Sunday, July 20, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - WHILE IT LASTS by ABBI GLINES - SEA BREEZE # 3 - SIMON & SCHUSTER AUST - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Abbi Glines 
Published By : Simon & Schuster
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from Publisher for honest review, 267 Pages

RATING: 4.25 SMEXI CAGE STARS!!

Blurb: Goodreads

Set in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, an interconnected group of older teens hook up, break up ...and much, much more. Cage York has a free ride to college for baseball - or he did, until he got in trouble for drink-driving. Now he has to give in to his coach's demands and spend his summer baling hay. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows. Oh and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he's ever seen. Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbour, had been the centre of those goals. He'd been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she'd received the phone call from Josh's mother saying he'd been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva's carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible. Now she has to deal with the arrogant Cage York and his irritating smile. But as the summer bailing hay rolls by, Cage and Eva learn that what they want (and need) may be something they never saw coming.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I am zooming through this series, like only an addict can.

Cage, you smexi lad, you are playing farm hand, due to the coach sending you off to pay for your DUI offence by working your ass off on Eva’s, daddy’s farm. He can't afford to stuff this up, if he does he will say bye bye to his scholarship.

Eva has lost the love of her life.

Enter Cage.

Humma! Humma!

Cage knows how to get the ladies. He likes more than one at a time. He's used to giving his noodle a good work out. Now his eyes have settled on Eva.

Can she change his man whoring ways?

Well, of course, it’s an Abbi G book, the guy always gets the gal in the end.

But! Not without some Abbi G drama along the way.

Cage York is a changed man, will everybody else let him forget his past womanizing ways?

Can Eva put up with the skanky chickies who push their way into his arms?

I did enjoy listening to Cage’s inner monologue when he saw the chick he had previously porked set her sights on him and he knew, he was showing Eva, what his past persona was all about.

Eva was a brave girl for accepting that Cage could switch from man whore to monogamy in one summer.

I really liked Cage in this installment, I got to learn a little about why he was the way he was.

The smexi is PHWOOAAAARRR!!

Lets face it. Cage has had a lot of practice in the ways of pleasuring a female. He certainly brought his A game. I see reviewers calling this YA genre, but I think I would pop it into New Adult. The descriptive for the nuddy scenes is pretty darn hot to trot for a YA read, me thinks.

Crikey, when I look at this USA cover I get a whole new appreciation for Cage. Yum!

Another purely-hot-lad enjoyable read. We know the guy will get the gal, we just want to read how he gets there.

I am ready for Preston’s book, Just For Now. I must admit I don’t think a lot of Preston at the moment, but I am sure that will change.


Michelle



RELEASE DAY BOOK BLITZ - THREE YEARS by LILI ST. GERMAIN - THE GYPSY BROTHERS # 5


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Title: Three Years (Gypsy Brothers, #5)

Author: Lili St. Germain

Publication Date: July 20, 2014

Genre: Dark Romance



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Every day for six years, I used to pray that I would find my way back to the boy I loved. Until finally, one day, I did. But that’s the funny thing about life. Nothing good ever lasts, not for me, anyway. You think you’re the one with the power, at least I did, but then I got careless. One tiny mistake, and now I am powerless to stop what comes next. People think money equals power, but all the money in my bank account, the dirty notes laundered clean that my father left for me, are useless.

Money does not equal power. Power is held by the one with the knife in his hand, tracing shallow cuts into your skin. Power is held by the one who owns you. I had power once. Now, I have nothing.





