Monday, February 8, 2016

Fate Series Read-A-Long: BREAKING BRANDON by Elizabeth Reyes

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What happened in chapters 1 - chapter 6?:

Breaking Brandon begins in the past. He’s home on leave from the Marines because his dad is dying. He had a thing with a girl named Sofie and her brothers warned him to stay away from her, accused him of taking advantage of her, but he loves her and can’t do that. He tries to talk to her, but he’s wasted and her brothers beat him up. He runs into her in the pharmacy a few days later, and tells her that he loves her, and then leaves. He’s done with it all.

After his dad dies, he packs up their house with his mom to move across the country to where he’s stationed in Georgia, but there’s an accident on the road and he loses his mom, too. Brandon shuts down emotionally afterwards - he doesn’t take any leave time and enters DI school straight away.
When we’re introduced to Regina in the past, we see she’s not having an easy time of anything either. She’s suicidal and alone, trying to kill herself, but is interrupted by a neighbor who saves her life.

In the present day, Regina and Brandon first meet in the airport. He’s disgusted by her snobby princess attitude and everything she reminds him of. They’re both moving to San Diego, and it’s not until a few days later that he sees her on base that he realizes she’ll be working there as well, as an engineer specialist.

Regina is trying to recover from something that happened in her past and had been seeing a therapist to help her with her baggage. Still, one night she’s triggered by a song, and she’s crying and a mess when she runs into Brandon, but he’s rude and disinterested in her.

Or at least he appears to be. When she confronts him about why he’s so rude to her, he feigns hate, but it’s just a defense for the unexplained attraction he feels toward her.

Favourite Quote:

He finally understood what his father had meant all those years. That kind of emotion - the kind he felt was suffocating his heart at that moment - was sacred. It was something that should remain deep inside. No one had a right to know you were feeling it but yourself. Showing it was a sign of weakness. That’s exactly how he felt at that moment, like the weakest most pathetic idiot on the planet. At that moment, he vowed he’d never let anyone - no matter what - witness this side of him again.

Discussion Questions:

  • Have you ever been able to just come right out and tell someone you loved them like Brandon did with Sofie in the past?
  • Why do you think Brandon is so detached from the people around him?

BreakingBrandon

He ruled out attachments years ago. Then one day he crosses paths with a beautiful but pampered daddy's little princess. History has taught him one thing about women like her—steer clear.

She was starting over. She moved back to her home town, took a new job assignment, and left her past behind. For the first time in over eighteen months, she's even intrigued by a man—a sexy but cold and indifferent drill sergeant. Despite feeling drawn to him, she has no time to figure out his inexplicable aversion to her.

Then Fate steps in one night, forcing them together. There's a connection neither can refute, and they both consider giving into the undeniable attraction. 

Fate however can also be cruel. Just when they surrender to their heart's desires, past demons resurface in the most unexpected way, threatening the happiness neither realized they so desperately needed.

New Adult Contemporary - *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.


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Award winning, USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published seven more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO, MAKING YOU MINE, and TANGLED with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, BREAKING BRANDON, SUSPICIOUS MINDS and AGAIN (Sydney's story). Her debut traditionally published title is DESERT HEAT and her latest release is her first ever three part romance serial DEFINING LOVE.

When she's not writing (which is rare) she spends as much time as she can with her husband of almost twenty-one years, two young adult children, her Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat named Tyson.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review + Giveaway: TAP by Georgia Cates

Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: TAP is book 1 in a new series by Georgia Cates


From New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Beauty Series comes The Lovibond Collection––a series of stand alone novels. 

Craft beer and the sexy men who brew it. Both, always a good idea. 

A faceless name. That’s all she was when I agreed to play a part in deceiving her. But then the unplanned happened. 

We met. And all I wanted from her was a dirty weekend . . . until that wasn’t enough and I longed for so much more. 

