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RELEASE DAY: April Fools (#2) – Karli Perrin

 

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Love. Hate. Fear. Fate.
All four letter words.
All consuming.
Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul.
April Adams is about to experience them like never before.
When everything in April’s life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions.
Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss.

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Excerpt

“Are you ready for desert?”
I sat up, “Oooh, we’re having desert?”
He raised his eyebrow and I immediately understood what that meant.
Communication by eyebrow.
“Ah ha, that kind of desert.”
“If you mean the delicious kind then yes, I’ve heard it’s your favourite.”
“Well you’ve heard right.”
He gave me a cocky grin, “I don’t blame you…it’s just so smooth and creamy.”
Two can play that game.
“I love how it melts in my mouth” I replied, trying to keep a straight face.
“Oh really? I need a demonstration.” He stood up and walked towards the kitchen. A few seconds later, he reappeared holding something behind his back.
“What are you hiding?”
“Your desert, of course.”
I narrowed my eyes, “I’m starting to think that we’ve just been talking about two different things.”
He shook his head and revealed the tub of chocolate body paint.
I laughed, “We are so not doing this.”
“We so are.”
“You’re crazy” I told him.
“Crazy for you.”
“Stop trying to sweet talk me.”
He winked, “Good one, I see what you did there. Sweet talk…chocolate, now take off your clothes.”
“But how will you know if I’m just using you for your chocolate?”
He slowly sauntered towards me, never once taking his eyes away from mine. My heart began to race as he bent down and whispered in my ear, “I’ll take the risk if you take off your clothes.”

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April Showers Links

Amazon UK || Amazon US || Smashwords

April Fools Links

Amazon UK || Amazon US || Smashwords

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About Karli

Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and is the author of the ‘April’ series. She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!) Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.

…Hogwarts is plan B.

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BOOK TOUR: That One Summer‏ – C.J Duggan (+GIVEAWAY)

hhhhhIt’s The Book Lovers stop on That One Summer tour and I have an excerpt for you all!

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Release Date: December 17, 2013

Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …

He sure could kiss.

As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.

So that can only mean one thing: road trip!

No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.

She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?

After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.

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The Summer Series

The Boys of Summer – Book 1
An Endless Summer – Book 2
That One Summer – Book 3

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Excerpt

“Guess we better not muck around then.” Even in the night-time shadows I could tell that amusement lined his face; I could tell simply by the way the words had fallen off his tongue. They were tauntingly suggestive. If he thought it was funny to make me squirm under his penetrating stare, well, I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction.

I lifted my chin. “Keep dreaming, Henderson. I’m not skinny dipping,” I said proudly. “I don’t care how secluded this place is.”

The light of the moon illuminated the brilliant flash of Chris’s toothy smile. “More’s the pity,” he said. “To be honest, I’ll be amazed if you even get in.” He walked right up to the edge of the pool.

“Why wouldn’t I?” I said quickly.

Chris stretched his arms to the sky. “You just don’t strike me as a girl who gets out of her comfort zone much.”

Comfort zone?

My entire summer had been spent out of my comfort zone. This whole trip had been massively out of my comfort zone. But I had done it. Against all my better instincts, here I was. I had even been prepared to potentially do something last night with Chris that was completely out of character. I had wanted him to kiss me – everything in my body language had screamed as much at him. He would have to have been blind not to have understood that much last night, but he had known. Of course he had. Why else would he have spun around so fast other than to avoid me?

I felt not so much the burning of humiliation rising in me, but more the burning of anger.

He didn’t know anything about me. So what if I didn’t want to go skinny dipping? Just because I had some safety-related questions over the creepy, poorly lit, abandoned pool, I was a girl who never pushed the boundaries? That never went against the grain?

Fuck you, Chris Henderson.

My brows narrowed and all of a sudden I hoped that I was illuminated well enough that he’d see just how angry his statement had made me.

I pushed past Chris, my feet slapping angrily against the cool, wet concrete as I glanced out toward the massive pool.

“You don’t have to, you know,” Chris said, looking uncomfortable. “I just thought that it was kind of a cool place to bring you after a long trip.”

