Blog Tour “HARD KNOX” (The Outsider Chronicles #1) by Nicole Williams @giveaway

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A New Series by NYT Bestselling Author Nicole Williams

The Outsider Chronicles, #1

New Adult/Adult Contemporary

Released August 12, 2014

A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS:

Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.

Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.

As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.

How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .

Hard Knox.

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WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

I am a big fan of Nicole Williams and I loved the CRASH series so I was excited to read this one.

My difficulty only came with the heroine, Charlie.  Knox was only ever nice to Charlie but she judged him before he even said “hi” to her.  As a journalist, Charlie was supposed to be strong and opinionated, but her opinions about people were many times cruel.

Charlie softened up a bit later in the story, but I think at that point I was tired of her. It was hard for me to connect.

I do not want to say more and give away the story.  The writing was good.  The words and the story flowed.  This book touched upon a difficult subject and I think Nicole Williams did a great job.

 

 

 

About the Author

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Blog Tour “TURN ON A DIME – KADE’S TURN” by Tiffany Snow @giveaway

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TurnOnADime_KadeFinalTitle: Turn On A Dime – Kade’s Turn

Author: Tiffany Snow

Release Date: August 25, 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense

A copy was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Release Day Blitz “A WHOLE NEW CROWD” by Tijan @tijanbooks

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Taryn grew up in a different world. Her boyfriend was a criminal. His older brother was part of a gang. They weren’t great people, but they were her family. Then everything changes when she’s sent to a new family in the neighboring town. New family. New friends. A new world. She’s elated. This is her chance for a new beginning, but secrets start being revealed and Taryn learns her new life has some ties to her old one, ties that she’s not happy about. Her new family might not have been the lucky break she thought she had.

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Review “ONCE PERFECT” (Shattered Past #1) by Cecy Robson

OnceTitle: Once Perfect (Shattered Past #1)

By: Cecy Robson

Genre: Romance

Release: October 7, 2014

A copy provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS: His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy New Adult debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bond them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

 

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Mateo is a bouncer at a club that Evelyn works at as a waitress. Evelyn used to be a rich girl, but after her father was found guilty of embezzlement, she lost everything.  Now Evelyn has to work to make ends meet and attend college. Mateo is protective and caring to Evelyn.  Evelyn is not sure what to think of Mateo since he served time for beating up a man.

I had to think about how to rate this book. I really enjoyed the first half of the book but somewhere at 60% I found myself wanting the story just to be done. I initially connected with the story. I liked the characters. I liked how the characters started their relationship.  The pace of the story in the beginning was excellent and writing was good, but how things were revealed and resolved in the end, did not work for me.   At that point, I felt disconnected to the characters. Mateo and Evelyn claimed at various points they had very little time to see each other. There reasons were not believable to me.

This story was more than just a MMA book. The heroine remembers something in her life that is very sensitive but the author written in very well.  I loved seeing the bond and love Mateo had for his family.

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Review “BREAK THE SKY” by Nina Lane

BreakTitle: Break the Sky

By: Nina Lane

Genre: Romance

A copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS: Atmospheric scientist Kelsey March is under siege. Her tornado research project is on the skids and she’s fighting conflict in her university department. So when irresistible bad boy Archer West suggests a hot, wild fling while he’s in town, Kelsey is unable to resist his sexy offer.

Kelsey and Archer embark on an intense, exhilarating affair. But soon their differences and private battles encroach on their desire, and Kelsey discovers that Archer is a storm she can’t control.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

I love books with bad boys and meet girls who are smart and sweet.

Archer comes to town and meets Kelsey at a bar. Archer takes a coin out and says “heads…I leave, tails…I stay.”  It was a strong and hot beginning then the story.  Then something “wakes up”  Kelsey at the bar and well things don’t happen as Kelsey would like. She leaves Archer with regret and thinks she will never see him again until the next day when she goes to see her friend, Dean.   From there the games of flirting, doubts, etc., begin.

Kelsey is smart and different.  However, Kelsey dresses and “acts” like the professional she has to be, but the blue streak in her hair is the little out.  What lost me was that Kelsey was a bit judgmental.  Archer was nothing but kind to her and treated her really well, but she just assumed everything that Dean said about his brother was true. I did not think Kelsey was that great, a bit of a know-it-all.  Archer was everything in a hero I love in my stories…all alpha, protective, and kind.  He made bad choices in the past, but I hate that his brother, Dean and Kelsey looked down on him.  Archer did nothing, NOTHING that showed that he was a bad person.  So what he did not go to college like Kelsey??? So what they he fixed motorcycles and was bit of a drifter???   I rather have a man that would treat me well then someone who treated me poorly and made six figures.  When Kelsey woke up, I think it was a bit too late for me.

