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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ ❤ Stain by Francette Phal

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Synopsis


"You're like the sun...and I'm the stupid moon. Always chasing after you."


I didn't know it was possible to fall so deeply into someone. To drown so strongly into their bottomless depths coming up for air was unfathomable. Until he comes along, with his sun-hot radiance, and eclipses the candle that is me. He's Lucifer before the fall, beautiful but the devil is in the way he looks at me. In the way his touch brands his name across every inch of my skin. His kisses possess my soul in the most sinful of ways.


Maddox Moore is my beginning and my end. Protector, friend, and lover—he's become my sole religion. At his side I become fearless, in his arms I burn to cinders, and in worshiping him I lose myself and discover the person he sees in me. But nothing is forever. Moments are ephemeral. No matter how much you want something life inevitably reminds you that you can't have it.


I'm damaged. He's broken. We're both covered in stains. Stains that make it impossible for us to hold onto each other.


MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY 18+

Warning: This book contains graphic content which may not be suitable for sensitive readers.


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About the Author

Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

BOOK REVIEW ❤ Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon


TITLE : Born of Betrayal (The League: Nemesis Rising #10) by
AUTHOR: Sherrilyn Kenyon
SERIES: The League: Nemesis Rising #10, The League #10
GENRE: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
SOURCE: Publisher
PUBLISHED: November 3rd 2015 by St. Martin's Press
Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancée. Even his name.

Now decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again.

But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all.

It’s killed or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce…

Or more fun.


"Stay with me, Stormy, In all the darkness of my life, you are the only light I've ever known."
The League has become one of favorite paranormal series after discovering it earlier this year. I have nine of the ten books in audiobook, with Born of Betrayal being the first hardcover in the series I have reviewed for the blog. Each book in the series focuses on a different couple and the war between the Sentella and The League. Born of Betrayal covers various degrees of betrayal but at its core is a second chance romance that unites one family and reunites another.

Sherrilyn Kenyon has easily become one of my favorite authors. She’s created a world that is unique and fascinating with its various sentient beings and their political and cultural differences. SK’s characters are always well written, fully fleshed out and relatable, making her an amazingly talented writer.

Born of Betrayal is a very different from the previous books in the series because it is Galene and Fain second chance.  The prior books had a lot of interaction between the main the characters and the reader could follow their relationship and see them falling in love. Galene and Fain still are very much in love, so the story isn’t very romance heavy, but there is much that needs to be confessed and forgiven for the two to move forward and it is amazing to watch.  We find out that Fain’s life wasn’t as easy or happy as we would have hoped because he was truly alone after Omira’s betrayal.  It is important to note that while this is Galene and Fain's story, their reconciliation feels as if it's the secondary plot and the war is primary.  Surprisingly, I didn't find this to be problematic at all. It made for a different reading experience and added to my overall enjoyment of the book.  

A signature characteristic of Sherrilyn Kenyon novels is the redemption of the most hated characters, and she does this again with Jullien eton Anatole and Kyr Zemen.  In Born of Night and Born of Defiance, Jullien's actions placed him high on my most hated character list. Kyr earned his place on my list in Born of Silence and Born of Fury. I'm not sure if this was something that I liked or hated, but it does set the groundwork for Born of Legend, and I can't wait to have that book in my hands.
Born of Betrayal is a must read for any fan of the League Series. Although the story is not romance heavy, it is action packed and emotional. Yes, there is a lot going on in this story, but that only added to my anticipation of what’s going to happen on the next page and at the end, the next book. I highly recommend this novel, this series, and anything written by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Happy Reading!!!

*A copy was provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WAITING on WEDNESDAY ❤ Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
by Victoria Aveyard
Expected publication: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fantasy, Dystopia


The thrilling second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen trilogy follows Mare Barrow on her mission to defeat the traitorous Maven.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness of her own heart.

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BOOK REVIEW ❤ Reap by Tillie Cole


TITLE: REAP
SERIES: Scarred Souls #2
AUTHOR: Tillie Cole
GENRE: Dark Romance
SOURCE: Netgalley
PUBLISHED: November 10th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva's obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act, or live for himself; he's his master's perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six-foot-six, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, who rules the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him. 

Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life--away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family's underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family's captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. But sacrifices must be made--blood for blood...life for life...souls for scarred souls...
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cut (wheat, rye, etc.) with a sickle or other implement or a machine,as in harvest.
  2. to gather or take (a crop, harvest, etc.).
  3. to get as a return, recompense, or result:
to reap large profits.

