Dirty Secret (The Burke Brothers, #1) by Emma Hart Blog Tour – Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

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Release Date: December 1st, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:

Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B. is home on a tour break.

Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her hometown. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.

Conner has questions, and when his broken heart and her guilty one collide, Sofie has to start answering them. Their present is rocky, their future unknown. Only one thing is certain: Sofie’s daughter will change everything.

 

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Review:

*I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dirty Secret is a second-chance romance featuring Conner Burke, lead singer of Dirty B, and Sofie Callahan, the girl next door. Sofie disappeared 2 years prior without a trace, leaving Conner heartbroken and confused. Now that she’s back, Conner is determined to find out why she left in the first place and if they can mend what’s broken.

I liked Dirty Secret, a lot. There were many times I was left breathless from the chemistry between Sofie and Conner, and many times I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall because of them. I love when a book can make my heart race from equal parts excitement and anger.

I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of Sofie for the majority of the book. I think her actions were immature and irrational and I really wasn’t on board with her reasoning. I also could not for the life of me understand why she would be upset when Conner was angry with her. I think he had every right to be angry and I think he treated her more respectfully than most people would in his situation.  I think her saving grace for me was that even though I didn’t agree with her logic, I could on some level understand it and forgive her naiveté.

Conner, however, was another story. He’s a rock star with a down-to-earth attitude which is seriously hot. I found him to be endearing and although he was pretty quick to forgive Sofie, I think he was the more mature of the two characters and I respected that. I loved his Southern charm and I loved the way he loved Sofie and Mila. His interactions with Mila may have been what made this book for me. I could feel myself smiling and my heart swelling with every interaction between the two.

My favorite part of reading a new series from Emma Hart is meeting all the characters. I think she is fabulous at creating characters with distinctive personalities. I have never found one unmemorable.  I am so excited that this will be a series because I cannot wait to see more form the Burke brothers, especially Tate. I found Tate’s stand-offish behavior to be intriguing and I was ecstatic when Mila was able to deflate his tough guy persona. I was also a really big fan of Leila, the Burke sister. She was such a spit-fire and I loved that she had no problem telling Conner and Sofie when they were being childish. I know this series is called The Burke Brothers but I would be more than happy to read Leila’s story. (hint, hint)

Dirty Secret is chock full of romance, drama, and hilarity. I was furiously turning pages to find out what was going happen next between Sofie and Conner, would they or won’t they? Although I struggled with Sofie as a character this didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the story itself. I don’t have to like a character but I need to be able to at least know the why of their behavior. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next Burke Brothers book!

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Excerpt:

That kid that could be mine. I get up and let the empty bottle drop to the floor. The woods are eerily quiet, as if it can sense my anger. As if it knows the bitterness that lingers in my veins, as if it knows the burn of not knowing anything.
Like the woods, I’m left in the dark. Completely.
Branches and twigs crunch under my feet as I increase my pace to a gentle jog. And again, to a slow run. Then to a sprint.
The need to know increases with every footstep, as evenly paced as the ticking of the clock. It doesn’t matter that I’ve probably drunk too much beer to be here or that we’ve only been back for a matter of days.
I can’t be in this shithole full of memories without knowing. I can’t move on until I know. I can’t forgive her for a single fucking thing until I know—and even then, maybe I won’t be able to.
Maybe she’s unforgivable.
Instead of knocking on the back door like I did yesterday, I round the side of the house to the front door. The front room light glows softly through the curtains, but the rest of the house is dark.
My chest heaves with the exertion of my run here and I grab the doorframe to balance myself. I’m definitely too fucking drunk for this conversation, but what the hell.
I bang on the door, once, twice, again and again and again. “Sofie! Open the fuckin’ door!”
“Shut up!” she hisses, yanking it open. “The hell’re you doing here?”
I smirk, leaning against the wall. “Shouldn’t I be askin’ you that, princess?”
“Are you drunk?” Her voice rises a little at the end, and her eyes widen.
Those eyes. Fuck, those baby blues that have always undone me.
“Drunk? No. If I was drunk I’d be sitting at home like a miserable bastard and not here facing the cause of my misery.”
“You’re being an asshole. I don’t have to listen to this.”
She pushes on the door, but I wedge my foot in front of it. I let go of the wall and grab the edge of the door.
“Actually, you do.”
She can’t overpower me, and she knows it, because she lets up and the door swings open. “Why are you here, Conner?”
“You have a kid.”
She smacks her lips together. “Yep.”
“When? When did you have her?”
Sofie takes a deep breath in and presses her hands to her stomach. They’re shaking, even as she links her fingers to hide it. I can see that fucking tremble.
She whispers something but I’m too pre-occupied by her hands to hear it.
“What?”
“August last year,” she repeats, still a whisper.
August. Last year. My stomach clenches as I meet her eyes. “When? When in fuckin’ August, Sofie?”
“August fifteenth.” Her voice hitches halfway through the ‘fifteenth.’
Almost seven months to the day she walked out on me and the rest of Shelton Bay.
Adrenaline hums through my body, and I stare at her. At the tears building in her eyes, the quiver of her lips, the bob of her throat as she swallows harshly.
It’s no different from the burn in my chest, the twisting of my stomach.
“Is she mine?”
She shudders and a tear drips from her eye.
“Sofie. Is. She. Mine?!”

