Thursday, June 27, 2013

Release Event: Damaged 2 by H. M. Ward + GIVEAWAY

I loved Damaged by H. M. Ward and the sequel to that book, Damaged 2 was released on June 24, 2013. To see my review of Damaged, please check HERE. I cannot wait to read Damaged 2!

Damaged 2 by H. M. Ward

Damaged 2 by H. M. Ward

 

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The steamy sequel to the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling New Adult novel DAMAGED by H.M. Ward.

Home isn't supposed to be dangerous, but for Sidney it is. Returning home means that she has to face her past. It's not just the man who hurt Sidney that makes it horrible, but the family that didn't believe her. They were dead to her, but now that her mom is really dying things seem different. It's a chance to set things right.

What Sidney doesn't realize is that she's dragging Peter into a collision course with his past. Peter must deal with the demons haunting him if he wants to move forward with Sidney. He's willing to give up everything for her, even wade deeper into his past life to help her move forward. But, Peter isn't sure if he can get over what happened to him in New York.

Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: Novel, ~325 pgs
Sequel to the Bestselling phenomenon DAMAGED

 

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Tension lines Peter’s neck and shoulders. His jaw shifts from side to side, like the conversation he just had pissed him off. His eyes flick up from the floor and meet mine. “My brother’s an asshole.”

I smile at him. “So is mine.”

Peter watches me for a moment and sighs. He runs his hands through his hair and stretches. The anger that was there washes away, but it’s not totally gone. “I need to tell you something.” The way he says it makes my stomach dip. The tone, and the way he looks away from me, sends a shiver down my spine.

Peter takes my hands and pulls me over to the couch. At first we’re seated next to each other and he’s holding my hand, but it’s like he can’t sit still. Peter is up and on his feet a few moments later, pacing. Every few seconds he tries to tell me something, but can’t choose the right words.

Peter makes an aggravated sound in the back of his throat. When he turns and looks at me, I know there’s something wrong. His dark brows lift and bunch together as his lips part. He stares at me for a moment, and then manages, “I didn’t want to bring this up, not now, but you need to know something about me.” He swallows hard and looks away.

I push off the couch and walk over to him. “You can tell me anything.” When I touch his arm, Peter jumps. It makes me nervous. Why is he acting this way? I grin at him. “You’re not the one who put the squirrel outside the bathroom window, are you?”

Peter snorts a surprised laugh and looks over at me. He takes me in his arms and pulls me to his chest. It feels so good, so safe.

He kisses the top of my head and says, “Do you know anything about the Ferro family?”

 

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NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, & WALL STREET JOURNAL Bestselling author H.M. Ward recently appeared in FORBES. Ward was also featured in the Washington Post for her debut novel. Romance series by H.M. Ward include Secrets, Scandalous, The Arrangement, and The Secret Life of Trystan Scott.

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giveaway

Enter for a chance to win (1) eBook copy of Damaged 2. Winner will be given a coupon code to download their preferred format on Smashwords. The winners information will be sent to the author at one time by July 13, 2013. (Value $3.99 USD). Please allow up to 2 weeks for coupon code to be sent to winner.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

 

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*#1 Christmas Bestseller in Vampire Romance, Paranormal & Fantasy on Amazon*

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

 

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3.5 stars out of 5 stars

I always enjoy a good vampire story and this one was a really good, fast read.

Sophia seems to be more of a wallflower in the beginning of the story. She is silently strong and stands up for herself the best she can after she’s kidnapped. When Sophia meets Derek, she seems to be intrigued by him yet frightened at the same time.

I think Derek is an interesting character, struggling with who he is, being a vampire and all. He misses his humanity and sees it in Sophia. He is drawn to her because of it. 

I liked both the main characters throughout the story and felt they have good chemistry. It definitely grows and involves, it’s heartwarming. I really enjoyed Derek’s character, he had a lot of depth to him and I found myself wanting to now more about him and his point of view.

Overall the story was good but had a few slow spots in the beginning. By the time I hit 60%, I was thoroughly engaged and couldn't put it down. There was a lot more drama towards the end and it completely held my attention.

The loved the epilogue! It lays the groundwork for the next book because it’s part of a series and I absolutely want to know what happens next.

Really good story and I enjoyed the characters! I’m definitely a fan!

Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review: Flesh by Kylie Scott

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Flesh by Kylie Scott

 

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Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilization collapsed eight weeks ago.