Tillie Cole is a master at her craft. She has easily become one of my favorite authors. Her stories are always well-developed, emotionally gripping and beautifully written, and that holds true in REAP. I recommend reading RAZE first as it’s plot is central to this story. REAP is told from three POVs and evolves into a beautiful story of revenge, love and redemption.

REAP is the story of Luka’s promise fulfilled.

When the story begins, we are reunited with Kisa and Luka. I simply adore this couple and was happy to be updated on their relationship. So far they are my favorite couple in this series. We find that Luka is struggling to adjust to his new life and is still very dependent on Kisa to ease his damaged soul. Luka hasn’t forgotten the promise made to 362, to get revenge for him on the man that him in the Gulag. He finds that 362’s real name is Anri, and he has a twin that is being held prisoner. Luka resolves to free Anri’s brother.

REAP is the story of 221’s freedom realized.

With Luka’s retribution, 221 gains his freedom. After spending 20 years as a drugged zombie, 221 is a shadow of a man. He is a killing machine, programmed to slaughter at his master’s command. He knows that there was something wrong with what he was doing, but he can’t fight it. He is so damaged, almost irrevocably, but as the drugs wear off, memories of who he was begin to return. Tillie Cole describes 221's life in captivity in such a way that you can’t help but feel for him. I know I did.

REAP is the story of  Talia’s true love found.

Talia has been running the Bratva’s fighting ring and needed a vacation, so she escapes to the family’s vacation home. The Talia we encountered in Reap is very different from the Talia we meet in Raze.  She still has her rebellious spirit, but I didn’t connect with her character here like I did in book one. I found her to be very underwhelming and skimmed her chapters until her encounters with 221. I truly enjoyed the scenes with them together. Zaal's character was so child-like and kind. I loved the cadence of his speech. I understood his immediate feelings for Talia and him recognizing her as his other half. I am not a fan of insta-love, which is what Zaal and Talia's relationship feels. I would have liked their bond to develop more so that it seemed realistic.

There were times that I struggled with the story but ultimately I ended up liking it. Regardless of the few issues I had I still found it to be a good read and a wonderful addition to the series. If you enjoy a dark and gritty story, then I highly recommend you read the Scarred Souls series. We get a hint of the next book in the series, and I must say I can’t wait to read it.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

RELEASE BLITZ ❤ Lawless by T.M. Frazier


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Lawless is book three in the King Series
and is Bear and Thia's raw, and gritty tale!

NOW AVAILABLE
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Blurb

Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It's a lie they almost believe.

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About the Author
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T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.

She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.

In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.

It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
It will not be about hamsters.

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RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY ❤ For Cam by Soraya Naomi




Title: For Cam
Series: Chicago Syndicate #4 
Author: Soraya Naomi
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mafia Romance
 Release Date: December 8, 2015



Blurb

Camilla Guillermo’s life has been turned upside down ever since she joined the Chicago Syndicate and was reunited with Adriano Montesi, the cocky and charismatic Mafia man who captured her heart two years ago. Finally, she has a family that she can depend on and the one man she’s always wanted but who was never truly hers before.

Adriano’s a man on a mission, yet Cam’s magnetic pull toward him doesn’t waver while he’s busy building a new empire. Although as his lustful affair with Cam grows into an undeniable love that neither of them can fight any longer, it also brings numerous conflicting emotions to the surface. Emotions that seep into Adriano’s psyche while he becomes one of the most powerful men in Chicago.

Love within the Mafia is more than complicated; it’s explosive. And now that Adriano and Cam are both members of the Chicago Syndicate, not only has everything changed, but their new roles in their business lives are accompanied with new rules, new players, and new deadly enemies that must be dealt with while they’re still cleaning up the dirt of their past.

From Soraya Naomi, Amazon Bestselling Author of For Fallon and For Luca. Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards 2014 winner of Best Breakout Novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, 1).







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Author Bio

I was born in South America in 1984 and raised in Europe where I presently reside with my fiancé.

I read many genres but favor intense, dark, seductive, and provocative novels where the male character loves fiercely, without remorse or boundaries. I also adore forbidden love tales and have an odd fascination with kidnapping romances. No, I don't secretly want to be kidnapped, though!

I have a passionate obsession with the written word and indulge in chocolate pastries much too often.

My debut novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, #1) was released on July 26, 2014. I’m honored that For Fallon won “Best Breakout Novel 2014” in the Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards.



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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ❤ Capture Me by Anna Zaires

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Title: CAPTURE ME (Capture Me, Book 1)
Author: Anna Zaires
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2015


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A new dark romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Twist Me

She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it's just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him. 

Now she will pay.

