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BOOK TOUR: The Right Moves (#3) – Emma Hart

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Today on The Book Lovers, Emma will be sharing her top 5 females characters she has written!

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Her past is wrought with demons.
His past is full of heartbreak.
Yet he’s the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that’s housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there’s only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet – and Julliard – becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

The Right Moves UK CoverBlake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he’ll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn’t expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he’s seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can’t fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they’re too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they’re the healing the other needs.

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Top 5 favourite females I’ve written.

(Umm, Zoe? I hate you for this.)
Glad we got that out of the way.
This is really hard for me because I adore all my girls, so.

1. My favourite female lead is Abbi, from The Right Moves. A huge part of me went into writing her, given my own personal struggle with depression over the last few years. Her story was a journey for both of us, and the strength I admire in her as a character, I can now see in myself. She’s my best book girlfriend, easily.

2. Dayton, from Late Call, coming May 1st. Ah, my call girl. She waited a year for me to write her story, and as I did I discovered she was full of spunk and takes no shit. Aaron might be a demanding rich guy, but she’s strong enough and independent enough to tell him when to stfu. I love it.

3. Roxy, from Worth the Risk, coming May 29th. She definitely picked the wrong path, and I believe her journey in the book is the greatest one of all my characters. She only ever needed someone to believe in her, and when she finds that in Kyle, her growth is astounding. And she is really, really kick ass.

4. Megan, from Playing for Keeps. Her love of books and Mr. Darcy. I think we’re all in agreement on this.

5. Leah, from a secret project. Without giving too much away, she’s strong and determined like the rest of my girls, but also grows in her own way. The biggest thing she learns is not to judge a person by what you hear, and I can’t wait to share her story with you.

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1501799_728442320499550_1620056653_nAbout Emma

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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BOOK TOUR: Breathless (#1.5) – Rachel Brookes

Today is The Book Lovers stop on the Breathless tour. Check out my 5 STAR review

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One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.

From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.

Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.

When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.

4 out of 5 STARS!

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My Review

For those of you who have read Just Breathe, Breathless begins where JB finished and this novella is told in Tate’s POV. Rachel has done a fantastic job of delving into Tate’s head, giving us all he has and his inner thoughts on his relationship, on jellybean, on his past, his future and the present. Rachel is consistent in writing from a guys POV and she does a damn good job too!

In Just Breathe, Sav is off to spend a month in the New York office and that is exactly where Breathless starts, just in Tate’s POV instead of Savs. Rachel definitely makes you fall even harder for Tate, especially when he begins to think about Sav and Jellybean and how much they mean to him, how he cant live without them.

We see the alpha male make a comeback and he decides, on a whim, to go to New York and surpsie Sav. He can’t wait another second to be with her and Jellybean so with only his wallet, passport and the clothes on the back of him, he boards a plane and jets off.

I loved his nervousness on the flight, the romanticness (yes, I can make words up) of just upping and going to see the girl who stole his heart. We all know what Tate is like, but in this book, we really see all his different sides. His flirtiness, his cocky side but also he habours deep insecurities within and he is so afraid of things that just wont or havent happened yet that they cloud everything he does. You can see just how utterly in love he is with Sav, but he is so scared of her just leaving him and it doesnt help that he is so jealous that it is beginning to piss Sav off just a smidge. You can see he would do anything for her, but he really does need to sort out his issues and insecurities about his past before moving forward with Sav.

We see so much passion and love between Sav and Tate, I just hope that everything can be resolved after that BLOODY ENDING! I cant believe Rachel is evil enough to end like that, but I definitely showed us just how much Tate is not going to let Sav go and will do whatever he can to be with her. It really was emotional and I got angry and wound up and ended up screaming at my kindle.

It doesnt help that FUCKING CHELSEA is back. She can suck my massive dick for the shit she has done. Seriously, I wanted to just reach into my kindle and kick a bitch….okay, so much more than kick but I wont go into specifics. Just…you will hate her.

I definitely loved being a part of Tate’s head, his reasoning’s behind everything, knowing his anxitites, how scared he is but most of all, how infatuated he is with Sav, how really, she saved him and brought life back to him, brought a new hope and a new ray of sunshine from his darkened past.

I just hope Rachel is lovely and kind enough in Breathe Again to make sure everything is resolved and all the wankers can piss off and leave Sav, Tate and Jellybean be. I cant wait to see how Tate and Mr. D dotes on the little bean. Ohhh he’s gonna be an awesome baby daddy!

