Monday, 22 July 2019

REVIEW: Lies by Kylie Scott

It's been a while since I've done a review here just because I want to. I mean not out of commitment for the ARCs I received, but just because. If you follow me on Twitter or you see me on GR, I do still post my reviews there but here, not so much anymore. So for me to be doing a post like this to begin with, it goes to show how I felt about this book.😁 So on that note...

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Synopsis


Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.

Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancĂŠ dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.

Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.


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RATING:


I've been obsessed with this book since Kylie Scott revealed its cover. What's not to love! Also, 'didn't hurt that like my DS brought to my attention, the model almost had a Keanu Reeves-esque vibe to him to boot! Then that blurb! I got True Lies vibe to it immediately, and I loved that movie! So needless to say, Kylie Scott couldn't have hooked me in any more if she tried. O but wait! She did, the moment I started reading it! đŸ˜Ž

If action flicks are your jam, then you will highly enjoy this one. As I got deeper into it, I started getting a Knight and Day feel to it, then slowly, a Red vibe, down to Helene's character, hello, Helen Mirren! No, just me? Just a tad?... It's like Kylie put all these romantic comedy action movies I love in one giant ball then she added her spin to it and gave it a unique flavour on its own. What more could have I asked for, right?!

Anyways, I gobbled this up quite easily. That hasn't happen in a long while. I tried to slow it down, I really did, but it was hard. Seriously, doubt you'll find it hard not to get sucked in just first few pages in. As the story unfolds, it really feels like watching a movie unfold.There was no downtime, it was action packed right til the end.

Betty is one kick-ass heroine. Loved her inner musings and her humor. As you get a glimpse into her insecurities here and there, I love how she bounces back and really embracing herself and recognizing her worth. 

"But I'm the one wearing the oversized diamond ring, thank you very much. Suck it, b!tch!"

And Thom, love him just as much! Loved his humor just as much! For all his stoicism and a$$hole-tendencies, he was really trying to be the man Betty deserves. And considering this is all from Betty's POV, that should say something.

"There's never been anything wrong with you, and I will happily spend the rest of my life proving it to you. Or being tortured by your vicious, gorgeous self if that's what's required. Your choice." 

I thought them being already in a relationship, albeit a rocky one and was really more told to you, it added a different dynamics. They're not quite starting from scratch, yet they are... Regardless, I love their chemistry, how acerbic and blistering it is in a delicious way, with a dash of humor...

"I don't think anyone's undressed me since I was a child."
"I undress you in my mind, if that counts..."

If anything else, whatever took minor points in my head are very subjective. I wish it were longer for starter. Also, maybe to have a chance of getting Thom's POV even if just scattered, or at least see the past as well from his eyes, just to give more depth about how he feels about Betty. If Kylie made me fall in love with Thom as it is, I can just imagine! đŸ˜

And 2 itty-bitty editing stuff:
~This is not isolated with this book. It's either camaraderie or comradery, but not comraderie... why are so many people falling into this trap?? đŸ˜
~I learned a bit of Australia/NZ-ism... fossick... how about that! đŸ˜›

Anyhoot, if you're looking a fun quick easy summer read with a side of sizzle, look no further!! 


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Monday, 8 July 2019

RELEASE BLITZ: All Grown Up by Vi Keeland

ALL GROWN UP IS LIVE!
A Standalone Contemporary Romance
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland

SYNOPSIS
When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was…well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.
Let’s back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site—one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they’d go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn’t supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating—it wasn’t supposed to.
Nevertheless, that’s how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only—my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn’t last, but I was curious about him.
Though, you know what they say…curiosity kills the cat.
My legs wobbled walking into the restaurant.
Ford was seated at the bar. When he turned around, he took my breath away.
His sexy smile nearly melted my panties.
But…he looked so familiar.
As I got closer I realized why.
He was the son of the neighbor at our family’s summer home.
The boy next door.
Only now…he was all man.
I hadn’t seen him in years.
I left the restaurant and planned to put the entire crazy thing behind me.
Which I did. Until summer came.
And guess who decided to use his family’s summer home this year?

