Friday, February 28, 2014

Tortured Soul Tour with Review, Promo and Giveaway

Tortured Soul (Mercy's Angels #3)
by: Kirsty Dallas
Released: February 22. 2014

Emily Donovan didn't know love, she didn't know gentle and her future wasn't hers to own. Because HE owned her. There is only so much one soul can take before it is broken beyond repair and she had reached that milestone long ago.
Braiden Montgomery had secrets, secrets that would see a special place in hell reserved just for him. He was trying to make amends, trying to find his own form of redemption when a waif of a girl with jet black hair and pale blue eyes seized his heart. 
Emily's soul had been tortured by men like Braiden, so trusting the dark haired Dom would be one of the most difficult things she would ever do. For a man with skills like Braiden, keeping 'Em' safe would be a piece of cake. Bringing her frozen heart back to life might just prove impossible though.

My Review
ARC provided by Author for an Honest Review
4.5 Stars

I am officially in LOVE with an author and a BOOK… Tortured Soul was an amazing read and somehow managed to surpass the how much I enjoyed the first book in the series. From page one the action is at an all time high and once this book gets a hold of you it won’t let go, but each page and second was a thrill ride of epic proportions. 
At 16, Emily and her sister were alone, after losing their parents. Emily wants to make something of herself, even at a young age, so she runs away. Unfortunately for her she runs right into the arms of a madman. For years Emily is part of the darker side of life. Being used and abused is part of Emily’s daily life. Rape, torture, psychological abuse and servitude become her norms. (It is recommended to read the previous books in the series because some storylines connect but not enough that you can’t follow along.) Emily can’t function outside her new reality; in fact she can’t even remember what REAL is. Sitting on her knees in the sub pose is all she knows anymore. The nameless faces of men that use her and throw her aside is something she compartmentalizes on a day to day basis. Until someone else wants to help Emily and save her any way he can.

Enter Braiden. The step-son of a Russian gun-runner. Braiden is no angel. He’s killed and also from a young age lived a overly different life than everyone else. Though their situations are vastly different Braiden is still able to understand Emily in a way no one else can. Rescuing Emily from her Master is step one and not something Braiden takes lightly. Bombs, gunfire and boat chases all ensure an already traumatized Emily will never forget her time in captivity. Well, when Braiden’s touch isn’t confusing her that is. 

Emily has a lifetime of work ahead of her to become normal. Braiden wants Emily but he knows she needs to work on herself and he vows to take down Jonas, Emily’s Master. But little does Braiden know all Emily can think of is seeking revenge herself. 

This was such a remarkable story of redemption, suffering and picking up the pieces as fractured as they may be. Emily has suffered in so many horrible ways, it’s remarkable she is able to function or even get out of bed. There are many dark elements within the story so those who have issues with this may want to look elsewhere. But there are some HOTT moments that can help you overlook them, trust me, Braiden is that breathtaking. For such a badass the man has a soft side and he will do anything and everything in his power to protect Emily. The growing relationship between the two was really beautiful and Braiden never once pushed Emily even if he wanted to lol. 

Overall I was blown away by this book. Every page was an action packed adventure even if it was occasionally a flash-back of horrific memories from Emily’s memories. Braiden and Emily’s friends/family are always by her side. Braiden may be the only one who truly understands Emily but he never really treats her any differently, except when that’s what she needs. If only there were more firm-handed bad-ass Braiden’s for the rest of us. I highly recommend this book, in fact I recommend the whole series, each book deals with serious issues and though this one surpasses the previous two in dark elements, this one is surely the BEST and my FAVORITE yet!! Can’t wait for more…

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Crashing Back Down Promo Book Blitz with Giveaway

Title: Crashing Back Down  
Author: Kristen Hope Mazzola 
 Release Date: November 4, 2013  

Synopsis ~ Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing and adult content**

A portion of all royalties from Crashing Back Down are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

Kristen Hope Mazzola is an up and coming independent author from sunny South Florida. Crashing Back Down is her debut into the literary world. Kristen is currently working on the rest of her Crashing Series, which will include a sequel, Falling Back Together, and a prequel, Walking Away. She even has a few more tricks up her sleeve, with more characters to introduce and more twists to unravel, so keep your eye on this talented young author!

