[Review & Release Day Promo] Save the Date – Carrie Aarons

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Syn

You know that pact you make with your childhood best friend of the opposite sex? The one where, if you’re both still single, lonely and hopeless at thirty, you’ll marry each other?

This is the story about what happens when you hit the big three-oh and have to make good on that pinky promise.

Personally, I think love, romance and all of that nonsense is a crock of, well, you know. And Reese Collins, the boy who used to put worms in my hair at backyard barbecues, knows that better than anyone.

But when he moves to the same city I’ve happily, and singly, inhabited for years, memories of oaths past resurface. Reese is like a dog with a bone; a really hot dog and that bone just happens to be me.

He won’t stop hounding me, and the crazy thing is, my frigid, traitorous heart is starting to cave. For my best friend.

It seems so far off, when you’re a kid playing Monopoly in your treehouse. But when that clock strikes midnight on your thirtieth birthday, and you’re standing alone in front of a grocery store-bought cupcake, a childhood deal to walk down the aisle doesn’t seem so silly anymore. 

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Page Length: 250
Publication Date: 2018
Characters: Erin, Reese


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I’m such a sucker for these types of stories! I really loved Erin and Reese.  Their friendship was so cute and well written, I enjoyed their chemistry and banter. I thought the story flowed really nicely, nothing was rushed which I loved. 

Erin is a cynic when it come’s to love, mostly because of her parents divorcing when she was 25 and ruining her illusion that her parents had the perfect relationship, she also has a lot of anger towards her father because of this. Reese has loved Erin since they were teenagers and has always known she was the one for him, he was just waiting for her to ready. 

The only slightly annoying thing was how closed off Erin was at times, her line of thinking was very out touch especially when it came to love and relationships, it was great to see her open up an see how great love could be and understand that it not suppose to be perfect.

Overall this was a nice easy read, with everything you would want from a romance novel. 

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My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Author Bio

802311_13aa3d189de345aeb27c5ed783f5c454Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and still can’t fathom that she gets to live her dream each and every day.

When she isn’t in a writing coma, Carrie spends time Netflix-binging with her husband, snuggling her newborn daughter, and chasing her Black Lab through the dog parks of New Jersey.


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[Book Review] Moonlight Seduction – Jennifer L.Armentrout

Syn

The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel…

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up… and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman… one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.


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Publication Date: 26th June 2018
Page Length: 400
Characters: Nikki, Gabe


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

When Moonlight Sin’s was released I had a real hard time with getting into the story and ended up DNF’ing it. So I was a little apprehensive about this one but I gave it ago and I ended up enjoying it a hell of a lot. 

I thought Nikki was very likable, the history she has with Gabe is long and very complicated. Some of the things she believed about their relationship weren’t right and her reactions to discovering this were believable. I liked Gabe, particularly his protectiveness of Nikki and also his internal battle in fighting his feelings for her was really well done.

The story isn’t just your regular run of the mill love story, there is mystery and intrigue too, strange things happen at the De Vincent’s house and someone seems to have it in for Nikki. 

To summarise, this was a nice little read and something a little different.  I enjoyed the story and would recommend. 

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My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

First Lines Friday (#2)

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

“The bone drums hand been pounding across the jagged slopes of the Black Mountains since sundown”


 

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THE BOOK IS:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J.Maas

EOS-CoverThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


 

Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer TBR

“Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together”

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Books to read by the pool/at the beach, but as I don’t read at either of those places I’m going to use this post as my summer tbr:

  1. To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo
  2. The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin
  3. Say You’ll Remember Me – Katie McGarry
  4. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeymi
  5. Catwomen – Sarah J.Maas
  6. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  7. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E Schwab
  8. The Good Luck Charm – Helena Hunting
  9. The Accidentals – Sarina Bowen
  10. Ink – Alice Broadway

Until Next time 🤓✌🏼

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First Lines Friday (#1)

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

“It started while I was in the middle of an extremely heated online battle over a pair of black leather platform boots” 


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and the book is:

Remembrance A Mediator Novel by Meg Cabot

imageYou can take the boy out of the darkness. But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?


 

[Book Review + Excerpt!] Cowboy Most Wanted by Stina Lindenblatt

Syn

A sexy romantic comedy about a hot cowboy, some racy photos, and an accidental hook up—or three—with his best friend’s sister…

Sexy cowboy TJ Daniels loves Norse mythology, Marvel comics, horses, and dirty talk. Not necessarily in that order. When his brother signs him up for a new Bachelorette-Style reality show centered around a female star looking for love with a cowboy, TJ reluctantly agrees to do it, knowing that it will be great publicity for the ranch.

