Friday, April 17, 2015

"TAG" by Shari J. Ryan



TAG BY SHARI J. RYAN

SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Booktrope Editions
GENRE: NA Romantic Suspense
SOURCE: Free E-copy from Amazon

SUMMARY
What if your family had a big secret...a life changing secret. My dad, the bigwig CIA agent, was always on the run, whether he was being chased or doing the chasing. I missed him. Then my mom passed away, and my sister was murdered. I turned my solitude to strength because the alternative was too bleak. But my luck seemed to turn: I met Tango. And while I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my twenty-two years, danger lurks around every corner and I simply can’t take the chance of it finding me. But his tattoos, his smell, his darkness, and his body—that marine has taken over my every thought. But, what if he too isn’t what I think? A ticking time bomb isn’t going to leave me much time to waver. Even the bravest person can be in need of a miracle. Before she was gone, my mom warned me to know everyone and trust no one. But what was I supposed to do when I found out I am the one not to be trusted? Turns out, I was always the bait in this conspiracy.

MY REVIEW

Recommended by a friend, I grabbed this book while it was free and read it over the weekend. Now, despite some mixed feelings I had with a few events and behaviours, I'm glad I gave this book a go and I wouldn't mind reading more from this author.

I can assure you I never got bored but, although especially the second part of the book was action packed, I felt like some events were a bit rushed and received a too 'easy' resolution... I also think that what everyone was looking for in the story could be seen like something unbelievable, but it does symbolise a hope we all have and I get that. What I couldn't seriously ignore were Cali's parents' actions. I can't honestly understand how a parent would carry on and be good with a decision that not only causes pain, but serious (irreparable) damage to their daughters. In this precise case, there is no amount of explanations that would personally make me change my mind and be forgiving.

Still, the book was quite suspenseful and with a heroine being the kick-ass type, a different, very interesting and fun first encounter between the couple, the meaning behind the title and some engaging twists and turns, the read was definitely entertaining.

RATING: 3/5

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#1)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: DEAREST ROGUE by Elizabeth Hoyt
Expected publication: May 26th, 2015 by Piatkus

HE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Until You" by Penelope Douglas



UNTIL YOU BY PENELOPE DOUGLAS

SERIES: Fall Away #1.5
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Ever felt numb to all emotions? The past few years have been like that for me. Travelling between fury and indifference with no stops in between. Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone. Except Tatum. I love her so much that I hate her. I hate that I can't let her go. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else. So I hurt her. I pushed away. But I still need her. She centres me. Engaging, challenging, bullying her—it's the last part of me that feels anything human. But then she left for a year and came back a different girl. Now, when I push, she pushes back.

MY REVIEW

This novel—Jared's POV—is not a simple re-telling of events already happened and read, there are additional scenes that complete Jared and Tate's story and make the book unputdownable. I don't know about you, but a male's POV always gets me particularly emotional and I just love that!

I now have the whole picture and, although I can't say I justify Jared's behaviour, getting in his mind and see what he was going through helped me understand him better. Tate sees this as well, but she rightfully doesn't give Jared an easy time. He did a lot of things not to be proud of and he needs to gain her trust again, which may take a while... Nevertheless, it's worth every fight and misunderstanding that come his way. And with friends and families that give you quite the laughs and definitely shine a bit more in here, you will want to keep up with the series really bad.

I'm very glad the author decided to give her fans this instalment and, if you're new to the series, I would suggest to have both "Bully" and "Until You" promptly at hand. Jared and Tate's story can be addictive and, trust me, you really want to know every detail and spend as much time with them as possible!

RATING: 4/5

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"Bully" by Penelope Douglas



BULLY BY PENELOPE DOUGLAS

SERIES: Fall Away #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me by a friendly nickname. No, he'll barely even speak to me. But he still won't leave me alone. We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumours got worse as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

MY REVIEW

I kinda got addicted to this series because of "Rival" (book two), which made me fall for every character so bad that I just couldn't help finding out how everything started for Tate and Jared.