 

 

About the Author:

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.

Find Emma online at:
Blog: http://www.emmahart.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EmmaHartBooks
Twitter: @EmmaHartAuthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6451162.Emma_Hart

 

Soul Promise (The Soul Mate Series Book 2) Blog Tour – Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Release Date: July 20th, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
“Broken is finding the light and the healing you crave,
and knowing you can never have it.”
After the attack on his sister and his newfound abilities forming, Henry Williams is struggling to keep it all together. His wolf does not allow him to sleep, and he is beginning to hear voices, torturing him mercilessly.
Henry feels as though there is a war brewing inside of him and he is unable to control it. As a protector, he must find a way to fight his inner demons before he is left vulnerable to the real ones.
But an unexpected love finds Henry and he tries hard to resist it. Will Henry be able to overcome his inner demons? Will he be able to protect his mate? 

 

This is book number 2 in this series. Please note that it is suggested to read the series in sequential order. 
*Warning* This novel is intended for mature YA readers. 15 + for language and mild violence.

Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed True Connection so when I was offered the chance to read and review Soul Promise I was really excited! Soul Promise picks up right where TC left off but tells Henry’s story this time around.  I liked the fact that I could easily slip inside his head and fall back into his world. Henry is going through a lot. He’s just found out he can shape shift into a wolf, that his biological father is a murderer, and his head is filled with the whispers of something dark. Henry struggles knowing that even though something is after him, he doesn’t know how to protect himself or his family.

My favorite things about this series are the bonds between the characters. Henry’s relationship with his family and his pack are extremely evident throughout both books. It’s nice to see an emphasis placed on familial bonds and I love that Henry actually has a parent who knows what’s going on with him. It’s awesome when parents actually take part in a  YA novel, rather than being sidelined or absent. I also just love his relationships with Jazzy and Barry. I love the comedic relief their teasing each other brings to the story but when things are rough they’re always there for each other. I also loved his relationship with Skeeter/Delilah. Delilah has just enough spunk to go head to head with Henry and keep him grounded. I was definitey cheering for them (since book 1, actually!) and there were definitely some moments where I  “squeed.”

I can’t say enough about the supernatural elements of this series, the different beings are definitely unique and fresh. I think my favorite beings might just be the Firebirds. So hopefully we’ll get to see more from them, or perhaps a book focused on Tristan?

As for the overall story, I felt that it was well-paced, there were a few places I felt the story was a little rushed. I definitely couldn’t put this book down and was so happy it lived up to book 1! I can’t wait to read what’s in store for these crazy characters! I would definitely recommend this series to readers who love a great cast of characters and unique supernatural elements!

 Excerpt:

Finding Dad and Sophie’s graves, I shift back to my human form and slip the elastic belt loose to release my shorts. I put them on and walk between the stones to sit right in front of Dad’s headstone. Seeing his name, Curtis James Williams, I nearly lose myself. I break my stillness by wiping away some dirt from the face of the stone.

