Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 Review by Teresa (Guest Reviewer) of Awakening The Fire (The Inferno Unleashed) by Jake Bonsignore 5 Star Review

What can I say about Awakening the Fire other than Jake Bonsignore outdid himself again. This book was better than the first and once again I felt like Breena as she, along with Galbrecht,continued to experience trials, tribulations, and bravery throughout the book. She finally came to not only understand what it meant to finally find herself and come into her own, but also found what she needed the most as well.

Jake once again brings to life characters and situations that are true to life and are so vivid that it draws you in wanting more as your hold your breath capturing the true essence of the story line through every twist and turn along with every human emotion possible.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Relinquishing Liberty by Maureen Mayer

Book Info-
Title-Relinquishing Liberty
Series-Second Chances Book #1
By-Maureen Mayer
Genre-New Adult
Publication Date- August 26th, 2013

On the outside, Liberty Davis appeared to have it all…a loving family, a tight knit circle of friends, and a bright future ahead of her. Everything was perfect. That is until her brother tragically took his own life, turning her whole world upside down.

Left to pick up the pieces of her broken family, Liberty is faced with focusing all of her attention on helping her parents cope with the loss of their son, while putting her own life on the back burner. But what no one seems to realize is that she is just as broken inside.

Now, four years later, twenty year old Liberty is taking back the reins of her life. She leaves behind everything she’s ever known, hoping to make a fresh start…one where she isn’t faced with the constant reminder that her brother is nothing more than faded memory. What she didn’t expect to find along the way was Shayne.

Tall, dark and tattooed, Shayne Thompson has developed quite a reputation for being a player. Despite everyone’s negative perception, Liberty still finds herself drawn to him. When she learns that Shayne knows all too well what it feels like to lose someone you love, she finds that they have a lot more in common than just a physical attraction.

When Liberty discovers a secret from Shayne’s past that threatens to tear them apart, she begins to question everything she’s ever felt for him. Will Liberty choose to follow her heart or will she give up the one person who finally made her feel whole again?

**This story contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.**

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Maureen Mayer was born, raised and currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her loving and supportive family and boyfriend of 8+ years. She’s always had a love for the outdoors, and when the city isn’t buried under snow, she can be found hiking, fishing, camping or lying on the beach. She’s a sucker for off-color humor, but holds a sweet spot for sick and twisted horror films. Thanks to authors like J. K. Rawling, Stephanie Meyer and E. L. James, Maureen has rediscovered her love for reading. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy romance novel. She is currently working on her first new adult novel and hopes to self-publish it late this summer.


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Shayne: Mateus Verdelho. He’s a Brazilian model, and I wouldn’t care if he spoke Portuguese throughout the whole movie. He is exactly who I picture as Shayne. The hair, the face, the tattoos...he’s the whole package!

Liberty: Dulce Maria. She’s a Mexican actress, singer and songwriter and as soon as I saw her red/auburn hair I knew she had the exact look I pictured in my head for Liberty.
Brett: Charlie Hunnam. Yes, that’s right, I pictured freakin’ “Jax Teller” as Brett. With short blonde hair and a body to die for, I knew he would be perfect for the role of Brett.
Maddie: Julianne Hough. She’s got the look and the bubbly personality that 
perfectly portrays Maddie.

