Release Day Blitz “‘Till Death” by: Bella Jewel @givemebooksblog @BellaJewel73

 

 

Title: ‘Til Death: Volume One
Series: ‘Til Death #1
Author: Bella Jewel
 
 
 Release Date: November 25, 2014

 

Synopsis

They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.

There is.

I married a douchebag.

I didn’t know it at the time.

He came in like a handsome stranger and blew me off my feet.

I fell madly in love, like the naive girl I am.

Then he left me high and dry.

Turns out, I was nothing more than a business plan for billionaire playboy, Marcus Tandem.

He needed to be married in order to obtain his grandfathers business, and I was the poor victim in his path.

I believed in what we had, until the truth reared its ugly head.

I never meant anything to Marcus. Not a damned thing.

With my world spinning on its axis, the girl I once was has long since died.

Instead he left me as this empty, emotionless shell.

I
may have made a vow before God to love and cherish him ‘Til Death do we
part, but it’s time for me to give back to Marcus, exactly what he gave
me.

He has to pay.

And pay he will.
*This is part of a two book series and it will contain a HEA – Readers over 18+

 

What Did I Think: 4 out of 5 Stars

This is not a swoon romance.  It is not a dark read.  It is what it is…a man who marries a woman not for love but to get his hands on a company he feels he is owed.  This man likes his independence and is a man-whore.  Marcus does not want to find love, but what he needs to find is someone who he can marry within 12 months and stay married for 2 years and this is where Katia comes into the picture. He meets her and immediately makes her his victim in this situation

The switch in POVs I did not mind as much as the THEN and NOW got on my nerves.  I always had to go back and see if we were talking about the THEN or NOW.    It confused me and did not allow me to initially connect to the characters.  I think it would have been better just to start from the beginning of Marcus and Katia’s meeting instead of going back and forth with the flashbacks which got confusing.  After the story was done with the flashbacks, I loved it.  67% into the story I could not stop reading.

This is not a “romance” but there is A LOT of steamy sex.  The sex was emotional.  At first I thought it was getting to be too much but after I really got into the story and connected with the characters, I saw how it was necessary to the story.  Actions speak louder than words.  The hero is not swoon worthy.  He makes his feelings very clear to the reader…he only wants to marry the heroine to get his hands on the company.  The heroine admits in the Prologue that she behaved and become one of “those women” that friends talk about and say “why is she still with him??” and I usually hate those type of “dumb” and “weak” heroines, but I never thought that about Katia.

Now Marcus, in some sick demented way, I hated and loved the man.  You will understand when you read the book.

Bella Jewel did not disappoint with this one.   There may be a lot of mixed reviews with this one since the beginning I think it fell flat in some areas, but once the story got going, it got really good. Fans of Hell’s Knights , some of the characters make an appearance.  I loved how it all connected.  The ladies of the MC Sinners are awesome!

Looking back at this book, I enjoyed it.  It had my type of angst and drama.  I want the sequel NOW.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA
Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release
was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon
release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a
bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is
currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella
has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013
she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling
modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her
writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Review “Perfect Chaos” (Unyielding #1) by Nashoda Rose

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By: Nashoda Rose

Release: November 24, 2014

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SYNOPSIS:

Georgie

I lie to survive.

Have since I was sixteen and my world fell into chaos. But I found a way to endure, or rather it found me. Now I’m a prisoner of my own doing, hiding behind a false mask so no one sees the truth. Not even the man I want but can’t have—Deck. But I messed up and the lies are spilling over, out of control.

 

Deck is unrelenting and will settle for nothing less than the truth. He demands everything from me—EVERYTHING—even if it rips me apart.

DECK

I kill for a living.

Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. I bend people to my will…except Georgie.

But that ends now.

