Monday, March 31, 2014

Tour Stop: DAZED by Kim Karr ~ Review/Giveaway


Title: Dazed (Connections #2.5)
Author: Kim Karr
Release Date: April 1st, 2014

Synopsis
A Connection Series Novella featuring Aerie Daniels and Jagger Kennedy (River Wilde's cousin)

Jagger Kennedy never went looking for fame, he just fell into it. After scoring a major modeling contract, his clean-cut good looks and charm catapulted his career. But when his actress girlfriend breaks his heart, he moves to L.A. to try his hand at acting. He needs to make a change, and the last thing he’s looking for is love…

Aerie Daniels is a woman in control … until she meets Jagger. Her surprising connection with him leaves her stunned, and it’s unlike anything she’s ever felt. But just when she lets her walls fall, she makes a startling discovery about him that breaks her fragile heart into a million pieces.

To keep from losing the one woman he can’t bear to be without, Jagger is willing to give up anything—including his career. But even that might not be enough to regain Aerie’s shattered trust…



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Review

This series just keeps getting better and better!! Although Dazed is considered a novella it sure didn't read like one. I didn't feel like anything was rushed and the story was just beautiful.

Jagger!! Oh ladies, you have to meet Jagger! He makes my heart go crazy. I mean he is River's cousin so of course he has to be yummy, right?

It was about time someone came along and removed the stick up Aerie's straight laced, workaholic butt. She always seemed to have it all together but her life was BORING!! I loved how Jagger is able to shake things up for her.

Umm, the sex scenes?? Yeah, they are the usual Kim Karr steaminess! That girl can write a a sex scene like no other.

Ok, I've given you plenty of reasons to read this one so what are you waiting for?

5 STARS!!  ~Christy





About the author...
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You may also contact me at AuthorKimKarr@gmail.com 

I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I've always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing. 

I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outings use to be taking my kids to the bookstore or the library. Today, my oldest child is in college and my twins are juniors so they no longer go with me on these outings. And although I don't need to go to the actual store anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented—a Kindle, I still do. There's nothing like a paperback. So now my four year old and I make dates out of going to the bookstore--it's time I love and cherish.

I like to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.




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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dual Reviews: MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover


Synopsis
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson


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Oh wow!! This is one of my all time favorite books! Everything about it was perfect. The storyline, the setting, the characters... everything was absolutely perfect!! This is one of those stories that you never want to see end and when it does you feel empty inside. Although there is nothing left unanswered I still want more.

The way Ridge and Sydney meet was just brilliant. Once you read the book you will see what I mean. I love when a storyline grabs me and makes me think "How does she come up with this stuff?" And then there is the added bonus of all of the music used throughout the book. Instead of just imagining how a song would sound, with one click you can hear them all.

Also this book gets the BEST FIRST KISS award from me. Wow, made my heart beat a mile a minute. From the build up to the actual kiss itself, it was off the charts.

I would give this book 10 stars if I could but I guess I will settle for 5. READ THIS BOOK!!!! ~Christy

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Have you read a book that refuses to leave your mind? You think about the characters all the time? You wonder what they are doing now, like they are real to you? This is what Maybe Someday has done to me. I spent my day today going over parts of the book in my head. I can't believe he did that, and I can't believe she learned to do that for him. It's moments like this that I want to go on and on and on about the book. 

I'm telling everyone I know to read this book. I promise them that they will love it, and warn them to have plenty of tissues handy. 

I instantly feel in love with Ridge. His story is like no other, and how he deals with it is extraordinary. He's an amazing human being, and he's just that...Human. We as humans make mistakes, and how he chose to handle it broke half my heart and made the other half love him even more. "For her I bend, for you I break." This is one of my favorite lines from Ridge. 

Sydney is a spitfire. I love how she was with Warren, he's Ridge's best friend and the banter and pranks between the three of them had me laughing my butt off. What happened to Sydney in the beginning was wrong, but I felt even more pain and heartache for her throughout the rest of the book. "I failed first." One of the saddest moments in this book is when Sydney says this to Ridge. 

This story is funny, sweet, and heart wrenching. I felt torn by the path that the characters took. Is it right? Is it wrong? You don't choose love, love chooses you. Who am I to say that faced with this same situation that I wouldn't have done the same thing. The plot was original, and the music was absolutely perfect. 

