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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle Review





A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye.



Review
EASIEST 5 STARS I'VE GIVEN IN A LONG TIME



Majestic. That's the perfect word for this book. The only other books I read by Karina so far was the artist trilogy, and to say Where Sea Meets Sky is a little different is being modest. We have just such a beautiful take with oh my gosh the back ground? The freaking background stole moments away from Josh and Gemma. If there was ever a book I wanted to transport myself into it was this one. There was no half ass details oh no ....you felt like you were on the epic road trip in New Zealand with them. I don't even want to talk about the chemistry between Josh and Gemma because it's truly undefinable! where Sea Meets Sky is simply artwork crafted with words. 






About the Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and rock music journalist and the USA TODAY bestselling author of Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Experiment in Terror and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920's farmhouse on a bucolic island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.

Karina is represented by the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Manwhore by Katy Evans Review


MANWHORE by KATY EVANS

“Meet your new addiction.  A sizzling, decadent, tender love story that kept me up all night.  I call dibs on Saint!”
- Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author

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

Rachel Livingston has a chip on her shoulder the size of Jupiter and Saturn, combined.‎ She's determined to write an exposé that will land her the job of her dreams...and her target is none other than the Windy’s City favorite manwhore, Malcolm Saint. But when her research takes her intimately close to her subject...and then, an inexplicable attraction takes her even closer, is she willing to believe there's more to the world’s sexiest manwhore than meets the eye?

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




Review
4.5 Stars


Mother F*****. Gosh Dam***. What the f***. And many many more explicit words are coming to mind as I have just finished this book. Ugh! I NEED more. Not want NEED. I have to know where Saints head is! I hope and pray for a little of Saints POV to come. He is just so SO SO I don't think there are even words to describe him. I can't compare Manwhore to Remy they are incomparable but equally amazing on totally different levels. The chemistry between Rachel and Saint is totally off the charts. These characters are like two magnets just just well being magnets! In all honesty I've been a little done with the whole billionaire "thing" but Manwhore doesn't really fit exactly into that category because Saint is so much more and his wealth doesn't play a huge part. Manwhore was definitelya breath of fresh air and renewed my faith in the billionaire. 




About the Author

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now 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…

(info taken from authors website)



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Confess by Colleen Hoover review








About the book:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.


At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In order to rebuild her shattered life, she must keep her goals in sight and leave no room for mistakes. She has something big -- something huge -- on the line, something for which she would risk everything. But when she walks into a mysterious Dallas art studio in search of a job, Auburn doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.


For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a secret of his own. A secret that, like hers, is worth all the struggle of keeping it close to the chest, if only to keep from turning lives upside down. When the magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.


To save their relationship, all Owen would need to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

In CONFESS, Colleen Hoover has crafted another emotionally gripping, page-turning saga that proves without doubt why Hoover has been labeled a master storyteller and one of the strongest voices of contemporary romance/women’s fiction with “perfect pacing and characters [that] leap off the page,” (Tracey Garvis Graves).


Review
5 holy shit stars!

I've come to the conclusion that Colleen Hoover can do no wrong. I would follow this author off a cliff with out asking a question.  Truth be told I've been doing that for a while now. When I see her name I don't even bother to read the synopsis... why? Because I don't have to... I know I'm going to read it. I have never been left unsatisfied or disappointed. Confess has such a uniqueness to it. I loved the concept of the CONFESSIONS each one touching my heart in a different way.  Auburn and Owen have such unimaginable situations that seem like the grand canyon between them and completely insurmountable. Confess does what Hoovers books always seem to make you do... FEEL. They make you feel every single emotion the characters go through. It makes you scared and unsure and so damn hopeful that you almost can't bear it. Tears .... Tears are always a sign of a book that did it's job (well you know one that has that kind of content) and Confess did its job and even earned a little overtime.  


About the Author:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

Find Colleen online:
Twitter@ColleenHoover
Instagram@ColleenHoover

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FAST FACTS ON COLLEEN HOOVER
CINDERELLA STORY: When Colleen Hoover self-published her first book, SLAMMED, she was living in a single trailer with her husband and three children and making $9/hour. She had to unplug the microwave to use the air conditioning. She was 32. Then her book hit the New York Times bestseller list in July of 2012 and continued to climb the list, ultimately peaking at #8. She signed a book deal with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and moved into her first house at the end of that year. Now 35, Colleen has 8 New York Times bestsellers under her belt.
RECORD-MAKING: Hoover self-published HOPELESS in eBook format in December 2012. On January 6, 2013, it debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at #19. On January 20, 2013, it peaked at #1 and remained in that top spot for three weeks. It was the first self-published novel to ever hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, the #1 bestselling self-published eBook of 2013, and the #16 bestselling eBook overall of 2013.

A NATIONAL NEWSMAKER: Colleen and her rise to publishing fame have been the focus of an ABC News Nightline piece on the emerging genre of New Adult. She’s also appeared onCBS This Morning, along with being featured in pieces on the New Adult genre in the New York Times and USA Today.

AWARDS:
o   MAYBE SOMEDAY and UGLY LOVE landed in the top 5 in the Goodreads Choice Awards for Romance in 2014.
o   UGLY LOVE was chosen for iBooks Best of 2014 awards in the Romance category and nominated for the 2014 RT Reviewers Choice Awards for New Adult.
o   Both MAYBE SOMEDAY and UGLY LOVE were in the Best of Amazon lists for 2014 (top 100).  
A WORLDWIDE SUCCESS: Colleen’s books are currently sold in 28 countries and in 27 languages, including Lithuanian, Korean, Hebrew, and Greek.



GIVEAWAY!!!
 http://atriabooks.tumblr.com/post/111577069121/confess for fans to enter to win 1 of 5 signed copies of CONFESS. 



