Tuesday, September 2, 2014

**Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ~ Seven Dirty Sins Anthology**


Happy Release Day to ALL the talented ladies who are tempting us to sin in the 
Seven Dirty Sins Anthology!
Be sure to grab your copy. It'll only cost you 99 pennies. :)



Everybody has a dirty little secret, everybody sins.

What's yours?

Sinful pleasures find their way into your bedroom  through seven bestselling authors including USA Today bestsellers, Melissa Andrea, Clarissa Wild, and Ella James in this sizzling anthology.

Whatever your sin may be you'll find incredible love and lust between the pages of Seven Dirty Sins meeting all of your sinful needs.

After reading Seven Dirty Sins you're going to have to go to church ladies.

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Morgan Black- Misconception (Envy)

Lena's a runaway. It's what she does best. Run away from her problems. But she can't run away from the Finnegan brothers, not anymore.

Sometimes secrets catch up with you.

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Tara Brown- The End of You (Greed)

The seven deadly sins are known for the evil they toy with inside of each of us. The seven dirty sins taunt us to dance with the darker side of our souls.

Don’t miss this The End of You, the darker side to the Single Lady Spy Series.

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Clarissa Wild- Filthy (Pride)

Faking his way through life is all Jaret Paxon knows, but reality in the form of an ex-girlfriend bumps into him, and now he's forced to face his own sin. When shame becomes pride, he'll fight to claim what always belonged to him.

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Melissa Andrea- Lust

One Bottle. One Dare. One Night. It was reckless. It was thoughtless. But giving in was all it took to drown in complete and raw lust.

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Ella James- Sloth

She's a small-time college drug dealer. He's the area kingpin. What do you think happens?


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Skylar Cross- Tattered Angel (Wrath)

For rock star Damien Cage, girls are like candy. Unwrap, eat, and toss. Until one comes crashing into his world with fire, passion, music... and a dark past that threatens to destroy him.


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Roxie Elms- Volatile (Gluttony)

Hannah’s life as a pole dancer at the local strip club is as routine as it gets. When two mysterious brothers from her dark past find her again, her world is jolted out of place.



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**Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ A Little Faith ~ Emma James**


I'm super excited to share the cover of debut author Emma James' A Little Faith.


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A Little Faith
Author : Emma James
Publication date: 9th October 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
COVER DESIGNER: Jemina Venter 

SYNOPSIS
I had no idea a carefree island vacation would tear my life apart.

But now it’s time to put my walls up, make them impenetrable.

It’s the only way to survive. ~Faith

Six Years Later...

Harley, the protector. Retro, the straight shooter. Keanu, the funny bone. Levi, the model. And Text, who can’t seem to find himself. All their lives were permanently altered by one event. With a pact made, these five best friends need something from Faith. Is she ready now to give them what they have been waiting for?

Join Faith as she goes on an emotional and heartwarming discovery where all may not be what it seems. But with every ending, comes a new beginning, a second chance. You just gotta have A Little Faith...

Welcome to Ocean Beach.


“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
~ Bob Marley







THE ISLAND

CHANCE

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
~ Bob Marley

It’s a hot and humid night. We’re all looking forward to a beer and some nightlife as we take the short walk from our hotel to the Coconut Club. 

At this time of the year, the island is packed with tourists from all over the world. This means lots of beautiful girls in their tiny bikinis with a tan and a smile and everybody looking to have a good time.

Only ten days into our two week surfing vacation with my friends, I’ve been having the time of my life. We’ve met some great locals who have entrusted us with their secret surfing spots, which they keep on the down-low. These are their places to surf, not to be overrun by tourists. 

The surf has been awesome. We’ve ridden alongside the locals, our boards attached to our motorcycles as we follow them through the hustle and bustle of the crazy traffic. I shit you not, it almost appears like there are no road rules over here. It’s like dodge ball with motorcycles. It’s been a hell of a lot of fun taking the bikes to the streets, weaving through the ridiculous traffic, honking our horns—quite the adrenaline ride. 

Once we make it out of the shit storm of traffic and get on the quieter roads around the island, we're able to put the pedal to the metal and enjoy the scenery.