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“I’ve got a surprise for you today,” Dornan says throatily, his mouth quirked into a dark smile, a smile that feeds off my suffering. A smile marked with my blood, his full lips coated in a red sheen. Surprises are bad. I don’t like his surprises. They always hurt me, make me bleed. I don’t even know if I’ve got any blood left in me to bleed for him. I cry softly as I remember the last words he spoke to me, in his office before he pressed the rag to my face and held it there until the noxious fumes in the material stole my consciousness. “I know you think this is going to be bad,” he had said, his grip against my face almost enough to break my jaw. “But however bad you think this is going to be? It’s going to be so. Much. Worse.” **UNEDITED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE**




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Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers, #1)

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Six Brothers (Gypsy Brothers, #2)

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Five Miles (Gypsy Brothers, #3)

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Four Score, Gypsy Brothers, #4)

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Two Roads (Gypsy Brothers, #6)


One Love (Gypsy Brothers, #7)

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Lili writes dark erotica and NA. Her debut serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the remaining books in the series to release in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband, good coffee, hanging at the beach and running. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.




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Saturday, July 19, 2014

ADULT URBAN FANTASY/PARANORMAL - FEVER SERIES by KAREN MARIE MONING - SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY # 13 - DELL BOOKS, DELACORTE

SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY # 13

KAREN MARIE MONING

FEVER SERIES



Who hasn't heard of the Fever series?

Who hasn't heard of Jericho Barrons?

If the answer is yes, (* gasp *  shock horror ) you need to be reading this posting, then hit your library up or your Kindle.

They are all adult reads.


I was introduced to the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning by a friend and author, Lisa Sanchez back in 2010. I started reading in September 2010. I had the first three books ready to go, one after the other I read them like a bullet. I read the 4th one on Kindle as it was such a long wait to get the paperback. Sometimes with this series the publisher releases the hardback first, then like four months later you can get the paperback.



For those of you who haven't started, or have not finished this series, you really do need to. I have put more readers than I can count, onto this series around the world. I love to preach about it. 

It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Oh the discussions that were flying about cyberspace before Shadowfever was released. I absolutely adore this series and my mixed lot of covers I have. I have some paperback and some hard back.

I love this cover gif for Shadowfever.


There are couple different sets of covers to this series, I just showed you the ones above. It is a highly popular urban fantasy/paranormal series. I really am a bit lost these days what is the difference between these two genres. I get Twilight was pure paranormal romance with Eddy being a vampire, but these days I do find it hard to separate these two genres sometimes. 

Dani O'Malley the Mega , went and got herself a spin off series and it is brilliant. Iced is available and Burned is coming January 2015. It's been a long wait, but it will be worth it.



I adored what KMM did with Dani in her spinoff book, Iced. She keeps her fourteen years old with Ryodan sitting back and waiting. I will admit my review for Iced took me four days to get right. I was consumed with this book. You can't jump to this spinoff series, you need to read Fever series first. 

My review, KMM actually posted it on her facebook page at the time. I have received over 3700 views of it.

Iced review HERE


There is a most brilliant smexi scene that KMM popped as a separate read on her web page  for the Fever series. Once you have read the first five books, read it, it will actually make you think of Jericho a little differently.

I will say no more. Goodreads JZB Sex Scene. You can read it online , I think over at Karen Marie Moning's web page. I think that is where I read it at the time. Not sure if it is still about, this scene. Holy mac and cheese it was worth a read, though.

You can catch KMM putting up lots of teasers and bits and pieces from all her books on her facebook page. I often lurk and stalk her page.

Jericho Barrons is a most brilliant male lead, then you have V'Lane who is... well, I can't say. This series is a most amazing page turner. 

Just think if you haven't started it, you can binge to your hearts content.

I love all the characters they are so well written and the plot is thick and rich. 

This is quite a good fan made trailer. It showcases Mac and Barrons, and V'Lane. 




I can not explain how much I recommend the Fever series and spinoff series. KMM is brilliant at deception with her writing. I really enjoyed Darkfever # 1, but I think she got better and better as she wrote the series. She has the best visuals as you read. I saw all the books like movies playing out on the streets of Dublin.

Pay attention to all the detail, it ALWAYS means something. That is my tip.