“Hey, Dad,” I whisper. Taking a seat in the grass, I begin pulling weeds, my usual routine. “Things have been…well, pretty insane.”

I think back over the last few weeks since the last time I visited. Between finals in school, working out, pack duties, learning things of this world that I never knew possible, fighting and not fighting with Skeeter, things have been intense and nonstop crazy.

“Football will start in August. I don’t think I’m doing the playbook boot camp again this year. I know it’s important, but I’ve got a lot on my plate now. I won’t give up football,” I promise my dad.

With a hard swallow, I decide to move into updating him on the family. “Mom is trying to be Mom,” I say, yanking a weed from in front of his headstone. “She’s okay, I think. I know it’s harder on her than she lets on, but she’s trying to live for us, which is more than she did a few months ago. She has days where the tears just won’t stop, but they’re not as constant now. She seems angrier than usual.” I wince as memories zoom around me. Mom got angry at me for throwing my wet towel in the hamper, ripped into Leland over a brand of peanut butter he bought, and has been suspicious of Jaz and Seth for no reason. I’d rather not rehash all that again, so I continue on with the family updates.

“Alex is talking more. Sometimes we can understand him. He just started calling me Heywe the other day,” I say proudly. Alex is Leland’s son and is a little over a year old. He only says “dada” and “Heywe.” Mom and Jaz were a bit upset about that and are still trying to teach him new words.

“He’s getting a lot better with walking, too. He’s not tottering as much and doesn’t need help all the time. Mom fusses when he falls down, but I know she’s enjoying watching him walk and try to reach different milestones. Leland had to baby proof the living room and kitchen, too, because Alex thought his gold fish crackers belonged in the VCR and DVD player. That was a mess. Leland just tossed it after attempting to shake out all the crackers.” I snort.

I don’t tell him about the time Alex put his teddy in the cabinet next to the oven. None of us could find it and he had no way of letting us know where it was, even if he could remember. I can laugh now, but that was a rough two days. He screamed almost non-stop for that thing. Jazzy finally found it when she went to make waffles, and he conked out as soon as he got his little hands on it. Dad had picked out that teddy bear just for Alex the day Psycho Sammy, Leland’s ex, dropped him off, calling him freak spawn. That teddy is Alex’s best friend now.

I grab a few more weeds and pile them off to the side. It’s not many, and the landscapers usually get them all, but they don’t come out often.

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Author Bio:

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Rachel is a wife and mother from Central Pennsylvania. Her favorite season is fall, for hockey, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and bonfires often. She’s also a coffeenista with an insomnia problem. When Rachel isn’t playing with the people inside her head, making her family believe she belongs in the loony bin, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, species confused cat (he believes he’s part dog, love him), and finding new books and music.

Regarding writing, her first love is Young Adult Paranormal, but she’s venturing outside of her comfort zone and opening up to writing more genres. Be on the look out!

    

Wild Temptation by Emma Hart Cover Reveal – Excerpt & Giveaway

I’m really excited to get Tyler’s story! Today I have the cover reveal, an excerpt, and giveaway.

*The excerpt contains language that is not suitable for young audiences*

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Title: Wild Temptation (Wild, #1)

Release Date: August 18th, 2014

Author: Emma Hart

Book Description:

In this sexy new CALL series spin-off series by New York Times bestseller Emma Hart, enter the intense world of a no strings relationship and experience addiction like you never expected…

The moment I walked in to find Mr. Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Oh So British–my mind-blowing one night stand–as my photographer for the shoot that could change it all, I knew life was throwing me a curveball.
The moment he, Tyler Stone, walked into my best friend’s apartment, I knew that curveball was heading straight for my gut.
The hit comes in the form of a no-strings proposition… One that gives him utter control over my body.
If I surrender, that curveball is steadily en-route for a collision course with my heart.

He’s a sex addict. I’m a love addict.
This is temptation.

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Excerpt:

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Tyler grabs my arm and tugs me into what looks like an office. He closes the door behind us and spins me into him. “You really are a feisty little thing, aren’t you?”

“Fuck you, asshole.” I glare up at him, shaking his hand from my arm and stepping back.

“Damn, Liv, why don’t you tell me how you really feel?” he says with a smirk.

