Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Distractions @BiancaDeanInk (Review & Giveaway)

Title: Distractions
Author: Bianca Dean
Series: Distractions #1
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Genres:
Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Format: E-book
Publisher:
Wicked With Ink
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review
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Red has been trying to move on with her life. She really has. Her first real relationship ended in disaster and she can’t muster the energy to leave the house. Her brother Brenden and their best friend, Gavin, are sick of it. Guilting her into a night out, Red reluctantly agrees only to see her ex having the time of his life with another girl. Small town living would have it no other way. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, Gavin steps in to provide Red the distraction she needs to forget all about her ex. But as things quickly spiral out of control, will Red be able to keep her feelings for her best friend a secret in order to save their friendship?

*This book contains sexual situations and explicit language. This is Book 1 of the Distractions Series. 




Bianca Dean, author of Quarterback Sneak and Wanna Play? is a native of New Jersey now living in NYC. Working on her PhD, Bianca loves good food, great movies and stimulating conversation. She's a huge sports fan, and can be found, during the appropriate season, screaming at the television, beer in hand, trying to make people that can't hear her run faster. In the off-season she can be spotted walking her dog or grabbing dinner with friends.


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I sat back on the couch and took a deep breath. I had to keep it cool. Drooling over Red while she’s still trying to deal with the bullshit from Wilson is not the way to go. I could still smell that vanilla body wash she loved so much, the steam from the bathroom carrying it out and swirling it around my head.
I dropped the controller and turned off the television. I could see the reflection of the living room lights on the large TV set, and I could just make out a sliver of light escaping through Red’s cracked door. I watched as a shadow moved in front of the door. I turned the TV back on. I didn’t need to that guy, the guy that I usually am. If she were someone I was trying to fuck, I would have walked back to her room and watched her dress. I would have waited until she had her panties and bra on; then I would have stepped into her room and peeled them off her body.
But, Red is my best friend and that’s it. How was I supposed to know that kissing her was going to set off fireworks in my head? I hadn’t meant to kiss her, not like I did. I had just meant to maybe whisper something funny to her, or pull her close and tell her to forget about him, but all that went out the window when I pulled her close. She’s always been so strong, so tough. I can see she’s hurting, and I just wanted to take that pain away. But then she looked at me, and I lost it.
Her plump, pink lips were calling out to me. Her face was flushed and her pulse was
pounding in her throat. She was beautiful. She is beautiful. Now, because of one moment of weakness, I've fucked it all up. She’s skittish around me now, and I don’t know what to do.
I haven’t thought about Red as anything other than a friend in a long time. But the more I think about it, the more I like it. We get along great, she’s smart, she’s funny, and she puts up with me. But, she’s my best friend, and her brother would kill me. And, if things don’t work out, it would fuck everything up, royally.
You don’t shit where you eat, and I'm not going to fuck my best friend no matter how good she looks getting out of the shower.
I just need to get my shit together. Quickly.


Falling in love with your best friend is never a good idea but what happens when both sides are in love? And what if the chemistry is so good that is worth the risk of losing your BFF?

Red, her brother and Gavin have been inseparable since they were kids. It was the perfect trio where the guys protected their "little sister". However, Red is secretly in love with Gavin and after being cheated by her ex-boyfriend, Gavin looks like the perfect distraction.

With a fast rhythm this book is about friendship and love, and the consequences of mixing those two. The relationship between Red and Gavin has always been great. They shared everything and she has witnessed the long line of girls he has dated (slept with would be a better description). The story puts them in all kind of situations. There's a lot of tension and the voltage of some scenes is spectacular. They shared funny scenes, a few heated fights and some tears.

Red is a nice character, she has aspects that many girls will find relatable. However, there were things I didn't like about her. She starts being this sweet young woman who is suffering because of her ex and her mind is a mess when Gavin tries to help her, so far so good. But then she takes the most ridiculous decisions and has no problem contacting other men as soon as the slightest problem comes with Gavin. On the other hand, I loved Gavin. He sounds real, his past was well built and it was easy to understand why he acted as he did. His flaws and bad temper only make him more loveable. Together they work perfectly and are a great couple.

Another character that has a relevant role is Wilson, I absolutely enjoyed his appearances because they add action to the story and every time he comes in he sets in motion really exciting scenes.

Let me tell you that this book should be labeled as DANGEROUS, those with fragile hearts shouldn't read this book. It's too HOT, steamy and sexy. The scenes are amazing!! The author creates the perfect scenarios, with the right atmosphere and her writing is PERFECT. Some of them left me fanning and almost burn my reader with their heat.

