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Blog Tour and Book Review – Cradled by Christina Bauer



Cradled
Christina Bauer
(Beholder #4.5)
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

An Epilogue Novella

At last, Elea and Rowan are settling in to their new lives. Trouble is, Rowan is spending a lot of time cleaning up messes from his childhood. And considering the nightmare that was his mother, those are some ugly messes indeed. In fact, the experience is enough to make Rowan vow that he never wants children of his own.

Oops.

BEHOLDER
• Cursed
• Concealed
• Cherished
• Crowned
• Cradled

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I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the conclusion to Rowan and Elea’s story. It was a very quick read, and I found myself completely immersed in the story.

The characters are very well developed and easy to identify with. I especially love Jicho, whose antics cracked me up.

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. She has built a fascinating world, and paints a beautiful picture with her words. It was very easy to imagine the scenery.

I also enjoyed the different types of magick used, as it put a very different spin on the typical stories of mages.

All in all, this was very well done and I recommend it!

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Book Review – A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett

Synopsis

They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. Now, the day of reckoning will cost her everything…

When Cici Gurule finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she’s horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister’s life one year earlier.

Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock, she’ll need to join forces with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees to hunt down the killer before she’s forced to officiate another funeral.

Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation, and her death was no random act of violence.

With the criminals out for Cici’s blood, she needs to catch the wolf by the tail…before it goes in for the kill.

A Pilgrimage to Death is a high-octane mystery thriller. Fans of Ruth Ware, J.D. Robb, and Angela Marsons will love Alexa’s Padgett’s new edge-of-your-seat novel. Scroll up and one click today to start this fast-paced, high-octane mystery thriller!

This was the first book I have read by Alexa Padgett, but I am not sure how that can be! It was fantastic! It is the first book in a new mystery series and I found myself completely and totally immersed in the story. I have not read a mystery that I enjoyed as much in a very long time.

The characters are fascinating – Reverend Cici is brave and courageous and has such a huge heart, Sam is a hardworking police detective with a soft spot for Cici. Justin is a forensic photographer with the police department and Carol is the church secretary. There are many more great characters that caught my attention too.

There have been a string of murders and opiate overdoses in the town where CiCi ministers, one of the murders being her twin sister. CiCi can’t stop searching for answers, and in doing so, finds herself in peril.

The storyline is fast, easy to read, and I found myself turning the pages as quickly as I could to see what would happen next. I can tell you that I was kept guessing the entire time.

This is a must-read for all you mystery lovers! I cannot wait until the 2nd book in the series comes out so I can see what more trouble Reverend CiCi can get herself into.

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Blog Tour and Book Review – That Guy by Belle Brooks

Title: That Guy
Author: Belle Brooks
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 8, 2018


A modern way of finding love. One deserted island of luxury. Two people. Three out cards. And a whole lot of possibilities.

Melinda takes the advice of her best friend, Chris. She signs up to a new dating service that pairs you statistically to the one you’re supposed to love. Finding it — love that is — using the more conventional methods, has not been a successful venture for Mindy, and with her biological clock ticking, she uses a more desperate method and takes the plunge into a possible happily ever after.

The thing is, when she boards the boat to a secret location, she doesn’t realise the man waiting for her is someone she’s previously met.
Chance encounters occur more frequently than we realise. Being blind to them is part of a bustling world. But, being faced with them can lead to a hilarious three weeks between two opposites who might just attract.

I am speechless! I just binged on this book in one setting. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down! I read Belle’s Game Of Life Series and loves her writing style so much. This book; however, is as different as could be from that!

I honestly don’t think I have ever laughed so hard while reading a book. I thankful I was home alone, because my laughter was not quiet and there may have been a snort or two involved.

I truly loved every second of the journey that I took with Arlie and Mindy. Their characters were so lovable and easy to relate to. Chris, Mindy’s BFF, stole the show, though, with his flamboyant antics!

I just don’t want to say anymore, because you have to read it for yourself, but this is a MUST read! I know that I will be reading it again!


“OMG this book was bloody hilarious; I laughed till I had to cross my legs and run to the loo (you’ll get this if you have kids like me)My other half thought I was losing the plot and kept giving me concerned glances with the strange noises that were coming from my corner of the lounge.” – Beckie Bookworm


“This book is every bit as entertaining as every other review is going to tell you, and I highly recommend this as a must read! You just have to, you won’t be sorry. 5 wet myself laughing Stars.” – Marnie


“‘THAT GUY’ gets a phenomenal 5* from me. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. I do know that if you are a fan of RomComs or Ms. Brooks .. this book needs to be read for the full effect.” – Trish Brown


Born in Australia, Belle Brooks has always had a passion for books and creative writing. She loves exploring the different ways stories can be told through the use of text and in-depth characters. Since she was a child her strong talent and interest in creative writing was evident, explaining that her favourite class in school was English. Despite her love for all things books, she decided the world of advertising and marketing was where she could put her talents to use in the business realm, well that is until now. Belle enjoys creative writing and creating fictional stories that leave a valued message inside the pages.



