Friday, July 22, 2016

Trade Me (Cyclone #1) by Courtney Milan

Trade Me
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Synopsis:

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.


But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

Review:

Trade Me was such a fun read. Blake and Tina are so cute together and they both have some issues to deal with before then can reach their happily ever after, but they were awesome. 

Tina is a poor college kid at a rich school. Her classmates don't know what it is like to not have money. They don't know what it is like to have to survive on $10 for food for the foreseeable future. They don't know what it is like to have to send $30 home every month so her sister can get her medication and how that $30 is the world to her. How an extra $10 is just not there. She doesn't have it. She survives, but she knows what it is like to be cold, to eat rice for dinner, to not have much. She loves her family, but she seems to be the only responsible one in her family. Her sister is too young and her mother spends her time helping other Chinese families work their way through the immigration process. They escaped China when they would be persecuted for what they practice, but they have made a life in the US. A life that Tina is hoping to be able to help with once she becomes a doctor. She always plays it safe, she is always careful, and she knows as a doctor she can make enough money to support her family. And that is all that she wants.

Blake is a rich kid. Or the rich kid on campus. Everyone knows who he is as his father is the head of a very famous company. Everyone knows that he will be taking over at some point so everyone tries to get close to him. Although he has a problem. He doesn't think he can. Ever since his father's CFO and friend died he just doesn't think he can do it. He is in college as a way to escape for a bit, to try and figure out and fix his problem before he has to go back. His father doesn't know and keeps pressuring him to come back, to work more, to forget about college.

When the class that Tina and Blake share starts talking about public assistance, when the people in class start talking about how everyone on it is lazy and such, Tina can't just sit there and take it. She sounds off and I loved it! She is so feisty and wonderful. She might be poor, but she can take on anyone if she needs to, even Blake. Oh it was fun. That first time they had a conversation I loved it!

When Blake realizes that he doesn't know what it is like to be poor, that Tina challenged him with the fact that he wouldn't last two weeks living as she does, Blake thinks this is it! He can switch lives with her and maybe this will fix him. Maybe if he sees what it is like to live as she does then he will be okay to go back and work at his fathers company. Tina is super smart and can easily take over some of his obligations with said company and they can work together on anything she can't. Plus he can give her an allowance which would really help her out. Things could be a bit easier for her in the future. She wouldn't have to work while going to school, she would have a bit extra to send to her parents, the "little" amount he will give her is huge to her. She has reservation, but of course she has to take the deal. It is just too good to pass up.

When one of the terms is that she has to pretend to be his girlfriend oh it became so much fun! The both of them are attracted to the other, but Tina being Tina doesn't want anything to happen. She needs to play it safe and dating Blake for real is not safe. Oh I loved it. They were so cute. They were there for each other and helped each other so much while growing closer. It was great.

Though I loved Tina and Blake together my absolutely favorite part of the book was Blake and his father's relationship. Oh my goodness I loved them! They love each other, though to an outsider it might not seem like it at all times. They call each other names and swear at each other, but it is a form of endearment. It was so so fun to read. Most people do not talk back or stand up to Blake's father, but Tina? Oh she won't have any of his nonsense. She won't stand for him slighting Blake or trying to pull one over on her. Their first meeting, the father and Tina? I laughed so hard. She is a spitfire and can give as good as she gets. It was wonderful and I loved seeing the three of them together. These characters were fantastic and it is not often when a father son relationship trumps the main couple in a story for me. I couldn't help but love Blake even more because of how he is with his dad. A really wonderful read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, July 18, 2016

Release Blitz: On the Ropes Series Box Set by Aly Martinez


Now available! For a limited time it is only $3.99! In a few days the price will go up to $6.99 so grab your copy today! 
 
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Synopsis:

The complete series. Three full­length novels. For the Page brothers, fighting was a way of life. Both inside and outside of the ring. Follow them through hardship, disability, and overwhelming adversity as they fight for the women they love. 


Fighting Silence:

Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty­-one. 
They both happened anyway. 
Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. 
Fighting for my career. 
Fighting the impending silence. 
Fighting for her. 


Fighting Shadows:

I was a jaded asshole who fell for a girl with a knack for running away. I couldn’t even walk but I would have spent a lifetime chasing her. 
Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. 
Fighting the shadows of our past. 
Fighting to reclaim my future. 
Fighting for her. 


