Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire: COVER REVEAL!!

It's finally here!! Well not here, here, but BuzzFeed here!! Jamie McGuire has finally revealed her cover for Beautiful Oblivion, one of the most anticipated releases of 2014! The most anticipated release of 2014! I LOVE THE COVER! Head on over and check it out and share, Share, SHARE!! Lets get this trending!! #trentislikewhoa #BeautifulOblivion!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Winners and Giveaways and Winners….


Signed Book & CD
Brandi @bookjunkie54

Choice item from Colleen's shop
Jessica Williams

Signed copy of Mud Vein
Cassandra Eclaire
(prize claimed)


Click (here) to enter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hate Me by Jillian Dodd: Review & The Keatyn Chronicles reading order

Hate Me by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"Punch me in the face. It will make you feel better…"

I was told if I went away, he'd forget about me, lose interest, and move on.
But he hasn't.
In fact, my being gone has only made things worse.
So it's time for me to take matters into my own hands. 
It's time for me to fight back.
Hey, Vincent. You ready for a little chaos?

It's the truth. Always. No matter what….or who!

My Review
It's the truth. Always. No matter what, or who!
I build my reviews on a foundation of honesty and random hilarity, but my honesty comes at a price. Having developed many personal author relationships, voicing my opinion hurts. It hurts real bad. However, sincere candor is my promise, a promise I make no matter who wrote the book. I read every single book sitting at the proverbial round table of life. Everybody's equal.

If I was to rate this book based on love for the series and the talent of the author, a non contested five stars would be simple, easy. A sure thing, but Hate Me just wasn't my favorite of The Keatyn Chronicles.

It seemed to move slower than the rest of the series; the plot just wasn't as saturated. It felt more like a transitional book. Important in it's own right, just not as entertaining. However, a huge testament to the world that Jillian Dodd has created, is that I was still addicted; I still crave what's coming next. I gots to know!!!

I don't think Jillian did anything wrong here; it's more like she's setting us up for the big finale. Maybe this book was the calm before the storm. Don't get me wrong though, the ending did pack a major punch and made the whole experience worth it. The anticipation that Hate Me created is KILLING ME! Dead. Dying.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this is one of the most frustratingly addictive series I've ever read! Maybe this one wasn't my favorite, but with a series of 6.5 books, there's gonna be at least one you didn't like as much as the rest, but the mark of a good, no, a great series is that you love it, even when you don't. It's an unconditional addiction!


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Stalk Me (currently FREE) review
Kiss Me (#2) review
Date Me (#3) review
Love Me (#4) review
Adore Me (#4.5) review
Hate Me (#5)
Get Me (#6) pre-order

Review: Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson

"Minority is a pair of panties I have in every color…."

Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.

Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time. 

Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in. 

She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought…

The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp. 

Crazy people perish for love. 

Good people live for it. 

Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it. 

*Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*

My Review
When asked to read this book, Rachel Robinson had me at Navy SEAL. It ended up being nothing like I had expected. When I read the synopsis, I instantly associated this book with some of my favorite alpha series. Authors like Belle Aurora, T.E. Sivec, and Kristen Ashley came to mind. However, it fell a little short of those expectations (i.e. preconceived notions). I admit that this is of no fault to the author. This one's on me. It's completely unfair to compare a book to others before having even read it. I really need to get the word "assuming" tattooed on my ass as a reminder.

You know how sometimes you read a book and you know, you know it has all the makings of an amazing story. You have your five star x-ray glasses on and you see it. You actually see it. The potential is almost palpable. This is how I felt about Crazy Good. It was so close to being there, but the execution and pacing needed a little more polish.

I know I'm the minority here. Aren't I always? So let me explain.

The book got off to a rough start by having the end take place in chapter one. I wish it would have been written in chronological order with the story. There was something about it that felt misplaced. I've seen this technique used as a device in other stories to intrigue and to captivate. A device used to tease and then build an entire story up to that point. Sometimes it does exactly that; it builds anticipation. It works. Here, it didn't.

I loved Maverick's pursuit of Windsor; the tension was thick and intriguing. I also really enjoyed the dual POVs and think that Rachel Robinson handled this beautifully. It's what came next that caused the story to make a sharp turn down the frontage road creating a ripple that effected the rest of the story.

After Maverick and Windsor enter coupledom, the story stalled and the pace faltered. It wasn't until the final 25% of the book where I was pulled back in. This is where the story possessed the potential to break me. The potential to surpass other generic stories of this genre, but it was rushed. There was so much that needed to happen here, but impossible to fit it all in. Too much time was wasted on Maverick and Windsor being together where I wanted more development of there journey back together. To me, this was the heart of the story. I never quite felt Maverick's redemption, and this broke my heart. I also feel like his addiction issues were skirted over. This was an important part of the story that was unfortunately side barred.

So much about the conclusion felt unfinished and underdeveloped.  An issue I attribute to the pacing not the content. There wasn't enough time, enough words to fit it all in. It made it impossible to do this story justice, and it deserved that. Rachel Robinson created a story that deserved that.

I loved Stone and the intense brotherhood of the SEALs. I loved the ache I felt in the end, but I can't rate a book based on what I saw the story could be.

In the end, I wouldn't even call this an alpha male book as much as a book that contained alpha males. It was a great start for Rachel Robinson. She is definitely an author with potential.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

One More Chance by Abbi Glines: In-your-hands Cover Reveal and GIVEAWAY!

One More Chance
A Rosemary Beach Novel

In Take a Chance, #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines gave us the story of Grant, who first captured the hearts of new adult readers in Fallen Too Far, and Harlow, the woman who stole his own. Now comes One More Chance...

Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker. Someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own. 

Harlow had taken the chance, falling fast and hard for the man who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now both must decide if they have enough fight to make it work—or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future. 

Rosemary Beach series reading order:
1) Fallen Too Far (RUSH)  Review
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) 

Enter below for a chance to win a paperback copy of Take a Chance by Abbi Glines. Open to US and Canadian residents only please.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Maybe Someday signed book and CD Giveaway OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

In celebration of Colleen Hoover popping my book signing cherry and in thanksgiving that she and Griffin's teeth did NOT die dead on a boat, I'm giving away a copy of Maybe Someday signed by Colleen Hoover & Griffin Peterson. Since you obviously (without a doubt) can't read this book without the music, the winner will receive a copy of the Soundtrack also signed by Griffin!

All you have to do to enter is share this post, either on Facebook or Twitter, and then leave a comment on my Maybe Someday book trailer. The winner will receive a signed book and CD Soundtrack of Maybe Someday. 
*This part of the giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY*

For every 2000 view milestone the trailer hits during the duration of the giveaway,
ex) 11,000….13,000 etc
I will pick a winner to receive a t-shirt of their choice from the Colleen Hoover merchandise store
*This part of the giveaway is open to US only*

Giveaway ends Saturday April 19th at midnight.
ALL winners will be chosen from the YouTube comments on the BOOK TRAILER so AFTER you share, don't forget to click here to comment (even if you're just trying to win a t-shirt)!

The more you share. The more views. The more prizes to giveaway!