Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (75)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

TV/Movies:

Shadowhunters S2 Ep19-20
Easy A
Captive For 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog Tour: The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester (Guest Post + Giveaway)



The Funeral Flower
Michelle Jester
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.
Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.
Even though tragedy always follows love.


This book is intended for mature audiences due to critical subject matter.

Note: Due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+
Guest Post: Insta-love versus a slowly developing relationship

First, let me get this out of the way: I am a hopeless romantic.

Often when people hear the story about how my husband and I met, they always have one of only two reactions: they fully believe it or they fully don’t. A few have actually laughed at it, mockingly.  However, the fact of the matter is the moment we saw each other, whether it was lust or whatever, we were drawn to one another so strongly that we couldn’t ignore it…and we have witnesses.

Do I believe in love at first sight? No, I don’t. I believe in connection at first sight. I believe we can be inexplicably drawn to another person. To be connected in such a strong way that all the things you thought you knew and wanted in a relationship can change in that moment.

Relationships are built through trust, respect, and commitment. Yes, I used the dirty word of commitment, but it’s true. I always say that I have been married to three men in my life; the Larry I met in high school, the Larry that came back from war, and the Larry that medically retired.  While they are all the same, they are different in so many ways. I know he’s been married to a few Michelle’s too. We embrace and love all the scars and changes. We develop a deeper bond and connection by staying and supporting one another that far transcends any connection we had that first day.

Through slowly developing a relationship you learn to find respect for your spouse. You thought when you first met your spouse that he/she was even-tempered, later in life if you think your spouse is lazy, remember that once you admired that trait. Overly aggressive; once a go getter. Abrasive; once honest. Not serious enough; once happy. Too serious; once dedicated and loyal.

I’ve spoken at conferences over the years and people often ask me what the “key” to our marriage is. Aside from respect (if you don’t have respect for your spouse- find it!) I give several tips: never back your spouse in a corner because human nature dictates that they will come out fighting, don’t put them in a box because nobody wants to be like everybody else, and don’t limit their ability to grow because they will, whether you want them to or not, and either you’ll grow with them or they’ll outgrow you.


So commit to developing your relationship. Say to your spouse “I know we will have hard times. We will fight. We will disagree and we will never see eye to eye on everything, but I’m committed to stay and fall in love over and over with you.”




Author Bio:
I am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter.
Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets. Especially when I am stressed, I know I can go to either of those things and pour out that anxiety into something good and productive.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Blitz: Fallen Star by Allison Morse (Excerpt + Teaser Image + Giveaway)


Fallen Star
Allison Morse
Publication date: September 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.
Avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker, Kate Bloom discovers long lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star, Gloria Reardon, may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery. Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process becomes the killer’s new target.​
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EXCERPT:
A fitful sleep finally came and with it a dream filled with misty tears of her own, of her mother’s, and someone else’s, too.
The drapes looking over the backyard began to sway as if alive. Kate got out of bed and went to close the windows. The curtains lashed around her. Then she saw the windows were shut, yet the curtains continued to billow and sway. Her heart raced as she watched shadows flitting around the patio garden below and darting across the dark lawn down to the edge of a cliff and dropping into a black chasm.
Run.” A woman’s voice echoed up from the abyss. Kate jumped back from the windows.
Leave,” the voice said, closer this time. Moist heat like the breath of an animal swirled around her.
The presence was here.
She dashed back to the bed and pulled the covers tightly around her.
Everything in the room shook until the window exploded, shards of glass spraying everywhere.
Her skin felt on fire, it pricked and stung with searing pain. She sat up and threw off the blanket. The room spun. A metallic smell filled her nose. The heat turned sticky. She looked down and saw her body dripping with blood.
She screamed.
The door to her bedroom swung open.
“Good God,” Jarvis said. “What’s the matter? Are you all right?”
She writhed in the bed and had no ability to form words.
Jarvis ran to her and held her shaking body. “Tell me what happened. What’s wrong?”
Taking in a deep breath, she extracted herself from his embrace.
She gazed about the room and blinked. There was no blood and the pretty room was bathed in the soft pink of dawn. The curtains hung still, and the windows were unbroken.
“I’m so sorry. It must’ve been a nightmare.”
Jarvis rose. “Is that all? I heard you cry out. It was…chilling. Like you were dying.” His gaze became diffused, haunted, as if he were watching something terrible that only he could see. Then he came back to himself and said, “A nightmare? Do you have those often?”
“Oh, no… Yes, I do. I’m so sorry I disturbed you.” Kate jumped out of bed, forgetting she was wearing only a tee shirt and panties.
Jarvis swept an admiring look over her bare legs. She jumped back into the bed and pulled the sheet up.
He smiled.

