August 2015 archive

Cover Reveal! Rip by Rachel Van Dyken

On OCTOBER 20 Rachel Van Dyken brings you Rip a complete stand alone novel that fans of the Eagle Elite series will devour! With twists and turns you won’t see coming, this dark romantic suspense will keep you on your toes and leave you screaming for more.


Pretty things aren’t meant to be broken.

But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.

I’m her nightmare.

I’m her savior.

And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.

She doesn’t remember me.

She will.

It’s inevitable.

Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury–I can’t.

She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.

I bit.

I tasted.

I fell.

Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking

coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Review: With A Twist By Staci Hart

 With A Twist
Series: Bad Habits #1
Author: Staci Hart
Release date: 16th July, 2015
Rating: 6 Stars!
This is a light funny as all get out read! I F’LOVED IT! It is the perfect read to help you recover from an angst fest or something intense. It’s sweet and cute as well as gratifying when they finally get it together! It was smart. It was real. Staci writes characters that you can relate to and love stories that feel realistic. No one does it like she does. It isn’t a bubble gum romcom, but rather something closer to home filled with feels & laughter.


PS. This is the best book of the summer for me so far. No one creates character dynamics like Staci motherfkn Hart.

Blurb Reveal! Chaser by Staci Hart (Bad Habits #2)







Everyone knows you should never say never.

Cooper Moore never saw Maggie Williams coming. She was just his best friend’s little sister, the curly-haired, freckle-faced girl from Mississippi who was absolutely off limits. And he never thought about her any other way — not until he saw her that night, broken and brave. From that moment on, he knew he’d do whatever it took to protect her, even if it meant he had to stay away.
Maggie never expected to find her fiancé banging her maid of honor an hour before she was set to walk down the aisle, but life’s funny that way. The only option to save her sanity is to get the hell out of Jackson and move to New York where her brother lives. The only downside: Cooper is there too. And she just doesn’t know if she can stay away from him — the filthy rich, dead sexy playboy who’s allergic to commitment.
The second Maggie sees him again, she realizes he’ll be impossible to resist. Luckily, commitment is the last thing on her mind, and Cooper is the perfect escape. As long as she can keep her heart in check, everything will be just fine. Because she can never have feelings for him. Or at least that’s what she’ll keep telling herself.
About the author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Review: Hearts and Arrows Box Set by Staci Hart

Title: Hearts and Arrows Box Set Vol. 1-3.5 
Series: Hearts and Arrows
Author: Staci Hart
Release date: 21st April, 2015
Rating: 6+ Stars!
Cliffhanger: Nope

Aphrodite knows hearts. Just don’t ask her to figure out her own.

It’s easy to look at everyone else’s love life and fix it. To see it from a distance and know how to make it work. A nudge here. A tweak there. She’s the original matchmaker — owning love since 3000 BC. But her own relationships are a tangled knot of lies and betrayal, love and lust. And when she finds out that everything she believes about her heart is a lie, everything changes.

Making human matches is the perfect diversion from her own messy life. There’s Lex and Dean, who can’t be together, no matter how much they want each other. Kat and Dillon, who would do anything to protect their siblings, even deny their hearts. And then there’s Jon and Josie, whose love is tainted by their past. Pouring herself into making the humans happy keeps her busy, even as her world crumbles.

But it’s time the goddess of love found a match of her own.

Book 1 – Deer in Headlights (Lex and Dean)
Book 2 – Snake in the Grass (Kat and Dillon)
Novella 2.5 – What the Heart Wants (Companion: Snake in the Grass)
Book 3 – Doe Eyes (Jon and Josie)
Book 3.5 – Fool’s Gold (Companion: Doe Eyes)

Sometimes as soon as you read the name Aphrodite you say to yourself, “Dear God, it’s another paranormal book.”, but this isn’t.

It is basically a series of contemporary love stories with one overlying plot that takes place in Olympus sprinkled in.

So if you shy away from paranormal like I do, don’t shy away from this series because it’s basically a contemporary romance series. On the other hand, there’s enough greek mythology stuff that takes place that if you are into paranormal you can get your fix.


But really. I love this series because it gets better with every book. Hart’s growth as an author is shown in the progression of these books. She shows women who are strong. Men who aren’t jerks. Perry and Dita are the kind of best friends everyone wishes they had. Heff is definitely the best book boyfriend of all. Her “human” characters are strong and funny.
Hart’s humor is perfectly timed. She always finds a way to hit you right in the feels with each couple. Lex and Dean are so angsty, wanting what is just out of their reach. Dillion and Kat heal each other, and it’s just fun and beautiful. Jon and Josie are just pure magic, man. Doe eyes is my favorite of the series as of yet. You will not be disappointed!
So give them all a chance. It’s worth it.
PS: #heffanddita4eva

Review: Salvation by Robin Covington

Title: Salvation (Nashville Nights #2)
Series: Nashville Nights #2
Author: Robin Covington
Release date: 11th May, 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Cliffhanger: Nope

4.5! Our ratings will be based on this 5 Star scale:

*****J’adore/Nous Adorons: World-changing, we could not put it down even if we dared to try. And, we might just read it again. We would recommend it to anyone.
****Liked it: It didn’t shatter our worlds. Something held us back from that amazing moment of complete obsession, but we definitely liked it a lot. We would recommend it to our friends.

