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Reviews~~ GUS by Kim Holden #DoEpic

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The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues …

This is the story of Gus.
Losing himself.
Finding himself.
And healing along the way.

“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”

Gus: http://amzn.to/1K9pKzo

JADE’S 5 STAR REVIEW

When our beloved Kim Holden wrote Bright Side, there was NO WAY IN HELL lightning was going to strike twice when she revealed she was going to write about our favorite heart-broken rock-star Gus. Right?! 

WRONG!!!  Because Kim Holden has done it AGAIN!!!!!
*Warning- If You haven’t read Bright Side by Kim Holden, there are spoilers in this review as these book do somewhat tie together, oh and we can no longer be friends…*
You have just finished drying your tears and wiping the snot from your face from the ugliest cry you’ve ever had when you read Bright Side, and Kim Holden takes you right back to that fateful day on page 1 in Gus.  Immediately, your heart is shattered for him, for Keller, for yourself, for THE WORLD for losing such a beautiful soul.  
“I used to take laughter for granted.  I was surrounded by it for years.  Then the laughter died with Bright side.  I feel like I’ve have to learn how to laugh all over again”- GUS
Gus’s light has been burned out.  He watched his best friend and other half slip from his life.  He can’t find his way without Kate… Bright Side. The realization that he can’t feel her or hear her is too much for him to bare and his coping mechanisms are becoming a major cause for concern to his best friends, and band mates of Rook.
And THAT is what GUS is about.  It’s Gus TAKING US on his journey in healing after losing Bright Side, because we ALL are in fact still mourning her loss.  But what we ALL will find, among other things, is what we do in memory of her. We live our lives with love and positivity because of her.  Bright Side is EMBEDDED is Gus’s bones and within his heart FOREVER and that can never be taken away.  What’s also beautiful to see is the camaraderie and support system Gus has.  It makes you feel so much better for him.  Just knowing this unconventional “family” he has that love him so much WILL NOT LET HIM FALL!!!
I know most of you are scared going into this book.  Please do not be.  Be excited because you too will learn to heal in many ways.  Only the most talented of writers will have you SMILE throughout an entire book like this.  Yes you will be teary eyed at points, I won’t lie of course, but before the tears spill, you will laugh or break out into a full blown cheese.  This is TRUE Kim Holden writing.  Excellence and Beauty and Heavy but she makes it LIGHT… HOW?!  I dont know…. I just dont.  But it’s everything you have been waiting for… and more.
I have a new appreciation for simple snacks that contain peanut butter.
I will now look at my millions of post it notes and smile, 
I will ALWAYS use a bendy straw… Because bendy straws ARE the Shit!!!
Thank you Kim for giving us yet another Gift.  You Rock Dude… And We Love You!
Do Epic… I’ve Fallen In Love With Epic… It’s The ONLY WAY TO LIVE!
5 out of 5 EPIC BLUSHES!!!!!!!!!

 

LOUISA’S 5 STAR REVIEW

My review will be short and sweet because like Bright Side, everyone needs to experience Gus for themselves.  I can’t tell you the story because YOU need to read this book and feel the feels that happen to you while reading.

This book is a “continuation” of Bright Side.  It’s Gus’s life after Kate – that’s all I am going to say about that!

Kim Holden has the ability to break your heart and have you smile all in the same moment.  I cried while reading Gus, nothing like the crying that happened while reading Bright Side, but a different kind of cry.  A cathartic, soul redeeming cry.  I honestly can say,  the way I live my life, every day, has changed since reading Bright Side, meeting Kate, Gus, Keller, and all the amazing people (yes they are real people) Kim has brought into my life, I live each day to it’s fullest. We are not guaranteed tomorrow so take each day by the balls and live it!

Do Epic – really does say it all.  If everyone lived their life with this manta, the world would be a better place.

Thank you Kim Holden for making me a better person.

Click HERE to read our 5 star review of Bright Side

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Kim Holden live in the greatest city in the world: Denver, Colorado. Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle, Facebook, iced coffee, and music. I also love dreaming. And speaking of dreaming, I have a bit of advice for anyone reading this … follow your dreams. It’s never too late. Get started today … heck get started RIGHT NOW! Make your dreams reality.
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Review ~~ Carter Reed 2 by Tijan

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CARTER REEED 2
By Tijan
 April 27, 2015
synopsis
Carter bought his way out of the mafia to protect Emma, but when an old ghost returns to the Mauricio Family, a chain of events starts that can harm everyone. While Carter must decide to return to the Mauricio Family or not, a face that is oddly familiar to Emma comes into her life. She’s given the chance to discover more about her family while tension between the rivaling Mauricio and Bertal Family comes to a head in an explosive way. The truce is officially off, and when the two worlds collide, Carter’s decision is made. 
He didn’t start this war, but he will end it. 
He will do anything to protect Emma.