 


Check out this SNEAK PEEK
Eve’s face flashed on the screen, and I swiped to answer.
“Give me all the details.”
I shook my head repeatedly, even though she couldn’t see me. “It was horrible.”
“What happened? What did the bastard do to you? I’ll cut his balls off.”
Eve’s response made me smile for the first time since I’d laid eyes on my date. “No. It wasn’t that kind of horrible. He was a perfect gentleman.”
“Okay…”
"Very sweet and funny, too.”
“Sounds awful,” she said sarcastically.
“And gorgeous.”
“The balls on him.”
“That’s not the worst part.”
“Let’s see…he’s young, gorgeous, sweet, and funny. What could be worse than that? He’s hung like a horse?”
“I wouldn’t know. And you know why I don’t know that?”
“Because you’re an uptight prude who hasn’t been laid in years?”
“That might be true. But the larger problem is that he is one of Ryan’s friends.”
Eve cackled. “That’s not a problem, that’s fantastic! Bang his brains out and send him to pla y golf with your ex. Let him eat his heart out when he realizes what he lost.”
“Ummm…Eve, I wasn’t talking about my ex, Ryan. I was talking about my son.”
“I’ll be over in twenty minutes.”

★★★ 



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EXCERPT: All Grown Up by Vi Keeland



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Check out this SNEAK PEEK
Eve’s face flashed on the screen, and I swiped to answer.
“Give me all the details.”
I shook my head repeatedly, even though she couldn’t see me. “It was horrible.”
“What happened? What did the bastard do to you? I’ll cut his balls off.”
Eve’s response made me smile for the first time since I’d laid eyes on my date. “No. It wasn’t that kind of horrible. He was a perfect gentleman.”
“Okay…”
"Very sweet and funny, too.”
“Sounds awful,” she said sarcastically.
“And gorgeous.”
“The balls on him.”
“That’s not the worst part.”
“Let’s see…he’s young, gorgeous, sweet, and funny. What could be worse than that? He’s hung like a horse?”
“I wouldn’t know. And you know why I don’t know that?”
“Because you’re an uptight prude who hasn’t been laid in years?”
“That might be true. But the larger problem is that he is one of Ryan’s friends.”
Eve cackled. “That’s not a problem, that’s fantastic! Bang his brains out and send him to pla y golf with your ex. Let him eat his heart out when he realizes what he lost.”
“Ummm…Eve, I wasn’t talking about my ex, Ryan. I was talking about my son.”
“I’ll be over in twenty minutes.”

★★★



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Monday, 24 June 2019

BLOG TOUR: Nine: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater by TM Frazier

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"Nine was just as hilarious as it was dark and violent. Just as deep and emotional as it was smoking hot. NINE stars!!!"- BB Easton, bestselling author

Nine: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater, the highly anticipated new standalone from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is available now!

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Nine lives.
Nine inches.
One chance to make her his.
Preppy's brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.
This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.

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I look up into his dark eyes. “This is a dangerous game of cat and mouse we’re playing.” “More like a game of cat and bird,” he corrects. I straighten my posture, my nipples grazing his hard chest. “And we all know how that turns out in the end. The cat eats the bird.” Nine lightly scrapes his nails over my bare arms before pressing them into my skin. I gasp at the slight bite of pain. “No, the pretty bird swoops down from nowhere and sinks her sharp talons into the cat, marking him for life.” There’s no sarcasm in his voice. I don’t know how to begin to process what it is he’s saying. It takes all of my concentration to get out my next few words. “And...and then what?” Nine picks me up off the floor in one quick motion, flipping me back onto the bed. He crawls over my body, hovering above me, pinning my wrists to the mattress. He grazes his teeth over the sensitive spot behind my ear. He lowers his voice to a deliciously deep rumble that has me vibrating with his every word. “And then he eats her.”


