Thursday, October 23, 2014

**That's What HE Said ~ #16**



That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

My pick this week for That's What He Said is from:

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward


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I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.


Although I'm not caught up in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Awakened is my favorite so far. Zsadist felt so unworthy of love, and Bella showed him how wrong he was.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

**Release Day Blitz, Review, & Giveaway ~ Profile, Social Media #5 ~ JA Huss**


Happy Release Day, JA Huss!!


Profile released *TODAY*, y'all! I can't believe we're already 5/6's of the way through this serial. Have you started the Social Media series yet? What are you waiting for? 

Oh, FYI, Profile will be *99 cents** until Home, the final installment releases.


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Profile (Social Media #5)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: October 22, 2014
Novella (100ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description
All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most. 

Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back. Sometimes not even a prince can save you.


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I reluctantly admit, that girl in the movie is my Grace.

“Vaughn,” Felicity says as she places a gentle hand on my shoulder. “We’re gonna find her. Just write her a nice message in case she has a chance to log in. If he deleted her account, then
maybe she’ll have an opportunity to get to that computer.”

I nod at her and take my attention back to the secret accounts we made. I pull up the pictures we traded. Naked selfies. This makes me smile at the memory. It was only a couple weeks ago, but I feel like she’s been a part of my life for ages. I feel like I’ve known her forever. Like our souls are connected by some ethereal string that was stretched taut from our absence. But the moment our eyes met back in Saint Thomas, we reconnected. We were pulled together by the forces of a long­-lost love.

I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this girl. I feel like she is my soulmate.

My fingers find the keyboard and I try to put that into a tweet. Try to give her hope with a few words and some well­placed hashtags.

Master @mrinvsman
There’s no possible way I won’t find you. Our hearts are tethered by love & fate. I’m tugging on that string -­ feel me? #OnMyWay #Soulmates

I press send and hold my breath, hoping against hope for a reply. But the minutes tick off and I get nothing. Just nothing. My phone rings and jolts me out of my funk. “Vaughn Asher.”

“Mr. Asher, this is Detective Torrino. We’re suspending the search. Grace Kinsella just called Channel 9 and stated she’s accepted a job in Singapore that was offered to her in Vegas last week in order to get away from you.”

Singapore. “Well, how the hell do you know that was her?”

“She confirmed her social security number, her childhood address, and her bank account number. He best friend Bebe Chambers confirms it was her voice.”

“So? My daughter can get that information. That’s not a confirmation of identity. And maybe she’s being forced to say those things? How about a picture? How about a FaceTime? How about you ask her to log into her other Twitter account and read the message that’s posted there?”

“The case is closed, Mr. Asher. We’re satisfied she left of her own accord.”

“Maybe she’s being threatened?”

“I asked her—”

“You can’t ask her, Torrino. If she’s being told to say something, then she’s going to deny it. And that wasn’t the job she was offered—”

“We’ve shut down the case, Asher. You can appeal to my boss if you like.”

I’m just about to protest again when the line goes dead.

“What just happened?” Conner asks.

“They shut down the fucking case. They say she called them and said she’s taking a job in Singapore to get away from me.” 




Whoa! Profile was an edge of your seat, adrenaline pumping ride. I felt the same anxiety as Vaughn feeling as the clock was ticking. And the twists - my god, the twists! It seems it's all been leading up to this - but JA isn't done with us yet. Profile is definitely the most thrilling in the series so far.

Grace's past has caught up with her. And it's a race against time to save her. Vaughn is desperate and not getting much help. Grace, though, is not the same girl she was when she was 13. We've seen her strength in earlier installments but in Profile, she proves her mettle. Vaughn, too, proved even more that he's in this for the long haul.

Y'all know I love JA Huss. She is such a talented storyteller. And the suspense/thriller element she weaves into her stories is always...well, thrilling. With this series, she leads you one way. She lets you think you know exactly what's going on. You don't. Well, maybe you can figure out a few things, but nothing is ever exactly how you think it'll be. I'm extremely eager for the last installment - to see how the twists untwist and to see how Grace and Vaughn's fairytale shakes out.





INTRODUCING Home – the FINAL book in the Social Media series.

Home (Social Media #6 – FINAL BOOK)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: November 5, 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:
I just want my Grace back. I want the girl I found sending me dirty tweets on Saint Thomas. I want the girl who reluctantly gave in to my charms and let me boss her around. I want the girl who sent me to my knees and made me imagine what her fairy tale would look like with me in it. I just want to move on. I want to plan the future and think about kids and preschools and college funds. I want everything she ever wanted, and I want us to make it happen together. But the media needs more from us. More dirt. More pain. More payment for past transgressions.You can’t change the past. And even though Grace is ready to put her demons to bed, mine are just starting to get restless. Because when you’ve silenced as many enemies as I have, you know that secret won’t stay buried forever.




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JA Huss is the USA Today best-selling author of the Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master's degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

**OctobeRec Fest Review #3 ~ Kissed by a Dark Prince ~ Felicity Heaton**


I won Kissed by a Dark Prince from Berls @Fantasy is More Fun during her Blogoversary giveaway. I'd been meaning to start the Eternal Mates series because Berls loves it so much (as does Traci @Mad Hatter Reads) so when I won the first two books, I was ecstatic!! 


