Declaration by Rachael Wade *Review*

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Title: Declaration (Preservation #3)

Author: Rachael Wade

Release Date: October 7th 2013

Source: eARC

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis

Featuring characters from Love and Relativity.

Carter Montgomery spent most of his life blending in, and he liked it that way. It was always better to be seen, not heard. And while a theatric streak and friendly demeanor might have fooled most people, he knew the truth—he was the shy one. The quiet kid most people forgot about. Some might have considered that a bad thing, but those people all wanted to be in the spotlight.

The only place Carter didn’t mind attention was on stage, with The Hellions. Once content in his comfort zone in Seattle, Washington, he only knew three things: confrontation was to be avoided, keeping the peace was priority, and the moment he lost Kate Parker to Professor Ryan Campbell, he had no clue what to do with his life. Playing gigs, working at Pike Place Market, and watching BBC after the love of his life sailed off into the sunset just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Desperate to escape his rut, he takes a cue from Kate and chooses a random place to relocate—a small island across the country, where no one knows his name and memories of unrequited love aren’t found at every turn. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect place to unwind and sink back into the shadows, in bursts Whitney Sinclair, a saucy firecracker who loves life and refuses to settle for second best. Full of contagious energy, she dares him to be brave, convincing him that it might finally be time to tell the world what he wants.

It might be time to make a declaration.

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4 starsI love Carter!!!

After reading Preservation I loved his big heart, his humor and his charming ways and after finishing Reservation, I was curious about what was in store for him.  So for me it was a treat to read his story in Declaration.

Declaration starts off with Carter moving to a new town to start anew. After the events that took place in Reservation, he feels the need to keep his distance from Kate. As he sees it, he needs to move on and find his place in the world. So off he goes to start a new life — with a new job, new friends and a new chance at romance.

Rachael Wade did a great job in bringing Carter and Whitley’s story to the page. Their easy camaraderie brought forth how perfect they fit together and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them together.

I loved that despite the undercurrent of chemistry that always lingered between them, their connection continued to grow. True, I would have loved to have seen more of their emotions on the page, but as it was, their conflicted thoughts about starting something with each other still shone through.

Theirs was not an insta-love, but one that grew as the story progressed. I liked what each brought out of the other and how they allowed themselves time to explore what was happening between them. I especially enjoyed their witty banter and their honest interactions. They each lowered their walls and let each other in despite their doubts and hesitations.

All in all, a sweet friends to lovers story.

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Preservation Series

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Preservation (Preservation, #1) 

Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon.

Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.

When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor.

But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first.

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Reservation (Preservation, #2)

A sequel to the Amazon bestselling romance, Preservation, told from Ryan’s point of view.

Old Habits Die Hard.

Ryan Campbell is not only leaving his title of Professor behind to move on to bigger and better things at Simon and Warden Publishing, he’s also become Seattle’s rising literary star. Sitting on the overwhelming cusp of newfound fame, he learns soon enough that being popular has its downside.

Attracted to the buzz surrounding his new career, former lovers begin to creep back into his life, and potential ones emerge with enticing advances. While he works to juggle reserved, yet stressful, wedding plans with Kate and his new public image, he has enough to manage without worrying about Carter and Dean—Kate’s loveable albeit eccentric friends—and their latest shenanigans.

Surrounded by a lifestyle that includes temptation at every turn, Ryan finds himself immersed in a world full of scandal and lies, where his oldest weaknesses thrive and his ghosts return to haunt him. Questioning whether his life with Kate is his best path, he must discover if he’s still capable of being the man he aspired to be when she first became his, or if happily ever after is only an illusion.

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Rachael Wade writes edgy New Adult and Adult romance and science fiction. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY, as well as the paranormal romance series THE RESISTANCE TRILOGY. When she’s not writing, she’s busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She’s an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton. Visit her at LightsOnLove.com.

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Spotlight Post: Kidnapping Cupid by Samantha Lehane *Excerpt*

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Title: Kidnapping Cupid

Author: Samantha Lehane

Release Date: March 21st 2014

Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

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Cupid is embroiled in the Olympian scandal of the century when he makes the wrong gods fall in love. He ends up on the pointy side of Neptune’s trident before being dragged under the sea. To get back to the surface, its either sink, swim, or seduce. When wedding bells chime, the love god has to decide if he is truly brave enough to put his heart on the line.

“Kidnapping Cupid” is a sexy tale of modern mythology, golden arrows, and wedding crashers.

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Excerpt

The nuptial music soared. I sprinted down the glass hallway towards giant doors encrusted with seashells. I couldn’t tell if the roar in my ears was the waves crashing around the undersea castle or my heart racing. All I knew was that I hadn’t felt this alive in centuries. I had always been a gambling god yet the stakes had never felt this high. I knew better than most that love could be destined or it could be a fool’s errand. I kept tramping down the question that broke on my mind like the ocean breaks above. Was I crashing this wedding for the bride’s sake or my own? As the god of love, I should know my own heart… but this hostage situation turned long weekend… It was more exhilarating than anything that I had felt in decades. Maybe it wasn’t love, but I didn’t want to give it up.

