Monday, March 30, 2015

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW ... The Music Of Temptation by Verity Jacobs









Margot Duke can’t keep her long-distance relationship alive any more than she can the cells that are supposed to be taking center stage in her PhD thesis. Both seem to be suffering an inexplicably long and drawn-out death, and she’s spent more than enough time fretting about it, without any solution in sight.

It figures that the one day she chooses to pack it all in and stop caring is the day she meets Jonathan Young.

Jonathan swings through town with his band, just long enough to knock Margot off her feet, and leave her feeling a little giddy in his wake. The encounter proves once and for all that her inter-continental love affair is over, but can she really stomach the idea of starting another one right on its heels? And with the darling of the indie rock world at that? 





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*I received a copy of this book for participation in this blog tour*




This Book Nerd Says: 

This is the second book I've read by this author (the first being The Science Of Attraction ) and I have confirmed that Verity Jacobs sure knows how to write a leading man. I'll get back to that in a moment though... 
The Music Of Temptation is all about Margot Duke. We know Margot from Kate's lab in Science however this story can be read as a standalone.  She is working on her thesis and determined to keep the cells she's studying alive, meanwhile her long time long distance relationship is just waiting for someone to call 'time of death' on it. In her struggles to end the relationship she gives herself a reprieve and heads out to see her new favorite band perform for the first time ever. 
And that's the night she crosses paths with Jonathan Young. 

Something was seriously wrong here. Or seriously right

Jonathan met all my rock star expectations and then he took things a step further. Jonathan is not only a gorgeous front man and lead singer in an on the rise band touring through Europe... he's also a very sweet guy who doesn't just acknowledge Margot's intelligence, he genuinely appreciates it. I've said in my previous review of Jacob's writing that I love a hot guy that's more than just a "hot guy". In Jonathan's case, he has a genuine heart that makes it hard not to get the flutters going. Translating his feeling into his music gives us a glimpse at the true heart and soul of his character and it definitely didn't leave me disappointed.

I like a story that's outside of the box. I know what you might be thinking but this isn't just musician meets quiet girl. On paper Jonathan and Margot would not likely be the perfect pair. She spends her days in the lab while he spends his nights playing for his fans. Opposites... maybe. But then again you know they say opposites attract, and for these two the chemistry is palpable from the start.

Once again Jacobs has given us an intelligent female MC. In full honesty I had some fears about Margot... as her feelings for Jonathan grew I continually found myself warning her not to lose sight of who she was because of a guy. I had these little nagging insta-love fears that I hated having because I couldn't let myself fully fall into the story right away. But Margot made me proud... 
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and read it all in one sitting. I felt like it was a steady rise from beginning to end. As I looked over my little notes and thoughts my rating was about 3.5 stars but the last three chapters... ahhhh! I wanted to give that one a big ole gold sticker. 


#jonathanlovesmargot

Those feels....
Ah. Loved it. 


About Verity Jacobs:
Verity Jacobs is a reformed scientist, who left the lab when she fell in love with writing about love. She lives with her husband and baby girl in London, where she dreams by day and writes all night long. She is addicted to the heart flutters and stomach flips of the fictional romance world.




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About THE SCIENCE OF ATTRACTION:
Kate Ramsey is at the top of her game.

She’s the hot new recruit at the most prestigious research institute in Germany, and she’s determined to live up to the hype — even if it means working day and night. Stress relief comes in the form of a no-nonsense affair with her neighbor, who also happens to be the director of the institute. Who says sex should be anything more than a contract between two people who have other things on their mind?

So when Tom Baker saunters into her life, Kate is understandably upset to see this well-oiled machine splutter and seize. Tom is young and smart, and far too pretty for his own good. Kate can’t help but be drawn to him, even if giving in to the attraction would mean risking everything she’s worked for. 


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Friday, March 27, 2015

REVIEW... Just A Little Flirt by Renita Pizzitola

Saying yes has always come easy for Fallon. Now, in Renita Pizzitola’s steamy, poignant new novel, winning her dream job means saying no to the guy she wants the most.

Between all the parties and random hook-ups, Fallon Carr is this close to flunking out of college. But her internship working with pediatric patients means the world to her—especially since, at the end of the summer, one lucky intern will be offered a paid position. Determined to leave her bad reputation behind, Fallon even takes a bet that she won’t sleep with anyone from work. But there’s one little catch. . . .

Not only is Cade Ryan the hottest guy Fallon has ever laid eyes on, he’s a therapy dog handler who volunteers his time to visit kids at the hospital. So when he starts pursuing her, Fallon can’t believe her bad timing. The thing is, Cade is different. He’s not like the college guys who see her as a one-night stand, or the high-school boyfriend who took a part of her she can never get back. Cade genuinely wants to spend time with her—and not just between the sheets.

