28 March 2015

Cover Reveal - Coming Home By: M.D. Cruz

Title: Coming Home
Author: M.D. Cruz
Publisher: Summer 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Lexie was a teenager who thought she’d found real love in Elijah. Things were perfect until he left for football camp, and never came back. Thinking he’s dumped her she has no choice but to go on with her life. Now six years later they come face to face at a club. Lexie wants to be mad and  hate him for breaking her heart, but Elijah is making it hard for her to hate the now man she’s been in love with since high school.

Elijah wasn’t expecting to see Lexie his first night back in town. When he sees her and memories of what used to be come knocking at his heart, he can’t help but follow after her. He comes face to face with a pissed off Lexie, and is set on making sure he does everything in his power to win her back. He has to convince her that what she thinks happened is not the truth.

Can they both be together again when trust is an issue? When secrets from the past catch up with both of them in the present, can their love truly conquer all?




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27 March 2015


Title: Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, 352 Pages (March 17th, 2015)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.

Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

Review: 3.5 Stars - Leaving Amarillo is the first title in the Neon Dreams trilogy from author Caisey Quinn. With three head strong band members, working together to make it in the music business.

Dixie, Dallas and Gavin are the members of the band Leaving Amarillo. They love what they do, they work hard and with Dallas and his head for business they just know that making it big is right around the corner for the trio. Dixie and Dallas are a tight unit as brother and sister but Gavin’s been around them for so long he’s more like one of the family.

Each character has their own issues they are dealing with – some much larger than others, yet choices must be made. Some harder than others, but the three together and apart need to figure out what’s next for them on this crazy road they are headed down.

I couldn’t wait to read this one yet was a tad let down a few times throughout. Often the story felt sluggish which sadly removed me from the book. Yet when the book flowed I enjoyed the characters and their journey without issue.

The book itself is written in Dixie’s point of view so we spend more time with her as she tries to come to terms with what’s currently happening to her and what she might have to face next. And she does have choices – some easier than others and really she has a huge heart.

It was her brother that rubbed me the wrong way more than once. I didn’t understand his actions often and his comments were somewhat confusing, however I can only assume that’s what would happen to someone as driven and focused on the end game as Dallas was.

And then there’s mysteriously hot drummer Gavin who has so many things he’s hiding that I couldn’t get enough of him and what made him tick. I enjoyed that the Epilogue was in his voice, yet wondered if it all was too late? Or perhaps not enough? And then wham! Quinn added yet another layer to this guy with a few simple words that I just knew I’d want to find out all that makes him who he is. So, the next two books will be must’s for me to read… however I’m thinking we won’t really find out what’s up until the third book, so yeah… the long, long wait is not going to be my friend.

The book does without a doubt have some serious sexual tension and steam. It was hot and heavy and sometimes sweet and every time just right. Quinn without a doubt made the chemistry flow.

In the end I liked the book. I wanted to have a mad love for it, yet it just wasn’t so. Sadly, we can’t love them all, but there was some serious like there. I think that parts I was most impressed with were the background parts and the bits and pieces away from the music that gave these characters life and made me seriously intrigued to want more. And even without mad love there’s enough like there and interest to want to know more so I will be excited to see what happens next.

Fans of contemporary titles centered around music, strong family bonds and loves of a lifetime shouldn’t pass this by. And readers won’t have to wait too long for the next two books as they’re released later this year. Future readers, enjoy!










About the Author:

Caisey Quinnlives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring Southern girls finding love in unexpected places.

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26 March 2015

Title: Lark Singer (The Starlight Chronicles #2)
Author: Lisa Orchard
Publisher: Eskape Press, 123 pages (December 6th 2014)
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Format: eBook
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Synopsis: Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls.

The mysteries of her past seem to be unravelling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her unravelling personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

Review: 3 Stars - As the competition draws nearer, Lark and her friends are busy practicing for the competition, playing weekly sets at a local bar/restaurant to build their confidence and have even come up with a name “Starlight”.

