Blog Tour: “Attempting Elizabeth” by Jessica Grey (Book review)

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Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
Publication date: January 24th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis:

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.

One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.

After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.

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*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

When I read the synopsis for ‘Attempting Elizabeth’, I was super excited about it. I’ve read a book about a girl that jumped into a novel a year ago and I totally loved it, so I was eager to read something similar. Plus, the cover was really funny and the synopsis promising.

“Attempting Elizabeth” didn’t disappoint me. It was as good as as fun as I expected it. I had a great time reading it and I will remember it for a long time. It put a big smile on my face. J

To be honest, until I started reading the book I’ve forgot part of the synopsis. So when we find Kelsey in “Pride and Prejudice” I was pretty surprised and the surprise was good. Such a great plot twist! Now don’t tell me that you’ve never imagined yourself as your favorite character, because I won’t believe it. When I was a child, I imagined myself as Bella Swan a thousand times.  So Kelsey’s craziness about Elizabeth Bennett wasn’t exactly craziness, if you understand what I mean.

The plot is suuuper original and unique! Not only because of the jumping-into-another-novel thing, but because of the way Kels and Mark’s relationship develop. A great thing about this novel is that the main character don’t jump into a relationship without knowing each other. And if I remember correctly, it was past 50% when they kissed and I so appreciated this thing. I am sick of NA books where the main character hook right after they meet.

Kels is so weird around Mark that it made me laugh. But he is as weird as she is around her, so they were perfect for each other. I liked their conversations: they were smart, funny,substantial and flirty. This book has great dialogues, the kind that aren’t shallow.

Even though the plot is very captivating, there were times when I felt like the action was a little dragged and it bored me. Most of the time I was reading like a maniac, trying to see what will happen next with Kels, but sometimes I was, like I said, a little bored.

Kelsey was insane. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand her need of seeing what is like to be in her favorite character’s skin, but she was insane. Seriously, who would’ve jumped in a novel without having the security that they will come back? I wouldn’t have done it, to be honest. There was a great possibility that she didn’t come back. She also annoyed me a little with tat obsession of hers for Mr. Darcy. Kels, you have a hotter guy than Darcy waiting for you and you are wasting your time on something false?

The writing style is sooo awesome! I loved it! It’s cursive, funny sometimes, dramatic other times, and beautiful. It’s the kind of writing style I like. Also, Jessica is a hell of an author. Her imagination is endless. She did a great job creating her world and, as I said, her writing style is ah-mazing!

Mark’s character wasn’t that great portrated. Yes, I understood that he is good looking, but his personality is a little unknown to me. I don’t really know what he is like, except of smart and funny. I would’ve liked to get to know him better. I felt like the author focuses more on his looks than on his personality.

The atmosphere was soooooooo awesome! It was something between old and modern – Price and Prejudice + Attempting Elizabeth. All the scenes from ‘Price and Prejudice’ made me want to read the book again. I’ve read it when I was a child, so I don’t remember much of it. But I will as sure read it soon, thanks to Jessica. Btw, it’s obviously that she is a huge fan of this book.  😉

Overall, ‘Attempting Elizabeth’ is a beautiful love story that made me smile. I really recommend it to every fan of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and of love stories will love it. J

Rate: 4 stars out of 5

About the author:

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Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.
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Blog Tour: “Everything between us” by Mila Ferrera (Book review)

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Everything Between Us by Mila Ferrera
Publication date: November 5th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis:

Daniel’s got everything figured out. He makes a good living as an artist … mostly through offering “private shows” to the wives of local wealthy businessmen. He never stops playing the game and never lets anyone touch his heart. But when his current fling offers him a few hundred an hour for art lessons for her reclusive, college-dropout daughter, Daniel finds himself forgetting his own rules. The girl is rude. Insulting. Incredible.

And she sees straight through him.

Stella is hiding from the world, not because she wants to, but because crippling panic attacks await her every time she tries to live a normal life. She’s determined to push everyone–including her handsome new art teacher—away. But Daniel makes it utterly impossible. The guy is irritating. Mocking. Magnetic.

And makes her want things she knows she can never have.

What starts as a battle of wills turns into passion, where giving in means facing the things that scare them most.

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I was really excited about this book, but after my experience with New Adult  lately, I was a little afraid before I started it. I didn’t want to read another stupid story about a girl who falls in lve with a guy. I wanted more.

And I got more. I got so, so much more.

‘Everything between us’ was perfect. Now, excuse my words but… This book was fucking perfect.

I loved it. Really. I did.

I loved evey single world in this book. Even though I tried, I couldn’t kind any flaw at ‘Everything between us’. It’s my type of book and I am seriously happy that I’ve read it. I needed a read like this one after all those NA books that disappointed me.