Nina Lane is a wonderful writer.  Even though this one did not work for me I will be reading more books by her.

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Blog Tour “FLAWED AND DAMAGED” by Emily Krat #giveaway

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FAD-Cover-Hi-ResBook Title: Flawed and Damaged

Author: Emily Krat

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 23 July, 2014.

 

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Synopsis:

Two people haunted by their past…

The collision of two damaged hearts…

Meet Elizabeth Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right?

Meet Ryan Price. He came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked.

Miscommunications and misunderstandings and a brilliant but painful love story begins.

There will be a scary flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two, discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss.

Somewhere along the way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer.

For the first time in his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has been hurt.

Will these two wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever after?

 

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

I really liked the premise of this book. Elizabeth is at a mediocre position at her job.  She asks her manager for more responsibility, hoping that she could show her that she could do more and advance. One day her manager tells her she has the perfect job for her.  Elizabeth has to pick up a client and make sure he gets to all his destinations with no problems.  When the client approaches Liz and tell her he is “here”, she assumes that this is the client that her manager was telling her to babysit.  Little does she know that it is the wrong client. Ryan is visiting Russia on business.  When he steps off the plane he sees an attractive girl holding a sign, a “sign” that his brother uses to mean that he has a “present” for his big brother.  Ryan is not in the mood for his brother’s little “gifts” but one things leads to another and Elizabeth and Ryan end up having to be together anyway.

The story is written in dual POVS with a switch every other chapter. Questions from one POV are almost immediately answered in the other character’s POV which leaves very little suspense. I wished that the current POVs would not revisit the previous character’s POV. This is one of those stories that I think could have been better with just one POV.  Maybe adding Ryan’s POV every few chapters or so but not every other chapter.

At times there was too much unnecessary info.  I found myself skimming a paragraph or two when the heroine would go on about something in her life.  At that point,  the book felt long and I think of the information like the one I described would have been eliminated the book would have not seem to drag at certain spots.

I am tired of these BFFs that convince heroine that to have “fun” and chase the guy.  However, saying all this, I still wanted to read and finish the book and know how the story was going to end.  I was upset that Ryan could be a big jerk to Liz at a turn of a hat, but I had to remind myself that he had trouble with trust.   There was only his brother who really had meant anything to him.

I liked Liz’s story.  I just liked her as a person.  She was a kind person and I am glad that she did not give in to Ryan quickly.  She tried to be smart in the situation even though it was hard since she was desperate with big responsibilities.

The book was not a bad read. My problem was mostly all the inner dialogue in the story.

A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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About the Author:

Always an avid reader who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for novels is a true passion and a dream come true.

Emily is a chocolate junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in late, watching TV shows, cooking, and baking. When she’s not writing or rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends.

Emily loves to hear from readers. To get write to her directly at emilykratauthor@gmail.com

 

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Blog Tour “THE GOVERNESS AND THE STALKER” by Mark Morey

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By Mark Morey

Genre: Historical Crime / Mystery

 

Book Synopsis

 

It is the first of June 1879 and twenty-year old former governess Michelle Blissett has just wed her master James Devine.  Tragically James dies on their wedding night.  Jesse West, recently discharged from the workhouse, is proud that he killed his father and is looking forward to killing Michelle and her step-children.

Michelle Devine relocates her household to London.  Michelle’s brother-in-law Luke then runs up gambling debts which Michelle settles by travelling to Edinburgh to pay the enigmatic Brian Finlay.  Michelle narrowly escapes death when the bridge over the Firth of Tay collapses while a train is crossing, and she returns to London for a new start to her life.  She forms a friendship with handsome young Paul Lawrence before a ragged stranger threatens her.  Michelle and her step-children move to Paul Lawrence’s manor in the Cotswolds before Jesse West tracks them down.  Paul Lawrence injures Jesse badly but Jesse slips away to recover.

The sins we do come back to haunt us.

 

Author Biography

 

I am part-time in the workforce and a part-time author, and writing technical documentation and advertising material formed a large part of my career for many decades. Writing a novel didn’t cross my mind until relatively recently, where the combination of too many years writing dry, technical documents and a visit to the local library where I couldn’t find a book that interested me led me consider a new pastime. Write a book. That book may never be published, but I felt my follow-up cross-cultural crime with romance hybrid set in Russia had more potential. So much so that I wrote a sequel that took those characters on a journey to a very dark place.

