Friday, August 30, 2013

All In Book Blitz + Giveaway


Synopsis via Goodreads:
On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

About the Author
Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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Excerpt:
Ashley
When we step outside of the ice cream parlor, Lane reaches over and wraps his hand around mine, making me feel warm all over, despite the cool breeze coming off the ocean.
We walk down the boardwalk hand in hand, our arms swinging between us, and I can’t stop my blush each time I catch Lane staring at me, and then giggle each time he catches me sneaking a glance at him too. Both of us with silly grins on our faces.
As we turn the corner, at the edge of the boardwalk, right in front of us is a perfectly preserved turn of the century carousel.
I gasp at its beauty. How have I never been here before? Although, a community carousel is the last place that my parents would ever think to bring us. A ride on a schooner is more their speed.
The carousel is covered in small bulbous lights that cast a warm glow over the richly colored horses, each with a different face and intricate carvings on their saddles. The sounds of children and parents laughing intertwine with the carnival style music coming from the ride, and I can’t stop myself from hopping up and down on the tips of my toes like a child.
Lane chuckles, gripping my hand tightly, as we watch the ornate horses spin around and around and up and down until he points at a big brass ring when it spins by. “If you can grab the ring the ride’s free. Come on.” He gives me a smile and like a couple of kids we run along the side of the carousel until we both grab hold of the ring and hoist ourselves up and onto the ride, laughing and out of breath.
I move to a stationary white horse wearing a deep red saddle and without saying a word Lane lifts me up, in one swift motion, and sets me down so I’m face to face with him riding sidesaddle. He grips the horse’s gold post with one hand, and I can’t help but admire his sinewy arms, lean and strong.
“You are so beautiful,” he says, looking into my eyes as he brushes his thumb against my cheek with his other hand. His sincerity takes my breath away.
I wrap my arms around his neck drawing him closer until he’s standing between my legs. His soft smile fades into a smolder as he leans forward, causing my breath to hitch with the anticipation of his lips on mine.
I close my eyes as he closes the short distance between us achingly slow. My heart skips a beat when I finally feel the warmth of his lips press against mine. He tastes like ice cream and smells like summertime, and I suddenly wonder if the swirling I feel is from the ride or from his kiss.
He pulls away slightly before wrapping his hand around the base of my neck and pulling me into his lips again, making me certain of one thing.
I’m swirling, and it’s definitely from his kisses.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Addicted To You + Giveaway


Addicted to You by Colina Brennan
Publication date: June 25th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter’s latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn’t a sex addict; she just doesn’t do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can’t kick.

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AUTHOR BIO
I’m a new adult author with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. My new adult contemporary novel ADDICTED TO YOU will be available June 25.

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My Review:
I loved this book! It was funny, sexy, and fun to read! I loved the romance in this book! The chemistry between the two of them was so strong it was obvious as the reader.
The concept of this story was so different. It was funny, and I liked reading something different. Sex addicts? I was a little iffy about this book at first, but it turned out to be great! I enjoyed it! With that being said, it was a little bit predictable. I usually don't have a problem with that though, as long as the romance is great. :)

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Goodreads Summary:
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

My Review:
The Wedding Dress was the first book I read by Rachel Hauck, and I loved it! So, I couldn't wait to read Once Upon a Prince! It was even better than I thought it would be. The Wedding Dress is probably my favorite of the two, but this book was just as good.
Every girl dreams about falling in love with a real prince. And one that loves the Lord- what could be better than that?! I loved that about this book. It wasn't just another girl falling in love with a prince. I liked the Christian aspect to it.
The romance was so sweet. Even after having no communication with each other for months, they were still very much in love with each other. While the story was a little predictable, I still thought it was really cute. I also liked how Susanna's sister got a little romance of her own on their trip! Such a fun book!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Keeping Her


Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5) by Cora Carmack

Goodreads Summary:
Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren't quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

My Review:
I have absolutely loved the Losing It series by Cora Carmack. All three of the books in it that I have read have been so great, and I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I am officially hooked. Although, I think Garrick and Bliss will always be my favorite characters in this series. There is just something about them and the way they are together. It is so sweet. So, I loved this book. I was excited to get to read more about them, and I was not disappointed. It was a great addition to Losing It. I only wish that it would have been a little longer.

