Sep 25, 2013

Love, Succumb

Two souls …
Destined to be together
But just can’t be …
Eve’s life is going well -A job she enjoys, friends she loves, and a boyfriend who loves her and is dedicated to helping her achieve her end goal: Revenge.
Rene Ackerley happens.
A brilliant, beautiful man who has the world at the tip of his fingers. Money, Power, Respect, he has it all.
At thirty, he is the leader of a world-wide syndicate so powerful that its existence is almost legendary.
He is also the leader of the very men who took everything away from Eve.
The instant their eyes fall on each other, obsession becomes as real as the air they breathe.
They crave each other like drugs. They can’t bear to be apart.
But there is Bash. The man who has been in love with Eve since he was a young boy. She is all he knows. He will rather die or kill
than be without her…

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

Rene Leon Ackerley is power personified. His influence spans the globe. When an acid tongued Eve demolishes Renee during a very public interview, his shock and embarrassment turn quickly to obsession. Can he convince Eve to give herself to him? And if he succeeds, how will the two of them overcome the mountain of secrets between them?

This book confused me to the point where when I tried to explain the storyline to my husband I had to confess, “You know, I’m not entirely sure what I just read.” Rene is one of the most powerful men in the world where as Eve is a product of poverty and violence. When the two meet they have an instant lust/hate chemistry.

That said, there are some significant questions raised in the storyline that aren’t directly or clearly addressed. Was there a major world event that resulted in so much class disparity and violence? What did Eve do as a teenager that got her targeted for death? What exactly is the Syndicate that Renee leads and what are the ties the group has to the tragedy in Eve’s past? What exactly does Eve mean to gangster Bash Rose and how far will he really go to keep Rene away from her?
With the main characters spending 90% of the story verbally eviscerating each other (and other times physically battering each other), I would have a hard time saying that “Love, Succumb” is your typical romance.
“You, girl, are not even a suitable site for sore eyes. Your eyes might as well belong to a dead person, no depth, no emotion. Your nose is too thin; your lips are too big for your face. Your skin looks as if you were drenched in oil. You are too short. Your breasts are clearly too big for your frame, and your hips look way too matured for a girl your age.”
The moments of real promise in “Love, Succumb” primarily come from heroine Eve/Evie/Evelyn. Eve walks a blurry line between strength and frailty.
“I am so lost in my dreams, and my desperate prayers, to have what I am feeling with this man, at this very moment, forever.”
Warning – there are some major dark moments in the storyline dealing with murder, rape, torture, domestic abuse, suicide, and poverty. Secondary Warning - to those that hate cliffhangers, “Love, Succumb” not only ends with a cliffhanger but a major WTH moment where one of the main characters seemingly has a complete personality transplant. Be prepared.

Though not a perfect read, “Love, Succumb”  is intriguing enough to warrant giving it a try. I will be checking out its planned sequel hoping to get some of my lingering questions answered.

Happy reading

Sep 20, 2013

Becoming More ~Blog Tour~

Title: Becoming More
Author: Bayli Lane
Genre: New Adult Romance

At first it was all freedom, fun, and games for Lilly Fairfield. Being a freshman in college was supposed to create some of the best memories of her life, especially with her best friend, Lauren, and longtime boyfriend, Sander, by her side.

But the excitement begins to slip away when the people closest to her start to change. They begin moving in a direction Lilly doesn’t want to go, forcing Lilly to be faced with a decision. Should she fight for her relationships with both Sander and Lauren or move on to something different? Something unknown. Someone like…

Colton Davenport. Colton isn’t Lilly’s typical type. He's shockingly sexy with his colorful tattoos, shiny silver lip ring, and ear gauges. His smile alone leaves her breathless. Then again, she hasn’t had a specific type other than Sander. When she meets Colton she feels an automatic attraction that stuns her into utter stillness. She can’t look away, doesn’t want to look away.

Lilly must decide between a life with Sander, a life she always thought she wanted, and an unknown path with Colton.

Will Lilly make the right choices for her future, Becoming More?

