Thursday, April 30, 2015

Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine - Blog Tour

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Title: Devious Minds Author: K.F. Germaine Release Date: April 23 Book Tour: April 27 - May 8 Genre: New Adult Comedy Hosted by: SBB Promotions
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A New Adult Comedy
When Sydney Porter transfers to Northern University, she’s ready to put her past behind her. Landing a job on campus as an irreverent radio personality, she uses the anonymity to air all the campus dirty laundry—earning the infamous Sunday Lane more than a few enemies. But her true passion is spinning records, even if Drunk Earl is her biggest fan. Sydney’s junior year kicks off with the promise to be amazing. Or at least it does until Gray Peters, hotshot quarterback, unexpectedly reenters the scene. His presence threatens to destroy everything she has going, as well as resurrecting a night Sydney never wants to remember or repeat. She’d run away like a coward, but this time she's determined to stay and fight. A twisted battle of wit and trickery ensues, with one common goal—vengeance. Sydney and Gray set out to make each other miserable. But misery loves company, and soon, walls are destroyed and truths are revealed that could change their future forever. *** Due to mature sexual situations and language, this author recommends an 18+ reader ***


I loveeee romantic comedies and this book was no exception! Sydney Porter is a girl I want to meet. Her spunky attitude, love for beats, and her talent of pleasing the crowd makes one interesting and unique character. Sydney is a junior who's studying communications and is a radio broadcaster at her college while keeping her subjects and herself anonymous. She's not a bully or anything just...don't let her catch you doing something bad.

Grey Peters is the hottest guy on campus, you know, just your typical manwhore, woman-pleasing man. Well, all except for the one who got away. Which ironically happens to be Sydney.When he finds out that she is the sister of a footballer he's mentoring, he decides to take action and get revenge on Sydney. 

Thus, the pranks and humor begin.

For once I won't spoil the book's ending, so you'll just have to read the book to figure how these two end up falling in love with each other (oops!). This book is definitely worth purchasing.  
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I added another track, exploding the speaker with a fast beat, and danced around until I felt a pair of hands run up the sides of my thighs, slow and easy.
“What are you doing?” I yelled up at Peters. He was standing directly behind me and the top of my head landed just below his chin. His answer was to pull my backside into his hips.
“I’m dancing, Sinister.” He groaned into the back of my neck. “This is what you wanted, right? No inhibitions. I’m your bitch tonight, right? We can start flinging knives in the morning.”
I let out a cracked laugh, not quite understanding this one-eighty in his personality. “You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, Peters, but if you’re referencing your dick, I’d be shocked to receive a paper cut.”
He pressed even farther into me as I continued to mix.
Looking back on this now, I should have just elbowed him in the stomach and tripped him off the edge of the balcony, but I was drunk. Elated by the dancing crowd. Everything about this place screamed sex—the people, the lighting, the sweat dripping off bodies, and his husky breathing against my ear breaking down my protective dome. I tried to muster the strength to stop him, but with my mind half altered, my body took over completely.
As if he knew I was struggling, he gently lifted the back of my damp hair and planted his lips on my neck. His tongue swept across my skin, and he softly moaned over my fret board. I released a sharp breath into the microphone, and he laughed against the back of my ear.
“What… are… you—”
Before I could finish my pathetic plea to end this, his hands slid over my front, gliding down my stomach and stopping just before the waistband of my underwear.
“Peters,” I rasped.
His hand rolled over my shirt, and he pulled it deep between my legs. I let out a breathy groan into the microphone and tipped back my head until it rested against his shoulder. Peters dragged his tongue up the inside of my neck like I was a Popsicle—his favorite flavor—long and flat. He pulled my sweat into his mouth.
When the music rose to a sharp crescendo, so did my panting, right into the mic. It was hard to believe this six-foot-two behemoth could deliver such a delicate touch, but I didn’t have to turn around to know it was him. My body had a memory of its own.
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KF Germaine is a Pacific Northwest native and part-time author. Besides reading too late into the night (4 AM is still considered night, right?), KF has several life pleasures which she won’t list because, well, it begins to read like an Oscar-winner acceptance speech and no one wants to hear about her hairdresser. Instead, KF believes one's secret enjoyments are more telling. So to name a few: Circus Peanuts candy, watching country music videos on mute, and awkward/borderline-inappropriate conversations with grocery clerks.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Beyond these Walls by J.L. Berg - Blog Tour

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Happily ever after.

That was what we were supposed to have.

Pudding cups, sandy toes and a lifetime of making each and every one of our dreams come true—that is the future I’d promised her.

I could see it in my dreams, hold it in my hands, but then I watched as all of our hopes and wishes suddenly slipped through my fingers like sand.

I thought the worst was behind us, but what if we’d just delayed the inevitable?

They say love can overcome any obstacle. But can it survive death?