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KERRY’S 4 STAR REVIEW

Carter Reed is every ladies fantasy but he only belongs to one…Emma is his life and he would due anything to protect her, even if it meant going back to the mob. Carter is known and has been a cold blooded killer, he will take anyone out even if it meant his own family. When Emma becomes a target, he will due anything to protect her, trust will be tested, lines will be crossed, there’s always loyalty in the mob but sometimes greed gets in the way, someone always becomes a liability but will it be enough for Carter to stay out or will he stay.

I have been waiting impatiently for more Carter Reed and so glad I got some more Carter! He is one mobsters I would want on my side and in my bed!! Emma is one lucky chick.. The connection between these two is so hot, steamy, there is so much action and so many players in the game that you will get so lost reading that you can’t believe you finished.
Tijan doesn’t disappoint us.. She knows what her fans want and she delivers. If you haven’t read about Carter Reed I suggest you grab your copy you don’t know what you’re missing!
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Blog Tour ~~ Capture (Elements of Chemistry #3) by Penny Reid

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Capture
by Penny Reid
Hypothesis #3
Publication Date: May 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, New Adult, Romance

Tour: Capture by Penny Reid
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Elements of Chemistry: CAPTURE is the third part in a three part series; it is 70k words.
Part 1 (ATTRACTION) will be released April 9, 2015.
Part 2 (HEAT) will be released April 30, 2015.
Part 3 (CAPTURE) will be released May 16, 2015.

Nicole’s 5 Star Review

Ever closed the final book of a series that you loved and thought that’s exactly how the ending should be? For me, it ‘s only happened a few times. One of those times was when I finished the final installment of Elements of Chemistry trilogy, Capture. I might have sighed a little because the ending was what I was hoping for. I may have mourned a little because Kaitlyn and Martin’s story came to an end. Regardless, I loved this trilogy from start to finish.

Capture begins with a bit of a time hop. As the book opens, we are take a nine month trip into the future where Kaitlyn is faced with one of her greatest fears, seeing her first-love, Martin. Kaitlyn has grown up a lot since she broke up with Martin, but her heart is still young and tender. Seeing Martin brings back memories and feels that hurt her still vulnerable heart. For Martin, the last nine months have been busy and life-changing, and without Katy. The edge that he had before seems to have dulled from having his heart broken. When random chance allows the two of them to reconnect, we get a story about growing up, taking chances, making mistakes and learning from all of those lessons. Oh! And we get hot sex! Because a book with Martin Sandeke needs to have hot sex in it!

And that’s all I’m going to tell you about the story. Be mad, but I’m not going to risk spoilers. Don’t worry! All of the feels are there. I snort-giggled in public which seems to be a habit of mine when reading anything by Penny Reid in a public space. I got butterflies and swoony. It’s all there, I promise!

There are a few things you need to know before diving into Capture. First, you are going to want to bang your head on a desk several times. Dear Lord, Kaitlyn about killed me with all of her back and forths!! Then, I remembered when I was 20 years old and some of the brilliant decisions I made (at least to ME!!) that were just ridiculous. Keep that in mind, if you too made brilliant decisions that actually weren’t. Second, I wanted more heat, because in the last book, there was a lot of heat!! Capture is about two people finding their place in their own and each other’s worlds. It really isn’t about Martin and Kaitlyn getting into each other’s pants. They’ve already done that! Now, they need to open their hearts and minds and let the other one in. Third, there is a new character introduced that is yummy. His name is Abram and he’s not who he seems on the outside, and I want more of him.

This book deserves a 5 star rating for many reasons but the big one for me is that it complete a story of two people growing up, with and without each other. It’s about re-thinking what you thought you always wanted and who you want to be. It’s about taking chances and embracing their possibilities. In perfect Penny Reid style, all of my brain was engaged and all of my feels were felt. Can’t ask for much more than that!

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About Penny Reid

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway ~~ Shuttergirl by CD Reiss

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Are you ready for a different kind of love story?

