Thursday, October 16, 2014

That's a Promise

Join us while Victoria Klahr goes on tour with The Heart of a Reader and her novel That's a Promise. The book is a re-release, published October 10 with Booktrope Publishing, and is the first book in the Promises, Promises series.
 that's a promise cover

BUY LINKS  :


Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1qteiTC

 
 
About the Book 
 Pain isn’t new to me. I’ve been to hell only to find it never really leaves when you get back. It haunts me through nightmares, unrequited love, lies, broken hearts, and now death. A monster almost took my life. My best friend carries half my soul a world away. My boyfriend broke my heart but refuses to let me go. And my father is dead. I don’t believe in fate and I don’t believe in happily-ever-afters, but for some reason, I still hope. Live, even with a tainted spirit. Long for my other half to come back to me. Risk another broken heart, just to feel loved again. And refuse to let another horror break me. In the face of my most recent tragedy, I have to decide whether forgiveness is something I can give. But even if that’s an option, can I be forgiven?

Enjoy this excerpt from That's a Promise:


I’m in a sea of black. The beautiful May day gives no impression that there is any sadness or grief in the air. It’s one of those days that you want to spend outside, smelling the new blooming flowers, getting some sun, and walking in the grass barefoot, but none of those things hold any interest for me.
Everything is a blur around me, a haze that mirrors my own depression. I know people are talking to me, but I don’t hear them. They express sadness in their words, but most of them never sympathized with us before today. They talk as if they know us, but where were they before? They live their lives talking shit behind people’s backs, but don’t see the hypocrisy in their fake condolences.
I’ve learned to ignore the whispers and stares, a lesson received repeatedly as I grew up in what some would call an “unconventional” household. Apparently punching everyone who bullies you isn’t the socially acceptable way to handle things, so I try to just ignore them. I don’t want or need to let any of their negativity in, so I remain quiet. There’s been enough sadness in our lives, and there’s no need for nasty words from nosey neighbors to pile onto that pain.
A person in a black suit finishes shoveling dirt into the cold, deep grave. I focus on the earth closing around the person I loved so immensely and to whom I felt so close. The ground consumes the casket and takes my loved one away into a lonely pit; permanently putting an end to the best person I will ever know.
I look at my dad sitting next to me. He is distraught, but well medicated for the occasion, only showing emotion when he remembers he just lost the love of his life. He seems to have aged ten years in the past week. He was once the strongest and most commanding person I knew, but today, he looks like a child. He doesn’t speak, doesn’t do anything except for the essentials. He exists, but he’s not living. He looks up at me and I feel like maybe he wants to reach out and say something to comfort me, but I know his internal pain limits him from showing affection. I put my hand on his shoulder to show I’m here, hoping he understands what I mean.
People are finally leaving. Leaving us behind to grieve together in peace. That’s a lie. There is no peace for us, and there won’t be for a long time. With the preparations for the funeral complete, I have all the time in the world to sit and think about the gravity of what I just lost. That’s not peace. That’s torture.
“Dad,” I say, “I think that maybe we should head back to the house.” He sits there, giving no indication that he heard me suggest our departure.
“Dad,” I try again, after a minute. “Let’s say goodbye, and go home.” I can’t stand to be here any longer.
He stands slowly and walks over to the heap of dirt covering a life that was once vibrant and lively. He collapses onto the mound, and at first I’m startled by the sudden fall. Once I hear the heart wrenching sobs that escape his mouth, I understand he is saying his goodbye. I hear him murmuring about his undying love, and decide to give him some privacy.
I look toward the entrance of the cemetery, shaking myself out of the haze that I was in. I don’t even recall walking this far to get to the grave site, but I don’t want to remember, so I don’t try to conjure up the memory.
A figure leans against one of the nearby trees and I start to sweep my eyes past until recognition hits me in the chest heavily. I don’t think he wanted to be seen, but he was caught and he knows it. My throat starts to constrict and pain obstructs my chest.