Fallon won’t let her growing feelings for Cade get in the way of her dreams. Besides, no guy can break down the walls she put up long ago. So what’s the harm in a little flirting? It’s not like she’s falling in love. But she may have seriously underestimated how complicated things can get when the perfect guy falls for her first.



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

This Book Nerd Says: 
This is the second book in the CRUSH series by Renita Pizzitola. I had stumbled across the first book and absolutely loved it and the great characters. I pointed out in my review of Just A Little Crush that there was a standout in the book for me and that just happened to be Fallon. When I found out that Fallon was getting her own book in Just A Little Flirt, I couldn't help but put this on my anticipated reads list. 
The anticipation and the wait were totally worth it. 


"I was the girl guys took to bed, but never home. The one who made them feel good for a moment, but never a lifetime." 

Fallon is a party girl with a reputation due to her fondness for hook ups. After her grades drop, she is determined to turn it all around starting with the internship she's landed in the pediatric department of the hospital. Determined to keep her reputation in her past she makes a friendly bet that she'll avoid sleeping with anyone from her job. 
But then she meets Cade Ryan. Cade, also a volunteer at the hospital, pursues Fallon determined to win a chance with her. But unlike all the other guys Fallon is used to, Cade is less interested in getting into her pants and more interested in getting hold of her heart. 

"The only thing I've ignored is the desire to give in to this." 

I walked into this book pretty sure I was going to love Fallon,  then I got to see the layers I already expected her to have and my feelings soared. Fallon uses her flirty reputation as a shield for her heart, and keeps the baggage from her past as a wall to keep guys at a distance. That didn't stop me though. I loved her "say what's on her mind" attitude coupled with the vulnerability that she tries to hide. 
Speaking of love... Cade Ryan. 
I am fairly certain that if you look up book boyfriend, you'll find Cade Ryan listed. There's a certain type of guy who can pull off adorable and sexy at the same time and Cade is definitely one of those guys! I'm pretty sure he had me swooning almost the entire book. His persistent efforts in attempting to get to know Fallon were sweet, but it was the patience he shows her... the reassurance he provides... that took hold of my heart. 

As I mentioned before this is the second book in the CRUSH series but it can totally be read as a standalone. I am fairly certain I would have loved it either way but having the extra background knowledge of Brinley, Ryder, and Warren, made those bonus moments with them extra sweet. While the story is told from Fallon's POV, I was very pleasantly surprised to read the epilogue, but that's all I'm going to say about that *wink wink*. 
Renita Pizzitola definitely has a great ability of crafting awesome characters that always make my list of characters I would love to hang out with in real life. I without a doubt would recommend these books for those who love a good college love story. 

I am giving Just A Little Flirt 4.5 Stars and I cannot wait to check out the next one!





Just A Little Flirt is set to be released March 31st but you can preorder it here: 




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Release Day Blitz... Fisher's Light by Tara Sivec


Fisher,
I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most. 

Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested. 
I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.
Lucy

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.


 

Giveaway Details:

3 signed copies of Fisher’s Light + swag items
Open Internationally




Monday, March 23, 2015

5 STAR REVIEW for Crushed: A Redemption Novel by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?






*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

This Book Nerd Says: 

I had to take a some time after reading this book before I sat down to write this review  because had I not I would have filled this space with a whole plethora of heart emojis and exclamation marks.  I picked it up one afternoon to start reading and I barely looked up until I was completely finished. 
For those of you who may not know, this is the third book in the Redemption Series by Lauren Layne, each book can be read as a standalone but if you're like me you'll want to check them all out. Ethan and Stephanie's story in Isn't She Lovely tackled Layne's unique spin on Pygmalion, while Broken was all about Olivia and Paul's Beauty and the Beast tale... but in Crushed, Layne gives us a special twist on a classic Ugly Duckling story. 
I must make a small note that while this is a sort of ugly duckling to swan story it was endearing because her beauty is noticed and commented on before the transformation. Any changes that were made to Chloe were with the insistence of Michael that she was doing so to be healthy and happy with herself; to help her find her own confidence in her quest to be noticed by the guy she loved.

Michael has left behind his life in Manhattan but he's brought his broken heart to Texas. Working at a country club for some of the elite he crosses paths with Kristen the girl that pales in comparison to the girl he longs for. Along with Kristen comes her sister Chloe, the girl that is full of curves, spunk, and sass. Chloe becomes his friend while also becoming his "so much more". But Michael is still trying to navigate the hurt in his past and his newly discovered present to be anything of importance to anyone. When he realizes that Chloe is in love with her sister's guy he decides to step in because if anyone knows what it's like to be the third wheel in that kind of complicated love story, it's Michael.

