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Blog Tour & Review: Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls #1) by L.A. Cotton

Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls #1) by L A Cotton Blog Tour (@authorLACotton)

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 30th, 2015

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions (http://bookenthusiastpromotions.com @BookEnthuPromo) 

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Savanah Parry just moved three thousand miles across state to escape. The memories…the whispers…the pain.

Chastity Falls Academy is supposed to be her fresh start; her salvation. And when Ana meets mysterious Jackson, she begins to think it is. She hasn’t smiled in almost sixteen months; not since the night her life changed forever, and despite her guilt…her loyalty, Ana can’t deny that Jackson is breathing life back into her. With Jackson by her side, Ana wants to believe she can heal and move on. But she isn’t the only one living a lie, and the small private Academy has secrets of its own. All is not what it seems, and Ana is about to find herself in a tangled web of lies; fighting for survival, again.

Loyalties will be tested, lies will be told. Welcome to Chastity Falls.

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My Review

 ” But with that kind of solace came the memories. Like an unstoppable river they rushed into my mind, dragging me under with their strong current. Some comforted me, some terrified me…but every single one of them made my heart shatter”

Loyalty and Lies follows the story of Savannah and Jackson. Things have become too much for Savannah. She needs a fresh start, a chance to escape her past. So, Savannah decides to go to school three thousand miles away. 

Chasity Falls is supposed to be her salvation. She hasn’t smiled in so long. That all changes when she meets Jackson. Jackson brings out a side in Savannah that she thought was long gone. She finally has hope that she can heal and move on. Savannah isn’t the only one who has secrets. Soon Savannah will find herself caught up in a mass of lies, fighting for her survival once more. What will happen when loyalties are tested?

I thought Loyalty and Lies was a fantastic read. I was pulled in from the very beginning. I was so intrigued by this story. I couldn’t put it down! I wanted to know more about the characters. They were so easy for me to connect with. I loved watching them grow and heal one another. You could tell that Savannah and Jackson truly cared for each other and that they were desperately trying to not let their pasts catch up with them.

The quote“Loyalties will be tested and lies will be told”, pretty much says it all. Loyalty and Lies had me asking so many questions and wondering what was going to happen next. I was on the edge of my seat, freaking out and falling in love all the same time. The end……Oh, man! What a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!!

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

*Quote take from ARC copy and may differ from final version* 


Excerpt

Gardner’s class was nothing compared to the torture of sitting so close to Jackson in Shakespeare. After his warning to stay away from him, I thought he might pick an alternative seat, but that didn’t happen. Instead, he brushed straight passed me, dropped into his usual chair and acted as if nothing had happened. I had to fight back the urge to ask him why he had told me to stay away from me. I mean, it wasn’t like we hung out. There had been coffee at the shifty sea front hut…once, and then the embarrassing sprained-ankle-in-the-storm incident.

“Today, class, I want us to look at the character Iago…” Professor Shacks’ voice echoed around the small room. “Iago is the voice whispering in Othello’s ear, playing to Othello’s own paranoia and insecurities around his relationship with Desdemona. Of course, Othello trusts Iago implicitly, why wouldn’t he trust his long serving friend and lieutenant? A fact that Iago uses to his own advantage…”

Jackson shuffled next to me, and then quickly dropped a white note onto my desk. What now? I sighed, feeling frustrated at his mixed signals.

How’s the ankle?

Okay thanks

I balled up the note and tossed it onto his desk, watching him through the corner of my eye. A slight smirk played on his lips, and it was obvious he was aware I was pissed at him. He started scribbling a reply, which landed in front of me seconds later.

I’ve heard coffee (or a banana shake) can work wonders for a sprained ankle… healing properties or something.

I scowled at his slightly scruffy handwriting wondering what game he was trying to play with me.

Thanks. I’ll make sure I have a banana shake before bed

Feeling pleased with myself, I held out the note for him and he plucked it out of my hand, silently laughing when his eyes scanned the words.

How about a shake before bed… with me?

