Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas

Keeping Her Secret
By: Sarah Nicolas
Release Date: August 22, 2016
Series: Endless Summer Series

Description:
Two girls, one kiss, one summer of discovery
All’s fair in love and summertime prank wars
The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.
Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.
Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.

Review:
This book was pretty amazing from the very beginning.  I’ve never read an FF book before but this book wasn’t even about that even though it was all about that.  It was about discovery, facing reality and finally letting go and being the person you know you are, not what someone else wants you to be.  It was really quite beautiful.  Sarah Nicholas, perfect.

We meet Riya as she is on her way to summer camp to get away while her parents move and get things settled in a new location.  Four weeks of fun and friendship, getting out there and meeting new people, little did she know her best friends from childhood also go to this camp and so the fairy tale will begin. We meet the twins Colt and Courtney, they’ve known Riya for a while but haven’t seen each other in four years.  A lot has changed since then but best friends they will always be.  It’s so cute watching Colt be so happy about having Riya back in his life, friends that never lost touch are how they act, it’s adorable.  On the other hand Courtney who has moved on to the beautiful almost mean girl and so very different from the person Riya remembers.  Will they rekindle their friendship, or more?

This book was summer camp at its best, exactly how I pictured it with campers constantly doing pranks on one another, its fun.  I loved the pranks they pulled on one another, it was entertaining to read and so clever.  I’ve never been to camp so I’ve never experienced that not that I want to but still it sounded fun.  The friends that both girls made bought out the best in them.  But there are underlying things going on like the kiss Courtney and Riya shared four years ago when they said goodbye to each other.  Riya is very much out and about and free, but Courtney is an entirely different story.  It was fascinating watching her grow from her shell and finally break free.  It was a beautiful story.

Overall this was a story about friendship, letting go, freedom and most importantly being who you are. Sometimes in life you hide underneath a false persona that is expected of you, but really the only person that needs to be happy is yourself, so break free and do what you want to do.  After all, it’s your life not theirs.  I thought Riya and Courtney’s relationship was a great progression into what they ended with.  Life is hard but it’s how you deal with it that matters.  I can’t gush too much about this book because really I think you have to read it and feel all the emotions yourself because you will definitely feel for this book. 


Great quick summer read about camp and coming out.  The cover is adorable, would definitely make me want to pick it up and see what it’s all about.  Again I’ve never read any female and female relationship books, but really that’s not what this is about its about two people who have fallen each other and their beautiful growing relationship who happen to be of the same sex.  Bravo for an amazing read.  

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Release Week Blitz: The Boyfriend Bet By Chris Cannon - Review/Giveaway


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About The Boyfriend Bet:

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health. Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother's number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She's shocked-and secretly thrilled-when they start spending more time together. Zoe's brother claims Grant is trying to make her his "Ringer," an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her.Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn't trying to trick her. Still, that doesn't mean Grant is the commitment type-even if winning a bet is on the line.

Review:
Another super adorable book from Chris Cannon.  This book had me laughing, happy, sad, and just all over the place with the main characters.  Really great story and what a way to start it off.  Addicting series with some really great writing and characters.

We meet Zoe as she is moving on to a private school like most of the locals do when it comes to junior year.  She is quite the firecracker and I would love to be her friend because nothing is boring with her, her friends and her family.  I thought her best friend was adorable as well, a real individual and also someone I wouldn’t mind being friends with.  It’s always great when you can picture yourself in a book with these great characters.  Zoe is hell bent on pissing off her brother all the time but the way she does it in the beginning only starts the book and her journey of a new school and a new special friend. 

Grant is quite the popular guy but definitely does not want to settle down with anyone, but meeting Zoe has made him rethink his whole situation.  Watching the two of them go back and forth, that’s called passion and interest, the bond they start to form it’s so sweet to watch.  They definitely have a lot of ups and downs, after all Zoe is quite the drama queen and if there wasn’t a threat with a shotgun or hedge clippers then it wouldn’t be Zoe.  It was entertaining watching their constant bickering over the most minuscule things in life. 


