29 May 2015

COVER REVEAL: Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Hey Mischievous Readers!

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Cover Reveal for FORGET TOMORROW by Pinpit Dunn to be published on November 3rd, 2015 by Entangled Teen.

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided...by your future self.

It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie's case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her beloved -- and gifted --  younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested, treated viciously, and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes this hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself. 




When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.
I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.
I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I'm a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

I live with my husband and children in Maryland.

28 May 2015

BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Searching For Beautiful by Jennifer Probst + Giveaway!

Searching For Beautiful (Searching For #3)
by Jennifer Probst
Published by Gallery Books on May 26th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Format: eARC (384 pages)
Source: Publisher via InkSlinger PR

Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she’s an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin…and flings her right into her best friend’s arms.

When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves.

Can Genevieve and Wolfe’s friendship turn into something deeper—or is it already too late for true love?

Searching For Beautiful has got to be my favorite of the Searching For series. The third book to the spin off series of Probst's Marriage To a Billionaire series, Searching For Beautiful features resident surgeon Genevieve MacKenzie and the former bad boy, Wolfe in a fantastic best friends-to-lovers romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat as the pages turn.

On the day of her wedding, Gen ditched her husband-to-be at the altar and escaped through the back window. Luckily for her, Wolfe, her best friend had been on the location and was ready to help her immediately get away. Gen has her reasons for leaving her fiance, and it's something more than just the typical pre-wedding jitters. With that, Wolfe is up and ready to be there for Gen, no matter what it takes.

Gen and Wolfe are my favorite couple of the Searching For series. Even as best friends, the whole attraction between them is perfect. It's a slow burn, but the tension is undeniably steamy and explosive. But I enjoyed reading about their friendship more, especially the playful banter between the duo. I love the characters as individuals as well. Gen was a strong heroine, especially with everything she had to go through in this novel. Meanwhile, Wolfe was the reformed bad boy with his sexy tattoos and piercings. Although a broken character, he was swoonworthy and the perfect match for Gen.

Not only do we get a steamy romance between Gen and Wolfe, we also get a sneak peak of Arilyn's (The third friend of the girls from the Kinnections Matchmaking Agency from the first two books) which I assume might be the next book of the series!

Best friends, and a second chance for a shot of happiness in life; Searching For Beautiful is a wonderful, heartfelt read. If you're looking for romances that will leave you in awe, this book (or series) should be your next read!

*I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.




Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.


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26 May 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely + Excerpt & Giveaway!

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Lauren Blakely's 21 STOLEN KISSES!

21 STOLEN KISSES by Lauren Blakely is a standalone New Adult Forbidden Romance from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author being published by Bloomsbury Spark! 

21 Stolen Kisses
by Lauren Blakely
Published by Bloomsbury Spark on May 26th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

When I first met him I resisted.
Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.
That was a lie. It never faded.

And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.

There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love — the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love — landed me in therapy. Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…And he wants me just as fiercely.

Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?


He inhales sharply. The look in his eyes says we’re crossing into the danger zone again. It’s the only place I want to be with him. Because when we’re there, nothing between us feels dangerous. Everything feels right.

“I turn eighteen in a few more weeks,” I say, like my birthday is an open invitation for us to slam back into each other.

He nods. “I know.”

A breeze blow by and rustles his hair. A lock falls out of place. Instinct takes over. I raise my hand to reach for his hair.

But he’s faster. He grasps my wrist, and the second he does, the moment expands. It stretches and unfolds into the thing I will replay tonight and tomorrow and the next day. I stare at his hand clasped around my wrist, flashing back to all the times he held my hand, touched my wrist, and ran his fingers along my arm. I shiver as the memories collide, the past slamming into the present.

I look up from our hands to his eyes. Blazing, full of heat. Full of all that restraint from him that I know so well.




Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and eleven on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375(please use the actual + sign).


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25 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Entice by Veronica Larsen

Entice (Hearts of Stone #2)
by Veronica Larsen (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter)
Self Published on May 25th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC (251 pages)
Source: Author via Flirty Subs PR
Amazon US | Amazon UK

A story of reconciling the past with the present in order to glean new beginnings. Entice is a sexy, humorous, second-chance love story.

