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Friday, September 30, 2016
Blog Tour - What She Needs, No Such Thing as Can't, & Not What He Thought by Melissa Kendall | Spreading the Word
Today we are sharing the cover and unofficial blurb for TAINTED KISS by Terri Anne Browning. This kicks off a brand new rockstar series, Tainted Knights. It will be released in 2017. Pre-order will be available later this year.
TAINTED KISS by Terri Anne Browning
Tainted Knights, #1
This is a brand new subseries from the Lucy & Harris series.
Tainted Kiss focuses on Kale Conway, the drummer for the hottest new band managed by Emmie Armstrong, Tainted Knights. He knows he want Santana the second she giggle/snorts during the band’s first photo shoot. They only have a few days together before the band leaves on a nine-week tour, but he makes promises Santana isn’t sure he can keep. With the paps following the band around like a shiny new toy, she can’t help but see that all those whispered promises were nothing but Kale playing her. After returning from the tour, Kale can’t understand why Santana won’t even look at him, or why the paps are suddenly calling him Daddy.
Terri Anne Browning is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Rocker...Series. She started writing her own novellas at the age of sixteen, forcing her sister to be her one woman fan club. Now she has a few more readers and a lot more passion for writing. Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be possible, yet she has been on best selling lists multiple times since 2013. Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker... series featuring the sinfully delicious members of Demon's Wings. The Rocker... Series has since expanded to OtherWorld with Axton Cage and his band members. Other books by Terri Anne include the Angel's Halo MC Series as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella Series. Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three demons---err, children--and a loveable Olde English Bulldog named Link.
My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Rocker That Holds Me
My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2014
Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Blog Tour - Say it Louder by Heidi Joy Tretheway | Release Day Launch, Spreading the Word & ARC Novel Giveaway
One band. Five love stories. Too many secrets.
We’ve been waiting a long time to find out how the band Tattoo Thief will deal with drummer Dave’s toxic ex—and the secrets she’s been collecting on everyone. It was worth the wait.
You don’t have to be a fan of the series to love a book that starts fast with a huge wow moment and then unpacks the band’s secrets. In fact, you don’t have to read the earlier books because each book is a different love story about a different member of the band.
About Say it Louder:
I had a choice—dump my toxic girlfriend, or break up my band.
It should have been easy. But she’s been collecting dirt on all of us for years.
Just when I think I’ve hit rock bottom, a pink-haired street artist rocks my world. They call Willa “the Parking Lot Picasso.” I call her my refuge, my center, my last reason to hope.
When Willa’s life on the streets collides with a sudden spotlight on her art, I’ll stop at nothing to protect her. But when the spotlight turns on my secret shame, she might be my only salvation.
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She’s a shadow across the room.
I stir and her head snaps up, eyes glinting. Her shoulders stiffen, as if I’ve caught her doing something wrong.
I sit up. She’s swapped her jeans for black leggings and her T-shirt for a long-sleeved dark shirt. Her black messenger bag bulges on her hip.
“Where are you going?”
“Out.” She moves to a shelf and stuffs something in the messenger bag.
“You look like you’re going to break in somewhere.”
She tilts up her chin, a challenge. “Maybe I am.”
I’m on my feet in an instant, moving between her and the door. “What? You can’t just go out and wander the streets and break in places.”
She huffs, her eyes hardening when I block her exit. “I can do anything I want. You wanted a place to stay. So stay. But don’t tell me what I can or can’t do.”
Willa moves to get around me but I shift to the side, and suddenly we’re chest to chest. Another staredown.
This time, our faces are inches apart. Our staring contest crackles with the electricity of our physical touch.
“Move,” she whispers.
My lips curl into a faint smile. “No.”
Willa scowls and shoves her body closer to the door, closer to me. I rest my hand lightly on her hip, so as she moves, I move. Like we’re dancing.
Her fist clenches the material of my dark gray shirt. “I said, move.”
Her demand is a hiss and I smell her breath, sweet and hot, cinnamon and clove. My eyes drop to her lips, and I want my mouth there. I need to taste her.
Her eyes darken, pupils dilating as I tip my chin slightly, moving closer. But before I can connect with that ripe mouth, she shoves my chest—hard.
“Wrong move, Dave.” She spins and grabs the door handle and she’s down a flight of stairs before I can pick my jaw up off the floor, shove my feet in my shoes, and follow her.
I don’t know why I follow, I just do. Acting on instinct, rather than from the million calculations that usually drive me.
