Saturday, December 9, 2017

Blog Tour - The Storm, by Amanda McKinney


The Storm
Amanda McKinney
(Berry Springs Series)
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

The snow is dropping in Berry Springs… and so are the bodies...
On a pitch-black wintry night, Detective Dean Walker finds a man in the middle of an icy road, with a bullet between his eyes—a murder that is eerily similar to his father’s, which was never solved. Coincidence? No, Dean doesn’t believe in coincidences. He also doesn’t believe in love at first sight, until he meets the victim’s wife.
Psychologist Heidi Novak is hardly settling into her new mansion in the small, country town of Berry Springs, when she receives a late-night visit by the handsome Dean Walker. Seconds after learning that her husband has been murdered, gunshots explode around her and it becomes apparent that she is the next target.
With a massive winter storm looming, Dean races to find the killer and keep Heidi safe, while facing a long a list of suspects, including Heidi’s arrogant sister-in-law and a local, crusty cowboy. As the evidence mounts, Dean becomes more convinced than ever that his father’s murder is connected to the death of Heidi’s husband.
And he can’t help but think . . . will Heidi be the second love he loses to the ice-cold killer?
EXCERPT:

Dean pulled Dusty from the pen, saddled him up and jumped on.

“Alright buddy, let’s go.” He guided the horse out of the barn and into the dark night. He inhaled the cool winter air as Dusty leisurely stepped into the field.
He loved riding horses—something about it made him feel free; free of worry, free of stress. He closed his eyes for a moment and listened to sounds of the woods around him—the wind whispering through the tall pine trees, the sound of Dusty’s hooves crunching on the icy grass beneath him and the night calls of the thousand different critters that call the Ozark Mountains home. The faint smell of a fire burning somewhere in the distance tickled his nose.

Despite the picturesque surroundings, he looked into the woods and tensed. Usually, being alone on his land cleared his head and gave him a calmness that only the outdoors could provide. But, not tonight. 

Tonight, the woods seemed ominous in the dark night, with long shadows stretching across the field like fingers reaching to grab a hold of him.

Like someone watching him from the darkness, waiting to grab hold.

He thought of his mother, and the look in her eyes when she asked about Clint Novak. Although it wasn’t said, there was no doubt that she had been thinking the same thing he had been since he looked down at Clint’s body. Could it be the same person? The same person who killed his father six, now seven, years ago?

The thought seemed inconceivable. What was the connection between his father and Clint, and why wait seven years?

It wasn’t just the location of the bullet hole, it was just something in his gut that made him on edge about it. A sixth sense. And, obviously, something in his mother’s gut felt the same way, too.

He pulled Dusty to a stop where just seven years ago—to the day—he and his father were burning brush, right before his father was shot and killed.
He sat still for a moment. His eyes scanned the tree line in the distance—as he had done a million times—trying to put a face to the murderer who killed his father. Was it someone who knew him? Or, was it just pesky trespassers who got a little too trigger happy?
He took a deep breath and slid off the horse.

Flashbacks of holding his dead father in his arms shot like lightning through his head. His fists clenched as he paced the area.

As if Dusty knew what was going on, he bowed his head in grief, and respect for the dead.
Dean tilted his head to the sky, letting the light of the moon wash over him.

He whispered, “I’ll get him, Dad. I’ll get him.”

As tears threatened to sting his eyes, he reached into his pocket, pulled out the bottle of whiskey and took a sip. And, poured a little out for his father, as he did every year on this day.

Anger washed over him, and a renewed determination to catch the bastard that killed his father had him seething. He inhaled deeply, took another swig and looked into the woods.
He’d get the son of a bitch.

As he turned to mount Dusty, something in his gut twisted. A foreboding of something to come.

Author Bio:
Amanda McKinney, author of Sexy, Suspenseful Mysteries wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. When Amanda isn’t tending to her two beautiful boys, she’s hidden behind her computer screen crafting page-turning murder mysteries, peppered with titillating love scenes. Having been born and raised in the south, Amanda’s books are set in small, country towns and reflect southern culture at its finest.
Amanda’s debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, was released in January 2017, followed by the first two books in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES, THE WOODS and THE LAKE. The third book in the series, THE STORM is scheduled to be released in the Winter of 2017.


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Review - Lucky In Love, by Kasie West

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a
yacht
. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?