My eyes blinked. And blinked again, feeling the heat of embarrassment wash over my face. Was he flirting with me? I felt thirteen all over again. Mikey Crand used to send me love notes in Biology and me and my friend Lacey would giggle over them. Feeling brave, I handed him my reply.

Are you inviting me for a shake? Or to bed?

Jackson’s eyes widened and he shuffled slightly in his seat. Take that mister confusing, I thought, pleased with myself.

Are you saying yes?

I inwardly groaned. Jackson: one, Ana: zero. I couldn’t keep this up without drifting into territory that terrified me. Jackson was the first guy—the only guy—that made me smile… made my stomach flutter… made me feel anything since Danny. It wasn’t the plan, not what I ran to CFA to find, but somehow I had found it. Found something—someone—that made me feel again. Was that enough to try and get to the bottom of whatever was going on with Jackson? Of why he had warned me to stay away?

To the shake… maybe

Meet me round back five minutes after class

I was heading for a one-way trip into purgatory, because as I discreetly watched Jackson out the corner of my eye I knew. Knew there would be no way I could walk away. Right or wrong, sensible or stupid, he had awoken a part of me that I thought I would never find again…and I couldn’t just give that up. Not for all the warnings in the world.

~

Ninety-minutes later, I was sitting in Black’s suffering some kind of post-Jackson whiplash.

“I’m surprised you asked me for coffee again.” I slurped up the thick banana shake.

Jackson watched me, his eyes were more the color of the bluey-green ocean today, than their usual shade. “Actually, I invited you for a shake.” He quipped back.

I tried broaching the subject during the ride to Black’s, but he just shrugged me off, talking about the weather. The freaking weather. I was done with his evasion techniques. “After you warned me to stay away from you the other night?”

He placed his mug back on its plate and sighed. I watched, captivated, as he ran his hand through his messy dark hair, the longer strands falling back into place, a five ‘o’clock shadow cloaking his jaw. “About that… I may have been a little hasty.”

“Hasty?”

“See the thing is…” His eyes held mine, smoldering at me, pleading with me. “I’m not sure I can stay away from you.”

My lips moved to say something but nothing came out. Jackson watched me intently and I gulped. It felt like he was willing me to agree, to accept that there was a reason we should stay away from each other, but to ignore it. And I got the feeling it was a no questions asked kind of arrangement.

“It’d be better for you… for us, if you stay away from me, Ana. But I don’t want you to. I’m too selfish to walk away.”

“But-”

Jackson cut me off. “No questions. That’s the deal. We spend time together, get to know each other, but you can’t ask any of the questions I know you have swimming round in that pretty little head of yours.”

“Okay, but-”

His hand found mine across the booth, and his fingers grazed my knuckles. “No questions. That’s just the way it has to be for now.”

I nodded. Unsure what I was agreeing to.

“You won’t regret it Ana Parry, I promise.”

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 About The Author

Author of NA Contemporary Romance, L. A. Cotton loves writing about those first looks, first kisses, and happily ever afters.

A wearer-of-many-hats, L.A juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with two part-time jobs and college. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find her immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

Loyalty and Lies, is book one in her NA college series: Chastity Falls.

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Review: The Emperor by Karen Amanda Hooper


My Review

Mind Blown! That’s how I’m feeling right now! I am confused, lost and don’t have a clue what is going on……And I’m loving every second of it. Just when I think I have a hold on what’s happening, I’m thrown a curve ball that just wipes away everything that I was thinking. 

The Emperor picks up right where the last book left off. Kelsey has been busted by her father for sneaking out and will now have to face the consequences of her actions. As she is apprehended, the lines of real and VR are once again blurred. Things start happening to Kelsey that makes her question her sanity. There are gaps in her memory and she needs more answers. I NEED answers.

With each installment, I am finding myself getting more and more lost in the world of Arcana. I need answers. I am just as desperate as Kelsey to find out the truth! Nothing is as it seems. My mind is a mess trying to solve this riddle! I can not wait for the next installment and see where Karen Amanda Hooper will take us next!

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

Release Day Blitz and Book Review: Spend The Night II (The Hotel Collection #2) by Elizabeth Lee

We’re celebrating the release of SPEND THE NIGHT, Episode 2 by Elizabeth Lee! Check out the excerpt and giveaway below!

