Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Chance at Redemption by Samatha Harris

Chance at Redemption
Samatha Harris
(Madison Square #3)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Gwen Stevens had a privileged life until her father spoke three little words that turned her world upside down. “You’re cut off.”

Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn’t bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn’t stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.

Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world…

Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement—a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he’s trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.

Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren’t always right…

Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.

Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption…

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance--

Gwen has been cut off from her Daddy, told she has a total of $5000 left and she needs to become an adult. When all of her “friend” and hook-up fail to give her a job, she is desperate. Desperate enough to take a job as a waitress at a complete dive of a bar. When Liam’s waitress got injured he needed a replacement quick, but he had no idea that his big-hearted sister would hire a spoiled, high maintenance girl with no experience. Liam and Gwen instantly bat heads, and they both know Gwen does not fit in, but together they fight to make it work.

This is book 3 in the Madison Square series, with each book as a standalone romance story, but with characters from the previous books popping up here and there.

I loved Liam right from the start- strike that, I loved Liam from the last book in the series, Choosing Happy, where he was introduced (to me at least- he may have been in book 1 in the series, but I have not read it). He is this incredibly compassionate, no-nonsense guy who is not afraid of hard work to make his dreams come true. He was the person everyone leaned on because they knew how strong he was- both emotionally and physical. Annnd it doesn’t hurt that he is big, rugged and dreamy. So anyway, I was so excited to get a book about Liam and I had no idea who his love interest would be.

Enter Gwen, who from the start of this book was a completely entitled, spoiled, selfish hot mess. There was a ton of baggage surrounding her from the first book (based on what I read in this book- remember I have not read the first book) that was mentioned here, but it was not 100% important to this story. Can I just say that I really did not like Gwen? She was pretty much a terrible person, who used sex as a tool to get what she wanted. All her sexual encounters were just so freaking awkward- her encounters with Liam were enough to have her wanting him regardless of his other positive attributes, just saying. Anyway, I was not really sure how I was going to like this romance book when I could not stand one of the participants. It took at least half the story before Gwen started to be a person (not just a bitchy- bimbo Barbie) and then I really started to enjoy who she was growing up into. Sure she still had some cringe worthy moments where I wanted to shake her, but in general I liked her by the stories end.

There were two things I was a little miffed about this book. The first being how quick to judge and how harsh Liam was about a certain something that happened. He is this calm, rational guy who flew off the handle without talking about the situation. And sure, emotions can make you do crazy things, but I felt that his actions were very out of character. I mean even Gwen’s arch-enemy who hates her guts wanted to hear her out, but not the man who confessed his love. The second issue I had with the book was how abrupt the ending was! There was like 2 pages of them reconciling (spoiler- yes, this book has a HEA) and then the book ended. I wanted an epilogue or at least a little more interaction between the two before the ending (and this is probably a me problem that nobody else will have, but still, I like the endings). I just hope I get to see more of the two of them in books to come.

Overall this was a fast character driven romance with two people who ended up being basically meant for each other. I look forward to more from this author (and maybe a Madison/Sean Wedding??)

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.
Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Bluesmusic, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to HistoricalFiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Dark Illusions by D.D. Miers

Dark Illusions
D.D. Miers
(The Relic Keeper, #2)
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

A war is brewing in the unseen world…are you ready?

Book 2 in the captivating urban fantasy series filled with twists and gripped by a complicated, butterfly-inducing romance. Fans of Shannon Mayer, Ella Summers, Dannika Dark and Rebecca Hamilton will love this series!

Praise for Book One – Dark Summoner
“Mesmerizing. . .had me completely under its spell.”
“Danger, excitement, passion, and turmoil.”
“An exceptional story full of rich characters.”
“This story has one biting her nails and sitting on the edge of her seat while eagerly turning every single page.”

