BLGO TOUR: RIPPED BY KATY EVANS

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Synopsis:

Every woman wants me–except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don’t leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I’m a god–but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl’s not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that’s her — Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she’s out for my blood.

That’s alright.

Let her come at me. Because I’m out for her heart and, this time, there’s no way she can stop me.

My Review

Katy brings us Mackenna and Pandora in Ripped. Mackenna leaves Pandora at seventeen and leaves her heartbroken. Without ever seeing Mackenna again Pandora never gets over him. She never gets into another serious relationship. Leaving her broken with no answers Pandora goes right back into the shell she stayed under until Mackenna was there to help her through. With him gone Pandora feels more lost, and alone than ever.

Mackenna moves on becoming a huge Rockstar. It just so happens his band will be playing close, and Pandora decides revenge would be great after all these years, but her plan goes completely unplanned when she is made to deal with her biggest fear. Mackenna is something she had no intention of happening, but as fate would have it, or just horrible luck Pandora is face to face again with the only man she ever loved. The only man that ripped her heart out years ago.

Pandora is forced to work with Mackenna and a chain of events bring these two closer than ever. They fight it, but the attraction is still there. The heart wants, what the heart wants right? Not to mention Mackenna is a hot Rockstar! I loved Mackenna. He still loves Pandora and he loves it even more when she fights it. He is as stubborn as she is which make these two click. You can’t help but love their back and forth banter!

They are both harboring secrets that could risk tearing them apart for good this time. Secrets so big that even the love they have for each other might not be enough. You have to read to see exactly what those secrets are. I don’t want to give too much away and spoil it. Katy also brings us a few other characters we love ;) go grab your copy of Ripped and meet these two!!

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BLOG TOUR: EASY VIRTUE BY MIA ASHER

Synopsis:

Love is selfish…

My name is Blaire.

I’m the bad girl.

The other woman.

The one who never gets the guy in the end.

I’m the gold digger.

The bitch.

The one no one roots for.

The one you love to hate.

I hate myself too…

Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?

