Jun 27, 2014

*Promo Blitz* Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino

A Chicago reporter in her mid-twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. From the outside, her life seems charmed. She has a handsome, long-term boyfriend and a budding journalism career at a popular Chicago newspaper. But in reality, her relationship is going nowhere, and she’s quickly losing motivation for what she once believed was her dream job. When her boyfriend dumps her unceremoniously, Kate loses all hope of finding love.

With no living family and few friends, Kate confides in her boss. Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, he gives Kate the opportunity to jumpstart her career. The assignment: to interview the famously reclusive R.J. Lawson, a wealthy tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as a Napa Valley vintner. The week takes an unexpected turn, however, when Lawson refuses to divulge any information. Desperate for a lead, Kate turns to Jamie, a vineyard hand who shows her the romance of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. But his connection to Lawson is ambiguous, and when Jamie disappears before the end of the week, Kate is left to investigate another story: the truth behind the man who stole her heart.

USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino explored love and heartbreak in her beautifully written debut Sweet Thing, and her newest novel does not disappoint. For fans of Colleen Hoover, K.A. Tucker, and Katja Millay, Nowhere But Here is a stirring and satisfying romance that you won’t want to put down.

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Renee's first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven't gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she's a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80's movies starring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

Jun 26, 2014

The Savannah Novels by Danielle Jamie *Review*

Complete Box Set of the Savannah Series with Bonus scenes & Kayden's POVs from Southern Desire!

After suffering from a humiliating heartbreak, Savannah Livingston gives up on love in a bid to protect her fragile heart and rebuild her now shattered life.

Her Desires are awakened when she encounters the sexy and intriguing Kayden Knox who flips her world on its axis. They forge an irresistible connection, entangled with sensual pleasures, and an inferno of passion.

Kayden Knox has found the woman of his dreams. After enduring a life full of loss and heartbreak, he finally has found his soul mate and the one woman who can reawaken his heart to make him love again. But not everyone is happy for the new couple; throwing obstacles in their path and testing the strength of their newfound relationship.

When they think they’ve jumped over every hurdle that’s come their way, an inescapable tragedy strikes unexpectedly rocking Savannah and Kayden to their very core. After going through a terrifying ordeal, Savannah has to rebuild her life with the help of her supportive friends, family, and most of all Kayden. In order to build a new, indestructible future with Savannah, Kayden first has to face the demons of his past; exposing the secrets he keeps close.

Their journey is full of trials and tribulations as Kayden and Savannah fight to overcome incredible odds, obstacles, and frightening ordeals, but in the end they find an infinite love like no other.

A copy of this box set was provided for an honest review.

Kayden Knox is one hot cowboy with just as much money as he’s got charm. Savannah Livingston is a southern stunner nursing a broken heart and wounded pride. When the two meet in The Savannah Series, the irresistible desire they feel for each other leads them to a future neither could have imagined.

The Savannah Series was a pure fun romantic read for me and I recommend it highly for any romance or New Adult fans. Originally released as four individual stories, The Savannah Series is now available as a boxed set. The box set comes with all four original books in the series and also includes bonus scenes and scenes retold from Kayden’s POV. Not having to worry about cliffhangers is always a win for me and the extra scenes really do add something to the overall story. As a boxed set, The Savannah Series is a hard deal to beat.

The closest thing I would have to compare the series to is a super addictive/sudsy TV show, the kind where regardless of what you’re doing you drop everything when it comes on so you can talk about it with your friends the next day (I’m thinking Scandal now and Grey’s Anatomy/Sex in the City back in the day). There’s the smoking hot main couple that is the core of the story and the romantic end-game, the quirky and brutally honest best friends who always provide support while juggling their own melodrama, romantic rivals that add spice and frustration without really jeopardizing the hero and heroine’s relationship, and family members that are so crazy they make you look at your own relatives a little more fondly. Interesting characters are given extra shine with clothes to die for, cars to drool over, and a soundtrack that accentuates everything they do. I’m talking about the kind of show where the drama is so juicy and the romance is so hot, you can’t help but binge watch.