Turns out I’ve been faking being an adult.
My job? My apartment? The pretty life I've built?

Let's just say I've made some mistakes.

I'm knee-deep in the mess I've made when I find him. Tall, dark-haired, and rough around the edges. The boy I never noticed is all grown up, in all the right ways. And he's not about to let me forget it.

He can try to pretend he's immune to our attraction. I'm trained in the art of persuasion and I love a challenge.

But how can he know the answers to questions I haven't thought to ask? I’ve been putting out fires, fighting like crazy to get my life back on track. And this man? He acts like he knows who's holding the match.

Maybe there's no such thing as mistakes.
What if it's all just sabotage?

Entice can be read as a standalone, but contains major spoilers to Entangle. 

Veronica Larsen has done it again! When I read the first book to the Hearts of Stone series, I was completely caught off guard by Entangle and didn't expect to enjoy it so much. I devoured it in a single night, hence, I had high hopes for her second book, Entice, and gladly, I was granted with another awesome book. (Woohoo!)

Veronica Larsen's writing is still fantastic as ever. Told in first person, in the perspective of Emily Stone, [Larsen] once again brings forth a story of romance and self discovery; passionate, intense and especially pertinent to those conflicted in regards of self-worth and self-preservation.

Introduced in the first novel as the heroine's younger sister, Emily now has her own story to tell in Entice. Out of a job due to her lack of self control when it comes to annoying ass hats, also known as her boss' clients, plus the fact that she's close to becoming homeless, Emily moves back to San Diego for the mean time to get her life sorted out, though meeting up with an old acquaintance wasn't in her agenda.

When I was a teenager, I would look at people in their twenties and think they had everything figured out. Then I got to my twenties and realized it's an illusion. It's people in their thirties that are the real grownups; they're the ones that have their shit in line.

Emily is a character I knew I would absolutely relate to, especially already having met her in the previous book. She's snarky, sarcastic, with inappropriate humor and lack of filter as her best friends, which is epically hilarious for someone who's an attorney. And boy, does she sound like a person I would totally love to hang out with.

However, here comes the twist; regardless of how much of a potty mouth Emily may be and strong demeanor, she's a very broken character, especially hailing from a messy childhood due to an alcoholic and druggie mother. The moment she's stepped out of graduate school, she thinks she's got life figured out, but when everything takes a toll and goes downhill, she's knows she's going to have a hard time trying to get out of the whole mess.

"I don't like to fail. Even if I seem to be pretty good at it."

As much as I would love to talk about Emily's love interest, I would rather not spoil, however, he is a character that I very much enjoyed reading about and the perfect match for Emily. The romance is something to look forward to, although it kind of starts with a little bit of. It's a slow build up; undeniably sexy with a whole lot of tension.

Another thing I enjoyed while reading Entice is how it's like a companion novel to the first book, Entangle. The time frame in Entice begins pretty much at the 60%-70% mark of Entangle, hence, the character and scene crossovers. Well, basically, this just means, you need to read the first book before you head on to this just so you can get the full experience.

Entice was a wonderful novel, and I loved every bit of it... just the same as how I felt with Entangle, perhaps a little bit more. I felt for Emily and found her to be a very relatable and an admirable character. I adored the dynamic romance between Emily and her lover, and her relationship with her sister. Everything is just so on point and the wait for this second book was definitely worth it.

Now, if there would be a third book, I'm also most definitely excited for that!

*I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

*Click on the cover to read my review of Entangle 

20 May 2015

Another Day by David Levithan [Waiting On Wednesday #3]

*Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine in which we share our most highly anticipated upcoming reads (that we pretty much need to get our hands on, like drugs)

Another Day (Every Day #2)
by David Levithan
Release Date: August 25th, 2015 by Knopf Books

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day.

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

Well, thank heavens this is about to exist, because Levithan's ending for Every Day was infuriating (though it was an awesome book, don't get me wrong. I rated it 5 stars). What's on your WoW?

18 May 2015

#REHASH BOOK REVIEW: So I Married a Werewolf by Kristin Miller

So I Married a Werewolf (Seattle Wolf Pack #3)
by Kristin Miller (Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook)
Published by Entangled: Covet on July 28th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal, Shifters
Format: eARC (260 pages)
Source: Publisher (2014)
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Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has a problem. He's been offered the promotion of his dreams…if he can find a wife to prove he's over his playboy ways. But Carter's already walked the matrimonial road and bought the stinkin' T-shirt. Besides, a werewolf only gets one fated mate. Been there, done that.