The Red Sun Will Come and Souls in Darkness were published by Club Lighthouse in mid-2012.  My next novel, The Governess and The Stalker will be published by Wings ePress in July 2014.  A sequel Maidens in the Night is due to be published later this year, and at the moment I am working on a historical fiction manuscript set in Italy during the 1930s.

 

Author Website: http://markmorey.blogspot.com.au/

 

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Blog Tour “THE LOVER’S SECRET” by J.C. Reed #giveaway @jcreedauthor

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Release date: August 5th, 2014

Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance
Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Full Length Novel

 SYNOPSIS:

When a sexy encounter comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare…

 

Brooke Stewart thinks she’s finally safe. After witnessing the crime of a killer, she can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one’s soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The game is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.

 

What she doesn’t know is that the sexy stranger has an agenda of his own. Brooke Stewart has something he desperately wants, something he can’t admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. A secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He’s almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

Is the past really ever the past?

 

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Review “RELENTLESS LIBERATION” by L.J. Fine

LJdownloadTitle: Relentless Liberation

By: L.J. Fine

Genre: Romance

A copy was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS: Being stalked from town to town by an unstable ex-boyfriend means demure bookworm Mina Roper is used to keeping a low profile. But after a coworker brings her to an underground boxing competition, shy Mina falls deeply in lust with gorgeous fighter Tyler Serano. The problem? She’s convinced he’s hopelessly out of her league.

Tyler knows his matches are brutally violent, so why does this sweet, subdued beauty keep showing up to watch them week after week? Despite his overwhelming fear of commitment, Tyler’s innocent curiosity evolves into a hot, all-consuming attraction.

Just when it looks like happily ever after might be possible, Mina’s past catches up to her and she’s forced to make a tough choice. Follow her usual escape strategy—or risk it all for a new kind of life with Tyler.

Inside Scoop: Mina’s past includes a nonconsensual sexual encounter and brief violence, which could be triggering for some readers.

WHAT DID I THINK: 4.25 out of 5 Stars

I was going to give this book 5 Stars, but the ending or last 10% of the book was too rushed. When I was at 90%, I thought that it would end in a cliffy since there were still certain things that had to be solved and that there is no way it could be solved in 10%, but it was and I was disappointed.  What happened at 90% came together too perfectly…too quickly.  I felt like it needed more attention.

But I want to stress that overall I really liked this book.  I really loved the characters and I loved the story.

Mina is a quiet and reserved woman.  She has moved to a small town to escape the evil that has been hunting her for the past 4 years.  Her friend, Chloe, takes her to an underground fight club one night.   Mina is immediately addicted to the scene or I should say to a particular fighter, the top fighter, Tyler.  Mina knows that Tyler is way out of her league, but she can’t help coming time and time again for three months to watch him fight.  She is not the only one there to watch this amazing specimen fight so she knows she has to stay in the background and watch from a distance.  One night after a fight, Mina is waiting for her friend Chloe to drive her home. As she is waiting, she notices Tyler sitting by her. Tyler starts to talk to Chloe and from there friendship develops.  I loved how Tyler approached Mina.  I loved how he insisted on their friendship and when things did happen it was amazing and special. Tyler is hot and protective of his Mina. I loved it.

This story is told in Mina’s POV in first person and I was happy that it was not written in dual POVs.  I loved not really knowing what was going on in Tyler’s head.  I loved that as a reader I had to guess like Mina what Tyler really was feeling.  I loved Tyler, but he told Mina what he wanted and did not want in this friendship.  Some of it I was upset about but Tyler had his own reasons for setting up his rules for Mina. However, in the end actions always speak louder than words.  There was so much more to this man than just being an underground fighter.

“You said that reading was your third-favorite thing to do. What are your top two?”

He quirked a brow then considered for a moment.

“You really want to know?”

She rolled her eyes. “I wouldn’t have asked you otherwise.”

Once again he assessed her for a few moments before finally coming to some sort of conclusion. “All right. The first two are fighting and f****ng. No necessarily in that order.”

I loved the amount of uncertainty between the characters and angst that this story had. Like I mentioned, I was upset that certain things were solved to quickly, but overall I really like this book.  I started it at 8pm before bed and could not go to sleep until I read the last page.  I had to know how everything would come together.

I will definitely be reading more by this author.

 

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Release “OPPOSITION” (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OppositionTitle: OPPOSITION (LUX #5) 

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release:  August 5, 2014

Links to Buy: Amazon | B&N

 

SYNOPSIS: Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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.

 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

 

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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