Saturday, May 30, 2015

REVIEW... Fighting For Flight by JB Salsbury

What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose?

The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows, and more than she expects.

Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy Jonah Slade. 

Weeks away from his title fight, Jonah is determined to stay focused on everything he’s trained so hard to achieve. Undefeated in the octagon, he’s at the height of his career. But resisting Raven’s effortless allure and uncomplicated nature is a fight he can’t win. 

Jonah trades in his bad-boy reputation and puts his heart on the line. But when her father contacts her, setting in motion the ugly truth of her destiny, Jonah must choose. In a high-stakes gamble where love and freedom hang in the balance, a war is waged where the price of losing is a fate worse than death.

Will the hotheaded Jonah be able to restrain his inner fighter to save the woman he loves? 

Or will Raven be forced into a life she’s been desperate to avoid?

Fighting For Flight by JB Salsbury

This Book Nerd Says: 

I'm was in the mood for a good fighter romance and I saw I had this box set setting in my TBR. At some deeper investigation I saw others raving about this series as the best and a lot of 5 Stars were given. This was a big mistake. I wish I would have just gone into this book blind. I don't think I would have changed my rating but maybe I wouldn't have placed my expectations as high. 
The prologue of the book is extremely dark and gritty and set an influential tone for the rest of the book (Mature Audience alert). Told in a dual POV, the story introduces us to twenty year old Raven, a Las Vegas mechanic who enjoys her simple life. On the other hand there's Jonah, notorious UFL fighter weeks away from a title fight. When the two meet... magic  insta-love happens. 
Gah okay guys... you know I have an issue with the insta-love like 90% (92%) of the time. I kind of have an issue with it this time. Frankly put, I didn't understand their love connection. It went from lust to love so fast that I actually went back to reread and make sure that I didn't miss something. Maybe it was done this way to keep the pacing, but still...
I had things that made me like and also dislike both Raven and Jonah. They stayed on pretty even playing field for me throughout the story. In the end I liked them just as much as I thought I would landing them right smack dab in the middle of my character likeability meter (yeah I have one of those). 
That being said, I enjoyed the secondary characters a lot. Since this is the start of the series. I'm excited to see some of them get their own stories. I guess that also tells you all that I'm more than likely going to check out the other books, and hey at least I have personal experience with this author now and know what to expect for my book nerd palate. 

I am giving this book 3 Stars. Solid kickoff of a series. I'll let you know what I think about the rest as I get to them. 
Happy Reading Nerds!

Friday, May 29, 2015

COVER REVEAL... Right Next Door by A.J. Pryor + Giveaway

Today I am happy to be part of the cover reveal for Right Next Door by A.J. Pryor!! 
I can't wait to check out this book and I can’t wait to share the details with you!! So without further ado...    
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Title: Right Next Door 
  Author: AJ Pryor 
  Genre: Contemporary Romance 
  Release Day: June 30th

