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COVER REVEAL: Still Human (#2) – Kerry Heavens (+ Prologue)

Sooooo….Here is the moment you have all been waiting for – THE REVEAL OF STILL HUMAN’s book cover. It had taken Kerry a while to find the ‘right’ cover and now she has! It compliments Just Human’s cover amazingly, so without further ado, here is the cover.

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TITLE: Still Human (#2)
AUTHOR: Kerry Heavens
GENRE: New Adult
RELEASE DATE: October 2013
Hosted By: Romance Addict Book Blog – http://www.romanceaddictbookblog.com/
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Synopsis

Danny and Liv are back…
Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him because she ran without a word when she saw their future mapped out before her. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her and this time he doesn’t think he can move on.
Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her because he broke her heart in the worst possible way, right when things were falling into place. She knows she will never love anyone like she loves him and this time she doesn’t think she can move on.
They needed a second chance because they just weren’t ready for their first, but when events changed everything between them, they discovered they were just human after all. Now Liv and Danny have to find a way to survive being hurt by each other.
They doubted, they underestimated and they did believe the worst, but only because they were too young the first time and too vulnerable the second time. But now they have changed and if they are not the same, surely things can only turn out differently?
 
kerryheavensAbout the Author: Kerry Heavens
Terrible wife
Mediocre mother
Appalling housewife
Fashion graduate
Wedding coordinator
Sex toy salesperson
Shop manager
Designer
Font collector
Romance addict
Fancier of nice men
Ok, fancier of almost all men
Awesome cupcake baker
Incessant singer
Film buff
Friend
Writer
 
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PROLOGUE!

Liv

“Please Liv, you have to eat something,” begs Max.

I tighten the covers around me. I’m not hungry, but I keep quiet. If I speak, even about food, he’ll think I’m ready to talk. There’s nothing else to say. I poured it all out when I got home and there’s nothing left. He stayed with me all night, held me tight while I cried and now he is fussing around. He wanted to call everyone to tell them I was safe. But I warned him not to call Danny. I said he could let Mum know I was okay but that was it. No details and under no circumstances were any of them to make any contact with Danny either. I can just imagine Mum and Grace as vigilantes and, while I want him to hurt, he isn’t worth it.

“I’m going down to check on things, I’ll bring you something up anyway.” He says quietly. I don’t respond.

In the silence of my flat, my ears ring. I hate silence, I always have and without thinking I get out of bed, wrapping myself in a blanket, and sit in front of the TV. I find a film on a movie channel I’ve seen before and sit and ignore it. It’s better than the deafening silence. Now that I’m upright, I ponder what to do next. I know I have to pull myself together today, Connie is flying home. Ugh! She won’t let me just wallow, she’ll make me talk. I need to get up, shower and go to work. Keeping busy is my only option, it’ll keep people off my back.

As I adjust the temperature of the shower, I examine my options. I don’t really have any. It’s not like life was going well before I allowed Danny to walk in and screw me over. I have to just try my hardest to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I should have trusted my instincts. Danny was just human after all, hurting me was almost inevitable. Sadly, I knew that but the naive teenager in me just got sucked in for old time’s sake. I knew this would happen, I was safer with Mark, at least I could take that on the chin.

Max is waiting when I come out of the bedroom dressed for work.

“I brought you some coffee and…” He starts as he turns to me. His face falls as he sees me. “Liv, you’re not going to work?”

I walk across to where he is sitting and pick up my coffee. Taking a sip, I smile a tiny smile and sit beside him.

“What should I do then?” I ask softly.

“We have it all covered downstairs. You need to sort your head out.”

“I’m not going to do that here, trust me. I need the distraction.” I put my hand on his knee. “Thank you for looking after me, but I have to get back down there before I drive myself insane.”

He sighs. “Well, you aren’t going anywhere until you eat something.” He holds up a muffin on a plate.

I smile sweetly and dutifully take the muffin. Then, with some physical effort, I force some down. I may as well start now, Connie will be much harder to deal with.

