't really know.  I admire her passion - she thinks she's all about sustainability.  Every time she drank out of a water bottle, however, my mind rewound to this past summer, where my son watched a documentary on the evils of the bottled water companies.  He preached to anyone within hearing about everything he had learned, and it was kind of funny at the time, but like I said, every time Spring drank water out of a bottle, I would think, "She's a hypocrite."  Maybe she just hasn't watched that same documentary, ha!  

And Henry?  I'm sorry, but I did NOT like Henry.  I know he's supposed to be all Mr. Darcy reincarnated, but he is not my type at all.  I liked him a bit better towards the end of the book, but whereas Darcy's personality kind of fit with the times of Pride and Prejudice, Henry's personality didn't seem to fit with the twenty first century, and so his transformation seemed a little cheesy to me.  

There were other things that didn't seem to fit in this day and age.  For example, when Henry and Dart just moved without a word and didn't tell anyone - does that ever happen?  And, I don't care how good of a friend he is, if a guy tells you your girlfriend doesn't love you, you don't disappear without a trace - you tell him to eat shit, and then you go talk to your girlfriend and figure stuff out for yourself!

Anyway, call me a total cynic, but this book just wasn't for me at this time.  I do, however, think that Ophelia London's writing is promising - I would like to see more from her in the future!

My Rating: 2.5 stars


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's Time for...Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's Top Ten list is: Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To a Reluctant YA Reader.

Once upon a time, I was a reluctant YA reader.  I couldn't figure out why adults were reading the Harry Potter series.  I didn't hear about Twilight until waaaaaaay after everyone else.  And I didn't want to read the Hunger Games because I thought Katniss sounded too much like cat piss!  But I have since been reformed, and I'm ready to tell the world what books are THE best if you don't want to feel like too embarrassed  for reading YA

1.  Pretty much the best book ever.  'Nuff said.
















2.  Also set during World War II, and also very well done.  It might make you cry!















3.  Or anything by Melina Marchetta.  Sooooooo good!







4.  Or anything by John Green.  He pretty much kicks ass, regardless of whether his characters are teens or not!

5.  If you like paranormal, you have to check out this series - it's very well written!















6.  Another paranormal series.  Honestly, I don't normally like paranormal stuff, but Kelley Armstrong is a fantastic writer - I'd read anything by her!














7.  If you like fantasy, and even if you don't, this book is a must!  It surprised me how much I loved it!!!
















9.  This one was one of the first YA books I ever read, upon recommendation from a fellow book club member.  We had just finished reading "The Road", and it was so depressing that I just wanted to read something that would make me laugh.  Well, holy crap, I laughed my arse off!!!  And the book is set in a town just a few hours down the road, so that's a total bonus!











10.  Obviously I got over the whole "cat piss" thing.  Everybody should read this, I don't care who you are, and if you haven't, then crawl out from under that rock and do it, dammit! 














Whew, that was fun!  I might even do it again next week!  Thanks for looking.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton


Title: Rock and a Hard Place
Series: The Jamieson Collection #1
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: HarperTeen
Summary:
Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Susane Colasanti, Angie Stanton's swoon-worthy romance--about an ordinary girl and a young rock star--will keep readers on the edge of their seats . . . and leave them wanting more.

In an instant, Libby's life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends--Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.

The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life. Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he's finally found the one person who just wants to be with him, not the rock star.

But while Peter battles his family's growing interference in both his music and personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.

Author Biography:
Angie Stanton never planned on writing books, she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in a rural setting with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head she began to write them down and the rest is history.

She loves dipping french fries in chocolate shakes, all natural disaster movies and Broadway Musicals. When not writing, Angie is concocting ways to make more dreams come true, whether it be tickets to a Broadway show or convincing her family they should rent an RV and travel the country. She's still working on that one.

Angie is a proud double finalist of the 2011 National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em, as well as a finalist for the Golden Quill Awards.

Angie's blog: http://angiestanton.com

For regular updates, like Angie at www.facebook.com/AngieStantonAuthor
Oooooh, I don't know about you, but I think this sounds soooooooo GOOD!

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #175


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow!  Well, I'm pretty new at this, so I'm all in!!!  

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
This week's feature is a question:

Q: Are there any book to movie adaptations where you think the movie is better than the book?


Oh man, that is so hard!  Rarely can a movie adaptation even equal the book, but surpass?  The one that comes to mind for me is:


This is one movie I can watch over and over, and I've only read the book once.  I remember the book being good, but come on - Renee Zellweger sliding down that fireman's pole?  That image is completely PRICELESS!


And the casting is pretty much perfect, too!  Now it's time for you to join in on the fun!


