COVER RE-REVEAL: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 1:00 PM
Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn't care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent's divorce. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

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The Fallen Crest Series

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ARC REVIEW: Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:00 PM

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK.

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

“You're totally thinking of me with no pants on.”

I totally was.
“That's just gross, dude. A massive invasion of privacy.” He leaned in closer, his breath warming my ear. “Whatever you’re imagining, it’s bigger.”
“I’m not imagining anything.”
“I’m serious. It’s basically a monster. I cannot control it.”
“You’re pretty much going to need a whip and chair to tame it, Anne.”

Do I really have to write a review? Because nothing I can say could possibly do any justice to this book or convey how brilliant I thought this was. 

“Yeah. He's kind of a puppy on steroids. Doesn't even know his own strength.”

MAL. He pretty much single-handedly made this story into what it is. He's this bigger-than-life kind of guy who never really grew up. He's the peace keeper in the band and the life of the party, always joking around and never taking anything seriously. At least, that's how most of the world sees him. 

“You're good for me. You take me any mood I come in. I don't have to be always happy or on around you. You roll with any shit I say and give as good as you get. You don't let me push you around if it doesn't suit you and you haven't asked me to buy you a fucking thing.

Anne is the girl he randomly decides to move in and play house with. What was supposed to be a simple fake relationship turns into something a lot more real pretty soon. And I honestly thought that the transition was done really well and the story progressed logically and naturally. 

You simply have to pick up Play and you have to read it. It's one of the most hilarious books I've ever read, thoroughly enjoyable, and absolutely unputdownable. While Lick, the first book in the Stage Dive series, pulled me in, Play got me hooked and made sure I'll pick up whatever Kylie will write next. But seriously, I really, reeaaalllllyyy need to read Jimmy and Ben's books RIGHT NOW! 

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Stage Dive Series

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BLOG TOUR: The Right Moves by Emma Hart

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 1:30 PM
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Her past is wrought with demons.
His past is full of heartbreak.
Yet he's the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that's housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn't mean she's forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there's only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet - and Julliard - becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he'll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn't expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he's seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can't fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they're too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they're the healing the other needs.

Powerful and emotional, with an amazingly sweet love story. 

I've read my fair share of Emma's books and so far, I've loved every single one of them. They've all had their share of witty dialogue, awesome secondary characters, and a perfectly-suited couple. And while The Right Moves is definitely darker than anything else she's ever written, it still has all of those characteristics that for me have become the definition of an Emma Hart's novel. 

“Depression … it’s like drowning, like being pulled to the bottom of the ocean, except everyone around you is swimming and breathing on the surface. It’s like being in a crowd of people where you’re screaming and no one can hear you. It’s everything nightmares are made of.”

This book is no simple love story. Actually, I'd even go so far as to say that the love story took a backstage to Abbi's struggles with depression and her efforts to heal. It was touching and so realistic. I was right there with Abbi throughout the whole book, feeling everything she was, trying to find my way out from the suffocating darkness alongside with her. Emma's amazing writing took me inside Abbi and Blake's minds, made me laugh and cry and drown, with them and for them. 

For the first time in over a year, I don’t just feel alive. I feel like I’m living.

Blake plays a huge part in Abbi's healing process (but make no mistake, she doesn't magically get better just because he walks into her life). He's a guy with his own personal demons who's traveled across the ocean (Hot British Guy!) to fulfill his dreams of attending Juilliard. He has a British accent, he dances, and he cooks - I honestly think that Emma somehow managed to get hold of my secret diary, because she has managed to create my perfect boyfriend. 

Emma has managed to perfectly combine darker and more emotional topics with sweet and funny moments. I do think that it's probably Emma's best work yet and I'd recommend it without doubt. 

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The Game Series

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Displaying 6451162.jpgBy day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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BLOG TOUR: Under the Orange Moon by Adrienne Frances

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 1:00 PM

Dylan Mathews grew up in a house that was always filled with good-looking guys. However, with four protective older brothers, they never stood a chance.

Except for one.

Dylan knew she loved Ben McKenna from the first time she laid eyes on him. When he started sneaking in her room, she thought he felt the same way. But just as their passion ignited, he left for college and never came back.

Until now.

Returning home after 5 years, Ben realizes Dylan has always been the one for him. Can he win back her heart and finally find love under the orange moon?

Simply amazing.

Books like this are the reason I read. They are why I pick up book after book and suffer through some bad ones. Because every once in a while I pick up a book that simply blows me away. 

And as weird as it may seem, this book was nothing special. No, sorry, that came out wrong. It was special, but it was unbelievably special in it's simplicity. There was nothing in this book that I hadn't really seen before (a damaged playboy hero - check!, a good girl-next-door who's been in love with him forever - check!, older over-protective brothers - check!), but it was written so beautifully and had such human characters that despite everything, it still managed to worm its way inside my heart. All of the characters had their flaws and emotions, fears and desires, hopes and dreams, which made them so real that I could not become invested in their story. 

