Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog Tour Review with Excerpt & Giveaway: Vandal by Carian Cole



amazon

Vandal Synopsis: 

She takes my breath away; she is so beautifully damaged. Yes I had broken her, ravished her life, destroyed her happiness. I brought her to ultimate despair. I was responsible for all the pain and suffering that now brought her to her knees in front of me. Broken. Hopeless. Reckless in her agony. She is a mirror of my own tortured soul. But what I took away I can give back. In ways she cannot even begin to imagine. She is everything right in all my wrongs. She loves me. She needs me. She has no idea I’m the one who wrecked her life. 

Buy Links:
 


vandal_teaser8a

Exclusive Excerpt:
I slowly walk down the dark hallway and stop at Katie’s doorway. Her pink nightlight is on, illuminating the room. I don’t want to go in, but I can’t stop myself. The mix of her presence and her void is completely overwhelming, and I fall to my knees in the middle of the room. The pain in my chest is like nothing I have ever felt before, as if my heart is being ripped from my body and sliced into tiny pieces. I want her back so bad. I want to just feel her tiny hand in mine and tuck her into bed.

Lifting my head, my eyes fall on Teddy, Katie’s coveted bear that she left here to ‘take care of me’. I crawl to the small bed and lie my head next to the little bear that, just a few days ago, we tucked into her blankets together until she’d be back. Pressing my face against the little bear, I can’t hold back my tears anymore.




What I thought about Vandal
Late one night  a devastating car accident takes the lives of three people, including Vandal's young daughter. The family pays off all the witnesses to keep Vandal's identity out of the press, and then he's left to handle his grief alone. He's a mess.

When he see the wife of one of the victims of the crash crying at the  cemetery, he becomes obsessed with her and basically starts stalking her. Tabitha is in no better shape than Vandal, missing the husband she lost in the crash, and when Vandal offers her a ride on his bike to forget her grief for a little while she takes it.

Vandal takes her to his house by the lake and offers her release from her pain by submitting to him for a month long D/s scene and Tabitha agrees.  She's looking for anything to release her pain and so these two damaged, grieving souls come together in a bizarre relationship. Vandal doesn't tell her that he's the one that caused the accident, and their relationship is akin to waiting for another crash to happen. 

I wasn't quite sure who was more messed up here, but somehow it's just what the two of them need to break out of their grief and learn to live again. Unfortunately, Tabitha eventually learns Vandal's real identity and everything goes down the tubes.

Vandal is a complicated mess of a person. I wasn't surprised by him wanting to fix his life the way he did, and I loved that he developed some real feelings for a woman for the first time with Tabitha.  I was very interested in how everything was going to work out for them once the truth came out, and I liked that Vandal gave Tabitha the time she needed to come to terms with the fact she was in love with the man that had killed her husband.

What I didn't expect was the twist in the last chapter, and unfortunately the twist, which I'm not going to spoil for you, changed how I felt about this story. For me, the revelation was so unexpected and hard to believe that it took something away from this story for me.  You may read it and feel differently.

So overall, a nicely paced read that kept me turning the pages.   The guys from Ashes & Embers are all intriguing and that's what keeps me coming back to this series. For me, I had a hard time believing the twist at the end, and that had me giving this a 3 1/2 star rating instead of a 4.  This was a difficult book to rate since I really liked most of it, but that ending had me shaking my head in disbelief and it took something away from my enjoyment of the story. 

ARC provided for review.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


(Storm, book 1 in ASHES AND EMBERS)


About the Author:

carian


Carian Cole Bio: I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives. My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published on September of 2014. Vandal, the second novel in this series is publishing in February of 2015. I currently have approximately nine books slated for this series, as well as an MC series in the works, and a few stand-alones coming in 2015 onward. Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming. 



vandal_teaser14


 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review:Intimate Geography (The Compass Series Book 2) by Tamsen Parker

Synopsis

Fiercely protective of her heart, India Burke let down her defenses when Cris Ardmore went from another notch on her D/s playdate belt to everything she could never admit she wanted.

But being disowned by your family and betrayed by your lover aren’t easy to get over, and India’s old fears of intimacy creep in against a backdrop of professional drama that forces her return to a place that never really felt like home.

Though she proved her loyalty when it mattered most, love is about more than grand gestures and Cris wants all of her—which may be more than India is able to give. Can Cris and India navigate to a shared future or will they forever be off course?

