Book Blast ‘PRIDE” by Rosie Somers

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Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.

Gabby is the steward of PRIDE

To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.

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Iola’s Christian Reads: “Pride is aimed at the YA market, and is the first in a planned series (presumably one for each of the seven deadly sins). It incorporates elements of other well-known YA series such as Harry Potter and Divergent, (an orphan who is the ‘chosen one’ fighting the forces of evil). It has that fast pace and addictive quality which makes it hard to put down.”

“…it was thrilling enough to grab my attention and I can’t wait to continue Gabby’s story in the next installment. Rosie Somers has made it to my Author’s to watch for list!”

 

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The man didn’t make a sound. He stood stock still for the span of one sharp, inhaled breath, then he crumpled to the floor. After assuring herself there was no one behind him, Gabby flipped her flashlight on and knelt to give the unconscious heap at her feet her full attention. Oh God, she’d killed him. She just knew it.

Save for green streaks coursing through his thick, black hair, and a spot of blood near his temple, there wasn’t any color on him. His clothes were black, his skin winter-pale. Everything about his appearance was smooth, lean, handsome—no feature out of place. Full lips, chiseled jaw, and strikingly thick eyelashes. He was pretty, for a boy. It all fit, even the green hair. And he was still breathing. She wasn’t a murderer.

Suddenly, a strong hand gripped her forearm, and the heavy flashlight was ripped from her grasp. Wrenching free from the iron grip, she tried to turn around as she stood. Instead, she fell backward over Pretty Boy, landing hard on her butt with her legs draped over his torso.

Gabby scrambled to her feet. The moment she was steady, she broke into a run, but only made it as far as the back door before arms like steel bands wrapped around her from behind, pinning her to a rock-solid chest. She couldn’t breathe.

“We’re not here to hurt you, Gabriella,” a deep voice murmured into her ear. As if to prove the honesty of his words, the man relaxed his hold just enough for her to breathe normally.

“Yeah, right.” And her foster dad had only wanted to give her a kiss goodnight—with his tongue. Gabby knew what men were like, and she was not about to be fooled by this one. “How do you know my name?”

“It’s a long story, but we’ve been lookin’ for ya for some time now.” He had an Irish accent.

“Who are you?”

He turned their bodies back toward the unconscious man across the room. Now another guy stood over Pretty Boy. He wasseveral years older, thirty maybe. His pale blond hair was short and, even from across the room, it was clear he was much taller than her.

As Vice Guy half-carried her to the other men, a muffled moan floated up to meet them, and the guy on the floor took great care disentangling lanky limbs to pull himself to a kneeling position. He rubbed the side of his head with one hand while he used the other to brace himself against the wall. The look Pretty Boy raked over Gabby as he got up made her cringe.

The guy still holding her spoke. “If I let ya go, will ya promise not to run? We’re not goin’ to hurt ya. We’re here because we need your help.”

She believed him. Maybe because, even though she’d just clobbered his friend, he hadn’t hurt her. She nodded and was immediately released.

She turned, but the guy behind her wasn’t the giant with superhuman strength she’d imagined. Her captor was probably only a couple of years older than her, with dark auburn hair and a hint of a dimple on his right cheek. Despite the seriousness of the situation, his bright blue eyes sparkled with interest, and the corners of his lips were turned up in an amused smile.

He didn’t take his gaze off her, even when he took several steps away. Instead, he stood arms crossed, feet planted apart. Poised to give chase if she fled. Running had crossed her mind, but something compelled her to stay at least long enough to hear what they had to say.

“Well …?” She prompted with a wave of her hand that clearly said, get on with it.

The blond man cleared his throat. “Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Andrew. This is Lucas.” He motioned toward the man who’d grabbed her, then to the one she’d knocked out. “And Grant.”

Grant’s eyes were narrowed. She shifted under his scrutiny and diverted her gaze.

Andrew whispered something in his ear, and Grant looked down at his feet. Andrew continued, “We need to go.”

They were there to abduct her. At the realization, panic rose in Gabby’s chest, choking her breath into shallow threads. She threw her hands up defensively and backed away with slow, shaky steps. “I’m not going anywhere with you.”

Andrew sighed. “You may not want to now, but you will when you find out why.”