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cover Reveal & Excerpt Heart's Desire by T.J. Kline






The Cover:
When we started looking for covers for Jessie and Nathan’s story, I had a very clear picture in my mind. I knew exactly what my characters look like and the feel I wanted for the series as a whole. We had also decided very early to go with only the main characters on these books. I also knew that while all three books should tie together, I wanted Jet, one of Jessie’s horses, on the cover somewhere. He plays an important part in discovering herself at different points in the story.
But Jessie is such a strong, independent character, she fought me at every step, whether it was in the first draft or the final cover. We went through several pictures and many would have worked with the mood of the book but there was always something that didn’t suit Jessie’s personality. Again, Jessie was determined to have her own way.
In the end, she chose her own photo. As soon as I saw it, I knew this was Jessie and there was no need to look further for a cover photo. This cover portrays Jessie’s character better than words – pensive, wistful and ambitious. The fact that Jet was able to be part of this cover was the icing on the cake for me.






HEART’S DESIRE by T.J. Kline
The Healing Hart Series:
The Healing Harts series came to me one night as I was just falling asleep. It jerked me awake, making me sit up in bed. It was one of those ideas that came completely formulated, an entire series, like a lightning bolt to the brain, and I haven’t been able to shake loose of it until it was written down. A family, rocked by loss, each member with a desire to help others in their own way.
In the first book, Heart’s Desire, Jessie is faced with running the family dude ranch alone after her parent’s unexpected death. Unbeknownst to her siblings, she and her father were transitioning the ranch to an abused horse rescue facility but she’s floundering to keep it afloat and bankruptcy is looming. Her brother, Justin, decides it’s time to call his college buddy, Nathan Kerrington, for help – the same man who shattered her heart eight years earlier. 
Nathan Kerrington knows he hurt Jessie but he had a good reason for it. Now he just has to prove that to her and regain her trust. But, as old hurts rise to the surface, they must resolve their past before they can attempt to save her future and some hurts aren’t easily forgiven.


Excerpt:
"I came to apologize, Jess. I shouldn't have said those things."
She ignored the way her nickname slid easily from his lips or the way it made her heart trip over her ribs and start fluttering like a baby bird learning to take flight. She'd quit buying into romantic notions a long time ago thanks to him. Now, if only she could convince her body to let them go. She set the rake against the wall and walked into the aisle way.
"It's Jessie. Jessie. We are not friends, remember?"
His green eyes flashed, the golden flecks lighting them from within, and she saw frustration in the set of his jaw. "No?"
"No. Let's keep our roles in perspective. You're the financial genius here to do a favor for my brother, and I'm just his idiot little sister who bought your load of crap years ago and can't manage to keep this ranch afloat now." 
His long strides ate the distance between them in seconds but she stood her ground, staring up at him, daring him to argue. His lips were tight, set in a grim line and a deep crease lined his perfect brow. She wanted to back away, but years of working with her father wouldn't allow her to show any signs of intimidation. Cowgirl up, she recited the mantra in her head, although not nearly as confidently as she usually did.
"Don't do that," he ordered, staring down into her eyes, his voice quiet but insistent.
She could feel the heat emanating from him as sparks of desires burst in her chest, sending shivers over her skin. She tried to control it, to stop herself from trembling at his nearness but she couldn't stop her breath from catching in her throat. "Don't do what?" Her voice was a hoarse whisper.
"Don't belittle yourself. You are far more than that. You've always been more than that to me." His hands grasped her upper arms and he dipped his head toward her, his eyes never leaving hers. "You're a talented, kind, giving, passionate woman."
It wasn't what Jessie expected. His words were a balm to her chapped and aching heart, exactly what she needed to hear, but she knew she couldn't let him break past her walls. Who knew what damage he could cause her heart when he left again. She'd barely managed to piece together the shards last time. She pressed her hands against his chest, intending to push him away from her, but he gently circled her wrists with his fingers. Their eyes locked and she refused to be the first to look away. 
"Nathan." She meant for it to be a warning but it came out sounding more like a plea.
"What, Jess?" 
He placed his palms over the back of her hands and twined his fingers between hers. His touch made her weak and she felt a wave of need break over her, threatening to drown her. She'd been so in love with him, and it had left a gaping hole in her, one she’d never managed to fill, not even with her work. 
Nathan walked her backward until she felt the stall behind her. With the hard wall of his body pressing against the front of her, pinning their hands between them, there was nowhere for her to escape the explosion of yearning that began in the middle of her chest, spreading outward, heating her and leaving her breathless. Every inhalation filled her with the scent of his expensive cologne, reminding her again how out of place he was. He didn't belong here. But seeing the desire in his eyes, feeling it in every inch of him pressing up against her, made Jessie want to wrap her legs around his waist and let him take her right here in the barn. 
She couldn't possibly feel this way about him again. She couldn’t imagine feeling any other way about him. She needed this man. Not just wanted him, needed him, and that scared the crap out of her. 
He was going to kiss her, and she was going to melt under his touch. There was no doubt in her mind. If that happened, she was a goner. Because, for her, this wasn't about sex, this was about how Nathan made her feel, how he'd always made her feel - understood and validated and worthy. The only other time Jessie felt that way was when she worked with her horses. 
How had this man recognized the weakness in her, buried deeply, and unearthed it so easily? Panic set in. She had to protect herself. She couldn't let Nathan in, couldn't let him get close again. She shoved against his hands, using her body to knock him off balance, backward against the handles of the wheelbarrow and into the bucket.
"You can finish the stalls."
She ran out of the barn, refusing to look back at the man trying to piece together a full sentence from where he landed, inside a wheelbarrow full of fresh horse manure.