Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Center Ice by Cate Cameron

Center Ice
By: Cate Cameron
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Series: Corrigan Fall Raiders #1

Description:
The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

Review:
This was an absolutely loveable contemporary novel and a great start to a series.  We meet some really great characters who go through some tough times in their young lives.  It’s not always easy being young and going through things that are unexpected and unwanted, sometimes these things happen and they aren’t your fault but you are in them and you learn to deal with them.

We meet Karen who just went through a major loss and is now stuck with the family she never knew.  I know something like this can be tough for both sides of the family, but I think you always have to remember that it’s not the child’s fault, it’s the parent who is at fault.  There was a lot of hostility going around when she first arrived, which is not something easy to handle especially after her own situation.  But luckily she runs into someone unexpectedly who helps her sort through her own feelings.  This is where we meet Mr. Squirrel wrangler himself, Tyler. 

Tyler is going through his own demands in his life coming from his own family.  It’s tough being on a major hockey team and possibly going pro, the people around you tend to try and ride your coattails, it’s even worse when it’s your own family.  Again he has his own demons to deal with and with Karen by his side, they work through things.  There were a lot of serious issues if you dig down deep between everyone in this book but its how they handled them that showed the kind of people they could be.

It was a very addicting book and I read it faster than I’ve read any book before because I really felt for the characters, they were relatable to my life in some ways and that helped.  Just remember it’s how you deal with things in life that make you the person you are, so suck it up buttercup cause life isn’t fair sometimes.  So after reading the third book in this series, I just had to go ahead and read them all.  I’m so happy I did, because I had no idea about the other characters and was just dying to know what happened to them or what is going to possibly happen to them, since it already happened. Starting from the beginning was definitely the right place to go.  I’m off to the next book!

I love this cover by the way it’s sweet. But I do have to say I never heard of these two characters skating together, still super cute cover.



Review: Winging It by Cate Cameron

Winging It
By Cate Cameron
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #3

Description:
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own…

Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby’s hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush—Toby’s biggest rival—and she needs Toby’s help to pull it off.

When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can’t say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her—even when it’s just playing hockey together—stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn’t hard at all…if only she wanted him and not his enemy.

Hockey tore them apart. Can it put them back together?
 

Review:
I’m not much into hockey fan, but I love a good story line.  Anything having to do with friends getting together, especially after many years.  And of course some initial deceiving, hello I’m all over it!  This book didn’t disappoint in the least it was absolutely delightful.

We meet Natalie and Toby, two friends who have known each other forever, and their main common factor is hockey.  They both love the sport sure things happened where Nat just gave up on it but reuniting with her old friend has bought to her a whole new perspective.  If you read the blurb on this book you already know there is some pretend boy friending that happens, and any time something like that happens you just KNOW it’s going to be good.  This book didn’t disappoint.  There is always trouble when you start pretending, things happen, feelings happen or more like feelings that were deep down finally come out into the light.  Sure it was a little weird who bought this to their attention, well at least Toby’s but it’s for a reason and I loved it!

This was a quick and easy fun read from beginning to end.  You couldn’t help but not like Scott, but then in the end he semi redeemed himself.  You just never know what someone is going through in their lives.  They may act one way and they may seem on way but in reality it’s just all a façade for something that is happening in their lives that they don’t want to talk about.  I think that’s a great message in this book.  You have to be forward and express who and what you really are not just hide behind an attitude or persona. 


You know how much I love my Entangled Crush books, and I found this one and I just couldn’t resist the description sold me.  I am completely reading these books out of order, I don’t know why it just happened to work out that way, but regardless of that I love this series!  The characters are great the plot is fun and sweet.  I really want to find out more about the other Raiders and what has happened with them.  Again, very quick easy fun and just loveable series.  I love the cover, it’s super cute and eye catching.  Adorable! I would take any of these Raiders any day!  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Follow Me Back
By: A.V. Geiger
Release Date: June 1, 2017

Description:
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts Follow Me Back is the  first book of a new duology. Written for the online generation this thriller  will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murder at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Advance Praise
"Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end." —Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series.