I’ve played her game for far too long. Now I think it’s time we play mine.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5/4 out of 5 Stars

Georgie does everything she is told.  She is a good girl.  Follows the rule and is very conservative. Georgie was 16 years old when her brother’s best friend, Deck, came to tell her family that her brother, Connor was killed while on duty servicing overseas. This killed Georgie.  It tore her apart.  Her brother was her best friend, her strength.  He promised her that he would come back, but he broke that promise and she blames Deck.  Ten years later, Georgie is everything but conservative. She dresses like a slut, flirts with men, goes out, gets drunk and picks up men.  Deck promised Connor that if anything were to happen to him, that Deck would take care of his sister, but it is getting harder and harder since Georgie does what she wants to do when she wants to do it.

However, not everything is at it seems…

This story was interesting.  So different.  I loved the whole concept.  This one is hard for me to rate since there were parts that I really enjoyed and others I thought were okay.  The story itself is really good.  I loved the premise.  I read WITH YOU and TORN FROM YOU which I loved.  I do not want to give impression that I did not enjoy PERFECT CHAOS, I did it just did not grab me.

My review is short since I do not want to give anything away. There is a twist that is hard to explain without giving anything away.  I know that I will be reading the next book in the series PERFECT RUIN.  PERFECT CHAOS ends with a bit of a cliffy, but the story continues in PERFECT RUIN and that as I understand is about Kia.  I cannot wait to read about him.  PERFECT CHAOS is written in dual POVs, but the reader gets one chapter of Kia and I want his story, his background, and more about him period.

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Review “SESSIONS” Vol. 1: The Sex Shrink of Seattle

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By: Kailin Gow

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SYNOPSIS:  I’m Mark Sessions, Dr. of Psychology, Sex Therapist and Former Mr. Body, also an entrepreneur who made millions from owning a health supplement company. I have a practice in Seattle where I am a therapist. They call me the Sex Shrink of Seattle. Women call me Sex on Legs. I’m an expert on sex because I get plenty of it, and I know a whole lot about it. I’m also on TV as an expert on sex therapy when the whole Fifty Shades thing became big so now my business is exploding with women wanting to learn how to break free of being prudes. Problem is, I’m in a rut myself. It’s not exciting for me anymore, until SHE walked through my door and propped herself down on my sofa. Who knew SHE would be taking lessons from me, but she is, and now she may be the one teaching me a thing or two. For mature audience.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

This is short and introduction to the series.  The story is written n Mark Session’s POV.  I love reading books in male POVs and it was interesting being in the mind of Mark Sessions.  The story starts with Mark going through a “session” with one of his clients.  These sessions are to help women learn how to orgasm.  There are stages and Mark helps his clients through them.  Mark loves these sessions and he know he is charming and can really get anything he wants.  Then he meets Lina and she is not like his clients.  Lina is reserved and completely opposite of what Mark usually likes.  There is one problem, Lina is engaged.

In this first volume, we really learn about Mark and his behavior.   He is an expert on sex and not only does he see clients, he does guest posts on TV shows.  Mark is charismatic and attractive and women want him and he knows it too.  Three quarters of the book was going through what Mark does and how he does it with his clients.  We really don’t meet Lina until close to the end.  There is really not much more to say.

I know if the volumes are spread through long periods of time, I will mostly likely forget about it.  There was nothing that grabbed me. There was nothing about Mark that I felt I wanted to know more and that I wanted it now like with some sequels.  He likes attractive women and likes to have sex with them.  Honestly, I did not want details about Mark and the first client we meet, Atori after he sees the heroine.  Mark gets all these offers from attractive women, but he goes back to Atori for seconds?!  I can deal with heroes having random sex to get their mind off of heroines, but don’t call the same woman. I have read other books by Kailin Gow that I adored, but with SESSIONS, I hope the second book gives me the connection.

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Review “A LOVE VENGEANCE” by Nancy Haviland

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By: Nancy Haviland

Genre: Romance

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SYNOPSIS: Once the most feared member of an Italian Mafia crime family, Gabriel Moretti returns to New York at the request of his mentor, Russian crime boss Vasily Tarasov. Vasily needs someone he can trust in Seattle to protect his estranged daughter, Eva Jacobs, while he avenges the murder of the young woman’s mother. Gabriel is unstoppable in a fight, whether he’s using fists, blades, or bullets; but innocent, onyx-haired Eva may just be the most dangerous—and beautiful—thing he’s come up against.

