Thursday, April 24, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - FURY by CHARLOTTE McCONAGHY - THE CURE # 1 - MOMENTUM BOOKS - NEW ADULT DYSTOPIAN

By: Charlotte McConaghy
Published By: Momentum Books, Pan Macmillan
Released: Available Now
Details: Digital copy from Publisher for honest review, 348 Pages

RATING: 4.25 FURY STARS!!

Blurb : Goodreads

When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.

On the same day each year Josephine Luquet wakes naked, shivering and covered in blood that is not her own. Under the cold gaze of the blood moon she is someone else entirely, but when dawn breaks her memories flee and she is left with only an icy horror, a burning fury. Amid a sea of drones, she alone hasn’t been cured. 


It will be the same each year: atrocities forgotten, truths hidden and pieces of herself left to die.

Until Luke. 

He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets whispering behind his eyes and a hunger for all things Josephine, he is the only one determined to help her discover the truth before the next blood moon rises. 

But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of?

Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

“‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
 is that good men do nothing.’”

This story is told from three pov’s, Anthony the shrink, Luke and Josephine.

I found this a great read. I did have my moments where I had to take my time with dates and how the book jumps around chronologically.

I did find this to be a bit of a distraction. I did get used to it, as the book just keeps doing it, then add that to the character pov continual change and it did take some getting used to.

There were some great twists and secrets that get revealed, that kept me interested.

Anthony Harwood is our resident shrink at the asylum where Josephine is telling her story, trying to convince Anthony of how dangerous she is.

We learn early on that Josephine has not been, ‘cured’, she has her fury and emotions intact.

Enter Luke. He is part of her story telling. He wants to be part of her life.

Josephine is rude and rash, sarcastic and angry. She is emotionally unstable. She’s too young and she’s too difficult. She’s inexperienced, frightened and loud. At any moment she could fly away. But as I lie on the couch with her sleeping in my arms, I think I’m already in love with her.


The dates jump around from 2063 into 2065.

This is a dystopian world where humans get the cure. But some don’t. 

Walls have been built around cities and the cure was being administered.

Everything on the far side of the wall is wild, chaotic and exhausting. Everything here is calm, beautiful and healthy.

Charlotte has given us her dystopian world.

The world is a sea of ghosts. When the plague annihiliated us there were riots in the streets. Buildings came down in a flood of dry rubble. A fury made of fear was born, and the world grew dangerous. Nine years ago the government -- every government -- built walls around the remaining cities and started administering the cures. No more anger for humanity. No more aggression. The fight went out of us; we were malleable, controllable drones. But with one emotion gone, the other parts of us grew skewed and out of shape. Now everything is distorted--our perceptions of the world are damaged.


Anthony has been cured.

I don’t want to write any spoilers, so I have to just go with my thoughts on this book as it is a story that reveals the more you read.

I am really keen to read the next book in the series, after the ending to this one.

I was left wondering all sorts of things about Josi as I was reading.

What is she?

Why is the 16th of September each year such a dangerous year for those around Josi.

The more you read the more you find out, so hang in there. The first part of the book is deliberately a little confusing because we are waiting to hear more of Josi’s story to the good doctor.

We find out who is keeping secrets from whom and why.

What you think you know, may not necessarily be so.

I have a secret... I must guard it with everything I have...

I did enjoy this read, but I did think it was a little hard work keeping up with the time bouncing about, but it is all part of Josi’s story and Lukes.

Anthony is the man trying to believe what Josi is telling him.

Sub characters come into play in the race to beat 16th September 2065 and stop what will happen to Josephine on that date.

“But for one day, on the 16th of September--“

“The night of the blood moon.”

“--yes, the night of the blood moon, I become someone else. I disappear and she comes out...”



I think you just have to go with the fact that it only happens on that date every year or you will be questioning the why of that. We get told something, but still I couldn’t help questioning why just one day of total ... happens. I’m not sure if the why being blood moon is explained. Maybe it was and I missed it.

