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Friday, 31 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Jackson by Giulia Lagomarsino

Jackson: Book 2 of a 3 book arc
(Reed Security, #14)
Author: Giulia Lagomarsino
Publication Date: May 27th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
This is the 14th book in the Reed Security Series and the 2nd book of a 3 book arc. The arc books need to be read in order and it is suggested that the rest of the series is read in order as well.

Jackson Lewis saved Raegan Cartwright from a terrible situation and has been keeping her and her parents safe. Raegan knows she can trust the sexy man she’s staying with, but her confidence has taken a beating. Still, she refuses to be the wilting flower that everyone expects of her. If only she could get Jackson to see that. He sees only what he wants to, sure that her refusal to talk about what happened as a sign she couldn’t move on. But when all hell breaks loose at Reed Security, Raegan is pulled into one dangerous situation after another. When it is discovered that Raegan isn’t just an innocent bystander but directly linked to Reed Security’s current situation, she finds herself even more intertwined and is fully prepared to face her issues head-on. But this is more than just an abusive ex. This is something that involves innocent people and deadly consequences. But Reed Security is relying on her and she won’t let them down.

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

BOOK REVIEW: I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong

I Spy the Boy Next Door
Author: Samantha Armstrong
Publication Date: May 25th, 2019
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Four p.m. spy sessions are the highlight of Mallory Taylor’s day. Observing the boy next door—one with a body and an attitude to match—has her perched beside her window so often it can't be healthy.

When she finally convinces her mom to let her go to public school, Mallory comes face to face with her neighbor, Troy Parker. And he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. His rejection awakens a newfound tenacity and maybe even a touch of recklessness. But when Troy starts to show up when she needs him the most, Mallory can’t help but wonder if there’s more to him than he’s let on.

Taking chances, breaking rules, and following her heart is all new to Mallory. And no one warned her just how fickle hearts can be. When she discovers that Troy isn’t at all the guy she imagined him to be, secrets rise to the surface that will change her life forever.

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MY REVIEW

After 5 years of swooning over the boy next door, Mallory Taylor finally gets the chance to interact with him up close after her overprotective parents agree to let her attend public school. Things don't get off to a good start, however, as her long time crush, Troy Parker, does not seem the least bit interested in getting to know her. With much persistence, Mallory eventually learns the real reason why Troy has kept his distance for all these years and why he's been holding a resentment towards her even though they've barely said a word to each other since he moved in next door. There's much more to Mallory Taylor than meets the eye, and it appeas Troy Parker knows more about her than she knows about herself.

The first quatre and the last quatre of the book captivated my attention, especially since the last few chapters threw the story in a completely different direction than I'd anticipated. Although the ending felt abrupt and rather rushed, I thought there was great potential in the plot as it finally added some significance to the characters' stories, and had it been executed with more precision and care, I might have ended up liking the story more.

For the most part, we are presented with very cliched characters and a predictable storyline. I didn't mind the cliches (I wasn't expecting much originality), but I find it hard to tolerate impassive characters. Mallory came off as rather vain and not much substance to her character, whereas Troy was just eye candy.

It was a good read, it just didn't blow my mind. Had the characters been more likable and not so bland, I would have enjoyed the story more.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: BookSirens

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Cover Reveal - The Hollow Queen by Sherry D. Ficklin


The Hollow Queen
(Stolen Empire, #5)
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2019
Genre: YA Historical

Book Description:
As a princess of the Romanov Empire, Elizabeth has enjoyed a life of luxury and privilege. But the sudden deaths of her parents leaves her unprotected – awash in the dangerous tide of her family’s political rivals. When the supreme council crowns her half-nephew Peter II in her place, Elizabeth is left with no title, no power—and no allies. Now little more than a bastard in the eyes of the world, she is sent to serve in the palatial home of Prince Menshikov—the real power behind the boy king.

But Elizabeth won’t fade quietly into the background.

Determined to uncover the truth behind her mother’s murder and expose the men who mean to rule Russia in secret, she grows closer to the handsome young king, and swears to protect him and his rule at any cost. But the forces that oppose them are as dark as they are far-reaching–and this time, Elizabeth could lose more than just her title…




About the Author
Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

Sherry also writes contemporary romance under the pen name SJ Noble. You can find her at her official website, www.sherryficklin.com, or stalk her on her Facebook page
www.facebook.com/sherry.ficklin.

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Monday, 27 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Shantallow by Cara Martin

Shantallow
Author: Cara Martin
Published by: Cormorant Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2019
Genre: YA Horror

Book Description:
Tanvi isn’t the girl of Misha’s dreams; she’s the girl from his nightmares. She has appeared in his chilling dreams before he even meets her; when he DOES meet her, he falls for her.

Their relationship turns stormy, bordering on abusive, and takes a dramatic turn when they are held captive by a group hoping to extract money from Tanvi’s wealthy family.

