Book Tour, Guest Post and GIVEAWAY: SEDUCED – Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott

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Thanks so much for having us, Dawn and Amanda. I’m here to talk about the guys from the band Oblivion, aka the series Lost in Oblivion written by myself and Cari Quinn. We met five years ago and one of the first things that brought us together…well, besides Nora Roberts LOL…was music. We both LOVE music, so it was only natural that it would end up being the facilitator to our first published series together.

And like the guys we write about, we got a little rebellious about how we went about writing this series. Our Introductory story is a true-blue set up. It showcases the best and worst of our characters in the hopes that you—the reader—will be intrigued enough to want to know more.

But beyond that, the book is about the romance/relationship of the band as a whole. We didn’t want to bog down book 1 with so much of the band creation process. It would have taken away from the romance aspect of the books. We really wanted a good foundation before people read the individual stories.

It does make for a different sort of book. Some will like it, some will be indifferent, and some will hate it. I think that’s the best part of the self-publishing game. If we tried to sell this to an editor we’d get a serious side-eye about it. But here and now we were able to take a chance on a story we needed to tell. And that story is made up of quite the diverse set of people.

We have Simon…the narcissist. On the outside he looks like a good-time Charlie, a boy that’s never grown up. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll see that he’s values his friends and the band much more than it seems.

Then there’s Deacon…the peacemaker. His one job has always been to hold everyone together. Through the addictions, the breakups, the laughter, and the fights…Deacon is their one constant.

Gray…the wildcard. He’s nearly silent in all but his music. He’s a new addition to the band and in love with Jazz, their new drummer. They came as a package deal. Gray is locked up in his own demons based on a shared past between himself and Jazz. They come into the band with enough baggage for six people

Then there’s Nick…the born musician and co-founder of the band that locks his talent in a cage. He hides crippling stage fright under anger and sarcasm. The band is his life—seriously. He can’t live without it.

And finally…Jazz. She is the temptress, the confidante, the glue, and the lynchpin. Her effervescent personality brings life and joy to the group, but she also brings conflict and pain. Two men fall for her, but only one truly owns her heart.

I did mention diverse when it came to the members of Oblivion. Just wait until you see who we match them up with in their individual stories. 😉

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TOUR GIVEAWAY:
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$10 GC to iTunes
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SERIES SPOTLIGHT – LOST IN OBLIVION

SEDUCED

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A PREQUEL to the NA rock star series Lost In Oblivion.

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Warning: get ready for a testosterone overload. The guys are in the driver’s seat in Seduced – and the ride’s gonna rock.
Twenty-three year old Nick Crandall has one focus in his life: Oblivion, the band he formed with his best friend Simon Kagan. With gigs coming up and the band members lacking focus after losing their drummer to rehab, they’re out of ideas. Until Oblivion’s bassist, Deacon McCoy, poses a surprising suggestion.

Bring in someone new. Two someones.

One You Tube video gone viral later, Oblivion is poised on the brink of stardom. With their new hot drummer chick — who comes in a package deal with a talented guitarist who happens to be head over pick in unrequited love with her – it seems like everything’s falling into place. Or will the band Nick and Simon have fought to keep together disintegrate before their eyes?
Four guys & one woman + more success than they ever bargained for = trouble, of the sexiest kind.


Get Seduced by this novel-length introduction to the band Oblivion. This preview occurs before the four forthcoming books about each of the band members. Sometimes getting lost means finding yourself…

Add to your Goodreads Shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17454336-seduced

LOST IN OBLIVION Website: http://www.lostinoblivion.com

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Book 1 in the NA rock star series, Lost in Oblivion
Coming in September

Onstage he’s Demon, the unsurpassable bassist.

Offstage he’s the Peacemaker, the mastermind who keeps his volatile band from imploding.

Opening for their idols on their first ever tour, Oblivion is living the dream. That dream becomes a nightmare when Oblivion draws more attention than the headliner and egos clash. Frustrated at being shoved out of his mediator role by their new manager, Deacon McCoy loses himself in brutal workouts only coming up for air long enough to refuel—and that means hunting down the catering truck at odd hours.
Especially the deliciously cute chef who excites his taste buds as much as his body.