**This book is a New Adult Romance - intended for a mature audience.**

“Are you okay?” Lauren says.
I look at her and realize that I have a waterfall of tears spilling down my cheeks and into my lap, “No, Lauren, I’m not.”
She gets up, comes to my side and hugs me, “It’s okay Lilly! He’s probably still kind of drunk or something. Maybe he was still really worried from not knowing where you were last night. There are a whole lot of reasons as to why he’s acting like he is. Maybe he’s nervous for classes to start, and he feels like he has to do really well or something?”
I listen to her give me every excuse she can think of, and I welcome the relief I feel from her words. She’s probably right. He’s must be stressing about a lot of things right now and just doesn’t know how to deal with those feelings. Tomorrow I’ll call him and plan a time for us to meet up and have a civilized conversation. Surely by tomorrow he will have calmed down enough that he’s back to normal. I embrace Lauren’s excuses for him. Tomorrow we’ll talk. I’ll explain how I feel, and he will feel horrible for making me feel that way. We’ll kiss and make up. I give Lauren a placid smile and wipe the last of my tears away.
“Thanks Lauren, you’re right. It’s probably nothing serious.”
She gives an encouraging smile, “Of course I’m right! Now may I go back to my nap?” she asks.
I laugh and gesture to her bed, “By all means.”
She falls into her bed and turns onto her stomach. Moments later I hear her heavy breathing. Thank God I have Lauren to talk some sense into me. Of course Sander loves me.  He’s just going through something. We will get through it, no doubt about it.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Lillian ‘Lilly’ Fairfield is a good girl through and through. When she starts Stone Oak University with her high school sweetheart Sander and her best friend Lauren, she believes the next four years will only make the ties between the three of them stronger. After graduation she and Sander will get married and Lauren will always be by their side. That’s the dream and Lilly holds fast to it.

Little does Lilly know that new environments tend to reveal what people are really made of and the Sander and Lauren of Stone Oak are made up of some pretty ugly stuff. As reality tarnishes her dream, Lilly struggles to hold on to the two people she thought would be with her forever.
Enter Colton, Stone Oak’s notorious ladies’ man. 

“Every little movement he makes has a sensual look to it. The spark that lights his eyes whenever I say something that surprises him, the warm sound of his voice and laugh, especially when he lower his voice – it’s all too surreal. I need to know more.”
Colton and Lilly quickly form a deep connection. He challenges her naivety while still appreciating her innocence. As their relationship grows, Colton forces Lilly to look at her life and make a decision about what her real future should hold.

“But now, every decision I make is exactly that – my decision to make, my consequence to endure.”
To say this book frustrated me would be an understatement. At one point I slammed my Kindle case closed and tossed it to the opposite side of the couch I was on just to get away from the story (I’ve since apologized to my Kindle and believe I’ve been forgiven).

Sander is perhaps one of the most reprehensible characters I’ve ever read, PERIOD. He starts flying his slime ball flag in the early chapters and then the hits start coming literally and figuratively. After ditching Lilly at a party he calls her a slut for going off without him, he forces her to have sex without a condom while she begs him not to, chokes her then denies doing it, cheats on her and passes it off as rumors. Through all of this craziness Lilly goes back to him, over and over and over again. She clings to her childhood relationship instead of taking a chance on an adult, real romance with Colton.

“Sometimes what we think is right, isn’t.”

When Lilly finally takes charge of her life, Bayli Lane does something a little different that somewhat makes up for the immense amount of frustration created earlier in the book. Lane gives the reader scenes of Lilly’s life one month, six months, and a few years out. Each snapshot of the future gives the feeling that Lilly really learned from the mistakes she made at 18 and makes her truly value the life she creates as an adult.
Overall, “Becoming more” is worth a read. You will scream and you will pull your hair, but the ending has a pretty solid message that bad decisions you make when you’re young don’t have to define you. You can grow beyond it and become something more.

Happy reading.

1.    Cosmic Love- Florence and the Machine
2.    Poison & Wine- The Civil Wars
3.    Run- Snow Patrol
4.    Paradise- Coldplay
5.    Just Say Yes- Snow Patrol
6.    The Offering- The Avett Brothers
7.    Give Me Love- Ed Sheeran
8.    Feel Again- One Republic
9.    Sad- Maroon 5
10.    Never Let Me Go- Florence and the Machine
11.    Way You Are- Kris Orlowski
12.    Bloodstream- Stateless
13.    Erase Me- Kid Cudi
14.    End of all time- Stars of Track & Field
15.    In my veins- Andrew Belle
16.    Rain Falls Down- We The Kings

Bayli Lane didn’t realize how much she loved creating a world from nothing until college. She went to Marian University where she majored in Communications but in her spare time wrote and read. Her love for reading is what really brought out her desire to create her own novel. After starting loads of stories and not finishing them, she finally decided it was time to put her passion to work. Becoming More is her first novel but certainly not her last. Bayli lives with her husband, Tim, in Indiana where she is probably sitting with a large cup of coffee and her computer working on her next book.