Meet Michael & Laine in this Hollywood themed second chance romance by CD Reiss!

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Synopsis

ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness

ONE broken girl who touched him

TEN years to forget her

A MILLION stories in Hollywood

I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

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Louisa’s 4.5 Star Review

I have been told my so many friends to READ A CD REISS book already!  So this book is my first CD Reiss book and what a great start. (What I am hearing is this is very different from other books by her)

Michael, the movie star and Laine the paparazzi, how could they ever be together?

They may have met in high school, but that’s where their similarities end.  Michael was a child of an affluent hollywood couple. Laine, the foster child that went from home to home, looking for security and love.  She kept to herself in high school and had a chance meeting with Michael.  Their connection is high school was innocent but meaningful.  It was life altering for Laine, unbeknownst to Michael.  He always wondered what happened, he always saw her behind the camera but never approached her.

This is a second chance love story, which always makes me smile! Their reconnection was a doozie, again life altering.  Can a paparazzi who’s life it is to photograph movie stars BE accepted in the his world? Can she be in both worlds?  All she knows is being a paparazzi and all he knows is being a movie star! Can these 2 opposing worlds come together?

Laine…this woman was such a bad as, she was dealt a shit life, she didn’t allow that to make her a statistic, she worked hard and became a success!  Michael may have been handed a easy life, but he still worked and works hard everyday to continue to be the best he can.  This isn’t a story about an entitled alpha male movie star, Michael is a sweet, gentle but a take charge kind of guy!  Half of his fight, is Laine allowing herself to be cared for by Michael.  CD Riess’s  writing style was captivating, I am so glad I had the chance to watch this second chance love story unfold in front of my eyes and watch these two totally different people trying to piece their oh-so-different worlds together to maybe, just maybe get the happiness they both deserve.

An ARC was received for an honest review.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HrhiLC

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1FlYvSs

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ShutterGirl Book Trailer: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u2QJM0key0&feature=youtu.be

Excerpt 

I stroked his hair, waist deep in peace, all worry gone for the moment, and floating in no more than an ocean of gratitude. I must have been more vulnerable than I realized, or he’d reopened some wound with his kindness, because though my sweet reverie stayed, as the minutes passed, a layer of need fitted itself on top of it.

I needed to tell him, if not the details, the outlines of who I was.

“I want you to know,” I whispered, starting somewhere small, then everything I didn’t want to say spilled out. “I have stuff. I’ve never been to jail, but you know, it’s stuff, and it’s ugly, and it scares me. Because, I mean, you’re so perfect, and I’m… I’m just a mess. I’m not whole. I’m a bunch of pieces of a person I cobbled together.” My eyes got wet when I thought of the comparisons between us and that picture in my silverware drawer. “So if you have to move on when you realize that, I’ll understand. You have an image, and if anyone understands protecting a career, it’s me. I mean, I’ll be mad, don’t get that wrong, but also.” I swallowed and blinked, shifting my head so he wouldn’t feel the tear on his forehead. “I won’t blame you.”

I waited for an answer. Anything. A change in position or a word on any subject. The weather. Sports. Something. But all he did was breathe.

I smiled so wide, tears fell into my mouth. He was sleeping.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

Stalk Her: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram

GIVEAWAY & NOTE FROM AUTHOR

  • I am so happy with the response to Shuttergirl, and I cannot wait to send Michael and Laine out into the world, because who doesn’t swoon over a second chance at love?
  • It’s a new genre for me, and I’m exploding with excitement, so I’ve dropped some fantastic reasons for readers to get the book right away. 
  • TREAT YOURSELF LIKE A MOVIE STAR!
  • $500 Spa Gift Card
  • If you could get an hour, or ten away from the daily grind of paparazzi and interviews (or the job and kids), what would you do?
  • Get a foot rub/slash/pedicure? A massage? Maybe something called a Sleep Treatment that right now sounds better than sex? 
  • Maybe you’d bring a friend or two, or maybe you’d just get a manipedi when you wanted one. Because the life of a megastar ain’t for the weak-willed or lazy, and running from paparazzi can really wear down a girl’s nails. 
  • Woodhouse Spas are no joke. They’re all over the country and they’re….sigh. Fabulous. But if you don’t live near one, we can do Burke Williams, Halcyon Days or Red Door.
  • HOW TO ENTER
  • Take the fun SHUTTERGIRL READER QUIZ!
  • The link to the quiz is in the back of the book, and yes, that’s the ONLY place to find it! There are bonus questions relating to Jonathan and Antonio for extra prizes. You have until June 3rd to enter! That gives you a solid two weeks to read the book and get your chance at a $500 movie star spa treatment!
  • If you are a paperback reader, email me and we’ll work it out .
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Cover Reveal ~~ Evanesce by Cassia Brightmore