 "Dark and suspenseful, Follow Me Back is sure to be the next big thing in YA Thrillers." —Ali Novak, author of The Heartbreak Chronicles and My Life with the Walter Boys

 "Follow Me Back is an unforgettable page-turner, and a cautionary tale for any fan who's ever wished that their favorite celebrity followed them on social media." —Sandy Hall, author of Signs Point to Yes and A Little Something Different

 “Follow Me Back is a mystery/thriller/suspense roller coaster ride that keeps readers on their toes. Jaw-droppingly twisty and continually surprising.” —Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts

Review:
I haven’t read a book this exhilarating and with this many twist and turns in so long that I was loving the ride, this book was amazing!  I genuinely wanted to know what was going to happen next and all I can say is … that ending though!!! WTH.  Amazeballs, I really don’t know what else to say it was just a shock, I need to know what happens next!

We meet an agoraphobic person named Tessa, who had something happen to her, but we don’t know what.  She can’t step foot out of her house and her mom and boyfriend just try to handle it to the best of their ability but its rough.  Then we meet a mega popstar who lately has been so afraid of his own shadow because fan girls are well sometimes too much for him.  There is a fear there that something will happen to him. 

The book is told through twitter, dm’s, interrogation transcripts and of course personal thoughts of both parties.  Their relationship was interesting the way it grew from conversations, the word catfish was thrown around quite a bit, and it’s sad but it happens a lot this day and age especially with all the social media outlets out there it’s so easy just to steal someone’s identity.  Regardless this book put a spotlight on how some people can take things too far.  It was very intense at some moments, I found myself googling a lot of words that were said in this book, lots of psychobabble as Eric states, but it’s interesting.  Crazy, but interesting. 

The fear of being watched is astonishing when it comes to social media, so Eric definitely has a right to feel this fear.  We as regular, normal people don’t often think about how the famous feel, sure they have money, but they never have privacy and sometimes that’s worth more than money.  Same goes with Tessa.  Her fear is real too, there are stalkers out there, you may not even notice but that feeling it never goes away.  Ah there is so much I want to say about this book but I don’t want to give too much away.  This book comes out in June, I know two months away just keep it on your mind, add it to your list because you are going to want to read this.  If you haven’t already.

There are so many twists and turns throughout the book.  I loved the way it was written in different formats but still telling everyone’s side of the story of what was happening in their lives.  Super intense, super fascinating and just in general great writing.  I can definitely say I would read more from this author, the story flowed easily and you couldn’t help but turn the page fast enough to see what was going to happen next.  I can see this as a movie one day with a major cliffhanger.  OMG that ending, I just can’t get over it.  I loved the two characters, finding the honesty and love within one another and sharing that together.  It was sweet, but oh so worth the wait. 

I loved the setting, the characters, the plot, but omg that ending!  Must read, nuff said! I have to say also it was a very unique story, haven’t read anything like this before, bonus in my world.  I know the next book doesn’t come out until next year but I don’t know if I can wait that long to find out what happens!!!


You know I don’t usually reread my reviews and I usually put them up literally right after I finish reading a book, and I have no idea what’s going on in my mind right now because this book just blew me away.  I’m still trying to calm down, let me go read that ending again!!!

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Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire, 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, April 12, 2017

Review: Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

Incriminating Dating 
By Rebekah L. Purdy
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Description:
Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.

One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too.

Book Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.

Review:
This was an absolutely adorable quick read that had me rooting for the main characters.  They are adorable together, because really if you think about it, having a fake boyfriend at any time will always lead to some kind of trouble at some point.  It also makes for a very entertaining book and Rebekah L. Purdy did a really great job bringing these characters to life.  It was all very realistic and kind of sweet.

We meet Ayla, the theater geek who just wants to make a change in her school and she has a brilliant plan to make that happen.  You know blackmail the hottest jock there is to date you so you can get more votes.  Can we say super entertaining because really how often can that happen?  It’s really interesting because in reading books like these you always think of these two people who couldn’t be more different, who don’t run in the same circles whatsoever but they always turn out to be quite brilliant when they are together.  So I have to ask, why can’t we let stereotypes fall to the ground and be open with one another?  Ok, I officially have gone off on a tangent. 

