Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Beautiful Struggle by Lilliana Anderson

*** ADULT CONTENT WARNING *** contains sex scenes not suitable for under 18s

Katrina Mahoney has a very full life attending university to study a law degree, training for triathlons and now she is working part time as well. She couldn’t possibly find time for a relationship, especially after her last one ended so catastrophically.

Right now she is content focusing on work, study and training while hanging out with her best friend David Taylor, a womaniser with a heart of gold that would do anything for Katrina – except watch her get hurt again.

That is, until the dashing Elliot Roberts, a junior solicitor from her work, shows an interest in her despite their office’s ‘No Dating’ policy. 

Katrina struggles with following her heart or following her mind and has trouble seeing where her heart truly lies.

My Thoughts:      ***Mild Spoilers!***

I absolutely loved this book. I loved how strong of a character Katrina was, I loved David and Elliot, and the ending!

I am not one to read books with weak female characters. I hate the wishy-washy or insta-love types so Katrina was right up my alley. Not only was she physically strong, but she was mentally strong. She said what she wanted to, even though at times she probably shouldn't have ;). And even when she was emotional, I felt like it was deserved. :(

David was the ultimate guy best friend. I loved how he saved her in the beginning. It absolutely killed me when thing went south! Elliot is fabulous but David is superb! Every girl should have a David in their lives. :)

The plot was perfect. Even though I kept switching teams (Elliot or David) I was very happy with the end results. Nothing was forced and the book felt like it unfolded in a fashion that was real and not fake. The only thing I would have changed about the book was seeing Beth or Bianca get beat at their own game more. I loved when Katrina would put them in their place!

This is a great short read that I would recommend to anyone over 18! 

My Rating: 5 Stars!

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About the Author:
Australian born and bred, Lilliana Anderson has always loved to read and write considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer. Besides writing Angelien's biographical trilogy, she also writes contemporary romance and drama all set within Australia.

When she isn't writing she is a wife, and a mother to four children. She has worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities before transferring to commerce/law at university.
She currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Falling from Eternity by Megan Duncan

For William, life was as wicked and malicious as the beast he was trying destroy. Decades spent living a life of extravagance, domination and ravenous hunger haunted him. But when you live forever, the past never stays buried. And that which wishes to control you, will never let you go. William thought he found his escape, his one and only love, but the thing he fears the most could be the only thing that saves them. Or, it could doom them all.

My Thoughts:
I loved this book because of the constant action. There was never a dull moment, but plenty of times I found my self quickly clicking to turn the page!

The beginning was a little slow, but that is understandable with the amount of information that is needed to set the story. It was so easy to fall in love with the characters of this book! There was a definite focus on the romance between William and Autumn in this book, that I think it just made it all the better!

William learning to live with himself seems to also be a key part to the story. He must come to terms with how he used to live, the monster he used to be. I was so not happy the book ended when it did!!!! Oh well. I can't wait to see how the story may continue! A great short read!

My Rating: 4 Stars!

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Don't forget to check out the giveaway on Megan Duncan's blog!!!!

About the Author:
Megan Duncan is a lover of all things paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and anything just out of the ordinary. She is continually fighting her addiction to chocolate and living in her overactive imagination.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cure for Pain by NM Facile

Ty Jaden isn't what society needs. At twenty-six, he's a charismatic and intense heroin dealer turned user who landed himself in jail. Now he's out, clean and just wants to get away from the city that is still his prison. But it won't happen when powerful men have a vested interest in making sure he continues his trade. So, now he has a plan: keep his head low, do what is expected of him, ignore all distractions and wait for his opportunity to finally get away. What he doesn’t need is to get involved.

Mary Flynn is a doe-eyed small town woman trying to make the world a better place by volunteering at a Minneapolis Safe Works chapter and teaching at-risk youth. Mary, an angel with inner fire and intimidating intelligence, is trying to save the world from people like Ty. He didn’t want to drag her into his world, but like a moth to flame, she was drawn to him.

Like an angel, she might just be his redemption. 

My Thoughts:

I loved reading Across the Hall by Facile and was so excited to hear she had a new book out! Cure for pain is another book she should be proud of!

What I like most about Facile's writing is that it feels real. The emotions, the people, and the situations in this book feel like they could actually happen. It makes it so much easier to connect with the characters when you aren't rolling your eyes about how ridiculous something sounds. I loved how she got down to the nitty gritty with the drug use and how it can affect people, but it didn't control the story. The main focus was on Mary and Ty.

Ty may have a record, but you can't help but fall in love with the man. There is so much more to him than what he has done in the past. Mary was a sweetheart and really took a chance when she started a relationship with Ty. I loved how their relationship progressed. There was no insta-love, but two real characters slowly getting to know one another that eventually led to great feelings. To me it almost felt like I was reading a true story and I loved that about this book. 

I had no complaints and there was not a darn thing I would change! I can't wait to see what NM Facile will write next!

