July 29, 2013

{ Review } Jet (Marked Men Series #2) by Jay Crownover

Title: Jet (A Marked Men Novel #2)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services
Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins

Synopsis


With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17204860-jet

PURCHASE LINKS :

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Review

Jet is the 2nd book for Jay Crownover's Marked Men Series, so I strongly suggest reading Rule, before you start this one. Review for Rule, here.
Jet Keller was all kinds of temptation wrapped up in too-tight pants and with too many personal demons hidden in those dark, golden-rimmed eyes. He was every girl's rock-and-roll fantasy, with an edge that made him just sharp enough to be hard to handle. And boy, oh boy, did I want to handle him in every way possible.
Ayden couldn't have said it better, that's exactly what Jet Keller was.
Ayden Cross was a puzzle that, every time I thought I was close to solving, proved to have five extra pieces and no corners. For a long time, I thought she was a Southern belle, complete with mile-long legs in cowboy boots, but then she would turn around and do something that knocked me on my ass.
I had a feeling I didn't know the real Ayden at all ...
Jet Keller, you sir, are correct.

Their story begin after Ayden got brave and propositioned Jet after his show.  There's more than meets the eye with Ayden, leaving her hometown Woodward, Kentucky to live a completely different life. Born from a teenager mother at the time, a father who was MIA, and an older brother with "forever looking for trouble" as his middle name. Ayden was heading down the wrong path when she was younger, but a teacher helped her see a new one; a better one. Now things are good, currently in college as a chemistry major, getting good friends, surrounded by amazing friends, and a choking attraction for Jet.

When Ayden tries to proposition Jet, he just claims that she's "just a good girl all around". Being the man-whore that he is, he turns her down, surprise-surprise. And we can assume that he cares about her, THAT is obvious, my friend. I must say I was thoroughly surprised with Jet's reactions towards her for being such a ladies man that he is. They both have demons and are doing the best they can to keep them at bay, but little do they know, that if they were to just be honest with each other, they wouldn't have to keep fighting the constant draw towards each and give in! That would have definitely solved the problem, instead of dragging it out forever.

I can't even begin to tell you about the amount of frustration I had through this ENTIRE book, I was pretty much screaming at the book and saying, "you're so dumb, just tell him!" ... & vice versa ...

Aside from my constant frustration with the both of them, I think I loved their story a lot more than Rule's. I loved Rule and Shaw's story, but Jet & Ayden are my top fave! So, it's safe to say that I'm a fan of the Marked Men Series, and next up will be Rome & Cora's story ... I'm so excited!

MY RATING : 5 STARS

About the Author


Jay Crownover is the best-selling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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{ Blog Tour Stop + Review + Giveaway } Choices of Fate by S. Simone Chavous

Book Title: Choices of Fate
Author: S. Simone Chavous
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 06/14/2013
Series: Fate Series, Book 1

Blurb

On her own since the day she turned eighteen and left the group home where she grew up, twenty-five year old Alexa Ryan has made a comfortable life for herself. She has a great job, the perfect apartment, every material possession a girl her age could desire. Unfortunately, she also has an unusual condition that has forced her to keep everyone at a distance.

Ethan Kellar has spent his entire life running from destiny. When he was just a boy, a powerful seer prophesied his role in events that would determine the outcome of the secret war his people had been fighting for centuries. A role he was determined not to accept, leading him to avoid letting anyone get too close, until the night Alexa fell into his arms.

Drawn to her in a way that he has never experienced, Ethan decides to take the ultimate risk by trusting Alexa and revealing to her all that he truly is. Thinking she is an ordinary woman, he believes that she could be his key to preventing the prophecy from being fulfilled and allowing him to live the life he has always wanted, one that he chooses. Having been so consumed with the desire to determine the course of his own life he wants no less for Alexa and knows he must tell her everything, give her a choice. Before that happens they surrender to the intense physical attraction between them and he realizes too late that in trying so hard to change his fate, he may have set the events of the prophecy in motion.

In that moment, Ethan makes the most difficult decision of his life and does the only thing he can to save Alexa. He walks away.