Luke, the hot popular jock is just trying to get by day by day, trying to take care of his family because they aren’t the best (well specifically his mom).  And we all know sometimes this happens more times than necessary, but it happens.  I loved how the author bought his reality well to life, sometimes things aren’t always as peachy keen as we think they are and sometimes the ugly needs to come out before anything good can happen.  I loved the domesticity of this book and the different scenarios plaid throughout by different characters.  No two lives are exactly the same but we can all still get along, well most of us, can’t same the same for Jack and Jenna. 

I didn’t really want to give too much about the plot, but there is some great scenery in this book as well.  The characters were developed and you just started falling in love with them the more you read, especially Luke.  There is a lovability about Luke and Ayla that you can’t resist. 

Overall I really loved the plot, the emotions between the two main characters and the supporting cast as well.  It’s always nice when the best friends get together and conspire in the background to keep you altogether too.  It’s cute, it was adorable, and overall very sweet. Even the cover is just perfect too, because I would definitely pick this up based on the cover and buy it based on the description.  Although the book really didn’t have a lot of blackmailing, he seemed pretty willing and able throughout the book, it was a great way for the two of them to get together.  Sometimes you just never know who it is that will tickle your fancy.


Go check out this new Entangled Crush novel, it’s worth it!  Read it! It’s quick, it’s fun, it’s funny, it’s sweet and will definitely make you want to eat pizza, and maybe even some cheesy garlic knots. Just saying!


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, April 5, 2017

Review: Geekerella (A Fangirl Fairy Tale) by Ashley Poston

Geekerella
A Fangirl Fairy Tale
By Ashley Poston
Release Date: April 4, 2017

Description:
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Review:
One of my ultimate favorite fairy tales has always been Cinderella, there is just something so special about someone from rags to riches, the struggle they go through, the drama they overcome.  Ashley Poston did a wonderful job with Geekerella in showcasing this beautiful fairy tale in the best way, and a unique theme.  

We’ve all at one point in our lives been a fangirl or fanboy about something or someone, and for Elle it’s all about Starfield.  It was something special that she shared with her father, so of course she will hold it near and dear to her.  Her connection is very strong and of course her stepmother, let’s call her evil, doesn’t understand that connection and will always try and deter her from it. But after finding some cosplay outfits in the closet, and with the remake of Starfield coming out soon she couldn’t help but get even deeper into this culture. 

Speaking of remakes, that’s where we meet Darien, who is starring in the new remake.  Think dark, sexy and so not right for the part in some people’s eyes.  But still he tries, it’s his fanboy thing, he’s always adored Starfield.  But let’s not get too much into the story after all you have to read it. 

I really enjoyed their interactions, its Cinderella in the modern times through text.  There were a lot of the best parts of Cinderella in this story and it just made me love this book that much more!  I think Elle was a great character, she had some struggles but in the end, when she finally let people into her life, she realized just how strong she could be.  I sympathized with her throughout the book, and her new friend Sage, she was just a kick ass girl too. 

Darien, he too had his own struggles, sure we know that the guys in fairy tales have problems but you never really dive into them too much and I loved that we really got to see this story from both points of view.  Sometimes the hero’s and love interest in books also have things going on, struggles they are trying to deal with, backstabbers and liars they have to go through before they can get the girl. 

I loved the plot, I can’t really express that enough and once you start reading you just can’t put it down.  You keep thinking about it throughout your day like yes I completely understand girl, and yes I too feel the same way sometimes.  I don’t know why but by the end of the book I was like revenge of the nerds and Cinderella had a baby and this is it, but so much more. I always go to revenge of the nerds when geek is such a strong theme. 


This was a too cute book, and you need to go read this.  You will get sucked in and wish that you too could see Starfield and get educated on it.  The cover is very cute and simple, love that the food truck is a pumpkin. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.    

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Quirk Books, 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, April 4, 2017

Blog Tour - S. Briones Lim - B-Boy Series Review + Giveaway




New Adult/Sports Romance
Date Published: May 31, 2016, June 28, 2016 and Feb 14, 2017
 Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Breaking Promises 
(B-boy 1)
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. 


