Thursday, February 26, 2015

REVIEW... The Five Stages Of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson


Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.


Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died six months ago from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?


Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.


When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.


As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.




**I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This Book Nerd Says: 

I had heard nothing but fantastic things about this book and so of course my curiosity was serious motive to check it out. While I didn't need the tissues that I thought I would need, I enjoyed this book. It does a great job at handling a serious subject. At the same time Liz has to learn how to navigate her grief, we get to witness her learning how to fall in love again. At times her grief felt overwhelming for me, but I also realized that this was more than anything, a truly realistic depiction of what grief after love really feels/looks like. But I wish I would have gotten to see more of her when the happiness outweighed her grief and worry, even if that was only in the end of the book. I think because of that, I couldn't really ever feel connected to her as much as I wanted to. 
Ben was a remarkable character (and probably my favorite of the entire book). His patience and ever steady presence in Liz's life (and that of her children) is what really warmed my heart the most. I am an absolute sucker for men who step in and step up and truly come to love children that aren't theirs by blood, Ben does this and then some. You feel for him as he falls for someone who isn't sure that she could ever love anyone in that way ever again, and so your heart also breaks for him a bit. 
It was a great and honest read that truly did tell us the story of the struggle between mind and heart, between letting go of the past and looking forward to the future. One that gives us a glimpse of a happily ever after the worst heartbreak. 
3.5 Stars

Monday, February 23, 2015

REVIEW... Scared Of Forever by Jacqueline Abrahams

Every lie, no matter how small, has some degree of truth.

Five months after moving to New York City, Emily is engaged to Blake Carson, future doctor and the man who she believes to be the love of her life. Until she starts to realize that the foundation upon which she’s building her future is based on a series of Blake’s self-serving lies.

Blake can’t let her go. He can’t continue to deceive Emily, either. But Blake’s biggest problem is that he has to maintain the life he has become accustomed to, at any cost. And that means keeping his overbearing mother happy, and keeping Emily ignorant.

Tyler Carson left New York City two years ago, happy to leave behind all of the Carson family drama. Until he comes home and meets Emily. Falling in love with his brother’s fiancĂ©e was easy. Protecting her from his family was necessary. Leaving her was almost impossible, knowing that he was breaking her heart, and his own.

Finding solace in her friendship with Tyler, Emily is forced to face the reality that Blake is not the man she thought he was. But neither is Tyler, the friend who gave her the clarity she needed, and then left her alone to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Heartbroken and deserted, Emily has had enough of the Carson brothers.

But sometimes, love is not that which sends us soaring, but that which keeps us grounded. Can Emily ever bring herself to love another Carson completely?

Secrets, lies and lust-filled nights, all in the name of the screwed-up pursuit of happily ever after, Scared of Forever is the second novel in the Scared Series, which features characters from Scared of Beautiful, but can be read as a standalone.


Scared Of Forever GOODREADS 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This Book Nerd Says: 
I read this book as a standalone.
From the description alone I knew I was getting into a love triangle situation... but by the time I had made it to about page 15 of the story, I had pretty much decided that I already hated Blake. That factor alone softened the blow of the tangled web of two brothers and a girl they love. Something else that caught me by surprise was the fact that there was A LOT of stuff going on with the characters besides this one huge thing. The backstory we unravel was full of little shockers that help us understand the truth of the Carson family and how the estrangement came to be. 
There was an abundance of familial pressure on each brother, both for similar and also very different reasons. Tyler and Blake both handle the pressure from their demanding mother very differently and I think as much as this was a love story, it had a story of reconciliation as well. The problem I did have is that I wish we got to see a bit more of the actual reconciliation, especially between Tyler and his mother. It seemed that their very strained relationship was very easily healed to me. 
Speaking of easy... the amount of insta-love that happens in this story was at epic levels. For this reason especially I don't think I every really liked Emily. Being young and innocent is one thing but I found her naivety exasperating very quickly. 
Tyler Carson was my favorite part of this book. I found his character refreshing and despite his own insta love issues, when we get to know him deeper as a character, it isn't so hard to forgive him for it.
While I was okay with the ending I was left wanting. I wish we would have had a bit more information to inform of the reasoning behind some of the decisions both Emily and Tyler made during their time apart. Also as sweet as the ending was, I felt like it was all on warp speed and it was over as soon as it began.  
I read this book in one sitting on a Saturday afternoon. I'm giving it 3 Stars

Saturday, February 21, 2015

5 STAR REVIEW... Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker



Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.