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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30285562-lucky-in-love?from_search=true


Have you ever wanted to play the lottery after reading a book? I haven't until today! This is my first Kasie West book, and I have to say I am not disappointed. The concept of this book caught my attention, I haven't seen any other books that are set around a lottery win, but I'm sure now that I've said that I will find them everywhere! Haha

I really got into this book and I didn't want to put it down. I am not sure why because I wasn't attached to the characters like I normally can be. Maybe it was because it was the first book I've read in awhile and I was really excited to be reading.

I found myself rolling my eyes at certain points in this book because it really made me mad… how could you not know people are going to try to take advantage of you when you win the lottery; people are greedy and selfish. There were parts that didn't makes sense to me, how she could let people she never talked to before talk her into wasting her money on stupid things really annoyed me. Her and her family had money problems before she won the lottery so you would think she would be better with her spending.




Kasie West's writing style is really good, it flowed nicely and thankfully there was no spelling mistakes that I caught. I liked the way the book ended, and I thought a lot about the book even days after I read it. It's a very unique concept and made me really want to play and win the lottery. I will definitely be looking into more of her books to see if something else catches my attention. This book got a 3 star review from me. Could've been better but I didn't feel like I wasted my time.



Author Bio:

I write YA.I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Blog Tour - Nectar of the Gods, by Mary Bernsen



Nectar of the Gods
Mary Bernsen
(Beyond the Gods #1)
Published by: CTP Pulse
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

Ambrosia has spent her life preparing for the day she would avenge her mother’s death. Working undercover as a prostitute, she draws in the man who took her mother’s life. Not realizing who Ambrosia is, the man admits to her that her mother is actually still alive—and he’s on a quest to finish what he started twenty-three years ago. Desperate to find the mother she’s never met, Ambrosia convinces him to let her help. It’s a partnership of necessity and founded in deception, but Ambrosia is faced with an uncomfortable truth: this man is not the monster she has always envisioned him to be. Worse yet, she finds herself drawn to him…craving his touch. How can she reconcile these intense feelings for the man who shattered her life?
The first novel in the exciting new Beyond the Gods series, Nectar of the Gods is a fantasy romance steeped in Greek Mythology and full of passion that will leave you breathless.
EXCERPT:

For the first time in ages, I woke up alone. One might think a woman who had spent months sharing her bed with countless strangers would be relieved at the change. I was troubled to find that I was suffocated by the empty space next to me. I only let myself linger in the sheets for a moment before I needed to get away from the feeling of emptiness.

But the disheartening dark cloud chased me as I wrapped myself up in the sheets and paced the room. Catching a glimpse of myself in the full-length mirror hiding in the corner was sobering. My eyes were glassy and hazed. My spirit was missing from them and had been replaced by throbbing red lines left behind by my night of tearful realization.

My newfound weakness was disgusting and terrifying at once. I tried to think back, to find the point where I had first become so desperately lonely. There was a time when I’d been completely indifferent to any company. The love of a man was the last thing I’d wanted, and I had guarded myself fiercely against it. I had always preferred to be alone.

Well, I supposed that was not completely true. When I was a child, I’d longed for the company of others to play with. I dreamed of escaping the prison of lessons and studies. Instead of learning to sharpen swords, I wished with all of my heart for another person my age to play pirates with using pretend ones.

I mourned for the confident, complete woman I had lost so suddenly. When had I become this lost, dejected little girl all over again?

I pointed a critical stare at my reflection. From the day I’d met Perseus, I had seen the savage destruction love had left him with. It was the kind of pain a shield couldn’t protect against. Almost all the men who frequented the tavern wore the same shattered mask, and now, without a choice at all, I wore it, too.

Author Bio:
Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of Healing The Bayou, The Ganga Shift, and Beyond the Gods series.
She also writes young adult romances under her pseudonym, M.E. Rhines.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Book Review- Mayhem, By Jamie Shaw

When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.

On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert.

During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can't help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam's rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She'd just end up hurt … again.

Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she's fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.



Purchase Links: Amazon/Book Depository/Kobo


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22552579-mayhem


I came across this book when I had just finished reading the stage dive series, and my first thought was Oh no! not another rock star romance! But I thought id still read it, I mean it would make for a good review either way. I'm so happy I decided to read it. it was very different from the other ones and I really enjoyed it. Not as much as a lot of other readers did but it was good.


