Monday, October 16, 2017

Release Blitz & Review: Crave: Part Two - E.K. Blair


Crave: Part Two (Crave Duet #2)
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Romance/Coming of Age
Release Date: October 16, 2017

Weeks became months, and months became years. Each day nudged Kason deeper into his addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could never have again. 

Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet scars were forever left behind.
But some scars feel like kisses.
When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring.
This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.


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Review
4 Stars
Crave: Part Two is just that, the second book in the Crave Duet about Adaline and her young love for Kason, a struggling addict. Part Two picks up where Part One left off, following Adaline as she faces her fear of what happened at that first party at college and as she runs away from everything. She feels shame and fear, she's failing classes, failing to connect to anyone but her roommate and old friend Micah, and she's cut off everyone except for her mom. She finds comfort in a new life, in finding something more than friendship with Micah, but when she finally faces her past she finds that she never really let it go.

"She's drifting, and I don't know why. It was sudden at first, a quick change, a fast drop. But now she's on a slow descent, slipping even further away from me."

Crave: Part Two is Adaline's story, we learned all about Kason and his addiction and struggles in Part One and in Part Two we see how one night changed Adaline's life forever. She's a completely different person, the book reads so differently than Part One, and the heaviness of the weight she holds on her shoulders comes through the words. I felt exhausted as I read, aching for Adaline, hurting for Kason, and struggling to see how this novel could possibly work out. E.K. Blairs strength as a writer shines through though, especially as the characters deal with the impossible question of what if. I could feel their heart's hurting, I could see how difficult the decisions Adaline had to make were, and I felt like I was another part of the twisted, tangled story. The love she felt for Kason and Micah were so different, her before and after were almost like separate lives, and her personal struggles were like the icing on a confusing, love triangle cake. 

"And that's where it happened-somewhere between the breaking and the healing, I fell in love."

Crave: Part Two is filled with angst and emotion, the subject matter is heavy and it absolutely is a harder read than the usual HEA duets out there. As a reader I was all over the place with this book, at times upset with Adaline and others overjoyed. Her character development is astounding, I loved her progress and growth, but at the same time we know that like us, she too is waiting for the other shoe to drop. When it does, everything flips upside down. Though she has healed and moved on, the wounds are still there and coming back home, to the life she left behind, is overwhelming. I was really interested in reading how Adaline's world broke down when she returned home, but it was harder to read than expected. The final conclusion was too easy and not enough for the epicness that is the Crave Duet. The duet spans several years and beyond Adaline and Kason, I have grown so fond of Micah, Trent, and Kate. E.K. Blair created a world beyond just the two main characters and Crave will unfortunately not satisfy your desire for happiness for all.

"With everything that has changed, this feeling still remains."

The Crave Duet is about weaknesses, about overcoming life's biggest hurdles, about forgiveness, trust, and most of all love.  It's a stunning duet and it has left me craving more.

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Author Bio

E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

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Blog Tour & Review: Someone Like You - Brittney Sahin


Title: Someone Like You 
Author: Brittney Sahin 
(Sub)genre: Contemporary

He was a nameless guy in a bar--a man Grace couldn't get out of her head...
 
A week later, she came home to find him sweaty and shirtless with a tape measure in hand, remodeling her loft. As a Parker-King, she's not allowed to want someone like Noah Dalton. She's sick of her life, though. Sick of the rules of being a Parker-King. She wants something more, even if it isn't forever. Somewhere in history there was that one time where hot, no-strings-attached sex didn't end badly, right? Finding comfort in the arms of a former SEAL is easy, not falling for one . . . not so much.

Noah left the military and moved to New York for one reason: his daughter. Not for some uptight businesswoman--a Manhattan elitist. So when Grace offers him the kind of relationship that no hot-blooded man can turn down, he should say no. And when her seemingly put-together life spins out of control, and his instincts to protect and save kick in, he should turn away. But he doesn't.

Can two people from different worlds really live in the moment, knowing they're on borrowed time, or is someone bound to get hurt?


 

Review
5 Stars
Boy meets girl, falls in love, and happily ever after follows. At least, that's what we'd like to believe. Someone Like You is the reality, it's heartbreak, family drama, and a heaping pile of lust that's meant to only last a night. Brittney Sahin perfectly describes the feeling that occurs when someone feels so right in your life, but you feel like you have to think with your mind over your heart.

"But it doesn't matter. We're from two different worlds, and I'll never see her again."

