Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Adult Romance: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones, Excerpt and GIVEAWAY!

Being a HUGE fan of Lisa Renee Jones and a HUGE fan of the New Adult genre, I could not have been more excited to learn her next book is the first NEW ADULT romance she's published! ESCAPING REALITY: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen is about a young woman whose entire life has been stripped away from her (for reasons we yet to know) and she has to keep changing identities to stay off the radar of those who intend to do her harm. I've been lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the first few chapters and WOW, I can tell you this one is going to be great! Even though it's a new genre for her, it still has what I now think of her trademark - super sexy romance with more than a little mystery and suspense built in. To celebrate it's release in the next month, Ms. Jones is having another HUGE contest with frequent giveaways, including cash (and lots of it!), a coach bag, and lots of swag! Read an excerpt below and then be sure to follow the link to the rafflcopter giveaway!


He is rich, famous, and secretive and he will become her passion, her desire, her escape from a dark reality she so desperately craves…

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard down, the ghost’s of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run. 

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?


“Do you have a ride to wherever you’re going?”

“A friend is picking me up,” I croak out, and the lie is like wet cotton in my throat. He wants this…this whatever we started to continue and so do I, but I can’t know his real motivation any more than I can risk his safety by being seen with him. 

“Male or female?”

I blink, snapping back to the present. “What? Male or female?”

“Your friend picking you up. Male or female?”

I know the safe answer is “male”. I know that if his motivation for the question is simple male interest, it will discourage him, and still I hear myself say, “Female.”

His eyes darken, heat, and I think he’s pleased with my answer. “I’ll help you with your bags.”

“No, I—”

“I’m helping you with your bags, Amy.” 

There is command in his voice, and I am instantly, unbelievably aroused, and pleased at his insistence, when I should be running for the hills. I will run for the hills when the doors open. “Thank you,” I murmur and turn away from him, afraid he will read my intentions to flee. Quickly, I make sure my folder and bag are intact, sliding the leather strap over my shoulder, and I am ready for action. 

The plane parks at the gate, and Liam stretches his long, perfect body to retrieve my bag from the overhead compartment. Once he hands it to me, I lift the handle and tell myself to make my escape, but for a moment I am frozen in regret over leaving him. Too soon, he jerks his bag free, and I am out of time. A man moves between myself and Liam and I take the opportunity to dart for the exit. I don’t look back. I want to look back. 
A few minutes later, I am outside in a cab line that stretches a good fifteen cab lengths long, with no actual cars in sight. Thanks to several conventions and some Hollywood event, it appears I have plenty of time to savor my regret over leaving Liam behind. And I do. I savor it like I would water in a desert. 

I’m busying contemplating how good he might have tasted when a black Town Car stops directly beside me. The door opens and to my shock Liam steps out and grabs my bag. “Come with me,” he orders, and he doesn’t give me time to argue. 

I haven’t moved yet and he’s already at the trunk where the driver lifts my bag to deposit it inside. I consider leaving it behind and running. I should leave it and run. I charge toward him and meet him at the back door. 
My chin lifts and he is taller than I realized, and his sleek goatee is impossibly sexy, nearly distracting me from my anger. “You can’t just take my bag and demand I come with you.”

“And yet that’s exactly what I did. Get in the car, Amy.” 

I bristle at the command. “I don’t know you.”

His piercing blue eyes darken. “I have every intention of remedying that.” 

A thrill shoots through me at the obvious promise that he will be my lover, and there is no denying that I am seduced by this man, drawn to his confidence and dark good looks. To the gentle lion I believe will take control of everything around him, including me. The man who will demand much of me, and perhaps take more than I should give. And yet, beyond all reason, I want to experience those things. I want to experience him. It almost feels…necessary.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Maven by S.A. Huchton

The Revolving Bookcase is pleased to feature an author and book new to us: Maven by S.A. Huchton! Despite having a jam-packed reading schedule after an amazing BEA this year, I read the blurb for this one and just had to read it - it combines two of my favorite genres: Sci-fi and New Adult Romance! How could anyone not be intrigued by that combination?! I didn't get a chance to finish it in time to post the review here, but I'm about a third of the way in, and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I'll get my full review posted sometime next week, so be sure to check back for that. But, for now, read on for some more information and a fantastic GIVEAWAY from the author!