*** FIRST PLACE WINNER *** 2015 International Digital Awards – Paranormal Romance
***Nerdy Girl Book Reviews*** HOT READS FEATURE, RomCon Magazine August 2015 Edition

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Author Bio:

D.D. Miers is an ardent book lover, coffee enthusiast, and die-hard romance fan. When she's not writing, she can be found snuggling on the couch with a good book in hand, planning a Harry Potter themed party, or dancing very badly to music. She currently resides in beautiful Southern California with her wonderful husband, a crazy toddler, and the many different characters in her head.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Burn Before Reading by Sara Wolf

Book Blurb:



And a wolf meets his match.


A girl meets a wolf.


Beatrix Cruz - Bee for short - has exactly one goal; kick her dad's severe depression in the ass. She's got a foolproof plan;

1. Get into the elite high school Lakecrest Preparatory on a scholarship

2. Study like crazy

3. Graduate into NYU and become a shrink

Nothing can stand in her way - not even Lakecrest's rich, hot, and notorious Blackthorn brothers. Not Fitz Blackthorn, with his flirting and his elite computer hacking, not Burn Blackthorn, with his intimidating height and emotionless face, and certainly not sinfully handsome Wolf Blackthorn, who hands out 'red cards' to students who displease him, and expels the ones who keep doing it.

But when Bee stands up for a student, she pisses off Wolf, and he's suddenly itching to pull her scholarship from underneath her. To keep it, Bee strikes a deal with the devil - father Blackthorn himself; spy on Mr. Blackthorn's sons, become friends with them, and learn their secrets in exchange for staying at Lakecrest.

Betraying the Blackthorn brothers' trust is supposed to be easy.

Becoming friends with the Blackthorn boys makes it hard.

And falling in love with Wolf makes it impossible.


