Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dreams of Perfection Book Review

Dreams of Perfection
Dreams Come True Book One
Rebecca Heflin
May 5, 2014

 

 

Book Description

 
Best-selling romance writer Darcy Butler is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer Josh Ryan is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

 

My Thoughts

Definitely one of the best romantic plots I have ever read. I really enjoyed the fact that Darcy was a romance author, and yet she couldn’t get her love life together. It just goes to show that sometimes reality and fiction really don’t mix. However in this book she meets a man right out of one of her novels, no literally one of her heroes has miraculous turned up in her life, but Darcy quickly finds out that sometimes Mr. Perfect can be just too perfect.

I really liked Darcy she reminded me of some aspects of myself and she had a fun personality and cute quirks. Josh absolutely cracked me up, he’s so adorable. I really liked Josh, he was probably my favorite character and was very relatable down to earth guy.

I liked the way she wrote this book, it was very upbeat, her characters are vibrant and they come alive on the pages and keep you very interesting.

Yes the plot does have an ending you see coming but I didn’t really mind that because the plot kept you intrigued. There was not a dry moment in the book and that is really hard to do especially if your readers know what’s coming. I give Rebecca major props for that one, it is a task that is not easily done but she did it flawlessly.

One of my favorite lines in the entire book is “Ah, the woes of the super-rich.” I don’t know why but that stuck in my mind and made me double think a few things.

Another thing that I really liked was that the Blake mystery was never entirely figured out, she hinted at things that might have happened but she leaves it up to the reader to make their final decision about Mr. Perfect, I have my theories and when you read it, I would like to hear your opinion on what you think happened. Other than that I will keep my mouth shut about what I think happened!

I really deeply enjoyed this book and I think the plot was rather fresh and interesting, I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a new and fresh story!


 
 
 
 
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are mine own. I did not receive compensation for this review. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tyler Release Day and Review





TYLER (Inked Brotherhood, #2) RELEASE PARTY AND GIVEAWAY!

 

WELCOME to the Launch Party for TYLER (Inked Brotherhood, #2). TYLER is a New Adult contemporary (erotic) romance by author Jo Raven. It’s book #2 in the Inked Brotherhood series – but can be read as a stand-alone title, as well.

 

We’re celebrating the release with giveaways of ebooks and gift cards on Jo Raven’s author page:

 


 
 

We’ll be celebrating all day, so join us to read steamy excerpts and teasers from TYLER and for the chance to win electronic copies of the book!

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Four years have passed since I left home, my parents, and my brother Asher behind – since I shut out my past.
And Erin. Four years since I last saw her, since I heard her voice and held her in my arms. I’ve spent my time forging a path from woman to woman, from bed to bed; trying to find an answer. But I think I’ve lost my way. There’s no light at the end of the dark.
No big surprise. I carry the dark inside me. I’m a bastard – branded as such from the start. I never give my phone number and address; I take my pleasure and don’t come back for seconds. No commitments; no promises and no happy endings. Yeah, I’m a bastard down to the bone and I don’t give a damn.
But now I’m back in my birth town, the town I fled at eighteen – back to make amends to the brother I abandoned and watch from afar the only girl I’ve ever wanted. Hope isn’t a currency I can afford; I learned that lesson long ago.
Yet when she looks at me and says my name, I can’t help but hope.

This is book 2 in the Inked Brotherhood series which started with Asher. It is a stand-alone work. No cliffhanger. 

The expected publication date is end July 2014, on all of your favorite e-book websites.

ADD THIS BOOK ON GOODREADS!!!

 

 EXCERPT:

“Why?” I blurt out, to break the spell.

“Why what?” his voice rumbles, low and deep, sending shivers skittering over my skin.

God. I can’t let his face, his scent, his body take away my reason. I came here to talk. “Why did you leave four years ago?”

His mouth flattens and he shoves his fingers through his unruly hair. Those broad shoulders roll in a shrug.

That’s it? He thinks he’s off the hook that easily? No way. I push off the counter and get into his face—well, I crane my neck and almost rise on tiptoe, but it’ll have to do—and grab a fistful of his T-shirt. “Why didn’t you tell me you were going? Why didn’t you ever call? Where were you, for chrissakes?”

“What do you care?” he says, so quietly I’m only sure he spoke because I’m looking right at his beautiful mouth.

