Friday, August 29, 2014

*~* BLOGIVERSARY Celebration *~*

Yay! 

To celebrate my two month BLOGIVERSARY I'm hosting a special giveaway...


It's super easy to join!

Since I missed doing my 1 Month Blogiversary...I'm doubling up and making this a double up giveaway 

I'll be giving away 2 E-Books (kindle or nook) of any of the ones I have reviewed on the blog thus far 

PLUS

I'll gift a $10 e-gift card to either the Kindle Store or the Nook Shop

***There'll be TWO winners!!***

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

TEN BELOW ZERO - Review (+ a special release day Giveaway)

Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti
New Adult Romance- Available NOW!!

Synopsis: 
“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he's dying.


Goodreads Link Here! goodreads
 

Excerpt
“Your roommates are nosey,” Everett commented, sitting back on the bed. He reached into the suitcase again. “You would know,” I said, snatching a bra from his hands. Everett shrugged. “It’s underwear. More specifically, it’s your underwear. I’m intrigued.” “Yeah, well don’t get any ideas.” Everett leaned back into the pillows, resting his hands behind his head again. “Oh, but I have a lot of ideas.” He winked at me. I stalked away towards my dresser and began pulling things from drawers. When I turned back around, Everett was holding another bra. “You don’t wear padding,” he commented, his fingers feeling along the lined cup. “No.” “I like that.” My hands stilled. And then I moved them again. “Why?” I didn’t care. Really, I didn’t. “Lies.” I turned around. “Lies?” “I like the truth. In every way.” He seemed lost in thought so I turned back around and packed my things. “Am I really doing this?” I asked myself. “Yes, you are.” I turned around again. “Why?” It wasn’t a question he should know the answer to. But he did. “Because you hate and you love the way I make you feel.” I was naked under his gaze. Skin was just that: skin. But to see your soul stripped, laid bare for the eyes of someone you barely knew – that was terrifying. I’d walk down the street naked a hundred times before I would let someone see what lay underneath. I’d spent my life alone. Bounced from foster home to foster home. When my tastes outgrew my age as a teenager, I traded boys for men and found myself still alone. I reveled in the loneliness. No one could hurt me but me, and did I really care if I hurt me? Did I care? If I found pleasure in anything, it was my lack of feeling. And that’s how I knew, when Everett told me not to fall in love with him, that I wouldn’t. I didn’t love myself. And wasn’t loving someone also loving yourself, the parts that saw the beauty in other people? I didn’t have that part. And I didn’t want it. “I don’t love anything,” I said. “I know.” His eyes were unsmiling.
 
About the Author
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I am the author of new adult romance novels. He Found Me (May 2014) is the first in a two-part series. Ten Below Zero (August 2014) is a standalone.

I am married with two boys. When I’m not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. I could drink my weight in their black iced tea.

I love music and have a playlist for everything.

I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.
 
Connect with Whitney
 

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.... And now my review....
This Book Nerd Says:
**I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review via Love Between The Sheets **

This is the second book I have read from the author. While this book (TEN BELOW ZERO) is a standalone and can be read as one, there is a scene and a reference from her first book "He Found Me".  
For me this book was a roller coaster. 
Not one of those lightning quick, loop-de-loop, whiplash inducing roller coasters. Rather it was one of those old wooden coasters. You know the ones I'm talking about? The kind where all you can hear is the clack-clack-clack of the wheels on the track, the car wobbling a little bit as you begin the journey, the kind when you begin to wonder "how safe is this? or what did I get myself into?"
When I started reading TEN BELOW ZERO, I couldn't seem to find my "reader footing" with it. I instantly had tons of questions but I also worried that all the questions were distracting from the book and being able to lose myself in the plot. 
It was a precarious buildup...climbing to that first drop... the climb seeming a bit slow...
And then out of nowhere you hit that first breath stealing drop. 
The moment TEN BELOW ZERO collides with a bit of the story line from HE FOUND ME, is the exact moment this book started to change my introductory rating... 
The moment that we see the first concrete signs of change... 
The moment when we know that Everett is going to break his own rules...
The moment that Parker went from indifferent and callous to... feeling. 