Fan-fucking-tastic!

Just don’t fucking crash has been our motto because the hospital service isn’t that great over here. You don’t want to wind up in it.

Since Faith would’ve loved to see some of the places we’ve been to and photograph them, Jase brought his camera and saved some of these memories for her. I can’t help thinking he has an interest in my sister. Jase is a great guy, however, so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

The locals have showed us the clubs and bars to check out. We know they receive commission for pointing us in the direction of certain places, but these guys don’t have the same opportunities we have been given in life, so why not help a guy out?

The food has been awesome. Keanu only got the shits for a few days—we did warn him about the water. We could smell him from across the hallway, making me glad I wasn’t sharing a room with Keanu. Levi got the short straw for those few days. 

We’ve sat on the beach at night while Keanu, Levi, and Jase sang and strummed their guitars, entertaining a small crowd that gathered each evening while the sun sets. It's a pretty awesome way to watch the sun go down if you ask me. This has been such a great trip.

After four years of college, we all just graduated and decided to take this trip as a gift to ourselves for summer break. We’ve all got stuff we have applied for or are in the process of locking down when we get home except for Jase, who is the youngest in the group and our friend Harley’s younger brother. He wanted to come along; therefore, this is his vacation before he starts college.

We weren’t stupid; we all knew life was getting more serious and we were entering the next phase. We have our futures ahead of ourselves, yet who knew when we would be able to all get together and do this again? My only regret is Harley couldn’t make the trip. 

He is moving ahead with his dream of owning a business—his college years were more about a backup plan. The guy is so smart. He plans way ahead. Out of all of us, he’s got his shit together the most. He landed himself a job that he couldn’t pass up. The boy is thinking big and has always been like that. He sees his future of owning a security business empire like a blueprint in his mind. I know he will make it happen, as well. He’s just that kind of guy. 

Fuck, I love all these guys. My friends mean the world to me, and I would do anything for them. 

Any-fucking-thing they asked of me.

The guys are all completely different. Well, maybe with the exception of Keanu and Levi. Those two are hilarious without trying and have this bond which glues them together. 

They have such a bromance going on that they will be friends for life. Nothing will get between them. They are brothers from another mother, through and through. Although, we all get along incredibly well.

Keanu and Levi have been spreading themselves among the ladies, while Retro seems happy enough just surfing, eating, and drinking. He’s got a lady on his mind back home, so he’s just letting his free spirit enjoy the waves and soak up the atmosphere. 

I’ve been keeping a subtle eye on Jase; he’s been throwing back a few beers. The chicks love his blonde hair and mismatched blue and brown eyes. At eighteen, he isn’t technically underage here, only back home; as a result, he’s enjoying it while it lasts. I promised Harley, his brother, I would have his back and not let him get too out of control, however. So far, he’s only thrown up like the exorcist one night. I think that helped cure him of hitting it too hard
for a few more days. The waves are more important than getting totally wasted and not being able to surf anyways. 

We enter the Coconut Club and make our way to a high-top table with the stools. This place is starting to fill up. The DJ is playing loud techno, and the club is pumping with bodies on the dance floor moving in sync.

Retro offers to buy the first round and takes off to the bar before it gets too busy and you wind up waiting to be served for ages. 

Levi and Keanu are already scouting the club for hot chicks, talking in each other’s ear, being each other’s wingman. The next second, they are both shouting, “Challenge. Accepted!” and bumping fists. I roll my eyes. They do this every night once they have locked down their female prey. The girls are here to party, looking for a good time, and these two aim to please. 

The tourists are all in party mode on the island. Inhibitions are left at the door. After what I have seen, I don’t think I will be letting my future daughter ever come on a vacation for summer break until she is at least thirty.

Hell. No.

Jase has already been spotted by a group of girls who are all giggling and pointing at him. I can’t help feeling proud of him. He was somewhat of a geek at school and I suppose Harley and my boys rubbed off on him. Now he’s buff and enjoying the female attention. His blonde hair and striking mismatched eyes make him stand out from the crowd. 