Colleen Hoover moved me with her words. "Sometimes we have to have really bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective." 

Thank You, Colleen for a very good day of reading. I will cherish this book forever, and Maybe Someday I will get to meet her and have her sign it. ~Jen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tour Stop: TWISTED by Emma Chase


Title: Twisted
Author: Emma Chase
Release Date: 3/25/2014

Synopsis
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. In this heart-pounding follow-up to Tangled by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Kate reveals that there is trouble in paradise, when unexpected circumstances force her and Drew to "renegotiate" their relationship.

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself—and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice; the most important of my life. Drew already made hisin fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville, Ohio, alone. Well, sort of alone...

What I've come to realize is that old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead.


Review
WOW... Just Wow! Really, I’m at a loss for words. I was expecting this hilarious continuation of Kate and Drew’s story. You know, the one where Drew is all funny and egotistical and Kate is putting him in his place. So not how this story went. But...I would not have wanted it any other way after reading it.
Emma Chase has taken my happy, laughing and Drew loving heart and ripped it out, stomped on it repeatedly and placed it back into the cavity where it belongs. I could not put this book down. It literally pained me to stop reading because I had to go to work. I could not get the story out of my head. I prayed to the book goddess’ to not let it end like this.
As always, there are some very hilarious interactions between Drew, Dee and even Billy. Man, can Emma Chase write humor. She is freaking hilarious and I love how she writes Drew. As much as this book killed me in parts, I loved the tension. I loved the suspense and the heart break. That is the masochist in me. I gripped and white knuckled my Kindle, I sat on the edge of my chair. My heart pounded hard in my chest, holding my breath at every turn of the page. If you thought Emma wrote good humor, wait until you read the suspense she writes. I was cursing her for doing this to me.
I am not even going to go into the plot, and ruin things for you. All I can say is, this book came out of left field. Emma wound up the bat and knocked it out of the ballpark. (Drew would be proud of my baseball analogy right there). Love, love, loved this book.
I happily give this book 5 Stars! ~Jen

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About the author...
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. 

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true. 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Tour Stop: BLACK BOX by Cassia Leo ~ Review/Giveaway



Title: Black Box
Author: Cassia Leo
Tour hosted by: Holly's Red Hot Reviews

Synopsis
Three fateful encounters.... Two heart-breaking tragedies.... One last chance to get it right.

From
New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love story about rewriting destiny.

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki's life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she's tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he's never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he's never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn't even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he's never felt like his life had any purpose... until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.


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Excerpt
I nod and ask Jimmy to get another round of dirty martinis ready. “How do you like that martini?”
She picks up the martini glass and guzzles down the rest of the drink, leaving the olive at the bottom. “Delicious.” She grabs the other glass that Jimmy just set down in front of her and takes another long swig. “Definitely the best martini I’ve ever had in Boston.”
“Have you ever had a martini in Boston?” I ask, then I guzzle the rest of my first martini so I can keep up with her.
“Not nice, young lady.” Jimmy chides her and she lifts her martini glass to him.
“Still the best,” she declares, then she finishes martini number two.
Jimmy throws me a brief glance that probably means, Where’d you find this one? or, Am I gonna have to eighty-six her at eleven a.m.?
“Maybe you should eat a little something before you transform into a walking dirty martini. All you had was half a muffin.”
“The bottom,” she clarifies, looking at Jimmy. “I’m not hungry.”
“I make a pretty mean green olive and maraschino cherry kabob,” I reply, and Jimmy lifts the condiment tray onto the bar.
I grab a toothpick and stack two olives and two cherries, then I hold it out to her. Her face looks a little gray as she shoots my concoction a look of disgust.
“I said I’m not hungry. You eat it.”
I pop the toothpick into my mouth and pull it out clean. The bitter brine of the olives hits me first, then the cloying sweetness of the cherries. I take my first chew and it all explodes into a squishy mess in my mouth.
“That’s disgusting,” she remarks.
I gulp down the rest of my shit-kabob and Jimmy shakes his head as he sets a glass of ice water on the bar for me to wash it down. “Yeah, but it got you to stop jonesin’ for a martini for two minutes.”
She rolls her eyes. “I’m more of a beer girl, anyway.”
“You and I are going to get along very well.”
“I thought we were already getting along pretty well.”


