5 stars

BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND GIVEAWAYS: LILY LOVE BY MAGGI MYERS

Title: Lily Love
Author: Maggi Myers
Expected Release: June 24th

Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble. Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they’re plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily. After years of blame and overwhelming despair, Caroline’s chance encounter with a stranger at University Hospital opens her eyes to the prospect of accepting new support, new loves, and new dreams.
From the acclaimed author of The Final Piece comes a story of a family broken and unable to cope with a daughter’s disability. And a mother who finds that letting go of the life she imagined may be the only way to get to the life she was meant for.

“Tilting at Windmills”

“The only thing you feel is the force of the blast rattling your body. All that is left is a crater where something stood before and a shockwave that flattens the surrounding area for miles. Every dream I had for my daughter, every plan, every single thing was flattened to the ground, and at the center was the crater where I had been.”

Those words, poignant beyond belief, those words epitomize the feeling a parent has when they realize that their child doesn’t fit into society’s definition of “normal.” That pain is real. Dreams are shattered, and your life is no longer your own. It’s in that very moment you fall apart. You question. You do, you question, You question everyone, but you especially question yourself. It’s in that moment that you fall to you knees and scream “WHY? WHY ME?” It’s directly after that meltdown, the guilt ensues, guilt that cripples you. Your heart is broken. You are broken. This isn’t what you signed on for. All of these emotions hit you, dead smack in the face. In the face, and what do you do?

It’s in that moment when your world crashes at your feet that you learn that sometimes the unexpected teaches us our greatest lessons. It’s in life’s tragedies that we find our true purpose. It’s through the beauty of the unknown that we find the beauty in the simplistic. It’s when we can no longer imagine moving forward, that we find our strength. Sometimes there is beauty in the enigma, if we simply slow down and allow it to surface. Occasionally, life has a bigger message, and we have a purpose greater than our own.

“Days like this will strip you raw. They happen regardless of what we do, not because of it.”

In the book Lily Love by Author Maggi Myers that’s the lesson we are taught. You learn acceptance not only of others but of yourself. This book is a tale of Caroline’s journey to find love and acceptance, not only of others but of her own. This is the remarkable story of a mother’s love. A mother’s doubt. A mother’s questioning. The charters in this book are no only real, but they are beautiful. We are privy to see them all unfold and grow. The writing style is impeccable. Mrs. Myers, is amazing. She’s got a way with words. She chooses the most eloquent word choices but mixes them with just enough snarky to keep you giggling.

Life. It happens whether we want it to or not. When you wake up in this situation what can you do? You do what you have to. You keep going.This story is an amazing journey of life’s lessons in so many formats. There is beauty in these tears, lessons in the pain. Sometimes people are brought into your life, whether it be a child, a friend, or even a stranger, for exactly the right reason. As the mother of a child born with special needs, I personally wish someone had told me the things Caroline is telling in this book. It truthfully would have made my life so much easier. I would have realized that everything I felt was normal, I wouldn’t have felt so guilty and I wouldn’t have questioned my mothering skills. Most of all, I would have let the guilt go. This is a book for all parents, not just those of children with special needs. Parents are people. We have questions, get angry, and make mistakes, it doesn’t make us bad parents, or bad people, quite the contrary it makes us real. The love a parent receives from a special needs child is all encompassing. Life’s purest blessing. For all the struggles we go through, we’ve been given life’s greatest gift.

“From the mouth of my baby girl, comes the most beautiful sentence I’d ever heard. She can’t read her ABC’s or count past ten, but she accepted a stranger, “my” stranger – with openheartedness she not not always receive herself. I’m so incredibly blessed that she is mine, that they both are.”

Born in West Des Moines, IA and raised in Miami, FL, I have an appreciation for the heartland and really good cuban food.

I want to write stories that make people think. The things you thought you knew about other people and their lives? I want to twist those perceptions and make you question everything.

I am a big fan of the underdog. The one that everyone else has written off? That’s where my heart is and where my most inspired writing happens.

Book Review: He + She by Michelle Warren



TITLE: HE + SHE
AUTHOR: MICHELLE WARREN

HE is trying to piece together his broken life.
SHE is running away from her wedding day.
TOGETHER, their world is a beautiful lie.
APART, their world is a perfect mess.
He + She is a free-spirited romance about soul-awakening second chances, heartbreak, and hopeful beginnings.

“Not complicated. Only you make it complicated. Life is simple…”

So there is this book and it’s called He + She and there is just one thing you need to know about it…its a bump to the top of your “to be read” list good! I finished this book and wanted to shout from my corner of the world…READ THIS!

“I want the good minutes of the day to take over the bad in this fight, so who cares how it happens, or who I’m with as long as I cultivate smiles when urged in that direction.”

This book is different and in a world of cookie cutter literature He + She stands a head and shoulder about the rest. I went into this read blind. I didn’t even read the synopsis. The book was recommended by a trustworthy friend. That’s all I needed…let me be that trustworthy friend!!