Oh, now he was trying to be nice and supportive?

Underneath the glow of the pool light, I stood close enough to count all the different shades of brown in his eyes, eyes that ticked across my face as if trying to solve the mysteries of the universe through me. Then they lit up, as if at that very moment he had realised what my determined, serious gaze meant.

“Tammy, wait …”

It was too late. In an act of defiance, as he reached out toward me, without a second thought I dived into the water.

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C.J Duggan is the number one bestselling Australian author of the Summer Series! C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

Novels in the Summer Series includes: The Boys of Summer (2012), An Endless Summer (2013) and the highly anticipated, soon to be released That One Summer (2013).
For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com

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Contact C.J

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cj-Duggan-Author/207724915934429
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CJ_Duggan
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779034.C_J_Duggan

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International Giveaway

ONE WINNER will receive a SIGNED PAPERBACK copy of the ENTIRE SUMMER SERIES
THREE WINNERS will receive EBOOK copies of the ENTIRE SUMMER SERIES
FOUR WINNERS will receive an EBOOK COPY of THAT ONE SUMMER

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PROMO BLITZ: Kisses, She Wrote – Katharine Ashe

From award winning author Katharine Ashe, comes an enchanting Christmas novella about a shy but imaginative princess and the rakish Earl who could make all her wildest fantasies come true….

The Christmas season has never been so steamy.

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams–her diary too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

 

 

Excerpt from KISSES, SHE WROTE, A Christmas Romance by Katharine Ashe

“At least you won’t be at a significant disadvantage when you wed,” the princess said thoughtfully.
“Disadvantage?”
“There is . . .” Her voice trailed off. She looked out the window and tilted her head. Her stance was relaxed. This conversation did not, apparently, agitate her as it did him.
“Princess?”
“The thing is, I have never kissed a man,” she said and looked over her shoulder at him. “Will my husband be disappointed to discover that I have no knowledge of kissing?”
Cam’s throat had gone entirely dry. If she had no actual knowledge of kissing, she certainly had excellent intuition.
“Why do you ask me?”
“I cannot very well ask my brother. How horridly embarrassing that should be.” She scowled but her eyes twinkled.
“You might ask your ladies in waiting, or the Duchess of Lycombe.”
“How would they know the answer? They are women.”
He was nonplused. “Well . . .”
She turned to him fully. “You and I are friends, so I trust you will answer me honestly. I know you have considerable experience kissing women.”
His cravat had shrunk again. “Do you?”
She lifted a single, eloquent brow. She was far too intelligent for him, and far too forthright, and he was far too accustomed to consorting with females of much less acute minds and much baser characters. She was not now flirting with him but making a statement of fact.
He nodded in silent admission.
Both brows perked now, like the shimmering feathers of a raven. “So . . . ?”
“I should think that your husband would be delighted to teach you the finer points of kissing.” And learn a thing or two in the process.
“I suppose you may be correct about that. Men like to instruct women. I think it makes them feel more in control.”
He could not hide his amusement. “You don’t say?”
“Well, doesn’t it? You are a man.”
“Good of you to notice.”
“Do you like it when you feel in control of a woman?”
“I like it when a woman feels she is getting what she wants from me.”
Her fine, expressive eyes widened. Then, slowly, she turned to the pianoforte and began rearranging the music on the stand. Cam studied the clean sweep of her back to her gently curved hips and the straight set of her shoulders. She was not petite, not enticingly round, not anything he had ever desired in a woman. But merely looking at her back and knowing what she imagined of him — of them together — made his heartbeats hard.
“I should like to give it a try before I marry,” she said without turning around. Her voice was pitched a bit low. “Kissing, that is.” She glanced at him. Her cheeks were ever so slightly pink.
“Should you?” He suspected where this was going. He’d been the object of countless women’s flirtations. But never this woman. She confined her attentions to him safely in her diary.
This was a different woman before him now.
“Yes,” she said. “I think it would be a useful experience to take into marriage. Don’t you?” She turned her hungry gaze upon him . . .

