Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Excerpt for Heartless Hero by Mary Catherine Gehard


~EXCERPT~

“Why are you here?” I asked.

Theo's knuckle grazed my chin as a smile curled his lips. “Truth or promise?”

I had a thought as he perverted the sweet game we used to play as teenagers.

The thing between us was darkening, twisting, and I should run. Run before I darken and twist with it. I was the Wicked Bitch of the East Coast, but I wasn’t the words they called me. Not really. I liked to pretend I was as callous as my brother Grayson, as cunning as my sister Gemma.

In reality, I was soft. As they said, there was a reason I’d never fit in. I was a marshmallow. Easy to step on. Easier to squish.

So I answered. “Truth.”

Theo smiled, easy and slow. “I’m going to break your heart, and you’re going to thank me for it.”


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There are rules to being Abigail Crowne’s bodyguard, rules to watching the infamous billion-dollar heiress, otherwise known as the Reject Princess.

Never forget your place, always put the Crowne name above all else, and never, ever hurt the Reject.

Especially don’t torment the Reject.
Even if she is a spoiled brat.

So when an opportunity presents itself to punish her, you definitely shouldn’t take it.

Then again, Abigail loves to be tortured, and I’ve waited patiently for revenge.
I’ll keep her safe... with cruel protection.

Love is off limits with Abigail Crowne, but no one said anything about hate.



~MEET MARY CATHERINE GEBHARD~
I started writing the moment I could read. My first characters were Wibbley and Squig and I used MS Word and clipart to bring them to life when I was a kid in elementary school. I started seriously thinking about being a writer in High School and I remember the day exactly, because it was such an epiphany. I was always so uncertain. You know how everyone was always asking what you wanted to be when you were older? Well I NEVER could decide.

I wanted to be a marine biologist.
An actor.
A FIRE FIGHTER (thank you Joaquin Phoenix in Ladder 49)

One day it hit me—A WRITER. I could do it ALL. Then you couldn’t stop me from writing. I penned my first novel at fifteen (but don’t ask me to show it to you, because it’s like I was in competition to beat the thesaurus). When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, writing became even more important, because it became my therapy. When I wrote my characters, suddenly I wasn’t so alone.

These days you can find me daydreaming about where to travel with my husband, singing in my car, or lost in the newest K drama. And planning my next novel, of course.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway for Tempt the Hookup by Natasha Madison

TEMPT THE HOOKUP
by NATASHA MADISON

Eliahn

Getting pregnant after a booze cruise hookup was not what any parent wanted to hear, so I picked up my entire life and moved to Paris to start over. Six years later,

I was ready to go home. 

I was a single mom and the only thing I knew about my son’s dad was his name—Luca. I didn’t need to know anything else.

The universe had other ideas because on our second day back home, the man came crashing back into my life.

Luca 

Attending a welcome back party for my boss's daughter wasn’t how I wanted to spend my Sunday. But walking in and seeing my hookup from a cruise six years ago knocks me on my ass. 

It was a weekend of fun and now I'm seeing a pair of eyes, identical to mine, staring right at me. The boy standing next to her is my son. 

Now we’re living next door to each other and attempting to co-parent something that would be easy to do if the pull that brought us together wasn’t still there making things more complicated.

For six years she haunted my dreams, now she's haunting my every waking moment.

I let her get away once, now I want to make her mine. 

This time, permanently. 

Only one thing left to do. I have to tempt the hookup.



REVIEW: 3.5-4 STARS
"I know that with you by my side, holding my hand, everything is going to be better."

You guys!! What fun this book was!! Ok, after reading so many heavy books for months - I love that I was able to sink into something so sweet and loving, without the feeling that I needed to hurry the story along. This was the perfect idea of a second chance at love. Once again, Natasha Madison gave me a light-hearted read that was not overly dramatic, yet one that gave me all the smiles. It’s not a heavy read with angst, but one that tells a simple story of finding the one....again. I loved the ease in which I settled into this one. It was a breath of fresh air.

