RELEASE BLITZ**~**Love, in English by Karina Halle – Synopsis, Excerpt, and Buy links!!!

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Title: Love, In English

Author: Karina Halle

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 20, 2014

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Synopsis

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.

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To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.

 

 

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Claudia shrugged and pulled down at her yellow tee. “Not my problem. Eduardo is nice but Ricardo is really nice.”

“How did it happen?” I asked, kinda wanting the sordid details.

She was coy. “The way it usually happens.”

“Did you make the first move?”

Another shrug. “Why not?”

I swear, a shrug and a “why not?” were the Spaniards’ go-to answer for everything.

“Well, then I guess it seems safe—and a little boring now—to tell you that I have a crush on someone.”

Her brows quirked up. “Other than Mateo?”

“What?”

“You are sleeping with Mateo, no?”

“WHAT?!”

“No?”

“No!” I exclaimed, appalled. “Why does everyone keep thinking that?”

“Because you are always together,” she said simply. She took a sip of wine. “The attraction is very obvious. So, I figured you must be sleeping together.”

“He’s married!”

“Yes, but you are not.”

I shook my head adamantly. “It’s wrong. I don’t want to be the other woman. I’ve seen my dad go for the other woman, and I can’t put Mateo’s daughter through that,” I said. “Or his wife,” I quickly added.

“That doesn’t mean that you can’t have feelings for anyone else.”

“Yes, it does mean that.”

“Maybe you are meant to be together.”

“We’re not! There isn’t even a together. We’re just friends. I haven’t done anything about it, and so far my feelings are totally one-sided.”

Claudia got up off the couch and brought a pack of cigarettes out of her front jean pocket. “If you think it is on the one side, you have not seen the way he looks at you.”

She walked over to her small patio table and pulled out a chair. I got up and stormed after her, my nerves dancing excitedly.

“What do you mean, the way he looks at me?” I asked, lowering my voice in case there were people around listening. I felt like bouncing off the walls.

She slid the ashtray toward her as I sat down. “You do not see it. But I do. I think everyone does. He looks at you like…like you’re his favorite food.”

“Favorite food?”

She lit her cigarette. “Yes. You’re like his favorite food in the whole world. He wants to have you, eat you, devour you. He thinks about you all the time, craves you. But he cannot have you for one reason or another. Perhaps you upset his stomach. Maybe he is on a diet, yes? All he wants is a taste, but he cannot even have that. That is how he looks at you.”

I sat there, stunned, as some of her smoke blew in my face. That’s how Mateo looked at me? Like he wanted to eat me? I was pretty sure that’s how I looked at him. Just last night I was contemplating nibbling on his earlobes.

“And yes,” she said, leaning closer to me, a small smile on her lips, “that is also how you look at him.” Great, a mind reader. “But you are more subtle about it. You try not to let everyone know. But, we know.”

“There is nothing to know,” I reminded her, poking the table with my finger for emphasis. “We are not sleeping together. He is married. I have a crush. That is it. The end of the story.”

“A crush?” she questioned. “Vera, I think you’re in love with him.”

No fucking way. Not love. That did not happen with me, not ever and not now.

“You can’t fall in love in a week,” I told her heatedly.

“You can fall in love in a second,” she said with a snap of her fingers. “The heart has no regard for time.”

With that sobering thought, Claudia told me about her ex-boyfriend and how they fell in love at first sight then took the conversation back to Ricardo and their exploits. I envied her so badly right then and there. She could fawn over Ricardo, kiss him, fuck him, and no one would ever bat an eye. It was okay for them to be together. It wasn’t forbidden.

I gulped the rest of the wine and left her apartment, heading back to reception to meet Cristina for my next one-on-one, my mind and heart and hormones all over the place. Lo and behold, Mateo was walking up the path toward me.

He was on the phone, smiling.

His shirt was off and slung over his shoulder, exposing his bare chest, abs, and arms.

Holy fuck.

For a moment, I was sure that time had stopped. Or maybe ever single nerve, cell, vein, bone, muscle in my body just slowed as I took him all in.

From his thick-veined forearms to his sculpted shoulders and broad chest peppered with neatly-trimmed chest hair, to his six-pack abs, he had, by far, the best body I’d ever seen on a man. He kept himself in fine-ass shape, looking more like a young athlete than anything else. He and David Beckham had more in common than I thought, although David’s skin tone wasn’t as mesmerizing. Mateo’s color was amazing, just beautiful, this dark, golden bronze that covered him everywhere. I wanted so badly to just touch him, to lick the sheen of sweat off his skin. I bet he tasted like victory.

