Bastian’s Storm Tour: Review

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Sebastian Stark just isn’t cut out for normal life with a girlfriend in the hot and humid city of Miami. All in all, he’d rather be back on the island where it was just the two of them, and he could keep everything in balance. The bar down the street tempts him daily, but he’s determined to remain strong. Adjusting to normal life is difficult, but Bastian is doing his best to keep himself together and the nightmares away. Raine’s happy, and that’s what matters to him the most.

But not all nightmares can be driven away.

When Bastian’s former mentor comes into the picture and presents him with an ultimatum, Bastian slips into old habits. Though he wants to shield Raine from the truth, the shady circumstances of his past form into a hurricane he can’t control. In an effort to protect her, Bastian has no choice but to throw himself back into his old job – death match tournaments – just one last time.

Dropped into the arctic wilderness with weapons loaded, Bastian has to compete against representatives from major crime lords all over the states. He’s studied his competition, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s ready to battle for the woman he loves. There’s only one opponent in the mix that causes him any concern. In order to guarantee Raine’s safety, Bastian will be pitted against the key hit man for Chicago’s largest mob family – a guy who’s known as one hell of a shot.

A guy named Evan Arden.

Genre Romantic Suspense/ Erotica

Publication Date June 19th 2013

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About the Author

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Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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MY REVIEW:

 

This story had me biting my nails. Sebastian is in an impossible situation. I don’t want to give anything away. He’s coarse and tough, but has one marshmallow in his center (you’ll find it where his heart is). That marshmallow is owned by Raine, a sweet girl who’s leagues apart from his brutal existence. And she loves him. He’ll do anything for her. And that’s the scary part: every crime boss on the planet seems to want to take advantage of that.

Although this book is enjoyable on its own, I advise readers who want the full, heart attack inducing experience to read Surviving Raine and The Evan Arden Trilogy first. If you like one, you’ll enjoy them all. As I love all the books, this one is my favourite.

Oh, and if I could have my way? Bastian would get his island (but with all the modern amenities). Five stars.

 

Fix You by Beck Anderson: RWA Special Promotion

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2014 RITA® Finalist for BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE and BEST FIRST BOOKWhen Kelly Reynolds’ husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home.

Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.

But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep.

Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.

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Innocents (Dusty#1) by The Elizabeths: Release Day Review & Giveaway