There was a minor fact related with protection that was bothering me, which the author solved a few chapters later. Despite the solution I still think that Red could have been more careful because it sounds like Gavin was a manwhore and it can be risky to have unprotected sex.

Of course that I have to mention that there is a minor cliffhanger at the end because this book is the first in a series. I can’t wait to read what’s next.

Overall, this one is a great NA erotic book with some twist, misunderstandings, drama and love.




 



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: The After House @michaelpcash


The After House
Title: The After House
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Release Date: September 30th 2014 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Chelshire Publsihing
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Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

Michael Phillip CashBorn and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author.
He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.


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After a failed marriage Remy buys an old house as a chance to rebuilt her life. What she doesn't know is that the house host a non-expected occupant.

The first chapters of the book are a quick summary of how Remy ended up where she is. It also includes a prologue that narrates the experiences of the captain of a whaling ship. This part of the book is good because it allows us to get into the story knowing all the facts. Despite the fast passing you get to understand the bigger picture. Now.. when the main story starts the rhythm settles up to the end when the action occurs really fast.

Remy is a hurt woman, which is understandable after everything she went through. She only wants to move on and raise her child. Olivia is a sweet kid, however you never know how old she is. I would have like to know her age. Eli, the captain, is an interesting character. Obviously he is ghost because he has some unfinished business. I like how protective he is and how easy he loses his temper.

The book also includes a sweet love story. It was a good addition and the author creates a pure, natural and lovely relationship.

There were minor issues that didn't work very well for me. One was the bad guy, his action seemed rushed and there aren't much explanation about why he acts the way he does. I understand that is not a long book so you need to find out who he behind the attacks and solve that problem but I needed more. Another thing, where the other two ghost, why were they there? Totally unnecessary.

Overall, if you look a fast, easy to read and good written story that includes ghost, this one is a good choice.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Night Walker by Aaron L. Speer

Night Walker
Title: Night Walter
Author:  Aaron L. Speer
Series: Undeadly Secrets Series #1
Release Date:
September 4th 2014 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher:
Createspace 
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A young woman named Alexandra "Alex" Hensley discovers Sydney is hiding a very dark secret, a revelation that will challenge all she knows and endanger all she loves.
Sinister forces, charged with keeping the secret for over two hundred years discover her knowledge and set out to fulfill their duty.
The truth will not set you free.

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I've been writing since I was around 11, and have rarely been seen without staring off into the distance or with a pen in my hand ever since.

Whatever my genre I happen to be writing at the time, I am passionate about bringing this beautiful country I live in, Australia, to light. (Hint hint...even if that includes epic fantasy and vampires).


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Just when I thought I had read every good book about vampires Night Walker comes in and proves me wrong. If you are looking for a fast passing, ingenious, smart, funny and well written book this one is a great choice. And if you are a vampire lover like me, trust me! you have to read this one.

Alex is a young woman whose life is turned upside down when she finds out that night creatures are real. She is a likeable character, quite real and brave on her way. When the story is at its highest peak she takes the reins of the story and does a good job at it. Dante is the typical tormented vampire. He tries to make out the best of his situation and obviously he doesn't want to live like majority does and creates his own rules.

The other characters are all well described, the bad guys are evil to the core, the good guys fight with all their power but I have to mention Lauren, the BFF, she is a crazy b**** (if you know what I mean). She is one of those people whose personality comes like a tornado and drags you into her craziness. I really liked her and was one of my favorites (even at her darkest moments).

There are a lot of elements that make this book worth your time. For example the writing style, it's fresh, natural and modern. It feels like if you were talking to a friend. Of course this friend happens to live in a world where vampires are real. The dialogues are natural and believable, I never doubt I was reading about people around their twenty-something. It's clear that the author used his knowledge of the city, the surroundings, the local history and how young people have fun (I almost believe that this wasn't fiction, of course it is or I would be buying a plane ticket to Australia).

Another thing that got me reading was the action, there are numerous scenes where adrenaline jumps in and it's palpable through the words and you can sense the tension and the danger. There are old enemies, secrets unraveled, the past coming to change the present. You also get great doses of blood, death and intrigue.

This book brings back the classical vampires, the ones that sleep during the day, don't spark and are real kick-ass bloodsuckers. The author explains everything with simple words and you get an answer for everything. Despite using classical elements the book also adds original facts and ideas (which I won't tell because I don't want to ruin the surprise).