The Savannah Series was a total binge read for me. My original plan was to read one book of the series each night for four nights in a row. I started the first book around 9 pm one night … and cut to me at 3 am realizing I finished the series and only had 3 hours until my alarm clock was going to go off for work. The fuzzy head and blurry eyes were worth it.

The Savannah Series reading order:
1) Irresistible Desire
2) Inescapable Desire
3) Indestructible Desire
4) Infinite Desire

The players:
Savannah Livingston – The beautiful twenty-four year old only child of two internationally successful country superstars, Savannah works to establish her own career at Envy magazine while longing for the type of family life she missed growing up in the spotlight.

Kayden Knox – At twenty-six years old, Kayden is a billionaire oil tycoon and business entrepreneur with deep southern roots. Blessed with good looks, talent, and “ahem” other assets, Kayden excels in business and with the ladies. Kayden feels an instant connection to Savannah and believes she may be the one to finally get him to settle down.

Logan – Savannah’s long-term boyfriend, a model/surfer who runs his own talent agency. Logan’s looks hide his smarmy side and his set course to break Savannah’s heart.

Brooklyn – Savannah’s best friend and an up and coming actress. Incorrigible flirt who goes straight for the bad boys but will drop everything to have Savannah’s back.

Reagan –A talented photographer and Savannah’s partner in crime at Envy. Loves the party life and encourages Savannah to live on the wild side.

Jax – Kayden’s loveable Australian driver/body guard who takes a shine to Brooklyn.

Dixon – Kayden’s business partner and rough around the edges cousin. Dixon is the only person with better game than Brooklyn.

Jacob & Zak – A cute gay couple (much to Brooklyn’s disappointment) who move next store to Savannah for the summer and quickly integrate themselves into Kayden and Savannah’s daily lives.

Maverick and Paisley – Savannah’s superstar parents who love their daughter but can’t resist the call of the road and their fans.

Victor and Luanne – Kayden’s estranged father and his father’s much younger fiancé. There’s no love lost between the three and the secrets between them could put a major road block in Kayden‘s quest for a relationship Savannah.

Favorite quotes:

“My body is once more taken over by desire, butterflies erupting inside of me franticly. I’m no longer in control, despite my best efforts to fight temptation. It’s physically impossible; our bodies are enslaved by an unquenched need for each other.” Location 3824

“I love how we can erupt in a heat of passion, with just the slightest touch; it’s as if our bodies crave the pleasure we bestow upon each other, like an addict craves their next hit.” Location 4685

“When you find the one, you will just know. You will feel it deep in your soul, that connection. The missing piece of yourself that you never know was missing until you find it.” Location 4978

“I know he’s part of your past, I accept that because I know I’m your future.” Location 5453

“I’ve not only loved you this lifetime but all my lives before. Our souls are entwined for infinity.” Location 11972

Don’t miss out on The Savannah Series, four fun reads and lots of extras for the price of one. I will definitely be revisiting these books in the future and will be keeping an eye out for what author Danielle Jamie does next.

Happy reading.

Make Me Weak by Megan Noelle *Cover Reveal*

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Title: Make Me Weak
Author: Megan Noelle
Release Date: Late Summer 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover DesignerK23 Designs 

Alexandria 'Andie' Hawkins, is in control. She knows what she wants and never lets anyone make decisions for her. With no family and no friends, Andie doesn’t really have anyone she can count on for support. But that’s fine. She is used to the silence now. Working as a high-class pole dancer was never one of her dreams but now, it is the only thing she cares about. Alexandria has learned one very important thing—never let anyone see who you truly are. That is why her alter ego Kandi, is the one that steps on stage every night leaving the men craving more.
Kandi becomes their dream—their fantasy. And at the end of the night when Kandi leaves the club, Andie isn’t left with a broken heart.
Until one dance changes everything. That’s when she sees him. From that moment desire, lust, and insatiable passion take over. Despite all of Andie’s warnings to stay away—she can’t. There are just a few problems.She doesn’t trust a single soul.He doesn’t believe in love.And he’s twice her age.
Onyx is a mystery to her—a mystery she has to solve. Andie has spent the last few years believing the only person who knew the real her—was herself. Now she is realizing that the only time she feels like herself is when she is with a man that should be off limits.
Losing control is something Andie promised would never happen again. After years building up the walls she hides behind, she realizes she can’t resist peeking over the top.Truths will always be revealed, leaving pain and confusion in their wake. Alexandria will be left wondering if the one person that can save her is the one person she can’t have. 