Michelle






BOOK COVER REVEAL & VIDEO MESSAGE - MOLLY MCADAMS - LETTING GO - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - HARPER COLLINS






LETTING GO by Molly McAdams



On-sale 11/4/2014

When Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen, they believed they’d be together forever. They never dreamed that three days before their wedding, twenty-year-old Ben would suddenly die from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. Grey would have spent the next two years simply going through the motions if it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger. He’s the only one who understands her pain ... the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered.

While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, Jagger is the only one who sees her strength, and vows to always be there for her-even if it’s only as her best friend. As much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. But when Grey finds out that Jagger has loved her since before he even knew what love was, it might prove to be too much for her to handle.

Grey soon realizes their chemistry is undeniable, and they learn that admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?







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Friday, July 18, 2014

FRIDAY GIVEAWAYS # 17 - SIGNED - BELLA JEWEL & KIRSTY DALLAS PRINTS

FRIDAY GIVEAWAYS # 17

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It's time for this weeks Friday Giveaways

So, today's Friday Giveaways has 2 prints up for grabs.

These are signed prints not books.

Prize 1 :

Signed cover print by Bella Jewel
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Prize 2 :


Signed cover print by Kirsty Dallas
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You can find all Bella's books and some reviews here on
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You can find all Kirsty's books and some reviews on
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If you haven't picked up either of these authors books, chuck them onto your tbr piles.

I have read both Bella Jewel and Kirsty Dallas's books and highly recommend them.



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If you aren't on there, please pop yourself on. From now on, to keep it all fair, I will be a NERD ALERT and be checking entries closely.

These are signed giveaways that I have paid for to be printed off and I pay for postage all over the world, and I traveled for the weekend at a cost to see the authors and they also paid for some of the swag and took the time to sign it and give it to me.

So, I think it is fair if you give me a GFC name and I can't see it on my list, then I will re draw a winner and same goes for the other entry requirements that I made mandatory.

You can check to see if you are following Novels On The Run by clicking on the little double blue squares in the top right corner of the 'Please Join US ' thingy on the right side bar column on my blog near top of my page. It then lets you click 'more' and you can then start clicking 'next' and find yourselves.

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BOOK REVIEW - BECAUSE OF LOW by ABBI GLINES - SEA BREEZE # 2 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - SIMON & SCHUSTER

By: Abbi Glines
Published By : Simon & Schuster
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 290 Pages

RATING: 4.25 MARCUS STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

In my debut novel, Breathe, Sadie may have fallen in love with the teen rock star, Jax Stone, but readers fell head over heels for Marcus Hardy. This is his story…

Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to a family crisis. His dear ol' dad found himself a girlfriend only a few years older than Marcus. So now his sister needs help dealing with their mother who is mentally falling apart. The only bright spot to returning is the fascinating red head who sleeps over several times a week. The problem is she's sleeping in bed with his new roommate, Cage York.

Willow “Low” Foster needs a place to live. Running to Cage’s apartment every time her sister kicks her out isn’t exactly a long term solution. Juggling her courses at the local community college and a part time job doesn’t produce excess income. But Cage has a new roommate and suddenly sleeping over at her best friend’s apartment isn’t such a bad thing. Not when she gets to see those sexy green eyes of Marcus Hardy’s twinkle when he smiles at her like he wants her there. 

Even though Cage seems a little territorial where Low is concerned, Marcus finds time to spend with Low without upsetting his roommate. Cage may use his small college baseball star persona to sleep with every hot female in his path but he’s still under the disillusion that when he’s through sowing his wild oats, he’s going to marry Low. Marcus intends to change that assumption for both Cage and Low. Until his carefully laid plans come crashing down with a revelation he never expected. He’ll have to choose between Low or his family. Because once the truth comes out.... there’s no other choice.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I really liked Marcus in Breathe, book # 1 in the Sea Breeze series. He doesn’t disappoint in this installment.

