Friday, August 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: I'm Not Afraid of Wolves by Erin Hayes


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Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Blood To Dust

Title : Blood to Dust
Author : L.J. Shen
ASIN : B01IE06X26
Edition : Kindle (Released July 16th, 2016)
Page counts : 309 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.06 (per August 22nd, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : August 17th, 2016
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Note : Read the blurb. There're some pretty dubious situations in this book.

His name is Beat, and I should hate him.

Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I'm tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.

His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don't.

I'm not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I'm not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.

His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I've never seen his face, though I hear that it's beautiful.

Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there's a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.

His name doesn't matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it's his.

Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

Blood to Dust is my tentative foray into the world of kidnapping-romance (is that even a genre?). Usually, Stockholm syndrome rarely enters my radar. Someone recommended me Sparrow, but I picked up this one first.

Prescott Smythe is screwed. She was captured, again, by the Godfrey, a man who initially stripped her dignity and pride. The thing is, while she waits for her crazy ex-boyfriend to get to her, she is to wait in Beat's basement, one of Godfrey's lackeys. She's blindfolded and her instinct is to survive. And then Beat gives her glimpses of the kind man he is. And she's intrigued.

She's hurt and broken in her own, fancy-ass country club way. And I'm hurt and broken in my own, broke-ass ghetto way.

Beat--aka Nate Vela--doesn't know the story of this girl, and being on Godfrey's bad side is the last thing he needs. And yet he can't get her out of his mind. When Prescott--Pea--asks for his help and aid in her revenge, he reluctantly agrees. However, things are more dangerous than he realizes, and his feelings to Pea is deeper than he anticipates.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Fisher's Light

Title : Fisher's Light
Author : Tara Sivec
Edition : Kindle (Released March 15th 2015 )
Page counts : 401 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.24 (per August 21th 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : August 21st 2016
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I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most.

Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.
I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

At first I was attracted by the blurb, and kinda expected there would be many letters-style writings. At one side, I was a teeny bit disappointed. But on the other side, this book gave me such mixed feelings I couldn't help but wonder if I loved the book or not.

Let's start at the beginning. Jefferson Fisher III, aka Fisher, fell in love with Lucy Butler fourteen years ago, when Lucy was a sophomore and Fisher was a senior. Oh, and they live in this island off South Carolina, Fisher's Island. Yes, Fisher is part of the family in this island. They are this high school couple who made it through first deployment and distance between them. But after Fisher's fifth deployment, Fisher changed. He was so cruel to Lucy, and verbally attacked her. A small part of her heart didn't want to believe that the man she loves had changed, but after more unforgivable acts, Lucy gave up. What destroyed her the most is the divorce papers she finally received.

The only way you'll get to the end is by starting at the beginning.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: Lingus

Title : Lingus
Author : Mariana Zapata
Edition : Kindle (Released February 8th, 2012)
Publisher : BookBaby
Page counts : 275 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.06 (per August 20th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5

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Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn't know. "My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn."

When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she's both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

Needles to say, I enjoy Mariana Zapata's works and I wait for her next release like you can't believe. Maybe like some Swifties waiting for her to settle down XD It was almost painful, I admit. I read and reread The Wall of Winnipeg and Me to pick up my reading appetite a few times, I also reread Rhythm, Chord, and Malykhin when I need a good laugh. Lingus was an experience too. I can't believe how much I enjoyed Lingus. I doubted it (forgive my sin, Ms. Zapata) because the cover looks not a bit serious and I couldn't determine what's a dog to do with porn convention?

Maybe he'd fall madly in love with me and then quit porn. Ha. Well, whatever.

Kat Berger just wants to hide her face when Nikki, her best friend, practically dragged her to a porn convention. Yes, she likes to watch porn, and her other bestie Zoey also does porn. When Nikki is busy salivating over her favorite porn star, an unbelievably hot, hilarious, and sweet guy approaches Kat. Over the convention, they talk and laugh and Kat can't believe her luck. Well, up until she realizes that Tristan King--or Robby Lingus on screen--is a porn star too.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Anything But Minor

Title : Anything But Minor
Series : Balls in Play #1
Author : Kate Stewart
Edition : Kindle (Released July 12th, 2016)
Page counts : 272 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Average Rating : 4.10 (per August 17th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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“She’s a nerd.”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

I honestly didn't pay attention to the cover. But I did like the blurb. Curiosity becomes me. Besides, I haven't tried Kate Stewart at all. And then I looked at the cover and I blushed.