My fist tightened around a golden arrow. I paused when I reached the gilded mollusks and starfishes that decorated the door. I couldn’t help but check out my reflection in the glass. Love can be vain, I admit. I brushed soot from my curly blonde hair and sighed. Since I had teleported in a hurry, I hadn’t the time to clean myself up after working in the smithy. I looked more like a frat boy than a primordial god in my forge-scorched jeans and vintage football jersey. I definitely wasn’t up to the Olympic dress code of gold silk tunics and tiger skin cloaks.

The gods were assembled to see Neptune’s wedding. If the rapturous sounds of the Muses were any indication, the ambrosia had already begun to flow. I passed a treasury of exquisite gifts- gems, gold, silks, and more- in the watery atrium. What should have been the undersea wedding of the millennia would become the undersea scandal of the millennia when I broke it up.

About the Author

Samantha Lehane is a librarian by day and a writer by night. She lives in the middle of the desert with too many cats and books. Her long-suffering partner is jammed in there too.

Her writing ventures into the fantastical with a pulp flair. She writes about gods, hedgewitches, bloodsuckers, and steampunk archivists. She likes her heroines/heroes to be badass and more than a little queer. Samantha Lehane is a pen name inspired by one of her favorite characters from the Whedonverse.

When her pen is idle, she appreciates zumba, art, and local music. She also never turns down a plate of enchiladas.

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Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8) by Abigail Roux *Review*

 

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Title: Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8)

Author: Abigail Roux

Release Date: March 9th 2014

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Source: eARC

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Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

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4 stars

Well…what do I think? Let me recap…

You see, Cut & Run was the third book I read when I started reading M/M Romance. I fell in love with Ty and Zane from the start. I loved everything about them. Their sarcastic remarks, humor and reactions. Their hot-out-of-control chemistry and their vulnerable sides. Zane with his personal struggles and Ty with his tough exterior and soft heart. Mostly, I enjoyed how they related to each other and accepted their connection.

As the series has developed, I have learned to love how they have changed. I loved seeing Ty recognize his love for Zane in Sticks & Stones. I even enjoyed Ty’s ‘softer side’ in Fish & Chips. It came to the point that I wanted to smack some sense into Zane from time to time–I couldn’t believe he could be so oblivious. Of course, that changed with Divide & Conquer, which showed a whole different side of Zane. One I came to love too.

Now here’s where it got so damn confusing and frustrating for me, but when I came to love the other aspects of these two complex men.

In Armed & Dangerous, everything felt screwed up for me. I just couldn’t SEE them anymore. Yes, they had evolved as a couple, came together and accepted their mutual love for each other. But did their personalities have to disappear in order for them to do that? That’s how I ended up feeling then.

It wasn’t until after I read Stars & Stripes that I came to accept that THEY had changed and maybe, just maybe, my hardcore, bad-ass, sarcastic couple became a better, more emotionally-invested version of themselves. MY Ty and Zane were NOT gone–they were just new and improved and in touch with their emotions.

And that was what Touch & Geaux was all about for me–emotions running rampant, uncertain futures, doubts and hesitations.

You may be asking yourself why the recap. Well,it was something I needed to do to figure out my feelings about this installment in the series. Through it I came to understand that although this might not have been the story I was anticipating, it did showcase how Ty and Zane are evolving as lovers and partners. Sadly, even the greatest stories have to come to an end and I think Abigail did a great job of laying the grounds for that ‘ending’ with Ball & Chain.

I loved the setting, the cast of characters and the plot. The murder-mystery was intriguing and certainly different–it reminded of all those whodunnit stories my grandma used to read. I especially enjoyed having Nick at the forefront of the investigation. I’ve already seen how Ty and Zane worked and appreciated seeing more of their ‘normal’ side than their ‘super agent’ one.  Plus, it also paved the way for the next Sidewinders books, which I’m looking forward to reading.

I am a romantic at heart and it thrilled me that they were so affectionate with each other in public. It just put a great, big, goofy smile on my face. I don’t even need to mention Ty and Zane’s chemistry. This story may be a light one on the number of sex scenes but theses were NOT light in the heat department. I loved it! It never seizes to amaze me seeing them together. I tell you, it’s worth all the tapping and highlighting I put my tablet through.

So, to bring it all around.

This story might not have been what I was expecting this late in the game in Ty and Zane’s story, but it was interesting and enjoyable. It brought another aspect of their relationship to the surface (which I loved) and I’m looking forward to where that leads next.

