Monday, March 31, 2014

New Release from Ruth Cardello


Gio Andrade:
Rich, powerful, sexy. A man who thinks he has everything . . . until he meets Julia.

Julia Bennett:
Sweet, spontaneous, and desperate to sell her jewelry line in New York City. She takes a job as a night security guard to pay the rent.

Sparks fly when she mistakes her boss for an intruder.

He can’t get her out of his head. She can’t find the strength to deny him.

Will lies bring them together or tear them apart forever? 

About the author:

I live on a small farm in Northern Rhode Island with my husband, three children, two dogs, two horses, and two cats. If there is a happier place on Earth, I haven't found it.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

*REVIEW* Reclaiming the Sand by Meridith Walters


Bully and victim. 
Tormenter and tormented. 
Villain and hero. 

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable. 

Particularly Freaky Flynn. 

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up. 

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other. 

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are

My review
After  hearing so many people raving about this book I decided I would give it a go. After reading some of Meridith's previous work and had fallen in love with her writing, I was very excited to dive into this one. I am sad to say that I was actually a bit disappointed in this one. There are several things I loved as well as things that I didn't love. I have jumped back and forth with my rating and this has never happened before. So here goes.

"I'm an ugly person. I do ugly things. I think ugly thoughts. You will hate me. You will detest the choices that I have made. You won't understand me at all. You may feel some sympathy. A  shred of sadness for the woman I've become. It's hard not to feel bad for the person who has fallen so far. But you will love him. It's hard not to. He is everything that I'm not, He is good. He is kind. He cares for others deeply and absolutely. He is talented. He is shy. He is smart in ways I can only dream of. He loves with all his heart."

The quote above is from the prologue and it is very correct. Flynn Hendrick is a very precious character. He is pure and precious in ways I can't even describe and it's impossible not to fall in love with him. he has aspbergers so he is not like us. He doesn't like to be touched. He doesn't like loud noises. He doesn't like change. Now Ellie McCallum was a monster. She along with her vile friends were constantly provoking him, touching him, and making him cry in high school. To a point where I almost couldn't stomach it. They were all very vile people. Growing up in the system, having shit for lives, drugs, alcohol, etc.

You would think these people would grow up over the years but you would be wrong. Fast forward a few years to current day and time and Ellie and her friends were still the same mean and nasty people that they were in high school. One difference is Ellie's friend Dania is currently a pregnant, pot head, alcoholic, bitch ( I hated Dania so badly) The only difference is you could see that Ellie wanted to be better. She craved a life of no violence and true friends and love. So she applied for college and was accepted. That is when she sees Flynn is back in town. She freaks out because apparently in the past she was his friend, she loved him but only in secrecy. Around her friends she would still be mean and let them be vicious to him and never once tried to stop it.

At this point I really found myself struggling. She connects with Flynn and soon she realizes she still loves him and they become an item. She finally stands up to her bully friends and tells them about Flynn. My issues were that 90% of the book was based around negative stuff. You hardly had any happy because it was all sad or mean. By the end of the book, I still didn't like Ellie. I just couldn't give her one ounce of sympathy.

I will say this.... Meredith did an absolute amazing job writing this book in dual pov. She was soooo accurate about the illness and she wrote it perfectly. My dilemma is that the writing was beautifully executed but the story itself just fell kinda flat for me. So rating this book is terribly terribly hard. With that being said, I give this book 3.5 stars! 

Blog Tour for Beautiful Failure by Mariah Cole

Title: Beautiful Failure
Author: Mariah Cole
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date:December 17, 2013 

If you're looking for a heartwarming story about a girl who falls deeply in love with a troubled boy who changes her life--a sob story with pretty metaphors and a million ways that'll tell you how "broken" she is, STOP. Don't read another word of this.

I'm not that type of girl.

My name is Emerald Anderson and I'm not going to bullshit you: I flunked out of college after my sophomore year, I've been fired from every job I've ever taken, and I've never had a fully functioning relationship in my life.

I wish I could say that I had a cheerleader in my corner, someone who says, "No, Emerald--You're great and you are good at something!" but I don't. My grandparents are completely oblivious to my life, and my mother's dying words to me were "You're going to end up just like me one day. A beautiful nothing."

She was right.

As I decide to start my life over and take two jobs that will forever change me--one from the inside, and one from the outside, I keep my mother's words close to my heart so I can keep the sexy and mysterious Carter Black away.

He's the first man who's ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on finding out why I am the way I am, but he's wasting his time.