Review:


RATING:





First, that cover!!!! That alone deserves half-rating, if not a full one, in my books. No?!?! kjfhjtjsvlcn!!!!! Holy smokes!!!

This is Nine's story. Kevin's. Preppy's brother!!! If you're a fan of the series like I am, this is much anticipated. Am I right, or am I right? So whatever else I say from hereon, take it with a grain of salt. Yes, this can standalone, just to clarify, but definitely best if you read the previous books in the series. 

Nine first made a brief appearance in Preppy's book. With a brother like Preppy, how can you not be intrigued by this young fella! Nine's every bit of a Clearwater, yum! Just like his brother but also different. Preppy is after all in a league of his own. Oh, but he sure fits that circle of Logan Beach fellas. And he's worthy to be in that circle. 

Lenny is your typical TM heroine, and that's a good thing. They may be young but they have lived twenty lives enough to break some people but never TM's heroines. They come out even stronger. With all of Lenny's handicap, she's smart, funny and quite resilient.

Put these 2 together and you get an electric connection. Holy sizzle!

The story will keep you glued. There are bad men out there. These boys live dangerous and violent lives after all and they will do everything to protect their women. Nine is no exception. 

Now the rating itself... umm... hmmm... how should I put this... I'm not quite liking myself right now, quite frankly. I truly wish I can say I love this book... sigh...

Loved the prologue, but I feel moving the timeline ahead after didn't help. I didn't have enough time to fully buy into the feelings, unfortunately, sad sigh... Maybe if it was longer? That could be it, I suppose. I've been spoiled by TM and have a gotten at least 2 books for each boys in the past. Wishful thinking... o well...

(runs away to duck)



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T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world. T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy‘wrongside of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines. Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay. She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she's not ready to wake up from this amazing dream.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

BLOG TOUR: Jersey Six by Jewel E Ann

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“Jewel E. Ann has once again crafted a flawless story that is utterly unique and unforgettable. Hands down my favorite book of 2019!”

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Jersey Six, an all-new “intriguing, gut wrenching and raw” romantic suspense from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

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How far would you go for revenge?
A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.
Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.
All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.
In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?


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“We ate at the hotel.” Her lips twisted to the side. “Mind if I stick some stuff in my bag for later?” A tiny wrinkle formed between Ian’s eyes, just below the long sweep of his black bangs. “There will be lots of food available later too. But…” he shrugged, leaning forward and resting his elbows on his knees “…take whatever you want.” Jersey glanced over her shoulder at the food and the three other men in the room. She decided to wait a little while before shoving as much as possible into her bag like a free-for-all. “Thanks.” Jersey returned her attention to Ian. “So … you’re a singer. Like … are you a big deal?” Every word she spoke seemed to feed his level of happiness. “Well …” He rubbed his chin, twisting his lips. “We play music. People like to listen to our music. But no … it’s not a big deal. We’re not saving lives or anything like that.” She eyed him with suspicion for a few seconds. That smile of his didn’t feel worthy of complete trust. “Um … what exactly do you need me to do? What’s my job? They already took Chris. Will that big, bearded guy come for me too?” Jersey couldn’t remember his name. “No.” Ian stood, pushing his elbows out from his shoulders, twisting side to side. “Tonight you are just going to watch the concert from backstage. Tomorrow night you’ll sell merchandise.” “Drugs. You mean drugs, don’t you?” Ian paused his stretching, letting his arms fall limp to his sides. “Merchandise—T-shirts, posters, keychains, phone cases, hats, guitar pics …” “To who?” “Fans.” Ian grinned. “Okay. I might have understated all of this to you … can you name a famous singer? Old or new. Doesn’t matter. Just a famous singer.” “I had a foster parent who used to listen to Josh Groban.” Jersey gnashed her teeth, still feeling so much anger. Dena wasn’t just a foster parent; she was Jersey’s friend. “Okay. Well, Josh has sold millions of records, and he’s a huge star in his genre of music. Thousands of people pack venues all over the world to see him sing live in concert. And they sell merchandise of his at those concerts.” Jersey gazed unblinkingly at Ian as he scratched his jaw. “Well, I sing a different genre of music, but I, too, travel the world, singing to sold-out concert venues, andI have people who sell my merchandise at these concerts.” Jersey dropped her bag to her feet and planted her fists on her hips. “Listen, Coop. Stop talking down to me. I’m not an idiot. I know what a concert is. But earlier today you didn’t say what you did or what the job was you were offering. You bought a homeless person a hot dog and offered her a job. Of course, I’m going to think something sketchy might be involved.” Tipping her chin up, she held her breath to puff out her chest, pretending the recent revelation of Ian Cooper being a famous singer didn’t faze her one bit. Inside, Jersey’s heart hammered into her ribcage, and her mind reeled trying to figure out the day’s events. “Coop?” His lips twitched into a tiny grin. “It’s short for Cooper.” “Clearly.” Ian chuckled. “But my name is Ian. Everyone calls me Ian.” “I busted the nose and jaw of a kid named Ian. He tried to stick his c0ck in my a$$. I’ll call you Tom, Dick, or Harry, but I’m not calling you Ian because that makes me want to physically harm you.” Ian’s eyebrows shot up his forehead as his head whipped back a few inches. “Coop it is.”