I really liked, well more like I LOVED, that this wasn't the typical vampire book where the main lady falls for the bad guy who ends up being a blood-sucker. I mean, she feels attracted to Dante but I think is only because he is really handsome and a good person. Also, as you know the vampires have in their nature a way to lure everyone, it's their way of survival. I think it was really clever to create a story that doesn't revolves around a silly love story.

Last, I would like to mention the cover. It's beautiful and it really captures the story with images.




Friday, February 20, 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Belonging Duet @AuthorCMichaels

Hello & Welcome!!
It's been long since I included a little comment in my reviews. The next book was the first to make me cry in a long time. I loved it and that's why I decided to give a copy to one lucky winner.
Corinne is now part of my favorites author and I can't wait to read her next book.

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 The Belonging Duet Box Set
Title: The Belonging Duet 
Author: Corinne Michaels
Series: Belonging 1 & 2
Release Date:
January 18th 2015 by 
Format: Ebook
Publisher:
BAAE Publishing

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The Bestselling Belonging Duet Boxset includes both books as well as Bonus Material available only in this set!
Catherine Pope had her happily ever after in sight, only to have it ripped away. To ensure it doesn’t happen again, she constructs impenetrable walls around her heart. When Jackson Cole turns her world upside down, she’ll have to fight every fear she has. Jackson pushes her, gives her hope, and terrifies her.
His training as a Navy SEAL never prepared him for the battle to win her heart, but he’s determined to claim her. However, Jackson isn’t without his own demons. If she lets him in and he destroys her … can she survive?
Together they must decide if they are each other’s beloved or if they’re beholden to their fears.
 
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I love when a book comes and knocks you with all its force only to leave you heartbroken but happy at the same time. The Belonging Duet has the power of destroy you when it ends but at the same time makes you feel whole and at peace.

It's hard to review the whole story without giving spoilers but I will concentrate in all the things that make this book so excellent. It's the first book that made me cry in a long time and I think that the tears were proof of the author's talent. When a book gets under your skin and the words transport you inside the pages, it means the author not only has a superb writing style but also she has the gift of creating a real, vivid, complete and heartbreaking love story.

Catherine is a successful business woman who has failed in the love department. One night out she literally ends up in Jackson’s lap. Of course destiny intervenes and they meet again. What starts as a professional relationship with sexual tension grows into an intense, passionate and emotional story.

There are moments of high voltage and yes, I’m talking about the sexual parts, which let me tell you are explosive. If there was a thermometer inside the book, it would blow away because of the hotness of the scenes. The author creates the perfect atmosphere and the passion is palpable.

Also, the book has what I would call key moments. Those moments that changed the story, events that moved it to a new route, chapters that were incredibly fantastic. For example the last chapter of Beloved, OMG! I was speechless and almost fainted when I read it. If you have the box set, the bonus chapter really helps you calm down a bit. Then, the prologue for Beholden is tragic and painful to say something. While I read it I was making theories about what I was reading because I couldn’t stand the sadness you feel as you go from word to word and I was hopping all my theories were wrong.
Of course there are more moments worth mention, every time you think things are calming down bam! Another turn comes and shakes your world.

About the POV, I really liked that Beloved was only told from Catherine point of view. It really helps capturing the doubt, the fears and all the feelings that come from falling in love. Now, when we read Beholden, the author alternates between Jackson and Cat. Genius would be an understatement. It's incredible how deep you get into the story when you have both sides of it.

I have to talk a bit about Cat and Jackson, they are two broken souls that need each other to heal. They need to learn to trust again and take the risk of getting hurt. Cat is strong, decided but also she is a bit impulsive and stubborn. I admire the hard worker she is, her job is important and she knows it. Jackson is sexy, strong (I mean he is an ex - Navy SEAL) and has a tendency of carrying the world on his shoulders. They bring out the best and the worst in the other. Their relationship is fast and powerful, and they have to face a lot of obstacles.

If you are wondering why I cried, let’s say that the author not only writes great sex scenes. She writes about loss, sorrow, forgiveness, love, betrayal, pain, anguish and all those feelings using magical words. The line between reality and fiction gets blurry and it’s easy to lose yourself in the story.

So, if you want to read about real love, the one that hurts and makes you smile, you need to read this book.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blog Tour: His Kind of Woman (review & Giveaway) @nonaraines



Title: His Kind of Woman
Author: Nona Raines
Genres: M/F transgender erotic romance
Release Date: June 13, 2013
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Publisher: Loose Id
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review
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When Roy Girard went looking for Victor Varrano, he never expected a woman to answer the door. He soon discovers that Victor is now Venetia. Roy's startled, but even more surprised
by his attraction to her. As they spend time together, he doesn't want to let her go. But she's sure to dump him when she learns his secret.
Venetia's falling hard and fast for Roy. But when she learns that his brother was the bully who tormented her in high school, she's shattered. She can't wrap her head around the fact that the man who made such amazing love to her could so completely betray her trust.
 
