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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sale Tour & Review - Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria de La O


 Title: Tell Me How This Ends
Author: Victoria De La O
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Category/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Swerve

RITA Nominated TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS Sale Alert!

In TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS Ryan is in love, Jude is in denial, and Lizzie wants both brothers, but by the time the truth comes out everyone is in too deep. No one wants to get hurt, but love and desire have a way of testing even the strongest bonds. Fans of Tamarra Webber and Erin McCarthy will adore this emotional and heartfelt RITA nominated family drama.

Snag it while you can for just $1.99!

Dear Readers,

Years ago a restless, troubled man sprang to life in my head, and he wouldn't leave me alone. He had a younger brother that he loved more than anything in the world, so I sat down and tried to write their story. And it wasn't very good. But these brothers--Jude and Ryan--never left me. A decade later, I realized that, like Frankenstein's monster, they were waiting for me to create their loves. And a few months later, Tell Me How This Ends was born. 

The book is the first in the Tell Me trilogy, which is heartfelt, fun, and sometimes emotional. It was my pleasure to follow Jude, Ryan, and their friends through three books. I'm not going to lie; there were tears when I wrote the final scene.

I am so honored that Tell Me How This Ends has been nominated for a RITA award, but I'm even more humbled by the readers who have taken the time to tell me they love the book. I hope you love it, too.


2017 RITA® Finalist

Brothers Jude and Ryan McAllister are inseparable. When Jude stepped in to raise Ryan after the death of their mother, it became the two of them against the world. But the scars it left were bone-deep. Then Lizzie Price comes along. 

Lizzie hopes Ryan's kindness can help heal her wounds from a toxic relationship. But when she meets Jude, their powerful attraction makes him difficult to resist. The problem is, Lizzie doesn't realize Jude and Ryan are brothers, and they don't know they're falling for the same girl. 

By the time the truth comes out, everyone is in too deep. Ryan is in love, Jude is in denial, and Lizzie wants both brothers. All of them agree that no one deserves to get hurt. But love and desire have a way of testing even the strongest bonds.


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The Tell Me Series
Tell Me How This Ends
Tell Me Not to Go
Tell Me That You're Mine (coming summer 2017)
 
Copyright © 2016 Victoria De La O

I can’t sleep, so I head to the kitchen. I don’t bother to turn on the lights, because the dark doesn’t scare me. Most of the terrifying things in life happen in the daylight.
Ryan must be up, too, because I see light coming from the kitchen. Sometimes we meet like this in the middle of the night and eat a snack. I make the PB&J, and he pours the milk.
There is someone standing at the faucet but it’s not Ryan, and my brain takes an extra couple seconds to compute what I’m seeing. Elizabeth is there, her back turned to me, her face in profile. Her hair is messy and long, and she’s wearing a shirt that comes to midthigh. She turns around and sees me. Her mouth and eyes go wide, but she doesn’t scream, like a silent movie actress.
“What are you doing here?” she asks, which doesn’t make sense to me at first. Then I see she’s wearing Ryan’s Panic! at the Disco T-shirt. My brain has apparently been dormant for the past two minutes, because suddenly, it chugs to life. My synapses fire, and I make connections, and I know that this is the girl my brother has just fucked, and even worse, has fallen for.
I can’t help it: I start to laugh. I laugh so hard that my eyes water, and I slide against the cabinets to the floor. She walks around the counter and stands in front of me. I stare at her legs, which are long and smooth. She crouches down, pulling her—Ryan’s—T-shirt down so I don’t see anything essential on the way.
“Stop it,” she says, looking at me like I’m crazy.
“Guess it’s going well with college boy,” I say, taking in her bedhead. “You definitely picked the better brother.”
“Oh, my God,” She covers her mouth, and I feel like a bully, but I can’t care.



Praise for TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS:

"...readers will be so invested in these protagonists that they'll keep flipping through the pages to see how everything turns out."Library Journal

“If you have not discovered Victoria De La O, stop what you are reading and go read Tell Me How This Ends! If you are an Abbi Glines fan, you will love Victoria De La O’s writing.”—My Girlfriend’s Couch Blog

“Tell Me How This Ends is one of my favorite books ever—I was totally engrossed in the love triangle between brothers Ryan and Jude and sweet Lizzie.”—Siobhan Davis, Amazon Bestselling Author
 


Victoria De La O is the award-winning and RITA®-nominated author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This Ends. A native of California’s Silicon Valley, she spends time hanging out with her family, arguing about films, and partaking in chicanery.
She also enjoys writing about women’s issues, practicing Wonder Woman spins, and talking to readers, so hit her up on Facebook or Twitter.

 
4.0 “That’s how you write a freaking love triangle” Stars

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Swerve!

