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Blog Tour and Review! Bad News By: Lilly James

​Review: Bad News By: Lilly James

I thought this book was adorable! It was funny and smart and going from personal experience Lilly perfectly encompasses those first few feelings that you experience when you are a college freshman haha ahhh the stories I could tell! But, anyway back to the story. Louisa and her sister Bree couldn’t be more different. Bree is the force of nature party girl and Louisa is more quiet and reserved. But as most readers know its those characters you have to pay attention to! 

I loved Louisa’s character, how honestly she was portrayed. In true friend to everyone fashion haha she ends up meeting Axel, this quirky freshman guy during orientation who also knows her roommate Fallon! Only in college! But I liked that he wasn’t this complete unknown. You do kinda wonder if he is gonna be the Duckie to her Andi (you like that Pretty in Pink reference don’t you?) At first you can kinda tell that Axel is gonna be important but maybe not the male lead. . . Hey, it happens! Then, like a lighting bolt! Here comes Double H! Hunter Holland. (Turns out Louisa has umm. . Seen him before in all his glory haha)

He’s a part of this group of guys who pretty much are College Royalty, and that’s when the sparks really start to fly, Louisa gets under his skin and the player finally meets his match with a girl who he cannot get out of his head. In true romance novel fashion she makes him want to give up his bed hopping ways but he still keeps enough of that no filter,  cocky persona that makes him a pretty fascinating character. I really enjoyed this story and I hope we get more books about those Rouge men! 




Title: Bad News

Author: Lilly James

Release Date: Jan 17, 2017

Add to TBR – http://bit.ly/2iMdBNB

Synopsis:

There is no wrong or right way to deal with a death. Or to grieve in a way that is expected. The loss of a loved one can hit you in ways you could never imagine. At least, it did to Hunter Holland.

College Junior Hunter knows he messes up; he knows he hates his life; he also knows he blames his father for his mother’s death. What he doesn’t know is that his life is about to change–all thanks to Louisa Dawson.

Louisa, the freshman, is sweet. Shy. Innocent. She doesn’t care for boys, but rather books. Hunter is crazy, a player, and as cocky as they come. The college ‘bad news’ is everything she wants to stay away from, yet he is everything she is drawn to.

Focused on her studies, Louisa doesn’t have time for Hunter who is both distracting and disruptive, but Louisa is the breath of fresh air Hunter needs. She is the only girl he is willing to work for. She is also the only girl that understands why Hunter is living the life he is.

Louisa is determined to prove to Hunter that living in a tormented past is never going to guarantee a happy future.

They say opposites attract… maybe they do.

Buy Links:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2jXBFKp

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/2fEFou0

Kobo – http://bit.ly/2jhfGxt

iBooks – http://bit.ly/2jzetSX

Excerpt:

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She’s beautiful, abso-fucking-lutely beautiful. I watch her sleep, and gently move her blonde hair from her face so I can see fully. Louisa is timid, too timid to flirt, too shy to admit she wants me in the way I see her looking at me. She’s innocent, petite, and so genuinely kind I don’t think I have ever met anyone like her. I don’t want to corrupt her; I don’t want to disrupt her, but I can’t promise myself that. All I know is that I would never treat her the way I have treated girls in the past. Never gawp at her and refer to her as a piece of ass, a fuck, a pussy I want to wet my dick in. She is the girl I have been waiting to stumble across since the moment my mom gave birth to me. Okay, maybe not that young, but close enough. The only woman I have ever treated like a princess was my mother, and now I want to treat this girl like the fucking next air to the throne. I close my eyes, settling next to her, and I’m falling… 

Bang, bang, bang, bang. 

A noise that makes my head ache wakes me up with a jolt. “The fuck?” I yell, sit up and notice Fallon standing on her bed, banging a spoon against a frying pan. I feel Louisa sit up next to me, but I am evil. Evil I tell you. 

“Unless you plan on making me an omelet with that pan, you better get the fuck outta here, Fallon. What shit you trying to pull?” 

“You,” she points at me with her spoon. “Seem to be in my best friends’ bed, hugging and shit. You’ve made her late for her dinner with her father. I know this is not Louisa’s usual behavior, so you’re the bad influence. Get out.” She points to the door with the spoon. 

“What!” Louisa fly’s out of bed and takes her alarm clock into her hands. “An hour late!” she shrieks. “Crap.” 

I watch her scramble to get her shoes on, and she’s running her fingers through her hair at the same time. I climb from the bed and stretch out my arms. Checking my watch, I catch the time. It’s 6pm. Louisa says she’s an hour late, but earlier she told me she was meeting her dad for lunch. I don’t want to ask her about it right now, though, I can see she’s stressing.