The writing, while some of it may have been written pretty descriptively - script-like, her voice is clean. It’s not muddled. It’s not confusing. It’s not drama-laden. It’s just easy reading with some love and amazing second chance vibes. As she puts it, her "no frills" stories - and I am here for them. Without added drama, this may rub some as "too perfect and unrealistic" but I gotta say that it was actually what enticed me further into the story. This was the perfect book to end a very long and busy week, and it made me smile throughout, so I was so glad when I finally finished it and was still smiling.

"Without you, I just exist."

Something that doesn't happen often; I actually giggle-cried. What's that? You know when you giggle through something emotional and end up springing a leak in your eyes? I did that!! I giggled more than anything, but I still did the "awww" thing while reading. But again, not heavy. It just made me feel Eli and Luca's story just a little bit more. The banter was fun. The side characters were a hoot. The honest miscommunication between them added a level of anticipation on both characters' sides, but again - nothing overly dramatic.

You can see by the synopsis alone that the story starts off on the fun side of things with the booze cruise and assumed activities. I already smiled at that, so I was excited to actually jump in and see how Eli and Luca traversed the awkward and handled the unexpected emotions that worked consistently well with the chemistry these two had.

Eli was a very strong woman, and Luca was the sweetest alpha. The story read very quickly and I was actually pretty shocked at how quickly I got though it. From the premise to the characters, from the lack of drama and eye-roll-worthy moments, this book hit the spot for me! Is this type of read my normal? Sweet without drama, without a hitch in my breathing, anticipating the pain on the very next page? No, not really, but the fact that I enjoyed it and can't wait to read more in this series tells me a lot. It also tells me that Natasha Madison has a permanent spot on my reading shelf for when I need the light and fun story to calm my angsty-book-loving side.

Reminder: this is the third book in her Tempt Series, but can be read as a complete standalone. This was my first book in the series and I will be going back now and reading the first two because this one was so much fun. I know that I will have a straightforward, uncomplicated read with plenty of laughs and navigable circumstances to add to the plot. Natasha Madison has a great sense of humor that shines through in this one, and I'm so glad I picked this one up.

"Who would have thought that a simple hookup with a girl on a booze cruise could lead to me having the most beautiful life?"
~BEE

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~MEET NATASHA MADISON~
When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips.

It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway for Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry


ONLY A BREATH APART
by KATIE McGARRY

Jesse Lachlin is cursed.

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


REVIEW: 4.5 STARS
"I don't want to kiss someone to feel. I'd rather kiss someone because I'm feeling."

Well, I can honestly say that I will add Katie McGarry to the list of YA authors I will happily read more of. For my first ever book by her, I got caught up in this little world of two teenagers working through their own pain while helping the other deal with theirs - in a very age-appropriate way. I loved it! This book, while it may have started out a little slow for me - that was quickly sorted out and it ended up completely capturing me and continued until the very end. Her words carried me away; the lilt that she had - her voice was beauty in wonderment. Spinning in fields? Holding hands but not understanding the zing being felt? I love when the words can take on a mind of their own and bring to life a young love that is growing right before my very eyes.

I feel like this story took on a whole new possibility, or realm, for me to discover, and in doing so, it gave me a lot to think about - in a very charismatic way. Touching on some "mystical" aspects, I readily admit this book tested my side-eye abilities quite a bit, but I ended up enjoying it immensely. The whole book was understandable, but I can appreciate that McGarry made it relatable for this genre and storyline. There was a certain magic in her words that brought the story alive.

But, gosh - the exploration alone, that got me real good. When the characters are following a natural thought process, and their feelings are coming out - I feel like it's more endearing because it's not all drama and craziness. There was a certain truth and reality in regards to their feelings, even though they were not fully understanding what was going on, only knowing the need to explore it more in depth. This story was one in which I got to fondly remember a first love, secretly meeting up, falling in love, and fighting for that love I just couldn't live without. That's what a good YA book does for me - it reminds me of all those feelings and emotions, and when I can 'escape' back into them, that's a win for me. 