What he didn’t figure on is the show’s photographer being Violet Brooks. Violet is TJ’s gun-toting best friend’s little sister. She’s the same woman who left the small Montana town ten years ago and never looked back. And yep, she’s the same woman he lusted after when he shouldn’t have. And still does.

So when the pre-show marketing photo shoot involves channeling his inner underwear model—with Violet as the photographer—TJ ends up losing his shirt. His pants. And, if he’s willing to risk everything—including his place on the show that could save his struggling ranch—his heart could be on the line as well.


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Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Characters: TJ, Violet


Review

*I recieved an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This was one of those cutesy laid romances, I loved the Southern vibes and the scenery sounded amazing.  There is just something sexy about a cowboy protagonist – this book is told is entirely from TJ’s perspective which I thought was a nice change, you don’t find many romances written that way.

I thought TJ was very likable, he never really came across as a jerk and his feelings for Violet were pretty obvious. I liked the storyline of the forbidden romance, the sneaking around was very entertaining.

There were a few things that irritated me though, the whole reality TV thing was a bit blah, not really my thing and the Violet having a secret child was a bit strange – I’m still confused why this would be a big deal in this day and age…

Overall this was an ok read if you’re looking for a light and fluffy then give it a whirl.

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My Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟


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I’ve never done drugs.

Okay, let me change that to, I’ve never done illegal drugs—the kinds of drugs that alter your perception of reality. I’ve never felt the need to.

But at this moment, my first thought is that God has rolled a massive joint and is blowing smoke in my face.

That’s the only explanation for why Violet is standing there, wearing cowboy boots and a lacy white dress that reveals mouthwatering long legs. Long legs that when I was a teen caused many a morning wood.

It’s all a delusion.

And since it is just a delusion, why shouldn’t I get to enjoy it some more?

I go back to checking out the view.

Violet’s shiny brown hair brushes against her bare shoulders. The hair I long to run my fingers through, to see if it feels as soft as it looks. The shoulders I crave to kiss, to lick, to taste.

Around her waist is the gift I gave her for her seventeenth birthday: a western leather belt with a horse’s head engraved on the buckle. In retrospect, the gift might not have been a good idea—if Austin’s comments back then were any indication. After he witnessed her innocently kissing my cheek, he pulled me aside and interrogated me. Interrogated me as to why I gave her the present. Interrogated me as to my intentions when it came to his sister—only he didn’t state it quite so nicely.

And then he made it clear what he would do to me if my thoughts about her were less than brotherly.

That was before he spent eight years in the military.

I’m sure he has since added to the list. Added newly acquired torture techniques. All with the Navy SEALs’ stamp of approval.

Let the fun times commence.

“This should be interesting,” Jake says, low enough so only I hear him. His tone is sitting on the fence. Cracking up is on one side, concern on the other. And right now, his tone is tottering more on the laughter side of things. “And by the way, you might want to close your mouth before it fills up with horseflies.”

I snap my mouth shut.

Guess that clarifies some stuff. I’m not suffering from a delusion.

I wished that Violet would return to Copper Creek and bam!My wish came true.

Except…I also prayed that the show would be canceled. So maybe my guardian angel or fairy godmother—or whatever the heck it is—is only a rookie. She could only finagle the first wish.

Oh, well.One out of two ain’t half-bad.

“What should be interesting?” I ask, unable to take my eyes off Violet, even though my brain is screeching, Mayday, mayday, maydayand demanding I look away.

“TJ,” Camilla says before Jake can reply. “This is Violet Brooks, our super talented photographer. Violet, this is our cowboy, TJ Daniels, and his brothers, Jake and Noah.” She points to each of them in turn.

That explains why Aubrey is here. She and Violet have been best friends as long as Austin and I have been the same. She knew Violet was part of the TV crew.

“We actually know each other,” Violet says. “TJ has been my brother’s best friend since we were kids.” Her gorgeous brown eyes, alive with flecks of amber, slide to me—and just like that, my knees have trouble remembering their function.

She smiles. Christ, how could I have forgotten what her smile does to me? Between that and those eyes, I’m surprised I remember how to speak.

Wait—I do remember how to speak, right?