The breathtaking love story of Lailah and Jude concludes in Beyond These Walls.

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Review - 5/5 Stars! 

   When I found out that J.L. Berg was writing a sequel to Within these Walls, I knew I just had to geteverything I had hoped the sequel would contain. Especially the wedding vows scene. That part, god, it touched the inner-most part of my soul (and I did shed a couple of tears). You get a glimpse at Jude's a business man. And we thought Jude looked amazing in scrubs, well, suited Jude is even better. I remember as Lailah (god I love her name, even as my spell-check indicator is highlighting her name) was crossing off her list, I grabbed my PB of Within these Walls and marked them in my head. By seeing and doing that, I truly got to understand how sentimental and wonderful it was to cross yet another thing off her list.
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   Yes, there are more passionate scenes, and more sex (before any of you dare to ask me). They are just as magnificent and wondrous as they were in the first (okay, maybe a bit better than that). As the dedication states: "For everyone who loved Jude and Lailah too much to let gothis one is for you." 
I've been re-reading this book whenever I can (next to Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin) and I am dying to get my hands on the paperback (and I will get it). 


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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Week Four of Lift: Authors Raising Autism Awareness

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The last week of LIFT is here! What an amazing ride the last month has been, raising awareness, acceptance and action on behalf of families living with Autism.
And if you missed the LIFT t-shirts, there’s still a chance! Reserve yours in our “round two” LIFT order today! Don’t be left out when we have LIFT selfie day!
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And our LIFT "anchor" authors, bringing it home this last week with amazing prizes:


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven Review

Jena: 4.75
 Sanzana: 4.5
How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?

For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, a part of her died forever. Or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him. 

Don’t miss this stunning conclusion to the unforgettable love story that captivated over two million fans online
Jena's Review
What do you do when you see someone you love unraveling? 
Do you try to stop it? 
Of course.

    Sexual Tension .... I really feel like I could write that as my review and that would be enough to explain this book. But I'm way too long winded for that! But seriously, this book had so much sexual tension. SOOOOOO Much!! And it was done perfectly and I loved every freaking second of it. 

   I feel like I had been waiting for Broken Juliet forever. Especially after that no so horrible cliffhanger in Bad Romeo. It was so good and I have been dying to figure out what the hell Ethan did to Cassie in the end. But reading through this story I really didn't care. There was so much story to be told for them. I don't think I've read too many books that have this important fact that is hinted at and makes me die to know, but at the same time not feeling so taunted by it that I want to skip the story to read it. I needed to devour every single morsel that Leisa Rayven had delivered to us in this story. 
   We get to see all the characters from the first book and we get to see the complete transformation of Cassie from pre-Ethan to the present time Cassie. I've not seen a better transition occur right before my eyes. I believe every single bit and reason as to why Cassie changed to a jaded, smoking, swearing woman. The transition from their earlier years to the present works great and flows seamlessly. I'm honestly not sure which story I enjoy more. I really just love it all. 

          He stops kissing and wraps around me, and I bury myself in him, my face in his neck. We just stand there for a while. Breathing each other in. Being. Still not fixed, but far less broken.

   Like I said, the sexual tension in this book is amazing. I could FEEEEL it. Even when the sex was happening in the past I could still FEEL the tension between them. I could feel it in the end too. And when those sexual encounters happened ... Whew!! ... They were hot, and explosive. God!! I could read this book again for the chemistry between Cassie and Ethan. 

          “Loving you,” he says, “is the stupidest, most selfish thing I’ve ever done, but I can’t stop. God knows, I’ve tried.”

   I really loved Ethan's transformation, too. We definitely get so see what happened to him and get a full explantion. And in the end we get this perfect couple who has met in the middle of new and old. I loved their story. Leisa did an amazing job of writing and at times it was just so freaking poetic! I don't think there are any other books that I highlighted more. I felt like I was highlighting the whole damn thing! The only negative is I wish I had a more thorough recap of the ending of Bad Romeo. I would get hints every now and then, but I feel like I would have had a better understanding of present Ethan and Cassie if I had a recap of the letter Ethan sent and where we left off. Other than, pure perfection!

   Don't miss out on this excited sequel and perfect ending to Bad Romeo. Now excuse me while I go die waiting for next story by Leisa!! Enjoy!!!

     “You think I don’t love you?” he says as he steps away from the wall and draws up to his full height. “If I didn’t, do you think I’d be in hell right now? You think I like feeling like this? Like pushing you away isn’t ripping out parts of me? Fuck, Cassie, I know the right thing to do is to leave you alone. But when I think about doing that, it…” He grips his chest. “It fucking hurts. And I’m so sick of hurting. I thought you could make it better, but you only made it worse.” Everything he’s feeling is on his face. He can barely look me in the eyes, and it makes mine sting with tears. “You want me to say it? Yes, I love you. But you have no idea how many times I’ve wished I didn’t.”

