Friday, December 15, 2017

SUPRISE RELEASE - If I'd Known by Rebecca Donovan

“What better way to amplify the anticipation than a surprise release—especially for a series filled with suspense and mystery.” – Rebecca Donovan


If I’d Known by Rebecca Donovan

Release Date: December 15th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary YA


IF I'D KNOWN, the surprise first installment in a new, edgy contemporary YA series from Rebecca Donovan, the bestselling author of the Breathing Series is available now!

"We're all cursed—every single one of us."
Lana Peri isn't afraid of telling anyone exactly what she thinks, even if it gets her into trouble—which it usually does. But the thing is, she can't lie. Her unfiltered honesty doesn’t exactly make her many friends, although it does get her kicked out of class regularly. Lana knows the truth will eventually be her undoing. If only she’d known it would begin today.
It’s meant to be a night Lana and her best friends will never forget. And it is... for all the wrong reasons. Lana witnesses not just one, but two violent crimes committed by the same person. Except she can't say a word. Not if she wants to protect her friends.
Lana’s silence will implicate her and inadvertently cover for him. But it’s not like she has a choice. He is powerful. Connected. Untouchable. And a friend of Joey Harrison—the guy Lana is uncharacteristically drawn to the moment they meet. Joey’s also the only one who is told the truth.
His lies will ruin her. Her silence will keep them safe. The truth won’t save any of them.


MY 5 STAR REVIEW


I can't say I was blown away by reading this story. And what you are thinking is wrong. What I mean is that I've come to expect greatness when reading a Donovan story and I wasn't disappointed. I could only be blown away if I hadn't known before going in that it was going to be better than good.

Make no mistake, this intense and thought-provoking story about how one person’s actions can impact others will have you on a journey destined to keep you reading until the final page and enjoying the ride to get there.

How to explain further? Let's say that I love that a story by this author has meaning. That no one is perfect and that we all have flaws. But there is still beauty in them.

I can't say that I loved Lana throughout the story. What I can say is that I loved her snarkines; her love for her mother, family and friends. I loved her strength. I didn't always love her actions, but she's a teen allowed to make mistakes. And without her flaws, we couldn't read and ride this journey of self-discovery with her.

There are too many spoilers to say more.

And as I did while reading, I will wait on the edge for the next installment to take this reading train wherever it will go. I hope I don't have to wait too long.

My Book Boyfriend is Joey.




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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY


Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3
RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017
Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book



Blurb...


Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

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VIRTUAL SIGNING INFORMATION:

To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!

And best of all -- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

DIRECT LINK: http://www.apollyconevent.com/jla-brave-virtualsigning/


JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT AUTHOR INFO

BIO:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Website: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hot Cover!!! Because of Him an all-new romance by Terri E. Laine is LIVE!

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Because of Him by Terri E. Laine Release Date: September 7th Genre: New Adult Romance

Because of Him an all-new romance by Terri E. Laine is LIVE!

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Past and present intertwine with light and dark to tell a story ...Because of Him
Something inside me fiercely craves normal.
Sheltered all my life and taught to be afraid, I want to be bold, fearless.
Up until now I've kept myself and my heart safe.
Tade Astor, a guy so hot he steals my breath away, jeopardizes it all.
He isn't the kind of guy to give up on what he wants—me.
He’s determined to prove my safe world is missing something—him.
Even though he may not be the cocky guy I assumed him to be...
He’s definitely not the guy I should give my heart to.
But each time I see him, he becomes harder to resist.
I want to be brave and give him a chance... though it might come back to haunt me.

At the heart of Because of Him is a love story. But due to certain sensitive topics, it might not be suitable for all readers.

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Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age. Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

MERCY is HERE! A new badass romance by Debra Anastasia




Title: Mercy
Author: Debra Anastasia
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2017



Blurb

He taught me to kill. Murder is in my blood now. It runs through my veins and though I hide the monster I see in the mirror with ink, it doesn’t keep him from coming out.

My street name is Mercy, but I never show any. Except for her. I watch Becca, though she doesn’t know. She saved me a long time ago; the day my father killed my mother. Her bravery turned her into a target.

My father holds a grudge and knife with the same proficiency, and Becca is the focus of his hatred. And I’m the only monster who can save her.



MY REVIEW
♥♥♥♥♥

This book… let me count the ways… I was hooked by this badass romance from the first page until the last. I didn’t want it to end. If I had a guilty pleasure it was this.

I LOVE a broken man. And Mercy/Nix was that broken man. He had a shit life growing up, but a totally selfless heart. And I was sold!!! Selflessness is my weakness and he’s broken too…

Everything he did was for the people he cared about at the expense of himself. Our girl, the one he’s mad for has similar qualities. I love that she knew what she wanted from a man and wasn’t afraid to wait for it.

The writing flowed on every page. And yes, Debra’s humor was sprinkled in. There were small parts had any other author written it, I might have rolled my eyes. But it worked in this context.

It had the Poughkeepsie feel with a brotherhood that I can totally respect. It had that danger element too along with consuming love. 

I’m not a re-reader though I wish I were. I would read this again and again, because I haven’t read anything this good in contemporary romance in a long time.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I LOVED IT! *shouty caps. More please!!! And I look forward to Animal’s book. Though I wonder how she could top this.

My book boyfriend is NIX obviously.



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Author Bio

Debra Anastasia likes to write from her heart, her soul or her butt. The genres she dabbles in are examples of that. There are two paranormal romances in the Seraphim Series and now four contemporary romances in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series and a stand alone in the same genre, Mercy. Fire Down Below and Fire in the Hole, Booty Camp Dating Service and Beast complete her comedy repertoire. The Revenger, a dark paranormal romance, is finally in the light, and the last, a novella called Late Night with Andres, is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. 

