Friday, March 31, 2017

Review+Interview: Always Mine by A.J. Renee


ALWAYS MINE by AJ Renee
Series: St. Fleur, Book #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 28, 2017
— SYNOPSIS —

After a few years of easy, small-town living as the St. Fleur librarian, Lindsey finds herself in the middle of a love triangle gone wrong. Gifts begin arriving and in time she realizes her confusing feelings over Derek, the sweet history teacher, and Marc, the man she doesn’t remember, is the least of her troubles. Her complicated love life takes a violent turn when she learns there is a stalker watching her every move.

When Marc visited his best friend’s new home months ago, he didn’t expect to meet the first woman to awaken his desire for more since he was a teen. Too bad she’s already taken. When their shared attraction leads them to the truth, will they finally get the happily ever after they both want?

Or will her current man, his best friend, and her stalker be the nails in the coffin of their attraction?




*Review*

So after reading Widower’s Aura I was excited to read about Lindsey and Marc. Lindsey and Marc grew up together as he was best friends with her older brother, Andrew. During the story we are given flashbacks of how their attraction all began which I liked. This story in addition to being a second chance romance also has some suspenseful moments as well. We have stalker who is obsessed with Lindsey. The author did a good job of giving us little hints and clues along the way and the person I suspected was the stalker. It's always the ones you least expect! So back to the romance aspect of the story. Lindsey and Marc are insanely attracted to each other but I wish they had better communication with each other. Several times I wanted to shout “JUST TALK IT OUT”!!!! But as the book progressed they were able to express themselves better and I love seeing a couple grow! We also got to catch up with Sofia and Nick who were the main couple in the first book. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series as Renee’s writing and storytelling flowed and improved in this book! 

4 Book Corner Stars  


Exclusive Interview:

A.J. Renee was kind enough to do an interview and I'm so excited to share it with you all! 

1) If you could be any of your book characters who would you be and why? 

Good question! I think I would be Lindsey. She works with books all day long! Sure she attracts a creep in Always Mine but she finally gets the man she never thought she'd have. I really enjoyed writing her and there are so many pieces of me in her and people who I love in those she loves. Lindsey is someone who is happy with what she has, she doesn't want for much. I think that's a great way to live.


2) What inspired you to write about supernatural elements (aura) in your first book? 

Regardless of what others believe, I do believe that some individuals are gifted in this world. I myself cannot see auras but this got me thinking about why? Why can they see auras? What if there was someone who had no aura? This would go against the thought process of an aura being the essence of a person. I mean, we all have things specific to us so what if you couldn't see it when you could see others? What does it mean? So the idea kind of snow balled for me. I wanted this trait of Sofia's to be just that, a trait. A piece of her the same way other physical or personal traits are a part of us. We aren't defined by them, they are just a piece of the puzzle that makes us, well us.



3) Favorite book? 

I've read so many great books so this is a hard question! One of my all time favorite authors is Julie Garwood. I especially love Shadow Dance. It's a brother's best friend story. Noah is such a womanizer but seeing him fall for Jordan... I love it! Makes me want to read it again for the millionth time just talking about it.

4) Favorite thing to do besides writing? 

As cliché as it is... hanging out with my family. I have three young daughters, 7, 5, and 3 next month. They make me bonkers most days but I wouldn't have it any other way. I know I'm extremely blessed to be able to be at home with my girls. If you want a favorite past time then it would be reading. Since I've started this publishing process I don't read nearly as much as I used to. As I sit here freezing my butt off I am also considering grabbing my crocheting needles and yarn to make myself some leg warmers. Seriously, Vegas can feel cold after a while. 

5) What advice would you offer new writers? 

Another hard question since I still consider myself a new writer. Patience. It's not my strong suit but it's something you need in writing. We are our biggest critics and can be so hard on ourselves. We need to find patience with the process and ourselves. Take our time. Don't rush any of it. Always remember that you can't please everyone either. Sometimes what you write is not someone else's cup of tea and that's okay

6) Favorite color? Food? 

Hahaha okay so first off, I'm Puerto Rican. What does this have to do with food? We don't always eat "normal" food. My favorite dish is Guineitos en Escabeche con Mollejitas. A mouthful of a name, I know. It's cooked green bananas with sauteed onions and chicken gizzards. Many of you are cringing, I know, but man is my stomach growling just thinking about it! 

My favorite color? I love hot pink and the darker purples, like Mardi Gras purple or the deeper shades you see on the cover of Widower's Aura.

This was fun! Thanks again for interviewingme! I hope everyone enjoys a little insight into my not so sane world. ;) 
Happy reading fellow bookworms!