Spend the Night: The Hotel Collection Episode #2 by Elizabeth Lee

Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense

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Synopsis:

Someone’s playing a deadly game…

Two men vying for your attention—seems like every girl’s dream come true. For Hannah Wellesley, the dream has become a nightmare. As she continues to navigate her feelings to determine which man she truly belongs with—the first love who’s become her current business rival or the enticing new chef who’s testing her sexual limits at every turn—a new set of problems presents itself. One that includes a breach in hotel security that has her fearing for her own safety and the reputation of the Wellesley-Crawford.

Soon she finds herself playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse that might just cost her everything she’s worked for—and maybe even her life.


My Review

Wow! Just wow! To say I am hooked on this series is an understatement! Spend The Night Episode II picks up right where the last book left off. Hannah has two men fighting for her attention, but a secret will come out that will make her decision easier….Well, it should anyway. As Hannah tries to figure out what’s best for her and who she should be with, strange things start to happen. Her safety is called into question and someone has eyes on her. A dangerous and deadly game has begun…..

Just when I think I’ve got everything figured out, Elizabeth Lee throws me a curve ball and has me questioning everything. I thought for sure I knew who “Him” was, but now I’m not so sure. I love the suspense in trying to figure this riddle out.  And Trent: some surprising revelations came out that make me just want to slap him, but my instincts are telling me that there is soooo much more to the story and to not give up yet. 

Spend The Night Episode II was a great follow up to the first installment. It was a quick and easy read, but again, don’t let that fool you. This book is packed full of excitement, steam, and suspense. There are so many twists, turns and surprises! We are getting so close to the end now and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to find out what other surprises are in store. And I can not wait for the identity of “Him” to be revealed!! Episode 3 can’t get here fast enough!

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


EXCERPT

Yes.

I was finally going to find out if it was him. I knew it was. It had to be. Everything that had happened with Trent had been a mistake. Carter was the guy I wanted. He was going to take the memories of Trent away.

“Baby…” Carter mumbled against my lips, before removing them and pressing his forehead against mine. “We gotta slow down.”

“No,” I urged. “We really don’t.” I pulled his lips back to mine. “I want this. I want you,” I pleaded, hearing the desperation in my voice. I needed to know the truth.

“So do I,” he assured me before taking a step back. He grabbed my hands and caught his breath. “Really I do, but I think we should slow down. I don’t want you to do something you’d regret.”

“Never stopped me before,” I said with a playful wink. I hadn’t let fear or regret stop me in the stairwell. Or in my apartment last night which would have been a good damn time for it to do so.

“Oh, really.” He chuckled.

“Really.” I stared up into his eyes waiting for him to just admit that it was him the night of the Gala, but he didn’t. Instead, he pulled me to my feet and wrapped his arms around my waist. His head fell to my shoulder as he tightened his embrace. “This will happen, Hannah. Just not in my office with the entire staff of my restaurant waiting on the other side of the door. I’ll teach you to be patient, sweetheart,” he whispered.


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Spend the Night: The Hotel Collection Episode #1 by Elizabeth Lee

Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense

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Spend the Night – Episode 1

Welcome to The Wellesley-Crawford…

Hannah Wellesley has spent her entire life running the halls of her family-owned hotel, the infamous and opulent Wellesley-Crawford. Noted as one of the city’s richest, most luxurious hotels in Chicago, the WC is what Hannah has devoted her life and career to.

The hotel’s Annual Masquerade Gala is the event of the year, but this year Hannah’s evening involves more than just handing out masks. After a mysterious rendezvous in a secluded stairwell with an irresistible and unidentifiable man, Hannah becomes consumed with discovering the identity of her masked lover. Just as she’s about to give up the search, two men blow back into her life with drastically different intentions. They both have secrets and uncovering them will lead Hannah down a darkly dangerous path.

Drawn to both of the intriguing bachelors, she’ll have to determine which one is after her heart and which one plans to do her deadly harm before it’s too late. 


THE SERIES CONTINUES!