Author Bio: Allison Morse grew up in a family of actors in Los Angeles; before the age of five she started acting classes, which she adored. She continued in the family business until her early twenties when her curious spirit led her to consider other interests and professions, like counseling and the law. After receiving her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, Allison went on to graduate from Phillips Graduate Institute with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and U.C. Hastings College of the Law with a J.D.
Although she loved learning from each of her varied careers one of her favorite jobs was working for the now closed Dutton’s, a wonderful, musty new, used and rare bookstore in North Hollywood with deep roots in Southern California’s literary community. This wonderful, musty new, used and rare bookstore in North Hollywood had deep roots in Southern California’s literary community. Whatever she was doing, books and story-telling ruled her imagination.
Allison always knew that for her, writing is as essential as breathing. But as she pursued her professional life, this great love was consigned to private journals that she filled with musings and story ideas. Ten years ago that changed and she decided to get serious about being a writer.
While continuing to work full time as a lawyer, she kept to a strict writing schedule, took writing classes at UCLA Extension. She joined the Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Now Allison has completed two novels: a romance entitled The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star, a Hollywood gothic.
Allison lives with her husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Blitz: The Sullivans Boxed Set by Bella Andre (Giveaway)

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This is my stop during the book blitz for The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3 by Bella Andre. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 27 August. See the tour schedule here.

The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3 (Sullivans #1-3) by Bella Andre
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: December 5, 2015
Blurb: More than 6 million readers have already fallen in love with the Sullivans! Now get ready to meet your new favorite family in Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romances with the first three books in the #1 hit series.
"Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last! Bella Andre never disappoints!" Revolving Bookcase Reviews

THE LOOK OF LOVE

Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?

FROM THIS MOMENT ON

For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all.

Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE

Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again.
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Bella AndreAbout the Author: Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of "The Sullivans", "The Maverick Billionaires", "The Morrisons", and the NYT bestselling "Four Weddings and a Fiasco" sweet romance series written as Lucy Kevin.

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Having sold more than 6 million books, Bella Andre's novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 32 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Steven King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella's "The Sullivans" series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her "One of the top writers in America" and she has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Blitz: The Boy I Hate by Taylor Sullivan (Excerpt + Giveaway)



The Boy I Hate
Taylor Sullivan
Publication date: August 12th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Samantha Smiles and Renee Montgomery have been best friends for over a decade. They’ve shared laughs, secrets, and a mutual hatred for one person: Tristan Montgomery, Renee’s older brother. He was the guy every girl wanted, and every guy wanted to be, and it wasn’t uncommon they’d befriend his little sister just to get closer to him. Which was exactly how Samantha became Renee’s saving grace. She was the only girl Renee could trust not to fall in love with her older brother.
Until the one night Samantha spent with him alone, leaving her questioning everything she’d ever known about the blond headed heart-throb.
Years later, Renee asks Samantha to be her maid of honor. With no other option, Samantha is forced to drive cross-country with the focus of their teenage ire.
He was her first kiss.
Her only secret.
Can Samantha survive the trip cross-country with the reckless Tristan Montgomery? The guy who did what he wanted, whenever he wanted, without worry for tomorrow? Or will she discover a different side of him. One that’s sweet, funny, and maybe a little bit vulnerable. And fall completely and helplessly in love for the first time in her adult life with the one man who could cause her to lose her best friend forever?
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EXCERPT:
She looked down to the parking lot, seeing his Mustang still parked below, and knew she was about to lose it. She headed for her own room, placed the breakfast on the nearby table, then rid of every last drop of patience, began pounding on Tristan’s door.
“Wake up you lazy bastard! Wake up, or I swear to God I’ll beat this door down with my fists.”
A large boom sounded from inside the room, and Samantha smiled with satisfaction as she continued to pound. “That’s right,” she whispered. “Get up you lazy ass—”
But before she could finish her sentence, the door was yanked out from under her. She stumbled forward, barely able to catch her footing, and slammed face first into warm, solid, skin.
She froze, because the glimpse she caught on the way down wasn’t one she ever thought she’d see. It was a very large, very bare, and very “Good morning” version of Tristan Montgomery.
“Please tell me you’re not naked,” she whispered, but it was mostly to herself, because she didn’t really need him to answer. She squeezed her eyes shut, took one step backward, and turned around.
They both stood there, quiet and still, and she tried to recover her heart. The sight of Tristan in nothing more than his birthday suit left her feeling dizzy. She’d seen many naked men in her days, though until now, the only one she’d seen in person was Steven. Especially this close up.
“Well?” he finally asked, when she remained silent.
Well? Well… Tristan was much…larger than Steven. Much larger in every way imaginable.
She cleared her throat, knowing her voice would’ve cracked otherwise. “It’s ten in the morning,” she answered with more confidence than she felt.
“And?” But his voice was thick and husky, and she could swear he was having as difficult a time recovering as she was.
“It’s time to go.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” she said, hating how the tone of his voice sent a shiver down her spine. “And you should really put some clothes on. The people of Utah don’t want to see…that.”
He chuckled, but shifted slightly behind her. “Hate to break it to you sweetheart, but a lot of people want to see that.”
She cringed, because she knew it was true. Like in high school, she knew women lined up to catch the barest glimpse of Tristan.
He moved quietly behind her, his steps so soft you’d never know they came from a man of his size. “You can turn around now.”
She raked her teeth over her bottom lip, taking the very corner and chewing it before turning to face him. He still had no shirt on, his feet were bare, but he wore a pair of old gray sweats resting so low on his hips you could tell he wasn’t wearing anything underneath.
“Aren’t you freezing?” she asked, feeling a shiver run through her own body.
“No,” he said, leaning against the doorway and crossing his feet at the ankles. A tiny grin teased at the corner of his mouth, and she knew he was having too much fun at her expense.
She turned toward the Mustang, not attempting to hide her irritation. “I brought you breakfast,” she said quickly.
“That’s nice of you.”
“It’s not nice. Just my way of getting your lazy ass out of bed.”
He threw his head back with laughter. “Are you always this pleasant in the morning?”
Pressing her lips together, she wasn’t about to let him to pull her into another argument. “We need to go,” she said, turning on her heels and opening the door to her room.
She walked inside, hoping the action would give him the hint to do the same. “I’ll have your breakfast waiting for you in the car.” But before she closed the door, she could swear she caught him smiling.
“My God.” she whispered, resting her forehead against the wall, taking in all the air she’d forgotten to take over the last two minutes. “Three more days. Just three more days of Tristan Montgomery.” She repeated the last words over and over, gathered up the rest of her belongings, and headed for the car.



