YA Book Review – Orenda (Orenda Series) by Ruth Silver

Orenda (Orenda #1) by Ruth Silver

Orenda (Orenda #1) by Ruth Silver

Synopsis
Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds.

Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

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My Review
Lil discovers an alternate world similar to her own, including Willow, Lil’s very own doppelganger. In Orenda, Willow has a younger brother, Jamie, the same age as Lil’s younger sister, Jamey. But that’s not where the weirdness ends. When Lil accidentally ends up in Orenda, and her best friend, Bray, comes looking for her, her life becomes a nightmare. She’s forced to rescue Willow and Bray from an evil sorceress who brought about the Scourge to Orenda and plans on doing the same in Lil’s world.

She meets Willow’s boyfriend, Rawlie and his good looking cousin, Hudson, who may or may not have a thing for Lil. They go to the Fae for help, and everything culminates in a pretty intense climax, with the door wide open for a sequel and a return visit to Orenda.

Plot
The story opens with a bang, but then takes its time getting back there. The plot moves, but also sort of meanders in that movement. All Lil initially wants is to go home, but she can’t do that without Willow’s help, nor can she leave her best friend, Bray, behind. There were several really good plot twists I never saw coming.

The book is pretty short, particularly for the fantasy genre. Many events are told to us rather than being shown. I think this could have been a really engaging read, where I was completely immersed in the world of Orenda, with a little deeper point of view and drawing out some of the pivotal moments a little more.  But the story is definitely interesting and I will definitely read Elfinland, book 2 in the series, when it comes out.

World Building
The world building is good. Orenda is fascinating place, and I would have loved for the author to have spent more time drawing me into it, showing me more of this world. Most fantasy is really heavy on world building, and I felt Orenda could have used a bit more. It’s an intriguing place, but I feel like we’ve only really scratched the surface instead of being immersed in it.

Characters
Because Ruth Silver uses third-person point of view, it’s difficult to get very deep into any one character and the random head-hopping can be distracting. But the characters are interesting and not stereotypical. It would have been nice to get a little deeper inside their heads, though.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About  Orenda
1. The Lil/Willow dynamic. These two doppelgangers are not the same and their love/hate relationship with each other is snappy.

2. The Lil/Jamey and Willow/Jamie relationships. I love the sibling love between these kids.

3. Hudson. He’s probably the most interesting character in the story. I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book.

4. Orenda. Although I feel like I need to know more about it, the pink skies alone have me itching to go back.

5. The infinity suit. Because who doesn’t want clothes that can save your life?

Bottom Line
Orenda is a decent first book in a fantasy series that lacks some depth, but is a fun, fast read.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title:
 Orenda
Series: Orenda #1
Author: Ruth Silver
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Pages: 143
Release Date: April 13, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Author Ruth Silver

Author Ruth Silver

About the Author
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, “Deuces are Wild”, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

Where to Find Ruth Silver
Goodreads │ Website │ Twitter │ Facebook

Teaser Tuesday 4 – Obliterate (Havoc Series) by Autumn Grey

Welcome to the fourth Obliterate Teaser Tuesday. Each week, Autumn Grey will share another teaser from her new contemporary romance, Obliterate, releasing January 5.

Obliterate Teaser 4

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Obliterate (Havoc #2) by Autumn Grey

Obliterate (Havoc #2) by Autumn Grey

About the Book
Title: Obliterate
Series: Havoc #2
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 5, 2014
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
***Obliterate is the second installment of a three-part serial, each approximately 36000 words. (110 pages)***

“I knew the moment I gave in to pursuing Selene that trouble would follow me. It always does. I should have resisted.”

Remington St. Germain is at a crossroads. He can either go after the one person who makes him feel as if he matters—the only person to ever calm the demons that roam his mind—or forget about her. The latter is not an option, even though there is a chance she might reject him. But, damn it all to hell, he will convince her. He has to. Otherwise, he will be right back where he was before she came into his life.

Selene Michaels’ stay in Paris is only temporary. She shouldn’t get too attached to Remington and his son, Adrien. But, Remington makes her feel alive and reckless, and Adrien makes her loss almost bearable. They complete her. She has a feeling there is more to Remington than a doting single father and her overprotective Prince Charming. Besides, the risk of being with them still looms closeby and she will do anything to keep them safe.

Sometimes life gives you a second chance. But what happens when danger threatens that chance?

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Havoc (Havoc #1) by Autumn Grey

Havoc (Havoc #1) by Autumn Grey

About Book 1
Title: Havoc
Series: Havoc #1
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
International: Amazon UK | Amazon AUS | Amazon CA

Synopsis
Selene Michaels is determined to never let anyone make her feel inferior again. After a painful divorce, she finds herself in Paris on a working holiday, hopeful that this will be the opportunity she has been waiting for.

She intends to have fun and maybe find someone to flirt with; someone who will show her a good time, treat her right, and awaken her to all she has been missing. What she does not expect to find is Remington St. Germain and his adorable son, Adrien.

Remington is intense, devastatingly hot and a Prince Charming on the outside, but a dirty talking, insatiable devil behind closed doors—the opposite of the man she has been hoping for—and not the type to give up on something that he wants.

Selene soon realizes that life with Remington is not only interesting, but adventurous. It’s dangerous, and she’s about to find out how dangerous. . . if she is brave enough to take a chance.

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About the Author
Autumn Grey is the author of the soon to be released contemporary romance, Havoc, Obliterate, Mend (Havoc series). And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.

Where to Find Autumn Grey
Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

Book Release + Giveaway – Forever Found (Neverland Lost) by Nazarea Andrews

Forever Found Release Day

Today is release day for Forever Found, the sequel to Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews. The Neverland Lost series is a modern retelling of Peter Pan for grown ups. I’m currently reading this fantastic book and I’m hooked (get it?). I can’t wait to finish and then go read Girl Lost!

Forever Found (Neverland Lost #2) by Nazarea Andrews

Forever Found (Neverland Lost #2) by Nazarea Andrews

About the Book
Title: Forever Found
Series: Neverland Lost #2
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to survive. I’ve never loved anyone the way I love her.

But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her–now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn’t just destroy me–its killing Neverland.

I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.

Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left–but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.

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Excerpt
“You ran away.”

She gives an unladylike snort. “You decided you were a delusion of my past, and then you expected me to sit there and listen to your insane ramblings. Thanks, but no. I can’t do that. I’ve had enough crazy for one life.” She bites her lip, and then blurts, “You stole my file, didn’t you? That’s how you know about the Boy.”

“Do you remember the firefly meadow?”

She goes still, and I smile, gently. “You do.”

“That wasn’t real,” she whispers, and I feel the shudder.