“Why? So it can go right over your egotistically enlarged head?”

“I might consider it for a moment… Actually, on second thought, you’re right. I won’t pay any attention.”

“You are the most arrogant, self-entitled, patronizing bastard I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting in my life,” I hiss anyway. “And before you mention the pleasure, because you inevitably will, you should know the displeasure far outweighs the measly amount of pleasure you’ve given me.”

Tyler’s eyes darken and he closes in on me, grabbing the back of my head and pulling me into him. His fingers thread through my hair and tug my head back so I’m looking at him, and, “Measly bit of pleasure? Didn’t seem so small when you were screaming my name and begging for more.”

“Clearly you’ve never watched When Harry Met Sally. That movie taught a woman everything she needs to know about faking it.”

He presses his lips to mine in a crash of teeth and a tangle of tongue. He grips my hip and pulls me toward him forcefully, his grasp on my hair never easing as he sweeps his tongue through my mouth. The zinging tension of earlier is back, except this time it’s worse and it’s swirling around us and holding us together. Holding his mouth against mine, our bodies flush together.

My anger swiftly changes to desire at the feel of his teeth nibbling my bottom lip, and a whimper leaves me involuntarily when he pulls away.

“I don’t believe for a second you fake it, Liv.” He ghosts his nose along my jawline. “I can feel the realness of your reaction in your body. I saw it earlier—I felt it earlier. My fingers barely brushed your gorgeous arse and you moved away as if I’d run them along your pussy. Your body responds to me whether you want it to or not, and it does it so clearly. So obviously.”

“My body is a liar,” I breathe when he sucks on my earlobe lightly.

“Much like you.” His words are spoken again my skin with a gentle brush of his lips.

“My dislike of you is no lie, Tyler.”

“Well, your body didn’t get the memo, babe. Your body likes me. A fucking lot.”

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Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) by K. A. Tucker Audiobook Review

Release Date: November 4th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

 

Review:

I listened to Four Seconds to Lose via the audiobook so I will first speak to the writing and then the narration.

I think the Ten Tiny Breaths series is such a great example of the New Adult genre. K. A. Tucker is fantastic at creating interesting and complex characters and stories. I honestly wasn’t sure I would like Four Seconds to Lose since it was Cain’s story. He just hasn’t been a huge player in either Ten Tiny Breaths or One Tiny Lie and what small role he did play made me think he’d be an incredibly dull character. I was, thankfully, one-hundred percent wrong.
Four Seconds to Lose is told in dual POV, switching between Charlie and Cain. The story starts out with a bang, giving the reader a glimpse inside Cain’s life before Miami and Penny’s. It’s rare that I find a prologue that hooks me so completely but I was instantly more intrigued by Cain’s story and realized there was probably a lot more to him than I thought.

Both Charlie and Cain are a bit of mystery to everyone around them. Cain runs his strip clubs with strict policies put in place to protect his employees, his end goal to help each and every one of them get out of the sex-industry. Charlie is just looking for a job that will make her enough money to get allow her to run far away from her illusive past.

This book is full of enough deception to make your head spin. I was so completely absorbed by the twists and turns and revealing Charlie’s secrets that I’d sit in the parking lot when I got home from work and sneak in a few more minutes of listening time. There were times I was so shocked and appalled by the things both Cain and Charlie endured throughout their lives at the hands of the people who should have loved and protected them.

My favorite part of this story was the slow build-up between Charlie and Cain. It is immediately obvious that they are attracted to each other but both are governed by strict rules, Cain doesn’t get involved romantically or physically with his staff and Charlie doesn’t get emotionally attached. I loved watching them get to know and push each other. I thought the chemistry was really well done and although their attraction was instantaneous I never felt that their relationship was rushed. In fact, there was so much tension mounting between them when it hit the boiling point I wanted to scream “about time!”

As for Charlie and Cain as characters, I really liked them both. I have no complaints about Cain; he was a really great guy. He was fiercely protective of the people he loved and although he had his skeletons and indiscretions he wasn’t a bad person. I just loved how quiet he was but when he had something to say, he was definitely heard. His sarcasm and abruptness made me giggle on quite a few occasions, especially his interactions with Ben. Charlie definitely wasn’t the most rational character ever but she had a lot going on and I thought she handled it in the best way she was prepared for. Of course there were times where I wish she would have just spilled all her secrets but understandably she didn’t in order to protect her friends. So I was able to look past some of her decisions and show some empathy for her situation.