 All werewolf dog trainer Faith Hamilton wants to do is earn enough green stuff to put her younger brother through college. Okay, okay, so she also totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It's too bad size 12 and plain isn't his type. At all.

 The two friends strike a deal to help one another out. They must face a variety of challenges from a psycho ex-girlfriend to a Yorkie with a shoe fetish...and that pesky problem of only having one-fated mate in a lifetime. Will a relationship ruin their friendship…or spark a love neither anticipated?

So I Married a Werewolf is literally one of the cutest shifter books I've ever read. We’ve got the notorious and smokin’ hot werewolf cop, Carter Griffin, who’s after the detective position for the Seattle Wolf Pack and he’s been dying to get that job in years ever since he’s entered the force. But his dream job is just so close, yet so far – after he’s been informed that they need a suitable, mature and mated werewolf for the role. One thing left to do: GET MARRIED.

There’s always a silver lining to every conflict: Faith Hamilton. The girl next door (literally), one of the boys, the I-love-my-sweats-and-you-can’t-stop-me kind of girl. She’s getting close to being broke. And it seems Carter’s the only person… or rather, werewolf who can help her. Problem? She’s got a ginormous crush on him and she knows she’s not his type. But what are friends for… right?

Carter and Faith’s relationship is the typical “I’ve got a crush on you, please notice me” kind of relationship. Faith’s been in love with him ever since she can remember, but he always goes after the supermodels. The hot ones. And she thinks he’s so out of her league. Sure Carter does notice her, since they’re practically the best of friends and they live right next door to each other. But he’s never made a move on her.

Faith is the character almost every girl can relate to. Her insecurities are a total bullseye, just like any other girl crushing on someone or going through a one sided love. She’s a very realistic character, despite the supernatural aspect of the story. Meanwhile, Carter was just swoonworthy. although it was kind of annoying at first that he was too thickheaded to see to Faith's feelings, he still won me over in the end.

This is the first Kristin Miller book I’ve read, and even having read out of order as this is the third book of the series, I wasn't lost in the story, as these can be read as standalones, although with a few crossovers of the characters from the previous books.

If you're into funny and cute, cliche romances, and don't mind a little bit of bite (pun intended), So I Married a Werewolf is something you should pick up.

*I received a review copy courtesy of the Author/Publisher.  This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

16 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Getting Dirty by Mia Storm

Getting Dirty (Jail Bait #1)
by Mia Storm (Goodreads, Twitter)
Self Published on March 19th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Taboo, College
Format: eARC (268 pages)
Source: Author via Inkslinger PR
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A poem by Blaire Leon

If sex is dirty, why would I do it with someone I love?
If sex is dirty, then didn’t we all come from the dirt?
What if I like the dirt?
What if I want to get dirty?
What if I want to roll in the mud until I’m so fucking filthy that I’ll never be clean again?

When twenty-five-year-old graduate assistant Caiden Brenner asked Blaire Leon how old she was, she said she was a senior. He chose to believe she meant in college. They connect over Lord Byron’s Don Juan and, as their conversations become increasingly thicker with sexual innuendo, Caiden finds himself obsessing over a totally off-limits undergrad who’s bold, beautiful, brilliant, and one of the most passionate poets he’s ever met.

But it turns out Blaire hasn't been totally honest. She's the seventeen-year-old valedictorian of her high school class, taking courses at Sierra State while awaiting her acceptance to Stanford.

Will Caiden get too deeply into Blaire to back away before he finds out the truth? Or will their connection be enough to seduce him into risking his entire future on Jail Bait?

Forbidden romance isn't exactly a trope that I have explored wholly, as there are a lot of books about taboo romances out there, but I'm not exactly irked by the idea of an underage person in a relationship with an older man; although depending on the circumstances, I may be bothered.