Despite the excitement of the competition, Lark still has some worries. Her best friend Bean is being more and more secretive every day, leading Lark to suspect that he has something to hide.

Lark is still on a mission to find out who her father is, a fact that her mother has kept secret all of her life. When she finds photographs in her mother’s closet that show her mother with a young man in her high school days, she knows she has to question it.

After a discussion with her mother about the true identity of her father, Lark and Francine (her mum) start to bond more. This is nice to see as they’ve always been distant with each other.

Apart from us discovering who Lark’s father is, the progression with the band before the competition and Bean’s deception there isn’t a lot of content in this book but it is good for setting up the background details for the next book Starlight. It’s a nice easy, quick read and I look forward to reading what happens next.

Once again beautiful cover art, the colours and the models look great. If I saw this on the shelf or online I would definitely want to give it a read.

The only downside for me of Lark Singer, is that because of the age of the characters there is the over use of the work “Epic”. I know I used it a lot when I was younger and younger readers probably won’t notice it, but it’s one word I could pick out all the way through and over the course of the book it did bug me a bit.








Title: Starlight (The Starlight Chronicles #3)
Author: Lisa Orchard
Publisher: Eskape Press, 150 pages (February 17th 2015)
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Synopsis: Everything is on track for seventeen-year-old Lark Singer and her band Starlight. They have a great shot at winning the competition that can launch their musical career. But when Lark discovers they will be competing against her old nemesis Duane McIntyre things really heat up. How far will Lark go to win, and what will it cost her in the end?

Review: 4 Stars - Contains spoilers.

The competition is finally here. All the practicing is about to pay off. But why does Lark feel on edge. Her arch nemesis Dwayne McIntyre has been pestering her and trying to psych her out before the competition. He keeps mentioning Bean’s drug problem and wants to take Bean’s place in the band. When Lark realises he’s entering with his own band it all makes sense.

On the night of the competition it’s a very close call but Starlight win. Entry to the American Singer competition is theirs!

What happens next can only be described as heart breaking.

When celebrating the band’s win in the competition, Bean tries drugs from a new supplier and ends up taking an overdose. I had been expecting something to come from this addiction but not this.

Lark’s grief for her best friend/boyfriend is overwhelming, as can be expected. She doesn’t want to eat, she just wants to sleep. Thankfully her renewed bond with her mother helps at this time and she can talk to Francine about things. She also finds comfort in talking to her band mate Stevie.

When Lark goes to pay her respects to Bean’s family, Dwayne is just leaving. I have a feeling he has something to do with Bean’s death; I will keep my true suspicions to myself for now though. Although he has visited Bean’s house, when Lark mentions his name to Brian (Bean’s brother) he has never heard of him. Maybe he knows him under another name? Only time will tell.

Lark receives a file from Brian which has Bean’s lead sheets and lyrics that he has written; this gives Lark the encouragement to carry on.

The question now is will Lark go against her instinct and invite Dwayne to take Bean’s place in the band or will the band fail at the first hurdle?

This book had a lot more content than the previous two books.  A heart breaking tale of young love and loss.

Lisa Orchard covers a lot of subjects well in this book- deception, Lark finding out and meeting her father, death, grief and the aftermath that follows.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to other YA fans.

Starlight has a very pretty cover as well.


 

25 March 2015

I'm BEYOND excited to help bring to you a BRAND NEW series from author JC Emery. 
I love this cover and I can't wait to read another book from my awesome friend!


Title: Fall For Me (A Ladder Company Novel)
Author: JC Emery
Publisher: Left Break Press, 260 Pages (April 30th, 2015)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Melanie Kincaid is a trust-fund baby with a knack for sassy comebacks and unnecessarily complicating her privileged life. So, of course she would have to fall in love with a man she can't have.

Jameson Hayes is a NYC firefighter for Manhattan’s oldest ladder company with big shoes to fill and a city to protect. He’s strong, sexy, and not looking for the complications Melanie brings. But he can't stay away from her either. The attraction between them is immediate and the pull between them is crazy powerful. But she's only home for the summer and long-distance relationships never work.

