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Book Blitz ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Forgiven by Rebecca Brooke

22 Jan

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Title: Forgiven

Series: Forgiven #1

Author: Rebecca Brooke

Released: August 10th 2013

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What happens when one moment changes the course of your entire life? Do you sit back and accept it, or fight to live the life you choose? Caleb Jacobs has a past that has haunted him for two years. Knowing he can never forgive himself for the events that led to his departure, Caleb chooses to live a quiet life—concentrating on school, sports, and shots. But when he is paired with Angie for a history project he realizes that no matter how much you try to hide from your past, one way or another it will find you.

Angelina Powers knows what she wants from life. Growing up with only an alcoholic father for company, Angie learned early on in life that you can only count on yourself. But that doesn’t stop her wishing for her white knight. She’s confident, happy and focused…until she meets Caleb. So how will she feel when her potential white knight turns out to be more of a black shadow?

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Forgiven beings with Caleb Jacobs, a loner not because he can’t be social but because he fears what people will think of him and his past. Beating himself up for the past 2 years for something he had no control over. He focuses on school, sports and attempts to drink himself to sleep every night. Forgiving himself is something he doesn’t think he deserves. 

Angelina Powers is a go getter learning early that she has no one she can fall back on, no one to support her dreams. Growing up with an alcoholic father has been tough but because of him she strives for what she wants. 

When Angie and Caleb are paired up together for a history project things get interesting. The attraction between these two is obvious. Caleb fights it as much as he can but “those eyes” haunt him. Angie can’t take his mood swings, one minute he’s all into her the next he’s a jerk. I mean really talk about mixed signals. 

The supporting characters, Josh and Emily, were awesome! I just love Emily, that’s a friend I’d want in my corner. 

Over all I really enjoyed this story. I am so happy I decided to read it. It was such an awesome story fill with so many emotions. The main characters; Angie and Caleb torture themselves with the past. ‘Shit happen’ and most of the time we have no control over the specifics, are you one to let the past rule and overcome your future? Will you just go through the motions of daily life? OR are you one to say ‘F’ this I’m in control? 

These are questions I asked myself when I finished reading Forgiven, Rebecca Brooke did an amazing job. The circumstances each character went through and the detail in which she wrote it was very realistic. This is one I would recommend! 🙂

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After she left, I lay down on my bed. I knew I had to get Caleb Jacobs as far away from my thoughts as possible. I only had to deal with him for the next week and a half. He would be easy enough to ignore in class—we’d never interacted before, so why should that have to change? What was it about him that made him so different? I had to come to grips with the fact that he didn’t want me. I realized that it didn’t matter. My mother hadn’t wanted me, and neither did my father. He’d been reminding me of that fact for years. I survived his abuse—I could easily deal with one asshole.

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Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very rarely) she loves to bake and watch episodes of Shameless and True Blood.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Hudson by Shayne McClendon

22 Jan
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Refuse to compromise.

Hudson Winters is in control of every aspect of his world. From his earliest memories, he’s been driven to succeed. Starting from nothing, he built an empire based on opportunity and intimidation.

Personally, professionally, and sexually – he ensures the reins are always in his hands. He never counted on a woman like Gabriella Hernandez. From the moment she steps into his building, she proceeds to shake up his entire existence. Her very presence causes him to question everything about himself, his relationships, and his future.

 This story features characters readers fell in love with in “The Barter System” and gives you a chance to sit down and catch up. Prepare to be twisted up and knocked around a bit.  Another hot, emotional read from Always the Good Girl, Shayne McClendon.

NOTE: This story contains explicit sexual scenes and language and is intended for mature audiences only. Do not read this novel if intense sexual situations offend you.

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Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel “The Barter System.” Other projects recently released are “In the Service of Women,” “Yes to Everything,” “Damaged,” “Being Delightful,” “The Hermit,” “Hudson” – the second book set in “The Barter System” world, and many more.

Writer, mom, and hermit…Shayne listens to the voices in her head because their ideas are awesome. Those around her have learned not to question the crazy. Coffee consumption is too high, amount of sleep is too low, but the words always feel just right.

She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having a viable internet connection.

You can contact her by email at shayne@alwaysthegoodgirl.com, stop by her Facebook page, or visit her website and subscribe for your free story!

Shayne McClendon’s work is available at all major e-book retailers. Print editions of her work are available on her website.

Current Book List:

The Barter System

Hudson

Yes to Everything

In the Service of Women

A Little Bit Country – Book One

Damaged

Obsession

The Hermit

Being Delightful

Gravity

Roadside Assistance

Somebody

Permission to Come Aboard – The Great Outdoors

Special Delivery – The Great Outdoors

A Sunny Heart – The Great Outdoors

Embrace the Wild – The Great Outdoors

Ready to Rumble – Love of the Game

Breaking the Ice – Love of the Game

Time to Make the Doughnuts – Love of the Game

Woman’s Best Friend

Revenge is Best Served Hot

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Just a Little Kilted – with Alexandra Andersen

Just a Little Crazy – with Alexandra Andersen

Just a Little Extra – with Alexandra Andersen

Not a Bride – with Alexandra Andersen

All the Better To – with Christopher Southers

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Not a Bride – with Alexandra Andersen

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Blog Tour Stop ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ One To Keep by Tia Louise

20 Jan

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Title: One To Keep

Series: One To Hold #2

Author: Tia Louise

Release Date: January 19, 2014

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

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WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only! Mature themes, strong language, and sexual content…

LOTS of sexual content. Patrick is a naughty boy until he meets Elaine. So there’s the warning–if you keep reading, please relax and have fun! (It’s meant to be fun. *wink*)

There’s a new guy in town… 

“Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I’d get their shit done. And I did…”

Patrick doesn’t do “nice.”
At least, not anymore.