I glance over to Fallon, and she’s staring at me with those hard, black eyes of hers. Then I remember last night, and what she did to Louisa. 

“Some friend you were last night, huh?” 

“It was an accident, asshole.” She jumps down from her bed and points the spoon at me. “At least you found your perfect chance to take Louisa home and snatch her virginity like it was some sort of fucking prize, asshole.” 

She’s grating on my goddamn nerves. “Call me an asshole one more time– wait, what did you just say?” I look over my shoulder and Louisa is standing still, her backpack held in mid-air. Her eyes close, and I hear Fallon whisper ‘shit’ from behind me.

Author Info:

Lilly James – That’s me. British Author with a wild imagination. 

I love writing about damaged souls. I love getting my teeth stuck into emotional scenes, but most of all, I love writing those steamy lovemaking sessions for my characters. (Characters have to have fun too!) Oh, did I mention I have an obsession with writing about gorgeous alpha men? No? Then go read my books to see what I’m talking about!

I am an avid reader of everything from dark erotica to soppy YA. (Oh, and I love Mr Harry Potter.) Just saying. 

I’m the very best at moaning about everything, singing the wrong song lyrics and shopping until my legs hate me. 

Guilty pleasures – Musicals and Taylor Swift. 

Lover of watching Vines, Miranda Hart and chocolate. 

I live in Wales with my daughter – my favourite little person in the whole world.

Facebook – http://bit.ly/2kaxYjK

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Website – http://bit.ly/2kcfnrT

Goodreads – http://bit.ly/2jJW88p

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SADIA ASH

 

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Movie Announcement:

Hollywood, CA – January 26, 2017 Juniper Smoke, a fresh new series about a nerdy curator, will now be optioned as a major film by Cinespots, Clover Entertainment Inc. and two other production companies (TBA). The Juniper Series is written by Sadia Ash and edited by Beth Bruno. The trilogy consists of JUNIPER SMOKE and KYLE & JUNIPER (Book I & II in one 700 page e-book $1.99, Paperback $17.99) and the upcoming, FINDING JUNIPER.

 

 

 

“Juniper Smoke cuts a sweet story of love and nostalgia with the razor edge of modern dating,” says producer Stephanie Johnson of Clover Entertainment. “It blends stark reality with the fun of a romance universe.” Johnson was key in bringing the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day to Lionsgate and says in a film world lacking diverse female voices, Juniper Smoke is a welcome addition.

 

 

 

Juniper Smoke centers on the quirky affair of Juniper Mills and Kyle Paxton, who are as different as Red and Blue America. He is a micro-camera inventor from San Francisco and she is a sassy museum curator in Michigan. The sole caretaker of her autistic twin and comatose mother, Juniper was raised to hate all men. Haunted by Chloe’s ghost, a girlfriend who commits suicide, Kyle schedules dating with clockwork precision. When he falls for Juniper, his life spins off its axis.

 

 

 

“The series is an edgy drama with dark secrets, complex characters, mystical elements, and more plot twists than a Six Flags roller coaster ride,” said Tedd Faraone, President of Cinespots. “We look forward to seeing Juniper Smoke in theaters.” Cinespots is a distribution company that ran the novel’s book trailer in 108 theaters across America.

 

 

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Synopsis

 

In an age of casual hook-ups, can love survive the test of time?

 

Juniper and Kyle meet when she is dangling forty feet from a museum scaffolding.

 

Juniper Mills is a straitlaced but sassy curator at a History Museum. Raised by her mother to hate men, she worries she’ll die a frigid scholar in a musty house with an army of cats and a lake of books.

 

Kyle Paxton is an intense and intimidating inventor of a successful micro camera from San Francisco. He schedules dating like his work—with robotic precision. This helps him cope with the dark memories of his ex-girlfriend, who still haunts him. Not looking for love, he only hooks up with Amazonian models.

 

When he joins the museum board, Juniper falls for him. She wants him, but knows it’s going to be as hard as catching the ocean in a teacup. Juniper becomes Kyle’s obsession, but the tragic secrets of his past cloud his feelings.

 

Juniper manages to knock Kyle’s world off its axis and their galaxies collide in this very unfairy tale. But can they overcome their differences and stop a hateful and vindictive person from tearing them apart?

 

Juniper Smoke is a smoking hot read with fun twists, dark secrets and edge-of-your-seat drama. Nothing is as it seems and no one behaves as you would expect.