“I want to hide it away from the world. God only knows how tired I am of people knowing everything about me and all the horrible details. I just want to be alone…”

Friend or foe, destiny will always ride shot gun on the road of life, helping to mold the moments that define our life. The painfully heartbreaking to the breathtakingly beautiful, every moment is our own. We make the choice to embrace the moments or to fight them.

“People aren’t just made of rainbows and sugary – sweet candy, though I wish that were the case. Half of who we are is written by our mistakes, mishaps, and imperfections.”

Breaking down this book in a few short paragraphs would ruin your personal reading experience. For fear of spoilers I will remain closed lip. These are the things I can tell you about this book; the storyline is well thought out and the character development exemplary. Michelle’s writing is unspoiled allowing the readers mind to wander along as if part of the story. So final thoughts…buy it! Read it! Love it!
Michelle Warren didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. First, she spent over a decade as professional illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in Chicago, IL.

Blog Tour Review & Giveaways: Taint by S.L. Jennings

Title: Taint
Author: S.L Jennings
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two things:

Who am I?
And, what the hell are you doing here? 
Let’s start with the most obvious question, shall we? 
You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.
Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls.
You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. 
And you’re going to say it a lot. 
Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. 
F*ck. F***ck.
Ok, good. Now where were we?
If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle.
For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.
And who am I?
Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.
I am Justice Drake. 
And I turn housewives into whores. 
Now…who’s first?

Taint
v. taint-ed, taint-ing, taints
1. To corrupt morally.
2. To sully or tarnish (a person’s name, reputation, etc.)
n
1. a defect ot flaw
2. an infecting touch, influence or tinge.

Sexy does not equate good sex. More often than not,this theory hold true. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be in business. And let me tell you, business is good, Very good.

Wow!!! Just WOW! Reading the blurb for this story had me curious and the opening lines had me settling back ready to enjoy a fun read.

“You suck at sex. You don’t satisfy your husband sexually, which is why he wants to cheat on you, if he hasn’t alredy. You may be a fantastic wife, mother, homemaker, whatever, but you are a lousy lover.”

Yeah, with to-the-point language like that, how could this be anything but highly amusing?
The characters in TAINT are remarkably well written.
Justice Drake, a life coach who specializes in one specific department. SEX. 

“My business is sex. I instruct sex. I live and breathe sex. And I need it, just like their duplicitous husbands.”

Eleven women have entered the course, desperately wanted to reconnect with their husbands; husbands who have broken their vows to satisfy sexual deviances from other women. They seek Justice Drakes’ expertise to learn the art of seduction, on how to improve their sex lives and ultimately their relationships. 
JD is a very sensual man. But he knows how to play his business. He firmly follows his principles and remains professional at all times.

“Never get emotionally vested in client.
Never pressure or persuade them, it has to be their choice.
And never, ever apologize for my unconventional technique, as cruel or brash as it may seem.”

Everything seems to be going well, until he meets his perfect match. Allison Elliot-Carr. Daughter of  the owner and CEO of one of the largest investment banks in the world. Married to one of the most influential personality in the society and her father’s golden boy. Justice thinks he knows everything about her. But as Allison spends time with him in the Oasis, he learned that that there is more to Allison that just a pretty face and a big fat wallet.

“I look at her – really look at her – she’s beautiful – they all are – but Allsion is flawless. The fact that she hasn’t tried to hide a little piece of herself that society would deem blemished, intrigues me. Shit, it makes her kind of badass.
I like it. Can’t Stop. The Word. Vomit
Day-fucking-One. Im so screwed.”

Justice and Allison’s story is full of emotions and takes readers on a great ride. I was seriously drawn into their story right from the start. This fast paced story keeps you engaged all the way to the end. I enjoyed watching JD fight to regain himself and fight for the love that he longs for. The two make a wonderful couple and I enjoyed watching their relationship begin to take shape. Each declaration of love, each touch, each kiss, helps cement their hearts and souls together. JD is more than willing to fight for Allison and he pushes her just enough to help him through it all and make her realize that they belong together. But things are not as easy as it seems. 

“No matter how I feel about Ally and the future that we never ever have, I can’t change who I am. And who I am is not Ally’s husband.”

I enjoyed the tension this book opened up with. Their dialogues add to the tension and realism of the situation. I feel as if the scenes that S.L. Jennings wrote could easily have been how people could react in such circumstances. Then the after-effects of such an emotional scene also seemed to roll on in a logical and wonderfully emotional manner. Ms. Jennings has a real flair for action packed, tension filled romance. I really felt for both JD and Ally, for the complexities of their situation and the massive ball of emotions they are. Complex, multi-layered characters are a soft spot of mine and this book really filled that need for me.

“Welcome to the real game of Life, where we’re all players, but one ever truly wins.”