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— EXCERPT 
“Tu casa es mi casa,” he said with his most charming smile as he took in her short, beautiful legs.

Bending forward, she gave him the best view in the house, and he nearly swallowed his tongue. Her head turned enticingly toward him, her dark brown hair falling to the other side as she rolled her eyes at him.

“Um, isn’t the saying supposed to be ‘Mi casa es tu casa’?” She snickered and straightened as she turned away.

Reaching forward before his mind could stop him, Marc gently grabbed her wrist and gave her a tug. She fell into his lap with an “oof,” and she stared at him in panic. Marc pulled her incredibly soft legs over his own, so she sat sideways. With the new position, she placed her hand on his shoulder for purchase.

“Marc?” Her breathy voice shook with confusion and anticipation.

Hearing his name roll off her lips made his blood rush straight to his groin. Her eyes widened and darkened with desire at the change.

“Si, mi cielo?” Marc’s gaze moved down to her lips. Heat flooded his body, his heart took off, and he became mesmerized by the way she pulled in her lower lip and bit down hard. A groan escaped him, and he pulled the tender flesh out of her mouth with his thumb. Marc rubbed the rosy, soft skin.

When Marc leaned forward, Lindsey asked, “What are you doing?”

Examining her face, he noticed the soft blush across her fair skin. Her light brown eyes had flecks of yellow and green, something no one would notice unless they were as close or as focused as he was. The idea of anyone else being this close to her made him crazy. A faint scar an inch long marred the delicate skin under her left eye. Most wouldn’t notice that either, but he’d been there the night she got it. His thumb swiped at it as the memory of her bumping into him as a kid while they played Ghosts in the Graveyard came to mind. Her glasses had slammed into her face, creating a gash that had luckily not required stitches.

Marc’s lips came within a breath of hers. He searched her eyes for any signs of distress and found none. His lips grazed hers at the same time a door closed in the hall.






WIDOWER'S AURA by AJ Renee
Series: St. Fleur, Book #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance with some Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2016
— SYNOPSIS —

Living in a world full of colors, Sofia Brazier escapes a career gone south as a juvenile probation officer in New Orleans. After moving to the small town of St. Fleur, Sofia opens a photography business in hopes of ridding her life of all the dark auras surrounding the damaged souls she once tried helping. Her comfortable new life is upended when widower, and ex-security-forces-turned-handyman hunk, Noah Tyler enters the local pub.

Noah attempts to avoid the voluptuous beauty who has captivated his every thought. That is, until his daughter vandalizes Sofia’s building and effectively seals their fate. After cutting his daughter a break, Sofia begins tearing down the walls he built after his wife’s death.

Just when life finally seems worth living for Noah, Sofia finds herself the victim of a string of crimes. Can he protect Sofia when he failed to protect his own wife?



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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AJ RENEE —
Author to Widower’s Aura, Always Mine, and Finding love at the falls.... I’m a military wife and mother to three girls seven and under. Prior to these roles I lived in Florida where I attended the University of Central Florida. I received my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelors of Science in Psychology. A decade later and I haven’t used either.

Writing a book was never a goal of mine, funny how life works out sometimes. I thought I would work for one of the many agencies that specialize in justice. Instead I decided to focus on a family once we married.

When I’m not shuttling my daughters around, you can find me at my laptop. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Review: The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

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New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence. Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life. What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again? He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die. Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all. The hard truth about sunshine... Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.


This story is focused on four people who are doing group therapy. Christopher, Jillian, Barb and Conner. They are four completely different people dealing with all kinds of issues. Some more heavy than others but still deep. I liked the premise of the story but I wish we would have gotten everyone's point of view. The story was told in Christopher's point of view which was good but I had some trouble connecting to the others. I would have liked Connor and especially Barb’s point of view. These two had me wanting to reach inside my kindle and hug them once I got their backstory. 

This book was a lot different from what I've normally come to expect from Sawyer Bennett. With that being said I did like the story because it touches on the highs and lows of this thing called life. Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. We have cloudy, dark and depressing times and it's ok. This book lets you know it's ok to not be ok. Life can just downright suck at times but do your best to hold on and embrace the good times that will come. I applaud Sawyer Bennett for stepping out and writing a book that was different from her normal genre. 

