Saturday, November 29, 2014

Take - Silvia Ami


I got this book from Silvia in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis: When FBI special agent Joss Dubois discovers that her best friend’s life is being threatened, she volunteers to be the Vegas dancer's official protection. Determined to solve the case before she loses one of the only people she loves, Joss becomes caught up in terrorism, attempted murder, and life behind-the-scenes of the seedy nightlife of Sin City.

Joss is forced to partner with the security manager at the Desert Casino, former Intel Marine, Ethan Gallagher. Despite her resistance to his charm, and her stubborn insistence on controlling the investigation, Ethan finds himself drawn to the smart, beautiful, tempting FBI agent. But Joss isn’t so eager to risk heartbreak after the tragedies of her past and her job has become the only thing she can count on.
When the threats against the people they’re protecting turn deadly, Ethan and Joss have to find a way to trust each other to track the hunter who lies in wait for the Desert’s dancers. But trust is a rare and fragile thing to Joss, and Ethan may not be up to the task despite the mutual attraction they can't deny or fight.
Will their new partnership blow up, or can it survive to take down the predator before it’s too late? 



First of all, thank you to Silvia Ami for letting me read her book. It was truly a nice change since I haven't read a suspense novel in a while.

The story takes off right away, and throughout the whole book there is never a dull moment, never a time where you're wondering if the story will move forward. It's action-packed, for sure, but with the chemistry that Joss and Ethan have, you cannot help but want them to find their way to each other. Silvia managed to combine both the suspense and the romance story beautifully, that you never thought one aspect is taking a back road. 

Ethan and Joss try to fight their chemistry for a long time, simply because they both have their own demons to fight, their own secrets to deal with, and yet it's inevitable that they turn to each other when things take a turn for the worse in the caswe involving their friends. So with that tying them together, it#s great to watch them deal with their personal and work relationship on different levels. 

The whole friendship aspect plays a big role here as well, and I loved that we got to see a tight group of friends that comes together when a threat threatens to take one of their own. You can really tell how they all have been through so much together, and even if Ethan is the outsider at first, it becomes apparent that he's integrated quickly into that group. And the comfort and support they show each other is a really wonderful thing to watch in this book.

The suspense part of the story is also something I enjoyed, because I really like to try to figure out myself who the bad guy is, so it's been a fun ride in that case without me knowing in the end who the bad guy was. I still fully enjoyed it, because, like I said, it's been a while since I read a suspense novel!!

Overall I was really happy with the book and completely enjoyed it!! I'm really hoping Silvia will be writing more^^


Thank you guys!!
Yvi

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hector & Abel (5th Street #3 & #4) by Elizabeth Reyes

 

Hector - Synopsis:

Womanizer—check. 
Cocky—check. 
Dangerous—checkmate. 

Staying away from him was indisputably the sensible thing to do. The problem? She wasn’t just drawn to him; she was utterly mesmerized... 

Charlotte Brennan is no stranger to heartache and mortification. Her past is full of both. So when amazing and incredibly intense Hector Ayala, literally jumps into Charlee’s life, her walls are immediately up. Letting her guard down and sharing her past and deepest secret is not happening. Charlee is not looking to get her heart crushed once again. However, her willpower proves to be no match for Hector’s mesmerizing pull. 

Guilt is a profound emotion to deal with and no one knows this better than Hector. So when he gets the chance to make up for a past indiscretion that’s been gnawing away at him for months, he takes it. Doing so means he’ll also have to pass up pursuing Charlee, the only girl he’s ever been so fascinated by. But his inability to explain why they could never be has him dealing with a new kind of 
guilt—the guilt of knowing he is unwillingly breaking her heart. 


Abel - Synopsis:

Coming off the worst divorce in the history of marriages, Nellie Gamboa’s looking to let loose and make up for years of neglect. When months of building sexual tension between her and the young hot boxing stud, Abel Ayala, finally peak, she makes him an offer no man would refuse. 

No promises. No demands. Just pure unrestrained passion. 

Abel’s training for the biggest fight of his career. He has no time for a social life, much less a relationship. So this arrangement couldn't be more perfect. A beautiful woman asking him to help her alleviate her neglected desires—no strings attached. What more can he ask for? 

As the lines between lust and something much deeper, begin to blur, Abel finds himself in an even bigger fight. 