I would imagine that some would take issue with Everett because of his "rude" persona from the very beginning. But for me it was to the contrary, he intrigued me from the very beginning honestly. When Parker meets Everett through what we can only chalk up to pure serendipity... I felt the same intrigue that Parker felt. Strangely as much as Parker's past is a mystery to us as the reader, it was Everett's story that made me want to know more. 
His "rudeness" is not a real rudeness, rather it was a lack of patience for lying and beating around the bush. When you are dying, you stop wasting words... you stop wasting time doing anything other than living. 
And living is what Parker avoids doing at all costs. 


Somewhere deep inside she knew there lay the memories that held the pain that went along with her scars. The pain that she had forgotten. The pain that she didn't wish to feel anymore. She just existed until Everett. 
And then along their trip, in the midst of her trying to convince him to fight to stay alive... he convinces her to stop fighting pain so she can come alive. 
It's Everett who shows her that there is pleasure in pain. 
If you can feel pain, you can feel...
If you can feel, you can truly live.

But the thing about feeling is there is no buffet line of emotions. When you allow yourself to feel one thing, you tend to feel it all. And good golly almighty does Parker feel it all!
And I swear I about cried for the last thirty pages of the book...
                I.Felt.It.
I couldn't help but to think of that age old question. 
"Is it better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all?"


I gave this book 3.75 -4 STARS!



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

*~*Release Day*~* IGNITE - Lily Paradis

*~*Happy Release Day to Lily Paradis *~*



Book Description:
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?


Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?


IGNITE is AVAILABLE right now... seriously it's just a click away!
Kindle Link: IGNITE
Amazon Paperback Link: IGNITE (Paperback)

Signed Paperback Link (2 weeks only): Form for Signed Paperback copy of IGNITE

^^^ Click away! 
I can't wait to share my review with you all, it's coming soon!
But until then, I'll leave you with a little teaser excerpt! Enjoy!

Excerpt #1:


“Have you ever heard of koi no yokan?”
I shook my head.
“It’s Japanese,” he explained as he trailed his fingers lightly down one of my arms. “It doesn’t have an English equivalent. Roughly translated, it’s a term for the feeling that you have when you first meet someone.”
“Like love at first sight?” I asked, tipping my head up toward his.

“No, not quite like that. It’s more like you know that a future love with that person is inevitable, but it doesn’t exist in that moment.”





Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads' list and review it! IGNITE on Goodreads
There's also a giveaway going on over HERE!

Make sure you check out Lily's Blog --> http://www.lilyparadis.com



HAPPY READING!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review... COME BACK TO ME by Mila Gray


Book Blurb:
Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak


Goodreads Page Here )

I have been dying to read this book after it was recommended to me and it did not disappoint.
You know that feeling when you start a book and instantly know that you're going to end up crying at least once? Well that was the feeling I had just reading the first chapter.
Instead of leaving us with a cliffhanger at the end of the book, we start the book with an intense opening that leaves you teetering between desperately wanting to know and painfully turning the page knowing that you're that much closer to the answer.
"Who is it?"

I loved this story! 
If you are a fan of first loves, second chance loves, hot guys in uniforms, with a dash of a forbidden love... then I think you'll love this book. 
Jessa and Kit have known each other for years, both of them hiding their ever growing feelings for one another especially recently, find themselves unwilling to ignore them any longer even though Kit is only on leave for one month. In the beginning they are forced to keep their feelings a secret... I found myself wanting to yelling at everyone who threatened their love.It was a a beautiful story that I loved because more than anything it just felt natural. 
The author, Mila Gray, seemed to perfectly capture those feelings of a  perfect summer romance. She wrote both perspectives so fluidly that it's pretty close to impossible not to...
  1.  fall in love with Kit
  2. remember you and your friends giggling and gossiping about that guy you adored from afar (courtesy of Jessa and Didi)

If you could have the perfect month of first real like, first love to be followed with a year of uncertainty if that love would continue to grow, knowing that one moment... one second... one action... one choice... could rip you both apart and you would be helpless to stop it, would you choose love anyway?
Yeah. It's a good one folks!