Judging this book by this cover, I expected it to be a beautiful love story. And it was. ‘Everything between us’ is a beautiful love story. BUT! It is NOT just a love story. What I found in this story amazed me and gave me hope that there are still authors that write New Adult books but know how to be original.

Except of a beautiful love story, ‘Everything between us’ is a story about facing our fears, living our lifes and coping with our emotions. This book taught me that I can do whatever I want. It also taught me that I should always confornt my fears. And that nobody should tell me what I need to do with my life. It told me that following my heart is good.

There are two sides at this story: the hot, happy side where Daniel and Stella flirt and kiss and banter and sketch. The side that puts a smile on my face. And then there’s that other part, the one that makes me sad and nostalgic and that teaches me things. The broken side, where the characters are sad and broken and afraid. The side where Liza appears, where Stella panicks and Daniel is broken. The side that makes me loved this book. The side that it’s deep and meaningful. This side of the story and of the book that made it different and original.

The plot itself is quite unique. Stella is a troubled young woman that won’t leave her house. I won’t tell you why because it would be a huge spoiler. Daniel is an attractive guy who sells himself so he can make a living as a painter. Daniel is also a guy that won’t cope with his own feelings. In a weird way, Daniel and Stella meet each other and even though at the beginning they can’t stand each other, they quickly find themselves attracted to each other like magnets.Because they understand each other and they see through the masque they both put on. Their relationship is broken and troubled and hard, yet beautiful and mending and it made me smile. I loved their relationship, as weird as it is. I loved the way Stella could see through Daniel, or the way that Daniel would help Stella with her fears. They are perfect for each other.

The characters are so well created!! Stella’s mom, Liza? She was such a bitch, but I also loved her because through her I could see what a great author Mila is. I understood what a bitch Liza is from the very first moment when I ‘met’ her. But Mila did a great job with her. She created a character that is easy to understand and that shows the reader that the author knows how to creat and portrate a character.

Daniel is definitely a complex and interesting character too. He is very different and even though at first I thought he was like every hot guy in New Adult books, he is not. He can be sweet, he can be caring, loving, he can be anything he wants.

Stella is… I loved her. She is so strong and sweet and I just loved her. I wanted to hug her all the time. I wanted to take away all her fears and pain. I connected very easily with both her and Daniel, which is a great thing.

The writing is oh-so-beautiful. I loved it. Mila, if you read this, I want you to know that you are an amazing author. Really. Your writing is beautiful, neat and the text kind of flows from itself. You have a way of making the reader love it and your way of describing feelings are places and people is amazing.

I was hooked with this book all the time while reading it. It has that kind of story that, at a brief glance, looks simple. But when you read it, you realise that it’s complex and powerful and captivating.

I loved this book and I recommend it to everyone. You will love it, I am sure. You can’t not love a book like ‘Everything between us’. It’s a beautiful love story and a story about facing our own  fears.

Rate: 5.5 stars out of 5

About the author:

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Mila Ferrera lives in New England, where she has a family and a job and does various normal, everyday things, all while plotting novels in her head. She has a passion for writing new adult/adult romance featuring psychological twists and tortured heroes. Her own psychology internship involved plenty of consultation, but alas, no sexy Swedish doctors, and her decision to make one up is what sparked her self-publishing adventures. She’s the author of SPIRAL (available now), ONLY BETWEEN US (9/3/13), and EVERYTHING BETWEEN US (11/5/13).

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Blog Tour: ‘Vacationista’ by Tara Simone (Book Review)

Vacationista by Tara Simone

A broken heart. A ticket to paradise. A resort full of honeymooners …
the last thing newly single Patience De La Rosa needs if she’s to find a candidate for a casual rebound.
Her luggage catching a flight to Mauritius instead of Maui doesn’t help matters and a maxed out credit
card doesn’t buy a girl a fresh pair of panties. Then there’s the annoying weird guy, the one who’s married
to his laptop, sitting beside her at the pool.

Odds for a fling improve when three single, sexy and willing candidates cross her path. Though
Patience’s luggage may be M.I.A., her breakup baggage crossed the Pacific with her. Will Patience cast it
aside, throw caution to the tropical winds and indulge in island debauchery? Or will a tea leaf reader’s
prediction about her romantic excursions come true in unexpected ways?

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“Vacationista is a sparkling romantic-comedy gem with one of the wittiest
heroines I have read in ages! Full of zingy one-liners, clever quips and
some of the best dialogue ever!” -NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely

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*I was provided with a copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

O.M.G. This book is pure awesomeness! I loved every single word of it and I would read it any time! PER-FECT!

‘Vacationista’ is the kind of book that cheers you up. It’s drama free. Well, maybe not exactly drama free, but it has that funny drama in it. That drama that makes you laugh, not cry. Also, this book is perfect for summer or for the beginning of autumn. It just warms you and it reminds you of good times on the beach.