In Getting Dirty, our heroine, Blaire, is a minor—sixteen years old, to be exact, turning seventeen in a few weeks—meanwhile her love interest, Caiden, is a twenty five year old. Not much of an age difference, I might say, so this doesn't really bother me. I wouldn't consider it a big deal, unless a member of the party is definitely of bad influence, then I would be bothered. However, still in regards to age appropriation, say Blaire was below the age of fifteen, or had Caiden been way older than her, old enough to be her father or grandparent; now that is something that would greatly bother the heck out of me.

Told in interchanging POV's, Getting Dirty explores both sides of the story, Blaire and Caiden's, and is a perfect balance. Reading about their romance is exasperating and does pack a punch, I was met with a mixture of feelings regarding the characters, especially with the first half of the story.

Caiden wasn't exactly a character who stood out for me. He was the typical male love interest, albeit broken and has an interesting back story, although, there were a lot of parts that made me feel sorry for him. However, Blaire's character was a different story.

Blaire is portrayed as a mature teenager, as she had grown up with pretty much absentee parents. She's intellectual, perhaps way more for her age, but of course, still displays the naivety of a lovelorn teenager. At times, especially at the first half of the book, her character frustrated me to the point that I wanted to DNF this book, however, there were also moments which made me read more. Blaire is a poet—a slam poet, to be exact, and as I am a huge fan of poetry, be it traditional or modernized, her love for poetry hooked me, and the lay down of words as Blaire recites her pieces at a slam poetry contest blew me away.

Although Mia Storm's writing isn't exactly fantastic, as there were a couple of cringe worthy moments, particularly the part in Blaire's POV where she greatly examines her soon-to-be lover's forehead and the number of his freckles, and so on and so forth, however, as mentioned, it was her poetry that kept me going. I'm unsure if the pieces were originally crafted by the author herself, but I was stupefied.

"When they say it's a man's world, they must be talking about the bedroom. Glass ceilings are shattering. We'll have a female president someday. But only if she's never slept around. Because a male president can get head in the Oval Office, but no goddamn dirty whore is ever going to be good enough to run our country."

Another thing I love about this book, is the highlight of various "societal taboos" and issues; women who love to have sex even at a young age, age appropriate relationships, statutory rape, feminism, and what not. Although these topics are in various novels with taboo stories, I haven't read much books that tackled quite a number of such issues and even portrayed such as realistically as possible. What's even amusing, is the author's note implies this book to be a fictionalized autobiography, as she had been in a similar relationship with an older man at the age of seventeen.

"If we both want this, why should it matter how old we are?"
"Because I'm twenty fucking five, Blaire! Guys my age go to jail for doing what we've been doing."

I honestly want to kick myself for almost not giving this book the benefit of the doubt because certain parts of this book caught me off guard and had me reading thoroughly. It's very different from the usual New Adult contemporaries out there that I normally read, but I devoured this book in a single day. Although a few may be irked by the instalove between the characters—which I began to wary of the moment I came across it—I was still hooked.

Getting Dirty may not be for everyone, as the topics aren't exactly people friendly, but this book blew me away. If you're willing to step out of your comfort zone, I suggest you give this book a try, but I warn you, this book is intense, and passionate, and exasperating.

If you want to get dirty, this book should be your next read.

*I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.
14 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Boomerang by Noelle August

Boomerang (Boomerang #1)
by Noelle August (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by William Morrow on July 8th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (339 pages)
Source: Purchased
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Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up.

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

The moment I came across Boomerang, the synopsis immediately grabbed me. Dating website internship? Aspiring filmmaker heroine? No dating policy? Well, sign me up! All I could think of was I had to get my hands on this book, plus, it's got all these praising reviews all over Goodreads, so I was pretty much convinced that I was going to enjoy this book.

Mia Galliano and Ethan Vance wake up next to each other after a hot hook up night, with just a faint memory of how everything went down the night before. Awkward right? Well, what's more awkward is when they realize they're internship mates for the same company: Boomerang, a dating website, kinda like Tinder. But everything takes a complicated turn when the internship turns out to be kind of a competition and the winner gets a full time job at Boomerang. With both in need of the job badly, plus the fact that the company highly discourages dating between co-workers, Mia and Ethan have got to stay away, no matter how attracted they are to each other.

Sounds really cool right? I thought so, too. However, once again, my gullible self needs a smack in the head because this book left me disappointed. Okay, no, let me rephrase. This book did not fulfill my expectations. All the hype of the 4 to 5 star ratings all over Goodreads kind of made me feel as if I was reading a different book. But alas, it's obviously the same read, duh.