Excerpt:
With champagne and caviar inundating my every sense, I slither through the light wooden floors of the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing in The Met. As I walk, I pretend to admire the expensive jewelry being showcased tonight by a famous designer whose name I can’t remember. A multicolored diamond butterfly sparkles to my left and a cobra made out of black stones glistens to my right. Rows upon rows of precious gems twinkle under the soft lights of the room, flooding the space between the walls with the glow of a thousand stars. Furtive glances. Secrets gossiped. Beauty criticized. Lofty music fills the atmosphere as the über rich mingle and pretend to like each other, yet you can almost taste their conceit and derision for one another in the air.
           This is Walker’s world, and I love it.
           Standing across the room, where the crowd is thinner and the music fainter, I spot Walker’s blond head in the corner of the room, talking to a group of his colleagues and their wives. He looks polished and worth every penny of his trust fund in his sleek black tuxedo, perfectly starched white shirt and black bowtie. His long golden hair parted to the side shines like the sun. He is truly flawless.
           I smile because it’s hard to picture that this is the same guy who likes to snort coke off my tits as he fucks me while hardcore porn plays in the background. He looks untouchable and so cool, but his searching eyes, scanning the crowd for me give him up. He’s wondering where I am. He did tell me not to go too far, after all. Soon after we arrived at the party, I gave him some space to talk to his friends and do his thing while I did mine. I hate clingy people, so I avoid being one.
           I grab a third flute of champagne from a passing waiter, and try to decide which of the different displays to check out first when my eyes land on a spectacular piece of jewelry. On a bed of black silk, similar to my hair color, lies an extravagant necklace made of diamonds and rubies—a small heaven within one’s reach as long as you can afford the price.
           I bridge the space between the glass protecting the necklace and me until it’s within my reach, fighting the urge to touch the cool surface. As if under a spell, I observe how the rows of diamonds embedded in platinum form leaves and thorns. At its center is a rose made out of red diamonds almost as big as my palm.
           I feel someone walk up and stand next to me, but I don’t give him or her a second thought as I continue to admire the way the light hits the gems, making them shine.
           “Beautiful, isn’t it?”
           His voice is smooth and commanding, dripping absolute power. I keep my eyes locked on the display. Call it sixth sense, but somehow I know that under no circumstance should I make eye contact with the stranger who speaks like the ruler of the world.
           “Yes,” I say simply.
           “I wonder how much it is?” the man asks.
           “I don’t think it matters … I highly doubt anyone can afford it.”
           He chuckles, and the sound is more delicious than his voice. Lusher. “Oh, but I can.”
           I smile at his self-assurance. I love cocky assholes. “I still doubt it.”
           “You shouldn’t. I only speak the truth,” he retorts coolly. His voice is nonchalant yet his words leave no room for disbelief—a demand and a statement all in one.
           Suddenly, the noises of the room become distant. People talking and laughing amongst friends and the orchestra playing all fade away until all I hear is him speaking.
           And at this moment, that is all that matters.
           “The truth is very subjective, sir.”
           “The truth may be subjective but money isn’t. Money can buy anything.”   
           His answer is like an electroshock, jumpstarting my brain from a champagne-induced haze. My pulse begins to accelerate, excitement making it hard to take a deep breath. Don’t look at him … don’t.
           “Oh really,” I say, my voice dripping with sarcasm. He’s right, though.
           “Of course. I believe everything,” he pauses, “and everyone has a price.”
           Curiosity winning the battle against curiosity, I turn to face him, and what a fucking big mistake that is. When our eyes meet, I feel incapacitated of all sense and movement. The sight of him takes my breath away. This man gives the term “lust at first sight” a whole new meaning.
           In my short twenty-three years, I’ve been with extremely handsome men, perfect even, but to classify the man standing next to me in any kind of category would be a disservice to him, and not really fair to the others. Longish, light brown hair wildly framing his face, vacant eyes the color of dollar bills, a slightly crooked nose, and a mouth that begs to be buried deep within your thighs. His beauty is as harsh as it is stunningly perfect. Dressed in a simple black tuxedo and unbuttoned white shirt, the man exudes innate virility and grace, reminding me of a black panther stalking his prey. And just like a panther, it’s the pure raw and powerful energy emanating from within him that I find most attractive. Because just by standing next to him, I get the sense that his word is always the last spoken and his wishes the first ones to be fulfilled. He doesn’t ask, he demands. He doesn’t hope, he expects.
           He’s quiet for a moment; his uncanny eyes hold me captive as though they are baring my soul to him and I hate it. I tighten my hold on the crystal flute. I want to look away, but I can’t. The way he’s staring at me makes me want to squirm.
           “I wonder … do you have one?” he asks softly before turning to examine the piece of jewelry once more.
           “A what?” I ask, momentarily stunned.
           He smiles. “A price.”
           “For the right amount … I just might,” I say quietly, my heart beating so fast it feels as though it wants out of my chest. As soon as the words leave my mouth, there’s no shock coursing down my body, no rolling waves of shame pulling me down for having said that to a complete stranger—nothing.
           And why should there be? I am who I am.
           I’m staring at his profile, waiting for him to acknowledge my answer, when a breeze of cool air floats past us, making me shiver. About to chase the goose bumps on my arm with my hand, I watch as he slowly turns to look at me, catching me staring at him. Time stands still as I watch him raise his large tanned hand and touch my bare shoulder, his fingertips lightly grazing the temporary small bumps covering it. Then he smiles as if he knows that my skin is tingling from his scalding touch, and looks away.
           “I thought so.”
           We remain standing next to each other for another minute or so, the distance between us almost nonexistent. It would be so easy to reach out and hold his hand. The sound of an incoming call breaks the silence, bringing us back to reality.
           He takes his cell phone out of the inner pocket of his tuxedo jacket and ignores the call after noting the name of the caller. He lifts his gaze to meet my own.
“Sorry about that.”
           “It’s okay. I should go … I’m here with someone,” I reply, not really wanting to leave him just yet.
           “Yes, that’s probably a good idea.”
           I frown. He didn’t have to be quite so blunt. The stranger extends a hand toward me, holding something in his fingers.
           “Here … ”
           I open my hand as I feel the edges of what I assume is his business card poke the skin of my palm. “What’s this?” I ask stupidly.
           “My business card, of course.”
           “Obviously … but why?”
           He smiles, but it doesn’t reach his eyes. “Let’s just say that I’m an interested buyer.”
           And then he’s gone.
           He turns and walks away from me, disappearing into a sea of colorful gowns and black suits. As the sounds of the party infiltrate my ears once more, I lower my gaze to stare at the simple cream-colored card in my hand. Its simplistic and elegant design draws attention to the name printed in bold black letters on the paper.
           Lawrence Rothschild.
           I smile and let my fingertips trail his name. It depends on what you’re willing to pay, Mr. Rothschild.
Published by Mia Asher

Copyright © 2013 by Mia Asher

My Review:

Mia has done it again! Leaving me speechless and asking WTH just happened? Days later I’m still trying to figure out what will happen next!

Blaire- Beautiful, greedy, selfish Blaire will leave you wanting to reach into your kindles and slap her silly! I had a love/hate relationship with her at first until OMG the ending! I wanted to high five her in the face with a chair! <—–too much?!

Blaire blames her childhood for her actions for the way she is but I call BS because under all that makeup and greed Blaire shows she’s does have a tiny heart in there somewhere. She doesn’t love, or let people in. She’s ok with feeling nothing as long as she gets money in return until………….