Review:


RATING:


Jewel has done it again. Given me a book with a cryptic enough blurb, one that’s unique, full of emotions and jaw-dropping moments. Dunno why this didn’t occur to me before. After reading this book, I now dub Jewel queen of complicated romance. I have a few titles accorded some authors in my head. Jewel officially now has a title in my head.

As well, after having read this book, I realized I haven’t read Jewel in a while and it occurred to me that my Jewel well is parched and needed refilling. Am I glad to have refilled that well with this book? Frankly, I don’t know. It feels quite different from the past Jewel reads, but then again, when has she given me the same stuff. I almost see this as emo dark romance with suspense. I’m all for dark romance. And when you add emo, it does add gravity to the emotions that’s harder to shake off.

This book has dark themes. It’s not an easy read. I personally feel it should have content warning. It may not be for everybody. Jersey’s past is harsh. She has a lot of rough edges, as in a lot. Hard to love her at times even with her best intentions. She’s as human as can be.

Next to Jersey, Ian is practically perfect. And turns out he is, even with his greatest secret, I’d say.

One thing I’m also realizing now is the PTSD-inducing feeling that Jewel books is evoking out of me. Not to trivialize the real condition, but the more Jewel books I read, the more I find the need to brace myself because I honestly don’t know what kind of emotions Jewel will evoke out of me. From the first page, I’m already wondering when the other shoe will drop. In this case, I was constantly wondering what moves Jersey will make. I was constantly wondering why Ian does what he does and feels what he feels. I was constantly wondering why other people’s motives matter as much. I was constantly wondering why other people are being helpful. That’s how anxious she made me feel. Does that take away something from fully enjoying the ending? A tad, but then it gives me a good excuse to go back and see things from a different light, I suppose.

One thing I didn’t wonder about is Jersey’s motives. In as much as I don’t agree with half the things she said and did, I understood it as best I could. Her past shaped her; can anyone really blame her? The growth in her is a sight though in the end.

And as far as Ian is concerned, after all that’s said and done, my heart simply cracked. No two ways about it… sigh…

If there’s anything, I just wished that some things were revealed sooner to give me more time to enjoy the pleasurable parts rather than constantly questioning things in my head. In my head, I started asking myself if this is really romance that I’m reading. But that’s more on me.

Jewel, what are you doing to me?!?!?!


(PS. Hope I can ask her that face-to-face soon enough. Maybe? If the book and travel gods convince Jewel that she can spare time for a fan in a coffee shop over cinnamon rolls. Maybe? *crossing fingers* HAHAHAHAHA)




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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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