Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Release Day Launch: The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending #1) by Rachel Harris (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)


We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch of Rachel Harris' THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING! THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING is the first book in Rachel's The Fine Art of Pretending Series published by Spencer Hill Contemporary.

The Fine Art of Pretending

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According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

     An exhale of breath leaves Brandon’s lips, almost like a laugh, and he scoots closer to me on the blanket. I twist my legs under myself, sitting tall as I face him. He cups my chin and tilts it toward him, drowning me in the now dark-green depths of his eyes, the cologne I gave him for his birthday filling my head. It’s woodsy and yummy and I always loved how it smelled on the store testers, but on Brandon, it’s even sexier. My eyes flutter closed, and I inhale again, this time slowly. Goose bumps prickle my arms, and my head gets fuzzy.
     Brandon slides his hand down the column of my neck and brings the other up, threading his fingers through the hair at my nape. His breath fans across my cheek, and everything south of my bellybutton squeezes tight. 
     When his mouth first meets mine, it’s hesitant, questioning. But as I move my lips with his, he quickly grows bolder, coaxing them apart.
     Desire, pure and raw, electrifies my veins as his tongue sweeps my mouth. A whimpering sound springs from my chest, and instinctively, I wrap my arms around his neck, tugging him closer. Needing more. My teeth graze his full bottom lip, and I pull it, sucking on it gently.
     He moans and knots his fingers in my hair, and a thrill dances down my back.
     Brandon is an amazing kisser, just as I knew he would be. I have no control over my body’s reactions. I lose myself in his lips, his tongue, and his strong arms, forgetting time and space and even my surroundings—until Gabi’s snicker brings reality crashing around us, reminding me we have an audience.
     And that I’m kissing Brandon.
     We break apart, out of breath, and stare into each other’s eyes.
     That was unexpected. 
About the Author:
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Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers. 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Hard Knox by Nicole Williams

Title: Hard Knox
Series: The Outsider Chronicles, #1
Author: Nicole Williams
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.

Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.

As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.

How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .

Hard Knox.

My Review

If I couldn’t love Nicole Williams anymore, I had to go and read this book. I loved Hard Knox.  And I felt that Williams did an amazing job handling the elements and aspects of this story. It felt real and very much powerful.
Wherever I was, whatever I was here for, I would be okay because he was here. Knox was with me - I was safe. 
What I enjoyed the most would have to be the voice of the story. Charlie was a great character to read from. She is a strong and independent individual, and that came through loud and clear. Though she is a bit cynical, I couldn’t help but fall for her. Even when her world became unsafe, Charlie never backed down. I think Williams created a great persona, a female character that just vibrates strength.  

Knox Jagger is a very misunderstood guy. He vibrates enigma, strength, and of course bad ass. And I couldn’t get enough of him! Like Charlie, he is a very independent person, so that did cause quite a bit of a tension between them (a wonderful, sex filled tension that is). Though Knox comes off as a bad boy, he really was a great guy. That really did shine through. He is a man with many sides, and I loved learning about all of him.

Now, Charlie and Knox do get mixed up together when she gets drugged at a party. I loved watching them come together and slowly grow together. The tension between them builds so well throughout the story and their situations. And having Charlie determined to get to know Knox, and to prove he isn’t who everyone thinks he is really made me love her character even more.  The chemistry between them, as I mentioned, is so intense and just comes through so well!
Your ego is gushing all over me and getting my favorite shoes dirty.
 The buildup of the plot and the conflict kept me partially on the edge of my seat. Though I did figure out who the bad guy was, it didn’t take away from the story. The character development was done very well, and I loved learning about the characters and watching them grow.  The story was also nicely paced and everything came to a perfect conclusion.

All in all, I loved the strong and independent Charlie Chase and the mysterious and sexy Knox Jagger. The story took me on a ride I enjoyed so very much. It was intense, kept me enthralled, and had me sighing quite a bit. Hard Knox is a must read, in my opinion.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Quote of the Week: Seth Godin

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”
-Seth Godin

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

Title: In Her Wake
Series: Ten Tiny Breathes, #0.5
Author: K.A. Tucker
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*received in exchange for a fair and honesty review*
Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…

My Review

I can’t begin to articulate how much I just love this series. And Ten Tiny Breathes was probably my favorite out of the series, so finally getting an insight of Trent’s emotion turmoil was quite an eye opener. It also allowed me to get a better understanding of his motives, his reasoning that was shown in the first book.

Tucker did focus on how just one simple event that can change your world forever. I felt she did good showing that, the emotion behind Trent’s heartache and his pain. How that event changed him and led him to do the things he did. Though, I must be honest, he did do some extreme things, but because I knew his character it wasn’t as..er.. creepy (for lack of a better word) as it would seem. I was able to understand his motives, so that did help me with this book.

Trent really did experience quite the emotional trauma. Watching him shatter, break, was a very intense and painful experience. I feel like Tucker did an amazing job at allowing me to feel that pain. But not only was the pain intense, but also the growth Trent went through. I loved watching that. I really enjoyed watching Trent overcome so much and seeing just how his brain worked. 