Author Bio:
Taylor is mom of three young (or not so young) children she loves more than life. She runs them around endlessly, hoping she looks presentable enough to be out in public, and day dreams about fictional characters. Maybe she's crazy, or maybe she craves the barbie games she played as a little girl a little too much, but that's where her stories are born. It's where they blossom, and grow, and eventually breath life on the page of her stories.
She'd love to hear from you. (Or I'd love to hear from you. I wrote this in 3rd person to sound cooler)

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (74)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

Blacklist by Alyson Nöel
I Am Rebecca by Fleur Beale

TV/Movies:

The DUFF

Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Blitz: Somewhere My Lady by Beth Trissel




Paranormal Time Travel Romance
Date Published:  July 2017

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Lorna Randolph is hired for the summer at Harrison Hall in Virginia, where Revolutionary-War reenactors provide guided tours of the elegant old home. She doesn't expect to receive a note and a kiss from a handsome young man who then vanishes into mist.

Harrison Hall itself has plans for Lorna – and for Hart Harrison, her momentary suitor and its 18th century heir. Past and present are bound by pledges of love, and modern science melds with old skills and history as Harrison Hall takes Lorna and Hart through time in a race to solve a mystery and save Hart's life before the Midsummer Ball.




About the Author
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I'm especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. And I love a good ghost story. In addition to historical romance, I also write time travel, paranormal, YA/NA fantasy romance, and nonfiction.


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Blitz: Crescent Calling by Axelle Chandler (Excerpt + Teaser Image + Giveaway)



Crescent Calling
Axelle Chandler
(The Crescent Witch Chronicles #1)
Publication date: August 9th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Skye Williams is an ordinary woman, living an ordinary life.

Or so she thought.

When she receives news of her estranged mother’s death, she must go to Ireland to claim her inheritance, but when she arrives in the tiny village of Derrydun, she isn’t prepared for what she finds nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Emerald Isle.

Lumped with a funeral, her mother’s crystal shop, a moody goth girl for an employee, and a crumbling cottage with horrible floral curtains, selling up and getting out sounds like a great plan, but everything and everyone seems determined to keep her from going home.

Skye doesn’t want any part of her mother’s life or the people of Derrydun until she sees the hot Irishman she’s been crushing on turn into a fox.

More absurdly, he tells her her dead mother was a witch who battled evil fairies, there’s magical trees growing in the centre of the village, there’s a parallel universe where the fair folk live, and she’s meant to be the last defense of the magical peoples of Ireland.

Turns out Skye Williams was never an ordinary woman. Not by a long shot.

She’s the last Crescent Witch and has a destiny to fulfil.

