Cover Reveal “TEN BELOW ZERO” by Whitney Barbetti #giveaway


Title: Ten Below Zero

Author: Whitney Barbetti

Release Date: August 28, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance


“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.


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Blog Tour “SCARED TO DEATH” by C.S. Latu @BTSPromoPR


Title: Scared To Death

Author: CS Latu

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 9. 2014

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.



You don’t always get a choice in life. You can’t control who dies. You can’t control who you love and you can’t stop change. But you can make a mess of it.

For Ruby Green, life is about loss. Everyone she has ever loved has died, save one. Her best friend from childhood. He has always been her saving grace. When things change between them, Ruby finds herself lost in a maelstrom of emotions. She’s not ready to lose him in order to have him.

Noah Carrington believes in living. Even if the road is dark, the fear makes you feel alive. Life is too short and regret is a wound that festers. He always saw his best friend, Ruby, in his future, she would be just around the corner in the next room until he started seeing her in his arms.

They both know that being scared to death means you have something to lose. The question is, will they learn that it means you have something to gain too?

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

This book is about two childhood friends who later consider being in each other’s lives more than just friends.  I love these type of stories.  My problem was that I never believed that the hero truly loved the heroine.   I thought he was always hung up on the girl that hurt him in the past.  The initial scene when Ruby walks in on Noah being intimate with his ex-girlfriend, the one that broke his heart, well that and a few other things that followed made me always doubt Noah’s feelings for Ruby.  Later, the hero realized he did not really care for the ex-girlfriend, but at that point it was a little too late.

I walked away from the book for a few days.  I saw all the 5 star reviews and thought “maybe it was just me.”   And it is just me.  I love stories where childhood friends discover that they have been holding back and really truly only had feelings for each other.  But with this book, I felt Ruby was an afterthought for Noah.  I never believed him.

Noah and Ruby were roommates.  Ruby would see Noah with girls, but in Noah’s POV I never got a sense that these girls were just there for no other reason but for sex.  He had feelings for that ex-girlfriend and she hurt him and not the other way around.   That is honestly what irritated me.  It never felt like Noah was always hoping for Ruby.

For these two to be great friends, I felt that they had very little faith in each other.  Ruby was silently going through something and Noah just always assumed the worse of Ruby.  Yes, Noah was previously hurt, but he needed to get over it.

This was not a bad read.  It was just not a story of two people that I fell in love with.



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I was born on a cold day in January. They said I was the only baby in the hospital. They also said that I picked my head up twice to turn away from people who came to see me after I was born (Who wants strangers looking at you after such a life altering event while you are naked?). Not much has changed. That cold day was 30 years ago in South Carolina. Needless to say, I got the twang! At the ripe age of 22, I married my man bear pig hubby who happens to be from Chicago. I learned that there are people who do not have accents, who sound like they have accents because they don’t have accents. Mind blowing there. Our love story is pretty nifty. I met him online when I was 15 and chatted with him for four years, on and off as friends, until we met and I showed him some southern charm and BAM! Here we are ten years later with eight years of marriage and several fur persons rounding out the family thus far! My writing started as a child when I tried to write about three pewter statues of wizards coming to life. Books and words have always been a passion for me. My mind is incredibly random, if you talk to me for more than ten minutes, it becomes painfully obvious. I draw inspiration from absolutely anything and everything I come in contact with, with particular emphasis on music, pictures and the crazy situations in life. It is my hope one day to have a small hot air balloon tied to my chimney so I can write by starlight. I am pretty sure I would find that most inspiring.

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Blog Tour “LEAD” by Kylie Scott #giveaway @rockstarprlc @kyliescottbooks

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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

About Lead (Stage Drive #3):

lead As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

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WHAT DID I THINK: 5 out of 5 Stars

Kylie Scott is an amazing writer and story teller. She knows how to write a great original rock star story.  Sure you have the moody, bad boy, hot rocker and the girl that knows that this hot rocker is the picture of heartbreak but it is everything in between that is written that makes these stories so compelling and that once I start reading, I can’t stop.