My Rating: 5 Stars!

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About the Author:

NM Facile is the youngest of a large Midwestern family. Growing up in a small town, she learned early the quirks and charms of a small town and the lure of big city life. She shares the love of a lifetime with her husband and three children. She spends her free time lost in worlds where all cats are gray in the dark and love is just around the corner. Her everyday life is filled with the excitement of child development and the minutiae of the day-to-day. She colors any monotony with books, movies, crafts, and daydreaming; and leaves no room for downtime. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Feature and Follow #8

Q: What is the last book that made you cry? Tell us about the scene...

The last book that made me cry was The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.

Throughout the book you get the sense that Andrew is keeping a secret from Camryn. Some guesses can be made as to what it is after you hear his conversation with his mother, but nothing prepared me for the scene when Camryn realizes that life may not play out the way she wants it to. She has finally found the direction she wants to travel and Andrew may not be able to anymore. I cried. The hospital scene was by far one of the most emotional scenes I have read in a book. I was stunned, but I loved the final ending. I just loved this book in general. :) A must read! I would get into more detail, but then that would just ruin the book for those who have not had the pleasure of reading it yet!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Surrender by Rhiannon Paille Book Tour

The Ferryman and The Flame Book 1
Rhiannon Paille

Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-1480029859

Number of pages: 402
Word Count: 100k

Cover Artist: Marc Wolfe

Review copies available on Netgalley:

Book Description:

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? 

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Short Excerpt:

“Sorry I scared you,” he said.
            Kaliel pressed her lips to her knees, hoping she could hold in her emotions. “I’m not afraid of you.”
            Silence hung between them for awhile. He shifted on the cloak, the black tunic he wore shifting with him. He stretched his legs out, and Kaliel looked at his shin-high boots and breeches. He stole a glance at her turtle shell. “What are you afraid of?”
            Kaliel stood. “Happy endings.” She didn’t know how else to explain it. She had contemplated the parable so many times it was exhausting. It didn’t matter which path she took—neither of them seemed very appealing. She let the mist soak her sleeves and stick to her skin. She heard Krishani behind her before he ran his hand down her back making shivers run up her spine. He stayed there, a foot away, and she wished he would move closer, envelope her in his arms. He wasn’t supposed to talk to her. This had to be wrong. What would the brotherhood think?
            “Happy endings?” he whispered. He sounded both unsure and nervous. “What do you mean?”
            “What if someone comes?” She was worried Lord Istar would burst through the trees and find them in this compromising awkwardness. It seemed more taboo than practically drowning in the lake.
            Krishani let out a breath. “Nobody ever comes here.”
            Kaliel closed her eyes. “You come here.”
            Krishani took a step forward and she could feel the heat radiating off him. “All the time.”
She didn’t answer, instead listening to the sound of the falls. Moonlight glinted off the flecks of water. She thought about the orb of ice he created for her. She hadn’t been able to do anything close to that awesome.
“What are you thinking?” he asked again.
She closed her eyes and felt her energy shift; like it had the day she went to the Great Oak. Heat rushed through her as she leaned back, trying to feel him, but not trying to force it if it wasn’t what he wanted. It was clear to her he cared, but she was so worried about whether or not she should let him.
“My parable,” she whispered.
            He went rigid, his hand sliding down her upper forearm. “What did the Oak say to you?”
            She shook her head. “Never mind, I have to figure it out. Both paths seem so dreary.”
            “You seem too sweet to have a bad parable.”
She didn’t want to talk about the nightmares of the Flames, the parable, the fact the Brotherhood would disapprove of him touching her. It felt so natural; the last few moons had been lonely without him. She couldn’t explain what she felt, but she couldn’t watch him marry the land and leave the island.
            “But I do,” she said. She drew her hands instinctively to her chest, her elbows digging into her ribs. He dropped his hand as she turned, and buried her face in his chest. He reluctantly ran his hands through her hair, letting them rest on the small of her back.
            “I thought about you every day,” he said as she pressed her cheek into his tunic.
            She smiled against his shirt. “And I thought about you.”
            “Promise me something?” He wasn’t holding her, not really, their bodies weren’t pressed together and the inches between them made Kaliel feel cold.  
            “You’ll find a happy ending.”
            “What if I can’t?”
            He pulled back and brushed his thumb across her cheek. “Promise me you will.” His eyes met hers and his jaw dropped. His hand paused, cupping her face in his palm. He held her gaze, her heart beating hard. Before she had time to answer, he pressed his lips against hers. She didn’t expect him to do that and it was better than she imagined. She came to life under him, kissing him back with unyielding passion that made him pull away to seemingly catch his breath.
            Kaliel’s sadness drained away as he broke from her lips and then cupped her face with both hands and kissed her again, pressing the length of his body against her. His kisses made her feel light and giddy, like she could float into the sky. She slid her hands up his chest and looped them around his neck. There was swimming in the lake and losing her breath and then there was this. Being out of breath with him was like drowning in a sea of happiness. He could keep her prisoner forever and she’d never complain. He pulled away again, and wound his arms around her waist, trapping her against him. His lips found hers again, rough and inexperienced, but strong and satisfying.
She opened her mouth and his tongue grazed hers, warmth spreading from her heart to the rest of her body, making her tingle. She smiled against his lips.
“I missed you.” She tried to steady her breathing.
Krishani shook his head and put his hands on either side of her face. “This is all I want. This and nothing else, ever.” His mouth covered hers again. He pressed himself against her and she sighed. It felt like she had known him her entire life and even longer, if longer even existed.
Images appeared behind her eyelids—the shape of a boy and a girl wearing gaudy crowns on their heads. They were painted into parchment, but they were blurry. She was too elated by Krishani and his lips on hers to record the images, but they seemed familiar.
And then everything changed. Krishani pushed his lips against hers one last time and she felt the shift in her energy dissipate. It was as though all the joy evaporated, replaced by intense fear. She pushed him away and tried to understand the pounding in her heart that made her want to break in half.
Bloom the weed of temptation.
He looked confused and shocked. Without a word, she turned and fled towards the Elmare Castle. 

