New Review and Giveaway – Blog Tour: SOMEWHERE BETWEEN WATER AND SKY by Elora Ramirez

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The sequel to the heartbreaking Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez is finally here, and I’ve reviewed it for you today, and I’ve also posted a giveaway. Enjoy <3

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I heard it said once that every human is a story with skin.

If this is true, paragraphs would be etched in the scars on my wrists.

Whole chapters could be written about the way my heart pounds when I startle awake.

And every single one of my tears could fill a book.

But stories, with all their promise, only leave room for disappointment. I don’t have room for that anymore. I left it all—the hope, the love, the promise—back in my old life with the ghosts I’d rather forget: Jude. Emma. Pacey.

Kevin.

This is how I dare to move forward and to believe in a new beginning. I let go of the old. I just grab the new and run. I don’t wait around anymore. I can’t.

Waiting leaves room for the voices.

Somewhere between water and sky, I’ll find a way to burn these voices to the ground.

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It has been exactly one year and one month since I sat down to write my review for Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez, and now here I sit again, trying to find the words to write a review for it’s sequel. With the sensitivity needed in the approach of Stephanie’s story, I’ve found myself on both times being nervous of writing about it.

I knew straight away that Somewhere Between Water And Sky would be different to the previous book. There was just so much heartbreak and devastation in Stephanie’s story, and this book was the start of something new. It was for Stephanie to step away and start afresh. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. You can run away from your past but can you ever really escape it?

I loved to see the broken and damaged girl from book one, open herself up and flourish like she never had the chance to before. Whereas Every Shattered Thing had seemingly no room for hope, Somewhere Between Water And Sky is bursting with it! I loved the new characters and the roll they played in bringing colour and life to Stephanie’s darkness, and though we technically know their story already, I would LOVE to see the full story of Jessa and Ren.

I felt that some parts of the story were rushed and underdeveloped; certain scenes could have had a lot more depth and emotion to them, and others just happened too fast, or were resolved too quickly. I also would have liked a bit more focus on the romantic connection between Stephanie and Kevin. But other than that this was a really great read!

I suppose that it can technically be read as a standalone, because there is the outline of the back story retold in this book, but to get the full effect of the events, and the utter brilliance of this authors writing and talent for telling a story, I would absolutely suggest reading Every Shattered Thing first.

Another great book from Elora Ramirez, and I can’t wait to see what she has for us next.

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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EVERY SHATTERED THING #1 – Out Now!
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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN WATER AND SKY #2 – Out Now!
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Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space–including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she’s grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband’s lavender liqueur.

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Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Pre-Order- DIRTY SECRET by Emma Hart

Look, look, look!!! Emma Hart has returned to New Adult for this Country/Rock series cantering around the sexy Burke brothers, and I cannot wait! Check out the cover and synopsis for Dirty Secret (#1) and the pre-order for both Dirty Secret, and Dirty Past (#2). I cannot wait!!!

Title: Dirty Secret
Series: Burke Brothers #1
Author: Emma Hart
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published By: Pocket Star – Simon & Schuster
Release Date: Dec 1st, 2014

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Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.
Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B is home on a tour break.
Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her home town. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.
Conner has questions, and when his broken heart and her guilty one collide, Sofie has to start answering them. Their present is rocky, their future unknown. Only one thing is certain:
Sofie’s daughter will change everything.

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That kid that could be mine.

I get up and let the empty bottle drop to the floor. The woods are eerily quiet, as if it can sense my anger. As if it knows the bitterness that lingers in my veins, as if it knows the burn of not knowing anything.

Like the woods, I’m left in the dark. Completely.

Branches and twigs crunch under my feet as I increase my pace to a gentle jog. And again, to a slow run. Then to a sprint.

The need to know increases with every footstep, as evenly paced as the ticking of the clock. It doesn’t matter that I’ve probably drunk too much beer to be here or that we’ve only been back for a matter of days.

I can’t be in this shithole full of memories without knowing. I can’t move on until I know. I can’t forgive her for a single fucking thing until I know—and even then, maybe I won’t be able to.