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Bliss knows all about bad choices but has yet to make them herself. With an innocent heart, she searches for freedom and finds it in the delinquent down the hall.
Dusty is a foul-mouthed troublemaker, tear-maker and heartbreaker. The boy with summer sky-blue eyes knows to stay away, but he can’t resist the girl who made his house a home.
She’s his reason, but he might not catch her when she falls.
She loves him. He loves her crazy.
This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises.
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Front windows cracked, we’re relaxed in the back of his parents’ old Audi and it feels good again.
“Caffeine isn’t good for you, you know,” Thomas says, glancing over.
The sun has set and the purple sky and the Yaquina lighthouse paint my temperamental troublemaker in soft hues. The scent and sounds of the sea drift in with the breeze, mixing with smoke from the blunt he’s relit and the low melodies of Citizen Cope singing about a girl that won’t give in and he’ll never let go of.
Taking another drink of the coffee he bought me, I shrug. I don’t know what he said to get the baristas to make a pumpkin spice latte in February, but cinnamon and caffeine fill me with warm relief.
Under his breath and around a hit, Thomas chuckles.
“It’s bad for your bones and skin,” he says, smirking as I tuck my toes under his leg. “And your heart. Uncontrolled beats are a prelude to heart attack, princess.”
I roll my eyes and laugh some, because I do feel them. I felt them earlier in his bed, and before that, when I was thinking of him. My unsteady heartbeats have nothing to do with coffee.
“Bring on the palpitations,” I say before taking another drink, letting Dusty lecture me about bad habits, as if I’m too young to understand irony.
“I’m serious,” he continues, smoking up and blowing out. “Your body will build a tolerance. When you feel it’s becoming bad for you, you’ll want more. You’ll need more. Caffeine’s a drug, Leigh.”
I laugh. I can’t help it. Maybe I’m still high.
“Oh yeah?” I ask. “Like pot?”
This boy blows a cloud of smoke up, and I watch it swirl-spread out across the car’s ceiling.
“Pot’s from the earth,” he says, puffing smoke rings while I wrap both hands around my cup, absorbing its warmth through my palms. I inhale the cream-sweet scent of cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger, and it may be full of stimulants, but I feel calm.
Thomas’ presence is the best Valentine’s Day gift. Candy is nice, and candy flavored blunt wraps were thoughtful, but this is what I wanted most. Just us.
“Pumpkins are from the earth,” I say. “And coffee beans.”
“You think there’s real pumpkin in that?” he asks. When I can’t do more than smile and stare at his lips, he sits up straighter.
“Caffeine’s an analeptic. It fucks with your impulse control and your insulin resistance.”
I laugh because, “What?”
He pulls a hit. “That shit will give you stress hormones, Bliss.”
“How do you know all this?”
“Baseball.”
We’re quiet for a second, looking at each other. His carefreeness is back, but his smile is understated.
“You sure you’re not worried it’ll stunt my growth?”
Between licking his bottom lip and bringing the blunt back up, Dusty glances at my chest without a stitch of modesty.
“You’re growing up fine, girl.”
My cheeks heat, and I hide my smile with another drink.
After I’ve finished my coffee, Thomas offers me the blunt. When I decline, my actual addiction leans into me, nudges his hood from my head, and exhales his smoke all over my neck.
The playful punk that was lecturing me is gone. This honest to a fault, recklessly unflinching, too-beautiful, fated youth is a person only I know. This is my person.
He tosses the blunt out the window while I drop my empty cup to the floorboard, and we shift together. We kiss open and deep, claiming and binding. We kiss the way I wanted to earlier, with eyes closed and hearts open, and I know the real drug is here. It’s between us and inside us.
It’s the way he opens my lips with his lips to kiss me deeper, and the way my pulse feels like his name is in my veins.
It’s the way I can’t stay hurt or mad or jealous, and the way he can’t stand for me to.
It’s the craving that never goes away, the need for more that grows as we feed it. It’s the tolerance he was talking about and knowing he’s right.
It’s this, our secret.
We’re the drug.
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Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. Known as The Realist, she is one half of The Elizabeths—a duo brave enough to never hide the truth. Born and raised in Southern California, she’s a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her stranglehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.
To follow Mary’s upcoming solo and collaborative projects, she can be found at her website http://www.maryelizabethlit.com/.
Brought together by their love of storytelling, Mary and Sarah Elizabeth are a pair of dedicated writers with complementary strengths who’ve cultivated a literary style that captures a Realist’s brutality with a Poet’s grace, uncovering the self-seeking side of tenderness and the undisguised truth of honesty. Inspired by the lyrics of a song, Dusty was born between emails and long G-chats before a single chapter was ever typed. A short story turned into a monster, and more than four years and several edits later, the first half of their collaboration, Innocents, will be released on July 14, 2014. And its conclusion, Delinquents, is set to release on October 23, 2014.
If you’d like to contact The Elizabeths, they can be located on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheElizabethsDusty?ref=hl.

 

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Listener, messenger, secret keeper, Elizabeth, and TrueLove, Sarah works two jobs by day so that she’s able to really work by night. She’s written since she was old enough to hold a marker, and her writing bridges the sacred and profane, from first love to forbidden, with a longing for truth and a passion for hearts. She is currently based in Kansas City where her army is comprised of one little buffalo. Her best friends are girls named Moses and Bunny. Her hero is a boy named Bishop, and the one she loves has ocean eyes. In addition to Dusty, Sarah also has a collaborative novella, Light and Wine, due to be released on June 8th, and her solo work will be featured in the anthology Branded, this August.
Brought together by their love of storytelling, Mary and Sarah Elizabeth are a pair of dedicated writers with complementary strengths who’ve cultivated a literary style that captures a Realist’s brutality with a Poet’s grace, uncovering the self-seeking side of tenderness and the undisguised truth of honesty. Inspired by the lyrics of a song, Dusty was born between emails and long G-chats before a single chapter was ever typed. A short story turned into a monster, and more than four years and several edits later, the first half of their collaboration, Innocents, will be released on July 14, 2014. And its conclusion, Delinquents, is set to release on October 23, 2014.
If you’d like to contact The Elizabeths, they can be located on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheElizabethsDusty?ref=hl.