You guys, I did not expect to love this book this much. To be completely honest, I was kind of asking myself why I had requested a book with a “The Vampire Diaries” (minus the vampires) love triangle, since I had such a traumatizing experience with the whole Stefan-Elena-Damon dynamic. #TeamStelena in case you don’t already know.


Anyway… I feared this would be messy and the author would ruin the main character by making her force brother against brother while turning the MC into someone so selfish I couldn’t stand her (yeah, CW-Elena, I’m talking about you!). But, guys, I was wrong. So wrong.

Warning: Sorry, but hard to keep some spoilers out.


 This is the story of brothers Jude and Ryan and the girl they both love, Lizzie.

Lizzie meets shy, nerdy, super cute, Shakespeare-loving Ryan first. She’s attracted to him and asks him to tutor her—yeah, that kind of tutoring sessions, but Ryan doesn’t realize it at first. Cute.

But Lizzie also meets sexy, dark, mysterious, one-night-stand-kind-of-guy Jude. The attraction between them melts your Kindle, but Lizzie has had her fair share of guys with an attitude and Jude makes it clear he won’t be good for her. I mean, he’ll be good for her body (so damn good), but not to her heart. So they say their good-byes.

Lizzie is now free to see how it goes with Ryan, the boy who’s the opposite of the ex-boyfriend who made her feel like crap and even jeopardized her relationship with her father. Dude, Ryan is adorable. The perfect boyfriend. I’d date him. I’d let my daughter (even though I don’t have one) date him. He makes Lizzie happy.

There’s just this small problem. Ryan’s brother? Yeah… He’s the guy Lizzie can’t stop thinking about, and when he sees him again, she realizes he can’t stop thinking about her, either.

This is where I first steeled myself and waited for the author to make all the wrong calls. This is also where I learned Victoria De La O wouldn’t be making one.

Lizzie’s reaction when she realizes Ryan and Jude are related isn’t perfect, but it’s perfect for the situation. She doesn’t pretend nothing is happening. She doesn’t lie to Ryan. She tells him the truth: Dude, I kissed your bro and I liked it. *hugs Lizzie* *hugs the author* *hugs Ryan* I love how she just deals with it and is as honest as the situation calls. This was probably the moment I started believing this story would actually give me what I needed-a great love triangle that doesn’t make the characters look like a bunch of morons.

Ryan, being a little selfish, which is also great because it makes him human since he’d been so perfect up to then, asks Jude if he can deal with Lizzie being his little bro’s girlfriend. Jude, being selfless and showing how much he just wants his brother to be happy, says: go ahead, little bro, and date the only girl I think I could ever really fall for.

I adore how complex the relationship between Ryan and Jude is. How there’s not a good brother vs bad brother as one would initially think. Ryan can be selfish and dependable. He’s so used to having Jude’s support that he can take it for granted, but he’s such a pure soul that you can also see he doesn’t do it on purpose. And Jude, poor Jude, is so involved in his sense of duty and responsibility, so afraid of putting himself out there, that all you want to do is hug him and tell him that he isn’t the bad guy he wants other people to think. He deserves to be happy, too.

The thing is, it doesn’t seem possible for Jude and Ryan to find that happiness when it comes to their love lives together, because they’re desperately in love with the same girl. You know what else is the problem? You want them both to be happy and you can’t figure out how to fix that mess. At least I couldn’t. I just sat and felt and waited and felt some more.

This book made me feel so much. Gah! It was so good! So sexy. So intense. The angst? *sighs* Everything I needed.

Enough with the spoilers now because you should experience every step of this book without knowing what comes next.

Let me just say that the ending was everything I didn’t even know I needed. The way the three of them reacted to the reveal? The way Lizzie handled herself and refused to go the easy way? That letter? Perfection. That freaking letter made me tear up. Seriously. It just about killed me.

Look, I know a lot of people have problems with love triangles, but I can’t fault this one. I really can’t. Lizzie acted human (she made mistakes), but she was a good human (she tried really hard not to get between the brothers or cause permanent damage, and I think she succeeded). Ryan and Jude didn’t let a girl destroy the bond they had. The author didn’t turn them into idiots. In the contrary, she made me care for all three of them. She made me suffer and laugh and flirt with them. I couldn’t ask for anything else.

There were a few things here and there that I wished had been different, but they’re so small compared to the beauty of the relationships and the complexity of these characters and the situation they were involved…

Go read this books, guys. Even if you’re not a big fan of love triangles, go read it.

*If you liked this review (or not), if you read the book (or not), come say hello and leave your comments bellow.

Excerpt Reveal - Another Postcard by Elle Christensen


Title: Another Postcard
Author: Elle Christensen
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Cover Design & Photography: Sara Eirew

 
 
Brooklyn Hawk is an enigma. Highly sought after for her incredible voice, her talent shines bright in the studio. But a dark past and a secret she holds close to her heart keep her from permanently stepping into the limelight.