Debra lives in Maryland with her two kids, husband of twenty years and two dogs. The king of the house is clearly the tuxedo cat that is the size of a small donkey. Find about her latest adventures on DebraAnastasia.com


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Special Obsession by A.M. Hargrove Release Day Blitz

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A Special Obsession by A.M. Hargrove Release Date: March 23rd Genre: Contemporary Romance

A Special Obsession an all new contemporary romance from A.M. Hargrove is live!!

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Rule Number One: Never let anyone get too close…
Weston Wyndham has more money on his tattooed wrist than I’ll ever have in my bank account.
Drunk, he was gorgeous, wicked, sexy, an inked god.
Sober, he is the most arrogant man ever.
If he thinks I’m going to let him order me around like one of his servants, he’s wrong. If he wants me to date him after all this, he’s out of his mind. I don’t care how rich he is, or that he drives a Ferrari and a fancy truck. Those walls I put up are there for a reason … and they were built to last.
But he’s relentless, and hot, and it turns out he likes his girls a little fiery. Giving in doesn’t have to mean disaster—unless I break my number one rule.
Special O’Malley is a handful. With a name like that, she ought to be. Sassy as hell, bossing me around, but damn if I don’t deserve it.
I’m used to getting my way, dealing with difficult people, only she’s not buying any of it. Usually my money attracts women. Not Special. She doesn’t give a damn about it … or me.
There’s more than one stubborn player in this game. I have a few tricks up my sleeve and I’m not planning on giving up any time soon … at least not until I’m between her thighs, making her moan. And those concrete walls she has … I have news for her. Concrete crumbles if you strike at the right place.
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One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast-forward. If she didn't do something soon, it would be too late to write that novel she had dreamt of her whole life. She slammed on the brakes, made a crazy decision, and quit her job. Then she reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author. She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker, Grey Goose Aficionado, and #WalterThePuppy Lover. If you’re around her for more than five minutes, you’ll soon notice she has a tendency to talk you ear off.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Unique World - Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop

Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop

This is an adult urban fantasy novel (PG-13)

♥♥♥1/2
(Three and a half Simon hearts)



Blurb....

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave.


My Review

This series should have been an easy winner. The world building is unique and interesting. So much so I didn’t need this farce of a romance to enjoy. In fact, I think this “romance” detracted from the series instead of enhancing it.

With each book, I grew impatient for something to happen with what the author kept dangling in front of our face like a carrot. To me, personally, I felt like the “romance” took away from the story/series. I think if romance wasn’t there, (and I’m pro romance in books, just not this one), I think this could have been better.

Simon and Meg could have had the same dynamic if he saw her as a little sister/ pack and not a potential mate. BECAUSE, that’s what it felt like through most of the series anyway. The “romance” was added like an afterthought. It was as if the author didn’t want it, but her publisher/editor demanded it. To meet that quota, she created a snippet of romance in the beginning and ending of each installment, that went nowhere for 95% of the book (the middle).

What’s worse, I read a few reviews that suggests this book is the last. If so, I’m doubly disappointed. After five books, investment of time and money, I needed an epilogue not a promise of a future. We got that promise the last several books. I want a resolution and a decisive ending about what happens.

Also, let’s talk just about just this book. Nothing really happens. For most of the book, it reads like daily diary entries. Meg wakes up, has breakfast with Simon, they go to the market square, she works, has lunch with Mary what’s her name, then she goes home with Simon, they sleep (him in wolf form) rinse and repeat.

The addition of the added character to be a female officer in another town goes nowhere and adds nothing to the story. We knew the others were more progressive than the humans??? So what was the point? This is no spoiler as if again does nothing for the plot arc.

The predictability of what little action that does occur, happens so late in the book, it’s so obvious a blind person would SEE it coming.

And honestly, I didn’t get the point of Jenny getting a package at the end. What did that character do that warranted her receiving that package???

And I didn’t get the tie in with the title to the story.

Well, at least I was able to finish the book. And that’s more that I can say for several books I’ve started and haven’t finished so far this year.

Audio Review

Alexandra Harris does a good job with narration. A lot of her male characters sound the same, which can be confusing at times. But overall, a good job.

My book boyfriend Simon.




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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Book Funk Over - Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

This is a adult urban fantasy novel (Rated R)

♥♥♥♥1/2
(Four and a half Adam Hearts)



Blurb...

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...



Review

I love this series. I can’t say it enough. This book took me out of my book funk. And I’d started many books by beloved authors, but I couldn’t get into a one and I started and stopped several times.

This book I’m proud to say held my attention from the start. I listened in two days.

I love Mercy and I loved getting Adam’s POV. The story was interesting creating questions and answering others to keep my focus solely on this book.

My only problem was with the middle when the author goes out of sequence. She makes not of it several times. At the beginning and when it happens so the reader is well aware. However, for me, I think that going out of sequence didn’t enhance the story. It didn’t provide that aha moment. In fact, I think it made things more predictable than less. It would have been better if she would have just gone linear.

That’s my only complaint and why I can’t give it perfect marks. Otherwise, I just wish there had been more. Now, what is a girl to read?

One thing to note --> This book brought me out of my blogger funk because it was that good.

Audio Review

Lorelei King narrates. I often forget I first heard her read this series. Luckily, this time I heard only Mercy’s voice and not Charlie Davidson. It’s interesting how similar but not these two series are. My only complaint is addition of a new narrator who is fantastic by the way. However, when he spoke as Adam, I didn’t buy it. He didn’t sound as alpha as Lorelei made him. Which made it hard to accept. But his other characters and accents were flawless.

My Book Boyfriend is ADAM.





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