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Out From Under You Book Blitz

Out From Under You by Sophie Swift

Series: Smart Girls Finish First #1

Blurb:
“Love is an earthquake. It comes when you least expect it. It rips the ground clear away. Right out from under you.”

The day Lia Smart met Grayson Walker, eight years ago, was the day she fell helplessly in love with him. Coincidentally, it was the same day Grayson fell in love with someone else: Lia’s smarter, sexier, superior-in-every-way older sister, Alex.

Now, nearly a decade later, Alex and Grayson are long over and twenty-two-year-old Lia has finally managed to forget all those lonely nights she spent pining after her sister’s boyfriend. But when Grayson unexpectedly arrives back in town with Alex for Labor Day weekend and the two announce that they’re not only back together but engaged, all the feelings that Lia buried suddenly come bubbling back to the surface.

But Lia is no longer the awkward, gangly tomboy she was at fourteen. Far from it. And Grayson is conflicted by the lustful thoughts he’s now having for her. He knows he could never act on those thoughts, however. Grayson has always prided himself on being one of the “good guys.” But as the weekend wears on, he’s finding this new grown-up version of Lia more and more impossible to resist...

Heartbreaking and sexy with a dash of humor, Sophie Swift crafts a passionate, unforgettable tale about desire, growing up, and the kind of love that shakes us to the core.

Contains adult situations and explicit content. Recommended for ages 17+

Excerpt:

Lia
“Thanks,” Grayson says, setting the bag of ice against his hand, cringing as the cold settles into his skin. “It’s been a long time since I punched someone in the face. I forgot how much it hurt.”
Huh?
Is that what happened last night? Did he get in a fight?
Over me?
No. That’s not possible. No one has ever fought over me.
Alex. Alex gets fought over. She has the face that launched a thousand punches, or whatever.
I’m just...
I’m not worth fighting over.
He must read the confusion on his face. “You don’t remember that part, do you?”
I shake my head.
“How much do you remember?”
“I...” I start to say.
But I can’t do this. I can’t talk about this. Not here. Not while he’s dressed like that. Or shall I say, not dressed like that. I was kind of hoping we could just move on like it never happened and forget about it. But it’s pretty obvious he wants to hash it out. Right here. Right now.
So I take a deep breath and, battling to keep my voice steady, say, “Look, I’m really embarrassed about what happened last night and I kind of want to just forget about it and move on. I realize this may not be the mature thing to do but to be honest, at this point, I’m not sure I can handle the mature thing.”
His eyebrows furrow as he takes in what I just said. Or more like just rambled.
“You’re embarrassed,” he verifies, “because you got drunk and called me to come pick you up?”
“Because it seems like every time you’re around I somehow always need to be rescued!” My soft, tentative whispers have turned into throaty, breathy cries. “Because I’m like some perpetual damsel in distress who always needs saving.”
When I finish, he just stares at me, his gaze intense and searching. Then a reticent smile makes its way to his lips.
“I like saving you,” he admits quietly.
Of all the things I was expecting him to say in response to my tirade, this was certainly not one of them.
“What?”
He takes another step toward me. His proximity is intoxicating. Stronger proof than any alcohol. More debilitating than any drug.
“I said,” he replies, his voice deliberate. Determined. “I like saving you.”

About the Author:
Sophie Swift is an east coast girl who recently transplanted to Southern California. She writes about sexy boys by day, and dates them by night. Her sizzling, new adult romance, OUT FROM UNDER YOU, the first in a new contemporary series, will be released in August of 2013. She loves books that quicken her pace, music sung by adolescent boys, and cupcakes with too much frosting. Visit her online at: www.SophieSwift.com

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Guys Are Props Club Tour + Giveaway


The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour
Date of Publication: July 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.

The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.

What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.

*** Due to language and sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 17 and older.

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About Ingrid Seymour
Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. Her favorite genres are Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Her debut novel “The Guys Are Props Club” is an NA contemporary romance which she immensely enjoyed writing. Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She’s sure that one day she’ll see one of her books made into a movie. She likes to dream big ;)

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My Review:
This book reminded me a little bit of John Tucker Must Die, and I love that movie! So, I knew the book was going to be great from the first chapter. I was not disappointed. This is a fun, sexy, fast-paced book that I could not get enough of! All of the characters were great, and I loved the way they interacted with each other. At times the book was a little predictable, but there were other times when it kept me guessing. I loved this, and would definitely recommend this book.