Normally, I think with my head. I weigh the logic in any situation. But Willa defies logic. She’s like a force of nature, thunder and lightning, impossible to control.
I race after her, down four flights, hustling to catch up as she pushes out of her building and onto the sidewalk.
“Willa. Would you wait up for me?”
She flings a glance over her shoulder. “This can’t wait.” She doesn’t slow down, but she doesn’t speed up, either.
“What are you doing—really?” I hustle after her and pull my phone from my pocket to check the time. 1:18 a.m. Unless she’s going bar-hopping, there aren’t a lot of legal activities available right now.
Willa snatches the phone from my hand, and that jolt of electricity is back. She powers off my phone without asking. “First rule: keep up. Second rule: put this away. If it lights up or rings at the wrong time, we’re screwed.”
She hands the phone back and I pocket it. “What’s the third rule?”
“Do what I tell you, ask questions later.”
About Heidi Joy Tretheway:
Heidi Joy Tretheway is a sucker for campfires, craft cocktails, and steamy romance in books and real life. She sings along with musicals (badly), craves French carbs, and buys plane tickets the way some women buy shoes.
Her first career as a journalist took Heidi behind the scenes with politicians, rock stars, and chefs, all of whom inspire her stories. Heidi Joy is currently working on her tenth book from her home in southwestern Washington.
Connect with Heidi:
- Website: heidijoytretheway.com
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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tattoo Thief
My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Blog Tour - Feasted On: Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy Tretheway | Review & Giveaway | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2014
Monday, September 26, 2016
"The Bad Boy's Baby" [Hope Springs Series, Book 3] by Cindi Madsen
Author's Book Description : There are certain words that have always described Cam Brantley: Town bad boy. Soldier. Protector. But never, ever dad. Until he returns home from his latest military tour to discover the girl he had one smoking-hot night with is now mom to the adorable two-year-old Zoey. Who has his eyes.
Plenty of words could describe Emma Walker these days. Mom, dutiful granddaughter, budding designer, the town’s golden child. But when her longtime crush Cam Brantley comes back to town, she knows the perfect word to describe herself: screwed.
Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants Zoey in his life. But Cam’s not sure he’s ready to be a dad, and Emma can’t gamble her daughter on maybes. As the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.
Daddy duty might be his toughest mission yet…
Book #1 "Second Chance Ranch"
Book #2 "Crazy for the Competition"
Book #3 "The Bad Boy's Baby"
My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Around two years ago feeling a bit sorry for herself, Emma dolled up, went for drinks at the local bar, and “picked up” her longtime crush the local “bad boy” Cameron (Cam) only a few hours before he was being sent out to deploy again. During their evening together, Emma ended up pregnant and because of a few different circumstances, she never informed Cam about him becoming a father. Now Cam is back in town for good, with plans to bring his brother and his dream of the Mountain Ridge to life. Though he is unprepared for both Emma and his little daughter coming into his life, Cam soon falls for them both. However, as they both deal with their new circumstances and grow closer as a family their pasts and future plans come between them. Can they be able to compromise for the sake of each other or will everything fall apart?
While not quite what I expected, I was happy to escape back into Hope Springs to catch up on old and new characters. This contemporary romance has a cleverness that charmed me. Along with a spunkiness in the form of Quinn (from “Crazy for the Competition”) that made me laugh a LOT in this novel. Nevertheless, though I loved the characters (Cam, Emma, Zoey, and all the previous main characters especially) by 80% of the way through for this novel I started giving up on it as once the “big drama” hit the pace seemed to slow down giving me trouble keeping my interest. While I’m happy I pushed myself to stick with this novel, as the ending is quite sweet and I liked Cam with Emma, it was hard to do so at times.
As a family Cam, Emma, and Zoey were as cute as can be. Minus his darker attitude towards himself (at times), Cam is one hot dreamboat. I liked Emma because I could see myself in her, a natural introvert desperately trying to “break out of her shell.” Overtime Cam and Emma find they have more in common than they ever expected, from their childhood upbringings to how they like to escape into the wilderness as much as possible. They work well together and seeing their relationship grow delighted me. It was easy to root for them. I hope to hear more about them if this series progresses.
Overall, I recommend this novel and series to those who are fans of Ms. Madsen. Also, to those looking for a sweet contemporary romance!
Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Second Chance Ranch (Book 1) | Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Crazy for the Competition (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Second Chance Ranch (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Crazy for the Competition (Book 2) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Second Chance Ranch (Book 1) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Crazy for the Competition (Book 2)
My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : Cherry Pie Submitted By: Cindi Madsen - August 2016 | Cindi's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less by Cindi Madsen - September 2016
My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2
My Previous Mention(s) of Cindi Madsen's Books/Characters : Cover Reveal: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen | New Year’s Bliss Bash Announcement & Release Day Launch: Love Songs for the Road | Second Sentence Saturday: Crazy for the Competition | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2016 | Entangled Bliss Pie Bake-Off Booth at Entangled Publishing's Summer Carnival | Blog Tour, Guest Posts, Spreading the Word & Shari’s Berries Classic Cake Pops Giveaway | Blog Tour - Entangled TEEN's YA Retellings Blog Blast | Guest Posts, Spreading the Word & THREE Special Giveaways
Author's Novel Extras : The Bad Boy’s Baby released this week!
Author's Series Extras : Second Chance Ranch Release! | NEW RELEASE!
Book Teaser(s) :
"But what about pizza?" Emma asked Zoey.
Zoey held up the box of mac and cheese. "Cheese."
"Pizza has cheese, and you love pizza, remember?" She loved to pick off the cheese and leave the tomato sauce and crust, anyway.
Zoey's eyebrows drew together and she held the box of mac and cheese higher. Nothing made you feel more in control of life than losing an argument with a two-year-old. ~ within Chapter 6
The second Quinn hung up, she let loose a squeal. "Oh my gosh! I just got the best news! A pipe burst and it flooded the park!"
Emma drew her eyebrows together. "I never took you for someone who'd take joy in damaged parks."
Quinn grimaced. "Yeah, that came out wrong. ..." ~ within Chapter 17
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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My Q&A with Cassi Ellen :
Jess : What sparked the idea for "Story of a Secret Heart?"
Cassi : Well I never actually intended to write a book! At 30 years old, I was living 10,000 miles away from my friends and family, when the man I planned to marry did the unthinkable and had an affair, leaving me alone and heartbroken. I started writing as sort of therapy so that I didn’t go completely mad and I guess I just got carried away. Before I knew it I had 70,000 words! I never at any point thought ‘O I’d like to be a writer’ or ‘O I think I’ll write a book’.
So I guess the idea was sparked, and I know this sounds silly, by my break up with my ex-boyfriend. It is what the book is based on, and I truly believe it changed the person I was.
Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?
Cassi : Well because, at first, I was writing for myself to stay sane, and not for others to actually read, I guess the character very much came first. In the beginning I just started writing down how I felt, and as things went on, and life got more and more amusing and out of control, it just turned into a book.
Jess : What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in a novel and why?
Cassi : My favourite chapters by far are the ones towards the end of the book. I have always loved book endings anyway, but in "Story of a Secret Heart," the stories towards the end just get more and more out of control, and even now I laugh out loud when I read it back to myself.
Jess : Is "Story of a Secret Heart" basically an autobiography of you or are there any differences between you and Cassi (the character)?
Cassi : I guess I would say Cassi is a reflection of myself. Cassi was definitely who I was during that difficult time, but whether I am still the same today as I was when writing the book, I don’t think so. She was an extreme version of myself.
Jess : In regards to "Story of a Secret Heart," if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?
Cassi : Well it was my first book so yes I would change so many things. I would probably have paid more attention to the details, and I wish I had known at the time of writing that I would want to publish it. Editing it was an absolute nightmare because I had purely just written down my thoughts and feelings. To be very honest with you a lot of it made no sense the first time I ever read it back to myself.
Jess : How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite and why?
Cassi : Only "Story of a Secret Heart" I’m afraid. But I’m really hoping to finish the sequel, "Story After a Secret Heart," by the end of the year.
Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?
Cassi : Just "Story After a Secret Heart," and this time I’m actually really enjoying the process of writing the whole story from scratch. Before, I was so engrossed in feelings, and writing was a way of getting it out. Whereas this time around I’m enjoying planning and plotting the structure of the book. It’s a whole new world to me and so far I love it. I just hope I can try and muster up some of the raw emotion that I believe made the first book so relatable to readers.
Jess : Do you have a favorite aspect of summer that you’d like to share with us? Or have any end-of-summer plans you’re excited for?