Maybe she’s unforgivable.

Instead of knocking on the back door like I did yesterday, I round the side of the house to the front door. The front room light glows softly through the curtains, but the rest of the house is dark.

My chest heaves with the exertion of my run here and I grab the doorframe to balance myself. I’m definitely too fucking drunk for this conversation, but what the hell.

I bang on the door, once, twice, again and again and again. “Sofie! Open the fuckin’ door!”

“Shut up!” she hisses, yanking it open. “The hell’re you doing here?”

I smirk, leaning against the wall. “Shouldn’t I be askin’ you that, princess?”

“Are you drunk?” Her voice rises a little at the end, and her eyes widen.

Those eyes. Fuck, those baby blues that have always undone me.

“Drunk? No. If I was drunk I’d be sitting at home like a miserable bastard and not here facing the cause of my misery.”

“You’re being an asshole. I don’t have to listen to this.”

She pushes on the door, but I wedge my foot in front of it. I let go of the wall and grab the edge of the door.

“Actually, you do.”

She can’t overpower me, and she knows it, because she lets up and the door swings open. “Why are you here, Conner?”

“You have a kid.”

She smacks her lips together. “Yep.”

“When? When did you have her?”

Sofie takes a deep breath in and presses her hands to her stomach. They’re shaking, even as she links her fingers to hide it. I can see that fucking tremble.

She whispers something but I’m too pre-occupied by her hands to hear it.

“What?”

“August last year,” she repeats, still a whisper.

August. Last year. My stomach clenches as I meet her eyes. “When? When in fuckin’ August, Sofie?”

“August fifteenth.” Her voice hitches halfway through the ‘fifteenth.’

Almost seven months to the day she walked out on me and the rest of Shelton Bay.

Adrenaline hums through my body, and I stare at her. At the tears building in her eyes, the quiver of her lips, the bob of her throat as she swallows harshly.

It’s no different from the burn in my chest, the twisting of my stomach.

“Is she mine?”

She shudders and a tear drips from her eye.

“Sofie. Is. She. Mine?!”

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DIRTY SECRET #1 – Out December!
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DIRTY PAST #2 – Out May 4th!
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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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New Review – Blog Tour: AFTER by Anna Todd

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With over a billion views on Wattpad, it’s safe to say that After by Anna Todd is a book that caught my attention. This week I settled down with the 592 page story, and you can see my review and full series pre-order links below.

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Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude – to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

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When I agreed to read this book, I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for. I had heard of the book; it was a huge hit on Wattpad, and then getting picked up by Gallery Books, it was hard to not know of it. But other than that, I hadn’t even read the synopsis.

So then I got the book in the post. And holy hell – it was nearly 600 pages! Six. Hundred. Pages! Now, I’m not so much a fan of big books. I’m easily distracted and I don’t have the best attention, so I’ll be honest, I was kind of dreading starting this. Oh, and it’s One Direction fanfic – can’t say I’m a fan of the band.

But I was really surprised!! The prologue was fantastic! It instantly had me intrigued, but I felt the start of the actual story didn’t hold the same strength. Nonetheless, it was still an easy read and I found myself getting through (the affectionately named) The Beast in no time at all. In fact, not just “getting through it” but but feeling the need to read it.

Within the story there is talk of the relationships between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, and Heathcliff and Catherine in Withering Heights. Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy are both literary anti-heroes, and their love stories are far from sunshine and roses. Much like Hardin and Tessa’s. Their relationship was intense from the very start. There was no end to the shouting that occurred within the couple, and at times it was exhausting, but I also think it’s what kept me hanging on. I mean, these characters had to have it easy at some point, right??

Tessa wasn’t exactly a loveable character. She wasn’t unlikeable by any means, but I found myself rolling my eyes at her on more than one occasion, and having to remind myself that she is in fact only 18 years old, and still has a lot of maturing to do. But oh my Lord, does she really need to shout all the time???