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Getting Rooted in New Zealand – Jamie Baywood

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It was always my dream to live abroad when I was growing up in California.  I had bad dating experiences in California and read in a New Zealand tour book that the country’s population at 100,000 fewer men than women.  I wanted to have some me time and an adventure. New Zealand seemed like a good place to do so. Although I intended to have a solo adventure I ended up meeting my husband in New Zealand.

I consider myself an accidental author. I didn’t go to New Zealand with the intentions of writing a book about my experiences there. I had funny experiences that I had trouble believing were true. I wrote the stories down to stay sane. I wrote situations down that were happening around me and shared them with friends. The stories made people laugh so I decided to organize the stories into a book and publish in the hopes to make others laugh too.

One of the first people I met was Colin Mathura-Jeffree from New Zealand’s Next Top Model. I had no idea who he was or that he was on TV when I met him. He is friends with my former flatmate. We had a steep staircase that I kept falling down. Colin taught me to walk like a model so I wouldn’t fall down the stairs.

In New Zealand, I had a lot of culture shock.  One of the most memorable moments was learning the meaning of the Kiwi slang word “rooted.” One night I was brushing my teeth with my flatmate and I said, ‘I’m really excited to live in this house because I have been travelling a lot and I just need to settle down, stop traveling and get rooted’. He was choking on his toothbrush and asked me if I knew what that meant because it had a completely different meaning New Zealand than it does in the States.

I had the opportunity to write and perform for Thomas Sainsbury the most prolific playwright in New Zealand. I performed a monologue about my jobs in the Basement Theatre in Auckland.  The funny thing about that experience was Tom kept me separated from the other performers until it was time to perform. I was under the impression that all the performers were foreigners giving their experiences in New Zealand.  All of the other performers were professional actors telling stories that weren’t their own. At first I was mortified, but the audience seemed to enjoy my “performance,” laughing their way through my monologue. After the shows we would go out and mingle with the audience. People would ask me how long I had been acting. I would tell them, “I wasn’t acting; I have to go to work tomorrow and sit next to the girl wearing her dead dog’s collar around her neck.”

I love making people laugh more than anything else. I feel very grateful when readers understand my sense of humor. I plan to divide my books by the countries I’ve lived in. My next book will be about attempting to settle in Scotland.

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About the book Getting Rooted in New Zealand:

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

me with red hatAbout the author Jamie Baywood:

Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.

Getting Rooted in New Zealand is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482601907

Jamie Baywood can be followed on the following sites:

Facebook.com/jamiebaywood
Twitter.com/jamiebaywood
Pinterest.com/jamiebaywood
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7069448.Jamie_Baywood
amazon.com/author/jamiebaywood

 

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BOOK TOUR: The Long Game – J.L. Fynn

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Smooth talking. Ambitious. Loyal. Twenty-year-old Shay Reilly has proven himself to his Irish-American Gypsy clan on small-scale cons, but now the clan leader has a bigger mission for him: playing the long game.

To rake in the big score he’s after, he needs to con co-ed Spencer into falling in love with him. He knows he should see Spencer as a mere means to an end, but that’s easier said than done when there’s a witty, attractive girl in your arms.

Now the only thing that can keep them apart is the thing that brought them together: Shay’s plans of revenge against someone who wronged his clan and family years before—Spencer’s father.

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Spencer’s face was still upturned, and her skin glowed a pale silver in the moonlight as she smiled. Without giving any thought to how she would react or whether it would set back any progress I’d made so far, I kissed her.

Spencer’s response wasn’t immediate, but after a moment, she kissed me back, pressing her hands into my chest. I laid one hand against the side of her neck and tangled the fingers of my other through the silky hair at the back of her head. Her mouth was hot on mine, and she tasted sweet as our tongues met.

Long before I was ready for it to end, she broke off the kiss. She looked up at me breathlessly, her lips parted. Our faces were so close I could feel her warm breath against my cheek.

“I guess your prediction wasn’t so far off after all,” she said with a playful grin.

I smiled and pulled her back to me for another kiss.

