Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Blitz: Love Me Never by Sara Wolf

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Don’t miss today’s Excerpt Tour for Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious, #1) by Sara Wolf, which releases on Tuesday, April 5, 2016!

“That’s n-not what I meant—” Kayla starts. “And you seem exactly like the type of girl to stay with friends she hates. They probably hate you, too. It must be easy, hiding it behind all that booze and all those name brands.” Kayla’s tears overflow onto her cheeks. Jack sighs. “You’re so spineless you collapse into tears the second anyone says the truth?” My heart’s thumping in my chest. My fists squeeze so tight I can’t feel my fingers. His cruelty leaves a bitter taste in my mouth—it’s a lot like someone I used to know. Someone who ruined my life forever. I shove aside the red-faced boy who tries to hit on me again and launch myself through the crowd. Kayla isn’t my friend. No one here is. But she’s been four seconds of nice to me—true nice, not Avery’s sugary poison of inviting-me-to-this-weird-test-party nice. And four seconds is more than I ever thought I’d get. It’s the most I’ve had in a long time. Jack’s lip quirks up in a sneer. Say it. Say one more thing, pretty boy. I dare you to. “You’re pathetic,” he says. That’s the first time I punch Jack Hunter’s face. And as my knuckles connect with his stupid high cheekbones and he staggers back with a furious blizzard brewing in his icy eyes, I somehow get the feeling it won’t be the last.
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About Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious, #1):

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments. Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship. All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face. Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game. The goal: Make the other beg for mercy. The game board: East Summit High. The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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Other Books in the Lovely Vicious Series:

Previously published as Savage Delight, this fully revised and updated edition is full of hilarity, drama, and heartbreak. Forget Me Always coming November 1, 2016, but stay tuned for reveals of the synopsis and exclusive excerpts!

Forget Me Always (Lovely Vicious, #2)

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Previously published as Brutal Previous, this fully revised and updated edition is full of emotion, healing, and love. Remember Me Forever coming May 2, 2017, but stay tuned for reveals of the synopsis and exclusive excerpts!

Remember Me Forever (Lovely Vicious, #3)

About the Author:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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Challenge Corner: April Superhero Challenge

Rules and Points
*Books must be read between April 1st and 30th in order to count.
*Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 100 pages to count.
*One point will be given for every book read and reviewed that fits a category.
*One point will be given for a buddy read that takes place within our group. (You must comment on the buddy thread at least five times in order to get the point.)
*Five points for every 1000 pages read.
*Five points for completing at least one description for each category (does not include the additional categories). An additional five points will be awarded to anyone who completes every category.

My potential reads are in red, completed reads are in bold
The Heroes

Captain America
*Read a book set during World War Two
*Read a patriotic book

*Read a book that features a detective/a mystery novel
*Read a book about a character who refuses to give up/follows dreams/wants to better himself
Take Me Home Tonight by Erika Kelly

*Read a book with a teen protagonist
Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
*Read a book with a character who was orphaned
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Flash
*A book you can read in a “flash” (A short story/novella 10-100 pages)
Origin of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
*Read a book with a heavy focus on time travel

*Read a book about an underwater city/underwater characters
Everblue by Brenda Pandos
*Read a book that features a character who swims a lot
Just Breathe by Heather Allen

*Read a book that has a blind of deaf character
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
*Read a book about a lawyer/has a strong law element
Double Trouble by Deborah Cooke

*Read a book about a circus/character who has been in circus
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
*Read a book that features a character with a military background
SEAL's Honor by Elle James

*Read a book that has birds on the cover
Heads or Tails by Leslie A. Gordon
*Read a book with a “genre minority” main character (This would be things like a non white male protagonist in a fantasy novel or a romance from a male perspective)
Single by Colette West

Wonder Woman
*Read a book with a female lead
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
*Read a book written by a woman
Blood Lust by Jill Cooper

*Read a book with a non human main character (could be an alien or an animal)
Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner 
*Read a science fiction novel/a book set in space

Invisible Woman
* Read a book with a strong sibling relationship
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
*Read a book with a self discovery/growing up/coming of age premise

Additional Categories

Read a book about superheroes or supervillains

Pick your own Hero!
*Read a book that you feel is related to your favorite superhero (heroes do not have to come from comic books, but please get it approved first)

*Read a book with a character that has an elemental power
*Read a book written by an African American woman

Wonder Twins
*Read a book about an extraterrestrial
*Read a book written by two authors
Anomalies by Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman review coming 4/20

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It Goes Down In The DM: Top Ten Tuesday - Cheaters

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It goes down in the dm. You all know the saying. If the person is always on the phone. Not letting it out of their sight. Running to reach it before you do. Chances are there is some shady business going on. The books on this list have characters that are quite familiar with the dm. Warning: This list is totally random and is not list in any particular order. 

