Tuesday, April 28, 2015

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY ~ Unruly by Cora Brent

by: Cora Brent
Publication Date: May 2015
Cover Designer: Mayhem Cover Creations


Forbidden hookups are rarely simple.  
Claudia Giordano only plans to be home long enough to watch her eternally irresponsible father marry her high school nemesis.  
She never expects to embark on some horny sex odyssey with a wild nineteen-year-old baseball player.    
Easton Malone is cocky, crude and off-limits on so many levels.
That hot, reckless week should never have happened.  The only option is to forget.    
But life’s triumphs and heartbreaks keep bringing Easton and Claudia together again.  
And again….
In the beginning they only find lust.
At the end they find each other.  
Along the way they find everything else.  

There will be sex.  (A lot of it.) 
There will be grief.  (You might find yourself ugly crying.)
But there will also be redemption in the face of tragedy.  
And yes, love will prevail.  

About the Author

Cora Brent was born in a cold climate and escaped as soon as it was legally possible. Now, she lives in the desert with her husband, two kids and a prickly pear cactus she has affectionately named ‘Spot’. Cora’s closet is filled with boxes of unfinished stories that date back her 1980’s childhood and all her life she has dreamed of being an author.  Amazingly, she is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of contemporary romance and begs not to be awakened from this dream. Social Media Links Goodreads - http://tiny.cc/3ynhxx Facebook - http://tiny.cc/eznhxx


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He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series is such a fantastic series. It has everything you could hope for in a book. Tons of humor, lots a steam, kick ass characters, and a side of drama.

While I laughed a TON in this book, I also had moments where I was like "no, no,no, Logan!!", and I even spilled a few tears for Grace... and for Logan.

Logan's stuck between loyalty to his family and his own happiness, and he feels like he will lose Grace to his not so great future.
Thank goodness for those around him that truly care about his happiness.

Grace is a girl who seems to have her head on her shoulders for the most part. She starts off a bit as a doormat, but still incredibly funny, but she's hit with a fee lessons. When she does grow her lady balls, she's unstoppable.

Logan is determined to fix his Mistake, and I find him incredibly endearing.

This really is a feel good series, so far, and I give the entire series a 5 stars, this book, a 4.5.

Favorite quotes:
" I'm comfortable enough with my hetero status to say that if I did play for the other team? I wouldn't just fuck Garrett Graham, I'd marry him."

"But I don't have experience to consider myself an expert penis-wrangler or anything"

"Can you nominate someone's tongue for sainthood? Or maybe there's an orgasm-giving award that the Department of Sexuality hands out? " "Fuck it. I'm giving it to myself."

"I wanted to avoid all the fanfare by simply staying home, but she dangled Jason Statham under my nose like a British carrot"

"Haters be hating, and bitches be bitching"

"Lorris? As in Logan and Morris? They fucking Brangelina'd themselves?"

"Ass shenanigans, phenomenal. Regular shenanigans... what did you call it last time? Just amazing, I think."

I was wanting to read Logan's story when we first met him in The Deal, so I was excited to start this book.

Logan meets Grace when he knocks on the wrong dorm door. Grace is a little bit shy, a lot awkward and I absolutely adore that about her. Logan and Grace hang out that night and develop a "friend with benefits" type relationship.
 Eventually, Grace decides she would like to offer more to Logan, at which time he makes "The Mistake". Grace is completely humiliated and feels taken advantage of.
 Logan goes home and after a discussion, realizes his error and immediately tries to correct it, but Grace won't talk to him. 
Since it is the end of the school year, Grace decides to go spend the majority of the summer with her mother in France. 
Logan goes home for the summer to work in his father's auto shop and to help with his father.

Fast forward to the start of a new school year. 
Logan is adamant that he is going to get Grace to understand his actions. Grace relents, but only if Logan completes six tasks.
 I must say, some of those tasks were hilarious and had me laughing out loud. Logan and Grace spend time together, really getting to know one another. 
Logan opens up to Grace a bit about his home life and his future, but believes Grace won't want a part of it....nearly making another mistake....but he makes another grand gesture, which was fantastic.

The last chapter makes me quite hopeful for Logan and his family's future. I really enjoyed the epilogue.

So, we met Logan in the previous book, The Deal, where he kind of has a thing for his best friend's girl. Note: kind of. 

To get rid of that thing he has for her and also to avoid seeing them together, he parties like a rock star and sleeps around with every girl. But one night when he gets the wrong dorm changes everything for him. 

"And then his mouth brushes mine, and holy shit, I'm kissing John Logan."

Clearly our heroine, Grace, has her own thing for Logan. She's kind of crazy about him, actually. A chance encounter shows her a side of his not many see. Though he screws up badly quite a few times, her feelings don't change for him.

I liked how this story was told throughout the expanse of a few months, about six or so, and we get the good, the bad and the ugly. We get parts of Logan we haven't known about; Grace goes through her own changes. Logan's story is heartbreaking and you will just want to hold him in your arms and never let go.