Hardin is very much a love him or hate him kind of character. I’ve always had a thing for the bad boys, but Hardin was basically a real arse for a lot of the book and at one point I literally wanted to stab him in the eye! He did (on occasion) find ways in which to redeemed himself, and he did start to slowly work his way into my heart towards the end. And the boy sure knows how to turn on the sexy!

Now, Hardin was supposed to be British. I mean, he’s from England, UK, and Tessa kept talking about his English accent. But Hardin was not British in the slightest. There are many differences in the way an American and an Englishman talk, and Hardin didn’t even use the obvious English words such as arse and knickers.

Quite a few times while reading, I found myself thinking how parts of the book were similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. Not in the sexual way. There’s no BDSM or kinky fuckery, but just in the way the characters sometimes acted, the things they said, the places they lived and spoke about (Seattle, Washington, England – Austen’s house), Tessa’s job at a publishing house – owned by Christian… See what I mean?

But that ending… There may have been (there totally were) a few (more than a few) expletives thrown around, and I may have (I absolutely did) stare at my manuscript and contemplate ripping it shreds because of what I’d just read, and if I could do voodoo there is a chance (it would happen) that Anna Todd would be in a lot of pain right now… I loved and hated it at the same time.

But I’m a glutton for punishment and I’m so ready for book #2 right now! I’m officially invested in this crazy tale, and I need to see this through to the end. So would I recommend this book? Yes, I honestly would. It might not be on the list of “OMG you need to read this right now” books, but it’s definitely worth a read.

It’s impassioned, overwrought, volatile, trying, and my new guilty pleasure.

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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AFTER #1 – Out October 21st!
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AFTER WE COLLIDED #2 – Out November 18th!
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AFTER WE FELL #3 – Out December 30th!
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AFTER EVER AFTER #4 – Out February 10th!
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Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Pre-Order – Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle

Oh boy, oh boy! One of my very favourite (and I mean VERY favourite) reads of this year was Love, In English by Karina Halle. I fell head over heels in love with the smooth talking, swoon-worthy Spaniard, Mateo Casalles, so it comes as no surprise that I’m desperate to read his side of this slightly unconventional love story. And I’ll soon have the chance. Love, In Spanish releases on November 11th, and I have the cover reveal and an excerpt for you right now, as well as pre-order links! Enjoy <3

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“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.

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In case you haven’t had the chance to read the amazing Love, In English yet, here’s the synopsis to give you a taste of what you’re missing. And if you have read it, then just skip down the excerpt from book #2 <3

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He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now. Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.

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To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks

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Now read on for an excerpt from Love, In Spanish, and for the buy/pre-order links!

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“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

I turn in my chair and give Vera a curious look. Yet another English saying that I don’t know. “I’m afraid I don’t understand.”

She gives me a soft but tired smile and sits down on the arm rest. I immediately wrap my arm around her waist and pull her down into my lap, where she comes to a rest with a giggle, her hair obscuring the impish smile on her face. No matter where she is, I can never stop touching her and now more than ever I need her to relax, to feel safe, to know I’m going to get us out of this.

“Explain,” I demand. “Or I will punish you with kisses.”

She raises her brow. “Followed by punishment by penis?”

I shrug. “That can be arranged. Now, tell me my Estrella.”

She sighs and buries her lips into my neck. I can’t help the small moan that escapes from me, nor my hardness building beneath her plump, round ass. I close my eyes and fight the urge to pick her up and take her to the bedroom, the only other way I know how to make her feel safe and sated, the only way I know how to escape.

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” she says against my throat, “is a saying. I don’t know where it’s from but it means, well, nothing is scarier than a pissed off bitch.” She pauses, sucking in her breath and I know she fears she’s said the wrong thing. “Sorry,” she quickly adds and I feel her body tense up beneath my fingers. “I didn’t mean that Isabel is a bitch.”

She is still so skittish over her words, the way she blurts things out, but it’s one of the reasons why I love her. I cup the back of her head with my hand and let the softness of her hair sink over me. “I know you didn’t,” I assure her. “And, well, she is being a bitch.”