Until her favorite band offers her the chance to chase her dreams.

As the lead singer for rock sensation Stone Butterfly, Levi Matthews is wary of bringing in new talent. But he has heard just how amazing Brooklyn is and when the need for another singer arises, he’s confident that she is the perfect addition.

However, he doesn’t count on laying his heart at her feet.

But the world of music can be as dangerous as it is thrilling. Joining Stone Butterfly on tour was hard enough for Brooklyn, but when she finally succumbs to Levi’s charms, the rock ‘n’ roll life turns deadly.

Will Levi and Brooklyn keep their voices and their hearts entwined? Or will the music prove too hard to survive?


Buy Links: Amazon US * Amazon UK * Amazon CA *  Amazon AU * iBooks * B&NKobo 
Taking a seat beside me on the piano bench again, Brooklynn bit her lip, trying to hide a smile. I reached out and gently tugged it out. “Don’t do that,” I warned quietly.
“What?”
“Bite your lips like that.”
Brooklynn looked surprised, obviously unaware that she’d been doing it. “Um, okay . . . Any particular reason?”
I leaned in close, so close our lips were almost touching, and I could feel her warm breaths. She retreated a little, but she had nowhere to go if she didn’t want to scoot right off the end of the bench and land on her ass. “Because it makes me want to bite it instead. Because it makes me picture those gorgeous lips wrapped around something else. Because it makes me hard as a fucking rock.”
Her tan skin made it easier to overlook, but I saw everything about Brooklynn, so I noticed when the blood rushed to her cheeks and her breathing sped up. Interesting. She was definitely not turned off by my blunt explanation. Good to know. Her eyes widened and she glanced around, probably looking for a way to escape me as I bent even closer, caging her in with my arms holding on to the edge of the bench on either side of her. I was invading almost every inch of her personal space, but I avoided actually touching her, mindful of her skittishness and not wanting to push my luck. “So, no more biting that lip unless you want me doing it for you,” I murmured.
“Music,” she squeaked in response. I laughed and moved back to my side of the bench, throwing her one last heated glance before shifting my focus to music.

 

I’m a love of all things books, a hopeless romantic, and have always had a passion for writing. Between being a sappy romantic, my love of an HEA, my crazy imagination, and ok, let’s be real, my dirty mind, I fell easily into writing romance.

I’m a huge baseball fan and yet, a complete girly, girl. I’m an obsessive reader and have a slight (hahaha! Slight? Yeah, right) addiction to signed books.

I’m married to my very own book boyfriend, an alpha male with a sexy, sweet side. He is the best inspiration, my biggest supporter, and the love of my life. He is also incredibly patient and understanding about the fact that he has to fight the voices in my head for attention.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1RTEhqu


Book Blitz with Giveaway - Say You’ll Be Mine (A Nola Heart Novel ) by Maria Luis


Title: Say You’ll Be Mine
(A Nola Heart Novel )
Author: Maria Luis 
Publication Date: April 27, 2017 
Category/Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance

Falling in love with your ex should never feel this good ...
Twelve years, three cities, and too many pairs of stilettos later, Shaelyn Lawrence is back in the one place she vowed never to return: New Orleans.
Thankfully, her hometown stint is temporary. Better yet, she has a plan guaranteed to get her out ASAP:
  • Return her aging-but-still-crazy grandmother back to health;
  • Help her cousin with her boutique;
  • Evade Brady Taylor, her high school sweetheart, a.k.a the reason she fled Louisiana in the first place.
Brady isn't even a footnote ... until one unexpected run-in with him changes everything. She shouldn't be tempted by his drawl, she shouldn't be tempted by the promise of his kiss, she shouldn't want him. But she does. Oh, boy, this was so not the plan. - - Twelve years, one city, and too many issued traffic tickets later, Homicide Detective Brady Taylor is all geared up for being promoted to sergeant within the New Orleans Police Department. Or, he would be -- if he wasn't sitting in third place. Thankfully, he's cut out every possible distraction:
  • Hanging out with his buddies;
  • Women;
  • And, God help him, football.
His life should be distraction-free . . . but then Shaelyn Lawrence waltzes back into it, with her sexy red lips, curvy body, and her f***-me heels. Brady should run in the opposite direction. He definitely shouldn't spend time pursuing her, kissing her, or landing her in his bed. But he does. Shaelyn may have left once, but Brady is determined to prove that Shaelyn belongs in New Orleans. She belongs with him.
For fans of Jill Shalvis and Lauren Layne, Maria Luis' new sexy contemporary romance will leave you laughing and desperate for more! SAY YOU'LL BE MINE is the first full-length novel in the NOLA Heart series, but can be read as a standalone.


Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited: Amazon
Maria Luis is the author of the contemporary romance NOLA Heart series, though she may or may not have (read: she does) a few completed historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of the interwebs (read: her Google doc drive).
When she’s not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian/content marketing buff with a specialization on medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities and crime–Maria’s favorite topics.
Maria currently lives in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s intercoastal or curled up on the couch with a good book.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America, a RWA PRO Member, as well as an active book reviewer on NetGalley.


Book Blitz with Giveaway - A Charmed Little Lie by Sharla Lovelace

Title: A Charmed Little Lie
Author: Sharla Lovelace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017

Charmed, Texas, is everything the name implies—quaint, comfortable, and as small-town friendly as they come. And when it comes to romance, there’s no place quite as enchanting . . .

Lanie Barrett didn’t mean to lie. Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it? Lanie thinks so, especially since her beloved Aunt Ruby would have been heartbroken to know the truth of her niece’s sadly loveless, short-of-sparkling existence. Trouble is, according to the will, Ruby didn’t quite buy Lanie’s tale. And to inherit the only house Lanie ever really considered a home, she’ll have to bring her “husband” back to Charmed for three whole months—or watch Aunt Ruby’s cozy nest go to her weasel cousin, who will sell it to a condo developer.

Nick McKane is out of work, out of luck, and the spitting image of the man Lanie described. He needs money for his daughter’s art school tuition, and Lanie needs a convenient spouse. It’s a match made . . . well, not quite in heaven, but for a temporary arrangement, it couldn’t be better. Except the longer Lanie and Nick spend as husband and wife, the more the connection between them begins to seem real. Maybe this modern fairy tale really could come true . . .


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Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs. Her novels include The Reason Is You, Before and Ever Since, Just One Day, Don’t Let Go, and Stay with Me.

Sharla writes modern day, quirky love stories with dysfunctional families, love problems, and snarky humor. Because who doesn’t love a love story? Especially one with strong women and drama and baggage and hot men that can’t get enough of them.…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review - Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Image and blurb from Goodreads

Title: Proof of Lies
(Anastasia Phoenix #1)
Author: Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Release DateMarch 7th, 2017
Age Category/ Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Publisher: Entangled Teen


Some secrets are best kept hidden… 

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.


She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.


She will find her sister.

Goodreads

Buy Links: Amazon

2.5 “Spies, Murder and Mysteries” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Teen.

Well, this didn't go as I was expecting.

Sure, a mystery book is supposed to NOT go as the reader expects and all, but it's also supposed to keep the reader entertained and wanting to read more from start to finish, right? That was my main problem with this book: it just didn't hook me.


I started Proof of Lies weeks ago and I kept putting it aside and getting distracted with other books, because I simply couldn't connect with the story enough. I'm not saying the story isn't good--I'm just saying it didn't win me over.


The main character is Anastacia, a teenager tired of moving around because of her scientist parents. She's finally convinced they'll stay in the States for good when her parents announce they need to move again because of another mysterious job. Of course she doesn't take it well, and I sympathize with her drama, but Anastacia soon regrets her outburst because her parents end up dying in a car accident before she can apologize for saying she hated them. Ouch. Poor girl.


Fast foward, Anastacia and her older sister are kind of miserable, but trying to adapt. Until her sister is presumed dead. The morning after a party where Anastacia meets her sister's boyfriend, a guy she dislikes instantly, Anastacia walks into her sister's bedroom to find nothing but a lot of blood. Despite Anastacia's protests, the police are quick to rule it as a homicide.


Depression hits hard and Anastacia basically stops living for a while. She doesn't get out of bed for weeks (months, if I'm not mistaken) and she's pretty much done with this stupid life that keeps killing everyone she loves.


While I get that plot choice, I have to say it distanced me from the story. I don't want to come across as heartless, but having Anastacia spend that much time just doing nothing but lying in bed didn't really help keep me interested in the story and what was coming next. 


I understand her pain and desperation after losing her entire family, but I wanted her to come back to life and fight for her sister and her own survival earlier. She eventually does that and things move faster from then on, but at that point I was already struggling with the story.


Another thing I struggled with was Anastacia's relationship with the love interest, Marcus. He's a Spanish guy whose parents are also involved in the same corporation Anastacia's parents used to work for, and he becomes Anastacia's sidekick as they start following clues in their search for her missing sister. I liked him and what he brought to the story. I just didn't really like them together. Unfortunately, I didn't feel the connection. And if I'm not shipping the main couple at some level, then I'm definitely struggling with the book. I'm sorry, but that's how my romance-obsessed mind works.


On the plus side, I liked the spy-world the author created, and I also liked the writing. It was simple, but good. If the story had progressed faster and the romance had been written in a more intense way, I would've probably loved it. Unfortunately, it took me too long to get into the story.
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#WWW Wednesday - April 26th, 2017


#WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme formely hosted by MizB @A Daily Rhythm & now hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words.
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What do you think you’ll read next?



    
   
  
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