Saturday, April 25, 2015

Diamonds by K.A. Linde Blog Tour: Review, Exclusive Excerpt, and enter to win a $100 amazon gift card!



Diamonds by K.A. Linde


Blurb:
Bryna feels his eyes on her.

Hot, seductive, enticing.

He’s at least ten years older than her seventeen years, and he knows exactly what he’s doing to her with that look.

Walking away would be the smart thing to do…

But she can’t. Not that first night when he takes her home and claims her body. Not when he shows up in her life again with expensive gifts to win her trust. Not even when she’s falling for him, and everything else is falling apart…

Find out how Bryna goes from golden girl to gold digger in this tantalizingly scandalous first book in the USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s All That Glitters series.



Review:
Diamonds definitely takes a dip into the early synapses of K.A. Linde's controversial mind. Though I respect the diversity of her writing over the years, I feel that this book unquestionably brings us back to her roots. This series will once again polarize her fans and readers to epic extremes. Love. Hate. Frustration. Anger. She characteristically makes it difficult to like any one character too much, especially the heroine. The ambivalent emotions her readers will feel for any one person is what makes this book interesting; it's what makes her writing interesting. She's not afraid to alienate the reader. That is what pushes them to want more. They want to connect. They want to "like" a character so much that they become trapped in a world that frustrates the hell out of them, but a world they can't bring themselves to leave. It is also why K.A. Linde is one of the very few authors I will tolerate a love triangle from. The ambivalence leaves it possible for me to change my mind, instead of just stearing me towards the direction that I'm "suppose" to go.


Diamonds is fast paced entertainment. It's not an epic romance, or tear jerker. And it won't leave you connecting with any deep seated emotions. It's angsty. It's frustrating. It's hot, and I had fun reading it. I wasn't so much in love with this book as much as I'm in love with where it's going. You can't really call it a prequel because it's not pre-anyting, but it's definitely the beginning. Instead of just telling us what made Bryna the person she will become, with Diamonds, we get to live it. I can't wait to meet the character that this book created.

So, to the fans of K.A. Linde who have missed toeing the line between love and hate...

Welcome Home.

READ ON!
★★★ 3.5 stars ★★★

Excerpt: 
No,” she finally said. “I don’t think you should.”
“Good.”
His hand slid around her waist where his long fingers splayed across her lower back. Her heart thrummed to a beat from his touch. She was warm everywhere at once. If he kept this fire simmering in her core, she knew there would be no going back.
She held on to her confidence and met his dark gaze. The gaze of the devil incarnate tempting her to sin, offering her the apple from the Garden of Eden. Perhaps he was a snake. But if sin tasted this good, then she understood why Eve had thirsted for knowledge.
“Dance?” he suggested.
His hand slid into hers and drew her out to the dance floor. They were soon consumed by people and lost in the crowd. He pressed her back into his chest. Their hips swayed to the beat. His fingers dug into the material of her tight dress, and she groaned at the feel of him. He knew exactly what he was doing.
The heat between them escalated. He pulled her hands over her head and around his neck. He pressed his pelvis into her ass as she ground herself against him. His mouth touched the sensitive skin on her neck, and she shivered all over. He traveled up to her ear, and then grasped her chin, forcing her to give him better access. His lips settled along her jaw and then her cheek. Her eyes fluttered closed in the dark room. Her skin vibrated under his touch as she anticipated what was to come. She swallowed, barely breathing, as she felt the gentlest of brushes. A taste. A test.
Then, he was kissing her. The world went dark. The kiss was hot and insistent and as greedy as the music moving through the bodies around them.
His tongue brushed against her lips, and she opened her mouth to let him in. Their tongues met, and she was lost. She voraciously pulled his mouth down onto hers, never wanting to break away.
As the kiss intensified, he turned her around and drew her into his arms. Her body was on fire. Her face was flushed. Her hands clutched the collar of his shirt. She could do this all night.
She broke away, breathless. Her pupils blasted out, and her chest heaved.
Their game was coming to an end. She had forfeited the prize in the heat of the moment on the crowded dance floor.
“Leave with me,” he breathed into her ear.
“How do I know I can trust you?”
He lightly nipped her ear, and she shivered.
“You don’t.”