I am Megan Noelle! I have been writing for many years and currently have two books out that are part of a series. My For You series were the first novels I published but I had to stop everything to write Stefan and Grey’s story in, A Broken Forever. I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pen and finally pursued my dream of becoming a novelist. Writing is my passion and I am all for following one’s passions! One of my other passions is being a mom of my adorable daughter Peyton. When I’m not writing I’m a stay at home mom and a full time student. I’m getting close to finishing my 2-year degree and I am more than ready for a break. There are many things I want to do in life, but if I can write, be with my daughter and my family—I will be happy!

5 *NEW* Random Things You Don’t Know About Me!
  1. I have recently retired my love for Diet Coke and focused solely on Diet Pepsi. And yes, I know all about aspartame, and all that bad stuff. But, it’s delicious
  2. I would someday love to write a book that Tim Burton wants to make into a movie!
  3. I have an unfailing love for many movies I watched growing up (not just Disney) and it is very difficult for me to like anything new. Some of my favorites set the bar too high apparently! (When Harry Met Sally, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Father of the Bride Part I & II, & many more!)
  1. I have a horrible wonderful addiction to book covers!
  2. I have more story ideas in my head than I will ever be able to write.
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Jun 25, 2014

How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott *Review*

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?

Expected publication: July 8th 2014

An early copy of this story was provided for an honest review. Pictures used as part of this review were used for fun and do not belong to me.

How We Deal With Gravity made me smile, cry, and hug my Kindle to my chest. This story is beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough. Author Ginger Scott has created wonderfully real and completely realized characters. How We Deal With Gravity is at its core a love story but it’s not the traditional boy meets girl piece. It is a story of the different kinds of love that shape us - the love of a mother for her child, of a man for a woman, of a town for their prodigal son. Now for the story…

Avery Abbott is a master of counting the seconds. Be it the seconds left until her shift ends or the seconds she has left to finish her college homework or the seconds it takes to help her autistic son Max find calm during one of his episodes. Each second that passes gets her to the next obstacle to face… and conquer.

Mason Street is a washed up rock star forced to return home with his tail between his legs. The talent that landed him a recording contract in his youth didn't keep him from being swept up in the rock n’ roll lifestyle and getting dropped by his label. When Mason turns to his childhood mentor Ray for help, the last thing he expects is the undeniable draw to Ray’s daughter Avery.

As Avery and Mason deal with public and private expectations, they’re forced to decide if it’s time to let go of the dreams of the past and embrace an unexpected happiness together.

I love books and I’m always happy to find one that strikes a chord with me. How We Deal With Gravity is one of those rare and special times where I feel like the book found me. I am an Autism mom to a beautiful and smart 4 year old. She is the center of my world and I am happily her biggest champion. But there are tough times. So when Avery expressed her concerns, fears and doubts about everything from how others judge her child to her own parenting ability, I caught myself going “That’s me, OMG that’s me!” I've been the mom in the parking lot with the crying child who just had to grin and tune out the people walking past not so quietly saying rude things about my child and my skills as a parent. I've dealt with the comments about behaviors being “weird” or “odd” or “different.” How We Deal With Gravity reminded me that I’m not alone and neither is my daughter. For that reason, How We Deal With Gravity will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite Lines:  
“All I can do is smile, and meekly, at that. “I’m sorry.” That’s what I’m saying with that smile. That I’m sorry my son has autism, and that I don’t know how to hide it from you.”

“I thought about Avery Abbott because she thought about me. And I liked that she thought about me.”

“These people don’t love me because I’m some hotshot musician. They don’t care that I have some stupid ounce of talent that sets me apart from them. They love me because I’m theirs – because this is home, and I’m family.”