Marcus Hardy is simply a really nice, handsome, smexi lad. He is very caring, we learnt that from Breathe. He also falls hard and fast for a girl. He wasn’t successful in Breathe, there was a rock star he couldn’t compete with, but now, he is in a league of his own.

The day he opens the door and finds a gorgeous red head, is the day he falls hard and fast, again. This time, it’s a keeper. It’s not all smooth sailing, Abbi will NEVER give you smooth sailing, that would be boring.

Low is a great character. She has lost a lot in her life. Cage is trying to make up for that, in his own way. He is always there for her.

“Come here.” Cage pulled me against him, and the familiar smell calmed me. “I noticed they were gone this morning. I’m not leaving you. Do you hear me? I. Am. Not. Leaving. You.”

Enter Cage. Cage, I have to admit, I felt rather awkward with this guys ability to be a man whore, yet express his wishes to marry Low, in the future. It was kind of ridiculous. He was always there for Low, he was her best friend, he understood her, he would swoop in and save her, but then pop back out to resume his man whore activities for the night.

WT?

A little bizzarro, but at the same time, different. Now if he didn’t say he was going to marry Low one day, then I could accept best-friend-who-likes-to-bang-the-chicks-every-night-of-the-week, scenario. But he wanted to marry her one day, and Low knew it, but he would screw anything that had great tits and was up to his specifications.

It was a tad awkward sometimes reading Cage coming home smelling of whiskey and sex, then turning into this bed buddy who wanted to spoon.

Love this cover!!
Low is very casual about Cage’s extra curricular activities. She just shrugs it off. 

She has this whole, 'meh' attitude towards Cages sexual shenanigans. 
The little twist I did see through, but, that is ok. It was pretty easy to put two and two together.

Abbi sure knows how to make things difficult for two peeps who are in luurrvve with each other.

Larissa was a gorgeous little addition to the story line. I loved her. I liked watching Cage with her, it gave me another side to Cage.

Amanda seemed a lot stronger character in Breathe, that was my initial impression of her, then in this installment... not so much.

I’m looking forward to While It Lasts as it is Cage’s book. I want to see if he can redeem himself in my eyes. I know he loves Low, and literally will stop his man whoring... in the middle of man whoring, to go to her when she calls. Low is top priority.

But can Abbi win me over with him?

Well, I know she will. I am rather eager to start his book. Mind you I think I would want to get his pecker checked out before...

Dang! I love the USA covers for this series. I am so glad I don't judge a book by its cover. I think our Aussie covers need a darn good makeover, that's just my personal opinion.



Michelle

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOOK COVER REVEAL - ELICIT by RACHEL VAN DYKEN - EAGLE ELITE # 4







Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him.
I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself.

But the only person able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it.

Im cursed so I did it.
I'm numb so I held it.
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins.
The only way out is death...yours.

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family



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About Rachel Van Dyken: 

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - BOOMERANG by NOELLE AUGUST - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - WILLIAM MORROW BOOKS





By: Noelle August
Published By: William Morrow
Released : Available Now
Details: Digital copy for honest review, 304 Pages

RATING: 4.25 SMEXI ETHAN & ADAM STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads 

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

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

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

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

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


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

One says, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,”


which means my life is definitely beginning.



Right. Now.


Boomerang, by the writing team Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger, writing under the pen name, Noelle August, was a light and fun read.

The start drew me in, it slowed down for a reasonable amount for me and then it took off again.

Mia and Ethan wind up in a cab after a big night out heading in the same direction the next morning. Fate would have them playing against each other and an attraction that can only be itched.

So that’s my answer, the sum total of what drove me here like a lunatic. I have to accept that he wants but doesn’t want me. I don’t have to accept that he’s meant for someone else.

Ethan has too much on the line to break company policy. Mia needs the internship to start her film career.

And I’d turn this internship with one of the biggest media companies in the country into a real film career where I could find myself, find my style, not just the styles I’d been parroting during my years in school.


But can they stay away from each other?


“God, you’re sexy when you spout statistics.”

