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!

Giveaway:

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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

 

London Falling (I See London #2) by Chanel Cleeton Teaser Blitz & Giveaway!

I really enjoyed I See London (review here) so I’m excited to share a couple of teasers and a giveaway in anticipation of London Falling  out July 7th! Be sure to enter the giveaway and check out book 1, on sale for .99!
Release Date: July 7th, 2014 by Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
Summary from Goodreads:

We weren’t a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb…Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It’s his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers

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I SEE LONDON (Book #1)
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About the Author:

Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel Cleeton moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.
Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.

Chanel is the author of the New Adult books I See London and London Falling with Harlequin HQN. Learn more about her on her website at http://www.chanelcleeton.com. Keep up with Chanel’s latest news, book giveaways, and more on her monthly newsletter at http://www.chanelcleeton.com/mailing-list/.

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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.” 

Late Call (Call, #1) by Emma Hart Blog Tour – Review & Giveaway

I am so excited to share my review of Late Call with you! Be sure to enter the giveaway, as well!
Release Date: April 28th, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
She’s a high class call girl. He’s taking over his father’s business.
Seven years ago, they fell in love in Paris.
They walked away at the end of the summer, never imagining they’d meet again.
Now he’s her client.We fell in love the way you jump from a cliff. Hard and fast with a reckless sense of abandon. The six weeks we spent together changed my life, but at seventeen, I was naive. I was a dreamer. A believer.
Now I’m twenty-four and cynical. I don’t believe in love. There’s no place for such emotions as a high class escort. The only things I’m allowed to feel are physical – and that’s why it’s so damn hard when the client of a last minute job turns out to be the man I left in France seven years ago. When he buys me for six weeks at triple my rate, my agent makes it clear I have no choice but to take the job despite our previous relationship. And my heart makes it very clear I have to stay firmly on top of the cliff this time.
Because for six weeks, I once again belong to Aaron Stone.
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 Review:

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

I have a confession: I ventured far outside my comfort zone picking Late Call up. I am so glad I did, though. I enjoyed Emma Hart’s other books so when I saw the blurb for Late Call, I had to read it. I really enjoyed this book, a lot. I will be honest, I was a little nervous that there would be little plot and a lot of sexual situations. I was really, really wrong, at least about the little plot part (insert winky face).

Mia Lopez is a high class call girl. Spending a night with her costs more than the average person’s yearly income. She’s smart, feisty, and extremely good at her job. She seems to be comfortable in her life and knows exactly what she wants. That is, until the night she’s ordered by her agent, Monique, to attend a dinner party with a mystery client. Little does Mia know that the man she’s about to take on as a client, is her former boyfriend and first love, Aaron Stone. It’s only one night, right? Wrong, Mia is contracted for the next six weeks to stand by Aaron’s side and play the part of Dayton, his girlfriend. It’s a tricky situation because call girls don’t fall in love…

I loved the relationship between Aaron and Dayton. The chemistry between them is palpable, starting as a slow simmer until it boils over. They’re both so headstrong and feisty which provides for a lot of entertainment. I can get on board with Aaron’s bossy, alpha demeanor. It’s obvious that Dayton let’s him make up the rules without sacrificing her self-respect and dignity. I love that about their relationship. There is a level of respect there that could have easily not existed. I found myself rooting for them throughout the entire book.

I really enjoyed the overall story-line as well. Hart takes us to some of the most romantic cities in the world and the descriptive language made me feel like I was there with them. I also thought the tension between Aaron and Dayton was well done and not too over the top. I think the conflicting feelings Dayton has are completely rational and I was actually kind of in love with her character. She was strong-willed, feisty, and willing to stand up for herself when Aaron was being a jerk. I also loved that we got to see more than just the call girl persona Dayton has mastered. We get to  see her. Her thoughts, her feelings, her passion.  I liked the more vulnerable side of Dayton.

 Seeing as this is an erotic novel, there are a lot of sex scenes. I didn’t feel that they were really repetitive or over the top. I also enjoyed that they flowed with the story rather than feeling like there was sex for the sake of sex.

I’ve read quite a few of Emma Hart’s books and I have to say that this is my favorite one so far. You can really tell she’s becoming a master wordsmith and her writing has continued to get stronger and stronger. I would definitely recommend this book, but beware of the cliffhanger! I’ll be anxiously awaiting the arrival of book 2 in June!

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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

I See London (Internationl School #1) by Chanel Cleeton – Review

Release Date: February 3rd, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

 Review:

*I received an eCopy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed I See London, it was fun, flirty, and had just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting!