And to think this was the man that Claudia said wanted to taste me.

I really, really wanted to believe her.

Meanwhile, I was just standing there like I was melting into a puddle of myself. I clamped my mouth shut as he walked past and I heard him say into the phone, “No, mi tesorito, it was easy, I didn’t injure myself.” He was beaming, talking about the game, to his wife. To his tesorito. And he called their relationship complicated? This was complicated.

He winked at me in acknowledgement, his smile becoming broader. I tried to smile back but it wouldn’t come. I just stared at him, feeling stupid, foolish, and strangely rejected. In a perfect world I may have been his favorite food, but it still wasn’t what he got served every day. I turned around and walked down the hill, my heart feeling like a pincushion.

“Vera!” I heard him call out from behind. I stopped and nervously glanced over my shoulder. He was holding the phone’s receiver to his chest, grinning at me. “I need to ask you your question.”

“What?” I asked, hoping it was quick.

“Who is your favorite Spaniard here?”

Seriously?

And yet I couldn’t lie to him.

“You,” I said, more to myself than to him. Then I turned around and walked away as quickly as I could.

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

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BOOK BLAST**~**A Blue Tale by Sarah Dosher – Excerpt, Trailer, Playlist, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!!

 

 
The rock legend’s daughter…
Eli Blue Savage doesn’t trust musicians, especially those that idolize her dad.  Her heart’s been broken by everyone she’s ever loved. Fairytale dreams and the music she locks inside her heart are all that keep her alive.The musician with a dark past…
 
Deacon Chastain plays a blue guitar to match his rock idol, the man that saved him from a path of destruction.  His life revolves around music; it’s the only thing that saves him from the darkness.
Hearts beat to the same rhythm…
 
Broken and scarred by their pasts, can they find a way to heal and move forward?  No matter the adversity, even the hardest of hearts can be softened by love – music is easy; life is hard. 

 

 
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“Deacon! Deacon! Deacon!” the hoard of girls chanted, as they pushed and shoved, trying to get closer to the empty stage. 
 
The unmistakable sound of a Fender Stratocaster echoed through the small arena, inciting the masses even further.  The crowd was a living, breathing entity all its own that swayed and surged with every note.
As the opening guitar solo edged forward, I could smell sweet excitement filling the air; unfortunately, the scent was dampened by sweat and stale beer.
 
“C’mon, hurry your ass up!” I shouted to my friend, Willow, before I started weaving through the flesh-hungry mob. Willow wrapped her arms around my waist trying not to get trampled.
 
After elbowing every single person in our path, we finally reached the barricade a few feet from the stage. Immediately, we were greeted by a snarling security guard that wasn’t happy to see us ascending into sacred territory.  He held up his hands in a silent plea for us to stop, which did nothing but make me roll my eyes.  I’d never felt entitled to things in my life; however, free reign at this place was a given, and the only thing I ever demanded.
 
I flashed the sweetest smile I could manage, and was just about to inform him who my dad was, when a man dressed in a business suit gestured for the guard to let us pass.  I smiled at the suit and he returned the gesture with a nod of his head just before he disappeared behind a door leading under the stage.  Realization of who I was, or actually who my dad was, flooded over the guard’s face. His eyes grew wide and reverence appeared – with a touch of pity.
 
“That never gets old.” Willow yelled in my ear over the screams and hollers for the concert to begin.
 
“What?” I shouted back.
 
“When they finally realize you’re someone important and retreat.” She laughed.
 
I shook my head. “But I’m not.” I informed her.
 
“Yes, you are, Elizabeth, and it won’t be long ‘til I’m someone special, too.” She said with a wink.
 
I rolled my eyes at her before turning my attention back to the stage just as a single light began to rise.
The guitar solo slowly faded and was followed by the pounding of a kick drum.  Boom, boom, boom.  I could feel my heart mirror the slow, methodical beat.  Boom, boom, boom. 
Anticipation built within me causing heat to cover my body, and sweat to roll down the middle of my back.
Music always had a way of exciting me. I’d grown up with it – I’d never known anything different.  Even when I’d been shielded from its harsh glare, a constant rhythm still flowed through my veins.
 
A shadowy figure appeared at the center microphone directly in front of us.
 
“Oh shit there he is, there he is!” Willow screamed, jumping up and down.
 