I didn't fall in love with Adam like most readers did, however I didn't hate him either. Adam and Rowan had a awesome start with their friendship blooming first. but it really became annoying waiting for them to act on their chemistry. I just wanted them to do something about their feelings left me anxious and almost screaming at the book!

This book didn't have a lot of sex scenes, not that there wasn't any but it wasn't every other page of gross in your face fucking. With just their chemistry and a few make out sessions it still kept a softer sexiness throughout the book. 

My favourite part of the book was the epilogue, I really wanted to see some of Adams thoughts of certain situations so I'm very glad the epilogue was Adams perspective. I also liked how it looked in on the future of Adam and Rowans relationship but also back tracked to pervious moments where you didn't get to see how Adam was feeling.


To be honest I would give the book a 3 star review, I liked this book but it wasn't my favourite rock star love store. This is book 1 of a series and I don't think I will be reading the others... this book had a beginning, middle and end for me and I don't really care to see what will happen in the others.





Author Bio:

International bestselling author JAMIE SHAW lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their two young sons. When she’s not busy writing or trying to corral two boys under the age of three, she loves binge-reading books, binge-watching TV, and binge-eating cake pops. With her M.S. in Professional Writing, Jamie crafts romances with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy leading men. She loves interacting with her readers, and she always aims to add new names to their book boyfriend lists.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Book Review - Reviver Amond (Lost Souls 0.5), by Avie Adams



Some women call me a cold bastard, but not to my face.

They are half wrong. Men like me are born in the twilight, live in the shadow, and die in darkness. I have no destiny, save for repaying the debt we owe to the Daemons. This is not to say I am cold – only principled...


Forced into a bitter dismissal of his debauched Incanta, Reviver Amond grudgingly sets out to find another, but his cynicism cracks as he chances upon an innocent girl with a pure voice.

His luck, however, is tinged with misfortune.

Reviver Grym, his corrupt, sworn enemy is also hell-bent on winning the girl called Cytriah. Amidst the fierce rivalry that breaks out between them, Amond’s orderly world disintegrates into an appalling revelation: Grym is hardly a threat to Cytriah.

The worst could happen if Cytriah ended up in his own hands…





Avie Adams has become an author to watch. I was not sure how much I would enjoy her first book Incanta Soul-Catcher which I reviewed here, and I was so surprised by how engrossed I became in the story. I was offered to read her shorter installment focusing on Amond and his backstory, and I could not get my hands on this any faster.

I was not surprised at how much I enjoyed his character. He was very intriguing in the first book, and he was even more so in this one. There are certainly many layers to Amond, more than I could imagine and some that are darker than I anticipated or could understand. But above all, this book did what I wanted it to do. It explained A LOT about who Amond is and why he was so cold in the first book.

I was surprised at the violence that brought him and his consort together, as I did not see him as having such a dark side. But he became even more intriguing! And that relationship too made more sense.

I was left with a sense of having my eyes opened to his character and wanting to re-read the first book again with fresh eyes. May actually do that because I wonder if I will see the story a little more differently the second time around. This is unusual for me, and a great testament to how great this series is shaping up to be.

It shouldn't be at all perplexing that I would continue to recommend this series. Fantasy lovers rejoice! This is definitely worth picking up. And I am really enjoying the originality of the world building and characters.





Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Book Reviews - Gather the Daughters & Zero Repeat Forever


Today I will be reviewing two new publications from Netgalley, Gather the Daughters and Zero Repeat Forever. I broke my vow for 2017 of not making any more NG requests for these two books. I was SOOOOO excited to read these two books and they didn't disappoint.



GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is a haunting story of an isolated island cult for fans of THE HANDMAID'S TALE, THE GIRLS and THE POWER. 'An intriguing, gorgeously realised and written novel which inexorably draws you into its dark heart' Kate HamerOn a small isolated island, there's a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day reign inside and outside the home, while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood. But before that time comes, there is an island ritual that offers children an exhilarating reprieve. Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps to roam wild: they run, they fight, they sleep on the beach and build camps in trees. They are free. It is at the end of one of these summers, as the first frost laces the ground, that one of the younger girls witnesses something she was never supposed to see. And she returns home, muddy and terrified, clutching in her small hand a truth that could unravel their carefully constructed island world forever.