“Then tell me.”

He checked his watch, then squared his shoulders in determination. “Have you ever heard of the seven deadly sins?”

Gabby snorted. “Who hasn’t?”

“I assume you don’t realize how serious they are. We’ve spent our lives protecting humanity from the temptations and you laugh at the mention of them?” Grant’s voice was deep and forceful.

He looked as though he would have continued scolding her, but Lucas uttered a soft “Dude” and shook his head. Grant snapped his mouth shut and raised a hand to rub the back of his neck.

Lucas picked up where Andrew left off. “Do ya know much abou’ the history of the sins?”

She’d only ever heard an Irish brogue on TV. His lilting tone was soothing.

He raised an eyebrow.

Oh, he’d asked a question. What was it? Ah yes, history of the sins. Gabby shook her head.

“In the latter half of the fourth century, a monk fled Constantinople to a small monastery in Egypt. There, he penned a list of eight sins which he referred to as the Temptations of Man: Pride, Avarice, Acedia, Gluttony, Impurity, Anger, Sadness, and Vainglory.”

He took a few steps back and leaned against the wall, then continued, “For two centuries, almost all of those not involved with that particular monastery thought the list of Temptations was nothing more than the opinion of one monk, a suggestion of how to lead a good Christian life. Then, sometime around five-ninety A.D., Pope Gregory the First came across a collection of rings tha’ had been housed by this monastic order in utter secrecy. They considered them so powerful only the handler was permitted near them, just one specific monk who devoted his life to ensurin’ no one else came into contact with the Temptations.”

“Listen guys, much as I appreciate the history lesson, I’ve got work in …”she made a show of checking her non-existent watch, “a few hours, so I really hope you’re getting to a point.” This earned her a leveling glare from Grant.

“Pope Gregory had the rings studied and discovered they were in fact imbued with special properties. It seemed they had the power to influence people toward certain … well … temptations,” Andrew replied.

What asylum had these guys broken out of? Did they actually believe this nonsense they were spouting? “Seriously, jewelry that makes people sin? Right.” Gabby moved to her bag and gathered her clothing, making sure to keep the men in her line of sight.

Lucas reached into his shirt and pulled out a chain. He slipped it free of his neck and dangled it from the tips of two fingers. Swinging like a pendulum at the bottom of that chain was a brilliant, red ring.

“What is that?” She already knew the answer.

Lucas took several slow steps in her direction and extended his arm toward her. She clenched her fists and bit down on her tongue to keep from yelling at the men. How dare they sneak into her makeshift home, intruding into her life, practically scaring her to death. Now, they were feeding her this absurd story about sin-possessed rings and crazy monks.

The closer he got, her anger went from muted seething to barely-contained rage. The more she thought about it, the more she wished she was still in possession of her Maglite so she could hit him with it, and maybe again after that. When Lucas was little more than five feet from her, he winked and reversed direction. With each step he took away from her, the violent feelings receded.

“Anger,” Gabby answered her own question.

“Anger,” Andrew affirmed. “Lucas is the steward. I’m the steward of Pride, Grant of Envy.”

Grant’s eyes narrowed at her, while Andrew pulled a matching chain from beneath his own T-shirt and let the attached orange ring fall to rest against his chest. Something about Andrew’s ring was different though. Sure, power emanated from it, too, but she wasn’t experiencing pride. This power was different. It tingled—almost like static electricity.

After slipping the chain back over his head and tucking it under his neckline, Lucas picked up his story from where he’d left off. “Each of the rings has the ability to influence people toward a particular sin. Pope Gregory discovered which ones led to which temptation and labeled them accordingly. As a result, the original list of temptations was amended. It came to be known as the seven deadly sins.”

That was why the list Lucas spouted earlier didn’t sound right.

“The rings didn’t create the sins, of course. They just have the power to promote that particular feeling or action. Each sin has two rings and two custodians.” Lucas was matter-of-fact.

“What, like a janitor?”

He shook his head, but didn’t otherwise acknowledge her interruption. “The stewards are bound to their particular ring, can sense it, can control its influence over others.”

“How come I’ve never heard of these … stewards?”