Fighting Solitude:


Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine. 
That was going to change. 
I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate. 
Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. 
Fighting to be the man she deserves. 
Fighting the solitude of our pasts. 
Fighting for her.


Excerpt:

Fighting Silence

Prologue

He didn’t budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till’s hand snaked out and caught my arm. But I didn’t let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with. 

“You took what you wanted. Then you left me.”

“Doodle,” he whispered. I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over. 

I lost it completely. 

Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, “It’s Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!” I spun to march away, but Till’s arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me. 

I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn’t keep him for forever. 

“Stop it!” he growled into my ear. “I know your goddamned name—probably better than I know my own.” 

While I was wrapped in Till’s strong arms, six months’ worth of tears fell from my eyes. He carried me to my apartment and guided me back through the window before following me inside. Then he stripped out of his blood­soaked shirt before dragging the blankets down and climbing into the bed behind me. I cried for a while in his arms, even turning to face him, only to cry against his chest. I had missed him so much. 

I knew I’d loved Till years ago, but this was more. I needed him in order to function on a very basic level. Together, the world didn’t feel so big and overwhelming. He was my escape—the dream personified. 

Till Page was comfortable. 

His hands trailed up and down my back as he lulled me until the words fought their way out. 

“I couldn’t stop going back,” I announced in a broken whisper. “I didn’t know where you had gone. And for the first time since I was thirteen, I was alone inside my own head. God. It was a scary place.” I tried to joke, but the tears streaming down my face told the truth. 

“I’m sorry,” he responded on a sigh. “I couldn’t stay.”

“Why?” I whined, but I curled in closer against his chest, needing to feel him more than anything else. 

“I don’t know, Doodle,” he lied. 

God! It was such a fucking lie. He knew as well as I did. He just didn’t want to tell me. 

“Where did you go?” I pressed further. There was no way I ever could have expected his answer, but that wasn’t because it was a novel thought. No. His answer was surprising because it was the source of my anguish too. 

“The real world.” He kissed my forehead.

About the Author:

aly martinez
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay­ at ­home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side. 

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sales Blitz: With a Twist (Bad Habits #1) by Staci Hart

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With a Twist
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Synopsis:

Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliĆ©ing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker -- Lily’s long time crush -- is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice. 

Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted. 

West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more. 

That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.

With a Twist is a standalone romantic comedy.


About the Author:


Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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Rath's Trial (Janus Group #4) by Piers Platt

Rath's Trial
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Synopsis:

Rath thought that defeating the Janus Group and stealing back his hard-earned fortune might help ease his guilty conscience. But when he returns to the planet Scapa to find the woman he loves, his past crimes finally catch up to him. And the police aren't Rath's only concern: someone's put a price on his head. Rath will need to figure out who his new enemy is if he wants to stay alive. His old friend Beauceron can't help him - especially not when Rath's former colleague, Paisen Oryx, is the primary suspect in the detective's latest investigation. The three former allies each work to unravel the truth in a growing conspiracy ... but will fate bring them together as friends, or enemies?

Review:

These Janus Group books are so much fun to read. Definitely some of my favorite stories. I read the original trilogy and loved every minute of it so when I saw the author was writing another in the same world I was very excited. I mean getting to see these characters in action once again? Yes please! Please note that this is not a standalone book. Even though it is the start of a new trilogy of books, it is set in the same world with the same characters as the first three. You should read the first three prior to this one. Well you should read all of them regardless, but this was you will be up to speed when you jump into this story.

Rath's Trial picks up after the events of the last book. In the last series you had Rath and Paisen and others working to take down the corrupt Janus group. They worked for the Janus group, but it was not all sunshine and roses or really what they expected. Yes, they did things they probably shouldn't have, namely killed people, but in the end they did try and right some of their wrongs. Rath in particular has a hard time with all of it. He can't forget anything and he does feel guilty for the part he played in the whole thing, though taking them down helped a bit. Now he wants to go back and see a lady he really cared about, but lied to as she was part of a job for him. He wants to see if he can possibly rekindle what they had now that he is no longer an assassin.

