Τετάρτη, 24 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Τρίτη, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Dec the Holls by Jasinda Wilder





A week before Christmas, and all through office not a soul is stirring, not even a mouse. Holly is working overtime, cold and lonely and broke. Across the hall, Declan is lonely too, and thinking this Christmas is going to be a joke. Then one blustery night Holly’s car won’t start and Declan is there to help with a little love in his heart. 
Open this gift from bestselling author Jasinda Wilder to find out if a single mother of two can let herself fall in love with her sexy-as-hell workaholic boss.


3.5 Holly Stars 

Dec the Holls was a cute little story. I really enjoyed it, even though I'm not a big fan of insta love stories. 

This was the story of Declan and Holly. Declan is Holly's boss. Holly is a single mother of two kids. Declan had never noticed Holly before, perhaps because he used to be in a relationship. But one night, when her car won't start and he comes on her rescue, he wonders how was it possible that he hadn't noticed her before. 

They start flirting, but Holly doesn't want to risk anything, because having this job is important to her, since her children are her priority [applause for that!]. Holly isn't up for one night stands or casual relationships. Declan may be a bachelor, but he grew up practically alone and feels quite lonely for a single man, so he needs to convince her to give him a chance, since he would also take this seriously. 




Apart from the insta love thing, it was a nice Christmas story. Loved the family element that was strong on this novella. The reactions, thoughts and feelings were also accurate andrealistic, so I also appreciated that. Thank you Jasinda Wilderfor this free novella! :)

Δευτέρα, 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Married for Christmas (Willow Park #1) by Noelle Adams






After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought.

Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them.

They can get married. They can build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day.

Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all...

This book includes fully-developed sex scenes between a husband and wife.



3.5 NoMoreCrying stars 

“Do you think you could maybe stop crying?” 

This little quote says a lot about my rating. I was really enjoying this book and I wanted to give it a 4 at least, but no. The fact that the MC was crying in almost every page, it was a huge turn off for me. I'm okay with drama and I understand when they cry. I also cry. But this was getting ridiculous. She was crying while she was also having sex. 

“Should I be flattered that my extraordinary talent at sex has reduced you to tears again?”
Other than that, I liked this story. Even though the author gave us a warning that maybe this would be too religious for some people, I didn't find it to be overwhelming. 

We have Jessica and Daniel. Daniel lost his wife two years ago and he wants to become a pastor at Willow Park, but they are hesitant because he's not a married man. Jessica on the other hand wants to put down roots and make a family. So she proposes to him in order to get both of them what they needed. Him to get his dream job and her to finally have a family. 

"Things didn’t have to be perfect to still be good." 

It was a nice fictional story, I liked it and I felt for these characters. I ached knowing that Daniel was struggling and feeling guilty, when he was coming close to Jessica. I ached even more watching Jessica feeling lonely , when she wanted to get married to escape from this feeling. 

"Their marriage wasn’t normal. It wasn’t perfect. But maybe they could still make this work." 

Overall, it was a lovely, sweet, winter themed story. :)



Παρασκευή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Five Dates (Love's Landscapes) by Amy Jo Cousins





Helping his sister Lucy raise her kid has put Devin’s love life on hold. When he loses a bet to her and the penalty is to go out on five dates with men she’s chosen from Guys4Guys.com, he thinks that’s bad enough. Finding out she used a thirteen-year-old picture of him to score a date with a young guy who looks like a rock star? Epically bad.

Jay thought he wanted to fall for an older man. But his last boyfriend left him feeling humiliated and determined to stick to guys his own age. When he realizes he’s been conned into a date with exactly the kind of man he’s sworn to avoid, he’s ready to walk away on the spot. Only Devin’s swift apologies convince Jay to accept dinner to make up for the deception.

“The date doesn’t count for the bet unless you get a goodnight kiss.” After one not-a-date dinner with Jay, Devin isn’t worried about his sister’s rules. He just wishes he could convince Jay to go out with him for real. Jay wants no part of Devin, but Devin wants every part of Jay . . . so he asks Jay to help update his look for the rest of his dates. But once Jay’s made Devin over into the perfect date, will he be able to let him go?


After a lost bate, Devin has to go out on five dates with guys that his sister has picked. She made an online profile for her brother, using an old picture of him, when in his body description was still included a six [or even eight] pack.


Devin at first is against the idea, because he's not into dating, especially after learning about the picture that she used for his profile.It's obvious that he doesn't look like that anymore, since he's not a boy, but a man. The first date that agreed to go out with him is Jay, a hot younger guy who doesn't want to go out with older men, especially after his previous failed relationship. 

