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Blog Tour: Abroad

June 23, 2017 Blog Tours 0


Series: Abroad Duology

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 27th wide release; early access June 17th

Length (Print & Ebook): ~100K words; 372 pages

Subgenre: NA; LGBTQIA

All buy links or pre-order links:

BMP: http://www.brainmillpress.com/books/abroad-book-one/

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Abroad-Book-Hellum-LGBTQIA-Literature-ebook/dp/B06ZYK5P1S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492994058&sr=8-2&keywords=liz+jacobs

Book Blurb:

Nick Melnikov doesn’t know where he belongs. He was just a kid when his Russian-Jewish family immigrated to Michigan. Now he’s in London for university, overwhelmed by unexpected memories. Socially anxious, intensely private, and closeted, Nick doesn’t expect to fall in so quickly with a tight-knit group of students from his college, and it’s both exhilarating and scary. Hanging out with them is a roller coaster of serious awkward and incredible longing, especially when the most intimidating of the group, Dex, looks his way.
Dex Cartwell knows exactly who he is: a black queer guy who doesn’t give a toss what anybody thinks of him. He is absolutely, one-hundred-percent, totally in control of his life. Apart, maybe, from the stress of his family’s abrupt move to an affluent, largely white town. And worrying about his younger brother feeling increasingly isolated as a result. And the persistent broken heart he’s been nursing for a while . . .
When Nick and Dex meet, both find themselves intrigued. Countless late-night conversations only sharpen their attraction. But the last thing Nick wants is to face his deepest secret, and the last thing Dex needs is another heartache. Dex has had to fight too hard for his right to be where he is. Nick isn’t even sure where he’s from. So how can either of them tell where this is going?

Quotes from the author about the book:

ABROAD is a story of struggle, love, identity, fear, family, and friendship. It’s about finding your people. It’s a story of how our cultures can define, constrict, and, ultimately, free us. It’s a story of immigration and its fallout, of confusion and clashes and how help can come from the most unexpected places. It’s the story I have always wanted to tell, ever since I was a confused, frightened immigrant kid with no recourse but to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings or sink. In many ways, while fictionalized and quite altered, this is my story.

Teaser Excerpt #1:

Nick didn’t feel better in the morning. At three am, his anxiety had been a shapeless thing, with weight and texture but part of dreams, too. A sort of terrifying unreality he had to breathe through.
At eight am, as his alarm shrieked at him to wake the fuck up, the shapeless, textured thing coalesced into something more terrifying than the nightly ghosts. If, at ten years old, he’d been aware that being unable to answer the kids on the bus who asked him why his teeth looked the way they did would someday end, at twenty, he knew better.
He wanted men. He hadn’t really wanted Lena, in all the years they’d been together. He hadn’t really wanted Ashley during sophomore year when they’d kissed in the art classroom, her hair tickling his palms where his hands had trembled on her shoulders, and later humped fruitlessly in her sunroom, sweaty and shaky and half-hard.
He wanted Dex. Of all people, of all the people he had met, he wanted him so much, his hands ached with it. Nick was past denying anything. All he knew now was the whine in his chest that told him truth frightened more than denial.

Press Kit | Abroad (Book 1) by Liz Jacobs
A Novel Take PR

ABROAD: Book One by Liz Jacobs

Series: Abroad Duology

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 27th wide release; early access June 17th

Length (Print & Ebook): ~100K words; 372 pages

Subgenre: NA; LGBTQIA

All buy links or pre-order links:

BMP: http://www.brainmillpress.com/books/abroad-book-one/

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Abroad-Book-Hellum-LGBTQIA-Literature-ebook/dp/B06ZYK5P1S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492994058&sr=8-2&keywords=liz+jacobs

Book Blurb:

Nick Melnikov doesn’t know where he belongs. He was just a kid when his Russian-Jewish family immigrated to Michigan. Now he’s in London for university, overwhelmed by unexpected memories. Socially anxious, intensely private, and closeted, Nick doesn’t expect to fall in so quickly with a tight-knit group of students from his college, and it’s both exhilarating and scary. Hanging out with them is a roller coaster of serious awkward and incredible longing, especially when the most intimidating of the group, Dex, looks his way.
Dex Cartwell knows exactly who he is: a black queer guy who doesn’t give a toss what anybody thinks of him. He is absolutely, one-hundred-percent, totally in control of his life. Apart, maybe, from the stress of his family’s abrupt move to an affluent, largely white town. And worrying about his younger brother feeling increasingly isolated as a result. And the persistent broken heart he’s been nursing for a while . . .
When Nick and Dex meet, both find themselves intrigued. Countless late-night conversations only sharpen their attraction. But the last thing Nick wants is to face his deepest secret, and the last thing Dex needs is another heartache. Dex has had to fight too hard for his right to be where he is. Nick isn’t even sure where he’s from. So how can either of them tell where this is going?

Quotes from the author about the book:

ABROAD is a story of struggle, love, identity, fear, family, and friendship. It’s about finding your people. It’s a story of how our cultures can define, constrict, and, ultimately, free us. It’s a story of immigration and its fallout, of confusion and clashes and how help can come from the most unexpected places. It’s the story I have always wanted to tell, ever since I was a confused, frightened immigrant kid with no recourse but to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings or sink. In many ways, while fictionalized and quite altered, this is my story.

Teaser Excerpt #1 (short 100 – 200 words):

Nick didn’t feel better in the morning. At three am, his anxiety had been a shapeless thing, with weight and texture but part of dreams, too. A sort of terrifying unreality he had to breathe through.
At eight am, as his alarm shrieked at him to wake the fuck up, the shapeless, textured thing coalesced into something more terrifying than the nightly ghosts. If, at ten years old, he’d been aware that being unable to answer the kids on the bus who asked him why his teeth looked the way they did would someday end, at twenty, he knew better.
He wanted men. He hadn’t really wanted Lena, in all the years they’d been together. He hadn’t really wanted Ashley during sophomore year when they’d kissed in the art classroom, her hair tickling his palms where his hands had trembled on her shoulders, and later humped fruitlessly in her sunroom, sweaty and shaky and half-hard.
He wanted Dex. Of all people, of all the people he had met, he wanted him so much, his hands ached with it. Nick was past denying anything. All he knew now was the whine in his chest that told him truth frightened more than denial.