 

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MY REVIEW:

This book is not for the faint hearted. If you read reviews, you’ll find it’s commonly described as a gut-wrenching, soul-shattering stab to the heart. Despite that, I’m a fan. I dare you to read it without falling in love with the lead characters. This installment’s title, Innocents, is apt: two kids walk a path to destruction, ill-equipped to avoid it even if they manage to see it coming.

Think Romeo and Juliet, without the certitude of death.

Our antihero, Dusty acquires addiction while surrounded by the dearest pursuits of childhood: popsicles, skateboards, bicycles, gangs of chattering friends, first kisses and trips to the beach. The parents in this book are useless. However, Bliss is an instinctive nurturer.

I love this story (going back to its serialized fan fiction roots). We root for Dusty and Bliss much as we might for The Phantom and Christine. In fact, while some might argue that both The Phantom and Dusty are as much villains as heroes of their respective pieces, one can alternately argue that each is a victim of circumstance.

As this is the first book in the series, we’re only beginning to see Dusty’s downward spiral. It’s not a comfortable read. I think every parent should have to read it. This isn’t really written for teens although it would doubtless invite lively discussions with young adults. I suspect that young people and their parents would each come away with a very different view of the book.

Bliss’ parents are so strict that she cannot breathe. Dusty’s parents are so lax that he craves structure. Each parent unquestionably loves his or her child. They simply don’t prepare their children for life.

Bliss has a generous heart, knows right from wrong and aches to help Dusty. Dusty possesses a certain nobility, a huge capacity for love and he’s highly empathetic. Reading about this pair, one sees how their lives could be, what they should be, what needs to be done to secure their happiness. That’s why it’s such a compelling read. Will everything work out for them, or will somebody self-destruct? And the kids need to save themselves because drat it, none of the parents is going to step in and get them any help!

I love this book because I love these kids. But I have no idea where they’re going to end up. Five stars to the very daring authors for writing a truly thought-provoking work.

 

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton: Review

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RUSTY NAILED: Second book in the Cocktail Series (Wallbanger, Screwdrivered and Mai Tai’d)

What can I say about this book (and its predecessor, Wallbanger) except that it’s fun, fun, fun. Alice Clayton has a quick wit and the book isn’t sprinkled with it, it’s saturated! Tons of banter, one-liners and silly nicknames. But the story isn’t one big joke; the characters are 3-D and their lives aren’t all rainbows and unicorns.

It’s *cough* pretty steamy, too.

Caroline is a career woman –a designer- who’s about to take a step up in her field. But her boyfriend, our wall banging friend, Simon, travels constantly. Like a lot of women, Caroline has to learn how to balance her busy life and maintain her relationships. At times, she must learn to compromise. At other times, she has to stick to her guns. When she’s true to herself, things tend to go well for her. I really like this character for making tough choices.

Simon is sexy as ever –a contributing factor being his sense of humour. When Caroline’s office is being renovated and the workmen are banging on the walls, Simon just has to ask if she still likes his hammer. He always makes her laugh, which is adorable.

 

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No, he doesn’t really wear these. But I bet Caroline would buy them as a gag gift.

One of the things I like best about this novel is the way everyday moments flesh out the story and make it feel real. Simon snores. He tends to sleep on top of a very squashed Caroline, who says he’s too hot (which pleases him no end). Clive the Cat constantly inserts himself between his owner and her boyfriend (which pleases Clive no end). Simon works on his relationship with Clive (Yeah, he has serious conversations with the cat, which pleases Caroline no end).

 

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Do you guys know how hard it is to find a pic of a hawt guy chatting with a gray cat? Very, very hard!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be careful where you read this one, because you’re likely to laugh out loud. Five stars.

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Release Day Blitz: Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

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I am so excited to be able to announce the  arrival of the newest book by Amber L. Johnson, PUDDLE JUMPING. It is available in both
e­book and paperback.

Synopsis:

When it comes to love there’s no
such thing as conventional.


Everyone thinks
Colton Neely is special.


Lilly Evans just thinks he’s
fascinating.


Once friends when they
were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate
ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy
she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find
out.


When he walks through the corridor of her
school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton
Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.


Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does
not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so
hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are
apart.

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Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day -despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re
sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist,
a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa’ ­ because she’s a rebel. Ifshe’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
 
Amber’s musical suggestion for this book is Ten Feel Tall by
Afrojack (ft. Wrabel)