Cassi : I love ALL aspects of summer. I love the hot weather and I am definitely a summer kind of girl! My favourite part of summer has always been just hanging out. I absolutely love to spend hot summer days sat on the grass in a park or on the beach surrounded by my friends or family.
Jess : What cartoon character best represents your personal philosophy?
Cassi : Probably Sleeping Beauty. One, because I absolutely adore animals and am always talking to them, and two, because one of favourite things to do is sleep!
Jess : List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?
Cassi : My favourite books of all time are "Jackal’s Dance" by Beverley Harper and "A Life of Pi" by Yann Martel, both I highly recommend. The most recent book I have read is "The Girl in the Ice" by Robert Bryndza, which I very much enjoyed although I didn’t like the main character all that much.
by Cassi Ellen
Author's Book Description :
- A broken heart hurts, but it can also be fun......
Be warned, this story is not for everyone! It is a very personal story, about love, life and laughter, told from the heart. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride!
As Cassi, a 30-year old single woman, leaves a long-term, unhappy relationship, she struggles with the pain and anguish of a broken heart. When, by chance, she meets a handsome stranger, he introduces her to a world that she didn’t even know existed. As she begins to slowly forget all about her broken heart she learns to have fun again. It is then that her life starts to spiral out of control and all she can do is laugh and hang on tight. Through her trials and tribulations, Cassi has to find her inner strength and keep a smile on her face even in front of adversity.
Story of a Secret Heart is about breaking up . . . and breaking down. It’s about the roller-coaster ride of a breakup and all the dating and relationship stories in-between.
Based on a true story
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About the Author :
When Cassi Ellen turned 30 she was single, alone and heart broken on the other side of the globe. She started writing as a sort of therapy at the time, but after people started reading it and said it was actually good, she thought maybe others might like to hear her story too. Maybe those going through a hard time will take something away from it.
Apart from that, readers will find out so much more by reading her blog and book, "Story of a Secret Heart" …….. but …… She also loves animals, especially cats, and loves to laugh!
Book Excerpt/Teaser(s) :
‘Hi,’ I said. ‘Where are you?’
He waited only a few seconds to answer, but I knew him well enough to know something was wrong when he answered, very distracted, with the same question I had asked him:
‘Where are you?’ he said.
At that moment, something deep inside me, and I had no idea what it was, told me to lie, and so I answered with ‘still at the fundraiser, but I’m leaving now.’ Of course that was a lie, which I immediately regretted, as I was obviously standing in our open plan kitchen at home. Despite my guilt, I quickly followed up my lie with a repeated, ‘Where are you?’
His next sentence broke my heart into a million teeny tiny little pieces, and I would never forget it. ‘I’m at home,’ he said.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
"A Widow's Heart: Mail Order Bride" by Christian Michael
Author's Book Description : Carolina Hendricks thought she had her life figured out...
Boy was she ever wrong. She is hanging on by a thread in the ride of her life. Three months ago, she was happily married to her first love and best friend, now she is a widow in Boston with a baby on the way. The life that she had envisioned for herself is filled with nothing more than broken pieces. To top it all off, the man she loathes is determined to marry her and will not take no for an answer – he will stop at nothing to get her, even if he has to destroy her first.
Will she take a leap of faith into the unknown and trust God to keep her standing? Will a handsome stranger and his daughter be her salvation? She just met Matthew Jones; does she dare trust him? Can she afford not to? Will love be in store for both of them?
My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, a woman who recently lost her husband has her life upended again when a creepy man keeps trying to pursue her, she's informed that she's a couple months pregnant, and told she is running low on funds. A friend of her late husband's comes to her rescue in more ways than one, but will she be able to agree to all he is asking of her...
It’s a sweet short story about overcoming loss, finding a possible new love, and putting your faith in God. What originally hooked me was the novella's cover, as it seemed fitting. What I found when reading this was a woman set up for bad circumstances but she still finds her own way through it all. I liked it, even though it seemed a little preachy at times. I think I'd have liked it more if it included Matthew's POV too. Nevertheless, it's a good quick read.
I know that this short story isn’t on Amazon at this moment (at least not the same way I purchased it) but I do recommend it to those looking for a very quick Christian romance if you can find it somewhere else.
Purchase This Book Here (where it's available either under a different name or with a few more from Mr. Michael) :
Amazon (Kindle) : The Pregnant Widow
Amazon (Kindle) : MAIL ORDER BRIDE: Widow's Head West Box Set
Book Teaser(s) :
Matthew offered her a ride back to the house and she agreed. He helped her clamber up in front of him. As she settled in more comfortably, she became very aware of the muscular chest against her back, the strong arms around her and the masculine scent now surrounding her.