You know me, paper-and-pen. You know I absolutely despise people who have it easy. And the Blackthorns had it so easy. They were rich. They were gorgeous. And everyone liked them. They lived charmed lives.
Or so I thought at the time.
Anyway, it wasn't the fact everyone stared at them constantly and would stare at them for the rest of eternity until they left the room that pissed me off. It was the fact they never seemed to care about the attention.
There was Bernard, or Burn, for short. Taller than his brothers by at least a head, he was the oldest of three - a senior. His green eyes were always heavy-lidded, like he was perpetually on the verge of falling asleep, though he had the same dark, thick lashes as his brothers and high cheekbones. I knew he was on the Varsity basketball team, and was the whole reason Lakecrest went to states for four years. He didn't talk much, but he didn't need to. With his height and width, he was more than a little intimidating. Some people called him 'the bear', half-jokingly, half-terrified. Now that I think about it, he was definitely most of the reason people gave the Blackthorn brothers such a wide berth, physically speaking. 
The second brother was Fitzwilliam - Fitz, to everyone outside his family. Aside from the fact their mother was clearly on a big Victorian England trip when she named her sons, he was the most likable. And by 'likable' I mean he deigned to acknowledge people. Sometimes. If they were pretty enough for his tastes. He grinned more than the other two brothers. Once, he even winked at a girl, and the poor thing dropped her textbooks on her foot and she limped for a whole week straight with a dumbstruck smile on her face. The teachers and staff at Lakecrest were just as susceptible to his charms - he had a way with a smile and a compliment that got even Mr. Nomsky, the grizzled old English teacher, to soften up. Fitz was part of the computer science club, though I'd heard from the other members he never attended a single after-school meeting.
Fitz had wavy hair like golden lace, neatly slicked-back, and the same green eyes as Burn, but with a friendlier edge to them. He was the only one with freckles on his nose, and he wore his uniform like it was a casual toga - his tie-half loose and his jacket slung over his shoulders. He was the baby of the three, and it showed in the way he never took anything seriously. I had three classes with him, since he was a sophomore, too, and not once did I see him pick up his pencil or try to read the textbook. And strangely enough, the teachers never harped on him to do it, either. I chalked it up to the general unfairness of wealth until I saw his test results; nothing lower than 98% on every single test. And here I was, busting my ass from the time I got home from school till midnight just to make an 80% in one of the most strict, college-oriented curriculums in the country. Needless to say, I hated him. Still do, actually, but back then I hated him without knowing him.
And finally, we came to the grand emperor of all evil - Wolfgang himself. He didn't always walk in-between the other two, but he seemed to like to, as if they were his personal gargoyles instead of his brothers. Taller than Fitz, but a hair's shorter than Burn, Wolfgang - or Wolf for short, because of course there's always a 'for short' with them - walked like a sidewinder moves in sand; utter silence and perfect poise. I think that's what intimidated most people - that he looked like he could never be ruffled, or upset, or tilted off-balance, not even by a passing tornado. There was something unshakeable about the way he held his head, his broad shoulders. It scared people. Well, maybe it was also the fact it looked like he hated everything. Where his brothers' eyes were green, Wolf's were brown-green, hazel if you really wanna get all gushy and poetic with something like Satan's eye color. Regardless, Wolf's eyes burned. They burned with a deep poison I can only describe as utter contempt. His gaze was always sharp, and started to hurt a bit if you maintained eye contact with him for too long. It was a small mercy his hair was as dark a black and shaggy as it was - it got in his eyes a lot, and put a buffer between the world and his acid-fire. Unlike Fitz, he wore his uniform perfectly pressed, though he always kept several silver rings on different fingers, and it was no secret he played with them, turning them around his skin in idle moments, or even when he walked. The middle brother, Wolf was a junior, and the rumors were already swirling he was poised to go to an Ivy League. He was on the Varsity swimming team, and nothing else.
Burn was the quiet one, Fitz was the flirty one, and Wolf was the nasty one. Everyone knew that.
And as they approached Eric and I, I realized from Eric's stare and the way he started trembling harder that they were the ones who sent him the post-it. I grabbed it from his fingers and waved it as the Blackthorn brothers came close.
"So you're the ones who gave Eric this weird, ineffective paper stop-sign, huh?" I asked. Wolf spun a ring on his finger and pointed his volcanic glare at me.
"This doesn't involve you, scholarshipper. I suggest you keep your nose out of this." He snarled.
Burn, obviously used to Wolf's usual venom, closed his eyes and leaned on the lockers like he was taking a casual nap. Fitz turned to the hallway railing and watched the clouds go by, as if he was bored by it all. Scholarshipper. Of course he'd use the fact I'm the only one on scholarship to this school against me. Everyone else had mommies and daddies who could pay for such a prestigious place. I took a deep breath.
"And I suggest you go back to Hot Topic and give them their entire juvenile angst section you've clearly gobbled up and repurposed as a personality."
Burn cracked an eye open. Fitz turned his head over his shoulder, one eyebrow raised. Wolf narrowed his long-lashed eyes to slits. Eric probably peed himself.
"Who do you think you are?" Wolf asked. The way he said it, dark and low and serrated like a knife, made me realize for a split-second why Eric might've pissed his pants. Beneath all that rich-boy angst, Wolf had an anger in him, a genuine, awful fire. Burn might've been the brawn behind the Blackthorns, and Fitz the affability, but Wolf was the fear.
"I'm just a scholarshipper," I said brightly to counter his darkness. "Minding her own business."
"You clearly aren't," Fitz chimed in with sweet smile, voice like cool honey compared to Wolf's ragged one. "This is none of your business."
"You're right. One sec." I held up the post-it and ripped it in half, letting the paper flutter to the floor. I've always been one for dramatics. And for a fair fight. Eric versus all three of the Blackthorns wasn't fair by any definition in the solar system. I smiled at Fitz. "Now it's my business."

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

Bee has given up her old life and everything she loved, including her friends, music and books, to get a scholarship to a prestigious high school that will open doors for her future. Her goal is to study hard to become a psychologist so she can cure her dad from his debilitating depression. But there is a problem blocking her path- and his name is Wolf Blackthorn. When Wolf threatens to get her scholarship taken away, Bee is desperate to fight it. She makes a deal to spy on the Blackthorn brothers for their father- the man who controls her future. But Bee has no idea what she is about to be mixed up in.