He hasn’t changed much since the last time I saw him, except that he has no smile on his face today. He’s still breathtakingly handsome… but he’s also still the asshole I left behind at the cafĂ© a year ago.
Why is he here? How dare he show his face here on a day like today?
I’m in such a state of shock that I lose concept of space and time. I stare at him for a good two minutes before I jerk back to reality.
He gives me a small wave and a slight lift of his beautiful lips. It is a sad and withdrawn smile, enough for me to know he understands exactly what happened.
I glare back at him, not in any mood to be civil, and start stomping my way toward him, intent on giving him a piece of my mind. He has no right to be here.
As I draw closer to him, he pulls himself from the tree and approaches. We meet up and stand so close I almost forget the reason why I came up to him. In my mind’s stuttering state, he speaks first.
 “Hi Josie.” His deep, dominant voice washes over me, and I’m angry that it thrills me to hear his voice again. I swallow down the warmth, and try to keep my guard intact.
“What the hell are you doing here?” I hiss. “I’m pretty sure I made it clear I never wanted to see you again. How dare you show your face here?”
“Jo… I just wanted to come and say how sorry I am about your loss. I heard about Will, and I needed to come see how you were doing,” he responds, sadness clear from the roughness of his voice.
Hearing him use my nickname with his gentle tone makes me weak. I wrap my arms around my body to try and keep my anger from being impacted by his kindness.
“I don’t want you here,” I whisper, looking anywhere but at him. I don’t want him to see me break down ever again, but between my loss and seeing him, I don’t know if I will be able to hold back. In that one sentence, filled with the longing and sadness that I didn’t want to show, I made it clear to him that I’m still hurting over what happened.
“I understand. I needed to make sure you’re okay. I know how hard this is for you.” He slowly starts to reach out his hand, and while my cheek tingles at the thought of him touching even an inch of my skin, I think he knows that it’s unwelcome. As I turn the slightest fraction away, he lets his hand fall back to his side, a look of regret crossing his face.
“I can’t do this. Dad needs me right now. I have to take him back to the house,” I say, wanting to get rid of him and the memories he is bringing back.
“Let me stay with you for the day. We can catch up and I can help you with things. Today is tough as it is, let me help,” he says, confidence and determination starting to come back into his personality. This is the man I knew.
I hear footsteps behind me as my dad walks up to us. He stands there, lost in a world I don’t want to enter. He said his goodbye and now he’s retreated back into his shell. I look up at my unexpected visitor and get ready to tell him goodbye for the last time.
“Mr. Sommers, I am so sorry for your loss,” he says softly to my dad. “Josie and I were talking about heading back to the house to catch up and throw away some of the food your neighbors sent over.” He gives me a sly smile and then returns his attention to my dad. “Would one extra person be okay?”
My dad grunts and gives a barely noticeable nod, and we both know him well enough to know that he has accepted the offer. I shake my head at his response.
“Dad, go ahead to the car. I’ll be there in a couple minutes,” I say, hoping to convince Blake Porter to leave. When Dad is almost at the car, I whip myself around to scowl at the same stubborn Blake I used to know. He has a small cocky smirk playing on his lips, and I don’t like how distractingly handsome he still is.
“You need to leave and never come back around here or me again. I can barely even look at you without wanting to punch you in your stupid face!”
The last part is only partially true; a part of me wants to hit him again, and the other part wants to kiss him. His smile grows a little after he hears me say that, because he knows me well enough to figure out that I really do want to hit him.
“I get that you never wanted to see me again after the last time, Josie. Just let me be here for you today. Let me be your friend this one time. I can help. You know I can help,” he says sincerely. I know he can help, but that scares me.
I take a deep breath and try to sort out my thoughts. He is the last person I need to be talking to, and the second person I’ve wanted to talk to since this happened. I know exactly who is standing before me, and I know without a doubt that if I let him back in, I will be hurt and betrayed all over again. 


