Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Thoughtful" by S.C. Stephens



THOUGHTFUL BY S.C. STEPHENS

SERIES: Thoughtless #1.5

PUBLISHER: Sphere
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY

The only place Kellan has ever felt at home is on stage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around his music and his bandmates, and that's the way he likes it. And then one woman changes everything... Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting—she's smart, sweet and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction...until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing: he won't let Kiera go without a fight.

MY REVIEW

I didn't read the first instalment in the series so I was completely clueless about the events, and I really didn't know what to expect from the whole read. Was I going to get involved? Would I like this Kellan guy? Could this book make me an emotional wreck? The answer is one and the same: TOTALLY.

Kellan Kyle's point of view makes for a roller-coaster of emotions... The read is dreamy but also painful and devastating, it strongly hits readers with every emotion Kellan feels and makes them fall even harder for him. He's a gorgeous guy who deserves just good things—mostly love—and that's why I got so frustrated with Kiera and her behaviour. She's so naive and selfish that I'm pretty sure reading her POV would have just made me want to slap her more. I couldn't stand her, but I loved the book thanks to Kellan and his bandmates, too. They cracked me up many times, they certainly entertained me and I always eagerly waited for them to appear.

New or not to this series, I think New Adult readers should grab a copy of this book and let it captivate them. Kellan Kyle guarantees a great time and so the other D-bags members!

RATING: 4/5
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Blitz: Broken Souls by Laurie Olerich!

Today I'm happy to be part of Broken Souls Book Blitz, organized by Dark World Books!
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BROKEN SOULS
(Primani #4)

This is the first standalone book in the Primani series. It’s a dark romantic suspense that layers a decades-old murder with chilling demon possession on top of two broken people who must somehow heal wounds too deep to see the light of day.
Stalked by evil… Psychic Rori Austin’s life is over. She just doesn’t know it yet. Suffering from recurring nightmares and terrifying fugues, she’s hanging on by a thread. When she blacks out and wakes up in 1969, she knows she’s out of control. Broke and alone in the city that never sleeps, she’s desperate to find someone who can hold back the darkness in her mind. When gorgeous Declan shows up out of nowhere, she’s thrilled until he starts asking questions she has no intention of answering.
Haunted by guilt… Declan Manning is a ruthless killer and a renowned healer. Demons fear him. Humans love him. Life is good. The last thing he needs is a human woman. After saving Rori’s life, he walks away but can’t forget the fear in her exotic eyes. It haunts him, dredging up memories better left buried deep. Intrigued by her secrets, he uncovers the horrifying truth: She’s marked for Hell, and her time is almost up.
BROKEN SOULS EXCERPT
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT LAURIE OLERICH