Ty and Zane are still one of my favorite couples. Maybe they have changed and maybe they are bit mellow, but I will love them as long as they keep that hot chemistry between them, their sarcasm and humor and keep on kicking ass–in a cameo or three. 😉 *hint, hint*.

About the Author

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of ‘Call of Duty’ throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.

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Release Day Launch: Provoke by Missy Johnson

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Title: Provoke

Series: Provoke, Book 1

Author: Missy Johnson

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

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Mace Jordan was not the type of guy I expected to sweep me off my feet. I knew of the crowd he ran with, and they were bad news. But beyond that tough, biker exterior was a sweetheart, and one that treated me like his princess.

I liked being the good girl with the bad boy, but I never expected this. What I saw on his computer…I thought I knew him.

But I was wrong. So wrong…

If there was ever a bad time for me to fall for a chick it was now, but from the moment I saw Leeta, she had me. There was something special about her, and I had to have her. But I also had a job to do, and I couldn’t let her distract me from that. I couldn’t let her discover that side of me either. But she’s not stupid, and I know she’s getting close. God knows what she’ll do if she discovers the truth.

Or what she thinks is the truth.

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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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Escape in You by Rachel Schurig *Review*

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Title: Escape In You

Author: Rachel Schurig

Publication Date: October 13th 2013

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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This new adult contemporary romance contains mature themes and is recommended for ages 18+

This is a complete story with no cliffhanger!

Jet Taylor is the quintessential bad boy. A womanizer. A fighter. Dangerous. The type of guy most girls do their best to avoid. But Zoe Janes is no saint herself. In fact, she sees in Jet the perfect opportunity to distract herself from her responsibilities at home and the mistakes that keep her trapped there. He’s gorgeous, likes to party, and is clearly only interested in having fun—just like Zoe.

The more time they spend together, the harder it is for Zoe to stick to her “fun only” mantra. Jet is getting under her skin, making her believe things could actually be different. She knows they’re both trapped by the sins of their past but Jet is starting to make her think freedom might actually be possible.

And that makes him the most dangerous boy of all.

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4 stars
Zoe has come to grips with her situation but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have moments when she wishes that she could lead a normal life. She longs for the days where her life felt lighter and when the didn’t leave with the uncertainty she faces every day. So she drinks to escape and keeps to her tight circle of friends so she doesn’t attach herself to any one who wouldn’t understand her situation. Until she meets Jet Taylor.

Taylor has been carrying a load of guilt for years. He goes through the motions – women, alcohol, work – but doesn’t really lives his life. In Zoe he sees someone who could understand, but he believes he can’t give her what she needs.

I really liked this story.

Immediately, I found myself intrigued by Zoe and Taylor’s story. I thought they each had been handed an awful hand in life and that they were making the most out of it. Their conflicted emotions regarding their past and their current situation tugged at my heartstrings and I wanted to know more.

I liked the way Rachel Schurig went about bringing these two together. Although they shared an immediate connection it didn’t feel forced, it was developed slowly and allowed to grow as time went on. I enjoyed their shared moments and how they let themselves explore what was happening between them.

There were moments when I wanted to shake some sense into them both for allowing their past to mess with their future, but the author made sure that I understood why they were feeling so conflicted about moving on. Zoe and Taylor’s emotions were brought to the page to allow the reader to invest themselves in their well-being and that of their relationship.

I admit that some issues where wrapped up a bit to fast there in the end, but as a whole I think that the story worked. It brought to light Zoe and Taylor’s connection, their chemistry and how their relationship had grown from a casual hook-up over the summer to something more.

All in all, an emotional story about letting go of the past and allowing yourself the chance for a future.

*I received an ARC copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

About the Author

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

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Until Lilly (Until #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds *Review*

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Title: Until Lilly (Until #3)

Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds

Expected Release Date: March 5, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: eARC

Synopsis

When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.

When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was.

What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?

Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?

Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.

The power of love is a beautiful thing.

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4 stars

It is always a treat to see a book live up to its hype.

When I read Until Trevor, I had the opportunity to read an excerpt of Until Lilly and I was instantly curious about the story. As Trevor’s story was progressing there were glimpses into what was happening with Cash and it was pretty intriguing. At the time, Cash was going through some problems with his marriage to his son’s mother (I won’t bother to call her his wife, since she was such a bitch and he didn’t love her as such) and it was affecting everyone around him.

Forward a few years later and Cash is divorced with custody of his son. He never forgot Lilly, but now his focus is his son and making sure that his son is okay. Jax’s mother is such an unreliable and uncaring woman, that Cash is reluctant to hook up with just anyone. That is until he finds Lilly again and discovers her secret.

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Well, it isn’t that big of a deal, but Cash is surprised and his world is turned on its axis as soon as he finds out that he has a daughter with Lilly, the only woman he’s ever loved.

This was all part of the excerpt I read, so you can imagine just how curious I was to learn more.