We are all a pretty good looking bunch. We look after ourselves, and we hit up a fair bit of extreme sports. It keeps us fit. We aren’t the indoorsy type. We study hard, but we play hard, too.

One day, all this carefree stuff will have to be locked down, but at the moment, we are young and single and generally don’t do anything by halves.

It’s all or nothing.

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We’ve been here for a couple hours now. It’s been a great night of letting loose and jumping about on the dance floor. 

“It’s my buy,” I have to shout over the music. I head over to the bar, where the crowd is two people deep all along its length, waiting to be served. This could take a while with only a couple bar tenders serving.

My mind drifts to Faith, my kid sister by eight years. I’m looking forward to seeing her when we get home. I’ve got a week lined up to spend with her and the folks before heading back to San Diego. Today, I bought her a brightly colored sarong, figuring chicks love that sort of thing when they come here. Jase has it packed in his suitcase since I’ve bought quite a bit of souvenirs for family, and my bag is at its weight limit.

I know how much she wanted to come on this vacation with us and loves photography; as a result, I've taken a lot of pictures on my phone to show her. 

I bought her a Canon old-school camera when she was nearly eleven, just before we left for college, so she could play about with it. I hoped to keep her busy with a hobby while I was away because I hated leaving her. She hung around with us more than her own friends. 

Regardless, I loved having her around, and the guys didn’t mind. I knew leaving her was going to leave a hole in her life.

Four years later, she is now nearly fifteen. I think she may have a career as a photographer. She takes awesome photos, and I know she wants a dark room. Our mom and dad have bought her a digital camera for her birthday in just over two months, while I’ve organized for some dark room equipment—the perfect present for Faith. I can’t wait to see her face when we give it all to her. The best of both photography worlds for her to play around with. 

Jase clamps one hand on my shoulder and yells in my ear, “Hey, Chance, thought you might like some company while you’re standing up here waiting. I’ll help you bring the beers over. The wingmen are working the beat, and Retro’s gone to take a piss.”

When I look over and see Levi and Keanu dancing all over a couple of girls, I can’t help laughing at them. They certainly love chicks. 

“This crowd is sure thirsty.” I smile at Jase. I’ve been standing here awhile already. “The downfall of summer break vacationing.”

Jase is a nice guy. He’s always thinking about others. He’s seen both sides of the school crowd, popular and unpopular. He was bullied for being a geek at school, so he is sensitive to others and thinks of their feelings. Once he started coming out of his shell and growing, his features started to get noticed by the girls. Luckily, Harley was there to help with his self-esteem. He used to take him out back at their home and get him to pound the heavy bag. 

Afterward, they’d lift weights and go jogging together. 

Jase is a much deeper guy than a lot of people realize. We knew. The stupid assholes at his school, on the other hand, were threatened by what they knew he could become. He had smarts, a personality to match, and his looks were starting to shine through. Harley just helped nudge it along with some brotherly advice and some older brother knowledge of what makes a girl’s head turn.

Jase knew what he was capable of and never got a big head. It was like he was waiting for the right girl, someone with smarts he could be attracted to. Jase was always studying or hanging with his geeky friends. You could give him a makeover, but he always stayed true
to his friends. He saw people for who they were, not what they looked like. He looked into people’s souls, not just the pretty face. I think someone was counted very lucky if they were friends with Jase.

Jase’s voice invades my thoughts, “So, how’s Faith? Have you spoken to her lately?”

“I texted her earlier, letting her know how we were all doing.” 

I decide to wind Jase up a bit. “I let your dad know you’ve been making up for lost time with the beers.” I’m trying to keep a straight face.

“What the fuck, Chance? I told Dad I have been behaving myself. Mom and Dad only let me come on this trip as long as I behaved.” 

I’m laughing out loud. Sometimes it’s too easy playing with Jase. The look on his face, priceless. “I’m only joking. I haven’t ratted you out. Harley was a lot wilder than you, anyway. Trust me, you’re a saint compared to what he was getting up to at your age.”

I finally get served, and we haul the beers back to our table where Keanu, Levi, and Retro are waiting. We do a salute with our beers before taking a drink. 

