Sunday, May 31, 2015

REVIEW: Finding Fraser by KC Dyer

25482803Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Book Description: 

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

RELEASE BLITZ: Surviving Brooklyn by Elizabeth York

Title: Surviving Brooklyn
Series: Brooklyn Series #1
Author: Elizabeth York
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 15, 2015

Brooklyn Montgomery, daughter of a well-known criminal, just moved into a new apartment. She needed to be closer to downtown because she landed her dream job of becoming an assistant District attorney. Little does she know that the reason for her new job is because a killer is raining down on New York City. The killer is taking out anyone who looks like her, including the last A.D.A., and covering their bodies with thousands of forget-me-nots. Is this a clue to catching the killer or does the killer want to lead Brooklyn to her demise?

Mark Stone, Brooklyn’s childhood friend, is the lead detective in the city. He has been handed the case, but has a limited window until the FBI takes over. While he hunts to find the killer he guards Brooklyn with his life. He knows she has feelings for him, but can the past be overlooked so they can be together after they catch the killer? What happens if they can’t stop the killer in time? Will he catch the killer and capture her heart, or will the final victim be the one he wanted all along, Brooklyn?

I opened to him, and he pressed his body against mine, inhaling the moan that left my lips. All five of my senses were being overloaded by him. I could no longer hear anything but the rapid beating of my heart. I tasted coffee and whipped cream on his tongue as I inhaled his manly sandalwood scent. I looked into his eyes when he pulled away. My body burned with the need to touch him everywhere. 

“Tell me no,” Mark whispered as he dropped to his knees. I watched in fascination while he untied the bow on my drawstring shorts. I shivered as I watched him pull down my shorts, exposing a pair of black lace underwear.

Up and coming author Elizabeth York has been writing for about seven years. Located in the southeast, she spends her days drinking sweet tea on the porch with her laptop in hand. She has devoted her life to her family and her books. With the loss of her Father to cancer in 2010 she makes "Dear Daddy" dedication pages in each book and donates 10% royalties to cancer research.
Take the time to get to know the characters and you will love them as much as she does.

"This has to be one of the best new indie books out there. Elizabeth York packs a punch and delivers an awesome tale of suspense, mystery, anguish and love. Her characters are well written and the story grips you from the start, you won't want to put it down. Hold on for a helluva ride, because York delivers!" ~ Swoon Worthy Books
I love love LOVE this book. I can’t wait for the second installment to be released! AHHH dying over here, very impatient. Definitely recommend to other. ~ Amazon Customer
AMAZING! I was actually blown away by this story. I loved the story! It definitely kept me entertained and guessing. The twist near the end took me by complete surprise. ~ Amazon Customer


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Cannon by Sabrina Paige!


  Genre: Contemporary Romance 
  Release Date: Early June 2015
Cover Model: Stephen Hughes-Landers  
Cover Artist: Cormar Covers

 Hendrix Cole is nicknamed "Cannon" because of the weapon he's packing between his legs. Too bad he's an arrogant, controlling, domineering jacka**. A dirty-talking, sexy-as-f**k, damaged, smokin' hot ex-Marine. He's also my stepbrother. His father thinks he's the perfect solution to my problem. I'm a country singer in the spotlight, and after a recent scandal, I'm screwed if I don't stay on the straight and narrow. Hendrix needs a job – apparently, one that involves making sure I behave. I hate him. And now I'm stuck spending every waking moment with him. The problem is, I just want him to fire that huge cannon.



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young couple in love, black and white  


 Sabrina Paige writes about smart, sexy women and the hot alpha males who love them. Outlaw bikers, cowboys, and military men make her swoon. She has found her own happily ever after with her active duty military husband and adorable toddler. If you sign up for my mailing list, I promise not to spam you! But I will send you advance notification before I launch my next book, so that you can get it at a discounted price! Use this link to subscribe:

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Friday, May 22, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Falling for His Best Friend by Katee Robert

He's going above and beyond the call of duty...
Avery Yeung's biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family's medical history, she's running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective-and irritatingly hot-best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor...
Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery's dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won't let Avery shop for a "popsicle pop." He'll do what's right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.
But there's nothing "proper" about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can't get enough of it-or each other. And without knowing it, they've crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

No One Like You by Kate Angell!