Overall I thought this book was wonderful, another great addition to the series.  I hope to hear more about Delia and her crazy sense of style and Aiden the straight forward analyzer of things.  A story about those two would be really interesting.  But the setting was great, the characters were funny and different, the story flowed very easily and you can completely picture everything happen like a movie in your head.  It was a quick fun read and perfect to get your mind off things.  The cover is very cute and simple but keeps you wondering what it could be about with the two people on the cover.  The title is also very catchy and you automatically start going through scenarios in your head.  Loved it, go read it!


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Jack shoved his finger in my face. "You can talk to any other guy you want to at this school, but you are not allowed to talk to him.” Had my brother learned nothing over the last sixteen years? Apparently not, and for that he would pay. I turned back to the source of my brother’s irritation. "Grant, do you have a girlfriend who would mind if you kissed me to piss off my brother?" In answer, he leaned down and pressed his mouth against mine. Bam. Instant heat.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Daring the Bad Boy By Monica Murphy

Daring the Bad Boy
By: Monica Murphy
Release Date: August 22, 2016

Description:
Truth or Dare was never this much fun...

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out. 

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle. 

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions...but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart. 

Review:


This was a very sweet book about going to summer camp and trying to change your life for the better.  Monica Murphy did a great job introducing us to these young fun and realistic campers and a perfect summer setting, who’s story was quite adorable.

We meet Annie who is struggling to break out of her bookworm shell, what better way to do that then to go to summer camp where no one knows you.  But she’s still a very moralistic kind of girl so even though she has bouts of sassiness and confidence she is still that shy girl who is afraid of things.  Throughout the book you see her struggles with things that happened in the past, but the struggles are what make her who she is and she overcomes those struggles in the best way possible, with the help of the resident bad boy at camp. 

Jake was told not to fraternize with anyone really, but of course he’s a bad boy and can’t help it, especially when he meets Annie during second session.  There is just something about her.  It’s cute watching them fall for each other slowly.  Summer camp is for adventures, friendships, sneaking off for kisses and this is exactly how I’ve pictured summer camp going.  I’ve never experienced it firsthand but I can totally see this really happening, with that this book is very realistic.  There’s the girl who will be your friend till the end, the boy who is the biggest flirt but not that intelligent, the girls who are in a clique and you can’t help but want to be a part of, and just every imaginable type of person will be at camp. 

Overall this book was an adorable quick read about summer camp and finding your place in the world.  Sometimes you can really find happiness in the least expected places.  Love the cover, really can picture the two main characters on there.  I will definitely read another book in this series, have to keep up to date with all the campers.  There were some really endearing moments in this book about loss, friendships and life.  It’s hard to move on after tragedies, but it’s something we must all do, live on.

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review: The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman

The Best Friend Bargain
By: 
Release Date: August 8, 2016
Series: Kisses in the Sand #3

Description:
Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.

As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.

Review:
What a predicament to be in, finding out you are pregnant and not wanting to disappoint your family so you go to your very best friend in the whole world and proposition a proposal from him, the one person who doesn’t believe in that type of commitment.  What a very interesting premise for this book and stranger things have happened.  I think the author did a wonderful job telling the great story of Danny and Olivia. 

First let me start by saying how much I love all the characters names, I haven’t read any of the other books in this series but am seriously intrigued on how the other couples got together, should be even more interesting reads.  I love the fact that these two characters have basically known each other for the majority of their lives and it wasn’t something that just happened instantly.  This is something that has grown from the very beginning of time but they were all too stubborn to realize what happened.  Going through the motions of everyone in their daily lives and their daily struggles with one another and their ever growing relationships.

Danny is so stubborn and hard headed about his life and what he plans to do with it considering his condition but of course Liv is all about him and even with his condition she planned on being in his life.  So really it’s up to him to realize what it is he has right in front of him which everyone has seen for such a long time. Liv is no easier though because she’s always had abandonment issues so she feels like she always has to have someone so when she attaches herself to Danny she eventually takes a break and learns that she can do it on her own.


Overall the story was wonderful and a great quick read.  There were some very steamy moments too and makes me look at honey in a whole new way.  I enjoyed the setting, all the characters, and the writing style, on the whole this book is something you should pick up and check out.  I’m definitely going to check out the first two books.  Such a happy story that just makes you feel good. I really love the cover too, very eye catching and makes you want to read what it’s about.  Looks very relatable.