“Can you blame her though?” she asks, her voice rising a pitch and when she pulls away from me, her eyes are wet. It breaks my heart. I’m getting tired of my heart breaking and I know that this isn’t going to change anytime soon. Every day there is another weight on us, another crack appears.

“No,” I tell her honestly. “I cannot blame her.”

A silence lapses over us, heavy like a wool cloak. It does this sometimes. What we’ve done, it coats us.

Finally she clears her throat. “She’s going to hurt for a long time,” she says. “She’s going to be angry. This isn’t going away. I thought everything was behind us now, that she’d move on. You’ve been divorced for a year, if she’s still this mad a year out…”

“She is mad because I am going back to Atletico,” I tell her. “She is mad because of the paparazzi, the way they are hounding us again. She is mad because she feels she is being made to look like a fool. If I had just stayed with my head down, she wouldn’t be doing this.”

“But you can’t live your life in fear, Mateo,” she tells me.

I smile at her and brush her sunset hair from her face. “And neither can you.”

She settles back against my body, sinks, conforms, melds. She is second skin. She is a part of myself I can’t bear to separate from. I pray I never have to. I pray we can survive whatever is coming our way.

And I can feel it coming, that tension, that storm rolling in the weeks and days.

I pick her up in my arms and for all her pillowy curves, she weighs nothing more than a feather. I take her down the hall to the bedroom, throw her on the bed. She glows in the afternoon sun that streams in through our window and it isn’t long before we are both naked and I am climbing over her, pinning her arms above her head and drinking in her body like the most beautiful, decadent wine.

I will devour her until all of this is gone.

I will consume her until we are all that’s left.

I push inside her and let my hunger take over.

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LOVE, IN ENGLISH #1 – Out Now!
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LOVE, IN SPANISH #2 – Out November!
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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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New Review – Blog Tour: FULL DISCLOSURE by Kindle Alexander

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There’s so much going on in this post! Not only do we have my review of Full Disclosure, but there’s also the Full Disclosure Playlist, a Giveaway, a Teaser, and of course, buy links! Make sure you read through the entire post so you don’t miss anything.

Title: Full Disclosure
Series: Nice Guys #2
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance

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Deputy United States Marshal Mitch Knox apprehends fugitives for a living. His calm, cool, collected attitude and devastatingly handsome good looks earn him a well-deserved bad boy reputation, both in the field and out. While away on an assignment, he blows off some steam at a notorious Dallas nightclub. Solving the case that has plagued him for months takes a sudden backseat to finding out all there is to know about the gorgeous, shy blond sitting alone at the bar.

Texas State Trooper Cody Turner is moving up the ranks, well on his way to his dream of being a Texas Ranger. While on a two-week mandatory vacation, he plans to relax and help out on his family’s farm. Mitch is the last distraction Cody needs, but the tatted up temptation that walks into the bar and steals his baseball cap is too hard to ignore.

As Mitch’s case gains nationwide attention, how will he convince the sexy state trooper that giving him a chance won’t jeopardize his life’s plan…especially when the evil he’s tracking brings the hate directly to his doorstep, threatening more than just their careers.

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Full Disclosure was straight away a hundred times better than Double Full. After meeting Mitch in the first book, I couldn’t wait to get stuck into his story, and I’m so glad to say that this was the Kindle Alexander that I knew and loved from Always.

Starting this book, I grinned pretty much constantly. My Mitch love was still going strong after finishing Double Full, and I was giddy to get to know more about him. And that cover… I have to say, I didn’t really pay that much attention to it until I actually came to read it, but then reading time was pushed back by the gawking. How hot is that guy???? As if I needed any more reasons to love Mitch ;)

Seeing Colt and Jace again was great. I may not have loved their book, but the characters still came to mean something to me, and I loved seeing them finally getting it right. And we get to meet lots of new characters, too. Tyler (the banter between him and Mitch was fantastic) was one of my favourites, but the piece of my heart that Jace occupied, is now being shared with Cody (the lucky man to catch Mitch’s eye).

