The Valentine’s Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich review + 200 fan giveaway!

TheValentinesArrangement AMAZON (2)“I didn’t want the line to get blurry, and I sure as hell didn’t want you to
cross it.”

Ronnie Clark, an edgy tattoo artist with hopes of high tailing
it out of the forsaken Military town she followed her now ex-fiancé to, is
counting down the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance.
She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not
anymore. After her fiancé slept with a female soldier while deployed, she has
vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his deployment to finishing leading his
soldiers on their mission. The last thing he wants is a relationship, but casual
sex, that’s a different story. And when he meets the renowned tattoo artist
Ronnie Clark, a snarky, blunt, takes no prisoners kind of woman, that seems to
be all he can think about.

But when Kale realizes he has met his match
with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough?
And if it’s not, will he be able to convince Ronnie that the proverbial hearts
and flowers aren’t so bad after all, even if he is a soldier?

“You changed something inside me, something I didn’t ever think I would want, or
feel—but you did, and now I can’t go back”

I love when I stumble on a great book that just comes out and not many people know about it yet!  When I do, and I love it that much, I want to tell everyone about it!  That is what happened to me with The Valentine’s Arrangement.  I had it on my TBR list and planned on buying it soon.  Then I actually won a free copy from the author herself on Facebook.  I started it right away.  Right around 4% in, I messaged Em and told her how much I was loving it and that she needed to buy it, pronto!  It was a quick read, but didn’t feel that way at all.  I never felt cheated or that it was too short.  So Em finished it (in a day, I think, that girl is one fast reader!) and I said we need to do a giveaway and discuss this!  So, here we are, celebrating 200 likes and giving away an e-copy of this awesome new book!  (details are at the bottom of the review)

{D} I know I’m the huge fan here of this novel.  Right off the bat I love Ronnie, her attitude, smugness, directness and bitchiness!  I wonder why????

{Em} I love her tattoos. I want to be her and I’m totally jealous.

{D} LOL, I’m the extreme opposite of her, but I think I had a girl crush 😉

{Em} Definite girl crush

{D} Enter Kale…Now, I am a fan of the all american boy!

{Em} I’m totally not a clean cut guy kinda girl. BUT, there was something about him that made me all kinds of hot.

{D} See, Em, this is why we work.  We are so different!

{Em} LOL

{D} I loved all the military stuff in the book.  It was just enough to set the scene, but not be confusing for us civilians.

{Em} I agree

{D} Did you know that Kelsie Leverich is an army wife?

{Em} of course. I read the bio. I liked that she could give a real perspective of it.

{D} The “mind fucking” was great.  And there was a lot of it!

{Em} I do love that it wasn’t all, “I’m in looooooooooooove!” after the first meeting. She took some time to come around. She didn’t say just what she thought he wanted to hear.

{D} that’s why Ronnie is so great!  She stuck to her guns (for awhile).  I don’t blame her, I would have caved long before.  His take control attitude was just at the right times. I loved when she called him “Soldier” and “Emerson”.

{Em} He was in control without being controlling!

{D} He was super sweet,  One of the most revealing scenes with him was in the airport when he was speaking to the little boy.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I totally believe that the men and women of the armed forces are true superheroes.  So those references were great.

{Em} Oh, I loved that.  Or when he let her walk away, knowing he was going to fight for her.  It was great when he took her line about “Captain America”!

{D} For Ronnie, that whole last 10% or so was great to see.  She really is a sweet and compassionate person.  She was honest from the get go and told him her fears of being in a relationship and how hard it would be.  There was no sugar coating.

{Em} I liked that in regard to her ex, she admitted how easy it’d be to fall back in to that routine, but she DIDN’T. She stood up for herself.

{D} I know.  I described this novel as honest.  and that’s another one of the examples why.  She admitted that she still loved him, could still be with him and how easy it would be. I think it was so realistic.  that’s one of the reasons why i loved it so much.

OK, enough with the serious.  let’s discuss Ms. Leverich’s sex scenes…

{Em} they were Fabulous!

{D} Lots of smoking hot detail from both Ronnie and Kale!

{Em} Without being raunchy.

{D} I like raunchy!

{Em} Ok, not in a BAD raunchy.

{D}  LOL, He basically just took what he wanted.

{Em} But she didn’t give him what she didn’t want.

He’s like the honey badger! He didn’t give a shit, just took what he wanted!

{D} My kind of man 😉  A fave part is in the last scene where she’s in the gray tight dress.  I won’t say why, but Kale says something like….I’m one lucky son of a bitch.  I cracked up!

