Review | Here All Along

Here All Along

Author: Lilly Avalon
Series: Here All Along, #1
Genre: New Adult, Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lilly Avalon
Publication Date: February 11th, 2014
Format: ebook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

 photo 43968bbc-d4b3-489f-a604-973a70d99be8_zps5bec76ae.jpg
Every time Hazel Bell goes on a date, she returns home unhappy and disenchanted about love. At least her best friend Adrian Williams is always there for her, even more so now that they’re roommates. After both of them have a bad night out, they decide to just relax and forget the world for awhile. It’s been a long time since they’ve been alone together. They certainly weren’t counting on the close quarters bringing out hidden desires. Now it appears their platonic friendship is being put to the test—one that neither can resist. By the end of the night, will it be the end for Hazel and Adrian—or a new beginning?

 photo goodreads_zpsbfc5d95d.png


 photo c84e18c8-8677-4526-89d4-fbd17c81445a_zpscae30e67.jpg

**I received a copy of Here All Along from the author in exchange for honest review**

First Impression

Ohhh…roommates/friends who are about to possibly cross that line? Count me in!

Opening Lines

I need a drink. Now.”
After tossing—fine, throwing—my purse and keys on the couch, I march straight into the kitchen.”

The Good

I wish I had known that you were here all along, Adrian.”

I’m a sucker for when an author takes advantage of inserting the title into the text of a book. So many authors miss out on that opportunity but not Lilly Avalon! While Here All Along is too short, its still a well written book that gives you just enough details but keeps you wanting more. I flipped through this quickly and loved the descriptions that Lilly Avalon provided, it gives readers get insight of what Hazel is feeling.

The In-Between

I would have loved to have seen more back story on both characters, I felt the little of information was given was certainly not enough for me to build a connection with Hazel or Adrian.

Lasting Impression

Overall, Here All Along was a light, quick and steamy read! A little too short for my liking but I look forward to the development between Hazel and Adrian in the next book!

 photo 11cf41c7-1e98-4802-b5cb-c4d74927f760_zpsa5a331f4.jpg

3.5 Stars

 

 photo df37543c-805c-4244-93c9-4fd84e14574e_zpsb0c39b6f.jpg

**Author Bio was taken from Goodreads**

Lilly Avalon writes new adult and erotic romances. She’s in her twenties and lives in a cute little apartment in a small city. She loves reading romantic stories as much as she loves writing them. Her favorite things include dancing, watching scandalous television dramas, and autumn. Lilly Avalon is a pseudonym.

Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Thanks for stopping by!

signature1

Advertisements

Review | COME (Dirty, Dark, and Deadly, #1)

COME (Dirty, Dark, and Deadly, #1)

Author: J.A. Huss
Series: Dirty, Dark, and Deadly, #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Science Future Press
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2014
Format: ebook
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo
 photo 43968bbc-d4b3-489f-a604-973a70d99be8_zps5bec76ae.jpg

My name is James Fenici and you will never see me coming. I walk the shadows like darkness itself. I hide in the corners where nobody looks. I live by no rules, I have no boundaries, I take no prisoners, and I never, ever blink. I am not your knight in shining armor; I’m your worst nightmare.

My name is James Fenici and you are my target. Only one of us is getting out alive, and that’s not gonna be you. Once your name is on my list, your life is over. It’s a deal I make with death, it’s a contract I sign in blood, it’s forgone conclusion—get used to it.

My name is James Fenici and I’m as dirty as they come. But then one day I saw her. And every monster I thought I was. Every fact I thought I knew. Every dirty promise I ever turned down came back to slap me in the face.

My name is James Fenici and I think I am in love.

———————————–
Dirty, Dark, and Deadly, #1
This is a SERIES. This is BOOK ONE. This is a NOVELLA.

It used to be part of the BEND Anthology.