So, what happens when they meet and Jay realizes that his date is a fraud? And what happens when Devin is supposed to keep up with his bet and the rest of the dates, when his mind has been stolen by his first date? 

This was a short, fun read, with a too sudden ending for my taste. I wish we had a little bit more, even though I can't say I was impressed. The characters were likeable, although there were moments that they acted like teenage girls. Since this was my first M/M I can't be certain, but I hope that not every male acts like that in M/M stories. This certainly won't be my last M/M read! :)



Release Day: Sugar & Spice Anthology


Sugar & Spice and everything nice...or is it? This collection of sweet and sexy
romances is sure to warm your heart *and* get it racing.
Maverick by Anna Cruise
International surf sensation Kellen Handler has it all – fame and fortune and more
women than he can count – but he's riding his own personal wave toward disaster.
Can PR genius Gina Bellori rescue his reputation...and his heart?

Fever by Melissa Pearl
Two showers and one song that will change their lives forever...singing in the
shower will never be the same after Ella and Cole hear each other for the first time.
Is it possible for two people to fall in love after one duet together? And can they find
each other before life-changing decisions will set them on opposing paths?

Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee
The last thing Cole was looking for was a girl like Whitney, and she sure didn't
expect anything serious with the town's bad seed. Sometimes the one you think isn't
for you turns out to be just the person you need.
Finding My Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
Women find me. I don't chase. I know what they want and they know I'll deliver. But
after one look, one touch, one night...Now I'm the one doing the chasing.

Girl With Guitar by Caisey Quinn
Touring with Country Music superstar Trace Corbin is hardly a dream come true
since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace
out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.

Draw Me In by Megan Squires
He’s a young, up and coming businessman with the keys to his family’s Italian wine
enterprise. She's a fine arts student, navigating life in the Big Apple, her pencil and
sketchpad in hand. They meet. They fall in love... But it’s not that story.

Begin with Goodbye by Kelly Walker
Justice is a myth, and true love is a lie. In Begin With Goodbye, Sam will go home to
confront her sister's rapist, but she might find more than she bargained for.
Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer
Life on the run is hard enough. Gray doesn't need love to complicate her world. And
the last thing she needs is to fall for the wrong guy.


Πέμπτη, 18 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

COVER REVEAL: Second Debt by Pepper Winters






“I tried to play a game. I tried to wield deceit as perfectly as the Hawks. But when I thought I was winning, I wasn’t. Jethro isn’t what he seems—he’s the master of duplicity. However, I refuse to let him annihilate me further.”

Nila Weaver has grown from naïve seamstress to full-blown fighter. Every humdrum object is her arsenal, and sex…sex is her greatest weapon of all. 

She’s paid the First Debt. She’ll probably pay more.

But she has no intention of letting the Hawks win. 

Jethro Hawk has found more than a worthy adversary in Nila—he’s found the woman who could destroy him. There’s a fine line between hatred and love, and an even finer path between fear and respect. 

The fate of his house rests on his shoulders, but no matter how much ice lives inside his heart, Nila flames too bright to be extinguished.

Release Date to be Advised. Early 2015.

COVER REVEAL: The Pact by Karina Halle








*The Pact is a standalone, contemporary adult romance*
It all started with a pinky swear…
Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.
Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.
But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.
Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them were in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.
It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.
The pact is about to change everything.
****
The Pact is NOT new adult (characters are in their thirties) and it does feature a rather dirty talking hero, so if profane sex talk and/or sex bothers you, this isn't the book for you. ***

Τετάρτη, 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Asa by Jay Crownover

COVER REVEAL!!
We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!




About ASA: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make. 


And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!


RULE

JET

ROME

NASH

ROWDY

 Jay will be live on chat at 3pm EST at the Between The Covers page on Facebook today! Join in the fun and chat with her! :)


About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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Τρίτη, 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Teaser Tuesday!!

TAKE ME WITH YOU by K.A. Linde









Grant
All of my demons are coming to head.
I thought Ari could push them back.
I thought I could conquer my vices with her at my side.

I thought wrong.

Aribel
Fear is my new constant.
I thought I could conceal it, contain it, control it.
I thought that now that I had Grant the worst was over.

I thought wrong.

But if we’re going to survive, wherever you go…take me with you.

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Chasing the Tide (Reclaiming the Sand #2) by A. Meredith Walters

RELEASE DAY!!!

Chasing the Tide is live!!