I'm not broken. I don't need to be fixed. I'm perfectly fine being a beautiful failure...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monster by Francette Phal- Blog Tour Stop and Review

Accidental Gold digger.
Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
The Tyrant.
Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?


I started this book not quite sure what to expect. I had all these guesses on what was going to happen and turned out, I was completely wrong. Dominic was an ass. He only wanted arm candy and a sex toy but in all honesty, I never hated him.

 Eden entered into the marriage and basically was going to be his arm candy and his sex toy in exchange for money and being financially stable. A change of events makes Eden run far away and hide from her husband and for a while it works but eventually Dominic finds her. Instead of being angry and mad, he just wanted his wife back even if that means accepting a child that he never wanted. It takes Dominic one time to hold his son and he completely falls head over heels. Turns out he is a great daddy and you find out just why he was the way he was. I found his story completely heartbreaking. 

This book was a really good read. It had drama, lust, sex, and love and shows you how things aren't always what they seem. Dominic twisted his way around my heart and I completely love him, and most of the characters are genuinely lovable. I really recommend this book .I give it  4 stars!

****Warning the following excerpt is for 18+ only****
“Soon, sweetie, I promise,” he soothed. She moaned softly as he licked her ear, dropped soft warm kisses across her shoulder blades, he moved down her back, a wet tongue and hot mouth traced and kissed each vertebrae, making a slow and steady progress down her spine. It was a torturous progression that boiled the blood in Eden’s veins as she waited in bated anticipation. Breath stilled in her lungs, eyes widening when he drew apart her butt cheeks and ran his tongue down the wet crevice, from clit to the puckered rosebud of her hole and back again. It was undoubtedly one of the most erotic things he’d ever done to her body, and Eden didn’t know how to breathe properly. She gripped the sheets beneath her hands and bit down hard on her bottom lip to keep from screaming.
It was like a shot of adrenaline straight into her vein. It was blood vessels dilating, her heart galloping uncontrollably in her chest, it was gasping for breath when the air she drew in wasn’t enough. He owned her body, ate it like sun ripened peaches and drank the flowing juices of her weeping womanhood with his rapacious tongue. There were fingers there, slipping between the folds to dive deep into her blistering heat, while his thumb worked at her puckered hole, his wicked, wicked mouth showing Eden exactly how very little she knew her of own body. There was nothing but the explicitness of this act, the hyper awareness that made her feel like each inch of her body was struck by lightning, that killed her and gave her life all in one electrifying jolt. He was merciless and perfect, inviting her to shove her hips back and ride his face.
Death was imminent, sweet cataclysmic death seduced her into the gaping, welcoming arms of her orgasm. She plummeted, shattered into delicious little pieces on his tongue and fingers. Recuperating wasn’t in the stars for her as he gripped her hips and plunged into her depths in one long stroke. Pulling her arms and folding them at the small of her back, he held them there with one large hand as he sank in deeper, so deep that it hurt so good. Ass high in the air, face down in the sheets, Eden was at his complete mercy, filled to absolute capacity with his cock, and she whimpered, the vulnerability of her position giving her a sweet high.
“I’m going to beat this pussy, Eden, and you’re going to scream my name.”
And she did, a promise made completely true as he fucked her like a porn star. She screamed like the world was falling, his repeated strike against her G-spot making her see stars. It was too damn much, his jarring thrusts so deep that she could taste him, spurred her fall and she orgasmed on every inch of his cock.
Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Release Day Blitz- That's A Lie by Victoria Klahr

That's A Lie
Author: Victoria Klahr
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Seth is back.

When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…

Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.

Do I even deserve to be loved?

“I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I came back for Josie.

I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.

I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.

So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.

Where to Buy
That's A Promise (Promises Promises #1)
*Free March 25 and March 26
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

That's A Lie (Promises Promises #2)
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

About the Author
Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.

Where to Find Her
Victoria Klahr Writes | Facebook | @Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cover Reveal- Retribution by Missy Johnson

Title: Retribution Genre: Contemporary Romance Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC Release Date: June 17, 2014


I’m a woman on a mission. I make my own rules. I face my own consequences. Much of what I’ve done would horrify you; or at the very least make you wonder why I am the way I am. I’ve been broken one too many times, my confidence and self-worth reduced to nothing. I’ve been lied to over and over again. I’ve been treated like shit for the last time. Now, I take control. I’m no longer the weak, helpless woman you once knew. I am stronger. I am fearless. I don’t care who I hurt. The aim of my game is retribution. If you’ve ever hurt me, I’m coming for you. Not even love is going to stop me.

About the Author

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.
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