Intense sparks fly between the two, tempting Gabriel to mix business with pleasure while in the Emerald City. But once word gets around that Gabriel has shown up in New York, Stefano—his vengeful brother and the de facto head of the family—decides that Eva is the key to ending the feud between them…permanently.

In this pulse-pounding romantic thriller set against the backdrop of New York City’s storied underworld, loyalties will be tested, secrets will be told, and mob justice will be served.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

This one is hard to rate since I loved the concept of the story and there were parts that I really liked but then there were parts that fell flat for me.  The beginning of the story grabbed my attention.  I loved how it started with Gabriel speaking with Evangeline’s father about protecting her.  Eva at 24 years old never met her father. She thinks he knows nothing about her.

Vasily, Eva’s father, is a head of mob and has taken Gabriel under his wing years before.  Vasily taught Gabriel everything there was and is about the mob.  Vasily asks Gabriel to watch over his 24 year old daughter while he has to go take care of some business. As Gabriel watches Eva, she is the opposite of everything Gabriel thought she would be.  She is beautiful, loving, and selfless. When Eva meets Gabriel   she has not idea that her estranged father asked him to watch over her. She thinks that her father left her mother broken hearted all those years ago when there were other situations that prevented Vasily from ever having contact with his daughter.

There are multiple POVs in this story.  We get Eva’s, Gabriel’s, and his brother, Stefan’s POV.  The characters’ stories intertwined and the reader gets each prospective.  It was interesting, but at times, I wished there would be only one POV.  There was a lot of inner dialogue.  I found myself wanting to skim just to get to the story. I think this is a personal preference in reading.  The premise and the characters were interesting, I just feel like a lot of could have been shortened.  There was something missing  that made it hard for me to connect.

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Release Day Launch “TRUE BLUE” by Jules Barnard @jules_barnard

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True Blue
by Jules Barnard
The Blue Series, #3
Publication Date: November 17, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis

Mira Frasier has worked hard to pull herself out of the darkness of her Tahoe reservation childhood, but rough beginnings shape a person in all the wrong ways. Mira gets mixed up with shady people while trying to bail out her destitute mother—and now Mira’s life is in danger.

Tyler Morgan grew up a star athlete and scholar, but a tragedy he hasn’t dealt with has him regrouping in his home town of South Lake Tahoe. The last person he expects to see is Mira, the girl he lost his virginity to in high school, and the only woman who ever took a piece of his heart. He’d rather live in a tent than do what his sister asks and stay with Mira while they figure out how to keep her safe from the men who attacked her.

To ensure Mira remains in his past where she belongs, Tyler agrees to look out for her temporarily until she’s safe enough to move out on her own. And if he has to push that process along by snooping around and figuring out what she’s hiding, he’ll do that too. Only, Mira is still beautiful, and she’s feisty as hell, and she has all his attention—just like she did six years before.

Mira is driving Tyler crazy, the tension between them off the charts while they’re trapped under the same roof. Something is going to crack. Will it be Mira’s last hold on a haunted life, or Tyler’s self-control around the one girl he’s never been able to get over?

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Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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Release Blitz “BEFORE WE FALL” by Courtney Cole @Court_Writes

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(November 4, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)

Sometimes before we fall . . . we fly.

One dark moment was all it took to turn twenty-four-year-old Dominic Kinkaide’s world black. On the night of his high school graduation, a single incident changed him forever, and he became a hardened man-famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured inside. Now all he cares about is losing himself in the roles that he plays.
At twenty-three years old, Jacey Vincent doesn’t realize how much her father’s indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn’t one specific moment that wrecks a person, but an absence of moments. She tries to find acceptance in the arms of men to fill the void-a plan that has worked just fine for her, until she meets Dominic.

When jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, the combination of his secrets and her issues turns their attraction into the perfect storm. It could change their lives for good-if it doesn’t tear them both apart . . .

 

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WHAT DID I THINK: 4 out of 5 Stars

I have never really read a story like this one before and I think that is what made it so interesting. I am not sure if I liked Jacey. I am not sure if I liked Dominic. This was not insta-love, insta-friendship, insta-anything. I really had no idea where this story was going. I kept questioning whether they liked each other because it appeared like they didn’t. In the beginning, I was even wondering why they even interacted. Jacey keep saying that she had to change the types of men she dated where Dominick displayed time and time again he was the type of man Jacey was trying to avoid.
Both of these individuals were trying to get over what others have done to them. Past experiences making it hard for them to open and trust anyone. Yet it seemed like they were playing a game of Russian Rolette trying to see if something would work out or break them even more. That is why I think the title was perfect.

“It’s a yes or no answer, Dom. You taught me this game.”

Not sure how I felt about this couple. I thought Jacey had a good heart and Dominic from the beginning had issues. Issues that I thought he would never get over. He was definitely not a guy that you are going to swoon over. Initially “selfish a**h**e” came to mind when I thought about a word to describe him.

“He obliterated me.”

However, I loved how this couple had a completely different dynamic than what I am used to reading.
My disappointment really was, and I am still thinking about it days after reading this book, I loved the prologue and what I hoped about the couple…wasn’t. That was the disappointment. I wish I could say more without giving it away. Read the book and I would love to hear if other readers share the same disappointment.
I loved the Author’s Notes and I think what Courtney Cole wrote is so true. “Life is hard sometimes, but it can only break you if you let it.”

A copy was provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

EXCERPT

Jacey is standing still in the middle of the room, dressed in her uniform, letting a party guest lick salt off of her forearm for a tequila shot. She’s heavily made up tonight- thick mascara, red lipstick.  She smiles up at him with those red lips and a fake smile and as she does, she catches sight of me.

She freezes in shock, although what the fuck?  I’m the one living here temporarily.  I belong here, she doesn’t.

Suddenly, a guy comes rushing up to me, someone I don’t know.  A very drunk someone.

“Dude, can you sign my shirt for my girlfriend?  If I take home your autograph, I’ll get laid for a month.”

He grabs at my arm and I shake him off in annoyance.

Dude.  If you were lucky enough to get invited here, then you should know not to approach anyone for autographs.”

I’m not usually so rude to fans.  But my mood gets the better of me. The guy stares at me, stunned, and I continue on my way.  As I do, I feel Jacey’s gaze.

She pulls her arm away from the guy, sets down her tray of shots, and makes a beeline for me.

I turn my back on her, intent on continuing up the stairs without acknowledging her, but she won’t have it.  She grabs my arm, forcing me to look at her.

“ Are you all right?” she demands.  “That was pretty harsh.”

I glance down at her, into her brown eyes and find her to be sincerely concerned.  I must look seriously rattled if she noticed that something is wrong. She barely knows me.  Her fingers are warm on my arm and for a minute, I waver.

She’s warm and soft and concerned.  I know what that might turn into.

A wild night that will make me feel better.

Women are all the same, they want to fix what is broken and they’re willing to do anything to accomplish that.  I never talk about my past or anything at all about me, but women can still sense that I’m fucked up.  What they don’t understand… is that I’m unfixable.

I stare down at her again, shaking my head.

“I’m fine.  Don’t worry about it.”

But she looks at me again, really looks at me, her brown eyes probing mine.  “I don’t think you are.  What happened?”

“Why does it matter to you?” I ask, before I can stop myself.

Because something about her makes me think that it does somehow matter to her and not just because I’m Dominic Kinkaide.   Everything I’ve seen of Jacey is wild and untamed… she works for Saffron, pushes cops around, gets dressed in parking lots and lets men lick salt off her body for tequila shots.

Yet at the same time, she seems warm and real.  I haven’t forgotten how she shoved her way in between Cris and I and shielded my body with her own.  She’s a puzzle.