 

 

Title: Evanesce
Series: The Darkness #2
Author: Cassia Brightmore
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations
 Release Date: June 29, 2015

 

Blurb

 

If your soul has been plunged into the dark depths of despair, how hard would you fight to claw your way back to the surface? Can the life you lost be restored, or is it destined to be forever phased out of existence? Fated to dissolve into a distant memory.

The Black Market—a ferocious, starving beast. An endless sinkhole of precious valuables; the playground for blood-thirsty power seekers. Only one thing feeds its hunger like no other…human life.

A sinister criminal ring has descended on the small town of Norton Springs, instilling fear in the residents. A vicious wave of disappearances coupled with the gut-wrenching horror of infants being ripped from the arms of their helpless mothers has the town quaking in terror.

When Gabe Thornton strolls back into his hometown, his main goal is to claim the one woman that has always denied her feelings for him—Nora Jacobs. The last thing he expects is to be thrust into a storm of devastation and chaos. Will his strength be enough to save them from the dark souls that threaten to destroy their chance at happiness?

Broken futures. Shattered dreams. Mind-numbing loss. When your heart has been ripped away from you—how do you find the will to go on?

No one is safe. Everything you thought you knew is about to change in this second installment in The Darkness Series. Warning: Due to adult content and graphic situations, this book is intended for readers 18 and up.

Pre-order Links
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iBOOKS / B&N / KOBO

Available Now

 

Click HERE to read our review of Malevolent

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Excerpt

 

Everyday like clockwork, a meal tray arrived to her chamber. Her immaculately decorated, spacious house of horrors. The large, sinister looking man covered in tattoos and body armor would saunter into her room and deliver a tray of the most delicious meals. The aroma was always so hard to resist, even though every fiber of her being screamed at her to grab the tray and launch it at him, and then run like hell for the door.

The nightmares she had witnessed while being in this godforsaken place was the only thing that kept her sitting frozen, watching him approach with careful eyes.

Dropping the tray on the dark wood table a few feet from the bed where she sat, he leveled her with a look.

“You will eat it.” It wasn’t a question, it was a cold command from the brick wall pretending to be a human. In the first few weeks of her captivity, she had learned what happened when she tried to remain stubborn and starve herself. Shuddering, she shook off the horrific memories.

“I want to see him.” She spoke out of nowhere, surprising herself as much as him. He cocked a brow at her, his displeasure at her demand evident.

“He will come to you when you are more ripe.” With those words, he turned and stomped out of the room, the finality of the lock clicking sounding as loud as a bullhorn. She dropped her head in defeat, her hands moving to splay across her belly protectively as silent tears tracked down her cheeks.

I will find a way to free us, little one.

 

Author Bio


Cassia Brightmore is a new indie author. Her debut novel, Malevolent is the first book in the Darkness Series and can be read as a standalone.

Writing has always been a passion of hers and publishing her first novel is truly a dream come true. She enjoys writing dark stories that she hopes will thrill the reader.

Cassia lives in Grimsby, Canada with her two furbabies, Harley and Molly.

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Blog Tour ~~ Peachy Keen by Kath Roth

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BLURB: Georgia Trenton has always been lucky in lust but hasn’t ever been interested in love. She prefers quickies to courtships, never seeing the need for more than just sex.
Years of listening to her best friend Danielle’s relationship woes had assured her she was right to avoid romance altogether. But ever since Dani returned from vacation in love and looking like the poster girl for happily ever after with her new boyfriend Evan Weston, Georgia has been questioning her wild ways and thinking about the future.
In an attempt to forget about the uncertainties that plague her and escape the constant symphony of sex noises coming through the walls of her apartment thanks to Evan and Danielle, Georgia jets off to Desire Resort & Spa hoping to enjoy the rowdy vacation hotspot the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
No strings attached. No commitments. And with one sexy stranger…no names.
But when strings appear, complicating what was supposed to be a carefree getaway, and commitment suddenly doesn’t sound as bad as it used to, Georgia finds herself wondering if lust is really enough.
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JADE’S REVIEW
Before Peachy Keen I had never read anything by Kate Roth, so I didnt know what to expect going in. For me, I’m more of a twists and turns, dark and full of despair kinda a girl.  I guess you can call me a masochist.  HEY!  I’ve been call much worse!  Peachy Keen was the complete opposite and I LOVED it!!