"Are we meant to be friends or are we one, big tragic mistake?"

I love that McGarry was able to bring to light an angering situation, with a young lesson on realizing that nothing is black and white and everything is subjective, as well as manipulatable. It was a scary reality to watch Jesse and Scarlett discover all that their world held for them and how they needed to survive it. Their journey was fantastical and magnificent, and I enjoyed the ride.

I will be honest and admit that I hemmed and hawed about reading this book knowing it was YA, knowing that the genre can teeter totter either way for me. I don't really sit in the middle on these kinds of books either - I either love them or am completely frustrated by them and end up DNF'ing them. I really liked McGarry's voice and will definitely keep her on my YA reading list. I don't recommend YA often enough because it's hard to find a voice and a storyteller that can do that genre justice. McGarry has been added to my very short list and I am very excited to read more by her.

"It's not every day when people who are lost find a way to be lost together."
~BEE

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~EXCERPT~

~SCARLETT~

A scraping of a chair, a tray full of food and I glance over with my practiced smile in welcome. It’s not Camila, Evangeline, or anyone else from the group. It’s green eyes, red hair, a familiar mischievous smile that used to be reserved only for me, and my blood pounds with excitement as if someone lit a sparkler in my chest. Then I frown because I’m not supposed to feel this way. Not with him. Not with anyone.

Jesse Lachlin winks at me as he sits across from me like no time has passed from when we climbed trees together. “What’s up, Tink?”

Another thrill runs through me but then my muscles tighten. Stupid, antiquated reaction belonging to a dead past. “What are you doing here?”

Jesse pops a fry into his mouth, chews, then picks up another as if he has no intention of answering. I scan the cafeteria. Several people are watching us, curious as to why Jesse Lachlin is sitting with me, or is event at lunch, or even at school.

From the lunch line, Camila’s and Evangeline’s eyes are bugging out of their heads.

What is going on? Camila mouths.

I raise my eyebrows to inform her I have no idea. Jesse digs into his corn with his fork and that’s crossing a line. “Maybe you didn’t hear me, but I asked what you’re doing here.”

He lifts his eyes to meet mine and there’s a glimmer in them that causes my lips to flatten. Fantastic. He’s here to make my life a living hell.

“It seems obvious,” he says.

If he remembers anything about me, he should recall I was never known for my patience and that he should be speaking, and speaking soon. “Just answer the question.”

“I’m eating lunch.”

I honest to God groan in frustration. “There’s no room at the inn.”

He surveys the table, takes in the empty seats, my books, and then gives me a good look. A slow look. As if he’s trying to memorize every inch he’s drinking in. My cheeks redden because that somehow feels a little too intimate for lunch. Feels a little too intimate for someone I’m no longer friends with. It feels too intimate if we were friends.

I glance away, but I sense him still staring at me. God help me, I want to stare back.

~MEET KATIE MCGARRY~
Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

DNF Review for Falling for my Brother's Best Friend by Piper Rayne


FALLING FOR MY BROTHER'S BEST FRIEND
by PIPER RAYNE

Let’s say you’re an independent, self-sufficient woman who runs the family company and you find yourself falling for your little brother’s best friend. Now, more than ever, you need to count all the reasons why you need to abandon falling.

Abandon Falling #1 – He’s a womanizer. Hasn’t had a serious relationship a day in his life and changes women more often than he changes his sheets.

Abandon Falling #2 – He’s never serious. He cracks one-liners, mostly at your expense.

Abandon Falling #3 – When things go wrong, he seems unfazed and always remains in control. It’s so annoying.

Abandon Falling #4 – He has tattoos. Lots of them. Everywhere. Not to mention, he owns a tattoo parlor. (Damn it! Why doesn’t that sound like a bad thing anymore?)

Abandon Falling #5 – There’s a growing list of how different you two are. You can’t get along for fifteen minutes—a lifetime together would land one of you in prison.

