Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Highlight: Game Changer by Collette West - Excerpt/ Giveaway


Title: Game Changer
Author: Collette West
Genre: Adult contemporary romance

Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.


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I reach out and rub Sasha’s back, letting my fingers stray to the area behind her neck. It's been such an emotional twenty-four hours for her. The ups and downs have been pretty intense. I want nothing more than for her to relax. Let her know that, even though I don't agree with her decision to do this, I'll always be on her side.


She shivers when I play with a loose tendril of hair at the nape of her neck. "Maybe you should go," she says, briefly shutting her eyes as I withdraw my hand. "I think I can take it from here."


I stepped over the boundary I promised Kyle I wouldn’t cross. She's only abiding by my wishes. It's my fault that I can't stop touching her. It's too hard being alone with her, having her right beside me. She's resisting because she thinks that's what I want her to do. I get to my feet, upset with myself.


Things are so screwed up right now. We should be enjoying each other's company after so many months apart, not pushing each other away. She wants it. I want it. But Kyle's the one calling the shots, and now even the Kings are getting involved.


Last night, after we spoke on the phone, I thought that this was it. Finally, I was going to get my chance to make things right with her. But Kyle's holding firm, and the Kings don't want a scandal. If Sasha and I get caught in a compromising position, the press is going to label her the team slut. I can't have that happen. I respect her too much to jeopardize her reputation. I have to be there in the background building her up, not front and center tearing her down. Maybe we'll get our chance at the end of the season, but for now, it's for the best if we just remain friends.


Sasha follows me to the door. I pause with my hand on the knob. "If you need anything—"


"I know... You're right next door," she finishes, an intense fire blazing in her eyes
as she stares up at me.


"Be ready by six." I'm all business, fighting every instinct in my body not to turn
around and ignite the passion that's smoldering in her gaze. "Goodnight, Sasha," I grunt, stepping into the hallway without looking back.


"’Night, Brooks," I hear her say before closing the door and twisting the lock.



Yeah, I may be locked out of her bedroom for now, but I hope I still hold the key to her heart.



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Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Tristan: Finding Hope by Jessica Sorensen

Tristan: Finding Hope
By: Jessica Sorensen
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Series: Nove 3.5

Description:
Tristan has always felt like a ghost. After a painful loss, he became all but invisible to his grieving family. So he dove headfirst into a dangerous life, sinking deeper until he felt he could disappear-and almost did. Though Tristan survived, staying on track is a 24/7 battle he’s not sure he wants to fight.

Then Tristan meets Avery, the girl with purple streaks in her hair and tattoos like secrets, waiting to be uncovered. Her smile is warm and inviting, but her sad, hazel eyes tell a different story. And the strangest part is-she can really see him. A girl like that might just keep Tristan out of the darkness . . . or pull him right back in.


Mini Review:

This book couldn’t have been titled more perfectly, seriously because after finishing reading this novella that’s exactly what I thought of Tristian finally finding some hope after all.  It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Jessica Sorensen and have probably read almost all of her books already, almost I said, but regardless I love all the characters in all the series and this one is no less because Tristan is a lost soul.  He needs help to be found and he may have just found the one person who can make him believe that he is worth something.  Because even though he doesn’t believe it, I know deep down he is, he just needs to throw caution to the wind and play it straight for a while.  Did that make sense?  If you’ve read the series you know what I’m talking about.
We got a small glimpse into his life before all the drama started and he was already running down this road of despair and self-medication, which is never the right answer.  His family doesn’t help much but I know that between Quinton and Nova and this dashing new purple tinted haired beauty they will help Tristen get out of this vicious cycle he’s in.  Oh the hope, oh the wonder, I can’t wait to finally, finally hear his story! This was just a teaser to wet your whistle and now I’m just parched.

Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Just One Night
By Gayle Forman
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Series: Just One Day #2.5

Description:
After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.

