Apr 10, 2017

Review -- A Fantastic Mess of Everything


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A Fantastic Mess of Everything
Author: Beck Medina
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 340
Format: ebook

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Synopsis:

Millie Alvarez is a college senior with dreams of being a best selling science fiction writer like her favorite author, sci-fi mastermind Luke Danielson. She fantasizes about dating Rod, her handsome, young writing professor, who has a fan base of his own.

Of course no one knows this but her two best friends, Fran and Mike. In the real world, Millie is anything but a success. She always gets casted in the worst roles in her college's musical productions, has a single subscriber to her writing blog, and struggles to be with anyone but Fran and Mike. She even avoids meeting Trent, an exchange student from London who matches with her on the dating app Charmed. Sam always wants to hang out with Millie, but he isn't her type; he's too skinny and happy and won't stop asking Millie about all her favorite things.

But things spiral out of Millie's control when Fran moves out of their dorm room to live with her sister and her estranged dad won't stop calling her to make amends. To top it all off, the pain inside of Millie's chest is worsening. Millie must decide if she's ready to face everything head on. Can she do it? Is she stronger than she thinks she is? All Millie knows is that her life is one big mess that she cannot seem to escape.

My Review:
Millie is a senior in college trying to find her way in life. She isn't sure what she is going to do after college, but she knows she wants to stay in LA with her best friends, Fran and Mike and try to be a best selling sci-fi writer! When things don't go as planned, can Millie hold it together or will she let it win?
I had such high hopes for this book, but to me it just fell a little flat. I just couldn't connect with Millie. I spent most of the book wanting to yell at her. She came across as such a snotty brat, I couldn't help it. She is supposed to be represented as having anxiety but I just didn't feel it. I have it myself so I understand the feelings but I feel like she just seems to have everything her way or she just shut down.
I liked the premise of the book. I think it has great potential and maybe with a little work on Millie as  character, this could be a 5 star book. I liked following the college and all the things that go on there. I also really enjoyed Mike as a character. I felt like he was one of the realist things in the book and made total sense. He was such a great friend to both Fran and Millie and kept a relationship going. I give that man props to be able to pull that off!
Sam! I loved Sam. He was such a sweetheart and he was the reason that I finished the book. His character was wonderful and I think could suck anyone into the pages just for him. He did so much for Millie it was astounding. I understand his reasonings and kept every bit of emotion I know he was also feeling. I could think of this man's smile and never get tired of it.

I like that the author tried to portray anxiety and the dangers it can cause on someone. Panic attacks are real even if most of society seems to think it is just people's cry for attention. I wish that the anxiety in this book felt more real with what was being said, but I do still love the thought. 

I feel like the author did pull into herself towards the end of the book. I was dragging to read it through most of it and even thought about giving up on it, but as I stated before, Sam kept me reading. The author eventually gains her stride and ends it on a strong note though I feel it wrapped up a little too quickly I still very much enjoyed the ending. I wish she would have had that amount of emotion and feeling that she put in the last 20% of the book to the whole thing.

I am glad I kept reading and was able to find out what happened. I was able to read the last page of this book with a smile on my face.


Apr 6, 2017

Review -- Lumberjack Love


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Lumberjack Love
Author: J.L. Beck
Release Date: February 4 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 149
Format: ebook

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Synopsis:

Jackson is rough, ornery, and on most days the last person you would want to be around. He's a lumberjack in the backwoods of Georgia and he knows more than anyone that when a gorgeous woman shows up on your property uninvited it ain't fate.

Not knowing what to make of the situation, and wanting no part in the beautiful woman's drama he tells her she needs to leave and that he ain't no saving grace but a rough countryman.

When she refuses to take no for an answer he knows he's gonna have to take matters into his own hands and get her to leave himself but one touch is all it takes to have him weak in the knees.

Lola ain't going back down the road to where her ex-boyfriend dropped her off. Not if she can help it. Jackson doesn't want to help her but she can tell it's just a front he's putting up and that he's actually attracted to her. If she can get him to take her in and protect her then she knows everything will be okay.

Will things between the brute of a lumberjack and the sassy-refuses-to-take-no for an answer heroine work out or will her past come back to haunt her?


My Review:
Jackson is a tough lumberjack that lives out in the woods by himself...just the way he likes it. He doesn't know what to think when Lola comes walking down his driveway, which happens to be in the middle of no where. When you think fate has arrived at your doorstep, what do you do?