It’s now around eleven-thirty, and the crowd is thinning out a little. We’re all feeling pretty relaxed. We have a crack of dawn surf we want to get in, and we need to drive an hour to get to the spot; therefore, we are keeping ourselves on the right side of sober.

Barely.

Keanu and Levi have wandered off somewhere and Retro’s gone for another piss while Jase and I are chilling and talking when, suddenly, there is a bit of commotion in the club. A young Asian guy with a backpack has climbed up onto a table, screaming like a wild man. I can’t understand what he’s saying; he’s not speaking English.

Jase is standing beside me, shouting in my ear, “What the fuck is that guy’s problem?”

I’ve got no idea. He’s still screaming wildly, his face is dripping with sweat, and he keeps wiping his face on his sleeve. He’s angry and agitated with fear in his eyes, and he’s gulping down air.

The young guy, who doesn’t look much older than us, pulls something out of his pocket, holding it above his head, waving it about. I wish I knew what he was yelling about.

Sensing something isn’t right with this guy, the bar's crowd begins trying to move away, making their way towards the entrance. 

Seconds have ticked by. 

I grab Jase and move him away from the inevitable crush while I search the crowd for Levi, Retro, and Keanu. 

I shout over the music, “Fuck! I can’t see where the others are.” I need to know where they are. Right. Now.

It’s only been about twenty seconds since the guy made himself known. I’ve moved us to the other side of the bar, as far away as we can shuffle through the crowd from the crazy guy. 

The front entrance is getting a line up as people shove at others. In the few seconds we’ve grabbed, I keep my eyes on him as we move. The kid is positively shaking. Then, his thumb raises and starts to press down on the device in his hand.

Jesus! 

I duck, grabbing a girl near me around the waist and shoving both her and Jase behind a table and some chairs. I try to cover them as much as I can, pushing their heads down.

BOOM!

There is a loud explosion that rocks our ear drums. 

I look up from our crouched position over the table top. Blood has rained down on us. 

It’s everywhere. Bits of what I can only describe as flesh have landed on the table we are hiding behind. There is a horrid, burnt smell in the air. People are crying out. The girl with us has gotten up and blended into the crowd. Everyone is moving like a herd of scared cattle towards the club entrance. 

“Fuck. The guy blew himself up. Fuck.” I’m talking almost to myself. I feel like I’m in a vacuum. I can’t really hear. I can only stare.

I’m stunned by what just happened. A lot of people tried to take cover like we did, yet I can see bodies lying on the ground. Are they dead? There is blood and bits of flesh covering people like a macabre abstract painting. It’s everywhere. 

Where are the guys? I shake a stunned Jase, and we get up from our crouched position. 

The music has been drowned out by the screams and sounds of fear inside the club. I shake my head, my ears continuing to ring. 

As people push and shove past us, I take stock of our surroundings. The explosion was enough to blow the kid up and collect anybody within its radius of fallout.

What the fuck. Was this a joke? Is this some staged prank? I’m having trouble believing what I’m seeing. 

Jase and I look at each other. 

I have to snap out of it.

What the fuck did this guy do?

Why?

What the fuck!

“We need to find the guys and get out of here,” Jase is shouting at me, the fear clearly evident in his voice.

I rub my hand through my hair, dislodging bits of gunk. I don’t want to think about what it is. “Can you see the others?” I’m probably shouting back at him since I can’t hear myself properly.

The rest of the crowd who are still inside the bar have just woken up from their places of stunned disbelief and are frantically trying to help their friends or the person closest to them. 

They are as desperate as we are to get out of the club and to safety. They know something is wrong. Very, very wrong. This is no longer the happy place it was a few minutes ago.

I herd a group of crying European girls I noticed earlier hanging out together tonight, splattered with blood and other bits, towards the front entrance. “Go!” I tell the one who looks the most with it. “Take your friends and get out of here. Get yourselves some help. Just stick together.” 

She nods slowly at me as she pushes her friends out the door.

I look for Jase, finding him grabbing some other girls, getting them to move and telling them not to look back. 

But I did. 