Review
I loved this story!! It was edgier than what I am use to with this author but it worked and I couldn't read it fast enough. I felt an instant connection to Mikki. She was broken and I just wanted to fix her. When her truth finally came to light it was really hard to read and incredibly heartbreaking. I am tearing up just thinking about it. A MUST READ!!

Unexpected, beautiful and will not soon be forgotten. 5 Stars!! ~Christy




About the author...
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home, Abandon) and the Luke and Chase series.





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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Release Day Blitz: PRETTY LITTLE THINGS by Teresa Mummert



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Synopsis
I was young enough not to understand that my life was different. Colin became the one person that I could count on to protect me. He suffered for the both of us by carrying the burden of our secret.

We were the lucky few that got a chance to start over. A fake family, a new home and a pretty little life built on lies. But while our lives continued to intertwine, we were put on very different paths. Now it was only a matter of time before they collide and the beast behind the beauty is exposed.



Excerpt

I turned on the radio and sang along to “Outside” by Staind as I shoved down my boxer briefs, 

kicking them off on the floor. I made my way into my bathroom, turning on the light above the sink but 

leaving the one in the shower stall off to spare myself the harsh light. The water didn’t take long to heat 

up, and I slid under the spray, closing the fogged glass door behind me. 

I dumped liquid body wash in the palm of my hand and rubbed the soap over my chest and 

down my stomach as I begged for the adrenaline of my nightmares to subside. My hand dipped lower, 

knowing there was only one way to make those memories fade, and I wasn’t proud of that fact. I 

gripped my dick, squeezing hard as my hand slid slowly up and down my length. I rested my forehead 

against the damp sandstone tile and closed my eyes, hoping I could find some sort of release. 

The song ended, and waiting for the next to start was quickly killing my mood. Nine Inch Nails 

faded in through the speakers that were embedded above the shower stall, and I began to stroke myself 

faster as I pictured small, perky tits with light-pink pebbled nipples. I licked my lips as I focused on the 

faceless vision, my eyes traveling down a tight stomach while my fingers slipped over my head and back 

against the base of my cock. I panted, water droplets falling from my lips as I imagined it was swollen 

pink lips wrapped around me, sucking as my fist gripped her hair, tiny moans in the back of her throat 

vibrating and nearly sending me over the edge as I pushed her closer, touching the back of her throat 

with my dick.

“Ah…” I groaned over the music. I imagined her moaning my name, begging for me to come in 

her pretty little mouth.

“Colin?” Annie’s voice came from inside my room.

“Fuck,” I growled, but I was too close to be able to stop myself as my stomach muscles 

tightened.

“Colin?” she called again as she got closer, and it sent me over the edge.

“Fuck, Annie,” I panted as I came, struggling to catch my breath as I stared at her emerald eyes 

through the fogged glass door. She didn’t move for a moment, her lips parted in complete shock and 

breathing as erratically as me.

“Your shirt,” she whispered as it fell from her fingertips, pooling at her feet, and her eyes locked 

on mine.

“Leave,” I barked. My words jarred her, and she ran from my room.



About The Author...
"I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney's Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn't resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I'd like to tell you a story. 
(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)

Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband's military career to Louisiana and Georgia. Check out her website for samples and updates! TeresaMummert.com"




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Tour Stop: TWISTED TIES by K.A. Robinson ~ Review/Giveaway



Title: Twisted Ties (Ties #2)
Author: K.A. Robinson

Synopsis
Two years ago, Emma Preston walked away from Jesse Daniels. It is a decision she has regretted ever since. Plagued with the knowledge that Ally’s lies tore them apart, Emma enlists Jesse’s former best friend, Andy, to help her search for him.

When he left California, Jesse was determined to start over in West Virginia with his mother. Now, the past is determined to catch up with him—first, with the appearance of Ally, and when Emma and Andy come back into his life.

Just when Emma thinks she’s found Jesse, a dark secret and misunderstandings force them apart before they can even reconnect. Jesse is torn between his love for Emma and protecting his childhood friend, Ally. Ally has an agenda of her own, and she’s not about to let Emma get in her way—even if that means getting rid of her…permanently.