The child of roadie parents, Harper Pruitt has heard every pickup line twice. To her, musicians are one step above the scraps on her cutting board. All she wants is to get enough experience to run her own catering company, but Deacon and his bottomless and surprisingly gourmet stomach is too tempting to resist. Before long, she finds herself wanting to experiment with him outside the kitchen.
When Harper sees that Deacon’s sense of responsibility is doing him serious damage, she realizes he’s far from the typical rock star. But as the band’s fame grows, she wonders if she can love a man who doesn’t know how to let anyone in—even her.

You met Deacon McCoy in SEDUCED, now you can watch just how far a big man can fall.

Add to your Goodreads Shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18140422-rocked

LOST IN OBLIVION Website: http://www.lostinoblivion.com

BIO: Cari Quinn

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she’s not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men’s college basketball, playing her music way too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.

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BIO: Taryn Elliott

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I’m from the great state of New York–upstate NY, thank you very much. My family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of me alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. My writer-friends are the glue that keeps my crazy ideas more in the sane category, and my non-writerly friends are the reason I’m not a complete hermit. I can’t go a day without laughing and I truly do fall in love with each and every one of my leading men as I write their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.

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Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliot’s SEDUCED Blog Tour

July. 28 – August 31

7/28- Miscellaneous Thoughts of A Bookaholic

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7/28- KT Book Reviews

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7/29- Scorching Book Reviews

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7/30- Reading Between the Wines

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7/31- United by Books

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8/01- Book Monster Reviews

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8/02- Book Lovin’ Mamas

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8/03- Ramblings from This Chick

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8/04- Kelly P’s Blog

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8/05- Inside the Pages of A Book

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8/06- Mama’s Reading Break

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8/07- Why I Can’t Stop Reading

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8/08- Scandalicious Book Reviews

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8/09- True Story Book Blog

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8/10- Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews

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8/11- Mythical Books

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8/12- Books, Books and More Books

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8/13- Babbling About Books

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8/13- The Reading Cafe

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8/14- Sassy Book Reviews

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8/15- Mad Hatter Reads

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8/16- Lily Element

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8/17- Manga Maniac Café

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8/18- CS Maxwell Blog

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8/19- Wicked Readings by Tawania

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8/19- Let’s Get Romantical

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8/20- Bibliophile Mystery

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8/21- Salacious Reads

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8/22- Inner Goddess

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8/23- Books-N-Kisses

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8/24- Cocktails and Books

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8/24- Salacious Reads

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8/25- Literal Addiction

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8/26- Romance Junkies

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8/27- Flirting with Romance

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8/28- Dalene’s Book Reviews

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8/29- My Secret Romance

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8/30- Toot’s Books Reviews

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8/31- Close Encounters with the Night Kind

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8/31- Reader Girls

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ARC Review: Olivia Cunning – Wicked Beat

The Sinners On Tour:

Book 4:

Wicked Beat: Eric Sticks and Rebekah

Wicked Beat (Sinners on Tour, #4)

Purchase on Amazon:  Wicked Beat (The Sinners on Tour)

Summary:

From goodreads.com

From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible–exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her. A woman who gives as much as she takes, Rebekah makes Eric feel like a total stud–exactly what he needs after surviving a decade of watching the incredibly talented members of Sinners from the wings.

Review:

So I’m sad for the end of this series. It’s been a crazy ride but alas all good things must come to the end and since we are out of band members it time to move on, thankfully we still have Exodus End and they are on tour with the Sinners, so we’ll still get glimpses of our guys!

Eric, up until now has been a bit of a mystery we don’t know that much about him. We know he is the creative genius of the band, yet probably the least celebrated as the drummer of the band, oh and we know he LOVES to watch! We probably saw the most from him in Jace’s book and I think my heart broke a little for him when he was so despondent. I think of most of the guys, he’s the one that wanted someone to love the most. As an orphan who was bounced around the system he never really had any love and he is more than ready for it. Who would have thought that goofy Eric is really a hopeless romantic? I didn’t really see it coming, but he turns out to be such a sweet one he had me in tears at the end of the book which is why this one gets a five! (if I hadn’t cried, I would have given it a 4 or 4.5 but I have a rule!) I really enjoyed Eric! He’s not my favorite Sinner, but he definitely moved up the list after this book.

