Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#COYER, #ShelfLove Review ~ Dance For Me ~ Helena Newbury

Dance For Me (Fenbrook Academy, #1)
Dance For Me
Fenbrook Academy #1
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased on Amazon
Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Natasha is one of the most promising ballet dancers at the prestigious Fenbrook Academy of Performing Arts and she's just landed a life-changing audition. But no one knows the guilt she carries...or the damage it makes her inflict on herself when she's alone.

Darrell is a multi-millionaire designer at 25. But past traumas have pushed him into isolation and the intense pressure of his work has brought him to the edge of burnout. Seeking inspiration, he sees Natasha dance and hires her as his muse.

As she dances for him, the two become entwined in a passionate but troubled relationship. He starts to see the pain inside her and helps her gradually lower her defenses...but Darrell has demons of his own. Can two broken people save each other? Or will the darkness they're hiding consume them both?

This New Adult Romance is recommended for 17+ due to mature themes, sexual situations and language.

Having read In Harmony, #2 in the Fenbrook Academy series, and adoring it, I was eager to read Dance For Me. While it didn't work for me quite as well as In Harmony, I did enjoy it.

Natasha Liss is studying ballet at Fenbrook Academy. Actually, sh'es one of its most promising students. But Natasha has a traumatic past she's trying to keep buried. The memories drive her to dance, exercise, and harm herself, in order to maintain balance.

Darrell Carner is a designer for the government. An MIT dropout, he's brilliant at what he does...driven to the point of compulsion (obsession?). He's haunted by memories of a tragedy - and those memories are what spur him. His latest design has him stumped. He needs some inspiration and that's where Natasha comes in.

Being witness to Natasha and Darrell opening up to one another made my heart ache. They both were so vulnerable and insecure - about their pasts as well as how those pasts were affecting their present. They served as a healing balm to one another and that was something they both desperately needed.

However, the insta-love or insta-connection didn't work for me. I get the 'seeing each other from across a crowded room' thing - really I do. But these two started on false pretenses - mission of information - and they struggled because of it. Natasha did say
"Sometimes it fees like neither of us are in control, as if we're...I don't know. Being blown by the wind or something. Like our only choice is to let it happen or dig our heels in and let the other one be swept away into the distance...but that could mean we lose the other forever."
and when I read that, I thought "well, that's true." I think I just felt that with what they've both been through, some counseling would really strengthen their foundation. Particularly with all Natasha's emotional displays. (Note: counseling may have been alluded to in In Harmony, I don't recall)

Besides the story between Natasha and Darrell, I enjoyed getting glimpses of the beginnings between Clarissa and Neal. They are a fun couple. I also liked being introduced to Karen, who stars in In Harmony, and Jasmine, the star of Acting Brave. Newbury has created a cast of characters that I'm very invested in and am delighted to get better acquainted with!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blitz & Giveaway ~ The Complete Submission Box Set ~ CD Reiss

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Due to popular demand, CD Reiss’s Complete Submission…

the complete eight book bundle of the Submission Series…


As a bonus, the first three chapters of Coda are in the back, and CD Reiss promises they’re hot as hell.

Amazon US:

Amazon UK:

Barnes & Noble:

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This bundle contains books 1-8 of the USA Today Bestselling Submission Series, and totals 1300 pages of intense, steamy romance that will leave you breathless.


Jonathan Drazen.

Gorgeous. Check.

Charming. Check.

Smart. Check.

Rich. Hey, I’m not gonna complain.

All the ingredients for a few nights of mind-blowing pleasure are right there. He’s made it perfectly clear he can’t love me, and I’m not out to fall in love either.

But I can’t stay away from him. He’s got this bossy way about him in bed. The word “Sir,” falls from my lips, and when he tells me to get on my knees…well, my knees have a mind of their own.

I got this. I can be his slave for a few nights and walk away unscathed.

We get in. Get it on. Get the hell out. Done.

He knows the line between love and lust. It’s right between my legs. Now, let’s see if that line blurs for me.

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“Well, well, look at that,” Ute said, staring across the street.
I followed her gaze and saw what she saw. Jonathan had on simple trousers and a sweater with a leather jacket. In contrast to the rest of the men at the party, who spent hours looking as though they didn’t care what they wore, he looked neat and put together, as if he cared. He was tall and lean and straight, with his hair brushed back off his forehead. He owned the world and everything in it. The difficulty of staying away from him was past his looks, past any single physical attribute. He fell into a new, undefined category of “right.”
I set my back straighter and tilted my chin up. I thought Debbie would send Robert, but instead I’d have to pretend I was fine and my face wasn’t pounding.
“He’s coming over here,” said Ute, brushing her hair flat.
“He’s my ride,” I said.
Her eyebrows arched.
I paused. Jonathan liked blondes, if his ex-wife was any indication. Ute was beautiful. She’d do well with him.
I thought about adding a short explanation. Maybe ‘I’m in love with him, but I left him’ or ‘he was my lover, boyfriend, master, king...’ None of it worked, and by the time I came up with ‘we were together for a while,’ he was upon us.
“Hey,” he said, and that voice went right into my gut and ripped stuff out.
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Author Information
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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

Stalk Her: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads | Pinterest | Intagram

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Teaser Tuesday ~ #58

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!