“We’d hide there, from the lost boys. And you’d fall asleep telling me your happy thoughts, and wake up to a galaxy of fireflies, and we’d chase them until you made yourself sick, laughing. And then I’d hold you and we’d stare at the stars, and you always said they were different. It smelled like jasmine and honey-“

“And wild woods and freedom,” she whispers, her blue eyes impossibly wide in her pretty face. I take a tentative step toward her, and touch her fingers.

Why are your stars different?

“It wasn’t a delusion, Gwendy. You know it wasn’t. Trust yourself.”

She shudders. “Can’t. My mind lies. It wasn’t—“

“Gwendy,” I say, desperately. Her eyes are filling with tears and I can feel the disbelief, the way it will tear apart the world I’ve known, and the girl I’ve loved, and I can’t. I move without thinking, catch her head and bring her lips to mine.

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Neverland Lost Teaser

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Girl Lost (Neverland Lost #1) by Nazarea Andrews

Girl Lost (Neverland Lost #1) by Nazarea Andrews

About Book 1
Title: Girl Lost
Series: Neverland Lost #1
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: May 1, 2014
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn’t know about my parents death or the island no one heard of. But when Peter sits next to me in lit class, I can’t stop the memories, and I don’t want to. He looks too much like the boy from the island, and despite my best intentions, coaxes my secrets from me.

He’s gorgeous, irresistible, a little mad, and completely lost—we are a pair of broken cogs in a world neither of us truly fits into. He is somehow gentle and fierce, heartbreaking in his devotion and savage in his defense. 

When Belle, his best friend, shows up, pale and lovely and sick, Peter pulls away from me, a startling withdrawal. It’s a relationship that scares and confuses me. She is at times warm and friendly, and other times is violent and unpredictable.

Peter says that he wants me, but refuses to let himself get close. And there are secrets, surrounding both of us, that border on nightmares. As the memories close in, as Belle gets sicker and more violent, I’m torn between what is true and what I believe, and what this magical boy knows about my mysterious past.

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About the Author
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids.

She is the author of the University of Branton series, Neverland Found series and Edge of the Falls.

She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

Where to Find Nazarea Andrews
Goodreads Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Street Team | Amazon

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Release Day – After Us (Before and After Series) by Amber Hart

After Us Release Day

Today is release day for After Us, the sequel to Before You by Amber Hart. See below for details on the book and information on her giveaway. You can read my review of Before You here, and be sure to check back on January 14 for my review of After Us.

“Beautiful, lyrical writing and a dangerously suspenseful plot. . .an unforgettable novel that readers will love.” –Lucy Connors, author of The Lonesome Young

After Us (Before and After #2) by Amber Hart

After Us (Before and After #2) by Amber Hart

About the Book
Title:
 After Us
Series: Before and After #2
Author: Amber Hart
Publisher: K-Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes&NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Sometimes secrets kill. Maybe slowly, maybe painfully. Maybe all at once.

Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars. Eight months after tragedy ripped her from her closest friend, Melissa is broken. Inside her grows a tumor, fed by grief, rage, and the painful memory of a single forbidden kiss.

Javier has scars of his own: a bullet wound, and the memory of a cousin shot in the heart. Life in the States was supposed to be a new beginning, but a boy obsessed by vengeance has no time for the American dream. To honor his familia, Javier joins the gang who set up his cousin’s murder. The entrance price is blood. Death is the only escape.

These two broken souls could make each other whole again–or be shattered forever.

Our time will come. And we’ll be ready.

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Author Amber Hart

Author Amber Hart

About the Author
Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand.

She’s the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House.

Where to Find Amber Hart
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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Cover Reveal – Snake Eyes (Masks Series) by Melissa Pearl

Snake Eyes Cover Reveal

Today, Author Melissa Pearl is unveiling the latest novel in The Masks Series, Snake Eyes, the sequel to True Colors and Two-Faced.

Snake Eyes (The Masks Series #3) by Melissa Pearl

Snake Eyes (The Masks Series #3) by Melissa Pearl

About the Book
Title: Snake Eyes
Series: The Masks #3
Author: Melissa Pearl
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Link: Goodreads

Synopsis
Caitlyn Davis expects her sophomore year at UCLA to be perfect…until she walks into her dorm room to find Special Agent Zoey Kaplan of the FBI waiting for her. In that instant, she knows her idyllic year with new best friends, Nicole and Dale, along with her super hot boyfriend, Eric, is about to fall apart.

Having been forced to work with the FBI months earlier, Caity accidentally gave away her special ability to read people’s emotions and know whether they were telling the truth. Now, Kaplan wants Caity to go undercover again for a secret operation that will bring her close to the sadistic Diego Mendez, a man believed to be involved in human trafficking.

Eric Shore is not a man who trusts easily. Having been burned multiple times, it’s hard for him to open up completely, but his love for Caity makes him want to try. Yet, her sudden withdrawal worries him, particularly when she chooses to spend time with her new roommate, Quella Mendez, over him. When Caity’s behavior begins to match that of her wild roommate, Eric wonders if their relationship is as strong as he believed.

As Caity struggles to maintain her relationship and do her job, she finds herself pulled further into a dangerous world that could take away everything she holds dear. Will Eric learn the truth in time to save her? Or will the man with the eyes of a snake destroy their perfect romance?

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True Colors (The Mask #1) by Melissa Pearl

True Colors (The Mask #1) by Melissa Pearl

About Book 1
Title: True Colors
Series: The Mask #1
Author: Melissa Pearl
Release Date: February 12, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story.

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Two Faced (The Mask Series #1) by Melissa Pearl

Two Faced (The Mask Series #1) by Melissa Pearl

About Book 2
Title: Two Faced
Series: The Mask #2
Author: Melissa Pearl
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 12, 2014
Link: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse.

She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. when it involves the guy she loves?

Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it.

Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start.

As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who Eric’s favorite teacher. is being two-faced.

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Author Melissa Pearl

Author Melissa Pearl

About the Author
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons.

She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

Where to Find Melissa Pearl
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterBlog | Twitter | Facebook

Book Blitz + Giveaway – The Winning Side (University Park Series) by CM Doporto

The Winning Side Blitz

Welcome to The Winning Side book blitz. The Winning Side is the third book in CM Doporto’s new adult sports romance series, University. See below for details on the book, an excerpt, and information on her giveaway. Haven’t started the series yet? Pick up book 1, Opposing Sides, for free for a limited time.

The Winning Side  (University Park #3) by CM Doporto

The Winning Side (University Park #3) by CM Doporto

About the Book
Title: The Winning Side
Series: University Park #3
Author: CM Doporto
Release Date: December 21, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
Lexi’s determined to keep her word and stand by Raven’s side because her love for him is too strong to deny.

As Raven learns to deal with the issues that are destined to destroy him and their relationship, their love is taken to a new level.