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Author photoJ.L. Fynn is the public face of the writing collaboration between Katherine Ernst and Chelle Bruhn. Katherine and Chelle have been writing together since they were 14-years-old and are happy to be able to team up professionally after all these years. They both live outside of Philadelphia, PA and look forward to years of fruitful work together.

J.L. Fynn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7173188.J_L_Fynn

J.L. Fynn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLFynnauthor

J.L. Fynn on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jlfynnauthor

J.L. Fynn on the web: http://www.jlfynn.com/

Official J.L. Fynn tour page Pen & Muse Press: http://penandmusepress.com/long-game-j-l-fynn/

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Links

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Long-Game-American-Gypsy/dp/1491006897/ref=la_B00FFFQ6JY_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381334834&sr=1-1

The Long Game e-book: http://www.amazon.com/Long-Game-American-Gypsy-ebook/dp/B00FJBK1EK/ref=la_B00FFFQ6JY_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381334799&sr=1-1

The Long Game on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-long-game-j-l-fynn/1116875126?ean=2940045251884

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COVER REVEAL: Freaks – Lisa M. Forester

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AUTHOR: Lisa M. Forester
GENRE: Young Adult
RELEASE DATE: 28th November 2013
Cover designed by Steven Honey
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SYNOPSIS:

Nobody’s perfect… or are they?

Abigail always knew that she was different, but what she didn’t know was just how different.

That was until her 16th birthday, when her parent’s revealed a devastating secret that confirmed her worst fears and changed her life forever.

Abigail is an Allelobrid: one of five children born as a result of their parents illegal science experiment in genetic engineering. The aim: to create a perfect child.

Yet perfection comes at a price.

Forced into a life on the run, Abigail finds love, danger and an organisation that will stop at nothing to get what they want.

When lives are at risk and freedom is threatened – could being perfect be enough to survive?

AUTHOR BIO:

Lisa M. Forester is a Young Adult fiction author living in the North West of England and her debut novel ‘Freaks’ is due for release on the 26th of November 2013.

She has lived on a diet of books since she was six (when she was handed an Enid Blyton story for the very first time) and she constantly lives in hope that reading will become an Olympic sport. After being inspired to write by the plethora of amazing YA writers that exist across the globe, she put pen to paper and produced ‘Freaks’ – which I am sure she would very much love you to read!

AUTHOR LINKS:

http://www.goodreads.com/LisaMForester
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18484653-freaks
http://lisamforester.wix.com/books
@lisamforester

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COVER REVEAL: Far Too Tempting – Lauren Blakely

far_too_tempting500TITLE: Far Too Tempting
AUTHOR: Lauren Blakely
GENRE: Contemp  Romance
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ABOUT FAR TOO TEMPTING:

Jane Black has written the break-up album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break-up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

ABOUT LAUREN BLAKELY:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

Pre-Order Links:

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Far-Tempting-Entangled-Edge-ebook/dp/B00EGJ334Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380376276&sr=8-1&keywords=far+too+tempting+lauren+blakely

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/far-too-tempting-lauren-blakely/1116968327?ean=9781622662159&itm=1&usri=far+too+tempting+lauren+blakely

Links:

Website: http://www.laurenblakely.com/

Blog: http://laurenblakelybooks.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurenBlakelyBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenBlakely3

FAR TOO TEMPTING Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17935405-far-too-tempting?from_search=true

Lauren Blakely Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6860216.Lauren_Blakely

Entangled Publishing: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/

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RELEASE DAY: Everything For Us (#3) – M.Leighton

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17228519EVERYTHING FOR US Synopsis:

When it comes to passion this hot, it’s all or nothing. 

Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.

An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.

With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive.

5 /5 Stars

Down To You review HERE
Up To Me review HERE

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My Review

*Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy of Everything For Us in return of an honest review for the release day*

When I first found out about Down To You, I knew I had to have that book in my life. I demolished it right away, fell in love with Cash, loved Olivia, the sex was hot, the secret was madness and I hated Marissa. Up to Me was the same. Loved every single bit of it, the action, the love, the heroic actions of Cash and Gavin, the fear of Olivia and Marissa’s lives, and of course, the jack Daniels scene. By Jesus, that was shitting hot and of course THE HUGE BLOODY SECRET THAT COMES OUT! FRIGGING HELL. If you’ve read my review of Up To Me then you will see that came as a major surprise to me.