Maven (The Endure Series, Book 1) S. A. Huchton June 3rd, 2013 284 pages (print)
How far would you go for love?

Since losing her parents at 14, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now 21, she’s about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren’t enough, she’s about to discover something so horrific it could potentially destroy all life on the planet. 

Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right, may be exactly what she needs… Or he may make everything worse.

Has she finally found a puzzle she can’t solve?


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Starla Huchton released her first novel, The Dreamer's Thread, as a full cast podcast production beginning in August 2009. Her first foray went on to become a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. Since her debut, Starla's voice has appeared in other podcasts including The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, The Drabblecast, and Erotica a la Carte. She is also a voice talent for Darkfire Productions, and narrates several of their projects, including The Emperor's Edge series, This Path We Share, and others. Her writing has appeared in the Erotica a la Carte podcast, a short story for The Gearheart (earning her a third Parsec nomination), and an episode of the Tales from the Archives podcast (the companion to Tee Morris and Philippa Balantine's Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series), which garnered her a second finalist badge from the 2012 Parsec Awards. Her second novel, a Steampunk adventure entitled Master of Myth, was the first place winner in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category of The Sandy Writing Contest held annually by the Crested Butte Writers Conference. Maven is her third completed novel and the first in a planned series of four, being released under the name S. A. Huchton.
After completing her degree in Graphic Arts, Starla opened up shop as a freelance graphic designer focusing on creating beautiful book covers for independent authors and publishers. She currently lives in Virginia where she trains her three Minions and military husband.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Look of Love by Bella Andre

The Look of Love (Sullivans #1)
Bella Andre
May 28, 2013 (Expanded Print Edition)
384 pages
Sometimes one look is all it takes

Chloe Peterson has vowed never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Her reasons are as vivid as the bruises on her cheek. So when her car skids off a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true.

As a successful international photographer, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. He's satisfied with his life—until he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.

With every loving look—and every sinfully sweet caress—the attraction between them sizzles, and Chloe can't help but wonder if she's met the man who may be the exception to her rule….


Every time I pick up a Bella Andre novel, I am reminded just how much I love her writing. Not since early Nora Roberts have I felt like I wanted to devour anything an author had written so much. In fact, the Sullivans remind me very much of Roberts' big boisterous MacGregor clan - all of whom I'd adored.  I had previously read book 4 in the Sullivan series last year (which I loved -- you can read my review here)  and my high expectations were most certainly met here again. It's so refreshing (almost in a throwback sort of way) to read a romance novel where everyone is supportive and happy for each other. The villain is clearly marked as such and I never once wanted to throw the book across the room in frustration. Sure, maybe that isn't "real life", but I'm reading these books as an escape, and I just love how perfect the world is in them (even with nasty ex-husbands thrown in). The only thing I felt was missing was a true climax (no, not that kind of climax - there were plenty of those, believe me ;)) - it's just there was so much build up and then resolution without any great tension-filled scene - at least not one between our lovers (which are the kind I really love). Even so, I still tore through this book in a day and am already itching to finish out the books in the series I've yet to get to. I love that they are now in print too!

The Look of Love: 4/5 stars
Cover: 2.5/5 stars (I really dislike it when the price of the book is clearly marked on the cover - it cheapens the look of an otherwise classy book)

*****I am giving away my very slightly used copy which just happens to be SIGNED by Bella Andre herself (who I was lucky enough to meet at BEA this year - she was super nice)! Enter to win using the rafflecopter below and be sure to check out the many other giveaways going on this month as part of our blogoversary celebration (click on the "Giveaways" tab at the top of the page). *****

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes: Father's Day

In honor of the upcoming Father's Day this weekend, these quotes are all about Dads. Enjoy! 

“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

"Your father’s right," she said. "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” 
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!” 
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride

“Your father, Jo. He never loses patience, never doubts or complains, but always hopes, and works and waits so cheerfully that one is ashamed to do otherwise before him.” 
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” 
― Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."
Jim Valvano 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dual Review: Being Me (Inside Out #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Being Me (Inside Out #2)
Lisa Renee Jones
June 11, 2013 (TODAY!)
Gallery Books
336 pages

Synopsis:Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?


