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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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I received an ARC copy of this book for my honest spoiler free review.

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! 🙂

New excerpt

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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Book Review ~ Remember Love by Riley Rhea

11 Jan
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They say you can never go home again. Brenna James is about to finish her final year of college when a visit home could change everything. Fate was pushing her towards her childhood best friend, Tucker, leaving Brenna no other option than to remember memories from a time once forgotten.
Can Tucker slip himself into her heart?
Will he be able to show her his feelings?
The biggest question is, can Tucker help Brenna remember love?
The book has sexual situations and language intended for ages 18 & up.
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I received an ARC copy of this book for my honest spoiler free review.

Remember Love was one of the sweetest stories I’ve read in a very long time. This story dripped with pure innocence. And I really enjoyed reading this book.

We begin with Brenna. She is a college student studying to be a history teacher. She’s on her way home for the weekend and she bumps in to Tucker.

“As I’m standing in line, I hear the door open. Naturally I turn to see who it is, I am stunned. I haven’t seen this person in what seems like forever and, oh boy, has he changed.” 

Tucker is a childhood friend. He has loved her since the moment he met her. Since bumping into him Brenna can’t help but wonder why they stopped talking all those years before. And the journey to remembering love begins.

In the world we live in these days it’s hard to fathom love at first sight, but while reading this story Rhea made me want to believe it. Not only to believe in the possibility of finding such a precious love but hope that any bumps in the road won’t come between it. That coming together again and being happy is a possibility. Sappy, maybe but what can I say I’m a girl! LOL And hey what can I say not many people get a HEA.

Along with the beautiful love story we have Lexi who is Brenna’s best friend. Lexi is hilarious and she only made the story that much better.

“I guess I interrupted, huh?”

“You know Lexi. I’ve heard of cock block, but you my friend have become a twat block as well.” 

Oh and please don’t think this is a G rated book because well…it’s not. But Rhea didn’t allow for the sex scenes to overpower the true story for remembering love!

Overall, very good debut novel!!! I can’t wait to see what else this amazing author has for us. I would recommend this book who wants to read a refreshing, beautiful love story.

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Riley Rhea is your typical country girl, born and raised in the Bluegrass. In the last 30 something years, she has successfully brought into this world 3 children, which may or not be claimed by her, depending on their behavior.
Riley enjoys reading, spending time on the farm and quiet afternoons when those who call her mom leave the house. Riley also loves country music and drools over Luke Bryan. Riley’s biggest fears are crickets and banks.
Not just an avid reader, Riley is an active blogger and reviews many books during the span of a week when she isn’t writing about her loveable and sexy country boys.
She’s always had a background in writing, her mother being an author, and one day, out of the blue, 2 characters popped into her head and wouldn’t shut up. After some advice from a good friend, Remember Love was born.
Thank you all for taking time to get to know Riley a little better. You can always find her on Facebook if y’all want to chat a little more.
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Book Blitz ~ Net Riders by Giorgio Marino

4 Jan

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Adventure/Science Fiction novel for middle graders.

Synopsis: When Zane and Megan crack the Secnet, they stumble across Project Net Rider. It’s an awesome Cyber Warfare program with a virtual netbike to infiltrate any computer in the new global network. But the software is dangerous—and in the wrong hands—capable of unlimited destruction. So when the notorious Haxta steals a copy, the entire world is threatened. And the two hackers have to risk everything to stop him.

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Giorgio Marino has degrees in Engineering and Business and has worked in Technical, Sales and Marketing roles all over Australia. He has travelled extensively around the world to research his novels, and now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his wife and two young children. His main interests are reading, writing, movies, illustrating, web design, travel and of course, exploring playgrounds. He writes full time and when not running after children, is working on a new novel. Net Riders is his first published book.