Through this story you see how each of these characters are dealing with the aftermath of what happened in the last stories. Rath is trying to make amends, but ends up arrested. He doesn't even really fight it as he knows what he did, but he also doesn't want to die. That and he has a new enemy who is after him for reasons that he does not know. So he has to try and figure out who is after him and why all while not getting the death penalty for killing so many people previously.

Paisen is working to try and use her skills for good, or better, reasons. She has put together a team of highly skilled fighters, though there is to be no more killing. Beauceron is trying to figure out his life now that he is a high profile and I know he has a job to do, but I didn't like him as much in this story. I mean he knows Rath and Paisen!

You also get to know Dasi more. She is trying to figure out how she can be helpful again. She needs a new way to make a difference after everything that happened and I am curious to see where her path with take her. Through this all, through everyone doing their thing, you have some new characters introduced and a whole lot of questions. Who are these people? Are they good or bad? It is not always clear and it will be interesting to see where everyone ends up. Will they all be on the same side fighting against the bad guys? Or will it be more complicated with the bad guys not really as obvious as they were? Will they end up fighting each other for what they think is right? We shall see. I can't wait for the next book so I can read more!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cover Reveal: Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater (Part one) by T.M. Frazier


Coming Oct 25th!! I am so so so excited for this one! I heart Preppy!
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Synopsis:

Bowtie...'till I DIE.

Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck. 

He’s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he’s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he’s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves. 

Andrea ‘Dre’ Capulet is strung out and tired. 

Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she’s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.  

And their deaths. 

For most people, death is the end of their story.

For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning. 


Warped (Hell's Bastard #2) by Emma James


Coming July 18th!!
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Synopsis:

WHISPER

I was never meant to be free.
Evil has taken from me again.
I’ve lost the two people I’ve grown to love because another of Hell’s bastards has staked his claim on me and stolen me away.
What gives another human being the right to take another’s innocence and try to destroy their soul?

EDGE

We were never meant to meet.
Our lives collided and spun out in different directions.
Now it’s a race against time.
Time she doesn’t have.
This is on my head.
I f*cked up.

What happens when a Soulless Bastards MC enforcer is on the hunt for the f*ckers involved in taking the sweet n' wild girl?

Review:

Oh man, Warped was an amazing read. Seriously. You should all go get this book and read it on release day. Or, for those who are new to Emma James, read Wrenched now so you are good to go next week. I should note that Warped is the second book in a series and is NOT a standalone. You have to have read Wrenched prior to this book or you will be lost. For reals. Now onto the review.

Warped. Man, what a crazy ride this book is. I enjoy all of the authors work, but Warped really blew me away. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was just wanting to get through it as quickly as possible because I need to see what happens, but also wanted to savor it and make it last longer. It was so good. Emma really created a wonderfully twisted world that I can't get enough of! I am eager for more. I need to see how everything works itself out. And let me tell you it is probably not going to be pretty when it is all said and done, but hopefully the bad guys get what's coming to them. Such a great read.

I will say I normally don't read motorcycle club books. If you look you will see they are not something I enjoy. But Warped? Yes, Edge is part of a MC, but this doesn't read like a normal MC book which is why it works for me. It is not just about him and the club. There is a storyline there, other things that happen, and the club is just part of who he is.

Now this book picks up where the first left off. Whisper, Edge, Miss Catherine and the whole gang are caught up in this giant, nasty web. I love how there are so many players, so many people you get to know and root for or against, so much fun to read. Whisper is not in a good way and has no real hope of being in a good place anytime soon. She can only hope she stays strong and her family can find her wherever she is. She has been dealt more than her fair share of hardships in life, but she is still kicking. I really don't think anyone will get this girl down. She is a fighter and now she has something to fight for so it is game on.

Really no one is in good shape when this book starts off. Edge has some problems that keep him from doing what he needs to do. I loved watching him try to figure out what is going on, try to fight the demons from his past and get everything straightened out. He is one person I would not want to mess with, but man he is fun to read. He will stop at nothing to get Whisper back and oh his story...yeah. I can't wait to read more and see what he does next. Amazing. The other boys? Linc and Boxer? Ah I don't want to spoil anything but this author is an evil genius when it comes to her storyline. The twists and turns, the people who are involved and all the things you find out? Amazing. This story definitely didn't hold back and kept me wanting more.