When Kristen is not driving a pen into paper, she enjoys reading all different genres and fishing. “There is just something so magical about water and the calm it brings to my life,” says Kristen. Even though writing is not her only career she is pursuing, Kristen hopes to one day be a full time writer. Having a day job and a busy life, makes finding time for writing difficult, but anything worthwhile in life is difficult. Loving life, writing, and fishing basically make up her world.

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Tragic Desires Tour with Excerpt, Review, Giveaway and Promo

by A.M. Hargrove

Released : February 2014

My name is Gemini Sheridan. At least that’s what I thought it was for 23 years. Then one day a slight adjustment on the wheel of my mountain bike set into motion a series of catastrophic events that changed my life forever. Now I’m running from the headaches that threaten to destroy me… from the assassins that threaten to kill me… from the truth that exposes who I really am… and from the man that wants to save me. Because he now owns my heart and I fear him above all others.

My name is Drexel Wolfe and I’m a private investigator. Nothing ever stands in the way of what I want because when I see something I just take it. All of that changed the night my life collided with Gemini Sheridan’s and now everything is one hot damn mess. And the worst part of it all is that I’m trying to save her ass and I don’t know why the hell I’m even bothering. Well, that’s not exactly true. Fact is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She’s crawled into every thought I own, asleep or awake. I have serious plans for her that include making her mine. What she doesn’t know is that when I play, I play for keeps. Nothing and no one will get in my way or stop me… not even Gemini Sheridan herself.
4.5 Stars ★★★★☆  
February 19. 2014
I was all over this book like a fat kid and cake. Excuse the cliché but this book was everything I Love in a book and more. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t scared to read it. Not because of the subject matter, cover or author, nothing to that effect. In fact my fear of reading this book stems from having met A.M. Hargrove this past summer. She was one of the nicest and sweetest authors I’ve met. Once she found out I was a blogger she wouldn’t stop signing bookmarks and postcards and more and literally shoving them into my already full hands. (I’m only lucky she did not suffer carpal tunnel for a world without this book would be a sad sad place.) Alas, my fear was untold for every page of Tragic Desires from the start was excellent and I ate it up until I wanted to scream at the unfairness of it even having to end. Every hour I had to work was plagued with thoughts of the characters and what would happen next. If it wasn’t for my basic needs of food and shelter, this book easily would have made me walk out the door.
Suspense, action, adventure. And let’s not forget the romance for this book had it in spades. A burgeoning love that not only grows at a steady and believable pace but brings out emotions and sentiments you didn’t know you possessed. Trust me, Drex will have you up against the wall and begging for more in only a few short chapters.. This man has skills : )

I guess I should probably get to the book at some point and rather than just leave it at it’s awesome I’ll tell you why I thought so. Immediately from the get-go you are sucked in. Gemini is a very powerful character and she is easily very relatable and likable. Gemini’s passion is biking. She’s a pro and knows more about this sport than anything else and finds no greater joy than when she’s pedaling and flying around on her mountain bike. Too soon Gemini’s passion turns to pain when she is injured during a ride. Gemini doesn’t just suffer a bruised ego or body, no. Gemini is left with debilitating migraines that are a daily occurrence. Her pain is so bad that death would be an easier solution. I will certainly never suffer a migraine again without thinking of this book nor will I ever treat them so lightly. Just imagining suffering the way Gemini did is painful and scary. Gemini has been told her situation is basically untreatable so she numbs her pain any way she can, often using drugs and alcohol when she can force herself out of her darkened bedroom. 
I could go on about Drex’s awesomeness but he’s best to be devoured on your own. When he is called in by an old friend to work on a case involving missing girls, Drex doesn’t expect to be around for longer than a week or two. Yet on his first night ‘undercover’ Drex sees Gemini and though she brushes him off he can’t stop thinking of her.
Unfortunately for Gemini Drex is not the only one who has their eye on here. The next night Gemini gets caught in the middle of an almost kidnapping; little does she know Drex won’t let anything happen to her. As if things weren’t crazy enough Gemini learns there’s more to her past than she ever imagined. The mother she looked up to, until her death in an accident, was hiding major secrets and Gemini has barely begun to uncover the complexity of the truth and her identity.