But there is something more sinister at work, and the kidnappers and their victims find themselves struggling for survival as a supernatural force from Misha’s nightmares makes itself known in the real world.

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Friday, 24 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Divorce Planner by Angela Lam

The Divorce Planner
Author: Angela Lam
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: May 20th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
When her daughter suggests Darcy Madison attend her ex-husband’s wedding, Darcy enlists the help of her colleague, divorce attorney Victor Costello, to pose as her dashing young date. But when Victor proposes to Darcy at the reception, Darcy forgets they are pretending and says, “Yes!” Between her false engagement to Victor and her daughter’s suggestion to have a double wedding, Darcy falls even further in the fantasy of being a blushing midlife bride. The longer the masquerade continues, the more Darcy starts to wonder what is love and can it last forever in a world where divorce is the only language she knows?

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Ten Hours by Melissa Toppen

Ten Hours
Author: Melissa Toppen
Publication Date: May 17th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
TEN HOURS- A STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Ten hours…
That’s how much time we spent together.
How much time I got with the man whose bright eyes and sultry smile almost made me forget that I was sick.

Six hundred minutes…
That’s how long it took me to fall in love.

Thirty-six thousand seconds…
And then it was over. And all I wanted was more.
More seconds.
More minutes.
More hours.
More him.
Ten hours…
Such a small, insignificant amount of time.
Yet those ten hours changed everything.


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Friday, 17 May 2019

Cover Reveal - Dry Bones by Safari Spell


Dry Bones: The Valley
(Long Live Dead Reckless #3)
Author: Safari Spell
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
In the third novel in the LONG LIVE DEAD RECKLESS series, Talor must find a way to remember what everyone wants her to forget…or lose herself forever.

As a Grigori Princess, Talor has everything most women could ever want: love, eternal beauty, wealth, and power. Supernatural servants bend to her every will and no material desire is denied her, but that rose-colored reality begins to crack when she hears a mysterious voice speaking through music.

After a violent encounter with a sinister figure in the countryside, her husband Rami turns cold and possessive, blaming her for the growing storm between the Grigori and the Dissent. Confused and heartbroken, Talor soon becomes less like a princess and more like a prisoner in her own home.

But as the list of enemies seeking to abduct her from the Valley grows, she begins to wonder what it is they know that she doesn’t. When she is faced with an unthinkable choice, she must be braver than she ever thought possible if she is to discover the shocking truth that will change everything.



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About the Author
Safari Spell is a native of Albany, Georgia. Author of the Long Live Dead Reckless series, she has a BA in Journalism from Valdosta State University. She currently lives in North Georgia with her husband, two children, and a backyard jungle harboring all the dinosaurs everyone thinks are extinct. Her dreams include chasing autumn around the globe and having a wallaby sidekick.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Lifeline by Abbey Lee Nash

Lifeline
Author: Abbey Lee Nash
Publication Date: April 7th, 2018
Publisher: Tiny Fox Press
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction / Coming of Age

Book Description:
Popular high school senior Eli Ross has the perfect life. He’s captain of the lacrosse team at LionsHeart Academy, and he’s dating Savannah, the hottest, most popular girl at school. But that life comes crashing down when he overdoses at a party and is sent to LakeShore Recovery Center, an inpatient substance abuse treatment program where he’ll spend the next twenty-eight days.

It's there that Eli meets Libby, the sharp-edged artist, whose freshly tattooed scars mirror the emotional scars Eli tries his best to ignore. Eli soon learns that if he's to have any chance at a future, he'll first have to confront his past.

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MY REVIEW

Popular high school senior Eli Ross has the perfect all American life: he's captain of the lacrosse team at LionsHeart Academy, and he's dating the most popular girl in school. Things couldn't be better for Eli. Eli's perfect life disappears in a split moment, however, when he overdoses at his friend's house party. Seeing her son at rock bottom is the incentive Eli's mum needs to admit him to LakeShore Recovery Center on a 28-day treatment program.

The book started off well. It grabbed my attention right away as it was dealing with a very important subject matter that many people, high school students in this case, find challenging and stuggle to cope with, so I found it intriguing that it was delving into this topic. Once rehab started, however, the story became a cliche, and it was borderline dull. I still read on as I found it had a lot of potential. It could have been a lot better than it turned out to be, and I think the major reason it wasn't as enjoyable for me as it should have been was because of the protagonist. Eli was an unlikeable character throughout most of the book. I barely tolerated him. He was just a whiny character who snaps at everyone trying to help him. It wouldn't have been bad if there had been some alteration to his character by the end of the book, but I didn't see any change at all. Libby was even a less favourable character than Eli, so I didn't see the significance of her character, other than for the purpose of adding an edge of romance, which seemed somewhat forced within the context of the story.

It was an okay read - at least, the first quatre of the book. Had the characters had more impact on me, I might have enjoyed the story a bit more.

