Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REVIEW: When You're Back (A Rosemary Beach Novel) by Abbi Glines

When You're Back (Rosemary Beach, #12)When You're Back by Abbi Glines
My rating: ★★★ 3.5 stars ★★★
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

She was where my home would always be. It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. Forever.

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future.

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should.

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.
As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

Dear Abbi,

There are heroes and then there are heroes. Mase-Colt Manning is the hero. Just his name elicits feelings of strength and protection. Not to mention, it’s damn sexy, and that’s just his name. He owns it, and lives up to every single syllable. This is why I fell so hard for him in When I’m Gone. You created that. You did that.

When You’re Back gives us more of that. So, thank you.

As much as I do love Mase, I went into this book not really certain I wanted another one. Everything seemed to wrap up so perfectly for Mase and Reese at the end of When I’m Gone, but then it ended with that “surprise visit” at the apartment. I was totally caught off guard.

I guess my fear was that in order for there to be a sequel, more drama would need to be created between Mase and Reese. Relationship drama. I wanted unicorns and rainbows…..and really hot sex.

When You’re Back left me a little indifferent. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Aida drama, not at all. Not because of anything you did, I just liked the other concurrent storylines so much better, and felt Aida added unnecessary drama. It was also nice to see a little growth from Reese, but it also meant fewer opportunities for Mase to be the hero. This book was about her strength.

Regardless, the rest was gripping. The return of Marco. WOW! And then the twist, THE twist!! You definitely ended strong. The “shocking truths” are what kept this story alive. Sometimes I love how your mind works.

I did enjoy When I’m Gone a little more, but I absolutely loved getting more Mase. This book wasn’t necessary, but it’s almost like you write these sequels for no one other than your fans. You indulge them, and that is why I love you. That is why I respect you. And that is why people keep coming back for more.

Your fans are definitely going to be indulged!!


Your Reader

Rosemary Beach series reading order:
1) Fallen Too Far (RUSH)  Review     Rush Too Far (Fallen Too Far, Rush's POV)
2) Never Too Far (RUSH)  Review
3) Twisted Perfection (WOODS)
4) Forever Too Far (RUSH)
5) Simple Perfection (WOODS)
6) Take a Chance (GRANT) Review
7) One More Chance (GRANT)
8) You Were Mine (TRIPP) Review
9) When I'm Gone (MASE) Review
10) When You're Back MASE) 

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

NEW REVIEW: Beautiful Sacrifice (The Maddox Brothers #3) by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Sacrifice (The Maddox Brothers, #3)Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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About the book
Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.

The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.

Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned. 

My Review
I'm going to tell y'all a secret. A big one. A true one. A shameful one.

I really wasn't all that excited about reading Beautiful Sacrifice.

Don't get me wrong. I lurve me some Jamie McGuire. She's an instant one click. I have ecstatically followed the Maddox brothers series from day one, but for some reason the twins have never quite broken away from the periphery. They were funny in previous books, great secondary characters, but I couldn't quite bring myself to see them as anything else. Did I want to see them as anything else? Could they be anything else? I was apprehensive.

Apprehension be gone!! Jamie McGuire always manages to prove me wrong in all the best ways. I was wrong.

I think the best thing about this series, what keeps me coming back for more, is how each unique story is intricately woven with not only the stories that have come before it, but the ones that are to come. By doing that, Jamie McGuire is able to enrich a story that has already been published. Something I've already read, suddenly has new meaning. The story is always evolving, growing, changing. It has a life of its own.

Taylor definitely broke away from the periphery and became a solid main character, but most importantly, a solid hero. I enjoyed his character so much that I have this overwhelming need to go back and reread everything from Beautiful Disaster forward, in order to catch things about Taylor I might have missed, things I probably wasn't paying much attention to. Things I might not remember. I am now seeing the twins in an all new light.

Falyn was a solid main character, and reminded me a little bit of Abby. Her story is heartbreaking. She did manage to frustrate me at times, but minor nuances about her character were easy to overlook when supported by a strong (hot & sexy) hero such as Taylor. Did I mention that he's a firefighter? *Swoon* I loved the slow build of their relationship, but wish we could have seen more moments of their friendship in the beginning. Somewhere in the middle it did seem to slow down a bit, but it did pick back up and finished strong. That Jamie McGuire sure does know how to write the hell out of an epilogue.

Beautiful Sacrifice has me impatiently anticipating Tyler's story, but at the same time I'm a little scared to let these brothers go. By my count, there's only one brother left. Unless. Unless........Jim is a man. Men have penises. Penises make babies. Distraught men sometimes use their penises and accidentally make babies. Half babies. I mean, the babies are whole babies, but he could have made a half brother...or two. Three? Maybe babies he didn't know about. Troy? Trever? Tim? Tristan? They're out there Jamie!! Go find them ;-)


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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

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.

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.

★★★ 3.5 stars ★★★

No,” she finally said. “I don’t think you should.”
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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Platinum (All That Glitters, #3)
Release TBD.
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.

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

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:

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.


★★★ 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.


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.



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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.


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.


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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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