Unfortunately, Melanie’s beauty and smart mouth are a lethal combination and Jameson isn't the only Hayes who's interested. As if his brother isn't enough to compete with, now the city's most famous arsonist wants to claim her as his next prize. Jameson can't stand to watch Melanie get hurt and she can't seem to keep herself out of trouble.

Fall for Me is the first Ladder Company novel, a stand-alone companion series about New York's most elite firefighting family with hot alpha heroes, snarky heroines, and an arsonist hell-bent on destruction.



About the author:

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

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.
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Title: Manwhore (Manwhore #1)
Author: Katy Evans
Publisher: Gallery Books, 368 Pages (March 4th, 2015)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult"/Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

Review: 5 Stars - Manwhore by author Katy Evans is the first book in an exciting new series from the author who brought readers her delicious Alpha males in her REAL series. This time around she tackles a new kind of Alpha male and the woman who gets under his skin.

Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint - It’s not something you’ll forget once you meet the man behind the long sexy name. He’s closed off, a man of few words and the world at his finger tips. He likes a challenge, goes after everything and anything he wants with one goal in mind. Winning. He’s scarred on the inside. Damaged from his dark head of hair to the tips of his toes from a past he had no control over, he’s never alone yet you can see just how lonely he is as it comes pouring off of him.

Enter Rachel the writer who’s been giving a chance of a life time. Find out all she can to unlock the mystery that is Saint and expose him for all that he is. Good or bad, she’s beyond thrilled to have the chance to work on such a high profiled person – that she goes above and beyond to complete the challenging story with hopes of taking her career to the next level.

There’s no question about this… I LOVED the book. The characters are, each in their own ways mysterious. Malcolm trickles bits and pieces to Rachel as the two meet numerous times under the guise of an Interview about his latest venture, which then their meetings turn into something more as something begins to grow between these two. And as the story is written from Rachel’s point of view, you never really know exactly what’s going on behind the brooding man himself.

I was right along there with Rachel wondering how he’d react next and often cringed wondering if she’d pushed things too far one way or the other and if it would then push the extremely private man away. And yet as their relationship grew, I was just as confused as Rachel was in not only her feelings but also why they were both holding so much back.

Speaking of their relationship… it was beautiful, sexy and often times confusing, yet the confusing part was supposed to be that way. It’s how these two are, so it was important to the story. At least in my eyes.

Something you can always count on when it comes to this amazing author is her characters and their stories. It’s without a doubt the driving force when it comes to her books. You get characters who are more than memorable. They leave a mark so deep you can’t help but continue to wonder about them long after reading. And their stories and past leave you both parts fulfilled and gasping for more.

Also, can I just say, for the most part the secondary characters drove me NUTS! There were three of them that I wanted to have words with and I often wondered why they surrounded themselves with people who were somewhat toxic. Yet it didn’t take away from the story and added to the two main characters themselves. Made me wonder more about them as people because of who they had surrounded themselves with.

The stories are rich and the writing is always done wonderfully well yet as Katy writes more you see just how far she’s come from her first book to her last. Katy is without a doubt extremely talented and never seems to do anything other than amaze me.

Manwhore was so much more than what I was expecting it to be. The story flies by and while reading will leave readers feeling many emotions from beginning to end. I felt a gamut of them and I know others will as well. It’d be hard not to once you meet these characters!

I’ve been a fan and friend of Katy for a long while now and am happy to say that she’s not only blown me away yet again, but she’s gone so above and beyond the bar this time… it’s hard to put into words just how much I loved this book and author.

There’s no doubt in my mind when it comes to recommending this title to others. It’s a contemporary that readers will find characters to love and a story you won’t want to end. And now we wait for Manwhore + 1. *taps fingers* Katy…. I need more Malcolm and Rachel ASAP! Happy Reading.











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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love, married him, and now they are hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning...

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