COME will be re-released on June 23, 2014 and there will be a cover reveal for COME BACK, BOOK TWO, on June 25th.

 photo goodreads_zpsbfc5d95d.png


 photo c84e18c8-8677-4526-89d4-fbd17c81445a_zpscae30e67.jpg

First Impression

The title is Come? Okay, get your head out of the gutter Patty it doesn’t have to mean something dirty, even if there’s a half naked guy on the cover. *Reads synopsis* see Patty!? There’s no sexual reference what so ever! It’s probably just a suspenseful series with a little bit of romance. Get it together Patty.

Opening Lines

Even if I wasn’t looking…
Even if I wasn’t watching…
Even if I wasn’t obsessed…
There’s no way in hell I could miss her.”

The Good

 photo tumblr_moowllT2PI1qf7vx5o3_400_zpse8c01928.gif

WELL THEN!! I was wrong, oh I was so wrong. My head was originally in the RIGHT place! Who would have thought? Come is indeed dirty, hot, and steamy. This was my first J.A. Huss book and I have to say there was never a dull moment!! This book started off strong, the first couple of chapters were insanely good! But I felt that didn’t follow throughout the rest of the book. However, it still did keep me intrigued from beginning to end! I found both Harper and James to be unique and intriguing characters. It was funny seeing James go from Mr. Beautiful to Mr. Dark & Dirty. The above gif is equivalent to my facial expression while reading certain scenes! Also, I strongly believe that James is Edward Cullen’s twin. Why? He’s a stalker..

“I know she has a phone. But I also know she never uses it. I’ve checked the minutes. It never changes. I know how much money she has, what’s inside her fridge. I know she touches herself at night sometimes. And she moans as she comes, her back arching for a second.”

The Bad

  • Nothing that I would actually consider bad.

The In-Between

  • Suspense? Where art thou? – I was hoping to get some real suspense while reading this, but unless I missed it there was no suspense. Hopefully there will be some major suspense in the next book!
  • POV – With the way the synopsis is written I expected that majority of this book would be from James’ perspective, there were a couple of chapters from his pov but majority of them we’re from Harper. I wanted more James!!

Lasting Impression

Overall, Come was an interesting read. It’s one of those books that’s brings me out of my comfort zone but still manages to make me interested in seeing what will happen next! If you’re a fan of Adult Fiction/Erotica and Romance than this is a book you HAVE to read.

 photo 11cf41c7-1e98-4802-b5cb-c4d74927f760_zpsa5a331f4.jpg

3.5 Stars

 

Thanks for stopping by!

signature1

Review | Carrier (The Line, #1)

 photo CarrierTourBanner2_zps09bb75b5.png


Carrier (The Line, #1)

Author: Anne Tibbets
Series: The Line, #1
Genre: New Adult, Dystopia
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: June 16th, 2014
Format: ebook
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
 photo 43968bbc-d4b3-489f-a604-973a70d99be8_zps5bec76ae.jpg

Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.

A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

 photo goodreads_zpsbfc5d95d.png


 photo c84e18c8-8677-4526-89d4-fbd17c81445a_zpscae30e67.jpg

First Impression

When I first signed up for this blog tour I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I didn’t release at the time that this would be a dystopian novel. I have bad luck when it comes to this genre, mainly I never seem to enjoy any of the books. I had to put down The 5th Wave after 120 pages, haven’t read The Hunger Games or Divergent. I think the only dystopian novel I’ve read and enjoyed is 1984. I read the synopsis and I liked what I read I just hoped I would love the book from beginning to end.

The Good

  • World building – This is an author who knows how to cover her bases! This was set in the future and there wasn’t a single point where I felt lost and had to flip back to try to understand how this world/economy came to be or how they live.
  • Characters – I really liked the characters in Carrier! Especially Naya, and why do I love her? Because Anna Tibbets created a REALISTIC strong female character. After all the horrible things Naya has to endure she shuts down her emotions but as the story progresses we see them come back, she’s such a loving and caring character! Even the secondary characters were amazing!
  • Action & Romance – I thought I would get mainly action and only a little bit of romance. However, there was a good blend of both! There wasn’t a point that I felt the book was stuffy with all the romance nor did I feel like it was action driven.