In walks Ronan! Mercy sakes I was swooned in the first few minutes of reading about this man. Ronan brings out the good in Blaire and you see him bring down those walls she put up long ago. Ronan is everything you could want in BB! He’s smart, hot, funny, the sweetest man,caring and did I mention he swooned my panties clean off? <— yep gone!

Just as Ronan tears down a wall Blaire decides he’s getting too close. Love isn’t something she does. Money and power trump everything in her world and Ronan doesn’t have enough of that for Blaire’s standards. He made her feel something, and it scares the hell out of her. The steam between these two is undeniable, but is love ever really enough? Just when you think so we meet Lawrence.

Law is everything Blaire is looking for as far as money is concerned. She wants his world and doesn’t care who she hurts to get it, even if it means hurting those that truly care about her. Lawrence has it all, and Blaire will use her beauty and seductive ways to get exactly what she wants, or will it be enough? Will money and power really win over love? I can’t say because there is a book two!! I can’t wait!!!

This book will leave you speechless! You will curse Mia, and possibly need a straight jacket trying to figure out wth just happened? That ending though!! Gah!! I’m still reeling here!!

Grab this book and you will see exactly why! I’m anxiously stalking Mia for book two as I type this! LOL!!!

My name is Mia Asher. I’m a writer, a hopeless romantic, a wanderer, a dreamer, a cynic, and a believer. And, oh yes…I might be a bit crazy – but who isn’t?

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BLOG TOUR: THE ACCIDENTAL ASSASSIN AN INTERVEW WITH NICHOLE CHASE

Synopsis:
Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list. 

As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?

An Interview with Nichole Chase:


I’m here today with Nichole Chase, who’s recently released a new book called The Accidental Assassin.
J: Hi Nichole, thank you for joining us here today at Wolfel’s World of Books.
N: Hi! Thank you so much for having me.
J: So this is your first book in a new series.  Can you tell us how you came up with the idea for this book.  It’s a very unique story line.
N: It actually started as a wild idea I blurted out while joking with a friend. Only, it started to evolve in my head and I started to get really excited. A plot and characters were forming in my head. So, I started writing and plotting.
J: When you were writing it did you have any specific muses for Owen and Ava’s characters?
N: You know, Ava and Owen were completely fabricated in my mind. If I had to pick someone to be Owen, I would say that Chris Pine would be a good fit. As for Ava, that is more difficult. Maybe Jessica Stroup? That’s the closest person I’ve seen to what I picture in my mind.
J: If you could use just one word to describe The Accidental Assassin what would it be?
N: Fun.
J: There is a lot of hype surrounding books being turned into movies these days, if you could have one of your books made into a movie which one would it be and why?
N: Oooh. That’s tough. Not all books translate well into film.  I think THE ACCIDNETAL ASSASSIN would be fun to watch on the big screen.
J: Who would you have play the lead male and female roles if you could choose?
N: Oh, I don’t know. A lot goes into picking the people that play parts in movies. 
J: Suddenly Royal, was a New York Times Bestseller, can you tell us where you were when you found out you’d made this list, and how you felt about it?
N: Suddenly Royal was my fifth published novel, but the first to hit the New York Times Bestseller List. I was cooking dinner when my publicist called me. I said an explicative in shock and then told my daughter not to repeat that word. Needless to say, I burnt dinner between crying and laughing. It was one of the craziest feelings I’ve ever experienced.   
J: The book is now published under Harper Collins as is Recklessly Royal and Reluctantly Royal, can you tell us a little bit about the process you go through writing and releasing a traditionally published book vs. self-publishing.
N: Much of it is similar. The writing process is the same and the editing process is similar. There are a few additional steps, like pass pages, for the traditional publisher and I don’t have to load it to the retail sites and get formatting done. BUT it also means a much longer wait between finishing a book and publication. That means the author has already moved on to their next project by the time it releases. For me, it makes me feel a little distant from the project because I’m already caught up in another story.
J: What advice is the most valuable piece of advice you were given when you started writing?
N: Just keep writing. Ignore the haters and write the story you want to read. Don’t try to write something to follow a popular trend in books—write what you have in your head. You could be the next big trend.
Just a few more fun questions for our readers to get to know you just a little bit better… Ready?
J: Chocolate or Vanilla?
N: Vanilla
J: What is your favorite food?
N: Japanese
J: If you could have a superhero power what would it be and why?
N:  Flying. That would be amazing.  Or disappearing. Is that a superhero power?
J: When you’re not writing what do you like to do for fun?
N: Paint, read, craft. Play with my daughter.
J: What is your favorite place to vacation?
N: My daughter is still young, so going to Disney World is a lot of fun. I get to experience all of the magic through her eyes. If I was going on vacation with just me and my husband I would say anywhere beautiful that we could relax.
J: If you could meet one author living or dead who would it be and why?
N: Now that’s just not a fair question. Okay. Anne McCaffrey.

