Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Night Date with Rebel from Dance For Me


Hi, guys and welcome to a new blog feature called Friday Night Date! This feature will be hosted once a month on a Friday, here on In My Secret -Book- World were I will be interviewing one of our most loved book boyfriends.

This month, my date is Rebel from the Forbidden Trilogy by J.C. Valentine. He's an alpha male through and through, and one you would love to hate but can't really help it when he's always turning you on and reducing you to a puddle of goo. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, he is that hot. Don't believe me? Check out our date below and you'll see.

Hi, Rebel, and thank you so much for agreeing to this date with me! You've been such a mysterious character and we all would love to get to know you better. 


Let's start with something a little easy. How would Josephine describe you? Do you think it's an accurate description? 

I would imagine she’d say something along the lines of devastatingly handsome, sexy, swoon worthy, sex-on-a stick. You know, the obvious. Obviously, I agree with that assessment. *grins* 


What is the one thing about you that you would say is a bad quality?

Hmm. My knee-jerk reaction is to claim none, but of course everyone has at least one, right? I guess I’d say mine is being a tad possessive. What’s mine is mine and I dare anyone to try and take it. 


The first book, Dance For Me, left us all with lots of thoughts and mixed feelings, but I'm dying to know what you thought when you saw Joe in your bathroom.

*Chuckles* That was quite a night wasn’t it? Well, my first thought was damn, because the last thing I was expecting to see was my girl standing there looking like a walking wet dream. Then I got seriously pissed when it dawned on me who she must have been there with and why. See, this all comes back around to that whole possessive thing. 


Alright, I think that's enough serious talk. Let's move on to something fun. Or awkward. What was your first sexual experience like?

Sex is always fun. *Winks* My first sexual experience was horrifically awkward. I was, what? Fourteen? Yeah, fourteen. It was with this girl that I was seriously into at the time. Even at that age she had an amazing rack and this ass that wouldn’t quit. Anyway, her parents were having a date night, so we were alone, and one thing led to another. Let me just say this. When you put to inexperienced kids together, naked, in the dark, nothing goes right. There were a lot of hits and misses, if you know what I mean, crying. It was just…bad. But, hey, practice makes perfect. 


I would ask what the worst thing somebody walked in you doing is, but I know you're a pretty shameless guy, so what's the worst thing you walked in on someone doing? Something you never wanted to see?

Oh, man. *laughs* Well, growing up, my parents always had an open door policy. Bad dreams, upset stomach, what have you, us boys were always welcome to come to them for comfort. Well, this one night it was storming like crazy and being just a kid, I was scared. So I went to my parents’ room to see if I could sleep with them, but they weren’t exactly sleeping. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that seeing your parents going at it like a couple of teenagers is not something you want imprinted on your memory. I still wake up in a cold sweat on stormy nights. 


Tell us about your sexiest dream, or a naughty fantasy you have. 

I’m a guy who likes to experiment. Nothing too freaky, but there’s this one thing I’ve been thinking about trying. Have you ever heard of temperature play? It involves a little light bondage and hot and cold items like wax, ice, fire, et cetera that help to amplify arousal. Josephine would be sexy as hell tied to my bed and covered in hot wax, don’t you think? 


What's a complete turn off for you?

Dishonesty. I don’t tolerate it in any aspect of my life, which is why you won’t ever hear me censoring myself. I believe in telling it like it is. 


This question usually weirds guys out, but I have to ask it, do you ever wonder what being a woman is like? How would you react if one day you woke up and found yourself with completely different body parts?

I entertained the idea of being a woman once, but honestly, I don’t know that I’d have the strength to deal with half the crap you all deal with on a day to day basis. Childbirth alone is enough to make me thankful I was born a man. That being said, if I woke up one morning a woman, I’d spend a hell of a lot of time getting acquainted with my new body. So much so I’d probably lose my job and end up in the poor house, but it would be totally worth it. 


Do you have a pet peeve?

Not really. I try not to get close enough to anyone to find something I like or dislike about them. 


What was your childhood like? 

The best. Aside from my brother tagging along on my heels everywhere I went, I can’t complain. I was popular, especially with the girls, and had a lot of friends. My parents were great. *shrugs* 


If you could commit a crime and get away with it, what would it be?

Not that I’m some Robin Hood type, but I’d love to clear out every uptight, rich snot’s wallet that I’ve run into in my line of work and spread the wealth. 