This was a great start to this series. I would like the next book to be a little less heavy on the time bouncing about. I would expect it would be due to how this one finished.

“Maybe I’m hoping someone will hear.”



Michelle

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CAGED by LISA EDWARD - SONGBIRD # 2 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY






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By: Lisa Edward
Published By: Lisa Edward
Released : Available Now
Details: Mobi file from author for honest review

RATING: 4.5 COLE STARS!!!

Blurb : Goodreads

Tara has made a promise.

A promise to wait six months for Riley to come home from his tour of duty, so they can be together.


But as secrets and lies are uncovered, it leads Tara to question their commitment, and she is finding it difficult to keep that promise.

The distance between them is growing, and only one person can fill the void, Tara’s best friend Cole.

As Cole tries to support Tara, he is struggling with demons of his own, that threaten to tear him away from the life he has built for himself.

After devastating news is received, who will be there to pick up the pieces?


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BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I’ve got to give this second installment in the Songbird trilogy a 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed it, but at the same time...oooo the angst!!!

Holy mother of pearl!

I sometimes find it hard to like the female lead in an angst read because so often the author writes our sex as the one I get so frustrated with.

Tara frustrated me. I wanted to put a hot poker in my eye...sometimes, and sometimes I didn’t.

I wanted to yell at her for stringing Cole along. I wanted to yell at her for the way she managed to bring her short givings and flip them at Riley through a letter. She found ways to convince herself that she was the better person when she was doing what she was doing with Cole.

She had all these excuses for touching , cuddling... but when Cole looked at some one...

“You’re not causing trouble for Riley and I. Riley is doing that all by himself.”


I must say, Cole is the most patient guy I have read since Kellan Kyle from Thoughtless. Cole often reminded me of a Kellan type character. They are the bad boy who reforms for this one girl. They have flaws. They make mistakes. Going cold turkey on being a man whore is not an easy thing for these guys.

“You know you’re my exception to every rule.”

I loved Riley in Songbird, but I was hesitant to love him too much because I knew there was a second book.

Lordy. Lisa made me love Cole so much in this book. Sure he made a few bad mistakes, but he is so suited to Tara. I loved reading Cole.

When you watch them together they are like ying and yang.

We harmonized, and somehow knew when to sing, and when to let the other person take the lead.

I was mesmerized by Cole and how he could be so thoughtful and constantly attentive. Sure he did slip up a few times, but Tara doing what she did to him with no promises...well, he needed to oil his pipes. He was single.

I got grrrrrr at Tara and how she allowed what she did with Cole, and I felt awful for Cole sometimes with how hurt he looked.

I got to give it to him, he was on a mission with Tara and he used all of himself to get into her heart, to get her into his apartment.

I really think Lisa has written Cole, so well. We feel for him, we love his character, we want to shove Tara out the road and take him for ourselves.

“Cole, I can’t,” I said breathlessly.

“God, I want you, Tara,” he growled into my ear. “You make me so hard, babe.”



I loved his dialogue.


“Please, babe,” he begged. “I need you. I need to be inside you.”


I loved his humor when he knew he wasn’t getting the response he wanted.

“Cole,” I called. “I need help to get my dress off.”

Cole’s head poked around the bathroon door instantly, a cheeky grin on his face. “You’ve come to the right place. Undressing women is my specialty.”


I always had Riley in the back of my mind, but it felt like a lot of the time Tara didn’t. She thought she did, but she didn’t.

Or else what was she doing with Cole?

Cole is a very hard character to resist.


“I thought I’d lost the game earlier,” he said as he moved his hands back over my bottom, and down to my legs again.

“You did,” I sighed.

“It doesn’t feel like it. I’m getting to run my hands all over your body. Feels like a win.”



I did predict the ending, because there is another book. It felt inevitable.

This is an angst filled trilogy, it’s gotta happen.

I LOVE Pops. He is such a fun character, even though...


“Dancing with the right person can be quite...intimate, quite magical, like there’s no one else on earth but the two of you moving as one to the music.” He gave me a wink. “Let’s see, shall we?”

