Ratings

★★★★★ – Outstanding
★★★★☆ – I really liked it.
★★★☆☆ - I liked it!
★★☆☆☆ – It was ok.
★☆☆☆☆ – Didn’t like.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nero Made Men #1 By: Sarah Brianne

Nero
Made Men #1
By: Sarah Brianne
Released June 27th, 2014



Blurb

Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.
Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.
I just want to be a fucking made man.
I’m just a fucking waitress.

My review
Three Stars
Received for an honest review
First, I have to confess that I usually stay away from Young Adult because after reading "Beautiful Disaster" I find that every story is the same.  But something about "Nero" seemed different.  Elle is young lady in high school (feel like a grandma calling her "young lady". :)  She is not popular and is bullied by the "mean girls" or "popular" girls.  Her and her friend Chloe live in daily fear that Cassandra - the queen bee of the mean girls will bother them.  Cassandra is very nasty and mean.  Elle and Chloe are good friends and they always protect each other.  Elle works in a restaurant after school as a waitress and she feels embarrassed by this.  Apparently, all the kids in her school drive Lamborghini's etc... a BMW is considered a poor persons car.  Elle's home life is also not the best. Her father lost the ability to walk and sometimes over medicates himself. Her mom and Elle work in order to provide for the loss of his income.

So, I thought the story was cute.  If I were a teenager I would of completely liked this book and the hero-Nero.  Nero is the popular, good-looking, has it all popular guy that all the girls want.  He takes an interest in Elle and they form a relationship.  So now that I'm older and wiser I did take pause to some of their relationship issues BUT if I were a teenager I would of loved them as a couple and would of completely loved this book! That is why I gave it a three star. A YA audience would enjoy this book, as I did. It was just harder to relate for me.  I worked in high school and really so did most of my friends... so being looked down upon or looking down on people because they worked was a big stretch.  Overall, this was a cute book and I enjoyed it.  



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Author Bio
Hey! My name is Sarah Brianne and after living for twenty-two years the characters in my head told me enough was enough and I have finally put pen to paper (or is it finger to keyboard?) to tell their stories. Since I was a little girl I have watched every chick flick I could get my hands on, then when I became older I discovered a whole new world of romance novels. To me there is nothing better then a tale of true love and those are the stories that have inspired me to write. Like everything else in my life I have put my own spin on two lovers destined to be together.
Next to my books my prized possession are my two beautiful fur babies, Kalypso and Khaleesi. I know what you’re thinking, do you pack them in your purse? Yep, right next to my kindle.
Please feel free to message me here,

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Sweet Spot By: Stephanie Evanovich

The Sweet Spot
By: Stephanie Evanovich
Releasing in Print, July 8th, 2014


Blurb
Last summer readers were captivated by Stephanie Evanovich’s highly-anticipated New York Times bestselling debut novel, Big Girl Panties. This summer, Evanovich is back with THE SWEET SPOT, the sizzling story of two of readers’ favorite characters from Big Girl Panties: Chase Walker, the hunky professional baseball player, and his beautiful, curvy, and exceptionally sassy wife Amanda.
Amanda is a successful, levelheaded woman who built her restaurant from scratch. She’s certainly not looking for a prince charming to sweep her off her feet. So when Chase, baseball’s golden boy, begins to pursue her, she barely gives him the time of day. Her heart-shaped face and big blue eyes stop him dead in his tracks and her lush, plus-size curves don’t hurt either. And while Amanda’s used to celebrities and politicians dining at the Cold Creek Grille, she just can’t stop staring at Chase—he’s hotness personified.
At heart, Chase is a monogamist who likes strong women, despite his playboy image. Amanda is exactly the type he’s been looking to settle down with, but she won’t say yes easily. From daily visits to the restaurant to extravagant flower arrangements, Chase will stop at nothing to persuade her to go out with him—and he finally succeeds!
For Amanda their romance is all too good to be true, and something has got to give. Can Chase really be this perfect? And then she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase Walker has a spicy little kink. While readers of Big Girl Panties will remember it quite well, Chase’s fans have no idea that off the field, he likes to indulge in a little passionate spanking from time to time.
To her surprise, Amanda discovers a naughty side she never knew she had. But then, thanks to a tabloid, their secret comes to light and becomes the nation’s favorite water-cooler gossip. Will Amanda give up a little bit of her single-girl freedom for true love with a twist? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom spell doom for this sexy couple?
THE SWEET SPOT is an incredibly sexy and charming story filled with wit, fun, and extra-spicy romance. This is the perfect follow-up to Big Girl Panties and undoubtedly a great choice for summer reading.
The Sweet Spot
By: Stephanie Evanovich
Releasing in Print, July 8th, 2014
My review:
Copy received from Tasty Virtual Book Tour
Three Stars
I've never read Stephanie Evanovich before so I was looking forward to reading "The Sweet Spot". I though that her writing was smooth and easy to follow. Her characters are relateable and seem like everyday people, well except for the famous baseball player! 