Nona Raines is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild  Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs.  Her most recent work is the erotic romance novella Read to Me.

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His Kind of Woman is a fast, twisted and interesting story. It deals with taboo subjects and tries to reconize and enlight us about a reality that modern world still needs to fully acknowledge.

This story is about a woman, who used to be a man, and a man trying to do the right thing. When his brother asked Roy to contact Victor he never expected to fall for a beautiful woman.

There were a lot of things I liked about this book and some others that didn't really work for me. Let's start with the plot. I really liked the main idea, it's important to have books that touch subjects as transgender people but also books that treat the topic with the quality of this one. I think the author did a great job writing about what is like to be a transgender person including the consequences and obstacles of fighting for the right to be who you truly are. Everything she put into the book is real and it worked perfectly for the story.

The other thing that I could complain about is the cliché behind why Roy's brother used to molest Venetia. I don't know why but I would have like another reason or you know what could have been even best... that Venetia's bully comes and falls for her. Wow, that's sounds messy.

Anyway, overall this one is a good read. It won't take much time of your life and it's an interesting choice if you are looking for a book that includes heavy and real subjects.

Venetia (Victor) is a really nice character. It's easy to like her and I applaud her strength and bravery. However, Roy is always about to like me. There's something about him that I don't like, it's like I don't believe he truly likes her for example the thoughts he has when they meet his coworkers made me think he still needs to fully accept Venetia.

Of course that being a short story the romance comes too fast. This wasn't a problem for me because I knew what I was getting into. Despite the speed it's easy to follow the story and most of it feels natural and real.





Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Darkness @CiyeCho


Darkness (Florence Waverley, #3)Title: Darkness  
Author: Ciye Cho 
Series: Florence Waverley #3 
Release Date: February 9th 2015 
Format: Ebook
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A dire prophecy has emerged, and the mer believe that humans and merfolk are in grave danger. Terror is closing in, but only one person holds the key to stopping it: Florence Waverley. However, her mission to save two worlds will lead her far, far out into the Darkness--a shadow-realm full of monsters, magic, and wicked tides that could tear apart bodies.
With the help of her friends, Florry must uncover a secret about humans and mer. A long-lost secret that could change her life. And above all else, she must fight hard to light the darkness. Everything depends on her mission: her friends, her world, and the one she loves.
The past, present, and future are about to collide--but can she stay afloat? One way or another, nothing will be the same when she enters the Darkness...
Darkness is the third book in the Florence Waverley series.
 

Ciye Cho lives in Australia and works as a graphic designer. He writes YA novels in his free time--and his head is often lost in the clouds or some place far from reality...

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Florence Waverley is back and this time she is set to face greater dangers and it's her time to save two worlds. Strange dreams, a prophecy and darkness are the mix that creates the third book of an excellent series.

The story moves really fast, the adrenaline is always present and the action comes at full speed. When Florence tells Roland about a prophecy and a secret location that could save both the human and the mermaid world, he decides to send a team to unravel the mystery behind her prophetic dreams. However, as you can expect Florence wants to be part of it and she is decided to face the darkness.

Florence's voice sounds more grown up in this book; everything she had to go through has helped her to become who she is now. She seems braver, smarter and finally you can sense she has her life in her hands. There is no doubt she’s the heroin and finally is acting as such. After trying so hard to fit it she is now part of Niemela and nobody can deny that (even though there is still mers who can't accept a human into their world). Rolan is the king and tries to act the part but when it comes to Florence, he would give up his world to protect her. Their relationship has also matured and now they both have succumbed to it. There was no point denying the love they share.

As in the other books, the descriptions are colorful and vivid. You can almost touch the bottom of the ocean thanks to the excellent descriptions and the detailed writing.

One thing I like about this world created by a talented author is that there is always more to know. The Ocean is a vast place and holds many mysteries. This story includes a visit to the Darkness. The monsters that habit this place are scarier and all the scenes that take in it are intense. Every page brings a new threat.

We discovered along the characters some secrets that change everything we thought we knew about humans and mers. Also the past comes to play a key part in the story. The rhythm never loses its energy and the writing style is excellent.

I really appreciated the glossary included by the author. As he wrote, Niemela is such a big world that you need some help to remember what is what.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to a series that keeps getting better and better. Darkness is much more than enjoyable and a must if you had read the previous books.



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