 Purchase Links: Amazon/BookDepository/Kobo


 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31933102-gather-the-daughters




A friend of mine, who is a teacher, is the one that pointed me to this book, late this summer. She was really enjoying this book, stating that it was as good as The Handmaid's Tale and it was quite dark, which she loved. High praise! I was THRILLED that I was approved to receive a digital copy of this novel for review from Netgalley and dove right into it shortly after.

It was certainly enthralling, and very hard to put down. I was definitely revolted by one of the 'normal' parts of the culture of this little secluded society, as it is very TABOO in our normal world. I immediately began to doubt whether anything had actually happened to the world outside, or if a chosen few decided that they wanted to start over somewhere where they can make up their own dirty rules... What bothered me even more was that there was no explanation as to why this would even be part of normal life, whether some men agreed with it or not.

It was an equally sad and intriguing tale, which never really reaches conclusions to any of the questions I had as a reader... yet I was not turned off by that, and was fine, for once, with using my own imagination in coming up with theories on what happens to some characters, or what may have happened to the outside world, if anything. I also enjoyed the changing POVs of different characters of different ages. Some sounded so adult, but then life was tough for these girls, and I imagine that they grew up very quickly living in this type of society.

As tough and revolting parts of this book were to read, I thoroughly enjoyed this story for the disturbing and intriguing tale it was. As long as you can handle dark content, even if mostly implied vs detailed, I would certainly recommend this novel.





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The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.

He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other… 


 Purchase Links: Amazon/BookDepository/Kobo



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369192-shtum



Though, in my opinion,  the movie did not measure up, I absolutely loved reading The 5th Wave. How could I possibly resist a book that is being compared to it? I just couldn't! In my mind, if you are going to make this kind of claim, it better be good!

I can definitely see the similarities to The 5th Wave, but by no means was it a clone of that novel. This book definitely stands on its own. Plot had some originality, and the characters were well fleshed out, intriguing and engaging... even the nasty ones.

This was another book that did not disappoint. It was absolutely action packed, and filled with plot lines that were pretty powerful and emotional. I was insanely invested in some of these characters, and I could not have sympathized with our Nahx "bad guy" more if I tried. My heart literally went out to him, and hoped that he would find a place to fit in... even though that seemed so impossible. 

I really look forward to continuing the series. The part that sucks the most is having to wait for the next installment. 

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Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.


Happy Reading!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Review - Deep, By Kylie Scott

 Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible... but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

Purchase links: Amazon/Book Depository/Kobo


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18461986-deep

This book was a real let down compared to the others in this series. It started off with a bang but then was very slow to get to the point at time. However at other times I felt like it was rushed and I needed to know more about specific situations.

I didn't really love the characters as much as the others. I felt like Ben was still way to much of a mystery, there were to many times where I wanted to follow him when he disappeared and find out what he was doing or how he was feeling. And Lizzy... she fell short for my likings. She is very immature, getting mad and shutting him out or pushing him away for very miniscule things. The she would turn around and say he was running away from her! this made me very annoyed, very unnecessary.

What I did like about this book was how Ben & Lizzy protected and cared for each other, even when they weren't together. But that's probably the only thing I liked... The only reason I kept reading this book was because you still got more storylines on characters from the pervious books. 


Overall if you've read the other books to this series I would suggest reading this one, but only if you care about getting a little more information on the pervious characters. This was a 2 star book for... a bit of a waste of time.   



Monday, November 13, 2017

Book Review Lead, by Kylie Scott


As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.



Purchase links: Amazon/Book Depository/Kobo



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19286623-lead?ac=1&from_search=true




Kylie Scott has done it again! She captured me right from the beginning with this book. This book had me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. I was just waiting for every page I turned to be the one where all the drama unfolded and the characters finally got together. I wasn't disappointed even with staying up until 2am (on a work night), lets just say it made for A LOT of coffee and a very grumpy Samantha the next day!


The storyline to Lead was really good. There was lots of drama, not to much sex scenes, and a lot of emotions. I defiantly felt all the feelings with Lena & Jimmy. Jimmy being an ass most of the time and pushing Lena away, and Lena trying very hard to stop her feelings for Jimmy made for a very good read. Although I do with I got to read more on Lena and Jimmy after they got together.




I love how all these books still show a few light details on what's happening with all the other characters form the pervious books. This book still doesn't compare to book 1 but it still deserves a 3 star rating. I cant wait to see what happens in book 4 "Deep"!






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