Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After
By: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3

Description:
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.


Review:


The much anticipated third book in the Stephanie Perkins series Anna and the French Kiss – Isla and the Happily Ever After has finally landed on my lap and I can honestly say that Stephanie Perkins again has not disappointed me in the very least.  We still have the amazing setting of France and the US (NY) and some amazingly artistic and different characters.  There is love, confusion, friendship and a beautiful appearance from all previous characters which brings this series full circle. 

We are reintroduced to Josh and Isla.  (You can pronounce my name.” Most people call me Iz-la, but I’m Eye-la. Island without the nd.) Isla has been in love with Josh forever but he’s never considered her at all until that one loopy day they meet at Kismet in NY and the next day when there is a bit of a misunderstanding with Isla’s best friend Kurt.   It was all very cute how they meet up and finally talk again after the one time they did many years ago and it’s also fun to watch as the rediscover one another in different ways and Josh learns to love Kurt as Isla does, or at least be a good friend to him.

Josh is very set on his plan for the future and Isla is lost in the wind, unknowing where her future will lead her and what she will be doing but the two of them feed off each other and again it’s very cute and adorable.  The one thing that got me the most about Josh was his art, his passion and his love for it.  I wish we could see his graphic novel (well maybe not all the parts, you’ll see what I’m talking about) but I can imagine a truly talented young artist thoroughly exposing himself on these blank pages.  Isla on the other hand is really just trying to find who she is, and it is okay to know that you don’t have a plan for the future because one day it will come to you. 

This was a very good ending to the series and bought all the friends together in the end.  Overall I really enjoyed the up and down relationship between Josh and Isla and the secondary characters of her sister and best friend Kurt.  It was interesting to see the different dynamics between all of them.  The settings again I could only imagine are as beautiful as described in this book and one day I will make it there.  The storyline was very good in that it was not all quick and fast love but there was development and there was a bit of turmoil which always makes thing interesting but I think what I came out with in the end was to remember to believe in yourself, you are as worthy as the person next to you.  Great story, the cover is okay but it’s still very eye catching.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bonus Scene Promo: KISSING EDEN by T.A. Foster!

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Today is the bonus scene reveal for LOVING EDEN, the sequel to KISSING EDEN by T.A. Foster! This is a New Adult contemporary romance. This title will be released on September 25th.

 

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BOOK SUMMARY:

Have you ever thought of packing up everything you own and moving halfway across the country? I’m talking about leaving your entire life behind—friends, family, school—with no turning back. No? Me either, but that was before a week of spring break changed my life forever. Before I did something I never thought I’d do at twenty-two. Before I fell in love with Grey. Sometimes happily ever after isn’t always what you think it will be.