I was stunned by some of the revelations! I so wasn’t expecting that but it was fabulous! The writing is seamless, the characters sexy and the location pulls you into the story. I love the emphasis that Syreeta put on the things that really matter in order to have a successful marriage and the wonderful ways in which she portrayed them. I felt as if I knew each character and suffered as well as celebrated along with them. Justice and Allison’s passionate moments were exceptionally hot, yet extremely loving at the same time. 
This is a well-cooked story and sure to appeal to many readers. What’s not to love? A story with strong characters and interesting plot, with plenty of chemistry and raunchy sex and enough good ingredients I think plenty of people should give it a taste. What can I say? It worked for me.
Most known for her starring role in a popular sitcom as a child, S.L. Jennings went on to earn her law degree from Harvard at the young age of 16. While studying for the bar exam and recording her debut hit album, she also won the Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking invention of calorie-free wine. When she isn’t conquering the seas in her yacht or flying her Gulfstream, she likes to spin elaborate webs of lies and has even documented a few of these said falsehoods. 

Some of S.L.’s devious lies:
FEAR OF FALLING
THE DARK LIGHT SERIES
Dark Light
The Dark Prince 
Nikolai (a Dark Light novella)
Light Shadows- coming in 2014
TAINT- releasing in May 20, 2014

Book Review: Off the Record by K.A. Linde

TITLE: OFF THE RECORD
AUTHOR: K.A. LINDE
Liz Dougherty has no idea that a single question is about to change her life.
Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.
But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.
K.A. Linde’s Record series begins with a sleek, sexy, and smart venture into a high-stakes political campaign and an even higher-stakes affair that, in the end, will leave you wanting more with one of Linde’s gripping cliffhangers.
Brady Maxwell! BRADY MAXWELL!!! Holy crap! I have never wanted to throw my hat into the political ring but if Maxwell is on the ballot sign me up! In true Linde fashion I am torn between two men, questioning my beliefs, and holding on for dear life. I will deem little Ms. Linde “The Queen of Cliffhangers”. I will go as far as to say she is probably laughing at us all! *insert evil villainous laugh here*

“I’m giving you what I can give you, and I’m telling you in advance that you might get hurt. But it’s worth it to take the risk. I can damn well promise you that it’s worth it.”

Who can resist a beautiful man packaged in tailored made suit? Ummm not me! Brady Maxwell oozes sex, power, and demands attention. What more could a girl want? Liz is a smart cookie. Young, green, and ready to hit the pavement running. Stopped in her reporter tracks, she is charmed with one look and both lives are forever changed. 

“Secrets were going to be her downfall. Her secrets now had secrets. “

Can one live a life dripping in secrets? Secrets covering secrets? Truth is lost in the middle of a lust covered affair. Both Liz and Maxwell crave one another, every spare moment drawn together via an invisible bond. Liz is torn between her very public life as a reporter and private desire for Maxwell. 

“So…that’s it then? You’re choosing the campaign.”
“It’s never been a choice. I’m stubborn. I want both.”

What would you do? We are told not to play with fire because in the end we will burn, however the mesmerizing beauty of the flame and the warning sensation draw you in. Brady Maxwell’s fire is just as powerful, and Liz has a front row seat for the action. The stakes are high for both. Will love win the majority vote? 

If I was voting, K.A Linde would be high on my top authors list. Off the Record adds to K.A Linde already impressive book list. After the Avoiding series, Off the Record has taken love triangle to a whole new level. Its one thing to compete with another person but when you find the tip of triangle is occupied by political madness, “love triangle” takes on a whole new meaning. One click Off the Record for what you know K.A. Linde can offer and stay for Maxwell’s fire, charm, million dollar smile. 

K.A. Linde graduated with her Masters in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. She also has a bachelors in political science and philosophy. She wrote her the Avoiding Series while struggling through advanced statistical modeling and writing her thesis. She enjoys dancing and writing novels that keep you guessing until the very end.

She currently resides in Georgia with her boyfriend and two puppies, Lucy and Riker.

Book Review, Fanmade Trailer and Giveaway: The Passion of Darius by Raine Miller

TITLE: THE PASSION OF DARIUS
AUTHOR: RAINE MILLER
~A Blackstone Affair, Historical Prequel~ If you’ve read my contemporary series, you know all about Ethan Blackstone and his American girl, Brynne. The Passion of Darius is a part of their story. 
Somerset, 1837 
‘Ti amo, mia cara’ 
The fine art of persuasion. 
Darius Rourke and his burning passion for a woman. The gentle Marianne…as beautiful as she is mysterious. 
When presented with an opportunity to make her his bride, Darius takes it, and knows Marianne will finally belong only to him. Or will she? 
Marianne carries a secret. Something she believes will prevent her from ever being worthy to be loved by any man—even the masterful Darius, despite the fact he captivates her utterly. 
A look… A caress… A kiss… A brooding sensuality. A lushly passionate tale of lovers entangled in the discovery of each other’s sins and secrets. As Darius and Marianne embark upon a journey together, they will find that learning to command is just as important as learning to surrender. 
A man who knows what he wants… 
A woman who needs him in order to know her worth… 
‘Ti amo, mia cara’ 
This is an erotic romance, intended for readers 18 years and older. Aspects of BDSM. 36,000 words.