Friday, November 15, 2013

"Falling for Mr. Wrong" Blog Tour and Review

Welcome to my stop on the "Falling for Mr. Wrong" blog tour, brought to you by InkSlinger PR!  


Title: Falling for Mr.Wrong
Series: A Bencher Family Book
Author: Inara Scott
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Publication Date: November 11, 2013
Summary:
Looking for Mrs. Right...

Single father of three, Ross Bencher, knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart...

Falling for Mr. Wrong...

When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency before a big climbing expedition, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping...and questioning everything she’s ever known about love...


Author Biography:
Inara grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW, where she practiced law for ten years before getting up the courage to quit her day job and write full time. A proud author of fantasy and romance for adults and young adults, Inara firmly believes that great literature doesn't have to be depressing, true love does exist, and everyone deserves a happily ever after. You can find her online at Twitter (@inarascott), on Facebook, and at her website: www.inarascott.com.

Links:
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/falling-for-mr-wrong-inara-scott/1117194511?ean=9781622662890

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review an ARC of "Falling For Mr. Wrong" by Inara Scott.

I wasn't really expecting much from this book, so I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it!  The writing was solid, the characters were relatable and wonderfully drawn, and the plot was enough to keep me reading almost straight through - which is something for me these days!

Kelsey - she's pretty awesome!  She reminds me of a friend of mine who loves to rock climb and lives life completely unencumbered.  Kelsey knows how to survive a blizzard in Nepal with nothing but a rock and a stick (okay, slight exaggeration!) but can't cook KD to save her life!  She's completely committed to her father, but scared to let anyone else into her life.  I love that she's athletic and driven - she's quite unlike any character I've ever read.  

Ross - he's been burned in love before, so this time he HAS to get it right, for the sake of his kids.  He sounds like such a great father and a really nice person, but he's as gun shy as Kelsey!  It was so much fun to watch these two battle it out from completely different perspectives.

If you're looking for something light and romantic with realistic characters, you should definitely pick up something by Inara Scott - from what I've read, she won't disappoint!

My Rating (3.5 stars):

Giveaway:

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Re-Release of Melody Grace's "With Every Heartbeat"

Melody Grace's WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT is being released TODAY with a heart-stopping new cover and we are so excited to join in the release day launch for it. WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT is an intense and passionate New Adult Contemporary Romance in Melody's new Cities of Love Series. Check out what we have for you today and then enter to win in the release day launch giveaway! You could win the opportunity to name a supporting character in the next title, WITH EVERY SONG, or a set of e-copies of Melody Grace's Beachwood Bay Series that are currently available. There's also a fantastic and steamy excerpt for you to check out!

NYT Bestselling author - Lauren Blakely
"Breathtakingly intense and unbelievably sexy - WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT will have you packing your bags for Italy to go find a real-life Raphael. Another sizzling must-read from Melody Grace!"

EXCERPT:


“Close your eyes. Now listen to the music. Just feel it.” Raphael’s voice comes, low against my ear.
            I shiver. In the dark of my mind, my senses are suddenly heightened. I can feel the heat from his body, just inches away, hear the pulse of the music, like a wave rolling into shore.
            “Good, relax, just feel it.”
            The sensation is overwhelming. The heat of him, the feel of his taut, solid torso pressing against me, the scent of him, deep and musky. With my eyes closed, there’s nothing to distract me, no way to block it out or focus away. Just us: me, him, and the music, nothing else in the world.
            Raphael’s hands reach further on my hips, drawing me into him. Our bodies slide together, and the touch is so foreign, so intimate, I find it hard to breathe. To even think. My heart is racing, every nerve and muscle sparkling with electricity. I’ve danced with a partner before, of course, hundreds of times, but that was so different to this sensual rhythm, the thrilling ebb and flow of movement between us, like we’re bound together by the beat, moving as one.
            I want to stay locked in this dark, breathless state forever, but I want to see Raphael more. I force myself to open my eyes. And there he is: staring down at me, his face inches from mine.
            I catch my breath, dizzy. His dark eyes blaze under the lanterns, echoing everything his body is saying. He’s so beautiful up close, so powerful: a dark angel in the night, awakening feelings I’ve never even dreamed about.
            And out of nowhere, I realize the truth. I’ve been telling myself it’s just curiosity pulling me to him, sending me out into the city to find him. But that’s a lie. This isn’t just a fascination, an idle crush, no, this is something deeper, a desire that snakes through my veins, hot and hungry.
            I want him. I want all of him.
            As if reading my mind, Raphael moves one hand up my back; a slow caress, hot against my skin. My eyes don’t leave his, but I shiver under his touch, feeling the heat, the purpose behind his touch as his fingers trace up my spine to the back of my neck, curling to tangle in my hair.
            We’re moving slower now, swaying to the beat in a sensual dance. There’s no space left between us, our bodies pressed together, sweaty and breathless and feeling so damn right, it’s like I was made to be here, fitted to him, chest to chest, hip to hip. Raphael leans closer, closer, and I catch my breath, lost in the rhythm of our bodies, the intensity of his dark eyes, drawing me into him, so natural, it’s the easiest thing in the world when he closes those last, precious inches between us, and finds my lips with his.
            The kiss blazes through me like wildfire.
            It’s overwhelming, a flood of sensation like I’ve never known before, setting every nerve ablaze. My brain shuts off, short-circuited by the rush of pleasure, and all my hesitance is forgotten.
            You were made for this.
            I instinctively reach up, pulling his head down to me, hungry for more. Raphael groans against my mouth, and then he’s kissing me deeper, his lips hot and demanding, his tongue probing, tasting me, sliding against mine in a sweet rush of friction that makes me shudder, swaying against him. Raphael grips me tightly, holding me up with his strong arms, and I melt into him, eager for more.             
            God, this kiss is heaven, a dark temptation that blots everything from my mind until all that exists in my world is him, Raphael, his lips driving me mindless, his body promising so much more.