“It’s great seeing you again.” Yes!I can still form a coherent sentence.

“You too.” She steps in for a hug and wraps her arms around my shoulders. Her breasts press against my chest, and I inwardly groan. Luckily, Austin isn’t here to witness this, or else the reality show would have some serious entertainment for its viewers.

My arms loop around her and threaten to never let go.

“I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last saw you,” she says so only I can hear her. Her arms remain around my neck. “I’ve missed you.”

“I’ve missed you, too. I was beginning to think the only way I’d ever see you again would be if I went to LA.”

The feel of her soft body against mine and the smell of her vanilla and rose perfume sparks a memory I’ve kept close all these years.

I had gone to her house to hang out with Austin. He was held up at his grandfather’s ranch, where he was working that summer. I was nineteen; Violet was seventeen.

She was dating a guy at the time. Some loser, if memory serves me correct. They were supposed to go out that night, but the dumbass forgot and stood her up for his buddies.

Violet was sitting on the porch steps, her shoulders slouched forward, her heart in her hand. I sat next to her, and she told me what happened.

“What’s wrong with me?” she whispered once she was finished.

My heart pinched at her words. How could she even believe for a second that something was wrong with her? Everything about her was right. The way she smelled like vanilla and roses. The way the world seemed a thousand times brighter whenever she smiled. The way she made mesmile even when I was having a crappy day.

But I couldn’t tell her any of this.

Not if I valued my life and my friendship with Austin.

So I did the second best thing: I hugged her.

It only lasted a few seconds, but the memory of it has clung to me all these years like well-chewed gum on the bottom of your boot.

I reluctantly release Violet, who goes on to hug Jake and Noah.

Camilla’s face lights up. “You must have some juicy stories about TJ growing up,” she says to Violet. “What was he like?”

Amusement flares briefly in Violet’s eyes. But it’s gone too quickly for Camilla to notice. I only recognize it because I’m more than familiar with those juicy stories. Stories my old teacher Miss Truby would be delighted to share—if she was still with us.

Although now that I think about it, Miss H isstill around. She was my high school English teacher.

Jake’s warning from earlier comes back for an encore.

Note to self: Make sure Camilla doesn’t track down Miss H. If my old teacher is given the chance to talk about my mischief-making days, I’m sure I’ll be painted as the villain on the TV show. While that would be a great way to avoid advancing to the next round, it won’t help us promote the ranch.

For a moment, Violet seems to consider Camilla’s question. “I’m assuming he hasn’t changed much since back then.” Her gaze sweeps over my body, much like Camilla’s did earlier. Except when her eyes land on my face, there’s a heat in them that wasn’t in Camilla’s.

But then it flickers away faster than a flame in a blizzard, and I can’t be a hundred percent certain I didn’t imagine it. I mean, we’re talking about Violet. I’ve never been anything but a big brother to her.

I brush the heat in her eyes off as nothing more than a hallucination—a hallucination brought on by seeing her again after she’s been away for so long.

Sounds like a reasonable explanation, right?


Author Bio

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Born in Brighton England, Stina Lindenblatt has lived in a number of countries, including England, the U.S, Finland, and Canada. This would explain her mixed up accent. In addition to writing fiction, she loves photography, especially the close-up variety, and currently lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and three kids.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Awaken the Travel Bug in Me.

“Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together”

Welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Last week was so busy that I didn’t get chance to part take in that weeks theme. This week the theme is: Books that Awaken the Travel Bug in Me.

These books are:

  1. The Mediator: Shadow Land – Meg Cabot
  2. I Flipping Love You – Helena Hunting 
  3. Burning Moon – Jo Watson
  4. A Place in the Sun – R.S. Grey
  5. Wicked – Jennifer. L. Armentrout
  6. Love & Gelato – Jennifer Evans Welch
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
  8. Johnny be Good – Paige Toon
  9. California Dreamers – Belinda Jones
  10. The Summer Games – R.S. Grey

Until Next time 🤓✌🏼

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[Release Blitz & Giveaway] The Billionaire’s Claim: Redemption by Nadia Lee

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Title: The Billionaire’s Claim: Redemption
Series: The Billionaire’s Claim #2
Author: Nadia Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2018

