January 31, 2015

Mayhem by Jamie Shaw ~ BLOG TOUR & REVIEW

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Synopsis: When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus. On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert. During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can't help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam's rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She'd just end up hurt … again. Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she's fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.

Praise for Mayhem:This book is exactly why every girl has a rock star fantasy. Love, lust and good times on the road make for a fun and sexy romance that will make you want to drop everything and run away on tour with the band.
— Jay Crownover, New York Times bestselling author
There’s no better feeling than staying up late to finish a great book. Mayhem was totally worth losing sleep over.
— Tiffany King, USA Today bestselling author

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Review by Erin 


OMG! LOVED IT! This story has it all. There is some drama between Rowan and her ex. There is humor. There are great friendships being built. There is uncertainty. There are bitchy groupies. And there is steamy love. I loved the group dynamic when Rowan meets the band. I really liked the way the main characters relationship progressed. This story had everything I look for in a rocker romance. I wish all the best for this up and coming author and can't wait to see where this series will go!

5 Stars 


Review by Cristina 

Rowan Michaels did not realized that she was talking to a rock star when Adam Everest walked up to the front of the line to get into a club that he is performing at. On the same night and club she catches her boyfriend supposedly away on a business trip with another girl and lost it.

Heading outside to be alone with what she had just witnessed is where she then again runs into Adam who gives her some comfort and ends up sharing a kiss with him that she will never forgets. Apparently Peach (a.k.a Rowan) is what Adam always thinks about since that encounter and had hope for more after their band’s performance that night but ends up getting stood up.

I enjoyed this 4 stars debut novel by this author. Although the used of “Adam Freaking Everest” was used a bit much, the feels of frustrations, tension, and holding back from being something more than just another rock star love story giving into their wants. Intrigued? Pick up Rowan and Adam's story today!


4 Stars 

Review by Fidah 

Mayhem is the first book in the Mayhem series. It follows the perspective of Rowan who is a college freshman whom recently broke up with her boyfriend of three years. Through certain incidents, she finds herself tutoring Adam Everest.

The book was so much fun to read. I really liked Rowan as a character. She was so adorable and awkward, which makes her so much more lovable. She was such a sweet and fun character. I really liked seeing her develop throughout the book. I could definitely relate to her. On the other hand, Adam is a player but he does have his good side. He’s a nice and sweet guy. I really liked this couple. They do have their rough moments and quite frankly, moments where they deserve a wake up call, but I liked seeing their relationship progress and develop.

If you’re looking for something light and fluffy with sexy scenes, then you should definitely pick this book up. It has likeable characters and an easy storyline. It didn’t blew me away but it was quite enjoyable.
                                                                            
                                                 4 Stars 





Excerpt: "When the door opens behind me, I sit up straight and hurriedly sniff in my tears as I wipe my shaking fingers across my slippery cheeks. I hear the flick of a lighter, and then someone sits down next to me on the stairs, puffing a cigarette. When I look over at him, I nearly choke. He gazes back at me, starting at my hot-pink heels and then raking his way up, and then he chuckles. “Are they letting people in yet?” Adam. He’s ditched the shades and cap, and now his dark brown hair is framing his gorgeous face, stretching almost to his chin. I look away quickly, hoping he can’t tell I’ve been crying. “Sorry about that,” I say. And I hear the hoarse sadness in my voice, but I couldn’t keep it out. When he reaches over and brushes my tangled hair away from my eyes, I tense. “Is everything okay?” he asks, and I half laugh. No, everything is not okay. “Everything’s fine.” “Then why have you been crying?” “No reason.” “You get all dolled up to sit outside of rock shows crying by yourself?” I lift my gaze to stare into his eyes, and something in them makes me believe he really cares. Or maybe that’s just what I want to see, but I suddenly need to tell someone. “My boyfriend’s in there.” “And?" “With another girl. I just caught him cheating.” Adam takes a deep puff of his cigarette, nodding as he sighs it back out. “Want me to fuck him up?” I laugh, and he smiles at me. “Would you?” “If you want me to.” “Why?” He shrugs. “Because I offered.” “Why’d you offer?” “Who knows why I do anything I do?” He stares at me while I wait for an answer. “I just do.” That’s a good enough explanation for me, so I look back to my knees again, letting out a shaky breath. I can’t believe I just laughed. At a time like this, Adam Everest made me laugh. “Anyway, your boyfriend is a dumbass,” he says out of nowhere. “How do you know?” His gray-green eyes wash over me. “Look at you.” I blush like hell, but I know he’s just trying to make me feel better. “You thought I was an idiot when you first saw me.” Adam chuckles and shakes his head. “I thought you were cute as a peach.” His lips hold the cigarette in his mouth as he stands up, holding a hand down to me. My heart stops; Adam Everest is offering me his hand. In faded denim jeans, all torn up at the knees, and a fit olive-green button-down rolled up to his elbows, he makes my heart race to a nonexistent finish line. “Come on, Peach.” I take his hand, and he lifts me to my feet, leading me away from the building. “Where are we going?” “To get you a drink. I think you need one.” “I’ve had a few,” I think out loud, slowing to a stop. Adam gazes over his shoulder at me, his eyebrow cocked when he asks, “Are you saying you don’t want another?” I take a moment to consider his question. Just a moment, and then I keep walking." --Jamie Shaw, Mayhem