The Bad

  • Nothing really that I would consider bad.

The In-Between

  • The Ending – I put this under ‘The In-Between’ because this is more so personal preference and not something I think everyone will agree to. I know this is going to be a series but I still felt the ending of Carrier was so short! I felt that last chapter could have been made into at least 2 additional chapters instead of it all being condensed into one. It was still a great ‘Happy ever after…for now’ kind of ending!

Lasting Impression

  • Overall, Carrier is a strong and well written novel! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out what happens to Naya and Ric and all the other great characters we got to meet! This is defiantly one I recommend and one I  will re-read, yep I liked it THAT much!

 photo 11cf41c7-1e98-4802-b5cb-c4d74927f760_zpsa5a331f4.jpg

4 Stars

Watch the trailer!!

 

Click here to watch it on Youtube


 photo 3404dbb5-6554-4151-83c4-1b81b767d1ad_zps22cf7bae.jpg

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour-Wide Giveaway
Open INTL – Ends July 22nd
— $20 Amazon gift card
— 3x eBook copies of Carrier
— 20x Carrier t-shirts with Auberge pens.

 photo df37543c-805c-4244-93c9-4fd84e14574e_zpsb0c39b6f.jpg

Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick-moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit www.annetibbets.com and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Organized by:
XpressoBannerTours
Thanks for stopping by!
signature1

Review | Temporary Arrangement (The Renaldis, #0.5)

Temporary Arrangement (The Renaldis, #0.5)

Author: Karen Erickson
Series: The Renaldis, #0.5
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Format: ebook
Pages: 46
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

 photo 43968bbc-d4b3-489f-a604-973a70d99be8_zps5bec76ae.jpg

Look, but don’t touch.

Alone and broke, Paige Stewart can’t believe her good luck. Who hires a virtual stranger out of a New York City coffee shop to care for their adorable grandson? Apparently Claudia Renaldi does.

Widower Matteo Renaldi isn’t pleased that his mother found a replacement nanny so soon after he fired the last one. Yet little Matty takes to Paige like no other nanny before. And Matteo can’t deny he’s quite taken with her as well. She’s beautiful, sweet, and far, “far” too young for him.

There’s something about the gorgeously sexy Matteo that fills Paige with longing to break through his wall of formality and touch his softer side. But no one knows better than she that crushing on her boss is one thing. Acting on those feelings is forbidden. Foolish.

Inevitable

Warning: Sexy, grumpy Italian hero who is determined to keep his walls up. No matter how much his son’s sweetly beautiful nanny drives him to distraction

 photo goodreads_zpsbfc5d95d.png

 photo c84e18c8-8677-4526-89d4-fbd17c81445a_zpscae30e67.jpg

 photo 6690131_zps08513c54.gif

Oh boy…

This was good.

OH, this was good!

I really needed something light to read, I’m in a mini reading slump and Temporary Arrangement did the trick!! Some prequels really lack substance, and most times after reading them I can’t help but wish that the author never bother with one. This prequel was fantastic! It had so much substance to it and things moved at a fast pace! I didn’t want it to end! So much happened that I didn’t expect would, and that cliffhanger! Omg, I went on the hunt for the next book in the series. I just had to know how Matteo and Paige would continue to live/work/just be around each other after…after…well you’ll just have to read it! 😀

I see some people have this under the Adult Fiction category, but I personally find it’s better suited under New Adult given Paige’s age. Nonetheless, this was a solid romance novella that had you rooting for the main characters to be together! All I know is I can’t wait to jump into Tempted by Her Boss (The Renaldis, #1) to see what happens next! Also, have any of you read Love, In English? I’m not sure why. But the characters in this book reminded be of the characters in Love, In English by Karina Halle!! Maybe it’s just me, but either way this is a book I recommend to anyone who loves a good plot, series, romance and characters!

 photo 11cf41c7-1e98-4802-b5cb-c4d74927f760_zpsa5a331f4.jpg

4 Stars

 

Thanks for stopping by! 

signature1

Review: Melt

 photo MELTReviewBlogTour_zps28df64d0.jpg


Melt

Author: Selene Castrovilla
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Expected Publication Date: November 6th, 2014
Format: PDF
Pages: 315
Source: Jen Halligan PR

 photo 43968bbc-d4b3-489f-a604-973a70d99be8_zps5bec76ae.jpg

It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul. 

Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance.

 photo goodreads_zps5cfb2c98.png


 photo c84e18c8-8677-4526-89d4-fbd17c81445a_zpscae30e67.jpg

 photo 8421230_zps8e07387e.gif

Have you ever read something dark? So dark that it leaves you feeling numb. You sit there after, your brain still trying to process everything you just read. That was me once I finished reading Melt. I’ve never read anything by Ellen Hopkins, and I’ve never read anything dark. If there’s a book that I’ve read that’s classified as dark, it shouldn’t be. Selena Castrovilla’s Melt is the true definition of a book that is both dark and deep.

All those years building and all it took was for a puddle to bring it down.

Melt is told through two different perspectives from Dorothy and Joey. I liked Joey’s perspective the most because I felt like with every word he painted a vivid picture that will forever be etched into my mind. The writing style took a couple of chapters to get use to, but I liked having the dual perspectives; it allowed you to really grasp what took place.

We didn’t speak, and yet we were communicating. Getting to know each other, without words. When you think about it, words don’t count for much anyway. It’s the intentions behind them that count.

Selene managed to perfectly capture such a devastating and realistic topic and carry it through with a solid plot and deep characters. She kept my heart thumping one I got to the last couple of chapters. At one point I panicked wondering how the book would come to an end. Would I be able to prepare myself? Nope. The ending was power and I re-read about 3 times.

Overall, Melt is the kind of book that you won’t be able to shake; it’ll haunt you. I recommended this book to everyone! As long as people don’t take this as a Wizard of Oz retelling there is nothing to be disappointed about. I’m highly looking forward to what the final layout will be once this hits stores in November.

 photo 11cf41c7-1e98-4802-b5cb-c4d74927f760_zpsa5a331f4.jpg

4 Stars


 

 photo 3404dbb5-6554-4151-83c4-1b81b767d1ad_zps22cf7bae.jpg

* One (1) winner will receive a signed ARC of MELT and $25 Amazon/B&N gift card (US/CA only).

* Three (3) winners will receive an ebook copy of Melt (International).

***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 photo df37543c-805c-4244-93c9-4fd84e14574e_zpsb0c39b6f.jpg

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April 2013. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!

LinksWebsite | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest

Organized by:

 

Thanks for stopping by!

signature1

Review: Besiege (DISARM, #2)

Besiege

Author: June Gray
Series: DISARM, #2
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Military
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Format: ebook
Pages: 49
Source: ibooks
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

 

 photo 43968bbc-d4b3-489f-a604-973a70d99be8_zps5bec76ae.jpg

 

The continuing story of Elsie and Henry…

Elsie has waited six long months for Henry to return from his deployment to Afghanistan. But she learns that, sometimes, the person who leaves for war is rarely the same one who comes home…

 photo goodreads_zps5cfb2c98.png


 photo c84e18c8-8677-4526-89d4-fbd17c81445a_zpscae30e67.jpg

Besiege is the second novella in the DISARM series by June Gray. It picks up right where Disarm left off, although slow Gray covers how Elsie’s life is without Henry. I was a little worried on how Gray would keep this story, I honestly figured that while Henry was gone this story would flat with correspondence back and forth between the two, but I was wrong. She throws in a twist with David (not much of a twist) and when Henry comes back from Afghanistan we learn that he’s not the same guy that Elsie fell in love with.

Overall, Besiege is short but intriguing!

 photo 11cf41c7-1e98-4802-b5cb-c4d74927f760_zpsa5a331f4.jpg

3 Stars

 

Thanks for stopping by!

signature1