Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: Mad Love by Colet Abedi

Mad Love 
By Colet Abedi
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Source: Blog Tour
Summary: 23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie.  Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton's seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions

Review: With such a gorgeous cover and over a 4 star rating on Goodreads, I was definitely excited to read Mad Love. However, once I started the story, I was sick of the roller coaster relationship by the second time the couple "broke up" and how over-the-top the emotions were. 

Sophie Walker is a 23-year-old artist who is tired of being put down by her controlling parents for her decision to be an artist. She can't think of a better place to get away with her two best friends than the Maldives Islands. From the moment the vacation starts, Sophie can't take her eyes off of the impossibly attractive and dominating presence of Clayton Sinclair. Clayton is a whole other kind of man than Sophie has even known, and she doesn't know if she's ready for a man like him. But can he be the passion and seduction Sophie has been yearning for? 

From the start, I found it hard to get into this book. I thought I would love Sophie and how inexperienced and unsure she was when it came to men. But right when she meets Clayton, they're both instantly way too into each other and Clayton basically claims her as his own. Then, Sophie is so insecure and has a freak out that they're breaking up pretty much every 20 pages. I get that she was insecure because she's never been in a relationship with a guy like Clayton, but oh my gosh, grow up! She could have actually tried to talk to him when she completely misinterpreted situations and thought that their "relationship" was over. Just talk to each other! 

As for Clayton, that guy was a bit too much for my taste. He would literally throw Sophie around and she didn't see anything wrong with that! He was hot and then cold and then hot again. He also had quite the temper and I didn't really get why he was so infatuated with Sophie. Then, the ending of the book just made the whole story I just read completely pointless. I mean, come on. I finished and was SO MAD that it would end that way and say, oh this is all continued in book two! No thanks, I'd rather not read about them getting together, breaking up, then getting together again another 10 times in another book. 

While Mad Love has some awesome reviews on Goodreads, this was definitely not a read for me. I was too annoyed with how insecure and non-communicative Sophie was and how ridiculous Sophie and Clayton acted when they got mad at each other. I wasn't a fan of this one, but if you're into dominating men and wishy-washy relationships, then you might want to give it a try.


Cover Reveal: Asa by Jay Crownover

We are excited about the cover reveal of Jay Crownover's AsaAsa is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to preorder your copy today!



About the Book

        Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. 
        Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. 
        A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.   

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And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!

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JET

ROME

NASH

ROWDY


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About the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.     


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Waiting On Wednesday (173)

This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers highlight a book that they are eagerly anticipating the release of!

Last Year's Mistake
By Gina Ciocca
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Summary: 
Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...

After:
Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.

Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.


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Does this sound good or what?? I love love love contemporary YA and this one sounds like it's going to be awesome! And it's by a debut author. I love the idea that David is part of Kelsey's past that she had left to start fresh. Now that she has the life she's always wanted, of course her past catches up to her in the form of the boy that her rocky past had revolved around. I can't wait to see what David and Kelsey's relationship is like and how Kelsey realizes she wasn't really over David after all….

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Release Day Launch: Chasing the Tide by A Meredith Walters




***The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to over come a past that has come to define you.***


Chasing the Tide
By A Meredith Walters
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating.  But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
 And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.

Yourself.


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Reclaiming the Sand
By A Meredith Walters
Release Date: March 17, 2014
From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep comes a story of forgiveness, redemption and finding love in the most unlikely of places.

*THIS IS A STANDALONE WITH NO CLIFFHANGER!*

Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.
And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.
But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

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About the Author

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in 2014


This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

Only ten?!?!? How am I supposed to narrow down all of the amazing books I read this year into only my ten favorite? Well, I guess I'll try

1. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally 
2. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

4. Take Me On by Katie McGarry
5. Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
6. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

7. On the Fence by Kasie West
8. Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
9. Undone by Shannon Richard

10. Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Monday, December 15, 2014

Release Day Launch + Giveaway: Inspire by Cora Carmack

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We are so incredibly excited to be able to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's InspireInspire is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and the first book in her new Muse series! Holy canoli, y'all. Go out and get this today!

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About INSPIRE: Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.

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       I can feel Wilder’s breath against my lips. More than that, I can see it. The sun has set and the temperature has dropped, and air fogs between us. There’s something about actually seeing it, like our lips are touching, we are touching, despite the distance between. And as we sway from side to side, my heart gradually begins to pick up speed. 
       The strains of guitar music flowing out from the restaurant are nearly indecipherable over the heavy heartbeat in my ears. But Wilder must hear it. His hands are strong on my body, guiding my movements, and I’m practically clay in his palms.
       We dance, eyes on eyes, lips nearly on lips, and there is lightning beneath my skin each time his body brushes against mine in a new way. His touch is firm, but gentle, never pushing or pressuring, though I can tell from the dark look in his eyes that he’s just as affected as I am. The music shifts, building to a crescendo, and he spins us. My chest pushes tight against his, and I bite back a gasp. I don’t know if it’s the cold or him or some combination of both, but the tips of my breasts are painfully tight. Just the pressure of my bra is enough to rub them raw. 
       I remember the night at his apartment, the way he’d taken his time learning my body. I think of the heat of his mouth on my skin, and the memory alone is enough to make me shiver and clench. 
       He’s back to being business, grown-up Wilder tonight in his button down and glasses. Only now that I know him, it doesn’t seem like such a stark difference. He is neither the straight-laced man nor the tattooed bad boy. Or perhaps he’s both. Regardless of what he’s wearing, Wilder is caring and loyal and strong and so sexy that I’m having trouble remembering why I shouldn’t push him into the backseat of his SUV and crawl on top of him.


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About the Author

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.          

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Weekly Roundup [12/9-12/15]


Happy Winter Break! I am officially done with exams and my last semester as a full college student! Next semester I will be student teaching, so no more final exams for me! Ever! Yay! Time sure has flown by, but I am beyond ready for it to finally be Christmas! All of my Christmas shopping is done and now all of the presents are sitting under the tree just waiting to be unwrapped. It's so hard to wait another two whole weeks until we can open them! Only 10 more days!!!! Can you tell I love Christmas? Yeah, I really love Christmas :) My sister and I have been watching as many Christmas movies as we can, including Holiday in Handcuffs and Love, Actually. We still have many more movies to go! In between watching movies and picking up shifts at work, I've been trying to read as much as I can since I have no homework to worry about. I finally have time to pick up some books that have been sitting on my shelf and I can't wait to finally be able to read them! 

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