This is the first historical romance book that I have actually finished, and I assure you it will not be the last. I was a little iffy about plucking a book from this genre because the few books I have encountered in the past struck me as a little bit boring and slowly paced, which is really not the kind of thing I enjoy reading. But then again it’s a Raine Miller book so I gave it a whirl…

The Passion of Darius is truly an excellent tale about love, acceptance and forgiveness with a great ensemble of characters whose individual stories all weave together perfectly over the course of the book. The writing is excellent (no doubt) and the storyline is beautifully constructed, not to mention the exceptionally beautiful cover that will capture your hearts in first glance.
This book had earned a firm seat on my keeper shelf and I highly recommend this book to ANY reader who enjoys reading historical romances. Trust me, even if you don’t normally read this kind of books, please do give this one a try. I did not find this book to be “boring” in the least and the historical tones that did surface were minimal and did not overpower the excellent story.

“Open up for me Marianne. You want this. You want me to touch you. Don’t be afraid, bella. I want to feel you…and so, you want the same.”

“You – you make me burn like f-fire! I – did – not – know… it would be like this.”

 
5 Captivating Stars. Here’s a little video I have prepared for you all. Enjoy!

Raine Miller has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it’s a safe bet she’ll never stop, because now she writes them too! Granted Raine’s stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. A part-time teacher and writer of sexy romance stories every other chance she gets pretty much fills her days. She has a handsome prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. Her sons know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any, thank God! Raine loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books.

THE PASSION OF DARIUS
OTHER BOOKS OF RAINE MILLER

THE UNDOING OF A LIBERTINE
Amazon | B&N
NAKED (BOOK 1)
Goodreads | Amazon US | B&N | Kobo 
ALL IN (BOOK 2)
EYES WIDE OPEN (BOOK 3)
CHERRY GIRL (BOOK 3.5)
Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone
RARE and PRECIOUS THINGS (BOOK 4)

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (excerpt + book trailer)


Title: Mud Vein
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Blog Tour organized by: Shh Moms Reading


When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

It’s so hard to write a review for Mud Vein when everyone else has already expressed their thoughts. So I am going to do the whole “pretend you are talking to a friend!” thing. When I talk to my friends, it is a lot of exclamation marks and capslock and FEEEELINGS. So you’ve been warned. And oh, if you’re looking for spoilers its not my kind of thing so you wont see it here. The least I can offer you is to watch the trailer and have a glimpse of what the book is all about.

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” –Fred Rogers

What I loved about this book is how DARK it was. And I was surprised at how mature this book was.  It stuck to classic fairytales, the ones where Cinderella’s stepsisters chop off the heels of their feet, Rapunzel’s prince gets his eyes poked out, and the Little Mermaid turns into seafoam. I liked how Tarryn always raised questions about the fairytales and their endings.
Mud Vein was full of absolutely all of my favorite things — a deep, emotional story, shocking twists and turns that left me needing to collect my thoughts. The writing was as beautiful as ever, and Senna’s voice was so spot on.
There’s a major, major plot twist that made me gasp when I read through the scene. HOLY CRAP! I was so stunned and silenced. I needed time to walk away and think about how I felt. And that doesn’t happen often. Tarryn made me feel like Senna’s life was real and I was being asked to lend a helping hand and offer advice. After I finished reading, I felt this spoke volumes for Tarryn’s writing — she has an uncanny ability to make me want to take care of all her characters. (I felt the same way when I read the Love Me with Lies Series)
Honestly, the big sell of this book for me are the relationships, nearly every single relationship highlighted in this novel is complicated and messy as hell and I dug them all so much. Isaac, the doctor, Nick, the lover and of course Senna Richards, the anti-social girl who tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others either harshly or with callous indifference. Call me crazy but I found it to be a pretty realistic problem that was really interesting to watch play out. If you are weary of captivity from the books description, don’t let that scare you off. It’s not your typical captivity in the least and the novel always makes it clear where the real romantic tension is at. The supporting characters aren’t always likable but that sort of worked for me? They can be the absolute WORST one moment only to redeem himself the next. But I like hot messes of human beings. I totally loved it.
Needless to say, this story touched me deeply. I felt the characters’ desolation in winter; I experienced their enthusiasm and renewal of faith with the coming of spring; I rejoiced with them in the summer of their love, which brought the warmth of commitment and the formation of a bond and feeling confident that together, they can do almost anything. But love can be messy, confusing, and imperfect, just like us, and life itself. It’s what Hallmark cards don’t always tell us…what love isn’t. And this is exactly what Mud Vein is all about. It is a marvelous story of realism, inspiration, hope, and redemption. Often times, we form a lot of ideas about what love is based on unrealistic hopes and standards. We learn what we think it’s supposed to look like, and most of the times, we find ourselves frustrated when reality falls short. And this book made me think and change my perception about love. 

Mud Vein is simply… extraordinary. There’s really no other word for it. From the first page, the first line, the book completely enthralled me. I was the teensiest bit concerned that maybe it wouldn’t live up to my sky-high expectations. I needn’t have worried. But if you ever ask me if I plan to have a re-read soon? Absolutely not! I don’t think I can allow myself to undergo the same intense emotions I felt when I was reading it. I mean, I love angst but I am definitely not a masochist! Perhaps a few months after.
Sure this book is not for everyone but I highly recommend this book to anyone craving for something written in the incredible, poetic way which only Tarryn Fisher can deliver, something that they can sink their teeth into and come away feeling fulfilled. If you plan on reading Mud Vein, read it with an open mind. 