First I love Kylie Scott’s covers.  Love them

James Dylan Ferris or better known as Jimmy and the lead singer/front man for Stage Dive has had a serious issue with drug and alcohol abuse.  His band has given him an ultimatum.  He either hires someone to “watch” and be with him 27/7 to make sure he does not screw up or he is kicked out of the band.  Jimmy’s band members have hired several other assistants to watch Jimmy but they have either left or quit having to deal with him and his mood swings.  But one day while the band is meeting with their label, a girl comes in who shows that she can handle herself without attitude.  Lena Morrissey is a girl who has gone through several heartbreaks.  She knows a bad boy when she sees one and has vowed to stay away from them.  She takes the job to “babysit” Jimmy because she needs the job and she cannot go back home.  Lena is not a pushover. Jimmy and Lena do not immediately get along.  It takes time.  And this is what I loved about this story.  Lena and Jimmy became friends first.   Then when Lena admitted she could not work for Jimmy because she started to have feeling for him, the story did not go into the obvious “I love you too.”  No, Jimmy tried everything, even go through a 4 step “get over him” program to make Lena not be attracted to him.

“Whatever the real deal is here, sort it out.  I get that you’re embarrassed, but you’ll just have to get over it.”

Those were my favorite scenes how Jimmy and Lena went through those steps.  But not even then did the story become predictable.  You never knew what Jimmy was thinking or feeling.  Jimmy was a good person even though he thought he was anything but good.

I could not stop reading this book.  I had to know what was going to happen and how everything was going to play out. I should have been doing a million other things, but I just could not do anything but read LEAD. Just when I thought the previous couplse in the Stage Dive series were my favorite, Kylie Scott introduces me to Jimmy and Lena.

“The days of me throwing my heart and soul at Jimmy Ferris’s feet were done.”

Kylie Scott: as always you did an amazing job with your characters.  Thank you for bringing this amazing band to life.


The Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott:


Lick (Stage Dive #1): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads

Play (Stage Dive #2): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads

Deep (Stage Dive #4) available on January 6th, 2015: Amazon / B&N /Goodreads


Check out more of Kylie’s work:

The Flesh series

Colonist’s Wife

Heart’s A Mess



“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”


“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.

“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”

Can’t find it anywhere…”

“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”

“Sure you haven’t seen it?”

“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.

I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.

He frowned. “No.”

“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like
some creepy perv?”

“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.

“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.

“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”

Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”

“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”

“I’m not!”


About Kylie Scott:

Kylie ScottKylie is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Blog Tour “NERO” (Made Men #1) by Sarah Brianne @giveaway @authorsarahbri @tastybooktours


Nero Made Men CoverTitle: Nero (Made Men #1)

By: Sarah Brianne

Released June 27th, 2014


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



 Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.

Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.
I just want to be a fucking made man.

I’m just a fucking waitress.


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WHAT DID I THINK: 5+ out of 5 Stars

I found an author who writes the types of stories I crave and the type of characters I love and I want more from her.

Where do I start…

I knew from page one I was going to love this book.

Vincent, Amo, Leo…I loved these men. Maria…LOVED HER.  Lucca…well you have to find out the type of man Nero’s older brother is.

The real story of how Elle and Chloe became friends and what made Elle so protective of Chloe.

You have the typical drama that I just love.  Nero is bad boy, a playboy, a mobster’s son.  He is given his first real assignments to find out what Elle, a girl that goes to his high school know about a murder she witnessed.  Elle is senior at Nero’s high school that gets repeatedly bullied along with her friend Chloe.  BUT do not think that Elle is weak.  Elle is anything but weak, but there are things she must do to survive and those are keeping her head down.  I love the first time that Nero and Elle are in the same scene in the story in the cafeteria.  I love how Nero handles Elle and how Elle handles Nero. Nero is all alpha.  He has a job to do and that is gaining Elle to trust him to tell him what she saw the night of the murder, but what he does not know is how Elle’s kindness and protectiveness of her friends and family affects him.