I loved that we got to see some familiar faces with extended interaction rather than just cameos. I loved getting a glimpse into the lives of the previous books’ characters. I also think if you wanted to read this as a standalone you could. Although it would spoil aspects of the previous books, there is enough character background given that I think readers would be able to keep up.
Overall this book was really good. I enjoyed that although it was part of a series it was new and fresh and didn’t recycle the other storylines. It was suspenseful and romantic and K. A. Tucker’s writing will have you desperate to keep turning the pages.

The Narration:
I LOVE Sebastian York. He was the perfect Cain with his deep voice and range of emotions. I’ve listened to a few books he’s narrated and each time he gives the character their own respective voice. As for Elizabeth Louise, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to separate Livie from Charlie since she narrates both but she was able to capture Charlie’s attitude so well! I also enjoyed that they sounded like 20-somethings and not teenagers or elderly. It annoys me when a book has a teenage or adult character but the narrator sounds much younger/older. I was definitely impressed with the narration choices and their ability to bring Cain and Charlie to life.

Be My December by Rachel Brookes Cover Reveal – Excerpt & Giveaway!

Today I’m excited to share the cover of Be My December by Rachel Brookes with you! I really enjoyed her Breathe Series and can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

 

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Title: Be My December

Author: Rachel Brookes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 31, 2014

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Synopsis

I knew the exact moment I’d become a ‘yes’ girl.
December 16th, a cold winter’s night, four years ago.
The night my innocence was stolen, the night I made the mistake of saying no—a mistake I’d never make again.
The dream of a ‘happily ever after’ was now a locked away myth. I promised myself that I’d never return to the place of my worst nightmare, that I’d never let anyone get close, but then again, I never thought I’d meet someone like him.
The intense, confident and beautiful Ky Crawford.

I had no plans to become someone’s Prince Charming.
I couldn’t be. I refused to be. My plan was simple—do whatever it takes to correct my biggest mistake, my one regret that now controlled my life.
I was on track. I had plans, but then everything changed when I saw her—the girl in the red jacket, the girl who I was told couldn’t say no.
The reserved yet stunning Eden Rivers.

A girl who can’t say no.
A guy who craves redemption.
A chance encounter?

It all comes down to this.
One question.
One month.

Be My December?

Excerpt

Everything happened so quickly. My hand encased hers, entwining our fingers in a protective move I couldn’t put into words. I didn’t stick around to hear anything else Nick decided to spit. I tugged on our joined hands and she, without question, followed me though the crowd towards the far corner of the bar where we were still close enough to the action yet able to be hidden from the fuckwit likes of Nick Edwards. My mind raced about what I could possibly say to explain my irrational actions. Since when had I become some knight in shining armor?

When we reached our refuge, I halted and dropped her hand. The moment I stepped back, I collided with a hard wall of Josh’s body, and over my shoulder, I found Josh staring at me with wide eyes. I tore my eyes from Josh and turned to find Eden, her friend, and Ashlyn awaiting my next move.

“Do something, dickhead. All eyes are on you after that little performance. You don’t go caveman and grab your woman and then just stand beside her like she’s a stranger.”

Josh was right. I looked back towards the corner of the bar and wasn’t surprised to find Nick and his crew watching with knowing smirks on their faces. Fuck. I had two choices. I could walk away right now, leave the bar knowing that I had done a good deed, and hope to Christ that she could take care of herself, or I could man the fuck up and finish what I’d started.

I pulled Eden firmly against me, wrapping my arms tightly around her waist so her back was flush with my chest. Resting my chin on her shoulder, I couldn’t help but notice how well her body molded to mine. She still hadn’t said a word. Her body was rigid in my arms, and after I heard her inhale sharply, she now held her breath.

“You’ve got to breathe,” I whispered into her ear.