Thank you Tarryn! I thank you immensely for sharing this fabulous story with us. 5 +++ stars!

“No one wants to carry someone when they are heavy from life”

Flawed perfection are the words I would choose to define Tarryn’s writing. Twisting together the ugly, dirty, and the beautiful to give the reader a no nonsense view of life’s love and loss. Her words give you a virtual slap across the face. Waking you up and forcing you to ask questions you don’t want to answer. Mud Vein forces you to question the life you are living and challenges the walls you have built. Tarryn created a journey that is personal and different for every reader. Her words ignite thoughts and feelings that most of us bury deep, not wanting to pop the bubble we create around an already fragile life.

“We are all going to die, but I’m going to die first. In the very last second of my life, I will think of you.”

I should have learned from the Love Me With Lies Series!!! Tarryn is flawlessness. The wicked twists and turns drew me in but Mud Vein, MUD VEIN has turned me into a mess of emotions. I can say with complete honestly that this book, these words disturbed the balance I thought I created for myself.

“I didn’t know I needed someone to dig into my heart and figure out why on some days I wanted to play, and on others I craved solitude…It’s a painful thing to look inside yourself and see the whys and the hows of your clockwork. You are a lot uglier than you think, plenty more selfish than you are ever likely to admit. So, you ignore what’s inside of you. Thinking if you don’t acknowledge it, it’s not really there. Until someone unlikely comes along and cracks you. They see every dark corner, and they get it. And they tell you it’s okay to have dark corners, instead of making you feel ashamed of them.”

Ripped raw best sums it up. I flipped page after page and highlighted more than half of the book. Mud Vein is a real reading experience. Not always pretty but real none the less. If you read one book this year read this one. I won’t recap they story. I don’t want to ruin the experience. Truth be told my words, under no circumstances, would ever do the wicked queen justice.

“Love doesn’t leave. It bears all things.”

Bear the emotions, the pain, and the tears then open a bottle of wine…trust me you’ll need it.

“Tell me something about your life with him,” Isaac urges.
I purse my lips. “Hmmm … so much fuckedupness. Where should I start?”
He blinks at me. 
“A week before I graduated from high school he found a chip in one of our drinking glasses. He came storming into my room, demanding to know how it got there. When I couldn’t give him an answer he refused to talk to me. For three weeks. He didn’t even come to my graduation. My dad. He can make a drinking glass feel like a teen pregnancy.”
I hold out my mug and Isaac refills me. 
“I hate whiskey,” I say. 
“Me too as well.”
I cock my head. 
“Hush,” he says. “You don’t get to judge my turn of phrase.”
I lay my arm across the table and rest my head on it. 
He looks less and less like a doctor nowadays with his scruffy face and long hair. Come to think of it, he’s acting less like one too. Maybe this is rockstar Isaac. I don’t ever remember him drinking during the time we spent together. I lift my head and rest my chin on my arm. 
I want to ask if he had a drinking problem back in the day—when he was actually living his tattoo. But it’s none of my business. We all medicate with something. He notices me looking at him funny. He’s on his fifth shot. 
“Something you want to ask me?” 
“How many more bottles of that stuff do we have?” I ask. The one he’s holding has a third left. I’m thinking we might have some darker days. We need to save the happy juice for sadder times.
He shrugs. “What does it matter?”
“Hey,” I say. “We are sharing family memories. Bonding. Don’t be depressing.”
He laughs, and sets the bottle on the counter. I wonder if he’d notice if I hid it. I watch him walk into the living room. I’m not sure if I should follow him or give him space. In the end, I go upstairs. It’s not my business what Isaac is struggling with. I barely know him. No, that’s not entirely true. I just don’t know this side of him. 
I wrap myself in my comforter and try to sleep. The whiskey has made my head spin. I like it. I’m surprised I never got addicted to alcohol. It’s such a nice way to check out. Maybe I should find a new addiction. Maybe I should find Isaac. 
Maybe…
I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…

