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Release Blitz: ‘Paradise Fought Abel’ by L.B. Dunbar

 
Title: Paradise Fought: Abel
Series: Paradise #1
 Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance/MMA
 Release Date: January 25, 2016

 

Blurb

 

I’m not a fighter.

I was born into a fighting family. As the middle child, I was overlooked in favor of my older brother.

He took the negative attention, too. In comparison, there’s nothing special about me.

I’m not as big as Cobra. I’m not as strong as Cobra. He’s the alpha.

I’m a beta.

The second son.

The lesser one.

The one never encouraged to fight, never encouraged to do anything, but stay out of my father’s way.

I’m not a lover either – but I wished to be – that’s why I needed her.

I met a girl in the pouring rain.

Sounds cliché, but it’s true. It changed everything.

Because of love, I learned to fight.

Betas come second, but in this fight, my story is first.


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Excerpt

If I thought I was going to make a speedy getaway, I was wrong. My savior caught up to me, half way down the walk, outside the finance building. He was quick and a large hand wrapped around my upper arm.

“Whoa, sister,” he said, slightly out of breath. “You almost got away from me again.”

“What?” I questioned. I had no idea what he meant: again.

“Never mind,” he muttered, his hand still on me. I looked down at it and he immediately released me. My eyes pinched as I realized I didn’t mind his hand on my skin. There was something nonthreatening about him. He seemed rather innocent, studious, actually. His shirt was buttoned almost to the top and tucked into his pants. The sleeves secure at the cuffs. His jeans were snug and hugged him well. He wore dark rimmed glasses that screamed smart. Brown boots looked too new on his large feet. It was like he had the right parts but the wrong combination.

His blue eyes were soft and easy to look into. They practically spoke to me, but I had no idea what he was saying. His dark hair was disheveled, a bit shaggy, but cool looking. He kind of looked like a pop star, which was a little too sugar sweet for me. His form was questionable. It was hard to tell what kind of body he had under those clothes. He looked rather preppy, like half the guys at this university. I didn’t want to think about it. I’d just sold my soul for another semester.

“So when do you want to do this?” I asked. His blank stare told me he had no idea what I meant.

“Us,” I said, pointing between him and me.

“I…” His voice trailed off as he gawked at me. His expression changed from confusion to shock.

“I didn’t buy you to sleep with you,” he said, a touch of disbelief in his voice. His face turned crimson, then fell. “Why, have you done that before?” It was my turn to be surprised and offended.

I turned on my heels and began stomping away from him. He was too quick and he caught me again. His hand on my arm halted me. This time he didn’t release me when I peered down at his fingers wrapped around my bicep.

“Look. I need help,” he blurted. His face pinked a little, and it was sweet. “I don’t need help with sex. I need help with before.” His tone dropped, and he looked side to side to see if anyone would hear him. I took his meaning.

“You don’t know how to do foreplay?” I questioned in a loud whisper, trying to hide my astonishment. How could anyone have sex and not know a touch of foreplay?

His face pinked again.

“Not that,” he said, sounding like a child. “The flirting. The dating. The…other stuff.”

I was stunned. I stared at him, taking in his features again. He was kind of cute, leaning toward the potential for good looking. He couldn’t possibly need help with this request. The confusion on my face made him speak.

“I don’t know how to flirt.” The words swirled between us.

“I don’t understand.” I didn’t. I didn’t know what he wanted from me.

“I need lessons how to be…cool: with girls. Call it a tutoring session. I need to learn how to be…seen.” His voice took on a touch of sadness. He couldn’t possibly be serious. I continued to stare at him. My mouth might have actually dropped open a bit, and I noticed he was watching my lips. It was a little exciting the way he stared at them. I licked them and his pupils dilated, filling in more black over the blue. His expression changed. Knowingly, he blinked when he realized I was teasing him. His lip quirked up and a dimple showed in his cheek.

“I need to date you,” he blurted. “To learn how to do, what you just did to me.”

