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~ REVIEW: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen ~

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*** Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is FORBIDDEN. ***

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.

As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

Note: This novel is recommended for 18+ due to sexual content and mature themes.

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christie review 5 star aI would give Withering Hope a million stars…it was that good. It was filled with adventure, thrills, and romance! Aimee is a passenger on a private jet making her way to her wedding in Brazil. She is happy to be marrying the man who has been by her side since childhood. However, things change drastically when the plane crashes in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Thankfully, she and the pilot, Tristan, survive. It’s at this point where the story really begins. Will they be able to survive the hidden dangers in the rainforest? Will anyone come rescue them? As the two begin to rely on each other, they also come to realize they have feelings for each other? Will they betray Chris, Aimee’s fiancé and Tristan’s friend? Will the feelings they have for each other last if they ever make it out of the jungle alive?

This is one of the best romances I have EVER read! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Hagen’s writing just pulled me right into the story. I wasn’t just sitting in my favorite chair reading, I was in the rainforest with Aimee and Tristan. Her writing is that vivid and descriptive. I could see all the colors and hear the sounds that she was describing. I could feel how the humidity and heat drained their bodies as they went out into the jungle to find provisions to survive. I felt their desperation and fear as they battled sickness and dangerous animals. She wrote the characters of Aimee and Tristan with just as much detail as she did the setting. I felt like I knew both of them from the inside out. I felt so connected to both of them. And the romance….perfect! Yes, Aimee is engaged to someone else, but as you get to know her, you will see she has the tendency to do the safe thing and not live her life to the fullest. Tristan brings out the fire and passion in her. In turn, she calms the demons that he lives with. It is a slow-building romance; it isn’t an instant love story, and they don’t just jump into sex. They really have to deal with their feelings of desire and guilt, not to mention they have to survive. So, the romance isn’t really the forefront of the book; it’s a story of survival and the resilience of the human spirit! And the epilogue….it’s the icing on the cake. LOVED it!!! It was one of the sweetest and heartwarming epilogues EVER!

I have read almost all of Layla’s books, and I have loved each one. However, she has truly outdone herself with this one! It was perfection! If you like a deep romance that develops over time with a healthy dose of adventure and thrills, then one-click this book and take an unforgettable journey with Aimee and Tristan! You won’t regret it.

**ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Abou the authorWelcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it 😀

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~ DISTRACTION by Bianca Dean Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Distractions
by Bianca Dean
Distractions #1
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Red has been trying to move on with her life. She really has. Her first real relationship ended in disaster and she can’t muster the energy to leave the house. Her brother Brenden and their best friend, Gavin, are sick of it. Guilting her into a night out, Red reluctantly agrees only to see her ex having the time of his life with another girl. Small town living would have it no other way. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, Gavin steps in to provide Red the distraction she needs to forget all about her ex. But as things quickly spiral out of control, will Red be able to keep her feelings for her best friend a secret in order to save their friendship?

*This book contains sexual situations and explicit language. This is Book 1 of the Distractions Series.

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Bianca Dean

Bianca Dean, author of Quarterback Sneak and Wanna Play? is a native of New Jersey now living in NYC. Working on her PhD, Bianca loves good food, great movies and stimulating conversation. She’s a huge sports fan, and can be found, during the appropriate season, screaming at the television, beer in hand, trying to make people that can’t hear her run faster. In the off-season she can be spotted walking her dog or grabbing dinner with friends.

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~ Ignite by Kate Benson Release Blitz ~

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SynopsisIgnite by Kate Benson

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Some love sets off a spark… Others ignite the flame.

When the athletic Zeke Turner moves in next door to eccentric Addie Greyson, the unlikely pair become instant friends. Growing inseparable over the years,
the two stand together through all the trials of adolescence.

Zeke returns for the summer after his freshman year of college right as Addie’s preparing to start hers at another school. Their time apart forces them to
begin seeing each other in a whole new light. When the temptation becomes too much to resist, lines are crossed and their friendship is irrevocably
changed.

As outside influences interfere, the relationship they’ve fought so hard to protect begins to suffer. When Addie feels the sting of betrayal from the only
other person she can trust, it makes her question everything she ever thought she knew.

When fate brings them back together two years later, will they get a second chance? Or will they find out the hard way that there are some things you just
can’t take back?

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~ Breaking Braydon by M.K. Harkins Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Title: Breaking Braydon

Author: M.K. Harkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 24, 2015.

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SynopsisPlayboy billionaire Braydon Decker changes women more often than designer ties. Scarred and humiliated as a teenager, he pledged long ago to never trust a beautiful woman again. But then he never imagined meeting one quite like Jain Parker.

Jain, a dedicated medical research scientist, learned early in college that her good looks were a hindrance and she’d have to tone down her beauty to be taken seriously, thus, Plain Jain was born, and men were no longer an issue. Of course, she didn’t count on running into Braydon Decker.