And let’s discuss the role of her *F* me high heels???

{Em} I kind of want to buy some.  I like when he showed up on Valentine’s day and she was in sweats.

{D} and a top knot!!!

{Em} Yep!  and he still wanted her!

{D} So these two are total opposites in life but “fit together like puzzle pieces”  I really fell in love with them and their story!  I want more!!!!

{Em} Is there going to be more?

{D} Hmm, I don’t know!  Let me message Kelsie.  I hope she doesn’t think I’m a stalker! And hot damn, I did this review without any wine!  What the hell?? (and since when do i say, hot damn?)

{Em} I say it all the time.

{D} maybe I got it from you, us Yanks don’t talk that way 😉

{Em} listen, me and my southern charm have to keep things calm!

{D} So, Kelsie Leverich just messaged me back, a sequel is in the making!!!  She is hoping for late spring or early summer release!!!!  I’m so excited!

So, there you have it!  You cannot go wrong with this novel.  It has just enough of everything!!!

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xo, D

COVER REVEAL – Lost to You by A.L. Jackson

You ladies know that I (em) am a huge fan of Ms. Jackson and her books. She has a unique way of writing that is totally captivating and unique. Her books capture you from the first page and have you hooked until the very end. They are raw and explore some very serious issues. I was quite excited to hear that she was releasing a Novella that is a pre-quel to a book I really enjoyed this summer, Take This Regret. Without further ado, here is the beautiful cover of Lost To You.

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Synopsis:

People come into our lives. Some stay, and many go. Some build us up, while most tear us down. They become our friends, our enemies, our lovers, our tormentors.

 Christian Davison came into mine, and I knew I’d never be the same.

To Elizabeth Ayers, New York City had always been a dream. She’s worked her entire young life to make it here.

Groomed to one day take over his father’s law firm, attending Columbia University was Christian Davison’s only option.

Neither wanted anything more until they sat across from each other at a café table after being paired as study partners.

Christian wants her, but Elizabeth knows better than to give into their intense attraction. Yet there is little she can do to stay away.

Lost to You, the prequel to the bestselling romance, Take This Regret. A New Adult novella, recommended for readers 17+. It’s unnecessary to have read Take This Regret to enjoy Lost to You.

Add it on Goodreads so you don’t miss out!

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson

“There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up
in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.                                      

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from
her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell
anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and
most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can
remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he
did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible
mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though,
when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves
him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but
never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does
everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed
off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might
need to be saved.

(New Adult Contemporary) **Mature Content**
Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.”

Can two broken people save eachother?  For Callie and Kayden I think they can.  I think that they are the best therapy for one another. I loved them seperately and I loved them even more together. I also adored Seth.  What a great guy who rose above his own hurdles and set out to help someone else do the same.  Everyone needs a Seth in their corner! Seth pushed and pushed Callie to try to live and experience things.  If it weren’t for him she would be sitting in her dorm room day after day.

One of the most disturbing parts of the story for me are their mothers.  Being in denial or choosing not to face certain issues when it comes to your children is heartbreaking.  I felt like both were avoiding things that were staring them in the face.  It made me sad and I wouldn’t have blamed Callie and Kayden if they just took off.  Both characters were crying out for help and they had no one.  Although for Kayden it looked like he had everything. And he hid as much as he could, even his feelings.  Callie had so much courage and by the end i was so proud of her.

The ending of this book is amazing and I cannot wait for the second story!  I want so much for them.  Callie and Kayden will stick with me for awhile, I’m sure.  Beautiful story!

xo, D

Ah! I LOVED this one! This is definitely not just a sweet, sappy love story about 2 people you never expect to get together. There is a lot of depth to it and I loved that! It wasn’t rushed in any manner, but it didn’t drag on. There was a great balance in all aspects of the book.

Callie. Oh sweet Callie. I loved her and my heart absolutely broke for her. I wanted to kick her brother right in his jaw for how he treated her. I wanted to shake her mom for appearing to just avoid the fact that something was going on with her daughter. While it seemed like her parents genuinely loved her, the mother was just so blind to her own daughter. I felt like the dad did the best he could in trying to bring life back to his daughter. I was so glad she found a friend like Seth. Their friendship and relationship was perfect. He provided her with enough support to be able to push her when she needed it and was there to hold her when life was too much.

Kayden. Ahhh Kayden. What a perfect example of of how the cycle of abuse manifests itself. His mom was in so much denial and I could have killed her. I do not understand how a mother can ignore what happened in that house, but it is so typical. The author hinted at ways that Kayden escapes the pain and I’m eager to see if she elaborates on that in the next book. He was such a genuinely good guy. I really enjoyed watching him grow and develop as a character.

