“SEEING THE LOVE” by Sofia Grey

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SEEING THE LOVE

By: Sofia Grey

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SYNOPSIS: Lucas Wade is losing his sight. As the darkness threatens to swamp him, the one bright spot in his day comes in the form of Natalie Fontaine. She works in the sales office, hundreds of miles away, and she alone treats him like a regular guy. She has no idea about his disability, and he doesn’t plan on telling her about it.

But if Lucas can’t be honest with her, Natalie may never see the love he has to offer.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Sweet contemporary romance with very little angst. Both characters are insecure about their conditions.  Lucas and Natalie live  in different cities but communicating via email through work which progresses to phone calls. I enjoy these stories.

It was a nice read, but I would have liked a bit more.  The story was predictable and once they discovered what the other was hiding, I felt like it was all smooth sailing from there.  Any small angst that occurred was quickly solved.

This is a nice read if you are in between books or if you just want something sweet.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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“BRAVE” (Oni Fighters #1) by Natalie Gayle

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Title: Brave  (Oni Fighters #1)

By: Natalie Gayle

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SYNOPSIS: A moment in time, that’s all it took. Beauty, pain and tragedy.

Xander “Pretty Boy” Todd was a demon in the ring. A professional MMA fighter with a career that had the world a buzz—but now it’s gone. Or is it?

Eden Sommers had her dreams of an international modelling career within her grasp—and lost it. Gone within a few seconds, leaving nothing but pain.

How do you go on, when the one thing that defines you is suddenly ripped away—only to leave scars and a hollow shell in its place? Has the beauty gone forever? Or has it just retreated—to now be hidden, and dormant; guarded by the inner demons?

Can these two wounded souls find the inner strength to fight back the demons together and find the beauty in their lives once again?

To do this, they must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside. They’ll have to be BRAVE.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Xander has liked Eden since he was 14 years old.  12 years later he sees her again.  Eden never knew that Xander has had an eye on her since they were young.  Eden had a contract with a modeling agency when a fire broke out and she ran in to save her family.  This left severe scars both mentally and physically.  Since the fire, Eden had become a shell.  She rarely interacts or leaves her home except to go to school. Eden’s two sisters take karate and their sensei is Xander and that is how he reunites with Eden.  Xander tries to get Eden out of her shell.  Xander is also trying to fight something that has left him with nightmares.

The characters were fine.  For the longest time, I thought one of the sisters was jealous that Eden was spending time with Xander.  All that felt awkward to me.    Once Eden and Xander got together there was very little left to the story.  Conversations and situations became predictable. The dialogue at times felt flat.

I would have preferred if the switch in POVs did not happen so frequently. I knew everyone’s thoughts as at moment which left out any intensity.

In the end, it can be seen as a sweet contemporary romance.

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Release Blitz “FLAWED LOVE” by Bella Jewel @givemebooksblog @bellajewel73 #giveaway

 

 

Title: Flawed Love
Series: House of Obsidian #2
Author: Bella Jewel
 Release Date: July 7, 2015
Blurb

We were born into the same crowd.

His father: a useless drunk. My mother: a psycho junkie. 

We lived across the road from each other. 
We became best friends when I was only ten. 
He became my sole reason for breathing.Seven years later, he forgot about me. I don’t know the exact moment he changed.

Suddenly I was just the girl next door, and he no longer cared. 
He didn’t want to be in my life. He didn’t want to help. 
He ran off the rails, tossing me aside. 
I no longer mattered. Nothing we shared did.The next thing I knew – he was gone. Ten years and I didn’t see or hear from him.

Then came the call I’d be waiting for – he was back in town. 
Only the man I remembered is not him. 
This man is quiet, deadly, and so incredibly beautiful. 
He also doesn’t remember me.I let him believe I’m just a girl that walked into his bar. 
I let him believe I’m just a friend. 
I let him use me on the cold, dark nights. 
I let him believe I’m incapable of love, just like he is. 
I just let the secret go on and on.But all secrets have an end, don’t they?
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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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“NEVER LET YOU GO: A MODERN FAIRY TALE by Katy Regnery

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Never Let You Go: A Modern Fairy tale (A MODERN FAIRY TALE)

By: Katy Regnery

LINKS: AMAZON | GOODREADS

 

SYNOPSIS:

In this modern retelling of “Hansel and Gretel,” 13-year-old foster children, Holden and Griselda, escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match where her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage and a cache of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the whitewater of the Shenandoah.

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people – once profoundly broken – who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again.

This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel & Gretel. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity, scenes of physical abuse and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (Note: children are not sexually abused in this book.)

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

I am not a fan of flashbacks when they are written into every chapter.  Just when I thought we were past the flashbacks, one would reappear. I got what happened to Griselda and Holden.  I understood the pain and what they had to endure while they were being held prisoner. I did not need another seven flashbacks.

Holden and Griselda are foster kids who were kidnapped by a man and held captive for three years.  They were physically and mentally abused. One of them escaped while the other was caught.  The story fast forwards 10 years.  Holden has a girlfriend and Griselda is living with an abusive boyfriend.  By chance they run into each other.