This story is so much more than the book synopsis had me expecting and it doesn't waste any time in grabbing your attention. If you're not a fan of the love triangle, have no fear, pick this up and read it anyway. 
Now because I did read the others I had this little sinking feeling that I wasn't going to like a book about Michael St. Claire (for reasons that won't be elaborated on due to not dropping any spoilers). I was right, I didn't like Michael...I loved him. He totally came out of the wood work and surprised me because I was only about five minutes into the book and already had him stamped with my book boyfriend mark. It's his deeper emotional conflicts that revealed him to be more than what I had thought previously. Somehow he reveals his own emotional rawness and becomes the guy you just wish you could give a hug to and make it all better. 
And then it did get better.
I thought Olivia would be my favorite character from this series but then Chloe Bellamy enters the story and not so quietly completely enamored me. Her character is completely refreshing and so down to earth real, she made the entire story so much better. She made me smile and laugh out loud so much. She's determined and fiesty but her own insecurities make her a relatable character. 


"...I don't think it's about who loves you first. It's about who loves you best
And that's me." 



Gosh, Lauren Layne sure knows how to put a spin on these story lines and burst your heart into a million tiny little pieces with those endings! 
I'm giving this story a huge 5 Stars 

If you're interested in checking out my review for Broken just click here!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Promo Tour + REVIEW... CEMENT HEART by Beth Ehemann




CEMENT HEART
by Beth Ehemann
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Lawrence Finkle, known simply to his die-hard Minnesota Wild fans as Viper, isn’t used to hearing the word no. He lives his whole life just a little on the reckless side. After all, life is just one big game, right?

Wrong.

When what was supposed to be an innocent bet goes horribly wrong, he’s left to deal with the aftermath— and the guilt. In an effort to make things right the best way he can, he ends up falling for the one person on the planet he never should have.

The old saying goes that two wrongs don’t make a right . . . or do they?



I found a bench right outside the door at the very moment my legs decided to give out. Who knew a hard-ass concrete bench could be so comforting? I ran my hands through my hair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at the concrete slab below me. An ant slowly walked up to my foot and stopped. I wondered what it was like to be an ant. Did they have friends and families? Did they accidentally hurt each other? Did they feel guilt? I’d fought like hell my whole life to keep my feelings in check and never let people see them, but the last two days were testing that more than any other time in my life. I didn’t know how much longer I could keep it together.
Praying was something we never did in my house growing up, but at that moment I felt the overwhelming urge to talk out loud to . . . someone.
Looking around to make sure I was alone, I took a deep breath and puffed my cheeks out, exhaling slowly.
I glanced up at the sky for just a second, quickly deciding I probably looked like a moron and that whoever I was going to talk to would probably hear me no matter where I was looking.
“Hey, whoever’s up there. My name is Lawrence Finkle, but you probably know me as Viper. Anyway—” I cleared my throat, suddenly feeling very stupid that I was talking to myself, but so desperate I was willing to do anything. “—we’ve never had what I would call an active relationship, but right now I’m feeling pretty alone down here. I’ve fucked up a lot in my life, as you probably know, but I’ve always been able to talk myself out of any trouble I got into. Well, I’ve finally done something I can’t fix. It was an accident, but I still can’t fix it, and I could really use it at the moment. I don’t really know how this works, but I’m willing to bargain. I’ll do anything—go to church, donate time and money, stop fucking strangers. I mean it, anything . . . just please . . . save my best friend. He’s a good man with a wife and kids who need him. If you need to take someone, take me. No one gives a shit whether I’m here or not.” My eyes started to feel hot and sting as I took another shaky breath.
“Mr. Finkle?”
Startled at the sound of my name, I stood and turned as a camera flashed in my eyes. Squinting and holding my hand up, I tried to block out another flash. “What the fuck?” I growled.
“Hi, Mr. Finkle. I’m Warren Sanders with the Star Tribune here in Minneapolis.” He held his hand out for me to shake. I glared down at it and then back up at him without saying a word. He quickly pulled his hand back and continued, “We heard about what happened yesterday and we were just wondering if we could ask you a few questions. Like, maybe what exactly happened? What’s his current condition? Anything you’re willing to give us.” He held a microphone in my face as the cameraman lifted a different camera onto his shoulder to film me.
Rage shot through me like a bullet shoots out of a gun.
“You want anything I’m willing to give you?” I asked coldly. “Well, I’m going to give you ten seconds to get that motherfucking camera out of my face before I shove that mic up your ass.”
“Uh . . .” he stammered. “We won’t keep you for long. We just want a quick statement.”
Without hesitation, I took three steps and grabbed the camera from the guy behind him, lifted it above my head, and smashed it on the concrete. They both jumped back, their mouths hanging open as they stared at the ground.
“There!” I pointed to the shattered camera as I walked away. “There’s your fucking statement.”