Teaser Excerpt #2 (long 200 – 400 words):

No, Izzy wasn’t drunk. She was happy. She’d needed this. She just felt…unbalanced. Not right. Something was niggling at her, but she couldn’t catch it, not without a bigger net.
​Maybe it had been that stupid fight with Dex.
​Maybe it had been the talk with Nick about her course.
​Maybe she was just overthinking everything, which never ended well, and anyway, she never dwelled on the bad shit. Why was she even doing it now?
​Maybe that was why, when she was taking a quick rest against an empty bit of wall, catching her breath, and saw a girl appear in front of her and beckon her for a dance with a tilt of her chin, Izzy went.
​”What’s your name?” the girl shouted in her ear once they were bouncing up and down on the dance floor. Her breath was hot against Izzy’s skin and smelled beery.
​”Izzy!”
​”What?”
​”Izzy! Like Isabel, but, like. Shorter?”
​The girl laughed and pulled back enough to catch Izzy’s eye. “I heard you the first time, love, just having a laugh.”
​It should have annoyed her, and maybe it would have, had a guy done it. But somehow, it only made Izzy laugh. Flush and laugh, but luckily, she was probably pink all over from the dancing alone, so at least it wouldn’t be noticeable.
​”What about you, then?” she shouted.
​”I’m Ruby!”
​Izzy thought that if they hadn’t been shouting, Ruby’s voice would have been husky. It had that edge to it. She had that edge to her, anyway. She was shorter than Izzy, just enough to probably be of a height when Izzy wasn’t wearing heels. With heels on, Izzy brushed the other side of six foot, which she loved more than most people, probably. She’d once cried on her mum’s shoulder that she felt like an elephant compared to all the other girls (and, what was worse, boys) in her class, and her mum had petted her head, then said, “Isabel? Great Danes don’t produce chihuahuas.” It had been so absurd, it had actually comforted.
She liked the way she towered over Ruby, because it didn’t feel as if she should be able to. Ruby was sort of tall and lanky but had a presence about her; she felt bigger than her build. She, too, had tattoos. Seriously, was this a queer lady thing? She’d have to ask Nat later, because Nat had also already started on an arm sleeve, but Izzy had thought it was more of a Nat thing, not a lesbian thing. Ruby’s left arm was covered shoulder to midway through her forearm. Vines and sea monsters and things. It was cool. She had a lip piercing, an eyebrow piercing, and short black hair in a sort of chunky haircut where the fringe periodically fell over her darkly-lined eyes. In this light, it was impossible to tell what color they were, but regardless of anything, she was easily the coolest girl Izzy’d ever met.

Author Bio:

Liz Jacobs came over with her family from Russia at the age of 11, as a Jewish refugee. All in all, her life has gotten steadily better since that moment. They settled in an ultra-liberal haven in the middle of New York State, which sort of helped her with the whole “grappling with her sexuality” business.

She has spent a lot of her time flitting from passion project to passion project, but writing remains her constant. She has flown planes, drawn, made jewelry, had an improbable internet encounter before it was cool, and successfully wooed the love of her life in a military-style campaign. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her essay on her family’s experience with immigration.

She currently lives with her wife in Massachusetts, splitting her time between her day job, writing, and watching a veritable boatload of British murder mysteries.

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Blog Tour: Mature Content Review

June 2, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Mature Content ReviewMature Content (Cyberlove, #4) by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
Published by Megtino Press on June 2nd 2017
Pages: 218
Source: A Novel Take PR
Also by this author: Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Overexposed (In Focus, #4), Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1), Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1), Sunset Park (Five Boroughs, #2), First and First (Five Boroughs, #3), Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4)
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four-stars

I received this book for free from A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don't believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can't handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.
Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.
But we still hate each other. I think.

EXCERPT:

I shifted closer to him, and, like an invisible rope was pulling us together, he leaned into me, until I could feel his breath and the heat from his body. I cupped his face, rubbing my thumb over the corner of his lip, then closed the distance between us to press a soft kiss to his lips. I didn’t control this kiss, and neither did he. It was an equal give and take, a push and pull of our tongues, our breaths, as our hands grasped each other’s faces, hair, skin.

Every time with Zane had been a rush to get off, but this time, I wanted to explore his mouth, to enjoy the kiss without it being foreplay. It was the main attraction to moan into Zane’s mouth, to feel his soft, huffed breaths.

When I pulled away, I was dizzy, and Zane’s eyes were glazed, his lips wet and puffy. I was terrified at what I felt in that moment, how much I wanted to fall back into the kiss, to not worry about what anyone thought, or how Beau Starr would be forever changed if word got out he’d fallen for TrashyZane.

And in this car with Los Angeles spread out before us, I didn’t want to think about anything but the messy, long-haired boy who’d managed to loosen my tongue and just about every other part of me. “I kinda like you, Zane. A lot.”

His eyelids fell to half-mast. “I like you too, Beau. A lot.”

REVIEW:

Mature Content was yet another fabulous book in this series. Unlike the other three, this one explores two YouTubers, which brings a whole new side to an internet romance. I loved learning more about this community. This was a steamy and intense romance. It’s a little different from the previous ones just because Beau and Zane absolutely can’t stand each other in the beginning. Anyway, this was a funny and clever book that was well written. As always, this series is filled with memorable characters, both main and supporting. You get so invested in the plot, characters, and romance that you can’t help but instantly fall in love with all of it. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite of the series, but it was still really great.

Beau is a character that I fell in love with back in Hard Wired. In that one, he was the main character Jesse’s cousin who is a big YouTube star who makes encouraging videos for the LGBTQ community. He’s a lovely guy, though his video personality doesn’t always reflect who he actually is. He chooses to talk more about the positives of the community, being gay, and things along those lines. But he never really discusses the negative side of the community and in his own life. Though he seems to have it all together on the outside, he’s actually keeping a secret about his past, which is what led him to start making videos in the first place. Beau definitely had his faults at times, like sometimes it did seem like he was slut shaming Zane. But the authors handled the situation in a well written and sensible manner in my opinion. He has his personal demons, but he’s still a great person at the end of the day.