** Please Note: Intimate Geography is Book 2 of The Compass Series and CANNOT be read as a stand-alone. Personal Geography, the beginning of Cris and India’s story, released on December 1st 2014.**


Buy Links

 Amazon

Barnes & Noble

 KOBO

What I thought about Intimate Geography
In this follow-up to Physical Geography, India must come to terms with her feelings for Cris. and even though her heart knows what it wants, her head keeps her from totally submitting to having a real relationship.Cris is struggling too with how they'll work out their relationship with the long distance between them and India getting more focused on her job. 

There's quite a bit more about India's career in this second book, and I loved that India was a focused career-minded woman.  I don't often see female characters that are this driven, and that made her so very appealing to me. 

Without giving away any spoilers, this installment was as much of a page-turner as the first book was for me, and I was really invested in knowing whether these two would make it or not.  There's some twists and turns to be had to their relationship yet, and I really enjoyed how it all played out in this book.

I recommend this series to readers of erotic romance with a D/s theme. 

ARC provided for review.


About the Author

Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.  

http://tamsenparker.com/

https://twitter.com/tamsenparker


https://www.facebook.com/tamsenparkerauthor

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cover Reveal & Giveaway:The Hazards of Sleeping With A Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy

We are extremely pleased to bring you
the cover reveal for

Alyssa Rose Ivy's
THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND!!
 

THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND
is a New Adult romance
and the fifth book in Alyssa's Hazards Series. 

Add it to your Goodreads shelf!

THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND
will be available March 26th!!
The Hazards of Sleeping With A Friend - Cover
 
Cover Design: Once Upon a Time Covers
Cover Photography K. Keeton

Add THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND on Goodreads

About THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND:  

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever. 

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there's no turning back. 

When Kyle's life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author Photo
   
About Alyssa Rose Ivy: 

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. 

After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.        

 

 

Twitter | Author Goodreads | Pinterest | Website 

 

THE HAZARDS SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND Goodreads 

 

 Facebook

 

Release Day Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway:Untamed by Jessica Sorensen

Untamed release day  
Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen
and her new book UNTAMED!

This is book 2 in the Unbeautiful Series 
following the story of Emery and Ryler.

Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this book.

Good luck!
untamed
Synopsis
Emery
No matter how hard I try, I never seem to be able to escape my family’s world. Their madness controls my life, just like insanity consumes my mind.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell who I really am. The person everyone sees? Or the one I keep trapped inside?
I wonder which person Ryler sees. Just like I wonder who I can trust.
Wonder. Wonder. Wonder. 
I wonder too much.
I wish I could just find a way to escape it all and finally be free.

Ryler
I live a double life and sometimes I hate myself for it. Watching Emery fall apart—pretending I don’t care—is killing me inside.
I want to tell her the truth, but I also want a new life.
Want. Want. Want. 
I want too much. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what I really desire.
I wish I could be free from the confusion, free from this life.

add-to-goodreads-button
Excerpt
“If you want to dance, dance. There’s no judgment at these things, which makes them pretty awesome.”
She smiles, and then threads her fingers through mine. “Okay, let’s dance, then.”
I don’t bother mentioning that dancing can be extremely sexy when done under the right circumstances—circumstances that usually include alcohol and sexual tension.
At first, Emery is cautious, keeping her distance from me as she rocks her hips to the music. I move with her. I’ve never really been into dancing, but I can rock out to a little garage rock any day. The longer the song goes on, the more into it she gets, until she finally spins around and presses her back against my chest. That’s when the two of us decide to start playing a dangerous game of Want But Can’t Have. A very, very dangerous game that is really fucking tortuous to play yet impossible to give up.
Emery starts grinding her hips to the sultry beat of the song. With each movement, her ass brushes against my cock, making me go rock hard. I grip the curves of her hips and my hands unnecessarily slip underneath the bottom of her shirt. My fingers delve into her soft flesh, and I bite back a moan. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve forgotten just how soft her skin is, how amazing she smells, how incredible she feels against me.
She shivers from my touch and presses closer, rolling her hips and driving my body absolutely mad. She repeats the movement over and over again, until finally, I damn near lose my mind.
Gripping her waist, I spin her around to face me. “I thought you didn’t know how to dance?”
Playlist
AboutTheAuthor
JessicaSorensenauthor pic_new
 
Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Giveaway

SERIES READING ORDER

Book 1 - Unbeautiful



Book 2 - Untamed

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Double Cover Reveal:Consolation & Conviction by Corinne Michaels