J: If you were stranded on an island and could only have one book with you what book would it be and why?
N: Pride and Prejudice.
J: Well that’s all I have, I would like to thank you for taking the time to sit down an answer a few questions… I have read The Accidental Assassin and I loved it!  I wish you great success with this new series and I will be sure to encourage our readers to pick it up and read it.
N: Thank you so much!
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My Review:

I can sum up this book in one word.  UNIQUE!  This book has so many things that I’ve never seen before in a book and it is surely what sets it apart from the rest of the pack.  Nichole has written a story that will be sticking with you long after you’ve finished….

I absolutely loved Ava, she wasn’t some weak minded heroine, she was strong and assertive and even when staring down the barrel of a gun and scared out of her mind, she’s able to think and make her own demands from Owen.  Owen is just… sigh… I loved him from the minute he stepped into the book.  Yes he’s a cold blooded killer, but he has his reasons and well… I find them to be justifiable!  And so does Ava!  This is one unlikely pairing of characters, but you will find yourself falling in love with them and cheering them on!

Nichole has created an intricate story that weaves us through some of the darker ways of the world, all while bringing a lighthearted feeling.  My heart was pounding from beginning to end with this one.  I never could be sure what was going to happen next with these two.  And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out at the end… You find out it’s really just scratching the surface!  I give Nichole 5 stars for creating a book that has such uniqueness to it, creating characters that you fall in love with and a story that you don’t want to put down or have end!  This one is a must read on my list!



Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

 

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BLOG TOUR: AUTUMN IN LONDON BY LOUISE BAY


 
Part 2 of the The Empire State Trilogy
Releasing December 2, 2014
Anna Kirby went to New York to escape heartbreak and have some fun. She wasn’t meant to meet someone . . . someone like Ethan. Now, back in London, she’s faced with another man to get over.
 
Ethan Scott broke every one of his rules during his week with Anna and now he can’t seem to go back to life before her. A business trip to London gives him the opportunity to change his rules for good. Will he take it? 
Autumn in London is the second part of The Empire State Series, a series of three novellas.
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My Review:

After one week in New York, Anna can’t seem to get Ethan out of her thoughts. Her best friend Leah keeps trying to set her up on dates but she keeps using work as an excuse. Since returning from New York, all she does is work long hours. Not only to keep her mind off of Ethan but there’s also rumors that the company is going under. So when the big wigs from Flanders, Case & Burling show up and call for a meeting with everyone, Anna just knows she’s about to lose her job. She never expected to see Ethan standing at the front of the room announcing the merger of both companies.

The last thing Ethan expected to see when he looked around the room was Anna staring right back at him. Sure he’d been thinking nonstop about her since she left New York but it had gotten worse since he landed in London. Now here she was right in front of him working for Allen & Smith, the company his company just took over. He knows he needs to see her. He will only be in London for three months. But Anna keeps trying to blow him off. Can he convince her to continue their fling? And is this really a fling?

Once again I am stuck thinking “I can’t wait for the next book!!” These books are short but sweet and I Love them!! I Love Ethan and Anna. They are so perfect together and their story is so straight and to the point. To quote them “No Bullshit”. Again the fact that they are short makes it harder for me to tell you what I Love about these stories without giving too much away. I hate spoilers! Another 4 Stars for Louise Bay for Autumn in London!

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Part 1 of The Empire State Trilogy

Released October 21, 2014
Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She’s tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she’s a magnet for men who don’t deserve her.
A week’s vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.
Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn’t date, he doesn’t stay the night, and he doesn’t make any promises.
It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken.
 A Week in New York is the first part of The Empire State Series, a series of three novellas.
 
About the Author
I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels – the kind I like to read!
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so I’ll settle for books and films.
I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don’t have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

BLOG TOUR: YOU WERE MINE BY ABBI GLINES


YOU WERE MINE by Abbi Glines

Gossip is the ultimate currency in Rosemary Beach, but Bethy and Tripp have managed to keep one big secret to themselves.
Eight years ago, Tripp Newark was dating a rich girl he didn’t like and was on his way to Yale—and a future he didn’t want. The only way he could escape his predictable life would be to give up the money and power that came with his family’s name. And that’s exactly what he planned to do. At the end of the summer, he was going to ride off on his Harley and never look back.

That was before he met Beth Lowry.

It was only supposed to be a summer fling. She was a sixteen-year-old trailer-park girl who served drinks to his friends at Kerrington Country Club. They didn’t run in the same social circles. No one even knew they were friends, let alone lovers. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world.