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rachelbrookesAbout Rachel

Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys.

Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing.

When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.

With her first novel, Just Breathe,  released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.

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Officer Off Limits – Tessa Bailey

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His need to possess her is non-negotiable.

Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.

Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.

Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?

5 / 5 stars

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My Review

Since reading Protecting What’s His, I have been grabbing my sides (and clenching my legs ;)) to read the next two books from Tessa Bailey. I couldn’t resist anymore and I couldn’t stop thinking about them so Officer Off Limits was the next book I literally devoured.

As I mentioned in my review for Protecting what’s His, I couldn’t put it down. Ms. Bailey engrosses you within the story, rooting for both hero and heroine, making you fall in love with them and mentally telling them what to do, as well as picturing yourself having sex with the hero….yes, we all do it, don’t be shy now.

I read the majority of books on the bus and trains to and from work, so I have so many different facial expresses but when sex scenes appear, they get me highly strung…seriously people, don’t read sexy books in public places, you will want to jump the next boy/girl who sits beside you. Don’t worry that didn’t happen but the book will be on your mind all day until you can get your hands back on your kindle to finish it. THAT is the type of book I love, the one where the story plays all day in your mind and you just need to know the ending. It surely didn’t take me long to read 😉

After her fiancé called off their wedding just weeks before the big day and her dad, whom she hasn’t seen in years decidedly has a heart-attack, Story Brooks decides to visit her dad in New York while examining why she isn’t broken up about her engagement.

While she’s there, she meets her father’s partner, Daniel Chase. Playboy Daniel was recruited by Story’s dad when he was younger and her dad has been his mentor throughout the years. Never thinking himself good enough for love, he jumps from bed to bed never staying long enough for anything serious, until he spots Story. Her blasé attitude only makes him want her even more but when he finds out she’s his mentors daughter, he’s forbidden from pursuing her.

But the chemistry between Daniel and Story is just too strong and despite the warning, they cant stay away from each other. Story learns about Daniels troubled past and helps him learn to love, whereas Story wants a rebound yet does she really? When everyone finds out the real reason for the cancellation of the wedding, can Story and Daniel’s relationship survive?

I’m going to start with Daniel. HAHA but of course, who wouldn’t. You all know me by now, such a book boyfriend whore so I HAVE to start with the guys first 😉 But yes, DANIEL CHASE! I pretty much love him (as I do with other BBF I’ve written about). He is primal and possessive and raw but he doesn’t think highly of himself. He doesn’t think hes worthy of love because of his past and being thrown around the system and that one event that changed him and shaped him into what is now his career. Because of this self-doubt, he whores himself around because he thinks hes not worthy of being loved, or even loving. Oh baby, you are sorely mistaken about that.

He is great at his job, been with plenty of women so he pretty much knows the way around a woman’s body but when he spots Story, hes taken aback. She is something different altogether and it’s a damn shame she is off limits, but does that stop him? Fuck no. He wants her, want to get to know her and he knows there is something between them, something more than a quick fuck. He’s hooked from the get go and now it’s time to prove that this is more than a rebound, that it’s something real.

I loved Story. She is a kindergarten teacher and when her fiancé breaks off their engagement she just has this blasé attitude towards it.  Like she didn’t give a shit that they were no more, she just ordered cake and champagne to go. THAT made me laugh so much. She’s strong willed and feisty and spunky and she can give amazing banter back but shes caring and sweet and wants to see the best in people. I suppose that is from being a teacher. You can see that she does take after her dad though; you will see why when you read it.

Tessa surely makes her heroines strong and feisty and I love her for it! Her characters aren’t pathetic, they have pasts but they power through them, coming out in love and happy in the end. They can give as good as the hero’s can and can make their own decisions upon what he right and wrong. You watch Story and Daniel fall in love over the few weeks they spend together, and you can see that they really do deserve one another.  This was no rebound, this was their forever.

I’ve mentioned this in Protecting What’s His review but TESSA, where the hell do you have the ideas for these sex scenes? Jesus woman, you are killing me every single time. I need a Daniel to recreate them. Tessa has me squirming and I need to jump someone. The sex is just raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw and throw me against a wall and take me sex and the things that man can do in 60 seconds? WAAAH I want. The sexual chemistry and all the sex really intensified their connection and brought out another side to Story, which I loved as it brought her sexy shell out.