 
About the Author: Born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, JAMIE SHAW earned her M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University before realizing that the creative side of writing was her calling. An incurable night owl, she spends late hours crafting novels with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy leading men. She's a loyal drinker of white mochas, a fierce defender of emo music, and a passionate enthusiast of all things romance. She loves interacting with readers and always aims to add new names to their book-boyfriend lists.

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Beautifully Insightful by KC Lynn - BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & INTERVIEW



Title: Beautifully Insightful
Author: K.C. Lynn
Genre: NA |  Erotica Romance
Release Date: January 16, 2015


Synopsis:

EMILY MICHAELS ~ Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Like you never fit in, or you weren’t good enough? This is how I have felt for as long as I can remember. 
I see the world differently than everyone else, I feel everything differently and I reflect on life differently. And being different in my world is not a good thing.

I live in a place that’s divided between the rich and the poor, the beautiful and the unbeautiful, the prestigious and the mediocre. I have always belonged in the first category, because my father was the Governor of Georgia. 

Growing up around people I could never relate with, my life had always been lonely, that was until my senior year when I met the one boy who would change my life forever. A boy who my parents would never approve of because he didn’t come from money or the same social class. He rode a motorcycle, had tattoos and was considered to be from the wrong side of the tracks. Yet he was still envied by many.

Ryder Jameson was someone who every guy feared, and one who every girl wanted to be touched by. He didn’t do attachments, or have friends... until me. And for the first time in my life I finally felt like I belonged. When I was with him, my different didn’t feel wrong or ugly. He made me feel beautiful- insightfully beautiful. Then one day my world came crashing down on me, and it would be six years before I'd once again see the boy I fell in love with.

RYDER JAMESON ~ After working my ass off I am given the opportunity of a lifetime, and if I pull it off I will be the youngest FBI agent to run one of the biggest undercover operations in history. Only the case that gets thrown in front of me leads me back to the one place I swore I would never return to, and to the only girl who’s ever mattered to me. 

Except Emily Michaels is not the same girl I left behind. She still looks the same, she’s still beautiful inside and out, but there’s one thing that’s very different about her, one very big thing, and it’s something I didn’t think was possible.

Ryder and I come from a world where politics separates us and wealth defines us, but even after all this time we will not let it divide us. 
Here is our story.

Review by Heather 

KC Lynn has done it again- yes she made me cry and she gave me two new book boyfriends to swoon over.

Beautifully Insightful is the story of Emily and Ryder. Emily comes from a prestigious, wealthy and very powerful family where Ryder comes from the complete opposite- poor and his family does not have the best relationship and frankly neither does Ryder. Emily’s parents are vial people and her mother is always putting her down and trying to hard to turn Emily into someone she is not. When Emily convinces them  to allow her to finish high school at public school, Emily gets into a situation with a classmate and Ryder saves her. The two of them start a beautiful journey together of young love and many firsts. Ryder, besides Emily’s best friend Cece, is the only person who allows Emily to just be Emily. The bond and the connection between them become so strong they can’t hide their feelings for very long. When Emily’s father hears of this relationship, to say he is not happy is an understatement. Ryder disappears leaving Emily alone and to wonder what the hell happened.