Carnage is spread out like a horror movie scene. The lighting in the club is a lot dimmer in parts, and broken glass is everywhere, being crunched under foot. Tables and chairs have been turned over, toppled in the panic. There is a bloody mess where the guy had once stood. 

I try not to look too closely.

Why would a guy do that to himself? It doesn't make sense.

I can only hope the other guys are safe. Where the fuck are they? 

As fear fully sets in, the remaining people in the bar are full-blown making a push-and-shove run for it. It's not a good way to get through a narrow doorway. A couple of guys are smashing the glass frontage with bar stools, trying to speed up the evacuation. Everybody wants out. 

I’m looking around for a back exit. While there must be one, I can’t see a sign from where I’m standing. When I hear a new wave of terrified screaming and crying, I turn to the front of the club. A blue delivery van has been driven up to where the guys broke the glass
front.

“Fuck, what now?” I mumble. 

A guy gets out and runs off, leaving the car door open. There are still people trying to escape through the broken windows near the van. If that van has what I think is in it, they won’t stand a chance. This shit is real.

“Fuck. I’m sorry, Faith, Mom, Dad,” I barely hear myself say. I know what’s coming. 

I grab Jase and try to get as far from the front of the bar as possible.

I’m sorry, Harley

Anywhere, but the front.

I throw Jase in front of me, and we push against the crowd. We make some distance, but not enough.

Retro, Levi, and Keanu, please be safe.


Then it happens.




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Emma James lives in Queensland, Australia with her smexi husband, three children and a big black labrador. Life is busy and most entertaining in the James household. She often bounces ideas off her family and gets very creative responses. She loves to read as much as write. Daytime for writing, night time for reading.

She hopes to surprise you with her debut book, A Little Faith.

**Tuesday Teaser ~ #35**


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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Exposed (Just One Night, #2)
Just One Night, Part 2: Exposed by Kyra Davis

Part 2 of the Just One Night series. One passionate night with a stranger turned Kasie's world upside down, and just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, her fiance finds out...

You should sleep with a stranger - those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel - a man whose name she never bothered to find out - is her company's biggest client.

As this unknown man becomes Mr. Dade at the office, and Mr. Dade becomes Robert in the bedroom, Kasie's passion won't let her deny him anything he wants. But when her fiance, Dave, finds out, there's no telling what he will do to keep her, or what Robert will do to steal her away once and for all.


***Teaser***

"I squint at the rising sun, note how it makes my engagement ring glow, reminding me of fire and blood. It's a beautiful reminder of the hell I'm in."

Monday, September 1, 2014

**#COYER Review ~ Puddle Jumping ~ Amber L. Johnson**

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Puddle JumpingPuddle Jumping
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genre: Mature Young Adult/New Adult
Source: I purchased an ecopy via Amazon
Rating: 5 Bookworms

Synopsis
When it comes to love there's no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he's fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she's not sure if she's ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it's time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.



I one-clicked this book after reading a review from Courtney @The Bookish Babe. From Courtney's review, I knew Puddle Jumping was going to be fantastic and tug at my heartstrings. But I don't think I was prepared for just how much emotion I felt while reading it. There's no way I can do this story justice, but here's my attempt.

It's hard to put into words what Puddle Jumping is about, so I'm going to use some quotes to help me.
"A  true friend is one soul in two bodies."-Aristotle
And it seems as though Lilly and Colton were of one soul. 
"...I'm Lilly Grace Evans and this is the true account of how I ended up falling for a boy who made me believe love is anything but conventional.Love, for those lucky enough to experience it, is extraordinary."

At its heart, Puddle Jumping is an extraordinary love story. But I think it's is about more than just Lilly and Colton. It makes us examine our perceptions of those different from us. It is thought-provoking. 
"Society has pretty much taught us that it's inside the lines, or outside. But there's so much more in between."-Lilly
Seeing how both Lilly and Colton are affected by having known one another was incredible. Lilly's desire to become a better person because of having met Colton was endearing. Watching as they struggled to have a relationship that worked for them both was as well. These two were meant for each other. And I will admit that I ugly-cried over the beauty of their story.

