Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: Hard To Hold On To


Title: Hard To Hold On To
Series: Hard Ink, 2.5
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Pages: 208
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Blurb:

Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel—and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her stretch far beyond gratitude.

When the pair is thrust together and chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: The things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

Review

This book had so much emotions embedded in it. I just love how vulnerable and strong Easy was. It was interesting how he was incredibly attracted and protective towards Jenna. 

The panic attacks that Jenna experienced in the book hit close to home. I don't have panic attacks, but I do have anxiety attacks. Reading about Jenna's experience made me feel like I was there with her. I loved that Easy was able to be her rock throughout her ordeal. 

Even though this book was serious in many ways, I also enjoyed the comedic relief once in a while.

     He nodded and gestured to the hall. "Be right back." Just before he walked out the door, he glanced over his shoulder, and found her gripping the bed and bouncing her foot again. Because he was leaving.
     Then he wouldn't leave. At least, not enough to actually leave her alone. "All right, Jenna. I'm getting dressed right outside the door. Don't come out now. Wouldn't want to tarnish my reputation."

"Dude," Jeremy said, rubbing his arm. "Maybe you aren't doing it right 'cause sex is supposed to chill your ass out." (to Nick)

This is a must-read just like all the other books in the series... Go and get it now!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Immortal Possession by Cassi Carver



Title: Immortal Possession
Author: Cassi Carver
Boxed Set: Seductive Supernaturals
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Buy the boxed set: Amazon

Blurb:

This story is being released as an individual book with exclusive and exciting bonus content.

When Dr. Evelyn Vale is paired with Immortal Bounty’s sexy commander to go undercover, she’s eager to get to work. Until she learns the catch… To keep her dream job and her even dreamier new partner, she’ll have to face her greatest fear—possession.

Commander Jesse Hayes has always been about completing the mission, no matter the costs. But he’s having doubts about loaning out Evelyn’s body to the spirit of a deceased Sentinel in order to infiltrate a dangerous, supernatural body-trafficking ring. Now that Evelyn is in his life, he doesn’t want anyone possessing her body but him.


Review

I haven't read paranormal in so long, so I was hesitant to read this book. However, since the author is my friend, I thought I'd give it a try. A copy of this book was given to me to beta read. I was pleasantly surprised and basically devoured this book.

"Macho is the front, the back, and the whole of me, Doc."

Commander Jesse Hayes was all kinds of macho and sexy. At first, I thought he was going to be one of those tough government agent and slowly soften up to his subject. I was surprised when he started showing a bit of his humor right away to Evelyn. Of course I enjoyed it when he would get all badass and fight the bad guys to protect her.

Evelyn felt like she had to prove herself to everyone so she worked so hard to get a PhD. Ooh, big deal, right? When she landed the job she's always wanted, she thought it was the chance she's been waiting for. Oh, but she didn't know what she was getting into, the poor thing. It's a good thing sexy commander was there to her rescue.

I loved how protective Jesse was, even if it was just Evelyn's reputation he was protecting. The tension between them was also very enjoyable. I love me some sexual tension! It makes a story seem more interesting, methinks.

"...maybe they'd seen him naked. That might convince a nun."

My favorite thing about this book is the comedic timing, especially coming from Haveland - the shape shifter. As with any man who knows what's good, he tried to flirt with Evelyn. Well, you can guess how Jesse responded to that.

"Commander, with all due respect, sir, canids have exceptional hearing. Don't make me open up a can of woof ass."

Lastly, I love a strong woman. Evelyn found something so astounding, I wish their story would continue. You'll have to read the book to find out what I mean :) 


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Accidentally Married on Purpose



Title: Accidentally Married on Purpose
Series: Love and Games, #3
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Pages: 209
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Blurb:

One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love

Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she's all about what's happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity...though there's something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories...and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn't the hardest part--it's reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can't last. Tyler's first love will always be music--and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.


Review

Let me just get this out there: I love this book because my name is in it!!

Okay, for real, I LOVE this book beside that fact. This book was lighthearted and amazing in every way possible. I love the little quirks of the characters like Tyler's post-it notes. I mean, how adorable is that?

In my head, I thought Sherry was this super hot, supermodel-type woman. However, the more I read, the more I realized she was actually a curvy woman who was confident in her own skin. That's something I want to be so bad. She fell for every man she encountered, and that included Tyler.

I loved that even though Sherry judged Tyler based on his fame, she was able to see him for who he really was when they started maintaining their ruse for the public. She saw the things that he hid from the media. She desired him, not for his money, but for the man he was.

Tyler, on the other hand, was such a stinking charmer. He was so darn adorable and sexy at the same time. He was respectful of Sherry's rules regardless of the torture he felt inside because of them. He was the sweetest little country star I've ever read about. It made me wish he was real :) Also, seeing Sherry through his eyes was such a treat. It inspires me to be like her because of how much Tyler couldn't resist her.

Sherry was obsessed with romance novels. When I was reading this book, I thought her story is meant for romance novels too! It's weird; I don't know how to explain it. She just gave freely and all she wanted was the romantic fantasy.

I also enjoyed that the entire town seemed protective of Sherry. I especially enjoyed the little threats they sent Tyler's way :)

"If you hurt my girl, I'll dismember you." Then he (Jason) smacked his shoulder and smiled wide. "Want a beer?"

One thing I didn't quite enjoy was the predictability. The book I reviewed before this did the exact same thing. It's quite repetitive when one character decides what's best for the other is to be with someone other than themselves. I just groan. 

Anyway, this book was such a joy to read. Go and buy it, not only because my name is in it, but because it truly is a book that would warm your heart and make you wish you were falling in love :)

"Boy, you should know better. If you're trying to hide, don't do it by the food."