Rebekah may be my favorite Sinner chick of the series, which truthfully isn’t really saying that much. The women of this series are not my favorite heroines of any series but Rebekah she was fun and spunky. After she almost lost her life she has such a zest for life and to live it to its fullest. She attacks things head on and really goes for it. She’s a bit of a tomboy and a car enthusiast. When she first goes on tour with the Sinners its Trey she has a thing for, but as Eric makes her laugh he quickly turns her hear in his direction which makes me happy. Trey would have been all wrong for her. At first I had a bit of a problem with how she just started the job and she is messing around almost immediately but whatev’s I decided to take it all in the spirit that its intended. Rebekah is very patient with Eric, he is a bit quick on the trigger, be she is more than willing to work with him on it. In fact she likes his excitement. When we meet Rebekah I am sad to say her self-esteem when it comes to her sex appeal was in the toilet. After what her ex said to her, I don’t blame her. Eric’s enthusiasm goes a long way to healing those hurts.

As a couple, I really enjoyed Eric and Reb. They are all sorts of fun, I loved all the costumes and role play, it adds a bit of humor to an act that tends to not lean towards humor but I think every couple should have a bit of fun in the sack. I am afraid we have to live through some insta-love in this book. I will say it wasn’t obnoxious like a lot of other insta-love situations and it sorta worked since both characters are pretty loved starved, but I would have preferred that they held off a bit on the exclamations on love. The sex was hot hot hot, which was the main plot of the book. For as much as this book centered around sex, I’m surprised we knew the characters as well as we did, but there wasn’t much else that happens in the book. Don’t get me wrong it’s still entertaining and I highly enjoyed this book. Overall, it’s not the best book in the series but it is a solid one. It was a good way to end the series. Now I want to re-read the entire series in order.

Rating:

Vintage Heart 5

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review; no other compensation was provided.

Review: Rachel Cross – Rock Her

Rock Her: Alec Sawyer and Kate Gibson

 

Rock Her

 

Expected publication: June 17th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Rachel Cross – Rock Her (Crimson Romance)

Summary:

From goodreads.com

She’s a small town nurse who had to grow up fast. He’s rock music’s most infamous guitarist. When a day at the beach turns life or death, their worlds collide, and no one will ever be the same.

Kate Gibson’s life has been all about family. She spent her high school years taking care of her dying mother, and her college years raising her younger sister.

Alec Sawyer’s past was an excess of everything: drugs, parties, rock, sex, and money. His downfall had been long, spectacular, and public.

Thrown together by fate and the media, Kate and Alec find themselves falling in love. But dating in the spotlight has its downside, and some secrets are better left in the dark.

Review:

I really did enjoy this book; I pretty much consumed it in one sitting. It was a face paced with a lot going on. Both characters were pretty likeable. Basic our hero and heroine were thrown together when a surfer was drowning. Kate was jogging by and ran to the rescue. Alec was nearby and helped Kate with the victim. Due to Alec’s semi celebrity status the media got wind of it and created a hailstorm.

The attraction between Alec and Kate is instantaneous. Of course Kate is predictably a virgin and the attraction scares her on one level but on the other she finally feels alive. Kate is a virgin but she’s not to naïve so it wasn’t annoying that here we have the worldly womanizer male with the naïve sheltered virgin…again… I thought the characters were believable. Kate was too busy raising her sister to really date seriously and flings when you have a teenager to raise in a small town and have an example to set is just not feasible. Alec is a former rock star and a recovering addict. The recovering aspect was pretty believable it is portrayed as a constant struggle. It is a constant balance that he has to maintain. He went from alcohol to drugs to a workaholic which is a different sort of addiction. Alec is aware of his flaws and struggles to overcome them. Of the two I probably liked Alec a bit better but not by much. Kate is a sweetheart so it is hard to dislike her.

What I don’t particularly understand is why Kate didn’t explain to her sister about their finances and father a long time ago. I understood the concept of money way before I was 18 and Kate’s not talking about it really just makes the situation all that worse as we saw here. I don’t know its kind of a pet peeve of mine to let teenagers clueless when it comes to finances, this is what leads to bad financial decisions when they are in college and then they have destroyed credit by the time they are 19. LOL. Sorry occupational hazard and I digress. Lol So I guess it’s not a bad thing that my biggest bone to pick with this book is a financial pet peeve of mine.