My grip on his T-shirt tightens. “Are you seriously asking me this?”

“You told me I should go and never come back.” His eyes close briefly, and a pang goes through my chest. “That I was a bastard and an asshole and wasn’t worth the trouble.”

Christ. I let go of him and take a faltering step back. I did say those things, didn’t I? “I’m sorry.” My hormones played havoc with my feelings back then, intensifying every feeling. “What about you? Why did you leave instead of talking this out? I never got a chance to tell you I’m sorry, you just…” I bite my lip and let out a long breath, but it catches in my throat.

Maybe he hears it because he reaches for me and trails his thumb down the line of my jaw. The gesture stills me completely as his dark eyes nail me. I see sadness there, and fear. What is he afraid of?

“I had to go,” he whispers and his hand drops away.

“You left town, Tyler. Left everyone and everything and nobody knew where you were. God, I was so worried.” My throat constricts; I can barely swallow.

“You were?” There’s a hitch in his voice, as if he doesn’t believe it.

“Yes, I was.” I’ve been so afraid for him for so long, I can hardly believe he’s here, alive and well. I reach up and slide my hand over his chest. It’s hard; solid. “Why, Tyler? Tell me why you left.”

“I don’t wanna talk about it,” he grinds out.

I want to bang my fist on his chest and slap his face. My fingers curl against the soft fabric of his T-shirt, and I feel his muscles clench underneath.

“Screw you,” I whisper and I hope my voice won’t break and betray me. “That’s all you have to say to me? I’m not going to—”

“You’re so beautiful,” he whispers.

Shocked into silence, I stare at him. His gaze is moving over my body, a hot, silky glide that steals my breath. His pupils are dilated, making his eyes look black.

I try again. “After all this time, I just want to know—”

His hand hooks around my back, pressing me to his body and he bends his head toward me, dark hair falling in his eyes. His mouth descends on mine, sealing the words inside.

The world falls away with a murmur as he kisses me. I gasp and his tongue pushes inside, tangling with mine. He licks at my mouth, and he tastes so good—like dark chocolate and pepper. Familiar. Thrilling. Sexy.

I want more. I slide my arms around his hips and kiss him back. His chest vibrates against me as he moans and then he drags me closer, until my breasts are crushed against his firm abs.

A tiny voice at the back of my mind is screeching in protest—this shouldn’t be happening, we should be talking, explaining, finishing this off—but it’s drowned in the rushing of blood in my ears, the thundering beat of my heart. His smell, his taste, the feel of his muscular body, it sends waves of scalding heat over my skin, through me, tightening the tips of my breasts, starting a pulse between my legs. I cling to him as I burn from the inside out; I desperately need him—need to feel him around me, against me, inside me. Everywhere where he’s been missing for so long.

AUTHOR BIO:

Jo Raven writes New Adult erotic contemporary romance. She loves sexy bad boys and strong-willed heroines, and divides her time between writing and reading. When not cooking up plots, she putters in her cluttered kitchen and dreams of traveling to India and Japan.

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Book Review
 
My Thoughts
 
I really enjoyed this book and the way it was written. There were so many things going on between the characters that it was like a big puzzle that you slowly piece together. I really liked figuring out more and more about these characters and with the way it was written, you figure out some pieces without her even writing them.
The names of her characters I adored, I am a total sucker for unique names.
The scenes between Erin and Tyler were hot with a capital H.O.T! It was clear that these two characters had some steamy chemistry. I loved their plot, the tortured, tragedy of their past and all that time wasted because they both blamed themselves.
It was a very addicting, captivating story.
Tyler is your brooding, ‘I’ll never be good enough’, bad boy and we all know how much we love these bad boys.
The only thing I would have liked to see is more dialogue between Erin and Tyler early on and I wish when Erin revealed her big secret that it would have been just her and Tyler. I felt like having everyone present was a bit impersonal.
Overall I really like this book, I though the writing was done very well and I really enjoyed the characters and the different dynamics they added to the plot.
I would recommend this book to romance, erotica, and mystery readers.
 