This was such a sweet story. Yes, there are plenty of sex scenes, but it wasn't your typical unemotional sex scene. They seems more about the love and emotion that was there than anything else. It was a nice thing to read. I was able to read it sitting right next to my boyfriend and not feel uncomfortable.

I really liked Jackson. He seemed like such a sweetheart that closed himself off from the world. I don't blame him. I would love to live out in the middle of no where and be left alone. He tries to show himself as a badass with no emotions but you can tell that just isn't true. He has such a wonderful heart and it made me love reading about him or reading his side when we were blessed with it.

Lola isn't the typical female character. Yes, she is running from something but she isn't entirely helpless. She is a woman with a rough past that is trying to sort it all out. She spends time in confusion and pain and not sure if she should let someone else in, though her heart is telling her she should. I loved reading her raw emotions and feeling her as a character. I felt her fear as she had it and I also felt her moments of happiness, too.

I am in the middle of a move right now and I still took the time to sit down and read this. I was so excited to get my hands on it and knew I had to devour it right away. The author doesn't disappoint with her romantic happily ever after stories. I was able to get a moment of relaxation and feelings of happiness within my stressful life and it was just what I needed. I know this book can definitely put a smile on anyone's face no matter how your life is going. Pick yourself up a copy and be ready to not get up until you get to the last page!

Apr 3, 2017

Review -- The CEO's Baby


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The CEO's Baby
Author: Kyle Autumn
Release Date: February 22 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Format: ebook

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Synopsis:

Lyra
One day, I'm doing my job and minding my own business...

Okay. Maybe barging into your friend's fake-slash-real fiancé's coworker's office isn't considered minding my own business. But I am doing my job. That part is true.

When one of your girlfriends needs you to have their back, you do it. Even when she hasn't asked. And that's what I'm doing today.

It's too bad his kisses are infuriating.

Except his kisses are addicting. And I can't stop thinking about them.

Especially now that I'm having his baby.

I absolutely should not tell the girls about this at the next Thirsty Thursday...

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Blake
I've suddenly become the CEO for a very successful tech company, which should be enough of a surprise for one weekend. But no. Life throws another one at me.

The board now wants me to follow in the old CEO's footsteps and become a family man. But Chaz didn't just bring Shiree into my life. He brought her best friend into it too.

It's too bad she's feisty when she's pissed.

Except it's so damn hot when she's feisty. And I absolutely need more.

What if the board is right about this "family man" stuff after all?


My Review:
This book picks up right where book 1 left off. I enjoyed that we not only got to find out how everything ended with Blake and Lyra but also that we got the full story of how it all began.

The author does a great job of making the book about Blake and Lyra but also gives us little tidbits of Chaz and Shiree still. I love that about this book and know it will continue in book 3.

The romance in this book isn't the typical romance. There is a lot of confusion between the characters and also a lot of assumptions done that makes everything go crazy, but it is done in the right way. You can't help but keep flipping the pages to find out what happens next.

I loved Blake in this book. I didn't think I would because of the way his character came off in book one, but the author sucks you in and let's you get to know the real Blake. I am now a big fan of his and want to give him a huge hug.

Lyra definitely has lots of things she needs to sort out within herself, but she is still a wonderful character to follow. She makes you wanna pull your hair out one minute then hold her while giving her tissues the next. She is a strong stubborn character with a heart of gold.

This book to me was wonderful and worthy of anyone who loves romance and suspenseful times. There is sexual content in the book, but it isn't hardcore and adds to the book. It makes the scenes with the characters even stronger and makes the book even better in return.

Be sure to get yourself a copy of this series, you won't regret it. I will not be not so patiently waiting for book 3 to come out so I can be sucked into these characters all over again!!

Mar 30, 2017

Review -- Kisses on a Paper Airplane


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Kisses on a Paper Airplane
Author: Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Release Date: May 14, 2016
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 83
Format: ebook

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Synopsis:

Drama student Hannah Evans isn't kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She's determined to share the perfect first kiss -- with the perfect boy -- in the perfect place -- or she's not kissing at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he's 'The One.'

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he's worried she's just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?


My Review:
This was such a cute and fun read. I knew it was short and that usually scares me with books. When a book is under 100 pages it usually doesn't get any good character depth and the book feels rushed. That was not the case here.

I love Theo. He seems like such a misunderstood nerdy guy that is in a spotlight anyway. His character sucked me in right away and made me want more and more of him as the story progressed. He is definitely on my book boyfriend list!