For those who skim: Carlisle and Mateo have a beautiful and sexy relationship that is sure to give you all the feels!

Letting go never felt so good.

Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.

Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.

Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero.

Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.

Can they save each other?

When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?

**A portion of the royalties from this book will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation**

1. People: “Do we care?”. Development. Relationships between characters.

Convington drew us in from the start. Carlisle is super funny. She developes each dynamic between the characters with ease. It didn’t take much for us to get a sense of who everyone was. She really developed her main characters well without getting too caught up in them to show us things about the rest of the cast.

2. Plot: “World-building”. Story arc. “Did it hold our interest?”

I read this sucker in one sitting. The story was beautiful, raw, and honest. Everything was easy to imagine and sit through.

3. Plausibility: Can we suspend our sense of reality while we read these and still have it make sense?

Everything felt real. Everything felt honest. I could always see where Carlisle was coming from, and it always felt realistic. Not once did I feel like straws were being grabbed at to make a point.

4.Pure entertainment value.

Funny. Sexy. The Feels! Heart breaking. Heart warming. It was awesome. I think I wanted to know more about his thoughts or encounters with her before the story’s timeline. It was understood that they were friendly, but I wanted more. It edged one being insta-love which is part of why this is a 4.5 read for me instead of a 5.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series!!!

*ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion

Review: Royal Bond by Megan Maldonado

Royal Bond_ Megan Maldonado
 Royal Bond
Series: Royal #1
Author: Megan Maldonado
Release date: 8th June, 2015
Rating: 3.75 Stars!
Key Words:
 Suspense. Sassy. Swoon Worthy. Enjoyable.
HEA: Sortof

They are forever…

Sydney Field’s life is a rollercoaster on steroids with one constant—Ryan Edwardson.
Best friends since a projectile crayon incident in kindergarten, Sydney and Ryan have stuck it out together through thick and thin, pranks and rants, and anything in between.

One kiss changes everything…

As Sydney does her best to sort through her new found feelings for Ryan and mend what she broke in their friendship, the rollercoaster makes a complete one-eighty, unveiling Ryan’s lifelong secrets.

Thrust into a world chalk full of royalty and kingdoms and wielders, Sydney starts to wonder what’s up or down, right or wrong, reality or fantasy.

In a twist of events, Sydney finds herself enveloped in a world she never knew she belonged to. Friends become enemies, strangers become her survival, and love becomes the ultimate price.

***Good enough: It was worth reading. Once. We liked it. It was good enough that we don’t regret reading it and would be willing to read others in the series.

I had a hard time figuring out exactly what I wanted to say about this book. As a general rule, I don’t read paranormal stories. But I made an exception and I’m glad that I did! It is a cross between Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kate and Leopold, and The Prince and Me.

1. People:
     “Do we care?” For the most part, yes. I think that Ryan (H) is the driving force behind that. He is kind of a dreamboat. I appreciate so many things about this man! Sydney (h) is endearing, but frustrating as well. That seems to be part of her charm in Ryan’s eyes.
    Development. The characters need some more developing. I felt like I got to know bits and pieces, but I didn’t have a clear vision of their essences. That’s the best way I can put it.
    Relationships between charactersI wanted to see these more developed. I wanted more indicators of what was going on between people. That being said, Ryan and his friends definitely held my interest. I want to know more about each of them, especially Amanda!
2. Plot:
     “World-building”. Megan paints a pretty clear picture of everything. I was able to easily visualize all the worlds that we were introduced to.
     Story arc. The story had ups and downs, but no real clear arc.
     “Did it hold our interest?” I never felt it get really slow which was nice. I didn’t feel the need to skim or skip which is something I often find myself doing.
3. Plausibility:
     Can we suspend our sense of reality while we read these and still have it make sense? Yes, but it is harder than I’d hoped. Things seem almost too silly at points, but it was easy to get past it.
4. PEV:
    Pure entertainment value. I was entertained. No doubt about it. I read it all in about two sittings, not wanting to put it down. Ryan is a convincing hero. All of the political drama that happens will keep your interest, but I have so many questions. I need more things to be explained clearer and simpler.

So let me first start off by stating that I liked it, but I wanted more. It was lacking that “je ne sais quoi”. Story wise it had serious potential. The story concept was a solid 4 stars, but otherwise it was closer to 3 stars. If you are looking for a new series to start with a fresh story, check it out. Beware the cliffhanger at the end as well as the unanswered questions. At the end of the day, I will definitely read the next book in the series. I will hold out hope that each book will get better.

*Book gifted by author for an honest review.

Hello world!

This is my very first post! I have toyed with the idea of a book blog for a while now. I thought, “Who would want to hear what I think?” Probably no one, but I have things to say and, now, a place to say them! Stay tuned for reviews, rants, and other book related posts.

Happy Reading!
Xx, B