Review:
I’ve always been interested in things about breakdancing, the culture, the people, the dancing, it’s all pretty crazy and an exciting lifestyle.  After movies like Step Up and any dance movie really you can’t help but wonder about that world.  I’ve always loved hip hop so it goes hand in hand so when I saw there was a series that was written all about breakdancing and the people in it I couldn’t resist, I knew I had to read them all.  S. Briones Lim did an amazing job bringing this culture to life in her books. 

To start the series off we meet  Aurora who is an ex gymnast, after a big fall she couldn’t help but move away to find something new to fill the void and fear she feels after her incident.  She moves away to a new college to try and find herself and what she’s going to do with the rest of her life.  She’s pretty bitter in the beginning of the book, but I think it’s that bitterness that made her such a fierce character.  Especially after she has a run in with cocky Mitch Adachi, aka Kickwit. 

Mitch isn’t the type of person to run away from a challenge and he knew that Aurora had something special, it was just breaking through to her layer by layer that made them such an interesting couple.  They definitely felt as if they fed off each other in the best way possible.  But still the competitor in both of them did get them in a slight bit of trouble, but still it was the good kind of trouble. 


This first book really focused a lot on break-dancing and the life of a b-boy, the utter cockiness they have, but also the realness of the sport.  It was really interesting to watch the characters grow and realize their worth.  Also to get rid of their fears and move on with their lives, sometimes facing those fears are the hardest things, but once they are faced there is no better victory. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, the dance moves exhibited throughout the book and the friendships that were formed. 


Breaking Hearts 
(B-boy 2)
Estelle Donovan knew college would force her out of her wallflower ways—but she never dreamed how far…

Known as shy and insecure, eighteen-year-old Estelle left for college with the hope it would bring an adventure of excitement and discovery, and give her plenty of room to spread her wings. But she couldn't have predicted how many changes she’d face—or that one of them would be named Jacob…

Jacob Silas—or B-Boy Spinja, as he’s called—isn’t just another college heartthrob…

After meeting Jacob, Estelle is determined to win his heart. When she stumbles into his world of breakdance, she falls in love with its culture, music, people, and most of all—the realm of competitive dance. For once in her life, the spotlight shines on her, forcing her out of her introvert ways.

But just like life, love is unpredictable…

When Estelle’s plan to win over Jacob backfires, even a new, exciting life can’t heal her broken heart. And as the years pass, Estelle lives with heartache of a once in a lifetime love slipping through her fingers.

Will they ever have a second chance at love? Or will Jacob continue with his dangerous trend of…

Breaking Hearts?

Review:
Yet another really great book by S. Briones Lim, we come back to the world of break-dancing, but this time from a completely different perspective.  Sure there is still some really great dancing, but this time we have someone who is so completely out of their element that makes this book so much more entertaining. 

We meet Estelle, who besides the fact that she’s described as Mila Kunis lookalike is a complete wallflower.  She’s never been anywhere or done anything.  She’s ready to get out of her studious comfort zone and experience college the way it’s supposed to be experienced.  Of course she take several bad advice from her roommates but everything happens for a reason.   Estelle is briefly shown the world of break-dancing, and she falls in love, practically drooling, especially over one b-boy in particular.  Spinja.  What a great B-boy name!

The cover I don’t even think does him justice by the way I picture him in my mind but Estelle is one lucky person!  At first he completely seeks her out but things happen and other people are in the way that you just can’t help but try and root for these two to finally realize what’s right in front of them.  How this differs from the first book is that not only does this book take place in college, but it fast forwards a couple years when they are out in the real world living their adult lives.  I love that this series is not stuck in one timeline but explores different ones. 

It’s very hard to make it after college, especially doing something like b-boying but one thing leads to another and Spinja and Estelle meet again.  The two of them were intriguing and I loved that they were locked in an office for what seemed forever.  I couldn’t help but love the fact that throughout the book it went back and forth from past to present and I was itching to find out exactly how they got into their current predicament. 