I love characters like him. They are older, wiser and don’t mince their words.

I had a couple fave scenes or areas of this book. Now it’s not a spoiler because the Eiffel Tower is on the front of the cover. I thought Lisa did a wonderful job of the time spent in Paris.

Cole was just uber dreamy and he treated Tara like a Queen, err, well...but there were great moments of absolute beauty in his character on that trip.

And then...

So we sat there in the little tattoo parlor, with a mean-looking teddy bear and a slutty-looking wannabe Cole groupie, and we sang ‘Songbird’ together.


I would have loved to hear that scene.





There were a lot of emotional parts in this book. It is a read that I was going for a slightly lower rating for the first half of the book , due to Tara’s behavior. She baited Cole a lot with her comments. 

I'm going to be honest and say, she drove me a bit bat-shit crazy.

But then... dang, I was just swept away.

“You could play with me. You’ve done it before.”

Cole bit his lip. “I’d love to play with you, but you won’t let me.”


Cole will sweep you away.

I could feel myself falling for him a little more every day. It was worrying, but it also gave me those nervous butterflies that were so exhilerating.


He stroked my cheek. “You’re the only one who knows me-- all of me. You’re the only one who could also live one foot in each world the way I do.”

Oh, there was a smexi scene.

Oh, my.

Oh. Myyyy.

It was crazy good. It was crazy hot. It sizzled. But the pickle did not make it into the bun. I love a smexi scene like that.

I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t think. All I knew was that I wanted him more than I’d ever wanted anyone in my life.

Angst reads can kill me, sometimes, but it is always the lad that keeps me engrossed and turning the pages.

Cole is simply a rather outstanding lad.

Lordy, what is Lisa going to do to me in the final installment???



Michelle








“I’d like to take you out.”

I looked at Cole, slightly amused. “We go out all the time.”

“No, we go to your place, we come here. We go to the gym, for a run on the beach, or we go to Songbirds. We don’t go out.”
We were sitting on Cole’s couch in his apartment, looking at light fittings for Reds on the Internet.

He was wringing his hands. “Would you like to go out with me?” he asked.

I frowned. “What, like on a date?”

“If that’s what you want to call it. I don’t know, I’ve never been on a date. But if going out to dinner and then a club together is a date, then sure, let’s call it a date.”

I looked at him warily. “You do know I’m engaged, right? You haven’t forgotten?”

He shrugged. “In theory. But there’s no harm in letting me take you out. I mean, officially take you out—on a date.”

I had to think about this for a minute. Was it asking for trouble to let him believe we could actually date when I had made a commitment to Riley?

“You know, even if you pay for dinner, I’m not going to sleep with you,” I said with a smile.

“So what’s the point of paying for dinner, then?” he asked cheekily. He took hold of my hands in his. “I wouldn’t expect you to sleep with anyone on a first date. You’re not that kind of girl.”

I exhaled slowly, weighing up how to respond. “Okay, we can go out on three conditions.”

He nodded.

“Firstly, we need to have other people there, so maybe Marcus and Nicole can come with us.”

“Like a double date,” he said, teasingly.

I chuckled, and shook my head. “Secondly, you have to stop calling it a date.”

He grinned at me cheekily.

“Thirdly, you have to wear your Calvin Klein jeans, the ones that fit your butt really well.”



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I awoke with a start.

My arm had gone to sleep from laying on it all night, and my face was squished into someone’s neck. It was Cole’s. I inhaled his warm cedar and musk scent. Even after sleeping on the couch all night, he smelt unbelievable.

Sitting up, I moved my head from side to side, trying to stretch out the kinks.

“Good morning, sleepy head. Did you just sniff me again?”

I looked down at Cole. He was grinning up at me as I rubbed my shoulders and numb arm.

“Good morning,” I replied with a groan, as I stretched my arms over my head. “You know I’m staying here so I don’t have to sleep on a couch. Kind of defeats the purpose, spending the night out here.”