Sanzana's Review

Hey, Jena. Remember when we were reading Bad Romeo and we got to the end of the book on our kindles, only we could swipe anymore since we had reached such an abrupt end? Yeah, I remember that. I remember how agonizing and frustrating it was.

Kind of like Broken Juliet. That. Fucking. Angst. Holy damn, the sexual tension is tooo much, too much I tell you for anyone to handle. That is the summary of this book. Angst and sexual tension mixed together to make a butt-load of emotions and two confused characters who are hurt, but are madly and deeply in love with each other. And no periods, or commas there, because it truly is a rush. A good rush, I guess.

Leisa, god, this woman just knows how to speak words and embed them in your head. She knows how to make your heart leap out, groan in frustration, and make your eyes flood with tears. Writers sorcery I tell you. Needless to say, I enjoyed this book, I want everyone I know to read it...well, those that can handle this book, that is. 

I remember a little chat I had with Leisa about her last book and I asked her if she really did type "I love you" 1000 times. Unlike Ethan, she didn't (universal computer shortcut...copy & paste). But that does not make her a bad person. Her books make up for it. ;)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin Review

Sanzana: 5/5 Stars 
Jena: 4.5/5 Stars 
 What’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else wants him, too. 

 After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-as-hell neighbor.
What's the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It doesn't make him want her any less. 
I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck. But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth.
Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst. 

Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.

Sanzana's Review: 
     Yes, yes, yesss! Daren's comeback is soooo amazing and now i'm sad to say I love him and Maddie more than Gavin & Clem! See, when we first heard of Daren in the first book, Dearest Clementine, he is a total dick for cheating on her. I never, ever like judging people for their mistakes, because you only know half the story, even if the "bad" person seemingly has an excuse. 

     But when we read about Daren in this book, it all makes sense. Yes, his actions and how he coped with his problems ended up breaking Clem, but Clem would have never found Gavin and Daren, Maddie. This book is a perfect example of never judging someone based on their past, nice job Lex!

     Okay now that that is over, let's talk about the book in general. It is a dual p.o.v. so we hear the story and events from both Maddie and Daren. Madeline is beautiful, smart, and very cautious of the guys she meets. Somehow, Daren breaks her walls, and she lets him. She lets him pentrate her in every way possible and he's all she can think about. On the other hand, Daren has always been facinated by Maddie's quirkiness and personally (and her body, duh). As he spends more time with her, he realizes that this girl is more than that. She's scared, and she doesn't want him to mess her up, even if the two can work things out. And he wants her. Despite the concequences. Despite what other people may think. Despite how wrong they may be for each other. 

     Kissing Madeline is a must read if you have read all the previous books in the series. Even if you haven't read the first two (which you should have because, god, they're all just as amazing), this book is a standalone. I feel like this isn't the end of Lex Martin and she will have another story to come. Right now, i'm just going to reread this book as many times as I can. 

     p.s. The sex scenes? Mmm, yeah, I think my insides warmed up a lot in the book. A good 9.5 in the intensity of passion and chemistry these two had. 

Jena's Review

     I am so excited to have finally read this book. I feel like we have been waiting forever for Daren's story and I have to say that it was worth the wait. I love the Dearest Series hard. This book was up to a difficult challenge because Finding Dandelion was my favorite in the series and Clementine and Jax are my favorite characters. After this book... Clementine and Jax are still my favorite characters, but I think that Lex Martin really out-did herself with the story line this time around. 

     This book is considered new adult genre due to their ages and them just graduating college, but it definitely read like a contemporary romance. Maddie and Daren were just so mature that I usually forgot that they were only 22/23. I really enjoyed their characters and watching their relationship progress. There was enough side story to carry the book through, but through it all, it never went too far away from Maddie and Daren's relationship. This was one of those books that I just LOVED watching them fall in love. 

    Of course we can't go through a whole review without mentioning the steamy as hell sex scenes that Lex is amazing at writing. It is just wonderful and enticing and hot!! I loved every dirty word, ass slap, and tug of hair. Of course the shower scene too. I love shower sex scenes. I was won over then regardless of what happened after that. Haha

    Throughout the book, we catch glimpses of the rest of the gang and get caught up on them. Especially Jax, since he is Daren's best friend. Which makes me happy ... because I LOVE Jax. The side characters work perfectly to support the story without taking away from it. I have to say I'm sad to say this is the last book in the series because through it all I was curious as to who would be next in the story. But I am beyond excited to see where Lex Martin goes next. 

     If you're still reading this review and haven't one clicked yet, then for the love of God, STOP!! GO!! One-click now! This is a story and series that will stick with you forever. Enjoy!

