Monday, September 30, 2013

Indelible Review

Book Review 
August 10. 2013
by: Bethany Lopez
4.5 Stars

Blurb ~ After a year of partying, Sam decides to buckle down and focus on college. Things are going great until a one-night stand leaves her pregnant and alone. Raising a child while going to school isn’t easy, but Sam is determined to be strong for her daughter. She doesn’t have time for guys or relationships, and takes great care to protect her child and her heart.

Judd doesn’t fit the mold of a college ballplayer. His long hair and tattoos may fit the life he’s created for himself, but baseball is the one thing he takes seriously. When he meets Sam, he’s immediately drawn to her curves and refusal to put up with his crap. When Judd learns the truth, can he handle the responsibility that comes with loving a single mother?

Sam yearns for the fire that Judd fuels in her, but her child’s needs have to come first. Can two people at different stages in their life find a way to make a life together?

My Review
Indelible was one of those books right up my alley. I certainly looooved it. I can’t deny I’m a sucker for any type of NA adult where a baby is involved, be it before the start or in the clich├ęd epilogue. Going into Indelible I got my wish since the main character Sam is currently a mommy. Seems she learned the hard way that partying and college often times leave the unsuspecting with unfortunate results. Sam is not bitter. Sure life and college aren’t going the way she planned, but she wouldn’t change a thing now that she has her daughter.

Refusing to give up her baby or have an abortion Sam is all alone. The baby’s father basically wipes his hands of both Sam and his unborn baby leaving Sam the sole provider while trying to finish college on her own. Sam doesn’t buckle under pressure though. She gets special housing nearby and works hard to finish school to provide a happy and healthy home for her baby. What Sam never expects is to have a tattooed, bad-boy to catch her eye. Especially one who wants Sam and doesn’t seem inclined to walk away. 

Sam has many tough decisions ahead. As if she needs more. Having her daughter taught Sam a life lesson she is not inclined to repeat. Not only that she now has another person to take care of and look out for. Letting a man into her life won’t be easy because Sam is a package deal. Judd won’t give up though. From the moment he sees Sam, he becomes enraptured. Finding out she has a kid, throws him for a loop but he doesn’t back down. 

I loved these two together. Judd was able to become a better person with Sam and her daughter in his life. Even he was surprised by his acceptance of Sam’s parental status and her daughter. Between Judd and the lil one alone it was like love at first sight. Judd stepped in and immediately became an anchor to Sam’s little family. He never ran away scared or threw Sam’s past in her face. They really work hard together to make things work and maintain stability for everyone involved. I wasn’t too keen on the climactic ending, but the epilogue wrapped everything up nicely and put a big HEA sticker on it all that made me grin like a kid at Christmas. 

I would definitely recommend this novel. I loved how strong and brave both Judd and Sam were. Sure they each had different ways to go about dealing with their issues and their relationship but in the end it all worked out and they came full circle to become a solid family unit. The only minor point I was not a fan of was the baby’s birth father. I was able to figure out the mystery there rather early on and I don’t know, maybe I just wanted Judd to defend her honor a bit more. Not that he didn’t stand up for his girl, but is it so wrong to want the big tattooed ball-player to throw a few punches lol… 


Wishing for Someday Soon Review

Book Review 
September 20. 2013
Wishing for Someday Soon
by:Tiffany King
5 Stars

Blurb ~ Seventeen year old Katelyn Richards is a stronger person than anyone will ever know, and that is just the way she wants it. Behind her normal facade lies the reality of a broken home life. Thanks to her abusive mother, a string of deadbeat stepfathers, and an unsympathetic system, Katelyn has learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Her life’s mission has become to shield her nine year old brother, Kevin, and to give him the future that they both wish for. A life with no more abuse, no worries about where their next meal will come from, and no more wondering if they will have a roof over their heads.

When her mother moves them again, this time to a small town in Montana, Katelyn’s resolve is shaken when she meets Max, a cute boy from her new school, who gets a glimpse into her real world. Max slowly manages to break through Katelyn’s wall of distrust, stirring up feelings she never saw coming. Now with her world more complicated than she ever intended, Katelyn struggles with the decision to follow her heart into the arms of the first boy she has ever loved. A decision that could risk the promise she made to protect Kevin, and to give them the ‘someday soon’ that is so close within their grasp.