Ok, so I loved the book from the first word. When I opened it and I started to read I knew I found a book that I would have a good time with. And my predictions were right. ‘Vacationista’ isn’t only a easy to read book. It’s funny, it’s well written, it’s an amazing love story, it’s everything you might want when you are depressed because school starts in a week. xD

Hm… I don’t even know what I liked the most about this book. ‘The nudge’ or the funny drama or the atmosphere? Probably Patience and Huey.. oh and Coco. We can’t forget about Coco. She was important.

When ‘I met’ Huey for the first time, well… I knew he was a nudge. xD No, seriously. I knew he is great.  And he was funny and smart. Really, really smart. And even though he wasn’t tanned and didn’t have hard abs, he’s perfect for Patience.

Speaking of Patience… well, the girl is crazy. The things she did and said were crazy.But I loved her. And she and Huey are perfect for each other. The chemistry between them is obvious from the very first moment they met. Their dialogues are smart and dripping with flirt and sarcasm.

Every character in this book is portrated in an amazing way. Even if they are supporting characters we get to know them and their personalities.

The atmosphere in this book gives you a great vibe. It’s very relaxed and it makes you wanna book a trip in Maui.

The book is very short and I don’t know if I liked this or not. I usually like it when I read a book in a day, but this time I wanted to spend more time with Huey and Patience. As a couple, of course. Oh, and this is why I want a sequel. I wanna read more about Patience and Huey as a couple and see their new adventures.

Oh em gi I almost forgot about Gina. My my, that woman is a blast! Literally! I loved her from the beginning. So powerful, so determinated, so lovely. I would love if the author would write Gina’s book. I wanna know her better.

So… I definitely recommend ‘Vacationista’, one of my favorite reads this summer. It’s perfect if you want a read that would cheer you up. The love story will make you grin, like it made me grin. Go and read it!

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

Excerpt from Vacationista by Tara Simone

The hotel phone rings and shakes me from my rage. Please let it be good news. Please let my luggage be here. I am so sick of wearing this peach tank top, what I wouldn’t do for a basic cotton tee. I cannot believe this shirt was ever my favorite. I answer the phone.

“Hello?”

“I need help,” a voice mumbles.

“Who is this?”

“The albino guy with the sunburn.”

“It’s six o’clock in the morning. How did you know I was awake?”

“I didn’t. I need help.”

Huey’s room is actually one of twelve cottages that sit on a small cliff beyond the pool area looking out over the ocean. I use the term cottage loosely. Each one looks to be twice the size of the cottage I shared with Dan in Encanto. Floor to ceiling walls of privacy glass provide an unobstructed view of the ocean. Under a faux thatched roof is a private lanai with hammocks and patio furniture straight from the pages of a design magazine. The door to his unit is unlocked just as he said it would be.

If the outside was impressive, the inside is jaw dropping amazing.

This is ridiculous.

The furniture is several notches above what was in Ted’s room. Really fluffy, deep cushioned cream colored sofas and chairs that I just want to jump onto and crawl up in.

“Huey?” I call out. “I’m here.”

His voice calls out from another area of the house. “I’m in the bathtub.”

Hmmm. Generally if a man calls me to the bathtub I know what to expect. But this is Huey, and even though he is calling me to the bathtub, I don’t expect him to have any ulterior motives. Because it’s Huey. He’s not manipulative. I walk past the living room and through the sliding pocket doors that lead to the bedroom. To my left, a door is half open. I approach it carefully and stand just outside it without looking in.

“What can I do to help?”

“Come in.”

“If you’re in the tub, I’d rather not.”

“Have you never seen a man naked? Or are you just afraid you’ll be so overwhelmed by my sex god physique that you will jump me.”

“The latter.”

“I thought so. That is why everything provocative is covered. You will be safe in my presence.”

I take him at his word and poke my head around the door. The tub is huge. HUGE. It’s one of those Jacuzzi tubs built for two. Huey is in it. His man parts are indeed covered from view by lots of bubbles and a tray that stretches across the width of the tub, on which sits his laptop. This is not surprising to me. What is surprising to me is that he is submerged in water and bubbles the color of dirt.

“Why is the water brown?”

“It’s tea.” He fishes around in the water and holds up three tea bags. “There are a hundred tea bags in here.”

“Why?”

“Because Google said so.”

“For the burn?”

“Yes.”

“Where’d you get the tea bags?”

“Room service.”

“So you called me because what? You need cream and sugar?”

“If I wasn’t in so much pain I’d laugh at your witty observation. But not right now.”

“Fair enough. How can I help?”

“I can’t type. My arms hurt too much to type any longer. And I have to get this done. I need you to type for me.”

“I’m not getting in the tub.”

“I wasn’t asking you to. Though now that you mentioned it, that could be interesting, the tub is built for two.”