Overall it was a good entertaining book, that I would have no problems recommending to readers. It is steamy, fast paced with likeable characters. I was originally going to give this one a 4.5 but had to lower it a bit to 4 due to memorability. I kind of forgot I even read the book; I enjoyed it while I was reading it and even after for a while but then it slipped my mind.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

*This copy was provided to me by the author for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

ARC Review: Jessica Sorensen–The Forever of Ella and Micha

The Secrets Series:

Book 2:

The Forever of Ella and Micha: Ella and Micah

 

The Forever of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #2)

 

Purchase on Amazon:  Jessica Sorensen – The Forever of Ella and Micha

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Forever

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they’re together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.

Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she’s having a hard time making it through the days. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.

Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he thought it would be. He wants her closer to him-needs her with him. But he won’t ask her to leave college, just to be with him.

The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?

Review:

Since reading THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHA I was dying for a copy of the next book! The publication date kept getting pushed back and it seemed like it was never going to come out and then BAM they moved it up! So of course I was stalking and I mean stalking NetGalley like several times a day for a copy to get uploaded and when it finally was I could not WAIT to get home from work to start it. So with such high expectations did it live up to the first book? ABSO-F’N-LUTLY! Maybe it was even better…

As with the first book this was a highly emotional tale. I have to admit something super embarrassing about reading this book. So I was on the treadmill at the gym reading and we got to this part where Ella is telling Micha something deeply emotional to her and I seriously started crying right there on the treadmill at the gym for everyone to see! Embarrassing much too just start crying while in the middle of a work out. Thankfully it was late and mostly empty haha! There were several moments with these two that had me crying or on the verge of it. There’s this letter and I couldn’t help myself with that one. The journey in this book is just as much about Elle and Micha finding their way together as it is finding their way separately as individuals. They both have to take a personal walk through their own demons before they can truly come together. Oh and can I mention just how much more sexy times there are in this book then there was in the first. These two know how to get it on! I think I had to fan myself off a few times. OOOOWWWWEEEEEE!!!!!!!

What I LOVED about this book is how seriously Jessica Sorensen takes mental illness. There is no easy patch or fix for this battle and it is a battle for the rest of your life. My bestest friend in the whole world is bipolar with anxiety disorder. We lived together for 4 years in college so I know how hard it can be from watching her. The endless misdiagnoses’, mood swings, trying different medications until you find one that doesn’t F with your mind, moods, or body. It’s serious and Sorensen treated it as such and for that I commend her. She didn’t take the easy way out.

As a New Adult title I’d have to say this series sticks out from the pack. Yes, the characters have issues, serious ones that they have to overcome but unlike a lot of New Adult they characters aren’t super angsty and acting all stupid using their past as excuses to be asses, or bitchy females that no one wants to be around. To me Sorensen is a stand out author in this genre and in just in general. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Oh and I cannot freak’n wait for Ethan and Lila!

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 5 Romanticals

ARC Review: Olivia Cunning – Hot Ticket

The Sinners On Tour:

Book 3:

Hot Ticket: Jace Seymour and Aggie/Mistress V

 

Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour, #3)

 

Releases on: February 5th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Olivia Cunning – Hot Ticket (The Sinners on Tour)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil. Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart. When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.

Review:

I freak’n LOVED it! Best Sinners book yet! Jace almost had me in tears, the only thing holding me back is bc I was reading in public! LOL It’s emotional, its sexy, its funny and it features rock stars! Seriously can you beat that combo? I don’t think so!

Jace has been the most quite and elusive of the Sinners. Coming into this book we know next to nothing about Jace other than he’s into bondage from what we can tell. What we got, I never expected from the shy Jace. His past is quite simply heartbreaking, I could not remain unemotional when it came to Jace, just thinking about him brings a slight tear to the eye. He is quite possibly one of my favorite characters that I have read this year and I have read over 200 books so far in 2012. He’s so sad and lonely, he grew up knowing he wasn’t wanted. His mother dies in a car accident, and then his abusive father in a fire and was then shipped off to a group home. He has never known love and doesn’t think anyone could love or like him as he is. The only thing that Jace has had, is his music and his place in the Sinners. When something occurs that makes him unable to play his bass for several concerts the Sinners bring in Jon their former Bassist and Jace feels even more insecure than ever. He feels like his place in the band is in jeopardy, after all why would they want him, whose not a performer when they can have Jon who rocks the stage like Jace has never done. All around him he feels like his world is falling apart, the only thing tangible to him right now, is Aggie. His sweet Aggie gives him everything he ever wanted but he has a hard time accepting it. He has never felt like a woman could love him with all of his issues and his need for pain. He finds that Aggie likes to give him pain, but she is used to men that submit and submitting is something he will never truly do. A masochist he may be but a submissive he will never be, even his father couldn’t beat submission into him.