When the plague hit, her neighbors turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs. Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realizes that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him. When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilization.

Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three band together to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.

NOTE: This story is rated "Hot" (4 out of 5 flames) and contains M/F/M and F/M pairings.

my-review

4 out of 5 stars

I really liked this book, it was fantastic! I’m a huge fan of paranormal so this was right up my alley.

I loved the mix of the main characters, Daniel, Ali, and Fin. I was intrigued by their interactions and attractions to one another. I felt there was a solid introduction to the story. I like that there was conflict between them throughout, it made it interesting.

I liked how Flesh was written from different points of view. On more than one occasion however, I did wish the point of view was by a different person than the one being focused on. I wanted to know what another character thought, instead of the point of view being shared. I would have been happy to read the same scene multiple times to get all three points of view.

Everything moved along at a decent pace for me, I never felt like anything dragged. At the end there was a lot going on and it felt a little rushed, probably because of all the action.

I thought this book had it all: intrigue, good chemistry between characters, major hotness, tension, anticipation, wanting, action, fighting, anxiety, mystery, longing, and smoking sex scenes!

I think the three main characters are making the most of an an incredible difficult situation. Both men want to keep Ali safe and she cares for both Daniel an Fin equally, but in different ways. They adapt to the situation at hand and do what works for them. I don’t really think it’s a story about zombies, but a story about people and how they survive and continue on during the aftermath. Zombies just happen to be involved. 

There was no cliffhanger, which was nice. An excellent read from beginning to end. There was something right at the end that I was curious about though. I know that Skin is the second book in the Flesh series so I wonder if we will meet up with Ali, Daniel, and Finn again. I hope so!

Overall I liked the dynamic of the characters and the story line. Fantastic read!

 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Damaged (Damaged #1) by H. M. Ward

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Damaged by H. M. Ward

 

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A New Adult Romance Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author

Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It's never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn't even the right word.

Peter is the personification of perfection. It's like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let's face it--any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life.

Peter is beyond beautiful with his sexy blue eyes, dark hair, and toned body. Add in his charming wit and Peter is everything Sidney ever wanted in a man, but when things get hot and heavy Peter shows her the door. Sidney takes the walk of shame and leaves. It's the end of the worst blind date ever. Her life couldn't possibly reach higher levels of suckage, but it does.

The next morning everything comes crashing down. The insanely hot guy from last night, the one that saw her half naked, is teaching at the front of the class room.

 

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4.5 out of 5 stars

This was a fantastic book! Loved the characters, they were so playful and fun, yet so intriguing. I thought this was a well written and well rounded story.

The two main characters, Peter and Sidney, had the best first meeting ever. I was totally giggling to myself as soon as I figured it out. They have great chemistry throughout and some seriously witty banter and flirting. From the get go I am drawn to them and want to know more about their stories. There’s a bit of sexual tension and it’s killing me, but in a good way. I love how everything grows and builds. It’s a wonderfully written story that pulls you in.

Towards the end of the story, everything is so intense. Finding out their stories and why they are the way they are is a real eye opener but seeing their connection is amazing. I thought the story wrapped up nicely without a major cliffhanger because they both realize their feelings fully and Sidney knows what she has to do to move forward. I was left with lots of questions however, but there is a book 2 in the series so I am sure they will get answered. I feel like the end laid the groundwork for the next book and I look forward to reading it.

I loved the chemistry between Sidney and Peter, such a great dynamic. Excellent read!

 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Thoughtless (Thoughtless #1) by S. C. Stephens

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Thoughtless by S. C. Stephens

 

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For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source – a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes...and none of them will ever be the same.

 

my-review

4 out of 5 stars

I thought this was a very emotional story, I was so caught up in everything and really enjoyed it even though it was heartbreaking at times. Great story line, likable characters, and an incredible ending.

I thought the first half dragged quite a bit but the second half totally made up for it. In the beginning, I thought Kiera was really naive and didn't like her much but by the end I really liked her, totally felt for her, and really saw how much she had grown. I thought she was a very well written character. Slow start or not, I couldn't put the book down because I was anxious to know where the story went next. Denny seemed like a decent guy if not a little naive himself. I absolutely I loved Kellan’s character, he was incredibly well written - so sexy and intriguing. Watching Kellan grow and come to know himself was pretty amazing.