Book Review: Falling Under by Jasinda Wilder

Title: Falling Under
(Falling #3)
Author: Jasinda Wilder

A standalone, sequel novel to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Falling Into You. 
My name is Colton Calloway. You’ve heard part of my story, but it turns out there’s more. My little girl, Kylie, is all grown up. Seventeen, beautiful, and talented, just like her mother. And just like Nell, my daughter seems to have fallen for a bad boy, one with a lot of darkness and a lot of secrets. 
* * * 
You thought you knew the whole story. You thought it was over. Happily ever after for everyone. 
You were wrong. 
My name is Oz Hyde, and you’ve never met me. I’m part of the story, too, but I’m an aside, a quick line or two you’d all but forgotten about. Well guess what? I’ve got my own story to tell. 
Buckle up, ‘cause this is gonna be a hell of a bumpy ride.
Oh my dear, dear Jasinda! Nothing, and I mean nothing you do is half assed. Every word mapped to create mind trip perfection. I also have a theory that you are hoarding all of the best words. Just waiting to drop them in, create word masterpieces, and then blow your readers minds! BOOM! Hashtag #Jasindawordbombing. 
Book three of the Falling Series has sent me on said mind trip. Falling into You and Falling into Us where remarkable. Pain along with damaged beauty place them at the top of my favorites list. I has happy. I was content. Then, #Jasindawordbombing gave me everything I never knew I wanted with Falling Under. 
The Falling Under journey offers three person narrative. Oz, Kylie, and Colt offer a spin on the story we thought we already knew. Colt as a father, husband, and musician, creating a life for his family. We see insights on how the years have played out. Oz the troubled man boy. Not sure where he fits. Uprooted has become the norm. He has no one or nowhere to call home just a laundry list of apartments to match the growing list of personal demons. Finally Kylie. A chance encounter ties them all together and no one will ever be the same. 
The twists and turns in this book will have you on the end of you couch cushion. After I finished I never imagined what was waiting for me. I didn’t reread the prior two books before Falling Under. I was worried that was a mistake however I was pleased in the end. I was able to revisit old characters with fresh eyes, fall under with new ones, and relish #Jasindawordbombing as if it was the first time. Every story is an adventure. Every word thought out. Every emotion real. Jasinda’s will never be short for words, since she is hording them all, and I will never be short Kindle space. The Falling Trilogy (?) is a must read or a must reread.
P.S. I only question the trilogy part because with this Wild One the possibilities are endless.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. 
​Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. 
She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. 
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake. 
Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.

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Book Review: Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

Title: Finders Keepers (Lost & Found, #3) 
Author: Nicole Williams 
Age Group: Mature Young Adult/New Adult 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

**NEW YORK TIMES and USATODAY Bestselling Series**
There’s tortured. And there’s Garth Black. 
His life has been a constant carousel of tragedy and disappointment, including his love life. Of course, applying the term “love” to Garth’s conquests is a gross misuse of the word. Some people were made to give and accept love, and others weren’t. Garth Black redefines the “others” category. He’s made a vow that the day he meets a woman who could sucker him into falling in love will be the day he runs away. 
Garth’s plan has one flaw. What happens when he’s already fallen hard for a girl before the warning signs and red flags go up? What happens when the love he’s avoided his entire life brings him to his knees? What happens when Garth Black lets the dirtiest four letter word he’s ever known into his dark, lonely life?
This cowboy’s about to find out he can control some things, and he can’t control others. Number one on the what he can’t control list? 
Love.
**Recommended for mature readers due to moderate content and language**
I’m pretty much convinced that in some past life I was in love with a cowboy. Because I find them so attractive. (Like, I may drool a little bit.) With the way they carry themselves, the outfit, the accent, the confidence! Ohhh, I’m a goner.
Finders Keepers has been sitting on my kindle for quite sometime, waiting to be read. I really have no idea what took me so long to pick it up but glad I finally did! It is utterly refreshing! I’m constantly reminded of why I love Nicole William’s characters so much. Each one is so different and so unique in their own ways and there’s never mistaking one for another.
I’ve always been a fan of this series and I adored Garth even from the start. Yeah, he was the douchebag in previous books but I knew that behind the mask of a macho man is a vulnerable guy who is deeply in love with a girl, only he doesn’t know how to say it. Even if he acts without thinking sometimes, he truly means well. He’s not the best person at showing his feelings, but reading from his perspective is a delight. 

“Me? It didn’t matter what age I was or how much I thought I loved the wman. Marriage, rings, and vows were not created with people like me in mind.”

The same goes to Josie without a doubt. She is honestly the sweetest girl. She’s so kind, and constantly thinking of others. She always go waaay beyond what’s expected. Through every hardship and problem, she’s always focused and ready for anything. That being said, she’s got a backbone, that’s for sure. She doesn’t deal with Garth’s shit. She sees right through him. Together, they’ve got this explicable chemistry that is to die for. But Garth denies himself that there is even a slight chance that Josie is feeling the same way. Especially that he made something in the past that is truly unforgivable.
But damn it Garth! How could you not see it?!?! She’s so head over heels in love with you and really doesn’t try to hide it, at all. 

“The only reason why I paint you as misunderstood good guy is because  that’s who you are. You’re the guy who shows up on his friend’s doorstep in the  middle of the night if they call. You’re the guy who plays Cupid when his best friend almost lost the woman he loved. You’re the guy, Garth. You know it. And I’ve known it for  a hell of a lot longer.”

Josie’s constantly making up these excuses just to see him, talk to him, and just to spend time with him. And even she cares a lot for him whether he realizes it or not. Even she does things for him that shocks him, that makes him surprised to think that anybody would ever bother. That’s what I love about their relationship. They do things that are unexpected to each other and they make exceptions to their usual rules for each other. They’ve got each other’s backs and watching them grow and slowly develop their relationship is incredible. 

“Choose me. Be mine. Be happy  and find love with me.”

“Let’s touch. let’s make out. Let’s do all of those things you’ve held back from us doing.”