After his fiance cheats, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner (Derek Alexander) sends him to the desert to get his head straight–and clean up the mess.

While there, Patrick meets Elaine, and blistering sparks fly, but she’s not looking for any guy. Or a long-distance relationship.

Patrick’s ready to do anything to keep her, but just when it seems he’s changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.

Standalone, M/F, HEA

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She didn’t push me away or tell me no as I kissed her again with more urgency this time. She turned, and I kissed her cheek. 

“I’m too weak when it comes to you,” she murmured as I traced the line of her jaw with my lips. “I should be stronger.” 

My kisses moved to her temple and into her hairline. She was so beautiful, and I had her again. “You’re incredibly strong,” I murmured. “You held me off for three weeks when everything in me wanted to come here and take you back.” 

I could feel her breathing pick up as I kissed her, and the tension below my waist grew tighter. My mouth returned to hers, and it opened quickly, tongues uniting, her fingers now threading in my hair. 

Her lips were so sweet, but I moved my kisses to her chin, dropping down to her neck, and unfastening the buttons on her shirt, kissing every spot of delicate skin that was revealed as it came apart…

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One To Keep was an enjoyable read. We begin with Patrick Knight who relocates to Princeton to take on a position his brother left behind as a private investigator. He believes this is exactly what he needs; a fresh start after finding his fiancé cheating on him. He no longer believes in love, and thinks with his wrong head. And in not thinking properly he finds himself is a sticky situation. Patrick hooks up with 2 women; Kenny a young lady from a tattoo parlor and Star a deranged stalker.

Derek Alexander the other half of Alexander & Knight tries to defuse the situation and sends Patrick to Scottsdale, Arizona for a job. Being in Scottsdale is Patrick’s chance to gain control of the situation he has created and to redeem himself with Derek, which is exactly what he plans to do. However, while there he meets the lovely Elaine Merritt.

There was an instant attraction. Elaine has a beautifuleH soul. He took her sightseeing, to dinner and really just got to know each other. And when its time to say goodbye Patrick isn’t ready to let her go and she isn’t willing to have a long distance relationship. Eventually they fess up and try to work it out. There are more bumps in the road but I like where it all ended up.

I’ve read other reviews about this book and many have said that they connected with Kenny more than Elaine, well I didn’t. Kenny went through a rough time in her past; she lost the love of her life. This just gave them something in common; I did not feel that she was someone I’d want him to end up with. He needs someone strong by his side not someone who was just as lost and broken as he was.

The journey to Patrick and Elaine coming together with all the obstacles they faced in my opinion were well written. Let me also state that I did not read book 1 (though plan to ASAP 😉 ) I love Tia’s writing style and can’t wait to dig into more of her work.

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Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire all of her stories… wink)—turned wife, mommy, and novelist.

She lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…

It’s possible she has a slight truffle addiction.

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Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

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***WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!***

Derek Alexander is a retired Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.

When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their “one week stand” only complicates matters.

Because she’ll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he’ll do everything he can to hold her.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Blind Love by M.S. Brannon

6 Jan

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“She is magnetic to me. Every emotion she feels pulls me that much closer to her charm and energy. For reasons unbeknownst to me, I want her to know what she means to me.” ~Jake Evans

For Jake Evans, life was as it should be. No responsibilities. He was the master at embracing his reckless lifestyle whenever it presented itself. Surviving on his ability to expertly hustle, fight and womanize, Jake could do it all; lived it all.

Raised in a rundown city, filled with crime and drugs, he had survived the death of an abusive mother and a life with an absent father while only having his brothers to depend on. His lifestyle became fast and Jake had lived it the only way he knew how, until the day he met Delilah.

Delilah St. James was the epitome of flawless. Brought up in an affluent southern household, Delilah’s life had been planned from the moment she was born. She was raised to be the perfect socialite and daughter, and groomed to be the ideal wife. When a school internship moved her to Sulfur Heights for the summer, Delilah collided with the bitter reality of life outside her comfortable gated community when Jake Evans upset her perfect world.

Over the next two years, Jake and Delilah became best friends, embracing a friendship neither one was prepared to have, although they soon found it to be a relationship that neither one of them were willing to sacrifice.

A tragic turn of events brings Jake and Delilah together once again. Only this time, the feelings are different. Lines within their friendship are blurred. Everything they vowed never to do, become the very thing they cannot deny. Will Jake and Delilah’s relationship withstand the changes surrounding them? Or will the emotions sever the two year friendship they’d fought so hard to keep?