I thought it was light and airy and funny with a wonderfully interesting and sexy plot.  It doesn’t dwell on their messy pasts but explains when needs as to why it would affect certain situations and then it’s gone, which I fully enjoyed.
Georgia LOVES sex and will tell everyone about it.  She will go home with a dude, rock his world then kick him to the curb.  She’s confident about what she does.  Never has “feelings about it”.  Her confidences about herself is what draws you in.  Georgia isn’t one of those undeniably beautiful girls. She is just one of US that knows what she wants and that particular night she might want YOU… so WATCH OUT!
Harrison is a great guy who is a personal assistant for an A-lister who also happens to be his best friend.  This certain best friend is in a loving relationship and kind of wants his assistant Harrison to go “blow off some steam” and travel down to Mexico to The Desire Resort where , basically, singles go down there to MINGLE (mostly naked- haha).
Georgia and Harrison meet, sparks fly without them even realizing it and the res of the story unfolds.  loved the fact that Kate Roth puts you right into the story without much of a build up.  While you’re in it there’s no filler, and you live it with both of them from both sides and POVs, which is ALSO something that I love and it’s F U N!
If you’re looking for a fabulously sexy beach read this summer or one afternoon sitting my your pool (because I really wish I had a pool for some reasons while I read this- maybe add to the vacation theme of the book) then pick it UP!  You’ll love the good laughs, sarcastic comments, hot scenes and the sweet & sexiness of Harrison as well as an all around really great story you’ll find Peachy Keen the book for you!!!
4 out of 5 BLUSHES!!!!
The first 2 books Last Resort Best Laid Plans as well as the holiday novella Many Times, Many Ways are all on sale for 99 cents as well.
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At Peace Audio by Kristen Ashley narrated by Olivia Porter

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Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.

Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.

Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.

Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?

Audio Release 5-12-2015

My review 5 stars

Oh Kristen Ashley, how you did it again!! You brought me to tears and held my heart in the palm of your very talented hands. I loved this story!!

Vi is a strong sexy woman who has had a bad hand dealt and the same holds true for Joe. These two are neighbors and when this heats up, it really heats up.

I had listened to The Promise and I wasn’t sold on The Burg Series. I thought, well I can;t love everything she writes, Can I? This story for me rivals, The Gamble and The Will. I am chalking The Promise, up as a fluke or that something was wrong with me, because At Peace only proves that Kristen Ashley is a Rock Chick!!

Rock On!

Narration: Olivia Porter

I thought she did pretty well. There were a few scene breaks where she didn’t pause long enough, such as in one scene they are at JJ’s eating and she is ordering a Reuben and Joe takes a bite of his burger and then there should have been a dramatic pause for a scene break but it went straight to ride my face, and I was all, wait a minute what’s going on in the restaurant he’s eating what!!

I would highly recommend this audio!


Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

 

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Review ~~ Monster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

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MONSTER IN HIS EYES

By: J.M. Darhower

Released: April 27, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book is intended for a mature audience only, due to some dark and erotic content.

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DAWN’S 4.5 STAR REVIEW

Monster in his eyes by JM Darhower is a wicked read! What makes it stand out is it’s main character, Ignazio “Naz” Vitale. How can I possibly describe Naz? Well, picture the most decadent, rich chocolate molten cake. You know it’s not go for you, you shouldn’t eat it, but you can not resist. Your body craves it. There is no taking just a taste, you need to savor it, before you devour It. Then once you finish the guilt consumes you. It is like a dirty guilty pleasure! There is no saying, STOP (or should I say, no saying “red”) while reading this book… It’s all green lights ahead and Naz has you jumping in head first.

Ignazio “Naz” is the type of guy your mother warned you about, but you can’t stay away from. He is the definition of a real man! He’s handsome, elegant, chivalrous, generous, dark and dangerous. Ummm, he’s perfection!! or is he?? Even while alarm bells are going off, you are drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He has a certain magnetism, that stays with you long after you close the book. He’s constantly lurking in your mind.