Moving carefully so he wouldn’t startle her, he pulled the shirt over his head. Turning to the side, he dropped his eyes over his shoulder. At his nod, she reached for him. Slowly, softly, she explored him with feathery strokes that tickled yet sent his blood racing.
“Go ahead, darlin’. Look. Touch. Find your answers.”
Rori was treading on shaky ground, she knew that. He was beautiful. Perfect. His face was like a painting, a sculpture. The hard planes could seem cruel, but right now were softened by his emotions. Love? Patience? She didn’t know, but she knew one thing for sure. He wasn’t trying to hide now. He’d taken his shirt off, and she’d lost the use of her vocal chords. He was beautifully made; muscular without being massively huge, golden skin that begged for kisses… he turned so she could see him, and she froze. What would she do if he had wings sprouting from his shoulders? 
“No wings?”
Grinning like a naughty little boy, he shook his head. “Sorry. No wings.” He captured her roaming hand and kissed it. “I have other mad skills though if you’d like me to demonstrate. For instance, I can make you hot.” 
He placed her hands on his shoulders and busted out laughing when she snatched them back with a horrified gasp. What the hell? He was glowing! The harder he laughed, the more obvious the light became. She was trying to put some distance between them, but he wouldn’t let her. Instead, he reclaimed her hands and forced them flat against his chest.
He scolded, “Uh-uh. You wanted answers. Man up and get them. The light is my saol. It’s our life force, technically. You might consider it the source of my powers. You have one too; but yours isn’t strong like mine is. Yours is human.” The teasing smile vanished. “Mine isn’t. Anymore.”
He wasn’t human? This was getting better and better! She seriously needed to put some space between them. She couldn’t think straight. 
He pressed her hand harder against his chest. “Do you feel that? That’s my heart beating just like yours does. Don’t be afraid of me, Rori. I’m here to protect you. It’s what I do. I tried to tell you that before, but you didn’t want to trust me then. Do you trust me now?”
That was a good question. Did she?
She studied the trees in the distance while she considered her answer. After all of the crazy things that had happened in the past few months, she had to admit he’d been there for her without asking for payment. Strangely enough, she didn’t think he was insane anymore. “I do.”
“I’m sensing a ‘but’.”
He was really, really hard to resist. She brushed his bangs back from his eyes. His mouth curled into a lopsided, sexy as all hell grin. The impact slammed all the way to her toes.
“You could melt butter with that smile. How do we mere mortals resist you?”
Flushing an adorable shade of pink, he choked on his snappy comeback before clamping his lips together in a line. Was he embarrassed? How cute was that? Grumbling under his breath, he reached for his shirt, and she shocked them both by stopping him.
“Wait! I want to look at you.” Did I say that out loud? Crap.
He shot her an incredulous look before dropping the shirt and pushing gracefully to his feet. He moved so fast she scooted backwards with a girly cry of alarm. The grin he wore this time was all heat, no humor. Slow, sexy… forget butter, her entire body might combust. Before she could squeak out a protest, he unsnapped his jeans and dropped them in a pile. Kicking out of them in a movement that was so smoothly done he must’ve practiced it, he hauled her upright with her mouth hanging open.
Not an ounce of material in sight.
“Uh… uh, Dec… I’m not sure--” She kept her eyes pasted on his chest. His muscles were nicely shaped, hard, tanned... flat nipples begged for a kiss.
Oh, yeah, he certainly looked human!
He stood in full naked glory, daring her to look lower. He gave her that sexy grin again. She backed up. He stalked forward until her back came up against the granite boulder. His bare chest brushed her breasts. Something hot and velvety brushed her belly. With her heartbeat pounding in her ears, she swallowed hard and placed her hands on his forearms. The hard muscle blazed at her touch. He had fine golden hair dusting across skin that she couldn’t resist caressing. Soft…
“Admit it. You wanted to know if I had all the correct equipment.” He was teasing her. She could tell by the humor in his voice, but he was so right. At that moment, she wanted to look down more than anything in the world. 
He turned around and said over his shoulder, “I’ve been told I have a nice ass. What do you think?”
“Dec! You’re horrible! I am not looking at your ass!” But she couldn’t resist bursting into giggles at the lift of his eyebrows.
“Are you sure? I can stand here all day.”
“I’m sure you can.” A wistful sigh slipped out when she snagged a peek at his butt. Yum!
He was beside her so fast he was a blur. Lifting her chin, he winked before dropping a sweet kiss on her open mouth. “Don’t be so obvious. There’s time for us to get naked and hump like bunnies later. Right now, you need to recover your strength so you can keep up.”
With that he stepped into his jeans while she focused on his hands. Capable. Smooth. Hard. Those hands had nursed her, held her. How would they feel making love to her?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurie Olerich is the author of the urban fantasy romance series Primani. She loves to create guilty pleasures full of exciting locations, roller coaster action, strong, quirky heroines, and steaming hot heroes who’ll raise the temperature in any room you’re in! Paranormal romance? Check! Urban fantasy? Check! Romantic suspense? Check! Her Primani series combines the best of the three. When not plotting, writing, or fantasizing about her next hero, she’s planning parties, traveling the world, and spending lazy nights with her son, her Dal pals, and friends. Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Germany. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to a career spent around men with guns and cool toys…this explains her obsession with both!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Life of a Blogger: Organization

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: ORGANIZATION



Oh, come on! Hands up who still doesn't know I'm extremely well organised. Anyone? Because if so, I need to update the statistic on my notebook or I won't sleep well knowing the number doesn't match the reality. :P

Seriously, organization is a big part of who I am. It's both my job and my life. Yes, I love being organised and I don't think that is bad at all.