Jacey looks confused by my question.

“It matters because you’re not some stranger off the street. You look seriously upset.   Of course I’m going to ask you if you’re alright.  Who wouldn’t?”

Most of the people I know in Hollywood, I think.

But I don’t say it.  Instead, I turn my back and start up the stairs again.  I don’t fucking answer to her or anyone else.

“Do you need anything?” Jacey’s voice is hesitant behind me.  “An ice pack or anything? That bruise on your cheek looks like it still hurts.”

I pause, not looking at her.  Instead I remember her bare leg, stretching toward the sky while her tiny uniform shorts slide over it.  The mere memory of the way she’d undressed right out in the open sets my pulse to racing.

Yeah, there’s a bunch of things I need, but only one thing that will take my mind off the reason that I need them.

“Yeah, I need something.”

There is a moment of silence between us, then another.

Finally she asks, “And that is?”

I turn back around slowly, looking her up and down until my eyes freeze upon hers and stay there.  Hers are dark and sincere, waiting for me to say something. She has no idea what kind of person I am.  She has no idea that I’m just a shell, completely empty inside.

If she did, she would run far, far away.

I stare into her eyes as I move closer and she doesn’t look away.

I step back down until we’re on the same step and her back is against the wall.  I press against her, close enough that my rigid dick digs into her hip.

With my mouth mere centimeters from her ear, I say, “You.  Spread-eagled and tied up on my bed.   That would do for a start.”

About the author:

Cole, CourtneyCourtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author who lives near Lake Michigan with her family.  She’s always working on her next project… or staring dreamily out her office window.

 

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Release Blitz “SECOND POSITION” by Melody Grace @melody_Grace_

 

 

 

 

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Dancing with the perfect partner is like the most exquisite climax of your life.

Can you feel it? The way our bodies rock together. My hands pinning you down, my mouth sliding over your hot, damp skin. Each hard thrust driving deep to that place you never dreamed possible. Every breathless cry hurtling you closer to the edge.

Beyond words. Beyond thought. Beyond reason.

Free.

I’d all but given up on perfection like that. Until I met her. Annalise.

Her body is pure motion; her spirit, a caged bird just waiting to be set free.

I will claim her. I will possess her.

I will teach her the most erotic dance of all.

*Part two of the sexy, seductive romance serial*

 

 

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A man dances the same way he fucks. His stamina, his rhythm, the slow grind of his hips. Some people are born to it, others learn through years of careful study.

And dancers? We do it best of all.

The moment I saw her, I knew. Her innocence is intoxicating. My lust is fierce. Primal. To watch her dance is to know the torment of true temptation.

She will be mine.

 

 

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FIRST POSITION — 11/5

SECOND POSITION — 11/12

THIRD POSITION — 12/1

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Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.

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Dancing with the perfect partner is like the most exquisite climax of your life.
 
Can you feel it? The way our bodies rock together. My hands pinning you down, my mouth sliding over your hot, damp skin. Each hard thrust driving deep to that place you never dreamed possible. Every breathless cry hurtling you closer to the edge.
 
Beyond words. Beyond thought. Beyond reason.
 
Free.
 
I’d all but given up on perfection like that. Until I met her. Annalise.
 
Her body is pure motion; her spirit, a caged bird just waiting to be set free.
 
I will claim her. I will possess her.
 
I will teach her the most erotic dance of all.
 
*Part two of the sexy, seductive romance serial*
 
Haven’t started the series yet?  First Position is available for 99¢!
 
Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qpNm8q
 
Purchase on iBooks:  http://bit.ly/1nytkMN
 
A man dances the same way he fucks. His stamina, his rhythm, the slow grind of his hips. Some people are born to it, others learn through years of careful study.
 
And dancers? We do it best of all.
 
The moment I saw her, I knew. Her innocence is intoxicating. My lust is fierce. Primal. To watch her dance is to know the torment of true temptation.
 