Say My Name by J. Kenner Blog Tour

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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: 
Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me
Say My Name features Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive. Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules. Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go. Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

  Say My Name is intended for mature audiences
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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, Victorian-era thrillers (coming soon), and paranormal mommy lit.
Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, has been consistently in development in Hollywood since prior to publication. Most recently, it has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for development as series on the CW Network with Alloy Entertainment producing.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swopn for him.” A three time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy).
Her books have sold well over a million copies and are published in over over twenty countries.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.
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Flynn & Aria Roberts have had plenty of ups and downs during their seven year marriage. Everyone warned them not to wed so young - that they'd be missing out on the key years when people grow from young adults to mature individuals.

The only thing holding them
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To save the marriage, and the family they've already started, Flynn and Aria come up with an unconventional solution to help them find what's missing in their relationship.

The only problem is doing so involves rediscovering themselves completely, even if it requires them to be unfaithful.
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Caroline led me upstairs to the guest room. We both sat down on the bed and she started on me right away about it.  “Look, I’m not trying to push you away, I just think there’s more to your problems than sex. I’m afraid we’re going to complicate your situation if we go through with something tonight. I need you to really think about what’s at stake here.”
“You said it yourself. It’s just sex. I want to have fun, feel alive, and be able to have sex that isn’t the same every single time. I want to witness two people connect in ways I never knew possible. I want to be able to know how to seduce someone without worrying they’re appalled by my appearance. I need something fresh and new. That’s why I’m doing this.”
“I don’t know, Aria. It might be a bad idea to add fuel to the fire.”
“Don’t back out now. Please. I’ve come this far. I want to do it.” She was wrong about me. Nothing could stop me from going through with it. I'd pumped myself up for the occasion.
“Do what? You said you wanted to watch, but I don’t think you really do. I feel as if this is some way to secretly pay your husband back without screwing a stranger. It’s wrong. Revenge will give you nothing but regret.”
“You don’t know that.”
“I do. It’s obvious.” She fidgeted with her hands as she spoke. I was feeling angry. This wasn’t the friend who wanted to help me. She was pushing me away like everyone else had in my life. “Aria, you don’t want to be a swinger. You’re intrigued by the idea of it. I think you struggle from a chemical imbalance that causes you to be confused. All the signs are there. You’re indecisive, compulsive, and sometimes depressing to be around. I adore you. You know that. I’m just telling you how I see it. I want to help.”
“No, you don’t know me at all.” I stood up and backed away from her, crossing my arms over my chest. I didn’t want to feel this way. I hated thinking about my past and what my childhood was like. “My mother is bipolar. She was always depressed and her mood swings were unbearable,” I admitted in a whisper. “She’d leave for days and come back acting as if nothing happened. When she was off her meds it was worse. I never knew what to expect, and I couldn’t count on her for anything. I’m not like that. I’m a good mother. I’d never leave my daughter.”
“You know that’s hereditary, right?”
I shrugged. “It can’t be true. I’m nothing like her.” As the words exited my lips I knew I was fooling no one. The truth was more obvious than ever before. “I’m twenty five years old and I want to learn more about sex and my body. That’s all this is, I assure you. I have fantasized so many times about watching and being watched. I want to experience it at least once in my life. I want to know if it’s as pleasurable in person. Is it wrong to want to be naughty for once in my life? How long do I have to play the role of being perfect and innocent? Maybe I have desires I need to fulfill. Maybe it’s time I have a sexual bender and get it out of my system. Now, I appreciate you caring about me, but you have nothing to worry about. I’m all in for tonight. You’ll see. I need this, Caroline. Please don’t back out on me. It’s not like I can ask someone else. I don’t want to wait and do it later, because I’ll either chicken out or take Flynn back and feel horrible for cheating. I feel like something inside of me is broken. I’ve never been good enough in my own eyes. Right now I’m prepared, I’m ready to explore my sexuality. I’m comfortable with you. I trust you. I know you won’t let me take it too far. You’ll keep me safe, and that’s why I’m ready for this.”
Caroline stood up and walked toward the door. “I’ll do whatever you need me to do. I value our friendship. I just don’t want you to have regrets, Aria. You don’t have to do this to be my friend. I like the person you are, and I’m here for you no matter what. I hope you’re not mad.”
“No, it’s fine. I’m just nothing like my mother. She wouldn’t have stuck around with Flynn like I have. She would have given up. I just know I’m never going to be satisfied until I know for sure he’s all I want.”
“Okay, then it's settled. See you in a bit,” she replied with a fake smile.

I didn’t frown until the door was closed. I wasn’t about to let her back out of our plans tonight. Even if it was revenge, I was still going through with it. I was tired of being the only person who felt inexperienced. Flynn cheated on me. Why was it so wrong for me to have some fun too? If I didn’t like it I’d stop. It was that simple.
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Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.