“Is it? I hadn’t noticed.”

“Best you not get in, you won’t be able to keep your hands off me. You can sit there and type.” He points to an area of the bathroom out of my view. I step further inside the bathroom. There are two white chaises, just as fluffy as the sofa in the living room.

“There is a living room in your bathroom,” I say. “I can’t fit a towel rack in my bathroom. And you have chaises in your bathroom.”

“Technically, it’s not my bathroom. And if you help me I will buy you a towel rack that fits in your bathroom.”

“Okay, Huey, I’ll type for you under two conditions.”

“And they are?”

“One, I get to order breakfast.”

“For someone so thin, you do eat a lot. The room service menu is on the desk in the bedroom.”

“And two, I’m out of here at ten to sit by the pool.”

“Do you realize you continue to put yourself in grave danger?”

“Of what?”

“M-E-L-A-N-O-M-A”

“Wow. You can spell big words. Impressive.”

“I mean it. Why do you worship the sun? Don’t you know it’s bad for you?”

“I’m twenty-six. I am allowed a vice or two. You’re like thirty-two going on sixty. Would you relax a little?”

“I did relax. With you. In the pool. And look what happened.”

“Okay, if you’re trying to make me feel guilty −,”

“I am.”

“It’s working. I’m going to go order breakfast, want anything?”

“Orange juice.”

“Really or are you being facetious?”

“Orange juice and the buckwheat pancakes with chocolate chips and maple syrup, please.”

I don’t know why he makes me chuckle but he does. He’s so formal and offbeat at the same time. I’m fairly certain he would have been the kid in my high school who had been tormented by the cool crowd. If I had known him then, I probably would have dismissed him, just as I did the first day at the pool. But in his own odd way, he’s kind of cool and fun and funny.

“Hello,” I say into the room phone, “I’d like to place an order please.”

“Yes, Mrs. Anders, what can we get you?”

Why does everyone here think I’m married? Oh, right, because everyone here except me is part of a couple.

I hate this place.

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Blog Tour: “The Space in Between” by Brittainy C. Cherry


New Adult Contemporary
Date Published: 9/17/2013
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She’s scarred by her past.

ANDREA EVANS is traumatized and guilt-ridden by the death of her fiancée. Tired of the gossiping small town, she travels to New York City to pursue her dream of dance. When her dreams don’t instantly come to fruition, she ends up working at a strip club with her best friend.

He’s uncertain of his future.

COOPER DAVIDSON is a famous photographer and reality television star trying to flee from his own life filled with paparazzi, mental health clinics, and a cheating wife who is pregnant.

When Andrea and Cooper’s paths cross, they realize how damaged and in need of escapism they both are. The two create an arrangement to explore the space in between chaos and order with one another. The rules are simple—no emotional connections, no talking about the past, no speaking of the future, and when one finds order, the other walks away.

All is well until Cooper falls in love with Andrea. Will Andrea open up and let someone else into her closed off heart? Can Cooper stop the tabloids and his crazed wife from exposing his past and painting Andrea as a prostitute to the world before her life spirals back down to the land of chaos?

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Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her loved ones and loves a great romance. The Space In Between is her debut novel and she looks forward to the world being able to read it!  Other hobbies that she loves to take part in are writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly of course.
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*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

My, my, what a book! I absolutely loved it! Didn’t expect to love it so much, but you can’t not love a book like this. For me, “The Space in Between” is a perfect book.

Once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. I was quickly hooked in and I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately, I had to put it down many times, because school and other duties were calling. But my mind was always there, always wondering what will happen next. I linked with Andrea and Cooper quickly and I felt like they were my best friend for a lifetime.

Speaking about Andrea and Cooper… such amazing characters!! Very well portrated, with amazing personalities and they have such great souls it’s impossible not to love them.

This may seem your daily story: a guy and a girl with broken pasts trying to cope with their demons and feeling, meanwhile falling in love with each other. But “The Space in Between” is so much more. “The Space In Between” is an amazing, beautiful love story. It’s a story that teaches you about being brave, about learning how to cope with your feelings. It’s the kind of story that breaks your heart and then mends it.  It’s my kind of story.

The feelings are so well described that you actually feel them. Love,hate, anger, joy… you feel everything.

The writing. AH-MAZING! The writing voice is so nice that the text it’s kind of flowing. I don’t know how to describe it.. you just have to read this book and find out yourself.

Cooper. Oh, Cooper. It’s so easy to fall for him. The guy Is gorgeous! Smart, funny, sexy, he knows how to make a girl fall for him. And he always knows what to say . Yup, definitely my kind of guy.

I found some absolutely beautiful quotes in this book. Unfortunately, I didn’t write all of them down, but one stayed in my mind and always will. This one:

“I’ll be better tomorrow.”
“No you won’t. But that’s okay…I’ll wait.”
“For how long?”
“How long will I wait? Take forever and multiply it by infinity. And then I’ll wait some more.” 