The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)
The Gamble
Colorado Mountain Series #1

Love is the greatest gamble of all...

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiance who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges - and threatens to end their love for good.


"And we didn't look like we'd just met and barely knew each other. We looked like we'd known each other forever, comfortable in our close hold.
We looked even like we belonged together."

Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway~ For Authentication Purposes ~ Amber L. Johnson

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Amber L. Johnson's For Authentication Purposes. I have all the details about the book and my review for y'all.

For Authentication Purposes
Release Date: March 5 , 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received a complimentary copy from TWCS in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Bookworms


Dawn Sims has made a name for herself writing romantic fiction online. When she's pushed to try her hand at publishing, she thinks she has everything figured out. The only problem? She's never been in a relationship, especially one that has led her to finding The Big O.

So much for writing what you know.

Warner Green has had Dawn in his sights since she walked into his class in seventh grade. She broke his teenage heart not once, but twice, so seeing her in his night class at the local community college was an unexpected surprise.

Accidentally reading her bad erotica on her laptop was a blessing from the Smut Gods themselves.

It's clear she has no idea what she's writing about, but Warner does. In fact, he knows so much that he's willing to offer her his services. The deal is simple: teach the good girl from high school everything she needs to know to write from experience. If he gets to live out a fantasy or two that he's been harboring for almost a decade, then there's no harm in that either.

The lessons turn more heated, and Dawn begins to question where Warner has learned his skills, but he's not ready to talk, until his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible time.

It shouldn't matter when it's for authentication purposes only.

I adore Johnson's voice. She tells a story in such a relatable way, and with, what I've come to expect, her signature humor. For Authentication Purposes didn't pack quite the emotional punch that I found in previous reads from her but it was certainly a lot a fun!

Dawn and Warner, aka Bunny and Wardo, have known each other since junior high. They orbited one another for all these years - and now find themselves in a college class together.

Following an incident in class, Warner discovers that Dawn has a problem:
"Your story sucks because it's false. No one wants to read that shit because it's not real. Hell, it's not even much of a fantasy. You have nothing to go off of. The best advice a writer can have is to write what they know. And you know jack shit about sex." -Warner, eARC Loc 351
And it's a problem he's more than happy to help with. If it happens to enable him to accomplish his own goals, all the better.

Johnson referred to For Authentication Purposes as humorotica, and that's an apt description. 
"Shifting a little to look at him, I resisted the urge to kick him in the nuts and lick his neck at the same time." -Dawn, eARC Loc 750
As I said, Dawn and Warner have been in each others' lives for years but witnessing them become better acquainted, taking the time to do away with what they thought they knew about the other, to figure out what they each were all about, was a delight. The hows and whys behind they're doing it even more so.

The story is relayed through alternating POVs. Therefore, I came to care for both Dawn and Warner, getting inside both their heads. I giggle-snorted so many times over their thoughts and during the interactions. That saying, opposites attract, is certainly true of these two. Dawn was so straight-laced and Warner was, well, not so straight-laced. He loved doing and saying things to get under her skin. And Dawn was easy to rile.

For Authentication Purposes is a fun, sweet romance with some smoking sexy times. Johnson has made her way onto my favorite authors list with her dynamic characters and humor.

"Come on. Say it. I know where you're going."
Shifting a little to look at him, I resisted the urge to kick him in the nuts and lick his neck at the same time. I mean he looked pretty hot sitting in my chair eating a muffin. Stupid handsome face and fornication hair paired with what I assumed were dirty jeans and a plaid flannel.
"Fine. I'm going to buy a vibrator with the money you gave me. Happy?"
His smile was full force now. "Hell yeah, I'm happy. Ecstatic, even." He chewed around the pastry in his mouth and laughed "I'll come with you to make sure you get the right one."
"Oh, hell no. Being with you in a porn shop is on my list of Things to Never Do before I Die."


A true child of music, Amber's parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist.

Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people's lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing.

A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the

people who bring her inspiration.


Blitz & Giveaway ~ James & Harper Bundle ~ JA Huss

Y'all already know I loved it - now you can get the first two books in JA Huss' Dirty, Dark, and Deadly Series for only 99 cents. Yep, she's bundled them up just for y'all. ;)


James and Harper: Come and Come Back: Dirty, Dark, and Deadly #1 and #2
By JA Huss
Romantic Suspense, erotic romance


**A TWO-BOOK BUNDLE from New York Times Bestselling Author JA Huss**

COME - Dirty, Dark, and Deadly Book One

This is a novella.
You will get more questions than answers in this book.
If you hate that - skip this whole series completely.