He sat up and started rubbing my arm, trying to get the blood to flow back into it.

“I disagree. I’m sure I’m much more comfortable to lay on than your lumpy couch.” He moved his attention to my shoulders, and I sighed. “Besides, it’s not every day I have someone dribble all down my neck.”

I wiped my hand across my cheek. It was damp. Oh my God, I had dribbled in my sleep. I checked Cole’s neck and quickly wiped it dry.

“You should be used to it,” I said, trying to make light of the embarrassing situation. “You have girls drooling over you everywhere you go.” 


He chuckled. “No one who matters.” He took my hand away from his now dry neck and held it. “Until now, that is.”
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Every relationship changes you, some for the better, others can shatter your confidence and almost destroy you.

For the musically talented, twenty-four year old Tara O’Connell, her relationship with Stephen almost broke her, until Tara found the strength to leave.

Now she is on the road to discovering that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and follow your heart.

As Tara’s self-belief grows, she meets two men she is instantly drawn to who will change her life forever.

Corporal Riley Hammond is a soldier in the Australian Military Special Forces. With his smiling sapphire blue eyes, Tara falls for him instantly. He is thoughtful and caring, and gives her the support and love she needs.

While Cole Michaels is the overconfident singer in a popular local band. His charisma, emerald green eyes, tattoos and piercing, have girls falling at his feet. But while Cole pushes
Tara’s buttons, he also pushes her to reach for the stars.

Both men couldn’t be more polar opposites, but both offer Tara different qualities that she needs to fulfill her destiny.

As Tara continues her journey, she will discover fate can offer you more than one path. Her fate is in her own hands, and the choices she makes, will shape her life forever.



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While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.





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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY # 14 - WINGS by ELIZABETH RICHARDS - BLACK CITY # 3 - YA PARANORMAL

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY # 14


23RD APRIL 2014


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Spotlights upcoming releases.


WINGS

ELIZABETH RICHARDS

BLACK CITY # 3

Releases : 12th June 2014

Published : G.P. Putnam Sons



Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.


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I do love the covers to this series. Beautiful colorful artwork. 
Just the covers make me want to read them.


I have Black City I just need to get a hold of Phoenix.

What WOW are you waiting on this week?

Happy Reading Everyone!

Michelle

BOOK REVIEW - NASH by JAY CROWNOVER - MARKED MEN # 4 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - WILLIAM MORROW BOOKS

By: Jay Crownover
Published By: William Morrow Books
Release : 29th April 2014
Details: ARC digital copy for honest review, 400 Pages

RATING: 5 NASH & THE CREW STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Hell. Yeah!

Loved.

Loved.

Loved, Nash and Saint and the awesome new characters that have made their way into the Marked Men series.

OO yeah!!

There is one, who is gonna be fun. She is sassy and smart and the visual I have of her is really colourful. Quite a chick, me thinks.

But what is her agenda?

There are some more new characters and I like them both. Can’t wait to read more. The neighbor across the ways has a story to tell and the lad, he has a bad past, but he is making himself a positive future.

Anyhoo. On to Nash and his Saint.

I for one really understood Saint. I connected with her because I understood her fears. I may not have been as determined to keep myself at arms length, but I certainly got her. I think she is perfect for Nash.

Nash has such a beautiful soul. He may have been a man whore in his younger days, sowing his oats, but that was then.

This is now.


“We were all a bunch of pricks back then; it took finding the right person to make me not want to be that guy anymore. You, well, you were always the nice one, but even the nice guy can have a bad day. Eventually she’ll get over her hang-ups over the past, and if she doesn’t, you move on because that means she’s not into the guy you are now.”


He certainly has got himself under Saint's spell, something he thought he would never be capable of.

The chicks chased him.

This beautiful nurse that has to learn to love herself before she can love somebody else fully, has him wanting to spend the time on working her out.

Nash has so much going on in his life. He has been snowballed with family issues and new prospects are on the horizon while love is fighting its way into the ring with Saint in the blue corner and Nash in the red corner.