Mini Review:

So this novella was perfect, why you ask, well because I have always wondered what happened next.  Like the story just left you hanging they finally caught up to each other but, what happened next?  Gayle Forman did us a solid when she wrote this novella.  I was giddy with surprise when I started reading it to find out YES! I finally get to see what happens when these two finally meet up after the torturous year they spent looking for one another.

It was sweet and endearing and I was happy to see all the characters back again rehashing what these two have been through and now what they will be going through.  After all, it’s true what they say, if it’s meant to be, it will be and it definitely is.

I love the cover I think it’s beautiful; it’s romantic and just a great picture for a fabulous ending to this amazing series.

Blog Tour - Before You by Amber Hart - Review and Giveaway

 
Before You
By: Amber Hart
Release Date: July 29, 2014
 
Description
"Beautiful . . . will settle deep in your heart." --Sophie Jordan

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Faith Watters has a picture-perfect life. She's captain of the dance team, popular, happy. She even spent her junior year traveling the world before returning to Oviedo High School for senior year. But she's living a lie.

Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn't stand a chance of fitting in, and doesn't want to. His only concern is his secret past--a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him his life.

Everyone knows that Faith and Diego don't belong together. But fate has its own plan. All they want is to be free. What they get is something different entirely.

Love--it will ruin you. . .and save you.
 
Advance Praise
"Will hook and hold you. . ." --K.A. Tucker New York Times bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths
“Fans who loved the premise behind Simone Eldele’s Perfect Chemistry will want to give Before You a try. Using alternating points of view, Hart weaves a touching love story sure to capture readers’ hearts. What separates this “boy from the wrong side of the tracks” romance is the inclusion of the hero’s perspective, which will build a deeper connection with readers..” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
 
“[A] sexy romance…Hart’s writing in this debut conveys a lot of physical and emotional feeling…This riff on West Side Story is torrid and heartfelt.” – Kirkus Reviews
 
 
Review:
 
I haven’t read a book like this in a while, a book that made me feel sentimental on different levels.  There are so many different issues in this book that it just makes you wonder if people are really still like that and unfortunately the answer is yes. Amber Hart really made me think and I really enjoy the experience these two main characters shared together, I will definitely be continuing the series. Especially after reading that sneak peek, has me more intrigued than anything.

We meet Diego who has recently left Cuba to move to Florida and here he meets Faith, who is his peer helper showing him around the school.  From the second they meet there is a physical attraction and throughout their time in school it just seems to grow as they happen to run into one another more often than not, this of course is while Faith still has a boyfriend.  Diego leaves behind in Cuba a life of violence but still hasn’t been able to get over this need to do what he is good at.  This store reads a little west side story (but I love that movie).  There are a lot of cultural differences between the two but they find a happy medium when they are together, they make each other happy and that is what counts.
"He is fluidity in every move.  He is a boy with eyes like hope, with scars that tell stories, with muscle born of a hard life.  It's plain to see, so long as you care to look."

They both struggle to find the freedom they so desire, and with each other they find it slowly.  There are a lot of arguments in this book but it comes with the territory of a. stealing someone’s girlfriend, b. being from a former violent background and c. being the pastor’s daughter throw all those elements together and some really great writing and you have a really amazing book and start to a great series that I can’t wait to continue on. 

Amber Hart did a great justice to this freshly made interracial couple that we don’t get to see very often, Latino and white.  The struggles they have to go through to be together, the secrets they hold on each other and society as a whole, and of course the immense passion they have for one another.  This book had a little bit of everything involved and I couldn’t put it down.  Believe me if you enjoy a good young adult/new adult book you will definitely love this book.  There is drama, fighting, romance and an all-encompassing love story.
 
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About the Author:


Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House. 


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Where's There's Smoke by Elizabeth Lee

Where There's Smoke
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Release Date: May 20, 2014
Series: Jameson Sisters#1

Description:
There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He'd let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He'd perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rearview was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn't just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you.

Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She'd saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren't tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she's forced to see that things aren't always as they seem. The people who she'd left behind might not have been saved at all.

In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper's sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.