I burst into laughter because I’d never seen her act like this before.
 
“Damn girl, calm down! He’s just some lead singer.  We’ve definitely met our fair share before.” I placed my hands on her shoulders forcing her to calm down.
 
She pointed toward the stage, “Duke’s different—dear Lord is he different.  Just wait ‘til you hear him sing and you’ll be ready to rip his clothes off, too.”
 
“Fuck me, Duke!” echoed behind me.  I turned to see a leggy blonde with the brightest red lips I’d ever seen, flashing her tits at the stage.  I’d never understand how any woman thought that would help her chances at snagging a man. Sleazy desperation was never attractive on anyone, no matter how much
lipstick you tried to cover it with.
 
A low, sexy growl came through the sound system, drawing my attention back to the stage.  Standing
center stage was a towering man wearing nothing but black leather pants.  His long blonde hair hung down his back and teased the crowd by subtly camouflaging his muscles that appeared to bulge in
all the right places. 
 
“That’s him, that’s him.” Willow shouted, digging her nails into my upper arm. I shrugged my shoulders, “Yeah, he looks good, but I need to hear him first.”
 
“He plays guitar, too. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t drag you here for a singer that didn’t play, too.”
 
I smiled at my best friend because she knew me well. Although I tried hard not to pass judgment on him before I actually heard him sing, his cliché appearance was definitely a strike against him.  He was too flashy for what I wanted.  I wanted old fashioned musicians that played for the love of their craft.  Not someone that was just in it for the glitz and glam. Willow dragged me here tonight in hopes I’d sign her
favorite new band to my dad’s management company; technically, it was my management company now, even though I refused to call it that.  Savage Man had become mine four years ago on my eighteenth birthday.  Before that my mother almost ran it into the ground from the day her guardianship of me granted her the right. 
 
My dad hadn’t been a part of my life since all the glitz and glam took him from me when I was barely thirteen years old. Not nearly old enough to know how his absence would affect my entire world, let alone how he’d want me to lead his brainchild.
 
Willow’s band, The Elle’s, was the first band I signed when I officially started working at Savage Man full time last month, after graduating college.  An all girl rock band, no one could go wrong with the way these girls looked, not to mention their amount of talent.  Simply, they kicked ass.  The only problem was the estrogen induced drama that occurred on a daily basis. But Willow had been the only constant in
my life, and I’d do anything to help her achieve her dreams.
 
“Hey, are you even listening to him?” Willow whined.
 
“I’m listening,” I snapped. I was definitely listening, and his voice was impressive.  Clear and
smooth, just like she’d said it was.
 
The bridge of the song played and the lead guitar picked up, sending chills dancing across my skin.  I
moved to my left and on to my tiptoes, trying to peer over the tall stage, but
couldn’t see the guitar player.  His half of the stage was too dark; the only beam of light focused on Duke, who was busy grinding his hips in the direction of every female he could find.
 
“Deacon Chastain.” Willow said with a huge smile.  “That’s who you’re looking for over there.  He doesn’t come out of the shadows very often.  Apparently he likes to sulk back there and be all broody.”
 
“He’s damn good.  Why didn’t you tell me about him?”
 
Her eyes gleamed with orneriness. “Because I wanted you to discover him for yourself. Just wait; there’s a hell of a lot more to see.”
 
Song, after song played and I still hadn’t seen more than a glimpse of Deacon through his shroud of darkness.  Still, the sounds that came from his guitar kept me entranced.  I’d stopped listening
to the song as a whole, only feeling the vibrations of his picked guitar strings darting through my core.  They felt so familiar, like I’d never listened to anyone, other than him, play.
 
“We are Unforgiven, and we hope we rocked you as hard as you rocked us tonight.  If not, be sure and
let us know, so we can tell you to go fuck yourself.” Duke shouted and the crowd cheered. “Ladies, don’t forget the line for the backstage freaky train forms to your left by the big bald security guard. As always, the last song of the night goes to our fearless founder and leader, Deacon.” 
 
I expected the crowd to go wild with more sexual favor declarations from the half-naked Barbie’s all around me, but there was only complete silence.  Duke dropped the mic with a shrill shriek, and the entire room immediately went black. 
 
A dim light from the back of the stage slowly arced across the venue, stopping and illuminating someone sitting on a bar stool with a black hoodie pulled over his head.  Now backlit, the figure became a dark and menacing presence. A microphone stood in front of him, waiting to be used, while a large guitar rested on his leg.  Willow pulled on my arm and moved closer.
 
