Archive | November, 2014

~ REVIEW: Love & Hate (Book One: Hate) by J.J. Dorn ~

29 Nov

22797102SynopsisThere’s something about a horse barn in the early morning hours that makes my heart full. I love walking into the barn hearing the horses chewing on the sweet alfalfa and feeling their contentment. This is where I feel most like myself, this is where I am no longer Paige Vandenberg, daughter of millionaires or the chubby rich girl. I am just me and I am free.

I have been raised around horses my whole life. My parents own a large horse farm in the picturesque Dutch town of Lynden, Washington. Lynden sits just a few miles south of the Canadian border and truly is a small town. My family is one of the oldest families and we own or have owned practically everything. You can’t drive down the main road and not see Vandenberg scrolled on something. For many people I’m sure this sounds wonderful, but to me it’s a prison. One in which I fully intend to break free of next year when I leave for college. I will miss my family and of course my horses but I will not miss the people, and especially not resident bad boy Cutter Daniels. I hate him.

*Warning contains sexual content and coarse language. Mature audiences only 18+ years old.*

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christie review 5 star aI love books where the chemistry between the lead characters leap off the page and affect me, and Love and Hate did exactly that. Paige is the rich daughter of a couple who own a horse ranch and is a beautiful girl inside and out…even if she isn’t a size 2. She has very loving parents and a good group of supportive friends. So, you would think she had a “perfect” life, right? Wrong…she is the target of Cutter Daniels and his brother, Cooper’s, hateful taunts and name calling. She tries to steer clear of them in their small town which isn’t always easy, so she is looking forward to going away to college. Paige seems to be flourishing at college, making new friends and pledging a sorority. However, it doesn’t last long when she runs into Cutter Daniels. As her luck would have it, he is attending the same college that she is. She again tries to avoid him, but he seems to be seeking her out. A friendship develops between them, but as they spend more time together, Paige finds herself falling for the bad boy. He seems to be falling for her too, but does he have ulterior motives, or are his feelings real?

Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. The angst and chemistry between Paige and Cutter was mesmerizing. I felt butterflies in my stomach when these two were even close to each other. I started out not liking Cutter very much. He was a jerk to her when she was a child. But, holy crap, he is one fine specimen of a man. There aren’t many women who could resist his sexy charm. By the end, he had me under his spell as he did every other woman in the book. And Paige, one of my favorite female characters EVER! She isn’t your stereotypical rich girl; she has so much substance and such a sweet, loving heart. Her heart is just as beautiful as she is on the outside.

Again, the push and pull between this couple is explosive! It’s not just a romance, but there is a lot of conflict, angst, anger, and tears. It does end in a bit of a cliffhanger, but not a major one that will rock your world. As I write this, I went right ahead, downloaded the second book, Love and Hate Book 2, Love. I am in the middle of reading it right now, and let me say….WOW!!! I am so glad I found J.J. Dorn!

**ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**

Abou the authorJ.J. Dorn lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and terrifyingly maniacal cat, Pippa Kiddleton. She currently owns three American Paint Horses. She has been riding and competing since she was a very young child. J.J. competes on a national level with her horses. When she isn’t spending time at the barn, she is busy working on her next novel.

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~ REVIEW: Love and Hate (Book Two: Love) by JJ Dorn ~

29 Nov

81yd4-BKplL._SL1500_SynopsisHe broke me, he lied to me, he used me and then he left me. Physically and emotionally I was broken and not just a little broken, I was obliterated. I was in so many pieces it took a long time for me to even gather enough pieces to even begin rebuilding. But, the important thing is I did. I’m not one-hundred percent yet, heck I probably will never be completely healed but that’s okay because I made it. I’m alive. I use my pain as fuel now. When I want to give up I think of all my hurt and anger and it pushes me to keep going.

A year and half ago I died. It was my mistake and if I could do it over again I would, but I can’t. What’s done is done. All I can do now is move forward and try to forget I ever loved Cutter Daniels.

*Warning contains sexual content and coarse language. Mature audiences only 18+*

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christie review 5 star a“Love is not easy it is tough, but if you can fight through the pain, there is something truly magnificent on the other side of it.”

This quote is a perfect description of the journey that Paige and Cutter take in this book. After hard work and perseverance, Paige has decided to return to college. Although her body is healing, her heart is having a harder time with the process. However, she wants to get back to college to eventually reach her goal of becoming an attorney. She has a new house her parents bought her, and her friend Millie has moved in with her. She has changed a lot, and she is seeing this as a chance to put Cutter behind her. When she hears that Cutter has a girlfriend, Laney, it hurts. But, she decides she isn’t going to let him break her again. She meets her sweet and sexy neighbor, Holden, and feels a bit of a spark. As she and Holden become closer, Cutter reappears and isn’t planning on letting Paige go that easily. Will she choose a new, safe path with Holden? Or, will she put her heart in danger again by giving Cutter another chance?