As doors are closed and new ones are opened, Lexi and Raven find themselves in a heavenly bliss, but not without the challenges from Raven’s past.

With a true test of love, Lexi and Raven have to decide if they are willing to do whatever it takes to be on the winning side.

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Excerpt
Delaney held up a light pink sweater to her chest. “This is hideous. You have to trash this thing.” She flung it behind her.

“Hey, I like that sweater.” I dashed after it and then gave it a once over and agreed with her.

It was something my mom had bought for me and it had Betty Homemaker written all over it with pearl buttons and a jacquard trim. I shoved it in the return-home bag. “I think coming back to the dorm will be good for both of us. When Raven’s having a bad day, I can just come back here so he can have some time to himself. Time to process whatever he’s going through.”

And time to fight his demons.

“And you trust that he will be okay.” She threw one of my skirts over her head. “He won’t plunge off the edge and go back to where he was, will he?”

“I’ll check on him. It’s not like I won’t see him. And if needed, you can take me to his apartment, right?”

“Yeah, of course.”

“Who’s apartment?” Raven stood in the doorway carrying my bags.

“Your apartment, silly.” I smiled at him, trying to displace any unnecessary fear or jealously. Although Raven hadn’t seemed liked the jealous type, I wanted to keep it that way. That was one less thing I didn’t have to worry about in our relationship.

“Hey, what’s this?” Delaney held up a pink and silver Victoria Secret’s gift card.

“Where did you get that?” I said taking it from her hand.

“It was buried in your clothes.” She pointed to the mound on my bed.

Raven looked over my shoulder as I opened the flap.

Have fun shopping with Raven. Love, Dad.

“Holy shit. Is he serious?” I looked at Raven and he smiled. Was my dad trying to make up for my mom going bat shit crazy and burning all the lingerie Raven had bought me?

Sweet.

“Damn!” Raven covered his mouth with his fist. “Three hundred bucks. We can buy you a lot of sexy stuff.” Raven cocked a brow. “When are we going?”

“Whenever you want.” I eyed him with a hungry stare. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get enough of him.

Of his taste.

Of his touch.

Of his scent.

I was permanently caught in The Raven’s trap. And I wondered if he was really done with setting out his bait and happy with the catch he’d caught. Time would only tell. I shook my head, trying to calm my ranging hormones.

“Is that it?” I asked, looking at the two bags by the door.

“What do you mean, is that it?” He huffed, gripping his waist. “I brought up like five bags. And there’s still more at my apartment.”

“I’m sorry.” I walked past him and headed for the closet. “I didn’t ask my dad to bring me all of my clothes.”

“I know.” He grabbed my hand and spun me around. I slammed against his body and rested my hands against his broad chest. “If you’d just stay with me, then we wouldn’t have to be hauling all of your stuff back and forth.”

His scent laced around me, making it difficult to stand my ground. “But I am going to stay with you.”

“Yeah, but not every night.” He pressed his lips to the sensitive part of my neck and my mind quickly forgot why I had talked myself in to coming back to the dorm. “I need a little bit of this every night.” He popped me on the butt and I squealed.

“Okay, I’m outta here.” Delaney dropped the clothes in her hand.

“No. I need your advice.” I tried to wiggle out of Raven’s arms, but he only held me tighter. “I need you to help me pick out clothes that will make me look sexy.” I glanced up at Raven and he let out a low growl as he continued to nibble on my neck, not paying any attention to Delaney. I leaned to the side, trying to break free, even though I really didn’t want to. “Raven, stop.” I pleaded with a tone that said yes, more than it said no.

“Looks like you’re about to get undressed so I’ll help you later.” Delaney step aside and headed for the door.

“Thanks, Delaney.” Raven said as he kicked off his shoes and started to pull off his shirt. His stomach tensed and I caught a nice view of his elegantly chiseled abs.

“Shit, I almost forgot.” Delaney turned around before pulling the door shut. “Whoa! Can you wait until I get out? I don’t need a glimpse of the freak show.”

“Hurry.” Raven tossed his shirt on the chair. “I don’t have all day.”

Delaney’s eyes landed directly on Raven’s midsection for a full count of three before she finally tore them away and looked at me. “Do y’all want to grab a pizza with Luke and me later?”

Raven looked at me, waiting for a response. “I’m game if you are,” I said, feeling the hunger pains bubble up in my stomach.

His lips spread into a full smile. “Sure, but I’m game for something else first.” Raven encircled his arms around me and pressed his lips against my ear as his hands wondered up and down my backside.

“What time Delaney?” I grabbed his arms, trying to restrain him from feeling me up in front of my roommate. He stretched his neck, trying to kiss me. I laughed, unable to resist his tempting offer. After all, I was already in his trap and I was there to stay.

“Is an hour long enough?” Delaney appraised Raven from head to toe and then gave me a wide-eyed warning.

“No, but we’ll make it work.” He said, undressing me with his eyes.

I giggled as Raven picked me up and tossed me on the bed, landing on top of my clothes.

“I warned you, Lexi,” Delaney said, as she pulled the door shut.

“I know. But I can’t resist The Raven’s trap.”

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Opposing Sides  (University Park #1) by CM Doporto

Opposing Sides (University Park #1) by CM Doporto

About Book 1 – Currently FREE!
Title: Opposing Sides
Series: University Park #1
Author: CM Doporto
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationship to be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris. Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’.

When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin.

Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancée that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection?

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The Same Side (University Park #2) by CM Doporto

The Same Side (University Park #2) by CM Doporto

About Book 2
Title: The Same Side
Series: University Park #2
Author: CM Doporto
Release Date: September 3, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
The engagement’s off and with Collin behind her, Lexi has decided that the temptations of Raven Davenport are too strong to be ignored.

It doesn’t take long for Lexi and Raven to find themselves wrapped in each other’s affection, but not without the challenges that life poses.

But can she withstand the world he’s created or will the forces that are against them rip them apart?

Love, faith, betrayal, and heartache ripple through their lives as they fight to be on the same side.

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Author CM Doporto

Author CM Doporto

About the Author
CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot, and several fish.

She writes Young Adult and New Adult stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.

Where to Find CM Doporto
Goodreads │ Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

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Release Day – Paxton’s Promise (Gloves Off Series) by L.P. Dover

Paxton's Promise Teaser

Today is release day for Paxton’s Promise, the fourth book in L.P. Dover’s Gloves Off series.

Paxton's Promise (Gloves Off #4) by L.P. Dover

Paxton’s Promise (Gloves Off #4) by L.P. Dover

About the Book
Title: Paxton’s Promise
Series: Gloves Off #4
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
She hates him, yet she can’t get him out of her mind.

