Thursday, October 30, 2014

ARC BOOK REVIEW - VIOLET ADDICTION by KIRSTY DALLAS - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By : Kirsty Dallas
Published By: Kirsty Dallas
Release: 1st Nov 2014
Details: Digital copy for honest review

RATING: 5 STRONG STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads


There was no bright light in my death, but perhaps that is because I wasn’t destined for the angelic beauty of heaven. No, my short lived life had been played out with so much sin and excess that there would no doubt be a special cage in hell with my name on it. In my death, I felt and saw nothing. No warmth, no cold, no light, no darkness, just nothing. When I woke, he was gone, the only piece of perfection in my ugly world. Part of me was grateful that he had finally found the good sense to leave. Another part of me was broken, irrevocably and agonizingly broken.

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BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


“The strongest of us are not those who wear their strength on the outside for all to see, but those who carry their strength inside and fight battles others know nothing about.”



I am gonna say, I think this is the best book Kirsty Dallas has written to date. Not to take anything away from her other works as I am a HUGE fan of Breeze of Life and Mercy’s Angels and that naughty lad Decker and his helicopter move, but there was something extra special about Cain and Violet’s story.

They are two talented, intelligent people, but one of them loses herself in the more seedier side of life.

Violet is a very damaged woman. I felt her addiction to my core. At one stage I was literally squeezing my hand into a fist and willing her not to do something. I felt through Kirsty’s words how hard it was for Violet to keep her hand closed.

I was there.

I was Violet.

At one stage I was literally shouting at my book, “NOooOOoooo! Doooon’t!” But at the same time I could feel myself wanting to open my hand...

Cain is a character who you will love as much as you will feel his grief for the soul of his best friend.

After a long moment, the boy finally spoke. "If I had known playing this piano would make a beauty like you appear, I would have done so long before now."

I could see why he did what he did. Sometimes as a friend you can only take so much. Others may view it differently, but I can see where he was coming from. It is very painful watching those you love and care deeply for go through an addiction when you feel there is nothing more you can do. He was there to witness what Violet became. He has those memories that were crushing him.

He is a character who eventually became flawed by a decision that altered the lives of more than one.

Peiro! Man, I love him. He has a story...HINT!!

Harry! Bless your heart. You are a good sort.

This is a story about forgiveness and living with an addiction. Kirsty told it so well. She made me understand so much more deeply what it is like to be friends with an addict and have to stand by feeling so helpless, and what it felt like through Violet’s eyes to be that person. 

Through Violet’s inner monologuing I could see how low an addict is willing to go to get that hit they crave and how it slowly takes another little piece of their soul away, yet they will not hesitate to go to that degrading depth to get that hit. The hit will soothe that low moment ...until...

To survive an addiction takes strength. The will power to live with an addiction for the rest of your life is something only a recovering addict would truly understand.

A moving story about a love that would be tested in more ways than one and new beginnings...oh and let’s not forget a good man-bun.

Well done Miss KD J


Well. Done!

Michelle


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SONGBIRD FREED by LISA EDWARD - SONGBIRD # 3 - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - RELEASE DAY BOOK BLITZ


The 3rd and final book in the Songbird Trilogy by Lisa Edward is now LIVE!!!


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My name is Tara O’Connell, and I’ve always believed we control our own fate. That life is a journey with many roads, and the choices we make can shape our future.

Life has presented me with two paths and I’ve chosen one.

Was it right? Did I make the best decision?

After the uncertainty of the last twelve months, my destiny is now crystal-clear to me. I have a man I love more than words can express, a thriving business, and the best friends anyone could ask for. But just when I thought I could put the turmoil of my past behind me and move on, a life-changing phone call has rocked me to the core and turned my life upside-down once more.

To make matters worse, influences outside my control have taken hold and are shattering my perfect world.

But some things are worth fighting for.