Author Bio

L.B. Dunbar loves the original legend of King Arthur. Inspired by this classic tale, she pulled over to the side of the road to take notes when it hit her that if King Arthur lived today, he’d be a rock star. A lover of fairy tales, myths, legends, and anything with happily ever after, she loves to read and write contemporary romance. Her Legendary Rock Stars series is complete with the final tale: The Trials of Guinevere DeGrance, but the story began with The Legend of Arturo King. She also wrote The Sensations Collection, which includes five stand alones based on the five senses in a small town setting near Lake Michigan. Raised on one side of that lake, she grew up in Michigan, but now lives on the other side, in Chicago. Mother to four, wife to the one and only, and teacher to hundreds of former students, she looks forward to sharing more stories in the future.

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Book Review: ‘Falling Down’ by Anne Mercier

 

Title: Falling Down (Rockstar Book 1)

Published: 2nd September 2014

Author: Anne Mercier

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Synopsis:

I was twelve when I started crushing on him.

I was seventeen when I met him by chance and our connection was made.

Now here I am, twenty-three, and I’m one of the two actresses in the video for his band’s latest single.

Jesse Kingston is a tall, dark, and gorgeous temptation I’m finding hard to resist. It ends up not being as simple as doing a job and going home. It can’t be when he continually makes his presence known with his not-so-innocent touches and sexy words. There is no avoiding him and after spending so much time with him, I’m not sure I want to.

So, when he proposes a weekend together, knowing I should say no, I throw caution to the wind and instead I say yes. I’m going to ignore the warning signs and do what I normally wouldn’t–I’m going to give in to my desire. I’m going to indulge my fantasies and give this sexy rocker what he wants and something he won’t forget–me.

The only question is: Is one weekend going to be enough? Will our time end up changing this bad boy? Or will it end up changing me?

*DISCLAIMER* This book contains remnants of a teenage crush. A straight-laced Hollywood actress. A sexy bad boy rockstar. Rockers who live and breathe sarcasm and sexual innuendos. Explicit wild monkey sex and dirty talk. Graphic language, frequent dropping of the F bomb, career changes, bossy parents, panty ripping, and rock n’ roll. Not for the faint of heart.

HEAT LEVEL: WHITE HOT.

**This is a stand-alone novel with a HEA. No cliffhanger. **

Featured in Glamour and Elle magazines!

Review:

Interesting read about some hot rockers. Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Board – A book about music.

Lucy has had a fangirl crush on bad boy rocker Jesse since he began his career with Falling Down. A chance encounter at an airport sees her face to face with his hotness and very start struck in the process. She feels a connection almost immediately between them but thinks she is alone in it. Its not until years later when another chance encounter brings them face to face again that she finds out it went both ways.

Six years on and now a very famous actress, Lucy comes face to face with Jesse again, this time on a music video set. Have to say that I loved how it happened. Lucy and her sister Sera (though really her cousin) a famous model have been hired to be the dancers in a music video but neither have been told who the band is that they are working with. Everyone keeps telling them it’s going to be a surprise and it’s just that. After finishing getting ready for the shoot they have some time to kill so decide to have a jam session while no one is on set. It’s the first time that it’s mentioned that this is what they really want to do with their lives – be in a band that rocks. You can tell straight off that they are talented and wonder why they have been holding back on what they really want to do, later to find out that it was to make her mother happy. After jamming for a while they are half way through another song when another guitar suddenly starts up and someone starts singing the song along with Lucy. Jesse and the rest of the Falling Down band start in with the song helping them finish it off. Ever the professional they all continue until its finished even though Lucy is still shocked beyond compare with what’s happening. So much so that her first thought when she heard Jesses voice was that she thought she was going to pee her pants. She might have shown confidence while playing but the moment the song is over she turns into this shy creature that doesn’t know how to act around him. Then turning a little dumbstruck when Jesse calls her by her name seemingly to remember her from their encounter at the airport years before.

