Monthly Archives: August 2016

Consumed by Elizabeth Miceli blitz with giveaway

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Consumed
Elizabeth Miceli
(Barren, #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: August 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Stacey Lorenzo has finished treatment, but is still devastated by her past as she enters college. With drugs and alcohol so readily available, so much freedom, and barely any supervision, Stacey falls back into old habits. Soon it’s a daily dose of partying, self-medicating, and having sex with lots of different guys. As her relationship with Eli destructs, she falls for Jesse, who just so happens to be a drug dealer. Every time she starts to fall back into the memories of her past, Jesse makes it easy to snort away the pain.

But she snorts too much one night; it forces her to question the man she loves and acknowledge her mental and emotional instability. In the second installment of The Barren Series, Stacey must overcome her addiction and make peace with her past if she is ever to be truly happy again.

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EXCERPT:

“Your nose is bleeding.”

I brought my hand to my nose and nodded.

Ugh. I snorted coke last night.

My whole body contorted and I ran to Derek’s bathroom as quickly as I could. I made it just in time. Blood and acid trickled from my nostrils, vomit spewed violently from my mouth, and tears poured from my ducts.

Eli caught up with me, closed the door, and pulled my hair back into a neat bun. His soft hands rubbed my back gently until finally, after what seemed like years, my body stopped betraying me and calmed. The stress Eli felt was written all over his face; he couldn’t imagine the idea of me being hurt, sick, under his watch. He handed me some tissues for my nose and held me to his chest on the tile floor. He didn’t say a word but I knew that he was worried; he felt betrayed by my choices. I hated that I had let him down again. I cried so hard I threw up again.


Author Bio:

Elizabeth hails from the smallest state with the biggest heart. She started off at The University of Akron and then transferred to the University of Rhode Island. She is a majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and minoring in Psychology. Although she loves writing- she also has a passion for helping others which is why she is studying to become a sex therapist/couples counselor. Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, singing, eating everything Italian, and baking cookies. She is “in love with love” which is probably why the driving force in almost everything she writes is romance. When she’s not getting lost in her characters she can be found waiting for her prince charming in her North Kingstown, Rhode Island home.

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Cover Reveal: Secrets by Alice Ward

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Secrets
Alice Ward
(Lords of the City, #2)
Publication date: September 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Life is good in Chicago for Blaire Daniels, thanks to the arrival of spring and her new job volunteering at a local orphanage… And thanks to the new man in her life, Cristiano Leventis.

With his dark and mysterious good looks, Cristiano and Blaire connect in a way she never thought possible. As their whirlwind romance takes off the Mediterranean god brings new pleasures to behold both in the outside world and between the sheets.

Blair can’t shake a growing feeling though. Someone is following her, tracking her every move. Sure that it has something to do with Cristiano, she sets out to uncover the truth about her new boyfriend’s past.

What she discovers shocks her and puts her in danger—not just with outside forces, but also with the one man she’s ever really loved.

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Author Bio:

Alice Ward is the bestselling author of dozens of hot and steamy contemporary romances. She’s an amazingly prolific writer, releasing a new book almost every single month. Her books are widely read, especially by women and any other lovers of the romance genre. My Stepbrother, My Lover, was her first smash hit.

Alice lives in Miami with her hunky husband. The beach is her all time favorite place to relax with her laptop and write.

She might or might not have a thing for Gerard Butler (it’s the accent).

To find out what Alice is up to currently, visit authoraliceward.com.

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Flesh and Blood by Cynthia Rayne blitz with giveaway

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Flesh and Blood
Cynthia Rayne
(Dixie Mafia Series, #1)
Publication date: August 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sometimes it takes a bad guy to catch a killer…

Belle Nunn is a desperate woman. Someone’s following her, watching her—to make even matters worse, she was fired six months ago and hasn’t been able to get a job since. Belle’s down to her last ten bucks has no idea how she’ll make the rent when she’s abducted by Dixon Wolf’s henchman. Belle’s estranged father, Emmett, borrowed money from the Dixie Mafia for his latest get rich quick scheme and—big surprise—Emmett skipped town, leaving her holding the proverbial bag.

Dix is a loan shark and launders dirty Dixie Mafia money. Since his wife died, he’s devoted all his time and energy to the organization—and being bad pays damn good. Belle hasn’t seen Emmett in years and she’d like to keep it that way.