“This whole feelings thing, well… it’s foreign territory for me. But I can promise you one thing – this? This is real. It’s the realest fucking thing I’ve ever known. And I’m a persistent, stubborn bastard, so you better get used to me.”

How We Deal With Gravity is a beautiful and moving story. I hope you will take the opportunity to discover it for yourself.

Happy reading.

Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo - Release Date 7/14/14

Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

Jun 23, 2014

Vanquish by Pam Godwin *Cover Reveal*

Her life is like a prison cell.
A self-made, to-hell-with-the-free-world existence that locks from the inside.
Stop judging. Her agoraphobia doesn’t define her. It simply keeps her safe.

He belongs in a prison cell.
The 6x8, make-me-your-bitch variety that locks from the outside.
But he’s free. To hunt. To take. To break.
And he just found a sexy new toy.

Capturing her is the easy part. Her fucked-up mind, however, makes him question everything he does next.
But he’s a determined bastard. If all goes his way, this will hurt like hell.

Expected release date: Summer 2014 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

Jun 22, 2014

Take Me For Granted by KA Linde *Review*

Manwhore. Adrenaline junkie. Lead singer of ContraBand. What you see is what you get. I make no apologies for my actions, and by now no one expects any from me. I live my life the way I want and as long as it pushes the demons back, then I'm solid. I've never needed a chick for more than a good lay. Why would I need just one when I can have a different one every night?

Until she walks into my world.

Mouthy. Perfectionist. Princeton student. Chemistry major. Yes, that pretty much describes me. Oh, and virgin. But I'm only nineteen, and have more important things to concern myself with. What really matters is finishing my degree and getting a good job. I’ve worked hard for what I want, and do what’s expected of me. I don’t need anyone to get in my way.

Until he opens up my world.

But if I give you my world, whatever you do…don’t TAKE ME for granted.

Aribel Madison Graham is a girl with a clear plan for the future. Get the good grades, get the good job, then get a good husband. After all, her parents have made it clear that they expect nothing less. At 19 she lives and breathes her Chemistry studies at Princeton. No drinking. No slacking. And definitely no boys. That all changes when her best friends drag her kicking and screaming to a ContraBand show and she matches wits with the lead singer...

Grant McDermott has a one and done chick philosophy. He does them one time and then he's done because there are at least a dozen more groupies waiting to take their place. When Aribel not only rejects his advances but slips him a spiked drink meant for her, Grant decides he's up for this good girls challenge. He'll do what it takes to make her his even if it means putting his rock star status at risk...

What I Loved: Take Me For Granted is an incredibly addictive and exciting read. I started one night around 10 pm and finished it in one sitting. Author KA Linde maintains the perfect balance of romantic first love with the heat and excitement of the world of rock and roll. Take Me For Granted is told from both Grant and Aribel's POV's and each is given a distinct and honest voice. Grant varies between the swagger of a rock God to the self-loathing of someone who carries the weight of a childhood tragedy. Aribel goes from being the smartest person in the room to an innocent and sheltered young girl. I loved Grant and Aribel as a couple and would love to read more of them.

What I Didn't Love: This was almost a perfect read for me. The one small nitpick I have would be a plot twist pertaining to Grant's past. Just as Grant and Aribel achieve what I thought was going to be a HEA (Happily Ever After), an unexpected big bad appears creating a mini-cliffhanger.

Favorite Lines:

“Let’s get this straight. I am not your darlin’ or babe or little thing. My name is Aribel, and usually when a girl walks away from you, you should get the hint and leave her alone.”

“Her eyes were fiery as if my words only fueled her, and saying no was her challenge as much as getting her to say yes was mine.”

“Yes, he cared about me. Yes, he liked me. Yes, he had done all these things with me that he had never done with anyone else before. But still, the way he’d responded to it all made me want to throat-punch him.”

“Things wouldn’t always be perfect. We were too stubborn, too strong-willed, but we could work through them if we tried, if we really wanted to. And oh, I wanted to.”

I’m a sucker for a good rock star romance and Take Me for Granted is definitely a good one. As I mentioned earlier, Take Me for Granted has a solid ending for its main couple but leaves itself open for a follow-up story. When KA Linde releases the follow-up Take Me story I will 100% be picking it up.