We're at the end of the first part of our date. Time has flown by so fast and this is your last chance to ask me anything you want. 

I can’t help noticing that this isn’t the first interview you’ve done with a guy like me, which makes me curious. How many book boyfriends do you currently have? Don’t worry. I won’t ask you to choose your favorite, because we all know who it would be. *grins* 

HA! Way to put me on the spot. Thanks for that, Rebel. I'd be lucky if I get any more dates after this, but honestly, I have no idea. I know there are many -really, how is a girl supposed to help it when there are so many hot and amazing guys prancing around? I tried making a list once, but that list turned to two, then three and then four and I had to stop. 

Alright, now is time for the part we all love, Quickies!

Boxers or briefs? 

In a pinch, briefs, but I prefer commando. 


Beer or scotch?

Scotch. 


Cars or women?

Definitely women. 


Ice cream or chocolate?

Chocolate. It tastes better when I’m licking it off a body part. 


Pop or rock? 

Rock. 


Football or soccer? 

Football. 


Blond or brunette? 

What, no raven haired beauties? Tsk tsk. 


NYC or LA? 

I prefer Chicago, but NYC is good too. 


Boobs or butt? 

Butt.


Leather or lace? 

Lace. 


Chicken or steak?

 Steak. 


Tub or shower? 

Shower. 


Thank you so much, Rebel. This has been an amazing date, and I'm so glad you took the time to go out with me!

For those of you who haven't met Rebel before or read the Forbidden Trilogy, you can find my reviews of it here and here and you can enter the giveaway below to win the first book.

About Dance for Me:
WARNING: Dance for Me is the first book in a trilogy and ends with a cliffhanger. Due to mature material, it is recommended for ages 17+.
What if the person who stole your heart wasn't who you thought they were? 

When my parents passed away, I grew up fast. Learning to stand on my own two feet has been a challenge, but I'm making it... my way. I make no apologies for the path I've chosen. 

My choices have served me well, but no one knows the real me. 
Except one man. 
He's a mystery to me. He's controlling, demanding, and he has me wrapped around his little finger. Anything he wants, I'll give it to him. The hours we share together aren't about love. It's just sex. Hot, dirty, passionate sex. It was never supposed to be anything more than that. 
Until everything changed. 
Now, I'm more confused than ever. The more I learn about him, the less I seem to understand. What I do know is that I'm falling, and I have the feeling when I land, it's going to hurt. 


About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Author Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance inspired her to branch out and create her own.

She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. Having graduated with honors, she holds a degree in English, which she hopes to use to pursue her dreams of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms. 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 

Giveaway:

This giveaway is open internationally and will run until the 11th of September. The winner will be able to choose between a paperback copy of Dance For Me or Lie to You.

For those who missed it, you can read my date with Alex from Reason and Romance by Jenn Young here. You can find all previous Friday Night Dates here.

The winners of the previous giveaway are:

-Lavander Andra
-Melissa Jade Greco

The winners have been emailed so check your emails, please! 

Do you have a book boyfriend you just adore and would like to see featured here? Tweet, comment and write it on Facebook to let me know who you would love to have here next! But that's not all, you can also tell me what you would like to ask him, and I might just do it! All you have to do is use the hashtag #FridayNightDate and I will read your suggestion!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DNF Review: Brave by Natalie Gayle

Title: Brave
Author: Natalie Gayle
Series: Oni Fighters #1
Genres: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: July 10th 2015 by EBS
Summary (Goodreads): 
A moment in time, that’s all it took. Beauty, pain and tragedy.

Xander “Pretty Boy” Todd was a demon in the ring. A professional MMA fighter with a career that had the world a buzz—but now it’s gone. Or is it?

Eden Sommers had her dreams of an international modelling career within her grasp—and lost it. Gone within a few seconds, leaving nothing but pain.

How do you go on, when the one thing that defines you is suddenly ripped away—only to leave scars and a hollow shell in its place? Has the beauty gone forever? Or has it just retreated—to now be hidden, and dormant; guarded by the inner demons?

Can these two wounded souls find the inner strength to fight back the demons together and find the beauty in their lives once again?

To do this, they must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside. They’ll have to be BRAVE. 

My Thoughts:

**An eARC was provided in exchange of an honest review**

DNF at 65%

Before I read this book, I read the reviews of it and all of them raved about how good this book was. I'm a sucker for half-naked guys on covers, or really any hot guy on a cover of a book, and this guy was wearing red. Combine the model, my blind love of the color red and the blurb and reviews, and I just had to read this book. As soon as I opened the book and started reading however, I knew I was going to have issues with this book.