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About the author:
USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her fiancé and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.

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Gold (All That Glitters, #2)
July 7, 2015
The prey becomes the predator.

Love. That cursed four-letter word no longer belongs in Bryna’s vocabulary. The only four-letter word she knows now is gold.

…and fuck.

She’s well acquainted with that one. And that’s exactly what she plans to do. She’s no longer the golden girl, and when she meets a businessman who promises everything she could ever want from the arrangement, she intends to get her money’s worth.

Follow the conclusion to Bryna’s gold digging story in this scandalizing, duplicitous second book to the USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s All That Glitters series.
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The third stand alone book in the All That Glitters series. Follows Trihn Hamilton, one of Bryna's best friends, in their junior year of college as she navigates her parent's expectations and the heady lifestyle she and her friends have created in fabulous Las Vegas.
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Silver (All That Glitters, #4)
Release TBD. The fourth stand alone book in the All That Glitters series. Follows Stacia Daniels, the second of Bryna's best friends, in their senior year of college as she struggles with the consequences of her jersey chasing desires in fabulous Las Vegas.
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Sweet (Contours of the Heart #3) by Tammara Webber: Review & Giveaway!



SWEET (Contours of the Heart #3) 
by Tammara Webber

NA Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient. Now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
Sweet.

Review:
Tammara Webber is an absolute gem. There is such beauty and purity to her writing, never adding unnecessary drama or extraordinary situations for shock value. She doesn't follow other writers off the cliff of what's "in the moment." It's refreshing. The title Sweet says it all.

Told from dual POVs, Sweet sucked me into an incredibly romantic story between Pearl and Boyce, and the very special connection they formed as children. It was their history that added an element to the plot that I usually seek when I'm looking for my next read. Romance, forged from the evolution of a childhood friendship, is my Nirvana. It's my crack. It's my happy place. This was my happy place.

Their story is told through flashbacks concurrently with the progression of the present story, and this is done seamlessly. It was the flashbacks that made me fall in love with their relationship; it gave the story so much depth I was in China. It was so incredibly well written that it made it hard for me to want to come back to the present. Most of the stories heartwarming romance is wrapped up into their history where the present is more focused on their journey and self discovery. Both are beautiful things, but I found myself wanting more of the past, and a little less connected with the rest of the story. Regardless, the chemistry is amazing and I love how this story provided new insight into characters we already knew, or at least we thought we did ;-)

No matter what Tammara Webber writes, her secondary characters always seem to shine (loved me some Sam). It is that talent that makes books like Sweet possible. Even though it is interwoven with the Contours of the Heart series, it CAN be read a standalone, but if you don't read Easy then that is just really unfortunate for you.

I truly love reading Tammara Webber novels. Though she does tackle some difficult situations, everything she does, she does it with class.

READ ON!!
 



★★★ 3.5 stars ★★★










About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series - NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series - YA/NA).

I'm a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I'm Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Folie á deux: A review of Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the Bone there is a house.

In the house there is a girl.

In the girl there is a darkness.

Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.

What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.

But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.
 


MY REVIEW

There is a psychotic intelligence to Tarryn Fisher's writing. It's infectious. It's intrusive. It's folie á deux, contagious insanity. It's manipulative in a way that reflects genius. That is what I loved most about Marrow. Even her descriptives give life to the most mundane things. Noises. Objects. It's described in a way that gives any, and everything, a soul. Marrow is a living, breathing thing that will invade your mind, rearrange the furniture, then blow it up.

Parts of me craved a bit more character interaction, but instead I found myself imprisoned inside the mind of Margo Moon. The hero? The villain? The other. Tarryn Fisher's characters surpass all labels. It is never black and white. It's all about perception. With Marrow, no two readers are going to read the same story. I'll admit, I did find some things confusing, leaving me with unanswered questions, but I can't help assuming that was the intent, part of the premeditated psychosis that is beyond my comprehension. That is the genius.