“That’s Deacon.” She said softly into my ear. “This is their end of the show tradition – same song at the end of every show.”
 
The sound of his knuckles cracking filtered through the stillness as a bright spotlight illuminated the front of his guitar.  I gasped. It was my guitar; my dad’s guitar.
I knew every single inch of my dad’s guitar and this was identical, even down to the bright blue details.  I felt my heart fall to the floor, shattering into a million jagged pieces.  He was another one, another guitar player obsessed with my dad.  I found them everywhere, or more accurately, they found me.  I think some of them had a tracking device attached to my ass with how quickly they could locate me.  I’d spent my life fighting off Kirk Savage wannabes.  Which never made sense to me—I’m his daughter, so their path to becoming my “Rock God” dad should not include them vying to be in my pants.
 
I heard Deacon slowly inhale then let out a long, steady stream of air.  Not a nervous gesture, but a
prayer for strength.  He lightly strummed his guitar and the sound invaded my senses. He played a slow, light melody that had tears burning my eyes.
 
His fingers moved over the smooth strings, creating one of the most genuine sounds I’d ever heard—every movement of his hand giving voice to the desires of his heart. I’d been around enough musicians to know that was the only way a mere human could compose such a melody, and in that moment, our hearts were beating to the same rhythm.
 
His voice rang through the calm bar and every eye was turned, hanging on his every word.  His voice was light and rough, his words ran together, just barely clear enough to understand.
Take her now; you need her more than I
She hasn’t ever truly been mine
Strike your claim; it’s been too long
I’ve been fighting, but you’ve won
There’s no way, don’t hide your eyes
Unused, unwanted, unclaimed
Some of my earliest memories were of me, sitting cross legged in the middle of my dad’s studio, intently watching the faces of musicians as they poured their heart and soul into their gift.  My dad used to say, if the fans didn’t feel like they’d lived an entire lifetime in his shoes after he performed, then he
needed to find another job.  “Maybe an accountant,” he’d joke, “they don’t need emotions.”
 
Music has always been the driving force in my life.  It soothed my fears when I was overcome, and
guided the way when I was lost.  I looked to music like a religious man looks to his God – and it had yet to let me down.  If Deacon’s face wasn’t covered by the darkness, I knew I would see every emotion evoked by his words.  Music was easy, life was hard.  Each haunting syllable he uttered crawled deep into my soul.
 
“Holy shit, are you crying?” Willow shrieked from beside me, and then laughed.
 
I touched my cheeks and felt wetness; I hadn’t even realized I was crying.  I wiped it away before
turning to look at her.
 
“No, I wasn’t crying. Are you crazy?”
 
“Bullshit Elizabeth, you were freaking cryin’ and don’t try to deny it.” She pointed her finger in my face and shook her head at me.
 
“Whatever, c’mon.” I said, looping our arms together and heading toward backstage. “Do you, or do you not, want to meet Duke?”
 
“Damn right I’m gonna meet him; gotta meet him before I can make him put a ring on it.”  She said with a laugh.

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** A complimentary copy given by author for the blog tour**

~~ 4 Stars ~~

This is the second Sarah Dosher novel I have read and I have to say I am hooked on her.  I have really enjoyed both books immensely.  she has a knack for creating a story that will suck you in and keeping you interested until the very end.  This book was about a musician and I have to say that, that is what drew me to this book.  I love a good book about a hunky rockstar ;)  This book not only created a story about a rockstar but also the behind the scenes of the music business.  I really enjoyed that aspect of the story because I thought it was unique to the music storyline books we have already read.  I really like Sarah’s writing style, she doesn’t rush anything but also doesn’t drag anything out.  Her books are a quick read but only because you can’t put them down.  This story took me by surprise….she added things to this story I wasn’t expecting but were well written and great additions to the story.  I won’t say more because I don’t want to give anything away.  I loved how Sarah incorporated the past into this story with little flashbacks throughout the book.  I thought the past and present really blended well together.  I know for sure I will keep reading any book Sarah writes, and I am hoping that we get more about Unforgiven…..the other band mates could be interesting to read about also :)