I love the dynamic between Cody and Mitch. There was no angst. No heartache. No pain. Just a really sweet and sexy relationship with two smoking hot guys! I couldn’t have picked a better guy for Mitch, than Cody. BUT, if you are a lover of all things drama then fear not. Though their relationship may be all things good, they are faced with a lot of trouble as the bad guys come knocking.

I was really excited to see how the investigation that Mitch started in Double Full would play out, and I absolutely loved the whole mystery of it, but I was hoping it would all be cleared up in this book. Most of it is, but there are a few loose ends being carried on to the third book in the series; Kreed and Aaron!!!!!

Gah, I cannot wait for more from Kindle Alexander. She grows as an author with each book, and never fails to make me fall for Nice Guys. I anxiously await the next instalment.

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DOUBLE FULL #1 – Out Now!
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FULL DISCLOSURE #2 – Out Now!
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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting http://www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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New Review – DOUBLE FULL by Kindle Alexander

Check out my review of m/m romance Double Full by Kindle Alexander, and check back later for my review of second book, Full Disclosure.

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Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.

Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?

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I have had this book on my eReader for so long. I read, devoured, and completely and hopelessly fell in love with the book Always by this author, so when I heard that Kindle Alexander was releasing a second book in this series, I new that it was finally time to get stuck in.

I’m so torn with this book. I love the authors writing. It’s not as strong as it is more recent works (which is a good thing, because that shows growth) but it was still very easy to get into, and though it’s told in third person, I never found myself confused over the characters which unfortunately happens sometimes for me with this writing style.

Jace, I absolutely loved from the very start. There was just something about him. I instantly wanted the very best for him, and felt a sort of protectiveness over him. But I wasn’t 100% sold on Colt. To be more specific, I wasn’t sold on Colt as a college student. He came across as a bit of an obsessive, creepy, stalker kind of guy, and that didn’t do anything for whatsoever. As time went on, and he grew up, it was a lot easier to like him, but to start with…he wasn’t for me.

I loved the storyline, though I feel it could have been made stronger. More emotion added. There was only really one point where my eyes slightly misted, but the rest of the time I just…read. I loved the addition of Mitch. At first I thought it was a completely random add on, but then I got his part to the story…to the series, I truly cannot wait to continue it.

It was pretty much insta-love for me where Mitch was concerned. I love him so much, and I’m stoked that he’s getting his own book, and his story will continue. I can’t wait to see it all unravel in Full Disclosure.

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DOUBLE FULL #1 – Out Now!
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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting http://www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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New Review – Blog Tour: ALWAYS FOREVER by Cheryl McIntyre

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You need this book in your life!!!!! It may be part of a series but you can absolutely read it as a standalone (though in case you want to read the rest of the amazing series which is currently on sale, I’ve included all the links below) and I completely fell in love.

Title: Always Forever
Series: Sometimes Never, #4
Author: Cheryl McIntyre
Publication Date: July 22, 2014

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“Will you marry me?”

Most women would love for Luke Walters to ask that question. But when Misty Handlin can’t seem to find the right answer, Luke offers a new proposal.

“Go sow your wild oats this summer, then give me your answer.”

Knowing she’s struggling with the unanswered questions regarding her first love, Misty decides to do just that. Maybe some time with the man who stole her heart all those years ago will finally quell whatever is holding her back from Luke.

Kellin Patel was forced to leave Misty behind when he was twelve years old. While the U-Haul pulled away from the only place that felt like a home, he wasn’t sure if he’d see her again. As the years went by, and time never seemed to be on his side, he finally began to accept he would never have another chance with Misty.

Now, all grown up, Misty is back and looking for one last wild summer with Kellin. Though their lives have continued to move in opposite directions, they’ll realize one thing has Always remained the same: They’ve both been holding on to the memory of first love and unspoken regret.

Who will Misty choose to spend Forever with?