Kudos to Aurora Rose Reynolds for bringing forth a great story that was both sweet, hot and emotional. I loved watching Cash and Lilly reconnect.

The Emotional

Their journey wasn’t an easy one but through honest interactions and enough time spent together their long-established connection deepened and strengthened. There may have been doubts, hesitations and difficult moments but they focused on their future although at times they found it hard to let the past go. Cash battled his guilt over not being there for Lilly while Lilly confronted her fears about trusting Cash.

The Sweet

I loved the kids. It is not often that an author can bring in the presence of kids without losing emphasis on other things. In this case the kids were not only in the story, but they played an integral part on it too. Their interactions added to the story and their innocence brought along a sweet moments that highlighted the reasons why Lilly and Cash deserved to become a family.

The Hot

WOW! And here I thought Trevor was my favorite! Hmmm, I might need to reconsider that, especially after seeing Cash’s unchecked alpha-male side. That man was something else. Be it a kiss, a caress or just an embrace, that man always brought it up a notch or three! Their chemistry was off the charts hot and when they let go it had me tapping the hell out my tablet, highlighting and re-reading. Yep, it was that good!

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But like I said, there were other factors in this story that I enjoyed other than the sex and that is saying a lot since there was so much of it.

Once again, it was nice seeing the extended family. I especially enjoyed getting a closer look at Nico. His story promises to a doozy and I can’t wait for it!

Keep in mind that although this is the third book in the Until series it can be read as a stand alone. But if you like your men to be the alpha-male type that love deeply , then the Mayson brothers are just up your alley.

All in all, a wonderful romantic story about allowing yourself to enjoy your second chance in love with the one you were meant to be.

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“Is that what you do? I mean do you often try to hit on women in coffee shops by buying coffee for them?”

“I can tell you with one hundred percent truthfulness that I have never done that before.”

“Never.” A look passes over his face I don’t know what It means but I don’t like it.”

“Do you date a lot?” I ask quietly wondering if he thinks I will be some kind of conquest.”

“I haven’t dated.”

“You haven’t dated?” I look him over again he must think I am stupid guys who look like him must date a lot.

“I have never had to date.”

“What does that mean?”

“If I want to sleep with someone I don’t need to date them.”

“What?” I breathe that is not at all what I expected him to say. “You’re the guy that can get any girl he wants without ever putting any kind of effort into it.” He shrugs the gesture making me feel sick at the same time I want to kick him in the nuts. Maybe the red hair does make me have a temper.

“I never lead anyone on or tell them things they want to hear.”

“So that makes it okay?”

“I don’t know if it makes it okay but it’s who I am.”

“Well I am glad that this is coming to light now rather than later.”

“Oh no,” He shakes his head. “This thing with you is something completely different.”

“Yeah I know.” I tell him crossing my arms over my chest. “Its different because I will not be sleeping with you.” I lean forward. “EVER.”

“Well I guess we answered the question about red heads and their tempers didn’t we.” He smiles showing off both dimples. “But trust me when I tell you I would not have driven almost three hours to sleep with you that’s not what I am looking for.”

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat whose husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires its beauty.

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Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn *Review*

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Title: Searching for Beautiful

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

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Before it happened…

Brynn had a group of best friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And then…she had none.

After it happened…

Everything was lost. The boy she now knew never loved her. The friends who felt she betrayed their trust. The new life just beginning to grow inside her.
Brynn believes her future is as empty as her body until Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of. But letting someone in isn’t as easy as it seems.

Now…

Can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

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4 stars

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Young Adult book where I’m immediately drawn into the story, emotionally invested in its characters and tapping the hell out of my tablet to see if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Leave it to Nyrae Dawn to bring to the page a story that not only will it tug at your heartstrings but in the end leaves you with a smile on your face and glad that you invested yourself in the story. I’ve loved and read other books by this author, mainly in the New Adult genre and I’m glad to say that she didn’t disappoint with Searching for Beautiful.

We start the story by having Brynn confront one hell of a problematic situation. And as she discovers that she has been lied to and taken for a fool you can only feel for her and what it’s to come. As the story progresses, Brynn runs through a gamut of emotions. From depression to self-doubt all the way through overwhelming grief and hope. The last one is slow in coming, but once it is there Brynn goes for it head on.

Although Brynn discovers how deeply deception can cut and how an event in your life can forever alter the direction your life takes, she continues to make the best of her situation. Even allowing herself to enjoy Christian’s company – something she never thought she will ever experience again. With his unwavering support, gummy bears and tough love, Christian plays a major role in helping Brynn heal.

I thoroughly enjoyed Brynn’s journey from a broken girl who is a shell of the outgoing teenager she used to be to the young girl who lets herself trust again and faces her grief and her problems head on.

I loved the connection Christian and Brynn seemed to have, their banter and the honest interactions they exchanged. I also enjoyed the secondary characters in the story. I think that Brenda and Emory played a major part in helping Brynn try her hand at healing.