This quote should tell you a lot about this book.

I liked the way Andrea and Cooper’s relationship developed. It didn’t seem forced and I didn’t get the feeling that they moved to fast. I really, really appreciated this thing. Lately, NA authors tend to write a love story where the main characters fall in love immediately. Brittainy chose to be different.

Overall, “The Space in Between’ is an amazing, touching and very different novel that I absolutely loved.  Yes,  I definitely recommend it and yes, I am super glad I read it. J

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

 

Blog Tour: “Recklessly” by A.J. Sand (Book Review)


Mature New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 8/28/2013
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Surfing and sex. This is Wes Elliott’s life. And it’s just the way he likes it.   `After seeing his parents stay in a loveless marriage his entire life, and burying away a heartbreak from his past, he knows where romance is best left: crappy chick movies. He’d rather lust and eventually leave, and that’s exactly what the plan was when he met Lana Langston.

Except…turns out she’s only in it for the thrills, too. She’s always only in it for the thrills: life in the literal fast lane on her motorcycle, and the hot nights in forbidden places without the awkward talks in the mornings after. She’s Wes Elliott in way tighter jeans.

So, this should be perfect, right? 

But the more time Wes spends with her, the more he wants the nights to turn into mornings. 

And maybe even longer. Suddenly, it isn’t so perfect for him anymore.And the things he thought were buried are digging themselves up.   

Now Wes is in a lot of trouble.

He’s falling in love with the one girl who might be a bigger risk than even a guy who gets barreled by the most dangerous waves in the world is willing to take on.

Can Wes and Lana figure out a way to make it work? Or is he headed for something far more reckless?

Due to the sexual content, language and violence, this work is not recommended for readers under 18.

 About the author:

A.J. Sand grew up an only child whose parents bought her many, many books to keep her busy, so it was only natural that she would start writing her own stories. She is the author of “Documentary” and “Remake.” She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.

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‘Recklessly’ is the 3rd volume in A.J. Sand’s series, ‘Documentary . I need to say that I haven’t read the first two books, ‘Documentary’ and ‘Remake’. Even though, I didn’t have a problem reading the 3rd volume as a stand alone. But I plan on reading the first two books soon.

‘Recklessly’ is an amazing book. A truly amazing, absolutely lovable book. It’s that kind of book that obsesses you. All you wanna do is sit down and read. Because, as I said before, ‘Recklessly’ is an amazing book. After I finished it, I was very impressed. Really, I didn’t expect to like to so much.

Ok, so. We have Wes. He’s hot, blonde, smart, lovely, oh did I mention hot? He’s a surfer. He’s the kind of guy that is God’s gift to women. He’s having sex with any chick he wants, he drinks, he parties, he surfs. Oh and he reads. A lot. And he is smart. Really, really smart and funny. And under this appearance of his as a bad guy, he’s actually a really great guy. He’s smart, he cares about other people, he’s a great friend and a great brother. But he is broken as well. He can’t get over his ex’s betrayal and death. But he’s one of those guys that, at the first glance, they seem shallow and stupid and just hot. But when you get to know them, you figure that they are not what they seem.

Then we have Lana… I liked her in general, but sometimes I didn’t. She made some mistakes and took some decisions that made me angry.She made me so angry when she was with Brody. I mean, seriously. Wanna prove your boyfriend that you respect him and you’re into him?(Spoiler alert!) Don’t go and party with your ex that your boyfriend hates! That was a stupid mistake. A really, really stupid mistake. But what was even more stupid was her, not telling Wes about it. Then another mistake was getting into that damn car with Brody. (Spoiler over!)

But then again, she was a genius sometimes! Such a badass. And smart. And funny. Her conversations with Wes were impressive. And their passion for books was really special and gave this book something more. I think Lana and Wes are perfect for each other. They both have strong personalities and they are both fun.

Their love is tragic, beautiful and reckless. Their story reminded me of classics books-where the atmosphere and the  love story is so tragic that your world and your mood become, for a few days, well… tragic.

The atmosphere in this book reminded me of 90210. You know, the surfing part, beaches, affairs, sex, parties, hot guys.. it reminded me of summer. And of serials like 90210.

The dialogues between the characters were either smart, flirtatious, funny or in banter. The relationships between the chatacters were normal and well developed. I love Wes’s relationship with Abel. They were the perfect brothers. Always taking care of each other, always making fun of each other.  That one scene, with Abel, near the end? It almost made me throw my Kindle into the wall. Well,luckly, I didn’t have to.

Over all, ‘Recklessly’ is one of the best book I’ve read this summer. It’s definitely a love story and a book that will mark you. Belive me, Wes and Lana’s stories and relationship will obsesses you. You’ll fall in love with the characters and with the story immediately. Highly recommended it!