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Room twenty-four. I looked at it one last time. The day I moved in here wasn’t a happy day. Pops had died, left me the Palm Palace, and I didn’t have anywhere else on the island to stay. Somehow it became home. A small, one room spot by the ocean had become home.
There wasn’t much to pack: work clothes, a few tools, my boots. I had already hauled most of it next door, but there were still a few boxes in storage. I would try to get those before Eden arrived. I looked at my phone. She should be here in four or five hours.
I shook my head. I hated the idea that she was on the road by herself. She was stubborn. I knew that the first minute I laid eyes on her, but this was crazier than hell. Driving all the way from Chapel Hill to Padre was damn near reckless, but I couldn’t talk her out of it. She said it had something to do with proving that she was moving for the right reasons. If it meant that much to her I knew better than to stand in her way.
I pulled the door behind me and turned the heavy brass key in the lock to secure the room. Maybe one day I’d be able to afford those fancy keyless entries, but that was far off. I was lucky the Palm was still open. It had been a rough year trying to keep it afloat, but Eden breezed in here and showed me what was possible. She had all kinds of creative ideas about marketing, advertising, and services we could add. It was one of the things I loved about her—she saw past the peeling paint and the rusty doorknobs. She saw the Palm the same way I did and she loved it. She loved every last pink and blue tile, the way the boardwalk creaked when you walked on it, and how we probably had the only pool on the island without a diving board. That girl was something else.
I didn’t take it lightly that we were moving in together. Who could? Last time I tried this Laura and I barely left on speaking terms. But that was different. That was Laura and her obsession with med school. This was Eden and everything about her made me realize it was the right decision. Sure I was nervous, but I’d never tell her that. I didn’t want things with us to end up like they did the last time I gave this a shot. I was going to make sure it wouldn’t.
That’s why I had to surprise her with the beach cottage. I couldn’t let her move all the way here and start off in room twenty-four. We’d probably get on each other’s nerves faster than the tide changed on the beach, but besides that I wanted her to know I took this seriously. The blue house next door meant something. It wasn’t a cramped shoebox where we’d have to split a closet and a dresser combo. It was a place that could be ours, a place we could work on together, and a place where we could figure out the future.
I shoved the key in my pocket. I had to get it back to the office. My phone rang.
“Hey, Marin. What’s up?”
“I just talked to Eden. She’s in Louisiana.”
“You didn’t ruin the surprise did you?” I had trusted everyone on the island with the beach house secret, but deep down knew someone would let it slip. Things had a way of getting out around here.
Marin laughed. “No, she has no idea. She thinks you are bunking up in that cute little room of yours at the Palm.”
“Thanks, girl. Did she sound ok? I’m trying not to bug her.” What I really wanted to do was call her every hour and find out where she was, but that would contradict her plan. I managed to respect it since she got on the road.
“She sounded like a girl who can’t wait to see you. I’ll let you know when she get’s to the bridge, ok?”
“Alright. Thanks. I appreciate you checking up on her for me. I don’t want her to think I don’t think she can handle it.” I opened the door to the stuffy office.
“She can handle it. Don’t worry about her, Grey. She’ll be here tonight. Call you later.”
“Thanks.”
Marin hung up and I tossed my phone on the cart. I had a few rooms to check before I made my way to the cottage to get things set up. Eden would be here tonight. This would be her office. I was handing over the books, the reservations, and all of the marketing to her. It was probably a bigger step than sharing a bathroom, but I knew I didn’t trust anyone else with Pop’s legacy like I trusted Eden.
As I shoved the cart out of the back door, I heard the wind kick up on the beach. Eden and I were moving in together. I knew after tonight my life would never be the same, and there was no turning back. Good thing I didn’t want to.  

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TAFosterT.A. Foster's Bio: T.A. Foster once spent a monthlong 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, September 11, 2014

Blog Tour - Review: Make it Right by Megan Erickson

 
 
Make it Right
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Release Date: September 9, 2014
Series: Bowler University #2

Description:
Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max - cocky jocks who assume she's fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem...

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.

 
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Review:
I was very excited to get a chance to review the second book in this series.  It was so much fun to revisit some characters from the first book and explore some of them even deeper.  The author did a great job discovering the different depths of Max who was shown to be such a not good person in the first book.  I was excited to read about him and it was a beautiful thing to see him find himself throughout the book.

We are reintroduced to Lea in this book, which is an education major and was friends with Kat and Danica in the first book.  She definitely has trust issues especially from everything that has happened to her in the past and has left her with a permanent limp.  But with trust issues the only thing she accomplishes is closing her from experiencing the world and people as she should.  We are also reintroduced to Max, who even though wasn’t shed in a good light in the first book turns out to be a much deeper person that I would have thought.  There are many different layers to Max and it’s just like peeling an onion, another layer is beneath it.  It takes some time for him to get to the center of his core but when he does, he really does.

We meet more of Max’s and Lea’s family and learn about their pasts and how they became to be the people they are today  but I think the most important thing is the people they become when they get together, because not only do they better each other but they feel freer to be who they really want to be.  Isn’t that why most people go to college, to find out that they are and what they want to be when they finally do grow up, and I can say without a doubt that Max definitely found out who he wants to be in this book.

There are some great scenes in this book both in the bedroom and just with family in general.  I thoroughly enjoyed this from beginning to the very end.  I’m even more excited to finally read more about the final roommate of the guys, Cam.  He’s a mystery that’s had me intrigued since the very first book and his very first appearance, what’s his story?  Ah can’t wait to read that.