“Liberty, there you are! Where the hell have you been, darlin’?” With a beer in hand, Brett definitely wasn’t done partying.
“Sorry, I was just outside talking to Shayne. I couldn’t hear over the music, and I wanted to get some fresh air.”
“Yeah, I was surprised when I saw him waltz into my apartment like he owned the place. I didn’t realize you invited him.” He smiled at me, but I could tell it was forced.
I didn’t understand what he had against Shayne, but I could’ve really cared less. Brett would just have to deal with the fact that Shayne might be around more often, especially if our date next weekend went well.
My buzz was starting to wear off, and all I wanted to do was get some sleep. I could already tell tomorrow I was going to have a wicked hangover.
“Do you know where Maddie is? She was my ride here,” I said as I scanned the room.
“Yeah, she already left with some guy…Josh, Jeff, Jeremy…something like that.” Left? How could she just leave me here? Did she expect me to walk all the way back to our apartment this late at night?
“No worries, darlin’. I already told Maddie it was fine if you stay here tonight.”
“Fine, I’ll take the couch. Do you have some clothes I can borrow? There’s no way in hell I’m sleeping in this dress.”
“Actually you’re going to have to stay in my room. I don’t trust Travis to keep his hands to himself when he’s drunk. Well…I don’t really trust him when he’s sober, either.” He laughed, but I didn’t find the situation humorous at all. First I’m informed I’m stranded here, and now I have to share a bed with Brett. Could anything else go wrong?
“As long as you stay on your side of the bed, I don’t really care. I just want to get some sleep.”
Brett led me back to his room and tossed one of his t-shirts at me, shutting the door behind him so I had some privacy to change. It only hit me about mid-thigh, but it got the job done. I crawled under the plush covers and passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow.
I’m not sure when Brett came back in the room, but the sun was just barely beginning to peek through the curtains, and there was now a warm, shirtless chest pressed up against my back. His hot breath tickled the back of my neck as I felt his chest rise and fall next to me. I started to freak out when I realized there was a hand under my shirt, flat against my bare stomach, just inches away from my lace panties. The other was clutching my breast with nothing more than the thin material of Brett’s t-shirt that I had borrowed providing a barrier from his hand. Oh no…no, no, no! Please tell me this isn’t happening! I was in full-blown panic mode as I sprung out of his bed, searching the floor frantically for my dress and shoes.
“Whoa, Liberty, calm down! Why are you freaking the fuck out?”
I buried my face in my hands. “Brett…please tell me we did not have sex last night!” I peeked through my fingers to gauge his reaction.
“What? No! Of course not! Darlin’, I’m pretty sure I’d remember something like that.” A smug grin spread across his face, but I was not buying it.
“Then why the hell were you pressed up against me with your hands everywhere!?” Oh God, this could not be happening! I had to hold back the tears that were quickly welling up in my eyes. There is no way I had lost my virginity and missed out on the whole thing…with Brett of all people! Oh. My. God. This would ruin everything!
“Liberty, shhh, it’s okay.” He cautiously pulled me towards him, gently rubbing my shoulders to help me relax. “I swear we didn’t have sex. You were passed out cold when I got in bed, and I fell asleep on my side, but I guess I must have gravitated towards you during the night. I’m sorry if that made you uncomfortable, but honestly, I didn’t do it on purpose. I would never make you do anything you didn’t want to do, especially after you were drinking. You know I would never do anything to hurt you, right?”
My heart rate gradually came down and returned to normal when I realized that what he was telling me was the truth. How could I honestly believe that Brett would ever take advantage of me like that? He was like a brother to me for fuck’s sake! When I turned to look at him I could see the hurt in his eyes, and I immediately regretted jumping to that conclusion.
“Jesus, Brett, I’m sorry, too. I didn’t mean to assume anything. I know you would never do anything like that. I just freaked out. I mean, with the position we were…it just looked bad. I really am sorry. Do you forgive me?”
Brett waved his hands in front of him, dismissing my plea. “Liberty, you don’t need my forgiveness. You didn’t do anything wrong.”
He bent down and placed a kiss on my forehead before walking over to his closet, pulling my dress down from one of the hangers and placing it on the bed next to me. He must have found it after I drunkenly tossed it across the room last night. That was sweet of him to hang it up; most guys were slobs and would have just left it on the floor to wrinkle.
“Why don’t you go get changed, and I’ll give you a ride home. If you’re a good girl, I just might grab you some coffee on the way there.” He smiled and winked at me over his shoulder before shutting the door behind him.
I had to laugh. He always knew how to cheer me up, and nothing made me happier than a jolt of caffeine first thing in the morning. He caught on pretty quick that I had a slight obsession with Dunkin Donuts’ blueberry coffee, and he now made a habit of bringing it over to the apartment every morning just for me. Clearly he paid attention to what I order because he got my coffee right every time…a little bit of cream and LOTS of sugar. Maddie would bitch every time when she saw that he didn’t bring any for her, but that girl was so full of energy, one drop of caffeine would probably send her into hyper-drive.
I sat down on the edge of his bed and let out a heavy sigh. My heart sank a little when I thought about the repercussions of what had just happened. Brett surprisingly didn’t seem fazed at all by his actions, but I couldn’t help thinking that things might become a bit awkward between us now. I mean, Brett, who had become one of my best friends and a second brother, practically fondled me in his sleep! That’s not something I could just forget so easily. More than anything, I hoped that this wouldn’t create any problems for us, especially at work. That was one area of my life I prayed would remain drama free.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Love in Between by Sandi Lynn