My Review 
Wishing for Someday Soon is easily one of my favorite books EVER. This was the third time I’ve read the book and I was as drawn in and captivated by the story and characters as I was the very first time. Literally nothing bad I could say about this book from the characters to the actions and plot line it is absolutely breathtaking. Tiffany King has forever indebted me as her reading slave. I laughed, I cried and I am ready to do it all over again!! 
"I’m sure most teenagers would have resented all the time they had to spend with their younger siblings, but I had been taking care of Kevin since he was born when I was eight. He was such an easy baby, hardly ever crying or demanding attention, so it was easy to bond with him. I could never remember a moment in my life when I had resented him. Even when I suffered Lucinda’s wrath, the payoff seemed worth it if Kevin was protected.”-Katelyn
 Wishing for Someday Soon easily deserves 10 Heartbreaking, emotional, and captivating stars. It will leave you floating on a cloud and remembering why you love reading in the first place. Kate will do anything to prote2ct her brother. That includes protecting her ten year old brother from her abusive mother Lucinda. That includes making up an escape plan to include ‘someday soon.’ Someday soon when they are free and happy, the sun shines and bird chirp in the trees. A day when their mother doesn’t scream down the walls of the trailer for Kate to dump her ashtray and spend the last of their food stamps on cigarettes and it’s just the two of them, Kate and Kevin. A day when Kate doesn’t have to hide the bruises and emotional scars Lucinda has no qualms in giving her. description  
”Just like always, Lucinda was ruining everything and taking me with her.”-Katelyn 

Moving to a small town is the worst thing Kate can imagine. Big cities and large schools make it easier to hide their less than fortunate circumstances. Teachers and parents pay less attention to her bruises and friends are too busy gossiping and going out than to worry about Kate. Now she’s even in the same school as Kevin and in a class of seventeen students. Hiding the truth from everyone becomes a bit harder to do and Kate has to work harder to keep Kevin happy and herself safe. To say her mother is an out-of-control BITCH is being very kind. Her mother deserves a slow and painful death and I’m not a violent person. “No matter how I felt about Max, Kevin would always come first.”-Katelyn Katelyn is one of my favorite ever heroines. She is brave in the face of horrible evil and she puts her little brother first. I think she is a very remarkable character in that she so rarely thinks of herself. She doesn’t whine, cry or lie and basically knows how sucky the world can be and still doesn’t let it drag her down. She may think her plan of someday soon is a outlandish dream but it’s a powerful catalyst that allows her to make her and her brother’s lives bearable.
One thing Katelyn never foresees is Max. Max is a whirlwind of color and joy in her otherwise dull and scary life. He accepts both her and Kevin as one of his own and once he realizes the dire circumstances Katelyn and her brother are facing at home he is none too happy. Katelyn refuses to do anything that would separate her and Kevin, even if that means continuing to suffer Lucinda’s wrath. 

"Look, Katelyn, as long as we’re together it’s my job to make sure no one harms you including your mom.”-Max 
 Each day is a struggle and you will be sucked in to the emotional journey that is Kate and Kevin’s lives. Luckily the small town life makes it easier for the people with good souls and hearts of gold to stand out. Aside from Max another shining light in their lives is Mr. Withers. Since both Kate and Kevin feel like my own family I can’t even express how happy I am that Mr. Withers is around to not only help them but provide some sort of familial relationship they are clearly lacking at home. He may work at the local gas station but he goes out of his way to help them both.

 “I’ve never believed in love at first sight, but I do believe in fate.”-Max 
Each time I read the end of the story I feel like the floor has given way. My stomach drops and my heart breaks. Sure there are tears each time but then there is this immense joy that radiates from inside me that probably makes me look beyond ridiculous but I can’t help it. Wishing for Someday Soon is just one of those books that make you feel like a better person for having read it. You feel changed, happy and proud of the characters progress and more than that you just want it to keep going. I know personally I want another story. I want to see these characters after the end, Kevin all grown up and Max and Katelyn having their HEA. Most importantly I want to see what this ‘Someday Soon’ is all about. All I can hype is that it’s everything they hoped for and more. Overall read this story. It’s a crowd pleaser. It has its hairy moments and it’s not always an easy read but it’s utterly fabulous. I will continue to re-read this story for years to come and can’t wait till the next time I pull this out and experience what GREAT writing is all about!
I think it’s appropriate to point out my favorite quote from the book. Sure there are many but this one really stands out. I hope everyone else can also appreciate the greatness and truth in this quote. “It’s ironic how people that want children so badly are denied, but those that should never have been able to reproduce have no problem doling it.”-Katelyn