Lawrence Thorn suddenly means the world to me. And that’s a problem. She’s my business partner’s sister. Forbidden fruit. Pursuing her can mean trouble for me at Lovibond Brewery. But I don’t care. 

I yearn for her skin against mine. 
I crave her smell on my body. 
I want to make her laugh and then hear her moan my name. 
And she does for a brief moment in time. 

But Lawrence wants more than I’m able to give. And it’s a damn shame because there’s no one on earth I want more than her. 

An epic love. 
A miserable ending. 
Unless it’s not. 

TAP is the first book in a collection of Lovibond stand alone novels. 
Each novel will feature a different couple. 
No cliffhangers.


I was given a copy of TAP by Georgia Cates to share on my #bookstagram account (along with an extra signed copy and swag to giveaway. YAY! More info at the bottom of this post). The premise of Georgia Cates new Lovibond series really intrigued me. I’ve read books about athletes, musicians, artists, cops, soldiers, depression, college students and more. But I’ve never read a book about a group of beer brewers! I’ve also haven’t read too many books where the lead male has a beard, is that weird? I mean I know a lot of people love a bearded hottie. I just haven’t come across one (in a book) … YET.

Lucas and Lawrence were both such normal everyday people. They had normal lives and I was able to relate to both of them right away. Lawrence is a fierce and independent woman; some even call her a hippie. To me she just seemed very down to earth and at a place I hope to be one day. Content with who she is and how she lives her life. Lucas is a businessman who stumbled across two college buddies that were looking for someone to back their craft beer brewing adventure. Because of the connection through Stout Thorne, Lawrence's brother, their paths cross in a very unconventional manner. 

Events that happen in the very first chapter of TAP leave Lucas in charge of daily communication via texts with Lawrence, the sister of one of his business partners. What could go wrong? She won’t find out that her brother is MIA as long as he keeps up the ruse. Lucas is strong, masculine and full of passion. He doesn’t commit but Lawrence isn’t looking for a relationship when she comes to town. They immediately feel drawn to each other, but both know it isn’t a good idea. If things go wrong, they could go very wrong for them and the business. But can they stop the attraction they both feel?

We learn that both Lucas and Lawrence have tortured pasts that have kept them from making a lasting relationship with anyone. Since a relationship between the two of them can bring nothing but trouble this is probably for the best anyways. Or is it? Could these two broken souls mend each other? This was my first book by Georgia Cates and I found it fast paced, with enough mystery, romance and intrigue to keep me turning page after page. If you enjoy a good romance I recommend you pick this one up. I can't wait to read Stout and Porter's stories!



Click the link below for a chance to win everything pictured*! (see details on how to enter on my Instagram page
*beer and pint glass not included

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet. 

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Exclusive Excerpt: SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow

Will Campbell, Ruby Riot bassist, is back at university and failing badly at everything apart from partying.

With Ruby Riot on a break, Will returns to university to finish his degree. He needs major help if he wants to pass his final year and attempts to join a not-very-rock star study group. Will is horrified to discover the person organising the group is Fleur Roberts, the girl he’s secretly crushed on for two years and who recently threatened him with a restraining order.

Fleur’s rock stars are history academics. She has no interest in any variety of pierced, tattooed slacker, especially not the jackass rock star who humiliated her at a party. There’s no way in Hell that Will Campbell is joining her group.

Faced with losing the easiest way to fix his academic problems, Will has the perfect solution: pretend he’s his twin, Nate. Will and Nate have swapped identities before so nothing can go wrong. Surely.

Fleur is successful academically, but her love life is a failure. Following a number of disastrous dates, she finds herself falling in love with a guy who is lying to her. But Will’s deceit isn’t the only thing about to shatter her world. When another man Fleur trusted betrays her, and she attempts to retaliate, Fleur discovers how dangerous he is. And when Will becomes involved, the repercussions threaten both of their futures.

Shuffle is the second standalone book in the Ruby Riot series and can be read separately to the first book.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cover Reveal: TALON by Sybil Bartel


Talon
Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising Series, #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Talon
I surf.
I fuck.
I pretend to smile.

Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything else to lose.
I was wrong.
The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.
I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.
Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.
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Author Bio:
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about me.
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Blog Tour Review: HE WILL BE MY RUIN by KA Tucker


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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for K.A. Tucker’s HE WILL BE MY RUIN! HE WILL BE MY RUIN is a K.A. Tucker's first suspense novel, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, and is set to be released February 2, 2016!

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A woman who almost had it all . . .
On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?
A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .
Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.
Until he became her ruin.
On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.


 If I could give this book more than 5 stars I absolutely would! I've been a fan of KA's work for quite
some time now but He Will Be My Ruin was a total game changer for me.
KA's first suspense novel did not disappoint.
I went into this book completely blind, made plot assumptions based on the cover alone and once I started reading my mind was blown.
This book takes you in some many different directions as you go along.
Maggie and Celine had been friends since they were little kids, they were both from very different upbringings and their lives couldn't have been any more different even as they grew up. Maggie had a privileged life while Celine's was in some ways a struggle.
Nonetheless despite their different paths, Maggie and Celine stayed closed and continued their friendship through adulthood.
Maggie goes to New York after she gets the devastating news that her friend and sister in so many ways has committed suicide. When she arrives in the city Maggie heads to Celine's apartment to start taking care of any lingering business and pack up her friend's things though while in the middle of packing she finds a picture clearly hidden, that raises too many questions for Maggie's comfort. The police have concluded that Celine's a clear case of suicide and didn't give it any more thought. Maggie thinks there is more to this than meets the eye.
The police won't listen to her though, the detective in charge of Celine's case, tells her time and time again that it's pretty common for family and friends to feel it couldn't have been suicide, that there had to be foul play, because it's often hard to come to terms with their loved one taking their own life.
In this case though things are different and there is something that seriously doesn't add up and Maggie sets out to figure out what it is and who this mysterious guy in the photograph Celine had hidden is, but most importantly to find out how he fits into all this.
While trying to find out more about Celine and her life in NYC she meets a couple of her neighbors, a really friendly, though super nosy, old lady who lives across the hall and a friendly, young and handsome Super who also lives in the building.
Maggie will soon find out that while she's always known Celine to be into antiques and the research of them, she had no idea what else Celine was involved in, and upon finding out what Celine had been doing the last few months of her life Maggie starts questioning how well she really knew her best friend after all.
Maggie is not detective though, she is a humanitarian who's been living in third world countries working to bring the people there a better quality of life. When the police refuse to look at Celine's case she enlists the help of a PI. Not only will this search for clues and answers be challenging it will also be dangerous, as it will put her in the murderer's path.
But how to avoid the murderer when you do not know who it is?
There were points where I thought I had everything figured out and then BAM! KA throws a  monkey wrench into the mix and you are back to square one.
You will without a doubt suspect everyone, at one point I was wondering if maybe I had killed Celine myself ha!
He Will Be My Ruin will keep you at the edge of your seat from page one to the very very end.
One of the best suspense novels I had ever read, it will keep your heart pounding and your adrenaline coursing!
An absolute must read that will leave you thinking about it long after you're done. Incredible suspense debut for KA Tucker, and I sure hope she brings us some more!

 

