Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Racing the Sun by Karina Halle Blog tour Review + Giveaway

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to reallybecoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . . 

After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.

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

When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?

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What do you do when you decide to leave home and travel around Europe but quickly find that you have blew through your savings and your parents wont help you with money? Well you find a job of course.

Amber is a girl who whisks through life not really knowing where she is headed. Traveling through Europe she finds herself in Italy, with no money she needs a job before her traveling visa expires so she can raise enough money for a ticket home. Sounds good right? Answering an ad she is hired to teach twins Annabella and Alfonso to speak English. She is an English major how hard can this be?

Well it wasn't what she expected when she walks into a sad villa and learns why it is rundown. I mean I was heartbroken for the children and as Amber could understand why they acted out at times. 

Oh and then I met Desiderio or Derio! Whooooo hot Italian Stallion gorgeous and brooding. What's his issue I thought and why does he spend so much damn time in that office? Why doesn't he spend time with his little brother and sister, what kind of family is this? 

I love going into books blind because I like not having an expectation, I love reading an falling with the characters, I love to read as the bond grows. I love to watch the drama unfold, I love feeling what they feel and this book had all of that and so much more. Romance, drama, love, and angst. Oh there was angst and I was upset at one point thinking OH MY GOD NOOOOO! 

Through it all I got to read as Amber went from unsure to confident. She flourished finding her way. Her parents irked me especially her dad, as a parent I get wanting your children to have a good future but to put your own child down ugh no. 

What captured me beside the way the words were woven together to bring out a beautiful and powerful love story was the way Derio also blossomed as a lover, friend and brother. Sure there were times I cringed but overall he came around and grasped family.

Overall the story is great and I was rooting for Amber and Derio together and apart. What? you ask? Well I mean I loved that once together they made it a mission to find their way together but they also wanted each other to find themselves apart from one another and that is what love is, wanting the other person to be happy and find their path with you right beside them.


Karina Halle is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Sea Meets SkyThe PactLove in English, and other wild and romantic reads. A former travel writer and music journalist, she lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Insider by Olivia Cunning: Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Title: Insider (Exodus End #1)
Author: Olivia Cunning
Release Date: June 30, 2015
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Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock...
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she's reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who've been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He's always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he's not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he's looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

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“Have a seat, Toni,” Dare offered. He stood and took a gym bag from her hand. He set it on the floor next to the spot he’d vacated, making it clear that Toni should sit next to Logan on the sofa. Logan loved the guy. Such a thoughtful son of a bitch. Toni’s dark eyes, hidden behind a pair of thick-rimmed glasses, scanned the interior of the bus as if searching for refuge. Apparently the seat next to Logan was not it. Dare plopped himself down in the only available recliner and extended the leg rest, as if he had no intention of moving for the night.

“Th-thanks,” Toni said, pushing her glasses up her nose with one trembling hand.

Logan wasn’t sure what she was so nervous about all of a sudden. She’d seemed perfectly at ease when they’d been interacting with their fans. Perhaps she’d taken his comment about a lamb in a den of wolves to heart. He’d only been teasing, but he found her skittishness endearing in a world where most women threw all inhibitions to the wind when in the presence of any member of his band, much less all four of them.

The bus rumbled as it rolled forward. They were on the road again. Toni’s hands flew out as the unexpected movement threw her off balance.
She plopped down beside Logan, perching on the edge of a cushion as if the sofa’s back was made of shards of glass. Logan was pretty sure she was looking for the emergency exit. Her gaze settled on Butch, who was standing next to their driver and running over a strict schedule detailing how to get them to their next show in time while making a promotional stop between venues. Their schedule never had an inch of give. Their manager, Sam, was a genius when it came to getting the band the most exposure, but he had the tendency to believe that because they were a metal band, they were made of iron. They didn’t require useless things like down time and rest.

