Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: A VERY GREY CHRISTMAS by T.A. Foster


A VERY GREY CHRISTMAS 
by T.A. Foster

Series: Kissing Eden, book #3
November 20, 2014


BOOK SUMMARY:

I was getting ready to spend the single most important holiday of the year alone. Completely and utterly alone.
That meant he wouldn't be there Christmas Eve. No making Christmas cookies, or listening to my dad sing off-key while my mom bustled around wrapping last-minute gifts. No decorating the tree. No midnight Christmas kiss.
No waking up in Grey’s arms. We were actually going to spend our very first Christmas in different states.
That was until Grey gave me the most unexpected gift of my life.



Review:

Oh T.A. Foster, you sure do know how to pull at the heartstrings.  I loved Eden and Grey from the beginning but this was definitely the icing on the cake that tasted oh so sweet.  This was a quick and sweet heart warming novella that is just perfect for the upcoming Christmas season, I know it only will bring you hope that someone in your life will be just as sweet and romantic.

Eden is on her way home, without Grey and she’s sad about it but knows that she has to spend time with her family as well.  Especially after moving so far away from them.  Grey ever adamant about seeing her for new Years, but of course you can only imagine what a great surprise it was for Eden to see Grey at her house after a couple days of being there.


Overall this was a sweet story, I can’t really say much more because I want you to read it and fall in love all over again with this couple, and believe me you really will.  There were definitely some super steamy and new things tried in this book that always picks up that heart rate but really it’s all about the love story. So if you have a little bit of time and are in the Christmas mood, make sure you pick up this novella and give it a try.  You will not be disappointed!

By the way, how much do you love that cover, oh I needs me some Christmas loving!


Author Information

T.A. Foster once spent a month long spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.

She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Release Day Blitz: A Very Grey Christmas by T.A. Foster

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I was getting ready to spend the single most important holiday of the year alone. Completely and utterly alone. That meant he wouldn’t be there Christmas Eve. No making Christmas cookies, or listening to my dad sing off-key while my mom bustled around wrapping last-minute gifts. No decorating the tree. No midnight Christmas kiss. No waking up in Grey’s arms. We were actually going to spend our very first Christmas in different states. That was until Grey gave me the most unexpected gift of my life.

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T.A. Foster met, fell in love with, and married her own Marine fighter pilot. Through deployments, trainings, and sometimes living oceans apart, their own love story continues every day. She grew up catching rays and waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her husband, two children, and two canine kiddos. T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip. 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: BECOMING RAIN by K.A. Tucker

We are so stoked about this cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster. BECOMING RAIN is set to be released March 3, 2015!

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  About BECOMING RAIN: Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.  

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Author PhotoAbout 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.  

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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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

All Lined Up
By: Cora Carmack
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Series: Rusk University #1

Description:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


Review:


It’s sometimes difficult when you realize you need to become your own person and finally become the adult you’ve been avoiding.  Those time periods during college are your most formative years because it leads you to the future you are going to have.  It’s not only a difficult time but a fun time to explore and Cora Carmack did a great job with the beginning of this series at Rusk University. 

It’s all about football, or at least that’s how Dallas feels.  Her father is the coach at her college and her ex who is the quarterback also happens to go there to.  It’s a disaster but she tries to get through it and ignores the ex at least.  Especially when she meets this really great guy that just sparks something in her, something she’s never really felt before, and it scares her.  Carson who is playing second string on the football team can’t help but fall for this girl who literally falls into his arms (off a balcony).  But when he finds out whom she is that makes things a little more complicated.

The two of them seem to complement each other with his sore shoulder and her janked up feet, they have a connection, but I think Dallas’s need to placate everyone and her naïvetés holds her back from actually going for what she wants.  It’s a complicated thing realizing hey it’s time to grow up and figure out if you are forever going to please other people or yourself.  She’s quick to jump the gun and get angry with a result of just leaving, a habit she definitely needs to work on.

Carson is very hard working and dedicated person just trying to make things work for him and yes Dallas is very much a distraction for him, but he seems to pour all of himself towards her and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.  I don’t really do sports but it’s always fun to read about them.  The whole atmosphere of this book was fun and light reading but it still had some good points in it to make you feel like you were in college and sometimes it’s not always fun and games, neither is family.  Family is definitely a big element in this book, because that is who she is trying to placate the most. 