Whether she likes it or not.
The Crescent Witch Chronicles is a series stuffed full of Irish charm, myth and mayhem. Come on an adventure fraught with danger and forbidden romance…and the ultimate battle to save magic before it’s gone forever.
EXCERPT:
That night, as Buddy kept me company, I fell asleep to the sound of wind howling through the trees outside. Plagued with dreams of wolves, I tossed and turned until I slipped into a deep slumber.
When dawn finally broke, I was covered in a thin sheen of sweat, and my head was stuffed with cotton wool. I’d slept but not really. A heavy burden was over my heart, and my body had become twisted in the quilt, my feet trapped.
Ugh, I was all hot and sticky. I kicked, trying to shift the uncomfortable weight and turned over, but it didn’t budge. Lifting my head, my eyes cracked open, sleep still clogging my head. That was when I saw a lump at the end of the bed. A very large, man-shaped lump.
Now completely awake, I screamed, scrambling up the bed. It was Boone. A very naked Boone.
He started, his head shooting up, and when he saw me, he rolled and fell off the end of the bed, hitting the floor with a thud. Scrambling to his feet, his face turned a deep shade of crimson.
“Oh, shit,” he cursed, covering his junk with his hands. “Oh, cac.”
Cac?” I yelled. “I’ll give you bloody Irish cac!
Grabbing the lamp on the bedside table, I pushed up onto my knees and swung it with all my might. The plug popped out of the wall, and the shade barely missed Boone’s face, but the cord came around and whipped him directly on his bare ass.
He howled in pain and retreated across the room.
Pervert!” I shrieked.
“Let me explain,” he said, holding up his hands and leaving nothing to the imagination.
“Explain? What’s there to explain?” I shouted, trying not to look at his you-know-what. “You were asleep on the end of my bed…naked!” I swung the lamp at him again, barely missing his head. “You’re still standing there. I can see your meat and two veg!
“Oh, cac,” he said again. “I didn’t mean for you to find out this way…”
“Find out what? That you’re a pervert, who sneaks into women’s homes butt naked?”

Author Bio: Axelle Chandler is an Australian Urban Fantasy author. She lives in the western suburbs of Melbourne dreaming up nail biting stories featuring bad-ass witches, hunky shape shifters and devious monsters. She likes chocolate, cat memes and video games. When she’s not writing, she likes to think of what she’s writing next.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ten Ways To Get Over Fictional Characters (Especially Their Deaths)

1. Oh, you're here for help? Sorry, figure it out yourself.

2. And you're still reading, I applaud you for that. So here's a suggestion. You don't get over them.

3. Obviously, that's not a good enough answer for you. How about: It's hopeless. Impossible. You just can't.

4. Oh, I'm starting to like you. You're stubborn, refusing to take no for an answer. Well, you could always become part of a fictional universe...

5. Now you're beginning to give me the skepticism I gave you earlier. But, I'm serious. Go do something else, watch TV, listen to music. Take your mind off them, and there's a chance you'll forget.

6. I'm guessing that failed, and if it worked it worked for a little bit before failing? I'm just gonna give you that smug I told you so. Did I not say earlier that you simply don't get over them, and you can't?

7. Yay, you're almost at the end of this list Sorry, like I said it's just not possible. I'm stubborn myself, but nothing ever works for me. One final piece of advice: dream and dream. Cryptic, I know, but necessary. Think about what I mean.

8. Now, you're probably listening to some sad music and wondering about this character you're trying to forget. But just remember, it'll pass, as things do. Maybe now the feeling is stronger right now, but feelings fade.

9. I don't know why, as I write this post I set everything in sad music. Missing a character means lots of feels for me. Maybe what you're feeling is a similar emotion to what you experience when someone leaves your life.

10. Well I guess this post has had its ups and downs in good advice and sarcasm, but I'd like to leave you on a high note. Just remember - nothing is forever, and if you really want to get over something, it'll happen. Don't rush it.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Dominion Rising Collection (Giveaway)



Dominion Rising Collection
Publication date: August 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Find all the Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving in one fantastic set!
Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 23 BRAND NEW novels set in fantastical realms. Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.
Over five thousand pages packed with aliens, faeries, vampires, gargoyles, warriors, telepaths, space pirates, starship captains, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, robots, cyber-enhanced humans, badass heroines, and lost princesses.
Dominion Rising brings you a galaxy of talented authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Gwynn White, Margo Bond Collins, Tom Shutt, Felix R. Savage and Erin St Pierre; USA Todaybestselling authors P.K. Tyler, Anthea Sharp, S.M. Schmitz, K.J. Colt, Dean F. Wilson, Lisa Blackwood, Marilyn Peake, JC Andrijeski and Erin Hayes; and award-winning and Amazon bestselling authors S.M. Blooding, Melanie Karsak, Timothy C. Ward, Daniel Arthur Smith, Tony Bertauski, Rebecca Rode, Cheri Lasota, Ann Christy, Becca Andre, Logan Snyder, Ella Summers, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy notable Samuel Peralta.


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Goodreads Summary: 
Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured--all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick--the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret--one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: 
Celestine North is a wanted fugitive. Hiding in plain sight no longer works when one day, Whistleblowers show up unexpectedly and Celestine is forced to go on the run for real. Trust no one is the only way she'll survive, but that doesn't stop the hurt that comes from being betrayed by those thought to have better intentions.

Perfect isn't a tale of perfection, or a story where the main characters get off scot free. Celestine must fight for what she believes in, and when she is offered the choice of freedom she must hear out all the conditions before deciding whether she should accept. We see a little more of Carrick and Art, both their stories are resolved in this book.

There's a great plot spurring on Perfect, but I miss the cut-throat action of Flawed which is why I didn't give this book five stars. Of course I loved the high points of Perfect, but sometimes the plot got really boring and that is the only thing I disliked about Perfect. Judge Crevan seems less villainous but perhaps he shouldn't be.