Female Bantamweight fighter, Gabriella Reynolds, has a bad habit of falling for forbidden fighters. Enter Paxton Emerson. He’s tall, tattooed, and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Everyone wants a piece of him, and he only has eyes for her.

Through no choice of her own, she’s fallen in his debt and he’s now demanding payment. Too bad it doesn’t involve currency.

Gabby’s decision to fulfill her promise to him ultimately brings out her true feelings, but also spurs the unwanted attention of another.

Rage’s fixation on his newest obsession reaches dangerous levels. Unfortunately, Paxton Emerson has become a roadblock to his end goal and needs to be removed from the equation—by any means necessary.

Gabby will do anything to save Pax, but what happens when she’s the one who needs saving?

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A Fighter's Desire by L.P. Dover

A Fighter’s Desire by L.P. Dover

About Book 1
Title: A Fighter’s Desire
Series: Gloves Off #1
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Two is always better than one.

Knowing a fighter’s desires and needs are one thing, but actually experiencing them is another. A Fighter’s Desire gives you not one, but two stories full of hardcore passion, angst, and action that’ll leave you breathless and aching for more.

Part One: Ryley and Camden Jameson, well-known MMA fighters and identical twins, were just as aggressive and passionate in the bed as they were in the ring. They loved a good fight, and that’s exactly what they got when they met Ashleigh Warren. The brothers had a habit of sharing things—including women—and she happened to be the only one they truly craved. However, the problem was getting her to agree to their proposition. It was one she couldn’t refuse, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy to win. Nonetheless, she sure as hell was going to enjoy it.

Part Two: Fighting temptation isn’t easy when you’re constantly around the one person you’ve desired more than any other. Gabriella Reynolds was warned by her brother, MMA Heavyweight Champion Matt Reynolds, to stay away from his friends; they only wanted one thing, and in the end they’d break her heart. She heard it, but the desire to have the one man she couldn’t led her down the forbidden path to pursue him; he also happens to be one of her brother’s best friends. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, and he’s afraid she’ll want more than what he can give her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes. They have no choice but to keep their time a secret, and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.

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Tyler's Undoing (Glove's Off #2) by L.P. Dover

Tyler’s Undoing (Glove’s Off #2) by L.P. Dover

About the Book
Title: Tyler’s Undoing
Series: Gloves Off #2
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: October 6, 2014
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International:  Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA

Synopsis
She was what he wanted … but she was also his undoing.

Through mutual understanding, Tyler’s secret affair with Gabriella Reynolds has come to an end. It’s a decision that not only saves their friendship, but it’s one that will change his life forever.

For the past couple of years, Tyler Rushing has been known as one of the UFC’s most memorable and sexy heavyweight fighters. Now he has the chance to win the title and claim the fame he so deserves. He has everything he could ever want until Kacey Andrews walks through the door of his gym, wanting nothing to do with him.

Keeping his eyes off of her is a challenge; there’s an innocence about her that draws him to her, and he’s not going to stop until he makes her his. Little does he know that Kacey Andrews isn’t a stranger. She’s a part of his world; he just doesn’t know it. It’s a secret she’s worked hard to keep hidden.

Kacey spent years trying to get away from the fighting world, away from the man who’s hated among the MMA elite … her brother, Kyle Andrews. Unfortunately, she’s brought back into it when Tyler’s relentless battle for her heart wins her over, drawing her in. The only problem is that secrets never stay buried forever. In the end, Tyler has a decision to make, and it’s one that can possibly destroy his and Kacey’s life … forever.

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Ryley's Revenge (Gloves Off #3) by L.P. Dover

Ryley’s Revenge (Gloves Off #3) by L.P. Dover

About Book 3
Title: Ryley’s Revenge
Series: Gloves Off #3
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Smashwords

Synopsis
UFC Middleweight fighter, Ryley Jameson, swore it would never happen again.

He was done with his ex, and over the pain she’d inflicted when she left him. At least, that’s what he tells people. Maybe if he says it enough, he’ll begin to believe it himself.

Regretting her decision to let Ryley go, Ashleigh Warren comes back into town and confronts him. Holding only one secret back, she puts the rest on the line and asks for a second chance.

Too bad he’s not going to let her off easy.

Camden Jameson loves his twin brother, but his jealousy runs deep. They may be identical in looks, but that’s where the similarities end. When Ashleigh comes back into Ryley’s life, Camden has the perfect opportunity for revenge. Two birds, one stone.

A journey to the Dark Side affects them all, but only one feels the true sting of revenge.

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Author L.P. Dover

Author L.P. Dover

About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

Where to Find L.P. Dover
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YA Book Review – Before You (Before and After) by Amber Hart

Before You (Before & After #1) by Amber Hart

Before You (Before & After #1) by Amber Hart

Synopsis
Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don’t care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

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My Review
I enjoyed Before You. It’s full of teen angst, romance, love and friendship. It’s darker than many in the contemporary category, but I personally liked the edgier nature of this story. Faith is struggling with her inner demons, a dark past, and trying to live up to the expectations of being the preacher’s daughter. It’s a role she doesn’t relish, nor feels comfortable with. As captain of her the dance team, dating Jason, captain of the football team, she’s half of the school’s “it” couple. But she doesn’t love Jason. So when Diego shows up with his beautiful face and scarred and tattooed body, he’s everything she shouldn’t want, so of course she does. Their story is more than just teenage rebellion. Diego has a tortured past as well, so the two really get each other. The white girl and the Cuban refugee are not easily accepted in their south Florida school, so lots of things are going to go wrong.

It’s a great concept for a story and is pretty well done. It’s told from both Diego’s and Faith’s point of view, but often times their voices are indistinguishable from one other. They both have the same odd way of thinking, by repeating things in their heads three times. It’s a strange enough thing that it really sticks out and became annoying after awhile when they both do it. Most of Faith’s issues stem from her inability to communicate with her father about deep wounds in their past. So when they finally do clear the air, I would have loved it if the author had showed this to us as it unfolded instead of summarizing it in retrospect.

Plot
As a young adult romance, the plot mostly follows the typical formula. Where it really shines and sets itself apart from other teen contemporary romances is Diego’s past. The past he thought he left behind only to discover it followed him from Cuba where it continues to threaten him and those he loves. Including Faith. The ending is anything but formulaic and surprised me. More than once.

World Building
Author, Amber Hart, brings to life the Cuban culture in south Florida so vividly. I married into the Hispanic culture and I found much of it to be authentic, particularly the bonds of family and the importance food plays in the culture.

Characters
Aside from Diego and Faith having the same voice through much of the story, I thought the characters were really well developed. Both Diego and Faith had deep backstories that were revealed over time. The character growth of both of them was believable and unfolded at a natural pace. And I cared about the characters, rooted for them.

