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Monday, September 1, 2014

Feature and Giveaway: In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

Cole Reynolds had it all. And then one night he makes a bad choice... and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he'd be able to lean on his best friends. The best friends that have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they're gone. Worse, there's the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn't intentional and yet he can't ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. The all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won't so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip of what once was important-college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It's not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there's only one person who can give that to him...

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Monthly Giveaway - September

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Each month here at Ramblings From This Chick we will be giving away various prizes to followers of the blog with a there being a new prize(s) available every month.

Here's a peek at this months prize.

2 lucky people will win a Box of Books!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ARC Review: No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones

I really loved this series when it first started. I thought that it was so new and different, and I loved how refreshing that was. As the series has continued though, I have felt as though things have gone downhill. While I still love the characters, I feel as though the story has begun to drag and it feels as though things are purposely being drawn out at times. This book needs to be read after the previous books and is not a standalone. I would highly recommend that if you are going to read this series that you read them in order and close together. I found myself getting confused and forgetting past events because of the time in between each book. I am not sure where this series is headed, but I will say that I am starting to lose interest because of the way that it has been stretched out so much.

After everything that happened in Paris, Chris and Sarah have finally returned home to San Francisco. With the investigation in full swing, everywhere they turn Sarah and Chris are in the middle of lawyer, detectives, and their own security team who are determined to get to the bottom of what happened once and for all. With Ava retracting her confession, the police turn their investigation to Sarah, Chris and Mark and begin to wonder if Ava is protecting someone or is lying. At the heart of the investigation is still the question about what happened to Rebecca and if they will ever find out the truth and where her body might be. Sarah and Chris have begun to bare their souls to one another and are more committed than ever, but with everything going on and the past being brought to the surface things start to unravel. Can Sarah give her trust to Chris after everything or will their relationship crumble under the weight of everything that still stands between them?

I really thought that at this point that Sarah and Chris's relationship would be rock solid, and at times it does seem like it is. But then there are times that it seems as though they will never be able to find stability and a future together. After everything that Chris had revealed to Sarah about his past, it was Sarah that hadn't been entirely truthful with Chris. She still had so much going on with her panic attacks and her past that she had yet to fill him in on. It also seemed as though she was still having trust issues when it came to opening up to him and that bothered me. Chris had been so patient and kind with her and she continued to run rather than immediately go to him. I understand that she was trying to protect him and their relationship because she thought that things would be hard for him to deal with, but as a couple they should have been able to deal with things together. I did enjoy them starting to move forward towards a future together though, and their undeniable chemistry was still clear. These two belong together and I just hope that they are able to make it through everything together and get their HEA at the end of everything.

I will admit that this felt really long to me, and I honestly felt like this book could have done the exact same thing but been novella length. The story was slow at times and hard to stay interested in. I kept waiting for more to happen, but really it was not much progress at the end of it. Sarah and Chris still have much to get through, and I honestly am not sure where they stand at the end of this story. I am not sure what is going on with the connection to the roses and why all of a sudden they are making such an appearance with Chris and his feelings towards Sarah. It seems a bit suspicious considering the connection that roses have to Rebecca, and I have to wonder if there is more going on between Chris and Rebecca in the past than what he has said or we have been lead to believe. I am still not convinced that Rebecca is really dead, which would mean even more if there is still more about Chris and her that we don't know. I will say that I am curious to where things will end with this series, and I am commited to seeing it played out. But honestly I am continuing to get frustrated with this series, and would like to see the end in sight. I don't want this series to be completely killed by the end and it left feeling as though the author is beating a dead horse. I understand giving a story its proper ending, but there is such a thing as overdoing it to keep it going. I will be interested to see how the next book plays out and if we are finally given more answers than questions and confusion.

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Feature and Giveaway: Evernight by Kristen Callihan

Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

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ARC Review: Let Me Know by Stina Lindenblatt

Let Me Know is the second book in the Lost in You series by Stina Lindenblatt. This book picks up where Tell Me When ended, and should be read after the first book. I would not recommend this book unless you have read the previous story as it is not a standalone and would be hard to understand without having seen what had previously happened with these characters. When I first found out that there was going to be a sequel, I was really excited to read it. I really enjoyed the first book and felt like pretty much everything had been wrapped up in that book with one large exception. So I was really looking forward to seeing what happened next for Amber and Marcus. But after reading this book, I was left with a lot of mixed feelings and I didn't end up enjoying this story as much as I had hoped to.

Amber and Marcus have both been through so much, and have finally found some happiness together. As Amber's case against Paul continues to get closer, things start to fall apart. What was once clearly Amber the victim of kidnapping and rape, now appears to be consensual after someone starts to set Amber up with fake evidence and letters. Amber needs Marcus more than ever, but Marcus also ends up under attack when damaging information from his past surfaces and threatens not only Amber's case but also their relationship. When Marcus is forced to make a choice between staying with Amber and ending their relationship in order to help her out, he believes that breaking her heart will help insure her future. Amber must find her strength and determination to get through everything that is being thrown her way, while she also sets out to raise awareness for other victims like herself and Marcus. Can they find a way to get through things together despite all the obstacles in their way, or will there be too many things trying to keep them apart?

I had really loved Amber and Marcus in the first book. I liked how well they were able to bond through the pain that they had both suffered and turned it into a positive way for them to understand one another. I felt like they really were some of the only people who could truly understand one another because of everything that they had been through. It was nice to see that they were still on the same page in this book, and that their feelings and connection were as strong as ever. I really felt like they loved one another and that they belonged together. They were supportive and encouraging of one another, and would do anything to protect the other. I really hated it when Marcus allowed Amber's mother to interfere in their relationship, and I wish that he would have done things differently. I do understand what he was trying to do, but I felt like he should have made a better decision and at the very least talked to Amber about everything before he made any decisions. I felt like Amber was too forgiving about how everything happened, and I didn't understand why she just seemed to be okay with everything because she knew his motivation. I wouldn't have been able to move past everything so easily or quickly if I had been in her shoes.

I will also say that for me this one was slow moving for the majority of the story, and I kept losing interest. I would want to set the book down and walk away, and didn't have the desire to pick it back up quickly. This one just didn't affect me the way that the first book did, and I think a lot of this story was drawn out for effect. It seemed like a lot of drama had been created in order to stir the pot and keep things happening as Amber's case continued. I really felt like it got to be a bit much when it was one thing after another. I couldn't believe how much could happen to these two people who had already been subjected to so many awful things. It just felt like it was forced and that a lot of it was not believable at all. I also felt like although there was too much going on at times, that this one lacked resolution. While many things were brought up, the twists were left without much conclusion. I wanted to know what happened with Melissa's involvement with everything, and what happened with Marcus's stepfather and mother, also what happened with everything that had been done to set up both Marcus and Amber. While I was happy to get more of these characters as well as see some of the secondary characters again, I really felt like this story is being drug out at this point and I am starting to lose interest in the outcome. I am not sure if there is going to be another book after this one, but it really feels like there will be after finishing this one and seeing how the author left things. I honestly would not reread this story and I probably wouldn't continue this series if there were more books at this point. While I really enjoyed the first book, this second one fell flat for me and I would only recommend it to those that had read the first book and enjoyed it.

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