Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Breathe by Amber Lacie

Breathe is the first book that I have ever read from Amber Lacie and it was so much more than I had been expecting. This book was so good, and if I am honest it was really hard to get through at times. It was so emotional and while it was hard to get through, it was such a beautiful story. This definitely won't be the last I read from Amber Lacie. 

I won't get into the details about this story, because I really think that this book just needs to be experienced. But what I can say is that this book is about love and fate, and sometimes finding it when you least expect it and are unprepared for it. 

These characters were ones I felt invested in right away. There was so much more to the story than you first see, but as it was revealed to the reader I couldn't get enough. I loved them and felt so connected to them. The connections in this book were so strong and were truly unique. While this book absolutely wrecked me at times, I was also able to see such love and hope that it put me back together. Amber Lacie is a beautiful writer if this book is anything to go by, and I really loved it even when I was an emotional mess. While I couldn't relate to everything that Carsten had gone through, I felt like I understood her and that I was right there with her the whole way through. This was a really great book and I am so glad that I took the chance on this new to me author. This is a book that I think is one that will stick with anyone who reads it and one I highly recommend.

**Review copy provided by Quirky Blind Date with a Book**

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ARC Review: The Billionaire's Intern by Jackie Ashenden

This is the first book I've read where the heroine had ADD. I thought that was a really interesting twist in the story and I really like this author. But none of that was enough to make me feel very strongly about this book. It is indeed a Billionaire intern romance and there really isn't much to tell in terms of Kira as an intern. The thing that struck me and kind of turned me off was Lorenzo's attitude towards Kira. Lorenzo has no Kira since she was a hyperactive child throwing temper tantrums at party with her Dad, Lorenzo's business associate.

In the past, Lorenzo helped young Kira to focus and calm down by showing her how to make paper cranes (gave her something to do with her hands I guess). Young Kira fell in hardcore love with grown up Lorenzo who bothered to pay attention to her. Lorenzo was in love with someone else at the time who also happened to be an adult and not a hyperactive child. Kira grows, tragedy strikes Lorenzo and the two find themselves thrust back together. Kira's father ask Lorenzo to take Kira on as an intern. He has ulterior motives and so does Kira in a way. Kira just wants so badly to be accepted by her parents that she would do almost anything.

Kira is working hard to put away everything that makes her herself. She feels like being her caused a terrible accident and she is determined to be someone else who is more responsible. As for Lorenzo, he has just grown cold and hard. Since his first love died, he has completely sealed off his heart and is just a giant a-hole by the time this book kicks off. I'm ok with jerk alpha heroes who love the heroines but I think Lorenzo crossed a line. Kira was so broken and Lorenzo was so awful to her it might have been too much. Watching Kira trying to hold on and do a good job while Lorenzo treated her like something on the bottom of his shoe, that was unpleasant.

In the end, I didn't find the book difficult to read. It moved at a good pace and never seemed to drag. The writing is good as I would expect from this author. I just couldn't completely get into the characters or the romance.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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Guest Post with Author Terry Spear and Giveaway

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

ARC Review: Unfinished Business by Carina Adams

I have been a huge fan of Carina Adams since I first read Always Been Mine and then Honey Whiskey. I would read absolutely anything by her at this point, but that being said I have been waiting for this book! I wanted Rocker's story so badly, and I am happy to say that it was everything that I had hoped it would be and more. 

Rocker is the president of the Bastards MC, the man behind everything that happens and he is always the strong one. Until his past comes back and he finds himself on a mission to make things right and move on once and for all. While Rocker is used to saving everyone else, it just might be time for someone else to save him. 

Rocker and Cris had a lot of history and most times it seemed like they hated one another as teenagers. But there was so much more going on there and I was so glad that we got to see so much of what had happened between them and behind the scenes. This story wasn't easy at all, and there were a lot of rough times for these characters. But I absolutely loved that there was this connection between them the whole way through and I couldn't get enough of them. The chemistry was strong and these two were perfect for one another. 

Overall, this was such a fantastic book. Sexy and gritty, and full of all the feels. Carina Adams is such a talented writer and I can't recommend her books enough. While this book is a spin-off of her Bastards MC series, this book does standalone and you can read it easily without having read the previous books. I highly recommend reading them all though as they are so good and what made me fall in love with Carina's writing to begin with. If you like MC stories, you definitely need to check these out!

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Feature and Giveaway: The Billionaire's Paradise by Victoria Davies

Avery Clark loves her life. She travels the world doing a job that keeps her so busy she can’t think about how lonely she is or the fact that she hasn’t had day off in two years. This trip to paradise is a chance for her to get some sun and have a Mai Tai or three. That is until she runs into billionaire hotel mogul Hayden Wexton, who is absolutely one hundred percent off limits.

Hayden Wexton is a man who knows what he wants. As soon as he sees Avery, he can’t get her out of his head. He’s determined to show her life can be fun and she can still get her work done. Only, the more time he spends with her, the more she gets under his skin. That was definitely not a part of his plan.

Avery never makes mistakes, but with Hayden, well, hell, he might just be the best mistake she’s ever made.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Feature: Blade by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Sexy Suit, Blade was held captive and abused for decades. Benson Enterprises was desperate to use his superior blood to create super soldiers. But when he’s finally rescued, he can’t return to the Wildlands with the other prisoners. Not without the female he was forced to watch being impregnated. The female who has gone missing.