Top Five Things I Love About  Before Us
1. The setting. The south Florida setting came alive in vivid, sweltering fashion.

2. Faith’s loyalty. I love how loyal Faith is to her family, even though the choices she makes are so uncomfortable and unnatural for her.

3. The relationship between Faith and her younger sister. It’s so sweet. Having a sister ten years younger than me, I can relate to the dynamic they share.

4. The relationship between Diego and his father. This was so well written, I could feel the love between them.

5. Diego and Faith. The chemistry between these two was palpable.

Bottom Line
Before You is a darkly intense young adult romance with a dash of Westside Story.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Before You
Series: Before and After #1
Author: Amber Hart
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 321
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Author Amber Hart

Author Amber Hart

About the Author
Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand.

She’s the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House.

Where to Find Amber Hart
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Release Day – Love & Decay Season Three, Episode Two by Rachel Higginson

Love and Decay Release Day

Episode 2 of Season 3 of Love and Decay the zombie apocalypse serial by Rachel Higginson, is now available. This novella series follows Regan and Haley as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse, meeting up with a group of five brothers and a sister who decide to join them. Love and Decay is about the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

Love and Decay Season 3, Episode 2 by Rachel Higginson

Love and Decay Season Three, Episode Two by Rachel Higginson

About the Book
Title: Love and Decay, Season 3, Episode 2
Series: Love and Decay #3-3
Author: Rachel Higginson
Release Date: January 2, 2015
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

Reagan has led her friends to Mexico, anxious to escape Matthias Allen’s pursuit of them. But Mexico is not exactly the exotic haven Reagan pictured.

The price on Reagan’s head is too great for her to find peace. Soon bounty hunters catch up to them and the group is thrust into Post-Apocalyptic Mexican civilization.

Reagan and the Parkers must fight their way through a language barrier, imprisonment and Zombie armies that are smarter and more evolved than ever. And then they must learn the hardest lesson yet: Matthias Allen is not their greatest threat.

Love and Decay, Episode Two is the second episode in Season Three of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words..

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Love & Decay Season 1 by Rachel Higginson

Love & Decay Season 1 by Rachel Higginson

About Season One
Title: Love and Decay, Season 1, Volume 1
Series: Love and Decay
Author: Rachel Higginson
Release Date: September 19, 2013
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Smashwords

Synopsis
Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world’s population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they’ve become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.

Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they’re not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

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Author Rachel Higginson

Author Rachel Higginson

About the Author
Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast, “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart.

Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing worlds of her own.

Where to Find Rachel Higginson
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YA Book Review – Sentinel (Covenant Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis
It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

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My Review
I want to give this book more than five stars. Because I gave Apollyon five stars and this is even better. Because this is how you end a young adult series. Not a happily ever after, but it’s satisfying and leaves us with hope instead of despair. Because it didn’t ruin the entire series for me for a change.

This final book in the series is almost non-stop action, but not to the point that it becomes exhausting. The author slows it down enough to allow us to catch our breath before ramping it back up again. I’m not someone who is easily moved to tears. Just ask my husband. He cries during movies before I do. But a few really moving, bittersweet, and heartwarming moments managed to wet my Sahara-dry eyes.

Plot
Sentinel is almost entire plot-driven, although there are still a few moments of character development that are like the most delicious cherry on top of the perfect sundae. With everything in the previous books leading to war, war has finally come and Alex and her friends must fight for everything they know, love, and believe in.

And because it’s war, people get hurt and people die, but there are no senseless deaths. Each death serves a purpose, to move the plot, to further the story. And as painful as it is to lose characters we love, when well-done, they make the story richer.

World Building
If possible, the world building is even more complete this time around. It was already incredibly well developed, but the more the world unfolds, the more there seems to be to still learn. Like the TARDIS, it’s bigger on the inside.

Characters
The characters in Sentinel are still fascinating, still fully developed, but they had room to grow, and that’s exactly what they do. Seth is the boy I always knew he would be and that was beautiful to see. Watching Alex accept her fate with grace and dignity was worth the wait. And Aiden…what can I say, he is the ultimate book boyfriend to the very end.

Top Five Things I Love About  Sentinel
1. The action. There’s a lot of it and it’s all really well done.

2. Alex and Aiden. Still the cutest young adult couple in all of Greek mythology.

3. Seth. Seth is back and better than ever.

4. Apollo and Alex. There is a really bittersweet scene between the two of them that just really works.

5. The end. A completely satisfying conclusion to a fun series.

Bottom Line
The perfect example of how to wrap up a young adult series in a satisfying way.

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Title: Sentinel
Series: Covenant Series #5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 316
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

YA Book Review – Daimon (Covenant Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis
“Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing ‘I smite thee!’ as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life.”

For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals–pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her.

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My Review
This prequel to the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, introduces us to headstrong Alex, swoony Aiden, Alex’s mom, and the world of Greek Mythology that these characters inhabit. In flashbacks, we see a young Alex stand up to her elders and her mom abandoning their world to protect her daughter. As a half blood (half demigod, half human) Alex is stronger than mere mortals, and that strength and her strong will, keep getting her into trouble in the mortal world.

They live a life on the run, never staying in one place too long. Until the daimons, evil creatures driven to drink the blood of demigods,  find them, then all bets are off.

This short prequel does a really good job of establishing the world and Alex’s character, but it fell short of really engaging me. If I wasn’t already a devoted JLA fan, I’m not sure I would have bothered reading the first book in the series. It isn’t necessary to read this prequel to enjoy the series, but after you’ve read the first book, it might be good to go back and read the prequel to help understand how things got to be the way they are. In fact, I think if you read in that order, Book 1, Prequel, Book 2, then Daimon is actually a pretty good story.

Plot
The plot is somewhat lacking since the purpose of the prequel is to set up the series, which is why this isn’t necessarily a compelling read. Even so, there were some surprises that set everything in motion for book 1, Half-Blood.

World Building
This is where Daimon really shines. Introducing us to modern-day Greek Gods, their hidden world, and the mortal world they sometimes interact with, sets the stage for the series really well.

Characters
We mostly get a look at Alex and her character, as well as the evil of the daimons. It’s obvious from the first chapter that Alex is complex, unconventional, and completely unpredictable. We also get to see how much Alex’s mom loves her and what she was willing to sacrifice for her daughter.

Bottom Line
As a prequel, it’s not really necessary and not all that compelling. But if you read Half-Blood first, it fills in some blanks.

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Title: Daimon
Series: Covenant Series #0.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 62
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

YA Book Review – Sky on Fire (Monument 14) by Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

Synopsis
Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope. 

Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .

Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected.

My Review
The synopsis caught my attention and propelled me through the first couple of chapters of this book. The author, Emmy Laybourne in her debut novel, managed to build an intricate plot with layer upon layer of natural and manmade disasters that leave the small town of Monument, Colorado, utterly devastated.