I knew I had to read this book because a)I lurv the author, and b)the synopsis was too hard to pass. The story sounded fun and different, and I knew I was going to enjoy this story. Keep in mind, I just finished reading book 3 in Sara's Lovely Vicious series a few weeks ago, and that is one of my favorite series and the main character Isis is the best character that I have ever read. Those are pretty high expectations to live up to. So I wanted to read the book, but I was a teeny, tiny bit hesitant. Well, I was really happy with what I read. This was the perfect blend of emotional encounters, hard gut wrenching topics, great characters, some fun stolen moments and lasting relationships.

The best part of the book for me was the relationships between the characters. Sara is always able to create real characters, people that I can empathize with and care about, so I expected no less here, and I was not let down. But I was so happy with the dynamic between all the characters, each relationship so different and honest. I enjoyed reading the play between the brothers and how well they understood each other and were so perfectly accepting, as well as the support system they needed. But my hands down absolute favorite part was the friendship that Bee had with Burn and with Fitz. I loved Bee with both brothers. It was so great to see how platonic friendships between guys and girls can be used, with mutual levels of care with no romantic strings attached. Burn was her solid, caring friend, and Fitz was her playful needy friend. Gah, my heart ached (in a good way) at the bond that formed between Bee and the boys- they really were just what she needed.

So, we have reached my one issue with the book- the romance between Bee and Wolf. I really liked the dynamic between them when it came to the fighting and even the uneasy truce at times, but for no reason did I buy the romance aspect. It was awkward to me, and maybe I am just a jerk, but I wished they could have just been friends. I was totally fine with her helping him with his issues, and helping the brothers with their hang-ups overall, but I did not like them romantically. It felt like he was into her (attracted to her??) because she was "frumpy" (as everyone called her) and reminded him of his past love (which was terrible awful no good). The start of an unhealthy relationship you ask? Absolutely. So, yeah. I get he was soo attractive and all the girls wanted him, but he was pretty awful most of the time (and this is coming from the girl who loves herself some bad-guy with a secret heart of gold). I wanted him to be a better person and be able to heal with Bee's help, but not as Bee's love. Can I also mention the fact that Bee's mom is a huge jerkface? She pretty much ditched her overworked daughter to the stress of a sick father because she was selfish- wouldn't Bee have enjoyed a break too?

I enjoyed this book, as I have the previous 3 Sara Wolf books I have read. I am a huge fan-girl, and will gladly read whatever by this author that I can get my hands on. If you like emotional, quirky, character driven teen books, then she is your gal. You will not be disappointed.

I received this title in return for my honest review.


Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cover Reveal & Blurb: Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis

Today is the cover and blurb reveal for Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis!

Loving Kalvin (The Kennedy Boys #4) By Siobhan Davis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: upper Young Adult/ New Adult

Release Date: July 2017

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Book Blurb:

A second-chance romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with HEA and no cliffhanger.

Lana

I knew it would end in disaster, but I didn’t listen to reason. I didn’t care. Because I loved him so much.

Kalvin Kennedy ruled my heart.

Until he destroyed it.

Shattered it so completely that I became someone else. Someone I loathed. Someone who repeatedly lied to her loved ones.

So, I ran.

From him. From myself. Desperate to hide my new reality.

But I could only run so far.

When he reappears in my life, I’m terrified. Unbelievably scared of facing the consequences of my actions.

Never mind that I still love him and want him so badly—there’s too much at stake now.

How can I trust him with the biggest secret of all when he’s likely to rip my world apart again?

Kalvin

Lana was always far too good for me. Everyone knew it but her.

I tried to stay away, but I was weak.

And I hurt her.

Crushed her until she barely resembled herself. Forced her to follow a path she would never have willingly chosen.

And then she was gone.