You totally wouldn’t mind Daniel in your bed; seriously, you will be fanning yourself and this one scene? Oh Oh Ohhhhhhhhh yes please. 😉

Tessa Bailey has really done it again. She brings feisty, caring heroines, possessive and dirty mouthed alpha males, humour, sarcasm, hot sex scenes and a great plot within this book which I can tell you is hard to not read once you’ve read one book by her.

If this review doesn’t get your butt over to Amazon and pressing the 1-click button, I’ll leave you with these two quotes…..

“Do you feel that gorgeous? I keep my cock hot and hard for you. Only you. Any time you want it, you just crawl right onto my lap and take what you need.”

And

“Fuck yeah. Bite me gorgeous. Mark up my whole body. I want everyone to know who I belong to. Who I get hard for. Just you, Story. Just you.”

*dies*

Posted in New Adult, Romance

Falling Into You – Jasinda Wilder

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I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.
Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

5/5 stars
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My review

So you know how I always mention that if a book makes me cry then it’s a great one? Well I full on ugly cried throughout this book, so much so, I had to stop, redo my make-up so I could go to work.

Oh god, Jasinda Wilder completely drew me in with Falling Into You. It didn’t take me long at all to read it because I literally devoured it. I couldn’t get enough. Ms. Wilder had me beaming, then sobbing then feeling every single emotion both Nell and Colt were feeling. The songs, dear god, they set me off and because I was also listening to music on my Ipod, songs that were convenient to that scene appeared and I was a mess. But I did like feeling this way as I’ve said; books that make me sob are great ones.

Nell and Kyle grew up together. Since the moment they were born they have been inseparable and to everyone, it seemed inevitable that one day they would end up together. During one argument, their confusion for how they were looking at each other differently came to light and since that moment, they had been together. From best friends to lovers, it seemed an easy transaction for them both. And it was perfect. As a first love, Jasinda captured what it was all about. From the awkwardness of talking about sex, to the desire they had for one another.

But then, I was on edge, because of the synopsis. I was waiting in suspense of when the death of Kyle would happen. I didn’t like that feeling at all because I was dreading it. Dreading to find out how he would die. And oh god, I cried so much I had to put my kindle down and take a few minutes before I could continue.  My heart broke for both Kyle and Nell.

I instantly loved Kyle. He was the best friend Nell ever had. He was always there for her, making her happy, comforting her when she was sad or upset and he was protective over her. They were both there for each other. When feelings changed for one another, it was inevitable. They grew up together, spent every day together; they knew everything about each other so it was just down to time as to when they would be together.

They were happy-go-lucky, in love with one another, waiting to take the next step all their friends were taking. Shift two years in to the future, and they were the happiest they could have been. Then one night it was all taken from Nell. Kyle was taken from her in the most terrible and perhaps heroic way. He saved her but Nell couldn’t see that. She saw her kill him.

When this scene occurred I, 1. Thanked my stars I wasn’t on the train to work, and 2. Cried my heart out until I just had to shut my kindle down and get some sleep. It was just heartbreaking watching Nell’s reactions and sobs and cries for Kyle, and it just hit my core, the amount of pain they were both feeling, all different types of pain consuming them.

Since that fatal day, Nell was never the same. She didn’t cry anymore, she held all the pain and guilt inside of her, still blamed herself for Kyle’s death and just pottered on in life, having nightmares of that night. She still held on to everything, wanting Kyle back. It choked me up over how she kept all the pain inside and wouldn’t let it out. Kyle was her best friend and boyfriend whom she loved and watching him die that way, I know I would never be the same again.

At the funeral we meet Colton – Kyle’s brother whom Nell has never met. There is this connection between them, they share pain over Kyle but it was more than that. But Nell runs and tries to ignore it. She has just lost Kyle.

When she saw Colton after two years, busking in Central Park, that spark is still there, but so is the pain, for both of them, but more so Nell. Colton can see that and is determined to help her through it. Not to tell her it will all be okay, because it won’t, but just get her to open up, get her to release all the pain and to cry. He sure as hell knows about pain, suffering through his childhood and then the pain he suffered in New York. But he’s dealing with it and tries to help Nell deal with it too.

