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Monday, May 4, 2015

Guest Post with Author Cynthia Eden and Giveaway

Meet Cynthia Eden, author of Twisted.

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.  Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate.  Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

ARC Review: Still Into You by Ryleigh Andrews

Still Into You is the second book in the Never Over You series by Ryleigh Andrews. These books have to be read in order, so if you haven't already read Bring Me You then you should start there and beware of possible spoilers in this review. I will warn you that these books do contain cliffhangers since Ethan and Mia's story continues from one book to the next. Though I hate waiting for more, Ryleigh Andrews is a great writer and her books are worth waiting for because they are so good!

Mia knew that she needed to work on herself and take care of her past before she could ever hope to have a future with Ethan. Though she knew she wanted to be with him, she knew it was unfair for him to stay with her while she worked on what she needed to. When she walked away from him, she broke not only his heart but also her own. But just because she knows what she needs to do, doesn't mean that she won't hit rock bottom before getting there. Mia has been running from her demons for years, and now that she has finally seen how low she can get she starts to begin the long and painful process of taking back her life. But after everything is dealt with and all the time apart, will Ethan still be around or will he have moved on?

I love these two together so much! There has never been a question in my mind of whether or not Ethan and Mia belonged together. They have had such an undeniable connection since they first met, and the chemistry and passion between them was never an issue. These two are beyond hot together, but they also have such strong feelings for one another that it makes them even more compatible. They work well together and they understand one another. Though they don't always agree on the best approach to things, their unwavering love and support for one another is unlike anything I have ever seen before. These two might have taken time apart and there might have been both physical and emotional distance between them, but they always knew what the end game was. They knew that they wanted to be together, and that unfortunately that sometimes means being apart for awhile to figure things out. I will say that it definitely wasn't easy for either of them, or for me as a reader to get through some parts of this book. My heart literally broke for them so many times, and I honestly was unsure of what would happen with this two. Their story is still far from over, but I am really glad that they are finally starting to get to where they need to be.

Mia and Ethan have been through so much and while I love them for one another, they have also put one another through a lot. I really hated how far apart they were for so much of this story, and it was especially hard to see them with other people knowing how perfect they are together. But I also know that these two have to end up together because there is no way that they have such a special relationship and don't wind up together. Ryleigh Andrews has written such beautiful yet flawed characters, and I love that they are so real. They struggle with things and make mistakes, and that makes their story so believable to me. Life is messy and things get complicated, and Ryleigh Andrews has done a great job of showing that sometimes just because you love someone doesn't mean that the timing is right. We as humans are constantly growing and evolving, and that is definitely the case with Mia and Ethan. I saw a lot of growth and change in Mia in this book, and I was so glad that she was finally starting to open up to those that she loved and to move forward with her life. This story is emotional and captivating, and I honestly cannot wait to get more of all these characters. I love Ethan and Mia, but I also really love the secondary characters and Mia's best friend Luke is one of my favorites. I am really enjoying seeing him start to move forward with his life also, and I can't wait to see what happens next for him as well. I highly recommend this series, and I really think that there is something that everyone can relate to with these characters. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series, and hope that we don't have to wait too long to get more of these fantastic characters.

**ARC Provided by Between the Sheets Promotions**

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

ARC Review: Master of Freedom by Cherise Sinclair

Book five in Cherise Sinclair’s Mountain Master & Dark Haven series. I have read Cherise Sinclair before and I enjoyed it this one just wasn’t doing it for me. Well let me rephrase that, the BDSM aspect did really impress me; probably because service submission isn’t my favorite. Everything else about the book was good I love rope play and enjoyed watching Virginia come to the slow realization and learning the difference between submission and her own personal neurosis. Atticus isn’t my favorite kind of alpha male but he is what he is and he knows his stuff and he knows he loves Virginia even if they both are not quite ready for that.

Virginia up and leaves to work as a social worker for one of the prison in the mountains of California. She wants a fresh start away from her ex-fiancé. He not only used her but cheated on her and she had enough even if it meant leaving a job she loves working with kids. Virginia comes off as very naïve, especially when it comes to sex and BDSM. He ex-fiancé convinced her it was just something they made up to sell books and is shocked and intrigued when she finds out that her new friends are all in on the scene and gets the chance to watch a Beginners BDSM weekend retreat. There she meets a man who sends shivers down her spine.

Atticus left his family home in Idaho when his little brother went to prison in California for aggravated manslaughter, drunken driving lead to an accident and his best friend died. Atticus quickly made friends with the members in the local dungeon and with his knowledge of ropes he ended up teaching on the weekend retreats. This latest one provides to be very interesting indeed.