 My Thoughts:
This is a great epic fantasy with a wonderful twist of romance thrown in. I loved this book!

This book was original and kept me guessing. There was never a dull moment! My favorite thing about the book was the switching point of views. Books to me are just that much better when the author takes the time to go through and switch the perspective between characters. I feel like I get a more complete look at the story.

I was not prepared for the ending. Oh I had read other reviews that had warned me but it still was not enough to prepare me. :(

I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

My Rating: 4 Stars!

About the Author:

Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She’s married to a chef/comic book shop owner and she has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Troubles and Treats by Tara Sivec Blog Tour: Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway!


Drew and Jenny have spent years being the envy of their friends with their out of control sex lives - well, not really. Mostly it makes their friends want to throw up in their mouths a little.

With two little kids and two busy lives, for the first time, Drew and Jenny aren't on the same page in the bedroom. Drew will stop at nothing to get his previously amorous wife back in the sack and Jenny will do anything for a full night of sleep.

Carter and Claire, and Jim and Liz are their usual (un)helpful selves and are full of advice for the disconnected duo, wanting nothing more than to help restore order to the usually happy couple's lives.

In the third and final installment of the Chocolate Lovers Series, will Drew and Jenny find the spark that's been missing in their marriage, or will the trouble they're having cause a stickier situation than the time Jenny poured honey all over Drew and he fused himself to a tree.

My Thoughts:
I loved the first two books in this series and Troubles and Treats is by far my favorite!

I loved how we started a couple of years after the second book. Drew and Jenny are busy trying to raise their children, but their marriage is in some serious trouble. Drew being Drew, is a bit out of sync with Jenny on an emotional level. he still is wearing his awesome t-shirts, but has yet to see that Jenny needs help around the house and with the kids.

Jenny is still a sweetheart. Some of the words she mixed up made me laugh out loud. She is in a funk, doesn't know how to communicate with her husband, and her libido has taken a complete nose dive. Think my favorite scene was when Drew put up the sex swing. Jenny made use of it in a completely unique way that is completely Jenny. :)

Luckily they both have a group of great friends (and Claire's father ;) ) who attempt to help in their own way to get the couple back in the fast lane and communicating better.

I read this book at work, which was a huge mistake because just about every other page I was laughing out loud at some of the antics. I can't wait to see what Tara Sivec has up her sleeve next!

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Guest Post: Tara Sivec

How do you go about creating a story?

I’m a hot mess when it comes to creating a story.  I never do an outline.  Outlines remind me of English class in high school which makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little.  When I first get an idea for a story, I jot down the basic premise: major plot and any highlights that are screaming in my brain right at that moment.  I don’t immediately start writing at that point.  I like to just keep the idea in my head and let it stew.  I’ll go back and add chapter ideas every few days.  The notepad app on my phone is a lifesaver.  I’ll wake up at 2:30 in the morning to pee and think of an awesome idea and add it to my phone while I’m on the toilet.  No, seriously.  When I sit down to officially start writing chapter one, I know the basics of the story like where I want the main characters to go.  I have a general idea of the ending, but more often than not, it will change as I start writing.  I have to keep a pad of paper next to me while I write because in the middle of one chapter, I will always get an idea for a future one and I want to make sure I don’t forget it.  I’ll also get ideas for completely different stories while I write and in the middle of a chapter, will open up another Word document and quickly type up a paragraph for that other story.  See?  Hot mess.  I always write in order though.  I know some authors can bounce all over the place but not me.  I have to let the story unfold in its natural order or I’ll completely lose my mind.  You know, what’s left of it.

About the Author:

Tara Sivec is a best selling author, wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, short-order cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes to read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

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