Happy reading.

Jun 20, 2014

When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan *Review*

Forever is a heartbeat away . . .

Kerris Moreton knows how to make things work. Bounced from foster home to foster home as a kid, she adapted; when opportunity arose, she thrived. Now, about to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal, Kerris is ready to build the life she's always wanted. The only thing missing? A passionate connection with her would-be fiancé, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July.

. . . but what about love?

As one of the East Coast's most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family's nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he's been distracted by the one woman he can't have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first . . .

Are you a fan of reads that stomp on your heart and require the constant presence of tissues to wipe away tears? If so I have the read for you - When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan. 

Kerris Moreton has never known love. Orphaned at birth, Kerris bounced through the system lonely and alone. When handsome Cameron Mitchell makes it clear that he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of her, Kerris thinks she may have finally found a companion to stay with through the years.

All of that changes when Kerris locks eyes with humanitarian Walsh Bennett. There is an instant fire between the pair that is near impossible to hide. With Walsh there is no easy companionship, it is raw and real attraction. Hiding turns out to be the pairs only option when the two realize Kerris isn't just Cam's girl, Walsh is Cam's best friend.

What I Loved: For a debut novel, Kennedy Ryan  comes out of the gate swinging. She demonstrates a clear mastery of angst and roller coaster emotions. Kerris, Walsh, and Cam are well-rounded characters with strengths and weaknesses that help humanize them. Also, the chemistry between Kerris and Walsh sparks in the first chapter and only grows stronger with each passing chapter.

What I Didn't Love: I liked Kerris. I liked Walsh. I originally liked Cam. There was just something that kept me from being able to say that I loved them. I don't want to give spoilers but I do need to give a warning that there is a sex scene between Kerris and Cam around the 75% mark that greatly upset me. Cam has his demons and I understand his feelings of betrayal but some of his actions and words I'm going to have a hard time shaking. 

Favorite Lines:

"Feeling a wordless, mindless connection that strong with your boyfriend's best friend would border on tragic."

"The intensity simmering between them had knocked him over from that first glance. It was still here, right below the surface, coiled like a whip poised to crack at any moment. He felt it now, and knew the moment she felt it, too."

"This was... she didn't know what this was. Didn't have language to articulate this desperation, this recognition she had never asked for nor been able to escape."

Overall When You Are Mine is a solid debut novel and I would recommend checking it out. Fans of love triangles, angst, and lost loves should embrace When You Are Mine. This heart-breaker is well written and a wonderful start to a promising series. 

An added bonus of this book is that author Kennedy Ryan is donating 25% of her royalties to her national charitable partner Talk About Curing Autism and Myles-A-Part, her foundation serving Georgia families. I am an Autism mom and I love the spotlight the Ryan is putting on this important issue. Purchases of this story will get you a well-written story and the feeling that you're helping those in need. The ultimate win-win.

When You Are Mine will be followed by Loving You Always (The Bennett Series #2). It is scheduled for release October 2014 and I will be anxiously waiting to find out what is next for Kerris, Walsh, and Cam.

Happy reading.

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Jun 17, 2014

*Release Day Blitz* When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan


Forever is a heartbeat away . . .

Kerris Moreton knows how to make things work. Bounced from foster home to foster home as a kid, she adapted; when opportunity arose, she thrived. Now, about to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal, Kerris is ready to build the life she's always wanted. The only thing missing? A passionate connection with her would-be fiancé, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July.

 . . . but what about love?

As one of the East Coast's most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family's nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he's been distracted by the one woman he can't have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first . . .

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Kennedy Ryan grew up in North Carolina, but loves living in Atlanta with her husband (tall – check, dark – check – handsome – check), and her handful of a son. Though she knew, like writers often do, that she was supposed to tell stories, the road to fulfillment has been paved with “some of everything” jobs that kept her family eating and living indoors. With her degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!), she has focused on writing for non-profit organizations and even doing some non-fiction ghost writing. Only in the last few years did she start telling stories again.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mom, she’s also a passionate advocate for families living with Autism. Her son was diagnosed at the age of two, and she has made it her mission to help as many families as possible find the resources and services they need. 25% of her royalties will go toward her national charitable partner Talk About Curing Autism and Myles-A-Part, her foundation serving Georgia families. 