But love doesn’t always come easy. It’s not always a fairytale; not always perfect. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. But will they? 

“But I wasn’t the best for her. How could I be she the only roof I had over my head was the cab of my old truck? How could I be what was best for her when I didn’t even know what was best for myself? How could I love her the way she deserved to be loved when my parents hadn’t shown me an ounce of it?

The answer to those and the other questions streaming through my head was simple – I couldn’t.”

There’s really nothing more heart-breaking than two extremely close people slowly begin to fall apart…
Will they be able to overcome it?

“I couldn’t give her a chance because I didn’t have one to give. It’s too late.”

The story is well-paced. There are no times when I felt the plot was dragging it and while a few elements were as unsurprising as most NA plot twists usually are, I did find myself surprised a couple of times by where the story went. There’s enough of everything; action, romance, humor, and of course familial problems. I adore Nicole! I simply adore her writing. Not overly complicated but certainly worth the read. Finders Keepers is the perfect addition to a brilliant series. 5 stars!

Read my Review of Lost and Found (Book #1) and Near and Far ( Book #2)

I’m the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of the LOST & FOUND series, the CRASH series, and a handful of others. Basically, I get to do what I love. Every single day. I write romance because I’m a sucker for a good love story, and I write happy endings because there are too few of them in real life.

FINDERS KEEPERS (BOOK #3)
NEAR AND FAR (BOOK #2)
LOST AND FOUND (BOOK #1)

Book Review & Giveaway: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.
Griffin Peterson and Colleen Hoover discuss their upcoming project, Maybe Someday. 
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Home. 
Home is a place that can drive you absolutely crazy one moment and makes you feel like a million dollars the next. It’s a refuge. A place where you can relax, you can put your feet up and just be yourself. A perfect way to describe a CoHo reading experience. 
Colleen Hoover is home. Her writing simply lets you enjoy and escape from anything and everything else. The woman absolutely astounds me with her ability to craft words. The rhythm, the unique symbolism, the emotion, the way her words flow together. I cannot wrap my brain around how much I love her writing. This was more evident than ever in Maybe Someday. I am thoroughly convinced Ms. Hoover could write a book on the complexities of earth, and I would read it. 
I think it’s simply the way she has written this book. If it had been any other person writing the exact same story line with the exact same characters, it wouldn’t have been the same. CoHo’s prose is simply beautiful. It’s poetry, it’s music to my ear. Every sentence in this book tells a story of it’s own. It’s unforgettable. It’s an experience.

“Desire is easy to fight. Especially when the only weapon possesses is attraction. It’s not so easy when you’re trying to win a war against the heart.”

Ridge. How can I even put him into words? He’s just… he’s charming, and utterly wonderful. He’s the kind of guy who will sacrifice even his own happiness for the sake of others. He’s loyal, caring and very protective. He’s unique approach to music makes him even more special and simply irresistible. His life is everything ordinary; a nice job, an almost perfect love life and he spends most of his time creating music for his band. But everything became complicated when Sydney entered his life. 

“I’ve done the one thing I promised her I would never do. I just made her a Tori.”

Sydney. You knew it was coming. I couldn’t decide in the beginning whether to hate her or fall in love with her but I loved seeing her character developed. I enjoyed every single stolen scene with her in it. I became more intrigued by her not-fully-good, but not-fully-evil character.

“I don’t want him to be standing here in front of me. I don’t want him to be looking at me, wearing the expression that mirrors my own feelings. I don’t want him to hurt like I’m hurting. I don’t want him to miss me like I’ll miss him. I don’t want him to be falling for me like I’ve been falling for him.”

The chemistry between these two was incredible. The world that CoHo has set in this book is strangely beautiful and alluring, yet dark and completely foreign. Together, they make perfect songs. But sometimes you just can’t control how you feel. Even when you are keeping those feelings very quiet and concealed.

“I didn’t know I could feel someone this much. I didn’t know I could need someone this much. I had no idea I was capable of sharing this kind of connection with someone.”

CoHo gives us a beautiful story of friendship/romance and letting go/starting over, impressively married the two. I haven’t felt quite this overcome with affection for characters in so long, even when I was annoyed with both of their reactions to things or not agreeing with certain decisions. I really liked watching them finally get to know each other, letting their guards down. They challenged one another and I just couldn’t get enough. And that is what conflicted me the most. I honestly just wanted to stop time, while Sydney and Ridge were alone together, with just their music, guitar and the beating of their hearts present, being a real couple, and just being in love. I wanted to stop there just so they could be happy in my mind forever; regardless the rest of the world is in chaos. 

“…there’s no middle ground. No right choice. My actions are becoming split directly down the middle, just like my heart. I can’t win for losing.”

Maybe Someday is simply… extraordinary. There’s really no other word for it. From the first page, the first line, the book completely enthralled me. It deserves so much more than five stars. Everything is just so right. No amount of hearts, or stars, or long words can amount to how much I simply LOVE this book.
It’s almost out of control how much I felt immediately at home, ready to curl up with hot cocoa until I was done. This is definitely a book that is meant to be re-read time and time again and absolutely the best reading experience so far in 2014. 
Buy it, gift it, read it, treasure it and experience home.