My thoughts on all those guys... I'm sorry, but I might not be able to split it all, so I'll just go and write something general for now.

Ms. Elizabeth Reyes, are you seriously okay with breaking a person apart so bad that even after they finish your book, they can never feel whole again? Because that's what you are doing to me. Everytime I finish one of your boys I think THIS one was my favourite, only to start the next one and realize... There never can be a favourite among them because they all are equally amazing! 

Book Three:

I loved the whole story around Hector and Charlee, especially because I think she is a kick-ass main character. The whole twist with Charlee more being a 'nerdy' girl was a amazing. Those two together... They had so much chemistry and there's no denying that this whole book was freaking hot, no matter if they were two or if she was just by herself. There is a lot talent needed to make a scene absolutely hot no matter how many participants and Ms. Reyes sure has VERY much of it. Her books are the right amount sexy and sweet, and, let's be honest, we all need a break from assholes and the Ayala-brothers are just ... WOW! Seriously, Hector os devoted, even though his guilt in the beginning keeps him from doing the right thing, but once he realizes he doesn't want to be without his girl ... boy, don't we all wish we'd find a boy like this here?

As always, nothing about this book is boring, or repetitive, and what I love most is that we get to meet all the couples from before. I am so glad that Noah and Gio are always there!! Amazing!

Book Four:

Be warned. I was. I was told that this book would make me want to throw my kindle away and it really was true. I was more mad al Nellie though than I was at Abel... But boy, those two are just perfect. I think Abel is probably even more my favorite than the others... :-D You know he's the onest one amongst the ones. (I know I am not sane, I can't help it.)
I loved, too, that we got to spend even more time with the rest of the group and all the girls among it now, but i am so damn ready for Felix! I wanted to see more of Felix since Bianca's book and... Well... Damn, i am so gonna start on him soon!! 

If you need a dose of sighs, heartbreaks, tears and laughter, get on the 5th Street series NOW!! i just bought one and two in paperback because I needed those books. All of them.

Rating: 

Five Book-Boyfriends TWICE! (Two stories after all.)



Yours truly

Julie


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

**** COVER REVEAL **** My Family's Heart - All In the Hope by K.E. Nowinsky


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TITLE – For All in the Hope
SERIES – Going off Dreams
AUTHOR – K.E. Nowinsky
GENRE – Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction
PUBLICATION DATE – December 9th, 2014
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PUBLISHER – Kindle Direct Publishing
COVER ARTIST – Going off Dreams Saga Productions

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

For All in the Hope picks up right where Going off Dreams (book 1) leaves off. Nyx wakes up in the dark realm of Tartarus without her man next to her in bed. They had Xylo, the wicked Woodland Dryad prisoner until they discover that not only is she missing, Nyx’s man Tobar is missing too. Plus, another ally and friend, the Feung Phoenix Shifter and best friend of Tobar’s, Zhou is critically injured! There is a race against time to find out what happened and to rescue Tobar before those that want to destroy Nyx and her powers permanently turn Tobar.

In the Earthly realm, Eryn is still coping with the fact that she has to leave her family and everything she knows and loves. She struggles to keep the stress of the realms from shattering her realities. As mortal Eryn, she’s a daughter to loving parents, the bigger sister to her outgoing younger sister Lena, who is living with her, and she’s also trying to balance Ryan in her life. After Christmas, Lena’s ex fiancé makes another tragic appearance that will change their fates forever.

Back in Tartarus, Nyx comes head to head with the Darkness that wants to consume her powers. Just when you would think the battle is over, another sinister entity comes forward trying to claim her powers. Meanwhile she’s continuing to build her relationships with her friends and allies she’s made in Tartarus while also learning the capabilities of her powers that the Darkness wants to consume and wield for their dark purposes. Nyx discovers her qualities within the quests and becomes the deity that will bring light to the darkness.

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Gift of Escape


Opening my eyes the images surrounding me were blurry and unfocused. Not knowing where I was, made me feel sick within the pit of my stomach and threatening to escape. My heart was in competition, feeling as if it were going to burst through my chest along with my breathing; it was catching in my lungs like knives.

Surveying the scene, items started making some sense. When my eyes focused, I could make out the dark room with the help of the soft glow from the lights above me. I knew I had returned. I was back in Arden’s Hut, something didn’t feel right though, I was alone. Immediately I moved my hand to feel the sheets on the bed next to me, only feeling empty fabric and coldness where I expected warmth.