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Book Review and Blog Tour – The Impossibility Of Us by Katy Upperman

The Impossibility of Us
Katy Upperman
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

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This book was amazing! I found it to be realistic, eye-opening in so many ways and full of that teen angst we all remember.

The characters were beautifully developed, their dialogue so genuine that I found myself drawn into their world fairly quickly.

Elise is no stranger to loss, with a father that took off when she was very young, a mother completely absorbed in the writing of her romance novels, and an older brother killed in action while deployed in Afghanistan. In the summer before her senior year, her mother uproots her to move to the town where her sister-in-law and niece live.

There, she meets Mati, a young man temporarily staying in the US from Afghanistan, while his father is receiving cancer treatment. They form a fast friendship despite the cultural barriers that threaten to divide them.

I say this book was eye-opening because I had no idea what life must be like for a foreigner on American soil. I was clueless to the hate they are exposed to daily, the fear they experience and the risks they take doing the most mundane things, like walking to the grocery store. Having never been exposed to that sort of prejudice, myself, I have to admit that I felt ashamed of my blinders.

This was an absolutely beautiful book about overcoming those barriers and prejudices. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Author Bio:

Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. KISSING MAX HOLDEN is her debut novel; her sophomore novel, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, will be available summer, 2018.

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Book Review and New Release – Who We Might’ve Been (Billie Dixon #3) by D. L. Pitchford

Synopsis

How many second chances does one person deserve?

After an eye-opening summer abroad, Billie Dixon’s world has fallen apart. Her childhood best friend has replaced her. Her boss at the gallery doesn’t think she’s paid enough dues to be a “real artist.” And Xander ignores her, even though they’re roommates. But she’s made her peace with that.

When her photography professor partners her with Dahlia Finnick, it’s only a matter of time before she intrudes on Billie’s life. And this time, Dahlia pursues what she’s always wanted—Billie—and she doesn’t care who she hurts in the process. Even if that person is the object of her affections.

Can Billie look past Dahlia’s faults and give her a second chance? Can she give one to herself?

Now, Billie has to choose between the acceptance she craves and the love she lost. But to mend her broken relationships, she must take her first leap of faith.

So by now, you all must know I am a huge D.L. Pitchford fan! I FLOVE this series and am obsessed with Xander! Of course, I love all the other characters too… even the ones I have a love-hate relationship with (Dahlia)!

Who We Might’ve Been checked all of the boxes for me! I have to admit that I have binge-read it not once, but TWICE and the second time it was even better! It met every expectation I had after reading books one and two.

The storyline moves quickly and it was such an easy read! The dialogue between characters is natural and I had a ton of laugh out loud moments.

This is a must read for all YA fans!

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Book Review – Lyssa’s Journey by Cin Medley

Synopsis

Lyssa Dawn, Harvard Law school graduate. Growing up on a small farm she is the ultimate country girl. But Lyssa has an undeniable special ability to read people and to see things that no one else can see. Working in a small law firm in the big city just south of the small town she grew up in, she is sent on an errand to her best friend’s family ranch. The very ranch she spent her childhood on. There she discovers a tangled web of deceit that threatens her life.

Callen McCabe, (Buck) has been destroyed beyond repair, or at least he thinks. His life as a corporate raider ended when the woman he loved destroyed him and took him for everything she could. Leaving the financial world behind him, he assimilated into the Greenvale ranch as the ranch foreman. Living his life on his terms.

When an act of defiance on his part hurts Lyssa, she responds in kind, landing them both on a road full of deceit, deception and danger.

Sometimes, love does happen at first sight. Neither of them believes it though.

So I am a HUGE fan of Cin Medley’s writing, and I can say that Lyssa’s Journey did not disappoint! It was a beautiful story, written as only Cin can tell a tale.

The characters are believable and genuine. The chemistry between Lyssa and Buck (Callen) is smoking hot. The secondary characters were also well-developed and I found myself wanting to know more about them.

Lyssa is a young attorney, sent out to the ranch of her best friend’s family on behalf of the firm she works for, only to find herself embroiled in a shady battle to take over the land. There she meets Buck, the ranch manager, and their interactions left me howling with laughter!

The story moved at a fast clip, and I found myself unable to put it down. (I did read it in one sitting.).

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New Release and Blog Tour – Me and Mr. Jones by Christie Ridgeway

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Welcome to the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach, where newlyweds come to honeymoon, where anniversary couples celebrate milestones, and where broken hearts find a place to heal.

Jilted bride Audra Montgomery wants to reset her life at the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach. A good girl for far too long, Audra has penned a list of must-do experiences she’s sure will change her. When the hotel’s maintenance guy, a “Mr. Jones,” knocks on her door, she wonders if the sexy handyman might just come in handy when enacting some of the spicier items on her agenda.

Kane Hathaway, general manager of the resort, didn’t set out to deceive his guest when he performed a minor repair. But it’s freeing to imagine life without the responsibilities of the family business. Then there’s the whole “Heartbreak Hotel” designation—cynical Kane doesn’t believe for a minute that a stay on site can heal the wounds left by bad romance. But every moment in Audra’s company sparkles with magic—can this be love?

Me and Mr. Jones is book two in the Heartbreak Hotel series and is a STANDALONE.