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing (Lovestruck), so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

The Sound of Us
By: Ashley Poston
Release Date:December 19, 2013
Series: Radio Hearts #1

Description:
America's favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She's willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That's a no-brainer...but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.
 


Review:
I love music and usually have it on all the time everywhere around me.  I love all kinds of genre’s and when any music appears in any of the books I read I can’t help but fall in love just a little more.  Music evokes memories and words written on a page that you have the privilege of reading will also always evoke a memory.  Transporting you into another world and living the experience of all the characters, it’s a beautiful thing and I think Ashley Poston has a really amazing way of transporting you and making you feel for all the characters.  I loved this book as much as I loved the second book in this series, yes I read it out of order.  There’s something special about the writing, it pulls you in.

This is where it all started, Holly’s death, Roman’s disappearance and Holly’s memorial service.  Things happen, and sometimes as tragic as they are maybe they happened for a reason, I don’t necessarily know what the reason was, because nothing is too tragic that you need to take your life, but that’s beside the point.  We are focusing on Roman, he’s lost, but he somehow ends up finding Junie and with their small interactions a strong bond forms between the two.  I think it helps that they have both lost people in their lives that were close to them.  It’s what you do after the loss that matters most, keep those memories strong and be a better person. 

I loved the interaction between all the characters, the constant music trivia between the two of them.  The realistic way they started to feel again and they felt something for one another, there was no insta anything.  It was growing, sure it was a short period, but it progressed over time and realizations.  Overall the relationships in this book were a pleasure to experience, I found myself feeling everything they would, wanting to google these people as if they were real people, it just felt that real to me.  As if I was reading an autobiography or something, it was just that good and realistic, because really it could happen maybe not to me but to someone out there it could happen.  For me it will just stay in my fantasies, cause who hasn’t fantasized about meeting a rock “pop” star.

The story flowed very fluidly, I didn’t feel like I was lacking anything other than I didn’t want their story to end.  It was beautiful really.  There are a lot of things to learn from this book, don’t believe everything you read, especially in tabloids.  Sometimes it’s hard to move on, but move on is something that needs to be done.  And famous people are regular people, they too have feelings and are just trying to live their lives.  Fame is just part of their job. 


I think the cover is very cute, and I can’t gush enough about the book itself.  If you’ve never read it you should definitely pick this up, and the second book of course.  Because Ashley Poston is an amazing writer.  Loved it!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts

Resisting the Rebel
By: Lisa Brown Roberts
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Description:
Disclaimer: This book contains a villain pretending to be a hero, a hero pretending to be a villain, a disco-dancing heroine, two overprotective sidekicks, a little bit of bad language, and a whole lot of swoony kissing.
Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs?
Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend. She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back. It’s a win-win.
But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…

Review:
You ever read a story that left you all happy with goosies and all giggly inside, that’s what this book did for me.  It was absolutely adorable in so many ways.  A true Entangled Crush book!! Lisa Brown Roberts did an impressive job of giving me all the feels of high school again, but the good ones.  Love this book.

We meet Mandy who is definitely a girl who seems to dance to her own beat and then there is her polar opposite the loner brooder bad boy Caleb, the two of them couldn’t be more different.  But you know what they say, opposites really do attract.  The two of them kind of put themselves in the situation where they had to pretend to be dating to get other people to notice or back away.  Now you know this is always a recipe for disaster, or not depending on who it is.  The two of them together was adorable because they got each other in ways no one else did.

I loved all the interaction between Caleb and Mandy’s Posse and bonus that they started to involve him as well.  The characters in this book were wonderful, they all had really great morals and depended on one another.  Their friendships were original and loyal.  The storyline although it’s been done in the past, it’s the story getting to that great ending that you can’t help but enjoy and this book didn’t disappoint in the least bit.  Just a lot of feels and good times with these characters.


This was an overall great read, short and sweet and so definitely swoon-worthy in many places.  The characters were magnificent, the energy between Caleb and Mandy was contagious and now I feel like going out and doing the hustle.  The cover is adorable, not what I pictured Caleb to be but still very appropriate for the book, just needed that leather jacket to complete the look. 

