Tuesday, April 30, 2013

COVER REVEAL: His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey


The greater the risk, the hotter the reward?

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control; until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he'll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler. 

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy's avoiding, but when she walks into O'Hanlon's Pub and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her; risks be damned. But there's a connection between Ruby's shadowed past and a case Troy's working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?

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Monday, April 22, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Redemption is the third & final book in the Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy


Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he's confident that they can face any challenge. And he's eager to become a father. 

But Julianne's graduate program threatens Gabriel's plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront her about the subject of her presentation -- research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel's darkest secrets. 

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family. 


Friday, April 19, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Date Me by Jillian Dodd

*Date Me is the third book in The Keatyn Chronicles - check out my reviews for the first two books, Stalk Me and Kiss Me.*

Synopsis & My Review:

I’m not scripting my life anymore.
I’m living it.
I’m done with the God of all Hotties.
I’m going to give my heart to the boy who I think deserves it.
The boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava.
The boy who offered me the key to his heart.
The boy who asked me to Homecoming in a big, sexy way.

There are so many things to look forward to.
Parties at The Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY.
But things aren’t always as perfect as they seem.
I find out that my best friend has been keeping a secret from me.
Not that I blame him.
I have secrets, too.
But, for now, I’m going to pretend I’m just a normal girl.
I’m going to pretend he’s not still out there.
I’m going to pretend he’s not getting desperate.
I’m going to pretend I’ll never see him again.
But, I will.
And this time, I might not get away.

This series just keeps getting better and better! Wait, no…it keeps getting hotter and hotter! Scratch that, it keeps getting sweeter and sweeter! Okay screw it, I give up. This series continues to rope me in and send my emotions all over the damn place. Date Me is my favorite book in The Keatyn Chronicles so far, and I absolutely loved it.

Most of you probably know by now that I am not a fan of love triangles; very rarely do I find a book or series where I’m not pissed off at a love triangle because she chose the wrong guy or because she led the other guy on. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS SERIES IS ONE OF THE EXCEPTIONS! Although, can you really call it a love triangle? It’s more like a love hexagon…or maybe it’s a heptagon. Honestly, who can keep up with all these boys?! All I know is, they are all swoon-worthy in their own way and I would show any of them a good time ;)

I refuse to give away any spoilers, so the specifics on which boy(s) catch Keatyn’s eye in Date Me are going to stay with me. If you read Kiss Me, you know she was with Dawson at the end of that novel and Date Me does pick up immediately where Kiss Me left off. So…that’s something for you. And in case you were wondering – I am still Team Dawson and it’s going to take a lot to change that! Although I will say, Riley and Dallas grew on me quite a bit in this novel. BUT I’M STILL TEAM DAWSON. And Aiden...well…he is his usual perfect/charming self. Except for when he sees Keatyn rubbing up on another guy – then he turns into a bit of a prick. And as hot as this dude obviously is, I just feel like he’s too perfect. He may be a Greek God but guess what? I’M STILL TEAM DAWSON.

The suspense that was prevalent in Stalk Me and unfortunately slightly lacking in Kiss Me made a huuuuuge comeback in Date Me. Mix that in with all the smokin’ hot “no-pants-dance” scenes, some incredibly romantic gestures, a couple heartbreaking moments, and you’ve got another amazing Jillian Dodd novel. Seriously y’all, this woman doesn’t ever disappoint so if you haven’t read this series yet, do it and do it now! And then come back and gush to me over which “team” you planted yourself on! 


About the Author

Jillian is the author of the That Boy series and The Keatyn Chronicles. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She lives in Texas with her family. 


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Blog Hop: Claim Me by J. Kenner GIVEAWAY


For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real. 

Damien Stark's need is palpable -- his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in ever way my match. 

I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. 

But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close...or shatter us completely. 

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. 


*This giveaway is open to US residents only and you must be 18+ to enter*

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Giveaway organized by Romance at Random 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Thanks to everyone for entering this giveaway....now here are the WINNERS!

Jennifer Feaster

Tammy Campbell
Jennifer Hoos
Michelina Di Campo
Tina Van Egeren
Kim Mathon

Y'all will receive an email from Crystal so she can gift the books, and be sure to thank her for this wonderful giveaway! 

Friday, April 12, 2013


Love. Ballet. NYC. As a former dancer, this is my kind of book.  

The lovely Crystal Serowka has agreed to give away five ebook copies and one SIGNED paperback copy of her debut novel, In the Air. Read the synopsis and an excerpt below, and add In the Air to your Goodreads TBR shelf! Oh, and enter the giveaway while you're at it! :)

It all began on a New York City sidewalk. It was so surreal. Juilliard, the enormous brick building that held my dreams and the possibilities of my future. I was prepared for the challenges ahead. What I didn't expect was to lose focus the second I met him. Living the dance was no longer the only important thing in my life. 