I did not want this story to end.  I read every word and reread certain scenes. This book took me out of my book blah. I loved these stories.  I can read a million of them and never get bored…bad boy meets a good girl and with enough tests and drama no matter how many times there love is tested they try to survive.

One thing though it took me awhile to get used to the writing style.  I prefer first person to third person which was how this story was written.

That is all I can say without giving anything else away.  I will definitely be reading more by this author unless the next book is Chloe’s story.  I just don’t think I can see Chloe as any type of lead character. To me, she had no real redeeming qualities.  I might in the minority in that opinion, but I can’t help how I feel. I am not saying she is either good or bad, she was just there. I would like Amo, Lucca, and the rest of those friends to get their story.  Also, I would love a story with Nero and Elle years later.


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Hey! My name is Sarah Brianne and after living for twenty-two years the characters in my head told me enough was enough and I have finally put pen to paper (or is it finger to keyboard?) to tell their stories. Since I was a little girl I have watched every chick flick I could get my hands on, then when I became older I discovered a whole new world of romance novels. To me there is nothing better then a tale of true love and those are the stories that have inspired me to write. Like everything else in my life I have put my own spin on two lovers destined to be together.

Next to my books my prized possession are my two beautiful fur babies, Kalypso and Khaleesi. I know what you’re thinking, do you pack them in your purse? Yep, right next to my kindle.

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Promo “FIX YOU” by Beck Anderson #giveaway @ninabocci @beckandersonID


FixYou_CoverTitle: Fix You

By: Beck Anderson

Summary:2014 RITA® Finalist for BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE and BEST FIRST BOOKWhen Kelly Reynolds’ husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home.Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.

But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep.

Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.

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Review “BIRTH OF THE VAMPIRE” (The Vanderlind Realm: Book 1) by Gayla Twist

birth_kindleTitle: BIRTH OF THE VAMPIRE (The Vanderlind Realm: Book 1)

By: Gayla Twist

Genre: Paranormal

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

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SYNOPSIS: Dorian is a vampire who doesn’t believe in love. Haley is a human who doesn’t believe in vampires.

At seventeen, Haley Scott’s life is pretty miserable. She lives with her uncle in a small town where she has absolutely no friends and barely any social life. Haley knows for a fact that there are very few people on the planet who care if she lives or dies.

Dorian Vanderlind is a vampire with a past he’s reluctant to face. He visits his cousin as a favor, only to find himself entangled in the enticements of the mortal world.

What happens when these two are thrown together in the most complicated of circumstances? Find out in Birth of the Vampire ~ Book 1 in The Vanderlind Realm.

WHAT DID I THINK: 2.5/3 Stars

When I started this book I loved the premise and was in the mood for a paranormal with vampires.  However, I was simply disappointed.  First, I felt so much for Haley even when she kept making poor decisions and I wanted the “nerd” to get her payback.    I wanted the hot vampire, Dorian, to fall in love with the nerdy girl, Haley, but their initial meeting which I was hoping would be intriguing turned out to be a letdown.

The initial meeting took forever to happen, but surprisingly it did not bother me since I think the author did a great job setting up Haley’s life with her uncle, her cousin and how she had no one in her life and she just wants to feel loved and wanted.  I too wanted her to feel loved and wanted.  And that is where I thought Dorian would fall in, but that did not happen in my opinion.