The ending had me holding my breath, for sure. It was a genius ending to an amazing story. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book! Callie & Kayden deserve a happily ever after with all they have been through!

{em}

Overwhelm Me by A.C. Marchman

“Allie Marshall has dealt with a traumatic past that she desperately wants to keep buried. She moved to Atlanta to escape her old life and pursue her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant. With the help of her roommate, Livey, she has finally gotten her life back on track and will be graduating Emory University with honors. Then, she meets Donovan Callahan, a sexy and wealthy doctor who Allie cannot resist. Their relationship starts off intense and full of passion. Donovan wants to give Allie the world. But she learns he was involved with Claire Dubois, a reality star convicted of murdering her husband. Will she stick by his side when all of the baggage comes to the surface or will she be overwhelmed and turn her back on him?”
Overwhelm Me is a first novel for author A.C. Marchman, it was a good read overall.  The instant love connection happened a bit too easily for me. So that was a tad unrealistic.  However, the sex scenes were hot and steamy and very well done! (one of my top criteria for a romance novel ;))  I felt a good connection with the characters as well.  Donovan is like a dream guy, I’m still waiting for him to have some flaws (other than the ones revealed).  I was surprised with Allie’s secret. I honestly thought it was going to be worse than what it was.  I just wish there was more build up overall, with their relationship and with their pasts.  I’m looking forward to reading the second book!
xo, D
Fabulous debut novel! I will say that I had a ton of thoughts going through my head at the end of this novel. First and foremost, I couldn’t believe that everything that took place in the book happened in under 2 weeks. There was a lot that happened in a very short amount of time. Another thought that was WOW. Very well written sex scenes! They were hot, steamy, and just the write length (sometimes I find that sex scenes are either super rushed or really drag on, NOT the case here at all!) And on that last page, I was truly thrown and can’t wait for the next one!
I really enjoyed the twists the novel took throughout the book. There were absolutely a lot of surprises throughout that really caught me off guard in a great way. Allie’s secret is not at all what I was expecting! There were parts of Donovan’s secret that I definitely found shocking as well. Like D mentioned, Donovan seems like the perfect guy and I’m wondering if he has flaws. Allie is sweet and naive, but overall likable!
I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one to come out! Write on, AC Marchman! You did a great job on your debut novel!
{em}

Our first guest Review! Schooled by Deena Bright

“The horrifying shock of witnessing her husband banging his skank-whore secretary spurred this ever-wholesome and rule-following teacher to seek some new lessons of her own. A young teacher learns about sexuality, pleasure, and satisfaction from rather unlikely and forbidden teachers, her former students, now recent college graduates. Not only does she get “schooled” by the beautifully-built all-American football player who struggled to pass her class, but she also learns a few tricks from the innocent, well-read, and thoroughly sexy bookworm. Both men teach her that not all curricula worth learning comes from a book.

Go through the journey Janelle Garrity-Flowers faces after discovering her husband’s infidelity. Growing up, she followed the rules, but now, she wants to defy the norms and play by her own rules. Janelle explores her own sexuality, searching for pleasure beyond her wildest dreams. However, despite this callow teacher’s “lesson plan” of forgoing the rules and not letting emotion get involved, the teacher must decide between the athlete, the scholar, and the career she loves. But what or who does she love and want more?”

D invited me to write a guest review for Novel Seduction, and I couldn’t have said “YES!” fast enough! Her and I share a love of the flirty and VERY dirty books and I’ve been aching to bring people over to our dark side (he he he). Schooled is the latest book I have read, and I will say that it was a great blend of flirty and wildly sexy. Right up our alley!

It started out with a bang (literally and figuratively!). After she walked in on her tool bag husband, Marcus, screwing his secretary, Janelle walked out (actually WALKED out, without slicing off any important anatomy! She’s a better woman than me.), deciding how to move on with her life. Enter Briggs and Leo

Let’s talk about the characters:
Janelle- Janelle is the horny heroine of our story. She teaches high school English and is just finishing up school for the summer. After she walks out on Marcus, she goes to a bar to drown her sorrows (as would I) and runs into an old student, Briggs.
Briggs- Ah Briggs. Briggs is a tall, dark, and handsome 23 year old ex-student of Janelle’s. He knows exactly what to say to turn Janelle (and any woman with a pulse who likes penises) on. My favorite part of this book was the surprise of Briggs in the bedroom. I don’t want to give too much away, but let me just say that it is about time that the sexy, smooth talking guy has a flaw.
Leo- Leo is the ex-nerd, turned hot landscaper/ CPA. He is definitely the more shy and reserved of the two guys and has a pretty big secret that I totally didn’t see coming. Leo surprised me a lot throughout the book and really made it impossible for me to pick a favorite.