My feet met the cool wooden floor as I searched the small quarters along with the connecting bathroom. He wasn’t anywhere, no note, no sign of him ever being there. My heart plummeted in a swan dive directly to the pit of my stomach, this felt all too real and familiar. The emptiness and dread, as if the darkness would swallow me whole was threatening to entrap my consciousness. Commotion from the hallway broke the threatening fear.

Not being able to hear what was going on; I crept toward the huge thick door. Carefully, I maneuvered my toes on the floor, not to wake the creaky boards beneath me. When I heard a familiar voice say “Get Nyx, we’ll have to tell her.” The knock at the door was a little shocking, making my already erratic breathing nearly stop all together.

Drawing a deep breath in I cracked the door peaking out, my eyes focused on the dark silhouette, light that was being filtered from behind her somewhere. As my eyes adjusted more I could associate the name with the being; Arden. She was one of the first entities I met here in this realm.

While it was dark and perilous there was a sense that there could be more, quite a weird sensation of both hesitation and promise. I knew there were threats possibly lurking in the shadows and yet I also had formed friendships and allies with some unique and wonderful beings here. While the threat was prominent I also felt secure and a sense of being home.

When I first met Arden I had seen her materialize on the edge of a mystical forest, which seemed like a lifetime ago. Her hair, black as the night that plagued Tartarus, and her eyes a mystic violet. She reminded me of a Native American goddess. She had the fighting skills of Qamait; goddess of war with the Nuxalk Nation. Her body looks sculpted like a well-trained assassin, fit with curves to draw any male prey. With her enchanted bow and her whip KiKi to aid in her quests, she was magnificent and wicked to witness in battle.

Arden was more of an older sister figure. Within minutes of meeting her I felt a sense of shared spiritual security within our devotion and dedication to those we hold near to us. Plainly put, I liked Arden. She was usually in better spirits though. Now her face was serious and worried which in turn worried me further and only added to my desperation.

Looking at her through the entrance to my bedroom chamber, the light flickered from the candles in the hallway flirting with her skin enhancing her natural beauty. She said, “Nyx, you’ll need to come with me.”

“What’s going on?” I asked her.

She didn’t answer as she walked up toward the main hall.

The main room in Arden’s Hut consisted of wooden walls that reminded me of the consistency and texture like beavers had whittled the wood. Complete opposite, the floors were smooth and reminded me of a clean chopped tree displaying its many rings of life. When you looked above you could see smoke escaping through a fashioned hide-stretched ceiling. In the middle of the room a roaring fire encompassed by rocks that protect the many pillows thrown about – to which Arden would resort to throwing at guests when the opportunity presented itself. Her hut was comforting and inviting; when you took a deep breath in you could detect all the wonders and smells of the forest, which to me were delightful. You could also tell that her home had been around for a long time. Arden is a direct descendent of the Arduinnian Clan, who are known as the Guardians of the Forest, direct descendent of Diana, goddess of the hunt.

Upon entering Arden’s main room, my stomach immediately wrenched into a horrid knot. Zhou was laying lifelessly on the floor. This made my insides crawl knowing how powerful a fighter he is. Immediately I started contemplating what could have caused this serious condition.

Arden must have been hurting even more so. She had developed a relationship with Zhou and this only increased my concern. Arden, the true warrior that she is, was being strong for everyone. A painful lump was pressing against my throat and my eyes were pleading to cry. If Arden was holding it together, so could I.

I always liked Zhou, and I was sad to see him like this. He was still wearing his electric dark blue pants, with an equally dark purple shirt, and with the red streak in his black hair made him look intriguing. I never understood his fashion statements. I respected him though, as a fighter, a friend, and ally. With Zhou’s New Age fashion sense, it made him seem like he wasn’t from this dimension. Tartarus was more of a realm set with foliage. His choices in wardrobe against Arden’s more naturalistic approach made them both look mismatched. Seeing them together usually made me smile but, not now—

Zhou was a Fenghuang, a shape shifting fire bird, more precisely a fiery phoenix. While he was very skilled in both his forms he is more powerful when he is in his phoenix form. He’s always eager for a fight. Zhou is like that big brother pulling you in to give you a noogie to remind you of the status quo. I’m afraid this time though, the fight won.