A romance that irons out all its creases in order to be happy, a future in the free world... What more could you ask of Cecelia Ahern? Perfect brings us a conclusion of sorts to this duo about a defiant girl who dared to go against everything her society stood for and takes a stand for what she believes in even when her life is at stake. Cecelia Ahern is known for beautiful words, and Perfect certainly isn't an exception.
Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from HarperCollins New Zealand and willingly reviewed it~
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of contemporary romance and dystopia.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Movie Review: Mean Girls 2

Title: Mean Girls 2 (based on the book by Rosalind Wiseman)
Rating: /10 Stars
IMDB Summary: The Plastics are back in the long-awaited follow-up to the smash hit Mean Girls - and now the clique is more fashionable, funny, and ferocious than ever.
Review: Jo Mitchell is used to moving around and always being the new girl at school. But this year it's different. Jo is attending North Shore High School, her last school before her dream school Carnegie Mellon. She tries to stay away from the popular group but when offered a deal she can't refuse, Jo makes a rival group and begins to lose herself to popularity...

Mean Girls 2 has the same storyline as Mean Girls. It has very few differences; the two sidekicks have different problems and Jo has a different personality. But all in all, it isn't very original. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed watching it. Mean Girls 2 is hilarious, truthful and tells of all the problems teenage cliques can create.
IMDB Page
Favourite Acts: Meaghan Martin as Johanna 'Jo' Mitchell
Claire Holt as Chastity Meyer

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (73)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale
The Dinner by Herman Koch

TV/Movies:

Shadowhunters S2 Ep17
Suits S7 Ep4

Friday, August 4, 2017

Stand alone books versus series (Forum Friday #11)

Eat the whole cake at once, or be fed one slice at a time over a long period?

That's the metaphor my mind goes to when I ask the question stand-alones or series. I absolutely love both, but I decided to compile a list of my pros and cons, but obviously these won't apply to all books and some are genre specific. At lot of this is personal opinion, so you may find you disagree with my points.

Stand-alones
PROS
-Shorter read
-Less material, so generally edited better
-Only one idea but more developed
-Solid ending
-Less/no character deaths
-You don't have to wait for part two of the story
-You can only love or hate it, you can't get influenced by a horrible sequel

CONS
-It's over too soon
-Shorter storyline
-Not as many main characters
-Less drama
-Things that happen must be constrained to the time frame

Series
PROS
-The characters have more opportunity to be developed
-More things occur in the longer storyline
-Many plot twists
-New characters are introduced in later books
-Opportunity for extensive world-building
-You only have to learn about the world and characters once which sets you up for multiple reads

CONS
-Takes longer to read
-Story can get repetitive
-Main characters can become unlikeable
-The transition between books can be done badly
-Each book takes ages to release so you have to wait a long time for the next bit of the story
-The series can start off good but slowly get worse

I read series more often, but recently I've found some really good standalones. Goodreads seems to give me series suggestions the most which is the other reason I read series a lot. I love both book types, but if asked to choose Id go with series because that's how I grew up.

What about you? Which do you prefer reading and why?



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Sphere
Goodreads Summary: 
The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review: 
When stuck in a storm, Casey and Will find a girl, trapped in a cave for over a year. As they work to find who the perpetrator is, stories mix up and red herrings lie everywhere. In order to separate fallacies from truth Casey must take a look into the darkness, but she may not like the look of the face which stares back at her...

City of the Lost created a lot of interest and paths for future stories, one of such is in A Darkness Absolute. Developments made in the last book carry over and for some events, I am eternally grateful to City of the Lost. However now that the introductory stage is truly finished, proper explorations of Rockton can begin.

There's that's two paragraphs I just accomplished! Hopefully they act as a cushion for what comes next, because I certainly can't write any more without gushing about Eric and Casey. I love them so much, as individuals and as a couple because they work as a perfect team even with disagreements, and rather than feeding the other's insecurities they strengthen each other with their love. Mathias is really brought to my attention in this book and I must say, he fascinates me. Diana might've earned a teensy amount of my respect, but it's too early to say. As for Isabel? The woman will always attract my curiosity.

A Darkness Absolute is certainly very climactic, with high levels of drama all the way through. Personally I didn't get bored at any stage of the book, although that might just have been me and my obsession with everything Kelley Armstrong and thrillers driving my interest. One of the most effective things about this book is how instead of deliberating between a few suspects, we actually had no clue who did it. Mistaken identity and horrible but innocent characters certainly had a part to play in this mind twisting, genius of a thriller. Trust me; you don't want to miss it.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
 Hardcover
Buy the book:
Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of thrillers and small towns.

Review: A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Sphere
Goodreads Summary: 
The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review: 
When stuck in a storm, Casey and Will find a girl, trapped in a cave for over a year. As they work to find who the perpetrator is, stories mix up and red herrings lie everywhere. In order to separate fallacies from truth Casey must take a look into the darkness, but she may not like the look of the face which stares back at her...