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

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Cover Reveal: “Quintessentially Q” by Pepper Winters

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Quintessentially Q” is the sequel of ‘Tears of Tess’ by Pepper Winters. This time, Q is telling us his side of story.

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Buy links:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Tears-of-Tess-ebook/dp/B00EV9LSJI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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Blurb:
“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

 

Sneak Peak into Quintessentially Q…

 

*Prologue*

 

I thought I would be her nightmare—her terror and darkness. I wanted to be. I needed her more than food or sunlight. Only when she came into my life did I start to live—intoxicated by her taste, screams, and joy.

But our fucked up fairytale didn’t exactly have a happy ending.

Tess.

My Tess.

My esclave—so strong and fierce and sexually feral—wasn’t strong enough for what happened.

Her cage wasn’t me anymore.

It was them.

 

 

*Chapter One*

All I could think was—she’s dead. She had to be. All that blood, so bright with a coppery tang, almost sweet.

Her snowy skin was extra frosty, grey-blue eyes closed to me.

Rage and terror strangled as I fell to my knees in the warm puddle of crimson. The whip in my hands was slippery with sweat, and I hurled it away in disgust. I did this. I let myself go and showed my true self. The monster inside ruined the only brightness in my life.

“Tess?” I pulled her into my arms, dragging her cold, lifeless form closer. Blood smeared over us, and her red-welted body oozed with damnation.

“Wake up, esclave,” I growled, hoping an order would force those dove-blue eyes open. No response.

I bent, pressing my cheek against her mouth, waiting endlessly for a small puff of breath, a signal I hadn’t gone too far.

Nothing.

Fear stopped my heart, and all I wanted to do was rewind time. Rewind to a simpler place where I lived with needs and urges, but never let myself believe I could be free. Rewind to the day when Tess arrived, and I promptly sent her back to her silly boyfriend Brax. At least if I did, she would be safe and my life wouldn’t have ended.

At least then, Tess would be alive.

My demons killed her.

I killed her.

I threw my head back and howled.

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“Q. Q!”

Something sharp bit my shoulder and I flinched. Rolling away, I tried to ignore the call. I deserved to stay in this endless hell. The hell I created for killing the one woman who stole my life and showed me an emotion I never dared dream for: love.

My cheek smarted as if someone slapped me, blazing through the darkness with a bite of pain.

Eyes snapped open to a wild-eyed, blonde goddess on top of me. The debilitating terror wouldn’t leave, even though she was alive, and glaring at me with passion I grew to know so well.

“What the hell, Q. That’s the third time this week. You going to tell me what you’re dreaming about to warrant howling like a werewolf?” Tess pinned my shoulders to the mattress and I couldn’t stop muscles from tensing. I liked her on top, but didn’t like her holding me as if she was in control. It wasn’t how I worked.

“None of your business.” I rolled, grabbing her hips to pin her beneath me. I risked a small smile. With her under me, my world righted again. I ran hands over her waist, up her throat, to her lips. Her breath fluttered, coming faster and the rest of my panic receded.

She was still breathing.

I hadn’t killed her.

Yet.

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ARC Review: “Stay with me” by Elyssa Patrick

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Blurb:

New Adult/Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 17 and up.

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.

Book Trailer:
http://youtu.be/iCAxc72ZlaA

Read Chapters 1 – 3 here: http://elyssapatrick.blogspot.com/201…

Review:

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!*

I first heard about this book when I participated to the cover reveal. I fell in love with the synopsis immediately. I was sooo happy when I received a copy for review!!

What I expected from this book? I expected a spoiled main character, a hot guy and a common love story. I expected a book with lots of music, a dramatic story, lots of paparazzi and a common writing-style. But hell no, I didn’t get any of that and I am so glad! I got an amazing main character, a hot and smart guy, an unusual and oh-so-beautiful love story, not a lot of music, a dramatic but yet happy story, no paparazzi and an unique and oh-so-poetic writing style! I got a totally surprising and different book.

I so, so loved this book! I loved every word of it and every scene! It’s such a sweet, fun and intense read! I will follow this series for sure, because I fell in love with Elyssa’ writing and story.

“Stay with me” is a journey of finding Hailey’s true self. It’s a sweet and sexy love story. Caleb and Hailey make such a sweet couple! It’s obviously that they are made for each other. While Hailey is a little insecure on herself, Caleb is confident and super hot. He helps her in her journey of finding herself, love and the life she wants.

Ok, so I’ve always thought that being famous and rich and having everything you want is such an amazing thing! But after I read “Stay with me”, I questioned this statement of mine a little. I mean, ok, I love music. I’d do anything to be famous violinist. But I also love my mom. And I want my own life. So after I’ve  read ‘Stay with me’, I’ve never once sayed that I’d do anything to be a famous violinist again. Because this book showed me that there are more important than money and famous.