 This book had everything I love to read about and I was involved from page one to the end. These characters felt like my friends and I couldn’t stop rooting for them, especially when they were running from danger. There was the ever popular romance blended with a mix of suspense, mystery and danger. Gemini has to learn to deal with more issues in her already complicated life. As if having debilitating migraines is not bad enough now she’s thrust in the fight of her life, for both survival and answers. Overall I can’t say more than I LOVED THIS BOOK. READ IT.!!!! (I do implore you to read with Caution as constant reading mixed with so much suspense may lead to your own migraine… Have some Excedrin at the ready!!! : )
On a side note: Props to AM Hargrove on all the research she must have done on the sport of mountain biking. Honestly I've never even thought of it in such a serious manner, but Gemini's passion is really tangible in the book and even though I'm not an avid biker all the detail and facts made it so much better and more interesting. 
Author Information
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window.  She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job.  Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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Tragic Desires—Excerpt 7 Language, Sexual Content

Think you can go back to sleep?”
He raises his brows and says, “Gemini, I’m in bed with an extremely sexy woman. How can you even ask me that?”
Holy shit! My eyes wander to his chest—how did I not notice that he’s shirtless? What’s wrong with me? Have I suddenly gone blind? The man is perfect. Before I can think about it, my hand reaches out and touches him. I don’t dare look at his face because I know one look from him will melt me on the spot or give me an indication that this isn’t appropriate, and I don’t need him to tell me that. I know it’s not appropriate. Hell, it’s not appropriate for me to be in his bed, either, but here I am, and damn if I’m not going to enjoy every minute of it.
My fingers trace the curves and slopes of his rigid muscles, down to his tiered abs. He doesn’t have a six-pack; he has an exquisitely sculpted set of matching eights that lead me to that sexy V. I know where that V leads, but I can’t go there because his boxers are in the way and I’m not brazen enough to slip past the elastic waistband.
But before my thoughts take me any further, his hand traps mine.
“Gemini, what do you think you’re doing?”
My voice is lost, trapped in thickness. Desire. I’m shocked to find I want this man. Lust unfurls in my belly and it’s bad enough that I swear I can taste it. My tongue moistens my lips as my mouth has suddenly become as dry as the Sahara.
“Aren’t you going to answer me?”
His voice is deep, yet soft, and sends a current racing through me. Even though it’s only his hand touching me, I feel him all over my skin.
“Um, I …” I find I have no words.
“Gemini, look at me.”
Oh God. I know if I do, I’ll be lost. I am so screwed.
My head tips upward and I’m nailed by his heated stare. He’s giving me the half-closed, sexy look.
“You can’t touch me like that and not expect repercussions.”
What does he mean by that?
“You don’t think I’m going to let you do that and not retaliate, do you? All I’ve been doing since you walked into my life is fantasizing about fucking you and here you are, running your fingers across me. Do you think you can get away with teasing me like that?” I don’t have to wait long because as soon as he finishes his sentence, he’s on me like a cat on prey.
His kiss is pure heat and fire and it ignites one inside me. Our breath mingles as we consume each other with our tongues. His hands set my body aflame. Our actions are frenzied, crazed, and a part of my mind screams for control. But then I cut it off because for once, I don’t want or need control. I only want this to be about the moment.
He must’ve read my mind because he stops for a second and asks, “Do you want me to stop? Tell me now.”
“No! Please, don’t!” I pull him back to me.
“I don’t want this to be difficult for us afterward. Think about it before we go any further.”
“I don’t care about anything right now but this.” And that’s the damn truth. Maybe it will be difficult after, but if so, I’ll deal with it then.
“I know, but are you prepared to handle the aftermath?”
“Yes! I want you, Drex. Do you want me?” I’m suddenly barraged with doubt.
“Look at me. Touch me. Feel what you do to me. Do you even have to ask?”
His lips are parted and those damn eyes draw me in. But when my gaze drifts down to his boxers, I find my answer. My hand reaches for him, and when I feel how hard he is, I know there’s no stopping us now. We both know it. I sit up and pull my shirt off and watch him as he studies me. The rise and fall of his chest quickens, matching mine. I hold my breath as his hand extends because I know what he’s going to do and I’m not sure I’ll be able to stand it. When his thumb slides across and pinches my nipple, it feels as though a million sparks ignite in my belly and radiate outward. My back arches as I push myself closer to him and sigh. I drop my head back and let the sensations take over.

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