Keep repeating those reasons and drown yourself in work. Pretend you don’t notice his good qualities or how enticing he looks without a shirt, and do not, I repeat, do not agree to live with the man while your place is being repaired from flood damage.

Trust me, even the strongest of us can only forego temptation for so long.



REVIEW: DNF REVIEW... with a caveat.

I will preface this review with this: I didn't hate this book. There wasn't anything wrong with this book from what little I read, but this DNF review is a product of my over-eagerness to try new authors this year. This story has the kind of synopsis that made me want to pick it up and read it, even knowing it was a fourth book in a series. I LOVED the sound of it. This book was also billed as a standalone within a series, yet I do not feel that it was written that way. This is simply my perception on it. I felt like I was playing catch-up the minute I started reading the book instead of me learning about who they were and why there was some wariness about falling in love. The conversation was already ongoing, and I was in the background trying to put the pieces together, so there wasn't an initial connection or any real introduction to who the characters were or why we were supposed to love them together. I am very frustrated with myself because I know this is my fault. It's the fourth book in the series and I should have just followed my personal rule of never jumping into a story within a series, even after being told it's a standalone. Not many authors can write a standalone within a series and still give me their characters' buildup and growth moving forward - not necessarily just building from the past books. If I didn't need the background or the depth of a storyline and the characters, and I wasn't worried about a surface read, this could/would be a great book to jump into because I enjoy books about falling for a best friend's sibling. It's one of my favorite tropes because of the forbidden aspect of it. Unfortunately, this one didn't work for me in that aspect.

This book is about two people that fooled around after a wedding (previous book), and he wants her but she does not want him, and it's her brother's best friend. BONUS! I love that kind of story...but I didn't feel drawn into their plight when I first got into the book because I had nothing to hold onto. By the third chapter, we are already "making the other jealous" by hanging out with others, so it started to follow a known path that I have seen countless times. I don't like a cliche story, especially when I have already read it many times before. Give me something to make me want to keep reading their story, something unique. Here's where my problem lies: if this is supposed to be a standalone in a series, give us their buildup and give us their original hookup that shows the draw and the fire. Give us the steam and the growth of these two characters so a newbie can actually fall for the characters and their plight. I want to be drawn to them and be excited for their promised HEA. I didn't feel like I was actually introduced to them in that way. This story worked primarily off background knowledge, of which we were not privy to walking into this story.

The characters were already built. The background was already laid. The story was already set. As they should be with an established series, right?? Right. I know this. I accept this. I understand this. But it felt like I was literally walking into an on-going scene and I had to figure out what was going on. This is not the way to start a standalone in a series, especially when they gave me background info on other characters in stories prior to this. I don't want those details in this story if you're stating this is a standalone. Make the discussion about this story, but don't give me background on other characters in previous books when it doesn't enhance the current story I'm reading. Again, my fault for jumping into this book being billed as a standalone. I get it. I do. I really, really do.

The meaning of a standalone, to me, is the importance and relevance of the love story at hand. It is the build up of the characters, and the growth of their relationship at the forefront, not the background. We may have met them previously, but the actual steam and the reason for their relationship is written in the current book and I think I missed out on that somehow with this one.

I'm so frustrated, and it's all my fault and I should have known this. I honestly take the blame for this, so this isn't a "mad" review. This isn't me being angry about the story or the writing. It's just me waving the proverbial white flag, knowing I shouldn't have jumped in. I'm not saying this is a bad book or that it's not one I can eventually finish, but I will say the way I entered the storyline was definitely on the wrong foot. So, I'm honestly hoping I can put this book on the back burner and come back to it eventually - after reading the first three books, so I have some background to work with and some character development to anchor their story.

So, my biggest gripe is I'm mad at myself for jumping into an ongoing series, even claiming it's a standalone, and not being able to 'feel' the story as it was intended. Lesson learned, and I know this is ultimately my fault.