Maggie had her sights set on Harvard most of her life, but when she is rejected she finds herself at the International School in London. Surrounded by the rich and elite, Maggie is dazzled and a bit overwhelmed by the people and sights around her. In addition to a new city, a new set of friends, and the pressure of collegiate life, Maggie has also found herself on the radar of both Samir, a half-Lebanese playboy, and Hugh, a charming Brit with a successful bar. Now Maggie must choose who she thinks she needs and who she really wants.

 There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about I See London, for one, I enjoyed the diversity among the characters. Each character brought a little flare of their own culture to the mix which was a breath of fresh air. I felt that the characters painted a more accurate picture of not only big cities but of collegiate life, in general. Additionally, I thought that the main cast of characters (Maggie, Samir, Fleur, and Mya) were fairly well developed. Maggie wasn’t my favorite character, mainly because she was so misguided and slightly immature. I thought she handled a lot of the situations thrown at her poorly. However, she did have some redeeming qualities. Sometimes her naivete was authentic and it was interesting to see how she dealt with various situations. I really enjoyed her friendship with Mya and Fleur. Fleur  or the “Ice Queen”  was definitely one of my favorite characters when she wasn’t making poor choices spurred by her ex, Costa. She was funny, honest, and actually a really loyal person. I loved seeing her develop as a character and can’t wait to see what she gets in to in book 2!

The love-triangle between Samir, Maggie, and Hugh drove me a little batty. Mainly because I felt that while Samir was well-developed, Hugh lacked any real character development. I kind of just felt like Hugh was there to be the competition without really providing any real competition. As for Samir, he was arrogant and often rude but I think, much like Fleur, he really developed as a character. His chemistry with Maggie was palpable and I loved the moments between them. This is what  made the book for me, Samir showed moments of tenderness and also moments of being a real nuisance to Maggie’s relationship with Hugh which was always entertaining.

What I did not, however enjoy was Maggie’s rather hypocritical behavior. She continued to color herself as the “good girl” among her friends but when the time to make the honorable decision came along she completely disregarded another woman’s feelings and happiness in order to take what she wanted. I thought this was really disrespectful to not only the other girl but herself. I’m hoping book 2 will show Maggie develop into a woman that is more respectable and confident. Additionally, I have a hard time believing someone on a scholarship would be so flippant about their education. Maggie spent a lot of time partying and travelling to other cities instead of studying. Her once pristine academic record is now colored and she didn’t seem to care as much as I would think someone in her position would. While these things annoyed me about Maggie, I don’t think she’s a lost cause and hopefully will redeem herself!

Overall, I enjoyed I See London and would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a fun and quick romance. I think it was a strong debut and I look forward to London Falling!

Extinguish by J.M. Darhower Review

Release Date: May 19th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
One… Two… Three… Four…I Declare War

Serah always believed the world around her was perfect. As a Power, one of the warrior angels, she has spent her existence defending the innocent from evil. After tragedy strikes, tearing Serah’s brother from her life, she’s given the task of stopping the approaching apocalypse before it’s too late.

Only one thing, though: she has to venture to Hell to do it.

Lucifer—or Luce, as he prefers to be called—has been biding his time in Hell, longing for revenge against those who oh-so-easily cast him into the pit. When the heavenly beauty shows up at his gate, he’s just as captivated by her presence as she becomes of him. The attraction between them is palpable, and Serah’s willpower slowly slips. How can this charming creature, this scarred Archangel, be the one annihilating the world she so loves?

As the war wages on, the world entwined in chaos, Serah starts questioning everything she ever knew. When the light and dark, hot and cold, finally collide, she has to make a choice—a choice that sets her world on fire, black and white exploding into colorful flames.

Serah has questions. She wants answers.
Luce just wants to play a game.

Review:

Extinguish was a pleasant surprise. I don’t read a lot of books about angels, I’m not sure why, but this has enticed me to start. Even if you’re not a fan of paranormal/supernatural/angels/demons/whatever, you NEED to read this book.

Serah is an angel who spends her days at the playground with her friend Hannah, watching over the children that play there. Serah is a Power, destined to protect innocents for her entire immortal existence. Assumedly she should be protecting thousands of people every day, however, I found it interesting that she, along with her brother Samuel, spent so much time fixated on one family. They followed this family from its creation until the present.

Another interesting and slightly shocking aspect of this story is that Serah is in a relationship with Michael. Yes, that Michael, the Archangel. It was bizarre to me that two angels could get together without there being consequences.

In addition to Michael being in a relationship with Serah and also an Archangel, he’s the twin brother of the most infamous Archangel of all-time. Yep, you guessed right, Lucifer himself. We are introduced to Satan/Lucifer/Luce through Serah. She is tasked with meeting Lucifer and convincing him to stop the infinite war that has been raging between Heaven and Hell for millennia.