 Spend the Night – Episode 3

All games must eventually come to an end…

Hannah’s new reality is that someone is stalking her. Aggressively. The only question now is who. Fingers are pointed and accusations are made as every clue leads to her down another twisted path of questions without answers. Her feelings for both Carter and Trent cloud her judgment as the investigation delves deeper into her personal life and into her heart. Carter’s past is a mystery and Trent has every reason to try and make her seem crazy. Her loss would be his gain after all.

Hannah will have to choose, but making the wrong choice will cost much more than a broken heart.

Everyone has a motive.

But only one of them has a plan.

Expect the unexpected in the thrilling conclusion to the Spend the Night series.

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About The Author

Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.

Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!

If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.

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Release Day Launch and Book Review: Seduction’s Kiss (The Allure Chronicles 0.5) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.


Excerpt 

We wove our way through the crowds. I glanced into the rows of bars and clubs teeming with people dressed in various degrees of costumes. Despite my apprehension of hanging out with someone I barely knew, the excitement seemed to be rubbing off on me. I found myself moving along to the music spilling out of one club when we were momentarily stopped.

“Duncan!” A girl with long blond hair yelled and proceeded to wrap her arms around Duncan’s neck. She was dressed as a pumpkin, if a pumpkin was just a skimpy piece of orange fabric. “Come dancing with us.” She was visibly drunk.

“Oh, hi.” He gave me an apologetic look.

I shrugged. It wasn’t like we were on a date.

“Why aren’t you dressed up? It’s Halloween. You’re supposed to be dressed up.”

He shoved a hand into his back pocket. “How do you know that I’m not dressed up?”

“Laurie!” The girl yelled. “It’s Duncan, the stripper who did Debbie’s party last week.”

Wait. What? Did he strip? Wow, that was pretty surprising. He wasn’t bad looking, but I hadn’t met a male stripper before.

Another girl ran over. This one was appropriately attired. She had an awesome lollipop costume on. She also gave Duncan a hug, so I decided to people watch while I waited. That’s when I saw him. The gorgeous guy from the bar. All six plus feet of his perfectness. This time he was wearing one of those sleeveless white t-shirts that showed off his muscular arms. But it wasn’t his muscles that jumped out the most. It was his beautiful set of black wings. Now that was a costume.

He glanced up just as he passed, and my chest tightened. He looked at me with curiosity for a second before continuing on. Maybe he vaguely remembered my face but didn’t know why. I wasn’t sure what would be worse, if he remembered the humiliating moment, or if he didn’t.

I suddenly felt embarrassed of my cat costume. Were the whiskers too much?

“Daisy?” Duncan called my name and snapped me out of my daze. “Ready?” The girls must have walked off while I was distracted because Duncan was alone watching me. I wondered how obvious my ogling was.

“Yeah, sure.”

Duncan towed me along until he turned into a dark and completely unappealing dive. This was his favorite place? I kept my mouth shut. I didn’t want to offend him. Maybe this was one of those hidden gems you always hear about. Just to be safe I texted Reyna the name of the place as inconspicuously as possible, Grounddiggers.

“Who are you texting?” Duncan asked as we walked through the entrance.

Evidently I wasn’t as inconspicuous as I thought. “Just a friend.” I’m not sure why I didn’t just tell him who it was. I just felt like it was safer not to.

He nodded at a bouncer, who like Duncan was dressed all in black. The bouncer grunted something unintelligible to Duncan. Duncan must have taken the grunt to mean enter because he pulled me further inside.

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My Review

Another fantastic read from Alyssa Rose Ivy!! Just one I think I couldn’t possibly love another series, she gives me this! I have been a fan of Owen’s since we met him in The Crescent Chronicles and have been wanting to know more about his character. So, I’m super excited that his story is finally being told.  Seduction’s Kiss is a wonderful asset to the paranormal world that Alyssa Rose Ivy has created.  As far as paranormal goes, this book had it all: witches, magic, voodoo, vampires and of course Pterons! 