Beautiful and broken, Valli just wants to run away and never look back. But with the shocking news of her pregnancy fresh in her mind, she wonders if that’s even possible. Told by her captors that one of the caged animals assaulted her, she knows she must do everything in her power to keep her unborn child safe. But when a glorious male tracks her down and claims her and her baby as his own, will she have the strength to walk away?

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ARC Review: Beneath the Truth by Meghan March

Beneath the Truth is the seventh book in the Beneath Series by Meghan March, but don't worry about starting here even if you haven't read the previous books. This one is a standalone story that is able to be enjoyed even if you are brand new to this series. This series was my first experience with Meghan March's books and I fell in love with her writing style. I have enjoyed it from start to finish, and this series will always be special to me. That being said, Beneath the Truth was so good and just might be my favorite of them all! 

Ex-detective Rhett Hennessy has been living life off the grid since everything he thought he knew about his life was turned upside down. Determined to solve a case that hits close to home, Rhett returns to New Orleans to find answers. But what he never expects is for his best friend's little sister Ariel to complicate everything. 

I loved Ari and Rhett. Ari was so strong and sassy, and I loved that she wasn't the same girl she had been when Hennessy had known her before. She was so real and genuine, with a ton of depth to her, I felt like she was exactly what Rhett needed. Rhett was impossible not to love! He was sexy and alpha and I couldn't get enough of him. I loved the history between these two and the forbidden nature of their relationship. This is always a favorite trope of mine, but these two were just perfect! Their chemistry was strong and I loved the banter and intensity of their connection. 

Overall, I felt this was a really great end to the series and I am sad that it is over. While this can definitely be read as a standalone, I highly recommend the entire series. I have loved each book and I think that they are books that fans of romance and suspense will enjoy. Meghan March does a great job of hooking the reader right from the start and keeping them interested until the last page. The Beneath series is filled with sexy alphas, likable heroines, suspense and twists to keep you guessing and the romance is done as only Meghan March can. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next, and whatever it is I will definitely be reading it.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Feature: Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones

Would you bleed for the one you love?

To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.

In every one of Shane's seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can't just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.

This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive....

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ARC Review: Bombshell by CD Reiss

Bombshell is actually the first book that I have read from CD Reiss, but I have heard nothing but good things about her books so I was really excited to give this one a go. Unfortunately this wasn't what I had been hoping for, but it seems like others have said that her other books are better so I am curious to give her other books a shot. 

Bombshell centers around Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair. For those who have read Shuttergirl, he will be familiar to you, but if you are like me and haven't read it you can understand this one just fine as this is a standalone story. Brad finds himself suddenly a father after a cute five year old is dropped in his life after losing her mother. Cara DuMont doesn't do celebrity fathers after some bad experiences, but as a nanny who sees a young adorable girl in need of help she finds herself saying yes to a temporary position taking care of Brad Sinclair's young daughter Nicole. She never expected or wanted to fall for him as well as his daughter though, and she quickly realizes that no matter how hard she tries she is unable to fight the connection she feels to them. 

Part of my issues here were the characters. I felt like Brad had his moments where he was completely unlikable, and unfortunately that continued throughout the entire book. Right up until the very end, I just had so many times where he was a self-centered jerk and really didn't seem to think about any kind of consequences. I never felt like there was a true turning point for him, and that had me not believing that there could be anything truly real for these two. Cara talked a good game about how she couldn't be with him and was against anything unprofessional, but when it came down to it she hardly put up a fight. She seemed to change her mind far too easily and I couldn't relate to her or get behind it. All that being said though, I really never felt like the connection between these two was fully formed. It felt like it was strictly physical, and I just didn't believe in the long term for them. They had great chemistry and a ton of attraction between them, but that was it for me. Nicole was adorable, and I did believe that they both cared about her but I wanted to see more. 

I also felt like a lot of this story was about Brad wanting someone to help make his life easier with  Nicole, and that he at least partially was just looking for a mother figure for her. While he said that wasn't true, at times his actions, thoughts and words spoke to a different story. As much as I wanted to feel differently, that never changed as I continued to read. While I had been hoping for more, I had to force myself at times to pick this book back up. It just didn't hold my attention like I wanted it to, and without feeling invested int he characters or story it made it hard at times to want to read. Overall, this wasn't one that I would recommend, at least if you are new to CD Reiss like I was. I will give some of her other books a shot since I have heard so many good things about her, but for me this one was just okay and was more problematic than successful.

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Guest Post with Author Anita DeVito and Giveaway

Private investigator Esmeralda “Peach” Morales watches in horror as the crane her uncle is operating topples into Lake Erie. He disappears and she’s convinced he’ll be the scapegoat. She’ll do anything to prove he’s innocent. Seducing the lead investigator is just part of her strategy, at least that’s what she tells herself.

Thomas Riley is at Elderberry Farm when he learns of a deadly crane accident in Cleveland. The forensic investigator suspects sabotage and amid the rubble and mangled metal he uncovers a web of lies and deception. At the center of it all is a beautiful brunette who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Both fiercely independent, they must learn to work together––inside and outside the bedroom––to unravel the mystery and clear her uncle’s name.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: In His Hands by Adriana Anders

The rules are simple:
Never speak to outsiders.
Never yearn for something more.
And never, ever seek the pleasure of a stolen kiss…or a whispered promise that with him, she can finally be free.

Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there’s no way out…until her darkly handsome, brooding neighbor defies the rules and takes her into the safety of his arms.

He should frighten her, but everything inside Abby thrills at Luc Stanek’s rough manners and shockingly gentle touch. He excites her, ignites her, leaves her shaken and wanting more. But evil men follow in her footsteps, and it may take more than one fierce beauty to defend her loving beast.

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