Overall this was another great story in the B-boy world, with really great characters overall.  This bought you a whole different view on relationships, careers and of course what could happen in the future, you just never know who you will run into.  The world is a very small place.  Love this book and the cover, and Spinja I don’t know it’s like I have a soft spot in my heart for the B-boy with such a big heart!

Breaking Free 
(B-boy 3)
A one-night stand that changes her life forever…

Mallory Carmichael is a pianist who just lost out on the biggest solo of her life. To ease the sting, she heads to the club, where she meets Asher Nolan—a sexy dancer with wicked confidence in his eyes. Mallory loses herself in a night of carefree passion. Little did she know that one hookup could turn her world upside down.

A man who knows what he wants, and how to get it…

Asher—or B-boy Hellhound as he is known in the breakdance scene—is a TV and movie star. He’s used to winning…until his breakdancing game spirals out of control.

After an uncharacteristic loss, Asher becomes convinced the mysterious girl from the club jinxed him. Wanting to reverse the hex, he searches for her online, and it’s not long before #Search4Mallory goes viral.

Mallory didn’t think she’d ever see Asher again, but when she discovers he’s searching for her, she agrees to meet…and quickly regrets it.

She soon discovers how crazy a man like Asher can make her…

Asher convinces Mallory to help him find a supernatural cure for the “hookup jinx.” Navigating the world of mysticism may be challenging, but it’s even harder for them to ignore their growing attraction.

Can Asher ignore the temptation to hook up with his ‘jinx’ once again?

Will Mallory find the right balance between her crazy rehearsal schedule and helping Asher?

One thing is for sure, the only way to get over this hex is by Breaking Free. 


Review:
The third book in the series bought out even more great characters, both in and out of the break dancing culture.  S. Briones Lim did a great job developing two characters who both needed each other but didn’t even know it.  The jinx is alive, or is it?  Maybe we should go to a psychic consultant to get it fixed?  Really loved this book.

We meet Hellhound, aka Hollywood because to everyone in the underground b-boy circuit he is a sellout, but hey sometimes you have to make a living right.  Then there is Mallory who is all about the perfectionism of her music on the piano, but even with being perfect there is something about her that is holding her back, performance.   Anyway the two have an amazing night, but it’s what happens afterwards that is the best part. 

Asher is doomed, he is off his game and he can’t explain why.  I don’t know why men always have to take it to the extreme but they do and Asher is no different, the only thing he did differently was meet Mallory and hook up with her.  Of course this then makes her a jinx, and he needs to figure out how to get rid of this jinx he has going on for him.  This is where things get weird between them going to different places and different people just to get rid of the jinx, it’s funny sometimes.  Personally I always think it’s just in people’s minds, but hey what do I know, it’s not like I am a supernatural consultant.  Hilarious!

Anyway the more time Mallory and Asher spend together, they realize things about themselves.  Being together makes them stronger, they can conquer their fears and insecurities and that is what this book is really all about.  Getting over it, and doing it together as a team.  I think the relationship these two have is aspiring really.  I don’t think there was that much or as much b-boying as there was in the first book, but there was definitely a really great story none the less!


Overall what an amazing series, I absolutely love each and every one of the covers because the boys and the girls look so perfect and definitely how I pictured the characters if not close to it.  The settings are great, I love how the books did mention old characters especially during different battles.  Really great series, I think they can all be read as stand alone, but really why you would I don’t know, because then you wouldn’t get the experience or culture of all the different b-boys out there.  I’m not going to lie, I really went and looked up some of these break dancing moves.  Impressive stuff!





Author Bio:
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 Information
Pinterest: @sbrioneslim


Purchase Links
Amazon:
·         Breaking Promises: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYH48IX/

Giveaway
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Falling for the Bad Girl by Nina Croft




Falling for the Bad Girl
By: Nina Croft
Release Date: February 27, 2017

Description:
As a second generation detective, Nathan Carter is a cop, through and through, one who definitely sees things in black and white. But his work ethic—and libido—are thrown off balance when he heads up the case against jewel thief, Regan Malloy. Because with one sizzling look, she’s got him hot and hard. And he’s been that way, ever since.