City of the Lost created a lot of interest and paths for future stories, one of such is in A Darkness Absolute. Developments made in the last book carry over and for some events, I am eternally grateful to City of the Lost. However now that the introductory stage is truly finished, proper explorations of Rockton can begin.

There's that's two paragraphs I just accomplished! Hopefully they act as a cushion for what comes next, because I certainly can't write any more without gushing about Eric and Casey. I love them so much, as individuals and as a couple because they work as a perfect team even with disagreements, and rather than feeding the other's insecurities they strengthen each other with their love. Mathias is really brought to my attention in this book and I must say, he fascinates me. Diana might've earned a teensy amount of my respect, but it's too early to say. As for Isabel? The woman will always attract my curiosity.

A Darkness Absolute is certainly very climactic, with high levels of drama all the way through. Personally I didn't get bored at any stage of the book, although that might just have been me and my obsession with everything Kelley Armstrong and thrillers driving my interest. One of the most effective things about this book is how instead of deliberating between a few suspects, we actually had no clue who did it. Mistaken identity and horrible but innocent characters certainly had a part to play in this mind twisting, genius of a thriller. Trust me; you don't want to miss it.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
 Hardcover
Buy the book:
Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of mystery thrillers and subtle romances.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Witches Being Feminine (The Changeover Discussion)

Witch. You hear the word, and your mind goes to think of a woman wearing a black hat and pointy shoes. She probably has a black cat or broomstick with her as well. Right? I'm sure at least one of those stereotypes popped into your head when you read the word "witch", don't even bother denying it.

The description I'm focusing on today is woman. In all the fairy tales, are witches not classed as feminine? The other stereotypes which are attached to this label are that they are always evil old ladies. I decided to talk about this stereotype today because I recently read The Changeover by Margaret Mahy, which features a male witch. Anther examples of male witches in literature is the character Troy from The Haunting, also by Margaret Mahy.

This attribute can be traced all the way back to the Salem witch trials in 1692, where people, mainly females were accused of being witches. I never really thought about male witches until I saw them in literature. I believe Witches and Wizards are different, and not just the same thing with masculine and feminine titles. So I think that neither should be associated with one gender alone.

Many childhood stories have this model. Witches are often known as being evil, and Wizards wise old men. I love reading books which defy the stereotypes. What I don't understand is why gender should influence whether you are stereotyped good or bad.

I like the idea of male witches because they fight against stereotypes, forcing you to question what you know and embrace the unknown so you can form new opinions about these century old stereotypes.

What do you think about gender stereotypes in fantasy?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Swept Away by S. McPherson (Excerpt + Giveaway)



Swept Away
S. McPherson
(The Water Rushes #3)
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Elev nos senaremdos: Live on in memories
Milo is gone and Vladimir and the others plan to go after him before he gets himself killed…if it isn’t already too late. But they have no way of making the gethadrox and they are not all working as together as they think.
Secrets hushed and secrets kept are soon revealed when Dezaray gets a package that leads to her taking matters into her own hands and following a path that leads to the unimaginable.
Only Lexovia and a small band of misfits stay behind in an attempt to save the world and Lexovia soon finds herself in a position of power she never truly wanted.
Dive deeper into worlds & war in this thrilling third installment of an epic fantasy. Loved by fans of Cassandra Clare and Sarah J Maas.
EXCERPT:
It’s bloody freezing in the cell they throw me into and they seem in no hurry to bring me that extra blanket I’d asked for. It seems Tinfoil was right. Last night I was free, tonight I am caged. What’s worse, they’ve tossed me into the same cell as some kooky old lady who keeps eyeballing me from her corner.
‘Can I help you?’ I ask impatiently.
‘Come into the light,’ she croaks. That’s a laugh. There’s hardly any light in this place.
‘I’m quite comfortable here thanks.’
‘Come into the light,’ she croaks a little more loudly, causing her to cough. Not wanting her to suffer a heart attack on my account, I reluctantly stroll over to the bars of the cell to be nearer the flickering florescent lights in the corridor
‘Lexovia?’ she says. ‘You are the Elentrice, Lexovia.’
‘No.’ Poor old lady. ‘I am Dezaray Storm.’
She chuckles. ‘You were always such a kidder. You are going to be in a world of trouble once they find you missing from Coldivor. Best you get back to the portal.’
I am about to disagree with this senile old woman but the mention of the portal captures my attention.
‘I am honestly not Lexovino, or whoever you think I am,’ I state, braving a few steps towards her, ‘but perhaps you can tell me more about her, Coldivor and this,’ I shrug, ‘this portal?’


Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling Author & a citizen of the world; S. McPherson was born in England, moved to Saudi Arabia when she was five then on to Dubai at the age of seven. S. McPherson briefly lived in Scotland, she is originally from Jamaica and her mind is often far, far away in lands people have never heard of.
S. McPherson has always loved writing in all its forms and at the tender age of eight, she dreamt of being a member of the next big pop group where she could sing and write songs all day. When that inexplicably fell through (how could she not be the next Beyonce??), she moved on to poems, scripts and eventually novels.
Having met many different people - imaginary and real - along her travels, S. McPherson has a vast array of characters buzzing in her head bursting to be let loose on a page or two of fantasy.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand
Goodreads Summary: 
A clammy hand pressed Laura down to her knees beside Jacko's bed. It was the hand of terror, nothing less.'

It was a warning. Laura felt it when she looked in the mirror that morning. There had been others: the day her father left home, the day she met Sorensen - the boy with the strange silver eyes.

But nothing had prepared Laura for the horror of today. And now her little brother, Jacko, was fighting for his life after being sucked dry of his youth by the sinister Carmody Braque.

Laura knows there is only one way to save Jacko; she must join Sorensen and use his supernatural powers to change over if there is to be any hope for her little brother.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: 
Laura Chant isn't normal. She receives warnings, feelings of premonition which only proceeds bad things. Sometimes, she acknowledges them; but sometimes she ignores them, and what happens after is always unchangeable, set in stone. To save her younger brother Jacko's life, she must talk to Sorenson Carlisle, the school prefect she knows is a witch. But this journey won't be easy...

The Changeover is a short book, nevertheless a good one. It's not often that I read books set in New Zealand, with typical 'New Zealand' problems such as a single mum raising a child (or children!) alone, and lack of money. The book has a great storyline of ups and downs, however what prevented me from liking it more is actually just the fact that it has such an ordinary setting.

Sorry (short for Sorenson) is another thing I really like about this book. His nickname is quite ironic I think, considering his personality which is unveiled bit by bit. I love his broken-ness I suppose, just the fact that his past still haunts him and certainly has stopped him into the boy Laura meets. His mother and grandmother have their own mysteries about them too; his whole family is an intrigue.

One peculiar thing that occurs in this book is Laura telling her mother these supernatural feelings. Although she isn't really believed, in most Young Adult books the main characters just go off on an adventure with little regard or mention of their parents. In The Changeover Laura's mum Kate is still quite a big part of the novel even though they aren't always around. Margaret Mahy has created a next atmosphere in which her characters grow and inspire others.
Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from Hachette NZ and willingly reviewed it~
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of supernatural stories about ordinary people.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Movie Review: Before I Fall

Title: Before I Fall (based on the novel by Lauren Oliver)
Rating: /10 Stars
IMDB Summary: February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing.
Review: Samantha Kingston is popular, but she hasn't always been part of this group. A former horse fan, she rejected it all for the favour of Lindsay _. When Sam dies in a car crash, her last day begins to play on repeat. She must fix some things before she leaves this world. But is it too late for her to save someone else's life?

I'm not sure I like this adaptation very much. Don't get me wrong, I love Zoey Deutch and she's the reason I wanted to watch this movie, but Before I Fall just seemed like a cheap recreation of a great book. There were some great moments, such as the beginning and ending.

I think watching this movie is kind of setting you up for disappointment, but go ahead if you want your own opinion. It could've been better, but it wasn't.
IMDB Page
Favourite Acts: 
Halston Sage as Lindsay Edgecomb

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (72)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale

TV/Movies:

Gossip Girl S6 Ep4-10 (I'm so proud I finished this!)
Shadowhunters S2 Ep16
Suits S7 Ep3
The 100 S2 Ep8-9

Friday, July 28, 2017

Reading habits (Forum Friday #12)

When I get the chance to interview authors, I often ask them this question: "Do you prefer writing in silence, or with background noise (e.g. a tv or music)?" The answers I get vary from emphatic yeses to certainly nots. I enjoy seeing the different perspectives, ad so I bring you this question.

As someone who finds silence extremely uncomfortable, any form of background noise helps me. And when I say silence, I don't mean a mostly silent place where people still make noise, I mean the deathly silence where you can barely hear people breathing, it's that silent. That kind of atmosphere stresses me out and makes me scared to make noise for fear of getting looked at.

That being said, I don't mind "general silence" that much. By that I mean a place where you can hear normal noises like breathing, page turns, someone's foot scraping on the floor. If I'm at home I enjoy playing music, or just having silence; other people in the household make enough noise for me, and tv is too distracting.

Besides background noise, I also know some people love to read in certain places. I usually just sit on the couch and decide to pick up a book, but I know people who grab a book and set off for their chosen spots. There are so many different ways people read, from the way they hold their book, to what position they are in.

I'd love to know what you do. What are your reading habits?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ARC Review: Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis

Loving Kalvin (The Kennedy Boys #4) by Siobhan Davis
Goodreads Summary: A friends-to-lovers second-chance romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with HEA and no cliffhanger. 