Blurb
Elizabeth Pryce-Reed.
An angel. A virgin. My first love.
She was my life until she betrayed me ten years ago. So I built an
empire and came after her, intent on vengeance.
Instead of giving me the nasty fight I expected, she gazed at me with
tragedy in her eyes…then made an unexpected, gut-wrenching move that left me
reeling…and vanished.
Elizabeth might’ve cut me out of her life, but I haven’t cut her out of
mine.
Nothing’s over until I say it’s over.
Note: The epic conclusion to Elizabeth Pryce-Reed & Dominic King’s
romance, which started in The Billionaire’s Claim: Obsession.
“Nadia Lee
keeps the stakes high and the sex hot as Dominic and Elizabeth work for their
beautiful happily ever after!” – Selena Laurence, USA Today Bestselling
Author

 

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Excerpt

I pull a chair up to Elizabeth’s bed and start to read. The first book is about a couple
that almost has sex—but doesn’t—with the girl hoping to never run into the guy
again because she lied and then felt awkward about the relationship. So of
course they run into each other again. I could’ve guessed that.

When I reach the first sex scene, I stop. “Well, here comes the good part. If you want
me to continue, open your eyes,” I say softly. “Or else you’re going to miss
out.”

Not even an eyelash flickers. “Come on. You know you want me to keep going.” I skim a few paragraphs to see if the scene’s worthy bait. “Oh, look at that. He’s going down on her. Very dirtily, too.”

Only the rise and fall of her chest answers my futile coaxing. Sighing, I
put the book down. “All right, fine. You aren’t going to wake up for this. The
scene’s okay, but you know what? You and I have had way better.”

Because we have. We might have difficulties, but a lack of chemistry has never been our problem. Our issue was more about trust…and an inability to see the full
picture, because I’m starting to realize Elizabeth and I each hold five hundred
pieces of a thousand-piece puzzle.

I reach out and cradle her hand in my palm. “We had better from the very beginning.” My voice grows hoarse, and it isn’t from reading. “A fifth of a second. That’s all
the time it took for me to fall for you when you first showed up at the bar. My
head was wiped clean of everything except you.”

She still stays quiet, and somehow her silence urges me to go on, makes me feel like I can open up and tell her everything in my heart. “You’re probably wondering why I’m here. After all, you gave me the portrait—the thing that matters the most to you. And I swore I’d take it from you. Call me perverse if you want, but I need to know why you gave it to me.

“Why didn’t you fight for it? I expected you to. Part of me wanted you to…so I’d know I didn’t misjudge you when I thought you were an angel who could make Lucifer
piss himself.” 
I draw in a shaky breath. Jesus. This is hard. Is she not going to wake up at all? Dr. Raydor swears there’s nothing physically wrong with her. Cold fear slithers in my chest, and I start talking faster.

“You know that once I found out about the crazy deal surrounding the portrait, I went to see Julian? Since there are rumors of how much he doesn’t like his children, including you, I thought I could make him give me the portrait to spite you. Instead, he taunted me, saying Nate Sterling was there first. And I thought perhaps he came to see your father on your behalf.

“It was obvious your father doesn’t care about you, and he refused to hand it over. He
didn’t believe I would use it to spite you, because I apparently owe you one for what happened ten years ago.” I lean closer, staring at her, desperate for any hint of acknowledgment. Don’t people usually respond in some minute way, even deep in a coma? An eyelid flutter or something? Or is that all just Hollywood bullshit? “I was too furious to notice the subtle nuance, but I realized later that he meant you did something for me for which I’m still grateful.”

She’s still quiet, her eyes closed. I run a palm down my face. “Yu-Jin told me what happened ten years ago. Why didn’t you break my nose when I showed up at the charity dinner and said all those abominable things to you?”

Her fingers twitch in my grasp. Hope and despair war within me. Hope because maybe she’s waking up. Despair because I thought she moved yesterday only to realize I was imagining it.

My head bent, I bring her knuckles to my forehead. And I pray with what depraved soul I have left that she wakes up. God or whoever is up there, if she wakes up,
I’ll donate however much you want to whatever cause you want. I swear I’ll be
kinder…nicer.

“Water…” The word is so faint, at first I think I imagined it.

My head snaps up. Elizabeth is looking at me, her eyes winter gray, just like ten years ago. My heart hammers, and I blink a few times, wondering if I’m hallucinating
again.

It’s possible. I haven’t had a decent meal in almost eight days.

“Water…”
she says again.

No. I’m not dreaming. This is real.

I stare for a second, then jump to my feet and bring her a glass of water. I help her sit
up a bit and drink.