Growing up, Regan’s favorite hobby was learning to crack safes, and she was very, very good at it. Still, she’d always tried to keep to the straight and narrow, and only strayed when she believed a friend was in desperate straits. Now she’s out of prison and starting over. If only she could forget that she’d spent the last three years fantasizing about the stunningly gorgeous detective who locked her away.

It’s inevitable that they meet up again—in bars, hotels…and hotel beds. Despite their differences, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Still, it’s just desire. If they give it enough time, it’ll burn itself out. Because a good boy and a bad girl can’t possibly make it work. Can they?


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Review:
Oh the beautiful story of good vs bad, of two people who find each other irresistible but know they shouldn’t be together because of all the factors in their lives, but they turn out to be the yin to their yang.  It’s inevitable.  It’s destined in the stars.  That’s how I feel about the two characters in this new Nina Croft novel.  It’s bound to happen and who cares if one is a cop and one is a criminal, things happen and sometimes they happen for the best.

We meet Regan as she’s coming out of jail and the guy who helped put her in there is outside watching.  It’s an obsession, they had a connection at some point but for obvious reasons no one acted on it.  That is, until she got out.  Now it’s all Nate can think about, and Regan isn’t that far behind either.  Their relationship isn’t the most ideal but the two together have an undeniable chemistry.  They want to pursue something but at the same time they want to keep their lives very separate from one another.  It’s a lot easier said than done.

This book had a lot of undertones about trust, and family and going through things together rather than alone.  Sometimes you need that person to back you up and help you see the light in certain situations and I think that’s what they were to one another, but it’s difficult because again there were a lot of trust issues, one being a cop the other a criminal.  There were also other factors in their lives keeping them from completely committing, such as Regan’s family of criminals. 

I love that this book was set in Europe, but I didn’t even realize it until a little bit into the book.  Then I started doing everything in an English accent in my mind while I read it.  Which anything with an accent is just that much more enjoyable, right? 


Overall the book was a great read, a little slow in the middle but once it started picking up I just couldn’t put it down and had to finish it as soon as possible.  My favorite part will always be the family scenes because they were just too funny and I can completely picture them in my mind.  I enjoyed the characters, it wasn’t too raunchy which I enjoyed and the story was good.  Good vs bad can’t go wrong with that, although I really wouldn’t call Regan that bad, just at the wrong time and place with the wrong person and things happened.


About Nina Croft:

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side
By: Kasie West
Release Date: January 31, 2016

Description:
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


Review:
This book definitely went on a different tangent then Kasie West’s normal YA Contemporary novels, but regardless I loved it.  This book bought out new issues that need to be focused on, this opened my eyes to issues that people face every day and I’ve never been able to completely understand but with this I understand it that much more.  Kasie West has a way of bringing you into the world of her characters and making you feel what they feel, it’s a great skill in a great writer.

We meet Autumn who gets locked inside the library.  This is something that you usually don’t experience but I guess it happens, which is fine if you didn’t suffer from a serious case of anxiety.  It also doesn’t help that the only people who know are her family and to them she’s off with her friends for the long weekend.  So this is an adventure on its own, but luckily for Autumn, she’s not alone.  The mysterious guy from school is there, you know the one who was in juvie.  Can we just say, entertaining?  It’s always fun trying to get through to the guy who is always alone and doesn’t want any attachments.  Breaking through all those barriers and finding what is deep down inside. 

They both help each other out in the library during their few days being stuck there, sure events changed and they had to leave earlier than expected but this is just when the story starts getting even better.  I don’t want to say too much because really you have to read the book to find out all the little details.  You know you want to, after all it’s a Kasie West book.  But I will say that there are some really great characters throughout the book, whether it’s Autumn’s family, her friends or even just Dax himself, everyone plays a very important role in this story. 

We learn more about anxiety and how it affects the person who has anxiety and the people around them, even if they don’t know about it there is a way that they are perceived because of it.  It’s interesting I always felt like anxiety is something you should be able to control but sometimes it gets the better of you and we experience that throughout the book.  We also learn a lot more about Dax and the kind of person he is and some of the things he’s gone through.  I don’t want to say too much but I can definitely say that not everyone’s home life is peachy keen.  Again super interesting and entertaining. 