The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to move on from a past that has come to define you.

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating. But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.

Yourself.


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4.5 Stop breaking my fucking heart Stars! 


Chasing the Tide starts after Ellie has finished college and goes back to Wellston to live with Flynn.
But living together is hard. Harder than they expected.
The years have passed and they both changed. Now they have to find a way to adapt so they can be together. But can they?


Flynn continues to have my heart. 
In this book he was constantly pushing his limits so he could become better, so he could become the man that Ellie deserves, so she wont miss anything.
And I loved him for that. I loved that he tried to show her how much he cared for her in actions, because he couldn't express it. 
He tried to overcome his fears and be the hero their story needs.
In the end he was the hero and he'll always be the hero in my heart.

-“I got them from the flower shop in town.”
“Oh yeah? Why is that?”
-“I get some every week when it’s cold out and they don’t grow in the garden anymore.”
“Every week? Really? I didn’t think you were the flower kind of guy.”
-“I liked to keep them around because they reminded me of you.” 




Ellie, my heart needs to stop breaking for this girl!
She went through so much bad shit in her life. These things she went through have an inpact, they scar. And even when they're far behind, they leave her with insecurities that are carved deep into her soul.
Ellie struggles to become a better person and leave all the pain in the past so she and Flynn can have a chance at happiness. 

But can they really leave all the bad memories behind? 

In this story we have flashbacks of Ellie's past, her mom walking out on her, how she met Dania, the start of her trouble making behavior.
It was so heartbreaking to see little Ellie go through this stuff.


"Every story has a beginning.
Flynn was mine.
He was my beginning.
My end.
My home."

It was such an intense ride but I loved every second of it. 
Although I would prefer if we got more of Flynn's POV.
Walters writing is magic and I look forward to explore her other series in the future.

If you enjoyed Reclaiming the Sand I strongly suggest you to pick this one out, you wont be disappointed!



ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 


4.5 Emotional Stars 

Chasing the Tide was probably the most anticipated book for me this year. When I got my arc I got really excited! Flynn's & Ellie's story had really captured my heart on Reclaiming the Sand Their story was really unique and Flynn wasn't the ordinary male character you usually read. But that was what made him so special, as well Ellie's redemption. Reading about their past and then their present scenes, had me all emotional and my heart was aching for them. 

"We shared a love that blossomed under the most impossible of circumstances.
It was rough.
It was imperfect.
It was ours."
 


In this beautiful continuation of their story, we see them struggling in their relationship, since both of them have issues that are not easy to overpass. Ellie returns back to Wellston after graduating, even though she never wanted to get back to this town, but she does this for Flynn. Because Flynn likes his stability and he can't get used to a different scenery. And Flynn is her home. 

Moving in with him, we can notice both of them struggling to get used to each other's new presence. Living together seems to be harder than they both expected. There's tension and the couple tries to adapt in any way possible. Meanwhile, Ellie is in research for a new job, but her ugly past keeps knocking on her door, something that doesn't make her decision to be back in this town to seem wise.

This novel focused more on Ellie's past and it gave us the facts that formed the personality she carried throughout all these years. Because those demons aren't easy to fight. We can also see Flynn making progress and fighting with his own demons for Ellie's sake. Because Ellie is also his home. 

"Because making Ellie smile is better than seeing her cry." 

I wish we could get more of Flynn's POV, it felt like it was missing, even though there were parts of him, it was mostly Ellie's & I wish we had a little more of him. They were still amazing every time we got an insight of his thoughts & feelings for Ellie and how hard he was working with his issues for her sake. 

I loved how realistic this sequel was, because every couple who starts a new life together, under the same roof isn't all about rainbows and unicorns. It's about making sacrifices for our mate's sake. It's fighting and working for it. And it wouldn't be any different for this couple, especially when they both had issues to fight in order to get to their happily ever after. 

"We were faced with the constant struggles of loving each other. Flynn with his disability and me with the instictual urge to self- sabotage and push everyone away." 

I'm definitely going to miss Flynn & Ellie. Their story has touched me in a way that will stay with me forever. I encourage people to give their story a try because it's totally worth it. 

**ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. **

Δευτέρα, 15 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Inspire (The Muse #1) by Cora Carmack

RELEASE DAY!!
Inspire is live on Amazon and Barnes and Noble now! 








Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1OTVJE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00R1OTVJE&linkCode=as2&tag=smasavwitste-20&linkId=2FWCC632EQZ36YZ3

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inspire-cora-carmack/1120911388?ean=2940149907663