The chemistry between them is electric right from the start. Lucy may come off shy to begin with but that soon changes after spending some time together on and off the set. Jesse makes it very clear that he wants her and knows she wants him too. Lucy does come back with some great one liners to his comments but still wants to hold back with doing something – well at least until the shot is over that is. When Jesse finally gets her to his house after the shoot is done they end up having one hell of a hot time together. (Anne surely knows how to write some hot stuff, though whether its completely realistic is another thing entirely but hey when in fiction everything can be made better and last little longer!) Lucy knows that Jesses is known for being somewhat a manwhore and is trying to get her head around the fact that they will only be together for a short amount of time, as he doesn’t do relationships. After a weekend neither can forget though Jesse doesn’t want to give her up so easily. He along with the rest of the band decide to help Lucy and Sera get theirs together. Now the speed and ease at which everything came together for them seemed a little on the fast side. One minute Lucy and Sera are an actress and model and the next they are in a band waiting to create their album. They already had one friend joining them to be in the band so they just needed a drummer and base guitarist and two amazing people just happened to be around waiting for a new band to join. If you can get your head around the speed of it all happening then just go with the flow. I mean they do know a lot of the right people so it could happen like that if they are as talented as the book makes out.

Jesse can’t seem to let Lucy go even though he doesn’t really know how to do relationships. When the press gets wind of her leaving acting and dating him they become so bad that she has to leave her place. His first suggestion is that they all stay at his place with the rest of Falling Down – it’s like a thirty room mansion so I think he had the room. Lucy isn’t too keen on the idea at first and its not until Sera and later Ben (Jesses brother) step in and pretty much have the conversation for them that Jesse finds out its because Lucy doesn’t want to come face to face with his groupies. Jesse is quick to point out that he wants her and her alone – with his brother help as well though. A little weird at first that they are speaking about them as if they weren’t in the room when they where (which happens a few times throughout) but if you hold out and keep reading then you will see why both of them would be so protective of their family – especially with what happened to Lucy in the past.

Rocker boys Falling Down meet their match when Blush is formed and it’s decided that they should go on tour with them as their opening act (something else that seems to happen with such ease), convenient but cool. Means that Jesse gets to keep Lucy around longer but is he willing to let go of his rocker ways with the groupies and his ‘regulars’? Lucy doesn’t like being lied to so he really has to watch out what he agrees to with her, do the wrong thing and you get the feeling she will bolt quicker than he can blink.

I loved the closeness between Lucy and Sera; they are more like sisters than cousins. Sassy women who say what is on their minds no matter what when maybe they should hold back a little bit – boobsweat is all I’m going to say! A lot of characters are introduced in this first book and if you can name them all, with whom they are in relation to each other as well, then good on you. Some are more miner characters that might make more of an impression later on in the series. They all seemed to click very quickly and you get the impression that they will have your back no matter what. Fun read though, with a lot of hot sex scenes throughout, and a great starting off point for the series as a whole. Will be interesting to see how the dynamics of everyone will evolve when they are all out on tour together. It could turn into one bumpy ride.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Closest Thing to Ok’ by Cristy Rey

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Title: The Closest Thing to Ok

Published: 1st June 2015

Publisher: CMW Press

Author: Cristy Rey

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Synopsis:

At eighteen years-old, Sam DeCastro moved to Tallahassee to lend her recently widowed brother a hand in caring for his two small children. Five years later, Sam is their sole caregiver; her troubled brother increasingly fades from their family picture. Not a mother to the children that she raises. Not a wife to the brother that she’s shackled to. Not a daughter to the parents that hardly loved her as a kid. Not a cookie-cutter example of the perky PTA parent—not with her tattoos and penchant for heavy music, twenty-three year-old Sam has practically no social life, no college degree, and no room for love in her life.

Jake Turner is the counselor at Canopy Hopes where Sam’s niece and nephew attend school. Jake had Sam once, and then he lost her. Six months later, when they reunite for a parent-teacher conference, sparks reignite. With Jake back in the picture, Sam must decide what she wants for her own life: Stay trapped in a platonic marriage with an absent husband of a brother? Strike out on her own, leave the kids behind, and never look back?