I was completely caught up in everything and so emotionally invested. The passion, the anguish, the push and pull, it made me a little anxiety ridden. All of the flirting, longing, and heartbreak was rather intense. This is not a typical love story but it pulled at my heart and made me catch my breath, even cry a little. I felt all the characters had real depth. I would like to have known more about the other band members but since this is the first in a series, hopefully there will be more about them in the other books.

I thought the ending was incredible, very real. The pain of moving forward, accepting, and connecting. I was mesmerized by the end and happy it came to the conclusion that it did. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: REAL by Katy Evans

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REAL by Katy Evans

 

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*Mature New Adult/Adult novel - contains adult situations, high sexuality, some violence, and is suited for ages 18 and up*

REAL
A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…
IS HE FOR REAL?

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.
I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.
If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

 

my-review

5 out of 5 stars

If I could give it more, I would. At the 10% mark, I had that "I know I'm going to ignore my family and read all weekend" feeling (and that is pretty much what I did). This book was amazingly hot and incredibly fantastic!

At the beginning of the book, Remington seems so arrogant but I’m hooked and intrigued to learn more about him. I like Brooke, I feel like she’s really strong and somehow I can relate to her. I’m fascinated to learn more about Remy’s past as the story continues, he is so flawed and yet so desirable at the same time, and I can totally feel Brooke’s pain for him. The more I learn, all his raw emotion made me truly feel for him and I had a huge “I didn't see that coming” moment. The sexual tension is pretty high throughout and by the time they get to that very first sex scene, it is jaw dropping hot.

This is such a well written, and at times, intense book. I’m pretty sure I held my breath towards the end and was definitely on the edge of my seat. I got that "I am going to go into a mourning period when this book is done" feeling. I know I will be rereading this one again.

Katy Evans has a playlist for REAL on her website and in the book as well (at least in my Kindle edition). I highly recommend listening to it. Hearing the songs seem to make everything so much more meaningful, it's almost like they have a story of their own in relation to the book. It's like the songs themselves make you understand the characters even that much more. I made a playlist on Spotify, you can listen to them for free there.

I loved this book! LOVED IT!

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Review: Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan

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Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan

 

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From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan comes the sexy and seductive Resisting Her.

Agent Cole Fletcher lives for his job at the FBI, and he’s more than ready for his next assignment—raiding a cult compound and putting their leader behind bars. But he isn’t prepared for Savannah and her knock you on your ass good looks. At nineteen, she’s too old for foster care and too damaged to live on her own. With nowhere else to go, and against his better judgment Cole takes her in.

But helping her out won’t be easy. He comforts her through screaming nightmares and escaping the lingering fears of her past, but that’s the easy part. Her preference to sleep cuddled up next to his warm body, and her desire to please him in every way makes her harder and harder to resist.

 

my-review

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story, Savannah and Cole’s chemistry, the sexual tension, and their growth. Fantastic ending and I loved that there was an epilogue.

In the beginning, Savannah seems so vulnerable and I really felt for her. Cole has an instant, protective attraction towards her but I’m curious to learn about the skeletons in his closet. I felt like I was on a bit of an emotional roller coaster with them, wanting them to communicate and open up. There were several laugh out loud funny parts and those were nice to have in the midst of all that tension.

There was a part that really took me by surprise and I pretty much wanted to smack Cole upside the head, but it was also a turning point. By the time you get to that first scene of them together, it is super hot, tender and loving all at the same time. I could feel the emotion in the moment.

It was great watching Savannah grow and become stronger and more independent. It was also nice to watch Cole’s journey as he grew emotionally. Overall, I really liked both their characters even if I didn’t like some of their choices. Those choices are a part of the story however and got them to where they were in the end so it was all worth it.

Totally enjoyed Resisting Her. Quick, fun, and hot read!

 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review: Covet (Fallen Angels #1) by J.R. Ward

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Covet (Fallen Angels #1) by J. R. Ward

 

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Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty, both personally and professionally, is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative.

Vincent Di Pietro has surrendered himself to his business—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior, and a woman who will make him question his destiny.

 

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3 out of 5 stars

I liked it, I didn't love it. It was a little slow in the beginning for me. I liked the overall story and enjoyed the key characters. This book is the first in a series but I don't know if I'll continue on with any more just yet. However, I am curious what the main character will do next so maybe someday.

 

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