“We exist in secret. If the world knew about us and the sins, all hell would break loose. We are not equipped to deal with that,” Grant answered in a tone that clearly said she should already know the answer.

“I still don’t understand what any of this has to do with me.” Were they ever going to get to the point?

Lucas took a tentative step toward her. “You’re the other steward of Pride, Gabriella.”

 

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Author Rosie Somers

Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year round sunshine. She can often be found in her favourite spot on her favourite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

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Release “MANWHORE” (Manwhore #1) by Katy Evans @authorkatyevans #excerpt

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By: Katy Evans
Release: March 24, 2015
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SYNOPSIS: Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

 

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WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5/4 stars

I was surprised with this one. I love books with men who are closed off and very few people know much about them.

Malcolm was mysterious and had this whole thing with 4s.  I liked him. I liked that this book was written in Rachel’s POV.  When I first started this book I was worried that Rachel was going to be the heroine that will do what it takes to get the “story” on Malcolm even if that meant sell her soul.  However, it was not like that.  Rachel was asked by her boss to get a story on Chicago’s manwhore.   Rachel asks for an interview.  The meeting does not go as Rachel planned, but then she surprisingly gets a second interview and a third when Malcolm does not do interviews.  Through these interviews, Rachel gets to know Malcolm.  It is also when Rachel realizes that she is developing feelings for him.  However, Rachel knows that her paper wants her to get the dirt on Malcolm and she begins to start closing herself off from him, but Malcolm is persistent and is used to getting what he wants.

I loved the first meeting between Rachel and Malcolm.  I am glad that Rachel was not dressed “to kill” or perfect for their meeting.  She came to the interview right after doing some event.  Rachel is a good person.  Like I mentioned I was worried she was going to sink low to get a story, but you can see her struggling and backing off.  Now Malcolm claims he will never be able to commit or to really be in love, but actions speak louder than words.  The scene at the camp out was one of my favorite scenes in the book.

I am getting tired of books with the skanky and nosy BFFs.  Rachel has two  BFFs, Gina and Wynn.  Wynn does what she wants and kind of was there, but Gina had an opinion about everything in Rachel and Malcolm’s lives.  By the end, I wanted to put duct tape on her mouth.  She sounded so bitter.

There were many scenes that I loved in this book but then there were scenes that I felt dragged a little.  I found myself just wanting to get to a different scene.  A lot of the scenes with the BFFS, Gina and Wynn, could have been eliminated.  I am not sure if this is a set up for them to have their stories later on. This book ends in a cliffy.  Can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

 

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 Katy Evans is married and lives with her husband and their two children plus three lazy dogs in South Texas. Some of her favorite pastimes are hiking, reading, baking, and spending time with her friends and family. She is the author of the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The REAL series: REAL, MINE, REMY, ROGUE, and RIPPED. For more information on Katy Evans visit her website KatyEvans.net, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter, @AuthorKatyEvans.

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Cover Reveal “THE TRAVELING WOMAN” by Jane Harvey-Berrick @jharveyberrick #giveaway @readlovelust @btspromospr

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Title: The Traveling Woman (The Traveling Duet, #2)

Author: Jane Harvey – Berrick

Release Date: April 7, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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THE CONCLUDING STORY of Aimee and Kestrel, begun in THE TRAVELING MAN ……

How many times do you gamble on love? When love has knocked you down, should you give it another chance? When does optimism become stupidity?

And what happens when the man you’re in love with is never still, always moving, always traveling? Do you say goodbye, or do you leave behind everything that you’ve worked for, everything that you’ve ever known? Can a traveling carnival be my home

Oh. You thought I had the answers. No, sorry. No answers, just a lot of questions—and a heart that wants to rule my head.

Can one person be my home?

 

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I was ordinary. Nice. He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice.

Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t.

Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path.

Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough.

 

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I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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Review “HIS WICKED REPUTATION” by Madeline Hunter

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By: Madeline Hunter

Release: March 5, 2015

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SYNOPSIS:

She was a sensible woman.

He was a man who could drive a woman senseless with desire.

Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon’s End to restore a property he inherited—and to investigate a massive art theft—he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady.

Eva Russell lives a spinster’s life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family’s old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth’s reputation, and advises her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look, and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This is a historical fiction.