I love stories about foster kids who later reconnect in life and who truly had strong feeling for each other.  There is no doubt that Griselda and Holden love each other and they have to get through many obstacles to have their love.  Holden’s girlfriend springs something on him which changes the course for Gris and Holden to be together.

I saw the love these two characters had for each other, but I was just not as connected as I hoped I would be.  All the drama and obstacles were too predictable for me as well their solutions.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

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“LEARNING TO FALL” by Jillian Eaton

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LEARNING TO FALL

BY: Jillian Eaton

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Note: Date of post, LEARNING TO FALL is on KINDLE UNLIMITED!

SYNOPSIS:

There are some lines that should never be crossed…

…and some desires that cannot be ignored.

Driven, meticulous, and a bit of a control freak, Imogen Finley is elated when her hard work and dedication culminates in a teaching position at Stonewall, a prestigious liberal arts college on the coast of Maine. Everything in her life is going exactly as she planned it… until she meets Daniel Logan.

Charming, mysterious, and wickedly handsome, Daniel is not the kind of man Imogen ever planned on falling for, but after a chance meeting at a bar that’s exactly what she finds herself doing and he quickly becomes the one thing in her life she can’t control. The one thing in her life she doesn’t want to control.

But as their passion escalates, so does the dangerous situation they find themselves in. Because Daniel isn’t just the man Imogen’s falling in love with… he’s also her student.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

The beginning of the book was a lot of Imogen’s background.  There was a lot of inner dialogue and a lot of detail about everything which at times made me lose interest.

I love quirky heroines.  They are some of my favorite, but what started with me thinking that Imogen was quirky and cute quickly turned that she was just annoying.  At first,  I thought the relationship with Daniel had potential, but their relationship became awkward. I wondered why Daniel wanted to be with her. I do not think I could be friends with Imogen.  This is a teacher/student romance, but I felt by the time we got to that part, I already disconnected from the characters.

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RIDE STEADY by Kristen Ashley #newrelease

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Ride Steady (Chaos #3)

By: Kristen Ashley

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SYNOPSIS:

The ride of her life . . .

Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .

In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

WHAT DID I THINK: 4 out of 5 Stars

Carissa Teodoro has had a crush on Carson Steele (like every other girl) since high school. Carson has always been known as a loner, but that is only because he kept to himself.  He had enough to deal with at home with his father’s constant mental and physical abuse.  One day Carissa gets enough nerve to ask Carson on a date…this happens to be the day that Carson decides to leave town and never come back.  He tells her no and this changes the course of their lives.  Carissa marries man who constantly cheats on her and Carson goes on to life a where he changes his name.  8 years later, Carissa is divorced with a baby and Carson has joined the Chaos.  One day, Carissa is stuck on the side of the rode with a flat tire.  A biker pulls up to help her.  Even though she does not fully recognize him, he appears familiar.  To show her gratitude the next day, Carissa goes to The Ride where Joker works with a pie.  Joker acts like he does not know her…only he knows all too well she was the girl that he left behind in high school thinking that she deserved a better life than what he was able to give her.  If he only knew that the decision he made all those years ago was not the best decision for her and from there the story begins.

I liked this book and it felt like the old KA which I adore.  It was nice to see some of the old characters that I have loved in the past make an appearance.  I usually loathe books that have the best friends that are always around, but not in KA books.  I think every woman needs friends like Tabby, Tyra, Gwen, and most definitely Elvira.

I usually hate baby mama books, but there is only one author (the amazing KA) who can write a book about a single, divorced mom without making her pine for her ex or have hatred towards the world. Kristen Ashley knows how to make you immediately feel connected to the characters.

Outside from the first couple of pages, there was very little angst.  Once the couple got together…they were together. It was not insta-love even though you knew what this couple felt for each other in high school.  I just wanted a little more.  Everything kind of went too smoothly.  I appreciated that nothing dragged and everything was out in the open, but I was hoping for some drama or “something” towards the end. For a book that was over 600 pages, I was expecting and wanting more.  It wasn’t a bad read; it was just a nice read.

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Release Blitz “ABOUT LAST NIGHT” by Belle Aurora #giveaway @belleaurora1

 

 

Title: About Last Night…
Author: Belle Aurora
 Release Date: June 29, 2015

 

Blurb
***A MALE ESCORT/BROTHERS BEST FRIEND ROMANCE***

Matt Quinn has been an escort for most of his adult life. He’s so good at his job that he’s booked months in advance.
An enquiring email from a potential client finds him intrigued about the shy, awkward woman. A back and forth is started and before Quinn knows it, a friendship is formed.Time passes and Quinn is smitten.There’s only one problem…

The client is his best friends little sister.

She’s off limits.
He knows better.

Staying away from one another is easier said than done.


 

 

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Author Bio
Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down
under. 
At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her
scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of
Scandal and fell in love with romance. 
Having been brought up in a loud and
boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for
dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. 
Humorous romance novels. 

Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand
new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their
stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously
awaiting their newest titles. 

Belle never thought she would write. It had never
interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013
Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love. 

With words. 

With writing. 

With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.