   About Right Next Door:
My fiancé is officially a married man. The only problem is that he isn’t married to me. . . Addison Peacock has been stuck in the same seaside town her entire life. When her college boyfriend proposes the night before graduation, she can finally see the future she’d always dreamt about. But the sudden illness of her father causes her to put that future on hold, and her soon-to-be husband leaves, with nothing but a promise that one day he’ll return. Now, five years later, he’s kept that promise. There’s only one problem . . . he’s already married. Crushed twice by the same man, Addison needs a distraction, someone to get her back on her feet and mend her broken heart. As luck would have it, Damian Walker has just moved in next door. Having rebuilt his own life after a drunk driver stole his career, his heart . . . everything, Damian knows what it’s going to take to get Addison’s life back on track. But he’s not going to be anyone’s rebound. His life is complicated . . . there’s no room for one-night stands. Until Addison knows what she’s looking for, neighbors are all they’ll ever be. One shared wall, two sun-kissed balconies, and a chance at love...a twist of fate. Could the possibility of a future be right next door?  
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The door flies open, slamming against the inside wall, and momentarily startling me. “What now!” At first, I’m caught off guard by her irate greeting, but as she stands frozen in the doorway, her eyes grow wide in surprise, and a blush shadows her ivory face. Damn. She’s beautiful. I have to bite my lip to stifle a grin. “I’m sorry. I thought you were somebody else.” Her tongue darts out and licks nervously at her lips. An intense desire to capture it between my teeth and slide it between my own lips spikes through me. Leaning casually against her doorframe, I cross my arms over my chest. “I heard something crash. Is everything okay?” Her shoulders drop slightly, and her hard eyes soften, meeting mine. “Yeah, everything’s fine. A friend made me angry, and I threw a vase at the wall.” This time I can’t hide my amusement. “You either have a very short fuse or an asshole for a friend.” The tension slips further from her shoulders, and she smiles at my remark. “It’s the latter.” Shit, so maybe model dude is her boyfriend. What am I doing here? I don’t have time in my life for shit like this, but I also can’t seem to make my feet walk away. “Well, I can promise I’m not an asshole, and I’m not doing anything tonight. Do you want to grab a drink?” She looks down at her watch and bites her bottom lip in contemplation, her hesitancy making me uneasy. “Come on, Green Eyes, it’s only nine o’clock.” Pathetic, I’m begging a girl I should be running from to have a drink with me. Those eyes instantly meet mine and are filled with a sudden shine that wasn’t there a minute ago. “Do you want to come in and watch American Ninja Warrior with me?” The request comes so quickly I almost miss it. In fact, the only part I understood was that she wants me to come inside her place. Hell yeah, I’m coming inside. But first, I need to know what we’re doing because at this moment, what my dick hears is ‘coming inside’ and it has its own idea as to what that means. Suddenly she’s laughing, and it’s awesome. Her entire face brightens, and her eyes twinkle like I’ve never seen. Her happiness is settling in my chest and making me grin at her like a damn schoolboy. “You have no idea what I’m talking about do you?” Her laughter subsides and leaves her with a smile that is . . . stunning. “No clue. Only that you asked me in, and yet, I’m still standing in your doorway.”    

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IMG_5802  About the Author:
A.J. Pryor lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. If not home writing, you can find her at the beach, the yoga studio or the soccer field with her girls. An avid reader of contemporary romance, new adult and young adult novels, her Kindle is always within reach. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.   

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RELEASE BLITZ... Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry's NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’sThunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

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  About NOWHERE BUT HERE: An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.  
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From Emily's Point of View. Set up: Emily is riding a motorcycle for the very first time and she's riding it with Oz.

THE MOTORCYCLE ACCELERATES AND THE FEW inches I had established between me and Oz: gone. My body slides forward, colliding into his, and we click together like two puzzle pieces. Heat rushes up my neck and onto my cheeks. My thighs are too close to his, too tight against his body and this is way more intimate than I have been before with a guy.
Even when the two of us kissed.
Oz veers left, away from Olivia’s, away from the main road, and the entire motorcycle pitches to the side. My heart thun­ders and my fingers clutch not only at Oz’s belt loop, but at the material of his jeans, and his hips.
Oz glances at me over his shoulder as the bike straightens out. “Lean with it, Emily.”
Right. Lean with Oz and the bike. Got it. The narrow road curves ahead and this time when Oz and the bike tilt, I move along with it. Oz releases one of the amazingly high handlebars and massages my knee before returning his hand to the grip. Whether in reassurance or to affirm I mastered the curve I don’t know, but either way, I sit higher.
The wind whips through my hair and onto my face and I shut my eyes for a brief second and pretend that I’m flying. There’s something energizing, something hypnotic, something inside me that begs to burst out of a cage in search of freedom.
The motorcycle kicks forward and our speed increases. Beams of sunlight filter through the towering trees and green foliage blurs together as we fly over the road. From head to toe, my body vibrates with the loud growling of the power­ful machine.
My knee still tingles from where Oz laid his fingers on me and I’ve never been more aware of my hands in my life. I should let go of Oz’s body, but I can’t. Belt loops weren’t enough and my fingers have somehow edged up and onto his sides. Oz is solid. Yes, definitely solid. Every inch of him that I touch is tight muscle.
Oz is a year older than me, but somehow he seems older, wiser and hotter than any other guy I’ve known. Just the way he rides his bike creates this overabundance of confidence.
Warm sensations I’ve never experienced before blossom through me. We enter another curve and I lean with him. I like how in sync I’ve become with Oz and the motorcycle. Like we’ve merged into one.
The purr of the engine deepens and Oz eases the bike to a stop. His feet hit the ground and he turns the machine off. It’s as if all sound in the world ceased, or maybe I’ve gone deaf because there’s no way anything can be this still or silent.
The wind picks up and the silence is frightened away with the roar of the trees bending. Both Oz and I shift with the flow of air and Oz doesn’t move the bike until the breeze gentles.
Oz kicks down the stand and the bike tilts, but not too much. He sets a hand over the fingers that I laced together across his stomach. Oh, hell, I’m plastic wrapped to him. I drop my head onto his shoulder and it places me closer, and closer is not what I need.
I go to unglue myself, but Oz squeezes my fingers, send­ing a jolt of electricity up my arms. “You okay?”
I have to clear my throat to speak and that just sucks. “Yes.”
Oz slides his fingers against mine and a fluttering occurs in my stomach. It’s a light fluttering. Ticklish even, and my survival instincts scream at me to get off this motorcycle.