The story time jumps to years later when Ryder returns to his home town for work and seeks out Emily not only because he needs her help but because he never stopped thinking about her. Emily is hurt and just wants to know why he left.  The two start on a different journey one of healing and painful revelations but can Emily’s heart survive reliving the pain of the past?
First I have to say that normally I am not a fan of the time jump. In this book it was done so well will very little blanks. A lot of times with a time jump I feel like I missed something and this is not the case with this book. Through dialogue you get to see where both characters have been and the key things that happened to them while they were apart.

Second, the entire book is unbelievably amazing. The subject matter is not an easy one to read and it was done so tastefully. The twists and turns were just AHHHH I can’t even describe them and yes I yelled at WHAT?! to my kindle more than once. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and may have blown up KC’s message box while reading.  There are so many twists and turns in this book it is so hard to put down so when you read it have your kindle with you wherever you go.

Third, the characters are just wonderful! KC has mastered the alpha male with her Men of Honor series but Ryder is an entirely differently breed.  Ryder is the entire package- total alpha and total teddy bear all rolled into one. Sure he is hot as hell, but what I really loved about him was that he owned his mistakes pretty much upfront and he did not put on a macho front of his feelings for Emily. Emily is such a breath of fresh air so genuine yet so confident in her convictions. Her struggles are not the normal struggles we usually see in romance novels and I really enjoyed her. I loved how independent she was yet at times she needed to be dependent. The way she felt about those times really spoke from the pages of this book. KC’s book girlfriends are always someone I can see myself being friends with in real life but Emily takes the cake on that.  The chemistry between Ryder and Emily is explosive.  The sex is hot and the sweet moments definitely give you a fuzzy feeling in your belly.

As always, KC’s secondary characters are just as likeable (well the good guys anyway) as the main characters. I loved Emily’s best friend Cece. How she tried to conform to the world she lived in yet be her own person at the same time and the balance she had between the two was really fun to read and I want her purses HA! Nick, Ryder’s best friend, well there is only one word to describe him- MINE!!!! I finally have dibsed a KC character without getting my head chewed off by one of her ladies of honor (kidding) and Nick is it! He really balances Ryder out and is very genuine but what drew me in was his humor. He literally made me laugh out loud.

Finally, the writing.  It is flawless. The entire book just flows beautifully and the words in this book are so powerful and full of heart. She made me laugh, cry, swoon and gasp multiple of times I really enjoyed everything  about his book.  In my opinion, Beautifully Insightful is KC’s best work to date!  
KC’s books always leave me with a message and something to think about and this book really resonated with me on many level. I give this book 5-be true to yourself-stars!

5 Stars 
Author Q&A
An interview by reviewer Heather


How the story line for Beautifully Insightful come about?

I am asked this question often with all of my story lines. I don't know I just do. Lol! For Beautiful Insightful, however, I always had Emily's father to be a dirty politician. Although I didn't quite know which avenue his character would follow. It was thanks to my father, who was an RCMP for 30 days, and a man I was lucky enough to meet, who used to be a government intel, that told me about this story and sent me a video with a very similar story line, where a dirty politician ran a sex trafficking ring. But I did switch the odd things around because I didn't want this to be a true story. I have come to learn that the topics I write about are VERY REAL, and sex trafficking is a cause I have become very passionate about bringing awareness to. It is happening in our world every day and it's only getting worse.

What are the messages you are hoping that the readers take away with this book?

With all the books that I write, I always hope to convey a powerful message. Beautifully Insightful has one of the most powerful I will ever hope to convey. I once read this quote and it was a huge inspiration of this book and it goes like this: We are all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us.

Our worlds can be very divided, whether in school and you get judged for the brand of clothes you wear or how much money you have, or even down to the car you drive. this is why I loved writing Emily as I did. It showed how insightful she was, because she never saw people like that. She saw their hearts and souls. I do believe the world would be a whole lot better if more people saw each other like this. Love with you heart, not with your eyes.

Emily is such a strong and independent character who is some ways needs to be dependent on others- is she based of anyone from your life and was she a hard character to write?

I  have loved every female character I've ever written, but Emily will hold a special place in my heart. I loved writing her, and no, she isn't from anyone in my life. To be honest, I am shocked how easy it was to write her. I connected with her in ways I never connected with another. She has such a beautiful heart and I really felt her. I don't know - it's hard to explain without sounding like a lunatic. Lol!

Beautifully Insightful is a fast paced high action yet extremely emotional book. During your writing process, without giving anything away, what were those moments like for you as you were writing them?