Kricket's Chirps : 3.5

This story has stuck with me, and while reading it I was already torn as to how to review it.  The storyline is so unique that I had no choice but to be submerged and even a bit obsessed with it.  That said, I believe the characters themselves could have been a bit more developed, and the secondary characters could have played more than a starring role as they did.  Even the two men that Josie was torn between didn't seem to be around very often, which would have been refreshing had the story been more centered around Josie herself than Josie's love life.
For the story itself, I loved that it showed recovery in a different light.  Josie was forced to not only endure a traumatic experience, but in a chance encounter, she was forced to relive the memory of this event years down the road.  She had the chance to continue the victim, or accept her past but choose her future.  In the moment, she chose to let go of everything that was making her happy in that moment and wallow in her despair.
This time without her best friend, Seth, who had been the only person capable of pulling her from her darkness the first time.  The one person that she fell in love with, and never could fully regain her heart from.  The person she hurt so badly that he exited her life, never looking back.
Blake had taken his place.  The handsome boy that quickly became her protector and lover.  Josie believed herself to be in loved with him, and I can agree that he seemed like the kind of guy you'd want to fall in love with.  At least, Josie's perception of him.  But when push came to shove, she couldn't handle his presence in her life.  And given the chance to work things out, she ended up not being at all what he could handle himself.  
There were so many twists and turns in this book that I applaud the author for, but for the first time in my reading experience, I believe there was too much sex.  I'm torn between believing that Josie is a vapid individual only capable of interest in sex and believing that Josie has such a broken self esteem that the only way for her to validate herself is through sex.  Either way, I'm not sure this was the intent of the book.  I wish there had been more character development and less sex breaking up the story in very strange spots.  This is only my opinion, though, and still I cannot wait to get my hands on That's a Lie to find out where the characters go next.  It'll be interesting to see if they grow at all in their personalities.  

 



Giveaway
 

 Victoria Klahr 
About the Author 
Victoria Klahr (pronounced “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and daughter to pieces. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. When she’s not daydreaming about book boyfriends and fantasizing about being a badass heroine like Rose Hathaway, she’s busy doing schoolwork for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and writing the stories that speak to her in her head. She loves peanut butter with Oreos, good friends, amazing gossip, driving in the middle of merge lanes, comedies, crude humor, pretending like she can dance, pretending like she can kick major ass, and a really, really good laugh. 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Always In by M.R. Joseph





 My name is Raphael Cruz. I was once a man made up of only flesh and bone. Never feeling, just existing. I indulged in the pleasures that others gave to me, and those I gave to them. That's all it was—pleasure. Physical pleasure. No emotions, no attachments. I didn't need all those feelings, didn't want them. There was no longing for love, no longing to let anyone in. Until I found her. And I gave in. Harlow Hannum showed me what love was all about. I savored it and held it close, not even knowing I really wanted it in my life. She made me feel loved. She made me accept love. She taught me how to love in return. My heart was open to it all. My heart was hers. It belonged to her. But, she never knew. And then lies, deceit and betrayal forced me to lose the one thing that made me more than a man who just existed. I should have told her I loved her when I had the chance. I should have told her I gave in to all the powers that love possess. Will I ever have the chance to tell her? Will my past mistakes never give me that chance?


PURCHASE: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1zhUQRE


Before I get to my review, here's a little mood music.

Always In Playlist :

http://open.spotify.com/user/1239136022/playlist/0yxp9FjjUS47SI2spdTGY7
 

Rating : 5 Chirps

Let's be real for a second.  There are people in our lives, fictional and reality, that hop on our last nerve and hump the shit out of it.  We love them anyway.  My mother used to tell me "I love you but I don't like you right now" whenever I would get in one of these moods.

Well, Harlow, I love you but I didn't like you through most of this book.

Memories are supposed to live forever.  

...But what happens when they don't?  If you've read Giving In *SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T* you know Harlow was in a horrific accident at the end of the book.  This left her without many of the memories that she made with Cruz, though she did remember their first meeting and their blossoming friendship.  That first meeting, though?  I could lose every memory I've ever made tomorrow and remember that scene.  EPIC!

Anyway, Cruz has been by her side since her first night in the hospital.  But she doesn't remember their love, and he is overcome with it.  She's more than a little freaked out by his lovey dovey nature and the fact that he won't stop kissing her.  (Wow, hardship there.  I don't know how I could survive it either.)  So, Cruz has to go.  Harlow needs her time to heal.  Let her memories come back on their own.

   
So, Cruz, he's gotta find a way to move on.  Right?  Well, instead of women, he turns to the bottle.  Sandy Cove residents quickly label him the town drunk, and their little circle of friends are more than a little worried about him.  Harlow even eventually finds it in her heart to meet him for coffee and try to set at least their friendship back on the right path.  This opens a door for Cruz to spend time with her and make her fall in love with him all over again, or preferably remember the special love they shared before.