Aside from the love story, there's also theme of the effects war can have on a person and on their families as they come back home. It wasn't dark and heavy, but it was a honest approach to the many varying degrees of PTSD. I greatly enjoyed getting the perspectives of those left behind, and those fighting to come back.  I can honestly say I enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

Here's the purchase link -->>  Come Back To Me - Mila Gray ((KINDLE))


Happy Reading!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just For Fun... Getting to know me!

I thought that I would change things up a bit with something different today. 
So far you know that I love books...a lot. But I figured it would be fun to share 10 random fun facts about myself so we could become better acquainted haha. Hoping to do this every so often... 
So here it goes: 

  1. I love Justin Timberlake... like seriously love him. He was my first celebrity crush and still holds my heart. Upon meeting him I would proceed to freak out and break down in an emotional mess while trying to declare my undying love. (Bonus fact: this also means I'm a NSYNC groupie still)
  2. I LOVE FOOTBALL (the American kind). Love it. I'm a die hard NY Giants fans who loves to trash talk. I do not love the Dallas Cowboys or the New England Patriots. (Coming from a state that tends to either cheer for NY or Boston Teams).
  3. As much as I am addicted to books, I have a handful of shows that I'm a junkie for. Obsessed with SCANDAL, GREY'S ANATOMY, ONCE UPON A TIME, CHICAGO FIRE/P.D. just to name a few. About to binge watch Downton Abbey... and I was huge fan of The Tudors. 
  4. My Favorite Color is Black. It's just a classic color and I firmly believe in the power of the LBD. 
  5. One of my recurring dreams is that I end up in the Capitol's Arena (Hunger Games)... call me Katniss.
  6. I have known my best friends all my life... well technically all of their lives since I'm a year older. 
  7. I prefer tea over coffee. I have a collection of book related mugs that are prized possessions. 
  8. One of my must see destinations that I have yet to travel to is Greece. One of these days...
  9. I HATE Bugs, Mice (and all mice like creatures) and Snakes. Creep Me Out. 
  10. One time I went into a large closet we had in our home when I was a kid with a pillow, blanket, and a book. I fell asleep reading and my mom (who didn't know about my reading spot) freaked out looking for me everywhere. 
Okay....There it is. Your 10 factoids about Me!
Now I'm going back to my book! 


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review for HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti

First things first, here's the book blurb:

When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare.

But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the façade that was Andra Walker.

I was content with my simple little life.

Until I met Julian.

And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.


Goodreads Link: He Found Me

I'm so conflicted about this book. I enjoyed the overall story and the descriptive writing technique, I found that I was left with so many unanswered questions. I couldn't completely let myself get lost in the story because I couldn't shut off the voice in my head that kept repeating those questions.
The story opens when Cora is 17, but the majority of it is set four years later as she lives her life as Andra. So my first question (and the most consistent one) is... if she is now an adult I'm not quite understanding of her fear that she will be found and made to go back to the life she lift behind. If there is a bigger reason, namely the threat of her life, I would have liked that to have been expounded on in the actual  story not left up to the reader's assumption.
My second can't-let-it-go thought was that the whole story moved a little fast for me from the meeting to the love proclamations. I get that it's a book, I get that it's a love story (believe me I'm a sucker for love) but I just couldn't stop myself from thinking  that maybe just maybe, someone with Andra's history would not be so entirely trusting so quickly. Maybe that's just me though.

And then there's the ending I didn't see coming. But the ending wasn't a deal breaker for me. Honestly the last few pages actually got my heart racing so it was kind of a nice surprise.


I find it hard to truly explain how I feel about the book without giving away any spoilers, so I'm going to leave it at that. But I gave this book a conflicted rating of THREE STARS on Goodreads. I still look forward to reading the other books to come in the story and hopefully getting some more answers to complete it all for me.


Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

*~* COVER REVEAL *~* The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

I am too thrilled to be able to finally share this AMAZING cover for the next book in Sarina Bowen's The Ivy Series!
Today is the cover reveal for The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

The Understatement of the Year coverThe Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3)
by Sarina Bowen

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Blurb:
What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual preference from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.


You can find The Understatement of the Year on Goodreads

You can pre-order The Understatement of the Year here:
- Amazon
- Kobo

Graham Teaser


Excerpt:
Bella grabbed the front pocket of my Vermont sweatshirt and actually pulled me through the din of the most crowded room, toward a table where Graham sat in a booth, across from Hartley.
Ugh. I had no idea this would be so cozy. In fact, there was nowhere for me to sit. For a second there I felt like it was seventh grade all over again, and I didn’t know where to sit in class.
That’s how I met Graham — seventh grade Spanish. We were the two runts in the back row with terrible gringo accents and no friends. The teacher always made the class pair up to practice dialogue. Graham and I were partners.
Hola, Miguel.
Hola, Juan.
Te gusta el futbol?
Sí, me gusta el futbol.
The early days of middle school had been awkward. But this? So much more awkward than that.
“I’ll sit on Graham’s lap,” Bella suggested, grabbing a slice of pizza off the tray.
“Naw, let me find a chair,” I said, turning quickly into the crowd. And lo, by the grace of God, I found one in front of an ancient pay phone. Setting the chair at the end of their booth gave me some much-needed distance. Bella sat on the end, boxing Graham into the corner. Bella’s hand found its way onto my knee about two seconds after I sat down.
Someone filled my glass. “Have a slice?” Hartley offered.
“Thanks, I already ate,” I said quickly. But I sucked back some of the beer. It was pretty wimpy stuff, but I’ll bet the price was right.
“Tell us about your transfer,” Bella prompted while the others dug in. “You said you’d tell it over beers.”
Right. Too soon. “Well,” I hedged. The thing was, I’d told people I was gay many, many times. I was actually pretty good at it. But you don’t say it when you’re all trapped at a table. You have to drop the bomb when your victims are free to walk away from you. Because even the people who are going to turn right back around and be there for you often need a minute to digest the idea.
And the fact that Graham was sitting three feet away, staring at his slice of pizza as if it might reveal the secrets of the universe, made this a particularly bad time. I didn’t want to look vulnerable in front of him. I’d tried that before in my life, and it ended badly. Very badly.
“Thing is, I haven’t had enough beer yet to tell it.”
“There you go with the buildup again,” Bella said, nibbling on a slice.
“Yeah? Well my stories don’t usually disappoint.” That was a bit of pointless bravado. But it was probably true.
I happened to glance toward Graham then. And even in the low light of the pizza place, I saw him freeze. And I realized just how far a little smack talk about stories I might tell would freak him out. I hadn’t meant it like that. But the effect on him was instant and powerful. His jaw went hard and his fist clenched on the table.
Easy, boy. “Tell me about the practice schedule,” I said to change the topic.


About the Author:
Sarina Bowen makes her home in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where she lives with her family, eight chickens and a large pile of skis and hockey equipment. She is a graduate of Yale University.

You can find and contact Sarina here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads

There is a tour wide giveaway for the cover reveal of The Understatement of the year. You can win a signed set of paperback books which includes: The Year We Fell Down (Ivy Years #1), The Year We Hid Away (Ivy Years #2) and Blonde Date (Ivy Years 2.5). The giveaway is open international. You can enter the giveaway below, good luck!
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This Book Nerd says: 
This is a favorite series of mine with some of my beloved "friends in my head" book friends. Set in my own home state of Connecticut, The Ivy Series is set on the campus of the prestigious Harkness College. So far we have met Corey & Hartley; Scarlet & Bridger; and my "not so secret fave couple" Katie & Andy. Now it's time to meet Graham & Rikker... and I cannot wait!
Bowen has truly made me a "fan girl" with her well written dialogue, beautiful characters, and a noticeable familiarity of the places she writes about. I have no doubts that this book will be anything but another favorite of mines! 
Release day will be here before you know it so make sure you click on those pre-order links, so you don't have to wait a second longer than necessary to get your hands on this read. 
I can't wait to share my review with you all!!