I was very impressed with the depth of this book. It gives you crumbs to follow its trail…. It has all the ingredients to make for one great ride. This is a modern day fairytale with an edge. There are wolves in sheep’s clothing, a damsel in distress and one big bad wolf! It is sexual and sensual. The sex scenes can only be described as outstanding. They are Intense, passionate, intimate and meaningful. The dialogue amongst the characters is impeccable. These characters have layers and their personalities are spot on…. You can’t help but adore them. Being a New Yorker, I was thrilled with how the setting is in Manhattan and Brooklyn! (Great job with portraying my city!!) Escape reality and be transported into Ignazio’s world. You will not regret it. It’s full of twists and turns, darkness and light.

JM Darhower can write! She captives her audience. Once her hooks are in, there is no letting go. I am surprised this is my first books of hers. I am drawn to her writing style and plan on reading the rest of her books.

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Finding Me by Mariah Dietz – Coming Soon- Synopsis & Giveaway

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Title: Finding Me (His, #3)

Author: Mariah Dietz

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 1, 2015

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Synopsis

I came here to escape. Leave the debris and avoid the inevitable truths.

Things are better.

Worse.

Different.

I’m finding me, but in the process I fear I’m forgetting those I have left, and the ones who have left me. Maybe I’m losing who I was.

Can I forget my past and move forward?

Can I forget him?

Excerpt

“I warned you guys to stop.” Jameson’s voice taunts, and I choose to ignore it, hoping that Kendall will tell him to shut up. When she doesn’t, I nestle further against the pillow, preparing to search for more comforting sleep until cold air slices across my skin as our blanket is whipped off with a harsh tug.

My entire body seems to feel the burn, causing my eyes to begrudgingly open to ensure that I’m wearing something more than just underwear. I am, but barely—just a tiny pair of shorts and a tank top with a built in bra that presses against my chest in a particularly uncomfortable fashion.

“What am I wearing?”

“You guys decided to switch clothes. There was a lot of giggling, and I think Mindi has your shirt from last night,” Jameson answers, folding the blanket.

“You guys look like you hurt.” My eyes shift to see Wes sitting on the far side of the couch, looking at us in amusement.

“What are you guys doing?” Kendall grumbles quietly because I know, like me, her head is aching too badly to yell at them.

“I told you guys to take it easy last night, especially since you drank too much the night before.” Jameson looks to Kendall. “We have that dinner tonight for my work. You’ve got to rehydrate”

Kendall groans in response, and Jameson sets down two mugs of coffee. The scent alone makes my stomach roll and I shake my head in protest.

“I don’t even remember coming home.”

“What can you remember?” Jameson asks me, his tone suspicious. I open my eyes to see Kendall staring at me, the look of pain in her eyes recedes, replaced with curiosity and thought as her eyebrows and forehead scrunch.

I lift my eyebrows, imploring her to tell me if she can recall us doing anything we’re going to regret. Her shoulders raise and her head gently shakes and then quickly stops as she winces.

Jameson laughs, and I’m pretty certain it’s filled with more relief than humor. “What happened?” I ask.

Jameson shakes his head, his eyebrows raised. “All kinds of shit.”

“Make him fess up,” I whine, looking to Kendall.

“Jameson.” Her one word is filled with enough of a threat that he looks a little nervous.

“Wait, how would you even know what happened? We went to the bachelorette party last night.” I glance at Kendall’s neck, noticing proof of our night when I see a beaded necklace covered in every unnatural shade of penis. I tug on one of them, and Kendall looks down and laughs painfully before removing it.

“Yeah, how would you know?” she fires.

“You guys called and invited us out,” Jameson answers.

“Who’s us?” I ask.

“What happened?” Kendall growls.

“Savannah danced on a bar,” Wes adds randomly.

“I remember that!” I cry, too loud for my own ears.

I recall glimpses of her wearing a small black dress that she was thrilled to be able to fit in again with a killer pair of heels that really had nearly killed her a couple of times in our travels the previous night. My visions of her cloud, and a curly blond-haired guy with eyes so dark they were almost creepy, appears. I was dancing with him. Flashes of Max shoving him and yelling at me, accusing me of being easy, and me in turn yelling at him for dating a whore fade as I cover my face with both hands and groan.

“What?” Kendall asks.

“I’m staying with Mindi.”

“Nah, you were drunk. It’s no big deal,” Wes assures me. I look at Jameson who doesn’t look nearly as convinced.

“Oh my, God! Nate!” Kendall gasps.

“Nate what?” I ask skeptically.