“And you’re sexy when you breathe.”


Rawrrrrr...rrrr...


Mia’s mum is a famous photographer and I have to say some of my fave parts were with Mia’s family. I really dug her mum and dad. They are totally cool people and a little quirky.

“As you can see,” my mother tells Ethan. “My daughter’s my muse.”

From Ethan’s perspective it probably looks more like shrooms are my mother’s muse, though as far as I know she’s never done a drug in her life.



Ethan comes from a family who own a bowling alley. He can slay those pins down with his soccer prowess.

Both Mia and Ethan are only twenty one years old. I really liked the both of them.

I did have a chuckle at Cookie and Candy.

“Yeah. Cookie. She’s going to keep making it tough for either of us to get this job. Though I don’t know why.”

“Maybe an intern killed her mother.”

I laugh. “Or her missing triplet, Cupcake.”



Speaking of Cookie, will she thaw or stay the icy person that she portrays to Ethan and Mia?

“I guess we can keep working on her, try to thaw her out a bit.”


“Wow, Cookie,” I say. “You look --“ Don’t say, ‘almost human,” my brain begs me, and for once I listen. “Nice.”


Jason and Isis, Ethan’s roomies are a really great couple and I enjoyed Skyler and Beth who are Mia’s friends.

“Looking good, but you could use a little lipstick.”

“What have you got with you?”

“You like this?” she asks, pointing to the bright poppy stain on her full lips.

“It’s gorgeous.Can--“

Beth grabs my face and plants a firm kiss on my lips.

“Voila!”




“You don’t wait around for anyone or anything. But with boys, you act like goddamn Sleeping Beauty. Like they’re the only ones with choices to make.”


Awwww Nana. She is so sweet, and... and ... well, I can’t say.

Adam Blackwood is only twenty two and he is worth a ridiculous sum of money at his age, he owns Boomerang the rebound dating service.

Raylene Powers , one of Boomerangs clients, at first look, she irritated me and made me think that dating services have some scarey people on their books, but, then Raylene surprised both me and Ethan.

Rhett, Coach Sweat , grew on me the more I read.

“Where’s Coach Sweat?” Tyler asks me. A few of the other boys chime in.


I love Ethan’s group of soccer boys he coaches. I really enjoyed that side of this story. I liked watching Ethan’s good heart and how he talked with the little men. I loved the names these boys gave themselves when they were playing a game of Ten Pin Bowling. Heheheee, they all sound like my son. He would behave like that...still does!

A story about love lost, love found an internship that has only one winner, it rides on the Boomerang booth in Vegas and whose display was the best. Mia and Ethan think outside the box and break a rule or two.

Who will get it?

* waggles eyebrows *

He folds his arms across his chest. “Well, I have to say you two surprised me.” And that’s all he says.


“Lord, I’m confused,” says Paolo.

Heheheeee. Paolo, is quite good value.

I have an itch to know more about Adam.

Adam is twenty two, only a year older than me, and already president of a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Of course, it helps when you start your first company at fifteen. He went to Princeton, evidenced by the tiger on his desk, and Boomerang is the third company he's founded.

Last night at Duke’s when we met for a drink, it felt like every woman in the place orbited our table.


How can someone so young, just a year older than me, look like he sprang from the womb in Armani?
Yup! This lad sounds too yummy not to get a HEA.

I was a bit nervous about reading an office romance, this turned out to be a fun, light, sexy read with some characters I want to read more about.

Michelle




About Noelle August:


NOELLE AUGUST is an anagram for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Just kidding, it's a pen name!

VERONICA ROSSI is the author of the New York Times Best-selling UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy for young adults. The books are available in more than thirty countries and the film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. Veronica completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She is fond of dresses with pockets, fluffy dogs, and cheese and chocolate -- but not together.