Now, here's where I lose my mind a little bit.  Tragedy gives you a little bit of a pass.  But stupidity is stupidity, broken brain or not.  During this little coffee meeting, Harlow tells Cruz that she doesn't plan to date anyone, obviously in an attempt to head him off at the pass there.  She just needs to focus on her healing, she says.

We all know where this is going, right?

Enter Daniel, the new teacher where Harlow and Willow work.  Good looks?  Check.  Charming personality?  Check.  British accent?  Check.  Great with kids?  Check.  Has a child of his own?  CHECK.

For Harlow, he's got everything on her list for the perfect man, and he's interested in her.  Forget Cruz and the fact that the man is hurting something fierce, that accent requires extra panties in the purse.  So she's going for it.  Obviously, things get serious, and Cruz is left twisting in the wind.

In case we haven't noticed it, this is what pisses me off about Harlow.  I'm obviously #TeamCruz 100%.  That man came so far for her, and she was clearly better with him than without him.  Before he helped her open up, Harlow came off a bit snobby and pretentious, hiding behind her brains and big words to defend her heart.  I get it.  I do.  But she seemed to go right back there the minute she woke up, and didn't even bother trying to be decent at being human.  Even after she started having dreams about Cruz, she didn't just say "hey, let's spend some time together and see what happens.".  She knew what would happen, but Daniel was perfect on paper.  Stubborn, and maybe even a little bit selfish, she had to have him.

What's so impressive about an accent anyway?  I have muscles...and tattoos.  -  Cruz

Indeed, Cruz, indeed.  As I mentioned, Cruz had an opening to her life.  And it seemed that at most turns, he was tossed another one.  That man wasn't about to give up, even when he found out she was seeing someone else.  He takes a few drastic measures, but he eventually gets her right next to him.  Until morning comes, at least.  She goes back to Daniel, though.  Cruz is a little more heartbroken each time she reels him and throws him back.  Eventually he's done with it, and moves in with his brother and sister-in-law, and Rafe the Rake is back.

Now, here's where I end my review.  Because I don't want to give away the ending.  You want to know what happens next, get the book!  And if you aren't even sure what I'm talking about to this point, get the first one too!

See where it all started.....

Giving In
The Shore Series #1
SYNOPSIS:
Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom. Harlow Hannum is your typical girl-next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money. What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal, and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's been extinguished for so long. With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of what could have been?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22410615-giving-in
 

Purchase links:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/VsXnc4
B&N: http://bit.ly/1lpYxih




I'm going to go ahead and leave you with this final quote, though...

Love gets you so much.  It's not worthless, it gives you nobility.  It gives you hope.  - Cruz


Author Biography:
 
I'm a book enthusiast, turned author, who loves all things "Happily Ever After".

My first book, 'Reunion' debuted in November, 2012. Meant only to be a Christmas gift to my family and closest friends, word got out, and here I am. The second in the
series, 'You Belong With Me', released in March, 2013, and the final installment in the series, 'Letters to Luca', released August 2013.

Mom and wife by day, writer of contemporary romance by night, I believe in soul mates, true love, and all that mushy stuff.


 Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reunionbookseries
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@redkar_m
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6936575.M_R_Joseph 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qzhsJ9 

Thanks to HEA Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful lady's tour!

HEA Book Tours, PR & More: http://heabooktours.blogspot.com/

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Author Spotlight - M.R. Joseph

As any of my followers know, I am a HUGE M.R. Joseph fan.  I mean, seriously - I love this woman and her mind.  So naturally I'm going to be a big promoter, and I love to feature her on my blog as often as possible.  In cooperation with Silver Lining Events in promotion of her newest cover reveal and release day party - set for June 27th at 9 p.m. EST (you NEED to be there!!!!) - I'm going to let her tell you a little bit about herself in her words. 


I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever
After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the
occasional cliffhanger! My Kindle is glued to my hands most
of the time, but I still love the look and feel of a paperback
book. My love of books brought me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I
have created 2 series. The first series 'The Reunion Series'
debuted in November 2012 and two books followed, those
being stand alone novels. My new series 'The Shore Series'
released in March 2014. The first book is entitled 'Giving In'
and four books will follow in that series. When i'm not
writing, you'll never see me in front of the T.V. Curled up
with a good book id where you'll find me. I am huge Indie
Author fan and supporter.