Here is the FULL SERIES on Goodreads for anyone that is interested. Here is the FULL SERIES on Amazon as well.

~BEE



~MEET PIPER RAYNE~
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Excerpt for The Feud Series: The Wallace Girl & The Sinclair Heir by Eliot Scott


~EXCERPT~

Alex hasn’t run away. Not yet. His brow crinkles and his gaze lowers away from my face when I stop only inches away from him. “We’re Wallaces...Sinclairs...oil and water. Enemies. You can’t love me, Jojo. It’s impossible. After what I’ve done, you can’t.”

“We aren’t enemies, Alex. We never were, and I don’t care what you’ve done.”

My hand reaches slowly toward his heart. I press my fingers against him until my palm is flat on his white t-shirt, and my breath hitches with hope when he doesn’t pull away.

“That ring you gave me had a promise attached to it. The lure you gave me says forever.” I peer up at him, his height always so much more than mine, and my tongue dashes out to lick my bottom lip. “I’m here for that.”

His eyes are locked on my lips. I pull my bottom lip between my teeth, my mouth curving a hint of a smile as I shake my head, adding, “You once swore you loved me more than the sun. I know you still do. And I know it has to mean a lot to you that I never, ever stopped loving you.”

I place both hands against his chest, and I feel his thundering heart. Alex’s moan rumbles deep and near his heart before it escapes his lips along with my name.

“Jojo.”

Alex’s hands wrap around my wrists in an instant as though he means to tear my hands away from his heart, but instead, he just holds them, locking me to him. His eyes grow dark, and I can see the demons battling with the angels behind them.

“How you kissed me that night. How I kissed you back. Do you remember? Please, Alex. We’re both so tired, and my body hurts as much as yours does. Just kiss me, take me back to your bed, and let’s wash it all away. Please. ”

A steamy adult romance saga

By Eliot Scott
(Eliot Scott is the writing duo of bestselling authors Anne MacFarlane-Eliot and Ginger Scott)

A hate that spans generations.

A brutal fight over who owns the land, who controls the water, and who can destroy the most lives.

A love doomed from its very beginning.

When Alex Sinclair first spots JoJo Wallace on the shores of his favorite lake, he doesn’t know about his family’s sordid past and how it weaves in and out of the Wallace line. He doesn’t know that she’s the girl who will own his heart completely. And he can’t imagine the torture he’ll be forced to put her through and the poison he’ll unleash.

She’s a spitfire soul with wild auburn hair—a girl that will haunt his dreams and rule his future. He’ll do unspeakable things, and the consequences will have the power to end a century-long feud.

To end her.

But JoJo was born just a little different than the other Wallace men and women.

She was born to love big and see all that’s good—the good in Alex. And when she comes back to take what’s hers in the wake of Alex’s father’s death, she’s no longer the innocent, na├»ve girl the Sinclairs have long underestimated. She’s a fighter.

And she isn’t leaving until she ends it all—for good.

* The Feud Series is an adult/coming-of-age, enemies-to-lovers romance and contains mature themes not suitable for readers under 18*

~MEET GINGER SCOTT~
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling, Goodreads Choice Award and Rita award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, This Is Falling, Wild Reckless, The Hard Count, Cry Baby and Bred.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for a hella long time. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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~MEET ANNE ELIOT~

Anne Eliot lives in the high mountains of Colorado and loves to shovel snow.

While growing up, Anne hid her own anxieties by hiding and reading book after book. She developed an addiction libraries, to first love, first kisses and her favorite: the happy-ever-after story. This is what she writes today. Now she's a mom of two, and happily married to her own first love.

Anne Eliot’s first YA book, Almost, became a top 100 best selling Kindle book, and was a Readers Choice, Top 12 of 2012 book for Amazon.com at #11, and her other books, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, How I Fall/How I Fly, and now the Runaway Rockstar Series have all been teen, top 100 bestselling books. She loves to hear from readers. Please look for her on Facebook or tweet her @yaromance.

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