Brave is told from both Eden and Xander's POVs. Both are from the same town, but they both have different career choices that were going to bring them fame, until life got in the way and destroyed both their dreams. Now, years later, they are battling their demons and the fear of living, until they cross paths and find themselves fighting to be together.

Let's get one thing out of the way first. I liked the plot. I really, really liked it. It isn't the first book I've read about two people with a past and issues and demons, but I still liked the story and what was happening. It's the only thing that got me to read 65% of the books before I couldn't take any more.  What I didn't like, my biggest issue, was how everything was happening and how it was presented and written. This story is about two people who live in a world of pain and have so many hang ups and issues and torture. I should be moved by their story, I should feel pain and my heart should ache and I should cry. I did none of these things, instead, I was bored. So very bored.

Before I even finished the first chapter, I was already struggling with finding the will to continue. The writing was so flat and emotionless, I got bored from the first page. There was really no showing or feeling at all. It was all about telling. I was told Eden was in pain over what happened to her. I was told she was afraid of crowds and had problems with being in the presence of other people. I was told Xander still wasn't over what happened in the ring. I was told he struggled with the memories. I was told a lot of things, but I was never shown them. I couldn't connect with either Eden or Xander and even though I understood what they had been through and knew it had to be hard on both of them, I didn't feel it. It didn't help that everything was repeated so many times. At one point, I was even thinking, did I flip to the previous chapters without releasing it? But no, I hadn't.

Then there was the scene where Eden proceeds to tell Xander's father everything about her life, everything that had happened since page one of the book, in great detail, and all there is to know about her relationship with his son to explain why Xander was going to fight again. That felt so irrelevant and confusing and I couldn't for the life of me understand why he needed to know all of that. It actually felt like she was getting further away from the point instead of explaining it. I could barely read a few pages after that and had to put the book down.

Brave has so much potential and the story is interesting even if it isn't the most original one, but it wasn't done right and instead of being a gritty story, it was a very boring one.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Capture by Rachel Van Dyken


Hi, guys! Welcome to my stop on the Capture by Rachel Van Dyken blog tour, which is hosted by the amazing Inkslinger PR. This book was such a great read, and is a standalone novel. It is the beginning of a brand new series and does not end in a cliffhanger. There are characters from the Seaside Series who make an appearance but this story is not a continuation from the Seaside series. Below, you'll find my review of it along with some teasers!

Release Date: August 20, 2015
SYNOPSIS:
Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.

But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.

And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.

But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.

Or that it's her fault. 

It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.

That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer. He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.

But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?

If she was whole, would he be the other half? 



My Thoughts:

This will be my second Rachel Van Dyken book, and I loved it just as much as I did the first one, if not more. Capture is such a sweet, funny and heart-warming book that I couldn't put it down. It delves into one of the most sensitive and impacting things anyone can experience and deal with and what society think of it. 

After the death of both of her parents, Dani becomes a selective mute, not uttering a word in months, ridden with guilt, thinking she was the cause for the death of her parents. When her famous sister and equally famous husband get her a job as an assistant to Hollywood heartthrob Lincoln Greene, she start thinking of what would happen if they had met before the accident that took her parents, back when she was normal.

I loved this book. Capture captured me from the first page, drawing me into Dani's pain as she struggled with guilt and shame and feeling far from normal. Lincoln is dealing with pain too, only his is buried deep and he masks it behind bright smiles and jokes. I loved the fact that he isn't like every other famous actor in other books. He didn't party hard, he didn't have a bad boy reputation and he wasn't the silent and brooding type. He was a nice guy and one of the few I like since I usually adore the mean bad boys. He was very real, and he made me swoon so much. He made me laugh too. The roles were almost reversed in Capture, with Dani being the sarcastic and brooding character while Lincoln was the bubbly and funny guy who tried to save her. Together, they made for a very sweet and cute couple that I just loved. There were also moments that made my heart ache for them both and for what they suffered in life.