Once again, she simply nodded. She trembled like a leaf in a hurricane against me. Her hands finally clutched my bare forearms, which were resting over her stomach. Her nails dug into my flesh, sending a shot of pain up through my arms, but I didn’t say a thing.

Her body wouldn’t stop trembling, and without hesitation, my grip tightened, trying desperately to pull her body closer to mine. She was completely breaking down in my arms and I didn’t know what the fuck to do, so I did what I hoped would calm her down.

I held on to her for dear life.

 

About The Author

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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, due to be 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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Final Call (Call#2) by Emma Hart Release Blitz – Review & Giveaway!

Release Date: 6/16/2014
Summary from Goodreads:
In the highly anticipated sequel to LATE CALL, Dayton and Aaron learn once more than not everything is as straightforward as it seems, and if they have any chance of getting their long-awaited happily-ever-after, they’ll have to work for it…We crashed and burned like a falling plane. Hard and fast with an inevitable explosion. Another few weeks together changed my life the way the first did. At twenty-four, I became naïve again. I became a dreamer again. A believer. And walking away hurts just as much as it did seven years ago.
But over doesn’t have to mean over-at least in Aaron Stone’s mind. His pursuit is relentless, his determination unwavering. He’ll go to any lengths to keep me and prove that I belong to him. Unfortunately, love isn’t easy, and whether or not I forgive him is irrelevant to his past catching up with us. Once again, our relationship is haunted by a secret, one that could destroy everything, and the secret is born from the need to protect the other…
But the tables have turned, because the secret is mine.Final Call is the second and final book in the Call series and is the conclusion to Aaron and Dayton’s story. It’s is not a standalone and Late Call must be read first.

 

Both LATE CALL (#1) and FINAL CALL (#2) are on sale for $0.99 thru June 20th, then they will return to full price. ($2.99 and $3.99.)

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Review:

Final Call is a sexy, sizzling, and addictive read. I freaking LOVE Dayton and Aaron. They are a powerhouse couple. Honestly, I didn’t think I could adore these two anymore after book one but I was so completely wrong! Final Call picks up right where Late Call left off. Dayton is still reeling (and rightfully so) over Aaron’s skeletons and has resorted to locking herself in her house/Liv’s apartment by herself eating ice cream and forgoing showering. After the required mourning/self-pity period Dayton decides to go back to work but interestingly enough, she isn’t getting booked for the jobs she’s used to. If you’ve read Late Call it will be no surprise that despite Dayton’s quick and heartbreaking exit from Paris, that Aaron isn’t about to give up.

Dayton, being the stubborn and intelligent woman that she is, isn’t going to just give in to Aaron. That wouldn’t be like her at all, and let’s be honest, what makes Dayton so likeable is her quick-wit and fiery personality. She has a no BS attitude and has enough self-respect to make Aaron work for forgiveness. It takes a little push from both Monique and Aunt Leigh to get Dayton to truly give Aaron another chance but when she finally comes around to the idea, things get interesting. While Dayton is trying to patch things up with Aaron, Naomi decides to stir things up.  As if she hasn’t caused enough problems for Aaron and Dayton already, Naomi lays out her cards and Dayton is forced to make a choice. Her decision, no matter what it is, could cost her the future she desires.

My favorite thing about Aaron and Dayton is that they are equals. Dayton isn’t afraid to take Aaron head on and vice versa. The push and pull in their relationship is done without insult or injury to the other. The tense moments are made better by the even more intense moments and there is a level of tenderness between the two that really displays the love in their relationship.  Aaron and Dayton’s relationship is one I can firmly get behind and I was rooting for them from the get-go.

Unsurprisingly, I found the Dayton and Aaron’s story to be captivating and full of my favorite things (lies, betrayal, blackmail, lust, love, beautiful men, London, Paris…I could go on and on). What I didn’t expect was to find myself enthralled with someone other than Aaron Stone but alas Tyler Stone intrigued and surprised me. With his devil-may-care attitude and cavalier love-life I didn’t expect a friendship to blossom between him and Dayton but it did and I appreciated that she had someone on her side during hurricane Naomi.

