July 31, 2013

Erin Reviews: SHARK OUT OF WATER (Grab Your Pole 3) by Jenn Cooksey

SHARK OUT OF WATER (Grab Your Pole 3) by Jenn Cooksey-Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/ARC

With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling.

In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.



Waiting on Wednesday 7/31: SOME LIKE IT WILD (The Wild Ones 2) by M. Leighton

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

July 30, 2013

NEAR & FAR (Lost & Found 2) by Nicole Williams Review & Giveaway

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NEAR & FAR (Lost & Found 2) by Nicole Williams-NA Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/blog tour

There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.

Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.

As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.


*Recommended for mature readers due to moderate content and language.*

ONLY FOR YOU (Boys of the South 2) by Marquita Valentine Cover Reveal

ONLY FOR YOU (Boys of the South 2) by Marquita Valentine-NA Contemporary Romance
Expected release: September 2, 2013 
Cover designed by: Marquita Valentine 


Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle. 

Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray. 

Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her. 

Now Violet must choose between Jaxon— her first love and the guy she thought had cheated on her—and Cole—the guy who helped her heal and love again. 

Or will one of them make the decision for her?
  

Teaser Tuesday 7/30: ESCAPING ME by Elizabeth Lee

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

July 29, 2013

COME ALIVE (Experiment In Terror 7) by Karina Halle Review & Giveaway

COME ALIVE (Experiment In Terror 7) by Karina Halle-Adult Horror/Suspense/Romance
Kindle format gifted by author for review

It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, con­vinc­ing Perry Palomino to open her­self to their bur­geon­ing rela­tion­ship has been more chal­leng­ing than hunt­ing ghosts, bat­tling demons and stalk­ing Sasquatch com­bined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror show run­ning is to take on a third part­ner in the form of the mys­te­ri­ous Max­imus Jacobs — all while inves­ti­gat­ing a sin­is­ter voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the per­fect South­ern storm and a recipe for dis­as­ter. Luck­ily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.

Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.

The Chosen ~ Book II in The Haze Series by Janine Olsson Cover Reveal

The Chosen ~ Book II in The Haze Series by Janine Olsson-Paranormal Romance

As the new Queen of Hemlee, Natalia is ready to fulfill her purpose and unite the seven island covens as one. Bound and determined, she sets out to convince the elite kings of their universal goal—to rid mankind of evil vampires in hopes of salvation. However, Malice, Hell’s Gatekeeper, has other plans for her. He has been waiting centuries to seek his vengeance on her bonded mate, Finn, and desires more than final death for his foe. He seeks to blacken Finn’s heart by using True as bait to lure Natalia into betraying her beloved. Can their bond survive the demon’s torment? Can she convince the elite kings that her destiny is their destiny? 
The Fates have spoken and The Chosen must rise. Evil is imminent. Will they be ready or is all hope lost?

SWEET THING by Renee Carlino Excerpt & Giveaway!

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino-New Adult  Contemporary Romance 
Event organized by: AToMR Tours 
A USA TODAY bestseller, Sweet Thing tells the story of Mia Kelly, a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old café, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician.

Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker. A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go. 





July 28, 2013

BROKEN AT LOVE (Whitman University 1) by Lyla Payne Mini-Review

BROKEN AT LOVE (Whitman University 1) by Lyla Payne-NA Contemporary Romance
Paperback given by author for review
When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

A Week with Autumn 7/28

These are the books and goodies I received in the mail this past week. I may not get to post reviews on the blog for all the books, but this is a great way of getting Authors/books names out there. I've decided to join in on Tynga's Reviews weekly meme called Stacking the Shelves. Make sure to stop by her blog to see the other participants!

July 27, 2013

FINDING BLISS by Dina Silver Author Interview & Giveaway

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FINDING BLISS by Dina Silver-Women's Fiction

Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family. 

Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds––a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down.

An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can’t quite get over him. It’s not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes.

After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable—and sometimes heartbreaking—twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she’d have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don’t have to live a fairytale life in order to have a happy ending.


Sexy Summer Saturdays 7/27: SCANDAL IN SEATTLE: Great Exploitations 2 by Nicole Williams Review


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July 26, 2013

RED HILL by Jamie McGuire COVER REVEAL & Giveaway!!!!!!

RED HILL by Jamie McGuire-NA Post Apocalyptic Drama
Scheduled to release: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books


When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.



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New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the Providence series and contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. She is an RT(R), a graduate of Autry and Oklahoma Northern College, and a full time writer.
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY 7/26: LOOKING FOR TROUBLE (Trouble 1) by Erin Kern


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  • You have to have read the book at least one year ago. 
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July 25, 2013

AFTER MATH (Off the Subject 1) by Denise Grover Swank Review

AFTER MATH (Off the Subject 1) by Denise Grover Swank-NA Contemporary Romance
Paperback provided by author for review
Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

Erin Reviews: UNDECLARED (Woodlands 1) by Jen Frederick

UNDECLARED (Woodlands 1) by Jen Frederick-NA Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

This is a mature New Adult book. I see that it is classified as YA - not sure how to change that - but I wanted to be clear that it has explicit love scenes in the story.