So when there was a third book, I wanted more of Cash and Olivia, but when it turned out it wasn’t their book, but Marissa’s, well I wasn’t sure what to expect. She was a complete bitch to Olivia, a spoilt brat and only cared about herself, yet there was something that changed in her when she was kidnapped in Up To Me and perhaps she could redeem herself somehow in Everything For Us? I knew I had to see how she would do it, and I was so glad I got to read this before the release day.

M.Leighton’s Bad Boy series is a series that is a must read. She really knows how to draw you in, makes you want to read and not sleep, makes you want to read super-fast to know the secrets and everything in the book to wanting to read really slowly and cherish every moment inside the book. And Everything For Us was not a disappointment at all. As soon as I downloaded this, I was straight to reading it, wanting to know about HIM and Marissa. I’m sure you all know who HIM is but I won’t spoil his name…not yet anyway.

This review will mention HIS name though, although most of you know exactly whom I am on about, being such loyal Bad Boy girls 😉 but for those who haven’t read the books, I’m warning you, because names will be dropped.

I’d like to say that M. Leighton has done it again. Everything For Us is a fantastic addition to the Bad Boys series. It ties up everything that we want to know from the past two books and we get to see more love, more drama with the Davenport boys, but we also get to see happy endings and a budding romance? Quite possibly. I hope M. Leighton will be writing a book for Gavin 😉

I was swooning, smiling, frustrated. I cried, I laughed, I shouted at the characters, I threw my phone down but most importantly, I was sucked into the story, wishing for Marissa to redeem herself and for Nash to be brought back into society after seven years at sea where he clearly withdrew from all human nature and feelings.

We first meet Nash at the end of Up To Me. His entrance was one of a shock to me and Everything For Us is his and Marissa’s story. Nash is a strong character, he’s had to grow up pretty damn fast and he’s grown up and developed this tough and rough exterior over the past seven years. He’s had to, to survive. He’s numb, he feels nothing and hates that he’s lived his life that way, but the anger he has just won’t go away and the need for revenge is all he knows. He needs revenge on the guys who murdered his mother and destroyed his life.

But over the book we see him falter, we see him begin to care, not just for his brother but for Marissa too. We see him give more to her than he’s ever given anyone. Although he’s cemented in his ways, he reveals things to her that he’s never told anyone, never wanted to reveal but he cares for her, he can’t stop thinking about her. It was so nice to see this tough guy slowly begin to fall for Marissa, but their relationship was anything but easy for them. They got together just to show each other a good time but over time, they both fall for one another yet they don’t say anything about their feelings. This is where you just want to bang their heads together and be like “YOU BOTH WANT MORE FROM EACH OTHER, JUST TALK”

It’s no surprise that I didn’t like Marissa in the first two books. She was selfish and a bitch and didn’t give a shit about anyone but since the kidnapping, it’s shocked her, as it would anyone and shocked her into changing. She dislikes who she used to be and is set on changing her ways, on gaining forgiveness for her actions and being the person she truly is meant to be, even if it means defying her daddy and losing her ‘posh bitch’ friends. She wants to be a good person and I was so proud of her for the way she dealt with everything, the way that she was also petrified but she pushed past it and came out the other side stronger.

With Nash he pushed her, was out to prove she could do it and she could. She pushed her boundaries on her own and with Nash (in the bedroom) and you will feel towards her – be proud of her and the way she changes and handles things.

At the end, you will love Marissa and Nash, be so happy that Marissa redeems herself and that Nash integrates back into society, that they find love with each other. Their sexual chemistry was something that you couldn’t ignore when you read it. It’s sizzling and passionate and the sex scenes just intensify their ‘relationship’. Marissa is pushed and shown things she hasn’t done before and she actually likes it. She needed someone to bring it out of her and Nash really owns her body like no other. You can easily see they should be together even if there is a secret that Nash is keeping that could come out and destroy them – even though they aren’t together.