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Author PictureM.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.

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Blog Tour Stop ~ Book Review, Except & Giveaway ~ Private North by Tess Oliver

4 Jan

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New Adult Contemporary Romance

An internship cataloguing ancient pottery. A war-hardened soldier who’s impossible to resist. A priceless Egyptian artifact. And a devious scheme that is fraught with danger. Antiquities major, Auggie Stonefield, is about to experience a winter break she will never forget.

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The throbbing in my head took my mind off the relentless pain in my leg. It had become my sort of twisted way of dealing with the constant agony. Get drunk enough for a skull-pounding hangover and it dulled everything else.

I made a stupid-ass attempt to mask the uneven sounds of my footsteps, but the wooden hallway floor made it pretty damn laughable. I wasn’t even completely sure why it mattered, except that I knew the girl was standing just around the corner in the kitchen. I’d heard her silky laugh twice before I’d even left my bedroom.

She stood in the kitchen helping with breakfast. Long auburn hair cascaded down the back of her sweater and I could see only the side of her face as she smiled sweetly at my dad. I’d been in a desert that was so hot just taking a breath hurt, a place where you learned not to trust even your own shadow, a place that could only be described as hell, and the only way to survive the nightmare of it all was to believe that somewhere else in another place, another time, another dimension angels existed. And now I’d come home and found one standing over the waffle iron in the kitchen.

She looked up as I entered the room and that was all it took. I could not look away. Her thin fingers trembled almost imperceptibly as she tucked her hair behind her ear. I dragged a chair out from the table and sat down hard and watched her. She grew more and more flustered by my scrutiny but I couldn’t stop myself. She was a piece of heaven that had floated in through the darkness and I wanted to watch her. And, even though she nearly bit through her plump, highly kissable bottom lip with agitation . . . it seemed . . . that deep down she wanted me to watch her.

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I pulled the cover up to my chin like I’d done as a young girl when I was certain the closet monsters were coming out to get me, but I couldn’t relax enough to sleep. The house was quiet and dark again. I climbed back into my slippers. I peeked out into the hallway and everything was still. I tiptoed to the kitchen hoping a glass of milk would make me sleepy.

I scuttled around the corner, and a gasp stuck in my throat. The refrigerator door was open, and the light pouring out illuminated his broad bare back, showing every line of hard muscle . . . and every small scar. There were many. His pajama pants hung low on his narrow hips, and I stood as quiet as a mouse for a guilty second and stared at his incredible physique.

He still had not heard me, and I wondered if he was still lost in the agony of his bad dream. I tiptoed without a sound, but as I neared he seemed to sense me. He continued to stare into the refrigerator as if he expected something to jump out into his hands.

“I’m sorry if I woke you.”

“Please don’t apologize.” His shoulders tensed as I moved closer to him. Even in front of an open refrigerator, heat rolled off of him in searing waves.

He shut the door but didn’t turn around. He leaned his forehead against the freezer door. I stepped closer. My hand trembled slightly as I reached up and touched him. The muscles of his back tightened and then relaxed. I trailed my fingers over the tiny scars that were splattered across his shoulders. The tiny ridges were hard, and I could feel the pain of each one in my fingertips. I stood on my toes and lowered my mouth to his skin. He sucked in a sharp breath as I pressed my lips to the scars. I kissed him over and over again wanting to absorb the pain that still clung to him physically and mentally. And he let me kiss him. His broad shoulders lifted and fell with each shallow breath as I ran my lips across his marred skin.

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I started and finished this book in 1 day. Even with being sick and drugged up I couldn’t put it down. Private North begins with August (Auggie) Stonefield getting ready for her Christmas vacation with her family. She is excited to have a “normal” holiday. Unfortunately, her mother has other plans and August finds herself signing up for an internship with her favorite professor, professor North.

The last thing on Auggie’s mind is starting a new relationship but things change.

Private North (Dalton) comes into the story at the very beginning yet we don’t know it yet. He is a town hero but he is full of pain emotionally, mentally and physically. He also holds a lot of regret and anger. He beats himself up for the events that took place while at war.

The chemistry between Auggie and Dalton was sizzling! She can’t help but feel a pull to him. She shows him kindness. She shows him that he is NOT broken but whole and beautiful. Dalton on the other hand is extremely attracted to Auggie and he had no problem saying what is on his mind however, he is afraid to get close should she decide to leave him he would fall back into the void.

It’s a touching story. Dalton’s character was to me realistic from the nightmares to the injury to the fear of being alone. There’s scheming going on behind the scenes with Ethan (youngest son) and the professor however, for me that wasn’t even a factor in this book.

Oh and the sex scenes…. “Tell me what to do.” I kissed his neck. “I want you to forget the pain, all of it,” I whispered. I pushed his long hair behind his ear. “I want you to feel only me, touching you, kissing you.” Oliver wrote them well! They did not overpower the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick yet satisfying read.

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Tess OliverTess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Freefall (Custom Culture, #1). She is also a full time teacher and lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a pack of pampered pets. She loves horses, chocolate, and Jane Austen books. She has a BS in Nutrition Science and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction.

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