4 Book Corner Stars 
*an arc was given for an honest review*


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LaurenBlakelyQuote   Jillian holds my gaze for a moment, her eyes drilling into mine before she gently tugs on the material of my jeans near the shin rod of my prosthetic. “What happened to you?” She doesn’t look away. Not down at the fire, not down to my legs. She stares right at me. Although my gut is turning slightly at the thought of telling her what she asked, I forge straight ahead. For the first time, I tell someone who is not medical personnel or a shrink my story. “I was driving a military Humvee and the right front tire ran over a roadside bomb,” I say, and Jillian makes a sound of distress low her in throat as her eyes turn sad. “It completely obliterated my buddy sitting in the passenger seat.” To my surprise, Jillian scoots over closer to me and lays her head on my shoulder. She pushes her hand in between my ribs and my arm, curling her fingers over my bicep. It’s a show of support. Solidarity. That she’s settled in for the long haul of this story, and she wants to hear it all. “It didn’t blow my leg off,” I tell her, and I can feel her body jerk slightly in surprise. Her fingers squeeze my bicep. “The fingers yes, the leg no. It just shattered and shredded it badly, but the doctors tried hard to save it.” “Obviously, they couldn’t,” she whispers the obvious. “They tried for three months,” I tell her, reaching down to grab my phone laying near my left hip. Jillian lifts her head up, watching as I pull up my pictures. I scroll backward, but it doesn’t take long to find what I’m looking for because I don’t take a lot of photos. I hold the phone out so she can see. “This was taken about a month after my injury.” Jillian makes a strangled sound as she looks at the photo of me in bed. My eyes are half open because I was bombed out on so many heavy-duty pain medications, and I have a grimace on my face. I vaguely remember this picture being taken, and I think it may have been by my brother, Hank, when he came to visit once during that first month. He came a few more times after that, and then he didn’t. Jillian’s eyes roam over the photo. My leg is encased in the external fixator with several rods leading from the outside of the cage right into my skin, where it’s drilled through and into the bone to hold the pieces together. The wounds on my leg are all open to the air, red and some of them dripping with puss and lined with blisters. I’ve got IVs in both arms and a PICC line in the right side of my neck to deliver the hordes of antibiotics and pain meds I needed to keep me alive and functioning. I took the maximum dosages they allowed me, preferring to try to be oblivious to what was happening. Yet, the pain was so great it just couldn’t be fully erased. Jillian turns her head to look at me, and I lay the phone back down. “How long were you like that?” “Three months. But they couldn’t get ahead of the infections, which were delaying the bones from knitting. I was in so much pain that I wanted them to amputate.” “You had to make that decision?” she whispers. I nod. “Yup. I mean… the doctors were at the point they felt it was the right way to go, although they were willing to keep trying if I wanted. But I wanted it gone. I was tired of being in the hospital and being in so much pain. I just wanted it gone.” “Do you regret that decision?” she asks me bluntly, but with that still-sweet melody her voice makes. The question doesn’t bother me, because even her hard questions sound lovely. “Yes,” I tell her without any shame. “I wonder what would have happened if I held on just a little bit longer. Not long after the leg came off, the pain receded and I became more lucid. Once I’d forgotten how bad the infections smelled, I regretted it.” “Three months is an awful long time to be in pain like that,” she points out the obvious. I shrug. “And the rest of my life is a long time to wonder ‘what if.’”     AuthorPhotoSince the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BOOKBUB | AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE | INSTAGRAM

Cover Reveal: How We Fall by Melissa Toppen


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It’s not always about how we fall- it’s about where we end up once we land.

I remember the very first time I laid eyes on Cole Lincoln. It still feels like yesterday when he stumbled into my life with his messy brown hair and dark eyes. Even though I was only ten years old at the time, I knew right then and there that he was going to change everything.

From that point on Cole and I were always together—inseparable—and I naively believed we’d be best friends forever. But forever didn’t last nearly as long as I expected.

We grew up and grew apart, life driving the distance between us, but my love for Cole never faltered. Even long after he moved away, leaving me and our little town behind, I still carried a piece of him with me every single day. Because Cole wasn’t just my childhood best friend- the boy who knew me better than anyone else in the whole world. He was also my first love- a part of my very core.

When a tragic death brings us face to face again after six years, every single memory comes rushing to the surface. Only this is not the boy I fell in love with all those years ago. The man before me is hardened, intimidating, and so damn sexy I practically melt when those dark eyes meet mine for the first time in six years.

And like the first time he walked into my life, I know with complete certainty that everything is about to change.

How We Fall is a STANDALONE Contemporary Romance.







Melissa Toppen is a Reader's Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.



Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.


In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn


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What do ice cream and Sadie Montgomery have in common? They're both ice cold, but one taste is never enough. 

I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind. 

I’d make my coworker fall for me. 

I’d like to say it was simple, but like every other epic love story, all it took was one drunken night and a lot of naked courage to get the girl. For a moment, at least.