This book is about Eli Blue Savage and Deacon Chastain (don’t you just love his name…it makes me tingle just thinking about it ;) )  Eli is the daughter of the late Kirk Savage, who a rock legend of his time.  He also owned his own music company, which Eli took over after his death.  Eli’s vision was to keep her fathers motto alive, by signing talented artists who play for the love of music, not the money and the fame.  I loved Eli’s character…..she had such a tender heart.  She didn’t have the best life growing up because her mom was awful and her dad was always on the road.  Things changed for Eli once her dad decided to kick the mom to the curb and bring Eli with him everywhere.  I loved that we got to see and feel the love that her dad had for her through her flashbacks.  Now grown up she is looking to sign new talent….this is how she meets Deacon Chastain.  He is a talented guitarist with the band Unforgiven.  He envolked everything Eli wanted in a musician.  I loved watching these two grow into better people and watching their relationship blossom.  Now don’t get me wrong they had their hurdles to overcome ( and some of them were doozies) but it only made them stronger and know that what they had was worth fighting for.  Not only was Deacon a hunky musician, he was also a little bit of an Alpha….boy could he be bossy…. ;)

We meet quite a few side characters…Dave, Shaw, Willow, Duke, Angela, and Tony.  Each of these people play intrical parts in this story.  Some of them I liked and some I really didn’t like at all.  Like I said I really hope we get more books about the other bandmates because I think their stories could be interesting.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great Rockstar love story with a little bit of suspense and drama built in.

~Jennifer H.

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Sarah Dosher was born and raised in rural Oklahoma where she currently resides with her cowboy
husband and twins (one cowboy and one cowgirl). She spends her day slaving away in healthcare and her nights pouring her heart out to her keyboard. She is addicted to books and The Golden Girls. Her love for reading inspired her to start her writing journey.
 
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BLOG TOUR**~**Getting By by Claudia Y. Burgoa – Excerpt and GIVEAWAY!!!

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Getting by ~ A Knight’s Tale I by Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication date: February 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

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When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.

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“You sure about being here?” She nodded, answering my question. Then I slipped one of the migraine pills in her hand and opened a bottle of water. I noticed that Mom and Dad had walked over to Gaby, who waited for them on the corner of the street. After gulping her medicine and water, she handed the bottle over to me. “Text me if you need me to pick you up earlier, Pretty Girl.” She nodded again and I kissed her temples. “Liam, can you walk her to the shop, please?”

Mitch couldn’t hold his tongue any longer, and spoke up, saying, “What was that about?” I glared at him. “Mom being too quiet is scary, right? You want to throw her at her own game? Am I next to be extremely nice with Emma, as if she was my girl?” I grinned, he got me. “Pointers for it to work. Try to change your concerned look, stop drooling and perhaps Mom might believe you.” I narrowed my eyes. “Yeah, it was that obvious since we hit the hotel restaurant at eight this morning, Jay. You were too couple-like. Let’s run you through the breakfast highlights.

“You spotted the girl and ran to her whispering in her ear, giving her a stupid smile I’ve never seen you wear before.” I smirked, remembering the fork, and snorted. Ignoring me, he continued, “At breakfast you two were sitting too close for comfort. Not even Mom and Dad were that close. The best part wasn’t the medicine errand you ran for her. No.” No? I put a hand on the back of my neck and continued listening to the play by play that made me look like a moron in love. “The freaky part, where everyone dropped their jaw at the table, was when Emma reached toward your plate and grabbed strips of your bacon.” I shrugged, what was wrong with it? “Not once, but several times. No one is allowed to touch your food, Jake. Ever since we were little, you hated it. Yet, Emma touched your food, and while she was doing it, you were a millimeter from kissing her. You two are too comfortable with each other, and the daunting part, Jake, is that the two of you fit so well that you don’t realize how wrong everything looked for the ones that don’t know about your relationship.”

“Or for the ones that know you two broke up,” Liam added. I didn’t notice when he came back. “The parental units are suspicious, Jake. Come clean and put some space between you and Emma before Mom chooses the wedding location and makes Dad buy the two of you a house next door to theirs.”

“Did you have to deal with the TMI all the time, Li?” Mitch shivered after Liam nodded with a blank stare. “I never checked to see if the girl I slept with used the pill or not. Add to that the hot factor that she carries condoms in her magic bag.”

“It’s different when you’re with a girl for more than one n—” I rubbed the back of my neck. “Can we not talk about my girl?” I gulped after uttering the last two words and began to think about some form of rehabilitation to move on.

 

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Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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BLOG TOUR**~**When I Surrender by Kendall Ryan – Excerpt, Teaser, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!!

