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Blog Tour: Soulless by T. Baggins

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Welcome to the Soulless Blog Tour

Below you will find all the relevant information about T. Biggins’ Soulless, a historical, vampire novel. Don’t forget to click on the giveaway link below for a chance to win:

  • 2 x $25 Amazon gift cards
  • 3 x Signed copies of Soulless
  • 5 x ebooks of Soulless

All prizes open internationally

Publisher: Lyonnesse Books (July 28, 2013)

Genre: M/M Romance, Historical, Paranormal

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Smashwords

Synopsis: A Man of Science

Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

A Creature of Darkness

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

A Love Predestined

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.

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About the Author: Orphaned at birth, T. Baggins was raised by wolves until age fourteen, when the pack moved on one night without a forwarding address. Returning to human society, Ms. Baggins taught herself to read and write by studying fan fiction. Cutting her teeth on Kirk/Spock (Star Trek: The Original Series, baby!) she soon began slashing rock stars and X-Men. Despite a lifetime spent in the southern U.S., T. Baggins considers herself a citizen of the cosmos and a freethinker, which is good, because no one has offered so much as a penny for her thoughts. In her spare time she enjoys blogging at Shades of Gay, emptying gin bottles and tweeting into the void as @therealtbaggins.

You can also check out her Facebook page and author profile on Goodreads.

Review: The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen

 

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan

 

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Forever (October 22, 2013)

Available at: Amazon     Barnes and Nobles     Kobo

Synopsis: On the surface, Lila Summers is flawless: good looks, expensive clothes, and a big, beautiful smile. But a dark past and even darker secrets are threatening to bubble over her perfect façade. She’ll do anything to keep the emptiness inside hidden-which leads her into situations that always end badly. Whenever she hits bottom, there’s only one person who’s there to pull her out: Ethan Gregory.

Ethan set the rules a long time ago: he and Lila are just friends. He doesn’t do relationships. Although his tattooed, bad boy exterior is a far cry from Lila’s pretty princess image, Ethan can’t deny they have a deeper connection than he’s used to. If he’s not careful, he could be in serious danger of becoming attached-and he’s learned the hard way that attachment only leads to heartbreak.

When Lila falls farther than she ever has before, can Ethan continue to help as a friend? Or is he also getting close to falling . . . for her?

Review: “I don’t want to feel like I’m always screwing up. I want to feel loved. I really do.”

Lila’s been living with a secret that’s eating away at her soul, leaving a shell of the woman she wants to be. She presents a tough shell of beauty and perfection, but underneath all she has ever wanted was to be accepted and loved. Now that her best friend has moved out of town in pursuit of her happiness, Lila starts spiraling out of control. Partying, drinking and sleeping around. Her life is on a downward spiral and her only source of comfort is the boy she least expected to be her rock.

“I’m not looking for a relationship. They’re ugly, raw, brutal, painful, life destroying. They exist only in the hearts of the needy and I don’t need anything from anyone. I’m perfectly content being alone, hiding in the desolate place inside myself.”

Ethan has been living with guilt, regret and heartache since the night he walked away from the one girl who had meant anything to him. Unable to move forward with his life and escaping a life of abuse, he finds solace in drinking and women. He is not relationship material, but it feels great to be able to be with someone he can connect to and let go with. Although attracted to Lila from the moment he met her, he treasures the friendship they’ve developed and doesn’t think he can offer her much. But when he sees her struggling, he can’t help but be there for her. Even as he struggles with the past that has come up to haunt him.

This is the time to decide which one to let go – Lila or his past.

Once again, Jessica Sorensen delivers an amazing, emotionally driven story about of two people learning to let go of their past in order to be able to start planning for a real future. Their journey was a treat to read and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. From the start, I was drawn into the story by the intensity and the impact of the events that were taking place. I felt for the characters as individuals and cheered them on as a couple as the story progressed. From friends to confidants to lovers, Lila and Ethan’s story was packed-full of emotions. It was edgy and rough. It was beautiful.

“This isn’t just about sex. There is so much more to it than that. We have a connection. We have since the day we met.” 

Their struggles differed but both wanted the same thing out of life – to be loved and be happy. Accepted without ‘IFs’ or ‘BUTs’. After many struggles, honest interactions, explosive moments and frustrations, Lila and Ethan come to a place in life where they were able to move forward. They relied on each other, they laughed, they cried and they loved.

Although The Temptation of Lila and Ethan is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. Then again, why would you miss on such a wonderful cast of characters. Their stories will tug at your heartstrings and will leave you wishing all of them the happily ever after they deserve.

I receive this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Please enjoy the following excerpt:

“Why do you think it’s so hard to be alone?” Lila asks, struggling to keep her eyes open as she gazes out at the night sky through the cab window.

I’m turned sideways in the seat, with my knee up, so I’m facing her, even though she won’t look at me. I lost count of how many shots we had hours ago and I can barely comprehend

how we got to a cab—stumbling, laughing, as she rubbed her hand up the front of my jeans. No, that can’t be right, can it?