Katie McGarry Author Photo  About Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.  

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

REVIEW... ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

When I won the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, I was thrilled. After all, my grandma had just died and I wanted to take care of my aging grandpa -- he couldn't be a farmer in Wyoming forever. And graduating from Eagle Elite meant opportunity.

But I wasn't counting on meeting Nixon.

Nor was I counting on the rules of the Elect.

1. Do not touch The Elect.
2. Do not look at The Elect.
3. Do not speak to The Elect.

And worst of all? Don't discover the secret they hide, because in the end, you may just realize... it's about you.

*This is a New Adult Book, blood, violence, cursing, sexual references, and drug use. Not recommended for those under 17.*


This Book Nerd Says: 

I have wanted to read this series since I heard the premise. It didn't hurt that I heard so many glowing thoughts on this. So when I had the chance to read the first, I jumped right in... 
The synopsis does a good job of setting up the story for you. Trace is from a small farm town in Wyoming. At her grandmother's urging she enters a lottery for a chance to attend Eagle Elite College. From the moment she arrives, everyone treats her like dirt and continuously reminds her that she's an outsider. Nixon, leader of Elite -the school's best of the best, jerkiest of the jerks, makes it clear that he won't allow her near him, but doesn't seem to stay away. It's written only in Trace's POV and it was actually a fairly quick read for me. 
Did I love it? Unfortunately no. 
Did I like it? Ehhhh... kind of. 
Let me explain. 
I still love the premise of the story so much so that I do want to know what happens next. The problem I had was the majority of the dialogue. It never felt natural to me so there were times when I kept losing myself in the cheesiness of the banter. Now, cheese isn't always a bad thing but sometimes it's too much. I felt like Elite walked that line. While it's plot is centered around a college infused with a mafia presence, I felt like it's more about a prestigious private high school and it took a whole lot of mental redirection to remind me that they were supposed to be NA age. There's nothing about the college aspect that feels real.

It was a few of the characters that made me keep reading this story. Nixon and Chase. Chase and Nixon. These two guys kept me turning page after page. Bad boys with a soft heart... yes and yes. Even though the presence of both of them screams a set up for a theme I'm not always a fan of... in this book I don't know what I'd do without either of them. 
Sadly, I could take or leave Trace. 
Her naivety drove me a little crazy as I would assume that a girl her age would pick up on some of the blatant signs around her a bit quicker. I'm assuming this was to make her shock value greater later on but seeing as how she still doesn't get it until everyone spells it out to her, I'm not buying what she's selling. Sorry Trace. 

As this is book one, it sets up the rest of the series fairly nicely. Even though I am not raving about it or rushing into the next book I would read the rest in the series... eventually. Especially if I get more Chase. 

I'm giving this book 3 Stars

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TEASER TUESDAY... The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

 NA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: June 23, 2015

I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

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

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).