Overall this book was really good, I didn’t want to put it down and I just love Cora Carmack, her books have always left me happy and fulfilled.  I will be checking out the next one as soon as I get my hands on it.  The cover is cute, gotta love a redhead.  It’s not really how I pictured Carson to look like, but that’s why it’s a book and I can picture him however I like.  He .He.  Anyway go get the book if you’re in the mood for some light quick reading and a good one at that!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Something Maybe
By: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: March 18, 2014

Description:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.


Review:

Colleen Hoover, what can I say?  She’s absolutely brilliant!  Her stories have always moved me but there is something extra special about this book because it carried me through an experience I’ve never had with its unexpected main characters disabilities.  I’ve come to appreciate more things in life because of this. I’ve also come to appreciate the author more because her stories truly are genuine, thought provoking and seriously addicting.

We meet Sydney as she’s just gone through quite an experience with her now ex-boyfriend and ex best friend, but in this horrible experience she has met Ridge.  He’s a musician and besides being absolutely gorgeous he gets her and they get each other.  You know the saying you complete me, I definitely get that feeling between the two of them.  The way they met is definitely strange and unique and was an interesting plot; well the overall story was just interesting and different.

There were a lot of factors for them not being able to get together and they spent the whole book trying to fight their attraction the best they could but there were moments when they couldn’t contain them.  I don’t want to tell you too much about it because really you have to read it, it’s worth it to feel this genuine experience these main characters have with one another.  I love that there was so much written and so much truthfulness between the two of them that made their experience that much more honest.

I loved this book from the beginning to the very end I spent all night trying to read it all and just couldn’t put it down.  I remember reading the slammed series and thought it was just as amazing but this story plot was just really attention grabbing.  I need to go and find the soundtrack so I can hear these songs into music; I can only imagine how beautiful they will be.  And I just have to say when Ridge finally said her name even in a whisper, well no especially in a whisper my heart leapt just a little bit more for them. 

Everything was absolutely beautiful.  I love the cover too because it seems so different and you think by reading the blurb and looking at the cover that maybe this is going to go one way but when you read the book, it takes your breath away.  So unexpected and entertaining, and I’m so glad this isn’t a series but a standalone because it was just perfect the way it was.  I can’t gush about this book enough because that’s how much I loved it.

Excerpt Snippet:
I’m thankful that she isn’t angry. I’m thankful that she isn’t vindictive. I’m thankful that she’s reasonable.

I’m also thankful that she appears to have more willpower than I do, because whenever I’m around her, I’ve never felt so weak.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

The Fine Art of Pretending
By: Rachel Harris
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1

Description:
According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

Review:
You ever start reading something and you just know that this upcoming scheme is going to be a disaster but you can’t help but read exactly what is going to happen because that’s the best part, well yeah that is exactly what this book is.  A disaster waiting to happen but it was absolutely adorable and cute and just a feel good kind of book that I definitely needed after reading something so intense and dire.  Rachel Harris did a really great job of bringing these characters to life and just made me enjoy the story through and through.

We meet Aly who is kind of popular but feels too much like one of the guys and is ready for her senior year to crack that shell and blossom into a woman that guys actually want to hook up with.  From this reasoning the operation sex appeal is born, can we say disaster waiting to happen, but oh what fun we will have getting to the end point.  Brandon is the second hottest guy in her school and is also her best friend with his help as her pretend boyfriend she feels that she can finally get a date with the hottest boy in school by becoming what they call a casual.

Aly’s plan including pretending to date her best friend Brandon to push her hook up status higher and get Justin to notice her.  But during their time things changed, things happened and situations occurred.  You really have to read the book to find out but I’m sure you know how disastrous things turned out between the two best friends.  When it wasn’t something it was something else but the two of them have a strong chemistry to begin with and that is why they were best friends to begin with.  I think they were just in denial. 

The overall story isn’t something terribly original, but even still it was absolutely adorable and cute and I couldn’t put the book down at all because I had a smile on my face the whole time.  Definitely one of those feels good romantic comedies that you just can’t help but read or watch.  I loved this and I can’t wait to read the next one in this series because I just know it’s going to be just as fabulous.


I love the cover too; it’s cute and adorable just like the stories and the characters. Oh and let me just say there is NOTHING wrong with being one of the Commitments! It's commitments that make the most lasting impressions.  Always.

Before We Fall Launch Day Blitz!!!! Excerpt + Giveaway!