“So tell us more about this book,” Dare said, which was apparently the exact right thing to say to Toni, because her unease evaporated instantly.

“Have you seen the new interactive electronic textbooks?” she asked, her eager gaze moving from Dare to Max to Steve.

Logan was very conscious of the fact that she didn’t look at him once. He’d thought their attraction was mutual, but maybe not. He scooted several inches closer to her because he saw something he wanted and wasn’t one to sacrifice his personal needs for the greater good.

“Textbooks?” Steve asked. “Like for school and shit?”

“Yeah, that’s usually where textbooks are used,” she said, a teasing grin on her lush lips. When no one laughed, her face fell. Logan forced a guffaw about five seconds too late. That got his bandmates laughing. Not at Toni’s understated joke. They were laughing at his blatant stupidity. Nothing new there.

“I can’t say I’ve even seen a textbook since high school,” Steve said.

“These new interactive ones are amazing. Each topic has videos and pictures and links. It presents the information in a way that gets students who are used to constant entertainment excited about learning.”

“So you’re writing a textbook about us?” Dare asked, brows drawn together in a confused scowl.

“What kind of textbook would that be? A manual on mayhem and debauchery?” Toni cringed when no one laughed at that joke either.

Logan guffawed five seconds too late again. He was going to have to pay really close attention to what she said to figure out when she was joking. He didn’t think she lacked a sense of humor, she just looked serious. She’d definitely fit in better at a library than at standup-comedy night.

“The publishing company I work for designs and distributes these interactive textbooks,” she said. “Samuel Baily approached us to make an interactive book about the band, the first of its kind. He’s very forward thinking.”

That got the band laughing. “You might say that,” Max said. “Sometimes he’s a bit too forward thinking. He’s got every minute of our schedules booked for the next eighteen years. He thinks we’re robots or something.”

Toni’s eyes bulged. “Eighteen years?” she muttered under her breath.

Surely she knew Max was joking, so why did she look so unsettled? Wondering if he could make her blush again, Logan scooted a few more inches closer to her. His knee brushed her thigh, and she yanked on her skirt. Other than her hands and face, not an inch of bare flesh was showing. He wasn’t sure exactly what she was trying to conceal. Maybe she wasn’t open to his attempts to seduce her. Which made her a challenge. Which, like her tits, he couldn’t resist. Or maybe she had a nice boyfriend at home. His loss.

“Speaking of robots,” Steve said. “How are the prototypes of our androids coming?”

“Good until they tried to replicate my dick and ran out of materials,” Logan said.

Toni’s sudden intake of breath made him grin. That shocked her? Seriously? Too easy.

“If they ran out of materials, it had to be due to Max’s giant forehead,” Steve said.

“Or your enormous feet,” Max countered.

Toni grabbed a pad of paper out of her bag and started writing furiously. Logan leaned against her shoulder to read what had her so excited. She was writing down their conversation. In the margin, she wrote: Keep video camera close at hand when all band members are together. They’re hilarious.

He was close enough to feel her body heat and inhale the sweet fragrance of her fruity shampoo. He wondered if she tasted as sweet as she smelled.

“For the record,” Logan said in her ear as he pointed toward her notes, “I was the one with the big dick.”

Toni leaped from the sofa as if it were on fire. Her gaze darted from one guy to the next, and she pushed her glasses up her nose with the back of her wrist. God, he wanted to take those glasses off, take those clothes off, and do things to her. Naughty, devious, delicious things.

“Um . . .”

The twin bumps poking against her shapeless turtleneck drew Logan’s attention.
Hard nipples? Did his crassness turn her on? That was all the encouragement he needed to behave inappropriately. Visible nipples also meant that her bra was not padded. There was so much win in that, he should have her name engraved on a trophy.

“What’s wrong?” Logan asked. “I won’t bite. But I will nibble. And suck. And lick.”

She stared at him with her mouth agape and her eyes wide. Her nipples strained against her sweater, begging him to do all those things and more to the tips of those luscious melons.