Lana 
I knew it would end in disaster, but I didn’t listen to reason. I didn’t care. Because I loved him so much.
Kalvin Kennedy ruled my heart.
Until he destroyed it.
Shattered it so completely that I became someone else. Someone I loathed. Someone who repeatedly lied to her loved ones.
So, I ran.
From him. From myself. Desperate to hide my new reality.
But I could only run so far.
When he reappears in my life, I’m terrified. Unbelievably scared of facing the consequences of my actions.
Never mind that I still love him and want him so badly—there’s too much at stake now.
How can I trust him with the biggest secret of all when he’s likely to rip my world apart again?

Kalvin 
Lana was always far too good for me. Everyone knew it but her.
I tried to stay away, but I was weak.
And I hurt her.
Crushed her until she barely resembled herself. Forced her to follow a path she would never have willingly chosen.
And then she was gone.
And my world has never felt as empty, as lonely.
She begged me to stay away. Not to find her. To forget she ever existed.
But that’s like asking me to slice my heart in two and toss half aside.
I’ve never believed in fate, but when I rock up to the University of Florida, I’m ready to eat my words.
Because she’s here. Like I hoped she would be. And I’m determined to prove I deserve a second chance.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: 
Kalvin Kennedy has only had one girl in his heart; Lana Taylor. When they bump into each other at the University of Florida, Kal knows he has to win her back. Lana still remembers the bittersweet moment when she wrote the letter to Kal asking him to leave her alone. When she seems him in Florida, she doesn't know what to do. Staying away doesn't feel like an option...

The dual perspectives highlight different viewpoints. It shows us so much more insight into the story of Lana and Kalvin and also as to why it is this way. The author could've made their story simple, but Siobhan Davis makes sure it isn't too easy and the complications are realistic rather than overly drawn out and dramatic.

Lana's perspective helps readers understand why she made some bad decisions in earlier books, and showcases how she is dealing with the consequences and public backlash of them. Kalvin has really grown up since we last saw him, and it's so nice to see how much these two mean to each other, the amount they care about each other, and how hard they'll fight for each other.

Faye and Ky make brief appearances in Loving Kalvin as "phone call buddies", this may be Lana and Kalvin's story but we can't forget the couple that kicked off this series. I can't wait to see where Siobhan Davis goes with Saving Brad, which I'm sure will be a tale to rival Faye and Kyler's in levels of "I love you but let me pretend to hate you for the sake of it".

Loving Kalvin gives Lana and Kal the spotlight they deserve as they must work through their issues in order to get the best of one another. This tale of romance is one to have you swooning as you see what Kal will do to win back the only girl that has ever, and will ever matter to him.
Purchase Location: ~I received an e-ARC from the author and willingly reviewed it~
Edition:
 e-ARC
Buy the book:
Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of great romance books.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cover Reveal: Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis

Today is the cover reveal for Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis! This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Saving BradSaving Brad (The Kennedy Boys #5) by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: October 2017
Blurb: An enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliff-hanger.
Brad

I’m in love with my best friend’s girl.

She knows it. He knows it. Everyone knows it.

Faye will never be mine, but try telling that to my stupid heart.

An endless rotation of girls streams in and out of my bedroom in a desperate attempt to forget her, but nothing eases the horrid ache in my chest. Rejection isn’t anything new for me, but it hasn’t gotten any easier.

Until she reappears in my life. Like an out-of-control tornado. Storming in, all fierce and angry, ready to steamroll everything in her path. Rachel is trouble with a capital T bundled in a gorgeous, sexy, Irish package.

She pushes all the wrong buttons, and I can’t decide if I want to yell at her or kiss her.

I should steer clear.

But I’ve never been very good at taking my own advice. Especially when it comes to girls I can’t have and shouldn’t want.

Rachel

I need to escape.

To put as much distance between me and that monster so I can start living my life.

Yet, even the vast Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough to sever the connection. To allow me to forget how he’s ruined me. His hold is more than just physical. He has a vise-grip on my head and my heart, and I can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t function.

So, I do everything to blot it out.

Until he reappears in my life.

Brad McConaughey. So hot. So infuriating. So in love with my best friend.

Every word out of Brad’s mouth makes me want to throat punch him or kick him in the nuts.

But he makes me feel, and I hate him for it. A part of me might actually love him for it.

I should keep my distance, but like destructive magnets, we are drawn together.

This isn’t going to end well.

I know it. He knows it.

But we’re powerless to resist.
You can find Saving Brad on Goodreads

You can pre-order Saving Brad exclusively on Amazon

It will be available to read with Kindle Unlimited once released.

Previous books in this series

Finding KylerLosing KylerKeeping KylerLoving Kalvin

The first three books have to be read in order. The books after that can be read as a standalone and have a HEA and no cliffhanger. The Kennedy Boys series is free to read in Kindle Unlimited and book one Finding Kyler is currently available for only 0.99$ on Amazon

SiobhanAbout the Author: USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

- Website
- Blog
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Google +
- Instagram
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Kennedy Boys Newsletter