LORIN OBERWEGER began her storytelling career by captivating her first-grade class with tales of her summers on a kibbutz in Israel. Lorin had never been to Israel. While teacher/parent night put an end to her first experiments in fiction, she’d already caught the bug and eventually made a career of all things story. As a long-time independent editor and story development guru, Lorin's client successes range from small press publications to major bestselling novels. She's an award-winning author and has also worked behind the scenes as a ghostwriter on a variety of projects. Her work has received starred Kirkus reviews and glowing mentions in The New York Times. Oh, she did get to see a kibbutz, eventually, and found out she had it pretty much right all along.

Veronica and Lorin met at a writing workshop and just knew they were destined to create awesome things together.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - ON THE EDGE by ILONA ANDREWS - THE EDGE # 1 - ADULT URBAN FANTASY - ACE BOOKS

By: Ilona Andrews
Published By: Ace Books
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 309 Pages

RATING: 5 AWESOME URBAN FANTASY STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I really loved On The Edge, the first book in The Edge, series by the Ilona Andrews writing team.

Kate Daniels series, by the Ilona Andrews had me seeing with each book, the improvement of story telling. I like Curran , but I think he doesn’t get enough air time. Declan is our knight in shining armor, or at least the lad to the rescue and he shines with both dialogue and air time in, On The Edge.

He made an entrance.

“I Declan Riel Martel, ade Dominik, ade Logran, ade Rotibar, Earl of Camarine, Lord of Longshire, Syvator, and Veres, hereby swear to fulfill three tasks given to me within the next two weeks by ...” He looked at her.

“Rose Drayton.” He owned more titles than TitleMax.


A tall man stood at the edge of the driveway. A cape of gray wolf fur billowed about him, revealing reinforced-leather armor, lacquered gray to match his cape, and a long elegant sword at his waist. His hair was a dark, rich gold, and it framed his face in a glacial cascade that fell over his left shoulder without a trace of curl.


“Well, you didn’t expect me to slap him with an open hand. One simply doesn’t.” Declan smiled back. It was a genuine smile, and it transformed his face. Instead of a blueblood, in the space of a moment he became a man, a living breathing man, irresistibly handsome, and funny, and someone she wished she knew. The effect was shocking.


Rose Drayton is an awesome female lead. She looks after her two younger brothers, Jack who is 8 years old and Georgie, who is 10 years old were really great additions to this story. I really liked these little boys. All three characters live in The Edge.


Both little boys have their own magic. Rose can flash and she is quite precise.


“Rose?” Georgie raised his head from Declan’s shoulder.

“Yes?”

“I’d like to be George from now on,” he said.

“Okay,” she said. “ That will be fine, George.”

He nodded and said, “I’m hungry.”




Rose and Declan do a lot of verbal sparring. I rather enjoyed it.


He nodded to the boys. “Start on the pancakes. Your sister and I need to have a talk.” He moved toward her.

She raised her head. If he thought he could order her around in her own house, he was in for a hell of a surprise.


“I won’t bite,” he said. “Not until you’re in my bed, anyway.”

“Never happen.”



He looked her over very slowly. “If I chose to molest you, it wouldn’t be an attempt. And you would be most enthusiastic about it.”


“You’re the most infuriating woman I have ever met. I swear not to molest the boys,” he ground out.



Rose put down her fork. “Lord Submarine...”

“Camarine.”

“Whatever.”



“If you touch me, I’ll hit you with this chair,” she ground out.

“I had no idea you enjoyed rough courtship,” he said with a straight face. “It was never my particular favorite, but I’ll do my best to play along, provided I’ll get you in the end.”

Rose opened her mouth, but nothing came out.

“Would you like me to be quiet?” he asked.

“Yes!”

“If you kiss me, I promise to be quiet for a very long time.”



“I mean to have you, Rose, you and all of your thorns. I’m a disagreeable and stubborn bastard, but I’m not a fool. You didn’t really expect me to pass you up, did you?”


“So you do think I’m handsome.”