Beth Ehemann lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and four children. When she's not sitting in front of her computer writing, or on Pinterest, she loves reading, photography, martinis and all things Chicago Cubs. She's represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.




OTHER BOOKS OF BETH



Room for You






Room for More






Room for Just a Little Bit More






This Book Nerd Says: 
This book was a long awaited read for me so I couldn't wait to get a chance to be a part of of this tour to share this book with y'all. I want to start off by saying that everything I thought to expect from this book... that was a fraction of what I received when I closed the book. 
I'm going to keep this review spoiler free as usual so have no worries there and feel free to continue reading. 
Having read Ehemann's other books we have gotten small glimpses at Viper. None of these could have prepared me for getting to know Viper Lawrence. Getting to know him was like encountering an iceberg... there is so much more waiting just below the surface

As Viper deals with the guilt he feels, he is challenged to look at the man he is and ask himself if that man is someone he is happy with. Well this turns out to be a simple question with a lot of heavy answers. This story feels like a true journey and I was so happy to be on that trip watching as layers were stripped away bit by bit until I felt like both crying and laughing. Even as Viper comes to grips with his emotions, his humor was a constant, something that I adored because Viper never really changes the root of who he is, he just takes on a new perspective. 
Dealing with friendships, love, and self maturation, I read this book in one sitting, unable to stop turning the page because I had so many thoughts of what was going to happen. Then when the path was made more evident, I had to see how it all was going to happen. Cement Heart felt somewhat different than reading the Cranberry Inn books, but in no way was that a disappointment. I really thought this was a fantastic story with so much more that I wish I could tell you about but... NO SPOILERS. 
Just grab and read it for yourself and then come back and let me know what you thought!!!

I am giving this book 4 Stars!







Monday, March 16, 2015

BLOG TOUR... 5 Star REVIEW for Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott (+ Giveaway)


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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. 

WILD RECKLESS
Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 17, 2015








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

This Book Nerd Says: 

Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down... nor did I want to. 
Owen Harper is a jerk... except he's not. From the prologue alone I knew right then that Owen Harper was about to take hold of my heart and refuse to let go. So as the story progressed and everyone had him pegged as trouble, as the boy with the wild heart who lives a reckless life, I was steadfastly on Team Owen, just rooting for him to prove everyone wrong. 

While the prologue is written from Owen's POV, the rest of the story is where we get to hear from Kensington. 
Kensington is a gifted pianist who thought she knew how her last year of high school was going to be. But then she is moved from her life in the city to a new school in a new town. Her new house just happens to be right next door to one Owen Harper. From the very beginning he makes it clear that he is not going to make anything easy on her. 


"Just then, I realize, he's not really wild at all. He's heartbroken." 

As Kensington begins to have the life she longed to return to shatter around her, she begins to see the truth about the boy next door. As she learns more about his past, he helps her come to grips with her present, and in each other they find the confidence to forge into a new plan for their futures. 


Without going into too much detail and risking any spoilers there are a few things I want to give kudos to: 

This book deals with some serious issues for both Kensington and Owen. But I loved the approach Scott took to incorporate them into the story. She not only drew attention to the affects on the person, she also seemed to highlight how it affected the entire family units and the long term lasting effects. She found a way to discuss some intense things and subsequent intense emotions, while making all the characters endearing (well almost all of them). 

I loved reading about the relationship between Kensington and her mother. I truly adored watching Kensington come into her own strength and in turn giving her mother the confidence and backing to find her own voice again. It truly put a mile wide smile on my face and touched my heart. 

Another thing I loved (LOVED) is that Owen continually encourages Kensington to find her way to grasping her own dream even as he must find his. He quickly became a cheerleader for her and always seems to put her first even if he realizes that she is something that he needs. This was a standout feature for me especially since this is a story of young love/first love. 


"I love how he watches me, how he watches over me, fights for me, and makes me a better version of myself. I love him..." 

And I do too. 

Kensington is relatable and a girl after my own heart. 
Owen is beautifully complex, with a huge heart even if he likes to keep that out of public knowledge. 
Ginger Scott has done it again folks! I am giving this book 5 Stars


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About the Author:


Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger 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. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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