The thing I loved most was that this book could have quickly gone corny, but I totally bought into it. The sex (and almost sex) scenes were super hot and made you struggle right along with Janelle in choosing between these two sexy dudes.

Now, this book is not without it’s criticisms. For one, the writing wasn’t perfect. It was a great first start for Deena Bright, but there were some grammatical and punctuation issues that annoyed me. Speaking of annoying, there were a few parts when I was sick of listening to Janelle wage the same internal battle over and over again. However, in a love triangle book, this is the cross we all have to bare and there were enough orgasms to distract me!

I’m also very on the fence about all the pop culture references. If you read the author’s letter to the readers at the end (hilarious btw!), she explains how she was warned not to use pop culture references because it will date the book. I loved the mentions of Fifty, Twilight, Wicked, etc, and it made it a really relevant book….today. In five years, it will absolutely make the book seem old and most people who read it will have no idea what Deena is talking about. But when I finished (in two days. During Christmas. With a 3 year old who had to have EVERY. SINGLE. TOY. opened right this second ), it made it feel like I was listening to a friend tell a story.

This book is far from deep and won’t blow your mind, but it is a super fun and sexy read. I’m waiting not so patiently for the sequel!

Novel Seduction’s Top 10 books of 2012! (plus a few more)

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When Em and I decided to compile our list of top 10’s for 2012, we thought, no problem, we can do that!  NOT! Combined we’ve read over 250 books this year. Let’s rewind on how this all got started.

You should all know that Em got me into this reading thing.  I hadn’t read a novel in years and while on vacation in April, read two on the Kindle app on my phone.  Then I read the 50 Shades series and that was totally up my ally, jumpstarted me into the seductive reading world.  My dear friend Em kept me up to date on what I should read next and after about a month, I caught on and started finding and following authors on my own.  The hubs gave me a Kindle for Mother’s day and then I couldn’t be stopped.  Eventually we had a few friends asking us what we were reading and commenting on our reviews on goodreads.  So, in November Em proposed the idea of having a blog.  I squealed!  Let’s do it! And here we are less than 2 months later, with over 150 fans and a Colleen Hoover giveaway.  We are some very blessed ladies!  I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings to Novel Seduction!

Now, on to the top reads of the year.  It was so hard to narrow it down to 10 each.  I’m not sure why we decided to be so strict on ourselves, but I think it will mean that much more to the authors who made our list.  To narrow it down to these fabulous reads was no small feat.   Our lists changed and evolved over the last week as we were doing this.  I love that you will see how our reading styles slightly differ.  A lot of you probably know that I’m (D) the erotica lover and tend to go for the sexier, steamier books.  Em leans more to the YA and deep love stories.  However there is a lot of overlap with us!  If you haven’t read these novels don’t wait!  You won’t be disappointed!

~ D’s top 10 reads for 2012 ~

1.  The Dark Duet Series by C.J. Roberts.  Just as the title describes, this extremely dark and extremely erotic series is captivating! You have to read with an open mind and an open heart.  Maybe not for everyone.  Captive in the Dark is book one and Seduced in the Dark is book 2.

2.  Love Unscripted by Tina Reber is probably the best love story I’ve ever read.  I love everything about it!  I even read it twice.  It holds a special place in my heart. The sequel Love Unrehearsed was just as great with an genius ending!

3.  The Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde will make you scream, cheer, want to throw your book or e-reader.  It evokes so many emotions and keeps you glued to it.  I once said that Avoiding Responsibility made me avoid all of my responsibilities because it was so good and I could not put it down.  Fabulous series!!! Book 1 is Avoiding Commitment and book 2 is Avoiding Responsibility.

4.  Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover.  This series touched and warmed my heart.  It has so much to offer and has stayed with me all year.  It is one of the few books that I can recommend to young people and I love that! I even was lucky enough to win a signed copy of Point of Retreat this year :)!

5.  The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle.  Somehow I was lucky enough to stumble upon this novel months ago.  It tore me to shreds!  Such an explosive love story and hot!  I cannot wait for the sequel next year!