Satisfied, Max sits back and seems to relax slightly. I can hear his cogs turning though and I know he wants to talk. So when he parts his lips to say whatever it is I know I don’t want to hear, I say “I don’t want to talk about it.” Then, getting to my feet, I take the coffee and the muffin and go to the door.

“Coming?” I ask innocently as I head down to the diner.

Danny

Jen places a coffee on my nightstand and sits on the edge of the bed. “If they know any more, they’re not saying,” she says softly.

She was just on the phone with Liv’s sister, trying to get more information. But I know all I need to know. They found the note last night when they got back; it said she was going home.

It didn’t say why, but I know.

She doesn’t love me.

She found out I was going to propose and she ran.

Again.

Last night after the dust settled, Jen found the ring bag screwed up in the trash. I’d left it out on the counter when I went to go meet Liv at the party and it doesn’t take a genius to see what happened. Liv came back just after I left, saw the bag, figured it out, freaked and then packed her things and left.

Scott and Jen left me alone last night, but only after I insisted. Jen came back first thing this morning though, to make sure I was okay. She wants me to get up and go over to Grace’s to find out what they know, but I don’t want to hear it. I can’t face their pity and I’m too angry to see Connie. This is all her fault. Liv and I were getting on with our lives quite happily until she interfered. Now I’m left with that old open wound and I have to start getting over her again. Except this time, I don’t think I can.

“Danny, come on, drink your coffee,” Jen urges. Reluctantly, I sit up and take a sip.

“Thanks,” I say distantly.

“So what are you going to do now?”

“Nothing,” I tell her.

She watches me as I drink, until I can’t take it any longer. I throw the covers off and get up.

“Are you going over there?” she asks hopefully.

I turn and see her optimistic face. “No,” I say firmly. “I have unpacking to do.”

“Danny! You can’t just give up.”

“Why not?” I scoff. “She has.”

Posted in Book Tours

BOOK TOUR: Stay With Me – Elyssa Patrick

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Today on The Book Lovers is our stop on the Stay With Me tour. You can find my 4.5 Star review below 🙂

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With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

4.5 / 5 stars

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My Review

I knew I had to sign up to be a part of the Stay With Me tour once I read the synopsis of it. I am a sucker for characters who are musicians, for college romances and of course, characters who have a journey to finding out who they really are and finding love along the way, so I knew I had to read this book and I am so glad I did because I utterly love it! It was so hard to put down and I got sucked into the story, the story of Hailey and Caleb, but not only those two, but Caleb’s sister Daphne, whom turns out to become Hailey’s BBF.

Elyssa Patrick has written an amazing book with Stay With Me. You will become sucked into the story(ies), you will swoon, tear up, root for Hailey to find herself, laugh, smile, feel dislike Hailey’s mother but overall, you will love everyone single part of the book.

I haven’t read a book for myself in ages, but Stay With Me felt like it WAS for me. I didn’t feel compelled to remember it was for a tour, so thank you Elyssa for that. Even if it wasn’t for tour, I would be snatching this book up without hesitation and that is exactly what all you avid readers of my blog should do.

I really love Hailey. She was utterly brave of leaving Hollywood behind, leaving all she has known all her life, leaving behind her mother and her friends and her former life to start over – to start college and be ‘normal’. She didn’t want to sing or act or dance, she didn’t want to be famous anymore, she just wanted a fresh start and find herself, her true self.

Throughout her life she has really been a puppet. Doing whatever her mother puts her forward for, doing whatever her mother tells her and basically having no childhood at all – SHE DOESN’T EVEN EAT DESSERT! She doesn’t trust easily and is afraid people on campus are going to just want to be friends to sell stories to the press.

You can definitely say that Hailey is brave, despite how afraid and scared she is – of everyone around her, of trusting and of letting her heart love. At first she doesn’t want boys in her life, she just wants to concentrate on school, on putting her past behind and being a new person, but then Caleb comes along and it’s getting harder to keep him away, until she caves. She wants him in her life and that’s exactly what she gets because he doesn’t want to let her go.