GOODREADS -- Becoming Rain


Available MARCH 3, 2015
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. 

This Book Nerd Says: 

If you want to know what this story is about read the book blurb (posted up there for your convenience)... if you want to know more, then you're going to have to read the book. 
This is definitely one of those books that I really don't want to explain the story any further because it would (in my opinion) take away some of thrill you get from just diving into. 
First things first, K.A. Tucker is a fantastic writer! 
We had proof of that in the Ten Tiny Breaths series... and then she blew my mind with Burying Water. Then I read Becoming Rain... like I said EXCELLENT. PHENOMENAL. FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC
If you are familiar with Burying Water than you'll remember Luke Boone as Jesse's best friend. Becoming Rain continues with some of the dangerous goings on we had come to discover in Burying Water. BUT while they are similar in that regard, that is where the similarities end. 
While Burying Water was full of Mystery, for me Becoming Rain was all about the SUSPENSEThe further Clara goes undercover as Rain the more tangled the web gets, and the more desperate I was to turn the page. 
While the story was phenomenal, the character development was my favorite. Both Luke and Clara have some fantastic layering to their personality and as we get to know them, it's kind of impossible not to swoon for Luke Boone and want to get to know Clara. 
Clara is a strong and determined female. She is obviously intelligent and striving for more in her career something she holds onto throughout the story despite her feelings for Luke changing. 
We get a peek at how Jesse and Alex/Water are faring as well which was an awesome treat. 
From beginning to the last words of the epilogue, Becoming Rain had me hooked and wanting more. I still want more! Upon closing my reader, I felt the urge to applaud at how well it was ended. There were so many little things that surprised me that I was involuntarily gasping aloud. 
So of course, now I'm going to be on pins and needles until we get to read Tucker's next book. I'll be the first in line for it.


It will be out in just a few weeks, so preorder now using the links above so you don't have to wait any longer than necessary to read it. In the meantime if you haven't checked out Burying Water (the first book in the series) here's the link to my review of that one.

HAPPY READING

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Teaser Tuesday... Becoming Rain K.A. Tucker






2 Weeks Until Release Day!!
Here's a teaser for y'all





Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.
 


Becoming Rain GOODREADS


My review will be posting this weekend but let me tell you this... I LOVED IT. 
Don't hesitate to pre-order this one so you don't have to wait any longer than necessary. 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Release Day Blitz... LOSING IT: A Collection of V-Cards


22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.  
In this YA/NA crossover collection, all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!
Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers. 
Stories include excerpts and extended material—ALL NEW CONTENT—featuring the following YA novels & authors:
The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish

Losing It: A Collection of VCards is available now!


Want to know what it was like for these YA authors to write the dirty details?
Hop on over to their blogs and find out! Hear about their “firsts” writing the sexy scenes and get entered to win paperbacks from each and other awesome prizes! The full schedule and participating sites can be found here (through 2/18/15).


22 Shades of Virginity…
Join all of the authors for a special Twitter chat on Thursday, Feb 11 from 7-9pm. Come hang and get all of your burning questions answered! Ask us anything and don’t forget to use: #VCARD
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Want a sneak peek behind the curtain with these authors? Request access to the Champagne Room on FB, a private, VIP group where you’ll get excerpts, giveaways, and the dirty details about the VCards we’ve cashed in…in our stories, of course!