            How did I live before this feeling? How will I ever stop, knowing what I do now?


NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – Sawyer Bennett
"Melody Grace has crafted a sweeping and emotional romance that pulls you in so deep, you won't ever want to surface. It's that good." 

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ABOUT WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT (Book 1 in the Cities of Love Series):

Passion. Ambition. Desire. Which would you choose?

I thought I knew what I wanted in life. I thought my destiny was set. Then I met him, and everything changed.

Raphael is bold, passionate, and seductive. He sees something in me I never dreamed possible, and now he's determined to show me a world beyond rules -- a dance without limits. I want to trust him, but I'm scared. Because I know once I fall, there'll be no going back.

An innocent dancer. A mysterious stranger. As Annalise is drawn deeper into the sensual delights of Rome, she'll question everything she believed about her future. But with opening night looming, can she find the strength to risk it all? And will she be forced to choose between her one true love, ballet, and the new passion in her heart?

Find out in this intoxicating new series from the USA Today & international bestselling author of UNBROKEN, Melody Grace.


**This book contains explicit material and adult scenes. 17+**

NYT Bestselling author - Monica Murphy

"WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT will touch your heart and stir your blood. Lush and enchanting, a must for all you Dirty Dancing fans!"

About Melody Grace:


Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols

From Goodreads:  A public relations expert tries to prevent the breakup of a raucous country band and corral their wild—and very sexy—lead singer in book 2 of the Stargazer Series.  As an expert in public relations crisis management—that is, babysitter to the stars—Sarah Seville just spent nine months in Rio trying to keep rock singer Nine Lives out of jail long enough to record his new album…and barely succeeded. Now she needs a triumphant success so she can keep the Manhattan-based job she loves. Trouble is, her new assignment is to travel to Alabama to prevent the breakup of the raucous country band The Cheatin’ Hearts, headed by sexy Quentin Cox. As she edges closer to Quentin, she discovers layers of secrets. It seems Quentin is taking the spin doctor for a spin.  The Cheatin’ Hearts have stayed on top of the charts two years following three rules. Rule One, no drugs. Rule Two, no sex with other band members. Rule Three, no sex with record company spies. Quentin figures he’d better follow the rules, because he made them. And because if you break a rule, you’re out of the band. But he can’t resist the record company’s beautiful PR agent, and inevitably he breaks Rule Three with hot Sarah Seville. As he falls for her, he finds out that she has plenty of secrets of her own, and one of them comes knocking on her door: what really happened to her in Rio.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first Jennifer Echols novel, and I was just so thrilled to be chosen as one of the "Advanced Readers", and I liked this book, I really did, but it's sitting somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me.  (Wow, how's that for a run-on!)

If I liked it so much, how come "Playing Dirty" doesn't deserve a full 4 stars?  Um, I think it went on kind of long, for one, and then everything wrapped up so quickly in the last few pages!  Mind you, I was reading an ARC, so maybe things have changed in the final edition.  Another thing that got on my nerves was how long Sarah and Quentin lied to each other.  There was a lot of back and forth on the same lies - it got a little stale.  I mean, these people are supposed to be smart!  Figure it out already!!!

Anyway, what completely redeemed this book for me, and pushes it closer to 4 stars, is Quentin!  He is just sooooooo funny!  Plus he's hot, smart, talented, and a bit geeky!!!  How great is that?  I liked Sarah, too, just not half as much as Quentin.  He's the reason I kept reading through some of the slow bits.

So, I guess that's it.  I'll definitely be reading more by Jennifer Echols in the future.

My Rating:


But you can add a half if you like!