Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: LEAD ME NOT (Twisted Love #1) by A. Meredith Walters

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In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation…

Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.

In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.

As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…
 
I’ve been planning this review (in my head) for a few days. I went into Lead Me Not completely blind and once I started I couldn’t put it down!
Some books are emotional and those are the ones I love the most. Lead Me Not was highly emotional for me, as it hit close to home and it took me back to a time in my life I don’t often go back to.

Aubrey is going to school to be a counselor; a drug counselor, and we meet her when she is given her first assignment as a counseling group facilitator.
Aubrey didn’t choose this career path on a whim; there is a powerful reason in her past that made her want to do this. She wants to help others overcome their addiction. 

Maxx has a past of his own, and from page 1 we learn that he is fighting the demons of addiction.

Maxx’s life has not been easy the past few years, he found himself having to grow up in a hurry and care for his younger brother. 

Maxx is mysterious, and reveals only what he wants people to see. Aubrey is cautious but not cautious enough when she gets sucked into an underground club scene, Maxx was all too familiar with.


 The chemistry between them was immediate, overwhelming, hot and suffocating. 





While Aubrey is not yet a counselor this is what she aspires to be. The circumstances in which she meets Maxx, put her career at risk was she to get involved with him. But what can you do when your heart just won’t listen?
Will she risk her career and her life to be with Maxx?

Maxx has no intention of falling in love; there is little that matters more than his drugs. His drug addiction is, as he would call it, his first love.
His life revolves around that world; his nights are wild and lucrative, and always laced with that high he can’t let go of.
Not even his unique talent and passion for art have been motivation enough to give up the life of parties, sex and constant flow of drugs.


At first one thinks that he has it under control, the story almost turns you into that fool who believes drugs can stay in control. Maxx is in complete denial; he doesn’t see that the drugs own him. 



He loves Aubrey and is a different person when he is with her, but will loving her be enough to break up with his ultimate infatuation?
  The desperate and life altering love he feels for her may not be enough to replace the high.

Maxx’s struggles when he finds escape and refuge in a bottle of Oxy were some of the most heart wrenching chapters I’ve ever read.
It’s all just so vivid, the desperation for the drugs, the relief when they finally flow in his system and make him numb to everything else, and the aftermath of knowing that he could lose Aubrey. He could lose everything because of that tiny white pill.

Maxx’s chapters had me in tears more often than not and Aubrey’s position tore my heart in two. What do you do when you are in love with an addict? Do you leave them? Do you ignore it?  Do you try to help? What do you do when the person you love is going fast on a downward spiral? When is it enough?
What do you do when you see yourself stuck in this hole that seems to have no way out? When you are torn in between the love of a woman and the love for your addiction, and both have as strong of a pull.

Lead Me Not was unique when it comes to how it makes you feel about the characters and their lives. I never felt like I could pick a side because the situation they find themselves in is not an easy one. There is the secret nature of their relationship, Aubrey’s haunting past and Maxx’s addiction.
My heart was bleeding for both of them.

Sometimes even the most intense love is not enough. 

 
Highly addicting, unbelievably emotional and devastating, A. Meredith Walters will really tug at your heartstrings with this story. I highly recommend this book!

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Follow Me Back (Twisted Love #2) is out on June 2nd. Make sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR and to pre-order your copy!






The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and
Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well  as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working  at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children  with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories  continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of  her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching  reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

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If you, a friend, or family member is struggling with substance abuse, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Recognizing an addiction is the first step and getting help shows the strength that’s needed to overcome it.
National Substance Abuse Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP

Or visit : https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ to find a service provider or counseling group. 

Thanks to Gallery Books for the review copy! 




Release Day Giveaway: NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry's NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’sThunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible 
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 
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Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.   

    
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About Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.   

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: OMG Shakespeare! srsly Hamlet by Courtney Carbone and YOLO Juliet by Brett Wright

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Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, two of the greatest love stories ever told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had smartphones? Or Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and the tragic Ophelia. Classics is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!

 
 Two families at war.
A boy and a girl in love.
A secret marriage gone oh-so-wrong.




 



A kingdom on the brink of war.
A stolen throne.
A boy seeking revenge.













Loved Srsly Hamlet and YOLO Juliet.
I’m a Shakespeare fan myself, having gotten acquainted with his work early in life when I took some English Literature classes while in high school.
I was immediately intrigued when I was approached about reviewing these two titles. It looked like fun the second I read the format in which they are told.