I'm being purposefully vague about this story. You need to experience it without my having laid out much about it. My thoughts upon completion? Wow. Just wow. Puddle Jumping was such a powerful read - so moving - so thought-provoking. I'm not even sure what to say about it. If I had to distill it, I'd say it's about how we're all different and yet we're all the same. Our differences are what makes us who we are - and we're all beautiful. 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

**#COYER & Jumble Your Genres Review ~ Six Moon Summer ~ SM Reine**

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This month's Jumble Your Genres genre was Paranormal. I jumped on the chance to read a book that was not only a paranormal, but one that's been on my ereader for quite awhile. Score!


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Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon, #1)Six Moon Summer by SM Reine
Seasons of the Moon #1
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: I purchased an ebook via B&N
Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Synopsis
Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf...forever.

Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than ever. She'll be a monster.





Six Moon Summer was a nice introduction to the Seasons of the Moon series. The plot was a little predictable, and it is written for the younger end of YA, but I liked the characters and the execution.

Rylie has been shipped off to summer camp. Her parents are in the middle of a contentious divorce and wanted her out of the line of fire. Rylie is feeling like her life couldn't get any worse. But it does - when she's attacked by a werewolf.

A bright spot in Rylie's life is Seth. Seth shows up at just the right time. He seems to know a lot about what Rylie is undergoing and what's coming. And he's with her every step of the way. But Seth's hiding something - and it's something that may be devastating effects for Rylie.

Rylie is a 15 year old and acts as such most of the time. However, she showed resilience and strength in the face of what she was experiencing. And she exuded a fair amount of maturity when things came to a head. 

Although we don't learn much about Seth, I liked him. He showed compassion to Rylie when she needed it. And even fought his instincts where she was concerned, despite the possible consequences.

Six Moon Summer, despite its predictability, was an enjoyable start to this series. I'm eager to see what the future holds for both Rylie and Seth.


**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #33**


Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)



Here's what was added to my ereader and/or my physical library this week:


BOUGHT
Rock Chick Regret (Rock Chick, #7)Knight (Unfinished Hero, #1)Creed (Unfinished Hero, #2)Raid (Unfinished Hero, #3)

As you can see, it was a KA kind of week for me. :) I'm looking forward to starting Hector's story. And since the first three books in KA's Unfinished Hero Series were only 99 cents each, I couldn't pass up on that deal...since I know I'll be reading the series eventually. :)


BAGGED

Nothing. Nada. :)





Last Week's Reviews


Upcoming Reviews
Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson
White Collared: Mercy and Greed by Shelly Bell
Iris by S.J. Pierce
Mister Black by P.T. Michelle




I'm still working on getting Berk & Jax to write these reviews:
Berk reviews Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (although, I think she may end up reviewing Cinder)
Jax reviews Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Saturday, August 30, 2014

**#COYER Review ~ Go With Me ~ Elyssa Patrick**

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Go With Me (With Me, #2)
Go With Me by Elyssa Patrick
With Me Series #2
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received an ecopy, via Xpresso Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Synopsis
I, Daphne Fox, have a few things to confess:

1. I hate Nick Brady. Loathe. Abhor. Can't stand him 95% of the time.
2. That other 5%? I'm not talking about that at all.
3. People think I'm lucky for surviving the car crash. I disagree.
4. Nick is the only guy who makes my nightmares go away.
5. I won't love him, though. Love is not worth the pain.

I, Nick Brady, have a few confessions of my own:

1. I don't hate Daphne Fox. At all.
2. I find her scar sexy. Just like the rest of her.
3. I may be her older brother's best friend, but that's not going to stop me.
4. I love her.
5. And I'm going to do everything I can to have her.




While Go With Me was an endearing read, it didn't quite pack the emotional punch Stay With Me did. I was so excited that Daphne and Nick were getting their own story. I fell for both of them in Stay With Me. And I enjoyed getting to know them even better.

Daphne Fox is smart, opinionated, and foul-mouthed. She's also bearing some emotional scars to go along with the physical ones she obtained in a car accident that claimed the lives of her best friends. She puts on a good show but her smart-assed wit serves to deflect attention from those things she doesn't want to relive or share.