Baseball. Such a foreign sport for me because even though my best friend plays baseball in her downtime, there's no league or championships here. Baseball, hockey, American football, rugby. Except for a few games I watched on ESPN, I never have any experience with those sports.

Rafe Hembrey, a player for Charleston's minor baseball team, wants this year to be his year. Playing for major league is what he wants the most, even though his parents screwed things up for him before. And he's irresistible to women. Imagine when this clumsy, endearing, and mouthy woman resists him and his charms.

There was just something about her I couldn't shake. Maybe it was her innocence, her honesty, or maybe it was just her.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Rock Redemption

Title : Rock Redemption
Series : Rock Kiss #3
Author : Nalini Singh
Edition : Kindle (Released October 6th, 2015)
Publisher : TKA Distribution
Page counts : 424 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.04 (per August 16th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
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From New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh comes the next contemporary romance in the Rock Kiss series…

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

Nalini Singh's first book I've ever read was an urban fantasy (Angel's Blood). I loved it the instant I read it, and when Nalini released a contemporary line, I have to say I was curious. Contemporary Romance is one of my most favorite genres, and knowing my favorite author writes contemporary? Of course I was ecstatic.

He adored her, and because he did, he would never touch her. The instant he did, he'd ruin her, ruin everything.

Kit and Noah piqued my interest in Rock Addiction. I only mostly liked the book. It was a good book. In Rock Redemption, we'll know the story of Noah St. John, the guitarist of Schoolboy Choir. Noah knows he's never going to be good enough for Kit Devigny, the woman he loves. He believes himself is tainted and dark. He can't drag Kit into the mess that is him. So he chooses to betray Kit in an attempt to push her away. He succeeds.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review: Extreme Exposure (Publisitas Sensasional)

Title : Extreme Exposure - Publisitas Sensasional
Series : I-Team #1
Author : Pamela Clare
ISBN13 : 9786020320557
Edition : Paperback (Released November 2015)
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Page counts : 456 pages
Language : Indonesian
Genre : Adult, Thriller/Suspense, Crime, Contemporary
Average Rating : 3.94 (per August 14th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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Sudah bertahun-tahun Kara McMillan dicampakkan oleh ayah anaknya, dan sejak itu ia menjauh dari laki-laki. Ia bersumpah tidak akan sudi lagi merasa tak berdaya.

Dengan penampilan menarik, pesona, dan kekuasaannya, Senator Reece Sheridan bisa saja mendapatkan wanita mana pun. Tapi ia tertarik hanya kepada satu orang. Kara, wartawati investigasi yang berani, dengan tulisannya yang berapi-api, dan membangkitkan gairah sang senator. Tetapi, yang terjadi di antara mereka bukan affair singkat. Skandal politik yang tiba-tiba meruyak dan usaha pembunuhan terhadap Kara jelas bisa memisahkan mereka.

Atau mungkin musibah itu justru mendorong mereka untuk menjalin ikatan yang jauh lebih kuat daripada sekadar hubungan sesaat yang menggebu-gebu.

The first time I attempted to read Extreme Exposure, I was a fledgling. Well, I was 16 or 17, and at that time, my English was pitiful and I struggled. When a local publisher released the book, I was excited and intrigued.

Kara McMillan is an investigative journalist and a single mother. She's like a pitbull, she doesn't let go of a potential story. When a tip comes to her that a corporation is basically committing environmental crimes and violations to Colorado's laws, of course she can't let it go. Her investigation leads her to a dangerous territory, where politics play and money talks. And also, the investigation leads her to Senator Reece Sheridan, a man so fascinating for her and with solid integrity.

“I think you need someone in your life you can depend on, someone you can confide in when things go to hell at work, someone to massage your tired feet and your stiff shoulders, someone to bring you tea and cook a meal once in a while. Someone to be there for you.”
Reece Sheridan knows he's more than just attracted to the beautiful journalist. But her latest story could either make her, or kill her. Along the way, he also falls in love with Kara's son. When her life and her son's are in danger, Kara still have to uncover the truth and take Reece's help.


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