“I think being alone is fan-fucking-tastic. . . well, maybe . . .sometimes . . .” I mumble, draping my arm on the back of the seat. I stare at her for a moment, taking in her bare skin in the

moonlight. I want to touch it. Lick it. Even bite it.

I’m bursting with sexual energy and I channel it to my foot on the floor, bouncing my knee. There’s something different about tonight, something out of the ordinary, this strange need

to keep getting closer to Lila. It could be the alcohol. Or it could be something else, but there’s no way my tequila-soaked mind is going to reach any sort of answer.

Lila turns her head toward me, her pupils wide and shiny. “Why are you staring at me like that?”

I keep tapping my foot on the floor, trying to think of a better answer than the first one that pops into my head, but I can’t find one. “Because I’m thinking about you.”

She glances at the cab driver, a thirtyish guy wearing a baseball cap, and then her gaze lands back on me. She sucks her lip into her teeth and I have to bounce my knee faster or I swear I’m going to fucking lose it. “Thinking what about me?” she asks, looking wary, interested, and exhausted.

Don’t say it . . . “I was thinking about what it would be like to lick you . . . or bite you . . . either one really.” It seems like I should regret it as soon as I say it, but regret is nowhere in my

reach at the moment.

Her breathing quickens and her voice comes out shockingly unsteady for someone who has sex so much. “Then do it.”

I blink, wondering if I heard her right through the massive amount of alcohol consuming my thoughts. “What?”

She holds my gaze steadily, even though she seems really nervous, her voice trembling. “Then bite me. Or lick me…whatever you want.”

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About the Author: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

You can interact with Jessica and find more information about her books on her blog, Facebook and Twitter pages and on her author profile on Goodreads.

Stay With Me (With Me #1) by Elyssa Patrick

17875132Rating: 2 stars

Published: August 3, 2013

Synopsis: With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

Review: Hailey wants ‘normal’ after a life in the lime-light. In comes Caleb. A handsome, caring young man, Caleb scares the hell out of Hailey with his honesty and easy-charm. She wants more, but is scared of Caleb’s reaction to her secret.

First of, how great is that cover? I love it. It was what attracted me to the book in the first place.

I really wanted to love the story too, but it was not to be.

Hailey

I don’t know what it was about her, but she just grated on my nerves. Maybe because she was an 18-year old celebrity? I don’t know. I just couldn’t relate to her or connect to her in any way.

Caleb

He was a tad too perfect. I like my characters to have some flaws but Caleb had none that I could find. He was too eager and too fast in declaring his love. He didn’t feel real to me either.

Sex scenes

I found myself cringing every time I came upon a love scene. As a mother of three girls, I was appalled. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my sex scenes as much as the next gal, but I couldn’t deal with these. Maybe because Hailey seemed so immature to me? Maybe because some added nothing to the story? It just didn’t work for me.

The Big Secret

Hailey’s big secret turned out to be anti-climatic after all the fuss she made about it. One part of it was bad, but the other part didn’t seem such a big deal after you took everything into consideration.

The Writing

I found the writing to be simple and too cliché for my taste considering that these characters were to be considered ‘matured’.

The insta-love scenario was too much for me to accept. There was no development of their connection—no growth of any kind—just wham! They need and love each other.

Having said all that, I admit that the concept behind the story was an interesting one. Plus, I did enjoy the secondary characters, especially Griff and Daphne. I can’t wait to read more about them.

I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Tear You Apart by Megan Hart

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (August 27, 2013)

Synopsis: Their passion will consume everything and everyone in its path.

I’m on a train.

I don’t know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don’t. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life—a good life with everything a woman could want—and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled.

So this is where I am, on a train that’s out of control, and I am not just a passenger. I’m the one shoveling the furnace full of coal to keep it going fast and faster.

If I could make myself believe it all happened by chance and I couldn’t help it, that I’ve been swept away, that it’s not my fault, that it’s fate…would that be easier? The truth is, I didn’t know I was looking for this until I found Will, but I must’ve been, all this time. And now it is not random, it is not fate, it is not being swept away.

This is my choice. And I don’t know how to stop.

Or even if I want to.

Review: “Happiness is overrated. Maybe we are not built for it. Maybe the best we can hope for is to be… Content. To be resigned. To muddle through life and be grateful for the good, and work through the bad. Maybe that is what I will have for the rest of my life, this good life to which I am resigned, to which I am grateful.”

Elizabeth is a forty five year old married mother of two grown girls. Now that her daughters have moved out and her husband continues to travel for his job, Elizabeth starts to question her place in life. She is not ungrateful, nor is she searching for some excitement in life. She just ponders and wonders, if her life could be more fulfilled.

“I don’t remember the first day I resented this. I don’t remember wondering why all the years I’d made the effort were not reciprocated. Nothing jumped up and bit me or slammed like a door in my face. That’s not how it happens. What happens is you get married, you raise your kids, they go off to school, and you look at your spouse and wonder what on earth you’re supposed to do with each other now, without all the distractions of having a family to obscure the fact that you have no idea not only who the other is, but who you are yourself.”