No One Like You
Barefoot William # 4
By: Kate Angell
Releasing April 28th, 2015

No One Expects a Curveball

For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step—and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter. 

Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan’s two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it’s Atlas who won’t budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she’s calling the dog out—unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they’re feeling is a game-winning grand slam…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

REVIEW: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

25232960Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Book Description: 

In a novel that's perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they're still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland's trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker's boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben's no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can't seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker's ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can't go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

REVIEW: Rebel by Kim Linwood

25544727Rebel: A Stepbrother Romance by Kim Linwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Description: 

I married my stepbrother.

Yeah, no one’s more surprised than me. I can’t fucking stand him.

All I wanted was a quiet summer before starting college. Catch up on my books. Maybe get a summer job. Then he dropped into my life.

His name’s Gavin Caldwell, and he’s stupidly rich. Cocky. Arrogant. Ridiculously, panty-meltingly hot.

And he’s parading around our bridal suite shirtless. Pantless.

He has no freaking shame, and I have to pretend to be in love with him.

I hate him.

So why can’t I stop thinking about him?

Monday, May 11, 2015

REVIEW: Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie

22024901Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To sum it up: Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs.

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.

★ FYI: If you didn't read this warning from the authors in the synopsis of the book, please read now before going further into my review:

It's possible to only read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series without reading the Addicted series, but you MUST read Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2) before reading Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3).

It's highly recommended to read the books in the recommended reading order, which is in tangent with the Addicted series. If you choose not to read Addicted After All before Fuel the Fire, there will be a time jump.

Fuel the Fire picks up in the Addicted Timeline where Addicted After All ended. FTF will not retell past events from Addicted After All in Rose & Connor's POV. All new material.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Spotlight: Interview with Mariana Zapata!!!

I'm so excited for today's Sunday Spotlight! We have something really special for you! 

So, a few weeks ago, Lindsay and Alyssa read a really amazing book (Kulti)! Both just devoured it. If you're interested in seeing their reviews, you can click on the names below and you'll be taken to their reviews: 

And since we're totally smitten with this author, we couldn't help but reach out to her and beg her to appear on our blog! And she was beyond amazing enough to agree! So, without further ado...

Co2BL: We want to give a warm welcome to the fabulous author Mariana Zapata. Mariana, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us at Confessions of 2 Book lovers.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Mariana: Thank you two for having me! I’m originally from Houston, Texas, but I now live in a small town in Colorado called Pagosa Springs with my new husband (but headache for the last ten years) and my two Great Dane children. I enjoy making fun of my family members, a cold Mexican Coca Cola in a glass bottle, and if there’s such a thing as eating too much kale, I’m guilty of it.

Tell us about your work. What are you writing now?

I’m going back to my romance-comedy roots with my fourth release to give my brain a little break from the last two massive books I wrote. Under Locke took a year and a half to get from first draft to the final fiftieth draft, and Kulti took about eight months, so I need to cleanse my palate a little before starting my fifth book. I love writing rom-com novels, and I’m pretty excited to tackle this next project. It’s a rewrite from another story I wrote a few years ago about a girl that goes on tour with her brother for three months, only I’m redoing it to better fit my style now instead of how I wrote back then.

I loved Under Locke and Kulti, where did you draw your inspiration from?

All of my ideas have always come from watching television! I was binging on Sons of Anarchy when I thought to myself, “I want to write a story about a biker that doesn’t cheat on the love of his life,” and from there, Under Locke was born. The idea for Kulti honestly just came from seeing attractive men during the World Cup, haha. With Lingus, my first book, I watched a documentary about a porn convention one night and started the book the next day.

I loved seeing a little bit of Dex and Iris in Kulti. Are there any plans to do books for the secondary characters of Under Locke or Kulti? Maybe a crossover with one of Sal’s friends and one of Dex’s guys from the shop? ;) 

You know, that’s not a bad idea! :P At this point, I don’t have any plans for any novels with secondary characters from either novel. My problem is that writing male characters is a really tricky process. It’s easy to fall into a formula for heroes that people love, like with their speech, mannerisms, the way they think and act, etc., and I don’t want to do that. With my male characters in Under Locke, I haven’t come up with something that would make them different from Dex while also making them shine as their own person. But if I ever come up with an idea that I love, I would definitely do it!