VERDICT


Award: Bronze
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Source: BookSirens

Monday, 13 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Rule of Many by Ashley Saunders



The Rule of Many
(The Rule of One #2)
Author: Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders
Published by: Skyscape
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Genre: YA Dystopian

Book Description:
Born to a death sentence in a near-future America, rebellious sisters herald a revolution—if they can survive.

Twins Ava and Mira Goodwin defy the Rule of One simply by existing. The single-child law, ruthlessly enforced by Texas’s Governor Roth, has made the sisters famous fugitives and inspirations for the resurgent rebellion known as the Common.

But the relentless governor and his implacable Texas State Guard threaten that fragile hope, as Roth consolidates his power in a bid for ultimate authority.

As Ava and Mira relinquish the relative safety of their Canadian haven to stand against Roth, new allies arise: Owen, a gifted young programmer, impulsively abandons his comfortable life in a moment of compassion, while Zee, an abused labor camp escapee, finds new purpose in resistance.

The four will converge on Dallas for a reckoning with Roth, with nothing less than their destinies—and the promise of a future free from oppression—on the line.

Disobedience means death. But a life worth living demands rebellion.

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Then Came You by Kate Meader

Then Came You
(Laws of Attraction #3)
Author: Kate Meader
Published by: Loveswept
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re . . . divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?

“I love Kate Meader’s books!”—Kelly Jamieson

Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.

The woman I used to call . . . wife.

And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.

It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammy, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.

A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back . . . and I won’t stop until “I do.”

Kate Meader’s super-sexy Laws of Attraction novels can be read together or separately:

DOWN WITH LOVE • ILLEGALLY YOURS • THEN CAME YOU

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Cover Reveal - Cruel by Trisha Wolfe

Cruel
(A Necrosis of the Mind Duet, #1)
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Genre: Adult Psychological Thriller / Romantic Thriller

Book Description:
I was born a psychopath. But he made me a killer.

Revenge is a lucrative business, and for Blakely Vaughn, it’s more than just profitable, it’s fun. Until it becomes personal.

Alex Chambers has a secret life—one he’s worked hard to conceal from a judgmental world.

Blakely and Alex have one thing in common: the desire to make Royce Travers suffer.

A quest to avenge an innocent victim sparks a dark and deadly obsession, where a dangerous union of cruel minds raises the question: How far is too far?

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Saturday, 4 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - In Other Words by Jennifer Woodhull

In Other Words
Author: Jennifer Woodhull
Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Dexter

We became close friends in college. When Sinclair returns home to Dallas after two years in New York, I introduce her to my best friend Cole. The good-looking playboy ballplayer is the perfect kind of guy for the woman I’m sure would never be interested in me…even if seeing them together breaks my heart.

Sinclair.

He was the nerdy PhD candidate. I was the cheerleader. We made unlikely friends. Moving back home after two years away, he looks hotter than ever. When I start dating his ballplayer best friend, things get complicated. He doesn’t see me as girlfriend material…but I can’t get him, or my feelings for him, out of my head.

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Of Shadow and Light by Ebony Olson

Of Shadow and Light
Author: Ebony Olson
Publication Date: May 1st, 2019
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
She will be the one to take his coldness,
She will unveil the Unseelie darkness and show them light.
She will unite what should never have broken.
The daughter of the moon will teach him love and the radiance of the sun.
Her inner light will purify the tainted ones,
And she will guide the fey by wisp-light.

‘Prophecy of the Dark Prince’

Messina Doe was just looking for a warm place to spend the night. What she discovers is a place the human race had long ago buried and forgotten.

The dark Fey haven’t forgotten humans. The throne room of the Unseelie court is the hottest underground nightclub around, but if you step through the wrong door, there is no going back.

No one ever escapes. Never.

Once, someone did.


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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong

I Spy the Boy Next Door
Author: Samantha Armstrong
Publication Date: May 25th, 2019
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Four p.m. spy sessions are the highlight of Mallory Taylor’s day. Observing the boy next door—one with a body and an attitude to match—has her perched beside her window so often it can’t be healthy.

When she finally convinces her mom to let her go to public school, Mallory comes face to face with her neighbor, Troy Parker. And he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. His rejection awakens a newfound tenacity and maybe even a touch of recklessness. But when Troy starts to show up when she needs him the most, Mallory can’t help but wonder if there’s more to him than he’s let on.

Taking chances, breaking rules, and following her heart is all new to Mallory. And no one warned her just how fickle hearts can be. When she discovers that Troy isn’t at all the guy she imagined him to be, secrets rise to the surface that will change her life forever.

**This is a standalone mature YA/new adult contemporary romance.

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Mari Yosoto has been keeping a dark and dangerous secret from everyone for the past three years. No one would believe her anyway, her ex-fiancé had seen to that. When a young girl goes missing on Mars, Mari must work with an old acquaintance and an eclectic group of people to complete the mission. Can she keep her secret safe or will her past traumas put the whole team in danger?