Seduction’s Kiss may only be a novella, but boy does it deliver. This book pulls you in from the very beginning and keeps you on your toes, wondering what is really going on. People are not who or what they seem. I loved the mystery and suspense of the story. The pull between Owen and Daisy is fantastic! I can’t wait to see more of the two of them together! This really is an exciting start to this series! I am super excited to be going back into the world of Pterons and can’t wait to see where Alyssa Rose Ivy is going to take me next!

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


About The Author:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Release Day Blitz and Book Review: Spend The Night by Elizabeth Lee

We’re celebrating the release of SPEND THE NIGHT, Episode 1 by Elizabeth Lee! Check out the excerpt and giveaway below!

Spend the Night: The Hotel Collection Episode #1

By Elizabeth Lee

Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense

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Synopsis:

Spend the Night – Episode 1

Welcome to The Wellesley-Crawford…
Hannah Wellesley has spent her entire life running the halls of her family-owned hotel, the infamous and opulent Wellesley-Crawford. Noted as one of the city’s richest, most luxurious hotels in Chicago, the WC is what Hannah has devoted her life and career to.

The hotel’s Annual Masquerade Gala is the event of the year, but this year Hannah’s evening involves more than just handing out masks. After a mysterious rendezvous in a secluded stairwell with an irresistible and unidentifiable man, Hannah becomes consumed with discovering the identity of her masked lover. Just as she’s about to give up the search, two men blow back into her life with drastically different intentions. They both have secrets and uncovering them will lead Hannah down a darkly dangerous path. 

Drawn to both of the intriguing bachelors, she’ll have to determine which one is after her heart and which one plans to do her deadly harm before it’s too late.


EXCERPT 

I scanned the room as I walked through the door. Checked my watch, four minutes after ten. No sign of Carter yet. I knew the restaurant shut down at nine-thirty that night. He probably wasn’t done closing the kitchen down. I made my way over to an empty barstool and sat down.

“Hey, Hannah!” Myles, my favorite bartender, shouted over the music coming from the in-house deejay. “What can I getcha?”

“Hi, Myles,” I smiled. “I’ll think I’ll have a rum and diet tonight.”

He quickly went to work mixing up my drink. Myles was probably the nicest guy who worked at the hotel. He was average height and build. His hipster style suited him so well. Tonight he was wearing a pair of straight-legged black jeans, a pair of black converse tennis shoes, a vintage AC/DC T-shirt with his signature thick-framed black glasses. His thick, brown hair was styled in his just-got-out-of-bed way, which could be described as perfected chaos. He placed my drink down in front of me and started wiping down the bar with the towel he had tossed over his shoulder. “Want me to run this on your tab?”

Before I could answer, a twenty-dollar bill appeared next to I drink. “I’ve got it.” 

I assumed it was Carter, but was surprised when I looked over my shoulder to see Trent standing there.

“Sure thing, Mr. Crawford.” Myles took the cash and made his way towards the cash register.

“I can buy my own drink,” I interjected, placing my clutch on the top of the bar. “Here Myles,” I started to hand him my own twenty-dollar bill, when Trent held up his hand.

“I know you that you can afford your own drinks, Hannah,” he said waving Myles off. “Keep the change. And call me Trent,” he said, as they exchanged courteous nods. He turned his attention back to me. “Consider this a peace offering.” He clinked his beer bottle against my glass.

“It’s going to take more than just a drink,” I scoffed, pulling my glass to my lips. After the way he’d embarrassed me in front of the board, he could have shown up with a truck load of Bacardi and I still would have been pissed.

“Sorry for being a dick today. That was not at all the way I wanted you to find out that I was interested in running the hotel.”

“It was a pretty shitty way for me to find out. You could have said something last night.”

“I know,” he agreed. “It’s just…my family has a really complicated way of doing things.”

“I’m well aware,” I reassured him. I may have been young when the drama with Damien happened, but I’d heard enough over the years that ‘easy’ and ‘breezy’ were not words that were often associated with the Crawford name. “What I’d really like to know is why you have a sudden interest in running this hotel at all? You haven’t been here for years.”


My Review

This book is exactly why I LOVE serials!! I am a big, big fan of serial series’, so when I heard Elizabeth Lee was writing one, I couldn’t have been more excited. And man, was I blown away!!!