Love the cover of this book, very cute, college like and playful.  The setting was a very typical college, but it’s not about the setting in this book it’s all about the characters and they all rocked.  Great writing, very addicting and just an overall great read.  A great continuation of a series and I just know the next one will be just as good if not better. 



About Megan

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.


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Disclaimer:
I received this book from Edelweiss and William Morrow Impulse (for this blog tour), so that I may give my honest opinion and 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!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog Tour - Fly by T.A. Foster - Review

 
Fly
By: T.A. Foster
Release Date: 2014

Description:
Not everyone’s good at one-night stands.

Skye Stephens has the worst day of her professional career, and all she wants to do is shed her power suit and get lost in the sheets with the hot guy she met at the bar. The problem is, this uptight ad exec doesn’t know how to do one-night stands. She has strict rules about dating and when to let a man in her bedroom.

Fighter pilot Ben “Bolt” Hardcastle is used to lovin’ and leavin’. But, after he meets Skye, one night doesn’t seem to be enough.

When these two crash-land into each other, a connection strong enough to make the loner pilot and the sexy businesswoman shed their rules about love and relationships begins to burn deeper than either of them ever expected.


Review:

I've definitely enjoyed several of T. A. Foster's books in the past so when I was asked to review this book I couldn't refuse because everything I have read so far has been fantastic and this was on the right track and I wasn't disappointed in the least.  There were hot men, hot women, hot action and a great story.  I know I can always count on T.A. for something fun and interesting.

We meet Skye (fitting name) who is very straight edge all about work and just getting things done.  She is bummed out because she lost an account to someone else and decides to go out for once and this is where she meets super-hot pilot Ben, aka Bolt.  He is the typical love them and leave them kind of guy, especially since he’s not in every city very often.  But there is something very different about Skye that catches his attention.  At first they start to keep it fun and casual but then something changes.  They can’t be apart from one another.

It’s all very hot and heavy and super sexy.  The two of them together is like fire, they have a very strong physical attraction to one another but can that hold a relationship together, especially one that has to be long distance due to the flying?  It’s hard but I definitely think it’s doable, but you’ll have to read to find out what happens.  Even their friends try and egg them on in the right direction, you never know what you have until it’s not in front of you anymore.  Talk about taking things for granted or being underappreciated, I might be steering off course just a tad bit.

Overall this book was a fantastic very steamy good read.  I think the two main characters fell for each other hard and fast and things got kind of skewed halfway through but they worked it out. I do slightly think that Skye gave in a little too easy for Ben but I guess that shows how strongly they felt for each other.  Definitely interesting and I can totally imagine plot lines if this was the beginning to a series, just saying.  My mind goes off in crazy ways.  Great story!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Promo Blitz Week: FLY by T.A. Foster - Release Day!!

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Today is the release day for FLY by T.A. Foster! Be sure to check out the contest below for a chance to win a gift card!

 
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Not everyone’s good at one-night stands. Skye Stephens has the worst day of her professional career, and all she wants to do is shed her power suit and get lost in the sheets with the hot guy she met at the bar. The problem is, this uptight ad exec doesn’t know how to do one-night stands. She has strict rules about dating and when to let a man in her bedroom. Fighter pilot Ben “Bolt” Hardcastle is used to lovin’ and leavin’. But, after he meets Skye, one night doesn’t seem to be enough. When these two crash-land into each other, a connection strong enough to make the loner pilot and the sexy businesswoman shed their rules about love and relationships begins to burn deeper than either of them ever expected.

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TAFosterT.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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Promo Blitz Week: FLY by T.A. Foster - Romance Wednesday!

FLY_WEEK

We are gearing up for the release of FLY by T.A. Foster. If you enjoy a hot romance, which just might feature a Fighter Pilot with United States Marine Corps, this is the book for you!

Today we are highlighting the romance in the book.