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Monday, May 25, 2015

REVIEW... The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel

From the author of the international bestseller The Sweetness of Forgetting, named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Marie Clairemagazine, comes a captivating novel about the struggle to overcome the past when our memories refuse to be forgotten.

In this richly told story where Sliding Doors meets P.S. I Love You, Kristin Harmel weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past?

After her husband's sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she's planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn't she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she's really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband's hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.

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This Book Nerd Says: 
I found this book through a fellow blogger's recommendation and thought I'd check it out. I am very happy I did. I don't think you need much more of a synopsis than what's already given so I am not going to go too much further into that. What I will say is that The Life Intended is a story about Love After Life... it's also a story about Life After Love. The majority of this book is set nearly a dozen years after Kate loses her husband Patrick unexpectedly. Now as she's set to plan a wedding to another man, Patrick is back and this time she needs to figure if she can let him go for real this time. 
Patrick's reappearance in her life stirs up a bunch of questions in Kate's mind and heart. Suddenly everything she thought she knew is uncertain, and the things she never expected to want are becoming her heart's truest desires. 
Now sometimes I have this habit of figuring out the mystery and twists along the way. I can honestly say I didn't do that with this one. Maybe because this story had me focused on Kate's self discovery and grieving process that I kind of forgot about any twist to come. Needless to say the ending was a little surprising. I would even say it was perfect... was it a little too perfect? Maybe. But after the life Kate has lived, I didn't mind it so much. 
Would I tell you to read this? Yeah I would. Know that you may strongly dislike some characters because I definitely did, but then again that's the point. You are going to root for your favorites. But you're also going to read a story that parallels life in so many beautiful ways. It's not only touching but the author keeps the story free of any raunch if that's how you like to keep your reads.

I'm keeping this one short and giving it a recommendation with 4 Stars
Hope you enjoy it if you give it a shot!

Monday, May 18, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW + Giveaway... The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharman

Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.
When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya's entire life changes.
Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American.
As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned. Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path.
The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart

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

This Book Nerd Says: 
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the beautiful cover, and then the synopsis completed the intrigue. I am always on the hunt for diversity in the NA genre and this book stood out as something completely unique to me. So I read it and I am so happy that I did. In fact as soon as I finished reading I felt so refreshed
Nithya is a college senior on the track of being a doctor. She has succeeded in everything she puts her mind to because she is determined to make her family proud. She balances this driven character trait with being a fun, amicable girl. Content with the fact that when she's ready to marry she'll find someone via her family's tradition, she isn't prepared for James St Clair. Being around James pits Nithya's heart against her mind and challenges everything that she thought she wanted. 
The first thing I loved is something I already mentioned. DIVERSITY. The Rearranged Life exceeded all my expectations of what I was going to read. Why? Because not only was I entertained, I walked away feeling like I learned something. Annika Sharma did a beautiful job at painting a colorful portrayal of the Indian Culture. From the celebrations and food to long standing traditions, we get an amazing view from the eyes of Nithya. 

Nithya is another thing that I adored in this story. 
Her character growth from beginning to end is something to take note of as we watch Nithya fail and succeed. Nithya not only falls in love between the beginning to end of the story, she comes into her own self definition. It's Nithya's journey that makes this story a New Adult Coming-of-Age tale. 

"Now, the gap isn't so wide. I'm not either-or. I am Indian-American. The hyphen allows me to be both..." 

Also on my list of loved things: Family. 
There is a definite (and strong) family thread throughout this story. As it's written solely in Nithya's POV we get a lot of chances to view her family interactions. Its those moments that make it easier to understand Nithya's dilemmas. Every time I would have a moment of wavering patience, I would get another reminder of Nithya's dedication to her family and it makes sense again. Her family is obviously loving and protective both of Nithya and their culture. As Nithya's story progresses and her perspectives takes new directions I enjoyed seeing the focus shift from all the things that made the families different, to focus on all the things that were the same. 