She will be mine.
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FIRST POSITION — 11/5
 
SECOND POSITION — 11/12
 
THIRD POSITION — 12/1
 
 
About Melody Grace 
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Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.

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Review “RETRACE” by Sigal Ehrlich

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By: Sigal Ehrlich

Genre: Romance

Release Date: November 6, 2014

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SYNOPSIS: Nia Martins believes a fresh start will help her leave her traumatic past behind. Moving to a different country, she seeks to shake off her demons by doing the one thing that sets her free from her destructive thoughts – teaching dance. But change doesn’t come easy, and all Nia really wants is to take the next breath without the perpetual suffocation that follows.

Reeves Mitchell has looked death in the eyes so many times it’s become habitual. That is, until his best friend’s life was on the line. When the one thing he feared the most turns into reality, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his loss. As Reeves tries to live with the constant thought of “what if” gnawing at the back of his mind, he persistently and steadily builds a thick wall around himself.

Their solitary lives are all they have—until fate brings them together. Nia and Reeves’ new friendship helps make life, shadowed by the ghosts of their past, more bearable. But as their relationship deepens and new, suppressed feelings emerge between them, are they willing to retrace their steps back to where wounded hearts can be broken once more?

*THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. 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

I was excited to read this one. I love these types of stories when there is questioning and guessing about how the relationship is going to go.

Nia is a dancer from Brazil and Reeves is a bodyguard.  They are neighbors who form a friendship. My problem was with the hero.  I felt he was so wishy-washy.  The first few times I was going to ignore his behavior.  However, not once, but twice the way he just left Nia for Katie, I was yelling at my Kindle.  I understand about the characters not sure whether they want to move to the next step in their relationship.  But the hero kept saying he did not want drama, but he was the one that was causing all the drama.   It was just a little ridiculous about Katie.   After about the fifth time that Reeves behaved the way he did, I got annoyed and did not want to connect. He was protective of the wrong person and too blind.

This is just my opinion and it was my perception of the hero and the heroine’s relationship.  It is something I do not like in my heroes.   The heroine forgave the behavior too quickly to my liking.  A smile from the hero does not and should not be enough to forgive.  There should have been some groveling.  If I was going to hear the word “friend” for the 100th time I was going to scream. I need my heroes to be more alpha towards the heroine even though they may “pretend” to be nonchalant.  The hero not liking the heroine to talk to a guy is not enough to show you care.

My review really has to do with the characters’ behaviors and it is a personal preference in stories.  It is one of those “it may work for you, it just did not work for me”.

However, even though this story may have not worked, I am still going to read more by this author.  There was nothing wrong with the flow of the story.

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Review “Denied” (One Night #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas @jodiellenmalpas

download (denied)Title: One Night: Denied #2

BY: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Genre: Romance

Release: November 11, 2014

Links to Buy: Amazon | B&N

 Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS: The passion that burned between Livy and Miller in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries…

He’s amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she’s never before known. For Livy, there’s no turning back. She’s determined to be the light in Miller Hart’s dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price…

Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn’t come without sacrifices-but he won’t let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs…from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.

But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he’s ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all.

WHAT DID I THINK: 5+ Stars

I loved this book.  I devoured it.  I am not sure how I am going to write a review without giving too much away.

First I want to say to Jodi Ellen Malpas…I will from now on read every single book you write.  This book was and had everything I love in my stories.  To the characters to the sub characters to the angst to the story, to the suspense, to the everything!!!  The intimate parts came at the right time and were not overdone.  Nothing dragged in this story.  There was constantly something happening.  I was not bored or skimming at any point.  I read every single word. I did not want it to end, but at least I have one more book to look forward to in this series and I cannot wait.

ONE NIGHT: DENIED left off where ONE NIGHT: PROMISED left off.  This is a series.  You have to read the books in order to understand the plot.

