Sunday, June 24, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Save the Date by Carrie Aarons @givemebooksblog @AuthorCarrieA



Book Info:
Title: Save the Date
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Adult Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2018
Source:  E-galley received from Give Me Books Promotions which did not affect my opinion in any way
My rating:  4 stars
Blurb

You know that pact you make with your childhood best friend of the opposite sex? The one where, if you’re both still single, lonely and hopeless at thirty, you’ll marry each other?

This is the story about what happens when you hit the big three-oh and have to make good on that pinky promise.

Personally, I think love, romance and all of that nonsense is a crock of, well, you know. And Reese Collins, the boy who used to put worms in my hair at backyard barbecues, knows that better than anyone.

But when he moves to the same city I’ve happily, and singly, inhabited for years, memories of oaths past resurface. Reese is like a dog with a bone; a really hot dog and that bone just happens to be me.

He won’t stop hounding me, and the crazy thing is, my frigid, traitorous heart is starting to cave. For my best friend.

It seems so far off, when you’re a kid playing Monopoly in your treehouse. But when that clock strikes midnight on your thirtieth birthday, and you’re standing alone in front of a grocery store-bought cupcake, a childhood deal to walk down the aisle doesn’t seem so silly anymore. 

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My Review:
Books like this one make me sad that I didn't have a best guy friend to make my own pact with.  The banter between Reese and Erin had me laughing out loud constantly.  I loved the steamy scenes, especially how Reese would do something that is so often a part of sex scenes in books, and Erin would tell him that no, she didn't like that.  I loved that, because if you read all these romance books, like I do, you start to think you're weird if you don't enjoy something that always seems to be enjoyed by the women in the stories.  And then, when she calls him out for his "ABCs"?!  OMG!  That totally took me back to my college days, and my sorority sisters and I prank-calling a guy I had a crush on.   There was just so much in this book that was realistic, and that I related to so much.  Another thing I loved was that we got a lot of the happily ever after in a few chapters at the end, something that I often feel is missing, even with epilogues.  This is my second book by Carrie Aarons, and I know that it will not be my last!

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Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and still can’t fathom that she gets to live her dream each and every day.

When she isn't in a writing coma, Carrie spends time Netflix-binging with her husband, snuggling her infant daughter, and chasing her black Lab through the dog parks of New Jersey.



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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Release Blitz: My Life as a Rock Album (My Life as an Album Series #3) by LJ Evans


Title: My Life as a Rock Album
Series: My Life as an Album Series Volume III
Author: LJ Evans
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2018
 

He’s an addict. He’s a rude bastard. He’s also broken hearted.
Trash artist Seth Carmen has lost everyone he’s loved and even some he didn’t. He’s better off alone. He’s made a success of himself by focusing on the one thing he’s good at, turning trash into something stunning. But then feisty blogger PJ Hensley enters his world with her fairy like quality, and he can’t imagine his world without her in it.
PJ Hensley is dealing with her own tormented past and a stalker she doesn’t want to admit to having, but she’s pulled herself together in order to graduate and focus on her future. The last thing she needs is a moody trash artist entering her world. But like all things Seth, he enters anyway with an intensity and focus that leaves her breathless.
Can PJ set aside her own tormented past to lose herself in the intensity of Seth? Can he convince her that he can weld their lives together into something beautiful?
From award winning author, LJ Evans, comes a novel inspired by Bon Jovi songs that shows how love and acceptance can heal even the toughest scars.
“Do not pick up this book unless you're ready to invest your heart. Ms. Evans has created another raw and powerful story about love and hope and forgiveness!”
"There's a lyricism to Evans' writing."
"I was driven to read their life story & it was so beautifully done, every word & scene."
"Heart wrenching & beautiful storytelling!!!"
“(Ms. Evans) beautiful way with words just floats off the page and straight to your heart pulling you in…”
“It was beautifully written… their story was heartbreaking, beautiful and so touching.”
“There was such magic in (LJ Evans) words that you can't resist highlighting every sentence because it spoke dearly to your heart…”
“Seth…” She looked away from him, trying to find the words. 

He took her chin in his hand and pulled her face so that she was forced to look at him. “What?” 

“I… this was a mistake.” She just said it. There was no other way of putting it. But she regretted it as soon as the tension returned to his body. She regretted it because her heart and body were warring with her brain and her conscious. 

“No, it wasn’t,” he said as if the force of his words could make her feel that way too. He pulled her off the chair and wrapped her in his arms. Her face was pressed against his chest, and his words, when he spoke them, vibrated against her cheek and down into her body as if he was trying to embed them there. “The only mistake we could make right now is if you walked out my door and never came back. That would be the only mistake. Making love. Giving in to whatever this is between us, none of that was a mistake.” 