I don’t think this was an angsty read, but it did have great emotional moments. But these were coupled with funny moments too, so it balanced itself out. But mostly I think I enjoyed it most because the story felt real. The situation is one that could happen to anyone, the emotions felt appropriate and the characters acted their age.

All in all, a wonderful story about finding yourself again and moving on to better days.

*I received an ARC copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion as a participant of this event.

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Author Nyrae Dawn

I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction.

I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me.

I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.

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Rock It (Rule Breakers #1) by Jennifer Chance *Review*

For gals who love bad boys and musicians, Jennifer Chance brings ROCK IT, the first novel in Rule Breakers, a sizzling New Adult series published by Random House’s LoveSwept imprint. Want to learn more about ROCK IT? Be sure to check out this exclusive interview with Jennifer Chance!

Title: Rock It (Rule Breakers #1)

Author: Jennifer Chance

Release Date: March 4th 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Source: eARC

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Lacey Dawes is a total pro at the talent agency where she works, and it doesn’t hurt that IMO Worldwide Media represents Dante Falcone. The rock god has starred in her fantasies since she was sixteen—and remains her secret crush to this day. So when Dante picks her to be the interim manager on his Dream It tour, Lacey can’t believe her luck. Handling Dante is sure to be the most exquisite, spine-tingling, nerve-wracking mix of business and pleasure ever.

Although Dante is grateful for the adoring fans who scream for one more of his full-throttle, soul-searing songs, being surrounded by a cadre of corporate types backstage is wearing thin. Then Lacey shows up. Yeah, she’s organized, smart, quick to get him what he wants before he knows he wants it—but Dante senses there’s something else going on with sweet, sexy Lacey. One kiss tells him what that “something” might be . . . and makes him hungry for more.

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 3.75 stars

Lacey has been working her ass off in her new job. Although she has dreamed of meeting and working with Dante Falcone, now that the opportunity has come for her to love her dream, she struggles to keep her emotions at bay and her professionalism in the forefront.

Dante has been living the life of a rock-star for more than a decade and although he can’t see himself doing anything else than playing his music, the moment has come where he feels like there’s something missing from his life. He’s a realist and knows that a romance with anyone is something than could end being disastrous, especially with his lifestyle. But once he lays eyes on Lacey, he can’t help  but wonder if maybe it’s worth it to take that chance for something more.

I enjoyed this story very much. I loved the concept behind the story and the way the author went about bringing it all together in the end. However, it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be. But that’s on me, not the author.

With a rock star as a main character, I was hoping for more of an alpha-male character, passionate in and out of the bedroom. And while Dante was no slouch in the sexy department, he didn’t have me swooning over him. Don’t get me wrong, he had his panty-melting moments and I enjoyed getting to know him, but he was missing that ‘it’ factor I’ve associated with rock stars heroes.

I did like Lacey. Who hasn’t fantasied about meeting their celebrity crush and having a fling with them? I liked that she tried to get her head on straight and that she didn’t instantly gave in to the chemistry that existed between her and Dante. She was funny and adorable in her flustered state whenever she was in Dante’s company but when she finally let go, her confident, sexy side made an appearance. Which I think was what finally won Dante over – he liked her for who she way and what she knew of him. Maybe he wasn’t what I had expected, but he was a great character and a perfect match for Lacey. She brought out the best on him and vice versa.

I appreciated the dual POV that Jennifer Chance used in telling Dante and Lacey’s story. I don’t think my rating would have been the same if I had not gotten the chance to get inside Dante’s head, especially since most of their thoughts where not shared with one another. What they did share was enough though. I could clearly see how their connection was developing, regardless of what was brought to the page. Of course, I would have loved for that connection to have been developed as interactions between them, but the author did a great job of bringing it to the page nonetheless.

All in all, a sweet romantic read about living your dream and finding love along the way.

*I received an ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange of my opinion.

Excerpt

They stared at each other, suspended for just a moment, and Lacey didn’t know what to do. She still felt a little woozy, out of sorts—but at the same time she wanted to kiss Dante so badly her entire body hummed with desire. Then again, she was a professional. He was her client. And she would never—

“Oh!” She pulled away from him as a flood of memories suddenly assaulted her. “Oh my God,” she gasped. “I took my clothes off in front of you!” Her gaze shot to the open door, and forced her voice to drop down several decibels. “Tell me they’re not standing right outside the door.”

Dante shook his head, but he didn’t lean back. His gaze had turned just a little hungry, and his smile had a determined cast. “How much about tonight do you remember, Lacey?” he asked. His words were almost a purr, and Lacey felt her cheeks flush. Instantly she realized her mistake. This would go much better for her if she played dumb and forgetful, but she could no more stop her blush than she could stop breathing.

