Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Something Beautiful release day GIVEAWAY!

Something Beautiful by Jamie McGuire


America Mason, a sassy undergrad at Eastern State University, is in love with a Maddox--Shepley Maddox. Unlike his cousins, Shepley is more lover than fighter, but a road trip to her parents' home in Wichita, Kansas could mean the next step, or the end of everything.

This novella is a great little accessory to the Beautiful series. Even though America has never been one of my favorite characters, I was so excited to get more Shep. Readers will get to experience a bunch of Shepley and America firsts. Their first meet, their first date, their first.....bow chica wow wow. And wow! Not what I expected. This book also encompasses a very large span of time by flowing through some of your favorite scenes from other Beautiful books, but you also get to experience a whole new story unique to Shep and America. A very intense and dramatic story. It's a fast paced ride, so hang on. It must be said though, my absolute favorite thing about this book was the occurrence of more Travis and Abby. I held on tight to these special gems scattered throughout the novella, cherishing more time with the characters that started it all. If you are a fan of this series and are looking for more, you found more!


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Monday, August 10, 2015

That Baby by Jillian Dodd: Review and GIVEAWAY!

That Baby by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s amazing how a few little words can change your life. 
It starts with a simple I love you. 
It’s made official with I do.
And becomes incredible with I’m pregnant.
Jadyn is the girl I love. The girl I’ve always loved. 
Our lives are like single threads meticulously woven together—the result an exquisite tapestry of past, present, and future. 
Then there are the words that will unravel me.
A few little words that will change my life.

That Journey

I was in my final semester of nursing school when I stumbled upon a book. This particular book caught my attention because of my unfeigned obsession with the idea of best friends becoming lovers. There is something so incredibly special about the evolution of a love that begins with the purity of friendship. It also makes the build, the tension such an amazing experience. I wanted That Experience. What I got was a journey.

That Boy will forever be one of my favorite books of all time. Sometimes when you read a friends-to-lovers romance, you are briefly told about the friendship. The entire focus of the book begins with the romance, but the relationship has no shape. No foundation. Something is lost. That Boy let me experience the friendship. But it also did more than that. I was seized by so many different facets of love; love between family, friends, lovers. I didn't just experience it, I lived it.

I knew That Baby was coming, so I waited....and waited.

And waited.

Several covers later, and countless re-reads, That Baby finally arrived.

I don't think I realized how much I missed these characters until I was heart deep, existing on a journey that started so many years ago. Jillian has poured so much heart into every single one of her characters.

In past books, Jayden definitely wore the crown for most frustrating female, but in That Baby Lori strips the title and takes it to an entirely new level. It was nice to see so much growth from JJ. Danny and Phillip are exactly the same, but in the most amazing way. However, we do get to experience a few things (both past and present) from Danny's point of view, which only made me love him more. We also get to experience Phillip's point of view during a most heartbreaking moment. These experience were priceless.

The humor was also there, so many laugh out loud moments, but it was the emotional impact of the ending that had me holding on for dear life. So many feels. So many great memories. For some, this series isn't perfect, but it was absolutely perfect for me. Thank you Jillian Dodd for that experience!!


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*This series does not contain a love triangle!
*Sometimes Jayden will frustrate you to epic proportions, but hang in there.
*You will fall desperately in love with Phillip and Danny. Desperately.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven: Review & signed paperback GIVEAWAY!

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time. 

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks

My Review
My New Years resolution for July, was to read more books that weren't new releases. As a blogger, you're constantly drowning in new releases. So if you miss one, it's hard to rewind because there are always new books to read. Trying to work in an older book with current releases and review deadlines, can be almost impossible. I often worry that in my crazy race to get them all read, I'm missing something. I need to go backwards. I want to be less of slave to release dates, and just read. Just. Read.


I had the pleasure of meeting Leisa Rayven at RT2015. Somehow, in my living under the rock that is my life, I hadn't heard of her, or her books. However, she was one of the loveliest individuals, truly. I adored her. Then in July, I got to spend some time with her in Las Vegas and I loved her even more. She is funny, gracious, kind, and absolutely adorable!!

OH MY GOD! What if I don't like her book!??

The very thought terrified be, but in my quest to read more non-new releases, I decided to give Bad Romeo a shot.

I loved it!!

There is a very fine line between love and hate. This is a romance that blurs that line while using it to feed and build tension between the two main characters. That beautiful tension is something that I felt the entire book. It was so aggressive that I physically felt it. It was intoxicating. The air was so thick with chemistry that it was hard to breathe. When I talk about tension, I'm not just referencing sexual tension. Though if female "blue balls" is a thing, then lalalalalala....I'm a damn smurf!

Did I mention this book is incredibly funny too?

I guess ultimately, it had to be the author's innate talent for character development that had me so indelibly connected to the story that I could not put it down. I didn't want to!

I think the only reason I'm not running naked with my bedazzled five star flag is that even though I loved the progressively building tension and character development, it did get a little repetitious towards the end. The book alternates between the past and present, and since so much time was spent developing their past, I feel the present missed some of that same care and development. I also got a little turned off by Cassie's incessant need for sex. It was great to see somewhat of a gender role reversal, but it was taken just a bit too far, and in the end it took something away from the emotion and feeling of when they finally do come together.

Despite these minor imperfections, I'm still absolutely in love with this book and highly recommend it. I read to find stories that develop characters with this kind of intensity, tension, and passion. I read to find books that pull me in, and refuse to let me go. I read to find books that I don't want to be let go from. I read to find an experience. I read to find this book.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Release & Giveaway: From All Sides by Griffin Peterson

"Drawing inspiration from all different styles and many life experiences, this sophomore album showcases a new, versatile sound while still staying true to the his roots of organic songwriting."