I felt like time was flying while I read this book. I devoured it in a few hours and I wanted more when I hit the last page and couldn't find more words to read. From the main characters to the secondary ones and to the fast pacing of the book, everything just floated and came together to make an amazing read that is both perfect as a summer read and for when you're looking for a book with a deeper meaning and emotions. I absolutely loved this book, and now I'm going to read the Seaside series because I fell in love with the secondary characters too and even though I know so much about how their lives turned out to be, I'm very excited to read how it all started. Then there is Zane, my favourite secondary character and the guy I'm dying to read the story of. I have an idea it's going to be heart-breaking and make me cry, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless.

Rating:


ABOUT RACHEL VAN DYKEN:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken  or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com .
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #23


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: Everything I left Unsaid
Author: Molly O'Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: October 13th 2015 by Bantam


Summary (Goodreads):

Fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas, K. Bromberg, and Joanna Wylde will be unable to resist this sexy, deeply intimate tale of a woman running from her past, and the darkly mysterious man who sets her free.  
I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me. 
And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time. 
His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

Advance praise for Everything I Left Unsaid  
“Exquisite, thrilling, and toe-curlingly sensual . . . a delicious guilty pleasure I never wanted to end!”New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans  
“I am head over heels in love with Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe. Everything about this book hits the mark—the exceptional prose, the brilliantly defined characters, the delicious plot, and all the wonderful, dangerous secrets. It’s an absolute must-read keeper-shelf book!”New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner
“I couldn’t put this book down. Annie’s story is heartbreaking, liberating, sweet, and sexy—I want more!”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy 
“Sweet, sizzling, sexy, and heart-wrenching, Everything I Left Unsaidbroke my heart and left me yearning for more.”New York Timesbestselling author Megan Hart



First thing that drew my attention to this book was the cover. It's gorgeous and hot and promises great things. The blurb however, is what really had me sold. It sounds so mysterious and I'm already going insane thinking about what is going to happen and how everything will turn out to be. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Tyrant by T.M. Frazier (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


King and Pup are back in this exciting conclusion to the King Series by T.M. Frazier releasing August 17th!
Blurb: I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn't. 

When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself. 

But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I'm more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King's bed.

Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know. 

I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul. 

I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day. 

He's already saved me in more ways than one. Now it's my turn to do whatever it takes to save him. 

Even if that means marrying someone else... 


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My Thoughts:

After reading the first book, I was left hanging with so many questions and even more suspicions and theories of what was going to happen, who was the bad guy and how King and Pup were going to survive everything and still be together. I was terrified of reading Tyrant because of this and so, when I woke up and found this book on my kindle app waiting for me, I was so excited but couldn't find the courage to click on it and start reading, even though I was dying to know what was coming next. 

It wasn't until hours later that curiosity got the better of me and I started it and oh my gosh, I could not put it away. Tyrant picks up right where King left off, with King being hauled off in a police car and Pup whisked off by her family. There are so many things in the way of King and Pup, her past life, his enemies and the people they care about. There was no pause in this book. Things were already happening from the first page, and they just kept happening until the last page. Both Pup and King were fighting their own battles and emotions were running high. I found myself clutching the screen of my phone while reading as I felt Pups turmoil over her old life and the family she was born into or the life with the family she chose. King was fighting on two fronts, and even though it felt like things could never go right for him or Pup, or that obstacles just kept getting in his way, he always found a way to get rid of everything standing in his way. It's the thing that I love most about him, the fact that he would never let anything keep him away from what he wanted and that he wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty for the case of what was his. While being the mean badass we all love, he didn't stop being swoon-worthy in that hard and bad way of his. He never ceased to make things hot whenever he was in the picture, turning me into a whimpering hot mess that I couldn't help but fan myself to cool down. 

I liked Pup more than before in this book. She was strong and she was ready to fight. She may be mad at King for what he did, rightfully so since I wanted to kick his fine butt myself, but she was ready to do anything for him and for a chance at life together. While King was out there fighting his enemies, she was fighting her demons and to gain her memory so she could finally stop wondering about her old life and who she could trust. And my god did things change when she finally gained her memory. I think I stopped reading for like five minutes and then had to go back and reread the whole previous chapter because of what was revealed. I can honestly say that it took me completely by surprise and I'm usually great at predicting things but I had no clue and Tyrant left me gaping at the pages and in chock. I loved it. Loved every second of it and loved the ending. It was so perfect and it left me in tears. Now I'm dying for Bears' book, and I think it's going to be amazing too. 


Rating:


Excerpt:


Haven’t read this series yet?  
Meet King & Pup in King (Book One)
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About the Author:
T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.
She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.
In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.
It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
It will not be about hamsters.
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