Of course I can't end the review without talking about the love story between Nithya and James. In a genre that is sometimes overflowing with the insta-love stories, The Rearranged Life stands out yet again. The journey of "Nithya and James" is marked by a naturalness and maturity that I love reading about. Sharman writes their story flaws and all, including mature approaches and reactions fitting for their age (no YA tantrums in this NA story). 
It isn't about the physical, it's about the emotional and I loved the story for that. If you're looking for a clean love're going to want to check this one out for sure. 
Quickly I must point out that James St. Claire = book boyfriend award worthy. Oh is he ever... 

"I am all in." 

I am all in too so I'm giving The Rearranged Life 4 Stars. Since this is only her debut novel, I am definitely eager to read more from this emerging author. 

About The Author:
Annika Sharma was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer, landing her agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group while daylighting as a preschool teacher. The Rearranged Life, her first novel, was written in the month before graduate school.
Annika, a Gryffindor and Scorpio, spends much of her time dreaming of adventure, working on her next book, going on Starbucks runs with family and friends, shopping online and watching superhero movies.
​The Rearranged Life, will be hitting shelves on May 15th, 2015, published by Curiosity Quills Press.
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

COVER REVEAL... A Lover's Lament by K.L. Grayson and BT Urruela

Today I get to share in the cover reveal of A Lover’s Lament by K. L. Grayson and BT Urruela! 
They are sharing a giveaway with us to celebrate their release, so be sure to check everything out! 

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Title: A Lover’s Lament 
Author: K.L. Grayson & BT Urruela 
Genre: Contemporary romance 
Release Day: Fall 2015 

About A Lover’s Lament:   
In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist. In my grief, I sent a letter to a stranger. I hoped in writing it, I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger. I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship and then molded into a love like I’d never known before. Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again. But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I’ve left waiting, or do I walk away from it all for the man I’ve never actually met—the man who doesn’t even know that he holds my heart in the palm of his hand. *** I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain. These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known. The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for. I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her. A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her. Add on Goodreads 

About the Authors:

K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.
IG: @booksbyklgrayson

unnamed (18)Taylor Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour in Baghdad, IQ, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador of VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts speaking engagements and he’s a personal trainer for Tampa Sports Academy. Facebook:
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BLOG TOUR 5 STAR REVIEW... Love On The Ledge by Zoraida Cordova

Sky Lopez thought she had it all—the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect life…until she discovers her not-so-perfect boyfriend has been cheating on her. So when her uncle asks her to help plan his Hamptons wedding, Sky jumps at the chance, leaving all of her “perfect” future plans in the rearview mirror.

The wedding doesn’t prove as good a distraction as she’d hoped, because when her relatives and friends find out she’s single, they put Sky in their match-making sights. Never mind that she’s only twenty four. Never mind that she doesn’t want to settle for anyone other than Mr. Right. Seemingly everyone in Sky’s life wants her to get married and have babies. Like, yesterday.

So when Hayden—a sweet, sexy roofer—plummets through the ceiling and practically falls into her lap, she can’t help but think that maybe nice guys do just fall from the sky.

Soon Sky finds herself juggling crumbling wedding plans, the cheating ex who’s trying to win her back, the cute plastic surgeon her family thinks is perfect for her, and the hot roofer she can’t seem to get off her mind.

As the wedding date draws closer, Sky will need to choose one—or none—to keep herself from falling off the ledge, and maybe into love.

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

This Book Nerd Says: 

I first fell in love with Zoraida Cordova's writing when I fell completely in love with her first book in the On The Verge Series:  Luck On The Line . So when I was given the pleasure of reading an ARC of Love On The Ledge before publication... squeals may have happened. It's the second book in the series and was a very well written standalone so no you don't have to read the first book to enjoy this one BUT I think you will love this one even more having the background knowledge of the few characters and relationships that do carry over into this book. 

Sky Lopez is still reeling from the breakup with her boyfriend that she didn't see coming. Now she's single and questioning much about her life. Happy for an escape from her life in Boston, she heads to the Hamptons to help her beloved uncles plan their wedding. But you see the thing about most weddings is you get to be around your family... a lot.  Everyone seems to have an opinion about how and when Sky should move on. Her friends insist she get out and have some fun while most of her family is pushing for her to marry a rich good looking doctor who'd help her make some attractive children. Perfect guys don't grow on trees... but for Sky, the perfect one might fall through a roof. 