6.  Crash into You by Roni Loren.  Holy Hell, this was the hottest book I have ever read.  No one can do a sex scene like Roni Loren!  This book was so much more than just sex though.  The writing style was unique and so well done and the multiple layers of the story made you not want to put it down!  This is the first novel in a series called, Loving on the Edge.  This is BDSM, so it may not be for everyone.

7.  The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.  An amazing journey that touched my heart and soul.  At times I had tears running down my face and it had an ending that gave me chills over my entire body.  This is one of those once in a lifetime stories that will never leave you!

8.  The Redhead Series by Alice Clayton.  This is a hilarious and super sexy series.  Alice Clayton’s writing, language and steaminess are the perfect combination for me.  I often connect so well with her characters that I feel like she made them about me!  (yes, I’m delusional)  The Unidentified Redhead is the first book and The Redhead Revealed is the second book.

9.  On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.  Such a great love story and scorching hot sex scenes with a man to die for!

10.  Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning.  This is the first book in a series.  Each of the rockstars have their own book.  I finished this and was still fanning myself for a few days later!  Hottest sex scenes ever written!  The whole group of guys are wonderful and unique!

So there is my top 10!  A few that came so close were:  Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones, Collision Course by S.C. Stephens, If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

xo, D

Ah Shoot. It’s my turn. Let me tell you, this is one of the hardest things I have had to do. D & I agreed that we HAD to be able to let a series count as 1 book or else I would’ve been up a creek! I started this year out reading The Hunger Games and absolutely loved them. I made it my goal to read 52 books this year. I work full time and have 3 little ones and figured 52 was kind of a lofty goal. So, nearly 150+ books later, I met my goal ;). Narrowing it down to a top 10 is nearly killing me. I could’ve made this list in June without a thought, but the 2nd part of this year has been SO packed with books that have simply blown me away.

Like D pointed out, we will have some overlap, but some that are very different. I’m going to list mine, but I wouldn’t say that they are actually in any order. I loved all of these for very different reasons. In reality, I could probably do several different categories and do 10 for each of them. So… here we go!

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – I must say, this one had me halfway considering leaving my family to head to Ireland and finding Braden for myself. It was an amazing story along with some hot scenes. Jocelyn’s past was intriguing and really captivated me. The chemistry between Joss & Braden was fabulous.

The Proposition by Katie Ashley– Ah. Aidan Fitzgerald pissed me off so much at the end of this book. I’m considering looking him up when I’m in Atlanta this summer just so I can kick his tail  myself. I loved how strong Emma was. She wasn’t going to be walked all over and she would get what she wanted. Aidan was just as strong and just as stubborn as her. It made for some great sex and amazing arguments.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover– This one rocked.my.world. I cannot say enough things about this. I’m going to just point you to our review in regards to this one.

Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover– So, what D didn’t mention earlier is that while she was reading Slammed, I was up visiting her. Obviously that meant I had to re-read them. I’ve read both several times. I’ve recommended them to almost everyone I know… including my mom. I don’t share a lot of what I’m reading with my mom b/c well… she just doesn’t need to read most of this stuff ;). Both of these just have everything in them. Heartbreak, love, angst, romance… you get the drift. I seriously laughed at parts, sobbed at other parts, and felt what the characters felt.

Avoiding Commitment and Avoiding Responsibility by K.A. Linde – So if you read our review of Avoiding Commitment, you know that I bought this the day it came out, started it, put it down, loaned it out, and then came back to it. I am SO glad I came back to it. I yelled, I laughed, I held my breath, I considered slamming my Kindle against a brick wall. And when I finished, I hunted down Avoiding Responsibility on Fiction Press to find out what comes next.  I also had the thought to avoid some commitments and responsibilities while reading these because I could not stop. I needed to keep reading. And bonus! There will be a 3rd book!

Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan – These books really had me going. Given my line of work, reading about abuse and mental health issues really hit home. It was heartbreaking, but at the same time you want to fight for Emma and help her. At the same time, you get SO angry with her and so frustrated with her. And Evan, oh Evan. He is amazing.

Thoughtless and Effortless by S.C. Stephens– I think these books speak for themselves. There’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said. Rocker + Love Triangle + reformed man-whore = amazing. Hands down.

Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson– A story of a chance encounter and second chances with a first love. It is beautifully written and has a way of really making you just keep wanting more. It isn’t about puppy dogs and rainbows. There are serious issues that are brought up and dealt with. Forgiveness isn’t easy and this book really showed that.

I Love You To Death by Natalie Ward – Oh.my.word. I sobbed my way through this. I picked it up because I was waiting on another one to load so I thought it’d be a good time filler. It was so much more than that. I don’t think there was anything not to love about Luke. He was AMAZING. I cannot wait to read the next story from his point of view. Ash. Oh my heart hurt for her. I cannot imagine dealing with the things that Ash has had to endure.

Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – D read this and immediately told me I HAD to read it and that I COULD NOT read the end ahead of time (patience is not a virtue I possess. I frequently get about 10% in to a book and read the ending). I am so glad I listened. I don’t think there are words to describe  the emotions I felt while reading this one. Each character was developed beautifully without becoming redundant. The story was executed brilliantly. And the romance was so raw and so beautiful.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton– holy crap. HILARIOUS. I started this book while I was in B&N with a friend and we were both laughing so hard and could not control it. Just like the Redhead series, it had everything. I love her sense of humor. The sex was hot. It was excellent. We talked about this one over here.

Ok. So that was 11. I had a hard enough time narrowing it down to that and there was just no way to take any of those off. Don’t judge me.

Others that were fighting for top spots would be: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Easy by Tammara Webber, The Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines, Vincent Boys series by Abbi Glines, Collision Course by S.C. Stephens, Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby, and Devoured by Emily Snow.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover + 100 Fans + Hopeless Giveaway

Image“Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried. 

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.”

So, to say that D and I both loved this book would be an understatement. It.was.amazing. It addressed some VERY intense situations and showed some very intense emotions. Colleen  wasn’t afraid to make a disaster out of things, but it was so well put together that it worked. It more than worked. It created a situation that left you breathless. When things start unfolding, your initial reaction is to get mad because some things are unforgivable. But then everything comes out and you are left to think through things. Sometimes your gut reaction is wrong. You realize that sometimes a behavior is wrong, but the intention is right and it may just go ahead and excuse their decision. I’ve recommended this book to everyone I know because I’ve had to talk through it. If you want a light, cute read, this isn’t the book for that. If you want a book that is going to make you think, fall in love, get mad, and leave an impression on you? This book is just the one. I guarantee that by the end of the book, you will fall in love with each character. There will be times when you want to be angry with each of them, but by the end, you love them all again. And I’m pretty sure that I need a Holder in my life. That boy is swoon-worthy. Definitely 5/5 stars for me. {em}

D & I both felt the need to talk through this book, so here is our discussion as we reviewed the book and sorted our emotions! Below the conversation, look for the giveaway!

D: Ok. I’m ready for our discussion. I highlighted a bit.

E: Oh gosh. I think I highlighted more in this book than I ever have. This is going to be hard to do without any spoilers.

E: my favorite quote: “All marriages have a time limit if you enter them for the wrong reasons. Marriage doesn’t get easier…it only gets harder. if you marry someone hoping it will improve things, you might as well set your timer the second you say, ‘I do.'”

D: here’s mine: ” you can hold my hand, you can run your fingers thru my hair, you can straddle me while i feed you spaghetti, but you are not getting kissed tonight. and probably not tomorrow either.”

E: or “I need one of those chapter breaks. I just want to catch my breath, but I have no idea how.” or “And once again in my new world full of heartache and lies, this hopeless boy somehow finds a way to make me smile.”

E: I.love.Holder.

LOVE him. I love how he was SUCH a teenage boy but at the same time he had experienced so much in his life already that he was loyal, and romantic, and fiercely protective.

D: At first Sky killed me with how embarrassing some of the things she said were. Let me think, when she said about kissing him, about being a virgin. She would just blurt out these things at random times.

E: Yea. She was kinda random, but I think it added to her personality AND her sheltered life.

D: Oh yeah. Definitely! I loved when Six was impressed that “bitches made it rain in her locker” on day 1. Lol.

E: I love that Six’s name is actually Seven.

D: OH OH, here’s another ” fuck all the firsts Sky, The only thing that matters are the forevers”

SWOON

yes, I love Six

Speaking of Six, I’m still really disappointed how she was just removed from the story and i thought it was interesting that Sky {insert spoiler}

 E: OMG. I loved that one. I have it highlighted, too. Loved the reference to Sea of Tranquility in the book, too.

D: YES! (but you didn’t get that right away?) lol

E: I knew it was a book I had read, I just couldn’t place which one. I’m an idiot. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE when books reference other books

D: it shows that the authors are either besties or fans or both!

 E: Ok. So I loved how there were SUCH intense things that happened in this book. And you fell in love with all of the characters that even when you WANTED to hate them or be pissed at them, you couldn’t

 D: I love that {Colleen Hoover} wasn’t afraid to make it a mess. Then it was neatly wrapped up.