A healer Hikmat had his hands on Zhou’s forehead and chest, his eyes closed in concentration, meditating over Zhou’s lifeless body. I didn’t know Hikmat as well as some of the others in the room, I had met him only recently, and I knew he was a healer of sorts. He was a wizard when it pertained to plants, potions, and concoctions. He was a Tobar Segais like Tobar, meaning he possessed wisdom. His eyes stayed closed while his hands remained on Zhou.

Thinking of Tobar made my stomach dive even deeper. As if my stomach detached from the warm blood circulation within my body and plummeted toward the depths of despair— my mind reconnected with another concern that had me riddled right before seeing Zhou on the floor. Tobar, he was missing from our room and if Zhou was lying on the floor defeated… Tobar was an equal opponent.

Tobar was the one that introduced me into the realm. He was the one that my heart connected with and I felt drawn toward, like no other before him. A truly deep soul connection, without him next to me I felt as though a part of my being was missing. He had given me refuge from myself, I felt safe when I was with him. Without him, the danger lurking within the darkness here seemed more prominent and threatening.

With the thought of him not in sight intensified the sinking feeling that had pressed so deeply south. It began to rise more rapidly back up. I had to place my hand over my mouth to reel in my senses.

Arden kneeled down next to Zhou as closely as she could. She gently brushed her cheek against his in an intimate gesture. The room felt as if all the oxygen leaving vacuumed sealed the room, extinguishing the fire, and even the warm inside my body as I felt a sudden chill. Suffocating, I watched as she then placed her lips upon his with a soft wanting kiss. Arden’s eyes began to fill with emotion. I felt for her, as the tears sparkling against her skin escaped their confines and splashed against Zhou’s skin below. She placed her hands on his as she prayed silently.

Seeing her in such distress only made the situation feel more dire. I too bowed my head and closing my eyes.

Desperately I began to pray for Tobar’s safety and Zhou’s recovery. Please Lord, deliver Tobar back to us safely and lay your healing hands upon Zhou; as we so desperately need You now. I pray for those that have made their move against us. They’ll wish they had never been in existence once I finish with them…

My concentration broke off when Avlov and Enki joined us then. They both had bowls in their hands that contained some healing elements. Enki took Avlov’s and kneeled next to Hikmat on Zhou’s other side. Enki and I had only met recently as well. He was known as Lord of the Earth, meaning he had control over the elements and its constituents.

A Wieven, Avlov is also known as a Wise Woman. She has a vast knowledge of healing salves, rituals and how to use the elements for their benefit. She has fierce white eyes that match her white hair and almost a hipster outfit. I always liked Avlov because she wore converses.

The group that was working on Zhou, the healers, are much like those that wield magic. They can manipulate matter and they have a vast knowledge that helps them in their aiding processes. To watch them in action definitely feels like you were experiencing magic in a true form.

Touching my shoulder, Avolv broadcasted a message using her telepathy, “Nyx, I need to talk to you, please come with me over to the table.” Leading me over, she verbally asked “Have you seen Tobar?”

I was on the verge of tears, there was still so much that remained unanswered, and if Zhou was hurt—I could barely articulate “No, I woke up to an empty room, a cold bed and I couldn’t find him anywhere.” My chest flet like it was going to combust.

Arden had joined us and she put her hand around my shoulders to give me a half-hug “We’ll get these—”

But Avlov interrupted her and said, “I think we should get Nyx up to speed with what’s going on.”

Zhou began to stir making some noises and we all ran to his side. I felt so bad that he had to suffer so much. He opened his eyes and found Arden’s first, she took his hands in hers. Then he found mine and started to speak, weakly saying “I don’t… know… what… happened.”

Enki spoke up and said that Zhou had taken Xylo, the captured dryad we were interrogating, some refreshments for when she would wake up.

Zhou continued, “I opened her door… the next thing I knew I was… laying here.”

Hikmat told Zhou that he needed to rest. We gathered pillows as they propped him up, attempting to give him some comfort. Hikmat gave Zhou another potion, this time it was clear. What was it? How easily we were to trust. After he drank it, he smiled before his eyes closed and he was back asleep.

“So where’s Tobar?” I asked plainly.

Everyone looked alarmed. The sick feeling returned and now there was an alarming amount of pressure on my chest. I could sense something bad was coming. It was just around the corner, lingering there like a poisonous snake waiting to strike, taking me down with its dread and despair.