In this part, friendships form and break. They re-connect, they bloom. Our characters rise and fall, making mistakes - yup, that's when the title makes sense - and regretting them, but repenting. This one's different than The Deal, I felt it was deeper, less funny but still good. I'm so curious about what is next! I have a hunch. We'll see.

4 - 4.5 stars. 

***I want to thank the author for the copy given in exchange of honest review for the tour***

***Copy provided in exchange for an honest review through Diva Discussions Book Club***

4.5 Stars 

As a book lover there is nothing better than reading a book and smiling from beginning to end. I loved everything about Logan and Grace, and if you need a book to make you laugh this will do the trick.

Grace has led a pretty boring life she is smart but also kind of predictable. The best part about her though is she is awkward and adorable. Hot guys turn her into a babbling mess and she doesn’t have a filter. Feeling the need to break out of her shell she lets her friend Ramona drag her to a party. Grace see Logan and is awestruck by him but the party ends and Grace just holds on to the brief encounter and goes back to life.

John Logan is a confused mess. As you know from The Deal Logan is convinced he is in love with his best friend’s girl. He is having a really hard time dealing with this, so to cope he spends his time boozing and screwing around. After a bad day and struggling to stay in the same space as Hannah and Garrett he leaves. Heading to a party he gets lost and ends up knocking on Grace’s door and asks for directions. After an awkward exchange she invites him in. Things happen and he leaves in a rush and this leaves Grace feeling meh about the situation. This leads to a few encounters and Logan making the MISTAKE. 

I loved the path the author took Logan and Grace on to get together. Grace is very firm in her beliefs of right and wrong and sticks to them. After a summer apart and trying to heal her wounds she comes back to school determined to move on. Logan has spent a lonely summer trying to fix things but he is also dealing with family issues. The summer is what he needs to wake up, and after realizing what he has in Grace he WORKS FOR IT. 

“It really is a shame that people don’t grasp what a stubborn motherfucker I am” John Logan

If you loved The Deal you will definitely love The Mistake. This is a great NA series sweet, sexy, and funny. Things are not rushed in these couples finding love and they go through a lot of growing pains to get their HEA. 

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mistake is the second book in a new adult series about college hockey players finding love. It is told in the POV of both the male and female leads. This book totally had me wrapped up in it's words.

It has the funny make out scenes.
Oh shit. Boob groping alert.

Oh crap. Downstairs action alert.

I don't have enough experience to consider myself an expert penis-wrangler or anything.

Lots of LOL parts.

The chemistry between the couple is perfect. It feels so real. They play around and joke giving really cute scenes. They fight and love giving heart moments. It's all very believable and very well written.

I really like both main characters also. The lead female isn't a pushover. She has self-respect and a special combination of calm and fierceness. The male lead is a sexy and popular playboy, but inside he's just wanting to find a true relationship. He's honorable and trustworthy and so sweet. Their sarcastic sense of humor and playfulness mesh together perfectly.

The Mistake deals with hard issues too—the responsibility of family, the pain of having a loved one with an addiction problem, the sense of having to grow up and make tough decisions, the understanding to be oneself and not be led by friends.

The writing is fantastic. No scenes felt over played. I don't remember reading any of the words or phrases that make me cringe because of awkwardness or because they've become so overused. The words flowed smoothly and held my interest for the entire book.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


Monday, April 27, 2015

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY ~ Brando (The Santini Bros 2) by Marita Hansen

The Santini Brothers Series #2
by Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date: April 27, 2015


Death and sex on two legs ... BRANDO is coming for you. Dark, brooding, and one hell of an asshole, Brando walks through life taking what he wants—and who he wants, whether they like it or not. And he wants Ivy, the second in command of the Vipers—a team of female assassins. Having been owned before, Ivy tries to resist Brando, who is just as deviant as her former master—a notorious human trafficker called the Black Russian. But after discovering Brando’s devastating past, she sets out to get to know the real man behind the beautiful face: a tortured soul with secrets to die for.



The book is titled "Brando", but there's so many people and so much going on, it was like 1/2 was about Brando, 1/4 was Vinnie, and that last 1/4 was everyone and their mom (or dad), literally. I feel like nothing has been " solved", only who bombed their home. More drama has been added, and everyone wants to kill The Black Russian, well, take a #.  Stalkers, kidnapping, traitorous bastards, whippings, bombs, shootouts, massacres, hallucinations... it's almost too much to handle, it actually gave me weird dreams.