Oh and don't forget about Miss Catherine. Whisper was very fortunate to have found her and dem bones. Plus she is not as fragile as she looks. Through it all, all the dark and twisted places this story goes, you are left rooting for these characters. I don't want bad things to happen to any of them (except the ones who obviously deserve it), but sometimes things get worse before they can get better. You definitely want to get this book when it comes out. You won't be disappointed.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sugar Daddies by Jade West



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Synopsis:

A sugar daddy website doesn’t seem a sound basis for an A1 life plan, but I’m a small town girl with big dreams, and there’s this one advert, this one crazy advert I can’t stop thinking about…

Two hot guys seeking their Little Miss Right. Someone who can entertain them, amuse them, fit in with their corporate schedule. And sex. They want sex. Lots of sex. Bonus, right? One major dose of epic win.

Of course, guys like Carl and Rick have their conditions. One being that they come together, or not at all. Hell, I can live with that.

And there are no skeletons in their designer closet, none that I can find. Just two hot sugar daddies, with particular tastes, nothing to worry about.

Until Carl and Rick spill the big one, the one that sends the girls running. A whole string of them before me, running to the hills without so much as a backward glance.

Maybe I should run, too. Thanks but no thanks, see you around, guys, nice knowing you. But I’m already in way too deep for that.

Warning – as with every other Jade West book, reader discretion is highly advised. This novel contains vivid depictions of MMF / MM relationships, and Jade’s characters, as always, have very filthy mouths. Mature readers only, please.

Review:

Phew can Jade West write a story. Not only are her books freakin hot as anything she has an amazing story to back them up with. I love them and I love her! They are simply amazing!

Sugar Daddies is the story of two guys in a committed, loving relationship who are looking to add a third. To add a girl to their lives. Now this is something that I think is pretty hot, MMF sexy time, but to have a real story with three people in a relationship? Prior to reading this I would have said eh, it probably won't be something I really want to read. But somehow Jade manages to make these characters that you fall in love with, that you believe care so much for each other and it really works. I will admit I went into this book a bit skeptical, but hopeful since I have loved everything else I have read by the author, and I was not let down with the story. It is crazy how good the story is and how normal a threesome relationship was. I loved it. 

Carl and Rick are two guys in love. They are both bi and don't have the most traditional of lives. I loved them both. Rick is this artsy free spirit type, laid back and quick to laugh, which Carl comes across as more serious. He can be super intimidating when you first meet him, but he is so kind and caring it is wonderful. They are both so different but you can see how much they care about each other. I loved getting to know them both and what makes them tick. 

Katie is a small town girl just trying to get some money together to live her dreams. She doesn't dream really big, just big enough for her and her horse Samson. She has some difficulties with her family and it is not all sunshine and roses, but she is happy enough. To try and finance her dream she signs up for Sugar Daddies and that is where she meets Carl and Rick. Oh this book was fun. Katie was awesome. Right from the start she is drawn to both of them in different ways. I really enjoyed watching the three of them come together. And the sexy time? Oh goodness gracious was that hot. The three of them together? LOVED it. Every minute of it. But it was more than that. It was the story of these people. I feel like I got to know Carl a bit more than Rick, but oh I loved them all. Carl is so sweet and when he cares he would do anything for you. He is always straightforward and doesn't beat around the bush and I loved that about him. Even if he knows it is hard or might hurt in the short term he still does what he thinks is right. Oh my heart broke for him at times. There are lots of ups and downs with this story as you watch all of their relationships evolve and them try and figure everything out, but it was a wonderful ride. 

You know from the beginning that Carl has something he wants that has sent all prior girls running. Both he and Rick are hopeful that Katie will be the one for them and I just loved this book to pieces. It was fairly obvious what his secret would be, but it didn't take away from the story. All of the relationships were so well done and with a lesser author might have come off as cheesy, but not here. Katie and her family in particular. She has a lot going on with that, but Carl and Rick are always there for her trying to help make things better. I loved this story. It was hot and sweet and fun and charming and everything I would have wanted in a story. I am so glad Jade wrote this story of a different kind of love. Honestly I don't know of any other stories quite like this one. It was different, but so wonderful and really reinforces that love is love. Love who you want and be happy. Wonderful read.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★★★★1/2


About the Author:
Jade has increasingly less to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s happy with this fact.

Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.

Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.

She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.

She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

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