Jake isn’t sure that Sam sees a happy medium, but he wants her to. He knows that, if she doesn’t, there won’t be any room for him in her life.

Review:

A story about doing the best you can for the family you have and holding on to the people that make you happy. Also goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by a female author.

Sam has been pushed into living a life she wouldn’t have picked for herself at such a young age. She has pretty much been the sole carer for her brother Paul’s two small children, Mark and Allison, for the past five years because he couldn’t cope with them after the death of his wife. A one time party girl and now a full time mum – life has certainly dealt her, and the children, a tough hand. Her whole life now is about the children, so much so that she pushed away the one guy who wanted so much more. When they come face to face again after so much time you can still see the feelings they hold for each other bubbling just under the surface, they just need the right spark to set them off.

Jake is willing to try again as long as he can get more of Sam this time around. He knows she has the children to cope with but he wants to be with her as well as them if only she’d let him. She needs to learn to trust him with her heart and know that he has only ever had her best interests at heart. The closer Sam lets Jake in this time the more she wants to push him away as she doesn’t want to draw him into her messy situation. Takes her a while to finally figure it out though that that’s just where he wants to be. Right in the middle of everything, figuring it out together. He wants to be in their lives – hers and the children’s. They are a family and when he finally gets them he has no intention of ever letting them go again.

I did sometimes want to shout at Sam for her reactions to Jakes advice about Paul and the children though. Which was usually spot-on and what she later came round to thinking herself. I think that on some level with Sam not confronting her brother about his behaviour sooner, like Jake suggests, she was enabling him with his lack of responsibilities. She never wanted to cause a scene or make him uncomfortable and it’s not until she gets pushed into a corner that she breaks and realises how much help he really needs. Then there’s when Jake says that the kids are hers and that she isn’t just playing mum but that she is mum, she just freaks out and tells him to leave. Yes I can see that Jake didn’t fight for her enough after that disagreement, and only fought harder once he had a push in the right direction, but her reaction was a bit out there. I think it was more that he hit a nerve than her not really believing it herself. I mean she keeps telling herself that she isn’t their mum but the first words out of her mouth when she thinks that they are going to be taken away from her are ‘don’t take my babies’.

Now I’m not saying I didn’t like this book because I did but it just took me a while to really get into it. I think it was due to the fact that the POVs kept changing so quickly between Sam and Jake, sometimes halfway down the same age, so it didn’t always flow. You would be reading one part thinking it was Sam then have to re-read when you found out that it was Jake.

All in all though this book is full of strong willed characters that pull you along the journey they go on. Family drama, love, friendship, everyday struggles of life; this heart-warming book has it all.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘Thrust’ by Sloan Storm

 

Title: Thrust

Series: Fastlane #2

Author: Sloan Storm

Genre: Romance

Release Date: January 22, 2016

 

Blurb
From the instant I met mysterious, hard-bodied Formula One driver Marco Rhys, he took charge – leading me on a red-lined, wild ride into his world.

But I’d vowed to never give a man control of my life. Ever. It was my unbreakable rule, a principle I promised to never compromise – no matter what.

So despite his rock hard abs, devilish good looks and charm to match, I felt sure I’d rise to the challenge. After all, I’d handled my fair share of billionaire playboys in my short career and never failed to deliver. I had too much at stake, and too much to lose if I failed.

If I couldn’t sign Marco to the investment firm I worked for, I could wave my dreams goodbye. Everyone who said I would never amount to anything would be right.

But I didn’t count on the unstoppable force of Marco Rhys.

Everything depended on our battle of wills. One of us would have to conquer the other in the boardroom or the bedroom.

Which one of us would surrender first?

Why did I feel like it might be me?

 

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Author Bio

Sloan Storm is a verbally difficult, yet physically generous, writer who pens imaginative yarns based on dominant men and the women who challenge them.