But he couldn’t give up on his plan. He needed to leave Rosemary Beach, but he vowed he would come back for her.

Problem was, by the time he came back—years later than promised—it was too late. His cousin, Jace, had already claimed the woman he loved. . . .

You Were Mine by Abbi Glines
Paperback: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776071 | December 2, 2014 | $15.00
eBook: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776088| December 2, 2014 | $7.99
Read an excerpt at Simon & Schuster’s YOU WERE MINE page
 
 
 
My Review:

If you are an Abbi Glines fan you know that this book was a much anticipated read after hearing that Bethy and Tripp had a past.  We never really had the details about their relationship in the past until now…

Bethy and Tripp’s story will knock you to your knees with sadness and heartbreak… The many years of guilt and sadness over what Bethy had done years ago ate at her, it affected her relationship with the man she was in love with, the man who changed her from being a bit of a slut into a woman she could be proud of…. That all fell apart the night she feels she caused that love to end… It was all Tripps fault.

His return to Rosemary Beach threw Bethy into a tailspin of emotion and past regrets.  She started to question everything and she hated herself and him for it.  Her push and pull struggle to deal with the events of the past and having them collide with the the present was not something Bethy ever thought she’d have to deal with.  At times I felt like this book could never possibly have a happy ending.  But Abbi never fails to bring about the happiness in the end.  Once the secrets are revealed Bethy has a new outlook on the past and the future, and she’s brought back to life again.This turning point will have you cheering for Bethy to find happiness again.

This book has all the elements you need in a good read.  If you love Abbi Glines books you will love Bethy and Tripp’s story just be prepared with tissues cause reliving the past will cause some tears…  I love how Abbi always intertwines my favorite characters from the past books.  You will see Rush, Woods, Della, Blaire, Grant, Harlow and all your favorites from this series pop up as they all continue to grow together through each book, the friendships they have built, that will never end… I’ll be sad to see this series come to a close when it’s time…. I give this one 4 stars.  To me the ending was a bit rushed but overall another fantastic addition to the Rosemary Beach series!  This continues to be my favorite series by Abbi Glines!

 

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.
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BLOG TOUR: WHAT’S LEFT OF US BY AMANDA MAXLYN

Book Title: What’s Left of Us
Author: Amanda Maxlyn
 
 
 
 
The heartwarming conclusion to What’s Left of Me.
Love found me three years ago.
I’m cancer free, happily married to the love of my life, and working toward my dream career.
Our life is complete. Perfect, really.
Or is it?
I’ve always wanted a family of my own, but never dreamed I could have one. Now Parker’s ready to make my dream our reality.
But sometimes our dreams are haunted by our deepest fears. Fears of failure, having a child, and in our case … death. How do I help the person I love get over his fear when I’m still trying to overcome that same fear myself?
Together we must learn What’s Left of Us.
 
 
 


My Review:

What’s left of Us continues the story of Aundrea and Parker and their happily ever after. She has overcome cancer and this story picks up 3 years later into their marriage.

Let me start of by saying I LOVED What’s left of Me. It was my very first FIVE star of 2014. I cried so hard.. I worried SO much about her wigs falling off and Parker finding out about her cancer. I just LOVED how honest and raw it was. How REAL it felt.

I was curious where this story would lead. What would happen.. I feared that Aundrea’s cancer would reoccur and the angst of that kept me on edge. The soul crushing angst from book one does not linger into book 2.. I don’t know how I feel about that quite yet. I craved that same felling yet I was thankful she was in remission. I’m very conflicted on my rating on this story. I LOVE Parker. I LOVE what this story was about (no spoilers but I love where it was leading) but I found myself needing that gut wrenching plot that Maxlyn gave me with WLoM. She spoiled me I guess.

The writing I would rate 5 star, the story line just fell a little flat compared to book one so I’m rating this one a 4 star.. I enjoyed it but I didn’t LOVE it like I did the first.

I will say Amanda Maxlyn can WRITE. Her words flow so eloquently that I sometimes catch myself reading the same sentence again, just to say it out loud:) Another beautifully written story!

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Life works in mysterious ways.

Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer.
I refuse to cry.
And I refuse to give in.
A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants. Me.
He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile.
But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him.
What if it changes everything?
Tragedy found me when I was seventeen.
Love found me when I was twenty-one.
My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey. 
 
 

I am the mother of two little boys, married to the love of my life, and living in one of the smallest towns in Minnesota. When I’m not chasing or cleaning up after my boys (yes, all three), I can be found writing or snuggled up with my kindle, a glass of wine, and spending time with my fictional friends and family.
I am first and foremost an avid reader! I love to read anything romance from paranormal, young/new adult, contemporary, and even yes, (wide eyes) erotic/BDSM.