Friend-Zoned is the
first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.

   

 

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“THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS” by David Litwack #giveaway @davidlitwack

 

Children of Darkness

The Children of Darkness, book one of the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers by David Litwack

“But what are we without dreams?”

A thousand years ago the Darkness came–a time of violence and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.

Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds the young to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.

In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy. For hidden in the keep awaits a truth from the past that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might release the long-suppressed potential of their people, but they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written:

“If there comes among you a dreamer of dreams saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

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Praise for The Children of Darkness

“A must-read page turner.” Kirkus Review

“Litwack’s storytelling painted a world of both light and darkness–and the truth that would mix the two.” Fiction Fervor

“The Children of Darkness is a dystopian novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.” C.P. Bialois

“A fresh perspective on our own society…[an] enjoyable read that will make you wonder just how society will judge us in the future.” Lexie

 

 

David LitwackAuthor David Litwack
The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
After publishing two award winning novels, Along the Watchtower and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, he’s hard at work on the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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“ACROSS THE DISTANCE” by Marie Meyer

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Across the Distance

By: Marie Meyer

Links: Amazon | Goodreads

 

SYNOPSIS: There’s a drawer I never open. It holds a picture I never look at. It reminds me of a day I hate to remember, but I’ll never forget.

 

I’d give anything to be like the other girls on campus. Going to parties, flirting with boys, planning for a future. But that’s not me. And hasn’t been since the day my parents died. The only thing that got me through was Griffin. Even though I didn’t have my family, I always had him. Only, now I’m not so sure I do.

It’s not just the eleven hundred miles separating us now that I’m at college. And it’s more than his band finally taking off, and all the gigs and girls suddenly demanding his time. It’s like everything is different—the way we talk, the way we text . . . the way he looks at me and the way his looks make me feel.

Griffin has been the only good thing in my life since that horrific day. I can feel our friendship slipping away—and I’m terrified of what will be left in its place…

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Jillian parents died when she was 6. Jillian and her sister had to move in with her grandparents.  Next door lived Griffin who immediately became her protector. As years go by, they become better friends.  Before Jillian goes away to college and Griffin leaves to pursue a career in a band, Jillian takes a chance and kisses him only to have him push her away. Jillian knows that there will be nothing between them, but they still continue to be somewhat of friends through Facetime and texting.   Jillian has a hard time in college while Griffin is busy trying to get his career off by meeting with producers, etc. They lives become somewhat separate even though they try to continue a friendship and see if it could be more.

I have to be honest and say that this book was just frustrating for me.  Griffin would say he was thinking about Jillian but I never felt he cared.  There were so many times he left her hanging, plus there was his girlfriend.   That whole relationship Griffin had with his girlfriend, I felt was to cause tension for the reader.  However, it only made me not like Griffin and I started to disconnect.  I did not like the way Griffin made Jillian feel.  The way the relationship developed did not work for me.  The heroine in this story, I felt, was the only one hurting and hoping.  I wanted Jillian to have more and better. I love stories with angst.  I love when the author tortures me but I have to first feel a true connection between the characters.  I have to feel the love.  I did not feel any love or deep connection outside of friendship and I am not even sure I felt friendship that from Griffin as they got older.  In the end, I was disappointed with the story.

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“THE DEFINITION OF ICING” by Aven Ellis

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The Definition of Icing

By: Aven Ellis

LINKS: AMAZON |GOODREADS

Side note: As of the date of this post…THE DEFINITION OF ICING is on AMAZON UNLIMITED!

SYNOPSIS: Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she’s gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.

 

All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the

blonde beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she’s all about the chocolate now.

Or is she?

Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything.

Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn’t want to be, for reasons that have

caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what

happened to him in Minnesota.

But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn’t so sure about

his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This was a very nice and sweet romance.  It was cute and contemporary.

I loved the beginning and how Kenley and Nate meet at a photo shoot.   The photographer wants to use Kenley’s looks and sex her up and Kenley does not want any part of that and speaks her mind.  Nate takes notice and is impressed.  They start talking and Kenley asks Nate out.  Nate shoots her down because he is not ready to date after something that happened to him back in Minnesota. The woman he loved cheated on him and it seems to linger in the back of his mind.

Kenley and Nate have another chance meeting and at this point Nate takes Kenley out on a date.  Nate opens up how he is not ready to really get involved with someone so Kenley never pushes which leaves her second guessing their romance.

It was not a bad read.  The book has its moments and then it felt like it was just going through the motions.  I loved CONNECTIVITY (I am going to reread this little gem right now) and WAITING FOR PRINCE HARRY by Aven Ellis.  They seemed to have that punch that made me feel happy, but at the same time the tension. I want to be teased and as well as tortured.  Nate did not want to appear like he was pining, but his feelings obviously went deep for this other woman that cheated on him.    The tension was supposed to be whether Nate would be able to move to a place where he could have a full and meaningful relationship with Henley and move past the woman who lied to him, but I did not want my hero to linger on how another woman cheated on him and how he has hold off on a great relationship.  Don’t get me wrong…Nate was sweet, but I got frustrated with his trust issues.

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