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K.A. Tucker’s HE WILL BE MY RUIN – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
January 25th
Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt
Bookaholics Reading Haven – Review & Excerpt
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt
Lost in Literature – Review & Excerpt
Myriad Inklings – Review & Excerpt
TSK TSK What to Read – Review & Excerpt
January 26th
thebookdragon – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hookup – Review & Excerpt
Reading Addict – Review & Excerpt
No BS Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Latte Nights Reviews – Review & Excerpt
January 27th
Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt
Ficwishes – Review & Excerpt
Reviews by Tammy and Kim – Review & Excerpt
Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Review Loft – Review & Excerpt
Three Girls and a Book Obsession – Review & Excerpt
January 28th
Reading is Sexy – Review & Excerpt
Novel Ink – Review & Excerpt
Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt
Desert Divas Book Addiction – Review & Excerpt
Curled Up and Cozy – Review & Excerpt
Obsessive Book Nerd – Review & Excerpt
January 29th
All Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Grownupfangirl – Review & Excerpt
Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt
Typical Distractions – Review & Excerpt
Up All Night Book Addict – Review & Excerpt
January 30th
Art, Books, & Coffee – Review & Excerpt
Book Baristas – Review & Excerpt
Girl Plus Books – Review & Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher – Review & Excerpt
Stormy Nights Reviewing &Bloggin' – Review & Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt
January 31st
Vera is Reading – Review & Excerpt
A Bookish Escape – Review & Excerpt
Her Book Thoughts – Review & Excerpt
Naughty and Nice Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
PBC – Review & Excerpt
MysteriesEtc – Review & Excerpt
February 1st
Rock Hard Romance – Review & Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Review & Excerpt
Four Brits and a Book – Review & Excerpt
Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Date – Review & Excerpt
February 2nd
Oh The Book Feels – Excerpt
Books to Breathe – Excerpt
Vi3tbabe – Review & Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt
Mean Girls Luv Books – Review & Excerpt
Literati Literature Lovers – Review & Excerpt
February 3rd
I Read Indie – Review & Excerpt
2 girls who love books – Review & Excerpt
BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Book Bellas – Review & Excerpt
Sanaa's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Brandie is a Book Junkie – Review & Excerpt
Got More Books – Review & Excerpt
February 4th
Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
Author Groupies – Review & Excerpt
Books I Think You Should Read – Review & Excerpt
Bridger Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Collector of book boyfriends – Review & Excerpt
The Book Avenue – Review & Excerpt
Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads – Review & Excerpt
Book Babes Unite – Review & Excerpt
February 5th
The Book Hoarders – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Itching for Books – Review & Excerpt
Liezel's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Have Book Will Read – Review & Excerpt
Our Kindle Konfessions – Review & Excerpt
In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt
LuLo Fangirl – Review & Excerpt
Nose Stuck In A Book – Review & Excerpt


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 Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.        
  

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES by A.L. Jackson

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for AL Jackson's upcoming WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES releasing March 22, 2016. We can't wait for you to fall into this sexy emotional novel!



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Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape. For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door. He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves. Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King. The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite. But is it worth the cost of getting burned? She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream… WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel   




Thursday, January 28, 2016

Release Day Launch: SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow

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Today we are celebrating the release of SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow! This is the second standalone title in the Ruby Riot series, which is a spin-off from Lisa's Blue Phoenix books. Be sure to enter to win the giveaway below!

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Will Campbell, Ruby Riot bassist, is back at university and failing badly at everything apart from partying.

With Ruby Riot on a break, Will returns to university to finish his degree. He needs major help if he wants to pass his final year and attempts to join a not-very-rock star study group. Will is horrified to discover the person organising the group is Fleur Roberts, the girl he’s secretly crushed on for two years and who recently threatened him with a restraining order.

Fleur’s rock stars are history academics. She has no interest in any variety of pierced, tattooed slacker, especially not the jackass rock star who humiliated her at a party. There’s no way in Hell that Will Campbell is joining her group.

Faced with losing the easiest way to fix his academic problems, Will has the perfect solution: pretend he’s his twin, Nate. Will and Nate have swapped identities before so nothing can go wrong. Surely.

Fleur is successful academically, but her love life is a failure. Following a number of disastrous dates, she finds herself falling in love with a guy who is lying to her. But Will’s deceit isn’t the only thing about to shatter her world. When another man Fleur trusted betrays her, and she attempts to retaliate, Fleur discovers how dangerous he is. And when Will becomes involved, the repercussions threaten both of their futures.

Shuffle is the second standalone book in the Ruby Riot series and can be read separately to the first book.

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