She learns to lean on him, learns to trust him – even though its hard she gets there and she lets herself fall in love. Fall deeply in love with Caleb because he really isn’t going to leave or hurt her. He loves her like no other and it’s easy to see his love. He will go to the ends of the earth for her, and when a massive revelation is revealed by her mother live on the TV, Caleb stays with her, lets her explain properly what happens and you can see that Hailey doesn’t need to be scared anymore. All her friends love her, she’s doing great in school and has a boyfriend that will do anything for her.

I loved how she persevered through, how she become her true self in the end.

Dear God, sweet baby Jesus, seriously Caleb is like THE best character I have read in a while. He is literally a bit like Kellan Kyle (minus the whole rock star thing.) He’s swoon worthy, sweet, sexy, cute, most definitely has a way with words *fans self in both sexy and sweet way* and you will just love him so much over the love he has for Hailey. Over how much he needs and wants her, over how much he helps her learn to trust and love, over how he is always there for her, through everything and helping her through her fears. You really could not ask for a more amazing book character than Caleb.

He made me melt with the cute things he was saying to Hailey, he turned me on more than once with his potty mouth, the way he most definitely can handle the female body and just won me over in so many ways that this book is still on my mind even now. He SEES Hailey as Hailey, not as Hailey Bloom the famous teenager superstar and actress. He wants to know the REAL her and I think that is what made me love him from the get-go.

He didn’t care about the fact she was famous, he liked her for her. Her sweetness, her crazy and she stole his heart because of it. Because of her strength and the way that although she was so afraid of not knowing who she was, she prevailed, along with his help, and blossomed. Just knowing how much he loves Hailey is every girls dream to be loved the way he loves her – just you wait and see the cutest and sexiness of him.

The secondary characters, like Caleb’s roommates and friends and his sister Daphne. They made the story too. They were funny and excitable and just great characters to add into the mix of Hailey and Caleb. They took the piss out of each other, they all loved one another though and that’s what makes a great friendship group. They all had their own personalities that makes you like each and every one of them and in the background they all look to have their own stories to be told which is why I am so excited to learn more about each character in their own novellas!! Starting with Jamie’s – woop woop!

Elyssa sure knows how to sex up a book. I was no expecting sex scenes, although I really should have been –and holy sweet hell, she really knows how to write them!! Especially with the potty mouth of Caleb. UHH that boy turned me to jelly and the way he just made Hailey feel special and feel all hot and bothered and turned on to the max – GIVE HIM TO ME NOW! I want Caleb because he treated Hailey with so much respect, he treated her right and the sex was steamy. It connected them together, it was amazing and can I say steamy again? Sexy too.

I cannot recommend Stay With Me enough. Here is to knowing about Jamie next and I cannot wait to find out more about Nick and Griff too! Bring on the next books 😀

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Author bio:

Elyssa Patrick writes sexy, emotional contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently working on her next novel.

website: www.elyssapatrick.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElyssaPatrick

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Elyssa-Patrick/354635801277736

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6469665.Elyssa_Patrick

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Posted in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Love Like Fireworks – Lauren Melinda

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly event that allows all us book bloggers and lovers to talk about what upcoming book we’re most looking forward to reading.

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Kendall Hartley first kissed Logan Jordan when she was eighteen. As an up-and-coming player at her father’s tennis academy, his explosive talent on court and sexy blue eyes were like fireworks to her soul. But when their love for each other met its first test, it crashed and burned. Devastated, Kendall fled to college, vowing to forget the boy who once set her heart ablaze.

Four years later, Kendall returns home to find her father’s academy in the process of foreclosure. Unless he can find a way to pay off his debts, he will lose everything he’s worked for. Kendall would do anything to save her father’s dream – even if it means breaking her promise and seeing Logan again. For Logan is now an international tennis icon – and the only person with enough starpower to raise funds for the academy.

But Logan is no longer the boy Kendall fell in love with. He’s hot, he’s arrogant and he’s used to getting what he wants. And when Kendall walks back into his life, it’s clear he wants one thing.

He wants Kendall.

And he’ll do anything to reclaim her.