The City opened my eyes, but he transformed me. 

Two dancers. One big city. He was determined to make a new start. She was ready to make it in the ballet world. Neither expected love to play a part in achieving their dreams. They also didn't expect it to be so destructive. Samson and Natalia took the leap anyway, not worrying about the fall. 

The mood shifted in the space between us. When he reached out to take my hand, I exhaled slowly, feeling my skin tingle from his touch. The earlier tension faded and all that was left was passion. He brought his body to mine and wrapped his arms around my waist. His lips hovered near my ear and I waited with anticipation, hoping he wouldn't ruin the serene moment. 
"You smell so good," he quietly whispered. 
As I comprehended his words, the barricade I built came crashing down. My body began to move along with his as we slowly circled the room....

Please note: the winner of the signed paperback must be a US resident, as it cannot be shipped internationally. (Sorry!)


I'm a brand new author on the scene. My book, In the Air, is set to release on April 7, 2013. I'm originally from Chicago, but have been living in Indianapolis for a few years. 

I love supportive people and have been blessed with meeting so many of them lately. 

Remember to read the books you love, support the authors you love, and do without the negative people in your life. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

REVIEW BOMB: In the Stillness by Andrea Randall

Natalie is a wife.
Natalie is a mother.
Natalie is a cutter.

Clawing at walls built by resentment, regret, and guilt, Natalie cuts as an escape from a life she never planned.

Staying present is only possible when you let go of the past. But, what if the past won’t let go?

*ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review*

I liked this book, but I just didn’t love the main characters. And I didn’t not like them because they were broken – I love angst – I didn’t love them because they didn’t seem to own up to their own faults.

Natalie meets Ryker and shortly after they start dating, he gets deployed to Afghanistan. While he’s away, Natalie turns to cutting as a means of masking the emotional pain she has dealt with since he left. When he gets shot and sent back home, Natalie is excited that her boyfriend is finally coming home to her. The only problem is that the Ryker she knew isn’t the one coming back; the Ryker she fell in love with is back in Afghanistan. While he suffers with a severe case of PTSD, Natalie starts to question whether or not she’s made out to be a military girlfriend. When their relationship crumbles, she meets a new guy who gives her a life she never wanted; now she’s stuck in a loveless marriage, she has kids she never planned for, and a life she hates. Her only release is cutting, but just how long can she keep that secret and just how long can she live a life that she doesn’t want?

Okay – I know firsthand how it feels to have a loved one deployed; to have to say goodbye and pray to God it’s not goodbye forever; to hope every day that they are okay, and to tell yourself over and over to remain optimistic that they’ll come back home eventually. Chris and I have been best friends since 3rd grade – he punched some douche kid for lifting up my skirt at recess and he’s been looking out for me ever since that day. Years later, he took me to dinner and told me he was being deployed to Iraq for at least 12 months. Sure, he wasn’t my boyfriend and we never had a romantic relationship, but he has been one of my best friends for 17 years – I was beyond devastated. I felt sick to my stomach, I wanted to wake up and realize it was just a dream. But it wasn’t. My oldest friend was leaving me and I didn’t know if he was coming back. (For the record, he came home in one piece after 14 months and it was one of the greatest days of my life). I know how much it hurts, and that’s why I’m torn on how I feel about Natalie. I understand her pain. Everyone copes differently – she chose to self-mutilate, and while the thought of cutting myself makes my skin crawl, I felt for “College Natalie.” It was “Present Day Natalie” that I didn’t care really care for.

I didn’t like that she constantly placed the blame on Eric for the life she never planned – it takes two to get pregnant; if she didn’t want kids, perhaps she should have been a little more careful. (I know, I know, accidents happen – but I don’t believe it ever said that they took all precautions to avoid pregnancy.) She never took a look in the mirror and thought, “Maybe I’m part of the problem.”  For the record – she was part of the problem. While she did kind of redeem herself towards the end, she still wasn’t one of my favorite characters.

I applaud Andrea for tackling the sensitive issues of PTSD and self-mutilation, and honestly, she handled them both very well in my opinion; not to mention, the story line was original, and very well written. I liked the changes between past and present, and thought they were necessary to show just how deep Natalie’s problem went…and how much she really ever moved on from Ryker. I thought the ending was pretty predictable, but it was good nonetheless. This wasn’t a bad book by any means, and I did enjoy it – just not as much as I hoped I would. If Natalie had taken a little more responsibility for her own actions, and her destructive behavior, I probably would have liked her character a little. I just don’t like characters that place all the blame for their problems on other people, and that is exactly what Natalie does. All in all, not bad but not great – it was just barely above average for me. 