Saint has her own family issues that she is dealing with, plus the beautiful neighbor across the ways who wants to be her friend.


“That boy is sprung on you and he is a nice guy. A super hot, supersexy nice guy. Do you know how rare that is? He’s like a goddamn unicorn.”


She just needs to learn to trust in Nash. She needs to learn that this guy won’t hurt her. He is so patient and caring and smexi with her.


“Whaddaya say, Saint? Wanna give me another ten minutes?”

She gazed up at me like she was trying to figure something out. There was confusion, but more than that, on her face, and her eyes had darkened to a cool shade of slate.

“Who are you, Nash Donovan?”

I gave her the most honest answer I could to that question. “Sometimes I don’t know, but most of the time what you see is what you get, Saint. I know you think I was once someone else, but I’m telling you I was never that guy.”



“I don’t know how to make you understand that isn’t a possibility. Nothing about you could ever disappoint any man, Saint.”


“This is your game, Saint. How do you want to play?”


When Saint lets Nash in...

“That was probably the hottest, most beautiful thing I have ever seen.” He sounded gruff and a little winded.


“Saint, not everything is win or lose. We aren’t in competition with each other, we’re here to have fun and spend some time together without a bunch of noise and the outside bugging us. Just relax and let go.”


Rule and the crew make appearances and Rule, bless him, he is becoming such a wise Yoda with a moment or two.

“So she’s hard to figure out... did you stop and think maybe the reason you like her, that she matters, is because she isn’t easy like all the rest? Easy is very forgettable, my friend, complicated and difficult stays with you forever. Believe me, I married it.”


“When did you turn into the relationship sensei?”


“All my friends and family are falling in love around me. I’m just trying to keep them from making the same mistakes I made with Shaw.”


Poor Nash’s heart bleeds and he made me get all sniffly.


“Because it’s ridiculous... all of it. What’s right for me isn’t what’s right for you because I’m an actual human being with feelings and emotions, and you, Mom... you’re a goddamn monster.”

Oh, and that tattoo.

O.M.G.

Seriously!!

O.M.G.


Brilliant!!

Another awesome installment in the Marked Men series. I totally dug it, with a cherry on top.

Well done, Miss Jay xxx

Michelle

BOOK BLITZ - BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD by JAY CROWNOVER - WELCOME TO THE POINT # 1 - WILLIAM MORROW BOOKS - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE




I've already read two chapters of Better When He's Bad and you will be sucked straight into the storyline. It's on like Donkey Kong from the start. 

I am intrigued from the get go about Bax. This book sounds gritty. 

Bax sounds gritty.

He's bad.

I have a copy of Better When He's Bad and I can't wait to crack it open in the next few days. 

I can already tell, I am gonna be in for a special read with Shane Baxter.

Throw this one onto your TBR piles and mark the release date on your calendar.

It's gonna be a ride.

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So you’ve met Rule, Jet, Rome, and soon Nash! But there’s a new boy in town, along with a new series, by Jay Crownover. Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point #1) is a new adult novel scheduled for publication on June 17, 2014, by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing. 

This is how Jay describes her new novel/series:


“It’s dark and dangerous and set in a fictitious underworld/bad part of town. The men in all of the books are way more along the line of being anti-heros than true leading men. I guess the easiest way to sum them up is by saying the books are all about the choices these characters have to make and the outcomes and results of those decisions. Bax’s book is all about having to make the hard choices and what becomes of him and his lady in doing so. They are super fun, very atmospheric and I think really what writing a bad boy should be like if you’re going to do it :)”


Look in the back of Nash’s book to find the first chapter of “Better When He’s Bad.” 



Synopsis

Welcome to the Point There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter. Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way. Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced. Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.




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About the Author I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.




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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - WHITE HOT KISS by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT - THE DARK ELEMENTS # 1 - HARLEQUIN TEEN - YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 392 Pages

RATING: 4.5 EXCITING NEW SERIES STARS!!

