Friday, July 31, 2015

Kyra Davis' JUST ONE LIE - Review and GIVEAWAY!



 4 Chirps

The way I see it, there are two forms of rebellion. There is rebellion for the sake of rebellion, and there is rebellion for the sake of fulfillment. The problem with this is that in either situation, resistance is key. Resistance of convention and authority, and ultimately the greater good.

Mercy Raye - a.k.a. Melody Fitzgerald - is the picture of rebellion for the sake of fulfillment. She began her journey of self-destruction early in life, searching for something to ease the feelings of disapproval inflicted by her father. Deep down, though, she knew that she was meant for more - that she was capable of more. She's a mess, but she's the most put together mess possible. Her story shows what it looks like to know what is good for you but to rebel against it anyway.

On the other hand, her love interest Ash is the epitome of rebellion for the sake of rebellion. He is simply living to do as he pleases, living as if the future is now, not caring what the world has in store for him or what is best for him. Eventually he leads himself into the hospital, and it's at that time that Mercy finally sees the difference between herself and him. And what it is she needs to do for herself and her future.

In that moment, the readers heart breaks a little, but it's only destined to break more before it's healed.  In that moment, Mercy realized that young June - the daughter of her drummer and triangular love interest - needs to be protected from her.  She chooses to sacrifice her own happiness to save little June, and Brad - and also give Brad the time he needs to find his own way. This was a hard story to read, dealing with real issues and with hard facts of life. There was a good lesson to be learned though, and I recommend it to anyone who might be struggling with what is real and what might be in life. 

RaeLee's Review: 

4 Chirps

Originally, I saw this book going in several different directions, from the horribly sad to the big HEA. However, the author surprised me with added bonuses; a second chance love affair and a bit of a love triangle. But most important, self discovery and love. The story starts out with Mercy Raye- AKA Melody Fitzgerald rocking out with her band mates at the turn of the century---let's party like its 1999!. No really, that's when the story begins. 

The 90's was all about rebellion against the "man" but in this story it was mainly rebellion against family and love and life and most importantly, rebellion against herself. Mercy was a product of her choices. Some good, some not so good. The day Melody died and Mercy was born, something changed. She became cold and distracted.  Mercy is a mess. She is beautiful and she knows it. She needs her life to be extraordinary for her to feel normal...ordinary. 

When it comes down to it, she learns over the course of this story and years that she needs to love herself in order to move on and love another. 

What started as a typical angst filled book, ended in a beautiful lesson. Sometimes the road is bumpy and you can easily be lost, but no matter how long you meander those roads and no matter how long it takes, you keep moving forward. You stand up for yourself and you learn, however hard it may be, that love comes from within.  

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Monday, July 20, 2015

LEGEND, Real Series #6 by Katy Evans - Cover Reveal

From the author that brought the world Remington Tate, we have promise of more with the cover of LEGEND!!!  Fangirl squeals for days!  Check out this sexy cover and blurb  :-)

(Real series #6)
Can love really conquer all? – Book 6 in Katy Evan’s breakout New York Times bestselling series that began with REAL.

Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he's known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He's got a personal score to settle with the Underground's one and only Remington "Riptide" Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town--and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she's none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who's supposed to root against him and a girl he's supposed to stay away from. 

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND. 


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Manwhore + 1 by Katy Evans


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5 + Stars 

In Manwhore we met - and ultimately fell in love with - Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint.  We envied and admired Rachel Livingston.   Manwhore + 1 expands on those feelings, and you're left with a feeling of loss when you reach the final page.  Katy's ability to make the fanciful realistic is a refreshing talent not seen often enough.   Not only does she create characters that you see your own best friends reflected in, but she's also manage to make a little word like "DIBS" infamous, and she's turned a simple corner kiss into the most desirable of seduction tactics.  And that was just with book 1.  What she managed to do to me with book 2 was absolute sorcery.

I'd do it all again for another moment with him. 

After one of the most frustrating cliffhangers I've ever read, Manwhore +1 resumes the story exactly where it left off with, at the offices of M4 with Rachel about to see Saint for the first time in four weeks.   She's not sure what is about to transpire, but she's hopeful that he's ready for them to talk through what had happened. What ultimately ends up happening, though, is Saint offering her a job with Interface.  In her mind, knowing that he's never touched any of his employees, she is convinced the job offer is a sign of their absolute ending.  She refuses the job, reinforcing that the only thing she really wants is him.

No.   I work for what I most want.  I win it, or I don't feel like it's mine at all. 

We don't have to wait long before we begin to see more of the things we loved about Manwhore, as Saint lures Rachel back to him, and at his insistence, the two of them take things slow.  The story never does explain it clearly, but I took this as yet another of Saint's efforts to truly earn what he has, to make it his own rather than to have it fall into his lap at the manipulation of others.

In a world where he can buy anything he wants, I'm his littlest thing.  And he's my biggest, grandest thing. 

Saint proves once again that billionaire doesn't have to mean untouchable.  Yes, he's sin on a stick and every woman wants him, but he's also down to earth and maintains a boyish charm that no other book boyfriend has.  He acknowledges that other women are available to him, and that he can have nearly any woman he wants.  But none of them are Rachel.  None of them make him feel like he is everything by being nothing more than the man he is.

I'm a challenge to you, Saint.  You'll finally get me and then you'll be done with me.   

Rachel is still battling her own demons through the book.  She has already told Saint that she loves him, before things went bad.   She knows that she is still in love with him, but she's afraid of what he will do if she tells him.  Is she protecting her heart, or their relationship?  I'm not entirely sure, but her uncertainty is definitely there.

You use something you discard.  And I'll never be done with you.

And to top things off, there's Saint's romantic side.  Popping up left and right throughout the book, reminding us why we waited so long for the second installment of this series.  All the things that we went through our lives without for months while we anxiously anticipated his return.   I spent the entirety of this book reading his lines with a goofy grin on my face.  I can guarantee that you'll end up with what I now refer to as "Saint face" as well.    

About the Author:

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!