Sunday, August 17, 2014

REVIEW: Opposition (Lux, #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Book Description: 

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

REVIEW: All That matters by Michelle Congdon

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Book Description: 

***Recommended for ages 18+ due to mature situations, sensitive issues, alcohol and drug use, and language*** 

She is a teen sensation and also the infamous daughter of a renowned rock star and a Hollywood starlet.

Eighteen-year-old Harper Hudson is spoiled, wild and troubled. Still dealing with the loss of her twin sister and surviving a horrifying event that she has kept secret, Harper relies on constant partying, alcohol and drugs to help her forget.

He is her cousin and a straight ‘A’ student trying to juggle football and a medical degree.

Adopted as a baby, there isn’t anything twenty-one year old Jackson Hayward wouldn’t do for the people who raised him. But the last thing on his mind is to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. And Jackson has a secret of his own. He isn’t the perfect son his family are led to believe.

A forbidden romance they never saw coming.

Sent away to live with her Aunty and Uncle in Australia, as punishment for her latest stunt, the last thing Harper wants is to be babysat by her over-achieving, do-gooder cousin, Jackson. He is moody and overbearing, but there’s something about him that Harper can’t seem to ignore.

Jackson didn’t mean to fall for the rebellious wild child. But seeing small glimpses of her true personality shine through made it impossible not too. He knows the secret she keeps is the reason behind her destructive behavior and he is willing to risk whatever it takes to try to help her. But can something so broken ever be truly fixed? And can someone with painful secrets of his own save her without getting caught up along the way?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Among the Echoes by Aly Martinez


Title: Among the Echoes
Author: Aly Martinez
Publication Date: July 31, 2014
Genre: Erotic Suspense


Displaying AmongtheEchoes_Cover 72dpi_EBook-1.jpgMy name was Dr. Erica Hill. I was a victim, then a witness, and then I ceased to exist altogether.
I may still be breathing, but stripped of my identity, I have long since stopped living. I am invisible, and my life depends on my ability to stay in the shadows.

But he sees me.

Slate Andrews is the embodiment of everything I have been taught to avoid. He’s rich and famous, and one image of him with a woman would earn millions for any paparazzi lucky enough to snap it. He has vowed to protect me with his life, yet he exposes me with his every breath. I should be stronger and walk away. I should disappear. But I’m terrified he would come after me.

I’m on the run, determined not to take him down with me but absolutely unable to let him go.

My name is Riley Peterson…at least for today.

*Among The Echoes is a stand alone novel which contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Including sexual abuse, graphic language, and adult situations. Intended for readers 18+.*

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After reading Stolen Course, I knew Aly Martinez would become a favorite author of mine. And when I met her at the Book Bash, that thought was cemented due to her being absolutely awesome in person! So when we at Co2BL were offered the chance to read Among the Echoes, we jumped! The blurb drew me in instantly. I was hooked from page one. I won't lie; it starts out pretty intense. I felt my heart pounding and my palms sweating. I couldn't tear my eyes away from my kindle and by the time I got to chapter two, I had tears in my eyes. 

Erica / Riley is in witness protection after testifying against some really bad men. She is living a terrified existence. A chance encounter with her new neighbor, Adam (aka Slate) has her on edge even more. Here is this huge guy, tall, broad and handsome. Her body can't decide if it should be terrified or in lust. Lust being foreign to her for the last few years as she's been too afraid to develop relationships with anyone. But underneath all the emotions swirling inside her, she realizes that he makes her feel something else. Something she hasn't felt for 3 long years. Safe

Slate is a professional boxer who also happens to hate the limelight that comes with his career. After each fight he takes some time off to hide away from the public eye to relax and catch some alone downtime. When he bumps into his new neighbor, literally, he isn't sure at first if she'll disrupt his plans of solitude or out his hideaway. He soon realizes there's a lot more to Riley than she's letting on. He recognizes her fear and even though it's not a welcome feeling at first, he wants to help. 

The two soon embark on a friendship that leads to more. This brings up my one complaint. I felt like they fell for each other rather quickly. Don't get me wrong, Seeing "Adam" bring out the inner Erica in Riley, the confident woman she once was, was beautiful. I just thought the ILY was a little soon. Other than that though, I really enjoyed this one! There was constantly something happening and I was engaged the entire time. I finished in one day! I really love Aly's writing style and she has a way of drawing her readers in. I felt awful for the things Erica / Riley endured and when she was finally able to regain herself, I felt liberated right along with her! And Slate was so compassionate and wonderful with her. He went at her speed and didn't rush her in any way. He loved her fiercely and took the job of protecting her seriously. I will say that there was a little twist at the end that I didn't see coming, and I loved it! That has to do with the epilogue and I will assure you guys there is no cliffhanger! 