BLOG TOUR: WORK OF ART BY RUTH CLAMPETT

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In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

For years intelligent and bright-eyed Ava Jacobs has worked diligently toward a career in the art world. Ava is swept off her feet when she meets the passionate artist. She soon realizes, however, that he’s on a destructive path—one she doesn’t intend to join him on.

In the decadent world of patrons, art groupies, and predators, feisty and beautiful Ava knocks Max off his pedestal. A stunned Max sees something special in Ava and offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. As their lives and passions collide, will he realize that she alone has the power to heal him? Can their hearts come together to create their own work of art?

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MY REVIEW

I have had the privileged to read each of Ruth’s books and as much as I love Nathan in Animate Me. Max truly stole the show! I went into this book thinking I was going to get another sweet and quirky love story which is what I’ve come to know and love from Ruth’s books, but this one! It was so different then what I thought it was going to be…

Max is an artist, a painter, and a HOT MESS! He’s moody and cocky, he really knows that his work is the cream of the crop, but along with that come fortune and fame and that’s where he has a difficult time dealing. When he’s with his bevy of art groupies he is a real turn off of epic proportions, but when he’s sincere and caring and showing the emotional side of him very few get to see… Well that side makes you fall in love! His biggest demon is himself. There were moments so emotional in this book that I broke down for Max and wanted to truly give him a big hug.

Ava is a dream, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE HER! She is strong and she doesn’t take Max’s crap, she just gives it right back to him. Unfortunately as she works through the layers of Max she finds more then she’s bargained for. But even then she remains true to character and doesn’t let him walk all over her… This is going to be an emotional ride for Ava and she knows she has to be strong for Max to endure the rocky road ahead.

I can’t wait to see where this goes in BOOK 2! I can only imagine after the tumultuous ending we aren’t in for a smooth ride anytime soon!

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Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom.

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BLOG TOUR: SURVIVING US BY ERIN NOELLE

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Title: Surviving Us
Authors: Erin Noelle
Genre: New Adult, Romance

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Two survivors.
Two weeks.
One awakening.

When Bristol Criswell travels to St. Lucia for an Enduring Life retreat, she hopes to discover encouragement and support from like souls. A vacation fling is the furthest thing from her mind, especially not with a cocky-mouthed, arrogant jerk like Davis McKay.

But when it becomes evident she can’t deny the magnetic attraction between the two, she gives in to her desires, and for the first time in her life, learns the difference between simply living and truly feeling alive.

As their time in paradise quickly comes to an end, will her heart be able to withstand another devastating loss when it’s time to say goodbye, or will their connection be strong enough to survive the real world?

Death brought them together, but love will give them a reason to live.

**This book is a full-length, stand alone novel that is not a part of a series**

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IT TAKES EVERYTHING I have not to smile as I watch Bristol throw her little fit. Knowing that she came by my place last night, and she’s jealous because she thinks I was there with another chick, makes my ego swell and my cock hard.
Once she’s finished digging her finger into my stomach and calling me a dick—which I usually am, but surprisingly don’t want to be one around her; I refuse to ask myself why this is—I do exactly what I’ve yearned to do since the moment I laid eyes on her. I claim her perfectly pouty lips with mine in demanding, caveman-esque fashion, hoping every person on this beach understands the statement I’m making.
I’m not sure if her ‘friend’ from last night is even out here, but I hope to God he is, because as a guy, I know with certainty the way he looked at her wasn’t how a big brother should look at his little sister. Ever. The way his eyes roamed up and down her body, how his hand splayed out on her bare back, holding her close to him, and the way he called her ‘baby girl’, all said plenty about his true intentions. I’m not usually one to cock-block, especially knowing the reason he’s even here is because something really fucked up has happened in his life, but I’ll be damned if he’s getting anywhere near Bristol while we’re here. She’s mine.
Her lips part with no resistance as the tip of my tongue requests entrance, finally allowing me to savor the taste of her sugary sweetness. My hands glide around her jaw to the back of her neck, fingers threading through her silky hair as I continue to explore her mouth, our tongues curling around one another’s in an effortless, synchronized movement.
She moans into my mouth, a direct command for my cock to stand at full-attention, and suddenly, I no longer want these other people around us. They’re the only reason I’m not laying her flat on her back in the sand right now and devouring every inch of her body, like I’d promised her I’d do. And based on the way she’s digging her nails into my shoulders and not-so-subtly pressing her body into mine, I’m pretty sure it’s what she wants too.


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WOW.

Almost 2 years ago I read this book called Metamorphosis that I absolutely FELL in LOVE with the writing, characters, and the author. Since then, we have became friends and she has put out multiple books including follow up to that series. I have enjoyed all of her books but never any as much as Meta.

Until now.