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Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates #1)Kissed by a Dark Prince
Eternal Mates #1
Release Date: November 30, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Won an ecopy from Berls
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
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Synopsis
Olivia thinks it's her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He's her change to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for...

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete...or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others -- his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince's kiss?



After having read Berls' and Traci's reviews of Kissed by a Dark Prince, I was eager to get started on this series. My only regret upon finishing? That I waited this long!


Kissed by a Dark Prince not only chronicles the lives of Olivia and Loren following their fateful meeting but also sets up the world this series inhabits, as well as explaining how the bond between eternal mates works. We learn that the world is inhabited by shifters, vampires, fae, and demons. Oh, and elves. Vampires are essentially evil but everyone else seems to co-exist relatively peacefully. There is a human organization, Archangel, that hunts supernaturals. I'm not sure their mission exactly, but Olivia seeks knowledge of the others in order to better relations between species. When Loren surreptitiously lands on Olivia's doorstep, a species Olivia has never seen, she's excited.

Olivia is a doctor and as such studies the other species brought into Archangel. She has had a few bad experiences though and feels a desperate need to redeem herself with her colleagues. Loren seems like the perfect place to start - until he bites her and sets into motion something that will change her life forever.

Loren is an elf prince and comes around with no recollection of how he got to Archangel. What he does know is that he's in need of blood and this beautiful woman hovering over him will suit just fine. But the first taste of her blood unleashes something he was unprepared for...something he'd stopped hoping he'd find.

I liked both Olivia and Loren. Olivia is smart, tenacious and stubborn. She's always thinking, calculating, considering - and I liked that about her. Of course, I wished she'd stopped over-thinking at a few points and had just gone with her heart. But I understood her reasoning. Loren is strong, loyal almost to a fault, kind, and protective. He's sacrificed so much to protect  his people, never giving up hope of finding his mate. He and Olivia share compassion for others and complemented one another well. It took awhile for Olivia to see their link wasn't just about the bond.

We also meet Loren's brother, Vail, his second in command, Bleu, Olivia's best friend, Sable, and others. Each character is well defined and I'm anxious for their stories. They added depth, and often humor, to the story.

I will admit that parts of the story dragged for me. I tired of Olivia's waffling on whether or not she wanted to complete the bond with Loren. Of course, the waffling enabled them to better get to know one another and realize they had developed real feelings, so it had purpose. The last 25% though, the action and tension really ramped up and I was flying through the pages. I was shocked at the turn of events - and just as relieved by them as Loren and Olivia were.

Kissed by a Dark Prince was every bit as good as I was hoping it would be. I'm looking forward to losing myself in this world again and seeing who's up next in finding their eternal mate.


**Teaser Tuesday ~ #41**


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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PROFILE: Social Media #5
Profile (Social Media #5) by JA Huss
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:
All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.

Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back.

Sometimes not even a prince can save you.



***Teaser***


Sunday, October 19, 2014

**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #38**


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

Stepbrother DearestThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Losing Track (Living Heartwood, #2)Accidents of Marriage

I totally forgot to point the finger at Naomi @Nomi's Paranormal Palace in my last B, B, &B. She is responsible for my one-clicking Stepbrother Dearest. :)  I picked up The Immortal Rules to read for my OctobeRec Fest. This recommendation comes from Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views ~ she placed this one ahead of all her other recs for me. ;) Sorry to throw you under the bus, Naomi, but it's your fault I picked up Losing Track as well. (I already had #1 in the series because of her, too) And I picked up Accidents of Marriage after reading an excellent review from Andrea @The Bookish Babe.




BAGGED
PROFILE: Social Media #5Eight Days a WeekBlood Curse (The Branded Trilogy)Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild, #1)


I scored these ARCs! Woohoo!



I won a Lisa Scottoline giveaway awhile back from Andrea @The Bookish Babe and I got the books week before last. Thanks, Andrea!



Giveaways
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Last Two Weeks' Reviews


Upcoming Reviews
True by Erin McCarthy
The Arrangement #2 by HM Ward
Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton
Profile by JA Huss
Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Saturday, October 18, 2014

**Sidekick Showcase ~ #54 ~ Celebrating Strong Women ~ Giveaway**



Sidekick Showcase (previously known as Sidekick Saturday) is NOW a monthly bookish meme, hosted by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this month's type

• Share a picture (if possible) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment


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October's Sidekick theme celebrates Strong Women, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

My pick this month:
Elise Flynn

from JA Huss' Rook & Ronin Series

Elise is Ronin's older sister and has been his guardian since he was 10. She, and Ronin, did not lead a charmed life while growing up having an abusive father. Following a tragic turn of events, Elise had to grow up quickly to raise her younger brother. She is such a caring person and took her responsibilities very seriously. Even now, she sees it as her duty to take care of the models who work for her significant other, Antoine, which is how she ends up caring deeply for Clare, Antoine's niece, and for Rook. In fact, Elise is very protective of those she cares about and Rook makes that list quickly. Elise has forged a family for herself, Ronin, and Antoine. And the addition of Rook changes the dynamics but Elise is strong enough to keep them all together.