She glanced down at her tits and immediately crossed her arms over her chest. “Is, um, there a bathroom I can use?”

“At the back of the bus,” Dare said, nodding his head toward the end of the corridor.

“Don’t take a dump in there,” Steve said. “We stop at rest areas to do that business.”

Face flaming, she sucked in a deep breath, turned, and sprinted to the back of the bus. She fumbled with the closet door and when it popped open, a stack of towels that had shifted during transit tumbled out and pummeled her in the face.

Logan climbed to his feet to rescue her. He decided to take it easy on her for the moment. He wouldn’t want to traumatize her so much she decided to leave. They both bent to pick up the same towel at the same time and bumped heads. They jerked apart and rubbed their heads in unison. Toni looked up at him, her brown, doe-like eyes watery with tears. He wasn’t sure if they were tears of pain or humiliation, but seeing them in her eyes did strange things to his chest. He wasn’t sure why it was suddenly tight.

“It’s okay,” he said, deciding that though it was fun to tease her, he’d better tone it down a bit. She obviously wasn’t used to it, and he didn’t want to harass a woman who wasn’t receptive to provocative flirting. He hadn’t intended to upset her, just wanted to have a little fun and get under that conservative skirt of hers. “I’ll get the towels, Toni. You go ahead and do your business.” He opened the bathroom door for her.

She lowered her hand from her forehead to reveal a large reddened bump.

Logan winced and leaned forward to press his lips to the lump. She sucked a startled breath into her chest. Shit. There he went crossing the line again.

“Sorry,” he murmured. “I always kiss boo-boos.”

“I have a pimple on my ass that needs kissing,” Steve called.

Logan closed his eyes and shook his head. “One of the things you should consider stressing in your book is how little fucking privacy a man has while on tour with his band.”

“I can include that,” she said, “but I think fans are more interested in the size of your dick.” She backed into the bathroom. “I know I am.” She bit her lip before closing the door in his face.

I love Olivia Cunning and all the books I have read of hers.  She knows how to write about rockers and life on the road. I was so happy that there is a new series. Let's just say that by the time I got to the third chapter I was hooked. 

I needed to see how this was going to end because my god how was this even possible? A virgin on a bus full of hot rockers! I was not disappointed, I got to witness the ups and downs. 

I loved that I got to know each character, Dare seems to be my favorite right now. 

Logan man that guy has some skills. I was rooting for him and Toni. I loved the fact that Toni was timid yet when she wanted something she went for it. 

Overall I have to say that Olivia just knows her shizz when writing a rocker book. I'm never left feeling like I need more or that there are hole or inconsistencies, no she writes in a way that had me sucked in and was upset that I couldn't read faster and slower at the same time. Faster because I needed to know what was going to happen next and slower because I wanted to savor the characters and the book.

If you like alpha rockers who are sweet and get you charged up then this is the book you need to read!

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, USA Today Best-Selling Author Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.
Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Chasing River by KA Tucker Review Tour

CR Review Tour Banner_edited-1 We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review Tour for K.A. Tucker's CHASING RIVER! CHASING RIVER is a Suspenseful Romance novel, and the third novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. CHASING RIVER is set to be released July 7, 2015! If you haven't already, be sure to grab BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, the first two books in this thrilling series!!   Chasing River - Cover


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I love when I read a book and am transported to different countries. Especially when it is done right. Amber -Who is Jesse's younger sister- goes on a trip for the summer to visit many different countries Ireland being one of them. 

River runs the family's pub and is a good guy. When these two meet let's just say it was either wrong place wrong time or fate. River loves his family and it shows throughout, even though his older brother well....I was like whoa dude. 

Amber can't seem to get River out of her mind. I loved her spirit in this book, she could have been judgmental but instead she shows class. 

What I loved is that KA Tucker does an exceptional job of weaving the characters stories and Irelands history. I was never bored, rather it intrigued me that much more.