On the other hand, Zane is a hot mess to say the least. He’s blunt, and he has no problem with putting all of his personal life out there. In Hard Wired, Ian loved watching his videos because he felt like he was so real. We also saw in Hard Wired that Beau and Zane seemed to be bothered by one another’s videos for differing reasons. Anyway, Zane is definitely an interesting character who is a lot of fun. I thought his POV was always enjoyable. I loved how Zane was unapologetically himself. He made no apologies for he was to his family or anyone else who had an issue with it, which I seriously respected.

As I’ve already mentioned a few times, Beau and Zane have a hate to love relationship in Mature Content. Why do they hate each other? Well, Beau feels like Zane making videos about all the details of his personal life are way too much information, even though secretly it kind of turns him on. But Beau likes to snub him in videos so they have kind of a feud going on. Zane feels like Beau is too stuck up and just downright fake. As I said earlier, Beau does slut shame Zane, but it does get shut down. I won’t reveal too much about the details, but just keep in mind that the authors don’t just let his comments go easily. Beau and Zane have some fierce and steamy sex scenes. As you might have guessed, they have quite a bit of hate sex. That might not be everyone’s thing because the actual romance takes awhile to kick in, but it’s pretty lovely when it does.

Mature Content is the fourth book in the Cyberlove series. I’m honestly not sure which one is my favorite because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each of them and this is no exception. Megan and Santino are both fabulous writers in their own right, but even more powerful when they come together as a team. I hope that they write more books together in the future. There’s one YouTuber that we’re introduced to that I think could potentially receive his own book. That would be awesome to read about. I loved the exploration of YouTube culture and felt like they handled it well. This was a fast paced read and I’m happy that I picked it up!

ABOUT SANTINO HASSELL:

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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

 

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

www.santinohassell.com

Santino@santinohassell.com

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ABOUT MEGAN ERICKSON

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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
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Blog Tour: The Unlikelies Review

May 30, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 0

The Unlikelies

by Carrie Firestone
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Synopsis:
Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.
Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.
Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?
This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

I thought that this was a solid and feel good novel. The concept itself was actually pretty unique. We have five teenagers who are recognized at an award ceremony as being “hometown heroes.” Sadie is our main character, and she stumbled out this newfound fame through a total random accident that happened. Anyway, it was a refreshing contemporary read. Though it wasn’t entirely unique, it still had different elements that were enjoyable to read about. Although the events were extremely unrealistic and far fetched for the most part, this was still a fun and mostly light read. I recommend this if you’re looking for something not too heavy, but that also manages to tackles some important teenage topics at the same time. It isn’t the perfect or most memorable novel, but it was a quick, easy, and fun read and I’m glad that I picked it up.

I can’t say that Sadie was the most spectacular character ever. A lot of her characteristics weren’t all that memorable. Of course, she did do something that was honorable at the beginning of the novel that led to all of this attention in the first place. She stopped a man who was clearly not in his right mind and had a young baby in the back of the car from running off with it. Sadie was a very caring person for the most part. You could tell that she truly cared about all of her new friends and that she would do anything for them. Other than that though, she didn’t do a whole lot to stand out.

There is romance in this book, as you might have already been expecting. I’m not really sure how much to say about it since the blurb doesn’t reveal too much about it and it doesn’t happen until pretty deep in the novel. I will hint that you’ll probably suspect who it is very early on in the book. I thought that the romance was a sweet side to the story. I liked Sadie’s relationship with this person, though I can’t say that it was my favorite. The book was more focused on friendship and personal growth then romance, but I still like to highlight on this plot at least a little bit.

One of the best part of the books was definitely the five main characters. Each member of The Unlikelies had different things to offer to the group. They were all diverse and fascinating characters as a whole. Alice was a girl who Sadie knew from when they were younger. Now she’s as smart, spirited, and sassy as ever. Alice was probably my favorite of the group. Val was a fun character who had an awful boyfriend. Jean was a sweet boy who had a huge heart for working with kids. Gordie is a boy who goes to school with Sadie and is super smart and funny.

All in all, this was a decent book as a whole. I can’t say that I totally loved it, but I still found it fast paced and entertaining. I was able to read it in just a sitting or two. As I mentioned earlier, I feel like the events were not realistic. It did take on a heavy issue like teens being addicted to heroin, which is becoming more and more relevant in today’s society. That being said, the concept of them becoming that popular and making such an impact overnight seemed improbable to me. However, I enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to whatever this author writes next!

three-stars
Carrie Firestone has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and, while she currently lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. She loves parties, and all kinds of music, and books about random people doing random things in random places. She loves to travel with her husband, and two daughters, Lauren and Emily. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs) to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose ends list.

 

 

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Mixed Up Review Blitz

April 20, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews 1

 

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00022]Hiring my brother’s best friend was not on my to-do list.

Neither was he.

 

Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but.

Until Parker Hamilton comes home—bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him.

He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen.

There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts.

Even if I might want him. Just a little…

 

 

Working for my best friend’s sister? Not on my to-do list.

She’s another story.

 

Whiskey Key was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, except I haven’t reached the heights I have by lying in a hammock drinking cocktails. So when Raven Archer is desperate for a chef, I offer up my skills.

I’m bored. She needs what I can give her.

Except there’s a problem: I’ve always hated her.

Her and her big, blue eyes, sassy mouth, and killer curves.

If only I didn’t want her.

 

 

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Review:

Mixed Up was a truly unique take on two of my favorite tropes: brother’s best friend and hate to love. Most books that I’ve read that involve a character fall in love with her older brother’s best friend have her pining after him for years. In this case, they’ve hated each other their whole lives, which was definitely something different. This was a funny and compelling read. Emma Hart never fails to provide laugh out loud stories that are pretty light on angst, and also have the perfect amount of steam. Raven and Parker are both solid and believable characters. It wasn’t a perfect novel by any means and I did have some issues with it, but it was entertaining and enjoyable for the most part. I recommend it if you want something that you can quickly devour in just a few hours. It also features food and drinks, so what more could you possibly ask for?