Title: Love in Between
Author: Sandi Lynn
Release Date: September 5th

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I am the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Forever Black, Forever You and the highly anticipated release of the final book in the trilogy, Forever Us. I am the mother of three teenage girls, two cats and two sassy dogs. I love being a full-time writer and spend my days writing. I have a shopping addiction and a severe caffeine addiction. You can usuallyfind me hanging out at the local Starbucks (with my laptop) and shopping in my favorite store, Sephora. I love meeting and connecting with new people, so come find me at:
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My name is Lily Gilmore, and I was supposed to be getting married today. That was until I found my fiancé having sex with my sister in the church moments before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. I grew up with a father who was a womanizer and cheated on my mother every moment he had the chance. He would even stoop as low as to take me and my sister with him on his trysts when we were younger. Cheating was all I grew up with, and I vowed never to live the life my mother did. After finding my fiancé and my sister together, I moved from Seattle to Santa Monica to start a new life of independence and to focus on my passion for photography, man-free.

My name is Luke Matthews. About a year ago, I lost the love of my life, my fiancé, in a tragic car accident. There are no words that can describe how I’ve felt the past year. My life and all my dreams had died with her in the accident. I exist, and I play my guitar to try and ease the pain. My love was taken away, and I will never get that back.

What happens when the lives of two people who no longer believe in love are suddenly changed by fate?

I couldn’t stop thinking about Lily and our night together. I didn’t plan on making love to her quite yet, but she wanted me to, and who was I to deny her. I need to tell her about Callie and the accident. I was actually surprised she didn’t ask about my scar last night. My phone beeped with a reminder about the job I needed to do. I snapped out of my thoughts and back into reality; then I grabbed my tool box and headed upstairs to Mrs. Lopez’s apartment to fix her garbage disposal.
“You have that look, Luke,” Mrs. Lopez said.
“What look would that be, Mrs. Lopez?” I asked as I tightened the pipe under her kitchen sink.
“The look of love.”
I chuckled. “Is that so? How can you tell?”
“I can see it in your eyes. They have a new life about them. Who is she?”
I crawled out from under the sink and threw my wrench in the tool box. “I’m not in love, but I have met someone that I really like.” I smiled.
“Ah ha! I knew it!” she exclaimed. I sure hope it’s that cute little blonde that just moved in next door to you.”
“As a matter of fact, it is, and her name’s Lily,” I said as I took the bottle of water she held out me.
“I’m happy for you, Luke. I know you’ve had a rough year, and you deserve true happiness.”
I closed my tool box and picked it up from the floor. “Thanks for the water, Mrs. Lopez. Everything’s working perfectly now. Just call me if you need me,” I said as I walked out the door.
I walked back into my apartment, set my tool box down, then sat on the couch, looking at my phone. I missed Lily already. She’s always on my mind, and it’s driving me crazy, so I decided to send her a text message.
“How about dinner tonight at your place? We can cook together.”
“That sounds great! I don’t cook though.”
“I’ll teach you. We can go to the store together when you get home.”
“Alright, I can’t wait.”
“Me neither.”