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Jules, the Bounty Hunter by Krista Ashe

ImageHigh-speed car chases, hiding out in overgrown bushes, nabbing the bad guy—all in a days work for Julianne aka Jules St. James. Sure growing up with a bounty hunter for a father was a little unorthodox, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, how many sixteen-year-old girls can take a man down with her bare hands, fire an assault rifle, or become a chameleon by using fake identities to nab bail jumpers? On her father’s Texas ranch, she’s just one of the guys with her older, twin brothers, Remington and Colt.

So when Jules’s father insists she spend the summer with her absentee mother—a former Savannah debutant and current member of high society, she is more than a little pissed off. Jules has had little use for her mother since she blew out of town six years ago to trade garden parties and black tie affairs for being a bounty hunter’s wife. A summer in Savannah with Mommie Dearest means having refinement and culture shoved down her throat while styling the latest haute couture fashion.

But Jules’s father has another reason behind sending her to Savannah. The society family of Emmett Marshall, a white-collar bail jumper resides there. The mission is for Jules to get close to Marshall’s teenage son, Jackson, thus trying to unravel any clues about his father’s whereabouts. Locating Marshall could mean a hefty payoff —enough for Jules’s freshman year of college.

Since she’s better at taking down a guy than hooking up with one, Jules feels like she’s in over her head. Enter Wyatt Deluca. Working for Jules’s bounty hunting cousin, Wyatt’s suave services are enlisted to help her reel Jackson in. The tattooed, motorcycle riding bad boy is a 180 from sweet, cultured Jackson, but the more that Jules hangs around with Wyatt, the more confused she is about her true feelings and her ability to do her job.

I got the awesome privilege of getting a copy of this earlier in the week and I’m so glad that I did! It’s YA and definitely different than what I normally gravitate towards. It was new and it was refreshing. We all have those “coming of age” moments and this was Jules’ book about her moment.

From the beginning there was mystery and a hint of romance. You quickly fall in love with Jules & her family. Her older brothers, Colt & Remy (twins) are absolutely hilarious and definitely protective. Her Dad is a big ol’ teddy bear. Big Mama (and who doesn’t love a grandmother called Big Mama??) & Grandaddy were sweet and caring. It’s a family you fall in love with and find yourself wanting to be around. I loved their conversations and how they interacted with each other.

Initially I wanted to hate her mom. I really did. I mean, who just walks out on her family the way she did? Who forces her daughter in to this Debutante lifestyle? I couldn’t relate to her at all. At first when there would be glimpses in to her mom that made you soften towards her a bit, she’d then go and do something absolutely ridiculous and you’d be pissed at her again. By the end, I was beginning to come around and enjoy her. I understood her more and that really helped.

I loved that the mystery was the forefront of the story. Watching Jules embark on the twists and turns of solving they mystery was definitely interesting! The Marshall case wasn’t easy, but Jules did what she needed to do. Along the way, it was interesting to see her grow up a bit and start to really weigh her options and examine how she did this business. It was nice to see her really start to evaluate things. Her sassiness and sense of humor was a lot of fun and kept things interesting, for sure.

Wyatt and Jules’ story was sweet, funny, and charming. Their banter was hysterical! Wyatt made me laugh when he would tell Jules what to wear and why. I loved their bickering! And watching them fall in love was so sweet.

So, if you’re looking for something sweet, flirty, and a bit different than what we are typically reading – check this one out! It is definitely worth the read!

Interview with A.C. Marchman

I’m so excited I got to do this interview! A.C. was a ton of fun to chat with about everything – life, her book, and random other stuff. I think I need to convince her to come hang out and have some drinks.  She’s local to me, so it is totally possible 😉 ;)!It’s kind of hard to get so much from the ‘interview’ in to a post because the conversation flowed so easily – which means topics were all over the place and random order!

I find when I’m reading books, I want to know the why and the how behind the story. That could be my background (psyc major/sociology minor… work in a therapy setting…) driving me. I figure there is always a reason behind what the author writes. I am excited that I got some answers about Overwhelm Me and A.C. herself!

Let’s get to it!

So why Atlanta? Well, that was an easy one for her. She explained that she wanted it set in the south, but also in a big city. She has family in the Atlanta area, so it was a place that she was relatively familiar with as well. Still required a lot of research, but having the background helped a lot!

Why the medical setting? Both main characters have jobs in the medical field. It seems as if most romance novels revolve around college, the business world or Hollywood, so why medicine? This was another one that was easy for her to decide on! Outside of writing, A.C. Marchman works in the medical field. It is what she knows. She felt that she could give a more accurate view on. It’s also different enough from other books that it will stand out!