Every movement of her throat is precious, and I exhale softly. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

After a few small sips, she pulls back a little, her shoulders rolled inward. She looks at me, her gaze wary. “Thank you. I guess?”

I ignore the shard of pain at the added “I guess.” Even now, she has doubts about my
intentions. 
No shit, Sherlock. You did your best to make a mess of the situation.

“How do you feel?” I ask softly.

“I’m… My head hurts.” Frowning, she looks around the room. I’m glad I ordered some orchids and lilies. It looks slightly livelier than it would have otherwise. “Where am I?”

“You’re in a hospital. There was a concussion…some other injuries.”

“I see.” She slowly raises one hand and touches her temple. Her expression grows
thoughtful for a moment, her brow furrowing. Then she turns to me, her gaze
roaming over my face as though she’s seeing me for the first time.

My gut churns. Did she actually hear what I said earlier?

But the question that slips from her lips blows everything away.

“Who are you?”

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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nadia Lee writes sexy,
emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and
adventure, she has lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been
bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.
Currently, she shares a condo overlooking a small river and sakura
trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she can be
found reading books by her favorite authors or planning another trip.
Stay in touch with her via her website, http://www.nadialee.net, or her
blog http://www.nadialee.net/blog

 

[Book Review] The Billionaire’s Claim: Redemption – Nadia Lee

Syn

Elizabeth Pryce-Reed.

An angel. A virgin. My first love.

She was my life until she betrayed me ten years ago. So I built an empire and came after her, intent on vengeance.

Instead of giving me the nasty fight I expected, she gazed at me with tragedy in her eyes…then made an unexpected, gut-wrenching move that left me reeling…and vanished.

Elizabeth might’ve cut me out of her life, but I haven’t cut her out of mine.

Nothing’s over until I say it’s over.

The epic conclusion to Elizabeth Pryce-Reed & Dominic King’s romance, which started in The Billionaire’s Claim: Obsession.


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Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Page Length: 300
Characters: Elizabeth, Dominic


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. Dominic goes on a mission to find Elizabeth which leads him to a tropical Island and recusing Elizabeth from the clutches of her stalker. From that point forward the story went in a direction that I was not expecting which is where my mixed feelings come from. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the book but I was expecting a little bit more. 

As this book picks straight up from where the last one left off, there’s no real character development as such. Dominic is more understanding now that he knows the truth about what happened in the path and Elizabeth is able to relax in a way that she wasn’t able to in the first book. 

I did like the ending I thought it was a great way to finish off Elizabeth and Dominic’s Story. 

My Rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

[Blog Tour] Book Review: Where the Sea Takes Me By Heidi R. Kling

Synopsis

Two years later might as well be two lifetimes.

Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy—and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.

When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she’s shaken to the core.

Sparks don’t just fly, they soar—and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.

When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help…and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.

And that’s exactly what might happen.  


Books Facts

Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea #2)
by 
Heidi R. Kling
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 4th, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Excerpt

In less than two hours, Deni would be in a car with me.

I was going to be sick.

“Sienna.” His right eye twitched. He didn’t wear glasses anymore. After laser surgery (Vera’s idea) he didn’t need them. I still wasn’t used to his eyes without the glass cover. “I honestly don’t know about his wife. I assume she’s still around. Let’s just focus on the fact he’s coming to visit, okay? It’ll only be for a few days. And then, we’re off to Cambodia.” He patted my hand. “This means you won’t get much of a break after finals, but you don’t mind showing Deni around a bit, right?”

Did I mind? It was only what I’d dreamed of for the two years since I tore myself out of his arms on the broken shores of Banda Aceh, no matter how hard I tried to keep the memory of Deni in my past.

“No, it’s okay.” I didn’t want to show him my range of emotion. How torn I felt. How huge this was for me to see Deni again after finally getting ready to move on with Spider. I wouldn’t want him putting Deni in a hotel.

I felt like Dad and I should be on the same page about this summer, though. About what Spider asked.

“Want to hear another thing making this summer interesting?”

“Sure.”

“Spider asked me to move in with him.”

Dad choked on a popcorn kernel. “What?” he asked, sputtering. “First Deni is coming, and now a boy wants my daughter to move in with him? Your old dad is going to have a heart attack.”

“Believe me,” I said. “None of this was my idea.”

“Are you and Spider dating? I thought you were just good friends.”

“Well, we aren’t dating, but… He said he wants it to be more.”