Amanda was a great heroine. She runs her own restaurant is very successful and confident.  She was a very down to earth and normal person.  When Chase comes to her restaurant for dinner he is immediately drawn to her.  Amanda, being the sharp business woman that she is, does not fall all over herself when Chase repeatedly asks her out and eventually starts to visit her restaurant routinely to be close to hear.

As Amanda and Chase's relationship develops a big secret of his comes out.  He isn't sure how Amanda is going to react and honestly, I wasn't either.  It was interesting to see how they were able to deal with this situation.  Although I was not a big fan of Chase and his big secret I did like how they were able to work out how they both felt about it.  Overall, this was a fun and light romance. I plan to read more books by Stephanie Evanovich. 


Blurb
Last summer readers were captivated by Stephanie Evanovich’s highly-anticipated New York Times bestselling debut novel, Big Girl Panties. This summer, Evanovich is back with THE SWEET SPOT, the sizzling story of two of readers’ favorite characters from Big Girl Panties: Chase Walker, the hunky professional baseball player, and his beautiful, curvy, and exceptionally sassy wife Amanda.
Amanda is a successful, levelheaded woman who built her restaurant from scratch. She’s certainly not looking for a prince charming to sweep her off her feet. So when Chase, baseball’s golden boy, begins to pursue her, she barely gives him the time of day. Her heart-shaped face and big blue eyes stop him dead in his tracks and her lush, plus-size curves don’t hurt either. And while Amanda’s used to celebrities and politicians dining at the Cold Creek Grille, she just can’t stop staring at Chase—he’s hotness personified.
At heart, Chase is a monogamist who likes strong women, despite his playboy image. Amanda is exactly the type he’s been looking to settle down with, but she won’t say yes easily. From daily visits to the restaurant to extravagant flower arrangements, Chase will stop at nothing to persuade her to go out with him—and he finally succeeds!
For Amanda their romance is all too good to be true, and something has got to give. Can Chase really be this perfect? And then she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase Walker has a spicy little kink. While readers of Big Girl Panties will remember it quite well, Chase’s fans have no idea that off the field, he likes to indulge in a little passionate spanking from time to time.
To her surprise, Amanda discovers a naughty side she never knew she had. But then, thanks to a tabloid, their secret comes to light and becomes the nation’s favorite water-cooler gossip. Will Amanda give up a little bit of her single-girl freedom for true love with a twist? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom spell doom for this sexy couple?
THE SWEET SPOT is an incredibly sexy and charming story filled with wit, fun, and extra-spicy romance. This is the perfect follow-up to Big Girl Panties and undoubtedly a great choice for summer reading.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18635066-the-sweet-spot

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Author Info

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
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Author Info
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
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Secret Love The Sweet Fifties Series Book One By: Christine Warner

Secret Love
The Sweet Fifties Series Book One
By: Christine Warner
Released June 9th, 2014

Blurb
Saranac, Michigan 1955
Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.
Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away.

One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away.

Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?




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Author Info
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.

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Excerpt
She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”
He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”
Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”
He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.
What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”
The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”
She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.
He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”
Her belly trembled. What if?
What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.
Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.






Monday, July 28, 2014

The Danger In Tempting An Earl At The Kingsborough Ball By: Sophie Barnes

The Danger In Tempting An Earl
At The Kingsborough Ball
By: Sophie Barnes
Releasing July 29th, 2014
Avon Romance


Blurb
Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.
Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?

Excerpt:
Katherine winced. She liked Lady Deerford and was terribly sad for her, especially now that she too was a mother. It was heart wrenching for her to imagine the pain of having your child snatched away from you and of not knowing what had become of them, as was the case for the Deerfords whose daughter had been kidnapped twenty years earlier. Still, the thought of shopping for dolls with the lady… “I never said that I was looking for a doll for Sophia,” she said, frowning at Lucien. “You didn’t?” he asked, looking properly confused. His eyes brightened a second later and he smiled at her broadly. “Well, then I suppose I must have made a mistake.” Katherine’s eyes narrowed. “A mistake that’s about to get the better of you since you have recently offered to take me shopping. We shall accompany Lady Deerford together at the first available opportunity.” To her satisfaction, Lucien’s mouth dropped. A snicker brought her attention over to Louise who was looking terribly amused. “Heavens,” she croaked in an attempt to contain her laughter. “For a ‘couple’ who’s not a ‘couple’, you’re certainly having the most delightful quarrel.” Katherine bit her lip while a slow dread slipped along her limbs. If there was one subject she did not need her friend to broach at the moment it was the one they had recently been discussing. Thankfully, Lucien appeared to have taken no heed of Louise’s blatant remark and surprised Katherine instead by saying, “All talk of the lovely Lady Deerford aside, I was wondering if you would do me the honor of partnering with me for the next set.” Tilting her head, Katherine studied him for a moment. Ordinarily, his question shouldn’t have given her pause, except that in all the years she’d known him, he’d never once asked her to