5 stars


Excerpt:
“So here’s what I know about you, Madison,” Sebastian started. “You’re beautiful, smart, dedicated. You have a huge heart, a killer bod.” He sighed and shook his head. The brush of his gaze on my body gave me the chills.

I blushed and started to fidget with the tab on my soda can, swiveling it around in circles.

“You’d think that with all of that,” he continued, “I wouldn’t need to know more, but I want to learn everything there is to learn about Madison Riley Burch. I want to know you . . . inside and out.”

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Nice Girl to Love Book Blitz


Nice Girl to Love: The Complete Collection by Violet Duke
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
The • Nice • Girl n. 1. female of the species who never does anything or anyone bad: Hands-off, she’s a nice girl. 2. the woman that men take home to meet mom: Find my son a ‘nice girl to love.’ SEE ALSO: a good girl; girl scout; Abby Bartlett

This is the complete Nice Girl to Love serial romance collection, which contains: Resisting the Bad Boy (Book One), Falling for the Good Guy (Book Two), and Choosing the Right Man (Book Three).


THE ONE SHE NEVER THOUGHT SHE COULD KEEP…

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast. Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery–and repel the drama–Connor has a firm ‘nothing over a month’ rule. Who knew a nice girl would be the one to make him want to break all his rules?


THE ONE SHE NEVER HOPED SHE COULD HAVE…

Abby is well aware that everyone thinks she’s in love with her best friend Brian. He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with—the polar opposite of the bad boy—the kind of guy who didn’t let his wife’s decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day. But everyone’s wrong; she couldn’t possibly be in love with him. Because she’s never once allowed herself that option.

It’s taken a while but Brian has finally come to terms with surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing. Truth is though, he wouldn’t have ‘survived’ any of it really had it not been for Abby—sweet, incredible Abby—the woman he’s never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn’t truly live without. Until now. Now that he’s finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved…by his brother. Who’s giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.


A DECISION SHE NEVER DREAMED SHE’D HAVE TO MAKE…

And now it’s up to Abby to decide between the bad boy wanting to start a life with her and the good guy fighting for the life they’ve already built.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Besides writing and feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she can often be found tackling reno projects with her power tools and trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, or cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Violet lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

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Interview:
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I’m working on the spin-off of the Nice Girl to Love series. It’s a single standalone novel starring the guy that Abby doesn’t choose in the end of the trilogy. I’m head over heels in love with this story. *sigh* And fun trivia—my awesome fans came up with and voted on the heroine’s name in that book!

Q: What’s next on the horizon after the Nice Girl books?
A: My Cactus Creek series—three novels and three novellas set in the fun town of Cactus Creek (which you’ll see little mentions of in the Nice Girl books). The first book (Love, Chocolate, and Beer) will be out January 2014. I had the BEST time doing research for that book! ^_^ In fact, the entire series has involved a lot of research, which I love, and I’ve had a blast outlining the stories so far. They aren’t connected to the Nice Girl books (though I may slip in a few familiar cameos here and there), nor are they serial romances. All the next dozen nor so books I have planned are either standalone novels or novellas.

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors of all time?
A: Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux were the two ladies who started me on this epic journey of loving all there is about romance. From there, I fell hard and fast for Elizabeth Lowell—I’ve devoured every book she’s ever written.

Q: Is it true you have a book-a-day reading addiction?
A: Yep! Depending on my writing schedule, some days it’s more like two or three books. Though I fought getting an ereader for years (I love holding print books), about two years ago, my hubby got me one and I have since seen an exponential growth in my addiction. LOL.

Q: Describe the method to your madness (in terms of writing).
A: Honestly, my process is more madness than method. My alpha controlling nature requires that I take a ton of notes and do charts and beat sheets to get my story (and brain) organized. From there though, it’s very organic…or maybe Frankensteinian is a better description. :) Often, the story will change dramatically in the final, final editing stage. Those huge changes usually come when I’m ‘in the zone.’ Since I like listening to Japanese music when I’m writing (go figure), apparently, my hubby can tell when I’m in the zone because he says I’ll be clacking away on the keyboard whilst belting out the lyrics. Don’t ask me how my brain can both write in English and sing in Japanese at the same exact time—let’s not poke the monster…I mean muse.

Q: Would you have made the same choice Abby did between the bad boy and the good guy?
A: OMG, I’m not touching that question with a ten-foot pole! (She says while nodding vigorously)