Blog Tour: Tied With Me by Kristen Proby (review, interview with Matt and giveaways)

Title: TIED WITH ME
Author: KRISTEN PROBY

A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…
Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.
…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?
Matt Montgomery is one of Seattle’s finest. He works hard, loves and protects his family fiercely, and is loyal almost to a fault.
And he has a penchant for bondage.
Matt enjoys the way a woman looks wrapped up in his ropes, and makes no apologies for his preferences. When he meets Nic at a fetish festival, the small, beautiful woman catches his eye, drawing him to her. His one night with her was everything he’s ever looked for in a partner, but is cut short because of a family emergency. Even before he sees her again weeks later, he knows he’ll never get her out of his system.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.
“Give in to this, Nic. Let me prove to you that I will be one of the best decisions you ever make.” –Matt Montgomery
We are so excited to have a sit down with one of Seattle’s finest! This should be fun!
Walking in the room you can’t help but take notice! He is everything I thought he would be and more! Time for a little fun…
TBA – So…am I under arrest *giving him my best cheshire cat grin*
MATT – You look like you’ve been up to no good. We could play with my handcuffs if you like.
TBA – *fans face* Ok! So cuffs in your professional and person life. How do you find a balance?
MATT – It’s a no-brainer. Work is important, but Nicole always comes first. Always.
TBA – What do you enjoy most about the job?
MATT – There is no gray area, there is only right and wrong. The rules are clearly defined.
TBA – Do you think you were born to be one of “Seattle’s Finest”? 
MATT – I think I was born to protect what matters to me.
TBA – I know I feel safer knowing you are on the job (ok I can’t help but wink! He is too cute)!
MATT – Thank you, darling.
TBA – Can we talk ropes?
MATT – Of course.
TBA – Have you always been into Shibari? It is a technique that takes remarkable skill and a dominant mind. Not many can master it. Do you excel at everything you do? 
MATT – I’ve studied Shibari for more than a decade. It takes patience and a connection to the person you’re working with. Like anything in life, you have to practice and hone your craft. And no, I don’t excel at everything. I’m a hopeless singer.
TBA – Nothing wrong with a man in charge! Now I know the family likes to give you a hard time. Maybe they just wish they had your mad crazy skills. *snickers* 
MATT – My family likes to give me a hard time for a number of things, and I return it ten-fold. 
TBA – Let’s get real…who is your favorite sibling? No pressure *giggles*
MATT – Jules.
TBA – Well I know I speak for most people when I say there is MAD Montgomery love! For all of them! 
Can we talk about the special woman in your life? 
MATT – My favorite subject.
TBA – One things for sure your sugar intake is through the roof! How many cupcakes are you eating a week?
MATT – I’ve cut back to one a day.
TBA – It’s a good thing there is a little kink to work off the excess pounds. 
MATT – We don’t have a problem with exercise, no.
TBA – Nic in one word?
MATT – Everything.
TBA – Where do you see this relationship going? 
MATT – I’ll be with Nic until the day I die.
TBA – Do you ever feel pressure to settle down? 
MATT – No. I rarely feel pressure to do anything.
TBA – Well what ever you decide I think Nic is a perfect match *winks*
MATT – Thank you. She’s a very special woman.
TBA – Can we do some rapid fire questions for fun!
MATT – Shoot.
TBA 
Guilty pleasure? *grins*
Favorite band? Nash
Biggest fear? Those I love being hurt.
Greatest accomplishment? My relationship with Nic.
Favorite cupcake flavor? Changes daily.
Favorite Luke Williams movie? I forget what it’s called… the one he produced a couple years ago with Hugh Jackman.
If you weren’t a detective what would you be doing? I’d probably work construction with my brother.
Night out or a night in? In
TBA – Matt thank you so much for stoping by and chatting with us! I think we have taken up enough of your time! I know everyone will be tied up in your story! 
MATT – Thanks for having me.

Sometimes the BEST things come in tied packages.
In my perfect Seattle bubble I would live with The Montgomery’s and go to rock concerts, football games, family barbeques, erotic photo shoots, and yes NOW tag along for private bondage encounters with a side of cupcakes. Tied With Me is the sixth book in the With Me Series and really what is better than a little kink with a side of sweet. 
Tied With Me is Matt’s story. His “different” lifestyle has been questioned in the prior With Me books. A taste for power and kink tied into one man. His meeting with the beautiful Nic at a fetish festival becomes much more then he planned for. One unforgettable night. Was that it? Well see that is where it gets good… 
It’s hard to pick a Proby favorite! Each book has its own magical pull, encompassing each and every minute until your eyes find their way to the end. One sitting reads! Kristen always delivers. Matt and Nic will have you craving more…more sweet and a lot more kink. This new love is tied in with what we expect most form Kristen, good old family fun! This cast of characters will keep you in stiches. Never a dull moment. As we mark off book number six I am reminded that we only have two more. Read every word of Tied With Me as if it were the last, savor the feelings and emotions. Although this will be a book you will read over and over again every time will feel like the first time. 5 stars.
Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.