I loved Colton. Sure he seemed like the tough guy and he was, but he was now reformed. Under all the exterior and the tattoos he was just has broken as Nell, but he found ways to get through it. He was caring, protective and music was his way of speaking. I adored all the music he wrote, they were all heartfelt and had me crying. He wasn’t perfect by any means but he really loved Nell and would do anything to help her through the pain, in turn, helping himself too. His advice and his own past experiences of pain and getting through it were enlightening and truthful. And as I’ve mentioned, they both went through horrific things but together, they were trying to make things okay and less painful.

I liked how things weren’t all rosy and cherries on top, they were both feeling the effects of losing loved ones but together, they made it bearable to live each day and to find love with one another. Even at the end of the book, they were still hurting but being together, falling into each other, they knew they were meant to be and they would always be there, to ease the pain somehow and down the line, maybe erase the pain and just leave the guilt and grief behind and turn it into great memories of lost loved ones.

The sex scenes. Oh heck. Seriously, you’ll be fanning yourself because the chemistry between the two of them is off the scale as is the sex. Colton certainly knows what he is doing and how to bring intense and explosive pleasure to Nell. There’s this overwhelming connection that they both share and it just made the sex between them even hotter. They both know what they want and how to please each other and I just…*sigh* would like a Colton for myself.

Music is a massive factor in this book. The music spoke the emotions that both Nell and Colton are going through. Each song represented what they were feeling, from pain, to love, there was a song for each chapter of their life. And it didn’t help that I was listening to my IPod when I was reading this book and songs relevant to the scenes would play, which in turn made me break down reading the scenes.

Falling Into You, is definitely a Five star book. I loved every second of this book. It’s emotional, but there are parts where I was laughing and smiling despite the theme of the book. You’ll want to hug all the characters, take their pain away too and connect with them, not just through the music but you’ll think about your own losses. Your heart will ache but it will get better, you’ll make it through the book, through Nell and Colton’s journey to try and be okay and in the end, you will be.

You all need to give Falling Into You a read, Jasinda Wilder wrote an AMAZING book!

Posted in New Adult, Romance

True Love Story – Willow Aster

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Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.

Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn’t so simple.

Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.

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My Review

True Love Story begins with Sparrow bumping into her ex-boyfriend Ian at the airport. You instantly find out that she is still reeling from their break-up and she also tells you how long it’s been since they met, been in and out of each other’s lives and how long since they broke up.

But now she has to spend time on a plane, sitting right next to the only person she has and will ever love. The only person who has broken her heart so badly she can’t get over him. And the only person she wants to be with, but can’t.

We then go back to the time they met for the first time and that is when the story truly begins. We get to find out what Ian did to hurt Sparrow so badly. Throughout the years, we see them both flutter in and out of each other’s lives, but every time they do, they both leave a bit of one another with the other person. They start off as friends, with an instant physical and sexual attraction to one another and over the years it flairs into something more. Something that never of them really expected, but welcomed no less as it meant they got to be together one way or another.

I loved the journey that both Sparrow and Ian had throughout the five years they had known each other. They both had a lot of growing up to do (Even if Ian was 28 when they first met and Sparrow 18). They grew up in the sense of love. They grew up in themselves and what they wanted.  Their friendship / relationship was raw. It had passion and you could really see the love they had for one another. Age meant and means nothing and it was really nice to see them just being together. Their playfulness together, their smoking hot sex, their need for one another. It was intoxicating.

Their journey was a long one. Five years is a big time span to go through everything these two did. Everything they did was playful, it was raw, it was overwhelming and you could see that Sparrow and Ian really did belong together. They changed one another for the best; that is until Ian made the biggest mistake of his life and lost Sparrow. He then dedicates his months to trying to get her back with notes. Love letters; pouring his heart out to Sparrow, who in turn, doesn’t reply, but they do really get to her. She’s more than upset about the incident but although she loves him, she can’t forgive him or trust him anymore. It kills them both.

I do have to say, and to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever said this, but I really didn’t like Ian throughout the book. Controversial I know but there was just something about the way he acted with and without Sparrow that just didn’t sit right with me. I know he wanted Sparrow is enjoy her youth and enjoy college and NYC but it just annoyed me how he’d go months without taking to her, whereas she was going crazy because he was all she could think about. And when they did see each other, he would just go back to how they were months ago, pretending that they hadn’t just gone months without speaking or seeing each other. Hell no buddy. That would not sit pretty with me. Yes, I know he had to tour (He’s a musician), but it doesn’t take 2 seconds just to ring and ask how someone is. (I know at the start they weren’t officially together and maybe I can see why he wouldn’t call, but the things he said to her, you’d expect him to make an effort.)