My Woman His Wife
My Woman His Wife by Anna J.
For most couples, inviting someone into their bedroom is totally out of the question. Any normal woman would flip if her man even thought about trying a threesome with another woman. Jasmine is that woman, and more. It's not until her husband James pressures her into having a threesome that their once happy lives get turned into nothing but drama.
*this is book 1
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Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
*this is book 1
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Secret Lovers: What He Don't Know, Won't Hurt Him
Secret Lovers: What He Don't Know, Won't Hurt Him by Shameka Jones
KORI is a 28 year old single female that’s so into her work that her personal life is dull. Her two best friends have men in their lives which has her thinking. Tired of a lonely and sexless life she decides to go out and have a one night stand. Once her ex turns back up out of the blue she is considering giving him a second chance, that’s until her one night stand reappears unexpectedly. Will she make a decision to stick to her gut and be professional or step outside of the box that she is comfortable with and live?

KENDYL is a smart 24 year old college graduate that uses her body to get money instead of her degree. When her mother shows up out of nowhere with transforming news, that forces her to visit her home town. After running into her first real client, that sexed her crazy she tries not to think about him but she can’t seem to shake him. He wants to be friends with her but twists and turns may push her closer to him. With him being married will she be able to maintain only a friendship or will it become more?

DREW is a 27 year old night shift nurse that has a on again off again relationship with her son’s father. When he starts hanging around more she realizes her love for him and thinks they may get back together. But drunken lust and a secret could change their relationship. Will she be honest and tell him the truth or will she keep the secret to protect herself and his feelings?

BALEIGH is a 29 year old happily married woman that desperately wants to have children for her husband. When her husband starts working late nights, she grows suspicious that he maybe having an affair. That suspicion causes her to start making decisions that are outside of her character when she sees her first love again. Will she lose her marriage and her best friend?
*this is book 1
The Man Test  (The Marin Test #1)
The Man Test by Amanda Aksel 
Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancĂ© is having an affair. After nursing her broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.

In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?

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*this is book 1

Desirae is what can only described as a bad chick. She has the body, the personality, and the skill to basically have any kind of man that she wants. For a few months, however, she has been playing the side chick role to Tron. She is there for him even more than his own girlfriend is, and will do anything that he needs to keep him happy. However, soon enough, Desirae will go on a rollercoaster of emotions where she learns that this simply will not be enough. On this ride, she will learn that Tron is not what she thought he was while also learning just how strong his commitment to his chick is. Several explosive scenarios will send separate words colliding into one another, putting everyone involved to the test. No matter what, though, Desirae is the one who winds up paying the biggest price…
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Come Undone (The Cityscape, #1)
Come Undone by Jessica Hawkins
Olivia Germaine has already found love. Devoted wife, loyal friend, determined career woman - she’s created the life she always envisioned.

But when Olivia locks eyes with a handsome stranger across a crowded room, he peers a little too closely and sees emotions she thought she’d buried long ago.

David Dylan, alleged playboy and eternal bachelor, challenges Olivia to confront the life she’s built and to make decisions that could either lead to happiness . . . or regret.

Will Olivia be able to draw the line between lust and love?

And can David respect that line?
*this is book 1
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Love, in English (Love, in English, #1)
Love, in English by Karina Halle
He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now. Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.
The Other Woman
Eric Jerome Dickey strides boldly over the minefield that is modern marriage. The central couple's biggest challenge is timing: He works days; she works nights. Instead of growing together, they're rapidly drifting apart, coexisting on stolen phone calls from work, punctuated by occasional bedroom encounters that leave them both feeling even emptier and more alone. When she finds out about his affair-and starts her own-the delicate fabric of their marriage is torn irrevocably asunder. Or is it? In Dickey's expert hands, what begins as a seemingly unforgivable betrayal segues into the sexy and searing story of a man and a woman at a pivotal turning point in their relationship. Only time will tell whether they'll let it all go...or can hold on to the love that drew them together in the first place.
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Sex, Doug, and a Rocky Road
Ellie Johnson is a housewife and mother scorned. Hiring a private detective to check up on her husband Stan’s late nights verifies her long-held suspicions of his outside activities.

Her name is Rose. She’s blonde, big-boobed, and Australian. 

Ellie is almost devastated by her husband’s betrayal. Almost. As she deals with the fallout of her husband’s affair, she begins to realize that she wasn’t happy, either. In fact, she hadn’t been happy in a long time, and the further she gets away from her marriage, the more she realizes how oppressed she’d felt in the housewife role she’d slipped into over the years. 

