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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Book Review: Fall With Me by Julie Particka



Fall With Me
By:  Julie Particka
Publisher:  Entangled Embrace
Release Date: April 28, 2014
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GR's Summary:

In the game of love… Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF's hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no--even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again. Someone's going to get hurt… Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.




My Thoughts:

Fall With Me, by Julie Particka, had an interesting storyline.  It was about Jenna, a young college woman, who had been in a serious relationships with Adam for 3 years.  Jenna (Jem) is engaged, and looking forward to making the announcement to her family, when she is callously dumped for her best friend, Lacey.  The betrayal causes Jenna major heartbreak, and she can't understand how her best friend since childhood could do this to her.  To top things off, Lacey doesn't seem to regret what she has done.

Sutton is Lacey's older brother.  He has had feelings for Jem since she was in high school.  When Jem came on to him, she was drunk and Sutton didn't want to take advantage of her.  However, Jem took it as a rejection, and Sutton lost his chance to be with her.  Currently, circumstances have Sutton and Jem working together at her father's construction site.  Sutton wants a chance with her, and has been in love with Jem for years.  Slowly, these two rekindle their friendship, and flirtily banter with one another.  Jem is still attracted to Sutton, after all he was her high school crush.  These two still share sexual chemistry, and the more time they spend together, the more they start falling for one another.  Sutton develops a plan to get his sister Lacey away from the womanizing Adam, and hopes that Jem will realize her feelings for him in the process.  The plan is to act like Jem and Sutton are in a relationship, and when Adam gets jealous, and tries to make a move on Jem, Lacey will see his true colors and dump him.  Jem agrees to the plan, but not everything goes as expected.

Fall With Me had an entertaining story arc.  I enjoyed how Sutton and Jem were as a couple. They had a fun and sexy dynamic together.  However, the characters weren't as fleshed out as I would have liked them to be.  Also, the "plan" only lasted two days, and I expected it to be a larger part of the story.  The beginning of the story went fast, and then the middle slowed down quite a bit.  There were a few really steamy, sexy, scenes and loads of chemistry between these two characters.  Lacey frustrated me, because she was extremely stubborn and self-centered.  I didn't see any regret or remorse for what she had done until the end of the story, and there is no way that I would have wanted to be friends with her again.  Jem was a lot more forgiving then I could have been.  Also, Sutton made a very bad decision in the story, and I think that Jem forgave him way too quickly and easily.  This story was very simple and to the point.  Overall, I enjoyed, Fall With You.

My Rating:

I give, Fall With Me, by Julie Particka, 3 entertaining and fun stars!  If you are looking for a light read, this one might be for you.





About Julie Particka:

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love–writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all. She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty sure there’s no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.




Book Review: The Golden Apple (Dark Forest) by Michelle Diener



The Golden Apple

by 
Michelle Diener 
Pub March 24th 2014 
by Author Self pub 
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Summary
Kayla's world has been turned upside-down . . . 

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake. 

Rane's honor is torn in two... 

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to--including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy. 

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . . 

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla's actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one. 

The Golden Apple is loosely based on the fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill








The Way I See It

Okay so I’m going to be a bit brutal when I say this but…I’m not sure why I was so drawn to this book, but I was. It is based on a fairy tale but the author points out that it is very loosely based on said fairy tale. Being familiar with the fairytale I’d say I totally agree. the premise was unique and it held a lot of potential. Well, have you ever heard anyone say the proof is in the pudding? Sadly there's stuff in the pudding alright, but the evidence is not very great. I loved, loved, loved, this story while Rane and Kayla were together, but when they split up I was pretty disappointed. There isn't a cliffhanger ending but there is also zero resolution. I love book series, I enjoy reading all of the great details. I know all of the secrets don’t get revealed till the very end, but I like to see some progress. Unfortunately Rane and Kayla are left back at square one and to me it felt like every sacrifice they made was for naught. 

T-ournament, many have come from afar to prove their worth to the fine princess.
H-ealing, Kayla finds herself knocking on deaths door yet a magical tool will bring her back from the darkness.
E-nchantment, Kayla must set out with her betrothed and arch nemesis otherwise their sanity could be at risk.

G-rave, Rane has made a huge mistake but there is nothing else he could've done. His brother is the one on the line.
O-pportunity, Kayla has always had a strong will and she does not shy away from danger.
L-inger, wild magic is everywhere it seems to have found Kayla and Rane.
D-esperation, under their enchantment they must finish their quest, nothing else matters.
E-scape, more than once Kayla and Rane are faced with danger they will do what it takes to protect each other.
N-ight, dark and full of terrors there are things that come to life and danger lurks everywhere.

A-dventure, Kayla is discovering things about herself that have been kept away her whole life.
P-rize, Kayla was given away along with a valuable treasure that holds the key to Rane’s loved one.
P-ressure, the gem they were supposed to obtain is in Kayla’s possession for a moment before Rane will do what he can to protect her.
L-ove, these two have been through a lot the time has come to stop avoiding their feelings.
E-vade, their greatest threat has run for now. Soon the day will come that they will have to face him again.

Don't get me wrong I did enjoy it just not as much as I would have if they made some progress. Having them back at square one was kind of meh for me. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series is going. As I said earlier, this series has great potential and this might be a small stepping stone. There are a lot of mysteries without answers, I’m looking forward to finding them. 

My Rating 
3.0 Glass Mountain, Enchantment, Forest, Wild Magic, Kitty, Witch, Troll, Castle, Brother, Escape, Love Filled stars for a fun fantasy full of potential pick this guy up!!!