Consumed by grief, Alexa falls into a deep depression until she learns that her brief encounter with love resulted in a child and somehow finds the strength to put herself back together for the sake of her baby Chloe.

Nearly two years after Ethan walked out Chloep develops an unexplained illness that sends Alexa in search of anything that can help. Her pursuit leads her back to Ethan and thrusts her into his dark and mysterious world, unlocking the secrets of her past and revealing threats to their future. Together, Alexa and Ethan fight to protect Chloe and their love, but there is one battle Ethan fights alone as he struggles to choose his own path and avoid the choices of fate.

Review

I'll keep this storyline as simplified as possible without giving any spoilers.

I did like the story and the characters, but it was very slow moving, yet things happened so quickly. I'm sure that makes no sense, I'll do my best to explain.

girl + guy + steamy sex + prophecy fullfilled + guy leaves + girl becomes pregnant = one hot mess!

We have beautiful Alexa Ryan, she's living a very content life with a little extra "something" on the side. All it took was a night out, meeting a pretty amazing person named Ethan Kellar, who also has a little extra "something". I know I'm being very vague, but I really don't know how else to phrase it! When Ethan was a child, a seer prophesied his role in certain events that would end a centuries old war of his people. Knowing that, he decides to leave Alexa in order to protect her from this prophecy that has been set into motion, but in reality he was just running away. Which left Alexa with an extremely broken heart and a growing child in her womb, Chloe.

After some time, Chloe begins to be "colicky" and heads to the doctor to figure out what's going on. And she slowly starts to witness some odd things and begins to piece things together. And it's not long after that things about her life, Chloe and Ethan's come to light.

The whole relationship between Alexa and Ethan began and ended too quick, and she was very easy to forgive. I guess you could say that I compared myself to her, if I went through with what she did with my man friend, I would not be so forgiving. That boy better earn my dang forgiveness!

For the most part, I did enjoy this story,however, I did think it was a little twilight-esque at moments. There is a cliffhanger at the end, but thankfully I'm at a pretty calm place about it AND we won't have to wait too long for the next one.

MY RATING : 4 STARS

Author Bio

S. Simone Chavous spent seven years as a tax accountant before deciding to pursue her true passion as an author.
Choices of Fate, the first book in the Fate Trilogy, is her debut novel.
She lives in northern Indiana with her boyfriend, two beautiful daughters and their rambunctious vizsla, Lily.

FUN FACTS

  1. I have a bright blue Harley Davidson Sportster
  2. I've been skydiving
  3. My birth name, before I was adopted, was Rosalinda
  4. I used to show dogs, ranging from Pomeranians to Great Danes and currently own a Vizsla
  5. I have never broken any bones, despite being a bit of a daredevil
  6. When I was in 3rd grade, some 5th grade boys dared me to throw an egg out of the school bus window on our way back from the science Olympiad, it hit a car and I got 3 days of detention
  7. I have been shocked with a police taser, twice

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/SSimoneChavous?fref=ts

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SSimoneChavous

Goodreads – Book:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17191115-choices-of-fate?ac=1

Goodreads – Author:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6872509.S_Simone_Chavous

Website:
http://www.ssimonechavous.com/

EXCERPT

“I am sorry, Alexa. Please understand this is incredibly difficult for me.”
He leaned in and placed his forehead against hers.

“I want you so badly right now, in this moment, but I want you forever more. That is why we must wait.” Well, shit. Hearing that just made her want him even more. Maybe it was all just a line of bullshit, some kind of reverse psychology to get her in bed, but it was working.

Forgetting her embarrassment she leaned her face up and pressed her mouth against his yet again, then pulled away and said, “Please, Ethan,” another kiss, “please, I want to be with you tonight.”

Before she could blink he was over the center console kissing her fervently as he pressed his knee between her legs sending a jolt of arousal through her.

And just like that he pulled back, hovering over her and looking into her eyes while she panted with desire.

“Alexa, I cannot come up with you tonight.” Her expression became one of hurt and confusion, until he continued, “But, I am going to make you cum with my mouth, I must taste you.”

