Jul 23, 2014

Blog Tour - More Than Forever by Jay McLean


More Than ForeverTitle: More Than Forever (More Series Book 4)
Author: Jay McLean
Published: July 12, 2014
Source: ARC provided for honest review

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Synopsis:
-LUCY-
There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured.
A heart so strong it will never slow.
There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn't enough.

-CAMERON-
Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time.
No sounds of the ticking of a clock.
Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever.

But our forever isn't always


I look at my life differently now. It is no longer one solid life. It is split up into the BEFORE and the AFTER. When a book is written in such pure form and it changes things, it changes everything about you, you can no longer continue living the life you were before. So now there is BEFORE MTF and AFTER MTF.

I love when a story takes you on a journey. A journey of loss, pain, healing, finding love, doubting yourself and your passion, realizing that life isn't perfect and it won't always be easy. It' real and raw and emotional. It is Jay McLean magic at its finest. I don't think a book can get more perfect than More Than Forever. 

This book was supposed to be about love that will continue on into the FOREVER. But that shit is for the fairy tales. This book, gawd, this book was  a roller coaster full of ups and downs. I cried so hard I wanted to vomit. I felt emotion, every ounce of pain. I laid in bed, crying my eyes out, into the early hours of the morning. I couldn't stop, even though the pain was so unbearable at times, I couldn't STOP

There was laughter, there was perma smiles, there was WTF why would you do that? Why would HE do that? Why would SHE do that? I just couldn't understand how a love like theirs, a pure unconditional, knock you off your socks kind of love, has to be tested? 

Their love started off as young love and what young love lasts? LUCA love last. IT HAS TOO. If their love can't survive the test of time, then what love can? 

It's not just a story or words on paper. The words become wrapped around your heart, your soul and your very being. They course through your veins and become the reason you breath. That is the only way to really read this book. You have to become one with it, you have to live it and then, only then will you really under stand what MAGIC is. 

Like every other Jay McLean book, we have get the most amazing side characters. She brings back the old ones that we fell in love with, we get the most amazing parents (one day, hopefully, we will get books about them. I really want a Marky Mark book) and we get more of Lucy's brothers. All of these characters make the book, SO MUCH MORE. They add to the store, they bring it to life right along with Cam and Lucy. That is what good writing is. 

This is WITH-OUT A DOUBT, THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN BY JAY McLEAN

If the writing world gave OSCARS to characters in a book, CAM and LUCY would be the WINNERS!!!!!

Jay McLean you have gone above and beyond the writing world and I am not worthy of your brilliance. You have brought me to my knees and I can't seem to get my ass off the ground. 

From start to fucking finish this book grabbed me by my invisible balls and might still have a hold of them. 

Be prepared to have a case of explosives strapped to your chest, because YOU ARE GOING TO BE BLOWN THE FUCK AWAY



Jul 22, 2014

Review ~ Mr. X by Clarissa Wild

Cover_MrXMr. X by Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: July 21, 2014
Source: Copy provided for honest review



 *Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.*

He’s come to kill me. I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In the darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room. Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood. I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X; the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart? 

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath depravation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence, which may be considered triggers. 






Dark romances seem to be all the rage right now.  I'll admit, they draw me in quite often.  There is something that intrigues me about damaged characters. Not just a little damaged...a lot damaged.  X is that. However, it wasn't enough.

Jay is a drug addicted, stripper/ some-what hooker, who has a failed memory of her past and a price on her head. X is the one who is to cash in that price, but doesn't.  He decides he has other plans. Depraved plans, cruel plans.  His motives go back years, tangled in a past that Jay only remembers glimpses of.  But X remembers it all.

Jay did absolutely nothing for me. I wanted to root for her, to get behind a girl placed in a horrible situation that she bravely steels herself to survive.  Unfortunately, I didn't find her voice strong enough. I never quite believed her point of view.  She played thoughts in her head over and over but never really came to any convincing conclusions on them.  She tried at times and I thought we were getting somewhere but then she would revert back to this mindless thing that I just couldn't care enough about.