Words cannot express how much I loved this book, but I'm going to try anyway. 
I loved book one in the INSIDE OUT SERIES-- IF I WERE YOU - it was one of my favorite books of 2012. Needless to say, I had super high expectations for this one. Well, Ms. Jones not only rose to the challenge, she blew those expectations away! If possible it has even more suspense, angst, super-hot sex, as well as really touching love scenes too. 

BEING ME picks up at that oh-so-frustrating cliffhanger from book one. And the action just doesn't stop. From that point on I was hooked and literally read all 300+ pages in the next 24 hours. 

For those of you who hate series because of all the unanswered questions, you will not feel that way reading this one. So many mysteries get resolved, it was so worth the wait - and no cliffhanger! (ok, maybe just a small one - but it is teeny-tiny, I swear!) 

BEING ME was so good, no one (including me) will want to wait for REVEALING US, but luckily, the wait is not nearly as long for that!

BEING ME: 5/5 Stars
Cover: 4.5/5 Stars
Audience Rating: R

WOW! After devouring the first book in this series, If I were You, I had a boatload of questions. I was not a fan of the ending, but it did leave me wanting more and with Being Me Lisa Renee Jones certainly delivered. This book certainly had the same element of mystery and kept me guessing until the very end. Chris and Mark are just as hot in this book as they were in the first and boy those love scenes are steamy. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series as I am very curious as to what will happen with everyone as Ms. Jones answered all my lingering questions I had from book 1. I have no doubt that whatever Ms. Jones has in store for us in book 3 will be amazing as this is definitely one of my favorite romantic series that I have read in the past year and she never fails to amaze me.

Being Me:  4.5/5
Cover:  5/5

********Lisa's Fan Page, IF I WERE YOU FANS, is running a bunch of contests to celebrate the release of BEING ME - you can win a set of Rebecca's Lost Journals, gift bags, and more -
 there will be a ton of winners, so stop by for your chance to win!********

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Cover Reveal/Guest Post: Loving Allison (Rolling Hills Ranch #2) by Megan Grooms

Book Blurb...

Allison met her best friend Jasmine’s brother once a year ago and kept in touch with him since When she is asked to help Jasmine plan a wedding at the ranch she jumps at the  to see John again
The only woman John has thought he could be with forever is his sister’s best friend. When he sees her again he realizes this is the woman he wants to marry and be with forever.
That is if Allison’s protective nature doesn’t kill her first.
Book Info...
Loving Allison is the second book in the Rolling Hills Ranch series. This book follows John and Allison. The two stayed in touch after meeting a year ago. When they are face to face again they know right away their love is true and will be together forever. When Allison's stubborn and protective nature get her in trouble more than once John wonders how long their forever will be.
Paperback copy of Finding Samantha, the first in the series, will be given away to one lucky person. To enter to win you must go to Goodreads and add Loving Allison to your TBR list. Entries between June 11th and June 25th will be entered for the drawing. The winner will be revealed on June 28th, my birthday on my website and you will be contacted via Goodreads.

A van pulled up dirt flying behind it. It had been such a dry summer already, they were lucky the crops were still growing. He didn’t have long to think that before his sister jumped out of the van and was running at him. He walked down the steps laughing. “You didn’t even shut your door.” She launched herself and he caught her like he used to when she was little. “You’re almost as tall as I am. He complained laughing and hugging her. “I’ve missed you little sister.” He sighed, it felt so good to be able to hug his sister. It had been far too long.

“I’ve missed you too.” She hopped down and looked up at him. He was just as big as ever. She was almost six feet tall he had to be six foot four.

John looked her over as only a big brother could. Her black hair was down shining as usual her naturally tan skin looked flawless as ever. His sister had always taken good care of herself. She looked a little too thin for him though. She smiled as he watched her, her black eyes crinkling a little.

 “I eat just fine.” She said punching his shoulder. “I know that look you’re trying to figure out, how to fatten me up.” She laughed and it made John smile. It had been so long since he’d heard that laugh. “Come on Allison.” She glanced behind her to see her friend was still in the van just watching them. “You remember Allison don’t you?” She had to look back at him to see his reaction as Allison climbed out of the van slowly.