Avlov came to my side, she could be frightening to look at in the eye. Tobar mentioned before she was also known as the White Witch, I guess when you’ve been in existence as long as someone like Avlov has been, you can acquire a few nick names here and there.

She offered me some tea but I refused it, especially since I know how loopy her tea could make me feel. No doubt she added a little something extra to the liquid concoctions to help ease the soul in times of stress or high anxiety. Which would actually be great right about now but, I need my wit about me.

Arden came over to me and put her hands upon my shoulders again. Looking me directly in the eyes she said “We can’t find him.” My chest felt like it burst into flames. My body went limp, and I felt like I was falling. Everything went black.

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AUTHOR BIO

K.E. lives in Maryland, which she refers to as “The Land of Mary”, with her faithful guard dog Bryan, her supportive parents, and their little brat-dog Sampson. She has deep-rooted morals and is very faithful in her beliefs. As a person born and raised in Maryland, she is a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. When she isn’t writing, blogging, or spending time with those special characters in her head, she loves to watch her shows, to cuddle up with a good movie, or to spend time with her family and friends.

“After years and years of my mother telling me that I should us my talents and write, I finally listened!”

K.E. Nowinsky continues writing and plans to further the Going off Dreams realms as she dives deeper into the characters and will produce more content and books. The next scheduled work will be about one of her characters Arden and titled Arduinna: Guardians of the Forest, slotted for April 2015. She is also continuing Nyx’s quests in the next installment: How Otlen Prepares Eternity, expected to release late summer 2015.


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**** RELEASE BLITZ **** - Beautifully Broken by Kira Adams




Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Jacqueline Blunt hasn’t had an easy life. In fact, she’s had anything but. From a drug addicted mother to being bounced around in foster care, Jacqueline longed for one thing—normalcy. Lee Bennett had everything he could ever want—girls falling all over him, a dream job, money. The one thing he was missing? Passion.



Sometimes the ones worth fighting for don’t know their worth. Sometimes being broken is beautiful. This is a story of strength, courage, hope, faith, and love. This is Beautifully Broken.
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“You’re insane,” Lee said again, only this time it was in a low whisper.

I tore my eyes off the road to meet his, watching as mischief and mystery danced across them. I might have been hallucinating, but I think I also saw Lee turned on. He kept biting his lip, and running his hand over his fuzzy shaved head.

“Pull over.”

“What?” I asked, puzzled as to what his motives were.

“Pull over,” he repeated in the exact same tone and I kid you not—I had never been more turned on in my life.

Before I knew it, I had taken his advice and we were parked outside a local park I used to frequent. It was late, around eight at night and it was dark; not pitch dark though. There were no patrons around. I put the car in park and was sure my heartbeat could be heard across the world.

Lee unbuckled his seatbelt when I parked and shifted in his seat to face me. “I’m not going to kiss you again until you ask for it.”

I looked at him, my jaw down to my knees. “What makes you think I would let you kiss me again?” It was all I had been fantasizing about since he had stolen the first kiss from me. It consumed my every thought. But I was not going to tell him that. I was going to remain strong.

“Oh, when I’m done with you—you’re going to be begging for it,” he said in the cockiest tone I had ever heard.

“Cocky much?” I asked, snidely.

“Confident,” Lee responded calmly, grinning back at me.

And then I could feel his warm breath in the crook of my neck, just below my ear, dancing on my skin. My breathing became shallow, and I wondered how he knew where my spot was instantly and the crazy things it would do to me.

If his lips or tongue made their way anywhere towards my neck I was a goner for sure.

I was holding my own. My poker face had not wavered, but my madly beating heart and breathing were a dead giveaway.

“How ya doing over there?” Lee whispered in my ear.

“I’m fine, absolutely fine,” I gulped out, attempting to sound confident.

That’s when his lips found the bottom of my ear and he kissed it and gently sucked on it, causing me to literally bite my tongue off as I squealed with pleasure.

“What was that?” Lee asked, putting his ear to my mouth. His neck was irresistibly close and all I could smell was his intoxicating scent. A mix of his cologne and pure pheromones.

Lee backed up again and began nibbling my right ear. Was it getting hot in here? Or was it just me…



Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.



She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.