Sweet Jesus, this book was AWESOME!!!! All the love, hate, and angst had my stomach in knots. I felt every moment of love, anger, regret, and hate in my heart. I thought Paige and Cutter had a hot, sexy chemistry in this book, but they were downright combustible in this one! I times I thought my Kindle was going to burn up at certain points in the book. The sex scenes weren’t graphic, but when these two are together, they are just downright sexy and steamy. I was lost in this book; I started this afternoon and was finished this evening. I hated for it to end! While there is romance, there is a lot of heartbreak. I wasn’t sure who I felt worse for…Paige or Cutter. I was able to see a whole other side to Cutter. Just made him even sexier to me. Again, great character development…not just the main characters but also the secondary characters. I love Tess, Lacey, and Millie. Every girl needs friends like that!

I am having a major book hangover from this series. It was fantastic!!! If you want a fast read that is spicy, sweet, and sexy, give both of these books a try! I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Now, I have to wait until J.J. Dorn comes out with her next book. I hope I won’t have to wait too long!

Abou the authorJ.J. Dorn lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and terrifyingly maniacal cat, Pippa Kiddleton. She currently owns three American Paint Horses. She has been riding and competing since she was a very young child. J.J. competes on a national level with her horses. When she isn’t spending time at the barn, she is busy working on her next novel.

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~ REVIEW: Just A Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola ~

28 Nov

91klQT6JKfL._SL1500_SynopsisGood girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.
 
Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?
 
Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.
 
Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

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christie review 5 star aI loved this book!!! It was a sweet and sexy New Adult Romance. I was addicted to Brinley and Ryder from the very first page. Brinley is a sweet and somewhat awkward yet beautiful girl. She didn’t have the greatest high school experience thanks to Ryder completely humiliating her after a game of spin the bottle. So, she is excited for a new start in college. But, it doesn’t last because she comes face-to-face with Ryder at a party. She tries to avoid him at all costs, and he begins pursuing her. It seems like he never forgot that kiss so long ago. But, she wonders what his motives really are? Is he really after her heart, or will he leave her hurt and humiliated again?

I loved Brinley and Ryder. They are complete opposites. She is sweet, naïve, and a virgin; Ryder is hotter than hell and has plenty of experience with women. They shouldn’t fit together, but they do. Their chemistry is off the charts, and that chemistry is what moves the book at such a fast pace. I really wanted to know what was going to happen next and well, if Brinley would give her V-card to Ryder. The sexy scenes between the two of them even gave me butterflies! Of course, there is a little bit of angst, but it works well in the story. Both of them have parents who have given them issues with their current relationship. I really rooted for this couple and wanted them to make it! The supporting characters in the book were likeable too. I absolutely fell in love with Fallon, Brinley’s dorm mate. There is more to her than she lets others see. I know she will be getting her own story in March 2015, and I can’t wait to see what secrets she is going to reveal.

I read Just A Little Crush within hours of starting it. This is the first book I have read by Renita Pizzitola, but it won’t be my last. I have already added Just a Little Flirt, Fallon’s story, to my wish list. If you like a sweet sexy love story that is a quick read, give this one a try!

**A copy of the book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.**

Abou the authorRenita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult Contemporary Romance and Young Adult Fantasy. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.

Renita welcomes emails from her readers. To learn more please visit http://www.renitapizzitola.com

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~ Vis Major by T.A. Anderson Cover Reveal ~

28 Nov
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The cover for Vis Major by T.A. Anderson!
 
 
 
 
Release Date: To be announced…
SynopsisDeath changes people.It’s a phrase Reeve was all too familiar with. His father uttered those words on a daily basis. Following his parents into the family business had meant being the glue for others who were falling apart after a death… and in this line of work, grief was inevitable.
When Reeve suffers real loss in the death of his best friend and soul mate, he’s left questioning if his entire life was a sham. Consumed by loss and doubt, he detaches himself from reality.
 
In an attempt to get his son back, his father abandons all he thought he knew about healing, and pleads with Reeve to take on a new case.
 
But, this wasn’t just any case; it was Jessie Case, a woman more mysterious than the circumstances surrounding the death of his best friend.
 
When these two lives merge, they entice each other into a world of forgotten pain. What they discover is far more haunting than either of them could imagine.