Not sure how to describe this romance.  It was not insta-love, but you knew immediately that the hero and heroine liked each other.  Gareth is a bastard and his reputation for ruining the reputation of women is known everywhere. Eva Russell is a spinster.  She takes care of her almost 19 year old sister. Eva makes money by “borrowing” paintings and copying them.  One day as she is “borrowing” a painting from what she thinks is an abandoned house when she is almost run over by a horse ridden by Gareth.  Eva and Gareth exchange a few words and Gareth is a bit captivated by Eva.  Eva finds out later that the painting and the abandoned house belongs to Gareth.  One day when Eva is returning the painting, she again runs into Gareth and from there a friendship and much more develops.  People warn Eva about Gareth, but not for her to be careful, but for her to watch her sister and protect her from him.  No one assumes that Gareth visits Eva’s home to see her.  Gareth has no interest in the sister and he makes it obvious the first time he visits.

I am not sure if I misunderstood this part while reading this book, but I felt like Eva already had so much on her plate with taking care of her home that why was finding a suitor for her sister her responsibility Her sister was a grown woman and I felt that it was always Eva giving up everything for her sister.  Gareth buys Eva something and selfless Eva thinks how she can make it into something for her sister.  The author tried to make the sister appear bright and “kind” but I did not buy it.  This is just my own rant about the book.

There is a bit of mystery/suspense in the book as to a painting, Eva’s brother’s accident that happened that later lead to his death, and then who is breaking into Eva’s home.  Gareth and Eva have a very odd relationship.  They are intimate, but more than that they are best friends.  Gareth is very protective of Eva and Eva makes Gareth feel good about himself since everyone just thinks he is just the “bastard” of the town.  Those scenes with them just together and talking were some of my favorite.

There were some scenes that I felt dragged and could have been shortened.  Overall, I enjoyed the story even though it took me sometime to understand what was going on.

 

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Review “TYRST” by Alex Rosa

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By: Alex Rosa

Release: March 17, 2015

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SYNOPSIS:

With an abusive relationship behind her, Skyler moves out of her Orange County apartment, changes her phone number, cuts ties with her friends, and moves in with her brother Josh, a talent agent with a spare room in his incredible house in Hollywood.

Josh is happy to take Skyler under his wing, but he has one rule: she can’t sleep with his roommate, Blake. That’s fine by Skyler. She doesn’t want a man in her life right now—and certainly not cocky Blake who’s with a different girl every night. But his all-American boy charm and his ripped model physique are difficult to refuse. Josh will never know if no one ever tells him. And a little secret now and then never hurt anyone…

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

I loved the premise of this book. I love when the heroine falls for her brother’s best friend especially when that best friend is a model and has a revolving door of women coming in and out of his bedroom. What can I say…I love those stories.

Skyler is left with little choice but to move in with her brother after she leaves her abusive boyfriend.  Blake is Josh’s best friend and roommate and Skyler is warned to stay away from Blake.  Skyler knows she should stay away from him.  Skyler sees how many women go through the apartment for Blake, but no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep her distance from Blake.

I wanted to love this book, but I unfortunately I didn’t. The characters and the premise were there, but the execution of the story was not. The flow of the character’s verbiage and actions felt awkward.  Skyler was pre-med, but some of her actions and behaviors felt immature. The way she behaved at the bar and then when Blake’s ex-girlfriend appeared.  I love ex-girlfriend drama, but those scenes felt like manufactured drama.  My other issue was that I am not a fan of when the heroine states more than once that she should or needs to get laid.  I got it the first time she said it.

It was hard for me to connect to Blake and Skyler.  I felt that their relationship felt forced.  There were times when I felt more connected to Rich and Skyler than Blake and Skyler.  This is not a love triangle.  Rich is a friend who feels more, but Skyler really has her eyes set on Blake from the beginning.

 

 

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Review “JEM” by Michelle Abbott

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By: Michelle Abbott

Release: March 1, 2015

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SYNOPSIS: Two injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father’s fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.

She listened.