The mob boss is taken with her and offers Belle a job, her empty wallet won’t allow her to refuse—mob mistress. When Belle’s life is in danger, Dix steps into the unlikely role of hero.

Can Dix save her? And can they have a real relationship, one that isn’t based on sex and commerce?

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Author Bio:

Cynthia Rayne is a USA Today bestselling author and co author of the Amazon bestselling Four Horsemen MC series. Cynthia Rayne’s first erotic book was written when she was thirteen. Of course, the most risqué scene involved kissing, but it was the talk of her middle school! In her spare time, she enjoys dating, shopping, reading way too many romance novels, and drinking a truly obscene amount of coffee.

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It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery) by Vickie Fee

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It's Your Party, Die If You Want To (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery)It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To by Vickie Fee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liv McKay is a party planner with a full plate of activities coming up that need planning. She has not only a riverboat gambler themed engagement party and a murder mystery dinner for charity but has been asked to babysit the local celebrity ghost hunting diva at the annual businesswomen’s retreat.

When one of the older ladies at the retreat go missing everyone pitches in to help find her but unfortunately what they find is the body of Morgan Robison was the local party girl rumored to have a thing for the married men in the town. With no shortage of suspects Liv finds herself jumping in to help follow the clues to who killed Morgan.

It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To is a great little cozy mystery set in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and their business along with a main character who certainly had an interesting career. The fall/Halloween vibe all throughout the book was also a nice added touch at this time of year.

I really enjoyed reading about this little town full of creative characters all throughout the story. I didn’t realize that this is also the second in a series with these characters but for the most part you won’t notice that in the story other than a couple of small mentions at past events and it’s fine as a standalone novel.

Overall, a lovely little cozy fall mystery with a bit of laughs, some mystery and a whole lot of Halloween small town fun all in one.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal:A Double Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land

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A Double Shot of Bourbon
A.C. Land
(Bourbon Series #2)
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Lonna Stuart is proud to be the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.

There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.

Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’s a football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observes better than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.

Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.

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Author Bio:

Author of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.

Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.

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Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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GlitterGlitter by Aprilynne Pike
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

In a futuristic version of Versailles in which people have modern technology and comforts they still live as if it’s the eighteenth century as far as dress and society is concerned. Seventeen year old Danica stumbles upon the young King in a rather compromising position that ends in the death of a servant girl.

Using the situation Danica’s mother bribes the King to marry her daughter to further their family without consideration for Danica. Danica now has six months until her eighteenth birthday to try to find her way out of a terrible situation.

Glitter really is one of those reads that is going to be extremely controversial among readers. The idea that the main character is being forced to marry someone she doesn’t want to isn’t exactly a new one in books but the author has certainly made this situation completely unique starting with the world she built and then the actions of the character to get out of the marriage.

The world in this story was certainly a unique one that I loved. While reading you know right away that the society is a bit more advanced that what we have today in the technology that is being added all along the read. But the book also has a historical feel to the setting with the wardrobes and social statuses of the characters. I will say I thought that the story did drag a bit with the constant mentioning of the clothing of the era after the first few times, some of that could have been cut out after establishing the setting.

In the story Glitter is a new drug and Danica comes up with a way to make the money she needs from selling it. The controversial part is that those buying is they have no idea that is what is happening. I found this very interesting reading if you put aside any moral concerns to what is going on. To me it’s a work of fiction so I can let any concerns slide and dive right into finding out how this is going to all work out in the end of this unique story. The relationship in the story could have used a bit more attention too, perhaps focusing a bit more on it instead of Danica’s wardrobe.

Overall, 3.5 stars. Certainly a unique story line although the drug involvement won’t be for all readers. Absolutely loved the ending to this, a bit of a jaw dropper after all that led to it but also a bit of a chuckle but that is all I will say so as not to spoil this one.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Untouched (Beachwood Bay, #0.5) by Melody Grace

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Untouched (Beachwood Bay, #0.5)Untouched by Melody Grace
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Emerson Ray is Beachwood Bay’s resident bad boy, waking up from another black out night with yet another girl he doesn’t remember he heads into work. On the way Emerson ends up in an accident in which he meets the fiery Juliet McKenzie.Emerson and Juliet find that they have a lot in common in their lives and begin spending time together but will they build something more or will it be just another fling for Emerson?

Untouched is a companion novella in the Beachwood Bay series by Melody Grace. I haven’t read the entire series myself but being romance the books generally are fine to read as standalones so this seemed to be alright without the others.

