Monday, December 28, 2015

New Release & Review: Erin Butler's LAST WISH

It's release day for Erin Butler's Last Wish. This is the second in her New Adult series, Remembering Kyle.

What it's about:

Nothing feels right. Not since my best friend died and I fucked up the one promise he asked me to make. The past follows me everywhere, tangling me up like weeds, reminding me that my life is empty. So fucking empty. 

Then she walks into the bar, all bright beauty and sweet lips made for kissing. 

Em Stewart is a I need to avoid. She’s got heavy secrets of her own, ones she hides from her friends—and lies about to herself. 

No matter how hard I try, I can't resist her, and our unexpected road trip sure as hell isn’t helping my cause. But I’ll be damned if I screw up my first chance at something real...


My Review:
Last Wish is the second book in Erin Butler’s New Adult Remembering Kyle series. I read it as a stand alone as I had not read the previous book. It’s written in first person and head jumps between the two main characters, sometimes within the same chapter. However, this POV works and was enjoyable. The author is highly skilled in grabbing the reader and pulling her into the story. Our heroine, Emily or “Em”, starts the book by ending a terrible, abusive relationship. She finds herself stranded after a bizarre and silly car accident. Her rescuer, Ronan, is an old high school crush. Ronan is a classic angsty tortured hero in need of rescue from his bruised and battered heart.

The relationship between our main characters built quickly, helped by the fact they’d known each other for a long time in a classic friends to lovers trope. Unlike many contemporary romances, it’s not just about sex, which was refreshing. The author sparkles in her ability to weave emotional, complex characters. But the ending twist for this story about two battered characters seemed rushed and illogical.

The characters in this novel and their story do work as a stand alone, but I was terribly frustrated by not understanding what happened in the past. It drove me nuts. We get inferences, but it felt like something big was missing. So, I must recommend read the first in the series before tackling this one.

Overall a fun and fast read.

*Book received from publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Monday, December 21, 2015

Midwinter Giveaway Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by during your holiday celebrations. Are you shopping for a great new read or already found one?
I've got so many books on my TBR for this holiday. I can't even decide where to start. Love to get some recommendations from you.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Treats Giveaway Hop

I'm sure more than a few of you popping by my blog are gifted in the kitchen. Me? Not so much. So, I bow down to you and hail you as one of the few gifted folks (read jealously in there). I love baking and my culinary masterpieces work out almost always in the taste department, but the visuals...I
could enter a few of my christmas cookie attempts this year in the Pinterest epic fails contest.  :)

Got any holiday goodies which are your go-to's for the holidays?

OF COURSE THERE'S A an Amazon (or B&N) gift card & I'm giving away an e-copy of the first in my Keepers of the Veil paranormal romance series (Protecting His Witch).

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New Release & Giveaway: Revolution Episode 2 by Rachel Higginson

L&D Revolution Ep2 RDL BannerRachel Higginson's Love and Decay: Revolution, Episode 2 is out! 

This is a serial novella in the Love & Decay universe.  And there's a giveaway...

Revolution Episode 2

  About Love and Decay: Revolution: Episode Two: 
  It’s not easy being a badass Zombie killer. But somebody’s got to do it. Page Parker is unsatisfied with her post-apocalyptic life in the relative safety of the research station. She knows there’s something bigger out there for her. There’s something… more. When “more” just happens to show up on her doorstep one night, she finally has the opportunity to find the purpose she’s been looking for. And the revenge. But first she must convince her overprotective family that leaving their home and fighting an evil bigger than Zombies is the right thing to do. Except they don’t want to listen.   Until the fight follows them home. Until it destroys every semblance of peace and illusion of security they’ve worked so hard for. They’re not safe anymore. And until they kill Matthias Allen, Zombies are the least of their problems.   Love and Decay: Revolution is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with. Every episode is approximately 20,000 words long and released every two weeks. Look for Love and Decay: Revolution, Episode Three coming January 8th, 2016.

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rachel_profile_pic (1)Rachel Higginson Bio:
  Rachel Higginson is the author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series and much more! She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising four amazing kids.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Jingle Book Blog Hop



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Friday, December 11, 2015

NEW RELEASE REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Say Your Mine by Diane Alberts

Diane Alberts' new release is here! This is the 5th in her Shilling's Agency series, but works just fine as a stand alone. If you're looking for a great unwind holiday read, then grab this book.

What it's about:
She’s a challenge he can’t afford to lose…

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin.

Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.

Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…
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Diane Alberts delivers a hot, swoon-worthy friends-to-lovers romance.
We’ve got Steven, our broody broken ex-SEAL who loses himself in booze and one-timers to numb the pain of his past. He doesn’t believe himself good enough for a solid relationship with a decent woman. And then there’s Lauren, our stubborn, plucky heroine who’s Steven’s best friend. Yet, she’s had the hots for Steven since, well, forever. Somehow they’ve been able to stay friends-only for years, a situation she plans to change and he doesn’t. One night after too much booze she tells Steven a tiny little white lie to enlist his help and, yep, they end up in bed. The lie is going to be a problem, of course. They swear it’ll be one time only, but these two can’t keep their hands off each other.
The chemistry between these characters steams off the pages.
I enjoyed our main characters -- Steven with his overbearing protective nature as he struggles with PTSD, and Lauren with her fear of abandonment after a rocky childhood which of course created trust issues. This is a sexy and fast read. Looking forward to the next in the series.

***Warning: this is an adult book for mature readers***
A gifted copy was provided by Entangled via NetGalley in exhcange for an honest review.


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Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author.  Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.