Friday, August 16, 2013

New Releases & Giveaway: The Dumont Diaries by Alessandra Torre!

The Dumont Diaries covers a strippers transition into life as a trophy wife, and her discovery that her new husband is not as he seems.

The Dumont Diaries SERIES Blurb:

Candace Tapers’ life finally takes an upward swing when Nathan Dumont, shipping heir and notorious playboy, sweeps her away to a lifestyle of wealth and privilege. But that life comes with strings, and she is soon pulled in directions she never expected, discovering secrets and ulterior motives in the man who shares her bed.
The Dumont Diaries is a four-part miniseries, each book roughly 60 pages long. The books will be released a week apart from each other, starting on August 10th.

Release Dates and Pricing:
Book 1: To Have - August 10th, price: $.99 
Book 2: To Hold - August 17th, price: $2.99 
Book 3: Till Death - August 24th, price: $.99 
Book 4: Do Us Part - August 31st, price $2.99

~Book One~

I step on the dark stage, the cheap plastic of my platforms cutting into the top of my toes, every step bringing a pinch of pain. I keep my eyes down, following the flecks of silver on the unforgiving stage, waiting, exhaling a breath in controlled anticipation, my abs tightening. Then, the lights come on and I have almost three minutes to forget.

Welcome to my life, a drained bank account and six nights a week spinning around a greasy strip club pole. When salvation comes in the form of six feet of drop-dead-gorgeous, complete with a limo and a thick wad of cash, my stilettos run happily out the door to freedom. They say that money doesn’t buy happiness. But it does buy escape. Happiness is an overrated fairytale.

To Have (Dumont Diaries Book 1) EXCERPT:

He leans forward and kisses me, and I suddenly don’t need the image of dollar bills to distract my mind. Everything floods the moment his lips touch mine.

Soft, sweet lips. Not what I expect from this commanding man. He brushes my lips softly, my lips parting for him, immediately wanting more. A groan slips from my mouth before I have a chance to capture it. His hands move up through my hair, gripping and pulling its strands. He tastes me, spreading my lips gently with his and dipping his tongue inside. I respond eagerly, my body taking over my mind, shoving it aside forcefully as a wave of arousal hits me. His touch turns harder, his mouth more demanding and he moves me backward, my heels skittering over tile, 'til the edge of the table is against me.

His hands grip my ass, squeezing it roughly, one hand on each cheek and lifts me easily, setting me on the table, the surface cool against my skin.

“Lay down,” he bites out against my mouth, taking one, last, torturous sweep with his tongue before he pulls off, stepping back and watching me.

I grip the glass top, sliding backward until my elbows are resting on the glass. I watch him, watch as he unbuttons his sleeves. He breathes hard, his eyes glued to mine and walks towards me, stopping a foot from the table.

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Alessandra Torre is a new author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks.

Alessandra lives in Florida and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: More than a Maid by Reeni Austin

My Thoughts:
More than a Maid is book 3 in the Barboza Brothers series. In book 1, I fell in love with Victor, Cara, and Isaac. In book 2, I fell in love with Armando and Katie. And book 3, I fell in love with Ramon and Marcy.

Ramon is an independent, hard working man who gives to others', but does not take easily to receiving help from others'. He's a giver, not a taker, which is a great quality in anyone. Although, we all need help from time to time, whether it be financial, physical, or emotional. You can't do it ALL alone, ALL the time.

Ramon is stubborn, hard headed, and set in his ways, which makes it hard for him to let others' in and for others' to get close to him. His older brother's love in immensely and are persistent in their efforts to get to the bottom of what is causing Ramon so much stress and grief. It takes a team effort, and a lot of probing and digging...