Atticus is quickly taken with Virginia and they start up an almost vanilla relationship, Virginia calling it friends with benefits. But when Virginia starts to stress out she starts doing this for Atticus and when she realizes what she is doing, and not knowing his past breaks things off because she is afraid he would start to use her just like her ex did. Atticus forgetting that any good Dom needs to listen is angered by her excuse and leaves. It doesn’t take long before they mend things up and try working through both of their problems. The best part in my opinion is the end big finish, prison riot, prison break and Virginia is taken hostage; all very exciting.

Overall yeah I would recommend it if you are a fan of BDSM.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: Binge by Jennifer Foor

I have become a fan of Jennifer Foor, so I couldn't wait to read a new book by her! Binge is unlike anything I have read before, including everything I have read by Foor. If you have read anything by Jennifer Foor, you know what an emotional storyteller she is. Her stories are always emotional roller coasters, and they are often tough at times to get through. That has never been more the case than with Binge. I find stories about struggling marriages hard at times being married myself. I am lucky that my husband and I have such a great relationship, so it always tears me up a bit to see things like what happened in Binge. This book is not an example of your sweet fairy-tale type of relationship, it is rough and messy and yet the fact that Aria and Flynn kept going back to one another showed that clearly they had something worth fighting for.

Flynn and Aria Roberts are struggling with their marriage. They were high school sweethearts that found themselves pregnant at 17. They got married and now 7 years later, they are constantly fighting. Flynn and Aria are at the point that they know if they can't figure things out soon, divorce will be the only answer. They have tried staying together for their daughter Emery, but it isn't healthy to remain together just for her. As Flynn and Aria seek outside help for their marriage, they begin to realize that each of them shares part of the blame for their crumbling marriage. But can the both make the changes the need to and be willing to open themselves up to what their partner needs for them, or will there be too much damage for them to overcome? 

I have to say that this is the first time in a romance that I really didn't care for either of the main characters, and yet I was rooting for them anyways. These two had a ton of issues, and they both needed help individually as well as together. Aria was starting to lose her mind, she acted immaturely and lashed out at Flynn constantly. She had an almost irrational amount of jealousy directed at pretty much every female that crossed Flynn's path. But as the story continued, we find out that it wasn't exactly as irrational as we thought. Yes she did go a bit extreme, but she also had reason for her lack of trust in Flynn. Flynn would do things he knew would hurt Aria, and at times go out of his way to make her mad. He clearly loved both her and Aria, and yet he didn't really go out of his way to show them. These two had so many things that they needed to work on, and one of the biggest was communication. It was clear that they were internalizing so much when they should have been opening up to one another. They had a connection and chemistry that kept them coming back to one another, but they needed to figure out a way to work as a team rather than as individuals. 

While I liked seeing these two begin to piece their marriage back together, I did have a tough time with this story. These two were all over the place, but I really felt like a lot of that was natural. They couldn't decide what they should do and what would be best for everyone involved. As they struggled to decide whether to throw in the towel or continue to fight, these two were truly awful to one another at times. I began to wonder if their relationship was too toxic for them to fight for. But they did love one another and that hadn't changed despite all the bad. I will say that this book is messy and there are things that will make some readers uncomfortable. If you have problems with a lot of angst and are not a fan of cheating, this story might not be for you. I do think that this book shows us a different side to relationships that often isn't seen in romance books. Sometimes relationships are hard and they require a lot of work, and that was definitely the case here. If you are looking for something that shows the struggles that a lot of couples face and something that isn't all hearts and flowers, I think this book is worth a read. Jennifer Foor always takes the reader on an emotional journey and it isn't always pretty. But I love that she always gives us something real and raw, and makes the reader examine things that aren't always the norm when it comes to stories in the romance genre. I will definitely be reading more from Jennifer Foor in the future.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Sugar on Top by Marina Adair

She's sassy and sweet

The last thing Glory Mann wants is to become chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia. Spending months hearing nothing but the clinking of pearls and judgment? No thank you! But when Glory is forced to take the rap for a scandal she didn't commit, the judge sentences her to head the committee. Even worse, her co-chairman is rugged, ripped . . . and barely knows she's alive.

He's ready and willing

Single dad Cal McGraw can't take any more drama in his life. After a difficult divorce, his little girl became a boy-crazy teenager and his hands are full. The last thing he needs is to spend his down time with the town bad girl. Glory is pure trouble-tempting and tantalizing trouble. But he can't deny the strong chemistry between them-or how her touch turns him inside out. Now as squabbles threaten to blow up the contest and the town of Sugar itself, Cal must risk everything on the sexy wild card to get a second chance at love . . .

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