I was ridiculously excited to read book two in the Heartbreak Hotel seres after reading book one and I can say that I was not disappointed in the least with Me and Mr. Jones! It was every bit as enchanting as Our Last First Kiss.

I love Christie Ridgeway’s writing style. It is sunny, bright and like a breath of fresh air. Her characters are believable and engaging, the dialogue is natural and flows well, and her stories are simply beautiful!

The Hathaway, otherwise known as Heartbreak Hotel, is set in Santa Barbara and it is rumored that guests with broken hearts heal there and may find love again. Audra and her BFF, Lilly, who we met in the first book, retreat to Dragonfly Beach to recover after Audra was jilted at the author via text message by her no-good fiancé, Jacob.

Broken-hearted, Audra never leaves her room, in fact, doesn’t open the drapes or even take her wedding dress off until the day she meets Mr. Jones, the maintenance man. What she doesn’t know is that it’s a case of mistaken identity. Mr. Jones is none other than the General Manager of the resort, Kane Hathaway, confirmed bachelor who has convinced himself and most of the world that he is not cut out for long-term and is destined to be alone. Mr. Jones convinces Audra to venture back into the land of the living, rather than remain a Zombie Bride.

The chemistry between Audra and Kane is sizzling. I found myself fanning my cheeks throughout the book. I had several laugh out loud moments at the banter between them.

I thoroughly enjoyed being re-introduced to the characters from book one, and even though they took a sideline, they were every bit as lively as I remembered.

This is an absolute must-read for those of you who enjoy a good HEA!

About the Author:

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.

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Book Review – The Solution to Unrequited by Len Webster

THE SOLUTION HAS ARRIVED!
The Solution to Unrequited by Len Webster is AVAILABLE NOW!!

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Atomic number: 33
Name of chemical element: Arsenic
Symbol: As

Every solution has a poisonous flaw … even between best friends.

The agreement: Fall break together.
The struggle: A road trip from North Carolina to Massachusetts.
The reason: To find a way back into each other’s lives.
The issue: AJ’s not ready to let Evan reclaim the parts of her he made his.
The hindrance: Connecticut.

I was so excited to find The Solution to Unrequited on my kindle, as I completely fell in love with Evan and AJ in The Theory Of Unrequited, and as expected, Len Webster delivered!

I adore the characters – all of them! They are larger than life, and you can’t help but identify with them.

The story picks up right where Book 1 left off and I found myself completely sucked in to the story. It is full of angst, and I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster through the whole book. I laughed and I cried, I was angry while reliving AJ’s torment.

This is an absolute must read! I am a huge fan of Ms. Webster’s and I can’t wait to read Book 3!

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Every theory has a test subject … even between best friends.

The pact: Stanford.
The betrayal: AJ attending Duke.
The reason: She did something stupid like fall in love with Evan.
The problem: Evan’s not ready to let this betrayal go so easily.
The solution: Find AJ and fix them.

About Len

Len Webster is a romance-loving Melburnian with dreams of finding her version of ‘The One.’ But until that moment happens, she writes. Having just graduated with her BBusCom from Monash University, Len is now busy writing her next romance about how a boy met a girl, and how they fell completely and hopelessly in love.

She is also not a certified explorer, but she’s working on it.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Deadly Games by Karen Rock



Deadly Games
Karen Rock
(Dallas After Dark)
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .

Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer.

Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose . . .

“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Dangerous Moves

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Deadly Games is the first book I have read by Karen Rock, but it won’t be the last. I did not realize that it is the second book in the series until I had finished reading, so that is the perfect indication of what a great stand-alone it is.

Suspense/psychological thrillers are my favorite genres, and this book really checked all the boxes for me.

The protagonist, a kick-ass FBI agent, Katherine, has seen her share of horror in both her personal and professional lives.

Nash, a super sexy stripper with a dream of entering law enforcement moonlights as a PI. When a former client contacts him for help in finding her missing daughter, Nash and Katherine are brought together on a case.

The storyline had all kinds of interesting twists and turns that kept me engaged and interested. While I figured out quite early on who the bad guy was, there were enough twists that I wasn’t quite sure until the end (and I was right!). There were moments that I was chewing on my fingernails, moments that I laughed out loud, and I shed a few tears.

I so recommend this book to everyone, just everyone. Read it!!!

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Watching You by Shannon Greenland

Watching You
Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 2nd 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Viola’s always been that girl from thatfamily, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.

Frightening messages.

Missing personal items.

The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.

Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

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Watching You by Shannon Greenland was a fantastic quick read with just the right amount of romance and suspense to keep me turning pages.

I adored Riel’s character. Even faced with huge disappointment, he is everything good and kind, and an incredible big brother. Viola is no stranger to hard times, growing up in backwater Tennessee with a stripper mother, felon father, and addict sister. Somehow, she rises above the struggle and works hard for an academic scholarship to a prestigious academy, which has the potential to pave the way to her dream – MIT.

I really enjoyed this author’s writing style. It flows naturally, the dialogue is genuine, and the characters well developed. The storyline is solid and engaging.

I highly recommend this for fans of YA Romance and Suspense. !

Author Bio:

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

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