People can point out it's an obsession as much as they want—and perhaps they're right (read my post about quirks)—but how is it that they LOVE how I keep things and they always end up telling me 'God, I wish I could be as much organised as you'? Not so weird after all, huh? And it's all very rewarding because, every time someone comes visit me, they feel homey and they don't wanna leave. Ever. So *high-five* to this Monica! ;)

But I believe that what most of you really want to know is how I keep organised my bookshelves. So here's how I rule the book world: I keep everything in alphabetical order (by authors' surname), BUT I have different shelves for the various genres—kind of library style.
I have the Paranormal section (which is the biggest so far), on a three full bookshelves in the living room. Near this section there's also the one for Contemporary & Erotica Romance, which is smaller but oh, how pretty. The Historical Romance has a lovely high bookshelf in a nook I created close to the living room. On the other side of the nook I have a bookshelf with Manga and also keep a special section for New Adult books. Like this wasn't enough (pfft, there is never such thing as enough books/bookshelves), I do have one near the kitchen with, obviously, Cookbooks. Plus, I have some of my Italian books that make for the International section.

So here you have it, my heavenly seven . . .

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"More Than Exes" by Elizabeth Briggs



MORE THAN EXES BY ELIZABETH BRIGGS

SERIES: Chasing the Dream #0.5
PUBLISHER: Elizabeth Briggs Books
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Free E-copy from Amazon

SUMMARY
Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he's really the good guy who's always stuck fixing his band's problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn't show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe. Kyle hasn't seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she's dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he's never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.

MY REVIEW

This series was brought to my attention by someone who knows my taste better than anyone, so of course I was more than willing and eager to give it a go. And what better way to do so than with a free prequel?

I loved being in Kyle's mind the whole time. He may not have had the best of times though, but one can always hope for a change, right? Well, Kyle didn't seem pretty sure about that, especially when his ex made her appearance... I would lie if I said his thoughts didn't make me laugh even when he was struggling with the awkward situation, and that's because Elizabeth Briggs is just that good with her writing. The pacing was also great and, although I wasn't a big fan of Alexis, I surely was cheering for Kyle and I'm certainly dying to read about Jared now.

I'm glad I one-clicked this prequel, it got me into the band so much that I'm thrilled I already have the first instalment and can't wait to start the read!

RATING: 4/5

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Broken" by Laura Wright



BROKEN BY LAURA WRIGHT

SERIES: The Cavanaugh Brothers #2
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
For years, James Cavanaugh has travelled the world as a horse whisperer, but even the millions he's earned hasn't healed the pain he hides behind his stoic exterior. Forced to tackle old demons at the ranch, James throws himself into work to avoid his true feelings. Until he meets a woman who shakes the foundations of his well-built walls... Sheridan O'Neil's quiet confidence has served her well, except when it comes to romance. Tired of rejection, she's ready to swear off men. But after being rescued from a horse stampede by the most beautiful cowboy she's ever met, her resolve wavers. Only, as Sheridan uncovers James's belief that no woman is safe with him, she wonders if such a wounded man could ever give in to love, or if some hearts are too broken to be healed...

MY REVIEW

The Cavanaugh brothers keep digging into their sisters' murder, but could their playing-detectives put them in some odd positions and give danger the chance to strike somewhere/someone?

Although I devoured this second instalment in The Cavanaugh Brothers series, I must say that I was let a bit down by the romance. I liked James a lot from the beginning and I could see why he was broken and also understand his difficulty to open up with people, but I think he was too hard on himself for something happened that he didn't really have control over—and I don't mean Cass' murder. I certainly expected a different development between him and Sheridan, perhaps with a bit more of openness between the couple that, in my opinion, shouldn't have seen the light just towards the end. Still, it must be said that their attraction is undeniable for the readers as much as for...well, everyone in the story, really.

Overall, I enjoyed the read and the mystery around Cass' death definitely pushes me to keep up with the series. Of course, Cole's book being next in line just makes things even more interesting!

RATING: 3.5/5
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