The characters, as individuals, were great. Mia's a spunky character, meanwhile, Ethan was such a sweetheart with an amazing connection with kids. The times when he would spend time to play ball with the nine year olds, and having them call him Coach was just too cute.

Granted, this book was really cute and the characters were relatable. However, this is where it all goes downhill. The characters did not connect at all. Mia and Ethan, together, lacked chemistry, which made the push and pull between them so irrelevant and boring. There was also a little bit of instalove going on, which was weird as they barely even know each other... and in fact, don't even remember the night of the hook up.

Another thing was, I wanted more emphasis on the "aspiring filmmaker" aspect of Mia, but all I got was a part where she held up a camera to her grandmother to videotape her... and that was basically it. Ethan's side of the story as a footballer was much more emphasized than Mia's, which I'm not saying is a bad thing, however, it should have been equalized.

Man, I totally feel like this book could do so much better. Forget about the cute moments, everything else ended up being dull and overly cliche for my taste. If you're a fan of the New Adult cliche romances, Boomerang might just be your new favorite, but sadly, it wasn't mine.

12 May 2015

MINI BOOK REVIEW: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1)
by Nalini Singh (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by TKA Distribution on September 9th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Music
Format: eBook (404 pages)
Source: Purchased
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance… 

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

It sucks to say that I'm kind of disappointed about this book. Although I've been a big fan of Nalini Singh's fantastic writing, especially with her Psy-Changeling series, this book didn't reach that kind of level. Now, I'm a sucker for a good contemporary romance -- plus steamy scenes -- and I had been so excited for this book, but sucks to say, it didn't make me give it the usual 4 to 4.5 star rating that I often give to steamy, smexy books. 

Rock Addiction is a two part novel; the first being the meeting between Molly and Fox and a little bit of getting to know, even though they've already done the dirty, and the second, being Molly on tour along with the band.

I'm not going to deny, the beginning was smokin' hot, sparks flew between Molly and Fox, but everything went downhill afterwards when one of my pet peeves regarding romance novels came into view. I like reading about the chase, the inhibited sexual passion between a couple, especially if they're from two different worlds; as in the case of Molly and Fox (a librarian and a rockstar). However, Rock Addiction was oozing with instalove just a few chapters in and I couldn't help but cringe at the sudden emotional connection, but I'll have you know there's lots of angry sex and make up sex to look forward to, despite the oh-so cringeworthy instant love.

All in all, this wasn't a bad read at all to start a series, but as I mentioned, I was kind of disappointed as I expected more into the story. It was a tad boring, yes, but the steamy scenes do make up for the loss.

10 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal (Off-Campus #1)
by Elle Kennedy (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Self Published on February 24th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports, College
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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy... 

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it’s going to be oh so good. 

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Yes, I know. I'm kind of late to the party, but I've read this already a couple of weeks ago but just never found the time to actually write a review for it, but here's a quick bullet point review about The Deal. 

5 Reasons Why You Should NOT pick up The Deal

1. Hannah Wells is so unrelatable.  Forget about her awkward antics and sassy wit, because Hannah is just so unrelatable. I mean, she's got a hot guy asking her for a tutorial session, I mean, that's just soooo unrelatable, right? Like where is my hot guy? Nowhere to be found, which leads to my point: Un-re-la-ta-ble.

2. Garrett Graham will give you diabetes. No, seriously. With a surname that's actually a yummy sweet dessert, he's bound to get you calling for 911 with insanely high blood sugar levels. So, no. Bad idea.

3. The steamy scenes will burn your kindle/e-reader to ashes. I mean, Kindles are very expensive so we wouldn't want that to happen, right? So better steer clear of this book.

4. Giggle-snorting. Finesse is ruined like a damned pig on crack while reading this book. Defnitely not something you should look forward to.

5.  Penises! "Sweet Jesus. Penises everywhere. Big penises and small penises and fat penises and penis-shaped penises. It doesn't matter which direction I move my head because everywhere I look I see penises. My mortified gasp draws the attention of every peniser, guy in the room..."

Have I convinced you yet?