(It's twisty, complicated, dark, dirty, and ALL the main characters are killers.)

My name is James Fenici and you will never see me coming. I walk the shadows like darkness itself. I hide in the corners where nobody looks. I live by no rules, I have no boundaries, I take no prisoners, and I never, ever blink. I am not your knight in shining armor; I'm your worst nightmare.

My name is James Fenici and you are my target. Only one of us is getting out alive, and that's not gonna be you. Once your name is on my list, your life is over. It's a deal I make with death, it's a contract I sign in blood, it's forgone conclusion--get used to it.

My name is James Fenici and I'm as dirty as they come. But then one day I saw her. And every monster I thought I was. Every fact I thought I knew. Every dirty promise I ever turned down came back to slap me in the face.

My name is James Fenici and I think I am in love.

COME BACK - Dirty, Dark, and Deadly Book Two

This is a full-length novel

The final book (Coming For You) is now available.

"Secrets keep the darkness alive," Harper tells me. But that's not how I see it at all. Secrets keep me alive, the truth is overrated, honesty is never the best policy, and when your job title is Assassin Number Six--lies are your lifeblood.

"Death is a business deal," I tell her back. And I shake his hand with secrets every chance I get. They're currency in my world. I pay my debts with them, I feed on them, they ground me in the 
present and they promise me a future.

But Harper Tate is everything I've ever wanted. She's my promise, she's my obsession, she's a delicious fuckable transgression. She can be mine. She will be mine. All I have to do is complete the mission.

There's just one teeny, tiny problem with the mission.

It's a secret.


James & Harper - COME and COME BACK (Books One & Two)




Ends March 9, 2015

Prize: Signed copies of Come & Come Back, various JA Huss swag, $10 gift card.

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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (, Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (

If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list ( and get those details delivered right to your inbox.


“Do you want my real name? My associate name? Or my fake name?”

“Real name.”

“James Fenici.”

“James,” I repeat in a whisper. “I like James.”

“I like Harper.”

“How old are you?”


“I’m only eighteen.”

“I know.”

He knows. Hmmm. But the look on his face as my age hangs between us captures my full attention. “Does it bother you?” He waits a few heartbeats before answering and this is my clue that yes, it does bother him. “It doesn’t bother me,” I add.

Fingertips guide my chin so my head turns towards him and then his mouth is on mine, his tongue probing, asking me to open, I do open. And this time I touch my tongue to his. He flicks against it and it feels… so good.

He ends the kiss and stands up, holding me in his arms for a moment before setting me down. “It doesn’t bother me either, but you’re tired. So I’ll walk you home.”


“I think I know why he didn’t kill Merc.”

“Why?” Harper asks quickly, turning around to see Sasha.

“Because Merc is gonna kill him.”

“That’s fucking it!” I swerve the Hummer over to the almost non-existent shoulder, and slam on the breaks. “You shut your fucking mouth, kid!  Or I swear to fucking God, I’ll—”

“You’ll what?” Harper asks, her eyebrows raised up to the ceiling. “She’s got legitimate questions, James. And to be honest, I’m interested in the answers. Who was the guy who took her? And why was he sending me messages?”

“Harper, use your fucking brain. Why do you think he was sending you messages?”

“Why? If he knew where to find me, then why didn’t he just take me? Why play this game? I’m sure my father has a reward out. Or a hit.”

“Oh, is that where we’re at again? You think I’m here to kill you? Did you know the smurf is an assassin too? Or did you not put that two plus two together yet?”

“Don’t insult me, Tet. I figured that out, thanks.”

“Then maybe you’re her target and not mine? How about that?”

“So why hasn’t she killed me?”

“I haven’t killed you either, but you still think that’s my job. And while we’re all playing let’s confess to shit we’re not doing, what’s your job, Harper? Who the fuck are you and your brother after?”

“Oh, snap!” Sasha says loudly.

“Shut up!” Harp and I yell together.

“She’s playing us, you do realize that, right? I mean, you can see that now, right? She’s egging us on, making us fight.”

“I’m just trying to tell you something,” Sasha squeals. “Something you don’t know but I do. And you know what? Forget it. You don’t deserve my help if you’re gonna treat me like a traitor! I was kidnapped for her!” She shoves Harper on the shoulder and Harp reacts and slaps her hand off, turning around like she’s gonna dive back there and start a real fight. 

“Sit back, Harper.” I growl as I yank her by the arm and push her against the door. I pull back onto the road before one of these girls decides to get out of the car. I am not in the mood to chase them down in this heat.

“I don’t want to travel with you anymore,” Harper says as she crosses her arms and turns her back to me. “I’m leaving when we get back to civilization.”