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Jun 14, 2014

Hybrid (The Healer Series #2) by BN Toler *Review*

My Aunt Lucy used to say, “If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” She said many wise things I never heeded when she was alive. I want to be the woman that’s okay with hiding from what she fears and letting her big, strong man protect her. But that’s not me. I hate to be scared. I hate the feeling that there is an evil out there that could hurt me if it finds me. But mostly, I hate that so many before me lived in fear and died at the hands of evil. That is why I cannot find peace within. There is no peace for me while Healers suffer the atrocities of others.

I know Rhett would protect me at all costs. He loves me. And that is why I must leave him behind. It’s impossible to justify hurting someone you love—or many you love—to do what you truly believe is right. Lucy also used to say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I get what she was trying to tell me now. Hindsight is twenty/twenty. Sometimes we choose a path we think will lead us toward a noble cause, full of ambition and altruism, only to look back and see we’ve run over and crushed the ones we love most along the way. I can only pray that one day those I love will forgive me.

I woke up and I left. I left Rhett, the man who saved me from myself. The man I love. I left my brothers—my best friends.

I left.

But leaving led me to more. I found answers. I found others like me—who want what I want.

But most importantly, I found myself.

My name is Aldo Lawson.

I’m awake.

And I’m a Hybrid.

Hybrid picks up directly where Healer left off, with Aldo Lawson waking from a yearlong coma ready to fight. Aldo is a Healer, someone born with the ability to pull energy from one person and transfer it to another to treat illness, injury, and even death. Aldo emerges from her coma knowing the truth that she and her brothers are the by-products of a breeding project to ensure a pure, unlimited food source for Vampires. Aldo must learn to embrace her powers and hidden strength to save those like her mother and to make the Vampires pay.

Can Aldo trust Rhett Mason, the man who saved her from endless sleep, to steer her in the right direction or will he be too focused on protecting her? When Thomas Watson, the man she believes betrayed her family to the Vampires, reappears offering aid can she forgive him and accept his help? Or does Aldo need to embrace the hard teachings of ancient Hybrid Daniel O’Sullivan, a man who promises to break Aldo to rebuild her into the ultimate fighter?

What I Loved: B.N. Toler has created a solid paranormal heroine in Aldo Lawson. Aldo is far from perfect and in all honesty she makes a lot of stupid mistakes, but that’s what makes her easy to identify with. What teenager/twenty-something is going to keep a level head hearing the news that they have superpowers and scary monsters want to harm them and their family? Aldo does what she thinks is best for those she loves and owns the consequences. Also, Hybrid introduces Daniel, an ancient and super powerful hybrid, and spins the love triangle from Healer into a very interesting love quadrangle. I loved the character of Daniel and the sparks between Aldo and Daniel are electric, making Hybrid feel like a much more adult read.

What I Didn’t Love: Aldo experiences a lot of sexual violence/violation in this book. Though the scenes are not graphic and Aldo is rescued from several of the situations, after the third and fourth occurrence I became frustrated and found it a little hard to stomach.

Favorite Quotes:

“Be careful of the toes you step on today because they may be connected to the foot that kicks your ass tomorrow.”

“Aldo, I’m in love with you. Like it or not, I’m going to protect you. It’s what a man does when he loves a woman. I may not be human, technically, but I don’t think that changes regardless of what I am.”

“It’s an odd feeling to know you possess so much power over another; a power that can make them crazy, make them lose their senses, but it’s also a major turn on when that person is one of – if not the strongest beings in existence.”

Overall Hybrid is a solid paranormal New Adult read. There’s great character development, action, romance, danger, heat, and heartbreak. Hybrid is not a standalone, so if you haven’t read its predecessor Healer, definitely check that out first. Hybrid also has a handy glossary in the back to refresh those who are jumping back into the story. 

I’ll be looking forward to the next book in the series, Savage, which comes out later this year.