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18753716-the-danger-in-tempting-an-earl
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Author Info
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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ARC Review: A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan

I’m discovering a lot of new authors and so far they have been a hit! I have a list of Sophie Jordan books that I want to read but haven’t gotten around to it -yet. I’m so glad that “A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin” was my first introduction to this author! I really enjoyed this book, the main characters AND the secondary characters!

Ok, so this book was such a great read! I stayed up all night reading it! The heroine, Rosalie Hughes. I really liked her. Rosalie has basically been abandoned. Her mother has left her at a finishing school and she has no one. The headmistress takes her to her stepbrother’s because she has no room for Rosalie. Declan, the Duke of Banbury has had it with their family troubles and has no desire to take-in Rosalie. When he comes to realize Melisande, Rosalie’s mother, is nowhere to be found and he decides to help Rosalie, he calls on his Aunt Peregrine and his cousin Aurelia for their assistance. Declan decides, with his aunt, that Rosalie has to have a season in order to help her find a husband. Rosalie is grateful for the help but she has always had feelings for Declan. She tries to reconnect with him reminding him about their childhood and when he fondly called her “Carrots” because of her red/ orange hair. Declan really just wants her married and out of his life.

There are many aspects of the story that I loved. I thought that Aunt Peregrine were great secondary characters. Usually I tolerate secondary characters but I really enjoy them and I can’t wait for Aurelia’s story. She was so fun and rebellious I can’t wait to see what the author does with her. Also, Melisande is such a horrible woman. She is the epitome of vile. There are so many reasons to hate her…The relationship between Rosalie and Declan was also layered. They had a good relationship as kids but the family dynamics were very screwed up. It should be noted that Declan and Rosalie are not blood relations.

I had a hard time figuring out why Declan let his hatred for his stepmother affect his relationship with Rosalie. I thought it was misdirected. Rosalie has a romantic clandestine kiss with Declan and she is disguised so he doesn’t know that he is kissing her, I’m not a fan of these scenarios because to me they don’t seem convincing. Just when it seems that Declan and Rosalie are going to have their lifetime of happiness the author throws two big surprises our way. I’m trying not to give too much away because this was such a great book but at the same time there is so much to discuss about it! 
A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin (The Debutante Files, #1)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Birds of the Nile by Nick David


Nick David - Birds of the Nile - Virtual Book Tour

Literary Fiction
Date Published: September 27, 2013


British ex-diplomat MICHAEL BLAKE has been blinded and is confined to his flat in Cairo. Every few days a visitor comes to read to him. It’s a year since he took early retirement and booked a long–awaited birding trip on the Nile.

Half way through the voyage he meets LEE YONG and finds himself falling for her. But she’s falling for REDA, their tour guide. He isn’t all he seems either and when the Egyptian revolution kicks off, BLAKE finds himself embroiled in a tangled web of love and intrigue. When REDA is captured and thrown into jail, BLAKE will be forced to decide – to help LEE YONG and join the revolution or stand aside and risk losing everything.

Set against the background of the events of January 2011, BIRDS OF THE NILE is a powerful story of loss and self discovery as three disparate characters, each with their own agenda, seek to come to terms with change. Part political thriller, part love story, BIRDS OF THE NILE reminds us of the complex nature of global cultural interaction and how, as individuals, we try to deal with it

My review:
 4 stars
Copy received for an honest review
I really enjoyed this political thriller.  The author's writing was engaging and the plot was fast paced.  I really enjoyed the cultural elements that were included and also the frank discussion about the political situation. The three main characters Lee Young, Michaell Blake and Reda were great characters.