I loved the characters, from beginning to end. They were already complex in the beginning and as the story took shape and developed, so too did Noah and Grace. Grace is from the upper crust, a business woman her family treats like a pawn in the game, while Noah is a former Navy SEAL with a kind heart and a daughter he'd do anything for. Grace and Noah recognize the lust between them, but the readers are treated to the truth, that these two have been waiting for someone like each other for longer than they even realized. Mixed in with their attraction is the expectations from their family and those that they have for themselves.  They're from different worlds, their lives are on different paths, and yet the chemistry between them burns brighter with each passing day.

"The dark scruff around his lips- he has that sexy kind of dangerous look...but I can tell this man is only dangerous because he's forbidden."

Brittney Sahin has a knack for writing novels that suck you in; with descriptive prose she paints a story that makes you feel as though you are within the pages of the novel. You will feel the waves of the water, experience the burn of lust, and find yourself becoming emotional alongside the characters.  It's equal parts sweet and sexy, plus it has just a bit of suspense to make it even more interesting. I really appreciated how much attention Brittney Sahin gave to the small details, I could picture every setting and really felt the impact that Grace's family choices had on her. I too felt deceived by their ability to drag her down and was overjoyed when her friends and Noah helped her realize she didn't need to be a puppet. I questioned every character's motives, it made me think about why we put ourselves into boxes, and it absolutely made me believe that love is worth risking it all. Ultimately, the novel centers around Grace and Noah accepting that life isn't what you expect it to be like and that there is more to gain from seeking happiness than anything else.

"He's smart enough to know he's playing with fire, and I'm the flame. I don't want to burn him though."

Someone Like You is different than Brittney's previous romantic suspense releases, but it shines as a contemporary romance. I was so wrapped up in the novel, in fact I will admit I have already read it twice. There were times I thought that the book could never possibly go my way, but the weaving story lines all work together to finally give the perfect outcome. Brittney Sahin's writing has only improved with each novel and Someone Like You is absolutely her best book yet. Longtime fans and contemporary romance lovers will be enchanted by this new release.

About the Author:
Brittney Sahin began writing at an early age, with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing—never stopped imagining. It wasn’t until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students’ advice and begin to write again. In 2015, she published her first novel, The Safe Bet. When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys and a lover of novels, coffee, and the outdoors.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Blog Tour & Excerpt: Always - Bethany-Kris


ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel
by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #1 
Publication Date: October 2, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia

A Legacy Novel
A wild boy. A sly girl.
Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.
Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.
She chases bad things. He never learned to be good.
They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life. They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love. 
Love is killing for someone. Love is living for someone.
Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too. Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself. Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.
This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia. This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.
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Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.
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Excerpt
“You’re seriously going to do that right now?” Cross asked.
Catherine giggled, but stayed firmly on her stomach, refusing to roll over on the bed. “I have to; I have an essay due on Monday.”
She continued reading the paperback copy of Romeo and Juliet. Cross decided to continue trying to distract her by kissing a path up her spine while his fingers edged along the waistline of her boy shorts.
“Are my clothes dried yet?”
“No, the machine will beep, and be quiet.”
Cross kissed the back of her neck.
“Stop that,” Catherine half-heartedly muttered.
He sighed, and rolled off her to his back on the bed. “They die, Catherine. That’s what happens. They’re stupid, and they die. Spoiler alert, babe.”
Catherine glowered at him. “First of all, you’re supposed to tell me a spoiler is coming before you give the spoiler. Never watching shit with you because clearly you don’t respect the spoiler alert, Cross.”
He just shrugged.
“Secondly,” she continued, “I know they die. That does not make them stupid. They died together. It was the only option in the end. I think that’s—”
Cross quickly rolled over and came close enough to Catherine that their faces were just centimeters apart. “If you say that’s romantic, I’m burning that damn book.”
“It’s the school’s book, so go for it.”
He didn’t miss how she didn’t say it was romantic, though.
“It wasn’t their only option. It was the shit option they put themselves into because they weren’t smart enough to figure out a way to be together and stay alive,” Cross said.
“That’s—”
“Fact,” he interjected.
“You better stop interrupting me.”
Cross smirked. “Or what?”
Catherine smacked him in the forehead with the book. “Or that. And it does not make them stupid, Cross.”
“Okay, maybe stupid was a bad word choice.”
“Try again, then.”
Cross rested his arms behind his head as a makeshift pillow. Although, Catherine’s bed had more than a half of a dozen decorative pillows to use. He didn’t understand why she needed that many pillows, but whatever.
“It’s not romantic to die together because that’s the only option,” he said quietly, “that’s sad. It’s fucking sad. You don’t give up, not on anything, not on anyone worth having. You just don’t give up—ever. You figure shit out. You fight. Or you take a step away and come back at it when you’re ready to, but you don’t roll over and die. So no, it’s not romantic, it’s just sad. That’s the end of it.”
Catherine stared at him for a long while before she said, “This is supposed to be one of the greatest love stories ever written.”
“Yeah, well, I prefer my love alive and well, not cold and dead.”
She rolled her eyes. “You’re kind of terrible. You totally just ruined Romeo and Juliet for me.”
“As long as you never call it romantic again.”
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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Blog Tour & Review: In Pieces - Danielle Pearl

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In Pieces by Danielle Pearl

Genre: New Adult Romance
Publishing Date: October 10th, 2017


Three years ago she was left in pieces . . . 