I love how the author gave the characters time to develop their love for one another. You can see the struggles River goes through and that made me love him that much more.

Another thing I truly love is when the secondary characters just pop out at you. Rowen and Delaney are those characters, the ones that you must know about because they pop up and have a lasting effect.

All in all I must say that KA Tucker truly knows how to keep me entertained for hours. I simply had to know what was going to happen next and I love being able to get lost in this world where constant trouble was awaiting and I never knew what was coming around the bend.

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Armed with two years' worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude. Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn't let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move. Maybe it's because he saved her life, or maybe it's because he's completely different from everything she's left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone. And River isn't the kind of guy she'd want to catch. Chasing River - Teaser 2    

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Abbi Glines When You're Back Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

WHEN YOU’RE BACK (on sale June 30, 2015)
A Rosemary Beach Novel

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

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

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

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

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

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I love me some Abbi! She always gives me stories that keep me swooning. When I read When I'm Gone I wasn't sure how I'd feel since I don't really care for cowboys but Mase changed that for me OH man and then there was sweet Reese. I loved their story. Completely. 

I was excited for this book because Hello more Mase, but quickly the luster wasn't there for me. Don't get me wrong the writing was great. It's just that the more I read the more I felt that the drama was excessive and unnecessary. Aida was too much for me. Seriously way too much I was like ummm Nan has this spot covered thanks. 

I would get upset with Reese and Mase at times, well mostly Reese because I didn't understand how she could ever doubt Mase's love for her. He'd proven again and again how much she meant to him. 
The growth she went through though I loved. Sure there were times she was insecure but I get that I mean she moved yet again and was friendless. I'm glad that she was able to overcome. That ending tho!! What the hecks? 

Oh Captain my Captain! He totes stole the show and I cannot wait to read his book! 

Overall Abbi has delivered a good book that was enjoyable. The twist was everything. 
I didn't hate this book but I wasn't feeling it like the book prior. It was enjoyable and fun. 

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Wicked White By Michelle Valentine Blog Tour


After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.
Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.
Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series. 

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I love a good rocker book and I know that Michelle Valentine can deliver those I mean Noel, Riff and the rest of Black Falcon c'mon.

I was excited for this book. I couldn't wait to meet Ace. He is so different than the other rockers that I love. He has so much to deal with in his present situation, I love the conflicted rocker thing he had going. When I am introduced to Ace, I wasn't quite sure what to make of him.
Pushover, playboy, bad boy I mean what was his real true self.
The description of him welllll....I wasn't too keen on that. The way he was described I thought of the guys from ZZ Top. I know I know probs not what you wanted to read but I'm being real here that is what I thought.

As the story develops I like him more and more and his description gets better. (Whew)
And Iris, OMG I love her and Birdie. Iris is a kick ass heroine. She was just the right amount of tough, I loved how she never gave up getting to know Ace even though he was kind of a jack ass to her at first. 

To be honest it did take me a bit to warm up to the characters but once I did I absolutely feel for them and the things going on around them. Iris and Ace both having to deal with loss, love and more loss. I swear he was going to break out and sing the Goo-Goo Dolls Iris to her, he doesn't sadly but that would have been awesome! 

The story moves seamlessly through the main protagonists lives, each having to deal with life in unexpected ways. Now for anyone who knows me, knows I love a good angsty book. Did this have that angst I was looking for not quite. I wanted more build up to their relationship, more push and pull but none the less Michelle knows how to write and once I got over that I was good. I also wanted a little more at the end but I get it.

In the end this book made me get the feels goods. There were times where I was questioning if Michelle was messing with me because there is a good chink of the book where I was not too pleased with Ace. He makes up for it but still Ace you bad bad boy! I enjoyed the book and the build up of the characters. I enjoyed the way the heroine didn't give up on her goals for a man. All in all a very pleasurable read.