When I write I am completely engrossed into my stories and characters. All the parts that you read and your heart raced, mind did too. Where you cried, I did too. where you laughter, I also did. I think, as a writer, if you don't fell all those emotions then your readers won't either.


You have such a knack for writing completely swoon worthy alpha males and Ryder is no different in that sense from those delicious Men of Honor. In what ways do you think Ryder is similar to them and in what ways do you think he is different?

Well first off, thank you for the compliment about my Men. I adore them all too. Lol!

Ryder is very much like my Men Of Honor. He is a dirty talker, possessive alpha male, but, most importantly, a man of Honor. I really think the only way he differs from my Men of Honor is that his job is little different than theirs, but no less important. He fights for his country and the people in it.

Out of all the couples you have written so far which one is closest to your heart?

Girl, are you for real? I cannot answer this. Lol! Seriously, I can't. Each couple hods a special place in my heart, and for all different reasons. I went through so much with ever couple I wrote about. I just can't say that one has left more of a mark than others, but they definitely all taught me something about life.

What is next in the world of books by KC Lynn?

I am so excited for what the future hold. I will be working on two series this year. Acts of Honor will be a spin-off series for my Men Of Honor.  It will consist of all the side characters that my readers have asked for, and we will be delving deeply into some tough topics. I also have high hopes in starting another series, a firefighter one called Men Of Courage. I can't wait to get started on both of these and show the struggles and triumphs of our heroes.

And can you please tell the world that I have dibs on Nick? 
Everyone, Heather has dibs on Nick... Well, when he isn't with Katelyn. Lol!


Sexy time with Ryder and Emily

“Stop thinking, only feel, baby.”
I follow his command, and push his open dress shirt down his arms then pull up the T-shirt he wears underneath. “Take this off so I can feel you against me.” He sheds himself of the shirt within seconds then pulls me in close, wrapping me in his strong embrace. Electricity shoots through my entire body, and all the oxygen flees from my lungs.

“Damn, you have the softest skin I’ve ever felt,” he mumbles, burying his face into my neck. 

We do nothing for a moment but hold each other, feeling a connection that I know I will never feel with anyone else. I’ve tried, god I have tried to move on, but I couldn’t. I thought it was because I had no closure, but now that he’s back I know that isn’t the case. It’s because he still holds so much of my damaged heart.

Ryder pries my knees apart from his hips before running his hands up the inside of my thighs. I moan, my body trembling in anticipation for what’s to come. He reaches my panty line then gently runs a knuckle down the center of my wet panties, causing slight shock waves to travel through my body. I gasp and he groans. “Fuck me, you are soaked.”

My response is another moan as I thrust my hips toward his touch, craving more pressure. “Ryder, please,” I plead breathlessly.

“Don’t worry, baby, I got you.” He pushes my panties aside and runs two fingers through my wet flesh, skimming over my swollen clit before inserting a single finger inside of me.

“Oh god!” I cry out at the sweet invasion.

His groan is guttural. “Oh fuck, your pussy is as hot and tight as I remember it.” He begins pumping his finger in and out of me. “Look, baby. Look between us, watch what my finger is doing to your sweet pussy.” I glance between our bodies, and the erotic sight has my inner walls clamping down around his finger. The need for release becomes so fierce, so overwhelming, that I feel like my body is about to combust. 


K.C. Lynn is a small town girl living in Western Canada. She married her high school sweetheart and they have four amazing children: two lovely girls and a set of handsome twin boys. It was her love of romance books that gave K.C. the courage to sit down and write her own novel. When she is not in her writing cave, pounding out new characters and stories, she can be found living between the pages of a book, meeting new tattooed, hot alpha males with very big...Hearts.


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The Lover's Promise by J.C. Reed - BLOG TOUR

The Lover's Promise
Author: J.C. Reed
Genre: Mature New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 26th, 2015
Length: 300 pages

Book Description:

Meeting Jett was like lighting a match. Dangerous. Scorching. And better left untouched. In his game, some secrets can be deadly.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, is sure of one thing. She has to stay away from the one man who betrayed her. He fooled her once, and she won’t let it happen again. When her loans are settled by the very man who’s a murder suspect, little choice does she have than to confront him and risk falling for him again.