I know you all want to know if Cash and Olivia are in this book and the answer is a big fat YES! They are the couple we all fell in love with and their story, despite not having a great involvement, does progress and we see snippets of them together and what their future holds. I loved the parts they were in because throughout everything they have been through, their love is stronger than ever.

M. Leighton really ties up everything in this book with the family secret and the murder. I loved that she gave them all a happy ending too and I can honestly say I cried at the last scene. Okay, so I always cry but this part, it was the damn sweetest ending I could ever imagine for Marissa, Nash, Cash and Olivia. Here is to knowing about Gavin and Ginger now 😉

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M. Leighton at deskM.Leighton Bio:

M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books.  When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.

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GUEST REVIEW: Facade (#2) – Nyrae Dawn by Ella Fox

My guest reviewer this time around is Ella Fox, the lovely author whose books include The Hart Family and the Renegade Saints series.

Here is her review of Facade by Nyrae Dawn 🙂

 

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From bestselling author, Nyrae Dawn, comes Book 2 in her New Adult, “Games” Series!

Can love save them?

After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she’s never been–and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.

To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.

Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate, carefree love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together, or tear them apart forever?

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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Ella’s Review

I absolutely adored book 1 in the “Games” series, “Charade.” As the story came to it’s conclusion, I was hoping that Adrian would be getting a book of his own. When I found out that he was; I was thrilled! Nyrae can weave a tale like nobodies business. Her stories make their way into your heart and set up camp, permanently.

My advice before beginning a “Games” book is to have some tissues ready. Going into this book I thought that there was no way that I would have as emotional of a reaction/connection to Façade as I did with Charade. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Both stories are dynamic and beautiful, each a journey that won’t soon be forgotten.

Façade is, at its base, a story about growth, forgiveness and redemption. Delaney is a girl that feels things very deeply. Her father is in jail and her mother is an abusive suicidal terror. Although Delaney is done with her father, she continues to try to save her mother. The heartbreaking thing is that her mother treats her like garbage

and makes the situation that much worse. The one family member who cares about Delaney is her brother, Maddox. He’s there for her but is fighting his own demons, things that she doesn’t know about.

With things as bad as they are, Delaney hopes that if she can find the people that had their lives ruined by her fathers actions, the suffering within her own family will end.

Delaney is easily able to find the ‘mother’ of the boy that was killed. Meeting Angel is cathartic for them both and they really open up to each other. During the course of their meeting Angel tells Delaney that Delaney’s father didn’t just killed Ashton that day- he took away her whole family because Angel’s brother wasn’t able to deal with it and he disappeared. Angel had an investigator find him and it turned out that Adrian was living four hours away, but Angel is unable to go to him because she knows that Adrian would run.

Getting into Adrian’s POV was gut wrenching. From the beginning it’s very clear that he holds himself totally accountable to Ash’s death. At the cemetery on the fourth anniversary of Ash’s death, Adrian sits in his car and watches his sister cry over his grave… but doesn’t go to her because he thinks that she must hold him responsible.

Pain grabs a hold of me, threatens to pull me under, and for the millionth time I wonder why I don’t let it. It would be so much easier than walking around in the masks I do now.

Delaney makes a radical choice and decides to move to where Adrian is. Destiny plays a little trick the day that she moves in when she meets Adrian, but doesn’t know who he is.

Later that night, she meets him again when he shows up at the diner she’s working in. There’s an attraction there on both sides from the get-go. When he tells her his name, she’s stunned.

Their relationship develops from there. Adrian is hiding behind pot and parties because he doesn’t want to feel anything, while Delaney is keeping one key piece of information about herself from him.

Adrian has never told anyone about Ash and Delaney tells no one about her father. Although they begin by keeping these secrets from each other, their relationship is real. He sees that she’s in pain and nicknames her ‘little ghost’. They let down their walls with each other- sometimes against their own will- and become something bigger.

There is so much to this story that I can’t share because it would be spoiler-ish and that’s not okay. Suffice it to say, these characters stole, then broke, then healed my heart.

I was so proud of Delaney for showing Adrian that he was a good man, and I was also proud of her for finally standing up to her mother and walking away.