Love with a coworker is never simple, especially since Sadie’s trying to keep us on the low. Not to mention her persistent ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. But I’ve never been good at giving up, and I don’t plan to start now.

The whole thing is a recipe for a rocky road, but I plan to eat the whole gallon, no matter how bad the brain freeze.

Sadie was dealt with a bad hand in life from a bad mother and rough childhood.  She leaned on her close friends for support.  With a wall up, she rarely let people in.  It's the total opposite of Andrew.  He wanted people to like him. Make them laugh.  But with working with each other, their past came to light.  Between cough syrup and sugar free ice cream, their chemistry together was sizzling. 

When I first saw a signup for Meghan Quinn's new book, I signed up right away to read. I've been a big fan of her previous novels. I'll be honest, this book wasn't my favorite but it was still a good read! I had a slight issue connecting with the characters due to their ages but overall I did enjoy the story. As a fan of her prior novels I'll be sure to check out more books from this author! 
3.5 Book Corner Stars 
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About the Author:

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if "It's Raining Men" starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing... enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: White Pawn by Stevie J. Cole




Title: White Pawn
Author: Stevie J Cole
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: March 22, 2017



Blurb

This could have been a love story. It could have been, but he screwed that all up. You see, he thinks it’s a game. He thinks I’m his pawn, but he couldn’t be more wrong. Every move he makes, I’ll block him. Every time he thinks he’s about to seize me, I’ll run. Some men underestimate the power of the queen because they’re too busy playing king. They forget she’s the most powerful piece on the board. And love is not a game I’m apt at losing. What will it take for him to realize I’ll never be his pawn, but I’ll happily play his queen? Love is not a game, but the chase certainly is.
 


Hold on to your horses, White Pawn will give a ride for your life.  This psychological, obsessive and manipulative thriller read will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.  How far would you go to get the man you want?  

White Pawn is definitely not a light read. It's dark.  But it's a really good.  The way Stevie Cole portrays the characters are very detailed to the point. It feels like I'm in the coffee shop watching everything play out.  The way Marisa is two steps ahead of Justin and always observing.   She gets what she wants and no one will step in her way.   Without giving spoilers, I would hate to be on Marisa's bad side.  I'm kind of scared of her.  But in all, Justin and Marisa's creative minds belong together.  When two authors come together, they create their own story with a twisted plot.  

Everyone deserves love.  Even when you should be in a padded room or sleep with one eye open.  And Stevie is right, this is not a normal love story. It's thrilling!

4 Book Corner Stars 
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Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!



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Review: Ghostface Killer by M.Never

 
Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Release Date: March 29, 2017
 
Synopsis
Once, I was nothing. Hungry, abandoned, wandering, and alone. An adolescent street rat fighting for crumbs. Then a chance encounter changed my entire world. A man in an expensive suit asked me how much my life was worth. I didn't have an answer, because I didn't know. He asked if I thought it was worth killing for for. Impulsively, I said yes... He found me, then fostered me, and in the interim turned me into a killing machine. A modern day La Femme Nikita. Now, I only have one mission. To avenge the death of the man who saved me.
There's an invisible war on the streets. Us against them. Family against family. Power against power. They call me Ghostface Killer because they never see me coming. I understand the weight of that danger. The hazard. The jeopardy. Because now here I stand, three months pregnant with the barrel of a gun pressed to my head cause I never saw him coming...
   
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Stevie has been dealt a crappy hand and has had it rough her while young life. Stevie is broken, battered and down on her luck until Benny comes in and offers her a new chance at life. Stevie lives her life a certain way, with a quest for vengeance after Benny’s death and everything's going according to plan until she is sent on one mission. Baz. This mission will be the one to turn her whole world upside down. 

So, I pretty much thought I knew what I was getting into when signing up to review and I was wrong. This book was filled with so many twists, turns and shocking revelations that I honestly didn't see coming. My jaw was literally dropping towards the second half of the story. Bombshell after bombshell was being dropped and my head was spinning. I couldn't imagine being in Stevie's shoes throughout this story. 

This story was fast paced and makes you want to keep reading. I devoured the story in a few hours because I had to know what was going to happen next! It's so refreshing to read a book that keeps you on your toes and on the edge of your seats until the very end! If you love or even like dark and suspenseful reads this book is definitely up your alley!! 

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M. Never resides in New York City. When she's not researching ways to tie up her characters in compromising positions, you can usually find her at the gym kicking the crap out of a punching bag, or eating at some new trendy restaurant.
She has a dependence on sushi and a fetish for boots. Fall is her favorite season.
She is surrounded by family and friends she wouldn't trade for the world and is a little in love with her readers. The more the merrier. So make sure to say hi!
 
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