It felt weird to talk about this with my dad, but we’d bonded in Indonesia. Things had been a lot better between us since then.

“How do you feel?”

I got up and started to pace. “I like Spider. I always have. But why now? Why did this have to happen the same morning we find out Deni is on his way? I mean, obviously Deni is married but still…having him here will be weird.”

Dad considered me. “Sometimes life presents you with the perfect storm, and it’s up to you to figure out how to navigate your way through it.”

Perfect storm? More like a tsunami.

And I wasn’t ready.

Excerpt #2

“Sea?” came the whispered voice. “Sea?”
Light slipped through the drapes in my dorm. Harsh, punishing, Californian morning light. Ugh.

Someone touched my cheek. My hair. “Sea? You awake?”

“No,” I grumbled at the cruel, whispering person. I was utterly exhausted from finals and felt like I’d shoved my head in the sand, eyes open and brain exposed. Everything felt dry and gritty and heavy. Groaning, I rolled over in the narrow, uncomfortable bed—

—and came face to face with my best friend, Spider.

He grinned, and his blue eyes sparkled like the sea at sunrise. “Morning, sunshine.”

I felt myself smiling despite all the sand.

Wait. Spider was already here? He’d planned to drive over the hill to help me move out of my dorm for the summer, but I hadn’t expected him until later. Like, during normal human hours. I squinted at the clock. “You’re reallyearly.”

I shouldn’t have been surprised. Used to popping up at dawn to ride the waves, Spider was ready to roll, his lanky body sporting his usual shirt and shorts and hoodie. He had more energy in his pinky finger than I did in my entire body; had ever since we were kids chasing each other around the cove into the wild blue sea. He was always hard to keep up with, but this morning, I knew it’d be impossible.

He tugged on a strand of my hair. “Yeah, well. I wanted to see you.”

Terima Kasih, Sienna. I have found you.

Waves of warmth washed over me, quickly replaced by guilt. Blinking, I looked away. “That’s…thanks, Spider. It’s good to see you, too.”

The last thing I wanted was for Spider to know what—or most importantly, who—I’d been dreaming about. He knew whatever had happened two years ago changed me, changed us, but I didn’t talk about it. Hell, I tried not to even think about it.

Apparently, my subconscious had other ideas.

Lately I’d been a little stir crazy. Maybe it was my first year of college wrapping up, maybe it was the dreams, or maybe it was something else. Something more. I couldn’t shake this feeling that something huge lurked on the horizon.

I needed to focus on that horizon. Not on the time I spent in Indonesia helping orphans. Or the fact that I fell in love with one.

Deni


Review

This is the follow up to Where I Found You but it can be read as a stand-alone.

2 years have passed since Sienna said goodbye to Deni. Now she is just about to finish up college for the summer and getting ready for a trip to Cambodia to help traumatized girls who have been sex trafficked. But she is in for the shock of a like when Deni makes a surprise appearance in her life – could this mean a second chance for them?

Ah… this book was just as actioned pack and full of adventure as the first. I thought for a second I could smell a love triangle in the works but thankfully this didn’t happen. On a side note, I would like a book about Spider.

It was great to see that Sienna had matured and grown p a bit, she has finally accepted her father’s relationship with Val and she has a little brother now. I felt like she was emotionally in a better place in this book.

The tension and happiness when she is reunited with Dani is just tangible. I loved it, it certainly hits you in all the feels. Deni is still the chill free spirited guy he was in the first book. I can’t tell you how much I was rooting for these two to sort through thier shit and be together, it was so obvious that they still have very strong feelings for one another.

Finally, the ending was just so perfect!

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


About the Author

heidi klingHeidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations.

Her debut novel SEA (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year,” an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker,” Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. SEA, which launched June, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and is set to relaunch with Entangled Teen December 4 as WHERE I FOUND YOU (Sea series #1) with its sequel WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME out April, 2018!

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, Heidi returned to the Bay Area where she lives with her family in a tiny seaside village like the towns in her books.

She’s also the author of the acclaimed PAINT MY BODY RED (for fans of Speak and 13 Reasons Why), bestselling romantic comedy NOT OKAY, CUPID and the Spellspinners of Melas County series about feuding witches and warlocks.

Please visit her on twitter (Heidi R. Kling) where she loves to live-tweet TV shows, overuse gifs and chat with her readers about books, love and travel. She’s very fortunate to write stories for a living and is grateful to you for reading them!

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