Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Release Day Karina Halle!! Racing the Sun is available TODAY!!

From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . .

After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.


Monday, July 27, 2015

4 1/2 Coffee Cups!! Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1)
by Penny Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published on: 7/21/15

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…
But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-headed heart is she willing to risk?

Series Description:
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.
Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length, contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

My Rating: 4 1/2 Coffee Cups!!

This book was perfect. It was sweet, hot, funny as hell, heartfelt and the characters were amazing. It's been awhile since I've read a book that had so many characters, but I liked each and every one of them. But the main characters. Ooff. I loved me some Duane and Jess. Seriously adored them. 

Jessica has a serious case of wanderlust. She wants nothing more than to travel the world. She's read National Geographic since she was 10 and was bound and determined to become one of the people she read about in her magazine. And she has a plan. She just came home from college and plans on living with her family and saving up for 1.5-2 years. She has a job teaching Calculus at the local high school that she enjoys and friends she made through teaching. Everything is easy and temporary, just like she likes it. 

Enter twins Duane and Beau Winston. She grew up with them both. One is friendly smiles and easy conversations and sweet intentions. To the point of turning Jess into an intelligible, gooey, bumbling mess. The other is broody, short tempered, blunt and a little bit dangerous. To the point of turning Jess into a seething, ill tempered ball of anger. Guess which one is which? It's ok, Jess got them confused for a moment too. A moment which essentially turned everything on it's head. Duane took Jess's moment of confusion to express all the feelings and do all the things he's ever dreamed of doing to her. He's wanted her from afar for years, but she's only ever had googly eyes for his brother Beau. And after her initial hatred of him for his trickery she realized that maybe she got it wrong, maybe the Winston brother she wanted wasn't in fact the safe choice Beau, but Duane, the one that made her blood boil. 

"I knew he would push me. I had no doubt. But I trusted that, even though Duane would definitely push, he'd also be there to catch me when I fall."

So she puts herself all in. Kind of. She tells him about her dreams and plans, which pretty much adds both a hitch and an expiration date to their relationship. 

"I was always running after her, but this time I wasn’t going to let her get away."

But then this wonderful thing called life gets in the way. Add in a death, an unexpected revelation, an angry Motorcycle Club and the rest of the Winston clan and a lot of things can and do transpire.

This was an awesome start to what I'm thinking will be an AWESOME series. I honestly hadn't read any of Penny Reid's Knitting in the City series, but now after hearing that the Winston Brothers first appear in Beauty and the Mustache I am totally picking that up ASAP to get a Winston fix until Grin and Beard it comes out.  PS- And as much as I love the entire Winston Brood, I absolutely CANNOT wait for Cletus's story (Book #3!! Woo-Hoo!!).

Pick this book up on AMAZON NOW!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Blitz! Review & Excerpt!! Sorrow Woods by Beckie Stevenson

Sorrow Woods
by Beckie Stevenson
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Published on: 7/19/2013

“How did you even get here?”
I blink at him, confused by his question. “We live here.”
“You live here, in these woods?”

When Kaiden stumbles across Serena Scott while hunting in Sorrow Woods he thinks all of his birthdays have come at once. Finally, the girl that’s haunted and intrigued him and his parents for the last fourteen years is standing in front of him.

And she’s alive.

Serena should have known that he would shatter her life into a thousand pieces. It wasn't because of the gun, or the tattoos that snaked around his arm, but because he was the first boy that she’d ever set eyes on.

He wasn’t just any boy either; he was Kaiden Matthews.
He was dark, dangerous and strangely alluring.

And he was beautiful.

Serena’s life as she knows it is destroyed after Kaiden drops his bombshell. As the consequences of his actions begin to penetrate through into her life she vows to stay away from him, and while she might have been in his past, she refuses to be his future.

Kaiden knows that in order for either of them to salvage anything from the mess he’s made he needs to make sure the secrets of his past stay hidden, but as they start to rebuild their lives they find themselves stuck in a whirlwind of secrets and confessions that could threaten to break their already fragile relationship.

My Rating: 4 1/2 Coffee Cups!!

This book took me by surprise. In the best possible way. I had never read anything by this author before, but after reading the blurb I was intrigued. And my curiosity paid off. 

This is not your typical story. It's actually almost like two stories to be honest. And the fact that it shifts back and forth between Serena and Kaiden's POVs supports that. The first part of the story lets you into Serena's life. You meet her in the woods and see her day to day life. Serena is almost a contradiction. She is 16, but she has so many responsibilities between taking care of her 7 year old sister Elodie while her mother is away for weeks at a time, to taking care of their home in the woods. She is strong and caring and intelligent. But then you see how sheltered she is from the real world (to the point that she's not even entirely sure of what country she lives in) and you realize that she is also VERY naive, and in some aspects almost child-like. And this is how Kaiden stumbles upon her. Literally. Their first meeting is interesting in that she's never seen anyone besides her sister and her mother before (besides in her books and magazines) let alone a guy and you can tell from Kaiden's demeanor and inner dialogue that he knows her. But despite his knowledge of who she is (which you don't necessarily find out right away) he is utterly captivated by her. She captures his attention. She is so completely different from any girl he's ever met before (even if you were to take away the whole born and raised in the woods factor) and he wants to get to know her. Which is exactly what he does. And Serena has no objections. Both her and Elodie pick his brain about the outside world and give him a taste of their world. And Serena begins to build a friendship with him. And then it's all smashed to smithereens. 

“I stare at him and the way his clothes make his face look paler and his eyes two shades darker than when I last saw him. He doesn't seem real. How can a boy look so magical and interesting, yet utterly terrifying at the same time?”