Can Emma and Jesse’s relationship survive all of their twisted ties?


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Excerpt
I knew Andy had to work tonight, but I hoped he was at home by now.
There was no way that I could go back to my dorm room and sit alone
while all of this was going through my head. I was hanging on to my sanity
by a thread, and I knew that if I was by myself while dealing with this, I’d
lose it.
I nearly cried in relief when I pulled into his apartment complex
parking lot, and I saw his car sitting there. I didn’t have to be alone. He
would help me. I ran across the lot, and in too much of a hurry to use the
elevator, I sprinted up the stairs to his floor.
Tears were streaming down my cheeks as I beat on his door. I prayed
that he hadn’t fallen asleep yet. I had a key to his apartment, but I hated to
use it this late at night. I didn’t want him to think someone was trying to
break in.
The door opened, and Andy was standing there. He took one look at
me and pulled me into his arms.
“Emma, what’s wrong?” he asked.
I was crying too hard to speak, so I shook my head.
“Who’s that?” an unfamiliar female voice asked.





About the author...
K.A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Torn Series and The Ties Series. She lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler son. When she isn't writing, she is reading or listening to rock music.

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REVIEW
Wow!! What a wild ride that was! I thought I had this book figured out but it definitely surprised me. It was darker than I expected which I loved. Also this book was HOT! I mean way hotter than any other book written by this author. It is really hard for me say much without giving things away so all I will say is if you haven't started reading this series yet, get on it!!

4 Stars ~Christy





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Monday, March 10, 2014

Tour Stop: DECEIVING LIES by Molly McAdams ~ Review/Giveaway


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Title: Deceiving Lies
Author: Molly McAdams
Tour hosted by: Bookslapped

Synopsis
A matter of secrets...
Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan can't afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies...
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel's will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love...
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel's heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies ... or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?


Review

I’m really torn writing this review. I just finished reading this book. I wasn’t expecting the story to go as it did. That is what I love about Molly McAdams. She doesn’t write the expected, she writes outside the box. She is one of the only authors I know that can rip your heart out with her words and have you still want more.

I was so scared to start this one, I was dreading the (Molly) as I call it. You know, what she did in Taking Chances. Thankfully that did not happen, but the emotional roller coaster was there and it was one hell of a ride.

Kash is of course, Kash. Sweet, dominating but my heart was breaking for him. I wanted to jump into my Kindle and give him a big hug. At about 75% in, I was torn. I felt the same as him to an extent, but I hated how he was dealing with the situation. He redeemed himself in the end and I am still in love with him, maybe even a little more now.

Rachel, WOW! That girl can deal with some real crap. What happened to her, and how she dealt with it was amazing. Even though at one point I wanted to strangle her, I understood why she was doing it. This book really makes you look at heroines differently. Molly writes such strong female characters and puts them in the worst situations. But, they come out fighting and it says a lot to women out there.

The plot was once again a shocker. I did not anticipate it going that way, at all. That’s why I love her books. It was fresh, kept me on the edge of my seat and never a dull moment. I’m sad to see an end of Kash and Rachel, but I hope to see Mason get his own book.

I’m giving this book 5 Stars! ~Jen



About Molly McAdams: 

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: Remember When 3 by T. Torrest


Review 


I had read books one and two, so I really wanted Trip and Layla to have their happy ending. I was very upset with the author for making my heart hurt at the end of book two. But, I loved that she gave me more with another book. 

I loved Trip in this story. Being a sexy as sin movie star hasn't changed him. He's still the loving and caring Chester that Layla fell in love with all those years ago. I really love the way they banter, it reminds me of my relationship with my husband. 
Layla surprised me in this one with her "word vomit". I wish she would've realized this years ago so that my Trip didn't have to suffer all those years. I really like where T. Torrest took Layla's character. She's funny, sassy, sweet and I love how she is with her BFF's kids. 

Layla and Trip find that even though years and three thousand miles have separated them, their feelings for each other haven't changed. I love the references to music, movies and all things late eighties and nineties, It took me back to my teen years. 

This book was a great ending to the story and I loved it. I loved the ending of the book but I was floored with the last three sentences and now I want another book. This is a major hint to the author, it could be a novella. Wonderful, sweet and funny series for all. 

I give Remember When 3- 5 Stars! 


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