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Monday, November 24, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - Becca Vincenza "Stolen"

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Title: Stolen (A Rebirth Prequel)

Author: Becca Vincenza

Release Date: TODAY

Genre: Adult Paranormal

Cover Designer: Airicka Mystical Creations 

Warnings: Language, sexual content, abuse and violence

Formats: eBook & paperback

Author Note: This book takes place before and during Damaged, it can be read before, but I strongly urge that this be read AFTER Damaged. (this isn’t a gimmick or anything, the way the story is set it does do spoilers for Damaged) 


Xavier is set to protect the dying races. As a fierce gargoyle warrior, he isn't meant to love deeply.
Drake is the last of his kind, and survival isn’t easy.

Xavier recognizes Drake as his true mate the first time they meet. However, Drake’s tormented past has led him to the wrong woman. Xavier must do what he can to save Drake from the choices he’s made. If Drake’s resentment, fears, and stubborn denial can be overcome, they’ll have a love that could bridge the races. 

This isn’t a story of redemption. This is their story.


Warning: This is an adult book. There are exploit scenes of sex, torture, and violence. This isn’t meant for readers under the age of 18. Please note this is a Male/Male Romance.
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Damaged (Free): There are some beings in this world, long thought to be extinct. Some seek to protect them, others want control, but some . . . some are hell bent on their destruction.


Audrey was taken from her father, hidden away from the world, and tortured for five years. She was rescued, but is she really safe, or is there someone else waiting to betray her? Can she trust those who saved her? Can she learn to accept who she really is?


Stone was on a routine mission to extract valuable information from a rival clan of paranormals. Instead, he and his team find something much more valuable: a scarred, damaged young woman who holds many secrets, and whose power is beyond anything they could ever have imagined.There is much more to Audrey than meets the eye and Stone is determined to protect her.

Audrey and Stone are about to find out it’s hard to know who to trust.

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The race is on to find the Rebirth paranormals. 
Elijah doesn’t have feelings. He doesn’t care, nor does he empathize, until the day Audrey was found. While searching her mind telepathically, things suddenly changed for him. He never imagined that he would face all the emotions plaguing him. Now he is on a mission to find the rumored Rebirth creature. What happens when a creature never meant to feel anything suddenly becomes attached to another? 
Valentine always knew there was something…different about her. While she hated even the thought of blood, she loved to help those in need. She felt an instant connection with her patients and always strived to save lives. Her adoptive sister always told her that she cared too much. That she couldn’t save everyone. And now there is a colder than ice man in her life that won’t go away, and won’t take no for an answer. The problem is, she never wanted to push him away, even though she knows he will be her downfall. 
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About the Author:
 Becca Vincenza lives in wonderful Michigan. She has a love for Skittles, rainbows, Star Wars, and reading about hot men. When she’s not wearing her author hat, she’s working to pay off her student loans for her recently acquired English degree. She recently released the two books in her Rebirth Series and is set to release the third at the end of the year.


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Black Box - Cassia Leo


Synopsis: Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki's life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she's tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.
Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he's never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he's never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn't even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he's never felt like his life had any purpose... until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.
When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.



I had heard many great things about this book and also about any book really from Cassia Leo. So when this one came up on my reading, I was super excited to get into it. 

“...not all stories have happy endings; but that doesn't mean they're not worth the read.” 

For all of you: this is a great story of friendship, pain and not letting your past define your future.

Mikki just wants to die. Nothing could stop her from this. Everything is planned out, and nothing and noone would make her stray from her plan. Life just couldn't go on for her anymore. And then the weather happened and has her stranded at an airport, with nowhere else to go. When she meets Crush, someone that is nice to her, she doesn't know what to do with him, but everything seems better at this point than going home. They start on a journey none of them is prepared for, with secrets pushing themselves to the surface that they both weren't even aware they are keeping. 

“This is a place where books are treasured – books that hold the sweetly magical smell of history; books that crackle when you open them and sigh when you close them; books that weigh heavy in your hands, not just your heart.” 

This story is heartbreaking, and sad, and yet it also gives you hope. Hope, that there are always people out there that will tell you that life is worth living, no matter what you have gone through. That tell you that you do matter, that you're not just someone in the background that fades to grey. And that is what makes this story beautiful. 

Mikki and Crush both have their demons to deal with, and they might not seem so distant as they think at first. Seeing them push through everything, work with those things and yet just living life is a beautiful thing to watch. You can feel with them, because your heart just reacts to the two. Love, pain, hurt....it's all there! 