I loved to see how Hailey goes from a sad, self-conscious girl to a proud, happy and loved woman. It was a great journey, full of nice moments.

Caleb… whoa! The guy is perfect! He knows how to use words in his favor. And he is hot!

Now, as for the writring style… O.M.G. It was AH-MAZING! It was so poetic and so beautiful and so… soo…. PER-FECT! I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful and I didn’t expect myself to be jealous of Elyssa. I mean, seriously! Who wouldn’t like to write in that way? I know I would!

A character I adored? Caleb’s sister! She is so funny and gorgeous and independent and strong. She is soooo me! I mean, she acts like I do, she speaks like I do and she thinks like I do. So yeah, I kinda loved her!

I really, really loved “Stay with me”. It’s an amazing read, with an intense, yet bright story, with well portrated characters and a perfect love story. It’s the kind of read that hooks you from the beginning and you still have a hangover even after 3 weeks after you’ve finished it. It took me a while to write this review because I didn’t know how to describe it. I still don’t like my review and this is why I consider that you should read the book and find out how amazing is by yourself.

I gladly give this book 5 stars out of 5. Now go read it, you won’t regret it!

‘Waiting for the Storm’ Blog Tour: Book review

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Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry
Publication date: April 9th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

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Synopsis:

Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…

Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?

About the author:
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Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories—October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit—November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews. For more on Marie and her books, please visit marielandry.blogspot.ca or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca).
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Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

I…I…I freaking loved this book!! I can’t find the right words to describe it! It’s brilliant! A lot better than I expected!!

I fell in love with Marie’s book immediately after I started it. It has an incredible atmoshpere and just the right amount of drama to keep you reading. It has great characters, sad but oh-so-beautiful story and a fast paced action. In less words, it has everything you need to enjoy a book.

Marie is an amazing author! I loved her writing style and the fact that there are no rushed scenes! Her writing style and the characters are the best things about ‘Waiting for the storm’!

The story is touching, powerful and one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. I laughed, I cried, I got angry with Ella. Speaking about Ella, part of me knew that she was grieving her mother’s death, but part of me wanted to just high five her face. Multiple times.With a tire.

This is one of those stories that in the beginning, it’s sad. And depressing. And you are reading while eating ice cream. But as the story goes on and you go further in the book, it starts to become more light and it just warmes your heart and it melts your heart. I was incredibly happy with the ending. It was just… perfect!

Ezra was a mystery for me from the beginning. He is not like every male character out there. He is sexy, indeed, but he doesn’t use this to win Charlotte. He is smart, funny, caring and loving.  The kind of character that everyone loves.

The romance between Ezra and Charlotte…well, it’s the kind of relationship I’d like to have. First, they are best friends. But step by step, they become lovers. Their relationship is built with baby steps and it’s based on trust and on their friendship.

This is the kind of book that you read on the beach with your best friend. Is a book about forgiving, about a second chance, about love, about going on and about friendship. I will always smile when I’ll hear the title of this book .

I really hope that this book will get tons of reads, because it’s amazing! I highly recommend it!

5 stars out of 5.

Giveaway:

If you’d like to win an eCopy of this book, please leave a comment here. I’ll choose and announce the winner that will receive an electronic copy of “Waiting for the storm” on August 20th. 🙂

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‘See’ Blog Tour: Book review

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Blurb:

Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your passions is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….it’s life altering. Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the dammed to humble in silence.

One night…just a few friends, how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.

Part of her had been stolen…she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.

Sitting in the ER with her angry mother she couldn’t figure out what she was missing, or even how. Her thoughts told her that she needed to protect Britain, a friend of hers, but that didn’t make any sense – Britain didn’t need to be protected from anyone, he was strong, young, and absurdly wealthy. Charlie also knew that even though her friend Bianca called Charlie her best friend, she didn’t trust her …she was almost sure she despised her, but she couldn’t figure out why, or understand how random thoughts were telling her that she adored both Britain and Bianca – that they were her saviors – that they brought silence to the unstoppable whispers, but the silence scared Charlie. In her mind anyone or anything that could bring silence to something that dark could not be good.

Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister, within that small town Charlie found her memories and so much more.

Her story begins now.

 

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Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Website: http://www.insightjamiemagee.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4200019.Jamie_Magee

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Insight.Jamie.Magee

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jamie_Magee

Review:

 Was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!

General Opinion: When I saw the cover of this book for the first time I thought “WOW! This book is going to be great! I need to read it!’. Well, after I read it, I have to recognize that I wasn’t right this time… “See” is not a great book. “See” is an amazing book! It took me a little by surprise, because I didn’t expect to love it so much!

