Monday, 22 May 2017

REVIEW - All I Ask - Elizabeth York




TITLE - All I Ask
AUTHOR - Elizabeth York





Releases May 23rd




BLURB:

My name is Devan Anderson, I am a photographer and the by product of a cheating father and a childhood evaporated by illness. I'm stubborn, protective, but I care more than I let on. What does a girl like me do when I taste life for the first time? 

I'll give you a hint. It isn't what you think.

My name is Ian Jensen and I am a Pediatric Oncologist that works day and night with kids that prove to be braver than I. I am open to Nerf gun fights, having fun, and taking control. What's a doctor who lives life by the book do when given a new chapter to live in? 

Ask me again tomorrow?

What happens when a photographer set to live in the dark meets the doctor that lives in the light? What happens when our world collide?



REVIEW:

“Hot doctor + shy photographer = chemistry off the charts, 4 stars”


Elizabeth York is a new to me author, going into All I Ask I had never read anything by her. Well I can confidently tell you I plan on changing that now. She wrote a real, beautiful, moving, book with struggle all throughout. The only complaint I have is that at one point it went a little too slow for me and I wanted to speed up the HEA. Other than that, I loved it.

Devan has never had an easy life. She was sick all throughout her childhood leaving her feeling jaded and wanting to keep people at arm’s length away. Her philosophy no matter how skewed is that if you don’t let anyone in then no one can hurt when you die and vice versa.

Devan is an aspiring photographer whose work is phenomenal and wants to give back. She wants to raise money to help kids who were like her. Help ease the burden for the families financially if she can. In those regards Devan is aspiring, there needs to be more people like her and Ian when he comes into the picture.

Ian is a pediatric doctor; his life’s mission is to make those sick kids better that way no family has to go through what his did when his brother died of childhood cancer. When he meets Devan, he has no idea what’s going to happen. Ian has no idea the impact she will make on him and the one he will make on her. He’s a patient man, far more than one should have to be, but he knows that she’s worth it. He falls hard and fast.

Together Ian and Devan are a killer team. Not only raising money but with the kids on the floor at his hospital. York weaved a tale that should have been hard to read but made it happy one. The couple was fantastic, no matter how many times I wanted to Gibbs slap them and the secondary characters are what made the story.

As a mother, there were times it was hard to read when York got to describing the kids but I couldn’t stop. This wasn’t any cut and dry story, the twists had me shouting WTF because there was no way I saw them coming. Take the time, spend the money, and read All I Ask.


Here are a couple pieces from the story that stuck out to me;

“The first time I met you I didn’t think you were real. I thought I had passed exhaustion and was starting to hallucinate because when I looked at you. When I truly saw you, you looked like an angel on your knees.”

“You can’t just buy me a camera every time something upsets me or you screw up,” she admonished me. “No,” I smiled as I moved in so she felt me behind her. “You will need lenses, grips, flashes, and whatever else you use to progress your skill. You truly have a gift.”

“Devan, if I were to fall for you and then you died then I would go to my grave grateful for the opportunity to have had someone as wonderful as you in my life for however long God let me have you.”


Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Characters- 5/5
Heat- 4/5
Writing style- 4/5
Overall- 4/5






Release Blitz & Review - All for You - Melody Grace






Title: All for You
Series: Sweetbriar Cove #2
Author: Melody Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2017



Blurb


Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love
with Melody Grace’s bestselling contemporary romances. Now discover the
romance, laughter, and happily-ever-afters waiting for you in her new series,
Sweetbriar Cove!

Summer Bloom lives for adventure—and buttercream bourbon
frosting. As a high-end pastry chef, she spends her days (and nights, and
weekends) whipping up sweet treats, but when an unexpected detour leads her to
the dilapidated bakery on Blackberry Lane, she decides to take a chance on her
dreams and leave it all behind for a new life in Sweetbriar Cove. She has
everything she needs for baking bliss—she just isn’t expecting her new landlord
to melt her heart, as well as her chocolate truffles...

Grayson Reid knows better than to fall for his impulsive new
tenant. He keeps his life quiet and drama-free, but there’s something about
Summer he just can’t resist. He’s learned the hard way that a woman can turn
your whole world upside down, but her kisses—and those croissants—are too
tempting to ignore. He’s determined to keep the lid on their romance, but soon,
their chemistry is heating up the kitchen—and he doesn’t want to play it safe
any more.

Can this headstrong pair mix the right ingredients for love?
Or will their passion burn out before they can find their happily-ever-after?
Find out in the new novel from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!


OUR REVIEW:


Melody Grace has done it again. All for You is a wonderful novel from her Sweetbriar Cove series. I couldn't wait to read this book and I was not disappointed.  This book has romance, but it also has a lot of strength in its characters. I can't wait to see where this series goes. 

The plot of this book is much like the first book. A girl moves to a new town and meets a man. What makes these books new and fresh are the characters. While the bones of the plot are the same, the story takes a new turn with each new character, their personality, and back story. I love the plot of these books. 