Final Call provided a stellar ending to Dayton and Aaron’s story, tying up loose ends from book one without feeling forced. I appreciated getting to see this couple’s relationship grow into something deeper and more mature. There are a lot of sexy times but like Late Call I never once felt that they overshadowed or took away from the plot. Final Call proves what I stated in my review of Late Call, that Emma Hart’s writing gets better and better with creative story lines and strong, sophisticated characters. Now…about Tyler’s book…

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Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn Review

Release Date: April 5th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase. Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa. So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

 

Review:

I read Emancipating Andie during a major book slump. It had been sitting on my Kindle for months and a friend of mine had been insisting I read it so I figured now was as good a time as any. I was elated and simultaneously kicking myself mentally for not read this book sooner. It was really, really good. So good, in fact, that I read it in one sitting.

Glenn begins the story with Andie and Colin on their first date. Colin brings Andie to his friend’s engagement party. Little does Andie know that she’s about to walk into a mansion. Andie has always been cautious, always does what she’s supposed to…what’s expected of her. However, when Colin leaves Andie alone for a few minutes her curiousity gets the best of her and she finds herself wandering the house. She comes across a wine cellar and heads inside, hopeful she isn’t caught snooping around. Unfortunately the cellar doors shuts behind her and she’s trapped inside with no way out and no cell phone. Unbeknownst to Andie, she isn’t alone. Chase McGuire is also locked in the wine cellar with Andie and he seems to find the whole scenario extremely entertaining, much to Andie’s annoyance. Chase doesn’t just annoy Andie, he infuriates her, knowing exactly what to say to shake her calm façade.

The story then fast-forwards and Andie and Colin are still going strong over a year later. Andie’s life is seemingly perfect, full of order and continuity, just the way she likes it. Of course that doesn’t last long. Andie and Colin are set to head to their friend’s wedding in Florida. Andie decides she wants to drive there and Colin asks his friend to accompany her. Loe and behold, who shows up but Chase McGuire. This throws a wrench into Andie’s precise and efficient travel schedule. Andie wants to drive straight through, only stopping for necessary bathroom breaks and a night of sleep, but Chase would rather sight-see and enjoy the scenery. It becomes a point of contention between the two but Chase’s easy-going personality begins to ebb some of the tension. Chase challenges Andie, allowing her to be more than what’s expected of her and begin to feel more than what she has allowed herself to feel in many years.

I really liked Chase and Andie. I thought they were really well-fleshed out characters. Andie was more than just the neat and tidy person she presented to the world. She had some deep-seeded vulnerability and wildness within her. It was just hidden beneath layers of routine and a bit of OCD. I never really found Andie’s personality to be annoying, as it easily could have been. Her little quirks, like writing a 3-month expiration date on her mascara, actually made me like her even more. Chase’s tendencies to make up hypothetical scenarios and steer conversations towards the philosophical side of things is what really tugged at my heartstrings. He was an inherently a good person. I appreciated that he wasn’t intimidated by Andie’s personality and encouraged her to look inside herself and be the person she wants to be. I thought their evolving friendship was really well-done. This story could have easily headed into a stereotypical love-triangle scenario but it didn’t.  The tension built between Chase and Andie was unbearable at times but I can’t lie and say I didn’t love it. I love when characters become friends first and later evolve into something more.  But don’t worry for those of you who aren’t fans of cheating, there’s none of that. So please don’t shy away from this book assuming infidelity is a major theme.

Emancipating Andie is a well-written, engaging, and funny story. I enjoyed everything from the plot to the characters to the way Glenn captured the essence of the road-trip. This was definitely a story about taking a risk and learning a little more about yourself in the process. I can tell Glenn really has a way with words and I’m excited to read both Back to You and Coming Home!

Favorite quotes:

“We judge people by our own standards of happiness … What makes you happy might not make that woman over there happy. But human beings have a terrible habit of thinking they know what’s best for each other. ” 

“Are you gonna put your shirt back on?” she blurted out. 
Chase froze, looking over his shoulder at her with the most maddening smile. “Why? Is this bothering you?”
“I just…” Andie sputtered, floundering through her response. “I mean, what if we get pulled over or something?”
“If we get pulled over, this could only work in your favor,” he said, running his hands over his chest.
Andie tried to stifle a laugh. “My God, you’re insufferable.”