Spend The Night follows the story of Hannah Wellesley.  Her entire life has been spent in her family’s hotel and she’s devoted her life to it. One of her biggest events of the year is the hotel’s masquerade gala. But this years gala will be unlike any before. A chance encounter with a masked stranger during a blackout will turn her entire world upside down. Now, eight months later, Hannah finds herself still thinking of her masked stranger. She’s clinging to the hope that he will walk back into her life. When Hannah finally decides to try to move on, her fate takes an interesting turn. Suddenly her career is looking more promising than ever and now she’s got two handsome men fighting for her attention. But, both men appear to have motives of their own…….

I was so intrigued by this story from the first page. I loved the steam and scorching chemistry between Hannah and her mysterious stranger. I loved the little bread crumb of clues that were left along the way and I am completely intrigued by who “HIM” is. This is definitely one of those stories that will have on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next!

Spend The Night is a fantastic start to this series! This story will pull you in and completely captivate you, leaving you breathless and wanting more. I loved the mystery, suspense and intrigue that surrounded the story. The chemistry between the characters are off the charts and will have you questioning what their real motives are. I for one can not wait to get my hands on the next episode!!

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


THE SERIES CONTINUES!

 

Spend the Night – Episode 2

Someone’s playing a deadly game…

Two men vying for your attention—seems like every girl’s dream come true. For Hannah Wellesley, the dream has become a nightmare. As she continues to navigate her feelings to determine which man she truly belongs with—the first love who’s become her current business rival or the enticing new chef who’s testing her sexual limits at every turn—a new set of problems presents itself. One that includes a breach in hotel security that has her fearing for her own safety and the reputation of the Wellesley-Crawford.

Soon she finds herself playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse that might just cost her everything she’s worked for—and maybe even her life.

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Spend the Night – Episode 3

All games must eventually come to an end…

Hannah’s new reality is that someone is stalking her. Aggressively. The only question now is who. Fingers are pointed and accusations are made as every clue leads to her down another twisted path of questions without answers. Her feelings for both Carter and Trent cloud her judgment as the investigation delves deeper into her personal life and into her heart. Carter’s past is a mystery and Trent has every reason to try and make her seem crazy. Her loss would be his gain after all.

Hannah will have to choose, but making the wrong choice will cost much more than a broken heart.

Everyone has a motive.

But only one of them has a plan.

Expect the unexpected in the thrilling conclusion to the Spend the Night series.

Goodreads


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About The Author

Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.

Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!

If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.

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Review: Love Hurts by Mandi Beck

Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her… 

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them. 

Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as fuck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to fuck my way out of feeling—all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle. 

Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love — Welcome to the Cage.


My Review

What can I say about this book?? I’ve been seeing quite a bit of buzz about this book on FB and was definitely intrigued by it. So, when I got the opportunity to read this ARC, I couldn’t wait!! And I was not disappointed at all! What a fantastic debut novel from Mandi Beck! I was hooked from the first page. And I mean wow! It was quite a way to start the story. I tried super hard to not devour this book in one sitting, but it was impossible. I was hooked!

Love Hurts was very well written. I thought the characters were fantastic and super easy to connect with. You couldn’t help but want to get to know them all more. I fell in love with Frankie and Deacon instantly. They had such a strong connection and such great chemistry. Deacon is a total alpha male. He knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to protect and keep what he wants.

The title for this book pretty much says it all, love hurts. Real love can be hard and complicated. It’s not always easy. But, when you find that love, you’ll fight with everything you have, even when things aren’t going your way or when it all feels hopeless.

Love Hurts has some scorching, steamy moments and will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I laughed, swooned, was frustrated and shocked. It had some really great twists and turns and the end……it ends with one brutal cliffhanger!! All I can say is when does the next book come out??? This is a great start to this series and I can’ t wait to read more from this author in the future!