As such, power plays and passion are the heart of each and every story. The writer’s creative tendencies may drift as the mood strikes, but the essence of all tales told wind up back at the same place… the polarizing difference between the sexes.

After all, what else is there in life?

When not glued to a keyboard creating tales of whimsy, Sloan loves to talk to fans! If you want to connect, you can do it in any number of ways:

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Blog Tour and Review: ‘Be Careful What You Witch For’ by Thomas Hoobler

 
 
Title: Be Careful What You Witch For 
Author: Thomas Hoobler 
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Synopsis

 
Magic is a tricky thing. Especially when it comes from an ancient book of spells that jumps off a shelf into Olivia’s hands. Bad news for the popular girls in her new school who don’t like Olivia. But hey–now she can get the attention of her crush who’s more interested in comic book superheroes. And when she finds out her aunt is a witch, she imagines all her problems are solved. Unfortunately, not quite–what she conjures up is trouble. And the only one who can help her is an 800-year-old woman.
My Review

Well this goes down as another book to mark off my own 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge board – A book with magic. I was almost tempted to mark it off as ‘A book that made you laugh out loud’ as there are quite a few funny moments throughout but decided to just stick with the magic part. I am loving the cover of this one as well – very well designed.

Olivia’s parents are famous actors and after its decided that she can’t come along with them for their latest film together she has been given choice about whether to go skiing or not. Olivia has no intention of going skiing but feels like she could get away with asking for anything as her parents look like they are worried she would be upset about not coming with them. Inside Olivia is jumping around like crazy as she hates all the attention she gets when out with her mother. Her decision is to stay with her Aunt Tilda in New York. Even her parents telling her that she will have to go to school there isn’t enough to change her mind. By using her aunt’s surname she wants to go somewhere where no one knows who she is and just be a normal kid for once. Little does she know that this trip is going to turn out as far from ‘normal’ as you can get.

Olivia’s aunt isn’t quite as she seems and soon Olivia is starting to question what is really going on in her house. She always seems to know just what Olivia is thinking – hard to keep a secret in this house – and she has strange naked gatherings in her garden. There’s Julius the cat who likes nothing more than to stare at and torment her. Although her aunt just insists he is curious and to think of him as nothing more than her pesky little brother. Then there is the strange old book of spells that seemed to just jump out into her hand that has her intrigued, even though its been giving her weird dreams. Her aunt’s friend Eva is just as strange with her funny quirks and sweet tasting tea. When she gets Olivia to hold a crystal ball and think of her crush Alex, he appears in it and seems to hear her. A connection is formed and soon Alex becomes Olivia’s sidekick in figuring out how to decipher and use the book – this is where all the fun begins.

Witches and magic are real and from the moment Olivia gets the book everything changes. Something seems to have awoken in her and what starts out as just a little fun with getting back at a mean girl turns into a whole lot of chaos when people start turning fury. Olivia is soon going to learn that there are some spells you just don’t mess with.

Magic, mayhem and a schoolgirl crush all mixed together to make one funny read. I got a bit of a ‘Mean Girls’ vibe throughout this book with how Olivia and the other characters interacted with each other which I liked – made it that much more funny to read. Alex was a bit dim in places but in such a sweet way that you couldn’t hold it against him. All he wanted to do was help Olivia, which she is grateful for. It was left at a point where another book could easily follow on from this one. It would be interesting to see what other antics Olivia could get up to while Tilda and Eva start up her training.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Be My Book Boyfriend for my honest review

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Author Bio

 
Thomas Hoobler has written nearly 100 books with his wife Dorothy, and some more by himself. The Hooblers are the co-authors of the Samurai Detective Series, which tells the adventures of a boy in 18th century Japan who helps his samurai father solve mysteries. The third book in the series, IN DARKNESS, DEATH, won an Edgar as the Best YA mystery of 2004. The Washington Post also chose the book as one of the Best Children’s books of that year. Tom won $500,000 on the quiz show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, making it easier for the Hooblers to follow their career. They have written history for children, young adults, and adults.
 

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