The buildup was fast, but didn’t feel rushed. The conflict really moved the story forward, and though I basically knew what was going to happen, I was still on the edge of my seat. The emotional depth was riveting and felt very much real. And seeing what Trent went through really was a heart wrenching experience. Tucker also did a great job with the progression of so many events into such a quick read, leading up to right when Ten Tiny Breathes starts.
“I destroyed her life and then got caught in her wake.
And I realize now that it’s exactly where I’m meant to be.” 
I loved getting Trent's story, it was very much an eye-opener. It was painful and very heartbreaking. Seeing the world of Ten Tiny Breathes from his POV brought their story, Trent and Kacey's, full circle. I enjoyed it so much. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Release Day Launch & Review: Scarlett Red (In the Shadows, #2) by P.T. Michelle (GIVEAWAY)

Title: Scarlett Red
Series: In the Shadows #2
Author: P.T. Michelle
 Release Date: September 23, 2014

Mister Black swept in and out of my life like a tornado, leaving me twisted up and forever changed in his wake.

And now that my life is finally back on track, I need to move on, despite the many reminders of our time together.

But our pasts are only as far away as the shadows we hide behind, and sometimes those shadows grow darker, converging on the present in the most insidious way.

He is Black: a stealthy hunter and rainbow master.

I am Red: a truth seeker and desire keeper.

Together we are obsession. Passionate colors destined to be drawn together.

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My Review

My god! Scarlett Red was even better than the first book. I didn’t think it would be possible, but it happened. And, I must admit, I am in love with this series and the characters. P.T. Michelle has really created a H-O-T-T-T new series I just can’t get enough of.

I must say this one also took me a bit by surprise. I wasn’t expecting that twist, and I believe Michelle did a great job building up to that.  Though I did figure a few things out in the story, there was one factor that really was intense. I honestly didn’t see it coming. The conflict of the story really pushed the plot along quite nicely. However, it was definitely the emotional aspect between Sebastian and Talia that was the true driving force – another aspect I just can’t get enough of. The buildup between Sebastian and Talia is intense, sparked with chemistry, and downright sexy. They each held a great amount of emotional depth that left me wanting more of them.

The sexy meter was just through the roof on this one! I can’t say too much about what Talia and Sebastian go through without spoiling the book, but let’s just say it was intense and very sexy!  I also really enjoyed how events from the first book came back into the second book. Making it come full circle, yet still leaving the book wide open for more emotional events to take place. Michelle did good drawing all that together.

Now, I must talk about the characters. Talia is such a wonderful character. I love her driving force, her attitude to get things done and not sit back and watch things unfold. She’s had a bit of a rough time since the first book ended –Sebastian is always haunting her mind- but she doesn’t let that bring her down. She did slowly unravel in this book, but she definitely grew too. She’s a strong character and I enjoyed that so much.

Then there is Sebastian, very alpha male, very dominant and so sexy. I love that about him. I think Michelle did create a perfect dominant male persona, Sebastian. It’s been quite a while since those moments with Talia happened, and though time has passed, he cannot get her off his mind. I loved watching them get tangled up together, how they meet up again, and how their passion just kept getting hotter and hotter. Sebastian isn’t only sexy; he really is an amazing guy. Though he does have past scars, he has a very passionate and sweet side to him as well.

That emotional turmoil and intense connection drives the story so well. The buildup, the rise and fall of the conflict, and the emotional depth of the story was just right. It pulled me in and left me wanting more of the story and the characters. The development was right on the spot and the pacing was just to my liking.

MISTER BLACK was bursting with intense sexiness, but SCARLETT RED was combusting hot!

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(will change after September 29)

** This is a NEW ADULT contemporary mystery/thriller romance meant for readers 18+ **

We all have someone who crossed our path and fundamentally changed us. That one person who blew through our lives, their presence forever stamped on our psyche. They linger in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in the decisions we make. A soul crusher or a dream maker, depending on the perspective.

My person is MISTER BLACK. 
I didn’t know him by that name when I first met him. 
I didn’t know him at all, but the impression he left behind was just as powerful as the name I call him today.

He is Black: a deadly enforcer and masterful seducer.
I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant.
Together we are passion. Colors colliding through each other’s lives. 

When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter, 
stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk.

My Review of Mister Black!


About the Author: 
P.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best Selling author of the New Adult/Contemporary romance serial IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn't writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.
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Release Day Launch: Stay With Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)

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We are so pleased to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STAY WITH ME! STAY WITH ME is a New Adult contemporary romance being published by Avon (William Morrow), an imprint of HarperCollins, and is a part of Jennifer’s With You Saga!

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About the book:
At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

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Stay With Me Teaser 1


As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand. 
“Why?” I asked.
There was a beat. “Why what?”
Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say. 
A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here. 
But then he moved. 
Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing. 
“What are you doing?” I asked. 
“Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.”
“You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked.
“You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out.
His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.”
I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place. 
“You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed. 
Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me. 
Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe?
“Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter.
“Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.”
He chuckled.
I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years. 
I felt cared for . . . cherished. 
Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.

  Stay With Me Teaser 2

About the Author:

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites:



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Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/22/14

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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Here's what I'm reading:

Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.

Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.

As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.

How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .

Hard Knox.

What are you reading??