As far as Adrian goes… I fell in love. Some of the deepest scars are internal and he survived something that a lot of people wouldn’t have been able to. Although he was drowning for four years, the core of him was still amazing. He just needed to learn to fight, to LIVE, and Delaney was able to push him in that direction. I cried my eyes out for him- from the shirt under his pillow to the handprint on his heart, Adrian had me- and I cried happy tears when he started to become the man that Ashton would have wanted him to be. When he lets it all out for Delaney, my heart skipped beats.

You helped me stop bleeding. You made my heart beat when I thought it was gone.

Seriously, how could you NOT fall in love with Adrian Westfall?

Next up in the “Games” series is Delaney’s brother Maddox’s story and I can’t wait. I spent a fair amount of time during this book wondering about what had happened to him and I’m anxious to get that book in my hands so that I can know.

I can’t recommend this series enough.

About Ella Fox

It seems I’ve had one story or another in my head since the day I was born. I’ve always had characters taking up space my brain, waiting to be “delivered.” Recently I decided to take the plunge, and what a journey it’s been!

I’m a romance girl. Always have been, always will be. My pet peeve is reading a romance novel that centers around a weak and spineless heroine. It’s insulting that as a society we fall for stereotypical female characters who bat their eyelashes, aren’t familiar or comfortable with their sexuality and who allow themselves to be railroaded by the men in the story.

I enjoy a heroine that sounds REAL. Women like you, like me, like my friends. Women who don’t take crap, who don’t accept emotional or mental abuse and who don’t automatically do whatever it is the man wants.

A GOOD relationship- even a relationship that includes BDSM- always involves two equals. It is true in life and it’s true in my books.

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COVER REVEAL: Spark – Brooke Cumberland

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Book: Spark

Author: Brooke Cumberland

Genre: New Adult/Romance/Erotica/Contemporary

Release date: August 6, 2013

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Synopsis

When your past controls your future, how do you move forward?

Velaney Wills knows about that all too well.

Weak, powerless, and fearing the one person who has hurt her the most…can she overcome the barriers to move forward?

Being saved by a muscled Godsend was never on her agenda, but when firefighter, Eric Reilley comes into her life unexpectedly, everything changes.

Velaney has never felt loved or cared for, and her past prevents her from letting anyone in. Eric manages to break down her walls – despite the repercussions that come for them afterwards.

They have an undeniable spark – something she has never felt before, but will it be enough? Can love overcome all obstacles? Can they save each other to protect their love or will her past shatter everything she never knew she needed…?

**Spark is for mature audiences only – strong language, explicit sexual content, and sexual abuse are apparent.**

Meet the Author

brooke cumberland author pic1Brooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She’s a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (one daughter & two stepsons) and a black fury dog. She’s studied psychology in college, and counseling and education in graduate school where she found her love for writing. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She’s addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants.

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Excerpt

The shower feels absolutely amazing. The cold water hits my face washing all the dirt and ash off of me. I rinse my hair, washing it twice to make sure the smell is gone. I scrub my face getting the ash out of my pores. I stay an extra ten minutes just letting the water run off me.

Finally, I get out and grab a towel. Oh crap, wouldn’t you know, no towel. That was the downside to working on laundry day.

I peek out my bedroom door and call out to Carissa, “Riss! Can you bring me a towel?” I’m shivering from the windows being left open blowing air right over my bare skin. “Riss!”

Ugh, she’s not answering. I peek out and see she’s nowhere to be found. Oh, what the heck. I tiptoe down the hall and across the living room. Our rooms are on opposite sides of the apartment, which benefits me greatly when she brings guy friends over. We had our own bathrooms as well, leaving little to argue about.

“Where the heck are you…son of a—” I quickly cover my parts with my freezing cold hands as I hear him laugh. “Turn around!” I demand. He continues laughing as the blood drains from my face completely. My face is pale, and I could die right now. Literally die.

“Sorry, didn’t mean to disturb ya there.” The southern tone comes from his sweet lips. Eric. He blinks several times before finally covering his eyes. Oh holy balls, he just saw me naked. Butt naked. And wet.

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