 
 
 
 
 Excerpt

 

 Her voice is thick with emotion as she pleads, “Show me.”Hesitant, I move toward her, holding her gaze in a way that seems to push her further back with each step I take.
My jacket falls to the floor, and I welcome the sharp bite of cold air against my flesh.
She gasps, a mixture of fear and awe garbling the sound. Her eyes dip to take in all I’ve exposed to her. “Reeve, what have you done?” she whispers.
“It doesn’t hurt,” I explain, running my fingers along my angry, red skin.
Instinctively, she clasps her hands around her arms, as if to protect herself from me scaring her too.
Sweet Jessie. Don’t you understand I would never hurt you?
I envision myself saying this out loud, but in this moment, I move closer to her, lips like a vault, securing all my thoughts around my tongue.
She backs herself into the corner, jaw slack, eyes wide. “How long did this take?” She points to my arms, covered with words.
The first time I’d pushed a needle into my skin was when Cadmium died. At first, the pain had pulled me out of my grief… made me feel something greater than the loss of her. But, I’d refused to be the guy labeled as a ‘cutter’. No, I was purposeful with my pain, etching Cadmium’s words into my skin. Each promise, fear, and every other word she had ever spoken was now a part of me.
Flesh of my flesh.
For a brief moment, I witnessed pity in Jessie’s eyes. Pity was for people who asked for it. I didn’t need it or want it.
I move closer so I can lean into her, exhale against her ear and answer, “Years. But forever wouldn’t be long enough to finish what I started.”
Goosebumps rise on her neck, her pale skin flushing from her heated blood. “You’re a cutter? You do this to make yourself numb?”
She’s psychoanalyzing me. It makes me angry. “Oh, the misconceptions,” I laugh into her neck, then pull back to look in her eyes. “Carved, tattooed, branded; any of these would be more accurate, Jessie.”
Pity has fully disappeared from eyes, and now she’s staring at me like I could be Lucifer. I’m feeding off of her discomfort, so I taunt her. “You disappoint me. I thought you were a stone pillar with a solid foundation, rooted firmly in your own resolve.” I place my finger against her shoulder and nudge her. “But look how easily you sway under the pressure. Your core is corroded.”
“Why are you so hateful?” she asks, choking on her question as she shoves my hand away. Her eyes began to glisten, darting between me and the door.
It’s then I realize she’s a coward. Escape routes forming in her head, plan B always set “just in case”.  I thought she was different. She is, I remind myself. She just doesn’t know it yet. “You gonna run, Jessie?” I sneer, towering over her fear crippled stature.
Your move sweet girl.
She squares her shoulders, taking on a challenging stance. “I want to understand.” Her voice is stern, but I hear her insecurities in every word. She wraps her hand around my forearm, looking up at me as if I might be the savior she’s been in search of. “I don’t know you, but I want to.  The real you. I’ve never been more scared of someone in my life, and not because I think you will harm me. It’s your thoughts that breath life to my fear, Reeve.” 

 

 
 
Abou the author
 
I’m a sarcastic, Disney loving, procrastinator. I hope to write stories that speak to me first and foremost, then give readers an honest, non-cookie cutter world to get lost in. I always root for the underdog, so I try to inject one into each of my stories. I’m in desperate need of Starbucks, a shower, and sunlight on any given day. I’m certain Chewbacca is my soulmate. I hope you read my words and enjoy them. If you don’t, I still dig you.
 
 
 
 
 
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~ REVIEW: Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn ~

27 Nov

91zsHPSE5wL._SL1500_SynopsisOn May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

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christie review 5 star aOMG!!!! I am not even sure how to begin this review. There are no words to adequately describe how addicting and freaking fantastic this book was! Ginny aka Kit is a teenage girl when she is kidnapped in 1975 by a biker who is part of one of the most dangerous biker gangs in South Florida. She is brought to the leader, Grizz, as a “gift.” She is terrified yet intrigued when she first sees him. He is a person no one easily would forget. Instead of being violent and mistreating her, he is tender and loving towards her. And, she finds a love that she has been missing all of her life. Thus, begins the story that will bring about all sorts of emotions in readers.

I am not a huge fan of MC books, but this is unlike anything I have ever read. The characters are so vividly developed that I could see them clearly in my mind, but more importantly, I connected with all of them. Of course, I felt all the emotions Kit did. She endured more than one person should have to in their lifetime. However, she not only survived but thrived. There are no words to describe Grizz; he is truly unforgettable. I, like Kit, found him mesmerizing. I have never had a character tear me up and affect me like he did. He is one of the most complicated characters I have ever encountered. He is brutal yet tender-not to mention sexy as hell. At times, I loved him and at times, I hated him, much like Kit did. Another character who plays a big part of the book is Grunt. He is a pretty complicated character as well and plays a huge part in the book. Yeah, another hotter than hell biker!