"It's like stars in your eyes, a great big galaxy in your body that knows something is changing something is going to be different. There's a difference between love at first sight and enduring love. Sometimes one masquerades as the other." 

Now that I (hopefully) got that out of my system let me be a bit more coherent in my thoughts about this book. I loved this story on so many levels.  I want to go on record and say that Cordova writes some amazing characters. Her female characters are always so strong and intelligent marked with a the wit that makes me smile and laugh aloud. She drafts these characters that always get my "book bestie" award and by the end of the book I'm left wishing you could call them up for a fun girls night out. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was her that was going to get her own book. But it didn't take me long to fall for her either. Sky is still a bit blindsided by her breakup that caused her to leave both her ex, Bradley, and her job as a nurse in a hospital. Take those emotions, add in frustration with competing cousins, a meddling mother, determined ex-boyfriends, and the surprising romantic pursuits of not one but two men... yeah, I found it hard not to empathize with any of her misgivings or hesitations about her future. Did I mention she's also responsible for planning a wedding in the midst of all that too? 
The real beauty of Sky's character is underneath all the surface issues she has going on, we also get some pure unfiltered views of Sky's lingering issues with her past. It's not overwhelming but enough to show us the real reasons and fears behind some of her fears for the future... it paints a picture of the dynamics between her and her mother as well as her her and her Uncle Pepe. 

Now, Sky's family and her friends are honestly about 60% of the reason that I have to give this book all the stars. From the very first opening pages I realized that this was going to be a standout feature for me. I read a lot of books.... A LOT... and something that I do find missing in the New Adult genre is most often diversity. But not with Cordova's books, and I pretty much love her for it. She has taken us readers straight into the middle of a through and through Latin American family (in this case Ecuadorian). I found myself smiling so hard marking countless passages with a nod of "oh yeah I know the struggle"... laughing at the oppressive love of the viejas... the snarky comments and the rumbling of my stomach at the mention of pernil. As much as Sky grumbles, the love is there and I know feeling as I felt transported to any number of memories of a family gathering. It's completely obvious that Cordova knows what she writes and the authenticity makes her story both familiar and fun. 
I said in my review of Luck On The Line, that one of my favorite relationships was between Lucy and Stella. Here again in Love On The Ledge, I have to state the same about Sky and her own mother. The love between them is obvious even when the delivery isn't and so getting to watch them interact was a pleasure. 

"Besides, everyone knows I'm the fist, Leti's the fury, and you're the heart."

Sky's relationship with Leti and River is another standout feature. It's an all encompassing friendship that definitely transcends into a sisterhood. I don't imagine the story would have been the same without them in it and it seems to be the perfect setup for the third book on the line.  

And I could never end this review without talking about Hayden... Yes, Hayden. Just. Yes.
Do you need much more than that? 
Okay well Hayden Robertson, III is 1000% grade A book boyfriend material. So different from what some of NA hero's are usually depicted... Hayden manages to be so sweet it's downright perfection, and in no way does it detract from his sexy. He's not a silver spoon bred broody millionaire, rather he's a hard worker who manages to steal your heart just as fast as he damages a roof. Among other things I appreciate he's direct about his feelings about Sky which I loved, even though we come to realize he has been broken by love in the past. There's no up and down rollercoaster of does he or doesn't he? His steady pursuit of Sky's heart despite her fear and his own is what has you rooting for him from the moment he falls to her feet and you never quite stop. Add in the fact that he handles most of the troubles with them with a undeniable sense of maturity and Hayden is truly the cherry on top of this sundae of a book. 

"How does he manage to be so innocent and sexy all at once?"

I don't know but I absolutely love him for it.

I easily gave this book 5 Stars and I think it goes without saying that I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens. She is the author of The Vicious Deep Trilogy. She studied English Lit at Hunter College, and The University of Montana before finding a home for herself in the (kinda) glittering world of New York City’s nightlife. She prefers her cocktails shaken, her bacon crispy, and her men with a side of chivalry