John looked up and his breath caught for a moment. He had forgotten how beautiful she was. Finally finding his voice he mumbled an “of course how are you?” He felt his heart jump when their eyes met. Her blond hair looked good in the pixie cut that it was in now. She smiled shyly and he saw one dimple. He couldn’t remember if she had two and found himself wanting to make her smile enough to find out. Her skin was so white he worried about her burning and found he wanted to make her come out of the sun. She was short compared to everyone else and had wonderful curves that he knew she was self-conscious about. He reminded himself to tell her how beautiful he thought she was when they were alone.

“Hi John.” She answered smiling a bit. She felt so nervous. She had told him some very personal stuff in her emails. It was odd how daring she was when she wasn’t looking at him but now… She couldn’t believe he knew that stuff about her. She hadn’t thought about seeing him after telling him. She looked into his eyes and forgot all of that. All she could think about was him and how handsome he was. She couldn’t seem to pull her eyes away from his.

His sister elbowed him making him look away from the beauty of Allison. “Are you going to help us with bags or make us do it?” She asked raising one eyebrow at him.

John knew he had been caught and felt his face burn with embarrassment. “Why don’t you drive the van down to the house you used last time you were here? Joe do you wanna help me get everything inside?” John asked, as soon as he was done talking to his sister he looked back at Allison seemingly unable to stop watching her.

He heard movement causing him to look away again. Joe had come off the porch and was standing near him a smile playing on his lips. Sam had the same damn smile, like the cat that had eaten the canary. They all knew, it would only be a matter of time before his sister found out. If she hadn’t already figured out what was going on. She was pretty smart like that. He guessed it came with being a wedding planner. He shrugged and figured there wasn’t any way he was going to be able to hide it if he couldn’t even take his eyes off her. He decided to hell with it. He didn’t really care. If his sister had a problem with it he was sure he would find out soon enough.

“That sounds good. Are you Sam?” Jazz turned to the girl next to John. It was clear that her brother was going to be paying more attention to her friend this visit than to her. Honestly Jasmine didn’t mind though. She decided she’d wait until her brother brought it up to her though.

“Yeah, that’d be me. Thank you so much for coming.” She walked up and shook the girl’s hand. She couldn’t believe how much the two looked alike but yet so different. Where John was big and bulkily she was slim and delicate. Sam decided that it was because of the hard muscle building job that John did on a daily basis. Sam was glad that she had been told so many times that Luke hadn’t looked at anyone until meeting her. She could admit to herself that if she hadn’t, she would be grilling Luke about what he thought of Jasmine. The woman was gorgeous and she would have been jealous that Luke had already met her and possibly tried to hit on her when she had visited before. Sam shrugged, it wasn’t new to her that she was jealous of other women knowing Luke better than her. She had run into a few women in town that knew him well and had been jealous. Luke thought it was cute.

Jasmine looked at the woman. She certainly didn’t look like someone that would want to plan a wedding. Most of the women that were bridzillas were very conscious of their appearance. Not wanting to get dirty, having to have their hair, nails and makeup done. Sam didn’t look like she had done any one of those things. Her long brown hair pulled back in just a ponytail, no makeup and her hands had clearly seen some rough work. She could tell when they shook hands that they were tough. She smiled realizing that this wedding might be the easiest one she’d ever done. “Don’t worry about it I’m excited to start my own business. We’ll meet you down there ok?” Jasmine looked at her brother to find him and Allison still looking at each other. She shook her head and ran back to the van and climbed in.

Allison gave one last look at John before climbing in as well.

“Not one word.” John threatened as he watched the van back out before taking off after it. He could hear Joe and Sam laughing behind him.

Allison couldn’t believe how handsome John was. The way he looked at her just made her toes curl. She could barely get out a greeting to the man. His black hair, so much like his sisters, was a little longer than she remembered but it matched his bronze skin tone and was far from girlie. With his strong chiseled chin and thick neck you would never mistake him for a woman. His muscles still stood out like hard iron under smooth skin, she found herself wanting to touch those distinct muscles just to see how strong he really was.

“So what was that about?” Jazz asked her friend pulling her from her musing.