“I—we—you were signing contracts,” she said finally, her voice little more than a tortured whisper. Then as another realization struck her, she looked around wildly. “My God, the contracts!” she blurted. “I need to have those delivered—”

“They’ll be couriered over to IMO first thing this morning,” Dante said easily, pushing Lacey back onto her pillows. “We’ll get your car to you, too, as soon as you tell us where you parked it.”

“I took a cab,” she said, distracted by his warmth, his body, his nearness.

Dante grinned. “Even better.”

He leaned toward her then, and it was like his words suddenly vanished between them, and she was left with just the reality of him sitting there, on her bed, in her room, acting like having a conversation with her was the most natural thing in the world. She stared at him, mesmerized, and knew the exact moment when he caught her watching his perfectly sculpted lips—since they then eased into a full, teasing smile. Her gaze darted back up to meet his eyes, and she vaguely realized that he was wearing the same buttery-soft trousers he’d had on when she’d entered his rooms. At least one of them had kept their clothes on the whole time. Only, that made her start thinking about what his chest looked like under that loose and flowing shirt, open at the neck with just a hint of his bronzed and tattooed skin showing through, and pinup calendar after pinup calendar from aged fourteen on rocketed through her brain, images of Dante growing from cutest boy bander ever into this sleek, dangerous, and devastatingly sexual man who was sitting right in front of her and—

“Lacey,” Dante said, and from the tone of his voice she suspected he maybe just might have possibly perhaps have said her name more than once.

“Of course. Yes,” Lacey said sternly, once again all professional. “I’m sorry, I was just thinking.” She looked toward the open door then squeaked as Dante dropped his mouth to the exposed column of her neck.

“You never made good on your last dare,” Dante murmured, nuzzling the sensitive skin with his lips as he spoke the words against Lacey’s throat. Beneath him, she held herself perfectly still, unable to move, unable to breathe, her entire world focused on the touch of his lips against her as tiny little whorls of sensation exploded with every word. “You told me you’d—well, you know what you told me you’d do if I signed your last contract.”

What she would do? Dante’s lips were now trailing over Lacey’s collarbone, dangerously close to her breasts, which were doing their level best to burst free from Hello Kitty’s embrace. This was good, because it meant Dante couldn’t see her eyes widening in abject horror, confusion, and mortification even as her body was quickly turning into Sterno fluid. “I—um—,” she began ineffectively, and his soft chuckle against her shoulder just about killed her.

“It’s okay,” he said, lifting his gaze back up to meet Lacey’s. His mouth was right there again, right there at her lips, and she managed to hold his gaze with Herculean effort, hoping desperately he couldn’t hear her heart hammering. “I’ll settle for a kiss.”

“A kiss,” Lacey managed, and he was so close to her lips that when she spoke it was almost as if they were kissing already, their lips brushing with a zing of electricity and the promise of a million volts of desire, if only she would go for it, take it, press her mouth to his and demand from him what he already seemed so willing to give.

About Jennifer Chance

 

I come by romance honestly, having spent several years writing adult romance and entering romance contests through Romance Writers of America–including finaling twice in the prestigious Golden Heart contest and winning once. But despite these and other contest wins, my first published novel came not in adult romance, but as a writer of YA historical fiction (you can read all about my Elizabethan spy girls stories, the Maids of Honor, here.)

Still, despite my love of Elizabethan spies, I could never quite give up those super Alpha contemporary romance heroes. So, in the summer of 2013, I decided to see if perhaps I might still have a romance or two up my sleeve.

I wrote a tale about a girl whose biggest high-school and college crush–a rock star–suddenly becomes her biggest client, only now she has to be professional and not betray the fact that she’s completely in love with the guy. It was a fun, sexy, romantic fantasy, and I suggested the idea to my agent… who asked what other ideas I had in addition to this story. Shortly after, the Rule Breakers series was born.

To separate these books from my historical work, I adopted the name Jennifer Chance. I am now pursuing my dreams (pretty much round the clock as it turns out) and am THRILLED to be able to have four e-books coming out in 2014 and early 2015, all with Random House LoveSwept’s New Adult romance line.

As to what will happen from here, who knows? But as long as there is a story to be written and an HEA to be had, I’ll be the one over in the corner, tapping away on my keyboard.

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Break You by Jennifer Snyder *Review*

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Title: Break You

Author: Jennifer Snyder

Release Date: November 19th 2013

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Source: eARC

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Synopsis

Blaire Hayes enjoys a quiet life, spending her days as a CNA at the local nursing home and nights studying for exams. She prefers things to be as uncomplicated as possible — but when her friends drag her to a party and she bumps into her high school crush, the path of Blaire’s life veers in an entirely different direction than what she had planned for herself.

Jason Bryant created a nice life away from his hometown, putting distance between himself and the suffocating sadness of his father’s death. But when he finds out his grandfather’s health is deteriorating, he decides he must return home. Partying was not on his agenda while in town, but it’s how he bumps into Blaire Hayes—the girl he’d always thought of in high school as an unobtainable pass.