Connecting with Joseph is simple! Here's how:
http://www.amazon.com/M.R.-
Joseph/e/B00E7TME2C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1401391785&sr=1-1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reunionbookseries?ref=hl
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6936575.M_R_Joseph
Twitter: @redkar_m
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/missyreds/


Reunion (Reunion Series Book 1)

Savannah Garrett had always had a good head on her
shoulders. She was well-educated and had a fantastic teaching job
at a prestigious school in Boston. Her life was just where she wanted
it to be until she returned to her home town in the suburbs of
Philadelphia for her 10 year class reunion.
Seeing old friends and reminiscing about her high school days was
expected. Seeing her first love after five years was not. Can she
handle seeing Sam Reynolds after all this time and could she get
through the hurt and pain their past relationship had caused?
Can there be a second chance for Savannah and Sam or would a
deep, dark secret destroy their chances of happiness?


You Belong With Me (Reunion Series Book 2)


What happens when a man falls in love with his best friend? How does he convince her to love
him in return if she has no idea that his feelings run so deep?
Carter London has everything a man should want, a blooming
career as a sexy rock star, a loving family, women who adore his
model-perfect looks, and great friends. What he doesn't have is
the love of the girl who stole his heart nine years ago.
Casey Colbert is the converse-wearing epitome of the girl next
door. She's smart, beautiful, and best friends with Carter London.
She knows all there is to know about her sex-on-a-stick best
friend, except the well-guarded secret of her holding the key to
his heart.
Carter returns to his hometown of Indian Shores, Florida for his
ten year college reunion, to profess his love to Casey.
Unfortunately, he discovers her heart is already spoken for by
none other than Jordan Reid, who is gorgeous, sweet and insanely rich.
Carter vows to use his time back home to win over the one woman who can set his world on
edge with just a glimpse of her smile. Will Casey see the love that's right in front of her eyes? Or
will the mistakes of his past and his obsession with loving her overwhelm the girl who already
has it all?


Letters To Luca (Reunion Series Book 3)


The course of true love never did run smooth~ Shakespeare
Leighton Parks~
I only wrote the love letters to my high school crush for fear if
he truly knew my identity, I would be rejected. I wasn't the
most confident girl in my school, and he was well... he was
Luca Ferro. How could he ever be interested in a shy, book
worm like me? That's why I wrote them. To tell him all the
feelings I had for him. When I stopped writing the letters, I
never imagined that 10 years later they’d come back to change
my life, forever.
Luca Ferro~
I always believed in soul mates, finding that one true love. And
I found her, my letter girl, but never knew who she was. She
was a mystery. Her letters, her words, meant more to me than anything. I searched for her,
thought of her day and night, but never found her. I gave up on the idea of finding the missing
piece to my puzzle—that is until she walked right into my life and I didn’t know what hit me.
A chance encounter brings Luca and Leighton together ten years later at their high school
reunion. Will past secrets threaten to destroy their futures,
or will love be written in the stars for them just as it was in
Leighton’s letters?


Giving In (The Shore Series Book 1)

Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall
in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love
him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He
knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done
making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word
love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one
hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom.
Harlow Hannum is your typical girl-next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money.
What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She
always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal,
and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide
them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's
been extinguished for so long.
With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove
anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming
friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of
what could have been?


Second book in The Shore Series coming soon!

Cover Reveal Party on Facebook brought to you by Silver Lining Events
June 11th at 8:00 PM EST
https://www.facebook.com/events/525901120868888/

My name is Raphael Cruz. I was once a man made up of only flesh and bone. Never feeling, just
existing. I indulged in the pleasures that others gave to me, and those I gave to them. That's all
it was—pleasure. Physical pleasure. No emotions, no attachments. I didn't need all those
feelings, didn't want them. There was no longing for love, no longing to let anyone in. Until I
found her. And I gave in.
Harlow Hannum showed me what love was all about. I savored it and held it close, not even
knowing I really wanted it in my life. She made me feel loved. She made me accept love. She
taught me how to love in return. My heart was open to it all. My heart was hers. It belonged to
her. But, she never knew. And then lies, deceit and betrayal forced me to lose the one thing
that made me more than a man who just existed.
I should have told her I loved her when I had the chance. I should have told her I gave in to all
the powers that love possess.
Will I ever have the chance to tell her? Will my past mistakes never give me that chance?
I need her to know.
I want her to know...
I'm in...
Always

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Red Hill - Jamie McGuire

Kricket's Chirps : 4 out of 5 

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?