X was a more convincing character but I found his motives shallow. That confused me immensely because he's a very strong willed and potent character.  So, to see him want to ruin someone over some immature logic felt strange and sad.  He had reason to be pissed but his anger was misdirected.  He's an interesting dude, for sure.  I would love to see more of him. The epilogue leaves much to the imagination so maybe this is something that will come to light in the future.

Here is what I did like...  It's gritty. It's dirty. And, yes, I am talking about the sex.  It's not nice. Not remotely.  It's angry sex. But, hey...I like that kind of thing on occasion.

The cover is amazing. One of my favorites this year.

Here is the thing with this kind of dark romance.... I think a lot of us, readers and writers alike, are chasing that "thing".  That something special that has happened with a couple of dark reads.  Some get pretty close, but there is a finesse to it.  With questionable consent and violent sex, you walk a fine, fine line.  One thing that I think Wild got right, was X's view on Jay's consent and I'm thankful for that.  There is still some depravity there on his end and strawberries will never taste quite as sweet to me because of it; but it was still a delicate balance that he weighed well.

That leaves me somewhere in the middle of loving and loathing this book.  I didn't dislike it but didn't really like it either.  I think there are a multitude of readers who will like it quite a lot. It just wasn't working for me as much as I hoped it would.  I don't regret reading it and am thankful for the opportunity, and as I said, hope to see more of X in the future.  Just hoping it will be with a little more of that "thing".

As always...don't just take my word for it! Check out the other reviews and scroll down for a giveaway. 

Jul 21, 2014

New Release / Giveaway ~ Mr. X by Clarissa Wild


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Mr. X
Publication Date: July 21, 2014

Cover_MrX
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 *Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.*

He’s come to kill me. I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In the darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room. Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood. I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X; the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart? 

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath depravation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence, which may be considered triggers.  




 Clarissa Wild is the Amazon Bestselling Romance author of FIERCE, a top 200 and top 15 New Adult Romance novel. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals. Want to get an email when Clarissa's next book is released? Sign up here to receive a FREE short story: http://eepurl.com/FdY71 


Jul 20, 2014

Release Day Review - Three Years by Lili St Germain


Three Years (Gypsy Brothers, #5)
Title: Three Years (Gypsy Brothers)
Author: Lili St Germain
Published: July 20, 2014
Source: ARC Provide for honest review
Synopsis
**Please note this book is a dark romance and deals with serious themes.*
Every day for six years, I used to pray that I would find my way back to the boy I loved.
Until finally, one day, I did.
But that’s the funny thing about life. Nothing good ever lasts, not for me, anyway. You think you’re the one with the power, at least I did, but then I got careless. One tiny mistake, and now I am powerless to stop what comes next.
People think money equals power, but all the money in my bank account, the dirty notes laundered clean that my father left for me, are useless.
Money does not equal power. Power is held by the one with the knife in his hand, tracing shallow cuts into your skin.
Power is held by the one who owns you.
I had power once.
Now, I have nothin


Let me set the scene for you. Go grab yourself a glass of wine, maybe a whole bottle, because I want to make sure you experience this review.

ARE YOU READY?????

You sure?? Because once you read this, once you are done, there is no going back.

OK. Here we go.

Envision Me in your head. (but make me super skinny and a babe, cause you know that's how I look in my head. And don't go all getting sexy with me, leave that shit for your dreams)

Sitting in my chair. (wait, I think I was in my bed, but again, that shit is only in your dreams)

Starring at my kindle. (well my tablet, but you get the idea)

Mouth hung open. (don't go shoving shit in there ether, just let me sit here in shock, OK?)

Mind, completely and utterly FUCKED!!!

The past 4 books have been amazing and then you get to the end and the ending completely warps your brain. It leaves you so messed up that you are dying for the next book. Lili is the QUEEN of CLIFFHANGERS. She knows how to write an ending that will leave you literally hanging off a cliff. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is just jump off, because the wait for the next book will kill you anyways.