Dorian and Haley initially “meet” at a party.  I thought the person Dorian was describing as “her eyes were wide and bright blue… she would have made a wonderful vampiress and I felt a little quiver of excitement thinking about the possibilities” was Haley. But no.  Dorian was describing Haley’s friend, Erika. Then when Dorian meets Haley and she had a very intelligent conversation with him, I thought he would forget about Erika’s beauty and notice Haley, but no again.  Dorian goes on to mention Erika’s beauty about 4 more times and he had to add “how did such an exotic creature end up in the middle of Ohio?” I would be okay if Dorian first mentioned Erika’s beauty, but then noticed Haley’s beauty after talking to her and forgot about Erika, but that was not the case.  Plus, I thought Haley would be different to Dorian since she did not “flock” to him like the other women, but no again. He noticed that about Dorian did not “flock”, but it was an afterthought and again he went on to mention Erika and his possible “immortal beauty.”  At that point it was hard for me to connect to Dorian and Haley and honestly I am not sure if I was supposed to connect with them.   I really don’t know if Dorian and Haley were even supposed to be the “couple” in this book. Something small happened between them towards the end but it felt like an afterthought.

We get 4 different POVs in this story and I really did not think it was necessary.

There is a book 2 but I am not sure if I can read the second book.  I don’t want Haley to see any more pain and I think she finally wised up and sees what I see…Dorian does not only have eyes for her. Will he change and stop with the whole Erika “immortal beauty”?  I am not sure.  I love stories where the guy may be with other women, but when he sees the heroine, she is it for him.  I unfortunately did not get that with this paranormal.


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Blog Tour “TORRENT” (Condemned #1) by Gemma James #Giveaway @BTSPromosPR @CJMichaels80

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Title: Torrent (Condemned #1)

Author: Gemma James

Publication date: July 22nd 2014

Genres: Erotica, Romance



I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now.

Now that he’s holding me captive on an island.

Rafe has his reasons for doing what he’s doing, and if I’m honest, I can’t blame him—I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn’t commit.

But now he’s free and the tables have turned…now he’s the one driven by obsession.


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Gemma James (a pseudonym for Christina Jean Michaels) loves to explore the darker side of sex in her fiction. She’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy and enjoys exploring the deviant side of human nature. Her stories have been described as being “not for the faint of heart.”

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.




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Blog Tour “WALK WITH ME” BY Kaitlyn Stone #giveaway @literatiauthors

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Title: Walk with Me (The Thin Blue Thread)

Author: Kaitlyn Stone

Genre: Contemporary New Adult

Publish Date: July 22nd, 2014

Publisher: BookStrand

Oraganized by Literati Author Services

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

~ Synopsis ~

After escaping her abusive parents, nineteen-year-old Kenna Sloane is determined to create an independent life, free of emotional distraction. The last thing this focused college student wants is a relationship, especially with a hot rookie cop popular with the badge bunnies.

When Kenna reluctantly agrees to a double date with Santa Monica cop Donovan Alexander, she’s launched on an exciting and dangerous journey. With time, she discovers some souls are instinctively drawn together to quiet the pain of their traumatic pasts. But even after the revelation of Donovan’s own secret burden, Kenna continues to battle the fear she may be too broken for her modern day knight in blue.
Can Kenna open her heart to the healing light of true love before peril strikes?
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WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Keena ran away from her controlling step-father and passive mother. Keena is going to college and wants to start fresh and free from the abusive she suffered at home.  Keena likes to be in control in her relationships and not really get close. Keena lived with her mother being controlled by her step-father and she swears she will never have a man control over her.  One day Keena’s roommate sets her up with Donovan.  Keena for the first time is unable to control her desire and feelings for him.  At first, she tries to stay away, but it is hard since Donovan is very charming and just a nice person.

It was hard for me to connect with Keena.  She came off as a little know it all and I understand that she felt she had to be like that, but it was irritating to me.  There were times I did not understand why Donavan wanted to be with Keena.  Some of what she said I wanted to wince at. I think the author was trying to make her appear strong, but she just came off as ungrateful to me.

There was too much information in this story. I felt like the author was giving me the character’s every thought and opinion. Some of it could have easily been deleted. I think it is better if the reader comes up with their own assumptions about the characters’ feelings and reasons for their actions.