This is what sets Tarryn Fisher's novels apart from the formulated influx of fantastical romance novels where the characters' farts smell of love and promises. This is its own genre of fiction.

Some will say that love is definitely a minor theme in Marrow. If talking about the love between Judah and Margo, I agree, but love is the central theme. Margo's love for something far more dark. Something, that by the end of the novel, I not only understood, but condoned. Calling her a vigilante would be far too simple. Obsession. Vengeance. Justice. Whatever the motivation, she loved too much. The intent that created Margo, was emotional and deeper than any one word such as love could adequately describe. So for me, in some truly messed up way, this story had a "Happily Ever After."

But for you, you'll have to read it to decide.

READ ON!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

When I'm Gone Blog Tour: Review & GIVEAWAY!


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different.






When I'm Gone by Abbi Glines
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

★★★ 3.5 stars ★★★

Dear Abbi,

That chapter. That very first chapter. You....you.

You.

Technically, it was the prologue, but you completely ignited dynamite without even lighting a fuse. BOOM!

Attacking that issue right from the start gave this story more depth. It was risky, but it worked. I liked Reese, she had an innocence about her that was a complete contradiction from her roots. Her struggles created a truly unique character, one that was easy to root for. But, if I'm going to be completely honest, she also frustrated me. Sometimes I guess I wish I could have seen more of her strength instead of her helplessness. I don't mean to sound like a heartless douche, but it often made her appear a little codependent. However, that particular aspect of her character is what made it necessary for her to need a hero.

Enters hero.

Mase. Mase made this story. Mase was the hero. The evolution of his relationship with Reese was paced to perfection, an instant attraction that was followed by kindness, protection, and love. You took the time that the relationship needed, just as Mase took his time with Reese. The intimate moments between the two of them just might be the best scenes you have ever written. They were moments of patience and tenderness. They were beautiful. Mase rescued Reese in every sense of the word.

Did I mention that I love Mase?

I also have to applaud you by "going there". You always have at least one scene in every book that leaves me blushing. A scene that goes....there. Reese's naivety set the perfect stage to take it there in When I'm Gone, and you did. You know....on the couch. When she asks....and he. And then she, and he....and she winks. That part. Yeah. Wow. Only you.

Overall, this was definitely one of my favorites in the Rosemary Beach series. I really loved Mase and Reese's story, but part of me wishes that it would have just ended in the apartment, a HEA. I had closure and felt the story was complete. I'm a little indifferent about the cliffy. However, I am not indifferent about more Mase. The world needs more Mase.

That is all...for now.

Sincerely,

Your Reader

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About the Author:
Abbi Glines is the New York TimesUSA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

WHEN I’M GONE by Abbi Glines
Atria Books | Paperback | On-Sale: 04/07/15 | 272 pages
Paperback ISBN: 9781476776095, $15.00 | eBook ISBN: 9781476776101, $7.99 Audio ISBN: 9781442376670, $17.99


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NEW REVIEW: Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle

Where Sea Meets Sky 
by Karina Halle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye


This book was middle.
There are a zillion-thousand and one books out there, and Where Sea Meets Sky falls somewhere right smack in the middle. It was well written. It wasn't bad. It was good. But that is honestly where my review could end. Nothing really stood out.
I really don't mean for that to sound as harsh as it does. It is obvious that Karina Halle has a true talent. Her prose in depicting an adventurous road trip through New Zealand gave this story a realistic, almost tangible quality, but it was the plot that I found a little generic. There are so many books out there. I needed something that connected me with this book. These characters. Instead I found an extremely well written book, but one I set down several times only to return to later, and when I finished. It was over. No lingering feelings, or emotions.
My overall response could best be described as extremely linear. It was a book. I read it. It was good.
But like I said, with so many books out there, I need more.
Perhaps those who truly appreciate the artistry of a well written book, but don't necessarily want to spend days recovering from a book hangover should definitely give it a go. She really does do a beautiful job making the reader feel like they are actually on a road trip through New Zealand. Not to mention a pretty passionate scene involving a tree ;-)
READ ON!

  • Atria Books | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476796437 | 
  • March 2015