She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he’ll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

This is a standalone, new adult contemporary romance. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Jem and Devon were childhood friends.  Jem is physically abused by his father.  Jem at 4 years old makes Devon promise not to tell anyone his secret, but that secret is too big and Devon tells her mom. The next day when child services are informed, Jem and his family are gone.  Fourteen years later, Devon moves into a new area and goes out with a friend and she sees a guy.  A guy that she thinks is the most beautiful person she has ever seen.  She does not recognize him, but he recognizes her.  What Jem does not know is that Devon has had Jem in her heart since they were children.

Both of these characters have gone through struggles since they last saw each other as children. I really loved the premise of the story.  This is written in dual POVs, first person.  Usually my frustration is with the frequent switch in POVs, but that was not the case in this book.  The author did a great job giving me both characters’ thoughts, but yet leaving a lot of suspense as to what was going to happen.  My trouble was the amount of time it took for everything to come together.  It frustrates me when the author leaves everything to almost the end to be discovered.  The misunderstandings and Jem’s lack of self-esteem left me exhausted at time.  Some of it I could understand, other times I thought it went a little overboard.  I wanted there to be more than just the revolution. There were some actions that I did not understand such as someone as smart and cautious as Devon did not even know Jem’s name (or think to ask) and yet she gave him her phone number.

Nonetheless, the main characters were very likable which made the read enjoyable and I do love stories about childhood friends who later on reconnect and still have those strong feelings for one another.

 

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Book Blast “NUMBERS GAME” by Rebecca Rode #giveaway @rebeccarode

 

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Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life—and boyfriend—back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

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“Your Rating is wrong,” Vance said. “Their precious Rating system says absolutely nothing about you and what you’re capable of.”

I shook my head. “So far, everything I’ve done has proven my number absolutely correct.”

“Treena.” His tone softened. “I don’t know why you that happened to you. But I do know one thing.” He stopped on the step below me, and I whirled to face him. We were the same height now, and his expression was fierce. “You are the most loyal, the most determined, and the most fascinating girl I’ve ever met. No number could ever describe you.”

The deadness inside cracked, and the pain came flooding back. I felt like a five-year-old again. Falling, grasping for a handhold, for something to save me. “It doesn’t matter now. Tali’s dead.”

He gave me a long look. Then he sat down, right on the steps, easing me down next to him. I lay my head on his shoulder and let him pull me close. The warmth of his embrace felt completely and utterly right. For a long moment, I allowed myself to forget about the past few days. There was no empress, no punishment mode, and no mission. There was just us. The world was cool and dark, and his touch sent my heart pumping as if it had just awakened from hibernation.

“Dying isn’t the worst thing to happen to someone,” he continued thoughtfully. “Anyone coward can die. The hardest thing is being left behind, trying to make sense of a world without them.”

I tilted my head back and allowed myself to look up into Vance’s eyes. They were dark, pulling, as if absorbing all the light that entered, saving it for some future purpose. His eyebrows were choppy, untrimmed, and his lips chapped. But somehow, it worked. It was simply . . . him. No surgeries, no tallies of volunteer hours and checklists. Vance just took life one day at a time, keeping his family safe, trying to put the pieces of himself back together. I could see it, the pain in his heart. It was something we shared now.

A warm feeling spread through my chest until I thought it would burst. This was who he really was. The tumultuous battle within him seemed to have trickled away, leaving one gallant, vulnerable boy. A boy who was looking at me as if I were something precious—who looked at me, instead of at my Rating. His eyes flitted between mine, his confidence replaced with uncertainty.

“It feels good to finally choose sides, doesn’t it?”

“Whose side are you on, then?”

His chin was just above mine, and he lowered it until our eyes were level. Then his hand tilted my chin upward toward his. His fingers brushed the side of my face, cradling it gently in his firm hand. I felt his breath on my face, felt the battle within him as well as I felt it in myself. But something pulled me toward him.

“Yours,” he said. He closed the distance between us, slowly, then paused.

And our lips met.