**Touchy Topic Warning** There is rape but it wasn't too detailed. 

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AuthorPhotoAlyMBorn and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in Chicago, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

Don’t forget to check out Aly’s Wrecked and Ruined series


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BROKEN ROAD by Addison Kline is LIVE!!!

Broken Road - Book 2 in the Breaking Black Series and the sequel to Black Horse

Signed Paperbacks can be ordered from Addison's website!

It is often said that time heals all wounds. It is spoken like a promise... a vow. These words are repeated to people who have been beaten down to their lowest state. To the poor souls who have nothing left to lose. Whispered into the ear of a grieving daughter, told with a shrug to a man who has nothing left to live for.

These are dangerous people.

The down-trodden.
The grieving.
The ones who love more people dead than alive.

The words should never be uttered. Not to the ones who have no solid ground on which to stand upon, no rail in which to clasp. The white-knuckled moments of life have come to be expected rather than feared.

"Time heals all wounds."

The words are an insult. A slap in the face... and around here, they'll get you hurt. For Averi McClain and her husband Colt, there were few deeper insults.

If time could heal all wounds, Jessa McClain would be proud to know that she was going to be a grandmother. Nathan Ford would have proudly walked his little girl down the aisle with Corinne beaming from her seat. Sitting by her side, Anna McCord would wipe a tear from her eye. Standing proudly by Colt and Randy at the arbor, Seth would have stood as a groomsman for his childhood friend. That is, if time truly healed all wounds.

But what about the hurts you cannot see? The deep gashes and the mangled hearts that remain after the brutality of a war. Their childhood was a battlefield. Colt and Averi didn't want that for their own sons and daughters.

What does time to do wounds? Time is nothing but a reminder of how much time has past since you last saw the ones you love most. The line is bullshit. A scape goat. A cheap cop out. It is something people say when they don't know what to say. It's not deep or sympathetic. It doesn't stop the heart from bleeding. Colt would not have a granite wall built around his heart like a fortress. A barrier which only Averi could crack.

Randy's soul would not quake with anger every time he heard mention of Black Horse, his roving band of lunatics, also known as the Seventy Devils, or Jimmy Hearns. You can’t even say the name Trent Myers to him without his sanity flickering out of sight. Tim wouldn't have to fight his anger out at the gym for several hours, five days a week. Shelly's sense of security would be intact and undisturbed. Averi's legs would not be permanently scarred with evidence of Black Horse's fiery insanity.

Time doesn't heal all wounds. Wounds fester. Sometimes the strain and exertion of trying to
get better puts so much stress on the wound that the scab rips open, stitches and scar tissue be damned.

Some wounds cannot be mended.

Some lines are just begging to be crossed.

Some roads are meant to be broken.

As one of Averi's favorite bands so poignantly croons, "God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you." In the case of Colt and Averi, no song lyrics could more perfectly describe the road that they have traveled. They have a love like no other, acting as a guiding light, a beacon in a world turned dark by Black Horse. What would you do if the the one man you couldn’t live without, was the son of the bastard that murdered your parents and your eldest brother? In the case of Averi Ford, she knew Colt was nothing like his father. He had spent his entire life running from his shadow. He had always been the one to protect Averi, even moreso than her ever watchful brothers. You can’t turn away from a love like that.

Theirs was a love that was intensified by pain and longing, desperation and heartache. They faced seemingly unsurmountable odds, and continue to do so, side by side. She needed him, not to be her hero, but as her equal and her friend until the end of their days. He needed her, not only physically, but spiritually, emotionally, he had wrapped all his hope in her. His humanity relied on her happiness. If her heart ceased to beat, he would let the darkness overcome him. He wouldn't stop until every single member of the Seventy Devils were dead.