Hannah is a sweetheart. She reminds me a lot of myself though I am too antisocial to ever want to be an actress. She stays true to what she wants as a first kiss and refuses to let even her best friend talk her into kissing a bunch of frogs. I love that about her. She doesn't change for anyone and it has made her a believable and true character.

This book is mainly set in between flights at airports, but you do see some at Hannah's hometown and on the planes as well. It was easy to picture it all and I know the feeling of the fear of flying oh so well.

The emotions and thoughts of the characters are very prominent through the story and it makes it even more enjoyable. The book alternates between Theo and Hannah. It is done at the perfect times to really get a good grasp of both of the characters.

The author made a wonderful story that makes me already want to re-read it and experience these two all over again! Everyone needs to run and get this book right now and devour it for all the goodness it has!

Mar 27, 2017

Blog Tour + Excerpt & Giveaway -- Fixing Sydney


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Fixing Sydney
Author: Diane Zparkki
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Tour Host: RABT Book Tours

Synopsis:

Sydney Sommer’s world fell apart after senior prom. Since then, her life had become a constant loop of unfortunate scenarios that kept her in constant fear of what might be lurking around the next corner. Her trust in others was at a standstill. Even those who were closest to her were held at a distance.

After serving active duty overseas, Jaxon Triggs moved away from his hometown, hoping the change in scenery would help him build a new future for himself. What he wasn’t expecting was to fall for a girl who was broken.

From the first moment Jaxon laid eyes on Sydney, he was curious. He became determined to do everything he could to break through the armor Sydney held around her so securely. His instinct to protect her and keep her safe kicked in as the dangers she encountered became more personal.

With dread always looming close by and secrets discovered, would Sydney be able to handle the new changes in her life yet heal at the same time?
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Excerpt

Staring at myself in the mirror propped up in the corner of my bedroom, I wondered, How the hell did I get here? I stood there for another ten minutes, thinking I better contemplate something else.
My outfit included black jeans, converse, and a black tank top. My wardrobe mostly consisted of jeans, hoodies, sneakers, and boots. No dresses. In fact, the only formal dresses I had owned were the two I had worn to prom. The first one was to my best friend Shannon’s prom. Billy asked me to be his date after his girlfriend dumped him two days before to go with one of the football stars. Bitch. I donated that dress to a local charity. The other dress was worn to my own prom the following year. That dress was now long gone, buried at the bottom of some garbage landfill, being wormed back into the earth. Good riddance.
I was ready for my parents’ famous Sunday barbeque—well, my mom and stepdad, but I just called him “Dad” now. They loved having the family over for dinner. I didn’t know why they thought it was such a big deal when one of us was always there during the week, mooching dinner. If I were honest with myself, the real reason they had these dinners was to check on my mental stability. Over the past few years, those dinners had become a regular occurrence after I moved out to attend college.
I had taken a year off after high school to get myself back on track after I’d had a major meltdown that would have taken out three towns. Now I was coming back at a turtle’s pace, but I was coming back.
High school was so long ago, filled with great memories of football games, soccer games, pep rallies, dances, drinking, and school pranks. It had been the ultimate high school experience…until I had started dating Steve. Prom night had destroyed all those happy memories. That evening had twisted me up inside, shut me down so tightly nothing was going to penetrate my Teflon wall. It was the closest I had ever felt to death.
Death…Maybe death had occurred, just not in the physical sense.
I knew what death looked like, and I knew how people acted around it.
My father died when I was four. My memory was cloudy of him, but I remembered that day clearly.
My father lay in a plain mahogany coffin, wearing his favorite blue, checkered shirt. I had no idea why I knew it was his favorite; I just knew. He also had on a pair of black jeans, his boots, and his leather vest that had patches on it, like the other men at the funeral. To this day, every once in a while, I would get a whiff of worked-in leather, and it would remind me of him. I didn’t know why I would remember that above all else, though.
I also remembered a man at the back of the parlor, dressed similar to my dad. He had several tattoos, as did the rest of the men who stood with him and shook his hand.
“Mommy, is Daddy sleeping? Why can’t I wake him? Why won’t he wake up? Daddy, wake up!” I remembered saying.
My mother took my hand and brought me over to the casket where she laid her hand on my dad’s. “Daddy died, sweetheart. His soul is already in Heaven. His body is here so that all his friends and family can say good-bye.” As she explained death to me, it was the first time I saw tears stream down her saddened face.
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About The Author
Diane Zparkki——lives in the greater Toronto area. She is a working mom, and with her husband, she has raised three great kids. She is a thrill seeker who usually drags her family along with her.