I actually enjoy Melody Grace’s writing as this isn’t the first of her books I have read but with this one I just wasn’t a fan of the characters and situations together. The characters in here are fairly young but we have yet another womanizer bad boy that he heroine is sure to think she can find that good side in there. Couldn’t help but think to myself, girl you are young just move on.

Overall, 2.5 stars, good writing just wasn’t a fan of this couple myself.

A June Wedding by Emily Murdoch

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A June WeddingA June Wedding by Emily Murdoch
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Victoria Walsingham has always been in love with Isaac Quinn but instead of proposing like Victoria had always dreamed he would, Isaac tells Victoria that he can’t marry her due to her status. Victoria is of course devastated but when her brother unexpectedly inherits the title of the Earl of Cheshire, Victoria finds herself in the middle of high society and again crossing paths with Isaac.

A June Wedding had all the things that should make for a great read but unfortunately I just didn’t find myself enjoying this one. The writing was good and I usually enjoy a good historical read but I just didn’t like Isaac and couldn’t get behind the relationship.

It’s understandable I suppose that with the time period that status and wealth meant more than it would now. However, it seemed that even if overlooking Isaac using that as an excuse to leave he still seemed a not so great guy later on in the story too. Hard to get behind wanting a relationship to happen with someone that doesn’t seem worthy.

Cover Reveal: The Marked One by Chevoque

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The Marked One
Chevoque
(The Marked Series, #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

All Aaliyah had ever wanted was to be invisible…

To not be stared at. To not have to display her lifelong pain everywhere she goes. But society is too blind to see that beauty lies beneath the skin.

Aaliyah only reveals her special mark—a facial birthmark—to the closest people in her life. But when Aaliyah’s friend paints her in a portrait titled The Marked One?, her birthmark is exposed to the world. Now no amount of makeup can keep Aaliyah’s secret.

Tristan Gerardo appears to be a successful CEO, but he is hiding many secrets…

What many don’t realize is that his successful public persona is a mask for his own pain—both of losing a sibling, and his failed marriage.

Tristan buys a portrait called The Marked One?, and is shocked when the subject of the portrait arrives for an interview at his company. He pursues Aaliyah, and while she is cautious at first, she feels an ease around Tristan that she’s never experienced before.

Little by little, Tristan’s secrets are exposed…

While Tristan struggles to keep Aaliyah from finding out how his sister died, she discovers he is still married. He assures her she has his full loyalty and the divorce is just a matter of time, and she desperately wants to believe him. But his estranged wife re-enters his life, and Tristan must figure out how to convince Aaliyah that she means the world to him.

How can Tristan make Aaliyah realize that he loves her for herself, and not because of her notoriety as The Marked One?

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Author Bio:

Chevoque was born as Rochelle de Beer on 15 May 1992 in Klerksdorp, South Africa, and as an only child, the world seemed like a lonely place, until she set her mind free and got lost in the worlds she created for herself. Her writing began at a young age and with numerous stories still waiting to be released from her mind, only time now seems to hold her back. She also has a degree in BSc. Environmental and Biological Sciences, because she’s a tree hugging animal lover, who hopes to never use her degree to cause cruelty.

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The Witch of Roan Mountain: The Witching Hour Collection by Blaire Edens

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The Witch of Roan Mountain: The Witching Hour CollectionThe Witch of Roan Mountain: The Witching Hour Collection by Blaire Edens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maeve McMahan has returned home to the mountains of North Carolina after leaving years ago for college and then law school then getting her career going. It had always been one excuse or another not to visit her granny but now she’s back and not too sure over running into her ex Campbell Hyatt who is now a sheriff’s deputy.

When Maeve encounters the ghost of Delphine though she finds herself drawn into the old story of the woman who had been convicted of murder and thought to be a witch. Maeve makes it her mission to get justice for Delphine just as she would one of her clients.

The Witch of Roan Mountain was actually a pretty nice novella that had a good mix of different things going on in the story. There’s the romance between Maeve and Campbell, the ghost of Delphine who also tells her side in flashbacks during certain segments and then the mystery of what had really happened all those years before.

An enjoyable read that the author did a good job bringing the story into the small town in the mountains with this old ghost legend. I’d warn there’s a bit of sexual situations but not drawn out too much but wasn’t quite expecting it myself.