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Book Review – VIP by M. Robinson

3 Jan
Title: VIP
Author: M. Robinson
Genre: Erotica
Publication Date: December 4, 2013
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32 year old Sebastian Vanwell, was a very successful yacht broker, who always loved the design and architecture of a luxurious yacht. His only addiction was being on the water. He loved it, he thrived on it, and he needed it in his life. After a very stable, loving child hood with a few bumps, Sebastian married the love of his life. The one person that he knew would always be there. Julia was his rock, and he loved her more than life itself. Sebastian kept his addiction to the water under control, wanting to keep his time with his wife and son his number one obsession, that was until he saw her. This new addiction haunted him, the one compulsion that he couldn’t control no matter how hard he tried.
Ysabelle Telle hit him hard, knocking the wind from his lungs. Coming from worlds apart, beautiful, dark complexion Ysabelle Telle didn’t have the rich, protected background that Sebastian Vanwell had. Ysabelle lived a life of hell, in poverty, growing up with a drug addict mother that never cared, and horrific living conditions. Ysabelle lived for one person and one person only; herself. She was pure perfection, her beauty along with a flawless body had men lined up, driveling over her insuring her success as a VIP.
There are too many words that describe the effects when two diverse worlds like theirs collide. They both have too much to lose to get caught in the forceful pull, which could destroy them both.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and drug use. Intended for mature audiences.
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I received a copy of this book for my honest spoiler free (I tried my best 😉 ) review.

I really enjoyed reading VIP. Life and relationships are not always peachy; we are all only human and make mistakes. If you believe yourself to be perfect then more power to you but the reality is, that’s just not true.

It really is hard to express my feelings about this book because it’s 2 different stories that collide and form one. And when I say collide I mean shit hits the fan.

VIP begins with the upbringing of a boy and girl. They live in two different worlds. We have Ysabelle Telle, a child who really had no one looking after her. She lived in the ghetto with a mother who only had her for the welfare check the state provided. A mother who did not care about her or her wellbeing. Ysa ran away from home and ended up in Miami at the young age of 16.  Her story broke my heart. Children only want to love and be loved and she received nothing from her mother.

Some of the choices she made were disappointing. BUT again in life we make decisions and whether they are good or bad you learn from the experience. In the end I really liked who Ysa became. I loved that she came to terms with everything she went through and eventually learned to be happy.

Sebastian Vanwell had everything he could ever ask for, a loving family, a best friend Julie (Babygirl) who he ends up marrying. He would do anything for his Babygirl and because of this some of his choices pissed me off! WOW, there were things this man did that had me shocked.

Ysa works for VIP as an escort and while at an event she bumps into Sebastian, literally. And from that moment Sebastian is hooked. But he’s happily married?

The events that take place after they meet though wrong I found to be realistic, Robinson did a wonderful job! No woman wants to be cheated on or be a mistress and most men who find themselves is such a predicament are either greedy bastards or don’t know what they want. Someone always gets hurt but being honest with yourself and everyone involved allows all parties to move on.

I enjoyed the writing style. Robinson really got down deep and I felt that how the plot played out showed that she understands how and why act and react the way they do. The emotions I felt from reading this book was unreal.

I would definitely recommend this book.

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M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.
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Blog Tour Stop ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ The Vitamin D Treatment by Julia Bramer

20 Dec

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Jed Carson is an unscrupulous New York City playboy with a dark past who is bored with his life and determined to break away from his overbearing and ruthless father. Searching for a fresh start and new pleasures, he moves to Colorado and meets Olivia Brown, an innocent young woman grieving her parents’ recent death, and he wantonly seduces her and teaches her about sex. 
A custody battle, pregnancy and murder complicate their sexual relationship and bring the pair closer together, and a seemingly harmless therapy turns their lives upside down and changes them both forever. 
(Strong sexual content)
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“You should know, Olivia, I heard everything,” he murmurs, his voice low and silky.

Olivia glares at him, panic in her eyes.  She places the drink on the coffee table and drops to the sofa, lowering her head and covering her eyes with slender hands.  Can she be any more miserable?  Everything?  Shit!