I loved the interaction between the two because even though Dax and Autumn are so very different but because of their interactions and their agreement to be each other’s distractions it leads to a truly great relationship between two people, one that helps make them complete and functional in everyday society. 


This was definitely not the usual young adult contemporary but regardless it was remarkably impressive and impressionable.  I love the cover, and can I just say I want me some cute wedge boots.  The cover was exactly how I pictured the main characters and that’s always a positive thing.  Great book. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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New Adult/Sports Romance
Date Published: May 31, 2016, June 28, 2016 and Feb 14, 2017
 Publisher: Limitless Publishing


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.



Estelle Donovan knew college would force her out of her wallflower ways—but she never dreamed how far…

Known as shy and insecure, eighteen-year-old Estelle left for college with the hope it would bring an adventure of excitement and discovery, and give her plenty of room to spread her wings. But she couldn't have predicted how many changes she’d face—or that one of them would be named Jacob…

Jacob Silas—or B-Boy Spinja, as he’s called—isn’t just another college heartthrob…

After meeting Jacob, Estelle is determined to win his heart. When she stumbles into his world of breakdance, she falls in love with its culture, music, people, and most of all—the realm of competitive dance. For once in her life, the spotlight shines on her, forcing her out of her introvert ways.

But just like life, love is unpredictable…

When Estelle’s plan to win over Jacob backfires, even a new, exciting life can’t heal her broken heart. And as the years pass, Estelle lives with heartache of a once in a lifetime love slipping through her fingers.

Will they ever have a second chance at love? Or will Jacob continue with his dangerous trend of…

Breaking Hearts?



A one-night stand that changes her life forever…

Mallory Carmichael is a pianist who just lost out on the biggest solo of her life. To ease the sting, she heads to the club, where she meets Asher Nolan—a sexy dancer with wicked confidence in his eyes. Mallory loses herself in a night of carefree passion. Little did she know that one hookup could turn her world upside down.

A man who knows what he wants, and how to get it…

Asher—or B-boy Hellhound as he is known in the breakdance scene—is a TV and movie star. He’s used to winning…until his breakdancing game spirals out of control.

After an uncharacteristic loss, Asher becomes convinced the mysterious girl from the club jinxed him. Wanting to reverse the hex, he searches for her online, and it’s not long before #Search4Mallory goes viral.

Mallory didn’t think she’d ever see Asher again, but when she discovers he’s searching for her, she agrees to meet…and quickly regrets it.

She soon discovers how crazy a man like Asher can make her…

Asher convinces Mallory to help him find a supernatural cure for the “hookup jinx.” Navigating the world of mysticism may be challenging, but it’s even harder for them to ignore their growing attraction.

Can Asher ignore the temptation to hook up with his ‘jinx’ once again?

Will Mallory find the right balance between her crazy rehearsal schedule and helping Asher?

One thing is for sure, the only way to get over this hex is by Breaking Free. 


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.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Claiming Grace by Susan Stoker

Claiming Grace
By: Susan Stoker
Release Date:  March 14, 2017
Series: Ace Security #1

Description:
For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers. But it’s not long before Logan runs into Grace Mason, his best friend from high school…and the woman who never answered his letters during his Army years.

Grace was pleasantly surprised to see Logan return to Castle Rock, despite their falling-out ten years ago. Everyone always assumed they would end up together, including Grace, who had eyes only for him. But as Logan eventually escaped their town, Grace got pulled further into her family’s controlling grasp—and farther away from the man she loved.

Now, united by scars both visible and not, the two must fight to free Grace from the suffocating hold of her family. But the Masons won’t let go easily—and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the couple apart.

A Note From the Publisher
Susan Stoker is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose series include Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes. Married to a retired Army non commissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri to California to Colorado—and currently lives under the big skies of Texas. A true believer in happily ever after, Stoker enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website, www.stokeraces.com, or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorsusanstoker.