HAPPY READING!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

This Is Falling by Ginger Scott... FIVE STAR REVIEW!!

**I received this book as an ARC from the author via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**

My cheeks hurt from smiling so much while I read this book. Before I get into my review and thoughts here's a look at the cover and book blurb!

Book Blurb:
First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.


When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, tolive with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn't supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn't want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn't.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.

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This was my first time reading any of Ginger Scott's books and I am in love. 
Let me just say this: I love a college romance story. I love an athlete story. I love LOVE.

I started reading the book and couldn't even think about putting it down. It was so well written. The dialogue so playful and natural that it was so easy to get lost in the story. Her characters were favorites of mine right from the beginning and as the story progressed and I began to see more of their layers, even the ones I wasn't too sure of (or fond of) quickly became the subjects of some aww-inspiring moments (Paige, anyone?)
From the moment Nate and Rowe meet in the hallway... I take that back... from the moment he calls her '33', I just knew I would be adding him to the top of my list of book boyfriends. 

I don't want to give any of the story away but the story itself makes it so hard for me because the second I finished it (at 1:30 a.m.) I wanted to talk about it with someone! There are moments that will make you cry, happily sigh, even a few moments of "No! Why did you go and do that?!"  
But there was a smile playing on my lips more often than not from beginning to end, complete with a bunch of laugh out loud moments.

As soon as you begin to read you know that something awful happened in Rowe's life two years ago. She has decided to leave home after two years of being home schooled and ends up at McConnell far from her home in Arizona. I say that mainly because while there is the impending wait for an answer to what happened, it isn't this blind siding event within the book. You know it's coming... and even though you know it was coming you probably won't expect it to be what it is. I didn't (and I tend to see things coming).
When the answer to the big question is revealed, you feel your heart tug, twist, and watch the pieces fall into place perfectly. 
You understand every small tell of Rowe's and you get a clearer understanding of her inner struggle. You empathize with her growing desire to finally be free...

And then there's Nate. He's an All American Athlete with all the good looks and charm that turn him into a guy that girls often dream about being able to call theirs. But from the moment he sees Rowe, he only wants her. 
I fell in love with Nate a little more as he hears and accepts her past. Loving him even more as he helps her remember how to live again... how to really breathe...

And Gosh! I loved the friends she makes (answering one my favorite 'sign of a good book' question). 

My takeaway thought would have to be the beautiful reminder that while first loves will stay within our hearts, second loves can be pretty phenomenal as well. 

I loved it. 

And then to finish it and get a sneak peak at Ty's story.... standby for my squeals of happiness...

















Here is the link for GOODREADS make sure you add it to your TBR lists. It's set for release later this month so keep your eyes out for it on the shelves or in the shops!

I immediately went to add her other novels to my TBR and I can't wait to read them!




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

*~*COVER REVEAL*~* IGNITE by Lily Paradis

I am so pleased to be one of the first to be able to show you the cover for the soon to be released novel IGNITE by author Lily Paradis! So without further ado, here it is....
Cover by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations




Now that you got a peek at that beautiful front cover...Check out the full cover and blurb below!!




Back Cover Description:


After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.


Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?



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Sounds good right?!
Here's the GoodReads Link for IGNITE

DON'T FORGET TO ADD IT TO YOUR TBR LISTS! 

Also check it out these other pages while you wait for the big release day!!