“I don’t know what you mean.” Allison was quiet by nature and she hated talking about anything relating to her personal life, especially any men in her life. She had always been that way but it was even worse when the man in question was her best friend’s brother.

“You, and my brother, we are best friends. I know you, something is going on… Do you like him?” The house wasn’t that far away she didn’t have time to beat around the bush.

“Your brother is very handsome.” Allison started, she paused thinking about how handsome he was. She shook her head “but I hardly know him.” She finished a blush creeping up her neck. Again she lamented how much she had told John in her emails. It was so much easier to talk over the internet than in person. She never imagined she would see him again. Though, honestly most of her dreams had her seeing him, a lot of him.

They stopped at the house and Allison opened the door quickly trying to get away from her friends prying only to smack John with the door. “Oh my God John, are you alright? I’m so sorry I didn’t see you.” She put her hand on his back as he was bent over. The contact sent a thrill through her. Her heart beat double time. She took her hand off him afraid of the reaction with such a small touch. He stood back up towering over her. Rather than make her frightened she found herself feeling safe and wanting to hide herself in his big strong arms.

“I’m fine Ally Cat.” He whispered looking down at her. He forgot the pain and that anyone else was near when he looked into her eyes again. He almost bent down and kissed her when a door slammed.

“Trying to beat up my brother?” Jazz asked laughing. Joe already had the back end open and was pulling out bags.

John shook his head giving Allison a small embarrassed smile before moving to the back of the van. It had taken longer than he would have thought with only two women but his sister had a lot of boxes for the wedding. “Why do you have a van?” He asked as they finished unloading. “You have a lot of crap.”

“Well that would be why I have a van. Need space for all this crap and it can’t get wet so, I can’t use a truck. I’m thinking of down grading though. I’ve offered the van to Allison, for her crazy idea of running a daycare. Why anyone would want to be around kids that much I have no idea.” She laughed putting an arm around her friend.

“I would.” John answered seriously looking down at Allison. She smiled a bit showing just the one dimple. He was going to have to try harder.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Conquer Your Love by JC Reed Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Today, we are happy to be part of JC Reed's Blog Tour for her newest book, Conquer Your Love, which was released this week! It is the second book in the Surrender Your Love series, the first of which was reviewed here by Tanya.  So, of course we'd be excited for the second one - which we'll be reviewing shortly! On to the book info and giveaway! 

Conquer Your Love
Release date: June 8th, 2013
Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.

Meeting Jett was like bad luck. Dangerous. Unpredictable. And better avoided. In his game, the stakes are high. But are they worth the risk?

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, finds forgetting is hard, but forgiving is harder. When the man she trusted, betrayed her, the only way to forget is to move on. Brooke is determined to start a new life, until she meets him again: the green-eyed, sexy as sin, six foot two sex god. The man who played dirty. The man who played her.

Sexy, handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield knows he has made mistakes. He could have any other woman, and yet it’s Brooke he wants. When second chances collide with secrets and Brooke is threatened by the past, Jett is determined to protect her. She accepts his help unwillingly because she needs him but she wants to play his game on her own terms. And she has no intention to forgive or let him back into her bed.

When the man she is supposed to hate is the one she should trust, will he conquer her…or lose her forever?

A woman who can’t forgive.
A man who has made mistakes.
Two lives that are about to cross again and more secrets laid bare.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

The Best Man
Kristan Higgins
Feb 26, 2013
432 pages


Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect…Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there….

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancĂ©. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosĂ©, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.


This book's beginning was almost painful to get through. I've never been a fan of books that jump from the present to the past, and this one did that a lot. It also changed perspectives, which made the book even more difficult to follow. I probably would have stopped reading it if I hadn't read and loved previous Kristan Higgins books and it hadn't gotten a Kirkus Star (which I'm still more than a little confused by). I am glad I kept with it though, as the best parts were definitely in the end. There were some extremely sweet, touching moments between Faith and Levi, but I never felt that the chemistry and passion were quite enough. I would have liked less backstory and more relationship development.

Those who like a more straightforward romance will not enjoy plodding through this one to get to the ending, but it is worth getting to nonetheless.