Lord knows Randy and Tim would fight right alongside him. Averi was as essential to Colt as oxygen. Without her, the Colt that she knew and loved would cease to exist. They loved each other despite the odds they faced; in spite of those who said they shouldn't. Averi loved him regardless of his family history, of the stares and gossip, the upturned noses and blatant hostility. When Colt McClain walks into a room, the citizens of Oakely don't see him. They don't see his face or his kind soul. They don't see him at all. They see Black Horse - the man he so closely resembles, but whose hearts are night and day. There is a key difference. There is a gentle warmth to Colt's gaze. A calm depth that if you look deep enough, you can see all the good in him. Look into Black Horse's eyes and you'll see your own demise. When people look Colt's way, they see a murderer, a thief, a snake. They see a man with no soul. But Colt never killed a man that didn't have it coming, and let me tell you, Jimmy Hearns has it coming.

Most motorcycle clubs are not street gangs, but in the case of the Seventy Devils, there was no point in hiding it. The Seventy Devils ran the streets of Oakeley. The Seventy Devils, the band of lawless savages that did Black Horse's bidding, lived on, leaderless and hell bent on anarchy. When the strange circumstances surrounding Black Horse's death went public, Jimmy monopolized. Playing the role of a mourning son, Jimmy earned the respect and the power Texas' most violent motorcycle gang. To say the devils are out for blood is an understatement of epic proportions. The band of sociopathic heathens were rallied by Black Horse's death. It was a call to action, a call to arms, each one of them thirsty to drain the blood from Black Horse's murderer. Each one yearning to display his killer's head on a pike for the whole community to see. If the Seventy Devils were hostile during Black Horse's reign, it was nothing compared to their mental state after Black Horse was found burned, shot and murdered.

A war has erupted. The Seventy Devils are scattered and on alert, gnawing at the bit for the go-ahead to strike. They would not hesitate to spill the blood of anyone who stood in their way of recompense. They knew they would need to act fast if they wanted to come out on top. Colt was not the kind of guy that you slept on. He'd stop at nothing to protect his family and he was lethal whether he was heavily armed or going toe to toe, bare knuckled beat-down style. Colt did have Black Horse's blood coursing through his veins, after all. But then, so did Jimmy, and he is ready to show everyone that the apple didn't fall far from the tree... in fact, they appear to have formed on the same poisoned branch.

As leader of the Devils, Jimmy had seventy miscreants to do his bidding - and three goals in which he needed to achieve:

1.      Avenge Black Horse
2.      Kill Colt McClain and Randy Ford
3.      Take Averi for his own

Jimmy has another thing coming if he thinks victory is easily won. Will Colt and Averi's broken road end in tragedy? Or will they be the ones to banish the devils straight to hell? When the demons of the past rise up, can Colt and Randy face them fearless and determined? Whatever happens, don't expect Colt and Randy to stand alone. Buckle up. The broken road makes for one hell of a ride.

5 heart wrenching stars

She has done it again! Addison has broken my heart, made it soar with delight, plummet again with sadness and beat hard with tension. But you know what? I want more! So much more.

This series so far has engaging lead characters, beautifully damaged yet full of love and passion as they fight for true love and family honour.

Colt and Avery in book one gripped me so much I thought it would be hard to love another couple as much. But Randy and Cheyenne have a passion which speaks even more personally to me. Cheyenne has a damaged past and is in need of someone constant, dependable and who will piece her back together and show her she is worth the fight. Randy is just the one to shield and protect her from her demons.

Together they walk the broken road back to each other. I could tell you how they do that but that would spoil this amazing book for you. So all I can do it say...READ THE BOOK NOW!!!

After Black Horse Addison Kline was a one-click favourite and this has not changed. She just goes from strength to strength with her gripping fast paced stories. I honestly cannot recommend them enough to you all.   

Want more Broken Road? Check out these teasers!

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Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

REVIEW: Sessions Interrupted by Kristi Pelton

22673383Sessions Interrupted by Kristi Pelton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***This book is intended for 18+ due to language, sexual content and the down and dirty fun experienced during the read.***

Drinking problem— ✔
Anger problem— ✔
Relationship issues— ✔
Ladies man— ✔ 
Court order— ✔

I’m Kieran Scott…I don’t disagree that therapy would be beneficial for a guy like me. However, when I saw the beautiful, gray-eyed therapist I was supposed to spill my thoughts too in my first session…well, let’s just say her mouth should be used for one thing…and it wasn’t talkin’. 

Ms. Keep it Professional thought she had control of these sessions. She didn't know who she was dealing with. I would turn the tables faster than she could spell F-*-C-K-M-E!