Happy reading.

Jun 13, 2014

Seeing Stars by J. Sterling *Review*

Walker Rhodes is a hot singing sensation who never settles down, spends too much money gambling and gets in trouble on the daily- at least if you believe all the tabloids. 

Madison Myers is a hard working talent agent assistant thrust into the spotlight one day after Walker pulls her on stage during one of his concerts. She tries to stay away from him, but he keeps chasing her. She is strong in her resolve and he is relentless in his pursuit. The question is... WHY?!?! 

Tabloid Headline Reads: Walker Rhodes pulls woman on stage during LA concert and serenades her with stars in his eyes and we watched as the sparks flew! But just who is this mystery woman who has stolen Walker's heart? And will she be the one to finally tie down our favorite womanizing gambler? 

Our readers poll: 
80% say no way! 
The other 20% wish they were her!

Madison Myers is no stranger to fame. Growing up in LA and working in the movie industry have made her well aware of the risks of being romantically entangled with an actor, model or worse… a musician.

Walker Rhodes is a tabloid favorite. The reports of his supposed nighttime shenanigans grab as much attention as his soulful music. When Walker spots Madison in the crowd at one of his shows he knows instantly that he can’t lose this woman. Walker will do just about anything to prove he’s more than the “man-whore” reputation, even if that means uncovering a secret from Madison’s past that she hoped to forget.

What I Loved: I found Seeing Stars a refreshing but sweet take on rock star romance. Madison may be young but she is still a smart professional woman. Walker is an incredibly talented artist dealing with the frustration of being mislabeled by the tabloids and having people accept rumor as fact. I loved seeing a strong male lead like Walker walk-the-walk in proving himself to Madison. Another plus is that this is a super quick, super easy read.

What I Didn’t Love: Overall Seeing Stars is a great story. I just wish it had a few more scenes of Madison and Walker as a couple. It would have made the story a little more fulfilling for me.

Favorite Lines:

“If you took one smidgeon of allure, mixed it with two dashed of handsome, tossed in a devilish grin and eyes that could stop world wars, you’d have Walker Rhodes.”

“I need to kiss you. Not want. Need. And I’m going to do it again, right now. So don’t stop me.”

"Only my girl would get pissed when a celebrity asks for her number.”

“Lord, have mercy. I promise to hang on to this boy and never let him go if you let me have him. I don’t even need him wrapped up with a bow. I’ll take him just the way he is. Please.”

Seeing Stars was a fun and enjoyable read. If you like your romance a little on the sweeter side I think you’ll enjoy it too. Seeing Stars is Book One of J. Sterling’s new Celebrity Series. Book Two will feature actress Paige Lockwood, a client of Madison’s slimy boss. I really enjoyed Madison and Walker and will keep my fingers crossed that they pop up in some form. I will definitely be checking it out.

Happy reading.

Fate by Nikki Sex *Review*

How far would you go to get something you really wanted?

Emily Malone has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Paul, all her life.

Unfortunately, he just sees her as his friend's little sister.

Desperate and infatuated, Emily resorts to lies and deception.

She only needs one night with Paul, to finally get over this obsessive crush. 

But Fate has other ideas. . .

Desperate times call for desperate measures and 23 year old Emily Malone is beyond desperate. She has loved Paul Jarman for as long as she had been capable of love. Unfortunately Paul only sees Emily as his best friend’s little sister and has rebuffed her advances numerous times. As thoughts of Paul begin to consume her every thought, Emily decides that she’s willing to lie to get what she wants from Paul even if it is only for one night.

What I Loved: Fate is a super easy read that moves quickly and blends erotica, romance, drama, and even humor. Author Nikki Sex had me quickly falling in love with plucky heroine Emily. I felt for her spending the majority of her life in the shadows of her family and friends only to find the courage to fight for what she wants as a grown woman. She may not go about making her wants known in the best (or healthiest) way but that just made Emily more human to me. I also appreciated the balance in the story between the main characters commitment to the BDSM lifestyle and the development of their romantic relationship within that world. BDSM often gets a bad rap of being smut but Fate manages to balance the complexity of exploring emotional and physical limits. 