Character names. How did she pick those out? Well, those took a little more effort. Donovan Calloway has the same initials as her husband. Allie Marshall has the initials of her own maiden name. Other names she included were often names of her friends.

When? WHEN does this lady write? I know that she is a working mom, so that doesn’t leave a whole lot of free time! This was one that really took a lot of effort. Writing times included after bed time, nap time, and even meal times. Writing during homework time isn’t always easy when the 10 year old wants to know what you are writing about!

So… how long will we get to go on this journey with Donovan and Allie? As of right now, there are 3 books planned. Not gonna lie, I haven’t read book 1 yet and I’m already excited for book 2! Why? Well that’s because she shared that the town I live in will have a part in it. Yay for a local author giving a shout out to our town!

I had a great time really learning about this author and her upcoming book! I cannot wait to read about Allie, Donovan, and their explosive pasts!

{em}

Here is the blurb for Overwhelm Me:

Allie Marshall has dealt with a traumatic past that she desperately wants to keep buried. She moved to Atlanta to escape her old life and pursue her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant. With the help of her roommate, Livey, she has finally gotten her life back on track and will be graduating from Emory University with honors.

Then, she meets Donovan Callahan, a sexy and wealthy doctor who Allie cannot resist. Their relationship starts off intense and full of passion. Donovan wants to give Allie the world. But she soon learns he was involved with Claire Dubois, a reality star convicted of murdering her husband. Will she stick by his side when all of his baggage comes to the surface or will she be overwhelmed and turn her back on him?

Contains explicit sex and graphic language.

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Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

This book was such a treat! In so many ways it satisfied me. Alice Clayton’s writing style, wit, humor, and raunchiness fits me to a T. I think I have a writer’s crush on Ms. Clayton, she is definitely at the top of my list of writers! The chapters of texts and inner monologue were genius! It was a great way to reveal what happened over a week’s time without getting bored or feel like you missed something. You made me fall in love with a cat! A cat! (I’m generally not a fan)

Caroline was fabulous. I felt at times, I was her. Her thoughts and her language resemble mine. Her banter with Simon, yep, that’s me and the hubs. Her dirty talk, guilty! I LOVED her!!!
Simon, holy hell. I really can’t properly put into words how I truly feel about him, for him. He can bang my wall any day 😉 The way he loved her baked goods was hilarious and the kitchen sex scenes were original and fun. I also like a man who loves a challenge 😉
Clive, what a freaking character. A smoking jacket, a q-tip cigarette, falling in love with the Russian. Hilarious.
Even the storyline of the secondary characters was entertaining and well thought out. I would love to read more on the other couples.

I loved how many pages of gorgeous description the love scenes had. Nothing was rushed or assumed, it was all spelled out and a beautiful picture was painted. In my opinion, this is one of Alice Clayton’s fortes. Such a great novel! Keep them coming Alice Clayton!!!

xo, D

Ah. I loved this book! A friend and I had gone to the bookstore for a “reading date” (don’t be jealous of how cool we are) and that’s where I started this fabulous read. We were laughing SO HARD. I was kinda scared we’d be getting glares pretty soon. Tears rolling down my cheeks type of laughter. The next day at work, I was reading while I ate my breakfast and read parts to my boss. I needed him to understand that I wasn’t a lunatic laughing all by myself. Needless to say, I have already recommended this one to several people because I loved it so much.

Caroline… who couldn’t love her and her missing O?  Her character is who I want to be. She says all of the things I think. She was strong and independent, but wasn’t nutso. She was absolutely hysterical, as well. I loved her friendships and her dedication to them. I loved her sense of dedication to what she believed in – you know, like people being in the right relationships.

Simon. Please. PLEASE bang my wall, man. I loved that he didn’t try to hide from Caroline. He loved her baking and we ALL knew it. I loved the way he was so open about how things were and why he did what he did. It was what it was and he told it that way.

The text messaging and inner dialogue was fantastic. It gave you insight in to how they were all connected and where their relationships were. It helped to move the story along, give you insight, but not make it drag. Fabulous!

Now Clive. I hate cats. I hate them with the passion of a thousand burning suns. It doesn’t help that I got freakin’ attacked by one Clive on Simon style when I was like 4 (except it wasn’t during sex, obviously) and that I am VERY allergic to them. But then there is Clive. Clive really made me laugh. He almost made me want to get a cat myself.

I’d say this book is 5 out 5 stars. I am really hoping there will be a sequel because I NEED more Simon and Caroline.