Throw in Ellie’s melodramatic, hypochondriac, alcoholic mother, revelations about her dead father’s lascivious past, a comedy club faux pas, a yoga date gone wrong, the incident where “The Other Woman Almost Killed My Son with Tiny Shrimp,” a very scary divorce attorney, and—well, and you have one messed-up former housewife. 

And then there’s Doug.

Doug is her ex-boyfriend—the man she dated before Stan “Whore-man” Johnson. Doug is a cop these days, older, but with the same muscles and chocolate-brown eyes she remembers from their college days. He’s also made it abundantly clear he’d like to take up with Ellie where they left off more than fifteen years ago.

Ellie, however, is trying to go from married to unmarried, and her journey is messy, chaotic, and fraught with ice cream and booze. A lot of booze. Thank goodness for her best friend, Cindy, who stands by Ellie through thick, thin, and many cartons of Rocky Road ice cream. 

Sometimes life just falls apart. And sometimes life is sex, Doug, and a rocky road.
Monique, Bria, and Samariah are best friends from Milwaukee, going through some of everything together. They are the “it” girls in school, the ones other girls want to be like. 

Samariah, however, doesn’t want to share her shine with anyone; she’ll do anything to get what she wants, even if that means sabotaging her best friends’ relationships. 

Bria speaks her mind and is as real as they come. She has been with David since freshman year of high school and they are madly in love. Will that change when a baby is introduced into the picture? 

Monique is too naive; she tries to see the best in everybody. She finally gets the man of her dreams; only to find out he has been harboring a secret. Will the love she has for him keep them together? 

Will this friendship stand the test of time or will lies, betrayal, heartache, and secrets tear them apart?
*this is book 1

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Movie Monday: The Best Man Holiday

I like reading posts on other book bloggers sites that aren't always related to books. So I started thinking about what non book related thinks I would like to post. Movie Monday should be interesting since I like random things. You see mostly older movies but maybe you'll find something new to watch.

The Best Man Holiday

Nearly 15 years after they were last together as a group, college friends Lance (Morris Chestnut), Harper (Taye Diggs), Candace (Regina Hall), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harold Perrineau), and Mia (Monica Calhoun) finally reunite over the Christmas holidays. Though much has changed in their lives, the friends discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited.

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It took damn near 15 years to get a sequel to this movie. At least everyone showed up. Lance and Mia are still married. She has been trying to get them together for years. Finally, they all come together for the Christmas. There is a fragile pregnancy. An vindictive ex who realizes she f-ed up. An interracial relationship. One of the group may have been a prostitute.

The focus is still Harper and Lance. They haven't spoken since the wedding. The only reason they have all gotten together is Mia but also because Lance agreed to it. The reason he agreed is revealed during the movie and it is a sad one. If you are a fan of the first one get ready for the water works. I'm not to cry at movies (though I have found myself more prone to it the older I get) but I was in the theater with tears running during this one. Things finally get resolved with everyone. Of course, they hint at another movie but who in the hell knows how long it will take them to do it.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blog Tour: Rushing In by Vanessa M. Knight

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Rushing In by Vanessa M. Knight
Publisher: Inked Publishing
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Megan Stewart has always been the good girl, living her life imprisoned by others’ expectations, always doing what’s she’s told, waiting for her life to begin. Going to Ritter University is her chance to break away. Her new beginning. To finally get the life she wants. But somehow she’s falling into the same patterns, the same habits. She never takes a chance. Never takes a risk …until Danny.

Danny Jones is the kind of guy every parent fears— tattoos and all kinds of sex appeal, wrapped up in trouble. No one knows the things he’s seen, the things he’s done. They haven’t lived through the shit he’s lived through or earned the scars he has to show for it. No one knows, because he’s never had the time or the desire to let anyone in…until Megan.

They are all wrong for each other, but they can’t stop themselves from rushing in.

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My Review

This is one of those opposites attract novels. Megan is pretty much straight laced. She has always done what is expected of her. She feels trapped. Unable to be who she really is. Unable to find out who she really is. Now that she is able to go to college and out of her parents house she is free to explore. Only she falls back into the same routine of erring on the safe side.

Danny is the bad boy. The guy that parents warned their daughters to stay away from. He's been through some things in his young life and it has made him guarded. That is, until, he meets Megan. They should be wrong for each other but they feel so right together.

Quick NA romance. A read to get you in the Spring mood.

About the Author
I write contemporary romance novels with a dash of suspense. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Windy City RWA.
Living in Chicagoland with my husband, son and menagerie of dogs and cats, keeps me on my toes. When not writing or working or playing wife and mom, I love to scrapbook, watch movies and read anything I can find.

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