Most college freshmen love the newfound freedom of living on campus, but none of them craves it like Beth Caplan. One ill-fated night when she was fifteen left her locked in a posh prison of private tutors. It's for the best, everyone said, and maybe it was. But after years of hard work and healing, the one person who never thought of her as broken could be the one to break her all over again. And Beth can't seem to stay away now any more than she could all those years ago.

As soon as David March learned his best friend's little sister was enrolling at his school, he promised to look after her, and promised himself he'd keep a safe distance. But the sweet little girl he'd grown up with has transformed into a gorgeous young woman, and she's attracting attention from people she shouldn't-like the ex who nearly destroyed her and a strange new student with a disturbing habit of showing up wherever Beth goes. But for David, the most troubling discovery is realizing that he doesn't just want Beth to be safe. He wants her to be his.
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Review
4 Stars
Beth Caplan sees college as her chance to start over, to make something of herself beyond what her family sees her as. She's more than the depressed little kid that they picture her as, she left that behind three years ago, but no one else has. College is supposed to be a time of learning, growing, and having fun, but her brother's best friend is making that nearly impossible. Not only is he her first, and oldest, crush, but he takes overprotective just a step too far. 
David fought for Beth once and he lost, her older brother shutting him down, now he will do anything in his power to make sure she gets what she deserves, the best. He doesn't believe it's himself, but he doesn't believe it's anyone else either. As he stands in her way of making new male friends and continuously finds ways to protect her from anything negative he discovers that his feelings definitely aren't that of an older brother. He's willing to risk his friendship with his best friend for her, because he wants more than her safety, he wants her. 

"I half-lie. Because it's more than that, and I suspect she knows."

Brother's best friend trope? Check.
New adult that actually features relatable situations? Check.
A romance that's sweet and swoon worthy? Check. 
Danielle Pearl creates a world around Beth and David, their relationship changing as they come of age in a fun college atmosphere. I immediately pictured the characters as students at my old University, the fraternity events brought back memories, and the rush of emotions Beth and David felt as they navigated the power of feelings was so accurate to how my own once were. Everything in college is heightened and Pearl captured that perfectly with her characters.

"But Beth is still Beth. She's still Cap's little sister, even if the more time I spend with her away from him, the easier it is to forget why she's off limits."

Told from the alternating POV's of Beth and David, In Pieces follows the pair as they fight their feelings for one another, discover what it really means to be an adult, and face situations that are all to real. Pearl writes about unique family dynamics, providing us complete backgrounds on both characters without really dragging the story too far into the past. Though they've known each other forever and harbored crushes just as long, In Pieces really is about the two getting to know one another without any outside influence. They go to classes and parties, they work out, they bicker, and mostly they fight the lust they share for one another, the chemistry burning even brighter when they find themselves sharing a living space. 

"And it's more than that. It's always been more than that. Beth is just...different. More."

I have such a massive love for childhood crushes turned something more, they just get to me, so it's a given that In Pieces hit it out of the park for me. The story is definitely focused on Beth and David's adventure into romance, however there is a lot more going on in the novel as well. I love that Pearl addressed some seriously real life events in the novel (they are brief, but could be triggering), but at times the downs that the characters experienced seemed to weigh down the novel. My heart ached for Beth, she'd been through so much as a youth and her first year at college seemed bogged down by drama and angst. Though the events are significant to her growth, I felt overwhelmed and almost distracted from the overall plot of the novel.

"She doesn't resist. She should resist. Because I'm not sure I can."

In Pieces features well developed characters, an intriguing story line, and the kind of forbidden romance that gives the feeling of those falling in love butterflies. I loved taking a break from my life and living in Beth and David's for a little while. Readers of sweet romance will love this angst-y duo as they discover that letting their hearts guide them just might be the right solution to all their problems. 

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Danielle Pearl.jpgDanielle Pearl is the Amazon and iBooks international best selling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. She is a life long book enthusiast who has been writing ever since she could hold a pencil. Danielle went to Boston University and worked in marketing before she published her first novel, Normal in 2014. She writes mature Mature Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary Romance.

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