Raven was seriously awesome. I haven’t read a ton of books about a mixologist. I thought the “dirty” (pun intended since her business is also called this) names she came up with for her drinks were extremely witty and hilarious. My favorite part about her was easily her personality though. She’s fierce, like most Emma Hart characters are. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes is right. She is super witty and I liked that about her as well. However, I felt like she was even sassier than most of her previous characters. All in all, she was a cool character who I enjoyed reading.

On the other hand, we have Parker, who was a solid character as well. To be completely honest, he doesn’t stand out all that much to me. I would have liked to see even more growth from his character. It feels like we don’t know that much about his personality besides the fact that he banters like crazy with Raven and is best friends with her brother. I thought it was weird that most of the book revolves around his friendship with her brother, but we don’t see much actual interaction between them. I did like that he was a cook because we don’t have enough of heroes who are in romance novels.

As mentioned already, the romance is unique and I enjoyed that. I’m always a sucker for a brother’s best friend romance and this was a whole new twist. Though I did have some issues with the hate to love thing. I wanted more of an explanation to why they hated each other. I feel like there wasn’t enough development and getting to know each other, which I would have liked to see. All that aside, I still liked the romance. I thought they made a good team in Dirty and outside of the business. It was steamy at times, and the sex scenes were pretty well written.

I’m definitely glad that I read Emma Hart’s latest novel. She’s always hilarious and writes such unique and memorable characters. They always feel very realistic, and that’s another reason why I find myself continually picking up her books. I hope that Cami and Ryan get a book (either as a couple or separately) because I don’t want these stories to end! This was just what I needed since I was looking for a book that had limited angst and was just lighthearted in general. Thanks again for coming through for another solid book, Emma Hart!

three-half-stars

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Excerpt:

I knew I was making a mistake. After what Raven said last night at dinner, I had the strongest urge to find out what her cocktail menu was. With names like Dirty Screw and The Slutwhisperer, what other gems did she have hidden on there?
Shit, what gems were hidden inside her apparently filthy mind?
I had no place to be thinking that. She was Ryan’s sister and the bane of my goddamn existence. I didn’t give a shit what was inside her head or how she came up with a filthy cocktail menu.
I was going to believe that she’d spent stupid amounts of time on the Internet coming up with those kinds of names. Seeing her in that damn short dress yesterday had already affected me enough—not to mention the fact that she’d changed since I last saw her.
I didn’t know people could change so much in only three years, but Raven Archer had. She was no longer post-grad, trying to seriously figure out what she wanted to do with her life, uncertain and serving burgers to people to make money.
She was grown-up, in more ways than just her age. She was even hotter-headed that she was back then. She seemed stronger and more stubborn, and her tongue was so sharp I probably have scars from how quickly she cut me with her words.
She was taller and fucking curvier, too.
Her lips were fuller. Her eyes were brighter. And the general air that hung about her, that hint of sass and sexiness, the very same thing that made me insult her whenever I opened my mouth almost made me want her, too.
And that was exactly why I couldn’t sit and think about what went on in her mind—filthy or otherwise.
No matter what she looked like or how fucking hot she was, she was my best friend’s sister. Nobody was more off-limits than she was. That wasn’t a new development. It had always been that way.
Thank fucking god I was only here for the summer, and only because my mother had guilted me into it.
As soon as the summer was over, I’d go for my next challenge.
I could get through a few weeks of being in the same town or two as Raven—because after today, avoidance was at the top of my life.
Otherwise, I’d go fucking insane.
Dirty was right on the seafront, only meters away from a small, sandy bay. It’d only taken me a few minutes to walk here from where I’d parked downtown, and despite the music coming from inside the bar, I could still hear the gentle crashing of the waves as they crawled up the sand. The water was right out, and I stared out at the water as I headed up the hill to the bar.
Fairy lights twinkled along the underside of the roof that jutted out over the sidewalk. It was like a goddamn princess castle from the outside, but the beachy vibe was evident. Different sized and colored shells covered the pillars that held up the balcony that jutted out over the front doors.
I pushed open the door. Cold air blasted into me, and so did the heavy bass beat of the music that blared out from the speakers just above my head. There were more fairy lights inside, but they were strung all beneath the bar, across the beams on the ceiling, and over the back wall where the spirits were on the wall. There wasn’t much else in the way of lighting, but what there was was effective enough in holding the entire space into a balance between bright and dusky.
The inside of Raven’s bar was like being outside at the moment the sun set.
I cast my gaze over the rest of the bar. The solid, wood tables and stools that lines the walls and filled the space to my left all had tiny vases of fresh flowers in. Even those were surrounded by fairy lights.
Fucking hell, did she let a class of little girls in here to decorate?
No matter what I felt about the fairy lights, it looked good. Damn good.
I stepped up to the bar and leaned forward on it. Raven was at the other end of the bar, wearing jeans and a tight tank top that tucked beneath the waistband. Strappy, silver heels on her feet glinted off the under-bar lighting, and it was all too easy for me to drop my eyes there then slowly drag my gaze up the length of her entire body.
Light bounced off the chrome cocktail shaker in her hand as she shook it. She popped off the top with one slick of her thumb, and without spilling a drop, poured the pink-red liquid into two martini-style glasses. With her other hand, she reached back to the register and jabbed at it.
Seconds later, she was handing them back their change. It all happened in a flash.
How did such she go from lost to…this…so quick?
“Raven!” A dark-haired woman sitting a few stools away from me with her friend yelled. “There’s a hot guy staring at you!”
I laughed loudly as Raven jerked around. Her gaze landed on me with what felt like a snap, and I swore she mouthed, “Motherfucker,” before she stalked to this end of the bar.
Her hands slapped on the bar in front of me. “What are you doing here?”
“I told you I was coming to check out your menu.”
“He was checking out more than the menu,” the woman’s friend giggled.
Raven held her finger up to them, and with her other hand, slapped a smooth, laminated menu in front of me. “Did you drive?”
“No, I walked all the way from Key West.” I picked up the menu. “Of course I drove.”
“Pick one,” she said, moving away. “I’m not serving you anymore than that. Make it a good choice. What can I get for you?” she asked someone else, cutting me off before I could say a word.
I raised my eyebrows.
“She runs a tight ship,” the first woman said. “Three days ago, there was a guy in here spiking drinks. She caught him and bashed him in the balls with her cocktail shaker so he couldn’t run from the security guard.”
Could my eyebrows go up any higher? “That doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. I’ve seen her do worse.”
The second woman’s eyes narrowed. “You have? You know her?”
The first woman rolled her eyes. “Of course he does, Cam. When have you seen her react to a customer like that? He obviously pissed her off in a past life or something.”
“I should be so lucky.” I smirked. “More like all in this life.”
“Her brother’s friend, right?” She tilted her head to the side. “Yeah, she mentioned she hated you.”
She’d talked about me?
“She didn’t say you were hot, though,” the second woman said.
“Camille!”
Ahhh.
The best friends.
“What?” Camille said. “I’m just saying.”
“No more Slutwhisperers for you,” the other woman—the one I presumed to be Lani—said, reaching for her glass.
Camille leaned over and slurped the last of the drink through the straw.
That explained the name of the cocktail.
“What are you doing?” Raven asked, stopping in front of them. “Cam? Your glass is empty. Let me refill that for you.” She winked to the other girl as she turned around.
What was she doing?
She put her back to her friends and grabbed the tequila bottle. She tipped it over a cocktail shaker without actually pouring anything into it. My lips quirked up as she put together what was some pink juice or something and blended it with raspberries.
She poured the mixture into a glass with some vigor in front of Camille.
She’d made her a placebo.
“Made your choice?” Raven turned to me, holding onto the shaker.
“No.” I spun the menu to face her. “What do you think I should have?”
Completely straight-faced, she said, “The Blue Balls.”