I'm the type of reader that devours a book in 24 hours.  I've never pushed myself to finish any book that I couldn't get into in that amount of time.  Until Red Hill.

The concept of this story terrified the living daylights out of me.  It was my love for Jamie McGuire's writing in Beautiful Disaster, and the peer pressure of my two book besties, that convinced me to give this novel a chance.  I shamefully admit getting this one down took me longer than a month.  When I did finally reach the end, I was left wondering WTH?!?!?!

Jamie is brilliant.  I'm envious of her imagination, but frightened of what actually goes through her mind.  Not only was there fictitious horror in this story, but there was everyday horror that we either overlook or pray it never touches our lives - if we're lucky enough not to relate to it.

So many times I found myself crying with the characters throughout this book, and also trying to find the predictability factor.  When I would think I had it figured out, the rug was pulled out from under me.  The end was not what I expected it to be at all.  When I mentioned it to my BBs, one of them outright said "She never promised a happy ending."  The other "It wasn't necessarily a HEA, but it was happy."

Here's what it was for me.  DISTRESS!!  I don't want to spoil anything, but I will explain this about me for those that are wanting to read this one.  I cannot watch end of the world movies without thinking of the aftermath.  World ends in upheaval = who's gonna clean up that mess?  Small town left to repopulate the human race = is the ratio of non-related men and women favorable?  

That said, if you're the type of person who enjoys zombies, or someone who would like to step out of their reading comfort zone, this is the book to do it with.  It was engaging, suspenseful, and descriptive.

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

COVER REVEAL - BRAIDED STRINGS Kaprice Potter

New author on the scene, Kaprice Potter will be releasing her first title on May 13th, 2014.  Check out the cover, which depicts Cara Wyatt and Delaney Blake perfectly!

Synopsis:



CARA WYATT fell in love with her best friend.

She’d been afraid to share her feelings with him, until one day, when an impulsive decision gave them the opportunity at a relationship that they’d been denying for years…

DELANEY BLAKE was in love with Cara from the moment he met her. 

He knew she relied on him, but Cara didn’t realize he relied on her just as much. However, he had plans. A strict outline of what his future should be, and he was determined to make them happen.

When Delaney was faced with having to choose between her and his future, he panicked, and Cara pushed him away believing it was better than facing potential rejection. 

More than a year later, she has to risk facing that rejection, and even worse, anger for the SECRETS she kept from him when it all fell apart…
  


About the Author:  

Kaprice Potter began reading romance at a young age, starting with Anne of Green Gables.  Swooning over the story of Anne and Gilbert, she dreamed of someday marrying a man that would be her best friend.

Now living in rural Minnesota with her husband and three children, she still likes to lose herself in those stories, and she has started writing them as well.  And as a mother to young boys, she alternates between fear that they will be the bad boys every girl dreams of, and hope that she will be able to teach them that romance is not only in fiction. 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

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Kricket's Chirps : 4 out of 5, wait, 5 out of 5, no... ( I just don't know!)

Ultimately, this story deserves more than 4 chirps, but I just can't bring myself to do it.  I'm selfishly holding a grudge against this story for drawing me in and breaking my heart like a filthy Casanova. 

So, Harper...p.s. LOVE the name...back on topic.  Harper has been sheltered, but not really.  One would expect a girl like her, who's grown up on base around military boys, to be a bit more experienced.  But she's not, which is the first surprise of the story.  She's been the tomboy, now she's a bombshell.  The men love her, fall at her innocent little feet right out of the gate.  But she doesn't lure them in with intentions of being skanky, nor is she even really looking for love and happily ever after.  She just wants to live her life on her terms, not answering to anyone, not depending on anyone.