The events take place in the not so distant future as a busload of students are on their way to school. Fourteen of the kids survive when their bus driver, taking a page out of the zombie apocalypse survival guide, goes to the nearest superstore and unloads the Monument 14 where they have access to drinking water, food, clothing, and shelter.

The story unfolds as the refugees, ranging from preteen up through seniors in high school, struggle with survival, pecking order, and rampant fear as they attempt to find out the fate of their families and loved ones with little to no access to information from the outside world. This is not Lord of the Flies, but there is enough conflict that the story moves and keeps the reader engaged.

Plot
The plot mostly works. Some of it is a little too far fetched, but then so are a lot of Hollywood disaster movies that still make millions of dollars. Sometimes you have to take things a few steps beyond plausible to get a story really ripping. And the plot does move at a pretty good pace for the  most part, but I did find it stalling in a few points.

Characters
The characters are varied, layered, and real, providing a good cross-section of student bodies everywhere. Readers will find someone to connect with, from Jake the jock, to Astrid the pretty popular girl, to our lovable nerd and protagonist, Dean. Ms. Labourne does an excellent job of capturing the voice of a teenage boy who never comes off sounding like an adult or a female, and we find ourselves rooting for him and his unrequited love for Astrid and we can identify with the sense of responsibility he feels for his younger brother, Alex.

Bottom Line
The tension is well done, the dialogue natural, and the relationships are realistic. I think I would have liked a little more action and a little more, something, I don’t know what, to take it to the next level for me. Still a solid four out of five stars.

Title: Monument 14
Author: Emmy Labourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 352
Category: Young Adult, Adventure, SciFi
Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Links to PurchaseAmazonBarnes & Noble

Book Blast + Giveaway – The Last Private Eye (Michael Rhineheart, P.I.) by John Birkett

The Last Private Eye Blitz

Nasty horseplay at the Derby lands private investigator, Michael Rhineheart, in a race against time to stop a murderous scheme.

The Last Private Eye (Michael Rhineheart, P.I.) by John Birkett

The Last Private Eye (Michael Rhineheart, P.I.) by John Birkett

About The Last Private Eye
Title: The Last Private Eye
Series: Michael Rhineheart, P.I.
Author: John Birkett
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | HarperCollins

Synopsis
Michael Rhineheart is a Louisville private eye with a taste for bourbon and a nose for trouble.

He’s as tough and savvy as they come.

His sleuthing secretary, Sally McGraw, is desperate to learn the ropes.

Their pal Farnsworth is a crusty old pro who hasn’t lost his touch.

Together this hardboiled trio sets out to solve a mysterious disappearance at the racetrack.

Soon they are galloping onto a trail of lust, greed, and murder … and enough dirty deeds to turn Kentucky’s bluegrass red with shame.

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The Queen's Mare (Michael Rhineheart, P.I.) by John Birkett

The Queen’s Mare (Michael Rhineheart, P.I.) by John Birkett

About The Queen’s Mare
Title: The Queen’s Mare
Series: Michael Rhineheart, P.I.
Author: John Birkett
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | HarperCollins

Synopsis
All bets are off when it comes to kidnap, mayhem, and murder …

When the “Grand Dame of Kentucky Racing” enlists private eye Michael Rhineheart to deliver the ransom for a kidnapped broodmare and her foal, Rhineheart thinks it will be a speedy transaction.

But what should have been a simple mission turns into a deadly double-cross, and soon Rhineheart is on the hunt for the horses … and a ruthless killer.

Fans of Dick Francis will love Birkett’s hardboiled gumshoe and his Kentucky bluegrass flavor.

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About the Author
JOHN BIRKETT is the author of The Queen’s Mare and The Last Private Eye, both to be released by Witness. He is a winner of the Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America.

Where to Find John Birkett
Witness ImpulseWitness Suspense Thriller Book Club

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Teaser Tuesday 3 – Obliterate (Havoc Series) by Autumn Grey

Welcome to the third Obliterate Teaser Tuesday. Each week, Autumn Grey will share another teaser from her new contemporary romance, Obliterate, releasing January 5.

Obliterate Teaser 3

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Obliterate (Havoc #2) by Autumn Grey

Obliterate (Havoc #2) by Autumn Grey

About the Book
Title: Obliterate
Series: Havoc #2
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 5, 2014
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
***Obliterate is the second installment of a three-part serial, each approximately 36000 words. (110 pages)***

“I knew the moment I gave in to pursuing Selene that trouble would follow me. It always does. I should have resisted.”

Remington St. Germain is at a crossroads. He can either go after the one person who makes him feel as if he matters—the only person to ever calm the demons that roam his mind—or forget about her. The latter is not an option, even though there is a chance she might reject him. But, damn it all to hell, he will convince her. He has to. Otherwise, he will be right back where he was before she came into his life.

Selene Michaels’ stay in Paris is only temporary. She shouldn’t get too attached to Remington and his son, Adrien. But, Remington makes her feel alive and reckless, and Adrien makes her loss almost bearable. They complete her. She has a feeling there is more to Remington than a doting single father and her overprotective Prince Charming. Besides, the risk of being with them still looms closeby and she will do anything to keep them safe.

Sometimes life gives you a second chance. But what happens when danger threatens that chance?

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Havoc (Havoc #1) by Autumn Grey

Havoc (Havoc #1) by Autumn Grey

About Book 1
Title: Havoc
Series: Havoc #1
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
International: Amazon UK | Amazon AUS | Amazon CA

Synopsis
Selene Michaels is determined to never let anyone make her feel inferior again. After a painful divorce, she finds herself in Paris on a working holiday, hopeful that this will be the opportunity she has been waiting for.

She intends to have fun and maybe find someone to flirt with; someone who will show her a good time, treat her right, and awaken her to all she has been missing. What she does not expect to find is Remington St. Germain and his adorable son, Adrien.

Remington is intense, devastatingly hot and a Prince Charming on the outside, but a dirty talking, insatiable devil behind closed doors—the opposite of the man she has been hoping for—and not the type to give up on something that he wants.

Selene soon realizes that life with Remington is not only interesting, but adventurous. It’s dangerous, and she’s about to find out how dangerous. . . if she is brave enough to take a chance.

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About the Author
Autumn Grey is the author of the soon to be released contemporary romance, Havoc, Obliterate, Mend (Havoc series). And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.