  Romance Wednesday I’m not sure about everyone else, but I know the reason I like to read and write love stories is for the romance. All those little moments that bring two characters together—the glances, the quippy dialogue, the thoughtful gestures that melt my heart. You know, the ones that make you sigh out loud. You probably know by now Fly has some personal elements for me. I married a Marine fighter pilot who was living in San Diego and stationed at Miramar. I was incredibly lucky to have my own private consultant while I was writing.
Hot young couple kissing outside on the stairs.

The romance problem I had with the main character, Ben, was that he was a love ‘em and leave ‘em type, so finding a way to make him romantic was a challenge. For that, I drew on some personal  experience.

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Some of my absolute favorite dates in San Diego with my then-fiance’, where in the Gaslamp district, at the Hotel del Coronado, and walking the beaches of Coronado. By sneaking some of those ideas in I was able to work romance into a storyline that started out as a very physical connection between two unlikely people. I can’t give it all away, but there are ways that romance develops between these two that I think will surprise you, make you smile, and hopefully make you sigh out loud.

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BOOK SUMMARY:

Not everyone’s good at one-night stands. Skye Stephens has the worst day of her professional career, and all she wants to do is shed her power suit and get lost in the sheets with the hot guy she met at the bar. The problem is, this uptight ad exec doesn’t know how to do one-night stands. She has strict rules about dating and when to let a man in her bedroom. Fighter pilot Ben “Bolt” Hardcastle is used to lovin’ and leavin’. But, after he meets Skye, one night doesn’t seem to be enough. When these two crash-land into each other, a connection strong enough to make the loner pilot and the sexy businesswoman shed their rules about love and relationships begins to burn deeper than either of them ever expected.  

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TAFosterT.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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Blog: http://www.tafosterauthor.com/
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Promo Blitz Week: FLY by T.A. Foster - Setting

FLY_WEEK

We are gearing up for the release of FLY by T.A. Foster. If you enjoy a hot romance, which just might feature a Fighter Pilot with United States Marine Corps, this is the book for you!

Today we are highlighting the beautiful setting in the book.

San Diego Cityscape
 

As I started writing Fly, I knew instantly what part of the country I wanted to portray in the story: San Diego. When I first met my husband I was living in College Station, TX and he was a fighter pilot at Miramar in San Diego, CA. On trips to visit him I was able to experience all of the fun and touristy parts of the city such as the San Diego Zoo, Mission Bay, Balboa Park, and my all-time favorite, the Hotel del Coronado. The city was gorgeous. Every view was filled with tropical flowers, the ocean, and terrain I never had back home. It was hard not to feel the romance the city offered. Eventually, we were engaged and I moved to San Diego. Living in the city gave me a new perspective on the place I had fallen in love with. While Fly isn’t the story of our romance, it does hold some personal insight into the seaside town. Fly was the perfect way to incorporate the single and wild life of a pilot with the beauty and fun of the city.
San Diego from Ferry Landing in Coronado


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Bolt needed to live somewhere near a fighter pilot base. I thought of some of the East Coast military bases, but they didn’t offer the nightlife and corporate world I needed for Skye. San Diego was the perfect blend of professional, military, and recreational outlets I needed to work into the story. Where else could they catch a professional baseball game, walk on the beach, and hit the hottest clubs all in the same week? I think Bolt and Skye could fall for each other no matter where they met, but having the story in San Diego added romance I couldn’t capture anywhere else.
BOOK SUMMARY:
Not everyone’s good at one-night stands. Skye Stephens has the worst day of her professional career, and all she wants to do is shed her power suit and get lost in the sheets with the hot guy she met at the bar. The problem is, this uptight ad exec doesn’t know how to do one-night stands. She has strict rules about dating and when to let a man in her bedroom. Fighter pilot Ben “Bolt” Hardcastle is used to lovin’ and leavin’. But, after he meets Skye, one night doesn’t seem to be enough. When these two crash-land into each other, a connection strong enough to make the loner pilot and the sexy businesswoman shed their rules about love and relationships begins to burn deeper than either of them ever expected.  

Add the book to GOODREADS

 

PRE-ORDER IT NOW!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/XK4tdQ

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/YRrknN

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

TAFosterT.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.

Author Links:
Blog: http://www.tafosterauthor.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tafosterwriter
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Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7164289.T_A_Foster

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