 When I said there's a ton of people, I mean it. Not only do you have the 5 families, and the Santino family alone with a million brothers ((OK, I am exaggerating)), you have The Vipers on top of it. Well, the ones that escaped the clutches of The Black Russian. It's definitely a lot to take in, and myy brain is quite overwhelmed. I did like that it was action packed, but I feel a lot could have been cut out, and more focus put on to who the story was about. I didn't feel a connection between Brando and Ivy, I think more could have been put into that. This book left me confused & wanting. Brando wasn't funny or endearing. He was crude and a HUGE arsehole, I don't know what Ivy saw in him, I really don't. Though, I think he is a great hitman, too great, and that is his downfall. I am still deciding if I even like  his mother.
I will be continuing on with this series as I have to know what will happen with Vinnie and his crazy stalker and the new additions the family, and last but not least, can we PLEASE finally get rid of this Black Russion. This guy is INSANE!!!!

Overall I give this book a 3.25 stars 

***Given as an ARC for my honest review***

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The Santini Brothers #1

About the Author

NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. However, in My Masters' Nightmare, I have started writing about Italians. My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.
SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.
CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.
FAVORITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.
BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!
STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ~ Carter Reed 2 by Tijan

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More Carter Reed?  Yes, please!   

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Carter bought his way out of the mafia to protect Emma, but when an old ghost returns to the Mauricio Family, a chain of events starts that can harm everyone. While Carter must decide to return to the Mauricio Family or not, a face that is oddly familiar to Emma comes into her life. She’s given the chance to discover more about her family while tensions between the rivaling Mauricio and Bertal Family comes to a head in an explosive way. The truce is officially off, and when the two worlds collide, Carter’s decision is made.

He didn’t start this war, but he will end it.

He will do anything to protect Emma.

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As I held the gun, alone now, some of the old memories came back to me. But they were never very far away.
I had killed two men.
My voice had been soft when I called to him. He’d been raping my roommate, and he was going to kill her. I had no choice. When he turned around and saw the gun in my hand, I shot him. The bullet hit the center of his forehead.
I swallowed now, remembering Mallory as she had watched me, pinned to the wall by his hands. Her eyes had been so lifeless. They were the opposite of Ben’s. He’d been pleading for his life, but minutes earlier he’d been planning to kill Amanda, then me. My stomach churned, remembering that he was going to take me to Franco. He wanted to barter, trade me in for more money, more drugs.
He was the one who killed Mallory, but the Bartel family set all of it in motion.
I drew in a ragged breath, cradling the gun in my hands like a precious baby. This little piece of metal had caused so much havoc in my life, and it was Carter’s weapon of choice. He’d killed plenty with it when he worked for the Mauricio family.
Somehow, I knew this weapon would have a place in our lives again. I didn’t want it to, but I knew it would. And with that last thought, my hand closed over it, and I raised my arms, aiming with my feet apart, my shoulders rolled back. I shot, one after another, until my clip was done.
All except one hit the bullseye. The other one, the outlier, was just outside the inner circle on the target.
I’d have to get better.

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A tingle started in the base of my stomach, and it rose up, spreading through my body, warming me as it went, until I was almost salivating for him. When I saw him, I needed to touch him. It had been like this for a year, and I never wanted it to end. I always wanted to thirst for him.

He murmured against my skin, “Why is it that your presence can calm me? Your touch can make me alive, and one little sigh from you makes me want to sleep for days in your embrace?”
I smiled, moving to press a kiss to his ear. “Because you love me.”

Pulling me back into his arms, he nudged my legs farther apart, moving closer, and pressed his lips to the underside of my jaw. He whispered, “Never.” Another kiss to the corner of my lips. “Ever.” A third kiss, his lips resting atop mine and he murmured, “I promise. Nothing will ever happen to you.”
“Because you need to understand. It’s time you know more. You’re mine, Emma. My first allegiance is to you. Things are going to happen now, and I can’t control them. The Mauricio family has always followed me."
Suddenly I realized—he was going back in. A tear formed in my eye, and I ignored it. This was what he was telling me. I swallowed over a lump. “What happens now?”
He didn’t answer at first. Then he let out a soft breath of air and turned, his eyes pained. He said one word: “War.”

I closed my eyes and just felt her. She trailed a hand down my face, tracing my lips. That small touch, so gentle, so loving. That was Emma.

No other woman made me feel like this. It was her, only her. Opening my eyes, I found her watching me and smiling as her chest heaved for air.
"I love you," she murmured.
Goddamn. I kissed her and whispered against her lips, "I love you too."

I closed my eyes and held the man I loved. Resting my forehead to his, I placed my arms on his shoulders as he held my hips. His thumbs rubbed back and forth. This. Right here. He was the most powerful man I knew, and he was all mine.

Author Information
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I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Carter has finally claimed his woman and he's never letting her go... Having her has only seemed to fuel his obsession. Old demons are coming for Cherry and he’s doing everything in his power to protect her. Can he keep her safe while looking over his shoulder? Will her new secret send him over the edge? Can they find peace in chaos? Maybe the very thing that started it all could give him more than he could ever dreamed of. Warning: Volume 2 contains more sexy hotness, sweet gooey love, and an alpha male who would do anything for his Cherry.

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