THIS is her best work yet. Excellent characters, storyline that is relatable in a lot of ways, and most importantly an AMAZING book boyfriend (Davis McKay baby) S-W-O-O-N.

Davis and Bristol are both survivors to horrific accidents. After going to a survivor retreat, they meet knowing their attraction can only last the duration they are there. Davis is a playboy who is entirely too broken to give Bristol a real relationship and Bristol is still struggling herself and doesn’t trust Davis as far as she can throw him

Can two broken souls survive one another? Or will they just destroy each other further?
this is a MUST read. Do NOT pass this amazing book up!!


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Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. In 2013, she published the Book Boyfriend Series, which included books Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, Euphoria, and Timeless, and recently published When the Sun Goes Down, a contemporary romance novel. Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.


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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE BY ALYSSA ROSE IVY

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We are feeling the holiday spirit with the release day launch of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE! THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE is a contemporary romance novella and is a part of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Hazards Series. It’s available everywhere now!

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About THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE :

One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.

 

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“Ice skating and hot cocoa? What are you buttering me up for?” I sat down on the bench and unlaced my skates. The snow was falling a little bit heavier, but the flakes were still light and more pleasant than a nuisance.

“I’m just enjoying an evening with a beautiful woman. I do have a romantic side you know.”

“Romantic?” What was Glen playing at? I’d had a crush on him for years, but things had stayed completely platonic. We were good friends who saw each other once a year, and teased each other through text messages and late night phone calls. That was it.

He didn’t hear me. He was already in line to return our skates. I waited for him to return with my boots, and not for the first time I was glad I’d worn wool socks. It was cold during the day, but the nights were absolutely freezing.

“Here you go, my lady.” He bent down and proceeded to put my foot into my boot.

I pulled away from him. “Knock it off. What’s gotten into you tonight?” As charming as Glen was being something seemed off with him. I wondered if maybe I wasn’t the only one who was upset.

He proceeded to move on to my next boot. “It’s Christmas Eve. Aren’t you Miss Holiday Spirit?”

“Usually.”

“Exactly.” He put on his shoes and tugged on my hand to pull me to standing. “Let’s get those hot chocolates.”

The line at the café on the other side of the rink was nearly out the door, but I was enjoying Glen’s company so much I didn’t mind.

He insisted on buying my hot cocoa for me, and considering he’d already paid for my skate rental, I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Glen had all the money he could ever need, but I wasn’t used to guys buying me anything. My dating experience wasn’t extensive, and it involved boys who were all about going dutch. “I really don’t mind paying.”

“Yeah, but I want to pay. Stop arguing and enjoy yourself.” He lightly bumped his shoulder into mine.

“Well, thanks.”

We walked around the village sipping our hot chocolate and not saying much. After a while we took a seat on a bench. It was underneath a tree, and the pine needles blocked some of the falling snow. I closed my eyes and listened to the chatter of people walking by mixed with the low hum of holiday music.

“You guys need to kiss.”

I opened my eyes and saw a girl staring at us. “You’re sitting under mistletoe. That’s the rules. You’re under mistletoe, you kiss.”

I looked up. Sure enough there was mistletoe hanging over us from the tree. It wasn’t real, it was just the decorative stuff they used, but it had the same unmistakable appearance.

Glen put an arm around me. “I think she’s right, Savy.”

I turned to glare at him. “Don’t even start.”

“Why not? Scared to kiss me?” he teased.

Yes. I was scared. Terrified. This was Glen. Kissing him wasn’t something I was prepared to do casually while sitting on a bench in the snow with a bunch of onlookers. Of course I couldn’t tell him that though. “Why would I be scared?”

“I don’t know. Just checking.” He got a twinkle in his eye. That twinkle should have given me all the warning I needed, but it didn’t. I was wholly unprepared when his lips made contact with mine. They were warm and soft, and they moved perfectly against mine. I kissed him back, desperately wanting to know what his mouth tasted like, and if his tongue felt half as good as his lips.

My Review:

This was personally my first read from Alyssa Rose Ivy and I have to say I’m now a BIG FAN!!!! I absolutely LOVED this little holiday novella.  It brought out all the feelings I want in a good read, and left me wanting more…

I loved Glen from the beginning of this short story, he was super sweet and sooo romantic… But he was hiding something not just his feelings but something bigger then that from Savannah.  After their sweet and romantic sort of date I was all in his corner, till he blundered it up and made me want to hit him!

Savannah or Savy to her friends has not had the best time as of late, her mom is marrying someone new, who purposely keeps Savy out of anything important in their lives. She hurt and needs a friend. Glen who has always been someone that she crushed on happens to be there as her world seems to be falling apart, but his rejection sends Savy spiraling.