But this book, THREE FUCKING YEARS, it's a complete MIND FUCK from start to finish.

NO JOKE.

TRUE STORY.

I wouldn't lie about getting FUCKED. Even if it's only my MIND.

I became so wrapped up in this book, everything that happened to Julz, it happened to me. I felt the pain, I felt every ounce of desperation and I was scared out of my mind. I cried, I FUCKING CRIED because the writing was so real, the scenes were so fucking real, I couldn't hold the tears in. I had to let them out.

I was confused. I was shocked. I was downright pissed the FUCK off. I couldn't believe what went down and how Julz even survived it.

I really liked Samantha in the first few books. I had such mad respect for Juliette after hearing her story. But after this book, the only thing that I can say about Julz, she the one of the strongest and bravest leading ladies in a book. I can't even fathom being able to stay as strong as Julz did. I AM IN AWE OF HER. 

As with any Gypsy Brothers book, I can't say too much about the book. Because these books are experiences and there is no way you are looking for a spoiler. I mean, would you want someone to spoil your favorite episode of a T.V. show? and this is coming from the QUEEN of wanting spoilers.

Once again Lili St Germain has captivate me with her words, gutted me and left my heart forever shattered in her hands. I have so many unanswered questions and I can't wait for the next book. Write like I have a gun pointed at your head, Lili, cause I can totally arrange that.



Jul 17, 2014

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Review~ This Summer by Katlyn Duncan


 
Publication Date: July 9, 2014
Copy provided for Honest Review

Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...

This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?




Ok, I will admit I am a sucker for book covers with shoes. I have my own obsession with photographing shoes so whenever I see a book cover like this I get really excited. Plus the boy is wearing chucks. SOLD.

This is the story of Hadley and Will. Childhood best friends/next door neighbors who end up falling for each other. Our story starts up two years after Will abruptly moves to Texas leaving Hadley devastated. During the two years that Will has been gone Hadley has recovered somewhat from losing Will but she hasn’t really gotten over it. Trying to move on Hadley spent her days surrounded by her best friend Lily and even had a serious boyfriend, Carter her senior year.

Hadley’s father runs a camp where all the kids in town work at. This includes Carter, who she broke up with right after graduation. Hadley and Lily convince each other as their last summer working at the camp they will enjoy the freedom of being single and open to whatever happens. To Hadley’s surprise Will shows back up agreeing to work at the camp for the summer while he fixes up his vacant house to sell.  It is obvious that they both still have feelings for each other. They fall back into a friendship that is not without its challenges. What Hadley doesn’t know is the reason Will left. We learn that after Will’s mom cheated on his father and left the family he turned to alcohol and became abusive to Will. A secret that Will has kept from everyone except his family and Hadley’s dad. Will left to go live in Texas with his aunt and his father has spent the majority of the two years in rehab. Over time the truth comes out and we see both characters dealing with their share of issues. With summer coming to an end Hadley and Will must make some life-changing decisions.

I started this book looking for an easy, entertaining read. This book surprised me. I got that and more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

atlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

 

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

 
 
 
 
 


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Tour Schedule



Week One

 

July 14thFire and Ice – Guest Post

July 14thSpiced Latte Reads – Review

July 15thRamblings From This Chick – Review

July 15thThe Cover Contessa – Interview

July 16thBook Briefs – Review

July 16thSwoony Boys Podcast – Interview

July 17thFalling for YA – Guest Post

July 17thGinger-Read Reviews – Review

July 18thA Book and a Latte – Interview

July 18thMary Had a Little Book Blog – Review

 

Week Two

 