The Best Man: 2.5/5 stars.
Cover: 3.5/5 stars

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*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dual Review & Dual GIVEAWAY: Taken by Kelli Maine

***Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the reviews for your chance to win one of TWO copies of Taken (US ONLY)***

Kelli Maine
January 8, 2013 (orig. published July 2012)
256 pages



He steals her away to a deserted island, to the one place she's dreamed of being-the one place she can't go. He's used to buying whatever he wants, but he can't buy her.


How can she resist the magnetism of his body, the longing ache deep inside her? She wants him to take her-on her terms.


Every attempt he makes to love her only hurts her. How can they go on like this? This is the story of how she was . . .



Laura's Review: 

I haven't read a whole lot of books written in second person point of view. And I think there's a reason for that. To me, in order to pull that off, there has to be a specific reason why the author is choosing that style. Maybe the book is a series of letters, or maybe it's a way to communicate with someone who they'd otherwise not be able to - let's say someone who died or someone who is away overseas. This book didn't fit any of that criteria, although part of me kept waiting for that reason to reveal itself. The second person POV was more than a little distracting and confusing. Which was really too bad because, other than a few misplaced and confusing scenes, I enjoyed the plot of this book. Merrick was not as "alpha" as one might expect in a kidnapping story, but I think that was necessary to allow the reader to like him and forgive him for what he did. Otherwise it might come across too much like Captive in the Dark - another book with a kidnapping, but one that just was not even close to forgivable in my opinion, and nauseated me to read. Overall, this was a quick, enjoyable read which would be even better from a different perspective.

Taken: 3/5 Stars
Cover: 4/5 Stars

Tanya's Review:
        I completely agree with Laura about the second person point of view. I had a very hard time with it and just could not come to really enjoy this book. I did not feel any connection with either Merrick nor Rachel. I did enjoy the back story of the deserted island,the history of it and thought that was romantic and I was hoping as I read more of the book I would come to enjoy it but alas for me it kind of fell flat, never really got a hold of me. It was a quick, just ok read for me.

   Taken :    2.5/5   Stars
   Cover:     3.5/5   Stars

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes: PARTY!

As many of you already know, TODAY is our 2-year blogoversary! We kicked off the party a bit early with a month-long celebration with at least FOUR giveaways (hint: there will be more than that!), so of course this week's Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes is all about PARTIES! Enjoy!

“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” 
― Ron White

“Fun drunks make a nice addition to any party. Not looking to fight. Not looking to score. Just looking to get drunk and laugh.” 
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

“The only thing worse than having a party that no one attends is having a party attended only by two vastly, deeply uninteresting people.” 
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” 
― Oprah Winfrey

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blogoversary Giveaway Celebration!

It's that time of year again! Two years ago we started this blog thing not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into and we've had so much more fun than we ever expected! And as an appreciation to all of our incredibly wonderful followers, we are once again doing a month-long giveaway celebration! What's up for grabs? Some fantastic books we picked up at BookExpo America this year! We will have at least FOUR winners, one drawn every week for the month of June, plus we might throw in some extra giveaways as surprises throughout the month. The first winner will get first pick of the books listed below (many of which are signed by the author), then each subsequent winner will get a choice from the books left (Sorry, US only). Use the rafflecopter at the end to enter. Good luck and thanks for two great years we look forward to many many more!
(Companion to Code Name Verity)


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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: True by Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy
May 7, 2013
Penguin Group
222 pages


When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…



I absolutely loved this book from the moment I picked it up (or opened it in my kindle). It felt very reminiscent of Beautiful Disaster, but different enough to keep me reading - plus, I LOVED that book, so why wouldn't I want to read more like it? I completely related to brainy good-girl Rory (whose name had me continuously picturing Gilmore Girls), and I loved how devoted Tyler was to his brothers (the "TRUE" tattoo? Perfect.) What I didn't like was the ending. About 75% in, the tone changed and it became much more negative than I liked. And then it just ended- so abruptly with no real resolution to questions that I really felt should have been answered here. I guess there might be a sequel coming (which I hadn't known when I started reading - and it doesn't even have another one listed on Goodreads), but I really like to know that ahead of time. Still, I enjoyed the first part of the book so much, I'm keeping it at 4 stars.

True: 4/5 stars
Cover: 3/5 stars