Donovan was sweet and just one of those guys that I could see made people feel safe and comfortable.







Dropping his hands from my arms, Donovan gestures his hand around the room. “This is where I come to get away and lose myself or to just think. I can work out here for hours. There’s something about working with your hands” – he flashes me a devilish grin, grabbing at my waist and pulling me into him – “that clears the mind.”

I yelp at his manhandling and giggle trying to squirm out of his hold. Donovan at first tightens his grip on me, smiling salaciously, but then with a wicked glint in his eyes his posture changes and he starts tickling me on the sides. “No! Stop it!” I screech. But he continues his pleasurable torment, working one hand down to the back of my thigh. “Donovan! Please stop. I can’t take it. I’m going to pee my pants.” With my final plea he drops his hands.

We stand quietly facing each other, chests heaving from the short burst of excitement. With a wild gleam in his eyes, Donovan leans down and throws me over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes. “Donovan Alexander!” I scream in protest. “You put me down!” He ignores my demand and carries me out of the workshop and over next door.

“You’re so cute when you get all indignant. You want down?” he says and slowly lowers me to the floor inside his bachelor pad. I’m standing facing him with my body pressed against his. His eyes are searing into mine and his hands are securing me in place at the waist. My chest is rising and falling with deep, steady breaths and moisture and heat are building between my thighs. I’m so turned on by his caveman gesture of dragging me back to his den against my will. At this moment I want him to take me. A primal need exists deep within my body for Donovan to bury himself inside me and quite the dull ache that’s been building in my groin since the first day I’ve laid eyes on him.

There is no denying the raw sexual attraction to Donovan. And this is one area I can tell he isn’t passive about—sex. In public he is the perfect gentleman, so polite and respectful. But behind closed doors I bet an alter ego exists. He is commanding, passionate, and insatiable. I don’t know what makes me think this with my limited experience, but something tells me he is going to be the same in bed and I don’t know if I can wait any longer to test my theory. My self-control is waning after a delicious dinner with this perfect man and his perfect TV family. If he wanted to take me right here and now, it would be the dream ending to the evening.



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Since childhood, Kaitlyn Stone has gravitated toward fairy tales and happily- ever-after’s, forever chasing the first love dragon. She is a self-professed adventure junkie, constantly talking her husband and family into some new life adventure, where they’ve learned to just buckle up for the exciting ride. When they do stay home, it’s in sunny Southern California located along the Pacific Ocean.


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Review “UNTIL ALEX” by J. Nathan

Until AlexTitle: Until Alex

By: J. Nathan

Genre: Romance, New Adult

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

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SYNOPSIS: On the outside, Hayden is every girl’s living breathing fantasy, brooding and devastatingly gorgeous. He spends his nights losing himself in alcohol and faceless girls, but it’s all just a facade. An elaborate cover for the emotionless shell of a man he is. One who harbors too many secrets and destroys lives the way his was destroyed. It’s the reason he avoids relationships and keeps everyone at arm’s length…

Until Alex

Alex’s life just shattered into a million pieces, leaving her with more grief than she knows what to do with and guilt so deep it’s destroyed the carefree girl she once was. Now she’s hundreds of miles from home, living with an aunt she doesn’t know, finishing senior year at a college she’s never been to, and trying desperately to get through a single day without breaking down. She’s never felt more alone in her life…

Until Hayden

The trouble with Hayden is who he wants to be and who he is are in constant flux. And though he’d die before letting Alex learn the truth about him, he can’t be sure he’s strong enough to let her in…or push her away. She’s the one person who just might see the real him.


WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5/4 Stars

I really liked the premise of this story.

Alex moves in with her aunt at her apartment.  Across the hall lives Hayden who has women going in and out of his apartment day in and out.  One day while Alex is at the pool, Hayden approaches Alex while she is crying. Hayden knows about pain and for unknown reason to him he is drawn to Alex like Alex is drawn to him.  However, Hayden thinks he is dark and the last thing he wants to make things worse for Alex.  Circumstances bring these two together again and they become friends even though Hayden wants to keep Alex separate from his “other life” but that is hard since Hayden’s other life always shows up threatening him.