Together the two learn there are moments in life that hold within them all the power to break you…

(New Adult: Contains sexual situations, language, mature themes, and alcohol usage.)

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Review

3-stars

Blaire is a student focused on her studies, especially now that finals are approaching. In a party she was dragged to she re-connects with Jason, the boy who used her in high school to get to her friend. Although she still has some unresolved feelings about that, she can’t help but still be attracted to him.

Jason is thinking of returning back home to support his mom now that his grandfather is sick. So although he likes his life in Tennessee, he moves back home – where he runs into Blaire. He remembers from high school, but never pursued her. However, now that he has laid eyes on her, he can’t seem to stay away.

With a bit of angst, lots of humor and an abundance of romance Jennifer Snyder managed to deliver a nice, sweet story in Break You.

Although its formula was kind of predictable, the story was entertaining and the characters engaging enough that I was drawn in immediately to their story. I liked Jason from the very beginning. He was easy-going and considerate with an added sexy side that had me melting for him. He really wanted to start something with Blaire but she kept him at bay at every turn. Typical male that he was, he made stupid mistakes along the way and Blaire wasn’t mature enough to even give him the chance to explain.

And that would be my greatest complain about this story – Blaire. I admired her tenacity and determination to focus on her studies, her loyalty to her sister and her outgoing personality as was displayed by her interactions with her friends, but she had a tendency to run away from confrontations and making bad decisions. For a 23-year old, she sure lacked the ability to communicate. She would jump to conclusions, shutting Jason out and making him go through hell for a chance to be with her. I thought she behaved immaturely several times, which stood in the way of me truly connecting to her.

Having said that, I do still think that Blaire and Jason’s story was a very enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to reading Paige’s story. She was a great character in this story and I’m sure her story will be interesting too.

*I received an ARC copy of this title through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange of my honest opinion.

About the Author

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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Given & Take This Man by Kelli Maine *Reviews and Excerpt*

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Kelli Maine’s Given and Take This Man of the Give & Take series. Below you will find all relevant information regarding these books along with my reviews for both of them. Happy reading and thank you for stopping by!

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Title: Given (Give & Take #3)

Release Date: March 4th 2014

Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis

For Merrick and Rachael, Turtle Tear Island has become their own private paradise with days of unimaginable bliss and sizzling nights in the bedroom—and beyond. But Rachael and Merrick’s happiness is shattered when his daughter, Nadia, suddenly becomes increasingly demanding of his time and devotion. It soon becomes clear that Merrick will have to make an agonizing choice: the woman whose love saved his tortured soul or the daughter he never knew existed…

Rachel can’t stand the thought of losing Merrick after everything she’s sacrificed to be with him. She had thought she and Merrick were done with secrets, that the passion that burned so brightly between them had forged an unbreakable connection, but she begins to wonder if she ever really knew the man at all. Now the love they’ve fought so desperately to protect may not be enough to save them…

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Review

4 stars

Now that Merrick and Rachael have settled into their lives, accepting MJ and Maddie into their fold and looking forward to some time together after all the hoopla that took place in the previous installments, Nadia comes calling for help and Merrick and Rachael’s loyalty is put to the test.

I’ll be honest with you and tell you that when I first started this series, I was not convinced about it. When I first reviewed Taken, I was sure that I would not keep with future installments. But Kelli Maine threw me a curve with No Take Backs and Taken by Storm. With these two stories the author made sure that I took more of an interest in Merrick and Rachael’s story.

So when Merrick and Rachael started to question each other’s loyalty and the bond they had developed since they got together, I was giddy. No, I’m not heartless. But this is what I love to see in the characters I read. I love watching them fight for what they want, see them questioning their feelings, ponder their options, confronting their fears. And in this installments, Kelli Maine delivered that and much more.

What I enjoyed most about this installment was the reactions it got out of me. I wanted to throttle both characters – Merrick for being so obtuse and Rachael for not making her point clearer. But then I wanted to close them up in a room and leave them to tear at each other and communicate the only way they knew how – by having sex. *sigh* Sometimes it was exhausting to read their whiplash inducing thoughts.

Mind you this was only while they were in Paris. Once they returned to the island and all hell started to break lose I was having the time of my life. Merrick was so clueless as to how he was treating Rachael. He wanted so badly to be a great dad, that he failed in his loyalty to Rachael. He was blinded by his need to be there for his daughter and although I admired that side of him, I wanted to smack him upside the head for failing to see how his behavior was affecting his relationship with Rachael.

Truth be told, I am not a fan of Rachael, but I understood her predicament. She wanted to support Merrick because she loved him, but she was not going to stand by and watch their relationship crumble after everything they had been through to get there. Especially when Nadia’s intentions were clear to every one but Merrick.