Her saving grace is her time at work, where she gets to interact with other people and do something for herself, rather than for her husband or her daughters. Through her work, she meets Will. They are drawn to each other immediately and although both hesitate, a love affair starts.

Never before have I connected to a character the way I connected with Elizabeth. I am so conflicted over this story. On the one hand, I don’t condone infidelity of any kind but on the other, I could understand how she went ahead with it. And that right there is why I loved this story so much! It made me question many things I though unquestionable.

Megan Hart did a wonderful job in drawing me into the story. By no means was this an easy read. It was as painful as it was enlightening. I could easily feel Elizabeth’s longing for something more, her hesitation at continuing the affair and her heartbreak when all was said and done. I can’t judge her, not really. Many of her thoughts have been my own and many of her actions have been pondered by me at one time or another.

“He was my ocean, and I didn’t know if I would drown until I learned how well I could swim.”

But mostly, I appreciated the fact that the author didn’t ‘romanticize’ this story. The characters came across as real, their struggles were of the common kind and the life they led was as ordinary as that of you or me. There was no happily ever after or driving away into the sunset, but there was raw honesty, instant attraction, yearning and heart break.

“Love, when it goes, can sometimes burn to ash. And sometimes it can leave nothing.”

This was my first Megan Hart book, but it certainly won’t be my last.

I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper

18068436Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Intermix (September 17, 2013)

Synopsis: In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband…and discovers a love that defies classification.

It’s been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth…the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.

Recluse rocker Adrian “Digger” Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids’ TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter.

Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it’s unclear whose past looms larger: the widow’s or the rocker’s. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart?

Review: This was such a powerful story that I don’t know where to begin.

Kat was a great character to get to know. Jessica Topper did an amazing job in bringing to the page Kat’s grief over her husband death, her hesitations about starting something new and her amazement at her finding love again.

“I guess I’m not a very spiritual person. I don’t think things always ‘happen for a reason,’ everything must be ‘God’s way,’ or (and this is one of Karen’s favorites) ‘He only gives you what you can handle.’ I simply believe, and I’m sorry to sound crude about it, that shit happens. Period.

Sometimes you are the pigeon.

Sometimes you are the statue.”

I loved Adrian. From the moment he first appeared I thought he would make a great partner for Kat. He was funny and charming and great with kids. He was also troubled and hid a big secret.

“You are the best thing to happen to me, bar none. You, Abbey…all of this. You both walked into my life and…I never knew what I wanted until you did.”

Although the story started out with Kat dealing with her loss, bringing along sadness and longing, I believe it was a necessary part of the story. It revealed a lot about Kat and as the story progressed it helped me to understand why she hesitated in starting something new.

The author did a fantastic job in making this story as ‘real’ as possible. Adrian and Kat were adults and had loved and lost, but their connection was immediate and the author developed it as the story progressed. Their interactions were enjoyable and their confessions emotional. I loved how easy they got along and how much they came to care for each other.

“Don’t try and retrace steps. We’ll find new ones.”

All in all, Louder than Love was a sweet, understated and romantic read with great complex character that get a second chance at love. An awesome debut novel!

I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Lethal Pursuit (Bagram Special Ops #3) by Kaylea Cross

15761621Rating: 4.75 stars

Publisher: Carina Press (September 16, 2013)

Synopsis: Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she’s been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won’t be easy, but that just makes her more determined.

Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya’s interest, but her trust is another story. He’s sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she’s no damsel in distress. She’s never relied on any man, and she’s not about to start now.

When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord’s deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.

Review: Maya had a rough childhood that shaped her into the woman she is now. She gives as good as she gets and keeps her distance. She doesn’t form attachments to men and prefers to love them and leave them when they get too close. So when she finds herself intrigued by the charming and handsome Jackson, she doesn’t know what to do. Ignoring him is not working, nor is giving into her urges while staying detached.

Jackson is a nice guy. His friends call him the ‘woman whisperer’ but not even he can understand what’s behind the lovely Maya. Not so easily deterred, Jackson pulls out all the stops to charm his way into her heart.

However, instead of the romance beginning, their nightmare ensues.

I have read the previous books in the series and although each of them had some sort of horrible thing happen to the main characters, none touched me as deeply as this one.

Forget about romance and insta-love. Although Jackson and Maya’s connection started developing before they were captured, that connection grew even more powerful upon the mutual trust they found during their ordeal. They kept each other safe and sane. They were each other’s rock and it only got stronger as the story progressed from the main conflict to the romance.

“Just let me love you.”

Jackson and Maya went into this story as potential lovers and came out as partners. Their admiration for one another was palpable through the page, but what made their connection truly special was the way they relied on each other and made themselves completely vulnerable for the other.

“Just turn around and give yourself to me,” he murmured against the top of her shoulder. “That’s all you need to do.”

I loved Jackson from the moment he appeared on the page and was curious to read his story. I am so glad that Kaylea Cross didn’t disappoint. From the singing, to the loving all the way through the capture, the rescue and their coming together in the end, I loved it all. By far, my favorite book in the series.

Once again, Kaylea Cross managed to the page a suspenseful, emotionally driven story about surviving and starting anew.

I received this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.