Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green (Review + Giveaway)


Hello, everyone! I'm part of the Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green, hosted by the amazing YA Bound Book Tours! I'm so happy I read this book and I can't wait for you guy to read it too! Follow this tour by checking out the schedule and don't forget to enter the giveaway below!


Soul Crossed (Of Demons and Angels, #1)
Release Date: 02/25/15
252 pages


Summary from Goodreads:

"A wickedly romantic story that will have you cheering for Lisa Gail Green’s addictive storytelling. SOUL CROSSED is devilishly delicious!" — Martina Boone, author of COMPULSION and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy
"Soul Crossed blurs the lines between good and evil with addictive characters and plot that will have you eagerly turning the pages." ~Kelly Hashway, author of the Touch of Death series.
One Demon.
One Angel.One Soul.
Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.
And only one can claim Cam’s soul.



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My Thoughts:

This book was such a great read! I finished it in a matter of hours. It was very interetaining, and there was no moment when I was bored or didn't want to continue reading.

Soul Crossed starts moments after the death of both Josh and Grace. One wakes up in hell and the other in heaven, but they are both asigned to the same soul. One that is standing on the brink and one push could bring destruction to the world. While Josh is trying to corrupt Cam and Grace trying to save them both, they get tangled in a web of lies, deceit and betrayal, and only love can save them.

I was so very intrigued when I opened the book and it started the way it did. I loved the fact that we were thrust right into the action and as the battle for Cam started. There wasn't one second where things weren't happening and I loved the fast pacing of the book. I finished it in a few hours because I couldn't stop reading. Soul Crossed is one of those books where you say, one more chapter, then I'll stop. Yeah, no. There was no stopping for me, not when the plot was very well thought and made me suspicious of everyone and everything and had mr wondering what could happen next and who would make the next move. I've read a lot of books about angels and demons, and while the main idea of this book wasn't exactly new and not something I haven't read before, it had enough twists and turns to make it one of the most enjoyable reads of this year.

I really liked Grace and Josh and felt for them. Grace is nice, so very nice it bordered on naive. Some of her actions made me groan and cover my face because she was too trusting and it got her into a lot of trouble. Josh on the other, is not innocent. I mean, the guy went to hell, but it all really went back to his dad and the lack of love and acceptance in his life. I really loved him, and even though he did some terrible things in the book, he was still my favorite character. It could be my total love and obsession for bad guys in books, but I felt for him more than any other character and understood him. He wanted love so much, that he did some pretty stupid and naive things for it.Then there is Cam who freaked me out so much I had goosebumps everytime he was mentioned. Even now, I shudder when I think of him.

Fast paced and action-packed, Soul Crossed is an amazing read that will have you at the edge of your seat.
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About the Author:

Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers so she's represented by the lovely Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic. 

Lisa loves YA. She believes with all her heart that teen readers are ready and willing to experience things that some adults have closed their minds to, that books are the safest way to explore, learn, and escape, and that imagination is the key to just about everything. 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #13



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on:

Title: Souls Unfractured
Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Hades Hangmen #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: 2015

Summary (Goodreads): 
Flame and Maddie's story. Coming early 2015.


So there's no cover, publication date or real summary, but just a few weeks ago, I started this series and read the previous two books in the series in a matter of days, and ever since then I've been crazy to read this book. I fell in love with both Maddie and Flame in the earlier books, and I can't wait for them both to get their HEA. I'm also very curious to find out more about Flame and see more of his crazy self because he is one of my all time favourite characters. 

What are you waiting on?




Monday, February 23, 2015

Sneak Peek and Giveaway: Very Twisted Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills


Sneak Peek: Prologue + Chapter 1

VTT_FrontCover_LoResVery Twisted Things
A Standalone Briarcrest Academy Novel #3
by New York Times best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills
Release Date: March 1, 2015

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A sassy violinist who lives next door. An obsessed rock star who watches her through binoculars. And one night when she bares it all. Life will never be the same in Tinseltown.
Vital Rejects front guy Sebastian Tate never imagined his YouTube music video would go viral, sky-rocketing him to acting success in Hollywood. Okay, maybe he did. After all, he’s a cocky dude who knows he’s hot-as-hell, and it was only a matter of time before his stars aligned.
But life in Tinseltown is never what it seems.
After being cheated on, his only rule to falling in love is simple: Keep Calm and Don’t Do It. Spying on his mysterious new neighbor with binoculars seems innocent enough, but quickly escalates into an erotic game between two very unlikely people.
Twenty-year-old Violet St. Lyons is a world-renowned violinist who's lost her mojo on stage. She hides away in a Hollywood mansion, trying to find her way through her twisted past in order to make her future.
He’s the life of the party with girls chasing him down for his autograph. She’s the introvert with a potty mouth who doesn’t even know who he is.
When they meet, stars collide, sparks fly, and clothes come off. Yet, giving his heart to a girl isn’t Sebastian’s plan; falling for a guy who craves attention isn’t Violet’s.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy—Hollywood style—where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.
This is a standalone New Adult novel with graphic sex and language.

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Author Bio:
 New York Times and USA Today best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.   She spends her days with two small kids, one neurotic cat, and one husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.   When she's not crafting a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.   She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Love Hurts by Mandi Beck (Review + Giveaway)



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Hi, guys! Today, I'm part of the Love Hurts by Mandi Beck blog tour, hosted by Indiesage PR! In case you missed the previous stops and some of the fun, you can go here to check out all the tour stops!

Love Hurts CoverLove Hurts by Mandi Beck Caged Love #1 
Publication Date: January 18, 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance 

Blurb:
Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them.

 Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as fuck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to fuck my way out of feeling—all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle.

 Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

  I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love — Welcome to the Cage.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book! It's been a while since I last read a book with so much angst and dirty talk. Love Hurts is a steamy and panty-melting book that is impossible not to love. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a few hours.

I'm not big on the best -friends turned lovers thing. I usually make it a point to avoid thosr kind of books, but when I read the blurb for Love Hurts, I could feel everything it promised to be, and I knew it was going to turn out to be a book I was going to love. Deacon and Frankie grew up together and have been best friends for forever. In a family of males, Frankie is the princess, loved and protected by all. Deacon doesn't remember a time when he wasn't in love with her, but he's always held off on telling her, not believing she is ready for him until her boyfriend proposes and he realizes that it's time to take action or lose her forever.

I loved that this book didn't take long to thrust into action. Things were happening from the first chapter and didn't let up until the last second. That's a lie. It didn't let up, not even at the last second and ended instead in a cliffhanger that left my jaw hanging long after I read the last words. Deacon is a stubborn alpha-male that doesn't take no for an answer and will do everything to prove to Frankie that she belongs to him. There were some things I loved about him and there were others that I didn't like very much. He's a manwhore, and even though he wants to make the girl he loves fall in love with him, he lets his hot headness, is that even a word?, get the best of him. I wanted to punch him in the throat on more than one occasion but the jerk is hot and swoon-worthy and I couldn't help but love him.

Frankie frustrated me many times. I liked her, and I understood her worries and why she hesitated to be with Deacon, but she did her share of stupid things and being as stubborn as him, things tended to get out of hand between the two of them. They also tended to get hot and steamy and a lot of clothes just melted off. The sexual tension between the two was palpable from the first page and sparks flew in every direction, which made me very curious about things between them before Deacon told her about his feelings and things didn't stay on platonic levels between them. While I loved that we didn't have to wait long for things to happen, I was still curious to see how they behaved with each other. Deacon never does anything he doesn't want to and isn't very good at restaining himself, so I would have loved to see him trying to rein in his jealously and feelings before he confessed.

This book was such a great read. I was a little confused at the beginning with all the characters, brothers, dads, trainers, body guards... etc. None of them were explained and I had a hard time trying to figure out who was who until about the middle of the book where I become used to them and somewhat figured out who was who and what their jobs and relations to them MCs was.

If you're looking for a book that will make you fan yourself, swoon and fall in love with a hot alpha-mle that you want to punch as much as you want to kiss, then Love Hurts is for you. 

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About the Author:

Mandi Beck
Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

 A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

 Love Hurts is her debut novel and she is currently working on the next in the series along with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.



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Cover Reveal: Manwhore +1 by Katy Evans

Hey, guys! I have a very hot cover today to share with you! It's Manwhore +1 by Katy Evans! I'm so excited for this series and I can't wait to get my hands on the books!

MANWHORE +1
The unexpected love story that began in MANWHORE 
continues heating up the pages in MANWHORE + 1
Release date: July 7, 2015



Billionaire playboy? Check. 
Ruthless businessman? Check. 
Absolutely sinful? Check.
 Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé. 
I intended to reveal himhis secrets, his lifestyle—not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard. 

Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I've become a hopeless Sinner. 
Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me--something unexpected--and I want this wicked playboy's heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?


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About the Author:

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Swoon Thursday #7


Swoon Thursday is a HOT meme the girls over at YA Bound created. Here's how it works: 

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! We waafraid fraid t to know!


My swoon this week is from The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 


He shot forward, clasping my cheeks. “Say it again.”
“Say what?” I replied, gripping his wrists. “I said a lot of things. Help me out here.”
“Say that I’m not just the Apollyon,” he whispered, his voice harsh.
 Tears built up in my throat. “You’re not just the Apollyon, Seth.”
His eyes drifted shut, his face tensed as his fingers splayed across my cheeks.

Eeep, you guys! This books just about destroyed me. Seth destroyed me. Gosh, I loved him so hard! There where a lot of swoon-y and steamy moments in The Return, and it was very hard to choose one, but this scene is one of my top favourites in the book, and it always brings tears to my eyes. 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: Hold Me by Anna Zaires (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Hey, guys! I have the cover for Hold Me by Anna Zaires, the third and final book in the Twist Me series! I love this series, guys, it's one of my top favourites and I'm dying to get my hands on this book!

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HOLD ME (Twist Me, #3)
A Dark Erotic Novel
Anna Zaires
Release Date: 2015

 
Blurb
Captor and captive. Lovers. Soul mates. 
  We’re all that and more. 

 We thought we were past the worst of it. We thought we finally had a chance. 

 We thought wrong. 

 We’re Nora and Julian, and this is our story.  


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Excerpt:





Twist Me (Twist Me, #1)

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Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.

Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful – a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him – a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.

My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.

WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior.




  
Keep Me (Twist Me, #2)


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Abducted at eighteen. Held captive for 15 months.

It reads like one of those headlines. And yes, I did it. I stole her. Nora, with her long dark hair and silky skin. She’s my weakness, my obsession.

I’m not a good man. I never pretended to be one. She can love me, but she can’t change me.

I can, however, change her.

My name is Julian Esguerra, and Nora is mine to keep.





About the Author


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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don't hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.


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Waiting on Wednesday #12


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on:

Title: Joyride
Author: Anna Banks
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Summary (Goodreads):
A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh. 


This book sounds so sweet and angsty. I love angsty books, and I've read Anna Banks' Of Poseidon which I loved, so I'm very curious to read contemporary books by her. Also, the cover. It makes me want to just aww and swoon. 

What are you waiting on?