“Nate and Max,” she says, placing her hand on my arm. The gesture brings a new flash of memories of her pulling me back as I tried to stand between the two of them during a heated exchange.

“I’m staying with Mindi,” I repeat.

“It’s okay, it’s okay,” she says, her eyes still raised to the ceiling in thought.

“No, it’s really not. And you guys are going out tonight. I’m going to go stay with Mindi and Kyle. Things need to calm down.” I shiver against the cool air blowing through a vent on the far side of the couch and move to sit up, determined to get some more appropriate clothes on that don’t reveal most of my cleavage.

Heavy footfalls enter the living room and Landon and Max appear. Landon looks from Kendall and me to Jameson as Max avoids looking at any of us.

“Alright,” Wes begins. “So last night we experienced some unforeseen hurdles. But that’s okay. It’s not a big deal. It’s a new day.”

Max walks away.

 

About The Author

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Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.

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Blog Tour & Review ~~ Black Rainbow by JJ McAvoy

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Black Rainbow
by J.J. McAvoy
Publication Date: May 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis: A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy…

After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.

With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus.

But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black.

But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?

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LOUISA’S 4.5 STAR REVIEW

After reading The Untouchable series by JJ. McAvoy I HAD to read this book. I absolutely LOVE this author. I began this book without even reading the synopsis, because…she’s just that good.

This book is very different from The Untouchables.

We have Thea…the strong, confident, determined woman.  Many have thought she has grown up in the quintessential American home.  She has the mom who is revered in her field and has strong, smart daughters.  As we read on, we begin the believe the adage “don’t believe everything you read.”

We then have Levi.  He is a strong, confident man, who is just looking for some fun. He’s been hurt in the past but wants to try to have a good time without the added baggage of a relationship.

The story begins as other books have….just some fun, one week, no strings attached fun.  But what good is the story if it ends like that?  We know it’s coming, no spoiler here, but what happened between them after the week together, their relationship, the back story, the twists and turns, that is what makes this book a little different from what you expect.

The characters are so well-developed and the whole student/teacher relationship just adds to the story.

Thea has worked her whole life to be at Harvard Law School and working under and with Levi is the opportunity of a lifetime. She has spent her life wanting answers for her father’s unlawful incarceration and NEEDS to earn her spot as one Levi’s “twelve disciples”.  The 12 students who he takes under his wing to mold them as lawyers.  Thea has her plate full, trying to raise her little sister who is slowly falling into the “dark side”.  She has this undeniable pull towards Levi, but needs to make her schooling #1, so she can help her father, after her mother has died and left it near impossible to help him.

Levi has earned himself a few names and he lives up to every one of them.  His students know him as “El Diablo”

“…if you want to be a lawyer, working for it isn’t enough. You’ll need to bleed for it,”

Levi as a professor is a take no prisoners kind of guy. There is so exceptions to the rule.  He may have feelings for Thea but he is going to make her work for it as much as everyone else. He maybe older than Thea but he has the sex drive of an 18-year-old, and JJ McAvoy blesses up with some seriously hot sex scenes!

I absolutely LOVE a dual POV book! We go from past to present, we have the chance to see the week of no holds barred sex and fun and getting to know each other, while they learned to deal with the student/teacher relationship! I read it in a day because I was so caught up in the suspense and relationship between these two that I just couldn’t STOP!

Another great book by JJ McAvoy!

KERRY’S 4.5 STAR REVIEW

I wasn’t sure what to expect from JJ since her last series just blew me away but let me tell you if you like hot steamy professor/ student romance then this is for you.

Black Rainbow is hot, with a dirty talking professor that will have you wanting to be in his class. But that’s not all they are on a case that is full of suspense, lies, betrayal.

The story goes from past to present which tells the story about the characters and what makes them who they are.

Thea and Levi have committed to give themselves one week of Hot Steamy Sex after the week is over they go on with there lives.

Levi is a criminal professor at Harvard he is feared by his students, Levi is also a high powered attorney that is known as the Cleaner, his first day back to teaching will never be the same? When he looks around he never excepted to see Thea.

Thea doesn’t want to believe that the man she spent a week with is her Professor, she is embarrassed and doesn’t know if she will be able to get through the semester. Levi comes off being an asshole and a hardass professor, he is nothing like the man she knew.

The two of them are on a profile case that will not only test there professional career but also there personal life.

Just a great book and you are missing out if you don’t grab this one!!

About J.J. McAvoy

JJ McAvoy

J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.”

She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy

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