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Keeping Mr. Right Now



Title: Keeping Mr. Right Now
Author: Robin Bielman
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Pages: 212
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Blurb:

A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she's up close and personal with the world's sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander's playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She's genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he'll just break her heart. Because nothing's more important to Zane than following the tide.


Review

I loved this book from the very start! Robin Bielman's Bliss novels just doesn't fail to please me :)

"Boundaries don't work for me."

I tweeted Robin right as I finished Chapter 3 telling her I wanted to be Sophie. I mean, who wouldn't want to be in her place when Zane was giving her all that attention? Zane was surf god personified. He was all kinds of hot and sexy rolled into one package. I thoroughly enjoyed Sophie's blushing whenever he was near. Zane knew it, too, so he kept teasing her. I mean, could it get any better than that?

Zane was more than the playboy people thought he was. Hidden deep inside, he was sensitive and vulnerable. Sophie must had some a magic touch because she was able to get inside his head and figure him out. I just absolutely love this story!

One thing I found less than satisfactory about the book was the cliche side of romance novels. Zane didn't think he was good enough and he thought he knew what was best for Sophie, etc. 

Other than that, I'm head over heels for this book. I was literally shedding a tear when I finished the book. It's so romantic! Maybe I'm just a sucker for stories like this, but I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of parts of my life I wish could end the same way that Sophie's did, like having a good friend like Honor.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Post: Blue Bottle Beach

Title: Blue Bottle Beach
Author: Amie Denman
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Price: Promotional Price, $0.99 (limited time)
Retail $5.99 (October, 2014)

Blurb:

Blue Bottle Beach is a contemporary romance that will take you to the hot sands of Key West.

There’s no better place for a bachelorette party than Key West, Florida. Jackie and her accountant friends call in sick and escape wintry Chicago to celebrate in the sunshine, but an unexpected twist breaks up the party. On her own for a weekend in America’s least inhibited city, Jackie meets a man who makes her heart do a tropical dance. Mitchell is handsome, charming, and knows just where to touch her. If he looks a little familiar, the thought is quickly lost on the hot sands.

Mitchell finds Jackie equally irresistible as he romances her on Blue Bottle Beach, but he has no idea she should be in her cubicle in Chicago balancing the books for one of his many companies. Opening his heart to any woman after an ugly divorce is tough for Mitchell, but something about Jackie makes him want to forget everything.

When they both return to reality and wintry Chicago at Christmastime, they have to face who they really are without the sparkling sunshine and sands of Key West blinding them.

Guest Post

Don’t rent a Moped in Key West: The inspiration behind Blue Bottle Beach

Have you ever taken a vacation that didn’t turn out exactly as you planned? Uh…I’m not the only one, right? Here’s a story taken right from my own honeymoon in Key West. And I swear it’s all true.

When we got married, my new husband was a physically adventurous kind of guy. Motorcyles. Jetskis. Scuba diving. Roller coasters. As a new wife, I was determined to play right along. So we planned a semi-adventurous trip to Key West, Florida. I’m pretty sure any trip to Key West is an adventure, but we planned to add moped riding and scuba diving. Keep in mind, I had never been on a motorcycle or moped of any kind in my life. Bicycle, yes. I thought that qualified me to ride a moped.

It did not.

Did you know you have to pass a “Moped Test” in order to rent one in Key West? I was under the impression there were NO RULES there. I was wrong. The teenager in charge of rentals set up a little course with orange cones in the parking lot, gave me fifteen seconds of instruction on operating the machine and wished me good luck. After two false starts and two crushed cones, the test was over. I failed. Failed! The teenager (who did not look sad or apologetic at all) said, “Lady, I can’t rent you a moped.”

My new husband, whom I had hoped to impress, watched from the sidelines. He consoled me by suggesting I could ride on the back of his moped after he sailed right through the obstacle course like a pro. Seeing Key West on the back of a moped with a confident and somewhat reckless driver was not as much fun as you might think.

The next day, we were signed up for a scuba diving course. My new husband was already a certified diver. I knew how to swim and hold my breath, so I thought this qualified me to sail right through the scuba course at the hotel.

It did not.

After a day of pool instruction in which I didn’t embarrass myself much, our crew of divers went out on a boat. Into the OCEAN. The ocean is very large, salty, and wavy. There were nine-foot waves that day. NINE FEET!! This is too tall. I know this now. Before our boat got out to the reef where we planned to dive, I had already barfed over the side of the boat thrice. I was not alone. Still, I was determined to gut it out and prove to myself and my new man that I was an adventurous gal.

We got in the water with the assurance from the dive instructor that it would be less wavy underneath. Our seasickness would abate.

It did not.

Did you know that you can puke under water? Did you also know that if you puke under water, pretty colorful fish will swim over and eat it?

I tell this story not to impress you with my glamour and talent, but instead to make a point. When I write about flawed and goofy heroines who end up in situations they never would have expected, I know what I’m talking about.

They say you should write what you know. I do.


About the Author:

Amie Denman lives in a small town in her native Ohio with her husband and sons. Her two cats and large yellow labrador are kind enough to share a sunny office where she lets her imagination run wild. Reading books was her favorite escape as a child, and growing up four houses away from the community library encouraged her addiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and running outside. The helpless victim of a lifetime of curiosity, she's been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what's going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love. 

Amie is the author of six contemporary romance novels:

  • The Gull Motel
  • Blue Bottle Beach
  • Her Lucky Catch
  • Her Lucky Prize
  • Will Work for Love
  • He’s on Her Trail


Please visit her at www.amiedenman.com
On Twitter @amiedenman



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