Once they arrived in the mail I had to show everyone I could because they not only look great but they are hilarious.





Even if you are not familiar with The Bard’s work, there is no way you would get lost in these convos, well unless you don’t own a smart phone or have been living under a rock.
The books are divided in scenes, and they provide you with an emoji key to each character as well as an abbreviation and emoji glossary in the back, in case things like “tl;dr” don’t immediately make sense to you.

I consider myself well versed in acronyms and emoji texting but I got to confess I was stomped by some of them and I had no choice but to refer to the glossary or ask my 16 year old for that meaning.
Not only do the characters text each other in means of telling the story, but they write their thoughts down on their phone notepad, and check into places. I think the changes in relationship status were my favorite. 


One of the times I asked my son, it sparked his curiosity and asked me to borrow both books, as he was laughing with me just by reading a text here and there whenever I needed clarification.
 These books are a super clever idea, if you are not a Shakespeare fan these books may just peek your curiosity and have you read that first Shakespeare book. If you are already a fan I have no doubt it will have you LoLing throughout.
Or even if you want to introduce your children to the world of Shakespeare this is a fun way to start, further down the road when they pick up the real deal I think they will remember the funny quotes from these two.

Overall I very much enjoyed them and I would highly recommend!

Thanks to Random House for the review copies! 
You can order srlsy Hamlet here and YOLO Juliet here.
Keep an eye out for the next two titles coming Winter 2016


Blog Tour: Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: THE REARRANGED LIFE by Annika Sharma


Today we have an exclusive excerpt from THE REARRANGED LIFE by Annika Sharma! Make sure you scroll all the way to the end for an exclusive giveaway! 


The Rearranged Life Synopsis:

Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years. 
When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya's entire life changes. 
Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American. 
As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned. Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path. 
The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart
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A smirk crosses my face as I reread this morning’s texts. After countless drafts, I’d fired off the first volley to James, and his response had made me so glad I’d taken initiative. For someone who tries to take every opportunity, I sure did freak out over nothing.
Thanks again for last night. I had an amazing time, I’d sent.

-So did I. Next time, we need to find a place that’s open all night :)Who says there’s going to be a next time?


-Please. There will be.

Getting cocky, I see.

-Not cocky. Just confident, he corrects me, and using deductive reasoning.

Always the lawyer, counselor. You’re right on the money.

-I do my best, doc. I’m glad you want to see me again.

I was hoping to, tonight. Do you have plans?

-I do, now, with you.

“You look pretty,” he says as he walks up to me.
My jeans and tunic top suddenly feel like a ball gown. He kisses my forehead, and I can still feel the soft pressure there as we pay for our drinks.
Time freezes as the sky turns from periwinkle to deep blue to black. We walk toward the stadium with no destination in particular, talking about everything from why fall is my favorite season to the fact that he is a Penn State football fan, and used to go to all the games with the colors painted on his chest.
“My mom told me she wouldn’t pay for my funeral when I died of pneumonia,” he tells me with a chuckle. Sports are a difference in our interests. He thinks I’m funny for not being a fan of the big football program here, and I tell him he’s beginning to sound like Sophia, who moped for three days when she was unable to purchase student season tickets because they sold out in minutes. “Our senior year is going to suck!” Sophia had cried, clicking the refresh button on her browser like it would change the outcome.
“Soph, I’m pretty sure the success of our senior year isn’t dependent on whether we’re cheering on a football team,” I told her patiently, but she whined about it anyway. Before James and I know it, we’ve come full circle.
He proposes going to the arboretum so we cross the street toward the law school and soccer fields. Walking along Park Avenue is like balancing two worlds–cement dorms and all the classroom buildings on the left, and farms and greenery on the right. The arboretum glows in the distance, its neat pathways and plants lit up by the soccer field lights a block away.
James catches me watching him and gives me a shy, faint smile. His eyes travel down my arms, and his right hand slowly makes a move toward my left. I hold my breath, and the clouds of moisture I’ve been exhaling into the atmosphere dissipate as I wait for him. Every millimeter closing the gap between us is in slow motion, and the tingle in my nerves intensifies, reaching a peak where I want to scream just to break the anticipation. His fingers skim the inside of my forearm and leave a trail of sensation behind them. As his hand travels slowly down my wrist, mine responds. My fingers find his and twine with them. It takes all of two seconds, but feels like much longer.
The stars, twinkling in all their glory, brighten and align themselves in perfect concentric circles as if the universe is creating the perfect setting for an epic romance. Everything around us, from the breeze to the shifting grass, has a softly whispered undertone: This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Let it happen. The charge between our hands ignites and feels like it’s bursting out from within me. Or maybe that’s just my heartbeat. I have never felt such contentment or wonder. This is where I am meant to be.