 

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Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Catching Carly Review Blitz

March 8, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

 

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00027]My name is Carly Porter… And I’m really good at bad decisions.

How do I know this, exactly? Well, not including the time I accidentally bleached my eyebrows or sprained my ankle changing a lightbulb…

I had sex with my best friend’s brother.

Zeke Elliott has been a thorn in my side for eleven years. A very sexy, very tempting, very freaking annoying one. With big…hands.

And now my clitoris has a crush on the guy.

Seriously. I can’t look at him without my vagina performing accidental kegels. Which would be fine, but he’s Cain’s brother. I hate him. He’s off limits, right?

Right.

 

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REVIEW:

I thought that Being Brooke was a fun and witty story, so I was eager for Brooke’s best friend Carly to get her own story. I also love the fact that her love interest is Zeke, Cain’s cocky brother. This was a sweet and fast paced romantic comedy that I really enjoyed reading. It made me laugh out loud many times, and also cringe at some of the particularly awkward moments. I’m glad that I read this one and I’ll definitely continue reading anything that the awesome Emma Hart writes. I recommend this if you’re looking for a lighthearted and funny romance.

Carly is a hot mess but you have to love her for that. Her life isn’t quite as messy and complicated as Brooke’s was in the last book, but she still doesn’t have her dating life together. She’s hilarious and full of witty comments. She’s also extremely sassy and doesn’t take anyone’s crap. I wouldn’t say that she’s my favorite character, but she was still pretty solid as a whole. It was a little difficult for me to connect with her at times, but she was still a fun person.

Zeke was an awesome character, and he was a little different from your average Emma Hart hero. His personality is cocky and very sexual, but he uses it as a front to cover up his real insecurities from finding out that his fiancee was cheating on him right before he got married. So he has a lot of understandable trust issues and doesn’t open up to others easily. Other than that though, he was still swoony in his own way. He had some really sweet and adorable moments that I liked seeing. The only problem was that some of his swoony scenes just kind of came out of nowhere. He’s the type of guy who expresses his feelings in other ways than just saying it, so it was a bit out of character for him to say these amazing things.

The romance between Zeke and Carly was pretty great for the most part. They start out as being enemies but it gradually becomes a lot more than just that. I liked all of the banter that went down between them. It was hilarious and witty, and I’m always a fan of that. For the most part though, the relationship is built on the physical attraction that they have. I felt like the emotional part wasn’t explored as well as it could have been. I also didn’t really understand why they were enemies in the first place. I won’t lie though, the sex was pretty steamy for the most part.

Catching Carly wasn’t my favorite book by any means, but it was still a pretty decent novel as a whole. The pacing was rather quick, and I wasn’t able to put it down once I started reading it. It’s a quick and light read that doesn’t contain a lot of angst. If you enjoyed Being Brooke, you’ll be happy to know that both Brooke and Cain as well as some of the other characters feature pretty heavily in this one. Emma Hart is such a great author, and is now one of my go to authors when I’m looking for a light romantic comedy.

three-stars

EXCERPT:

I close my eyes and slip one leg out of the window.

Everybody can see my panties.

Not that anyone is here, but I just know everybody can.

This is horrible. And it hurts.

I’m never dating again.

I’m going to buy fifty cats. They’ll never make me climb out of a bathroom window.

“You’re looking at my underwear, aren’t you?” I ask, unfortunately pausing with my legs wide open.

“No.”

“Liar.”

“It’s nice underwear.”

“Oh god.” I swing my other leg down a little too quick.

My dress rides up.

Right over my ass.

And my feet can’t reach the crates.

Zeke chuckles.

“Help me, you pig!”

More laughter.

“I’m gonna be stuck here forever. Oh my god.”

The bathroom door opens.

Can this get any worse?

A fifty-something woman I don’t recognize freezes in the middle of the restroom.

I smile sweetly.

She eyes me suspiciously before shuffling into a cubicle.

“Get me down!” I hiss, kicking my legs. “Now, Ezekiel!”

Something scrapes and knocks together.

“Still so hot when you call me that. Especially when your ass is out.” Thud. “All right, sweetcheeks. I’ve got you.”

“Sweetcheeks? What is wrong with you?”

“Look, you can hang there all night bitchin’ at me if you want, but it’s not my bare ass in the middle of the alley. As much as I’m enjoying the view.”

“Oh my god,” I groan. “You swear you’ll catch me?”

“I swear.” His fingertips brush against my bare legs.

My shudder is disguised by the trembling of my arms as I lower myself down.

Zeke’s fingers trail up the outsides of my thighs until he grasps my waist. “Let go.”

I freeze, tensing up.

“Carly, let go. I have hold of you. I won’t drop you.”