“I’m leaving too. I’d rather die than go back to Merc. I’ll find Ford on my own.”

Called that one.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #56

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. :)


It's been another busy week. My oldest has been sick most of the week. My middle is busy with rehearsals for Winter Guard. My youngest just wrapped up performances in the middle school production of Willy Wonka. My mom is in town for that. And we've had snow, snow, snow. Yay! We even had a snow day last Thursday. How was your week? 

I picked up a few freebies (thanks to Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views) but I am proud of myself for preemptively deleting most of those BookBub emails. ;) I really don't *need* any more books. I did one-click ONE 99 cent read. It's because I read Lorna @Rabid Read's wonderful review of it. I had it pulled up in an window til I took the time to put it in my spreadsheet. By the time I got around to doing that, the price had dropped from $3.99 to $ I snatched it up. Old habits and all that...

Here's what was added to my ereader library this week:

Carved In Stone (Art of Love, #1)Dating a Cougar (Never Too Late, #1)

*My ONE 99 Cent Buy*
The Forever Girl (The Forever Girl #1)

Hope Is Lost (Ocean Beach, #2)This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek, #8)

I received both Hope is Lost and This Heart of Mine for review.

Last Week's Reviews

Upcoming Reviews
For Authentication Purposes by Amber L. Johnson
Fight With Me by Kristen Proby
Hunted by a Jaguar by Felicity Heaton
Dance For Me by Helena Newbury
Spend the Night Volume 2 by Elizabeth Lee

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Challenges Update ~ #COYER, #2015HW, #ShelfLove, Mythology Reading Challenge, LGBT Reading Challenge, 2015 New Release Reading Challenge

I can't believe February is already gone. I did well this month though. Here's my update:


This challenge is hosted by Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading.

This month, I read Fight With Me (which also counted towards the COYER Next in Series RAT) and Breathe. So far I've read 4 of 24 from my Reading Assignment. (images take you to my reviews)

Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2)

Show Your Shelves Some Love: No Book Buying Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Chapter Break and Second Run Reviews.

I've shown my shelves some love - my digital shelves anyway. ;) I've read 13 books so far! You can click here to check out the books and their reviews on Goodreads or click on the book images below. 

Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2)Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates, #3)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Obliterate (Havoc, #2)Three, Two, One (321)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Dance For Me (Fenbrook Academy, #1)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates, #2)Lord Wastrel (The Curse of True Love #2)A Gentleman's Promise (Scandalous Series, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)

As part of this challenge, I budgeted $10/month for books. In February, I only spent $2. You read that right! I only *purchased* TWO books. Which means I carried over $8 to March PLUS the 5 books I *earned*. I gotta say though that I'm rather enjoying NOT purchasing books. (Don't worry, I still add books...they're just freebies!)

With that in mind, I altered the ways in which I could earn books - at least where reading is concerned. Now, I must read 5 books from my shelves to earn a book. The other ways to earn stayed the same...for every week that I exercise 5 days, I earn a book. And for every 5000 words I write on my book, I earn a book. 

So for February, I earned:

15 Books = 3 Books Earned
2 Weeks of 5 days of Exercise = 2 Books Earned
~8000 Words Written = 1 Book Earned

As for writing, I'm really struggling right now. I had about a week where I was on a roll but then life got in the way. We'll see how March goes.

Also, I'm once again going to tweak my *earning* methods. I've made it too easy on myself. Even though I'm not one-clicking that much, I'm also not feeling any 'pain'. :) Look for the changes to my earning methods in next month's update.

Winter 2014-2015 COYER Sign Ups

This challenge is also hosted by Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading.

So far, I've read 35 books for COYER and there's only 1 week left. I haven't posted all my reviews yet, so I better get busy! I'm proud of the number of books I've cleaned off my ereaders, though. :) 


This challenge is hosted by Niji Feels.

I read one book that qualified for this challenge in February.

Come Undone (Rock Hard, #1) 

This challenge is being hosted by Lili Lost in a Book.

I challenged myself achieve God level or 6-10 books. So far, I've read:

Endure (Need, #4)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)

New Release Challenge (un)Conventional Bookviews

Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! are co-hosting this year-long challenge to read books being released in 2015. I challenged myself to reach New Release Newbie status - or 1-15 books. Y'all, I didn't realize I'd already read so many! I think I need to reach higher! ;)

Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)Fading Out (Living Heartwood, #3)Acting Brave (Fenbrook Academy #3)All Fired Up (Black Halo, #2)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Past HeavenThree, Two, One (321)Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4)Incite (Ignite, #2)Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates, #5)Spend the Night II (The Hotel Collection, #2)Spend the Night III (The Hotel Collection, #3)For Authentication Purposes

I'm pretty happy with my progress with all my challenges. Bring it on, March!