Review:
This book was intriguing, talking about subjects that no one wants to deal with but that exist in everyday life.  There is some true evil out there, lurking behind clean cut personas.  Susan Stoker did a great job bringing this out to the forefront in different ways.  This book was thoroughly enjoyed.

We meet Grace and Logan as they are parting ways way back after high school finishes, come back a couple years after the death of Logan’s family and back in town he comes.  Hoping to find out what happened between him and Grace, why she never responded to him after he left.  It was great finally seeing them reunite and everything was broken down eventually as to what happened to their unfortunate miscommunication.  But there was so much more going on.

This book really delved deeply into abuse, not only physical abuse but sometimes people forget that there is emotional and mental abuse that sometimes is more damaging than physical abuse.  Yes physical abuse hurts and can lead to even worse things, but those wounds heal.  When you mentally abuse someone with words and threats it’s more damaging to the person being abused.  They become a shell of themselves.  It’s not something I wish on anyone, any type of abuse really.  But Stoker really showed you this different type of abuse that you don’t see very often and it was titillating.  Grace was constantly abused by her parents, and she was just too scared to get out from under them.  Until Logan came back in town.

The things her parents do to her were unbelievable, I thought I was watching a Lifetime movie and I couldn’t help but root for Grace to break free from the chains.  It was a really great read.  From beginning to end you just couldn’t stop thinking about it, what was going to happen next?  Could this get any worse, and it usually did.  I don’t really want to give too much away because you really should read it and find out what happens. 


I did find the characters interesting, and I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.  I’m hoping it has something to do with Alexis because she seemed just a little bit badass.  Overall the setting was great, the plot was interesting and different.  This isn’t a typical romance where you find someone and something happens and then they get together, no this had a little more depth which makes it more interesting.  Love the cover of the book too, he looks totally delectable.  

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Montlake Romance, 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!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us
By: Kasie West
Release Date: July 2, 2013

Description:
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
 

Review:

This was Kasie West’s first contemporary novel and I have no idea why I wanted this long to read it.  She can do no wrong; her books are amazing from the very first word to the very last and always leave you wanting more.  It’s like when you’re eating something and it’s so good you never want it to end (like ice cream) but then it ends and you’re like nooo I want more!  That’s how I feel anything Kasie West has written.  Well this novel did not disappoint either, loved everything about it.
We meet Caymen and her dolls.  She and her mother live on top of this doll store that they own.  The amount of sarcasm that Caymen has is unbelievably amazing.  She reminds me so much of myself I love sarcasm, but even she takes it to a whole new level and I couldn’t help but laugh half the time, because I totally get her.  Too funny.  She meets Xander who’s there to pick something up for his grandmother.  This is definitely a story of the rich vs. the poor, but even though it was heavily put in this book I think between Xander and Caymen, things like that didn’t even matter. 
 
The interactions between Xander and Caymen (by the way really great names) were entertaining, but there were some serious conversations that they had together.  There were definite heart strings being pulled left and right throughout the humor which I enjoyed because sometimes you have to have those real moments where things matter and are important to everyone around.  There were a lot of those moments, I’m telling you I was right there with Caymen the whole way through I was rooting for her to get the happiness she so obviously wanted and needed. 

Life is always tough but it’s the way you go through it that makes you the person you are.  Sometimes it’s not always the best to hold back from others, those other people can help you in the long run.  I feel like this book really showed how you have to be happy in life, you have to remember that sometimes what you want matters and if you really want it you should go for it.  I really don’t want to talk too much about the book because really if you haven’t read it yet you should go and read it. 

Overall this book was incredible from beginning to end and I know I say that a lot but it’s a whole different feeling when it’s something by Kasie west because her contemporary novels are just really quite perfect.  The plot was entertaining, relatable and sensitive all at the same time.  The characters are very likeable, approachable and funny, let’s not forget the amount of sarcasm coming out of Caymen’s mouth, love it!  The setting is great too because it’s a little town that is more touristy and there is a definite division between the rich and the poor, which really helped to bring the point across in the book.  Go get this, it’s worth it! Always!