* I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own. I did not receive compensation for this review.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cold Fire Book Review

Cold Fire

Jaden

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Fire-Elaina-Ellis-ebook/dp/B00LYJGC0I/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1405997451&sr=8-5&keywords=cold+fire




 
 
Book Description
 
 
 

 
 
A cold and unfeeling firefighter, Jaxon Good, with little to no regard for his own life takes one more chance and saves a little girl from a burning school. After questions and speculations rise about how and why the fire was started, a reporter, Cassidy Irons, enters his life with a stubborn streak that matches and sometimes overpowers his own. When Cassidy learns what happened to the little girl Jaxon Good saved, Madelyn Ward, her life suddenly becomes in jeopardy. Death threats and one phone call forces Cassidy to rethink her decision to tell Madelyn’s story, but she continues with it against better judgment. It ends up with her kidnapped and Jaxon is the one who saves her, nearly killing himself in the process.

That does not set well with Cassidy.

Animosity for putting his own life in danger stems from Cassidy and they start developing an explosive love/hate relationship, especially when Cassidy doesn’t fall into Jaxon’s arms like every other woman he’s saved throughout the years has. Cassidy challenges him in ways Jaxon is not used to and with the hit man still on the loose, he has no choice except to become her new bodyguard of sorts. Living and sleeping together forces both individuals to swallow their pride and they grow to have a newfound understanding of each other, falling for each other in the process. Jaxon fights it every step of the way, not wanting to feel because then it means he’ll have to face his own dark past and demons. He won’t let Cassidy die either though. Can Jaxon get Cassidy out of his life before she tries to teach him to feel again? Or will Cassidy change him into a person he’s not sure he wants to be?
 
 
 
 
My Thoughts



‘Cold Fire’ was an amazing story of tragedy; it was a story of love and loss, of deception and betrayal. Overall it was an action-packed adventure that tugged on the heart strings. I loved this book so much, it had me on an emotional rollercoaster, and I cried a total of three times while reading ‘Cold Fire’. Jaden’s character’s jumped off the page, they were so realistic and I found myself transported into their world, helplessly watching them fight against themselves and each other.  Jaden is incredibly talented and tells a captivating story. I assure you, you do not want to miss this hit, this is Jaden’s first novel and I cannot wait for more.

‘Cold Fire’ touched on some really important issues, such as bullying, this has become such an worldwide problem and I see that the more schools campaign against bullying, the more bullying happens. Madelyn’s story is an eye opener and hopefully more parents will pay attention and become aware of the signs of bullying. Bullying should never be taken lightly and should be addressed immediately. Jaden’s novel really shows why it should be taken seriously and I hope that all of you read this book and appreciate the points she is making with Madelyn’s story.

‘Cold Fire’ also deals with the guilt and hardships of one’s own past, I know plenty of us out there harbor deep, dark, pasts but Jax and Cassidy really tell a beautiful story of finally finding that person you can open up to, that soul mate that won’t turn their back on you for anything.

I think Jaden’s writing is amazing, her characters jumps of the pages and into your heart, the plot was brilliant, and Jax is one of those bad boys you just eat up.

I absolutely adored this book and would recommend it to everyone, ‘Cold Fire’ is the total package, it has tragedy, romance, action, mystery, drama, you name it, it is in there. It definitely deserves 5 bats! So what are you waiting for go get your copy now. It is currently available on Amazon or a steal of only $0.99!!!! Get it and tell me your thoughts!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cold Fire by Jaden Cover Reveal

'Cold Fire' by Jaden
Cover Reveal!



I am very proud to be presenting the beautiful cover to ‘Cold Fire’ by the amazingly talented,  Jaden, today on Batty For Books! This book and this author mean a great deal to me and I would really appreciate if you all would take a look at this beautiful cover and head on over to Amazon to pick up your copy today! ‘Cold Fire’ will be released and live on Amazon sometime tonight or tomorrow I will keep you updated on when it goes live and give you all the links ;) So without further ado let me introduce you to Jaden and some of her amazing work.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Summary:

A cold and unfeeling firefighter, Jaxon Good, with little to no regard for his own life takes one more chance and saves a little girl from a burning school. After questions and speculations rise about how and why the fire was started, a reporter, Cassidy Irons, enters his life with a stubborn streak that matches and sometimes overpowers his own.  When Cassidy learns what happened to the little girl Jaxon Good saved, Madelyn Ward, her life suddenly becomes in jeopardy.  Death threats and one phone call forces Cassidy to rethink her decision to tell Madelyn’s story, but she continues with it against better judgment.  It ends up with her kidnapped and Jaxon is the one who ends up saving her, nearly killing himself in the process and that does not set well with Cassidy.  Animosity for putting his own life in danger stems from Cassidy and they end up developing an explosive love/hate relationship, especially when Cassidy doesn’t fall into Jaxon’s arms like every other woman he’s saved throughout the years.  Cassidy challenges him in ways Jaxon is not used to and with the hit man still on the loose, he has no choice except to become her new bodyguard of sorts.  Living and sleeping together forces both individuals to swallow their pride and they grow to have a newfound understanding of each other, falling for each other in the process.  Jaxon fights it every step of the way, not wanting to feel because then it means he’ll have to face his own dark past and demons.  He won’t let Cassidy die either though.  Can Jaxon get Cassidy out of his life before she tries to teach him to feel again?  Or will Cassidy change him into a person he’s not sure he wants to be?


Author's Bio:
 
Brought up from the streets of Chicago in a small town called East Hazel Crest, Jaden wasn’t meant to succeed in anything.  Most people brought up in the conditions she did went down the same path as their parents, but not Jaden.  Instead, she witnessed what happened to her parents with drugs and alcohol and went down the opposite path.  From the young age of 10, Jaden found her love for writing, thanks to her best friend Dusty Bennett, but never actually tried her hand in writing until the age of 12.  From the moment her fingers began typing on the keyboard, Jaden never looked back and let her imagination run wild.  During her teen years, she had a hard time accepting what her past was and being bullied in grades 5-7 before moving to a new town called Dixon.  From there, she continued writing and found a way to channel all of her emotions and inner turmoil into something creative.  Now, 16 years later she’s finally ready to try being a successful writer and her dream is to be on the New York Times bestseller list.  She is also a loving mother and wife, always putting her family first before anything.

 

*Sounds intriguing right? It definitely is, I absolutely adored this book and I will have my review up later this week. So go check it out! It’s at an amazing price right now, you get Jaden’s breakthrough first novel for a mere $0.99, that’s a steal! Don’t forget to leave a review after you have read it and spread the word! Keep checking in with me for updates on ‘Cold Fire’ and Jaden.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tyler Cover Reveal!!!!!

 
I am happy to be a part of this amazing cover reveal for Tyler- Inked Brotherhood series, so without further ado, here is it the beautiful cover, plus continue reading for some awesome information about the book and the author!
 
 
 
 
 

TYLER (Inked Brotherhood, #2) COVER REVEAL

New Adult contemporary (erotic) romance

by Jo Raven

Cover by Jo Raven

 

RELEASE DATE: End of July 2014

 

 





SYNOPSIS:

Four years have passed since I left home, my parents, and my brother Asher behind – since I shut out my past.
And Erin. Four years since I last saw her, since I heard her voice and held her in my arms. I’ve spent my time forging a path from woman to woman, from bed to bed; trying to find an answer. But I think I’ve lost my way. There’s no light at the end of the dark.
No big surprise. I carry the dark inside me. I’m a bastard – branded as such from the start. I never give my phone number and address; I take my pleasure and don’t come back for seconds. No commitments; no promises and no happy endings. Yeah, I’m a bastard down to the bone and I don’t give a damn.
But now I’m back in my birth town, the town I fled at eighteen – back to make amends to the brother I abandoned and watch from afar the only girl I’ve ever wanted. Hope isn’t a currency I can afford; I learned that lesson long ago.
Yet when she looks at me and says my name, I can’t help but hope.

This is book 2 in the Inked Brotherhood series which started with Asher. It is a stand-alone work. No cliffhanger. 

The expected publication date is end July 2014, on all of your favorite e-book websites.

ADD THIS BOOK ON GOODREADS!!!

 







 EXCERPT:

“Why, Tyler? Tell me why you left.”

“I don’t wanna talk about it,” he grinds out.

I want to bang my fist on his chest and slap his face. My fingers curl against the soft fabric of his T-shirt, and I feel his muscles clench underneath.

“Screw you,” I whisper and I hope my voice won’t break and betray me. “That’s all you have to say to me? I’m not going to—”

“You’re so beautiful,” he whispers.