She pulled away still uncertain of herself more than of him. He let her pull away but watched her closely. Waiting for her to react. As she returned his stare, she knew that even if she walked out the door that minute and never came back, there would still be a mark on her soul that he’d already left.
Award-winning author, LJ Evans, is known for binge reading, binge watching, and binge writing. She is routinely inspired by music and will pull over the car to write a book scene when a particular song strikes her imagination. Her my life as an album series debuted in 2017 with my life as a country album which won The Independent Author Network’s Young Adult Book of the Year and was a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. The second in the series, my life as a pop album, released in January. The third book, my life as a rock album, releases in June 2018. By day she’s a 1st grade teacher in a public school in California’s Central Valley. By night, she’s a wife, mother, and pillow for the 3 terrors known as cats. Find out more about LJ and her books at www.ljevansbooks.com

 
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Friday, June 22, 2018

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Not Her Gargoyle by Annie Nicholas


Book info:
Title:  Not Her Gargoyle
Author: Annie Nicholas
Publication date: June 18th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Synopsis:
Ruby is done with jerks, dead-end jobs, and eviction notices. Everyone else she knows is finding ways out of this crappy neighborhood, so why can’t she? Since opportunities refuse to fall from the sky, Ruby makes her own. To hell with the little voice in her heart whispering about love. She never met a man she wanted to keep…then she met a gargoyle. Men were boring after all.
Nick was a con, a thief, and a rogue. He couldn’t keep a dime in his pocket even if it was glued. Then he met a ruby. Not one from the earth but one of flesh and blood. And ass. Let’s not forget the ass. Stealing her heart was now all he wanted.
He has a plan that could make both their dreams come true. It only involves an itsy-bitsy risk. All they must do is rob a witch.
Oh, and avoid the dragons.


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EXCERPT:
A distant dragon roar made Nick miss a wing beat. He swirled out of control for a second and caught his balance. One of them was close and he bet it was Eoin. Masquerading as a human would help Nick avoid recapture. He increased his speed, heading back to the apartment.

Landing on Ruby’s fire escape, he found the window cracked open for him. He smiled at the small gesture of kindness. She was one of the sweetest women. He recalled how fiercely she’d protected her sister from the vampire and himself when they had invaded the apartment. That felt like forever ago. She had been ready to fight them both. Brave and beautiful and kind.

Once more he wondered why she didn’t have a mate.

Nick climbed inside and found her on the couch, feet propped on the coffee table as she watched the evening news. Three empty bottles of beer sat next to the couch.

“Honey, I’m home,” he sang out. He’d always wanted to say that.

She gave him a huge grin and waved him over. “Come sit with me.”

The couch seemed too small for the two of them so he sat on the floor in front of her instead, leaning his back against it.

“Look.” She pointed to the television. “More gargoyles.”

His brothers were on the evening news, flying over the city’s port. “Yeah, I know them.” The dragon would hear about this if he wasn’t already watching. Nick hoped his brothers would lie quiet for a few days so Eoin wouldn’t blast them from the skies.

Ruby draped herself over his shoulders and handed him a beer, rubbing her face on his skin. “You’re very warm.” She snuggled closer between his wings, her arms lazily circling his neck from behind. “Can you shoot flames like the dragons?”

He snorted and took a sip of beer. “No. Are you drunk?” He eyed the bottles. There were only three. Then again, she was much smaller than a gargoyle. Maybe three was all it took.

“Nah, but I’m feeling good.” She sighed and seemed to melt against him. “I had an awful day.”

He reached behind and scratched her scalp with the tips of his claws like he would any family member in distress. He knew from experience that it felt good. He’d had a bad day too. Touching her made him feel better.

She moaned in his ear and it sent shivers down his spine. She bent over his shoulder more, giving him better access to her head. “That feels great.”

He undid the pins holding her hair and allowed it to cascade over his chest before continuing to massage her scalp. “What happened?” She felt so soft and tiny. Delicate like an angel. A brief whiff of her sweet smell and he struggled with the urge to bury his nose into her hair.

“What do you mean?” Her voice was muffled against his skin. Sleepy.

“Why was today so awful?”

“My boss sold the diner. I might be unemployed soon and my landlord is pressuring for rent.”

Nick finished his beer, absentmindedly scratching Ruby’s head. Stalking her boss until he changed his mind on selling the diner would probably end up with the police being called. Killing him was not Nick’s style. “Who’s the new owner?” He moved his hands to her shoulders and gently massaged the knots. Maybe they could be convinced to keep Ruby as an employee.

“The right side is worse than the left. Oh God, right there. Don’t stop.”

Those breathless pleas made him shudder. His wings reflexively expanded. She was setting off instinctual triggers. He breathed through the strong urge to carry her away somewhere dark and secluded. Teach her a thing or two about gargoyle anatomy. The desire to show her exactly how good he was at making women scream grew. The good kind of scream. Not the bad kind. Well, he could make them do that, too.