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Sep 19, 2013

Seducer Fey

The mid-twenty-first century has brought about advancements for social justice and genetic engineering. Fluid gender identity and sexuality are widely accepted in society. The scientific quest for immortality is more popular than ever. Physical appeal, however, isn't just about youthfulness. Any researcher who discovers the secret to charisma will make millions. During a prospective college visit to Dalhousie University, Danny and her crush, Cassidy, are invited to the home of an eerily captivating student named Taban. There Danny learns that her DNA could be used to create a form of genetic therapy to give people longer lives for a hefty price. Danny's life is at risk because her rights to her DNA would get in the way of this plan. Cassidy vows to protect her friend. Unfortunately for the two young women, Taban has other motives.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Our genetics tell the history of the world. DNA links us to early settlers, kings and queens, and maybe even biblical figures. But what if those genetics hid something more. What if they linked us to ancient myths? For Edana “Danny” Reyes, myth becomes reality when she finds out that her DNA marks her as a Genetic Fey. The scientific community and various businesses would kill for her genetics, but her right to her own DNA stands in their way. Danny’s going to need to decide who is friend or foe to make her way and survive.
To be 100% honest I cannot say that I enjoyed “Seducer Fey.” This was a challenging read and I struggled to finish it. The mythological and scientific focus and the terminology used gave it a very clinical feel. Author Royson clearly did significant research to add authenticity, but I think the volume of detail included eclipses necessary emotion. The spark I need from a great read just wasn’t there. Typical mythological dialogue example:

“Elatha was a Formorian prince who was handsome, unlike the other Formorians. He was more like an Each Uisge, really.”

This line was at 43% in the story and even though I understood this was supposed to be a compliment between two characters that were in a physical relationship I found myself scratching my head when I read it. The scientific dialogue is equally specific and intense:

“Capping the tubes, he balanced each in the centrifuge. After obtaining the extracted DNA he applied it to the polyacrylamide gel to separate the DNA. When the electrophoresis process finished, he ran a photograph of the results through the software.”

I realized at the end of the read that in trying to understand and follow the complexity of mythological/scientific aspects of the story I never connected with any the central characters, not a single one. “Seducer Fey” also continuously jumps POV’s, timelines, and international locations, which muddles the storyline further and builds a feeling of confusion as to what the central focus of the story should be.

Sci-Fi is a more appropriate genre label for “Seducer Fey.” For those looking for New Adult or romance, I don’t think this story is for you. The romance portion of “Seducer Fey” story is almost non-existent and the personal development/relationship intensity common in New Adult reads wasn’t anywhere I could find it. Did I care what relationship solidified or if anyone got a HEA? Not really.

Seducer Fey is the first in a proposed series but sadly I will not be checking out book 2.

Happy reading.

Sep 16, 2013


Moving to Williamsfield, Georgia is not what she wants … it’s what she needs. An escape—from him.

After being brutally abused for years, Sadie seeks sanctuary and safety. But can she ever be safe when evil has his eyes on her from afar.

Landon doesn’t want a relationship. He’s been burned too badly to want anything more from a woman than the physical, but one look at Sadie and he’s rethinking everything. 

Can trust be formed when it’s been so beaten down? Can love conquer fears? What happens when evil doesn’t give up? Can Sadie ever really be safe?

**Please note. This book contains the very difficult subject of physical abuse and has a non-consensual sexual scene. It also has a very strong woman who learns to heal from these acts and finds the kind of love we all dream of having.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room. This book earned 4 safe stars from me!



When I first started reading this book, I was thinking that it would be a spin of Safe Haven meets the Sullivan or Ross families, but it really turned out to be so much more. I really enjoyed the story and found myself getting lost in it.

Sadie wakes up in a hospital in bad shape. Her mother refuses to believe that this latest trip to the hospital was an "accident" and convinces Sadie to head to Georgia to get away from the man responsible for her "accidents" - Her cop ex-boyfriend Rob.

While down in Georgia, Sadie meets Landon. He has a hard exterior and bad boy image due to his broken past, which was anti-climactic for me. The build up surrounding that was lacking. Sadie soon begins to trust Landon and they form a friendship and bond that makes her feel safe.

"I'm not letting you go," I whipered in her ear.

"Being snuggled in his arms, I felt safe."

"He made me feel things I never thought I could."

Readers need to beware that the book does include physical and sexual abuse. It is not extremely descriptive, but the caution is still there if you dislike reading books that have any violence.

Sadie and Landon are super sweet together. Sometimes it was close to being too much for me. Sadie was often crying or whining. Even when Landon cried I was not feeling it.

But Landon was swoon worthy and adorable. He did make my heart go pitter patter.

"Sadie, I want to be with you more than you could possible know. But before I do, I want you to know and be confident that you're not just anyone. I want you to know how I feel about you. I want you to feel me."

"This was love. This was caring. This was special."

Their love was tested and challenges occurred. Having a cop as an ex offered Sadie little protection. Betrayal and twists will engage you till the end. Can love conquer fear?

"I'm scared," she whispered.

"Then be scared with me. I want to be your rock when you need strength, your cushion when you fall, your heart when you need love, your safety net. Always."

I would buy this book and be happy I did. As I read the acknowledgements and saw she already had two betas named Megan I found myself thinking... Three sounds so much better! Congrats to Ryan Michelle on this debut novel!

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