But when they do get together, sure he makes an effort but I couldn’t see past everything and especially what he does to Sparrow. I was say thinking “Good on you for ignoring him all these months.” I just got angry at him for everything he did. And although he proves just how much he needs Sparrow, how much he does love her and how much he would do anything to have her back, I just thought it was too late. He’d done the deed, now he can pay the time for breaking her heart.

True Love Story is a story about true love. That much is true. It’s about a journey finding love throughout the obstacles thrown your way, about trusting the person you love, staying in love for years to come even when you’re not with that person. It’s about loving that person forever even when they have hurt you. And it’s about doing whatever you can to hold on to that love, to get it back and to prove that love can conquer all throughout everything.

I would definitely recommend True Love Story, but if you’re like me and get easily annoyed by the ‘hero’s’ stupid actions throughout a book and then holds a grudge even when they redeem themselves, then maybe don’t read it? Or better yet, do read it and tell me about it. We can have a right old chatter over Ian and his ways.

The story is a nice one; it takes you on a journey with Ian and Sparrow, but also the parents and the friends. You see the characters grow up over the five year span, but also love and go through heartbreak and agony. You see that age gaps are not an issue when you love that person with everything.

I hope this review doesn’t put you off, because really, I did like this book to some extent but it wasn’t the greatest book I’ve read. I did have high hopes for it given that so many people have rated it 5 stars. But to me it was more 2.5/3 stars.

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HDU (Part 1) – India Lee

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Amanda Nathan just lost everything – her first real boyfriend to her lifelong best friend, her half of their shared apartment in St. Louis and her first post-grad job as a receptionist. Forced back under her parents’ roof in Merit, Missouri, the gossipy town she’d spent her life trying to escape, Amanda has but one saving grace – being an anonymous moderator on HDU, the Internet’s largest celebrity gossip community. Unemployed and alone, Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over – Hollywood gossip. Now, her idea of fun is getting lost in the glamorous lives of others and posting nasty rumors about her former bestie’s favorite actor, Liam Brody, a playboy notorious for dumping his model girlfriends on a monthly basis.

So who would’ve thought that Liam Brody would be Amanda’s answer to escaping Merit? When the controversial womanizer needs an image boost to land a new role, he turns to none other than HDU for some good press. As it turns out, Liam is as eager to shed his playboy image as Amanda is desperate to move out of Merit. The solution to both problems? Fake a romance in which Hollywood’s biggest playboy falls for an unknown, sweet and shockingly plain Jane.

With the help of Ian, a fellow HDU moderator and self-developed expert on stardom, Amanda packs her bags for her new life in New York, where the overnight fame and glamour of being a celebrity girlfriend awaits. But Amanda soon discovers that their little ploy is a lot more emotionally complicated than she imagined. And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle, so does manipulation.

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My Review

22 year old Amanda is back living with her parents after her childhood best friend and roommate did the one thing that no best friend should ever do – steal your boyfriend. With no job, no boyfriend and a gossiping town who completely adores her best friend Megan, she finds solace in her ‘job’ moderating the celebrity blog HDU and spouting how much she dislikes Hollywood’s heartthrob Liam Brody due to his womanizing ways.

But one day she receives an email from Liam who needs a favour from her. He really wants a part in a film that seems close to his heart but Amanda’s hate posts about him using and dumping models will have the opposite affect and so – as it was her sarcastic idea – Liam asks her to be the ‘normal’ girl to date for publicity and this kick-starts something in Amanda who agrees, seeing as she needs to get away from her small Missouri town and New York is just the key.

Thus, this starts the beginning of their ‘relationship’ and with Amanda being quite literally thrown to the wolves, the both of them are slowly seemingly becoming more but as everything unravels and drama comes a-knocking, what will happen to the couple who were pretending?

I love reading books like this – the normal girl who dates the big Hollywood star but with a twist. I loved Tina Reber’s Love series and I’ve already fallen in love with book 1 of HDU! I’m now impatiently awaiting book two to find out the next part of Amanda and Liam’s story and how they are going to deal with everything from  malicious ‘friends’ to the celeb blogosphere. I must admit, I am prone to lurking about Celebrity sites to get my fix about their lives – Perez Hilton being one of them, and I think that was part of what also attracted me to this book. Romance, Hollywood, normal girls and blogs – yes please!