Blurb: Goodreads

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Loved this book.

Well, hello Zayne and Roth.

Where one is blonde and fights the good fight as a Warden, the other is dark haired and , well, his boss is the big guy downstairs in Hell. He is an Upper Level Demon.


Fresh out of the shower, Zayne tugged a plain black T-shirt on over his head. Not quick enough that I missed a tantalizing glimpse of abs. Rigorous training kept his body chiseled and rock hard. I dragged my gaze up when the stretch of skin disappeared. Damp sandy hair clung to his neck and sculpted cheeks. His features would be too perfect if it weren’t for those watered-down blue eyes all Wardens had.



The newcomer stood well over six feet, as tall as any Warden. His hair was dark, the color of obsidian, and it reflected blue in the dim light. Lazy locks slipped over his forehead and curled just below his ears. Brows arched over golden eyes and his cheekbones were broad and high. He was attractive. Very attractive. Mind-bendingly beautiful, actually, but the sardonic twist of his full lips chilled his beauty. The black T-shirt stretched across his chest and flat stomach. A huge tattoo of a snake curled around his forearm, the tail disappearing under his sleeve and the diamond-shaped head rested on the top of his hand. Total crush material - if it wasn’t for the fact that he had no soul.



Roth was such a stand out lad in this book. He has humor and wit about him. He is the bad boy, but he has good in him, for Layla, anyway.


Roth caught my hand, pulling me around a cluster of tourists with fanny packs. “One of these days I’m going to buy one of those.”

The laugh came out before I could squelch it. “You’d look real sexy in a fanny pack.”

His smile warmed his face - warmed me. “I’d look sexy in just about anything.”




“You really aren’t that bad...for a demon, you know.”

“I wouldn’t go that far.” He stretched out beside me, propping himself up on his elbow. “They don’t come any badder than me.”




Layla has just turned seventeen and she is half demon and half Warden. Abbott rescued her from a home and she has been raised a Warden for the past ten years.

This is where things get complicated. Layla tags souls for the Wardens, who are gargoyles, by night they take down the demons that Layla tags in her spare time.

She is half demon, so she is sending her own to death. She has almost been brain washed by Abbott to do his bidding. He cares for her, but she is still not a full Warden. She has rules she must abide. There are others in the clan that do not like Layla.

Petr needed a stinky dead fish slap from me.

Living with Wardens and doing what she is told is all well and good when you are a young girl, but then Roth enters her life and he becomes her secret. He also enlightens her on some facts.

Trust from her family of Wardens becomes a big issue for both parties.

“There’s sweetness in evil, he said. “And remember, looks can be deceiving.”


I liked Zayne in this story, but he was also off doing his own thing, to come back into the story and be the friend she needs, to then take off and do his thing again. Jennifer throws us the female sub character who hangs around Zayne making Layla upset and a little jealous.

Roth is all too willing to take her mind off Zayne. We are all too willing to let him. He is such a smexi lad who has a most brilliant familiar named Bambi.

Love Bambi.

The next book is going to be where I get to see Zayne shine more, titled Stone Cold Touch. Naturally, we as the reader will be thrown into utter love triangle drama, I predict.

At the moment I am Team Roth as we got so much of him in this book, he showed us that there is a good guy wearing a Hell T-shirt, but you can always take a T-shirt off and put another one on. But, in good YA paranormal romance, the tables will be changing with Zayne getting his time with Layla in the spotlight.

Or is this New Adult? I'm not sure. It appears YA genre.

I do like Zayne a lot, he is a really good guy, but, what can I say. I like a bad boy too. On the cover of White Hot Kiss, Layla and Roth are both getting ready to snog. On the cover of Stone Cold Touch, Layla is looking away from Zayne. 

EEeeeeeppp!!

Michelle

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Ex Factor
Release Date: 04/22/14

Summary from Goodreads:

Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it.  But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.

Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.




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I'm a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot!
I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. I write what I know, and it's my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before.

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