Double Cover Reveal


Consolation
Book One in the Consolation Duet

consolation full.jpg

Author: Corinne Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography


Release Date: March 18th


✦ Pre Order on iBooks ➙ http://bit.ly/16nXT0k
✦ Add to your TBR here ➛ http://bit.ly/1wMUa4a


consolation.jpg


Blurb


Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.
But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.
One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.



consolation teaser.jpg

Excerpt


Today is the last day I will allow myself to feel sorrow, the last day I will shed tears, because tears don’t change anything. I need to harvest whatever strength I have and hold it tight. I’m a mother who has an infant that needs me to be both mom and dad.
One day, they say. One day this will stop hurting.
Lies.
This will never be okay or stop hurting.
I’ll never be the same. The woman I was before died the minute the knock on the door came. I’m a shell of the woman I was. The woman who was loving, open, and full of hope is gone. Hope is a weak bitch who couldn’t give two fucks about what you want. So I rely on faith. Faith that I’ll make it through this and find my heart again.
Conviction
Book Two in the Consolation Duet

conviction full.jpg

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography


Release Date:  May 27th


✦ Pre Order on iBooks ➙  http://bit.ly/1AjLE0d
✦ Add to your TBR here ➛ http://bit.ly/1ISmhJ8


conviction cover.jpg

Blurb


I fell in love with Liam only to be left shattered into a million pieces. Again. The idea of being without him cripples me but the reality is, he’s gone.
He doesn’t understand and I can’t make him.
If only he’d see the conviction behind my words—then Liam would still be here.
consolation teaser 2.jpg

About the Author

corrinne bio.jpg

Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.
Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

Contact Corinne



Release Day Launch, Giveaway and Excerpt:Vandal by Carian Cole


Vandal RDL Banner

 It's release day for  
Vandal by Carian Cole!! 

We're so excited to be sharing this fantastic romance with you--and Carian is hosting a giveaway, as well as sharing an amazing excerpt! 

Be sure to check it all out! 
amazon

Vandal Synopsis: 

She takes my breath away; she is so beautifully damaged. Yes I had broken her, ravished her life, destroyed her happiness. I brought her to ultimate despair. I was responsible for all the pain and suffering that now brought her to her knees in front of me. Broken. Hopeless. Reckless in her agony. She is a mirror of my own tortured soul. But what I took away I can give back. In ways she cannot even begin to imagine. She is everything right in all my wrongs. She loves me. She needs me. She has no idea I’m the one who wrecked her life. 

Buy Links:
 
Barnes and Noble: Pending


vandal_teaser8a

Exclusive Excerpt:
I slowly walk down the dark hallway and stop at Katie’s doorway. Her pink nightlight is on, illuminating the room. I don’t want to go in, but I can’t stop myself. The mix of her presence and her void is completely overwhelming, and I fall to my knees in the middle of the room. The pain in my chest is like nothing I have ever felt before, as if my heart is being ripped from my body and sliced into tiny pieces. I want her back so bad. I want to just feel her tiny hand in mine and tuck her into bed.

Lifting my head, my eyes fall on Teddy, Katie’s coveted bear that she left here to ‘take care of me’. I crawl to the small bed and lie my head next to the little bear that, just a few days ago, we tucked into her blankets together until she’d be back. Pressing my face against the little bear, I can’t hold back my tears anymore.



(Storm, book 1 in ASHES AND EMBERS)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Blogs Taking Part in the Release Day Launch
Books to Breathe
Crazii Bitches Book Blog
Literary Nook
She Hearts Books
Best Book Boyfriends
2 Greek Girls Reading
Kelly Sloane
Indy Book Fairy
Those Crazy Book Chicks
I Heart YA Books
undercover book reviews
Vera is Reading
Red Hot + Blue Reads
The Fairest of All Book Reviews
My Favorite Things
Becky's Book Bytes
Addicted Readers
Whispered Thoughts
Corazones Literarios
My Book Filled Life
Ali's Reviews and More
iScream Books
Ripley Loves to Read
Ellesea Loves Reading
Novels In Heels
Reviews by Tammy and Kim
Riverina Romantics
Between The Lines
The Book Junkie
Book Fancy
All Booked Out
Sultry, Steamy Reading
Shelf Life
Passionate Page Turner
Naughty Book Eden
flirty fiction blog
A Dirty Book Affair
Tanya Rae
Morning Books & Coffee
Bookworm Betties
Not Another Damn Blog-Blog
The Book Fairy Reviews
For Whom The Books Toll
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog
Verna Loves Books
Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe
The Power of Three Readers
Ogitchida Kwe's Book Blog
Obsessed by Books
The Book Bellas
Hooked On Books Forever
Hooked On Books Forever
Ladies Living in Bookland
The Boyfriend Bookmark
Sweet N Sassy Book A Holics
Cover to Cover Book Blog
Naughty Moms' Story Time
NightWolf Book Blog
BestSellers & BestStellars
Rough Draft Book Blog
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Rustys Reading
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
The Ultimate Fan Blog
Rumpled Sheets Blog
Fictional Mens Page for Book Hos
Pussycat Promotions
Mama She's Crazy About Books
Once Upon An Alpha
Reading Is My Superpower
Hawt Reads & Dirty Talk
Anny books
Just One More Page
Panty dropping Book Blog
Sin Sisters Books
The Booktique
This Redhead LOVES Books
♥The Romance Vault♥
Books to Light Your Fire
101 Ways to Make Love to a Spoon
One Last Page Book Blog