When it Rains Review

Book Review 
September 29. 2013
When it Rains
by:Lisa De Jong
4.5 Stars

Blurb ~ One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

My Review

I rarely, if ever start a review with the cheesy line, ‘you will laugh, and you will cry,’ but When it Rains had me blubbering like a little baby. I certainly laughed, even as the snot poured down my face and I cried like my world was ending, because it undoubtedly felt that way. If you heard this book will take your through an emotional wringer you heard right. Now that my depression has lessened a bit I can appreciate what a beautiful story it was. Not that that dulls the ache in my soul but it’s a balm none the less.
When it Rains was a beautiful journey where Kate suffers a horrid experience and after years of pushing everyone away and giving up on life, she learns the power of love and meets her soul-mate. No journey is easy and Kate has a lot of scars to mend.
The book starts off with a bang, it’s not the easiest thing to read but it bonds you to Kate. You can feel her pain, sorrow and grief as if it were your own.  She was a very strong and humble character. Her journey was certainly rocky as she held her secret in for long. Finally finding someone she felt close enough to- where she could reveal the truth- was a riveting experience.
Beau and Asher. I loved them both. I was a bit anxious in the beginning as I thought this would be a love-triangle, as if Kate’s crazy life could use any more drama, but alas, it wasn’t really and it worked keeping things more simple within an already drama-filled story. It was really hard to separate my love for both Beau and Asher. They both helped Kate in more ways than they know and even though I know how things work out, in some vain way, I’m almost happy because I could never have picked between the two men who each equally meant so much to her.
This was a heartbreaking journey. Something serious and awful happens to one of the main characters in the story and I’m not just talking about the first scene. Most books gloss over this issue but I felt like When it Rains had me right in the moment from Stage A to Z. Each bump in the road broke my heart a bit more and I could not help the helplessness and grief that took over my life during these chapters. For someone who rarely cries during books, I was taken through the ringer and squeezed like a sponge. Tears were gushing all over the place. So not pretty!!!
Overall if you’re looking for a book that will rip your heart out, break it into a million pieces, throw them off a cliff and then haphazardly be put back together than this is for you. Sure I feel emotionally drained and like I should maybe buy stock with a Kleenex company but I am still overly grateful I read this book. It was a beautiful and completely unforgettable. There is a romance that will put the Notebook to shame and a friendship that can stand the test of time. Both guys are unbelievably hot and too good for words, what more does a great book really need?


Untangle Me Tour with Promo, Excerpt, Giveaway and Trailer

Title: Untangle Me
Author: Chelle Bliss
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 09/26/2013
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

Book Blurb:
Kayden is a bad boy that never played by the rules. Sophia has always been the quintessential good girl, living a life filled with disappointment. Everything changes when their lives become intertwined through a chance encounter online.

Hundreds of miles separate them, but the connection that draws them together is too much to be denied. As the layers of their lives peel back, Kayden keeps the dangerous parts of his past hidden to protect the woman who is becoming more important to him than he should allow. What starts as a pursuit of carnal pleasure turns into a complicated love story. His past is a tangled web filled with addiction, an obsessed ex-girlfriend, and problems with the law.

One mistake he thought he had left behind may end up ruining it all.
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Author Bio:
Chelle Bliss has dedicated her life to education. She has been a teacher for over ten years and holds a Master of Education degree. Teaching has given her a creative outlet, but she yearned for something more. Writing has given her that, no longer about just creativity, it became a journey. 
Chelle is an avid reader; consuming contemporary romance, dark reads, young adult, and all things erotica. Chelle wanted to create a book filled with characters that readers could relate to with real world problems and matching wallets.
Chelle loves to travel and her favorite cities are New Orleans and Paris. She currently lives in Florida with her amazing boyfriend. He's showed her the love and passion that she has poured onto the page.

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I blinked, being pulled out of my sex haze.
Me: You sound kind of like a caveman to me.
Kayden: I don’t take what’s not freely offered. They know I’ll never be their boyfriend, they take it for what it is,  a night of pleasure... mind numbing pleasure, the type that makes your toes curl, takes your breath away, and leaves you wanting more.
Fuck me. Every part of my body ignited. I’ve never had that… ever. I wanted it more than anything in the world. The bland vanilla sex in my real life lacked the passion and want of the carnal pleasure I had with my book boyfriends.  He said they, as in more than one, fucking hell.
Me: OMG. You’re a man whore.
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