About Griffin

Griffin was born in the small town of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He was raised on the lake and has always had a love for anything on the water.  Growing up, Griffin was obsessed with listening to music and would often find himself staying up into the late hours of the night scouring the newest releases. During this time, he was influenced by all sorts of music including his Dad’s love for classic rock and blues.  At the age of 12, his father, an avid guitar player himself, gave Griffin his first guitar for Christmas. He took to the instrument right away and found himself playing covers of his earliest influences such as John Mayer, Jack Johnson and NEEDTOBREATHE. After a couple years of lessons, he began playing in his local church's band.
     It wasn’t until college that Griffin realized his gift for translating his emotions and words into music.  He wrote his first song, “Might Go Crazy”, at age 18 during an emotionally trying time for his family. It was his first experience writing and sharing his music, which allowed him to see the impact it could have on others.  After studying Marketing at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin for two years, Griffin decided to transfer to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Belmont, he was able to follow his true passion for music through their Music Business program where he blended his passion for business with his love for music and songwriting. 
     While finishing school, Griffin was able to make some essential connections allowing him to further himself as a singer/songwriter. The summer before his final semester Griffin interned at Leo Burnett in Chicago as a music supervision intern. After hearing Griffin’s music, his boss encouraged him to audition for American Idol Season 12 just two days before the audition took place. The chance paid off and Griffin ended up going all the way to Hollywood and having his audition aired on national TV.
     After Idol, Griffin had a fortuitous meeting while on a plane to L.A. where he struck up a conversation with Keith Urban’s bass player, Jerry Flowers. The two ended up coproducing Griffin’s first two independently released singles, “Makes Me Hold On to You” and “Getaway”. It was during this same time that New York Times best-selling author Colleen Hoover contacted Griffin in hopes he’d be willing to write an original album for her new novel, Maybe Someday. The album was released in March 2014 alongside the novel and garnered enough interest to hit the Billboard Heatseeker Chart as well as hold the number two spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart for two weeks straight.
     The book and album gained such a following that a book/concert tour was put together for the summer of 2014, solidifying the already expanding fan-base. Since then, Griffin has been honing his sound and has recently released a music video to go along with his newest single “Set Me Free”. The Video was filmed in his hometown with the help of some talented friends and filmmakers, Mark Mellens and Jake Brusha.
     In early 2015, Griffin signed with The Movement Group, a Nashville based management company. He is currently in the process of recording his new album, which is due out this summer. You can join the campaign and see the progress of the record here: Pledge Music 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

New Review: The Summer Remains by Seth King

The Summer Remains (The Summer Remains, #1)The Summer Remains by Seth King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.

As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app - and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.

Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.

My Review


Have you ever wanted so badly to love a book that it’s almost physically painful when you find imperfections? When you know, you know that it deserves to be loved, but you still see its faults. You agonize over the parts that you thought were amazing compared with the parts you tried to overlook, but couldn’t.

On one hand, I had raw emotion. The final 20% wrecked me. The final 20% is what connected me with Cooper. I felt. I cried. I ached; that deep ache right at the base of your throat. I felt everything. However, on the other hand, I had the parts of the book I tried to overlook, the parts that distracted me from everything this book could be.

I feel like these two hands were constantly smacking me in the face…repeatedly.

There is a part in The Summer Remains where Cooper decides to let Summer read his book, a rough draft, something he’s never shown to anyone else. Her thoughts about Cooper’s book perfectly parallel my own.

“The book wasn’t totally perfect, and there were some typos and clunky paragraphs he could have smoothed out, but the bones of greatness were absolutely there.”

I’m pretty sure Seth King didn’t intend for me to use his quoted words to express my very own thoughts about his book, but ironically I couldn’t have said it better myself.

I had a very hard time connecting with the main character. I’m not sure if it was the immaturity of her voice, the constant “likes” or “whatevers”; I just didn’t feel like I was reading the POV of a twenty-four year old woman...girl? Girl woman? Her dialogue was very repetitive and certain phrases were used repeatedly. I felt like I was reading a rough draft and it ultimately distracted me from developing the feelings and emotion I think I was suppose to. It was a definite struggle in the beginning.

Then enters Cooper.

Copper highlighted the amazing writing that Seth King is capable of. If it wasn’t for his character, I may not have made it trough to the emotional hailstorm of part two. His dialogue possessed such an infectious quality. It was clever, witty, and added such a tangible eminence to the plot; I couldn’t help but want more. I think if the beginning would have had more dialogue and character interaction, and less monologue, I would have made the connection I was craving, and experienced the emotion that didn’t explode until the very end. Unfortunately the first 80% of the book just wasn’t for me.

Once we get to Cooper’s POV, everything changes. The author tapped into something genuine and so heart catching that it physically hurt to read. That is the type of writing that deserves to be praised. I just wish I didn’t have to wait until the end to get it. I bled so much emotion in that last 20% that I was overwhelmed. Those are “the bones of greatness”.

The rest of the story just needed some editing, structure and a little more cohesion; things I feel will develop with more experience. However, based on some of the beautiful quotes I read throughout the book and the emotional response torn out of me in the end, Seth King has the type of creativity and talent that can’t be taught. With that much potential, I can’t wait to see what comes next.


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Atria Summer Reads Giveaway!

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.

Armed with two years' worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude. 

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn't let her die, but he also couldn't risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move. 

Maybe it's because he saved her life, or maybe it's because he's completely different from everything she's left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone. 

And River isn't the kind of guy she'd want to catch.

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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.

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