I liked the characters.  Alex dealt with some serious issues but she handles it well.  Hayden did not want to feel for Alex but it was hard seeing the type of person she was.

The story started out really strong.  I was enjoying it and then somewhere around 65%, it started to feel flat.  I think a lot of it became predictable.  At 92% it picked up again and I was happy at how everything came together.

The story flowed however I found that the switch in POVs happened too quickly.  I would have preferred if the story was mostly written in Hayden’s or Alex’s POV and maybe we got a snippet of the other character’s POV.

Overall a nice read.


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Release Blitz “BEAUTIFULLY DONE” by Riley Mackenzie #giveaway @BTSPromosPR

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BEAUTIFULLY DONE (Beautifully Awake, #2)

Authors Riley MacKenzie

July 16, 2014


Beautifully Done AMAZON GR SW

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

About Beautifully Done

Diagnosis: Borrowed time
Treatment: Trust
Prognosis: Beautifully Done

Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman.

He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride. He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility.

When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it … until it’s Beautifully Done.

***Author’s note***
Contains spoilers from Beautifully Awake. We highly recommend reading Chase and Lili’s story first. For readers 18+


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The writing: 5 Stars.

The story for me: 3 stars and only because some of it was hard to swallow. 

This book starts at Chase and Lili’s wedding.  It is important that you read the first book in the series before you read BEAUTIFULLY DONE since it gives away a lot of spoilers.   Ash, Chase’s best friend, is doing what he does best…picking up women and going home with them only to leave them alone the next day.  Ash is 36 years old and has no plans of getting attached or getting married.  One night, he runs into Talia.  Talia was his best friend through his childhood and until high school when a tragedy happened. When Ash sees Talia he cannot stop thinking about her and contacts her even though he lives in Boston and she lives in San Diego.  However, they have not seen or talked in 18 years and Ash never found out why Talia left her hometown and never looked back.

I wish there was a way for me to write all the things that made me feel sad, but I can only say a few without giving anything away.  First, I felt sad for Talia. If I was her I would just let things be forgotten. Do not look back, do not go back.  Let the past be the past.

Some things were hard for me to read because I was angry and I cannot even tell you who I was most angry with.  Yes life was hard for a particular someone, but your true character shows at the hardest moments of your life.  I became very angry and very upset.  Well with one character in particular, I wanted them written off.  I did not care how.   Just go away.  It is one thing that you told others you made mistakes, it is another thing how you handle them.  Like I said the writing is good so the story brought a lot of emotions.

Now with Ash, yes he is a bachelor and he loves women, but I loved that guy. I loved how he cared for his friends, for his family, and for his Talia.  Talia was his best friend and I love how he wanted that back more than anything.  I loved his love.  I will read more by these two amazing authors.


About the Authors


Yep. That’s an “s.” There are two of us!

We’re East coast girls separated by Long Island Sound who met in Physician Assistant School and have been besties ever since. We can safely say that thirteen miles of water does not get in the way because we talk or text, no exaggeration, at least 150 times a day. No, really, we do—about everything and nothing. Shockingly, we never (we mean never) run out of things to say. Umm, ever. We definitely laugh A LOT and we’re a tad sarcastic. And if we’re being totally honest, one or two people might have, on occasion, used our names and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence. But it’s hard to trust the sources since they married us.

It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.

So you can easily find us at 4 o’clock on Bank Street beach with a glass of cold Prosecco brainstorming. And guaranteed if we bump into you, literally, it’s only because our iPhones are glued to our hands (totally out of our control) either writing or editing our next novel (and yes, it is possible to do from your iPhone, we mastered it … damn those straight quotations).

When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school.

Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?

Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know).

So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!

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