 

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Purchase Links

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2jio0fw

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2jtaadH

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2jV6yiX

Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2knklyP

 

 

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About the Author

Sadia Ash is an art and history obsessed geek who loves all things British and literary. She has held jobs that always involved writing (and never math) in some way. She is currently working on two other novels and a film script. She lives in sun-drenched Cali with her husband—who is her best friend—and two bright kids.

 

 

Connect with Sadia

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/ckaWNj 

Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/2dp6Zxc

Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/2efdWUY

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Twitter: http://bit.ly/2ejb8ZB

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2k7cI27

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Cover Reveal! A Thousand Letters By: Staci Hart

Title: A Thousand Letters

Author: Staci Hart

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Staci Hart

Release Date: February 9, 2017

Blurb

Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

 

Author Bio

 

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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​Review: All In (Full Tilt Duet #2) By: Emma Scott 

​Review: All In (Full Tilt Duet #2) By: Emma Scott 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/All-Full-Tilt-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01LPF52SI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1484848751&sr=1-1&keywords=all+in+emma+scott

In 24 hours Emma has taken me on quite the emotional journey with these characters and it physically hurts to leave them in the book. We went through highs and lows and now that I have finished the last page all I can say is everything happened exactly the way it was meant to. 

While I wish the road would have been easier for Kacey she has grown so much from the person she was at the beginning of Full Tilt and everything she went through and the love that she experienced with Jonah served its purpose, it opened her up and taught her so much about herself and that she deserves the world, so even though their story ended tragically the person she is with Theo is exactly who she was meant to be. 

It further exemplifies how everybody you meet has the power to impact your life no matter the amount of time they spend with you. This second half of the duet is just as powerful as book one but in different ways. We see growth, change, powering through discomfort and the will they or won’t they made for quite a few dramatic moments. These books are so incredibly moving and well written that I know they will be on my re-read list for years to come. You can’t stick them in one genre. . . Its more than new adult, its more than a tearjerker. . . The best way I can explain it is. . . Its life. Bravo Emma! You perfectly captured this story and wrapped it around our hearts.

Review: Full Tilt By: Emma Scott

​Review: Full Tilt By: Emma Scott

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Full-Tilt-Emma-Scott-ebook/dp/B01GQFEF0S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1484763673&sr=8-4

So I admit this book has been sitting on my kindle for probably over 6 months and I had heard a lot about it, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it. At first I was a little apprehensive to start it becuase I thought it was gonna be another ho hum rockstar romance (not my favorite trope) and while there is a musical element to the story it is so incredibly much more than that. 

This story was a all consuming read for me, it took me 3 or 4 chapters to get into it but once I did it was relentless. It was a gorgeous story with characters that are so well written that it makes one wonder if Emma could surpass this  amazing read with her next (i also have the second book of the duet on my Kindle so i’ll be starting it next) Kacey and Jonah were this force of nature that you know their story will forever change you. Its a story about 2 people meeting each other right where they are and loving each other despite everything life throws at them. Life is about moments I truly believe that and with their inspiratipnal story it makes the reader learn to not take anything for granted. 

I really don’t want to go into too much detail because going in blind to this one was probably the best thing I could have done. It forced me to live moment to moment with these characters and I think that was Emma’s point haha. I can’t wait to see where the second book goes! 

Review: Child of the Night Guild By: Andy Peloquin 

​Review: Child of the Night Guild By: Andy Peloquin 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Child-Night-Guild-Queen-Thieves-ebook/dp/B01N1TC3VW/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484684368&sr=8-1&keywords=child+of+the+night+guild

I don’t get to spend much time in the fantasy genre these days (which is a shame) but I had heard about this book and wanted to dabble in the genre with a new to me author so of course I was on board! The story is dark. . . Not gonna lie, its like a combo of Arya’s journey in Game of Thrones and a hint of Oliver Twist with a touch of Skyrim esque  fantasy thrown in for good measure. (Now that i’ve let my nerd flag blow in the breeze a bit its time to get back to the review!) 

Viola was a really interesting character right from the get go, from when she has to give up everything that makes her herself and becomes known as Seven. . . Her memories refuse to stay hidden and you know no matter what happens in this book she may be down but she will never be out! Those characters who constantly rise to the challenge are among my favorites to read about. How her character develops through the story makes it a fast paced read! You constantly wonder what she will be up to next. 

Master Velvet is a character that is kind of cringe worthy at first and I went through bouts where I despised him but then he’ll have a moment where its like hmm. . . Okay you kinda see his point. He knows that this life isn’t for the weak and sometimes you have to prepare people for that cruel part of the world. This is not to say I completely understand his motives haha but I understand just enough to not absolutely dislike him. 