July 21stSeeing Night Reviews – Review

July 21stTicket to Anywhere – Guest Post

July 21stA Bottomless Book Bag - Review

July 22ndLibrary of a Book Witch – Review

July 22ndSimplistic Reviews – Guest Post

July 23rdTeen Readers’ Diary – Interview

July 23rdRampant Readers – Review

July 24thOnce Upon a Twilight – Review

July 24thFiction Dreams - Interview

July 25thBurning Impossibly Bright – Guest Post

July 25thFiktshun – Guest Post + Review

 
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Jul 14, 2014

Release Day Blitz ~ Hot Blooded by Kendall Grey

 
Title ~ Hot-Blooded
(The ‘Ohana Series book 1)
                Author ~ Kendall Grey
   Publish Date ~ July 14, 2014

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
‘Ohana is everything...
When an accident claims her mother’s life, Keahilani Alana must take charge of her `ohana (family) or risk losing what little they have. With an underage brother to care for and no education, she has few options.

The door to a heavenly hellish opportunity opens when she stumbles upon a valuable secret her mother left behind on the slopes of an extinct volcano—a legacy that tempts the family with riches beyond their wildest dreams. But the secret is much bigger and more sinister than they realize. As reality unravels and exposes eerie truths about the ‘ohana that should have remained deep under the mountain, Keahilani must either resist the
call of her blood or risk being consumed by its darkness.
 
Blake Murphy is an assassin working to infiltrate a new Hawaiian cartel. His investigation reveals that Keahilani, the sexy surfing instructor he pegged as an informant, is much closer to the drug ring than he thought. Passion ignites between them in the bedroom, but their ironclad ties to opposing interests pit them against each other everywhere else. When tensions reach the breaking point and her ‘ohana is threatened, the only cure for
Keahilani’s hot-blooded fury is a loaded clip with a body bag chaser.
They don’t call her Pele for nothing

WARNING: HOT-BLOODED does NOT end with a happily ever after. 
It contains drug use and graphic sex, language, and violence. The story is intended to entertain, not to condone or glorify illegal or immoral activities. This book is unsuitable for sensitive readers and those under the age of 18.
*Written in 3rd person with multiple POVs.
 
1.HOT-BLOODED is a cross between Point Break,The Sopranos, an Twin Peaks. So, if you like surfing, gangster-style grit witha side of psychological suspense, this one might be right up your alley. 

2.HOT-BLOODED’s heroine, Keahilani Alana, is a Hawaiian surfer chick with skeletons (and some other dark, bump-in -the-night baddies) in her closet. She’s strong-willed, independent,and more than willing to use force to get her point across. 

3.The tagline for HOT-BLOODED is “‘Ohana is everything,” and boy is it EVER! ‘Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian, and this book explores the nature of family—good, bad, and deadly—on many levels. 

4. It’s set on the lush island of Maui where every color of the rainbow rules—and where terrifying shadows exist in places you least expect them. 

5.HOT-BLOODED is loosely connected to Kendall’s JUST BREATHE urban fantasy series. You don’thave tohave read those books to enjoy this one, but JUSTBREATHE readers who do a little digging may notice some subtle connections.There’s a reason for that. Stick with the ‘Ohana series to find out more!
 
Goodreads Link :https://www.goodreads.combooksho22319105hotblooded?from_search=true
Kobo:http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/hot-blooded-11
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hot-blooded/id895963192
Paperback from Amazon:http://bit.ly/HotBloodPB
Buy signed paperbacks directly from Kendall: http://www.kendallgrey.com/?page_id=4666
 
Kendall Grey is the self-appointed past, present, and future president of the Authors BehavingBadly Club. A whale warrior and indie freedom fighter,she spends summers in the corner(usually with a dunce cap on her head) and winters hunched at the peak of Mt. Trouble, fiery
pens of fury (complete with invisible ink) flying across the pages. She has a big set of cajones,and she's not afraid to use them. In her spare time, Kendall speaks your mind so you don't haveto.

Web:http://www.kendallgrey.com/
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/authorshow/5108885.Kendall_Grey
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KendallGreyAuthor
Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Kendall-Grey/e/B006BA1V06/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405048362&sr=8-1