About the Author:

carian


Carian Cole Bio: I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives. My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published on September of 2014. Vandal, the second novel in this series is publishing in February of 2015. I currently have approximately nine books slated for this series, as well as an MC series in the works, and a few stand-alones coming in 2015 onward. Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming. 



vandal_teaser14


 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review:Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins



Synopsis


Everyone’s got secrets. Some are just harder to hide.

With his father’s ponzi scheme assets frozen, Tom Worthington believes finishing college is impossible unless he can pay his own way. After months sleeping in his car and gypsy-cabbing for cash, he’s ready to do just that.

But his new, older-student housing comes with an unapologetically gay roommate. Tom doesn’t ask why Reese Anders has been separated from the rest of the student population. He’s just happy to be sleeping in a bed.

Reese isn’t about to share his brutal story with his gruff new roommate. You’ve seen one homophobic jock, you’ve seen ’em all. He plans to drag every twink on campus into his bed until Tom moves out. But soon it becomes clear Tom isn’t budging.

Tom isn’t going to let some late-night sex noise scare him off, especially when it’s turning him on. But he doesn’t want any drama either. He’ll keep his hands, if not his eyes, to himself. Boundaries have a way of blurring when you start sharing truths, though. And if Tom and Reese cross too many lines, they may need to find out just how far they can bend…before they break.

Warning: This book contains cranky roommates who vacillate between lashing out and licking, some male/male voyeurism, emotional baggage that neither guy wants to unpack, and the definitive proof that sound carries in college housing.


 Buy Links

The first of a new LGBTQ series from Samhain Publishing, OFF CAMPUS is available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, iBooks, and on the Samhain website.


What I thought about Off Campus


Off Campus is the up close and personal story of Tom Worthington -- how he finds himself and regains his self respect in the aftermath of his father's crimes. All Tom wants to do is work, finish school and make his own way but he doesn't count on his roommate to shake up his life the way Reese Anders does.

After a very contentious start, Tom and Reese develop feelings other than anger toward each other, and I loved that it took a little while before they found their way into bed together. There's an emotional relationship developing here along with a scorching hot physical relationship.

Reese has some things he's dealing with too, and I loved how Tom was incredibly considerate of the things that triggered Reese.  But when Reese wants to take their relationship public, Tom isn't comfortable with that and it threatens their relationship in a big way. I love how Reese knew exactly who he was and what he wanted from this relationship.

For some this book might seem slow, but for me, I loved getting inside Tom's head. It was great to see how he worked through some of his issues, with and without Reese's help. This book was rich in emotions and introspection, and I liked that very much about this story.  Even though Tom's reactions were sometimes hard to take, it was evident that he had some things to work through on his own.

There were a few technical issues that kept me from rating this higher.  I don't like when one character poses a question and then the other goes into pages of internal monologue before answering the question.  This takes me out of the story and I often have to go back to see what the question was when it finally gets answered. Some of the transitions between scenes weren't as smooth or easily identified as different scenes and that too took me out of the story a bit.

Overall, I really liked this story and give it a solid 4 star rating. It's not just a coming-out sort of story, but a story of determining what you are really made of.  When all was said and done in the book, I loved Tom's journey and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.


About the Author

Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series.

https://twitter.com/_AJCousins

https://www.facebook.com/AmyJoCousins

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/259275.Amy_Jo_Cousins

http://amyjocousins.com/