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"I've been you, Rook. I don't know the details, but we've all needed a twist of fate at one time or another and Antoine was mine. More than twelve years ago now. So today, I'll pay it back and be yours"
...
"And one day, you'll be in my position and you'll stumble upon a lost girl, and you can help change her fate. And when you do, and she asks you why, you'll tell her about me."
-Elise to Rook, Tragic


"And that's my point, dumbass. This girl is nineteen too, she's had some kind of very recent upheaval in her life, and you're fucking with her head right now. Stay out of her pants, do you understand? Or I will pull you from this project so fast your dick will spin."
-Elise to Ronin, Tragic


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Friday, October 17, 2014

**OctobeRec Fest Review #2 ~ With You ~ Nashoda Rose**


I one-clicked With You after reading a tempting review from Naomi @Nomi's Paranormal Palace. Thanks, Naomi!! I can't wait to get started on Torn from You. :)


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With You (Tear Asunder, #0.5)With You
Tear Asunder #0.5
Release Date: December 20, 2013
Genre: Dark, Contemporary Romance
Source: *Freebie* puchased on Amazon
Rating: 4 Bookworms
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Synopsis
Sculpt is an illegal fighter.

He's also the lead singer of a local rock band.

No one knows his real name.

And from the moment I met him, he made me forget mine.

In order to convince Sculpt to give me self-defense lessons, I had to follow his one rule - no complaining or he'd walk. I didn't think it would be a problem. I could handle a few bruises. What I hadn't anticipated was landing on my back with Scult on top of me and my entire body burning up for him.

I tried to ignore it.

I failed of course, And having a hot, tattooed badass on top of me week after week, acting completely immune to what he was doing to my body - it was frustrating as hell, so I broke his rule - I complained.

Then he kissed me.

Author's Note: This novella is Sculpt and Emily's beginning and how they met. It is an extra and not required to be read before Torn from You. Their story and what happens to them is the novel Torn from You.

*Warning* Huge cliff-hanger. Like huge! But With You and Torn from You are released on the same day.





With You is the prequel to Torn from You and is a compelling introduction to the characters of Emily and Sculpt. I'm hooked and am eager to begin the rest of their story.


Emily lost any chance of building self-confidence when her father died when she was 10. Her mom was too self-absorbed and reminding Emily constantly of how she'd ruined her life. She spent most of her teen years with her best friend and her best friend's brother, whose unique circumstances bonded them. A frightening experience sends Emily looking for Sculpt, a fighter, hoping he'll teach her some self-defense moves.

Sculpt is a fighter as well as the lead singer for the band, Tear Asunder. We don't know much else about him other than his past is scary, he doesn't talk about it, and he's over the moon for Emily.

We are witness to these two getting to know one another and falling for each other. And it's heartwarming really, and I enjoyed it. Both Emily and Sculpt have walls put up to keep people from getting in. But, while Emily does some growing, we still don't know that much about Sculpt aside from his feelings for Emily and he doesn't have much character growth. 

Then the night of Emily's first time to see Sculpt's band...BAM!! I'm chomping at the bit to know what happens next!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

**That's What HE Said ~ #15**



That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

A friend of mine *cough-Robyn-cough* recently read Slammed for the first time. And it's left me feeling nostalgic for that story. So my pick this week for That's What He Said is from:

Slammed by Colleen Hoover


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I used to love the ocean.
Everything about her.
Her coral reefs, her white caps, her roaring waves, the rocks they lap, her pirate legends and mermaid tales,
Treasures lost and treasures held...
And ALL
Of her fish
In the sea.
Yes, I used to love the ocean,
Everything about her.
The way she would sing me to sleep as I lay in my bed
then wake me with a force
That I soon came to dread.
Her fables, her lies, her misleading eyes,
I'd drain her dry
If I cared enough to.
I used to love the ocean,
Everything about her.
Her coral reefs, her white caps, her roaring waves, the rocks they lap, her pirate legends and mermaid tales, treasures lost and treasures held.
And ALL
Of her fish
In the sea.
Well, if you've ever tried navigating your sailboat through her stormy seas, you would realize that her white caps
are your enemies. If you've ever tried swimming ashore when your  leg gets a cramp and you just had a huge meal of In-n-Out burgers that's weighing you down, and her roaring waves are knocking the wind out of you, filling your lungs with water as you flail your arms, trying to get someone's attention, but your friends
just
wave
back at you?
And if you've ever grown up with dreams in your head about life, and how one of these days you would pirate your own ship and have your own crew and that all of he mermaids
would love
only
you?
Well, you would realize...
Like I eventually realized...
That all the good things about her?
All the beautiful?
It's not real.
It's fake
So you keep your ocean,  
I'll take the Lake.


This is essentially Will's declaration of love to Layken (Lake) via poem. *sigh*