His words and the hunger in his eyes were almost enough to send her over the edge.

And then he crushed his mouth against hers, sliding his tongue inside as a promise of what was to come when he moved between her legs.

PLAYLIST

Ai Du - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder (this is the song playing the first time Alexa and Ethan danced)
Glory Box - Portishead
Magic - Cobie Caillat
Feelin' Love - Paula cole
Dream A Little Dream of Me - The Mamas & The Papas - (song Alexa sings Chloe to sleep with)
I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
Over You - Miranda Lambert
The Only Exception - Paramore
What if You - Joshua Radin
Come Away With Me - Nora Jones
Canon in D Major - Pachelbel (wedding song)

BUY LINKS

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July 24, 2013

{ Promo } Hidden (Hiding From Love #1) by Selena Laurence

Title: Hidden (Hiding From Love #1) by Selena Laurence
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 23rd, 2013

Synopsis


Nick Carlisle comes to Hawaii to hide—from what happened during his military service in Afghanistan, from relationships, from his future. Lyndsey Anderson came to Hawaii to hide too—from the man who abused her, from the sacrifices she made, from her dark past. But when Nick meets Lyndsey, Hawaii gets a whole lot hotter, and they find they can’t hide their hearts. As Nick fights to come to terms with what he’s done, Lyndsey struggles to forgive herself for the choices she’s made. But when the dangerous past threatens the beautiful present, can they survive to learn how to love? And who will finally reveal what’s hidden?



Goodreads Link : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18006312-hidden
Amazon Buy Link : http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Hiding-From-Love-ebook/dp/B00DX7CY92/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374596258&sr=1-1&keywords=hidden+selena

Author Info:

I love to write romantic stuff that helps you get away. Life can be a grind, and things like jobs and school and dirty dishes make Jill a dull girl – and me too! So, I write Contemporary and New Adult romances about hot guys and smart girls and cool places. It's an Escape from the Everyday.

Facebook Author Profile Link: http://www.facebook.com/SelenaLaurenceRomanceAuthor
Facebook Page Link (If Available): http://www.facebook.com/SelenaLaurence
Goodreads Profile Link: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6995625.Selena_Laurence
Website Link: http://www.selenalaurence.com

{ New Cover Reveal & Blurb } The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea





So, what does everything think of the new cover, I LOVE it! Just as much as I love this book! This one needs to be added to your TBR. Read my review here!

BLURB

Book Title: The Edge of Darkness
Author: Melissa Andrea
Series: Darkness Trinity 

Araya Noelle.
I used to dance. I loved to dance, but I don’t anymore. I was in an accident I don’t remember…or maybe I don’t want to remember. Either way, every day since, has been…an adjustment and I’m left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever. Now, my life is a tangled web of darkness filled with deceit, hate, betrayal and lies. I don’t dwell on the past, I don’t regret and I don’t remember. I thought I was surviving – but then I met Ryland Dare and he changed everything. He reminded me that life’s worth living and that remembering isn’t always a bad thing.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…

Ryland Dare.
On the outside looking in, some would say my siblings and I have had a pretty easy life. But beyond the fancy cars, the huge house and endless social events, is where the truth really lies. Power hungry father, defeated mother and fake friends? Yeah I have one of each. It’s not as depressing as it sounds. My brat of a sister, crazy ass brother and sweeter than sweet Annie, keep me entertained. Then Araya Noelle comes along and shows me what I’ve been missing. She thinks I changed her life, but really, she saved mine.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them to HOPE. DARE them to LOVE. DARE them to LIVE.

BOOK TRAILER


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-R5-jolGcc

AUTHOR BIO


Melissa Andrea

I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.

I am the author of Flutter, The Discover Series! Reading has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment.

I was born in Denver, Colorado–but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by.

4 things you should know about me: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them. I adore the color pink and things that sparkle (including vampires), I am a firm believer that chocolate cures ALL and I like even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5) Okay, maybe I cheated a little with my list, shhhh.