SWOON Thursday 7/25: COME ALIVE (Experiment In Terror 7) by Karina Halle



SWOON Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

July 24, 2013

STUBBORN LOVE by Natalie Ward Cover Reveal & Giveaway

STUBBORN LOVE by Natalie Ward
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations
Release Date: September 2013 (exact date to be finalized very soon)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Cover Reveal Hosted by: Angie's Dreamy Reads




Five years ago, tragedy brought Jared and Mia together. A tragedy that was the start of an unlikely source of support, a true friendship and eventually, deep, heart-stopping love. Until the day something pushed them apart, forcing one of them to let the other one go.

Now, over the course of a day and a night, Jared and Mia will finally talk about how it all went wrong. How something which seemed so perfect and true, was so easily broken. And just when they think they’ve found their way back to each other, their love, will once more be put to the ultimate test.

Sometimes, you never realise how much you can hurt the one you love.
Sometimes, you never realise the lengths you’ll go to, to help someone you love.
And sometimes, you never realise just how stubborn love can be.
Because it’s impossible to let somebody go, when you never stopped loving them in the first place.

Waiting on Wednesday 7/24: SHARK OUT OF WATER (Grab Your Pole 3) by Jenn Cooksey

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Erin Reviews: MOONLIGHT (Moon 1) by Lisa Kessler

MOONLIGHT (Moon 1) by Lisa Kessler-Adult Paranormal Romance
Kindle format given by Entangled: Edge for review
Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

July 23, 2013

THIS TIME AROUND by Ellie Grace Review, Six Words, & Giveaway

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THIS TIME AROUND by Ellie Grace-Adult Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review

Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart. It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she's always planned on.

Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew. If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again.

They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around?

TEASER TUESDAY 7/23: SOMETIMES IT LASTS (Sea Breeze 5) by Abbi Glines

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

July 22, 2013

NEAR & FAR (Lost and Found 2) by Nicole Williams TEASER!!!!

It's no secret that I'm a huge Nicole Williams fan. This year she's had some truly great books release and one of those books was LOST & FOUND. Jesse Walker stole my heart! So, when I found out that Jesse and Rowen would get another book I was thrilled! Nicole has graciously given me a NEW teaser for NEAR & FAR  to share with you all! I can't wait for this book!!! Check it out!


There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get annoying. Fast.

Falling in love with the girl who had at first seemed immune to it, was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him into their family when he was five. But loving the girl who has her fair share of secrets is about as easy as that same girl loving the boy who seems to have none.

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch, and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they begin to wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.

As push comes to shove and choices aren’t only needing to be made, but forced to be made, Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents, go on to expect a promising future? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.


FACADE (The Games Trilogy 2) by Nyrae Dawn Review

FACADE (The Games Trilogy 2) by Nyrae Dawn-NA Contemporary Romance
Kindle format provided by Forever: Grand Central for review

Can love save them?After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is all right. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she’s never been—and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies’ man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together—or tear them apart forever?

WHEN IT RAINS by Lisa De Jong Cover Reveal

WHEN IT RAINS by Lisa De Jong
Expected Release Date: September 21, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary 
Cover Designer: Mae I Design & Photography
Cover reveal organized by: Shh Moms Reading


One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Again.

Erin Reviews: Every Rose by Lynetta Halat

Every Rose by Lynetta Halat-NA Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review

What do you do when you realize you were foolish enough to throw away true, unconditional love?

Lorraina Dabney turns her back on her creativity and tumultuous upbringing to embark on a college career that will lead her to law school and to becoming what she values most in life—a controlled, powerful, respected woman. When she stumbles upon her childhood friend's artwork, she feels inspired to reconnect with him and her former self. This onslaught of emotion will send Lorraina in a tale-spin to figure out exactly why she abandoned all that she was, all that she could've been.

Coming from his own chaotic upbringing, Michael falls quickly and deeply in love with Lorraina at a tender age. Even her rejection can't stand in the way of his obsession. When she starts to date other boys, however, Michael finally relents, causing him to spiral further into a world filled with violence, drugs, alcohol, and women. Realizing this lifestyle will only lead to his further estrangement from Lorraina, Michael sets about to turn himself around before going to get his girl.

Michael Bang will have Lorraina questioning everything.


July 21, 2013

FOUND (The Crescent Chronicles 3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway


FOUND (The Crescent Chronicles 3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy-NA Paranormal Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/blog tour

Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it's not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark.

Allie's tired of being left with more questions than answers. She's tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she's tired of her life spinning out of control.

Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.