This was my second Cassia Leo book and i can tell you that it definitely will not be my last. A beautiful piece of work that makes you treasure life.

Always, 
Yvi

Here And Now series by Lexi Ryan



Synopsis of the first book, "Lost In Me":


The last thing I remember is having drinks at Brady’s and trying to avoid eye-contact with my life-long crush—the gorgeous, unattainable Maximilian Hallowell. They tell me that was a year ago, but I have no memories of anything since then. What I do have is this ring on my finger that Max says he gave me, and this much-thinner body I’ve dreamed of most of my life. Aside from a case of retrograde amnesia, everything seems almost...perfect. 




But the deeper I immerse myself into this new world of mine—planning a wedding to a man I don't remember dating, attempting to run a business I don't remember starting—the clearer it becomes that nothing is as it seems. Do I have the life I’ve always wanted or is it a facade propped up by secrets I don't even know I have?


I need answers before I marry Max, and the only person who seems to have them is the angry, tatted, sexy-as-sin rocker Nate Crane. And Nate wants me for himself.


So......Oh my, this series! I started reading "Lost in Me" cause it came up in my book roulette (a game I'm playing with Julie whenever I can't decide what to read next). And I'm super glad it did!

From the first moment on, I was captivated by the writing and the story. And it didn't let go until I finished all three books. I went and bought book two and three and managed to read all three books in two days  I think. It's THAT good.

So, where to start...the story itself: Hannah wakes up with amnesia after falling down the stairs...or so it seems. Figuring out what happened to her that fateful night is one big issue that this series deals with, but boy let me tell you, it's not the only problem that Hannah has. 

So after Hannah wakes up with no memory of the last year, there are two main problems she has to deal with. And they both have names: Max and Nate. And she cannot believe it. Max is the one she always wanted, the one that (as far as she can remember) never so much as looked at her, and now he's by her side, taking care of her the way a fiancé would. Because apparently, that's what he is. Hannah is so spooked and surprised by this, that it takes a while to get over that shock. And then there's Nate....HOLY MOLEY! So I was team Nate from the beginning. There was just something about the way he was introduced in the story that struck a cord with me. And also with Hannah, because while she does not have any idea who Nate is, her body and heart recognise him on some level. And that freaks her out! Cheating on her fiancé?? Is that really who she had become in the last year??

And it's a rollercoaster ride from there on. Once Hannah figures out how Nate fits into the picture, it's up to her to figure out which man will have her heart in the end, and who's heart she's gonna break. And I can tell you, she broke my heart in between as well. 

“You're like the sun-completely blind to your own beauty because you are so busy making everyone around you shine. No matter how far we hide in the shadows, you share your light. That's how you stole my heart when no one else could find it.” 

This was a story that will leave you breathing heavy with the emotions that are portrayed in the books, the twist and turns, the revelations and everything in between. I still feel my heart melt, break and be put back together, only to break again! Let's just say it was not easy getting through those books...in a VERY good way though.  

Hannah herself is so amazing, because she's real. Absolutely real. Everyone of us has dealt with weight issues, and Hannah is a prime example of finding herself, of realizing that weight isn't everything and that personality counts for so much more than the perfect weight. This is a big thing I liked about this book as well.

With all the heartbreak, the definitely swoon-worthy main characters and the amazing story, I can only HIGHLY (and when I say highly I mean HIGHLY) recommend this book to everyone! You won't be able to put it down, because if you think you can stop after reading book one, think again. Ever heard of something called a cliffhanger?? 

Now go and read it!!!!!

Always,
Yvi


COVER REVEAL for "Lullaby" by Bridgette O'Hare


Lullaby
Book of Dreams Series # 1
By-Bridgette O'Hare
Age Group/Genre-  YA  Paranormal Suspense
Expected Publication Date- December 1st, 2014

Halle Michaels is on the brink of insanity.

She’s haunted by dreams. Dreams that find their way into her reality. Nightmares of death…of destruction. Visions that will uncover the truth – about her abilities, her family’s origins, and her part in a prophecy that could change the world.

But when a mysterious book shows up on her doorstep, can those dreams save her from an overwhelming evil? One that has its sights set on Halle.

She wanted normal, but normal is overrated. She was born to be so much more.

Soulprint - Megan Miranda

I received an ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review


Synopsis: Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I'm all for dystopian fiction, so this one fit right into that category and yet was something new and something I hadn't come across before. 