What I Didn’t Love: Emily is such a sweetheart that I couldn’t help but cheer for her to get her man. That said, I have to confess that at times Paul tested my patience. His moods would shift so quickly and the strength and vehemence in which he lashes out at those around him would occasionally pull me away from the character.

Favorite Lines:

“She’d loved one man too long, too much, to the point of madness… and her plans were dishonorable.”

“To Emily’s mind, love was a virus. A disease. And there was no cure.”

“It was courageous to go against the opinions of those around you, little rabbit. Perhaps you are in fact, the little lioness. I salute you.”

I know some people are a little afraid of the BDSM genre but Nikki Sex does a phenomenal job in humanizing her characters and making you invest in them. I easily saw the characters as flawed, real people trying to find their own happiness in the world and if that happened to include some non-traditional “happiness”… so be it. 

Don’t be scared, Fate is worth reading. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Happy reading.

M. Robinson and Jettie Woodruff *Cover Reveal*

Cold, empathetic and step-ford. The good little girl syndrome on steroids. McKenzie Perry and Gia Edwards were at the top of the list. Spoiled rich girls, living the dream of every American girl. Flaunting looks, million dollar homes, talent, head cheerleaders, expensive cars, clothes, and any boy they chose to have.

They shared dreams, plans, and a lifetime friendship, never dreaming one night could be the end, changing it all with a speed so forceful, it couldn’t be stopped, a wildfire caught in the middle of the wind, spreading like a diseased outbreak.

McKenzie graduating at the top of her class, occupied her mind by landing a reporting job for one of New York’s most popular magazines.

Gia dealt with the horrific night in her own dangerous way. Gia partied hard, and when that didn’t work, she partied harder, lost in a world of sex and drugs, all angel with no wings.

This book has been rated for mature audiences only. Adult content not intended for persons under the age of eighteen.

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles,cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein. 

She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.

She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.

Jettie Woodruff is a practicing physician and has been a Civil War buff for decades. No. Not really, she is not a doctor nor is she a Civil War buff. She is however a goof-off and has a hard time being serious for too long.

She does enjoy a challenge when it comes to her writing. She feels as though she needs to pull every emotion possible from her readers. She wants you to be pissed off, questioning your sanity, depressed, happy, and hopefully turn your mind from wanting to cut the villain into tiny little pieces to loving him by the end of the book.

Underestimated was her first dark endeavor. It was a goal alongside of writing a series, a standalone romance, a young adult, which she can’t check that one off. She tried she really did, but her mind just doesn’t work outside the gutter and it quickly became rated X.

Jettie lives on 163 acres in a rural part of Ohio. She loves living in Ohio, except maybe the snow, and the long winters, maybe the hot summers too, Ah, hell, she hates Ohio. 

She does love the land and the solitude of the country. She just wishes it was in a geographically in a better part of the country.

Jettie has two grown children and one who will be eighteen in a matter of days. YES!!! She has also recently just had her first, cutest ever, most adorable, granddaughter in the whole world. Her oldest daughter just hit her with the news that she will be adding another grandchild to the family in February. Although she is sure she will fall in love with the little creature, she still can’t say the G word.

Jettie enjoys reading as much as she loves writing. She has way too many favorites to list, but one of her all-time favorites from years ago was the Casteel series from V.C. 

Andrews. One of her new favorites is C.J. Robert’s, Captive series. Reading it gave her that needed push that she required to say the hell with what people think and write Underestimated.

By day Jettie is wearing business attire and managing a mattress store. By night she is in front of a keyboard or her Kindle, wearing, well let’s not go there. Underestimated was her fifth book published. The first one was just shy of a disaster, not that it was a bad book. People liked it. She just knew nothing about it, no revising, no editing, just a spur of the moment.... “Oh, I wrote a book, lets publish it.” Train wreck and a half. Her Star series was one of her favorites and is held dear to her heart. She is now working on an adult romance that should be live around the end of August, early September. 

She can’t seem to stay focused on it at the moment, due to a much needed Bahamas vacation coming up with Adam Levine’s walking around half naked, buying her drinks.

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