Review:

This was the kind of book I just couldn’t put down. Not only was the story super-hot and sexy but it was original and beyond interesting as well.  This is my first book by Elizabeth Lee but it will definitely not be my last, she had me at the edge of my seat half the time wondering what they were going to do next, what would happen to all of them and most importantly talk about a cri me and a half. There was some serious material in this book, can we say hello Lifetime original movie!

We meet Piper who is on her way back to the hometown she thought she’d never return to, to say her goodbyes to her dying mother.  It was sad and all but I didn’t really feel a connection there, because this story isn’t about her mom dying, nope this is about her rekindling her relationship with her sister and with her ex Ryland.  Let’s not forget more importantly the rocky relationship she has with a stepfather who was nothing more than a controlling (enter bad word).  I don’t think I’ve ever disliked anyone from a book as much as I have disliked this character; Lee did an amazing job of making you feel a certain way towards each character in the book. 

There was a lot of turmoil between Piper and Ryland but an undeniable connection that they couldn’t resist any longer.  When the two of them got together, the pages just got steamier and it wasn’t overdone and it wasn’t under done, it was just right, very realistic and possible and I think that’s what I enjoyed the most.  Elizabeth Lee has a way with words and emotions. I was truly addicted to these two. Despite the getting on parts in this book, again there was a crime that happened, and someone had to pay for it, or did they?  I can’t say what it was but it was well deserved and even through all the commotion when the crime was taking place even I felt chaotic reading it.  Who did it?  I had to ask myself that for a bit but I got it in the end, and man was this one a doozy but necessary.

Overall I thought this book was fantastic and I would unquestionably suggest book to anyone who wanted to read something new and refreshing, with a little heat on the side.  I can’t wait to find out what will happen in the next book because the sneak peak was exactly that a teaser that has me wanting more.  I can’t wait to find out what really happened to Hadley (Piper’s sister) and of course how it will turn out in the end.  This is a really great start to an interesting series.  I really like the cover too because it’s simple and I can absolutely picture Piper and Ryland in the cover models.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

Make it Count
By: Megan Erickson
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Series: Bowler University #1

Description:
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

Review:
This was a very quick fun and easy read that touched upon a subject that’s not discussed that much but is just as important as any other issue.  That is, dyslexia a learning disability that if gone untreated simply frustrates the person who has it making them feel less than others and just adding more issues on top of this.  I am really glad that this book explored that and the feelings behind having dyslexia.  Making it Count really is a finding yourself book that makes you feel good in the end.

The main character in this book is Kat, a Brazilian girl who is struggling in her classes and wanting to do better request a tutor, who turns out to be her current boyfriend’s best friend.  Can we say hello trouble? This best friend, Alec starts treating Kat better than his best friend Max who has been very off lately.  Regardless of this Kat is hard pressed to be faithful and to finally learn something about statistics, the class he’s tutoring her in.

Now there is a lot that happens but I don’t want to give it away.  Just know there are some great secondary characters in this book and two of them will be the focus of the next book, but the main characters are hard headed as they were they really made this book entertaining.  Kat is very out there and spacey but in a good way, you can’t help but like her and well Alec being the nerd he is I can totally picture him being one of those sexy nerds.  I know you know what I mean, the kind that are amazing kissers, the kind that make your knees shake with how cute and nerdy they are. 


The cover is very cute and innocent and even thought it was an easy breezy great summer kind of read (especially before school starts), there were serious issues in this book and of course lots of good loving, just an overall great book.  I can’t wait to read the next book because I really want to know what exactly the back story on the two characters is.  You definitely should read this it’s a great addition to the new adult book world and I’m so happy I picked it up.  Very flowy and just a good read. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cover Reveal: BURYING WATER by K.A. Tucker

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BURYING WATER! BURYING WATER is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel scheduled for release October 7th! This book will blow you away. Get. Ready.

Burying Water

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  About BURYING WATER: The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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Author Photo  About K.A. Tucker: Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.      

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