Kulti is a slow build romance. I totally loved how they became friends and got to know each other, but it’s not traditional in romance novels. Was that always intentional?

It was 100% on purpose. I love a slow burn and that long process of friends-to-lovers has always, even back in my teens, felt like my calling. For me, it’s the journey not the destination that matters. As a reader, it’s something that I always strive to find in books, and I remember back when I first started reading romance novels as an adult, wondering “How do these people fall in love so fast?” I wanted to see it happen not just be told that it did.

Are there any parts of your stories that are inspired from parts of your life?

There are bits and pieces that I take from the people or relationships I have in my life. There’s a character in my first book Lingus that I wrote with my sister in mind. When I first started writing Under Locke, I had quit my job about a year before and I was at this point where I didn’t know whether to keep writing or quit. Iris’ character at the beginning of the book is at this point where she’s kind of lost with what she wants to do with her life, and I can look back on it now and see that I subconsciously adapted that from my own situation. The friendship and fierce love Sal and her dad share in Kulti is somewhat inspired with my own relationship with my dad, though he’s a toned down version of Mr. Casillas. 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing on and off my entire life. My mom has stories I wrote when I was four years old saved somewhere, but it wasn’t until 2011 while at a job that I felt was killing my soul slowly, that my now-husband said “Why don’t you quit and write full-time?”

What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.?

Writing with the television on is my favorite way to get work done. If there’s barbecue chips around while I’m doing it, it’s even better. 

Can you tell us 3 surprising things about yourself?

I had a website dedicated to NSYNC fanfiction that I wrote when I was fourteen (let me go hide now), I love reading cheesy romance novels with heroes who have way too much hair on their chests, and though I can’t handle high levels of angst or cheating in novels, at all. It’ll ruin my day.  

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?

Dracula Untold; Luke Evans as a vampire… be still my heart.  

How about books…what’s the last book you read and loved?

Radiance by Grace Draven

When you’re writing, are you a planner or do you prefer to wing it?

I wing it 95% of the time. I usually just have an idea for who I want my characters to be. I might daydream some scenes I want to write, and then I fill it in as I go along… then rework it over and over until I can live with it.

How did you decide on your characters' names?

If I told you how many hours I spend looking at baby name websites or Wikipedia for surnames from certain countries, you’d think there was something wrong with me. There are Post-It notes with lists of names I’m considering scattered around my house constantly.

How would you sum up the type of books you write? Like a tag-line if you will…

What about… “Love stories for those who have patience and can laugh at a good fart.”

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Every first draft I’ve ever written has given me nightmares. “This is the worst shit ever written ever” has come out of my mouth every time I go over that first manuscript.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

You are never going to make everyone happy. Ever. Taste is one hundred percent subjective, so write what you want to write and let it be something that makes you happy and proud.

Again, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. We really appreciate it. We can’t wait to read more from you in the future!

Thank you guys so much!

We're definitely huge fans of this author. To be honest, she can't write fast enough for us. You can't go wrong with one of her books, and she currently has three out: 

13500758Lingus by Mariana Zapata

Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn't know. "My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn."

When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she's both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

20613920Under Locke  by Mariana Zapata

He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario if things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before, one more wouldn’t kill me. 

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly... even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time. 

And the last thing they ever expected was each other. 

But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop. 

… she should have chosen the strip club.

24044596Kulti by Mariana Zapata

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.” 

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to. 

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies. 

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been. 

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know. 
Or the murderous urges he brought out in her. 

“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.” 
This was going to be the longest season of her life.

My name is Mariana Zapata.

I'm in my mid-twenties now and I may or may not be gagging as I write that. For some strange reason, life has recently started going into hyper-speed. I've been writing since I was very young and the people who know me best aren't at all surprised to hear about my passion for it.

I obsess over water globes, dogs, soy milk, and a good story—whether that's in a book format or a movie, I don't care.

Simply put, I love life.

And just because we love her so much and we want to share that love with our readers (or one lucky one), we're giving away a copy of Mariana's first book Lingus! 

So, all you need to do to enter is comment on this post (any comment will do) and include your email address so we know where to send the book to.*

*Book will be coming from Amazon :) 

So, thank you all for joining us today and don't forget to enter the giveaway! You won't want to miss the book! 

We also want to give a most sincere thanks to Mariana Zapata for doing an interview with us. She's beyond amazing!