Until Brandon.  He steals her heart, and gives her the first kiss she's been waiting for.  He's sweet, he's sexy, he's possessive (in a good way) - he's everything you think you'd want to spend the rest of your life with.  Or is he?

Maybe it's Chase?  Maybe you want to spend your life with the bad boy, the boy so afraid of commitment he keeps his bedroom locked up, and picks up multiple girls a night.  Of course, you want to reform him first, and keep him and all his tattooed, muscled gorgeousness all to yourself.  You want to have that chance to say you were the one, enough to stop his philandering ways.  That's what every girl wants, right?  To be somebody's everything?  

But there's Brandon, with all his sweetness, who most girls can't get to.  He's safe.  He'll never break your heart.

Chase will, but you wonder if the pain is worth it.  No pain, no gain, right? 

Ugh, see, I just can't make up my mind.  I so wish it wasn't such a tough choice to make.  Both of the men in Harper's life made me insanely jealous that I'm not a fictional character vying for their attention.  But, then again, I would never want to be in Harper's position.  She had two wonderful men who loved her, and she loved them both, but one just not as much as the other.  That alone would be difficult to deal with.

But here's the kicker...the reason I just don't know if I can give it the 5th chirp.  The reason I love and loathe Molly McAdams.  She MASTERED the art of pain in fiction.  She took a chance, and she made it work.  I can't tell you what that chance is, but I can tell you, I will never be the same after reading this, and despite the pain I feel even thinking about it, I still read it a second time (and sobbed just as hard),  If you've read it, you know exactly what I'm referring to.  

So, here's my question for y'all.  Do you prefer a traditional story, with a little bit of tears, or do you want a story that grips the hell out of your emotions and doesn't let go until that last tear has been wrung out?  Tell me why on the post below, and you'll be entered to win a $5 Amazon or B&N gift card, your preference. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patty's Day Review : GIVING IN by M.R. Joseph (Giveaway at the bottom)

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Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom.


Harlow Hannum is your typical girl-next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money. What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal, and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's been extinguished for so long.

With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of what could have been?
 
 
 
Kricket's Chirps : 5  out of 5
 
The book definitely starts on a high note, one that will knock your socks off and leave you blushing.  And after such a pivotal scene, you wonder "WTF man?".
 
M.R. Joseph to me means humor, passion, and heartbreak.  With everyone of her stories she has had me blushing, laughing, crying and even feeling a bit embarrassed for the characters at some points in time.  For this reason, Giving In was highly anticipated for me.  And I was not disappointed.  Harlow and Cruz challenge each other.  Opposites attract.  I remember being asked, who wants a jelly on jelly sandwich when you can have peanut butter and jelly?  That's what these two are for me.  Harlow's personality is sweet with a bit of tart, Cruz is a crunchy peanut butter...he sticks with you, is overall smooth, but there are moments when you either chew or choke.  


 
One of the things that I loved about this was that they didn't just fall into a relationship with each other.  It took time.  They won each other over, became friends dependent on each other, and really didn't even know themselves when they fell in love.  Harlow is there for Cruz when he needs her, when he reveals that deep down he's a nervous little boy, despite his tough, womanizing exterior.  And Cruz treats her so well, supporting her independence and spoiling her in equal measure.
 

Then there is the trademark in all Joseph's stories...the heartbreak.  I kept waiting for it.  I thought maybe if I was prepared for it, I might avoid the ugly crying.  There were so many moments of trial for this couple, and every time I thought I had it figured out, they breezed through it.  Well, not exactly breezed through it, but it could have been so much worse.  And then it was.  I was absolutely wrecked.  And she did it in three words.  That's all it took.  
 

But despite those three words, she ended the book on such a beautiful note, even though it's a cliffhanger.  I was instantly left waiting for the second in the series.  This book only solidified why I adore this author.
 

 

 


 About the Author

I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books has brought me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series, 'The Reunion Series' debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. You Belong With Me & Letters To Luca. Even though a series, each book is a stand alone giving you different stories about reunions. My new series which will be a continuation series called 'The Sandy Cove Series' will release in March 2014. The first book is entitled 'Giving In'. I'm still an avid reader and huge Indie Author supporter! Here's where you can find my books:

 


 

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