She was never a big reader or writer in her youth—Coles Notes were her best friend through college. Her enthusiasm for reading came later in life when she joined a book club. She loved those books, but she wanted raw, simple, and happily ever after with a bit of get down and dirty. That was when her love for bad boys on a Harley was set in motion.

After reading so many books, her mind started to create her first story, and she needed to get it out.

Fixing Sydney of the Branson’s Kind of Love trilogy is her first book, and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she has enjoyed having these characters running around in her head.

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Mar 9, 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway & Guest Post -- Celtic Fire


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Celtic Fire
Author: Liz Gavin
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Elessar Books
Tour Host: Xpresso Book Tours

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Synopsis:

This is a standalone, historical/paranormal romance. Its mature themes – violence, religious war, and pagan rituals – might not be appropriate for audiences under 18.
When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe, killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.
Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall, sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.
Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated? Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?
Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?
Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from himself?
When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.
Failure was not an option.
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Liz Gavin's Top 10 Fictional Worlds 
1 – Middle Earth 
2 – Gallifrey (any Doctor Who-related worlds, actually) 
3 – Westeros 
4 – Blade Runner’s future 
5 - Hogwarts 
6 – Neverland 
7 – Wonderland 
8 – Atlantis 
9 – Shangri-la 
10 - Oz

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About The Author
International best-selling author Liz Gavin, has accomplished much in her short career. Her books have made to #1 and Top Five best-selling ranks in her home country Brazil and others as diverse as Japan, the UK and the US; both in English and Portuguese, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews. Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft.
This thirst for knowledge propelled Liz to leave the comforts of family and friends in Brazil and move to California to pursue a Master’s degree in late 2015. She lives in sunny SoCal, where she’s researching the writing process, for her thesis, in hopes to figure out why she creates in English instead of her native Portuguese.
Liz Gavin writes in contemporary, paranormal, and historical genres. In her sexy stories, one finds smart, independent women, who don’t need rescuing by knights in shining armor, but indulge in steamy action with swoony Alpha males with big hearts. She also writes about women discovering their sexuality and finding happiness in unconventional setups.

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Mar 8, 2017

Blog Tour + Review & Giveaway -- Wet


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Wet
Author: Ashley Bostock
Release Date: December 26, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 199
Format: ebook
Tour Host: Xpresso Book Tours


Synopsis:

I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.
But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.
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Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.
I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.
Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.


My Review:
As I first started reading this book, I will admit I didn't like it. All it seemed to talk about was sex and I couldn't really get a good grasp on the characters. I almost said I couldn't finish this book because of it. But then I got sucked into the pages. I had to know what happened to Miranda and Ryan as well as find out who was behind all the crazy going on in Ryan's life.
 
I really liked Miranda. Usually the male character tends to be my favorite, but for once, the female snags that title. She had such a rough life yet she still held her head up high. I was cheering her on the whole time and so proud of what all she does throughout the book. She has come such a long way from when she was younger yet she is still judged by it each and every day. I guess that is how it goes in small towns, but she is so much more than what they think!
 
Ryan was also a sweet character though he definitely had some stuff he needed to work out. I still loved him character and all he represented. Having to raise your two younger siblings while you are still young yourself isn't easy and I understand his decisions, though they aren't always the right ones.
 
The romance in this one was so sweet but intense. I liked being able to watch it unfold and I found myself smiling as I was reading on more than one occasion. There is quite a bit of sexual scenes in this book, but they get more and more bearable as you go on. I found at first it was a bit much but I think it does make sense as the story goes on and why it was done that way in the beginning.
 
I felt there was several hidden messages as you go through and when you close this book, you will sit there thinking about your own life and where it needs to be headed. I like books that are like that. You get a nice romance on top of so wisdom to take with you when it's over. 
 
This was a book I ended up enjoying and am glad that I pushed through the beginning. I think if I were to re-read it the beginning would make a lot more sense and I would enjoy it alot more. I plan to do this soon so I can get the most out of the story. I hope all of you give this one a chance, you won't be sorry if you do!



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About The Author

Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats.
She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013.
She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.
She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.
Interesting Fact: Ashley has been to every Disney theme park in the world.

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