It's been a long, long time since I've read anything as amazing as this that had practically non-existent steamy scenes (I'd already started to believe that this combination of great and no steam was nearly impossible find), but here it worked perfectly. And as crazy as it is, Ben and Dylan still had so much chemistry. 

Under the Orange Moon is one part funny and sweet, one part emotional and a bit of angsty, and a whole lot of beautiful and moving. I'd recommend it to everybody without a single doubt. 

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Adrienne Frances spends her time as a writing consultant at a university near her home. In her spare time, she loves to be with her husband and two sons, who have made her exactly who she is today. Writing is a passion that she has appreciated for as long as she can remember. She believes that a wild imagination is a terrible thing to waste and should be captured and brought to life by all that are blessed to have one. This way of life is what led her to become a writer and later an author under Bandit Publishing. Her first celebrated novel, Under the Orange Moon, is set to release in March.

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Blog Tour: Recklessly Royal (Suddenly #2) by Nichole Chase

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

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Brilliantly written, entertaining and utterly adorable with some smoking chemistry between two main characters. 

I was absolutely smitten with the first book, Suddenly Royal. It's still one of my all time favorites, so I've been impatiently waiting for Princess Catherine's book. And I definitely wasn't disappointed. 

While the entire country's eyes are on Sam and Alex's royal wedding, Cathy's more than sure that she'll never find what her brother has. While every other woman in the world is looking for that someone who'd make her feel like a princess, she simply wants someone who'd make her feel like a woman. And well they do tell us to be careful with what we wish for... ;) 

Add Sam's best friend from the States who's there for the wedding and to help out while the newly-wed couple is enjoying their honeymoon and KABOOM! Cathy may actually have a chance to get rid of her virginity... And maybe even have more?

I truly enjoyed Cathy and David's story, and adored both the main characters and the supporting cast, but I did feel like this book was too short for the story... And it wasn't exactly in a good way... At times, the story felt a bit too rushed and the ending seemed too sudden. 

Now I'm just gonna sit here and wait for Max's book... Damn August can't get here soon enough! Before reading Recklessly Royal, I didn't even remember that Alex and Cathy had a brother, but now I'm far more in love with him than with David... ;)

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1. I know you've done loads of research about the royalty and royals. Could you maybe share with us a fact you've learned and found extremely intriguing/interesting?

I recently studied what happened to the titles of royal families where the line ended (no heirs to inherit). It was a very complicated but interesting subject. Hereditary peerage, peerage titles, knightings, etc. It’s really interesting and would take several books to explain! I’ve always loved history and this was another way of going back through time and seeing how the fate of the world had been shaped by different rules. 

2. Who's your favorite real live royal and why?

Hm. I ‘royal watch’ from the internet. It’s actually surprising how many different royal families there are! I was born the same month as Prince William from England, so I have to say that I have a certain fondness for him. ;) I really appreciate the way he handles the press and works with so many different charities. 

3. How about your favorite royal from Lilaria?

Now that’s just not fair. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! Sam, Alex, Cathy, Meredith, and Max are like my family.

4. What's been the hardest part of writing this series? What have you found to be the easiest? And what's been the most fun?

The hardest part has definitely been the amount of research that’s gone into the book. Just because Lilaria is a figment of my imagination, doesn’t mean that I could do things willy-nilly. I had to make the royal family, their problems, and the good stuff realistic. 

The easiest part has been imagining how a non-royal would feel about being granted a title. I think there would be some definite hesitation and adjustment issues.

The most fun part was imagining these hot, loveable heroes! Alex, David, and Max are swoon worthy. 

5. What's your favorite scene in Recklessly Royal?

Nah –uh! I don’t want to ruin it for everyone. Let’s just say that I loved the bachelorette party…

The lake scene…

The part where Cathy gets feisty…

I really enjoyed writing this book.

6. If I remember correctly, you recently finished writing Max's book (the third one in the series). What are you working on next?

I just finished up Max’s book, RELUCTANTLY ROYAL, and am taking a little breather. (Not much of one!) The third book is very emotional and deals with some intense issues. I have a couple of things lined up to work on, but for now I’m not going to say exactly what’s coming next. There are a few things I’m juggling.

7. I'm always really interested in authors' writing processes, so could you tell us shortly about yours? Do you outline or just go with the flow? Do you have any strange writing habits?

My outlines are usually pretty fluid. I usually have a plan—certain things that I know must happen, scenes planned out, the characters determined. BUT since I write in order (from A to Z instead of hopping around to write different scenes) things will occasionally change order. I want the story to feel organic and natural. 

As for writing habits, I usually draw a circle with salt around my desk and chant the words Mama Mia. Not really anything too strange… Just kidding. I have a hard time writing if my house is a mess so I like to have things neat. I also like to snack while writing. Pistachios and frozen grapes are my go to writing food. Frozen grapes are a great snack in the summer. I also usually have a song or band that reminds me of what I’m working on. Even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else why. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, Nichole!

Thanks for letting me visit your blog today!
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Displaying 069A5683cropbw.jpgNichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy. 

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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