Amanda has literally lost everything. He best friend stole her boyfriend, kicked her out of their flat, she hasn’t a job and moving back with your parents is every young adult’s nightmare (I should know). Her town is a gossip site and she’s been holed up in her room away from the attention of why she is back. The only ‘friend’ she has is her fellow blogger ‘FilmFreak’ whom have been speaking for years but have never met…until know when they both talk about how depressing their lives are.

Showing Ian aka FilmFreak the video Liam sent her, he persuades her to be the girlfriend thus throwing both of them into the public eye and making them ‘famous for being famous.’ Enter Liam coming to her hometown, being shown off to her family and friends then flying her and Ian back to New York with him to begin their journey as a ‘couple.’

Amanda is witty, sarcastic, and a bit naive but she is incredibly loyal to those she loves, standing up for what she believes is right especially being thrown into the public with no idea how to react – she did exceptionally well. But she really did deserve to have a bit of luck come her way after a disastrous couple of months, and I was happy that despite having no idea what she wanted in life, she got Liam and a perfect job along the way.

I fell in love with Liam from the word go / when he emailed Amanda. His sarcasm shone through on his email and I was highly amused by what he said to her that after that I was hooked and waiting to read more emails from him. Needing a normal girl to boost his publicity, Amanda seems the perfect choice and although he’s very head strong and the first meeting seems very uncomfortable between them, they did actually fall into the whole relationship with ease, with friendly banter, kisses, hold handing and slowly changing their perceptions of each other. I just loved watching the relationship change at every corner.

Liam proved that he wasn’t a womanizer, that he just liked woman but he stayed faithful to Amanda throughout their contracted time and over the time, you could see that he had grown and was becoming a changed man thanks to having Amanda in his life. He could be jealous at times when they were out, especially when fellow actor and heartthrob Dylan was around, whom I did like but I wish he stayed away from Amanda (Even though he had been her crush for years). He truly cared about her and only wanted the best for her, that’s why when the contract ended, he let her go, even though it obviously pained him to do so. It proved that something had changed in both of them and it was real between them now, it just couldn’t happen…no yet anyway.

I loved the banter between Liam and Amanda. From the first email right up until the end of the book you could see how much they grew together and although it was all ‘pretend’ it started to certainly not feel that way – for both of them down the line. Although they both started off on the wrong foot with each other, which is why the banter had me laughing so hard, they eventually began to know each other and the more time they spent together, it was like they truly were a couple, especially the way they would act in public with each other, for all to see.

I was disheartened when the contract ran its course. I wanted them to renew it, but I knew what Liam was doing. He wanted Amanda to spread her wings and be everything she should be in the Big Apple, just everything turned to pot in her life after he left to film to movie. I was sat wishing that she didn’t let him leave and that he would come back before the book finished – which I am super happy he did, because that ending was perfect and left us ready for the next chapter in their lives.

There were a few scenes that I adored but I have to say the one that I loved the most was when they were in the restaurant, slightly tipsy and the waitress was trying to get Liam’s attention and Amanda was telling him he could look as she wouldn’t be going away until he did and he said he didn’t want to look and you could really see that those two just had eyes for each other and their feelings were starting to change. I LOVED THAT PART!!

The secondary characters were refreshing and their storylines kept me hooked as well. It seems to be hard to find great friends in the Hollywood world and Casey was no exception. Liam tells Amanda that she’s bad news, but Amanda – who had no female friends – wants to believe differently. I liked their relationship at the start but then Casey started to become the person Liam warned Amanda about. I can’t wait to see what happens with these two in the next book!

Ian was a great friend but his life took a turn for the worst throughout most of the book. I felt so sorry for him that he was spiralling down, and fast. As much as everyone was telling Amanda to not help him, she’s too loyal and I’m just glad she got to him before he really did do something stupid and made him get the help is needed. I can’t wait to see how he is in book two and if he’s straightened his life out.

And finally Megan. She was just an attention seeker who was so very jealous of Amanda and her life. What she did and continued to do to Amanda was disgraceful and I was so happy and glad that Amanda stood up to her in the end because that bitch deserved a slap – although she didn’t receive one.

HDU is the first book I have read by India Lee and her writing style certainly drew me in, so much so, I could not put the book down. The plot flowed; the writing was witty and brought a burst of life to the story. I especially loved all the blog posts and articles throughout the book.