Virtual Book Tour - July 1 - July 27

July 1 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Kick Off
July 2 - Sue Reveals and Promotions - Excerpt
July 3 - Mythical Books - Guest Post
July 4 - Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview
July 5 - Carole's Books - Excerpt
July 6 - Kelly's Thoughts on Things - Guest Post
July 7 - Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
July 8 - A Life Through Books - Review
July 9 - Simplistic Reviews - Excerpt
July 10 - Kindle Obsessed - Guest Post
July 11 - Texas Book Nook - Review
July 12 - Books, Coffee, Art - Excerpt
July 13 - My Reading Addiction - Interview
July 14 - Andi's Book Reviews - Guest Post
July 15 -Books A to Z - Guest Post
July 16 - Bilbo's Bookends - Review
July 17 - Pure Jonel - Guest Post
July 21 - Stephanie's Book Reviews - Review
July 22 - Vonnie's Reading Corner - Interview
July 23 - Books Direct - Excerpt
July 24 - Chosen By You Book Club - Interview
July 25 - Book Publicity Services - Interview
July 26 - Book Nerd - Review
July 27 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up







Nick David

N.E.David is the pen name of York author Nick David. Nick tried his hand at writing at the age of 21 but like so many things in life, it did not work out first time round. Following the death of his father in 2005, he took it up again and has been successful in having a series of short novellas published both in print and online.

Nick maintains he has no personal or political message to convey but that his objective is merely to entertain the reader and he hopes this is reflected in his writing. Besides being a regular contributor to Literary Festivals and open mics in the North East Region, Nick is also a founder member of York Authors and co-presenter of Book Talk on BBC Radio York.

His debut novel, Birds of the Nile, is published by Roundfire.


Website: www.nedavid.com
Twitter: @NEDavidAuthor



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

ARC Review: Lady Windermere's Lover by Miranda Neville


ARC received for an honest review.
This was my first time reading Miranda Neville so I was not sure what to expect. I had some issues with the plot and the story. I found her writing to be engaging and it flowed. There were times that I really enjoyed the book and times I struggled with it. I made my peace with a three star rating.

So when the story begins, our hero, Damian, Earl of Windermere, is out partying with this friends celebrating his twenty-first birthday. In the mist of all this partying he gambles away his mother’s home which was a part of his inheritance. So right off we are starting off with a hero that is very questionable. The story continues as he has to tell his father the news but Damian eventually ends up gaining it back… So one way that he wins back his mother’s home was by marrying Lady Cynthia. Although Lady Cynthia is not a peer of the ton her uncle set up a nice inheritance for her making it very appealing for Damian.

Lady Cynthia is very simple. Her dresses are picked by her aunt and she is not a reigning beauty. Also, because she lives in the country she does not have polished manners of London society. These are traits that apparently bother Damien. He is not in the least bit interested in his new bride. Damien is such a snob and really a right down jerk to Lady Cynthia. After a short time married he goes off to serve in the Foreign Service, but not before making it clear to Lady Cynthia that she is to turn herself into the proper wife for a diplomat. I felt so horrible for Lady Cynthia… she went into the marriage knowing that it was not for love but it didn’t stop her from trying to be the best wife. All this takes place in the past… In the present, Lady Cynthia is a London society lady. She is beautiful, elegant and knows the proper manners for London society. She is no longer the young bride that she was a year ago. Damien returns to London from his assignment and finds Lady Cynthia at the theatre with his once friend now enemy- Julian Fortesque, the Duke of Denford, Julian is after Lady Cynthia but has really provided her only with the company that she lacked.

Ok, in the mist of all this Julian is said to have some priced paintings in his possession. Although Damien still bares a grudge against Damien for things that happened that fateful night he has a duty to the Foreign Office to uncover if he really has these paintings. This means that he has to start up an acquaintance again with him after their falling out and even after he believes that he is Cynthia’s lover. Julian was a fascinating character in this story, and I really enjoyed reading about him. So Damien is back and tries to make amends with his wife. He realizes that he treated her very poorly and is making amends for his past.

Some issues I had… One besides the incredibly irritating hero, the jumping around from past to present. It made the story choppy. First it’s the past then it’s the present then it’s the past… It was hard to figure out where we were. Also, a HUGE part of the drive of this story was miscommunication or lack of communication. There was a lack of communication with his wife/ new bride and a miscommunication with Julian. I don’t want to give away what that was since it also was a driving force in the storyline. If all these characters sat down and had a conversation much would have been resolved earlier. These miscommunication/lack of were a little irritating. Even after Lady Cynthia and Damian are living together again they have very poor communication skills. Lady Cynthia was fantastic. She was a great heroine and I really enjoyed her. Overall, I enjoyed this story. I would have liked there to be more of drive in the plot then the above mentioned. I do recommend this story and will read more by this author.

Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet, #3)