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

*Teaser Credit: Via author’s FB page*

 

Release Day Blitz and Review: Path of Destruction by Elizabeth Lee and Caisey Quinn

Title: Path of Destruction (Broken Heartland #2)

Author: E. Lee and C. Quinn

Age Group: Upper YA/NA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 24, 2014

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Synopsis 

They ignored the warning signs and it cost them everything… 

At the end of a life-changing summer a devastating tornado hit the small town of Hope’s Grove, Oklahoma.

While the brick suburban mansions of Summit Bluffs saw very little damage, their occupants weren’t so lucky. As the members of both communities struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together, lies will be told, truths will be revealed, and nothing will ever be the same. The road to recovery is long and paved with past hurts and future heartbreaks.

They ignored the warning signs, and one of them didn’t make it out alive. The four that remain know they’d be crazy to think the storms are actually over.. 

Because it’s just when you think you’re safe that you find yourself right in the path of destruction.

 

EXCERPT

Prologue – Cameron

I’d always heard that your entire life flashes before your eyes right before you die. Now, I can honestly say that it’s true. Well, almost true. It’s more like your mind flips through a mental photo album of all the things you’d done and the people you’d met—a birthday party, the first time you drove, someone’s face when you told them they’d never be as pretty as you, your mother’s reprimanding glare when you didn’t win the pageant title you were supposed to, you as a little girl waiting on the front steps for your father to come home—it’s all there. The good, the bad, the ugly. All of it.
 

You can try to focus on the good—like the face of the person you loved—but it’s no use. Whether you want to or not, you see it all. It must be God’s way of letting you see what he saw so you aren’t surprised when you end up on the other side in Hell. Which is exactly where I’d assumed I’d just booked a first class ticket too.

I was too weak to fight it—to argue that I was in fact a good person—once the storm decided that I was going to be one of its victims, there was nothing I could do but try to hold on to the face of the one person I was sure I’d never see again.

Served me right. I shouldn’t have waited to tell him how I felt. I should have told him the moment I felt it. The moment I realized that despite what I’d done in my past, I was a better person just for loving him.

As the darkness and quiet started to surround me, I knew that it was too late to beg for forgiveness now. Instead, I just closed my eyes and prayed for mercy.


My Review

What an amazing sequel to Storm Warning. Do Not Read Path of Destruction if you haven’t read Storm Warning….. Path of Destruction picks up right where the last book left off. Lives have been forever changed. Lives have been lost and now those left behind must deal with the aftermath.

“Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through and how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked into it.”

“She wasn’t Kyle Mason’s sweet little sister anymore. Wasn’t EJ or Coop’s Ellie May, wasn’t that tomboy that ran around town and watched trains. She’d lost herself, lost the girl who’d given herself to a boy she’d thought loved in her now destroyed pickup truck. She was a shell, an empty shell. And she didn’t give a solitary damn what anyone in this pretty plastic place thought about it.”

I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just say this: Path of Destruction took me on one heck of a roller-coaster ride of emotions. My heart broke for all the loss that was experienced in this book.  I knew lives were going to be lost, but I wasn’t prepared for what was coming. 

This story was well written and completely captivating.  Path of Destruction is told from multiple pov’s and I loved seeing how all their stories were interconnected. The characters were very easy for me to connect with and their emotions were very palpable.

Path of Destruction was a quick and enjoyable read. I was hooked from the very first page and couldn’t read it fast enough. This is a story about love, loss, lies and tragedy. And I will warn you, it ends with one heck of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see what will happen next. I hope that the truth will finally come out and that these characters will get some peace and a HEA ending. 

*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

*Quotes taken from ARC and may differ from final copy*


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Title: Storm Warning (Broken Heartland #2)

Author: E. Lee and C. Quinn

Age Group: YA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: December 12, 2013

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Synopsis

Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late…

Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:

They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and over privileged.

For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

One has a secret.

One has a crush.

One has been lying.

One will get caught.

And one might not make it out alive.

They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.

 

Series info:

Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol’ dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee and C. Quinn’s paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly, or the fact anytime Luke Bryan was mentioned on a social media site both of them were tagged, or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn together—calling out to one another, “Y’all should write a book!” Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series, Broken Heartland.

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About The Authors

Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.

Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!

If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.

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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com .

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