Still tensed, I let go of the window ledge.

My life flashes before my eyes. Seriously. I see everything from my first memory to the moment I let go of the ledge and I squeal because I’m going to die and I know that he’s going to drop me and—

Zeke’s strong grip solidifies when he wraps his arm around my waist and holds me against him. “There,” he says calmly into my ear. “You dropped about six inches. You’re hardly cliff-diving.”

I open my eyes and look down at where his arm is pressed across my stomach. His grip is tight, and the popping veins on his forearm trace tantalizing lines across his skin.

And my dress is still around my hips.

I reach down and tug the material over my upper thighs. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” He releases me, and when he jumps down from the crates, I see a flash of his cocky grin. “Nice thong.”

That explains the grin.

I clear my throat. “Thank you. It took me an hour to pick.”

“From your drawer?”

“No. From Victoria Secret. Have you seen how many panties are on that website?”

Zeke holds his hands out for me to take. “Oh, yeah. I’m wearing a pair right now.”

My lips curve slowly as I step down onto the ground. “Interesting. What type? Brief? Thong? Boy short? V-string?”

He blinks at me when I put my shoes on. “Why do you need so many different types? It’d be much easier if you just wore none at all.”

 

 

 

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Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Blog Tour: Royally Matched Review

February 24, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

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Royally-Matched-3D-bookSome men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

 

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THOUGHTS:

Guys, I’m not going to lie, I really loved Royally Matched. I thought it was so clever and witty, filled with memorable characters, a beautiful romance, a unique plot, and royalty. Need I say any more? Though I was intrigued by the royal part of the plot, I didn’t completely love the first book in the story because of all the drama. I picked up this one because I still believe that Emma Chase is a fantastic writer and I loved Henry in the first story. This was a wonderful and enchanting book. This is definitely one that’s going to stay with me for awhile. I recommend this if you’re looking for a romantic comedy that will literally make you laugh out loud. You will also cheer extremely hard for the romance from the start. I can’t recommend it enough!

The story is told through dual POV’s, but since the story mostly revolves around him, I’ll talk about Henry first. There’s honestly so many great things that I could say about this guy. When we saw him in Royally Screwed, he was a hot mess. He was struggling with what he saw while he was fighting for his country. He drinks his pain away and has random one night stands. He’s such a swoony and lovely guy all around, even if he used to be a rather serious manwhore in the past. I didn’t need to worry about Henry, he’s still just as amazing as I was hoping that he’d be. He’s hilarious, smart, and unique. I laughed out loud at so many of the random things that he said. He was such a sweetheart when it came to Sarah. He was patient, understanding, and just an all around decent guy through the way that he treated her with such respect from the beginning. Initially, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole dating show thing, I was afraid that he’d end up sleeping with all the girls or something like that. Fortunately, it didn’t turn out like that at all, he barely even kissed or talked to a lot of the other girls. He was a refreshingly beautiful and honest guy and I loved him from that.

Sarah was a character that I instantly understood. She’s a librarian who prefers books over people. She’s very quiet, and not super social. I immediately connected with her voice as a whole, and I was a huge fan of her spirit. To be honest with you guys, there was literally nothing about her that I didn’t like. She was a well developed, realistic, and relatable character all around. I know that readers are going to love and connect with her just like I did from the very first page. Like good old Henry, Sarah is a character that’s definitely going to stick with me long after reading.

I thought the romance was so lovely and unique. As stated, Henry is the star of this The Bachelor like show where he’s going to pick the next “Queen.” In reality, he’s really just looking to have some fun and have a big distraction from the reality that he’ll one day become King now. Sarah actually isn’t a contestant, it’s her sister who is. She’s just there to keep an eye on her. Plans change for Henry once he meets Sarah, and he honestly becomes a totally different person. It isn’t exactly insta-love or anything, but I loved that instant attraction between them and how hard Henry works to win her over. It takes a little bit to get started, but once it does, it’s incredibly steamy and awesome. I absolutely adored them as a couple.

I thought that Royally Matched was such a well written and magical story. Everything about this one clicked with me in a way that the previous book didn’t. Chase is such a brilliant author and I can’t wait to see what’s up her sleeve regarding the next book in the series. You should obviously read this if you’ve read any of her previous novels, but I still recommend it even if you haven’t. It’s a book you should read if you want to laugh out loud and swoon hardcore.

five-stars

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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Paint The Stars Release Blitz Review

February 21, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

PAINT THE STARS
Release Date: February 20th, 2017
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
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Blurb

Ezra Greene has made a pretty decent life for himself. He has a nice apartment and spends his days doing the one thing he’s always loved—creating art. Despite being somewhat of a grumpy recluse, he’s even made a few loyal friends. When he takes a side job painting a mural at a local holistic center, he can’t help being curious about a certain friendly and self-assured yoga instructor, even if he doesn’t buy into any of that Zen crap. His holier-than-thou family already tried fitting him inside a box, and he swore he’d never be molded into anybody’s belief system again.

For Daevonte Randall, adulthood has worked out pretty well. He’s close to his parents and lives with an awesome roommate. He’s content with weekend hookups, teaching yoga, and taking college courses. What he doesn’t expect is to be so intrigued by the brooding and reserved painter he’s been tasked to stay after hours with at the center. Something fascinates him about Ezra, even after Daevonte’s attempts at flirting gets him friend-zoned on the spot.

As weeks pass, Ezra and Dae get to know each other, and soon their friendship catches fire. But Ezra’s been burned pretty badly before so trust and intimacy has to be earned. Daevonte feels up to the task, but it proves difficult as Ezra continues to keep his emotions in check. Dae’s only willing to wait so long, and when they’re dealt a surprising blow, Ezra needs to decide if love is worth the risk, that is…if it’s not too late.