BEFORE WE FALL
by Courtney Cole
November 4, 2014;
Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00

Sometimes before we fall . . . we fly.
One dark moment was all it took to turn twenty-four-year-old Dominic Kinkaide's world black. On the night of his high school graduation, a single incident changed him forever, and he became a hardened man-famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured inside. Now all he cares about is losing himself in the roles that he plays.

At twenty-three years old, Jacey Vincent doesn't realize how much her father's indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn't one specific moment that wrecks a person, but an absence of moments. She tries to find acceptance in the arms of men to fill the void-a plan that has worked just fine for her, until she meets Dominic.

When jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, the combination of his secrets and her issues turns their attraction into the perfect storm. It could change their lives for good-if it doesn't tear them both apart . . .

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Excerpt:
Jacey is standing still in the middle of the room, dressed in her uniform, letting a party guest lick salt off of her forearm for a tequila shot. She’s heavily made up tonight- thick mascara, red lipstick.  She smiles up at him with those red lips and a fake smile and as she does, she catches sight of me.
She freezes in shock, although what the fuck?  I’m the one living here temporarily.  I belong here, she doesn’t. 
Suddenly, a guy comes rushing up to me, someone I don’t know.  A very drunk someone.
“Dude, can you sign my shirt for my girlfriend?  If I take home your autograph, I’ll get laid for a month.”
He grabs at my arm and I shake him off in annoyance. 
Dude.  If you were lucky enough to get invited here, then you should know not to approach anyone for autographs.”
I’m not usually so rude to fans.  But my mood gets the better of me. The guy stares at me, stunned, and I continue on my way.  As I do, I feel Jacey’s gaze.
She pulls her arm away from the guy, sets down her tray of shots, and makes a beeline for me. 
I turn my back on her, intent on continuing up the stairs without acknowledging her, but she won’t have it.  She grabs my arm, forcing me to look at her.
“ Are you all right?” she demands.  “That was pretty harsh.”
I glance down at her, into her brown eyes and find her to be sincerely concerned.  I must look seriously rattled if she noticed that something is wrong. She barely knows me.  Her fingers are warm on my arm and for a minute, I waver. 
She’s warm and soft and concerned.  I know what that might turn into. 
A wild night that will make me feel better. 
Women are all the same, they want to fix what is broken and they’re willing to do anything to accomplish that.  I never talk about my past or anything at all about me, but women can still sense that I’m fucked up.  What they don’t understand… is that I’m unfixable. 
I stare down at her again, shaking my head. 
“I’m fine.  Don’t worry about it.”
But she looks at me again, really looks at me, her brown eyes probing mine.  “I don’t think you are.  What happened?”
“Why does it matter to you?” I ask, before I can stop myself. 
Because something about her makes me think that it does somehow matter to her and not just because I’m Dominic Kinkaide.   Everything I’ve seen of Jacey is wild and untamed… she works for Saffron, pushes cops around, gets dressed in parking lots and lets men lick salt off her body for tequila shots.
Yet at the same time, she seems warm and real.  I haven’t forgotten how she shoved her way in between Cris and I and shielded my body with her own.  She’s a puzzle. 
Jacey looks confused by my question. 
“It matters because you’re not some stranger off the street. You look seriously upset.   Of course I’m going to ask you if you’re alright.  Who wouldn’t?”
Most of the people I know in Hollywood, I think.
But I don’t say it.  Instead, I turn my back and start up the stairs again.  I don’t fucking answer to her or anyone else. 
“Do you need anything?” Jacey’s voice is hesitant behind me.  “An ice pack or anything? That bruise on your cheek looks like it still hurts.”
I pause, not looking at her.  Instead I remember her bare leg, stretching toward the sky while her tiny uniform shorts slide over it.  The mere memory of the way she’d undressed right out in the open sets my pulse to racing. 
Yeah, there’s a bunch of things I need, but only one thing that will take my mind off the reason that I need them.
“Yeah, I need something.”
There is a moment of silence between us, then another. 
Finally she asks, “And that is?”
I turn back around slowly, looking her up and down until my eyes freeze upon hers and stay there.  Hers are dark and sincere, waiting for me to say something. She has no idea what kind of person I am.  She has no idea that I’m just a shell, completely empty inside. 
If she did, she would run far, far away. 
I stare into her eyes as I move closer and she doesn’t look away.  
I step back down until we’re on the same step and her back is against the wall.  I press against her, close enough that my rigid dick digs into her hip.