The story has a nice flow to it, making it easy to read. It flashes between the past and present so flawlessly that I didn’t feel disjointed or confused. Through the flashbacks we get to know Samuel, Michael, and Serah a little better. Samuel is a bit of a rebel for an angel. He seems to always be pushing the limits of good and more often than not he gets Serah to do things she isn’t entirely comfortable with. It’s obvious that both Serah and Samuel have a lot of love for each other and Samuel strives to make Serah happy.

As the story progresses we also get to know Luce, he abhors being called Satan, a little bit better. His choices are given reason and he turns out to be quite an interesting character. His conversations with Serah are rife with the questions of “What is good?” and “What is evil?” I found myself wondering the same thing throughout the whole book, and wondered about the gray areas of good/evil I was seeing.

I think most people know the tale of Satan. He was an Archangel who defied God and thus was cast to Hell to spend all eternity. Darhower shed a little light on what it might be like for Lucifer in Hell. I have never in my whole life thought I’d feel empathy towards Satan, but in this book I felt a whole lot of it. I feel a little guilty typing those words! I also feel a little guilty for rooting for one of the MOST scandalous book couples in the history of ever. One’s and angel and the other is the Devil. What could be more scandalous than that? However, I must admit I was rooting for them and felt a certain amount of disdain for Michael. It’s a sign of a good author when I can feel conflicted reading their story. I loved that Serah is so pure and good that she can see the beauty in all things, even Luce. I also love that Luce was able to take his stone-cold heart and put  it to good use.

Overall, I think this book is tricky. I personally enjoyed it and the implications of a gray area between good and evil. It also serves as a great discussion for what those two things really mean. However, I know that this book could offend some people so there’s that chance. I would recommend it, because I think it’s a really great story and really makes you think but if you’re not into retellings of a religious context this might not be for you.

Breathe Again (Breathe #2) by Rachel Brookes: Release Day Blitz – Teaser, Book Trailer, & Giveaway!

I love Savannah and Tate! I am so excited about this conclusion to the Breathe Series!

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Title: Breathe Again (Breathe #2)

Author: Rachel Brookes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: March 10, 2014

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Synopsis

For Savannah Rae, the thought of living in her picture-perfect world was almost too much to comprehend. With her dream job, a family she could finally call her own, and the beginnings of the best chapter of her life, she still couldn’t shake the unnerving feeling that it was all too good to be true.

The thought of a life without Savannah was incomprehensible to Tate Connors. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find his girl in the form of a sassy, stubborn, beautiful Australian. Finally he had the girl and life he so desperately wanted, but he still couldn’t ignore the fear that it would crash around him.

When Tate’s past becomes his present and Savannah’s present becomes her past, the possibility of a future together collides head-on with reality.

In her darkest days, the words Just Breathe provided a peaceful comfort to Savannah from the heavens above. Now as she and Tate go down the path of new beginnings, brutal endings, and the constant craving of a happily ever after, they are anxious to learn how to Breathe Again.

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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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Teaser

“Sav, are you ready?” Tate’s voice boomed through the hotel room. I gave myself a once-over and nodded at my reflection. It was now or never.

My heels clicked on the polished floorboards as I moved towards the living area of our room. My hands nervously skimmed down the front of my white bandeaux dress as I waited with bated breath for Tate to see me. The theme for the evening was black, white, and red, and I was in my white dress with my red heels, my black clutch, and my blond hair swept to one side in a cascade of curls over my shoulder.

“Sav, we really—”

Tate turned in my direction and his face stilled as his eyes raked over my body. As he shifted his gaze from my red heels, up my legs, and over my hips, hesitating at my boobs and then finally landing on my face, I felt my cheeks burn under his gaze. I seriously needed to get my blushing under control.

“Fuck,” Tate hissed between clenched teeth as his possessive eyes undertook their second assault of my body.

I was getting the reaction I’d craved and the lioness began to purr within me. I strutted towards him, the sound of my heels clicking against the floorboards matched the increasing beat of my heart perfectly. My lust-filled eyes landed on his bottom lip, which he was gnawing on with his teeth, and I suddenly felt alive.

“Like what you see, Mr. Connors?” I twirled in front of him, making sure I was just outside of arm’s reach.

“In a dress like that, Miss Rae, you are the spawn of Satan.” He took a step towards me and I was suddenly lost under the scent only he possessed. “And for once I’m not afraid of visiting Hell to get what I want.”

“Well we can’t visit Hell because we have a bar opening to go to.” I spun on my heel and took off through the room, loving the feeling that sassy Savannah was out to play.

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Rachel’s Other Books

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