And my world has never felt as empty, as lonely.

She begged me to stay away. Not to find her. To forget she ever existed.

But that’s like asking me to slice my heart in two and toss half aside.

I’ve never believed in fate, but when I rock up to the University of Florida, I’m ready to eat my words.

Because she’s here. Like I hoped she would be. And I’m determined to prove I deserve a second chance.

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You can find Loving Kalvin on Goodreads. You can pre-order Loving Kalvin exclusively on Amazon It will be available to read with Kindle Unlimited once released.

Previous books in this series

Finding KylerLosing KylerKeeping Kyler
The first three books have to be read in order. The books after that can be read as a standalone and have a HEA and no cliffhanger. The Kennedy Boys series is free to read in Kindle Unlimited and book one Finding Kyler is currently available for only 0.99$ on Amazon

About the Author:

Siobhan

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

- Website - Blog - Facebook - Twitter - Google + - Instagram - Goodreads - Amazon - Kennedy Boys Newsletter

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: Beast by Megan Crewe

Book Blurb:

"You think you have it all figured out, Max, but this isn't your game anymore."

Max Weston knows that life is a game: Turn on the charm, say what people want to hear, and whatever you want is yours for the taking. What do a few lies matter if everyone ends up happy? His best friend, Davey, can't look a cute girl in the eye and barely scrapes by in school, so yeah, Max hassles him sometimes. But he always has the guy's back—even when a strange beast attacks Davey in the woods.

As Davey heals, something awakens inside him. Something with razor-sharp teeth, vicious reflexes, and no patience for Max's ploys. Suddenly Davey is challenging Max, getting smarter, stronger, faster—and harder to control. Max plunges into a series of schemes to save his friend, but with each move he makes, Davey lashes back twice as hard. The monster inside him is calling the shots now, and the game it wants to play has deadly consequences for everyone Max loves.

If Max forfeits, he's giving up on his best friend. But winning might mean losing even more.

Teen Wolf meets Pretty Little Liars in this edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller.

My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Supernatural, Teen--

Everything is great in Max's world- a loyal best friend, an attentive girl friend, and an adoring sister, as well as popularity at school and pretty much everything goes his way. One night during a party, Max's best friend Davey is attacked by a wild animal- Max is almost certain it looked like a half man beast, but he figures it must be the drugs talking. But when Davey's serious wounds start healing almost instantly and he starts acting strange, Max knows something is off. And he is willing to do anything to save his friend- even if it is from himself.

I liked the concept for this story. When I first read the synopsis, I was instantly interested in reading this book. I love anything mystery/supernatural, add in the hint of werewolf (which just so happens to be my favorite kind of paranormal creature) and I knew that I was going to read this story. A little later on and the cover was revealed and I loved it, and yes, I am a cover snob, but don't judge, it's just so pretty! Anyway, I was super excited to get my hands on this story. This a perfect blend of mystery and paranormal, with some horror moments thrown in for flavor. I had no idea how the story would end, and I never could have predicted the ending. What a twist.

When I finally read the book, I was surprised by the complexity of the characters, mainly Max and Davey. Max is the narrator and I think the best way to describe his is as the "antihero". He is so focused on his end result, that he can't really see the harm he is causing on the way. He at first appeared like the perfect guy, the best friend, boyfriend and brother, but then he actually does shady things like make out with a trusting girl to make her compliant to his plans and sabotaging his sister for her own good. He was so complicated. I wanted to like him, and I surprisingly did, but I felt conflicted about him and what he thought was right. I wanted to root for him, but at the same time I didn't really know him.

And then we have Davey. Davey was a quiet, shy pushover who was a constant shadow to Max's glory. I makes sense that when the changes started to occur, there was a part of him (a large part it seems) that refused to rollover to Max and revert to the person he previously was. I could empathize with that, why go back to that person? But on the other hand, there is the whole murderous rampage thing. The dynamic between the two was complicated to say the least.

I received this title in return for my honest review.