Where to Find Autumn Grey
Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

Coming January 8 – Free Fall by Kailin Gow

Free Fall, the sixth brook in Kailin Gow’s Donovan Brothers series releases January 8. Want a little something to tide you over? Kailin has released the prologue:

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Prologue

Nat’s Letter to Summer

My Perfect Summer,

It’s been years since we’ve seen each other. I know since I left my intel tells me you have finished college, gone unto med school, and even started your own practice in Los Angeles. I am so proud of you, of all your accomplishments, and how you’ve become the woman I’ve always dreamed you would be. It makes my decision to leave years ago worth it hearing how you’re fulfilling your destiny and living life to the fullest. The only regret I have is feeling as though I’ve missed out on so much of your life. I left trusting that my good-for-nothing little brother Drew would take good care of you, and from this wedding invitation in my hand from both of you, I trust that he has.

I am honored to be the best man at your wedding. I will be there next week at Aunt Sookie’s Malibu Pad for the rehearsals. You two can count on me to be there for both of you.

Love Always,

Your Nat in Shining Armor

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Free Fall (Donovan Brothers #6) by Kailin Gow

Free Fall (Donovan Brothers #6) by Kailin Gow

About the Book
Title:
 Free Fall
Series: Donovan Brothers #6
Author: Kailin Gow
Release Date: January 8, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
Although Summer has made her choice, the danger is far from over.

In order to protect everyone he loves, Nat must continue living with his new identity for however long it takes, even if that means several years later.

Would the love he feels for Summer still last, even when he is no longer the Nat Donovan he used to be?

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Haven’t started the series yet, check out Loving Summer!

Loving Summer by Kailin Gow

Loving Summer by Kailin Gow

About Book 1
Title:
 Loving Summer
Series: Loving Summer #1
Author: Kailin Gow
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt’s beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans – her best friend Rachel and Rachel’s brothers Nathaniel, and Drew.

Here at Aunt Sookie’s beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel’s friend.

For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did…and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.

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Author Kalin Gow

Author Kalin Gow

About the Author
Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women.

She is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communications Masters in Management program in journalism, marketing and publishing at the University of Southern California.

An ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated Author for her YA series, Frost Series, in 2011, she is also a speaker at BEA, and multi-author signing event organizer for the popular Rockin’ Events.

Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia’s mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women’s shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media.

Where to Find Kalin Gow
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Davenport Christmas is Live on M. Leighton’s Blog

A Davenport Christmas

It’s live! Check it out now!

You loved Cash and and Olivia in M. Leighton’s Down to You. Now you can love them again, just in time for a little mistletoe action!  M. Leighton’s giving everyone the best present ever–a FREE Cash and Olivia holiday story! A Davenport Christmas will be posted on her blog on December 21, just in time to be read with some eggnog, a sugar cookie, and carols playing in the background.

Sign up to follow her blog via email, and you’ll get it right in your inbox, the second it’s posted! (…and–psst!–there may be some more Cash and Olivia action on the blog coming in the new year, so definitely make sure to sign up to get blog notifications!)

AND! There’s a giveaway, too! Of course there is, it’s the HOLIDAYS! Enter the Rafflecopter, and you’ll be entered to win one of TEN signed copies of Down to You. How’s THAT for a little holiday cheer?

Don’t forget to sign up to follow Michelle’s blog via email–it’s beginning to look like?Christmas…A Davenport Christmas… and you definitely don’t want to miss it!

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Down to You (Bad Boys #1) by M. Leighton

Down to You (Bad Boys #1) by M. Leighton

About the Book
Title: Down to You
Author: M. Leighton
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon |  Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis
The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her.

Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.

Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

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Author M. Leighton

Author M. Leighton

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, M. Leighton finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction.

Having written over a dozen novels, these days M. Leighton enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

A note from M. Leighton: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I’m convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

Where to Find M. Leighton
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook

YA Book Review – Return to Us (Letters to Nowhere) by Julie Cross

Return to Us (Letter to Nowhere #4) by Julie Cross

Return to Us (Letter to Nowhere #4) by Julie Cross

Synopsis
30,000 word novella and part 4 in the 2014 RITA Finalist Letters to Nowhere series

Summer is definitely heating up…

So yeah, that really happened. Karen’s fist connecting with TJ’s face.

Not only is TJ dealing with a decent sized bruise on his face where Karen gave her best attempt at a knock-out match, now he’s got some explaining to do after Jordan finds out what happened.

Karen’s not ready to forgive TJ for his tough-love tactics to help get her bar routine back in full swing, but she is ready to figure out how to get through to Jordan. He’s being a complete idiot, not dealing with his health issues, forcing her to keep things a secret from Coach Bentley.

With her teammate, Stevie’s, help Karen comes up with a plan to steer Jordan in the right direction—all she needs is a night alone with him and the hiking and camping expedition he promised her weeks ago might be the perfect opportunity.

Or her plan could backfire and he could slip further away from her.

While Karen and Jordan are out playing lumberjack couple in the Pocono Mountains, TJ is dealing with a stranger trying to give him advice on his tumbling, some pretty overt advances from one of Nina Jones’ gymnasts (aka: off limits), and a random hook-up that will most likely end up being a big mistake.

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My Review
This is my favorite installment in the Letters to Nowhere sequel so far.  This time around, we get to hear from TJ, get inside his head and roll around, see some of the things that make him tick. I wasn’t so sure at first about this added point of view. I initially felt like it halted the momentum of what was happening with Jordan and Karen, but ultimately, I think it worked really well. TJ is a fascinating character, so spending more time with him can only be a good thing.

Things between Jordan and Karen continue to take two steps forward and one step back, but they both remain true to who they are, proving that even the seemingly perfect couples aren’t actually perfect. But neither Karen nor Jordan becomes someone else in order to drive conflict. Instead, forces outside of them test their relationship as well as their friendship in an organic way.

Plot
The plot picks up where Return to You left off, furthering the conflict between Karen and TJ, between Karen and Jordan, and between TJ and Stevie. Although the conflict between TJ and Stevie is the highly-charged sexual kind. Karen hates that Jordan is forcing her to keep things from his father, her coach. Jordan hates that Karen is pressuring him. Karen hates TJ for pushing her, even though it seems to have worked. And Stevie and TJ have some serious underlying chemistry, making his meaningless hookups somehow seem even more trivial.

I don’t know if this is the last installment in the series or not, but a lot of things are left hanging. I will be waiting less than patiently for whatever is next in this wonderful series.

Characters
Getting inside TJ’s head for the first time was a little unnerving, but the more time I spent there, the more I liked it. The more I’ve come to like him. I’ve always found him fascinating and loved the fact that the author added him. But now that I get to spend more time with him, hear his thoughts, I like him even more. I can’t wait to see what happens with him next.

Karen and Jordan remain true to themselves as they wrestle with things outside their control. There is some character development on both of their parts this time around which was nice to see.

Top Five Things I Love About  Return to Us
1. TJ and Stevie. Still love these two tough-talking characters. Love them even more when they are sparring with each other. It’s just fun to watch.