Disclaimer: To those who might not understand the premise of my review. Obviously, it is written in a sarcastic/satirical manner to convince you all to pick up this fantastic book.

08 May 2015

COVER REVEAL: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

Hey Mischievous Readers!

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Cover Reveal for K.A. Tucker’s SURVIVING ICE!! SURVIVING ICE is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the fourth novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. SURVIVING ICE is set to be released October 13, 2015!

Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.

When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for.

Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control.

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.


And don’t forget BURYING WATER, BECOMING RAIN and CHASING RIVER, the first three books in this thrilling series…

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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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BOOK REVIEW: Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance
by Danielle Younge-Ullman (Goodreads, Twitter)
Published by Entangled: Teen on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor
Format: eARC (304 pages)
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.

Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.

Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.

Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.

I guess I pretty much underestimated the power of Young Adult fluff, because this book is one of the most hilarious and heartwarming YA reads I've ever come across. I didn't expect to actually like this novel. To be frank, I thought this was going to be a so-so read and I never pegged for it to be a novel that would amuse me so much.

They tried to make me go to rehab, I said yes, yes, yes!

Ever liked someone to the point where you're so blinded, you've got no clue of the difference between love and a big fat crush? To the point where you'll follow them anywhere like a lovesick puppy with literal heart shaped eyes to match? To the point where you'll do anything for them, just to make sure they're happy, even if it means going into rehab? I don't know about you, but Lola Carlyle sure has got a story to tell.

Upon finding out that her long time crush, Wade Miller, hot shot teen actor, has just been recently admitted to Sunrise Rehab in Malibu, Lola Carlyle could just assume the worst: Wade is in trouble and he needs all the help he can get. Add up the fact that she's pretty much bored out of her wits end while spending the summer with her famewhore, paparazzi hungry mother, so rehab seems to be the best pick to kill time after hearing about the perks of rehab from her best friend.

"No, listen, rehab is the new 'vacation.' Everyone's going these days."
"Not if they have no addictions."
"Sure they do. People go for just about anything. Gambling, internet addiction, eating disorders, cutting, prescription drugs. They go to convince their spouses they'll stop boning other people-the list goes on. For you, you'd just need to go to some clubs, come home stinking of booze and pot, and/or get photographed wearing no underwear."

Well, what's a girl got to do? Pretend to be an addict and create a sob story to your folks of being terrified that you're already "out of control". A couple of hilarious tries and massively failing the first few times, Lola is then being sent to rehab (and oh does she feel so smug about that). Just imagine her face upon finding out that her best friend has already been pulled out and rehab is not what she expected it to be.

"This is not a spa! It's not like a spa at all! It's nothing like a spa."
"Nope," he says calmly, "it's rehab."

Well, duh?

Hi, my name is Lola and I'm an addict. Sort of. 

Prima Donna girl, Hollywood Princess; two of the various names Lola literally basks in. With a famous Hollywood director for a father and a former soap opera star for a mother, she's bound to get everything that she wants, right? 

WRONG. The moment Lola steps into rehab is when she realizes that being the special snowflake, no matter how much of a celebrity child she is, isn't going to work on the staff. There's therapy sessions and group meetings and Contemplation at 6am and Reflection before bed time and whatever the heck. But that's not going to stop her from getting close to Wade Miller, even if her cute mentor/rehab guardian is literally watching every move she makes. 

However, as she spends more time in rehab, she might be just indenial of who she truly is. 

Lola's character might give you a bit of mixed feelings. She's naive, clueless and a spoiled brat with a spunky attitude who doesn't see to reason. A couple of times, she might appear obnoxious and infuriating to the point that all you want to do is just let out an exasperated sigh and pray for this young girl's soul, you'll come to realize most of her actions actually unintentional and acted upon naivety and denial. 

Welcome to Sunrise Rehab, we've got cookies!

Okay, so sue me. I underestimated Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance and now I'm biting the inside of my cheek. There are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. Despite how Lola Carlyle was pretty much an insensitive brat majority of the book, she was actually fun to read about, especially since the story is told in her perspective. She might be very unrelatable to some people as we're all humble hearts (I presume), however, she does undergo character development as the story progresses which made me like her more. 

The romance was a slow build and basically, a frenemies-to-lovers sort of love story. Every bit was just hilarious, especially the banter between the duo. Although there was a potential love triangle, but nonetheless, predictable. 