EXCERPT


“I’m afraid I’m going to have this hanging on my conscious all day now.” he teased.
“That only seems fair.”
“Yes it does, but I have a better suggestion.” his voice slid over my skin like silk.
“Better for whom?”
“Go out with me.”
His proposal stunned me for a second and then I found my voice.
“So better for you?”
“I like to think of it as a mutual enjoyment.”
“I fail to see how.”
He shifted, and his breath hit my face in warm puffs. “Go out with me and I’ll show you.”

BUY LINKS


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B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-edge-of-darkness-melissa-andrea/1115466809?ean=2940016792118

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-edge-of-darkness/id673420391?mt=11

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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS


Goodreads – Book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17728782-the-edge-of-darkness?ac=1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/m.andrea.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/melissa_andreaa

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/melandrea01/

Website: https://melissaandrea.com/

July 16, 2013

{ Trailer Reveal } Frigid by J. Lynn

Synopsis

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Purchase Links

Amazon | B&N

Author Bio

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Frigid Link : http://youtu.be/KFjHtnm03_0

**Don't miss out on the giveaway she's running on her blog : http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/frigid-is-out-winners-contest/ **

July 15, 2013

{ Review } Rule (Marked Men Series #1) by Jay Crownover

Title : Rule  (A Marked Men Novel #1)
Author :  Jay Crownover
Genre : New Adult
Publication Date :  May 7th, 2013
Event organized by : Literati Author Services  
Publisher : William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins

Synopsis

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters 

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want--and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother's girl. She lives by other people's rules; he makes his own. He doesn't have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she's the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other


Purchase Links:   Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes and Nobles | Kobo | iTunes

About the Author

Jay Crownover is the best-selling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

Social Media Links

Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

Review

Let me start off by saying that this book is pretty predictable, but if you think about it. A lot of books within this genre are, but we still read 'em, so of course, I'm going to enjoy it! I'm a fan of books, where the guy is pretty much a man-whore and the lovely lady completely flips his world upside down, which definitely was the case for this one.

Rule Archer is an ass, he is the definition of a rebel. Tattoos and piercings everywhere, different girl here and there. Stuck in the shadow of his late twin brother, Remy, extremely troubled relationship with his mother and the closest family member, would be his oldest brother, Rome.
"But he's also arrogant and explosive, he treats women like crap because too many of them let him get away with it ... "
And then there's beautiful Shaw Landon, the all time good girl, who is just trying to find her place in the world. Former girlfriend of Remy, since they're relationship began, she has always been a part of the Archer family. After the passing of Remy, she always made a point to pick up Rule in any state he was in, to have Sunday Brunch with his parents, every single week.

She holds some heavy secrets and it doesn't take too long to surface. All it took was one night of one too many cocktails, running into Rule and quite a few spilled secrets to change their relationship.

"Trust me, Shaw, you will never forget today."
I loved the characters and the story. My emotions are extremely heightened at the moment because of my husband's deployment, so I felt every little thing ... I even choked up a bit (pretty embarassing). I've read similar stories, but I never get tired of them.  I loved the growth of each character throughout the entire book, and it all adds up to a pretty solid ending. Once you get pass Rule's arrogance, you learn to see the other side of him, which we all learn to love. And I was such a fan of Shaw's development too, lets just say it was inevitable for Rule to rub off on her a bit.

Overall, I enjoyed this book very much, it's a quick read and ZERO cliffhangers!

MY RATING : 4 STARS

July 7, 2013

{ Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway } Rule by Jay Crownover


Title: Rule  (A Marked Men Novel #1)
Author:  Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date:  May 7th, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services  
Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins

Synopsis

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters 

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want--and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother's girl. She lives by other people's rules; he makes his own. He doesn't have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she's the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other


Purchase Links:   Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes and Nobles | Kobo | iTunes


Title: Jet  (A Marked Men Novel #2)
Author:  Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date:  May 28, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services  
Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins

Synopsis
With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

  
PURCHASE LINKS :  Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes


About the Author

Jay Crownover is the best-selling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

Social Media Links

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