Dangerously sexy and arrogant millionaire Jett Mayfield knows his secrets destroy trust. However, when they serve to protect the woman he loves, he has no intention of risking Brooke’s life. When Brooke seeks him to get an explanation, little does he know that there’s something worse that threatens to destroy their lives. Soon there’s only one choice: break or get broken. When everything is spiraling out of control, will his promise keep her by his side…or will he lose her forever?

A man who will never forget her
A woman who can’t trust him
Both are on the run
2 Lives. 2 Destinies.
One Promise
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Throb by Vi Keeland ~ BLOG TOUR & REVIEW

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Blurb
The rules:
No dating.
No sex outside of the game.
No disclosing the terms of the contract.
Rules were made to be broken, right?
Eight weeks ago I signed a contract.  One that seemed like a good idea at the time.  A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed.  There were some rules though.  Lots of them actually.  Follow the script, no dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal.  After my self-imposed moratorium on men the last year, it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain…so I thought.  Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.


Review by Heather

Cooper wants Kate. Kate wants Cooper. Due to Kate being on a bachelor type reality show run by Cooper's brother, Miles, Kate cannot be involved with anyone else until the show, Throb, finishes shooting but will they be able to keep their distance or take the risk?

 I could not put this book down! It was a quick read and really kept me glued to my kindle from the prologue! Cooper is such a great book boyfriend! He's hot and sweet and bossy! Love when he gets bossy. Kate is a great character too down to earth and very kind. Someone I can see myself friends with in real life.

The chemistry between Cooper and Kate sizzles from the moment they meet! I really loved the two of them together so much! Definitely in my top 5 book couples!

The secondary characters were really great as well. The bitchy contestants, Kate's BFF/lawyer Sadie and Flynn the bachelor. I really liked him a lot but felt the chemistry between him and Kate just wasn't there and Vi did a great job portraying that.

This is a must read and I give it 4.5 swoon worthy stars!


Excerpt


Every girl needs three things
1.  A flutter in her belly when she meets him for the first time.
Meet Cooper
My lips brush the top of her hand lightly, my tongue sneaking out to fleetingly touch her skin.  The brief contact stirs an ache inside me.  This woman tugs at something—more than arousal—something that makes me want to slow down time just to spend a few more minutes standing here.
“Did you just…” she stammers a bit.
“Did I just what?”
She squints at me.  “You know.”
“Do I?”
“I felt your tongue on my hand.  You…you licked me.”
I’d been dying to run my tongue along her neck all evening, although I hadn’t really meant to be so crude about it.  It just sort of …happened.  “I wouldn’t say licked, maybe just a little taste.”
“So you tasted me?”
My entire body suddenly has interest in this conversation.  “I suppose I did.  But it wasn’t nearly enough.  That brings us back to my invitation for dinner.  Tomorrow night?”
“I can’t.”
“The day after then?”
She laughs and shakes her head.  The sound makes me smile.
“Good night, Cooper.”  She pulls the driver’s side door shut and leaves me standing there…for a full five minutes after she’s gone.
2.  A best friend to talk about him to.
Meet Sadie
“And?”
“And I kissed him when we were in his office.”
“How was his office?”
“Really?  That’s what you want to know.  Not how was the kiss or aren’t you in breach of your contract?  How was his office?”
“You can tell a lot about a man by his office.”
I gulp another unladylike sip from my wine glass.  “His office was beautiful.  Sleek, overlooking the city.  It oozed power.”
“Nice.  Bet he fucks like he owns you.”
The thought of what he’s like in bed is enough to make me lose my train of thought.
“Go on,” Sadie prods.
I don’t continue immediately.
“You forgot what you were up to because you were thinking of him fucking you like he owns you, didn’t you?”  My best friend smirks knowingly.
“Shut up.”  I pause.  “Anyway, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
“Well, him.  Obviously.”
“I wish it were that easy.”
3.  A gentleman that turns into a bossy dirty talker in the bedroom.
Cooper – behind closed doors.


“You haven’t even begun to see bossy yet.  Tonight I’m going to tell you to do things, and you’re going to do them.  When I tell you to open wider, or take my cock deeper, you’re going to listen.  You know why?  Because since the moment we met, all I’ve wanted to do is make you feel good.  Hell, I don’t even need to get off physically.  Because I’m going to get off watching you every minute.  So, yeah, I’m going to be bossy.  Now let’s put the rest of this behind us.  Do you want to be with me tonight?”
After that prelude, I nod my head fast.  I’m no fool.  Who wouldn’t?
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About the Author:
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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!




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