There were more elements added to the story as well. With the myriad of emotions brought to the page coupled with the sizzling love scenes that brought forth the connection that Merrick and Rachael shared, the intrigue continued, questioned were answered others arose. In the end Kalli Maine wrapped it all seamlessly to close another chapter in Merrick and Rachael’s story.

*I received an ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Title: Take This Man (Give & Take #3.5)

Release Date: March 4th 2014

Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis

It’s finally here. After many twists and turns and shocking revelations, it’s time for Merrick and Rocha to declare their love for one another in front of their family and friends. And what better place than the historic island where their love first began?

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4 stars

Merrick and Rachael finally get their HEA after everything they have gone through to stay together.

This will be short and sweet because I don’t want to give too much away.

  • There were great moments in this story, but my favorite would have to be Marrick’s vows. They truly depict what his story has been all about throughout this series.
  • The event was sweet and fun and complimented Merrick and Rachael’s story, especially with the setting and the familiar characters that have come to be their family.
  • There was some humor and lots of emotions.

All in all, a great ending to Merrick and Rachael’s story.

*I received an ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Excerpt

He slowed to a stop beside the large, dangling frame. There was nothing fancy about it. It was black—and empty other than a white mat. From the right bottom corner of the matting, a black ink tree was sketched, jutting up with branches sprouting over the right top corner. On the tree trunk was drawn a heart, and inside that heart was written Merrick and Rachael Rocha, and the date.

The handwriting was familiar. I couldn’t believe he’d done this. “Merrick… you drew this?”

His dimples and the gleam in his eye couldn’t be contained. “I did. It’s the start of our family tree. We’ll put our wedding photo in it and eventually a family photo and then a photo with our grandkids.” He took me by the chin. “And in fifty years when we’re old and gray, we’ll renew our vows here on the island and have a new wedding photo to frame.”

Merrick kissed me then, a firm kiss, full of confidence, promises that would be kept, a lifetime of adventures to share and a family to love. My heart was on a precipice, ready to fall over the edge and burst with its fullness.

He took my face between his hands and nuzzled my nose with his. “Are you ready to get married now? To become my wife?”

I almost laughed with so much joy inside. “I’ve been ready!”

Then we did laugh and held each other until our giddy excitement was interrupted by the squawk of a walkie-talkie clipped to the visor followed by MJ’s voice. “NBT to Big Papa, what’s your ETA?”

Still chuckling, Merrick closed his eyes and shook his head. “NBT?” I asked. “Big Papa?”

“MJ’s idea,” he said. “He says he’s the NBT—Next Big Thing—and that even though he’s my little brother, he’d always think of me as Big Papa.”

I slid my hand up his thigh. “Big Papa, huh? I’ll have to remember that.”

“I want to hear you scream it tonight.” He shrugged his eyebrows up and down.

“Big Papa,” MJ said into the walkie-talkie. “Come in, Big Papa. Looking for an ETA here. Riley’s got his thong in a knot about putting the cake out too soon.”

“Forget the damn cake.” Beck’s voice now, fainter than MJ’s. “I’ve got a gator fifty yards from the gazebo. Get it gone—now!”

“Fine!” Riley’s voice now. “You fly in the cake from L.A. next time, tough man, and figure out how much defrosting time it needs so it’s not frozen solid or a ball of mush for photos.”

Beck let out a bark of laughter. “Yeah, that will always be all you.”

“Don’t act all muscles and tats with me. You’re in touch with your feminine side, Mr. Cello.”

“Big Papa!” MJ yelled this time. “ETA.”

Merrick and I couldn’t stop laughing. “You put those three stooges in charge of my wedding?” I gave him a playful whack on the arm.

He rolled his eyes. “Trust me, my selection of helpers was limited. Maddie and Shannon are around somewhere, though. Never fear.” He pressed his foot to the accelerator and picked up the walkie-talkie. “Big Papa to NBT. ETA five minutes.”

Five minutes and I’d be walking down the aisle.

Five minutes and this man beside me would be mine forever.

Five minutes and I’d become Mrs. Merrick Rocha.

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Other Books in the Series

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Taken (Give & Take #1)

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No Take Backs (Give & Take #1.5)

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Taken by Storm (Give & Take #2)

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Take Me Back (Give & Take, #2.5)

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About the Author

Kelli Maine

USA Today bestselling author of TAKEN and its sequel, No Take Backs, Kelli Maine watches entirely too much reality TV, which led to her compulsion to write dramatic romance novels. Blessed with a unique ability to bond with difficult people, she’s convinced she could win Big Brother. Her deathly fear of heights would keep her from completing half of the detours on The Amazing Race, and she’s shocked nobody has ever penned The Survivor Diet PlanEat One Cup of Rice for Thirty-Nine Days and Lose Fifty Pounds! Kelli lives in northeast Ohio with her family and a crazy cat that broke into their attic and refused to leave.

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