*This is a New Adult novel. Recommended for 17+. Always Forever is a companion novel to Sometimes Never, but can be read as a stand-alone book*

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I have loved/stalked Cheryl McIntyre since I first read Sometimes Never, and with every book she has released, I’ve loved her more. Her writing style and knack for story telling immediately hooks me, and keeps me entertained from the first page to the very last, and the family of characters that she has created in this series is one that feels like a part of me, and one I never want to have to let go of.

I have been waiting so long for Misty and Kellin’s story, and as soon as I started reading I was filled with this intense emotion. Not because the story at that time was particularly emotional; but because over the years, I’ve seen these characters grow, and to be back with them at this point in time brought tears to my eyes.

Now, although i had a slight meltdown at the start, the rest of the book I had pretty much a constant grin on my face. I’m pretty sure I’ve never smiled so much whilst reading a book as I did throughout Always Forever. I read, I laughed, I loved, I highlighted, and I repeated this cycle continuously until the very end.

This book absolutely can be read as a standalone, but being completely honest, you would miss out on an incredible series if you only read this one. The journey of the Sometimes Never series is one that should be experienced in it’s entirety for you to get the full impact of each set of characters story like I did. I promise you won’t regret it!

I think it’s safe to say that although I have loved every single book in this series, Always Forever would have to be my favourite. I’m STILL grinning whenever I think about Misty and Kellin’s story, and I’m completely swooning over Kellin Patel all grown up!! Oh my, that guy certainly takes after his big brother in winning over hearts and taking over book boyfriend lists.

Now that I’m another book down in this series I’m filled with a sense of melancholy. We have a novella for one of my favourite characters, Guy, that has already been released, but then after that? I have no idea whether the author plans to write any more books for these characters, but I will hope and pray that she does. I would love (and I mean LOVE) to see Sadie and Roh get a story. And I mean, the twins have to grow up at some point, right? I’m kind of grasping at straws a little bit here, but work with me Cheryl!!

But until the day I hope for comes, you can find me living in the land of blissful ignorance, where I refuse to acknowledge the possible end of one of my all time favourite series, and continue to get lost in every single book that this amazing author releases.

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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SOMETIMES NEVER #1 – Out Now!
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LONG AFTER #3 – Out Now!
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ALWAYS FOREVER #4 – Out Now!
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LET IT BE #4.5 – Out Now!
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For this blog post, I was given the choice of four excerpts with the intention of posting just one. But I was a little naughty. I couldn’t decide on just one, so I’ve posted two. Enjoy <3

Excerpt one
“You said you fell in love with her again. Love doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t run out and need refilling. It’s like a well. You draw from it. But the supply is endless.”
“I still don’t follow, dude.”
“You said again, jackass. You fell in love with her again. Either you never loved her or you never stopped. Love. Is. A. Well. You fall deeper.”
I close my eyes and let his words sink in. And I feel the truth of them.
“I fell deeper,” I agree.

Excerpt two
“Hope has always wanted you two together,” Mason replies and I can hear the smile in his voice. “She was pissed over the whole incident at the reception. But I know she’ll jump aboard the Kellin train, but she’s not going to be happy about Misty staying with you. No matter how old Misty gets, she’ll always be Hope’s little cousin.”
“I’ll be on my best behavior,” I promise.
“No. Don’t do that.” He sighs again, this time as if he pities his poor, dumb, baby brother. “You’ll never win her over that way. We Patels were born with special gifts—nice faces, good bodies, dirty minds, and unwavering persistence. Utilize what God gave you.”

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Cheryl McIntyre is the author of Sometimes Never, Blackbird ( a Sometimes Never novella), Before Now, Long After, the Dirty novella series, and the YA paranormal romance, Dark Calling.

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Check out this fab giveaway from Cheryl McIntyre!