2. TJ and the Stranger. I knew who the stranger was after about the second directive he uttered, but reading TJ process it gave me more insight into him than almost anything else.

3. Karen’s Awakening Sexuality. Man, she is so uncomfortable with her own body sometimes. It’s both cringingly awkward and innocently delightful to watch. There were several laugh-out-loud moments involving this.

4. Karen’s Plea to Jordan. Without giving anything away, when Karen confronts Jordan about his health, it’s a raw emotional scene that packs a punch.

5. The Three-Word Challenge. It’s funny and cute and so Jaren.

Bottom Line
Return to Us is a fresh addition to this fantastic series, allowing the characters to grow, and introducing us to TJ’s thoughts.

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About the Book
Title:
 Return to Us
Series: Letters to Nowhere #4
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Long Walk Press
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Pages: 100
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Author Julie Cross

Author Julie Cross

About the Author
Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.

Where to Find Julie Cross
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Special Announcement – Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby has been sitting on a secret, and I get to share it with you today. I think all of her readers will be thrilled to hear what’s coming next from this talented author.

Dear readers,

As you know, the With Me In Seattle Series came to a close earlier this month with the eighth and final installment, FOREVER WITH ME. I’ve been steadfast in my decision that there would be no further stories from the series, no spin-offs, nothing more. In my mind, it was complete.

And I still feel that the Montgomery/Williams families are complete, and I maintain that I’m happy with their happy-ever-afters.

But, I’ve also heard you when you’ve said that Asher, Matt Montgomery’s partner in TIED WITH ME, deserves to have a happily ever after for himself and his daughter Casey. So, when the lovely ladies from 1001 Dark Nights asked me to participate in their wonderful project, I thought long and hard about whose story it should be about. Seattle is finished, and I’ve moved on to New Orleans for the new Boudreaux Series… And then it occurred to me: why not do both, and offer a companion novella to each of the series?

And so, because you, the reader, has been so insistent that you want to see Asher and Casey find their perfect person, I’m excited to introduce you to EASY WITH YOU. I think you’re going to love Asher and Lila’s love story this spring…

Happy Reading,

Kristen Proby

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EASY WITH YOU, a companion novella to both the With Me in Seattle Series and her upcoming Boudreaux Series, will be releasing March 24, 2015. Now you can see some of your favorite characters again while they interact with some new ones. We’re so excited to get Asher and Lila’s story! Check out the cover for the novella and all the information on EASY WITH YOU below!

1001 Dark Nights by Kristen Proby

1001 Dark Nights by Kristen Proby

About the Book
Title:
1001 Dark Nights
Series: With Me and With Me in Seattle Novella
Author: Kristen Proby
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Kindle | Paperback

Synopsis:

Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible.

Steadfast. Strong.

She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself.

With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul.

But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

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Author Kristen Proby

Author Kristen Proby

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

Where to Find Kristen Proby
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Road Trip + Giveaway – Crush (Bayonet Scars) by JC Emery

Crush Road Trip

Welcome to the next stop on the Crush Road Trip. Crush is the latest release in JC Emery’s Bayonet Scars series. Welcome to California!

Crush (Bayonet Scars #4) by J.C. Emery

Crush (Bayonet Scars #4) by JC Emery

About the Book:
Title:
Crush
Series: Bayonet Scars #4
Author: JC Emery
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Inktera | Scribd

Synopsis
Young love is always perfect. Until it’s not.

Cheyenne Grady is a total daddy’s girl to her bad-ass father, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. She’s funny, and kind, and she just wants that deep, earth-shattering love like her dad has with her school secretary, Holly. But Cheyenne’s been looking in the wrong direction, because the only good that can come from the way she looks at Jeremy Whelan is a lesson in heartbreak.

Jeremy always wanted to prospect for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and wear the same patch as his father. When a life-long dream becomes reality, Jeremy realizes that the outlaw lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy on relationships. He wants to be a good man, but temptation is everywhere.

Cheyenne is beautiful, and strong, and exactly what Jeremy could have forever. As long as he doesn’t screw it up.

Love is never more powerful than the first time.

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Crush Teaser 1

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Excerpt #4
My girl blushes before stumbling over her words as she asks, “Do you want kids?”

I stop breathing, stop moving– even doing the pat-bounce– and don’t know what to say to that. Heard it from a couple of the brothers before. Don’t ever mention marriage to a chick unless you’re ready to have kids because that’s all she can see in her future. Probably should have listened to that shit before opening my mouth.

“I want to be a mom,” she says. Fuck. I still can’t move and Robin’s starting to scream again.

She’s greedy with the pat-bounce, so I force myself to make my hand move. It barely calms her.

“Not now, but someday,” she clarifies.

“Eh, why not,” I say like it’s no big deal. “I’ll be a fucking pro at this shit by the time I’m thirty.”

“Thirty is probably young enough to have kids,” she says through a yawn. And I swear, my fucking heart starts beating again and I relax my arms around Robin. “Let me try again,” she says and reaches for her. I hand her over, hoping Chey’s better with her this time because that crying has got to fucking go. When she cradles Robin against her chest, she moves her around a bit before settling in and doing the pat-bounce. Robin is still crying but it’s nothing like before.

“There you go,” I say and smile at her.

“I can’t believe my mom didn’t stick around for this,” she mumbles. She doesn’t talk about her mom, but for some reason she is right now. I don’t got shit to say because my mom didn’t stick around either. It’s not like I have anything encouraging to say. “Nic’s probably going to remember every single thing about her daughter from her favorite color to her worst nightmare.”

“Yeah, I give her shit, but Nic’s like a fucking grizzly about the kid. She’s a good mom.”

“I’m glad Robin has that,” she says and I agree.

“Me too,” I say.

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Crush Teaser 2

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Bayonet Scars Series

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Ride (Bayonet Scars #1) by JC Emery

Ride (Bayonet Scars #1) by JC Emery

About Book 1:
Title:
Ride
Series: Bayonet Scars #1
Author: JC Emery
Release Date: October 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.

Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can’t take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.

Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.

Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.

Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.

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Thrash (Bayonet Scars #2) by JC Emery

Thrash (Bayonet Scars #2) by JC Emery

About Book 2:
Title:
Thrash
Series: Bayonet Scars #2
Author: JC Emery
Release Date: January 9, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new.

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Rev (Bayonet Scars #3) by JC Emery

Rev (Bayonet Scars #3) by JC Emery

About Book 3:
Title:
Rev
Series: Bayonet Scars #3
Author: JC Emery
Release Date: May 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady, the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.

For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.

When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices: trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.

Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.

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Author JC Emery

Author JC Emery

About the Author
As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories– and everything has at least a splash of romance.

Where to Find J.C. Emery
Website | Facebook | Twitter Goodreads

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