Jed sets the drink on the side table, rises slowly and moves to the sofa.  He sits close and drapes an arm over the backrest behind her.  He cups her chin and forces her to look at him.  “There’s nothing to be ashamed of, Olivia,” he says softly, cocking his head to the side and smiling a knowing smile.

“I’m not,” she breathes, feeling that delicious pull, her belly muscles tightening.

“Good.  So have you ever had an orgasm?”

Olivia blinks.  Jeez.  She can’t believe he’s asking–mentioning–saying it out loud.  She wants to be offended by the extremely inappropriate question, but she can’t muster the emotion.  Her brain has left the building.

“Well?” he persists.

“No,” she mumbles miserably.

His eyes soften and he frees her chin.  “What about when you’re alone, Olivia?” he asks seductively, nuzzling his nose in her neck.

Jeez.  Can she be more embarrassed?  How can he sit there and calmly talk about orgasms?

Jed rises slowly and moves back to the chair.  He sits, picks up the drink, crosses a leg over a knee and rhythmically runs an index finger back and forth over his lower lip, his eyes locked on her.  Although seemingly cool on the outside, his insides are churning.  Pure lust rages within him–combustible, overwhelming desire.  Fuck.  He has never felt like this before and he knows he’s playing with fire.

Olivia peeks up at him, her green eyes guarded.  She will not admit to him that she has never had an orgasm.  Jeez.  She gulps the rest of the drink and waits for the fire to spread through her.  “I bet you can change that,” she says bravely, smiling a shy crooked smile.

Jed spits a mouthful of cognac back into the glass and his eyes widen.  “You don’t know what you’re saying, Olivia,” he warns harshly, his eyes black and impassive.

Olivia arches a brow–questioning him–daring him.

“You don’t know me, Olivia,” he smirks, continuing to rub a finger over his lower lip, his brows furrowing.

“You don’t want me?” she squeaks, her heart in her throat.

Olivia’s sweet innocence tugs at his heart and he nervously rakes a hand through his hair.  He wants her bad.  “I want you, Olivia.  But I can’t promise you anything,” he sighs.

“Can you promise me an orgasm?” she baits, her voice quivering and she can’t believe the words came out of her mouth.

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Just a Kiss, Lady Antebellum
Corazo Espinado, Santana
Gorilla, Bruno Mars
Unconditionally, Katy Perry
Accidentally in Love, Counting Crows
Iris, Goo Goo Dolls
Rough Water, Travie McCoy
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing, Aerosmith
Whistle, Flo Rida
Simply Irresistible, Robert Palmer

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Let me start with the title… LOL boy did I get the meaning all wrong!!! 🙂 But then again I guess I didn’t, this book was steamy! Talk about sex scenes! But I guess I’m getting ahead of myself huh? Well that’s how The Vitamin D Treatment was, the relationship between Olivia and Jed went by extremely quick. However, I still found myself intrigued. All the information needed to understand them was there. We got to know each character as individuals. Where they are from and why they ended up where they are. The hardships they’ve endured.

After the death of her parents, Olivia leaves New York and returns home to care for her little brother and to take over management of the Mansion. She is a bright, loveable young lady. And the moment she locks eye with Jed she’s lost.

Jed is a millionaire, originally from New York. He plans to stay at the mansion to propose a buyout. But when he lays eyes on Olivia he’s lost.

These two can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. 😉

This story has many twist that will keep you wanting to finish it and then when you get to the end WHAM major cliffhanger!!

For a debut novel I will say, good job! I was definitely intrigued enough to want to read book 2!

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Julia Bramer is the former Executive Director of a charitable foundation in Colorado.  She has traveled the world with her husband seeking an understanding of different cultures and gathering stories.  For many years, she has dreamed of writing tales that capture the imagination of people around the globe.  She’s the author of the contemporary erotic romance novels “The Vitamin D Treatment” and “Side Effects: The Vitamin D Treatment Finale”.

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