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**Warning** This book is intended for a mature reading audience and contains adult language and themes.  Undaunted by Knox’s complicated history with sexual addiction, McKenna pushes forward in her relationship with this deliciously flawed man. She experiences the highest highs as they discover each other, along with the lowest lows, and worries that his past may not be entirely behind him. But when a complication from her own past demands attention, she’s forced to decide where their relationship is headed, and everything she thought she knew is questioned.

When I Surrender is book 2 in the WHEN I BREAK series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

Note: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.

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Knox’s hands wandered from my waist to my hips, where his fingertips made contact with bare skin fractures of heat crackled across my abdomen. “Don’t question this.” He leaned down to breath against my ear.

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**A complimentary copy was provided by author for blog tour**

~~ 5 “O.M.G.” Stars ~~

“We were two lost souls fighting to cling to something real.”….Knox

I don’t even really know how to express my feelings on this book!!!!  I have so many things going through my head right now.  I will admit this review will probably be on the short side because I don’t want to include spoilers in my review and a lot of what I want to say would give to much away.

When I Surrender is the second book in the When I Break series.  I thought it was an excellent second book to a trilogy.  Kendall did a fantastic job answering questions that were left over from book 1, but also created new ones that I am guessing will be answered in the final book.

This book starts off where When I Break ended ( Kind of )  There really isn’t any time lost, but let me just say this book started off with a BANG!!!!  I was ready to leave Kendall a very nasty note with how this book started…..lol :D  I am glad I was completely wrong.  I thought she did a great job sucking us into this story and connecting even more to McKenna and Knox.  I loved that we got to know these characters even more in this book.  Some things are revealed in this book that help you understand McKenna and Knox better.  I LOVED watching these two characters grow into stronger and better people.  Don’t get me wrong, they still had their challenges to overcome and still at the end of this book, have challenges to overcome but you could still see how they were growing.  I have to say I love Knox even more after reading this book then I did after I finished book 1.  I was so glad to see this side of Knox, he is definitely in my Top 10 Book Boyfriend List!!!!  I was also glad to see McKenna open up more in this installment.  The things she tells Knox are things that needed to come out.  And again….Can I just say that Knox and McKenna have AMAZING sexual chemistry!!!!  Kendall really knows how to melt a pair of panties ;)

We do see Brian in this book also….I am just going to leave it at that because everything I want to say gives to much away.  I still don’t really like Brian but I did feel bad for him towards the end.

Now the bad news……this book ended on another cliffhanger!!!!!  Kendall is trying to kill me I believe.  This one was torture.  I can’t wait for book 3 in May.  If you are NOT a FAN of Cliffhangers then I would definitely wait until all 3 books are out before meeting Knox and McKenna.  With that said I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND this book/series to everyone.  This series is so different from anything she has written that it just sucks you in, but it is also a Kendall Ryan book, so you know it’s going to be GREAT!!!!

~Jennifer H.

 

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels, HARD TO LOVE, THE IMPACT OF YOU, RESISTING HER and WORKING IT.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss! She lives in Minneapolis with an adorable husband, two naughty puppies, and a brand new son.
She enjoys being naughty, reading, and anything girly.

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RELEASE BLITZ**~**Nova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorenson

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Today is the first day of Quinton Carter’s new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She’s the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he’s not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova’s life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life’s dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova’s heart?

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Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
 
 
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COVER REVEAL**~**Never Doubt Me by S.R. Grey

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Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2)

By S.R. Grey

New Adult Contemporary Romance

(recommended for readers 17+ due to mature content)

Releasing May 2014

 

Can a tattooed, former bad boy leave his past behind? Can he find lasting happiness with the love of his life?

Gorgeous and sexy Chase Gartner hopes to do just that with Kay Stanton. But when Chase’s troubled teen brother, Will, stays on in Harmony Creek, Ohio—-after an unexpected arrival-—Chase and Kay’s bonds of love and commitment are soon tested.

Chase finds himself caught up in secrets—-and revisiting a past he thought he’d left behind—-when Will makes a number of irresponsible decisions. Despite Chase’s attempts to keep his brother out of trouble, Will’s reckless behavior continues, affecting not only Chase and Kay, but other residents in town…one disastrously so.

But it’s the final, potentially deadly decision Will makes when his girlfriend runs into trouble back in Las Vegas that leads Chase to make a fateful decision of his own. A choice that threatens his relationship with Kay.