*Must be 18 to enter

Monday, February 9, 2015

5 Star REVIEW for Maybe by Amber L. Johnson.... & Giveaway

 
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Release Date: February 12 , 2015
Genre: FICTION / Romance / General / Contemporary / Erotica
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-371-3
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

~~SUMMARY~~

Maybe-3D-Paperback-eReader Emily Portman loves her job. A writer for Breakout! Magazine, she shadows and showcases up-and-coming bands. When her next assignment takes her to Austin, Texas, she can’t wait to add the city to her map of places she’s visited. Places she’s left without looking back. Her plan is to keep moving on, and the last thing she needs is a man holding her back. She’s not going down that road again. Tyler Macy is stuck in a rut. Despite his exceptional talent as a musician, he has chosen to take a backseat with his music and let others grab the limelight. Wounded and mistrustful, he doesn’t appreciate his friends’ efforts to bring him back to center stage. Emily comes onto the scene and sees his full potential, but he fights to stay in the shadows, shutting her out before she can add to the scars another woman gave him. For Tyler to find his music again, he needs to accept the help that Emily and their friends offer. When he discovers that his muse lies underneath Emily’s skin, it is still not enough to keep her from walking away. Neither will admit what they really want until it is too late. Emily is once again thrown in Tyler’s path when she is assigned to join them on tour. Despite the pain in his past, Tyler sees that she is worth it, even if she’s stolen both his heart and peace of mind. In order for them to be together, they both must discover whether the music and their passion are enough to overcome the obstacles that separate them. Maybe finding love is worth the risk.  

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~~EXCERPT~~

Walking toward him is like trudging through the deepest mud, but I hold my head high, my hands in my pockets and strides long. When I'm less than a foot away, his head turns toward me without lifting his chin, and he looks up from under his brows. The white smoke from his cigarette causes his eyes to nearly close before he pulls it from his lips and exhales upward into the air. I'm struck by how incredibly handsome he is in black wool and new jeans. I want to know if his skin feels hot under his clothes and if his back feels the same when I scratch fingernails across his spine. My fists clench in my coat pockets at the thought. This is going to be so much harder than I'd been prepared for.


~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
AuthPhotA true child of music, Amber's parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist. Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people's lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing. A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the people who bring her inspiration.  
    
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Be sure to look for her other book!
 
 
 







*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour*


This Book Nerd Says: 

There are a few reasons that Amber L. Johnson has quickly come to be one of my favorite go-to authors. 
This book is one of those reasons. 
I've said it before (and I'm going to say it again) the beauty of Amber's works lies in the magic she creates from realistic and relatable characters. The love stories she writes are most endearing because the stories themselves are just beautiful in nature. In Maybe, the main characters- Emily and Tyler- completely transcended my expectations for this story. 
This is one of those reads where I almost don't want to talk about the story except to tell you to read it because I don't know if I could do it any further justice than what is there on the pages. But since this IS a book blog, I'll give it my best shot. 

Emily is a nomad. 
She has an awesome job that requires her to travel from place to place, never staying somewhere long enough for it to truly be a home. That's just fine with her though. She has no ties to anyone- none that would have her ready to miss anyone that she leaves behind. Also part of her job, getting to know the up and coming bands she writes about for the magazine. Because of that she's seen what happens when the musician's dutiful girlfriend gives up her dream for the sake of supporting her man and forgetting about herself. She already knows what could happen when you pin your dreams on the hope that your relationship would make it. 
When her job leads her to Austin, TX she meets Tyler Macy, a musician who is bound for greatness; a musician that is so far removed from the stereotypical band guys Emily is used to. 
Tyler Macy is incredible. 
For everyone around him, Tyler's talent is undeniable and they are just waiting for when, not if, his big break comes. The problem is, Tyler has lost his inspiration and subsequently his confidence. Now he doesn't want the attention that fame and notoriety that would come along with him being the one to sing the music that he writes. When Emily shows up, the clarity and peace of mind he seeks appears as well. 