The story itself takes a little getting into, but it's a story of finding who you are and fighting for what you believe in. And I loved that. All the twists and turns, the crossroads that Alina has to deal with make this a really fast-paced and great book to come across.

Alina Chase herself is a highly likeable character, simply because she deals with something every one of us does: identity issues. Just that hers are a little more complex than your average person's. Labeled as a threat to society simply because she was unfortunate enough to inherite the soul of a traitor, she's fighting agains prejudice and injustice, only to find that maybe this soul and her own aren't so different after all. Alina is highly likeable as a character, strong and doesn't take anything from anyone. She wants to fight, and does so, and yet still manages to keep that soft demeanor when necessary. 

The writing itself is easy to get into and just flows along, which makes it really nice to follow!! I am definitely keeping my eyes open for the next in this series, as I really wanna know what's gonna happen to Alina and the gang (whom I really come to love as well).

Recommendation is there, so if you have a chance to get this book and like dystopian novels with romance, then this book is just right for you!

Always,
Yvi


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones

HELLO ALL! Sarah here, and I have to thank the girls Julie and Yvi for being so welcoming and allowing me to post some reviews on their amazing blog! And a special THANK YOU to Julie for helping me with my first ever post! I'm new at this so ya'll bear with me!

So without further ado, here is my review for the newest book in Darynda Jones' Grim Reaper series featuring the HOT book boyfriend, REYES FARROW!

SYNOPSIS:


Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
We’re doomed.


Review:

HOLY SNAP. This series just keeps getting better and better! As usual, Ms. Jones continues to blow my mind and outdo herself with each book. Things have been heating up the last couple books but this ending had so many beautiful and devastating moments. Its safe to say I want the next one NOW!

 


*minor spoilers* 


Things I enjoyed:

Ok. So I have the print version which apparently had an excerpt from Reyes' POV. Love those. And while this was cool, I admit I don't know who the spy is even though we have his name. Have we seen him in this book? My memory is just a bit hazy on that. But needless to say, it was a very cool bonus in the book.

Charley and Reyes make huge leaps in this book and I was soooo happy because I didn't want 5 books of them being engaged. I also don't want 5 books of her being pregnant, but as things seem to be moving rather quickly now, I'm less afraid of that than I was before. They are truly a team now and I only hope Charley starts treating Reyes better, but more on that in a sec. Bottom line is, I loved that we took a step forward and that we will be getting a change of scenery in the next book. I LOVED the idea of moving to sacred ground, it changes things up and keeps things fresh.

So.... OSH GOSH! I really liked him from the moment we met him in 'Sixth Grave' but I totally fell in love with him here. He seems to genuinely want to help and I trust him completely. I am so intrigued by the connection he seems to have with Beep. At first glance, it may just be about him wanting to keep her safe so she can fulfill her destiny and defeat Satan, but I think Reyes and Charley know there's something more going on here. I don't know if it will be of a romantic nature, but I think he and her are tied together somehow.. either soulmates or something more to do with that prophecy of the 13th.. no idea. But I can't wait to find out because I love the dynamic he has with Reyes and it will be interesting to see how Reyes handles Osh having any kind of connection to his daughter!

One last thing I really loved was that the mystery here all tied into Reyes' past and I thought it was very creative and made a lot of sense. At first I was thinking it was just another case that had nothing to do with anything, so I'm glad we're moving away from that. At this point in the series, there's no time to waste on her PI business and kooky ghosts anymore. Things are moving full steam ahead and so I loved that this case was anything but random.. HOWEVER, I hope this is the end of the threat of Reyes going back in jail.. cuz that would just suck. lol.

What I didn't like:

Not a huge list, but the one major gripe is Charley and her keeping things from Reyes! Can she just be done with the sneaking around and not telling him things that pertain to him??? I was so happy when he told her off because she needed to hear it. This is not just about her anymore, there is Beep to consider and hello? HELL HOUNDS. So he was absolutely right; she is risking everything for the wrong reasons and has to learn to prioritize a bit. Especially now. So I REALLY hope she has learned from this and we see some growth in the future. She has gotten better, but she has to keep it up for Beep's sake! hehe.

So, in conclusion, this latest installment was never dull and I can NOT wait for the next!!


RATING: 5 BOOK BOYFRIENDS



*Image found on Google. Synopsis found on amazon.com