~One Sometimes Never swag pack, which includes: Signed paperbacks of Sometimes Never, Before Now, Long After, Always Forever, and Let It Be, as well as bookmarks and postcards. (US only)
~One $10.00 Amazon giftcard
~One Kindle copy of Always Forever

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Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Giveaway – STARGAZER by Sunniva Dee

You may have heard me screaming from the rooftops about a certain book called Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee? No? See my review and interview with the author HERE. Well she wrote another book after that called Stargazer, which loosely follows Gaia and Gabriel, but mainly focuses on Luna, Cassiel, and Kai. I was lucky enough to read this book last March and as much as I loved book #1, book #2 was even better!!! I can finally show you the cover for this book, and give you a little insight with the synopsis and an excerpt. And if that’s not enough? You can get to know my favourite fallen angel, Cassiel, in the interview I did with him HERE. Enjoy <3

Title: Stargazer
Series: Halos #2
Author: Sunniva Dee
Genre: PNR/New Adult
Release Date: October 31, 2014

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I’m Luna, and I’ve been in the Twilight Zone since I moved in with my sister and her boyfriend.
I sense their secrets in every corner of the house.

Gabriel is eerily beautiful, and his personality disturbingly perfect, while Gaia’s inexplicable PTSD and mood swings bounce her between bliss and despair.

Until Gabriel’s brothers pay a visit.

Cassiel…
He’s the night to his brother’s day. He’s sex personified and the devil in one hell of a stunning package. It’s been years since I last saw him, but this man makes me burn. He hooks me with his touch. Enthralls me with those oddly simmering eyes. He pierces my soul with his knowing smirks, and I am losing myself in him.

Ka…
With pearlescent hair and spring green eyes, he crashes into my world. I thought this crazy, beautiful man could mend my bleeding heart. Make things recognizable again—normal. Instead he pulls me from the embers and feeds me to the open fire.

College life. Is this what everyone goes through?

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CASSIEL

What the hell happened back there? She was one measly Earthling. A single goddamn daughter of Eve out of thousands, millions—fucking billions! I was pitiful.
I went home after she slipped out of my arms. Now, I drew in a deep, cleansing breath and reached for the glass of champagne on the nightstand.
Empty already? Fuck.
I untangled from the last chick and got up. In her stupor, a blissful smile still curled her lips. It’d never made me impatient before.
A chilled bottle waited at the wet bar. I snapped it open and poured icy fizz over the strawberry I’d squeezed too hard. The fruity mass resembled bloody entrails, which suited me fine.
Lingerie. My gaze trailed over the second girl. An arm and a leg strained limp toward the floor, soft skin reflecting from the wall-wide mirror. The curve of her ass, the sheer thigh-highs I’d rolled down a fraction. All details that simply made my existence.
This trio would be out my door soon with their minds erased.
“You want another glass?” I grumbled to Perky-Boobs. Not that I couldn’t remember names—some just bored me.
“I—I…” she gasped out.
I hadn’t taken her yet. To attain the hint of a thrill, I’d skipped the dazzling on this one. She sat rigid against the headboard, chest heaving with desire and anticipation. So fucking predictable.
She pinned her knees together, and they tipped demurely to one side. Now she flicked a wide-eyed glance at her friends.
Luna went to Ka again.
I did enjoy how Perky Boobs’ negligee slid open to reveal puffy areolas as she shifted.
“Never mind,” I said. “Your drink can wait.”
And to hell with the Samuelle girl.

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SHATTERING HALOS #1 – Out Now!
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STARGAZER #2 – Out October!
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Originally from Norway, I moved to the United States twelve years ago. I hold a Master’s degree in languages and taught Spanish at college level before settling in at the Savannah College of Art and Design as an adviser.
I write New Adult fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist—like in “Shattering Halos,” published by The Wild Rose Press in February 24th 2014 and in “Stargazer,” estimated release date, November 2014. The first book I’m self-publishing is the New Adult Contemporary novel “Pandora Wild Child,” which will make me a proud indie author in October 28th 2014!
I specialize in impulsive heroines, bad-boys, and good-boys running amok. Then, there’s the intense love, physical and emotional attraction beyond reason—sensory overload for the reader as well as for the characters. Like in real life, I hope you’re unable to predict what comes next in my stories.
Yes, so I write what I love to read, and depending on the reader, you’ll find my books to be a fast-paced emotional rollercoaster—or disturbing because the struggles of love aren’t your thing. Here’s to hoping you have the same reading vice as me! ;-)

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New Release – Beast #2 by Ella James

Yes or no? What will she do? Can Annabelle redeem Beast with her heart intact, or will her time at La Rosa Prison ruin her? Find out who Beast really is in the dark, erotic retelling of Beauty & The Beast.