Annika Sharman Bio:

Annika Sharma was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer, landing her agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group while daylighting as a preschool teacher. The Rearranged Life, her first novel, was written in the month before graduate school.
Annika, a Gryffindor and Scorpio, spends much of her time dreaming of adventure, working on her next book, going on Starbucks runs with family and friends, shopping online and watching superhero movies.
​The Rearranged Life is available now, published by Curiosity Quills Press.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Release Day Giveaway: BEHIND YOUR BACK by Chelsea M. Cameron

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Today we are celebrating the release of BACK TO BACK by Chelsea M. Cameron. This is the first book in the Back to Back series. The next book, BEHIND YOUR BACK, will be released on June 9th. Be sure to check out the contest below -- it includes 20 fabulous prize packs!

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BEHIND YOUR BACK Summary:

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To get to him, I need to use her. I’ll play her like a violin and have her falling in love with me before she even knows what’s happening. It will be easy. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. She’s just a girl. A tool to get what I want. When I’m done with her I won’t think twice about walking away. At least, that was what I thought. Until I met her. 


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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.  

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Release Day Giveaway: SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Probst

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Today we are celebrating the release of SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Probst. This is the 3rd book in the Searching For series and it is published by Gallery Books. Check out the teaser and giveaway below for a chance to win a necklace and signed book.

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SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL Synopsis:

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The highly anticipated third novel in the Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA Today), featuring a runaway bride and the man who wants to be more than just her best friend...

Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she’s an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin...and flings her right into her best friend’s arms. When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves. Can Genevieve and Wolfe’s friendship turn into something deeper—or is it already too late for true love?

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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Blog Tour: Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: ONLY FOREVER by Cristin Harber




Today we have an excerpt from the final installment of one of my favorite series this year, ONLY FOREVER by Cristin Harber! I love it so much!! 


About ONLY FOREVER
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The fourth and final installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.


There comes a time when Emma must face the secret she kept from Grayson. But she never thought it would be while she stood on stage at Emerald’s. The seconds she has to convey that her life is in danger are lost in the devastation that she sees rip through him.

She pinches her eyes closed. “Don’t leave me. No matter how mad you are, please, please don’t leave me here alone.”

But there’s more on the line than just Emma’s safety. There’s the danger that brought Titan’s Delta team in to the strip club in the first place. A threat that’s too close to home, too close to the family, the daughter and woman Grayson plans to claim.

I push away the sudden spring of fear. Life’s too unknown, with hidden enemies and unseen terrors. The idea that I could lose her again… it’s unbearable.

A love story like Grayson and Emma needs a forever love, and somehow they’ll find their way to her fairytale.


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If you need to catch up on the Only series, you can start with ONLY FOR HIM here!


Ryan’s voice is low. “God, man. I’m sorry.” He concentrates on me, and an earnest confidence crosses his face. “Families make mistakes. They walk away. They come back.” His eyes narrow. “And blood doesn’t make a family.”

As if those were the words I needed to hear, the weight of guilt recedes. Blood doesn’t make a family, and I’ve known that my whole life but never realized it. “Are we good?”

Ryan throws his hand out. “Yeah.”

That’s all that needs saying. We shake on it. “Alright then.”

He dips his head, nodding toward the open room where Jared and Brock are chatting with Emma. “You good to go back out?”

It’s my turn to nod. “Yeah, let’s do it.”

I take a deep breath and head down the hall. I’ve said it a dozen times—I hate strip clubs because they remind me of Pops—but right now, I want out of here for different reasons. I’m exhausted and more emotional than I’ll ever admit out loud. And I really fucking need Emma’s body against mine. She makes me sane. The simple fact is that I’m meant to survive with her by my side.








ABOUT CRISTIN HARBER Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller. 


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