Summer is such a wonderful character. I love her feisty attitude, and her positive outlook. I also love her vulnerable side. She is such a relatable character, especially when it comes to her baggage. Grayson is a great character as well. He is a hunky man that is rough around the edges. That's appealing to most women. He also has a sensitive side and baggage to work through. He is totally book boyfriend worthy. 

These two characters sizzle off the pages. When they get together, it's like fireworks. The scenes in this book were hot and sexy, but also felt organic to the characters. This made the book that much more wonderful.  

The author has an amazing writing style that keeps me coming back. She had a way of writing that just resonates with me. I love how diverse her characters are in each book.This book specifically has such a wonderful style itself. The pace is steady and the characters are dynamic. The author does an amazing job immersing the readers into this while community she has created. 

Overall, this is a amazing book within a magnificent series. The characters are wonderful and the plot relatable. I would recommend this book to others and cannot wait to continue my journey into Sweetbriar Cove. 


  Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

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The Sweetbriar Cove Series:



#1 Meant to Be

#2 All for You

#3 The Only One – August 2017

#4 I'm Yours - November 2017

#5 Holiday Kisses - December 2017

#6 No Ordinary Love - February 2018







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NYT bestselling author, a SoCal transplant, and sexy romance junkie ;) I never say no to ice-cream...



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REVIEW - Screw You - Kasey Millstead




TITLE - Screw You
AUTHOR - Kasey Millstead










BLURB:


I, Emma Black, am a nerd.  A social outcast.  The
senior who has avoided the cafeteria for the past two years, ever since I got
yogurt dumped on my head.

When the popular girls initiate a plan to humiliate me, I
find I’m also naïve. Gullible.

But, I’m also smart in ways they can’t imagine.

It doesn’t take me long to discover that revenge is a dish
best served with a smoking hot guy and pretty little crown.

One finger. Two words.
Screw you.



REVIEW:

Screw You is a book full of teenage drama. The book had so much potential but missed the mark. There were some aspects I did like about this book, but it could use some improvements as well.

The plot of this book was intriguing. A girl who is a social outcast gets her revenge on her tormentors. I think anyone who has been bullied would like a book about this. I think the plot was good, but not executed well. I wish there was more related specifically to the plot.

The characters were interesting. I liked Emma. While she has normal reactions to being humiliated, she also is strong. She doesn't let it effect her life long term. Dane was a character I wanted to like, but I don't feel we really got to know him. Everything we learn about him is superficial. I wish we could've gotten to know him better.

The heat in this book was muted. There were some sexual scenes, but there wasn't much of a build up to them. It felt very unnatural. I didn't feel like I had time to really invest in their relationship.

The writing style of this book is ok. I liked the way the author used words and how she created the scenes. I also liked how she wrote Emma. I really liked her character. I thought the pace of the book was unsteady. The time jumps made the story feel fragmented. I also felt that there was a missing conflict in the book. It seemed like the book built up to a climax but never quite made it.

Overall, this book could have been amazing. I really liked the main character, but felt the rest needed improvements. I would not recommend this book to others at this point, but would be willing to give the author another shot.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Heat: 3/5
Writing style: 2/5
Overall: 2/5




Release Blitz - Screw You - Kasey Millstead






Title: Screw You
Author: Kasey Millstead
Genre: New Adult Romance
 Release Date: May 20, 2017






Blurb


I, Emma Black, am a nerd.  A social outcast.  The
senior who has avoided the cafeteria for the past two years, ever since I got
yogurt dumped on my head.

When the popular girls initiate a plan to humiliate me, I
find I’m also naïve. Gullible.

But, I’m also smart in ways they can’t imagine.

It doesn’t take me long to discover that revenge is a dish
best served with a smoking hot guy and pretty little crown.

One finger. Two words.
Screw you.









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Excerpt

“How many drinks have you had?” Dane asks, grinning.
“Umm…”  I count on my fingers, trying to recall.
“Maybe four?  Or, like, five?”  I shrug.
He takes a sip of the rum and Coke I made him, before
bringing his eyes to mine.  “I really a sorry, Emma.  I feel like
shit about the whole thing.”
“Shit happens,” I say nonchalantly, not letting on how much
the whole scenario humiliated me.
“Assholes cause it,” he agrees.
I giggle.  “You’re funny!  How is it you can be
funny and hot?  You can’t be both.  You have to
choose one or the other,” I announce bossily, but jokingly.  Kinda. 
“I guess I’ll choose funny then.  Looks fade, after
all.”
Gah!  You’re smart, too?  This is so
unfair!”
He leans toward me, his soft puffs of breath skating over my
face.  “You know, you’re funny and smart and so fucking beautiful,
Emma.  But you’re also humble and kind, and sweet enough to give a guy
like me a toothache.”
“Oh, my god,” I whisper. 