She actually stopped for a second. “Declan, I’m not blind.”

He looked disgustingly smug.

“Oh, get over yourself.”

“Not just handsome but mind-bogglingly handsome,” he said.



“I’m afraid my reputation among my peers as been somewhat tarnished.” He walked up the porch and held the door open for her.

“Why?”

“It became known that I had a rather fertile imagination, when it came to private activities.”

She stared at him. “What sort of private activities?”

This time he did smile, and it turned his face wicked. “Disrobe, and I’ll be happy to demonstrate.”



He glanced at her , indignant. “I don’t go kaboom.”

This was a very original idea for an urban fantasy. I totally dug it. I loved the easy, non complicated, non over-info-dumped, world building. One paragraph explained it all to me.


They lived between worlds : on one side lay the Weird and the other the Broken. Two dimensions, existing side by side, like mirror images of each other. In the place where the dimensions “touched,” they intersected slightly, forming a narrow ribbon of land that belonged to both of them -- The Edge. In the Weird, magic pooled deeply; in the Edge it was a shallow trickle. But in the Broken, no magic shielded them at all.


Then another couple told me the rules.


“In the Edge, there are no police, no marshals, no sheriffs, or any kind of protection. There is no impartial third party. Instead, the entire community of East Laporte sits there and watches to see what will happen. Because there are so few of us, everyone knows everybody else and everything we do has consequences.”

She took a deep breath. “If a woman gets assaulted, it’s between her family and the family of her attacker. They might come to an agreement of some sort on restitution or punishment. Or they might spend the next few decades lying in wait with their guns trying to splatter each others’ brains all over the local greenery.”



I loved Declan from the start. He was polished, where Rose was just making her pennies stretch to the next day. She had no airs or graces. 

She apparently needed some lessons in eating pancakes and etiquette.


He grimaced. “You’re a rude, vulgar, and you speak in an atrocious fashion. You’ll take so much work before you can be presentable. And you actually feel that you’re a suitable spouse for me?”


The first rule of etiquette a boy learns when he’s about to enter society is that civility is due to all women. No provocation, no matter how unjust and rudely delivered, can validate a man who fails to treat a woman with anything less than utmost courtesy.”

The boys hung on his every word. He glanced in her direction.

“I have met some incredibly unpleasant women, and I have never failed in this duty. But I must admit: your sister may prove my undoing.”



“Eat slowly,” the blueblood said. “Don’t cut your food with the fork. Cut it with the knife, and make the pieces small enough so you can answer a question without having to swallow first.”

Why me? “Right. Any other tips?”



There is your misunderstood character, William, who only wants to be loved. I really felt sorry for William, but he comes with some damage.


The man turned. He looked to be in his late twenties. He had a handsome face with a square jaw and sculptured cheekbones. No baby fat remained on his face. His cheeks were hollowed, his nose narrow and well cut. She scrutinized his deep-set hazel eyes. The eyes reassured her: they were honest and direct.


“He’s a guy. He likes action figures,” Georgie said helpfully. “He asked Rose on a date, but she didn’t go.”

“Does your sister go on dates often?”

“Every week,” Rose said.

“Never,” Georgie declared at the same time.


There is more than one villain in the story, but one really stands out.


“Such a lovely voice. I bet she’s succulent. Juicy.” Casshorn shivered.


“I think you might be insane,” she said.

“Sanity is overrated compared to happiness, my dear.” 


One is a jerk who tried to take advantage, but karma is a biaatch.


“Piss off, Brad!” Latoya called from her table.

“Shut the fuck up, Mophead, before I come over there and make you swallow your teeth.”

Declan’s green eyes fixed on Rose. Brad couldn’t see his face, but she could. It was merciless and so iced over it was nearly cruel. “This is Brad?”

Rose was too mad to answer.

“Do you want to keep talking to him?” Declan asked.

“No.”

The blueblood rose. “Excuse me for a moment.” He nodded to Brad. “Let’s go chat.”