There is so much more that I want to write about Nine Minutes, but I don’t even want to hint at the secrets and twists that are hidden in the pages of the book. There are some things readers may not like. For example, Kit is a teenager when she is abducted. But, Beth Flynn handles everything in a very sensitive way. I couldn’t stop thinking about the book after reading it. My only regret is that I hated that it ended. If there is a book you need to read this year, THIS IS IT!!!! I cannot wait until the sequel comes out. Hopefully, Beth won’t torture us for too long. One of the best books I have read this year!!!!

Abou the authorBeth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 16 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 30 years and have two daughters (the youngest in high school) and two dogs. In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a four-year breast cancer survivor.

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~ Wayward Angel by K. Renee Cover Reveal ~

27 Nov

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Wayward Angel
Wayward Saints MC Book 1
Publication date: December 12, 2014
Genres: Romance, Erotica

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Synopsis

What do you do when the one thing you want is against the rules?

Anslie Davoli is the sixteen year old daughter of the President of the Wayward Saints MC, Cason Davoli. After her mom takes her away from the club at just five years old, certain circumstances bring her back into the club under her older brother’s watchful eye.

Brantley Insico grew up in the club. His father is the Vice President of the Wayward Saints MC. At twenty-one, he thinks he’s got it all, the club, his family, and no woman tying him down. One family barbecue and his world is turned upside down.
Brantley knows Prez’s daughter is off limits, but he still craves her.

Will Anslie and Brantley be able to stay away from each other, or will they have to deal with the consequences

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K. Renee is from sunny, California. Creative by nature, she decided to put her imagination to paper. K. Renee is an avid reader. During the day she works in an office and at night she writes. These stories have been in her head for years and are finally coming out on paper.

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~ REVIEW: Finding the Light by Rose Briner ~

26 Nov

61E0F4cLxkL._SL1000_SynopsisMy name is Carrie. For the past fifteen years I have lived with an abusive monster that I feared I would spend the rest of my life with or worse would become my killer. But one night fate turned my entire world upside down, giving me a second chance at a new life. I was taken in by a friend I haven’t seen in years and thrust back into the path of a man that I thought I would never see again; forcing me to face the past and the one man I wish my heart could forget.

Andrew shows me the deepest, darkest side of passion, unleashing a side of myself I never knew existed. But everything comes at a price and will this be what finally costs me the man I have secretly loved my entire life?

I thought he would be the light in my life, that perhaps we could have back our moment in time that was stolen from us so long ago. But when Brian returns and secrets are exposed will our love be enough to withstand the ultimate test and the secrets Andrew’s kept hidden from me all these years? Or will I be forced back into the darkness that once consumed me?

This book is recommended for ages 17+ due to language, sex, and other disturbing content.

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Amazon * B & N * Kobo3 starsdaniell reviewCarrie has had a hard life, dealing with more sadness in her young life than anyone should have to endure.  After losing both her parents in a horrible car accident, she was taken in by her best friend, Sandy’s, family.  She thought she had found happiness again when she and Andrew, her best friend’s brother, started dating. But shortly after giving him her virginity, he walked away.  Devastated with another loss, Carrie thought she finally found someone to care for and who would always be there for her. 

In the beginning, Brian showered Carrie with attention and affection.  But after a few months, the abuse began. At first, it was just verbal/emotional and Carrie blamed herself for it and stayed by Brian’s side.  By the time the physical abuse began, Carrie was isolated from everyone she knew.  She endured Brian’s abuse for 15 years until an unforgettable night that would give her the chance to break free and she would find herself given another chance at happiness with Andrew, her first and only true love.
Andrew has never forgotten Carrie and has longed for a second chance with her.  He never wanted to end things with her but was in a situation where he was given no choice. He feels he has failed Carrie and wants to make things up to her.  But when secrets come to light about why Andrew walked away, will Carrie be willing to forgive him? And when Carrie’s past comes back to haunt her, will Andrew be able to save her?
This story is full of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing what will happen next. I did love Carrie and Andrew together and thought they made a great couple, although there were a few times I wanted to smack some sense into both of them.  I admired Carrie’s strength to carry on when she had been beaten down physically and emotionally.  I think Rose Briner did a great job in dealing with such a sensitive matter as domestic violence. The ending isn’t a cliffhanger, but does leave you with a few questions.  I did feel that this story had a bit more angst and drama than was necessary but overall a good read.
**ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**
Abou the authorI don’t really like to talk about myself, I would rather hear about you. But I guess if I had to say something about myself it would be that I am a Bay Area native. I have lived in the Bay my entire life. I am originally from Belmont but now live in Hayward. By day I am an Operations Specialist, by night I am a reader and writer looking for my next great read. I had so many ideas in my head that eventually I had to get them down on paper before they drove me insane. I have three kids and one cat and when I’m not reading or writing, I enjoy cooking and listening to music.I can be reached by email at: rosebrinerauthor@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!