He leans in further and then his fingers hold my chin,
keeping me in place, as his lips sweep across mine.  I open up for him and
his tongue invades my mouth.  Soft, sweet, slow.  He tastes like
peppermint breath mints with a hint of spicy rum.  I kiss him back with an
intensity I didn’t know I possessed.



Author Bio




Kasey Millstead is a wife and mother of four children. She
lives in a picturesque location in country New South Wales, Australia.



Kasey is the author of the #1 bestselling Down Under Cowboy series. She is also
the author of The Steele Investigations series, Fighting to Stay and Illicit
Desire.



When she is not busy writing, racing around after her children and husband or
trying to avoid doing housework, she enjoys nothing more than curling up with a
good book and getting lost in the world of Happy Ever After.







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Release Blitz - Stand - A.L. Jackson

 STAND is now live!

A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

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Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll nev
er regret fighting 
for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who
stepped up to take his place
in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighti
ng for.

For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a tas
te, I can’t get
enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight
.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find t
he strength to pull myself up
and Stand



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Friday, 19 May 2017

Release Blitz - Hidden by Lies - Rachel Caid

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Pearl Abbott

I made a choice.
A single lie that changed everything.
In that moment, my life stopped spinning out of control. Not because I found my way, but because I hit rock bottom. Hard.
Now, I have a second chance. An opportunity to turn my life around and become the woman I’ve been too afraid to embrace. And I’m taking it.
I never thought I would meet him. He challenges me, spurs my desire to show the world that one night will not define who I am.

Roman Evans

When the most beautiful blue-eyed blonde I’d ever seen slammed into me, my world was transformed.
But the universe played a cruel joke and the woman of my dreams is a constant reminder of my nightmares.
I lost someone once. A moment, a single action stole half of who I am. To allow myself to give in to my deepest desires feels like a betrayal and yet I’m drawn to her.
So I lie to the world and ignore my heart until it nearly breaks in two and I can’t take it anymore.
Live in the past or fight for the future?
I made a choice.


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Rachel Caid lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She is a self-proclaimed coffee addict with no plans of recovery and an avid reader of all types of romance. Her day job is very black and white, so she enjoys being able to lose herself in the colorful world of novels; whether it's reading or writing them.







REVIEW - Ruckus - L.J. Shen




TITLE - Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2)
AUTHOR - L.J. Shen

Releases - June 1st






BLURB:



Rosie

They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They're right. 
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking. 
He is my forbidden, shiny apple. The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth. 
He is also my sister's ex-boyfriend. 
One thing you should know before you judge me; 
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first. 
Eleven years later, he waltzes into my life, demanding a second chance. 
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman.
But my clock is ticking. See, I’m not like the rest. I have an illness.
Sometimes I conquer it.
Sometimes it conquers me. 
My white knight has finally arrived. 
Hopefully, he isn’t too late.



REVIEW:


“The Hot Hole with a second chance, 5 stars”

Holy Mother of Mary…This story is the definition of ruckus. I have read the first two stories in the series so I had some pretty high expectations going into Ruckus. Yeah, take what you think is going to happen and throw it out the window. I went through all the emotions; my heart was in my stomach one second and the next I quite possibly had cartoon hearts coming out of my eyes. It was real, it was honest, and gritty. Dean and Rosie had an uphill battle that I wasn’t sure they could make it up. There was no putting it down for me, until it was over. And now I want the next in the series.

Dean Cole… if you were to look up the definition of book boyfriend I’m 99% sure his name would be there. He was the typical ladies’ man to start with, but there’s a reason why. And when he decides to finally claim what’s his…its explosive. Before Ruckus I thought of him as the pretty boy loose cannon, he had looks, money, liked his weed, and possibly had a drinking problem, but here we find out why he is the way he is.

Rose LeBlanc has never had it easy. If she’s been one thing it’s been babied, which she hates. Causing her to move across country to get away from her parents who never really accepted her. They just see someone who’s sick and think of her as an invalid. When Rose can do it all, as long as she’s not sick. For those of you who haven’t read Vicious (Rose’s sisters book) Rose has cystic fibrosis, a silent but deadly disease. Rosie wrote off her happy ending a long time ago, when her sister dated the guy she knew held her future. But what happens if your sister is more than okay with it and he wants you back?

Rosie is strong, Dean is close to perfect, together they are unstoppable. When together everything is perfect. But one can’t live in a bubble forever, truths will come out, sickness will take hold, can Dean and Rosie weather the storm together or will they go down like a sinking ship?

I without a doubt loved Ruckus. I will warn you before you dive in that when you finally come up for air, you’ll have a book hangover. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I marked a book up because I loved so many parts. 

Here are just a couple pieces from the story that I loved;

“As you did my sister.” Baby LeBlanc gave a curt nod. “Are you planning on screwing your way through our family tree? Should I print out a copy of our ancestry.com profile?”

“He was my sun, the moon, and everything worth seeing in the constellation.”
“I was going to put a ring on her finger, and it was probably going to weigh as much as she did, if not more.”



Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Characters- 5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5