Dreams can come true and I’ll do everything in my power to make them happen. But dreams can also be smashed into tiny pieces, and no matter how hard we fight or how hard we wish for something to be, sometimes with the hand we’ve been dealt, we can never win.




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Author Bio


While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and traveled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ALL BROKE DOWN by CORA CARMACK - RUSK UNIVERSITY # 2 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - HARPER COLLINS - RELEASE DAY LAUNCH


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ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

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About ALL BROKE DOWN:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with ALL LINED UP, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


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Excerpt: 


I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.






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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

BLOG TOUR - GIVEAWAY & REVIEW - ROWDY by JAY CROWNOVER - MARKED MEN # 5 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - WILLIAM MORROW BOOKS




By: Jay Crownover
Published By: William Morrow Books
Released : Available Now
Details: Digital copy for honest review, 416 Pages

RATING: 4.25 ROWDY STARS!!!

Blurb: Goodreads

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


I have been following Jay from the start. She really has been quite inspirational to me. She appeared on the scene without much pomp-a-do and she blew it out the water with Rule.

I am a fan.

I will read whatever she writes.

She is such a humble person and her crew are addictive to read.

Rowdy, is such a great guy. I have been waiting for his book and to see what he had downstairs even though a little birdie told me quite sometime ago what he was sporting. But head above the belt, I just wanted to meet him and see what made him tick.

Salem, makes him tick.

She is a great gal and we see behind the colorful personality. She has a lot to offer and she wants to offer it to Rowdy.

He’s been hurt and out to sow his wild oats.

Enter Salem.

Then enter Poppy.

Rowdy has his insecurities and hang ups which he must wade through.


"I don’t care about someone, attach myself to someone, when they’re just going to leave me in the end.” 

Salem has such an interesting choice of name, considering the occupation her father has. I can’t help thinking of Salem witch trials, yet in Arabic it means Peace and in Muslim it means, safe, secure, free, which really does sum her character up, once she stopped running and grounded herself. 

I loved seeing Rule and the crew popping up and am looking forward to some Asa and Royal. How interesting would these two be as a couple!!

Loved the new characters brought into the mix. Read and you shall meet them. One, me thinks is a bit of a wild child, the other, a nice connection. I am being cryptic.

Another awesome installment from Jay, which keeps me coming back for more...always.

I really liked this quote from Rowdy.

"I know it all feels less like something that’s going to be easy and a good time and more like something I have to work my way through. I also know feeling all that scares the living shit out of me."



I am looking forward to Asa’s story especially with what went on in this one.

Bring. It . On.




Michelle





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About Jay Crownover:



Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.




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SAVAGE STALKER by KATHLEEN KELLY - SAVAGE ANGELS MC # 1 - BOOK COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY - MC ROMANCE





Book: Savage Stalker (Savage Angels MC #1)


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SYNOPSIS


Katarina Saunders, Kat to the world, international rock star. Lead singer for The Grinders. Until she has an accident that ruins her career and sends her running into the mountains, away from everything and everyone.

Dane Reynolds, President of the Savage Angels MC. Fierce, strong and loyal. He's had his eye on Kat for a while now and had been waiting for her to come to him but he's had enough of waiting. He's decided it's time to make her his. But so has her Stalker, he's been waiting for far too long.......

Can Dane save Kat? Or will her Savage Stalker get to her first?






ABOUT KATHLEEN KELLY 


Kathleen Kelly was born in Penrith, NSW, Australia. When she
was four her family moved to Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Although born in NSW she considers herself a QUEENSLANDER!!

She married her childhood sweetheart and they live in Brisbane with their two furry kids. A British Short Hair called Grace and a
Burmese called Jack.

Kathleen enjoys writing contemporary, romance novels with a
little bit of erotica. She draws her inspiration from family, friends and the people around her. She can often be found in cafes writing and observing the locals.

If you have any questions about her novels or would like to ask Kathleen a question she can be contacted via e-mail: kathleenkellyauthor@gmail.com or she can be found on Facebook.



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