Never Doubt Me is a touching, poignant story of love, redemption, and coming to grips with the fact that escaping the past is never easy.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. 2nd novel in the Judge Me Not series.

***warning: contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***

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S.R. Grey is the bestselling author of Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way, all novels in A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy/series. She is also the author of the New Adult novels I Stand Before You, the first book in the Judge Me Not series, and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Never Doubt Me release date is scheduled for May 2014.

Other novels slated for 2014 are Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3) and another New Adult novel, Inevitable Detour.

When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.

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BLOG TOUR**~**Vision of Love by S. Moose – Review, Excerpt, Teaser, Trailer, and GIVEAWAY!!!

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You can say I had it all. The fancy house, top of the line car, lots of friends and more money than anyone could ever imagine. On the outside, we were the perfect family. No one knew about my abusive father and my mother who drank herself into oblivion every night. My name is Karly and I have scars, deep scars that no one knows about, and when my parents died I was left alone and on my own, to fight through life with no help.

When it came to life and happiness, I had it all until my world was turned upside down. My name is Nicholas and my wife, the love of my life, left me and our new baby girl without as much as an explanation. I didn’t want to accept it, but after our divorce was final and four long years passed, I started to lose hope that she’d ever come back. Emma was growing so fast and I needed help. My sister recommended that I hire her friend, Karly, as Emma’s nanny. I took a chance on bringing another woman into my little girl’s life. Did I do the right thing?

As many days and nights are spent together, feelings can no longer be denied and a relationship is formed.

Life is about taking chances and learning how to fall, but when the past comes back, will they be strong enough to fight through and trust each other? Or will all they worked for fall apart?

 

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“You’re mine tonight so make sure you stay by my side,” I whisper in her ear. My hands hold onto her hips as we dance. Damn she can dance. She takes the lead, helping me move with her.
The music is loud with the bass bumping against the speakers causing the crowd to go wild. The atmosphere is screaming fun and sex.
The music changes to ‘Hold It Against Me’ by Brittany Spears. The alcohol finally kicks in. My hands go on a mission and find the spot they want. “Fuck baby! No panties tonight?”
A seductive smile comes on her face. “Just. For. You.” I let out a growl and push my fingers inside her.
“Baby you’re so fucking wet.”
“I’m always wet when it comes to you.” She bites down on my shoulder whispering for more. I feel her body shudder against mine. Karly pulls down her dress and guides me off the dance floor towards the bathroom. Yes!
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~~ 4 Stars ~~

When S. Moose said that this book is unlike her past books….she wasn’t lying.  This book is an emotional rollercoaster.  One minute I was happy and feeling the love and then the next I was either pissed or sad.  I really did enjoy this book and storyline.  The story kept me interested throughout the whole thing.  I loved that it was dual POV….it was nice seeing how each character felt.  I will say that I didn’t feel like the story flowed as well as it could’ve.  It felt a little jumpy to me.  It was like some scenes or thoughts weren’t completed.  It’s hard to explain but you’ll understand as you read it.  I just felt that if some of those scenes would’ve been expanded on then the story would’ve flowed better.  Even with that I still enjoyed the book. I look forward to seeing where this story goes.

This story truly is about learning to move on and learning to trust and let people in.  Karly and Nicolas are two extremely broken people…with good reason.  What happens to Karly when she was a teenager is horrible and my heart broke for her.  Life truly didn’t get easier for Karly as time went on, but once she met Nicolas things started to look up.  I have to say I felt I connected better with Karly then I did with Nicolas.  I didn’t like him a whole lot in the beginning.  Yes he did grow on me but by the end I’m not sure how I feel about him. (You’ll understand when you read the book).  Nicolas had his sweet side but he could also be a complete jerk too.  I understand he had built walls up to protect him and his daughter Emma, but it rubbed me the wrong way at times.  I’m holding out hope that my opinion will change in the second book.

I loved the secondary characters that we met throughout the story…even Bradley.  Emma (Nicolas’s daughter) was absolutely adorable.  I also loved Alexis and Karly’s friendship.  I’ll be excited to see where Alexis and Larry go in the second book :)

I would recommend this book if you are looking for that second chance at love type story.  This was a very quick read, sometimes I felt things were rushed, but worth the read.  I will say that this book did end with a Cliffhanger and book 2 isn’t out until August.  Just know that this wasn’t the worst cliffy I’ve read but it will drive me crazy trying to figure something’s out while I wait :)

~Jennifer H.

 

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