Shocked into silence, I stare at him. His gaze is moving over my body, a hot, silky glide that steals my breath. His pupils are dilated, making his eyes look black.

I try again. “After all this time, I just want to know—”

His hand hooks around my back, pressing me to his body, and he bends his head toward me, dark hair falling in his eyes. His mouth descends on mine, sealing the words inside.

The world falls away with a murmur as he kisses me. I gasp and his tongue pushes inside, tangling with mine. He licks at my mouth, and he tastes so good – like dark chocolate and pepper. Familiar. Thrilling. Sexy.

I want more. I slide my arms around his hips and kiss him back. His chest vibrates against me as he moans and then he drags me closer, until my breasts are crushed against his firm abs.

A tiny voice in the back of my mind is screeching in protest – this shouldn’t be happening, we should be talking, explaining, finishing this off – but it’s drowned in the rushing of blood in my ears, the thundering beat of my heart. His smell, his taste, the feel of his muscular body, it all sends waves of scalding heat over my skin, through me, tightening the tips of my breasts, starting a pulse between my legs. I cling to him as I burn from the inside out; I desperately need him – need to feel him around me, against me, inside me. Everywhere where he’s been missing for so long.

His hands move down to the small of my back, then lower, lifting my skirt. He swallows my moan of protest and slips a hand round the front, inside my panties. I gasp as his callused fingers touch me, slide inside me.

Oh god, oh crap. It feels so good. He strokes me, rough and tender, soft and hard, until my body starts to shake. Pleasure rips through me, tearing me apart.




 

AUTHOR BIO:

Jo Raven writes New Adult erotic contemporary romance. She loves sexy bad boys and strong-willed heroines, and divides her time between writing and reading. When not cooking up plots, she putters in her cluttered kitchen and dreams of traveling to India and Japan.

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There you have it ladies and gentlemen, make sure to pick of your copy of Tyler and follow the amazing Jo Raven!!!! :)

I also want to say a huge thank you to the amazing Jo Raven for asking me to be a part of this amazing cover reveal!!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

BACK IN BUSINESS BABY!!


Back In Business!!!!

Hello all my lovelies! As you all know I have been off the grid for a while. A lot has been going on in my life, I am still going to school trying to get my degree, and working full time. One of the main reasons I took a break from this blog was because I was planning my wedding. So as you can imagine juggling all those things wasn’t working out too well for me. Wedding planning is extremely stressful but definitely worth it. The good news is I am ready to get back on here and bug the heck out of you with my random incessant ramblings and of course reviews of some great books! I have already received a ton of requests so I will be working through them, although I am not going to stress myself out about it again. I do have a life outside of the blog so please be patient with me. I work over 40 hours a week, I go to school full time, I have a house to maintain, I have to focus on my own writing, and a husband (yes husband finally J) that I need to spend time with, so I am back but I will be on as much as possible!

So as I said before I was planning my wedding, on June 7th, Aaron and I finally tied the knot J I shall post some pictures below so you can see. I can definitely say I was a happy bride, everything went according to plan (there were a few bumps in the road, but there always are) and it was a beautiful day. I can honestly say I have never felt more beautiful. That day and the week that followed were pure bliss, I couldn’t have asked for a better man, I am so proud to have this man as my husband and I am one lucky girl. He really takes such good care of me. I am here to tell you don’t settle nobody is perfect but there is that one person that is perfect for YOU! I am so happy that I found my other half!

In other news, not only am I back to bring you news of new events and books coming out, as well as my thoughts on those books but I have really big news.

I have been a writer myself for years but have never really done anything with it. Now I have decided to give it a go, I want to share my stories with you guys as so many authors before me have done. I currently have a short story named ‘You’re Still the One’ coming out in an anthology later this month! I am so excited for this chance and so excited for you all too finally get to read some of my own work! Although I am really nervous as well, I am stoked for you guys to meet some of my characters! I am also working a novel that will be the first installment of a series called ‘The Rockstar Chronicles’ so please stay tuned to check on the progress of it.

Thank you to all my followers for keeping me going and checking out my blog. Thank you to all the authors that give me the chance to participate in sharing their stories and for having the patience of saints when I am running a bit behind. Thank you to all of you for making this possible.

That is really all I have to say at the moment except for

Baby I’m back in business!!!

 

Wedding pictures ;)