BLOG TOUR: Chasing Mrs. Right by Katee Robert

**Read the first chapter here**

Synopsis & My Review:
Roxanne Stokes doesn’t believe in love. She does, however, believe in the sexy-as-sin stranger who literally knocks her off her feet in front of a nightclub. The chemistry sparking between them takes her breath away, and she’ll do anything to ease the pain in his eyes…until she realizes the handsome stranger is her best friend’s older brother who’s just come home from war.

Ian Walser had no idea the gorgeous woman he slept with the night of his homecoming party was his little sister’s best friend – or that she’d be gone before the morning. Roxanne’s touch soothes him in a way nothing else can, and he’s not ready to walk away from that yet. Not when spending time with her gave Ian a glimpse of everything he’s ever wanted.

When his sister unwittingly pushes them together, he sees his chance. But convincing a woman who doesn’t believe in love that she’s his Mrs. Right might be harder than any mission Ian’s undertaken. Good thing this soldier likes a challenge…

*I was gifted an ARC by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

I feel like I should just start off by saying this one thing… Katee Roberts can fucking write. Chasing Mrs. Right is the second book in the Come Undone series, and while it’s not quite as good as Wrong Bed, Right Guy, it still tickled my fancy. (Ugh. I don’t know why I used that expression, but let’s just move on…)

Ian has just returned home from his deployment, and unfortunately he brought his war nightmares back with him. He can’t sleep through the night, he can’t stand crowds, he tenses when anyone touches him; his PTSD has turned him into a completely different person.
Roxanne doesn’t date, and she certainly doesn’t fall in love. Because when you fall in love you get hurt; plain and simple. Instead, she focuses on her wedding planning business and tries to steer clear of men. When Ian and Roxanne run into each other, literally, at the club where Ian’s sister is throwing his welcome home party, there is instant heat between them and while Roxanne has sworn off relationships, she isn’t about to say no to a one-night stand with this sexy man. The only problem is that she doesn’t realize her one-night stand happens to be her best friend’s brother. Roxanne has every intention of running away from him, but what she didn’t count on was his persistence to chase her.

Y’all – this is a sexy, I-need-to-change-my-panties-type read. This book taught me that when I’m reading a book that I know is going to be riddled with smokin’ hot sex scenes, it’s always a good idea to have a spare pair of panties…you know…just in case. One scene in particular not only made me blush, but it was so scorching that I could feel my heartbeat in my vagina. Yeah. Now that’s some serious shit. I refuse to ruin it but just to give you a slight teaser; I’ll tell you that the scene involves a car. The chemistry between Ian and Roxanne was palpable and I absolutely adored them together. While there were some moments when Roxanne’s sheer resistance to any sort of relationship grated on me a little, it never annoyed me to the point where I disliked her. I loved how they both managed to be each other’s calming force – her for his PTSD flare-ups, him for her aversion to any type of relationship for fear of getting hurt again. They were each other’s yin and yang, and that made my heart happy – even if their relationship wasn’t all rainbows and candy-flavored penises. (Just to avoid any confusion…there are no candy-flavored penises in this book. But I have a pretty strong feeling that if that were a real thing, it would go hand-in-hand with the gloriousness of rainbows.)

If you’ve read Wrong Bed, Right Guy I guarantee you’ll love the second book in the Come Undone series. Now, while this is a series – Chasing Mrs. Right can be read as a standalone or before WBRG. The characters do overlap, but the main characters from the first book fade into the background of this novel and allow Ian and Roxanne to steal the spotlight…and your heart. (God, I’m so cheesy sometimes). If you want a sexy, angst-driven read, read this book and read it NOW. But seriously, take my advice and make sure you have an extra pair of panties on hand…you know…just in case ;)  


About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert, learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. 

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way - as it often does - and spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she'd like to write a book and try to get published. 

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn't want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time - when not lost in Far Reach worlds - playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 


Blog Tour Schedule

April 11 -- Ashley's Book Nook
April 12 -- Cocktails and Books
April 13 -- Harlequin Junkie
April 15 -- Ex Libris
April 16 -- RhiReading
April 17 -- Shortie Says
April 18 -- The Reading Cafe
April 19 -- Fic Talk

Monday, April 8, 2013

Keeping Secrets in Seattle by Brooke Moss

Seattle hairstylist Violet Murphy always knew the day would come when her best friend Gabe Parker would want to settle down. She’d secretly wished it would be with her, but now that he’s chosen someone else – the prim, perfect Alicia – he wants Vi to be his best man.