Lola Carlyle's 12 Step Romance is a fast paced, light read, filled with moments that will not only make you giggle-snort, but will also make you feel touched. If you're looking for a quick, fun read, this book is what you should pick up and get addicted to. 

*I received a copy from the Publisher.  This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.
07 May 2015

Racing The Sun by Karina Halle [Waiting on Wednesday #2]

*Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine in which we share our most highly anticipated upcoming reads (that we pretty much need to get our hands on, like drugs)

Racing The Sun
by Karina Halle
Release Date: July 28th, 2015 by Atria Books
Genre(s): New Adult Fiction | Contemporary Romance

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.

I've never read any Karina Halle books before but I so need to accomplish that, probably start with The Pact or something, but I really want to get my hands on this book. Italian guy, hello? Plus, mini Italianos? I don't mind reading romances with kids in the story. In fact, I actually enjoy them as they're usually a breath of fresh air from all the romantic drama (even though it says "bratty children" on the synopsis, hah!)

Plus, I read an excerpt a while back and was so intrigued. Broke backpacker and now stuck in a foreign country? Well, if I was her, I would have flipped and had a nervous breakdown but the heroine's snarky personality (judging from the excerpt) is something I will enjoy.

July, come quick please?

06 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
by Stephanie Perkins (Goodreads, Twitter)
Published by Speak on July 16th, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback (372 pages)
Source: Purchased
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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

Young Adult is a genre I am usually wary to explore—despite the fantastic book covers— because for various reasons; particularly, character personalization. For some reason, most YA characters are either immensely immature or straight up annoying. It's rare unusual for me to meet fascinating characters in a YA book—let alone in a romance filled with fluff—and let me just say, Stephanie Perkins was able to work her magic on me.

Out of the blue, Anna's parents decided her education to be continued in Paris and without her say on the matter, she ends up finding herself in the City of Love. A little bitter for leaving behind a couple of friends and a crush in her hometown, Anna finds herself realizing that Paris isn't so bad after all with a couple of new found friends at her side especially a cute American born Brit boy (woah, boy) by the name Etienne St. Clair.

"School of America in Paris," he explains. "SOAP."
Nice. My father sent me here to be cleansed.

The story plot isn't original, per se; basically about a girl crushing on a guy whom already has a girlfriend. The typical girl's life story: I like you but you like her; however, with a couple of twists and quirks, Stephanie Perkins created a swoonworthy tale of friendship and young love with a couple of cute and quirky characters.

Anna is one of the most relatable characters I've ever come across in my reading career and everything about her screams 'ME'. Her actions, her way of speech and her weird antics, I could label her as my book character persona. Not only is she as awkward as I am, but she's also a movie enthusiast and a blogger. How cool is that?

Meanwhile, Anna's unrequited crush and love interest, Etienne St. Clair has the finest name I've ever read or heard about. Etienne. I mean, seriously, try saying it out loud; the after effect leaves you somehow breathless, and nothing else can leave you swooning than a cute bilingual Brit boy up and ready to tour you around a gorgeous city.

I came to love a lot of things from this book despite my wary feelings at the start. The introduction of Paris was on point, with a couple of highlights provided with more detail than I usual. It wasn't information overload at all as the details most of us should already be familiar with, just to clarify, but still, I couldn't help but feel a sense amusement at the sight of Parisian culture through Anna's tourist eyes and I was just fascinated. Another thing was how realistic the characters were. I was glad to find these characters to be enjoyable and relatable which had me reading further.

I definitely enjoyed the slow burn of the romance; the sweet friendship that bloomed first between Anna and St. Clair was captivating and made me feel all giddy. It might sound boring to some readers, but it all depends on the author's style on how the slow burn romance should be executed and I would like to point out that Stephanie Perkins did a great job in that aspect.

To say Anna and the French Kiss was cute would be an understatement. This book is all types of adorable, I couldn't help my giggles, despite how much I tried to be as subtle as possible while reading around the family. I'll have you know I ended up looking like I had allergies as I tried to choke back a couple of laughs. It's a quick, light read; fast paced and a feel good novel and definitely the to-go book when in need of a little bit of fluff and cuteness overload.