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Cover Reveal : Ripped (Real, #5) by Katy Evans













Ripped
(Real, #5)
by Katy Evans

Release Date:
December 16th, 2014

Publisher:
Gallery Books

Synopsis:


Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about Crack Bikini being in town.


But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.


So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?


Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.


Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.


That's alright.


Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.
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Real (Real, #1)
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Katy Bio:


Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love, married him, and now they are hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review: Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne


Not Quite Dead
By:  Lyla Payne
Published:  April 1, 2014
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GR's Summary:

A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new "I don't give a crap" attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion. 

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.




My Thoughts:

Not Quite Dead, by Lyla Payne was quite a reading treat!  I loved this story, and did not want to put it down!  I've had the pleasure of reading Ms. Payne's Whitman University Series, which I absolutely adored, but this story was something completely unique and different from that series.  Graciela Harper (Gracie), has always desired a life of adventure.  When she catches her fiancee cheating on her, she breaks off the engagement, and decides to go to the place that she thinks of as home.  Since childhood, Gracie use to spend every summer with her grandparents, cousin Amelia, and two best friends Will and Melanie (Mel) in South Carolina.  She misses Heron Creek, and her beloved grandfather.  When she hears that his health is failing him, she decides to return home and take care of Gramps.  While there her life takes on interesting turn, when she gets visited by the ghost of 
18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny.  Anne has unfinished business, and is determined to get Gracie to uncover the clues to an intriguing mystery.  Along the way Gracie gets threatening notes telling her to stay away from the town's archives, or else...  

Gracie gets reacquainted with her first love Will, who is now married to Mel, and things are a bit awkward at first between the three of them.  She also meets the gorgeous, charming, and charismatic mayor, Beauregard Drayton, Beau, who sparks a fun, carefree, and flirty Gracie.  Not Quite Dead, had beautifully crafted characters.  I loved how Gracie was strong, determined, loyal, and had an adventurous spirit.  Gramps was one of my favorite characters.  He loved Gracie so much, and the relationship that they shared was very special.  Gramps loved teasing, and embarrassing Gracie, as well as giving her advice, and spending quality time.  He reminded me on my own grandfather.  They would watch baseball games together, eat ice cream late at night while watching television, ands have a good time.  Gramps pushed Gracie to stop feeling sorry for herself, and to take control of her life.  I also enjoyed Will and Mel.  They were really good friends to Gracie, and Gramps.  Mel was very insecure and jealous at first which frustrated me, but then she got over it.  Will was a good guy, and still looked out for Gracie and Gramps.

There was a little bit of romance woven in the story between Gracie and Beau.  It didn't overshadow the rest of the story, but was the perfect addition to an already amazing story.  The mystery behind Anne Boony captured me from the very first time she appeared.  I was hooked, and wanted to unravel the clues behind why Anne was so determined to get Gracie's help.  I couldn't wait to see where the clues led, and little by little, the plot thickened, and had me glued to the pages.  This wasn't a cheesy ghost story.  It was top-notch!  I've been dealing with a bit of a reading slump, and Not Quite Dead pulled me completely out of it!

My Rating:

If you are looking for a fantastic story, look no further!  Not Quite Dead had great characters, an alluring plot full of mystery, just the right amount of romance, and a great message!  Be yourself!  Don't try to be someone else, to make others happy.  Follow your own destiny, and have an adventure!  I give, Not Quite Dead, by Lyla Payne, 5 Glorious, Mysterious, Heart-Warming, Addictive Stars!!!!




My Favorite Quote:

"The circumstances of her life have turned over and over in my mind during my recent bevy of sleepless hours, and I've considered what it means to embrace who we truly are, even when other people don't like it.  Don't understand it.  To do what out hearts desire, even when it's not what the world expects--that maybe the mistakes that most people make is thinking that our lives are made to please anyone other than ourselves."  (eARC, Loc. 2533)

~Gracie




About Lyla Payne:


I’ve long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I’ve published Young Adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first New Adult title), I couldn’t wait to try something new – and I’m hooked.  In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we’d all love to meet in real life.     







Swoon Thursday (64)


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The Rules of Swoon Thursday:
"From the book you are currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.  What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.  Try to make the Swoon 140 characters so you can tweet it.  Add the #YABOUND hashtag when you tweet."






Goodreads Summary:


A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new "I don't give a crap" attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion. 

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.




My Swoon:


"He's in front of me then, hands on my waist before I know what happened.  'I think I know how to kill that time,' he murmurs.  His lips brush mine, as soft as ever, but that's not going to do it for me.  For everything Beau has the potential to be in my life, tonight he's a sexy, welcome distraction.  I crush my mouth against his, opening my lips for him, finding his tongue hot and willing as it toys with mine.  My hands grasp his neck, one sliding higher until it twists in his hair, the combined motion pulling his body tight against mine.  It's hard and hot, molding his hips against mine, pressing my back into the countertop before he lifts me up by my a** and my feet lock behind his back.  A growl rumbles from his throat and he nips my bottom lip, diving back in for more.  The way he tastes me, as though he's dying of thirst and I'm the only one who can save him, drips sizzling heat into my belly, spills it down between my legs.  I'm lost in the moment, in the feeling of his wanting me, and it's exactly what I need because there's no room for anything else in my head."  (eARC, Loc. 2761)


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Cover Reveal : Intoxicated (Billionaire Bachelor Club, #3.5) by Monica Murphy



We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy's INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. It is available for pre-order. Links are below!!


Intoxicated
Billionaire Bachelors Club, #3.5
by Monica Murphy

Release Date: June 17th , 2014



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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

 It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment. It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?







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EXCERPT: 

I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows. 

Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon. 

I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

“I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.” 

She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.” 

“I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?” 

Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”


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   ABOUT MONICA MURPHY: 


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.













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