EXCERPT:

What do you usually do to relax?” I ask him.
“Besides paint?” I nod and he continues, “You really want to know?”
“Nope.” I wink at him and he rolls his eyes.
“Smoke weed.”
“Whew.” I tease him. “I thought it was going to be something bad by the way you were acting. Go get it. Let’s light that shit up.” I’ve never been a huge fan of weed. Not that I dislike it, because it can be fun, but it makes me giggle for a little while and pass out. I typically don’t want to just randomly pass out.
“Okay.” He pushes off the counter, sets his coffee down, and disappears down the hallway. There’s some rustling in the other room. A moment later he’s back with a small loaded pipe in his hand. “You can have green,” he says, offering me the first hit.
Our fingers brush when I take the pipe from his hand. He hesitates for a second, then nods at me as though he wants me to go ahead and put the pipe to my lips. I do. Instead of handing me the lighter, Ezra flicks the flame to life and then holds it over the weed. It crackles and pops and burns as I inhale, the smoke stinging my lungs and my throat. He pulls back, and I set the pipe down, and his eyes are burning me the same way the flame just did with the pot. My stomach flips, and he keeps looking, and holy fuck that was hot for some reason.
He takes the pipe back, still watching. He puts it to his lips, still watching. He takes a hit, still watching. There’s something about the way Ezra looks at you. It’s as though he can see something in you no one else can. Like he looks deeper because it’s easier to look inside of someone else than to look inside himself. It makes me feel like he’s seeing things I didn’t know were there. Like he’s asking questions he can’t find the words to ask and like he’s trying to make sense of all of it himself.
“Here,” he says before he hands the pipe back. I put it to my lips, and we continue on that way, him lighting for me and me passing the pipe back to him until the bowl is dusted. His eyes only briefly dart away from me from time to time, otherwise their searing stare is locked with mine. It’s the most intensely he’s looked at me since I met him.
“Wow,” I tell him. “I almost feel like I need a cigarette even though I don’t smoke them. I don’t know how all this works for you, but on my end, that was kind of hot.”
A laugh bursts out of Ezra’s mouth— it’s infectious and happy, and I realize it might be the most honest one I’ve ever heard from him. It makes me decide right then and there to do whatever it takes to make it happen again and again until it becomes a habit for him. That’s what friends are for, right?

REVIEW:

I thought that this was a fun and fast paced read. Once I started it, I wasn’t able to put it down. Lee and Dawn make an amazing team, and I look forward to reading more from them in the future. This is the second book that I’ve read in this series and I really enjoyed it. It’s not very long at all, and I read it in simply a couple of hours. If you’re looking for a sweet and sexy romance filled with complicated yet memorable characters, look no further than this one. I’m happy that I was able to read it!

Ezra is an awesome character. I thought that his asexuality was explored in an honest and compelling way. I don’t know a ton about the spectrum’s of asexuality so I can’t really speak to how accurate it is. But based on the research that I have done, this does seem pretty close to it. I thought that Ezra was an honest and intriguing guy from page one. I only the read the first book in the series, but I somewhat remember thinking that he was a cool guy who seemed complicated but interesting. I also felt like he was so creative and I loved how he used his art to channel whatever he’s going through. He was unique, and that’s what I enjoyed about him.

Daevonte was a beautiful character in his own right. He’s a young guy, and he enjoys having sex and one night stands. However, he’s still a pretty romantic guy once you get down to it. He’s just not entirely sure what it is that he wants and he has plenty of time to figure it all out. I found him to be charming and fun. He was a little judgemental and hesitant when he learned about Ezra, but I’m pretty sure that most people would be at first. He becomes a great friend to Ezra and it’s interesting to see them get to know each other better.

As I said, the romance between Daevonte and Ezra is rather slow moving since Ezra needs to know somebody before he has sex with them. But they form a sweet and compelling friendship before anything more actually goes down. Once it is developed, it’s extremely hot and awesome. I thought that this was a fabulous relationship. I definitely cheer for them completely. I think that they just worked really well together. They had such different personalities, but at the end of the day, they had more in common than they first anticipated.

I’m glad that I read this book. There’s no way I’m going to stop reading books from this author team. On their own, I think they are memorable and funny authors, but together, they are somehow even better. It’s hard to believe, but it just works. They are able to create two characters that have such different personalities and backgrounds and make us sympathize with them and love them from page one. I recommend this if you’re looking for a story that doesn’t have a ton of drama, it’s just a nice story filled with lovely characters and a hot romance.

four-stars

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Nyrae Dawn

Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.

She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.

Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.

Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.

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*Nyrae also write Adult Gay Romance as Riley Hart: www.rileyhartwrites.com

Christina Lee:

Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.

Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.

I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I’m addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

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Blog Tour: Long Way Home Review

February 2, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 2

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The highly anticipated third book in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series is finally here! LONG WAY HOME is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen! Order your copy of the next book in this emotionally charged series, and don’t miss Violet and Chevy’s story! Check out all of the stops on this awesome tour and be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 

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LONG WAY HOME Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

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My Thoughts:

Long Way Home was just as amazing as I hoped that it would be. I love absolutely anything that Katie McGarry writes, but I especially loved the Thunder Road books. Since Nowhere But Here, I’ve been dying to read Violet and Chevy’s story and I’m so glad that the wait for it is finally over. McGarry has written yet another intense story filled with memorable characters that you cheer for every step of the way. I really hope that she writes more books in this series because I feel like it’s far from over! I recommend this if you’re a fan of YA romance that gives you the feels and has a little bit of angst as well.

You guys, Violet is seriously my girl. I thought that I related to Breanna from the last book, but it turns out that I loved and related Violet just as much. The thing about Violet is that she’s full of fire and that she doesn’t take crap from anyone. Most of Katie McGarry’s heroines have similar qualities, but there was still something unique and special about this character. At the beginning of the book, she’s not totally herself since she’s still hurting from the loss of her father and still resents and blames the motorcycle club for it. However, her old personality gradually comes out more and more as the book progresses. She’s seriously a force to be reckoned with, and I loved every second of it. Have you ever met a character who isn’t afraid to bad mouth big and scary motorcycle club leaders? I didn’t think so, but that’s just who Violet is and it made me happy to see that.

Going into this, I was definitely afraid that Chevy wouldn’t be as swoony as Razor from Walk the Edge, but it turns out that he comes pretty dang close. Chevy is his own character and is completely different from both Razor and Oz. Chevy is still seventeen and can’t officially join the club yet. But he’s also a very great football player, and he feels torn between playing football and joining the rest of his family in the club. When it comes to Violet though, Chevy totally has a soft spot. He loves that girl, and it kills him to be apart from her. I really sympathized with Chevy, and felt like McGarry did an excellent job at adding all these layers to who he is.