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Continue the dark, erotic journey of Annabelle, the warden’s daughter, and the man she’s pined for since her girlhood. No longer Cal Hammond, actor, Beast is a brutal man who runs the prison’s gangs from behind a shroud of secrecy and lies. Can Annabelle’s love save him from his tainted past, or will his deceit ruin both of them?

*Beast 2 is a serial novella. If you don’t like novellas, or reading stories in installments, this probably isn’t for you. It deals with intense subjects and features absolutely panty-melting sex. If you’re on a bus, in the subway, in your office, or babysitting innocent children, I’d advise you to read this story later. If you just can’t wait, be warned. Beast will make you wet*

*Part 3 will be out September 8*
*This story will be either three parts or four parts*

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“You look nervous,” he says. His hand, still in my hair, turns to my cheek. It’s warm. Smells good. “Come and sit down.”

He takes my hand and leads me to a window seat. A built-in bench, pressed up against a wall of glass. He wraps his hands around my waist and lifts me up. Sits me down up there. My eyes scan the patchy, dirt-strewn yard outside. The way the rain smashes off the ground and into something else. The sky is white. Stark white.

“Just a minute,” he says.

My mind screams as he steps away. He reaches onto some shelves along the wall and grabs an armful of navy blue blankets. Painters’ blankets, I realize as he holds them out for me. He sits them on the bench beside me. Smooths one out. Lifts me up and sits me on it. Then he tucks another one behind me.

“Thank you,” I murmur. Despite the blankets’ tattered appearance, they seem soft enough. There’s no paint on them, and they don’t smell like it. Another one unfolded by his big hands, tucked around me.

“You got wet. Warm up a moment.”

I sit there because my brain is broken and my heart feels puffed up like a balloon.

He climbs up behind me and gently nudges me forward. He leans his torso up against mine, spreads his legs around my butt and thighs. Strong hands begin to knead my shoulders.

“Don’t be nervous here, Angel. I’ll take care of you. Always.”

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BEAST #1 – Out Now!
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BEAST #3 – Out September 8th!
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Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

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Cover Reveal And Pre-Order – MELANCHOLY by Bella Jewel

Do you love biker romance? If so, then check this out! I read Precarious #1 by Bella Jewel a few weeks ago and loved it! The second book in the series (following different characters from the club) is due for release in a few weeks, and it have the cover for you today, along with links to the first book, and pre-order for book #2 which is titled Melancholy. Check it out <3

Title: Melancholy
Series: Jokers’ Wrath MC, #2
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2014

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To truly understand a story; you need to start from the beginning, but to start from the beginning, you have to go back, further than just you. After all, our stories don’t start with us, do they? Our stories start with the person before us, and the person before them. We are created from the stories of those people.

NO ONE’S STORY IS EVER TRULY THEIR OWN.

I tried to create my own story, my own path, my own actions. I’ve seen things people on see in their worst nightmares, but I never let it neat me down. I never let it become who I was. There was no point analyzing what it could be.

COULD BE’S DIDNT MATTER.

Until Maddox came into my world. He saved my life. He changed my story; giving me the second chance some of us only dream about. There was only one thing missing in my second chance, and she was the reason I fought so hard to survive.

MY SISTER.

My sister who is supposed to be dead, well, at least, that’s what I thought.

THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD ME.

Now is where my story changes, but to understand this story, you have to start at the beginning … where it all began … and before.

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PRECARIOUS #1 – Out Now!
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MELANCHOLY #2 – Out September 15th!
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Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She’s crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell’s Knights was released in August 2013.

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