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

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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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

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?

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

Promo Blitz - B-Boy Series by S. Briones Lim - Giveaway


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 jalapeƱos, watching movies and her dogs, Tobi and Roscoe. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband.

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