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“Gripping, from beginning to end . . . a tale as action-packed as Divergent yet as introspective as The Giver. . . . Sure to be an instant classic in the genre.” –R.J. Craddock, author of The Children of Cain series

“Fluent and engaging . . . brimming with fabulous characters and intrigue that will keep you flipping pages. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series!” –Adrienne Monson, author of the Blood Inheritance trilogy

“Had me hooked from the first page to the last . . . Thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend!” -Randy Roberts, BoredShorts TV (Kid History/Kid Snippets)

 

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REBECCA RODE is an award-winning author and journalist. She is the author of the inspirational book, How to Have Peace When You’re Falling to Pieces, and writes for Deseret News, KSL.com, FamilyShare, and Provo Daily Herald. However, her true love is writing for teenagers. She enjoys playing with her four children, traveling, reading, and martial arts, and she has a ridiculous addiction to her husband’s chocolate-banana shakes.

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Blog Tour “IF” by N.G. Jones

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Title: If

Author: N.G. Jones

Genre: New Adult

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: March 16, 2015

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Synopsis

If…
Someone hadn’t scarred my face.
I hadn’t followed my dreams to LA.
That tweaker hadn’t attacked that homeless guy.
I hadn’t invited a stranger over for Thanksgiving.
I hadn’t fallen in love.

If I hadn’t lost him.
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If…
I hadn’t gone for that drive.
I saw the world like everyone else.
My “genius” wasn’t slowly destroying me.
I had just walked away before I could ever know her.
She hadn’t ignited the spark.

If the spark didn’t ignite the madness.

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WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

This was not a bad book at all.  First, I really liked Annalise Campbell or better known as Bird. She tells the story of how she got that nickname in the book. *smiley face* Bird is a dancer and even though she is a very talented dance, it is hard for her to get job since part of her face is disfigured but this does not change what a loving and kind person she is.

Bird has friends that usually walk her when she has to pass Skid Row, a very dangerous part of the Los Angeles area.  One night after work, her friends are unable to walk her with her so as she is walking home, she sees two men attack a homeless man.  Bird is unable to walk away and begins to help the homeless man only to have the two assailants start attacking her.  The homeless man ends of rescuing her.  Bird finds that the homeless man who saved her is actually a man close to age with the name of Asher Thoreau.  Asher had suffered a tragedy and has some other issues he is trying to deal with.  Asher is also an artist.  A very good artist/painter.  Asher and Bird begin a friendship and then much more.  This story spans 5 years so you see this couple when they first meet and begin their relationship and then the story moves forward.   I loved how this couple met.  I love how their friendship and relationship progressed, but I became frustrated with the characters later in the story and I think that is what pulled me away some.   I was just disappointed and felt that I could not believe the in the feelings of one of the characters.   Reading is subjective, so this is my opinion.  Yes, later certain things cleared, but I lost my connection when things came together later in the story.

This books touches upon mental illness.

 

 

Excerpt

Her cries looked like shards of glass, a sour flavor assaulted my taste buds, my fingertips felt like they were being pricked with needles. They would not snuff her light, they would not dull her laughter. She was the only thing in this world that connected me to my old self. Suddenly I cared again, if only for that moment. Those sick fucks would not hurt her.

My numbness was mangled from the inside with a fury that detonated like a bomb. I didn’t even feel the knife as it dug into my flesh.

That girl, for some reason, I couldn’t shut it off with her. I saw her just as vividly as I used to see everything.

She made me want to create again. That was dangerous. Far more dangerous than anything these stupid muggers could have done. I had to keep the desire at bay or else I would lose control. Because my art destroys the people I care about. It turns me into a monster.

Up until that point, the redheaded girl who shined like a beacon in the mist was an empty threat. There was an invisible barrier, where girls like her didn’t see guys who lurked in alleyways. I was safe from her ability to break through to the parts of my brain that had been made dormant through copious amounts of medication.

Yet, somehow, there she was, seeing me. Glimmering in the dark alleyway like some sort of guardian angel that I didn’t want.

I tried so hard not to exist, but she was forcing me to. She was forcing me to partake in life.

I wanted to die, but she forced me to live.

And I wasn’t happy about it.

About The Author

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Nina G. Jones is the author of the bestselling novel DEBT, the Strapped Series and the erotic romance, Gorgeous Rotten Scoundrel. She wants to say something clever here, but all her good material goes into her characters.

Nina currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two crazy Boxers.

Her first new adult romance, If, releases on March 16th, 2015 under the moniker N.G. Jones.

Nina LOVES connecting with readers. You can connect with her via Facebook, Twitter, or email her through her website, NinaGJones.com.