A successful venture capitalist, Braydon holds the key to whether Jain’s research company sinks or swims. When the two are forced to work together on a fundraising campaign, they’re instantly drawn to one another, despite their individual vows to remain unattached. As they navigate unchartered waters, their inability to trust wages war with their desire to love.

Hearts are broken and trust is shattered when betrayal and lies are revealed. Will the truth bring them healing and forgiveness, or will it be too late?

Breaking Braydon offers readers an emotional, compelling story filled with heartwarming humor, romance, heartbreak and love.

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M.K.

MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014)
Unintentional, her second book, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional. Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.
Breaking Braydon is MK’s newest work. It will be published early 2015.
When she’s not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)
MK also runs her own business in her current hometown of Mercer Island, Washington.
She LOVES to hear from her readers!

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~ This Too Shall Pass by Jettie Woodruff Blog Tour + Giveaway ~

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Small town Cedar Springs is the
perfect country setting where everybody knows your name and your business.
Alexis McKinley was born and raised in Brady County. Alone, but never lonely,
Alexis lived with her four-legged best friend. Her time was either spent
remodeling an old farmhouse or striving in her photography studio.
 
Happy with where life had taken her, she wasn’t expecting
Cory Baker. Alexis was content without love. She hated the drama of a
relationship, and declared the right to grow old, being known as the cat lady
minus the cats. Knowing from past experience that love wasn’t in the cards for
her, Alexis spent her life devoted to friends and family. That was enough. It
had always been enough. Ambivalent about Cory Baker from the beginning, Alexis
didn’t see him coming, not until it was too late anyway.
 
 
Cory made her see love through new eyes. The love she’d
known before wasn’t even in the same ballpark. This could hurt…
 
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Jettie Woodruff is a lifelong writer, living in a pretend
world since she was a little girl. Jettie spent hours filling pages of spiral
notebooks with a number two pencil and a wild imagination. Her very first story
was a sci-fi of all things.
 
Jettie writes more along the lines of deep now. She likes to
keep her readers on edge, and deliver a story that will pull out every emotion
possible. Writing on the edge of taboo and dark, Jettie hopes to distribute an
adventure you’ll not soon forget.
 
Married for twenty five years, raising two boys and one girl
has left lots of writing material. She has recently become a grandma to not
one, but two of the most beautiful little girls on planet earth.
Jettie also hates doing this bio. That’s all you get. She
loves to read and write. What else is there? ❤
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~ Monster Chef by Margaret Mcheyzer Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

 
Title: Monster Chef
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Cover Design: Book Cover by Design
 Release Date: March 18, 2015

 

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Holly Walker had everything she’d
ever dreamed about – a happy marriage and being mum to beautiful brown-eyed
Emma – until an accident nineteen months ago tore her world apart. Now she’s a
widow and single mother to a boisterous little 7-year-old girl, looking for a
new start. Ready to take the next step, Holly has found herself a job as a
maître d’ at Table One, a once-acclaimed restaurant in the heart of Sydney. But
one extremely arrogant Frenchman isn’t going to be easy to work with…
Twenty years ago, Pierre LeRoux
came to Australia, following the stunning Aussie girl he’d fallen in love with.
He and his wife put their personal lives on hold, determined for Pierre to take
Sydney’s culinary society by storm. Just as his bright star was on the upswing,
tragedy claimed the woman he was hopelessly in love with. He had been known as
a Master Chef, but since his wife’s death he has become known as Monster Chef. 

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two broken people rebuild their lives and find happiness once more?

 

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 Abou the author**Bound by custom or unique by choice.**
There’s something about the written word that’s pure magic.

Possibly it’s the fact that there are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and they can create something so beautiful or so empowering that they’re able to change our lives.

How important is it that we break suit and stretch our minds?

I like to think of myself as ‘unique’. My stories aren’t for everyone, and
sometimes I may push what you believe to be ‘normal’.

Normal is subjective.

I prefer to be known as a person who’s never been ‘bound by custom’ but is ‘unique by choice’.

Until next time

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~ The Legend of Arturo King (Legendary Rock Stars #1) by LB Dunbar Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

Title: The Legend of Arturo King
Series: Legendary Rock Stars #1
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015
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My name is Arturo King, and I’m told I’m a legend in music. My band is called the Nights and we got our start at the underground Round Table in New York City. Raised by a foster father, I didn’t know the extent of my inheritance until I was twenty-one, and it was all more than I bargained for. I wanted to play the guitar and rule the world with song, but I learned I have a mother from old money, a dead father who was once a real estate mogul, and a record company that needed some rebuilding. Mure Linn, my friend and mentor, has been by my side through it all, teaching me to play, strengthening my lyrics, and guiding me in the music industry. There was one area he couldn’t guide me, though, and that was love. Guinevere DeGrance changed everything for me, I suppose, including the reason I’m here learning the legend of my life without remembering any of it.
 
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I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?
 
As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.
 
I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.
 
So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created. 
 
I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.
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