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

PROMO Blitz - Breaking Promises by S. Briones Lim


New Adult / Sports Fiction / Romance
Date Published: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

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After a devastating accident, Aurora Crane's collegiate gymnastics career comes to an abrupt end…

Fighting to piece her life back together, Aurora packs up and transfers to California State to start anew. When she arrives, her focus is on schoolwork and choosing a new career. But to her surprise, destiny has other plans…

Sucked into the world of competitive breakdancing, Aurora comes toe-to-toe with the hottest B-Boy of them all…

An arrogant hothead, Mitch Adachi—or B-Boy Kickwit as he is more commonly known—has life all figured out. He breakdances all day, practicing for upcoming competitions that are sure to challenge his skills—which means he has no time for distractions.

When the new girl steps into the scene, he sees an opportunity he can’t pass up…
Besides finding Aurora devastatingly attractive, he can’t help but notice her skills. He quickly develops high hopes for the ex-gymnast, seeing her as the perfect potential crewmember for the impending high stakes Battle of the Crews competition. All she needs is some fine-tuning.

When the two commit to a business relationship, a different kind of passion kicks into high gear. There’s no denying they groove well together, but there’s a chance mixing high-stakes competition with a fierce romance might lead to…

Breaking Promises.





EXCERPT

“Are you stalking me now? I’m seriously not in the mood,” she hissed as soon as I reached her table. She looked up at me through hooded eyes and, as if to make a point, took her fork and stabbed a cherry tomato with it until its juices bled all over her plastic plate. 
My bottom lip twitched with amusement. “Not stalking actually, just a coincidence I saw you here.” 
“So staring at me earlier wasn’t enough? You have to bother me now too?” 
Yikes! This girl seemed like a grade A level bitch. Usually, I would have shot her some deuces and left her alone, but for some reason I found the whole encounter humorous. 
“I saw you earlier during our cypher. You looked like you smelled a skunk or something,” I commented nonchalantly. 
Blood rushed up her face, causing her cheeks to turn a soft shade of pink. Something about the sight caused my dick to twitch as if it were trying to wave hello to her. God, had it really been two months since I last got laid? 
The girl sighed and rolled her eyes before dropping her gaze back down at her gross looking salad. “You know what? I don’t have the time or the patience to deal with this. Not today.” 
“What do you mean?” With a smirk on my lips, I sat down on the empty chair across from her. Her eyes immediately lifted, blazing furiously. 
“Did I invite you to sit down?” 
“We’re having a conversation. A bit rude for me to stay standing up only to talk down at you, eh?” 
“You—” She shut her eyes and took a few deep breaths, rolling her neck to the side. A horrible sounding POP soon followed, leaving me to wonder how her head was still attached to the rest of her body. After a few silent moments, which really seemed as if she were plotting my death, she spoke again. “I had a rough day. My roommate is batshit crazy and I don’t even want to go to this school to begin with. Please leave me alone so I can sulk in peace.” 
I reached out and grabbed the smashed tomato from her plate, popping it into my mouth. “Funny, I don’t want to be here either. Guess we have that in common.” 
“Are you always this annoying?” she snapped. 
“Are you always this hospitable?” I shot back with a wink. 
Placing her elbows on the table, she rested her head in her hands, rubbing at her temples. “What do you want, dude? Like I said, I’m not in the mood for this, so either speak your piece or leave. Better yet, why don’t you just leave?” 
“Why did you look like you hated what you saw?” 
She raised her head in surprise, taking her time to eye me from head to toe. I smirked knowingly as her eyes traveled from my biceps to my defined pecs. 
She stammered. “I-I have no idea what you’re even talking about.” 
Yup, she was definitely checking me out.




About the Author


Thanks to her Mom’s unwavering devotion to read a childhood bedtime story to her every single night, S. BRIONES LIM’s love for books began before she could even speak.

Raised in Southern California, Lim initially dreamt of becoming an artist. After a Psychology Degree (Summa cum Laude), a stint in Art School, and a career in Advertising/Media she is finally diving back into her first love – books. As a self-renowned bookworm, Lim’s love for reading has inspired her to pen her own novels and hopes her readers will fall in love with her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.

Her obsessions include time with family, Cherry Coke, popcorn with jalapeños, watching movies and her dogs, Tobi and Roscoe. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband.


Contact Links
Twitter: @sbrioneslim
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1 ebook copy each of Books 1-3 of the Caught Inside Series



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