The only thing I will say is that I wish there was more Liam and Amanda because scenes with those two were so funny and cute to read and vision them both together. I hope there are more in the second installment.

I definitely recommend this book if you love celebrity blogs, Hollywood heartthrobs pretending to date normal girls, perceptions of others being changed, drama and romance. I, for one, loved this book and will definitely be re-reading it very soon.

Posted in J. Sterling, Romance

MY BIRTHDAY BOOK: Chance Encounters – J. Sterling

13411524Synopsis

Caroline Weber was a normal girl who thought she had her life figured out. After graduating from college in New York, she moved to San Francisco with her boyfriend, Clay. Everything in her life felt perfect. There wasn’t anything she would change…

…until she met Jackson Parks.

Is it possible that a chance meeting with a stranger can make you question EVERYTHING you thought you wanted? Caroline tries to carry on with her life as if nothing has changed…but the truth is, nothing can ever be the same.

Chance Encounters is an emotional love story about trusting and following your heart, even when it’s leading you down a difficult path.

Sometimes other hearts have to break in order to keep yours intact.

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My Review

Caroline Weber has been with her boyfriend Clay for many years. They moved from New York to San Francisco together after graduating college. After a tragic accident in New York, Caroline goes back to New York but on the return plane, everything she thought was perfect in her life suddenly changes when a stranger sits in the seat besides her.

His name? Jackson Parks and during the flight, he seems to be making Caroline question everything and the attraction between them is anything but. Once landed in San Fran, Caroline tries her best to continue with her life, but the truth is, everything has changed and she can’t go back to how life was before. It can never be the same.

Caroline did have a good heart, albeit, it was a heart used to doing ‘boring’ things – in the words of Bailey, her best friend. When she met Jax on the plane, she was instantly attracted to him and it was a kind of love/lust at first sight. You could see her inner dilemmas over both Clay and Jackson and she really didn’t want to hurt anyone, especially Clay, but loving two people, someone was bound to have their heart broken and she just didn’t know what to do. I’ve heard this saying and said this saying a few times in my 22 years and its “If you love two men, pick the second one, because if you really loved the first, you wouldn’t have fallen for the second.” And this is totally true to Chance Encounters. If she truly loved Clay with all her heart, she wouldn’t have felt such strong feelings for Jax and she wouldn’t be talking to him every single day and would have told Clay about it, not kept it a secret.

I did, at times, feel so infuriated with Caroline, much because of the things she said at the start of the book about life and then she just contradicts herself and does the complete opposite of what she said she wouldn’t do. In a way, I suppose she never expected anything of this scale to occur and for her to think over what she should do – stay in the comfortable relationship and marry Clay or give up everything and go head first into a relationship with Jackson and find everything she didn’t know she was looking for?

I know the talking to Jax behind Clays back is completely wrong, but would it be considered cheating? It’s a hard thing to determine and I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Oh Jackson. Jackson, Jackson, Jackson. You fell for an unavailable girl, and by God, you fell for her hard. I loved Jax from the start. He was playful, charismatic and has never loved a woman as much as he loved Caroline. Hell, he’s never loved a woman, especially one who has a boyfriend and he has standards – he would never split up a relationship and be a homewrecker. As much as there was a voice saying he should stay away, there was too much of an electric pull between the two, and they both felt it. It was pretty easy to see why Caroline developed feelings so quickly for Jax, he was the type of guy who would always be there and say the right things. I completely fell for him too and I was rooting for Caroline to make the right decision regarding Jax and pick him, because the things he would say and do in this book would make my heart swell. It was hard to see him love her so much yet be caused pain over Caroline’s actions – although she didn’t mean to.

Bailey, Caroline’s best friend was the greatest friend EVER! She was there for Caroline through thick and thin, trying to help her through her battles with both Jax and Clay. Her advice and support was magical and she never once judged Caroline was her actions. Their friendship is something special and Bailey really did crack me up laughing at times. That is what you want in a great friendship!  Jackson’s best friend, Alex was much the same as Bailey was to Caroline. They were both so loyal to Caroline and Jax and would do anything to try and make them happy. I’m so glad they both had amazing friends to help them through the situation.