Healing her broken heart isn’t easy, but when Violet meets Landon Harlow, a man who isn’t fazed by her funky style and less-than-delicate attitude, she takes a step in the right direction. Until Gabe’s fiancée’s gorgeous façade begins to crack, and Violet’s disturbing past comes back to haunt her, that is. Vi now finds herself armed with a series of lies that would break Gabe’s heart – and his engagement – if he knew their truth, and a secret from their childhood that could change everything.

With the wedding looming, her relationships unraveling, and the bachelor party of the century to plan, Violet must choose between a fresh start with Landon, or confronting her painful past and risking it all for a chance at a future with Gabe.

*I was gifted a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

Here’s the thing – I’m not a big fan of love triangles. What?! How is that possible?!! Well, I’ll get to that eventually, but that’s one of the main reasons why I didn’t really enjoy this novel. I know what you’re probably thinking: Hey dumbass, if you don’t like love triangles, why even read a book that has one?! Fair question – and here’s the answer: there is always an exception. For every 30-some love triangles that I dislike, there is usually one that grabs me and sucks me in; one that makes me think for a minute that maybe I could like love triangles. Sadly, this wasn’t one of the exceptions.

The story of Vi and Gabe had potential, but I felt it lacked execution. I absolutely adore best friend romances, but this one just didn’t do it for me and I can tell you with almost 100 percent certainty as to why; the third wheels – Alicia and Landon. The quickest way to turn me off from a hero and/or heroine is to have them date someone while they are clearly in love with someone else. I don’t like that – IMO, I find that horribly selfish and rude. Unfortunately, this was the case for Gabe and Violet. It made me dislike both of them, and once you dislike both of the main characters, everything else pretty much goes down the drain as well. The only character I actually liked was Landon, which leads me to one other reason why I don't enjoy love triangles. I always end up rooting for the guy that is the clear underdog. And let's just be honest...how often does the underdog every really get the girl? Not often (at least not in the triangles that I've read).

This book wasn’t poorly written by any means, and the quality of writing is actually what kept me from giving it 1 star; the story line just wasn’t for me. If you dig love triangles, you’ll probably have the exact opposite opinion of this novel as me, but that’s the beauty of reading – no two people read the same book. I skimmed a lot once I hit about 60% and didn’t really bother to read much of the end after I knew exactly what I didn’t want to happen was going to happen. I wish I would have been able to say that Keeping Secrets in Seattle was an exception to my dislike of love triangles – but my reviews are based on honesty, and I’m not going to start sugarcoating my opinion now. So, in the name of honesty, I have to say that I just wasn’t a fan of this novel. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ten Days of Perfect by Andrea Randall

(November Blue series, book 1)
Scars from her first love and the reckless lifestyle of her parents force Ember Harris to chart a new course. She favors practicality over spontaneity and rules over a broken heart.

An encounter with a musician at a local pub forces Ember into making a decision to let go or hold on for dear life as passions are unlocked and deceptions revealed.

Unfortunately, I can sum up my feelings for this in three words: not a fan.

The story line is: Princeton Girl meets Super-Hot Musician Guy at the bar. They sing together. They immediately fall in love.

That’s it. There’s the plot.

Okay, fine, there is slight drama mixed in (and I do mean slight) but overall, that is the whole story and unfortunately, it just wasn’t very good in my opinion. The romance was soooo rushed. I’m not a huge fan of love-at-first-sight romances, but there are some instances where they work, i.e. Callum & Harper. This one just didn’t do anything for me. They are head over heels in love after about 5 days into their “perfect” ten days together. Seriously? Come on…seriously?! She has probably had milk in her refrigerator for longer than she’s known this dude! GAH! I also take issue with the fact that they were “ten days of perfect”, because it didn’t seem anywhere near perfect. With all of her internal and external back and forth arguments about her feelings for him, the issue of his/her job interfering, issues with her ex…I can say with all certainty that is not 10 days of perfect.

I didn’t feel anything between Bo and Ember – no butterflies, no tingles and jingles – nothing. Their romance felt forced and unfortunately, a little flat. I didn’t find myself rooting for them like crazy, or even necessarily caring if they ended up together or not, which really bums me out.

OH GOD. And the cheesiness was so ridiculous that it wasn’t even romantic; it was funny. Here is just one, tiny example:
“It wasn’t my body he was trying to please – it was my spirit, my soul, my core.”
For real – that is an actual line from this book. Um…yeah, I got nothin’. Just…REALLY?!  

I saw so many 4 and 5 star reviews that I thought for sure I’d dig this novel, but clearly I’m in the minority. Maybe I got a different copy or something? (Kidding, of course.) I wish I would have enjoyed this story as much as it seems the majority of people did, but this was one of those novels where I was constantly checking how much I had left. I started skimming at about 60% and didn’t stop until I hit about 90%. I haven't decided if I'll attempt the second book in this series; if I do, I doubt it will be any time soon.