I love the romance between Chevy and Violet. What makes them unique is that they already have a whole history between them. They’ve already had all of these memories together as childhood best friends turned lovers, so there’s no process of falling in love since they’ve already fallen. I’d love to have like a prequel where we get to see how they first got together, but I think it was still well written anyway. The two have been separated for awhile due to the death of her father and her basically forcing him to choose between her and the club. The romance has quite a bit of angst, but the fact that they loved each other was never a question.

Long Way Home was an amazing addition to a fantastic series. As mentioned, Katie can do no wronfour-starsg in my book. She’s coming out with a new book not related to this series, but I’m automatically reading it if it’s by her. This book has it all: drama, love, family, friends, action, intensity, adventure, and everything else. I always like the second chance romance trope and the author absolutely nailed it here. I recommend that you read the two other books in this series before reading this one just because they are all connected. But McGarry still provides a nice recap of events that you might have missed if you didn’t read the other books. All I can say is read this one, you won’t regret it!

 

 

Katie McGarry’s LONG WAY HOME – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

January 23rd

Aaly and The Books – Review & Excerpt

Angel Reads – Review

Books,Dreams,Life – Excerpt

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review & Excerpt

Girl Plus Books – Review & Excerpt

Letter Shelves Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt

January 24th

Book Boyfriend Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Ficwishes – Review

Lovin’ Los Libros – Review

MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Excerpt

Whatever You Can Still Betray – Excerpt

Zach’s YA Reviews – Review & Excerpt

January 25th

Always YA at Heart – Review & Excerpt

Bridget’s Book Bungalow – Review & Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt

Mythical Books – Excerpt

Resch Reads and Reviews – Review

Swoony Boys Podcast – Review & Excerpt

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Boyfriends – Review & Excerpt

January 26th

A Bookish Escape – Review & Excerpt

Book Sojourner – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt

Guilty Indulgence Book Club – Review

SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

January 27th

Bookshelf Adventures – Review & Excerpt

Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt

Random Book Muses – Review & Excerpt

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt

Writing My Own Fairy Tale – Review & Excerpt

January 28th

Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews – Excerpt

Zili in the Sky – Review & Excerpt

Greyland Reviews – Excerpt

Chasing Faerytales – Review

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

January 29th

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

BookWorm221 – Review & Excerpt

Confessions of 2 Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review & Excerpt

Waiting For Wentworth – Excerpt

January 30th

Collector of book boyfriends – Review

Latte Nights Reviews – Review

Margie’s Must Reads – Review & Excerpt

Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Review & Excerpt

So Bookalicious – Review & Excerpt

January 31st

A crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Desert Divas Book Addiction – Review & Excerpt

Little Bookworm Reviews – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

With Love for Books – Review & Excerpt

The Cover Contessa – Review & Excerpt

February 1st

A Leisure Moment – Review

Book Bite Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Never Judge a Book by its Cover – Review & Excerpt

Pages to Explore – Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – review & Excerpt

Stuck In Books – Review & Excerpt

February 2nd

Actin’ Up with Books – Review & Excerpt

2 girls who love books – Excerpt

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

Contagious Reads – Review & Excerpt

Go Read A Book – Review

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

The Heart of a Book Blogger – Review

February 3rd

A Gingerly Review – Review & Excerpt

Bookish Hollow – Review & Excerpt

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Lovely Reads Publishing – Review & Excerpt

Mary Had a Little Book Blog – Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

I Heart YA Books – Review & Excerpt

 

 

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Katie McGarry - author picKatie McGarry Bio:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, NOWHERE BUT HERE and WALK THE EDGE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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REVIEW:

I’m not a fan of paranormal books typically. I do my best to stay clear of them most of the time. However, I thought I’d take a chance on this one because I know that this author is really popular and the premise sounded really intriguing. It was definitely something different, and I’m glad that I read it. It was a nice change of pace from my usual contemporary romance reads. It was extremely fast paced, maybe a little too fast paced at times. Anyway, it was still a quick and actually a really fun and unique sort of read. Some people might not be interested in this book since it does touch on religion in a way and that can be a sensitive topic to say the least. That being said, I don’t think that this book will likely be for all romance reads. But I think you’ll be able to judge whether or not you’ll like this book depending on what you’re open to as a reader. My point is, I think you should read this book, but it ultimately comes down to your personal preferences when it comes to these types of stories.

What made this book worked for me was mostly the main characters. I thought that Evey was a funny and interesting main character. Not going to lie, it did bug me how judgmental she was towards her friend Brooklyn at times. For the most part though, she was still a steady character, though not particularly memorable as a whole. She just made the plot more lighthearted in a way because she had some humor and wit that was fun to see as a reader.

To put it simply, Lucian was a hot mess. As the description says, he’s an alcoholic angel which is very strange. It’s also quite humorous to see, as you might imagine. He was a funny guy for the most part. I enjoyed his spirit and the way he treated Evey for the most part. It was a little weird that at the very beginning, he’s already in love with Evey, so we don’t really get to see him actually in the process of falling for her or anything like that. I won’t spoil anything, but I wasn’t always a fan of some of the choices that he made, but I mostly was able to understand these choices. He was a fun character to read about, that’s for sure.

So the romance between Lucian and Evey moves pretty freaking quickly. I kind of understand why the author chose to do this, but I personally wasn’t a huge fan, that’s just me though. I typically hate insta-love, and I didn’t hate it exactly, just didn’t completely love it. As I mentioned, we don’t actually see Lucian falling in love with Evey since he already has these strong feelings for her when the book begins. As a whole though, I do think they made a compelling couple. It was definitely the definition of forbidden love: a guardian angel and a human. I think forbidden love is always intriguing to read about and the author totally pulled it off.

Lucian Divine was a different kind of book, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. As mentioned, I’m not a usual reader of paranormal romances. I also have read literally no books about guardian angels prior to this one, but this did work out for me. I think the romance was a fun and fascinating one. I really liked reading this book. As I’ve already been over, I don’t recommend this for everyone. But I do think people who are fans of this author, different kinds of romance, and don’t mind reading about angels, you’ll probably like this one.

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Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

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