Nick Brady is a hunky, loyal, and very observant guy. He's best friends with Caleb, Daphne's older brother, and has maintained an antagonistic relationship with Daphne. Nick has been hiding a pretty big secret though. And he sees so much more than Daphne would like him to.

I really enjoyed the antagonism between Daphne and Nick. They make a nice couple and some people have always seen that. But not Caleb, and a part of the tension in the story revolves around Daphne not wanting to tell Caleb about her and Nick. Mostly though, this story is about Daphne dealing with her baggage in order to fully commit to Nick. While I really wanted them together, I never quite felt the emotions about Daphne's trust issues. Yes, I understood her fear of trusting because she might lose that person, but I felt Ms. Patrick told me rather than showed me. This prevented me having a deeper emotional connection with Daphne. Also, since the story is told in first person, present tense, we get a lot of Daphne's inner monologue. And it irritated me at times - I felt it made Daphne out as immature. However, she is only 18..."almost 19."

One thing I like about this series is its great cast of characters. The full cast is present in Go With Me and I was delighted to get better acquainted with Jamie and Griff, but Jamie in particular. We got a glimpse into this 'fun' guy's more serious side and I'm eager to get his story, which is next.

Overall, I did like Go With Me. Despite feeling like my connection with Daphne could have been stronger, she did do some maturing over the course of the story, particularly emotionally, and that was a pleasure to watch. And I truly enjoyed the burgeoning relationship between she and Nick.



Friday, August 29, 2014

**#COYER Mini Reviews ~ Sing & Monica ~ CD Reiss**

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These reviews are the last two for this serial and wrap up my journey through the Songs of Submission. :)


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Sing (Songs of Submission, #7)Sing by CD Reiss
Songs of Submission #7
Release Date: October 7, 2013
Genre: Erotic Romance

Source: Purchased ebook
Rating: 5 Bookworms

Synopsis
This is the last book in the series.

Take my hand, my love.

On sinews of air we tread
Aught but distance our guide
With no temp to our gain
No endpoint drawn
Neither plot nor plan
By the thorns or a compass rose
We bound toward the horizon





Omigosh - the emotion Reiss can wring from me...I was tense, teary - had a lump in my throat and burning eyes. I'm obsessed, addicted, riveted. I felt all of Monica's heartache, despair, rage and love...all of Jonathan's despondency. I wanted to grab them both and hug them tight. Reiss makes these characters so real I feel like I know them and have experienced their pain and joy right along with them.

I'm wrung out - emotionally spent. Monica and Jonathan's story is one that will stay with me for a very long time. I don't know what it is that makes their story resonate so with me except for Reiss' writing style. Her descriptive prose is so beautiful and lyrical and it conveys everything in such a visceral way.

Sing has Monica and Jonathan facing their most difficult obstacle yet. It was a departure from what Reiss has had them face previously - and it's something neither can fix by simply being honest. The tension caused by this obstacle and the seriousness of it changed the tone in this last installment. Monica is tested in a way that has her questioning what she's willing to sacrifice for Jonathan. And the answers she finds are telling. Jonathan also learns the lengths he'll go to in order to protect Monica.

Sing was tense and lovely. A brilliant ending for this Drazen.





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Monica (Songs of Submission, #7.5)Monica
Songs of Submission #7.5
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Genre: Erotic Romance

Source: Purchased ebook
Rating: 5 Bookworms

Synopsis
Short. Free.

To be read after Sing.

This little short will be sent to the mailing list on 11.15/2013 in gratitude of all my fans have done for me. It will be part of the Coda, which is an epilogue of Jonathan and Monica's story.

I will release it on Amazon for 99 cents for the sake of convenience. You can wait for Code, or another mailing, or get the story from your friend. Your call.

I have no release date for Code.






Monica shows us the scenes where Jonathan returns to being his dominant self. Following the major event in Sing, Jonathan is not himself. Monica loves him and accepts him as he is now but that one element in their relationship that makes Monica feel most safe has been missing. Once it returns - and it does so magnificently - Monica and Jonathan are both complete, fulfilled, ecstatic. And so was I.