Part YA and part NA, this book doesn't just tell a story of a teenager being bullied, but also shows how one can become a bully without realising it. Not at first, at least. How much willpower does it take to fight back but not come down to your opponent's level? Surely a lot, and that is exactly how much Tate had to endure for quite a while. Jared has always been a great guy and an important figure in Tate's life, so his mean actions/words are like stabs right through her heart. What possibly could have happened to make him such a bully all of a sudden? And with her of all people! Nothing can justify his behaviour and yet, nothing behind it is the reason Tate and the reader would expect...

I devoured this book in a matter of hours and I'm really glad I also have "Until You" with me. I believe seeing everything through Jared's POV (which I really missed here) will make for an interesting psychological journey... If you haven't started it yet, do it now!

RATING: 4/5

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Book Blitz: Say My Name by J. Kenner!

Today I'm happy to be part of Say My Name Book Blitz, organized by Dark World Books!
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SAY MY NAME
(Stark International #1)

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.
Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.
Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.
Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.
Say My Name is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
SAY MY NAME EXCERPT
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT J. KENNER

Whatever you need, baby, I promise. You only have to ask. Jackson, I—I need you to leave me. I need you to walk away and to never look back.

The memory pounds like red neon inside my head.


“Tell me,” he repeats.


“I asked you to leave.” I say the words simply, as if every syllable isn’t ripping me to shreds.


“And did I?” His voice is still even, still calm, but there is no hiding the tension that backs each and every word. “Did I not do exactly what you asked? Did I not walk away even though it just about killed me?”

It killed me, too. I want to shout the words at him, but I don’t. I can’t, because that would only make him suffer more, and after everything I’ve done to him, I can’t add that burden. So all I do is nod. “Yes.” My voice sounds lost. Hollow. “You did.”

He leans closer, placing one hand on the pillar just over my shoulder. He is at an angle, his face so close I can smell whiskey on his breath. “So what exactly do you want from me now?” He strokes his free hand down my bare arm until he reaches my hand. He twines his fingers with mine and pulls me hard against him.

I gasp and try to ease backward, but it’s not possible. He has moved his palm from the pillar to my lower back. He holds me close, so tight that I am breathless, lost in the feel of him and, yes, in the erotic sensation of his erection, unmistakable against my abdomen.

“Jackson—”

“Are you offering me a job?” he continues, ignoring my protest. “Are you offering to bring back everything you killed when you pushed me away?”

He releases my hand. “Or are you offering me this?” he asks, as he brushes his fingertip over my lower lip, so softly and gently that I have to fight not to gasp with pleasure. “Or maybe this?” he asks as his hand moves lower, his palm grazing over my breast.

My nipple tightens as my skin prickles with need. I have to focus on breathing, on not letting my knees give out.

Jackson takes no pity on me. Instead, he gently rubs circles on my breast, taunting and teasing even as his words continue to flow over me. “Surely you remember how it felt,” he presses. “You in my arms. Your release. That expression of ecstasy etched on your face. The surrender I felt in your body.”

“Don’t.” That single word is a cry. A plea.

“Don’t?” His hand slides down again, his fingers twining with mine once more. “But I have to. So tell me, Sylvia. Because I need to know. What exactly are you offering me?”

My eyes sting, and I squeeze them shut, wishing for the release of tears but they simply won’t come. “Just the job,” I finally say. I take a deep breath and open my eyes to face him. “Nothing has changed, Jackson. We can’t . . .” I shake my head, letting my words trail away.

He holds my gaze. The heat building in the space between us is so intense that I swear I can see the molecules spinning.
Slowly, he releases his grip on my hand. He steps back and I feel cold when he lifts his other hand from the small of my back. “You’re right,” he says. “We can’t.”

And that is it. Two little words, and then he turns away from me and walks down the hall. I stare after him, breathing hard, watching until he disappears into the shadows of the larger room.
He never once looks back.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, Victorian-era thrillers (coming soon), and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, has been consistently in development in Hollywood since prior to publication. Most recently, it has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for development as series on the CW Network with Alloy Entertainment producing. JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for him.” A three time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her books have sold well over a million copies and are published in over over twenty countries. In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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