And finally Clay. He was such a sweetheart, although he worked late nearly every night, but it never seemed to bother Caroline. He knew something was up when she returned from New York and he just wanted everything to go back to the way it was before she left. He genuinely loved Caroline and would do anything for her. The birthday date he set up was magical and I would love to have that date myself. I could understand his anger towards Caroline when she told him about Jackson. It would hurt and sting like hell to know your girlfriend has been speaking to another guy behind your back and fallen in love but then I think, if he hadn’t worked so late all the time, maybe it wouldn’t have happened? But because Clay was such a nice and lovely guy, in time he was able to forgive Caroline for what she had done and he went to live his own life after her.

It is a beautiful book to read and the way it was written is totally respectful towards what the book is about. I felt the emotions of all the characters and it was easy to fall into becoming attached to each character as they were easy to associate with and care for. It is definitely a page turner and I couldn’t put it down at all, I needed to know what was going to happen.

Give this book a read, it will not disappoint.

Posted in Alexis Lauren, Romance

Big Tex – Alexis Lauren

Synopsis

Willow never wanted to leave New York. She loved her job, her life, her friends. But what happens when her mom needs her in Texas? Willow reluctantly moves from New York City to Texas to help her mom. Being a city girl, she is like a fish out of water.
Everything suddenly changes when she meets Brody Harris. At 6’4”, with black hair, green eyes, he is one muscular country Boy. Soon the two fall in love, changing her life forever.

Note: Contains some mature content.

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My Review – Some spoilers included.

Now, I’ve read and reviewed Under Her Skin by Alexis, and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give her other books a read, starting with Big Tex.

I have to say, there were some times that I did like in the book, and some that I found so annoying that if that happened to me, I know it would be different. This isn’t going to be my typical review, so watch out.

So, this book is about a girl from New York and a boy from Texas. They both meet when Willow helps her mum, Lauren move to Texas with her best friend turned surrogate sister Seirra helping. They all go to a Texan bar and HELLO Brody, who challenges them to a drink-off.

Next night they all meet up with Texas boy’s best friend tagging along. They all find that they love to be around each other and spend a lot of time together – although this was meant to be a trip to help her mum settle in.

Fast forward and they fall in love, there’s a death, a near death experience, a wedding, a pregnancy, a break-up, a pyscho, a few punches thrown around and a lot of ‘I love you, you mean everything to me.’

Normally with my reviews, I highlight the best parts of the book I liked so I will do them before getting down to the annoying parts.

1. It was focused in NYC and Texas. I love NYC and would love to go back and I really want to go to Texas.
2. The love between Willow and Brody was cute at times – Fluffy.
3. I loved Lauren’s character. You could tell she loved Seirra just as much as Willow, which was so nice to read about and she was written as an amazing woman.
4. Brody’s family are too cute. Loved the help from Mama Brody when something big happens to Willow and I love Brian’s offer. Brighton is so cute as well, like a little child at heart although she’s 21.
5. The Xmas presents were a really nice gift for everyone. I would have loved every single one of them.
6. The way Brody hit psycho Lisa. I know men aren’t supposed to hit girls, but she definitely deserved the smack down.
7. Everyone’s love for the kids, especially Brody and Willow.

Now the things that I didn’t like. They will contain slight spoilers so don’t read if you don’t want to know.
1. Seirra is meant to be Willow’s best friend and surrogate sister but throughout the major dramas it seemed that all Willow cared about was being with Brody. HELLO Seirra needed some comforting too.
2. When Willow was in hospital (slight spoiler) and only ‘family’ could see her, Brody was the only one allowed in. Urm, I’m sorry, hasn’t Seirra known Willow longer than you? It should be her allowed in too. That annoyed me to the high-end as Brody nor she mentioned anything about that and Seirra wasn’t allowed to see her.
3. As stated above, the whole best friend/sister thing, when Willow was pregnant, did it not occur that as Seirra’s best friend that she had a right to know, not 13 weeks later? I would be so mad that I didn’t know about my best friend’s pregnancy. Fair enough if they wanted to wait for the 3 month mark, but to tell Brody’s family above Seirra. That didn’t sit right with me.
4. They both moved to Texas together and it seems that Willow is abandoning Seirra. Bros before Ho’s remember? I know Willow is madly in love, but have a bit of time for Seirra.
5. They didn’t ring Seirra when Willow was in labour.

All the annoying things tend to be the relationship between Willow and Seirra. I know I seem a little prissy over them, but I know most people, especially my friends, would agree with me on them.

Anyway, if you like the fluffy love at first sight with a little bit of drama thrown in, then this book is definitely for you.