Latoya is a fun character, she gives Rose a fair go and speaks her mind. I really liked her.


Latoya thrust the Burger King’s door open. “Your new boyfriend is a psycho killer!”

“No, he isn’t. And he’s not my --“

“I’m telling you he’s a Navy SEAL or something. Or one of the commando ranger guys. You know the kind who survive in the woods by eating bugs and take down the whole camp of terrorists with a handgun and a small rock.”



I totally dug this book. It was a page turner from the start. I was held captive by this highly original world.

Up next , Bayou Moon # 2, William and Cerise's book. I just assumed the series would carry on , like Kate Daniels. I was just getting to know Declan and Rose. Not sure how I feel about no longer reading about these two. I could so see more in their story and the boys. I hope they pop up again.

A fantastic start to The Edge series that has me wanting to read more. ASAP!

Michelle

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - BREATHE by ABBI GLINES - SEA BREEZE # 1 - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - SIMON & SCHUSTER

By: Abbi Glines
Published By: Simon & Schuster Aust
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 333 Pages

RATING: 4.25 JAX STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I have a great time reading an Abbi Glines book. I’m only now getting around to reading the Sea Breeze series, I have several I can binge on. 

I got to say, I think us Aussies got duped with our covers. I so love the USA covers for this series. Check out the abs on this dude! 

Rawrrr...rrrr...rrrr !

Breathe is the story of Jax Stone a nineteen year old teen rock star and the seventeen year old maid/on the staff, that works at his summer home.


Sadie, I thought was an appropriate name if anybody can remember the song, Sadie the cleaning lady. I may be showing my age here.

Sadie and her pregnant mother live alone. They have no money and Sadie is sent out to take over her job at Jax Stone’s home, until school goes back. 

Jax Stone is only in residence for the summer.

Enter Marcus. I love Marcus he reminds me a lot of Woods in the Too Far series/Rosemary Beach series. He is thoughtful and kind. He is switched on and doesn’t hesitate to help out. I am looking forward to reading his book, Because of Low, next. I really like him.

This is very much a cinderella type story, the handsome prince sweeps the poor girl off her feet. Is it believable that a seventeen year old and nineteen can declare so much love so quickly, considering his position and there ages?

Eh, who cares. To fantasize is entertaining.


The lips of the only boy I would ever love touched mine, and I forgot where we were and everything else around us.

Jax is gorgeous and talented, Sadie is very likeable and the sub characters, I totally loved.

Ms. Mary is brilliant and Mr Grey is an endearing older gentleman on the staff.

Ms. Mary is one of those motherly characters that can’t put a foot wrong. She is wise and caring and knows how to spot a little sparrow that needs nurturing. She knows how to speak her mind and earns herself a lot of respect from all the staff, even her employer.

I didn’t really get to feel Jax as the rock star. I saw how his fans behaved, but didn’t actually see him in the role that earned him his title at such a young age. We felt it from the magazine clippings and the way people behaved around him, but I liked how he was just a guy around Sadie.

“I happen to be interested in someone I don’t really see as the guy in those posters.”


“You saved me, Sadie. You may not realize it, but you did,” I told her before claiming her mouth.


I did love the idea that these two kids found each other from different worlds and the dream of it working.

“You -- he let out a low chuckle -- “you’re gonna own me, Sadie White. Damn, baby, that was sweet.”


Finally, he turned me around to face him. “Please. I need my air.”



“Damn, Sadie, I’m going to have a hard time with self-control tonight, and I swear, if I catch one guy ogling you, he’s going to be able to tell the world he got his ass kicked by Jax Stone.”

The smexi scene was ... Abbi’s-smexi-good-value, she provides for her readers, the cinema scene was smokin’ in a young love way! I understand that the original Breathe written a while back wasn't as smokin' as this one.

I am on to Because of Low now to find out what Marcus is up to. I can tell I'm addicted already.



Michelle