“I don’t know about the diner. I imagine I’ll meet them soon. My boss says that my job is secure—”

“That’s good news.” He ran long strands of red hair under his nose. Closing his eyes, he inhaled deeply. So, he didn’t have to beat anyone.

“It is, but it’s also a lie. I’ve been through this before. The shifters are trying to clean up this area. They are building shifter oriented neighborhoods close to here and investors are gobbling up every available building.”

“They are planning to make this neighborhood nicer?” That meant safer. Shifters were territorial and the majority responsible citizens. Any criminals in the area would be smart to move. He scratched his chin. Most shifters didn’t care for his kind.

“Nicer means more expensive. It means my landlord can increase the rent, which means I’m going to have to move just like everyone else.”

This wasn’t the Ruby he remembered. She seemed deflated draped over his body in defeat. “But you could find a better job at one of these new businesses.”

“That’s if I can find a job. The last place I worked was a biker bar. The new owners renovated the place, it became an after-work lounge for hipsters. Then I was fired because I didn’t fit their expectations as a bartender.”


Author Bio:
Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon's ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.
Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.

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Blog Tour Review: The Upside of Falling (Blue Line Duet #1) by Meghan Quinn

Book info:
TitleThe Upside of Falling
Author:  Meghan Quinn
SeriesBlue Line Duet #1
Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  June 21st, 2018
Source:  E-galley from InkSlingerPR which did not affect my opinion in any way
My rating:  5 stars

Synopsis:
Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.

Be somebody’s hero.

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.
My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.

I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.

Focus. Resolve. Determination. 

But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.

One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.

Smart. Charming. Beautiful.

Rory changed everything.

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.

Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.

And with one single incident, I fly off course.


Purchase Links:
Amazon UK:  http://amzn.eu/ijI7Ici 
Amazon CA:  http://a.co/e9jVlHr
My Review:
This is my second series of books by Meghan Quinn, and I think she's going to be one of my auto-read/buy authors from now on!   Also, warning, this book has a cliffhanger, making me so glad I'm on the tour, and also that she isn't releasing them very far apart, because I have got to read on!  I'm so upset with what happened at the end.  Well, in a good way, in a way that made me tear up and I need to find out just what really is happening.  
Before this one, I'd only read her Dating By Numbers series, which was a little bit more light-hearted than this one.  The Upside of Falling is a little bit more of a drama/serious story. Sure, there still is what I'm guessing is Quinn's trademark humorous dialog, but the relationship and the background of the main characters is a lot deeper in some ways.  Not that the other series didn't have some emotional parts where teared up, but this one had a lot of those moments.  Colby and Rory had a relationship that was hard-fought for, and definitely well-earned.  For the most part there weren't any of those little tropes or issues that I have problems with in romance.  They both listened or talked when they needed to tell the other one something.  So that misunderstandings didn't come between them.  
This story brought to mind the movie An Officer and a Gentleman for me.  And I do really like that movie.  I don't read a ton of military romances, which is kind of weird when I think about it.  I mean, I'm a big fan of military guys, so not sure why I don't read more of these.  But this was a good one.  
Remember how I said that it didn't do any of those things that always irritated me, well I guess I lied a bit.  You know that thing where one person breaks up with the other because they know/think the other would be better off not having to deal with them? Well, that happens in this book.  And it makes me mad.  And it also makes what happens at the very end a surprise to me, because I did NOT see it coming. Especially with a second book!  I have no idea what is going to happen in book two.  How this romance will play out.  However, I am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out!

Book 2:

THE DOWNSIDE OF LOVE – July 5th

This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved. 
This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would. 
This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself. 
No, this is my story.
A story about sacrifice. 
A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl. 
A story I wish I never had to tell. 
This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.


 

About the Author:
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Release Day Blitz: The Upside of Falling (Blue Line Duet #1) by Meghan Quinn


       


Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone. 

Be somebody’s hero. 

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore. 

My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t. 

I’m smarter. Stronger. A man. 

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost. 

Focus. Resolve. Determination. 

But all it took was one single night. 

One night and my entire life…changed. One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks. 

Smart. Charming. Beautiful. 

Rory changed everything. 

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend. 

Each kiss faded decade-long dreams. 

And with one single incident, I fly off course. 

      
Download your copy today!
Amazon UK:  http://amzn.eu/ijI7Ici 
Amazon CA:  http://a.co/e9jVlHr
         

THE DOWNSIDE OF LOVE – July 5th 

This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved. 
This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would. 
This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself. 
No, this is my story. 
A story about sacrifice. 
A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl. 
A story I wish I never had to tell. 
This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.

              






Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. 

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!