Suddenly she felt a warm breath against her ear as he whispered, "I feel it too."
Carolina blushed, wishing she wasn't so easy to read. ~ within the story as there are no listed Chapters
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
"Her Stepbrothers Are Dragons" [Stepbrothers Series, Book 1] by Trinity Blacio (aka Maria MoonStar)
Author's Book Description : Holly Brewner knew she had a problem with Christmas Eve, but she thought her way of celebrating was better anyway. Twelve days of gifts and on Christmas Day, the big one. Her father and she had celebrated every year like this, but this year was going to be different.
This year she had a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, who happened to be dragons, and that changed all her plans.
Upon their arrival, her house burned down, she was shot at, and now she was staying in a cave for two days as if that were normal. On top of that, her two stepbrothers, Darius and Malcolm Longfellow, were claiming they were her mates and that they were going to marry her on Christmas Eve.
My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, Christmas is Holly’s favorite time of year but she just learned her family has gotten a little bit fuller after she reads her father’s letter informing her of his sudden marriage and her new stepbrothers. However, she’s not going to let that throw her off, even after she learns that her latest advertising clients are her stepbrothers and they are in town to find out more about her. Therefore, she finds a way to retaliate Christmas-style. Only it all seems to backfire on her once she realizes they are dragon-shifters and she is actually their mate. Will she be able to handle all the upcoming life changes coming her way or will it all be too much?
I have read most of Ms. Blacio’s Stepbrothers Series and I have to say this one surprised me with its setup. Loaded with the Christmas-y spirit (surprising after Holly’s past comes out) and a new play on the “12 Days of Christmas” revenge style, I found this novel very entertaining and enjoyed learning about Holly, Darius, and Malcolm. Nevertheless, I found their relationship a bit forced and the beginning on the slower paced side, which made it hard for me to get into it, as I would have liked. Even so, it was Holly’s feistiness and how her men win her over that hooked me into this novel.
I recommend it to those looking for a paranormal romance that has a little erotic fun included that will get you into the holiday spirit too!
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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Virgin Witch and The Vampire King: Weddings Bells Times Four | Her Stepbrothers’ Demands | Her Stepbrothers Are Aliens | Her Stepbrothers Are Demons | Her Stepbrothers Are Angels
My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015 | Second Sentence Saturday: Her Stepbrothers Are Aliens | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2016
Author's Novel Extras : Her Stepbrothers Are Dragons - Overview & Excerpt
Book Teaser(s) :
"'On the fifth day of Christmas, there is supposed to be five golden rings, but I'll be damned if I buy you two five rings, but...'" Malcolm turned over the paper and there was nothing on the other side.
Darius stared at the box on the bed. "I hate to say it, but I'm afraid to touch the thing. What the hell is that smell?" he growled and slowly started to open the box, this time wishing he hadn't. "She send us shit!"
"Looks like five little balls." Malcolm groaned. "I'm with you, we should beat her butt." They stared at the sixth box as if it had grown a head. ~ within Chapter 1
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
"The Natural History of Us" [The Fine Art of Pretending Series, Book 2] by Rachel Harris
Author's Book Description : One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! It had always been Peyton’s plan to attend Fairfield Academy (instead of being homeschooled) once she reached her Freshman year of high school. However, coming down with an unexpected illness not long before she began the school year definitely was not in her plan. Therefore, she begins at Fairfield Academy once she is in recovery during the middle of her Freshman year, which is the same day she meets Justin (all-round Fairfield Academy hottie, player, and baseball player). They come from completely different worlds but they are drawn together and fall into a sort-of relationship quickly. Yet, when things get tough, Justin makes a plan to brake them up. Yet, though Justin’s plan works and he goes back to his player ways, he regrets it more than anything else. So, during the last month, or so, of their Senior year when Peyton and Justin get thrown together for a school project Justin plans on laying it all on the line to win Peyton back for good. But will he be too late?
This touching sweet YA romance, will leave you reeling one moment and then contentedly rooting for Justin and Peyton the next. Unexpectedly charming. There was no point when I hated either Justin or Peyton, they were such good characters, and their backstories made me feel for both of them. The depth of this novel intrigued me so much I had a tough time putting it down.