After her training is finished this is really where the story picks up momentum and I couldn’t put it down, my kindle battery died and I immediately was scrambling for my phone just so I could finish the last little bit haha. Even though Andy was a new to me author after finishing this book I am eagerly anticipating the next book he writes. 

Cover Reveal!  Fake Fiancee By: Ilsa Madden Mills

 

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Fake Fiancée is a new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills releasing February 6th!

Meet Max Kent & Add Fake Fiancée  to your TBR: http://bit.ly/2jh5mIR

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Blurb

A new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills…

They say nothing compares to your first kiss,

But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.

Our second kiss…that one was REAL.

He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.

He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.

Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,

He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,

And he’d never get another piece.

A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist…

And I was lost.

I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.

I forgot we weren’t REAL.

Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…

Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses and dreamy football players…

About the Author

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Wall Street Journal best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Ian Somerhalder, astronomy (she’s a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education. When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and fuzzy pajamas.

She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors. Email her at ilsamaddenmills@gmail.com.

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Review: Wait For It By: Mariana Zapata

​Review: Wait For It By: Mariana Zapata 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Wait-Mariana-Zapata-ebook/dp/B01N2RJFW1/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484154113&sr=8-1&keywords=wait+for+it+mariana

Very rarely do I find a book that utterly blows me away and that I do not review as I am reading it. With this story I was so completely wrapped up in it that I could not form coherent thoughts enough to tell you how much I love it and the reasons why I love it. . . Yes, I know. . . Me a blogger speechless! This was my first read by Mariana, I have seen her books mentioned but I hadn’t had the chance to read one yet. I saw this book on my recommended for you section on Amazon and I was looking for a new KU read so I picked it up. And what did I find? A story that was so well written from beginning to ended that after it was over I immediately wanted to start it again! I haven’t felt this strongly about a book since reading Juniper Smoke By Sadia Ash. I also found a new automatic one click author! And a new entry on my must have a print copy list. 

Its no secret I love a more realistic love story. . . I don’t read romance for escapism. . . I read romance to experience and revel in other couples love story. If there are too many unrealistic elements it pulls me out of the story and on average I will stop reading the book. I loved that this was a slow burn, I love the character development that Mariana must have spent so much time on making it picture perfect. I had no lingering questions about Diana and Dallas, I could feel them, like I have known them each for years, like you live in their brain and could tell their thought process haha. This is no insta love kind of story, it is a different kind of story. You can believe it and in it. You want them to get together but you get the reluctance as well. 

The cast of supporting characters are also important and pieces of the puzzle and it all blends together so well that by the time you reach the epilogue you are so darn happy you are about to bust at the seams! I was completely fulfilled with how this one ended. I flipped the last page on my kindle and I knew that this was a book I could not forget. 

You note i’m being a little vague here but if you have followed my reviews you can tell the books I really love i’ll do that haha its those books you need to experience for yourself! I’m not going to give you a book report with a summary on what happens word for word. What I will tell you is how it made me feel! What worked for me etc. You’ll get no spoilers here! So far this early into 2017 I have 2 reads that I know will be on my. Top ten list of the year and this one is topping the list. Mariana has a new life long fan in me! 

Review: Clam Jam By: RC Boldt

​Review: Clam Jam By: RC Boldt

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/CLAM-JAM-RC-Boldt-ebook/dp/B01N1KCVU8/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484140196&sr=8-1&keywords=clam+jam

I first heard the title of this one and I was like okay, this should be interesting! I’m a fan of a cheeky title haha so I picked it up. . . From the very beginning I loved Maggie. . . I see her like a modern day Carrie Bradshaw (right down to the shoe reference when her world is rocked on the first page haha) she is hilarious and relatable right off the bat and you know the story that follows is gonna be one heck of a ride. . . So since its a snow day at my house I lock in for a binge read of epic proportions! 

Maggie’s way of having this internal monologue of describing what she is thinking made me definitely draw the Sex and The City references, some people aren’t a fan of this writing method but if its done well (which in this book its like a master class on how to do it right!) It makes for an interesting story element. . . Let’s face it we all know we think things and not say them (me, maybe not as much as others but meh people tell me I have no filter and i’m fine with that) but to see the thought process of a character that is as quirky and unapologetically original as Maggie is amazing. 

Ryland (Ry) is equally as adorable as Maggie and I was rooting for him thr entire book, I mean he seriously went to bat and committed to this ruse just to get to know the woman he had a inkling could change his life. It was pretty adorable! Now he had his moments to where you want to scream at him Ry! Stop being such a guy! Haha but he totally sees the light. 

I thought this was a solid rom-com and perfect for fans of Big Rock By Lauren Blakely or Wasted Words By Staci Hart. 

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