Livy is not sure about Miller.  Miller has a secret that Livy discovered in PROMISED.  With this new secret and all of Miller’s demons, this couple has so many challenges.  I loved how Livy did not just give in to Miller and Miller even with all his demons, was trying. I love how he showed his feelings. Miller always the perfectionist.   That is all I want to say about what happens in this book.  I do not want to give away spoilers.

I highlighted half of this book. From the quotes to the points in the story I reread.

I will be honest and say that I thought ONE NIGHT: PROMISED was an okay read for me, but DENIED blew me away with the angst and the secrets.  Not all the secrets are revealed in DENIED, but enough that I did not think that the author was dragging out the story.

I cannot wait for the third book in the series ONE NIGHT: UNVEILED.   What is going to happen???  How will Miller and Livy survive???

Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.  Loved it from beginning to end.

Series Reading Order:

Promised: One Night #1

Denied: One Night #2

Unveiled: One Night #3 – Expected Release Feb 10, 2015 

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Promo Post “PRISONER” by Annika Martin & Skye Warren @rockstarprlc

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Title: Prisoner
Authors: Annika Martin, Skye Warren
Date of publication: October 23, 2014

 Links to BUY: Amazon | B&N 

About Prisoner:

He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath.

“Sexy, dark and thrilling. I loved every second of it!” ~ New York Times bestselling author Katie Reus

“Dark, sexy, and intense, Prisoner is an emotional ride that does not let go until the end. I loved it!” ~ USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan

 

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

I loved Wonderlust by Skye Warren and Prisoner did not disappoint.

The more I thought about this story, the more I liked it.  I had never read a story like this before. The characters, their actions, and their behaviors I found so interesting.  I did not want it to end.

Grayson is a prisoner in maximum security. Abigail is assigned to teach a writing class in the prison.  Grayson gets himself into this writing class with an agenda.  Abigail just wants to teach the class and be done with it.  However, through the one assignment, Abigail learns about Grayson.

Some scenes were intense, it had everything I love in these type of stories.

This story is written in dual POVS and the authors did an amazing job just giving the reader enough.  In my opinion I did not feel this was a dark read but it was not a lite, swoon worthy read either.

The writing was amazing.  Once I started I could not stop reading and then I thought about the characters days after finishing.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Q&A with Annika and Skye:

Where do you find your inspiration?

Annika: You know those juicy, thrilling scenes in books or movies that you just love to pieces? And you think about them long after? Those sorts of scenes, and the huge emotions around them really inspire me. I love to feel that high-point thrill, and to create books around those moments. A lot of times I start with imagining an exciting scene I want to write and the book goes somewhere else completely, but the kernel, the inspiration still remains buried deep down.

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

Skye: Prisoner was my first collaboration with author Annika Martin. She and I first met because I’d read her books (love them!) and she read mine. We were both in a boxed set together, MAKE ME. We were chatting over email and came up with the idea to write a book together. We knew it would be edgy, and dark, and also fun! And so, Prisoner was born.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Annika: A lot of writers hate revising and love first drafts, but I’m the opposite – I am crazy about revising–I like to mold and change things in big ways once the words are there. But I write a sloooooow and grueling first draft, and I daydream a lot and change my mind a lot. It’s a total challenge! That was one really nice thing about writing in a team—knowing Skye was at the other end, expecting me to come up with something new and exciting every day was kind of nice. But getting those first words down is hard and slow for me.

What is for you the perfect book hero?

Skye: I like them intimidating. Competent. Vaguely sinister and smug. Possessive. Harsh. Cold. Hot. I like them everything that is mean and cruel, even with the heroine. And then… when he stops, when sex and intimacy and love force him to stop, the clouds part. The sun rises on grass still sticky with dew. It paints the world in orange light and long shadows, hinting at what is to come. And that’s the end of the book. Not a wedding. Not a happily ever after. The ending is hope.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Annika: There are themes that writers return to over and over. One of my themes I return to, even when I’m not trying, is two super messed-up people finding love with each other, and being messed up together, and loving each other for their flaws (and not getting rid of them, because to me, flaws are what make people who they are!) So I guess my message is, even if you feel like you’re really screwed up, being really and truly yourself is beautiful and you deserve love.

Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?

Skye: My first dark book was Keep Me Safe… and god, I hope readers see that I’ve grown as a writer. But at the same time, I hope I’ve kept the core of what people liked about Keep Me Safe, the dark atmospheric setting and deep character exploration. Both of those are hopes—but I’d love to hear from the readers who have kept with me and hear what they think!

Does music play any type of role in your writing?

Annika: Definitely. I write now and then at coffee shops and if there are people talking around me, I need to put in earbuds and crank the music. I have specific songs I just loop over and over, usually dark and melodic. Also, I love to run after a hard day at the writing desk, and I crank the tunes and just zone out to the music and that’s when I get my best ideas.

What books have influenced your life most?

Skye: The books that influence me the most have a super strong voice—and perspective. Broken by Megan Hart, Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas, and anything by my cowriter Annika Martin, who also writes as Carolyn Crane.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Annika: And even though he’s broad and heavy, especially because of that, it feels like a caress. His whole body embraces me, his mouth on mine, his hands on mine, his legs straddling my thighs. I’m wrapped in a cocoon made only of Grayson, where it smells like musk and tastes like man and wipes away every thought I should have. Like getting away. Like fighting him.

Or longer pasted at end….

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you!!!

 

Excerpt:

I back up until the truck stops me. I’m sweating, but the hot metal is almost a relief. Warmer and more human than the flesh-and-blood beast that looms in front of me.

But I have something to say too. Something true. And I want him to listen. “You might hurt me. You might touch me. But I will never, ever touch you. Not of my own free will.”

I’m shaking by the time I’m finished talking. Tears are threatening again, but I don’t care about them. They don’t make me weak. I know what real weakness is. I saw it inject itself with drugs and hook up with abusive men just to get its fix. I watched it die. That will never be me. Never.

He reaches up to cup my cheek—the side without the scrape. On purpose? I don’t know. He trails his thumb over my eyebrow and down my temple. Places he couldn’t touch when I had my glasses. Like he’s learning me, mapping my face. The inside of my chest feels bright and quivery, but I keep my frown.

“So I can touch you?” he asks gently. “But you won’t touch me back.”

My voice trembles. “I didn’t say that.”

“Didn’t you?” His hand trails lower, down my neck. Goose bumps rise all across my chest and over my arms despite the heat.

He caresses my skin right where my collarbone is, softly, with the back of his knuckles. I clench my fists at my sides, dreading what comes next. He’s going to keep moving lower, until he’s touching my breasts. And then what will I do? Cry? Scream? There’s no one to hear me. The guy from the truck has disappeared over the ridge.

I let my eyes close. “Stop.”

“You don’t want this.” His tone is conversational.

“I hate you.”

“What do you want, then?”

“I want you to die. I want to hurt you. I want you to let me go.”

He laughs softly, a puff of breath against my forehead. “In that order?”

My teeth clench together. “Take your pick.”

“You know what I think, Abby? I can call you that, right? It’s cute. Like you.” His hand curves to the side, feathering light touches along the cashmere of my sweater. He grips my hip as if we’re dancing. And we are dancing. It’s a sick song he plays.

“I think you want to fix me. That’s what you were doing at the prison. That’s what you’re doing now. But the thing is, Abby, it’s not going to work.”

 

About the Authors:

AnnikaAnnika Martin

I’m a pet wrangler, bookworm, mediocre tennis player and hairstyle failure. And yes, an author, but I promise not to spam you if you friend me!

I live just a stone’s throw from the Mississippi with my husband and two beloved cats in a home full of plants, sunshine, books and cookie crumbs. By day, I’m a freelancer in the business world. In addition to being smutty Annika, I write urban fantasy under the pen name Carolyn Crane.

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SkyeauthorpicSkye Warren

Skye Warren writes unapologetic erotica, including power play or erotic pain and sometimes dubious consent. There’s struggle in the sex. There’s pain in the relationships. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.

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