Justin and Peyton’s attraction, instant connection, and camaraderie were what won me over. Then adding in Peyton’s attitude towards Justin when their project begins gave the novel an entertaining twist that gets the reader immersed in their “relationship” from the beginning. They may look like opposites, because of their family backgrounds and where they live, but at the core of who they are, they seem to have a lot of similarities. It made me happy to see them coming together after so long being apart. Especially since, once they start to working out their issues between themselves they help each another to overcome the fears that have been holding them back from their desires and each other, which all creates a great ending.
I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a compassionate YA romance!
Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : The Fine Art of Pretending (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : The Fine Art of Pretending (Book 1) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : The Fine Art of Pretending (Book 1)
My Previous Interview(s) with this Author : July 2014
My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Accidentally Married on Purpose
My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Blog Tour - Feasted On: Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris | Interview, Review, & Novels/Gift Card Giveaway | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015
Author's Novel Extras : The Natural History of Us (Book 2) - Overview & Teasers | #ExcitingNewsAlert: The Natural History of Us | Who Doesn’t love SWAG? Psst: The Natural History of Us is LIVE!!
Author's Series Extras : The Fine Art Of Pretending (Book 1) - Overview & Teasers
Book Teaser(s) :
"Congratulations, kids! You're all newlyweds." ~ within MONDAY, MAY 12TH - 3 Weeks until Graduation ♥Senior Year | PEYTON | FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES 1:30 P.M.
"Anyone ever tell you you're crazy?" I frowned at that and he tugged a strand of my hair. "Good crazy. You say whatever you think, whatever you feel. You don't hold back." He craned an eyebrow. "I like that. But it doesn't make you normal."
"Normalcy is overrated," I replied, although normal was exactly what I'd longed to be. ~ within MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH - 18 Weeks until Disaster ♥Freshman Year | PEYTON | JUSTIN'S HOUSE 4:20 P.M.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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[Sydney Smoke Rugby Series, Book 2] by Amy Andrews
Author's Book Description :
- Score one for the curvy girls.
Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but her stepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie, Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. In front of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it's not for reals, but Dex won't take no for an answer.
Dexter Blake's life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule: no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he's focused on his career for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chick he'd been secretly ogling. What's a guy to do but ask her out? It's just a little revenge against a poser, and then he'll get his head back in the game.
But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. And the next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes right off.
Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…
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About the Author :
Amy Andrews is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written over fifty contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She has written for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins, Momentum, Tule and Escape. She's sold over a million books and been translated into thirteen different languages including manga.
Amy spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two year term as president and after many years of unofficial mentoring of emerging writers, Amy and her fellow Harlequin author Anna Cleary have started their own manuscript assessment business, Word Witchery, which specialises in romantic fiction. With unique insight into what makes a story that sells, Amy and Anna aim to help every manuscript shine.
Amy loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel - preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.
My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Hero
My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2016 | Blog Tour - Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews | Release Day Launch, Spreading the Word & GC Giveaway
Book Excerpt(s) :
“Dex?” She frowned at him clearly not expecting him back although the slight tremor in her voice did betray her excitement that he had.
“I don’t think I’m going to be invited to any Nugent family BBQ’s in a hurry.”
Harper laughed, folding her arms as she settled against the door frame. “Oh no. What happened? Did you punch Chuck?”
Dex snorted. “No. But I may have...implied you were using me for sex.”
She blinked. “Implied?”
“Well...stated is probably more accurate.”
She laughed harder. “What the hell?”
“What can I say?” He shrugged. “They were pissing me off.”
She fluttered a hand over her heart and gave an exaggerated sigh. “My hero.”
His gaze fell to where her hand nestled against the roundness of her breast. She was so soft there. When Dex returned his attention to her face she was watching him closely.
“Thank you for defending my honour.”
He chuckled. “By besmirching it?”
“Meh,” she said dismissively. “Whatever works.”
They grinned at each other for long moments. “Do you need to go home?” she asked.
Dex hesitated. He should. Griff had organised for some ex-military guy who specialised in survival training to do some sessions with them. For some unknown reason these started at four in the morning—some crap about conquering mental conditioning—and tomorrow was their first session.
“Not yet. What’d you have in mind?”
She pretended to ponder for a beat or two. “How about more Star Wars?” she mused, her face a picture of innocence.
“Not quite the stars I had in mind.”
“Me neither,” she grinned and grabbed him by the front of his shirt, pulling him inside.
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