What I liked the most:  Oh… let me think. I think the combination between action, fantasy, love and YA made ma adore this book. ‘See’ it’s a very complex book that has everything. I couldn’t get bored while reading this great book because I always found an element that I love.

 Other good things: I loved the way Jamie choose to show us what happened in Charlie’s past. I loved the way she built this story.

Jamie’s character are so strong and it’s so easy to connect with them! I felt from Charlie and her drama from the very first second. To be honest, between Draven and Aden I’d choose Aden. He’s got such a charm!

I was intrigued by the story even from the start. I read this book very fast because I was very curious to find out what is going on with Charlie, what’s her story and what is so special about her.

‘See’ is not just a paranormal book. ‘See’ is a book about friendship, about problems with boyfriends and parents. This book approaches  almost every problem that a teenager can have.

What I disliked at this book: Oh.My. Even though she has my name, Bianca annoyed me to pieces!!!! Everytime she was in the scene, I wanted to punch my Kindle. Oh yeah, and Britain is the same story. It annoyed me that he couldn’t leave Charlie alone. UGH!

Final Opinion: ‘See’ is an amazing journey through memories, a sweet love story and a great paranormal! I loved every bit of it and I seriously can’t wait to read the sequel. I’m curious to see Charlie’s adevantures and I really want to know what’s the deal  with Birtain.

I recommend it to: Fans of Paranormal, YA and thriller.

Would I read it again: I haven’t decided yet. We’ll see.

Do I want to read the sequel: I don’t want.I need to read it!

Rate: 5 stars out of 5.

 

‘Raskha’ Blog Tour: Review

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She has no name.

 

She has her knives, her training, and her halo.

 

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…

 

Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt…

 

Love.

 

When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

 

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

Raksha is the call of the dead. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

Author bio:

Frankie Rose

 

Frankie Rose is a British expat, who is currently enjoying the perks of living in Australia- her awesome husband, sunshine, and vitamin D. She spends her time creating fictional universes in which the guy sometimes gets the girl, the heroes occasionally die, and the endings aren’t always happy. But they usually are.

Website:   www.frankierosewrites.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frankie-Rose/149657735200116

Twitter:      @byfrankierose

Pinterest:   http://pinterest.com/frankierose101/

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!

General Opinion: I have to recognize that I didn’t get along well with this book from the beginning. It seemed a little difficult to get into the story. I found too many long descriptions, too little action and no emotion. I understood why there were no emotions described in the beginning after I figured out what is the halo and what it does.I also felt like the author needed to describe her world a little better. It took me very long to find out what is a halo and what it does. I don’t know how Frankie’s world works, their rules or just… what is a Falin or a True (did I remember them correctly?). I would love if Frankie could write a short novella where she would describe Raksha’s world so we can understand it better.

After the first 40% of the book, the action started to develop fast, there were feelings, amazing characters (Oh, Ryka!) and the story hooked me. It was like a click. It was like taking of a halo. Suddenly, I started to love the book. You know, thinking about it now, I think that this was rankie’s intention. To show us what it was like to live with a halo on you. Definitely recommend this book!

What I liked the most: I’m totally in love with the love story. (Well, that was an wierd way to say what I feel. lol) It’s so romantic and I loved how Frankie developed it. Slowly. Kit’s relationship with Ryka develops slowly. It’s kind of a ‘hate to love’ relationship. I totally loved this thing. I’m so full of ‘love a first sight’ stories, that ‘Raksha’ felt like a gulp of air.

Ryka-No, I meant all the characters. Yeah, totally, I liked how they were created-That blonde hair, that amazing personality-. Different from each other, with strong personalities and just very likable. 🙂

Though I found some touches from ‘Divergent’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. You know, the fights, the factions – these things reminded me of ‘Divergent” and ‘The Hunger Games’. Even with this touches, the dystopian world of ‘Raksha’s is probably one of the most different and unique world I’ve read about until now.

Let me say that Frankie is such a talented author!! I loved her writing style, her characters, her world… everything about her book screams ‘She’s talented!She’s brilliant! She’s gonna be famous!’. Frankie, I really want to read your other books. I’m your fan!

The ending impressed me and made me crave for more. I’ll definitely miss Kit and her stubbornness and Ryka. Well, I’ll miss them, together.

What I disliked: I disliked a little the beginning. It was a slowly start. What annoyed me very much were those long, absolutely boring descriptions. I would’ve appreciated if they weren’t there.

Final Opinion: This book deserves to be read and loved! It’s an amazing book and oh my, the author is so talented that sometimes it’s overwhelming. I’d love to write like her! “Raksha” is worth the time! Loved it!

I recommend it to: Everyone, but especially to fans of dystopias.

Would I read it again: I will probably miss Ryka until the 2nd book comes out, so probably yes.

Do I want to read the sequel: OF COURSE! I can’t wait to read it!!

Rate: 4.5 stars out of 5

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