But both have their own wounds that are still healing. They both know how badly betrayal feels and neither one of them want to feel that again. But the connection continues despite time and distance, leading them to face their own truths, conquering their fears and insecurities.... bringing them both home



I loved the way this book was written. 
It's somewhat of a dual POV EXCEPT everything we hear from Tyler POV are just small excerpts from his journal. Small but packed full of emotion and depth. It was a different approach and so well done that I felt it was just enough to be perfect.

I read a lot of books and so of course I've read the "rock star" storyline before. But I'm going to put this out there, thus far, this is one of the best I've read. 
Why? 
Well like I said back at the beginning of the review, her stories never feel forced. The connection with Emily and Tyler is strong and while they may give in to their physical desires, they both don't fall into the insta-love trap. Emily while her feelings for Tyler grow, never allows herself to lose sight of who she is. She's accomplished, driven and well on the road to being successful in her own right.
So no there is no insta-love. 
But I'll tell you what is there in it's place: Real Emotions.
In fact, it's the emotional connection that is the sexiest thing about the book in my opinion. 
Sure, of course the steamy scenes (yes they're definitely in there) are hot, but they aren't overdone or used as a plot filler, which also happens to be another standout feature for me. Tyler defies the rock star bad boy stereotype on multiple levels and is so... human... fragile... 

By the end of the story I was completely in love with Tyler Macy, yet despite this I couldn't give you a complete picture of how my mind's eye saw his physical appearance. This was one of my favorite things though, because it's his character, his pain, his healing, his quirks and his passions that won me over from the beginning all the way to the end. Seriously I mean not only is he talented but he's sensitive, that's just asking me to swoon over him. Without a doubt Tyler Macy has secured a spot as one of my most favorite book boyfriends. 

This story is so... *insert weird awkward faces as I lose words to express my full adoration for this book*. 
From the heart swelling book's dedication page to the last twenty words of the book, there wasn't anything that I felt lacked in anyway. 
So of course I have to give this a huge recommendation and 5+ STARS

I hope you read it and love it as much as I did!
Now I'm going to go back to my fangirl self and anxiously await the next book from this impressive author. 













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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cover Reveal.... Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

I'm so pleased to be part of the cover reveal for 
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity
Take a look at this beautiful cover and excerpt, and be sure to let us know what you think!



Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 17, 2015
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Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.
Excerpt
      I know I shouldn’t, but I turn around anyway, and I give Owen my full,
undivided attention. His friends have already left, and he’s slowly
walking backwards, showing me his middle finger and smiling with that
faint half-grin I’ve seen far too often over the last three days.

     I don’t know what makes me do it. In fact, I don’t know why I am the way I
am with Owen. I’ve been careful and timid and obedient my entire life, my
only mission to please everyone—please my father, Chen, my mother, my
friends, my teachers. Please, please, please, please, please. That’s all I
do. And all it’s done for me is land me in Woodstock, away from my friends
and the senior year I was expecting to have. I’m not pleasing Owen Harper,
too. So I stand with my tray and raise my arm slowly by my side, my eyes
zeroed in on his until I’m pointing at him. I close one eye and cock my
head slightly to the right, like I’m making sure I have him in my
sights—and then I pull the trigger.

     “Jesus H Christ, Kensi! What’s wrong with you?” Willow asks. She pulls my
arm back down, but I keep my eyes on Owen, staring into his gray-blue
eyes—eyes that look like a wolf’s. “What are you doing?”

      “I’m starting a war, Willow,” I say, my heart speeding up and my breath
growing more ragged as reality catches up with me.

      I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose; a guy who doesn’t play by
the rules.

        A guy who scares me, and who knows where I sleep at night.
About Ginger Scott
Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of four young and new adult romances, with her fifth title, This Is Falling, set to release in late August 2014.

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at 
http://www.littlemisswrite.com.


When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).
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