This short story will make you happy, sad, make you want to smack somebody and make you want more.  I truly wish that I had a whole book about Glen and Savy I surely didn’t want to see their story end.  Alyssa’s writing is fantastic, she keeps a great dialogue going so well between the characters which is so important to me in a good read.  She adds just enough romance, heartbreak and happiness to this story to make it a 5 star read for me!!!

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

 

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BLOG TOUR: CAGED IN WINTER BY BRIGHTON WALSH

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In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…

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I bend my knees so we’re eye level and tug on her hand until she meets my gaze. “I don’t know what we could have. It might be nothing. But I’ll be honest . . . I haven’t felt like this in a long time, and that’s enough for me to know I want to see where it goes. Can’t we just see where it goes?”
With a deep sigh, she says, “I’m not right for you, Cade.”
“How about you worry about if I’m right for you. Let me decide the other.”
And then before she can stop me, before she can utter another word of opposition, I slide my hand up her arm, over her shoulder, until it’s wrapped around her neck. With my other hand, I swipe a piece of hair back with my fingers, and then lean in, brushing my lips against hers. After only a moment, I pull back just enough for her to be able to tell me to stop. When nothing comes, I close the distance between us once again, taking her bottom lip in between mine. I brush my tongue against it, coaxing her mouth open, and she breathes this sexy little gasp as I slip inside. She tastes like cookies and wine, and I want to fucking devour her.
She grips my shirt with both hands, clutching me to her, and I stop holding back and press every inch of my body against hers, groaning as my cock presses fully against her. The moment a whimper comes from her, I know she feels it. And I can’t muster up any embarrassment, because I want her to feel it. Even with all her brass balls and fuck-everything attitude, something tells me she needs reassurance, so I give it to her. In every stroke of my tongue against hers, every brush of my thumb along her jaw, I show her how much I want her.
When her chest is heaving, her lips parted and swollen and so fucking hot, I trail kisses down her neck, seeking out every inch of skin that’s uncovered. Her head thumps back against the wall, one of her hands gone from gripping fistfuls of my shirt. Instead, she’s holding my head to her, and I don’t want to stop. I want to kiss and lick every inch of her, slip my hands under the material of her sweater, unbutton her jeans, and not stop until I feel her soft wetness against my fingertips.
But the knowledge that she’ll regret it if I don’t stop forces me to slow down.
I pull back, loosening my grip on her and putting an inch of space between us. I kiss the corner of her mouth, her cheek, and then her ear. Against it, I whisper, “Don’t say no.”
There’s a beat of silence. Two. Three. And then she says the sweetest word I’ve ever heard.
“Okay.”

My Review:

I love when I get to take a chance reading a new author, sometimes you find a diamond in the rough.  Brighton Walsh is one of those diamonds.  From the moment I read the synopsis for Caged in Winter I was intrigued by the story line.  But the story itself was brilliant and refreshing.

Winter was a characters that was full of spite and spunk.  She’s spent almost all of her life looking out for herself.  She doesn’t need saving and even more she doesn’t want it.  She’s struggling to pay the bills and get herself through college.  She’s savy with computers but breaking into the business is going to be a bit of a struggle for her.  She’s smart, sassy and she’s quite beautiful when she isn’t scowling and trying to purposely turn people off… Her character was quite refreshing as she wasn’t the damsel in distress, she’s strong and firm in her conviction. So when Cade walks in an is nothing but a distraction she must decide if it’s worth the risk.

Cade is also in college and has a lock on what his future will be, but he’s also juggling a world of responsibility on his shoulders…  Having to had to grow up and be the man of the house wasn’t in the plan but like all thing, plans also change.  He also didn’t see Winter coming… She was a firecracker he wasn’t ready for in his life and she proved to be a distraction he didn’t need, but he was determined to mute the emptiness in her life no matter the costs to him or his future career… I love love love him!  He’s so damn sexy and sweet and just an amazing guy.  To have been dealt the cards he has and still be caring and generous to a fault, is an exceptional trait.  And he can cook!  What woman doesn’t love a man that can make a mouthwatering meal… One particular scene between Winter and Cade in  the kitchen had my heart and some other areas melting!  Eeeeppp!  These two are seriously sexy when they come together.

As always there are times when the secondary characters make a book all the much better.  In this book Cade’s sister Tessa and her daughter Haley stole the show at times for me… I simply adored their relationship and how they really worked as a family unit so that Haley never went without.  There was also Cade’s best friend Jason, who is funny, sexy and charming. They all work so well together weaved in this story.  

I have to say that Brighton has made me a fan and I cannot wait for Tessa’s story.  I can only imagine the angst and hilarious moments we are in for, between Jesse and Haley you never know what’s going to come out of their mouths…

I’m giving Caged in Winter 4 stars… I really enjoyed the writing and the characters, she captured the emotions and the feelings perfectly, and I can’t wait for more…

 


Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.

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