Find out more information about IGNITE and Lily’s other upcoming releases at www.lilyparadis.com


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FLAWLESS by Jennifer McGill-Sadera... Review

Flawless
by Jennifer McGill-Sadera

Genre: Dark Contemporary
Age Category: New Adult
Release Date: September 2013
Blurb:
Nobody's perfect. Except Lia Copeland. She's flawless. And worshiped. And hated. From her perfectly proportioned figure and enviable bone structure to her instinctual talent for clothing design and cavalier attitude, Lia's the woman every other woman wants to be and every man wants to have. Catapulted from sigh-maker in the high-school halls to superstardom in the fashion world, she makes it look easy. A girl like that has everything; every reason to be happy. Then why does Lia Copeland just want everyone to leave her the hell alone?
A story about the choices made in the wake of travail and tragedy, it explores relationships with all their messy and marvelous moments and magnifies the beauty, wonder and endurance of first love.

You can find Flawless on Goodreads
You can buy Flawless here:
- Amazon (Kindle):
- Amazon (paperback)
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About the author:

Jennifer McGill-Sadera first worked in the publishing industry as a junior copywriter for NAL/Penguin. She has written and edited for newspapers and magazines as a free-lancer and on the staffs of major women's publications "Woman's World" and "Redbook." Her New Adult novel "Flawless" is her first published book, though she admits to writing three previous unpublished books "just for fun." A nature lover, she recently became a certified horticulturist and has a side business designing flower gardens. She and her husband live in upstate New York with their two kids, two dogs and a lop-eared rabbit, who, incidentally, has a starring role in "Flawless."

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My Review:
**I received this copy in exchange for an honest review**

Sometimes I read a book that shocks me because it was full of so much more than I had expected. This was one of those kind of books for me.
Flawless opens in 1995 and we meet Lia Copeland at the end of her last year of high school. Within the hallways of her school she is called an ice queen, a tease, even royalty, because Lia just does not care about anyone or anything (at least not the way everyone thinks she should). We are quickly introduced to her inner sanctum of friends. John, Doug, Maddie, and Wilson are the only people she considers to be close to her. But even those closest to her don't seem to understand why she shows no feeling. But what they don't realize is that her apathetic approach to life may very well be a defense mechanism. When someone like Lia opens herself up to truly feel about someone or something, she would open herself up to have to feel about everyone and everything.
"Keeping apart from others kept me safe." 

I loved the emotions this story evoked.
I love a story about life long friendships... friendships that have become tried and true through disagreements and reunions; through triumphs and tragedies.
Lia's character was a favorite of mine, and I found myself very defensive of her almost immediately knowing that her heart wasn't as cold as everyone made it out to seem.That her flawless persona was just that...a persona. Without a judgmental view, I wanted to get to know her. I wanted to understand the depths that she struggled to stay afloat on.
But in addition to Lia, the secondary characters were so well written; their personalities so beautifully crafted that they became my friends as much as they are Lia's.
Her relationship with Wilson is beautifully grown from the first introduction of his character to the last words of the book. He was a reminder of what the unconditional love of a soul mate can do for a bruised heart.
When Chad is introduced, we get the third part of the brewing love triangle. A love triangle that is far from typical and out of reach of most everyone else's understanding.
But out of all the relationships and bonds created throughout the decade of Lia's life that Flawless covers... my favorite and the one that touched my heart the most is her relationship with Doug. When he tells Lia that it is he in fact that knows her better than anyone, speaks volumes. It was the progression of their connection that first brought me to my first round of tears throughout reading.
But it wouldn't be my last teary breakdown.

Flawless is not a light read, it isn't a quick read.
It is one of those reads that will make you think, and it was certainly one of the reads that made me feel. While I felt certain parts lagged a bit, I later thought that without those parts, the story wouldn't be quite the same. It's full of the ups and downs, twists and turns that made it impossible for me to put down until I finished it. It deals with heavier issues, but it also deals with LOVE in all its forms.

"We grew up together...learning not only our letters but about the hearts of those around us. We navigated through the turbulent tides of human nature at the local high school, the false friends and heartrending breakups of first loves, which never last. But we discovered the relationships that will last..." 

As I have noted before, one of the marks of a great read for me personally is whether or not I would want to hang out with the characters in real life. In the case of Flawless, my answer is absolutely YES to every single character (except Daisy... definitely not Daisy).

This Book Nerd Says: FOUR STARS !!


Happy Reading!!