NOTE: Capture Me is the first book about Lucas & Yulia and has a cliffhanger-ish ending. It’s a long novella/short novel of approximately 45,000 words (about 200 pages) and is a spin-off from the Twist Me trilogy. It’s not necessary to have read that trilogy to enjoy Capture Me, but the book does contain major spoilers for books 2 and 3 of Twist Me.


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Excerpt

Author’s Note: This is from Yulia’s POV. For those of you familiar with the Twist Me series, this scene takes place in Moscow, when Lucas & Julian were there to meet with the Russian officials.


He steps into my apartment as soon as the door swings open. No hesitation, no greeting—he just comes in.
Startled, I step back, the short, narrow hallway suddenly stiflingly small. I’d somehow forgotten how big he is, how broad his shoulders are. I’m tall for a woman—tall enough to fake being a model if an assignment calls for it—but he towers a full head above me. With the heavy down jacket he’s wearing, he takes up almost the entire hallway.
Still not saying a word, he closes the door behind him and advances toward me. Instinctively, I back away, feeling like cornered prey.
“Hello, Yulia,” he murmurs, stopping when we’re out of the hallway. His pale gaze is locked on my face. “I wasn’t expecting to see you like this.”
I swallow, my pulse racing. “I just took a bath.” I want to seem calm and confident, but he’s got me completely off-balance. “I wasn’t expecting visitors.”
“No, I can see that.” A faint smile appears on his lips, softening the hard line of his mouth. “Yet you let me in. Why?”
“Because I didn’t want to continue talking through the door.” I take a steadying breath. “Can I offer you some tea?” It’s a stupid thing to say, given what he’s here for, but I need a few moments to compose myself.
He raises his eyebrows. “Tea? No, thanks.”
“Then can I take your jacket?” I can’t seem to stop playing the hostess, using politeness to cover my anxiety. “It looks quite warm.”
Amusement flickers in his wintry gaze. “Sure.” He takes off his down jacket and hands it to me. He’s left wearing a black sweater and dark jeans tucked into black winter boots. The jeans hug his legs, revealing muscular thighs and powerful calves, and on his belt, I see a gun sitting in a holster.
Irrationally, my breathing quickens at the sight, and it takes a concerted effort to keep my hands from shaking as I take the jacket and walk over to hang it in my tiny closet. It’s not a surprise that he’s armed—it would be a shock if he wasn’t—but the gun is a stark reminder of who Lucas Kent is.
What he is.
It’s no big deal, I tell myself, trying to calm my frayed nerves. I’m used to dangerous men. I was raised among them. This man is not that different. I’ll sleep with him, get whatever information I can, and then he’ll be out of my life.
Yes, that’s it. The sooner I can get it done, the sooner all of this will be over.
Closing the closet door, I paste a practiced smile on my face and turn back to face him, finally ready to resume the role of confident seductress.
Except he’s already next to me, having crossed the room without making a sound.
My pulse jumps again, my newfound composure fleeing. He’s close enough that I can see the gray striations in his pale blue eyes, close enough that he can touch me.
And a second later, he does touch me.
Lifting his hand, he runs the back of his knuckles over my jaw.
I stare up at him, confused by my body’s instant response. My skin warms and my nipples tighten, my breath coming faster. It doesn’t make sense for this hard, ruthless stranger to turn me on. His boss is more handsome, more striking, yet it’s Kent my body’s reacting to. All he’s touched thus far is my face. It should be nothing, yet it’s intimate somehow.
Intimate and disturbing.
I swallow again. “Mr. Kent—Lucas—are you sure I can’t offer you something to drink? Maybe some coffee or—” My words end in a breathless gasp as he reaches for the tie of my robe and tugs on it, as casually as one would unwrap a package.
“No.” He watches as the robe falls open, revealing my naked body underneath. “No coffee.”


Coming February 2, 2016!
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BIND ME (Capture Me, Book 2)  


He’s determined to break her.

For Lucas Kent, his new prisoner is a maddening contradiction: compliant yet defiant, fragile yet strong. He needs to uncover her secrets, but doing so may ruin everything.

His obsession could destroy her.

She’s determined to escape.

For Yulia Tzakova, her captor is the man of both her dreams and her nightmares: tender one moment, cruel the next. She can’t let him crack her, but resisting him may leave her broken.

A moment of weakness could cost her everything.

NOTE: Bind Me is book 2 of 4 in Lucas & Yulia’s story, and it ends on a cliffhanger. It’s a novel of approximately 51,000 words (~250 print pages).


About the Author
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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.


After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.


Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.


In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband. 

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don't hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

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