Marcy, a friend of Cara's, who previously owned her own cleaning business moves to Ramon's ranch to help out as the "maid" of the expansive ranch house, working for Victor, not Ramon, although it is Ramon's house. 

Marcy was forewarned by Cara to steer clear of Ramon because he was a "jerk", which I agree he was at times. The attraction between Ramon and Marcy was obvious right away. It didn't take long for those feels to kindle some form of a relationship, mostly physical at first. When something is meant to be, no matter how many times you tell yourself it's not, doesn't change the fact that it is and always will be. You can't lie to yourself forever. 

I felt sad for Marcy at times dealing with Ramon's stubbornness, but she truly loved him and new he was worth the effort

Even though Ramon has a tough exterior, and acted like a jerk at times, he was a really good guy with a kind heart. 

Marcy held her own with Ramon, she didn't just surrender every time he decided the were 'on' again. She stood her ground, which I admired about her. 

I love the fact that Reeni gives us more of Victor and Cara's story, and Armando and Katie's story in this book. It was nice to see their lives together evolve throughout this story.

I loved Ramon and Marcy's story, and I know you will too. He's very different from his older brothers, but that's not a bad thing at all. If you haven't met all 3 Barboza brother's you need to! Seriously!
~5 Stars!~

Ramon Barboza loves two things: his ranch and his freedom. An occasional drunken fling is all he needs to satisfy his desire for a woman.
Marcy Cameron never wanted to be a live-in maid, but her cleaning business is falling apart. When her friend offers her an overpaid position as housekeeper for a month, it's an offer she can't refuse. Marcy packs her bags and heads to Texas. But the house comes with a grumpy, secretive, and obstinate occupant: Ramon, who thinks his life and his house are fine just the way they are. The sassy, headstrong Marcy quickly butts heads with the master of the house. But is the tension between them merely anger, or something more?
As Cara and Victor plan their wedding at the ranch, Henry's secrets cast a shadow. Ramon has his suspicions, but refuses to discuss them with anyone.
What made Henry run off? Why is he living off the grid? Why has he still not returned? Victor and Armando are determined to uncover the truth, but will the answers be more than they bargained for?

In the conclusion of the Barboza Brothers trilogy, all of these questions will be answered.

With her eyes still shut, she heard him stand up in front of her. A subtle, masculine fragrance filled her nostrils. He let go of her arm and she felt his palm cup her cheek. His other hand went to the small of her back.
Ramon breathed in her ear before whispering, “You’re all I’ve been able to think about since last night.”
“I am?” Marcy asked in a breath, biting her lip and nearly losing her balance.
He moaned, nuzzling her cheek. Then he whispered, “You didn’t think you could go around flauntin’ all this in front of me without me doin’ somethin’ about it, did you?”
Marcy smiled, memorizing his words. Loving the way his accent changed to a heavier drawl when he whispered in her ear.
Ramon’s hand in the small of her back slid further down, his fingertips lightly grazing her butt through her thin cotton shorts. His other hand moved from her cheek to her hair as the volume of his breathing increased.
She let out a quiet moan. Her body needed more, and he probably knew it. Her intuition told her he was trying to get her worked up enough to make her beg.
And if not for her rebellious nature, she probably would have.
Instead, Marcy simply put her arms around his waist.
Ramon drew closer, gently kissing her cheek, tightening his embrace.
Pressing his erection against her stomach.
Marcy almost laughed out of sheer relief. She convinced herself earlier that his lack of arousal meant he was lying. But there was no mistaking his attraction now.
She slid her hands under his T-shirt, her fingers digging against his back. Pulling him closer, she let her stomach slowly rub against his hard member, determined to beat him at this game.

Ramon chuckled, then nibbled her earlobe, giving it a soft bite before he let it go. Both of his hands were now cupping her ass. In a deep whisper, he said, “You gonna take those clothes off for me now?”

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Reeni Austin loves to write lighthearted romances with a little spice. More than a Maid is the latest installment in her Barboza Brothers Series.

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