Release Date: 30th June 2013

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Posted in Books I've Bought, Notes

This week’s splurges

17667913 Until I Break – M.Leighton

Synopsis

“I’m intrigued. Tempted beyond what I’ve ever been before. To know her, to open her up. To break her.”

In love, sometimes what you fear most is exactly what you need.

Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control.

And she doesn’t exist.

Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.

Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare.

When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.

Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.

The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.

*THIS BOOK HAS NOW BEEN TAKEN OFF AMAZON. TO LEARN MORE PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO M.LEIGHTON’S BLOG*
http://mleightonbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/the-final-tale-of-until-i-break.html

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17164645Arranged (#1) – Sara Wolf

Synopsis

When Rose Jensen’s grandfather dies, he leaves her enough money to save her parents’ failing business and get her through UCLA. The only catch – she has to marry Lee Montenegro, the infuriating half-Spanish, all-playboy transfer. Rose and Lee’s grandfathers were fast friends, and betrothed their grandchildren to each other.

Lee wants the money to run from his suffocating family, and turns his full burning charisma on Rose, but she won’t give in. She’ll never marry someone she doesn’t love, and who doesn’t love her. But memories of a mysterious boy in her childhood haunt her, and Lee insists they know each other. With her parent’s pressures mounting, her scholarship slipping, and Lee’s advances heating up with more than just money-lust, Rose is torn between doing the right thing for her family, and doing the right thing for her heart.

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

**This is the first book in the ARRANGED series

Amazon UK: £1.99
Amazon US: $3.10

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Synopsis

There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

Amazon UK: £1.99
Amazon US: $3.10

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17628121The Last Boyfriend – J.S Cooper

Synopsis

Lucky Morgan has had her share of heartbreak. She is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her after sleeping with him and she vows to herself that she won’t be used again. She decides that the next guy she dates and sleeps with, will be her one true love.

Zane Beaumont is the mysterious and snooty guy that comes into her diner every Friday night with a different girl. He’s the type of guy she’s learned to avoid: carefree, fast, handsome, rich, and sarcastic. Unfortunately, she can’t stop thinking about the devilish gleam in his eyes.

When Lucky’s car breaks down one night after a party, it is Zane who comes to her rescue. As Zane attempts to sweep Lucky off of her feet, she soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and that Zane may very well be the guy for whom she changes the rules. That is until she meets Braydon

Amazon UK: £2.49
Amazon US: $4.14

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17285743Click To Subscribe – L.M Augustine

Synopsis

1,135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.

As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I ❤ Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she’d have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him

Amazon UK: £1.98
Amazon US: $3.04

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17887284Shattered – Natalie Baird

Synopsis

A man with a name like Anderson “The Shatter Man” Cole…he was trouble for sure…

But Kaela’s a good girl – she’s paying her own way, working a shit job for shit pay, and living the single life in Alphabet City in NYC. When her asshole boss leaves her to close the shop alone late at night, Kaela finds herself in a situation of unimaginable danger.

As she locks up and begins to head home, four burly drunken men surround her, their eyes void of all emotion except lust and violence. Despite her futile pleas the men attack her, intent on using her like a piece of meat…

Just when all hope is lost a mysterious savior comes to her rescue. The unknown man beats her four drunken attackers into submission, breaking bones, cracking skulls and taking absolutely no mercy on her despicable assailants. His lean body glimmers in the street lights, the sinewy ropes of cut muscle on his tattooed arms and back tensing as he incapacitates the attackers with utter finesse.

When the hero finds her in the corner alley, shaken and beyond terrified, he offers her his hand. The fighter’s dark brown eyes are filled with steel resolve… these are eyes that know pain and suffering, but as Kaela looks deeper she finds that there’s also kindness. His gentle touch immediately calms her nerves…as he swoops her into his arms and carries her home to safety.

Kaela is already a goner, this beautiful man has her in his clutches and she’s about to enter his world – one of danger, violence, treachery, and utter secrecy. Will she survive in his cut-throat world of professional violence? Will she be able to handle all of Anderson…the damaged man, the bad boy, the raw fighter?

Amazon UK: £1.53
Amazon US: $2.35

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