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Blog Tour “JAMES BLACK” by Skye Turner

CoverTitle: James Black

By: Skye Turner

 

SYNOPSIS:

James Black, the hottest name in Hollywood. Blockbuster films, tabloid headlines, and broken hearts surround this golden playboy.

Avangeline Price, a strong willed, tough as nails, zero tolerance for games woman who believes love only exists in books and movies.

James is accustomed to women falling at his feet. Avangeline has an intense dislike of celebrities and an even bigger dislike of James Black.

She’s unimpressed. He’s intrigued. Both have preconceived notions.

But… sometimes the unscripted territory is what matters most.

When Hollywood meets Louisiana, can real life rival the movies?

***This book contains explicit sex and graphic language. It is NOT recommended for readers under the age of 18 OR those who do not read this type of book.

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Prologue

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Bright lights, big city… the perfect place to lose yourself.

That’s the impression I first got of Los Angeles and it’s the impression I still have today. The city of Lost Angels. I fit right in here, though I’d call myself more of a devil on any given day.

This is where I started over. This is where the boy with nothing took on the world and became the man who has people at his beck and call for every little whim.

As I look around at my hillside mansion overlooking the city, I laugh cockily at the way life has panned out.
Do I have love? No, but I have money. I have adoring fans and people follow me wherever I go. It works.

Is it a perfect life? Of course not. Being in the public eye, never having any privacy… But, it is what it is and it’s the life I’ve chosen. It’s the life for me.

The large clock chimes in the foyer and I glance at my bags near the door. The limo driver should be pulling up at any second.

Next stop… Louisiana. Not at all where I want to spend the next year and a half of my life, but it’s where filming is and filming keeps my bank account happy. All of them. This three movie deal should easily drop another chunk of change into them.

Not that I money is something I really need more of.

Smiling at the thought and the irony of that logic, I open the door just as the bell rings.

“Mr. Black. Good morning, Sir. I’ll get your bags into the car and in just a few minutes, we’ll be off. Is there anything else you need before we head to the airport?”

I think about that…

“No, I think I’m good.”

He nods, “Very good, Sir. Let me take these.”

 

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Skye Turner

skye turnerSkye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned Amazon Bestselling Author of the Sexy Adult Romance series Bayou Stix.

She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately, life intervened and she never finished her studies.
She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, two children, and six fur babies.

When she’s not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing ‘Supermom’, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, cooking, baking, crafting, or catching up on her family oriented blog.

She loves to incorporate pieces of Louisiana into her writing.

 

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Review “SLOW AND STEADY RUSH” (Falcon Football #1) by Laura Trentham

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By: Laura Trentham

Release: March 10, 2015

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS: She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after.

Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind.

He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down.

Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.

But when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve gotta throw away the rule book to cross the finish line…

Everything changes when Darcy falls in love, not only with the gruff, protective, and smoking hot man who’s sharing her days and nights, but also with the complex tapestry of people who weave Falcon together. Could this be where she belongs – and who she belongs with?

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

The characters were likable for the most part.   Robbie Dalton or better known as “Dalt” has a lot of insecurities.  At first he came off as this strong character; a nice person who is respected as the new coach for the high school football team where football is LIFE.  For the last couple years the football team at Falcon has had a losing record, so it is on Dalt’s shoulders to get the team back to winning.  Darcy has come back home to Falcon after being gone and living in Atlanta.  She was reluctant to come back but her grandmother, Ada, suffered  a broken hip and is immobile and needs Darcy’s.

I am not really sure I felt the connection I was supposed to feel with these two characters. I really was hoping things would go differently, but the misunderstanding felt awkward and to me did not fit in well in the story.

Additionally, I don’t like how things ended with what the grandmother did.  Many may find it sweet, but I did not.  It was supposed to be sentimental gesture, but I did not see it like that at all.

There was very little angst in this story.  Whatever angst there was, it was resolved quickly.  Also, where I thought there should have been groveling there was none.  The heroine disappointed me.  I hate when a man says very hurtful words even though he said for a reason and the woman still feels she was in the wrong.  I was so frustrated with that whole scene.

Bottom line it was a sweet small town romance with little angst.

 

 

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