I also LOVED Aggie. She has been my favorite of the Sinner’s ladies so far, with Reagan a pretty close second. Aggie is hard, yet soft. She is a dominatrix that loves to bring men to their feet, for her there is nothing better than a submissive her specialty is making grown men cry. She meets Jace in the strip club where she works, he asks her to give him pain. Pain she can do, but its his refusal to submit and the fire in his eye grabs her attention more than inflicting pain could ever do. Aggie is so bad ass, she just bulldozes her way into Jace’s life. I get a chuckle just thinking about it. Talk about taking what she wants, she decides she wants Jace and she gets him. She knows that he has deep seeded issues, but lucky for him she doesn’t mind that. She knows with some time, patience and pain, she can help him through those issues. She showers him with love, knowing that he hasn’t had much love in his life; she knows he may never be able to return her love but she has enough for both of them. With each beating and every time she showers her love on him she gets a little more out of him, she begins to break down his wall and get through the defenses. She even manages to get the other Sinners in on some of her plans. Aggie manages to help Jace become closer to his band, without her he never would have been able to come out of himself to make the initiative.

This book is one of my favorites that I have read this year. It almost brought me to tears, the only reason I didn’t cry was because I was on an elliptical machine at the gym and I refuse to cry in public! LOL. It was incredibly emotional especially for a book in the erotica genre. Olivia Cunning knows how to weave emotion and sensuality seamlessly within a novel. The story is draws you in enough that you forget that technically this is erotica and shouldn’t be bringing you to tears. Olivia Cunning in turn will also have you laughing out loud. She has such a fun sense of humor and always injects it into her stories. I love to laugh in a novel so this is always welcome. O. Cunning has become one of my favorite authors and after reading Hot Ticket I am anxiously awaiting Snared which is Eric’s book. We get a more in depth look at Eric in this book as well and I am really looking forward to it! And then once Eric’s book is out I am going to re-read the series in order as it was meant to be. I know I warned you in Double Time but I’ll mention it again, I really suggest reading these books in order. Double Time is the last book of the series but was released third, which I am still not sure what the reasoning was on that.

*This title was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig Orange

Review: Jay Crownover – Rule

Rule Series:

Book 1:

Rule: Rule Archer and Shaw Landon

Rule (Rule #1)

Purchase on Amazon: Jay Crownover – Rule

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

I had loved Rule Archer since the first moment I ever laid eyes on him. He was everything I shouldn’t want and the only person I went out of my way to not try and please. He only saw me as a brat, and an entitled, stuck up princess but worse than that all he saw when he looked at me was his deceased twin’s girl. It broke my heart because as much as I had loved Remy Archer there was never anything romantic between us and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that loving Rule was a terrible idea, my poor heart just wouldn’t listen. We tolerated each other, barely and had forged an uneasy alliance until one night I had too much to drink and changed the way we were forever. Suddenly life long secrets were no longer hidden and the one thing I always wanted for myself seemed obtainable as long as I was willing to go through hell to hold onto it.

Shaw Landon was a class act and I had no idea what to do with her. She was tied to my family, tied to the person that was my other half so I tolerated her and her haughty attitude when I didn’t have any other choice. What I didn’t know was that a short skirt and too many cocktails on her birthday was going to change my outlook on her for the rest of my life. Some people thought I hid behind all my tattoos and piercings, that I tried to distance myself from my dead twin, Shaw saw through it all and wasn’t scared of what was underneath. We weren’t supposed to be together, weren’t supposed to be anything but uncomfortable acquaintances but that all changed in the blink of an eye. Now I had to figure out just how a girl like her and a guy like me were supposed to be in love without destroying each other. Add in her custom made ex and two disapproving sets of parents and the whole situation sounded like it was more trouble then it was worth.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, language and drinking.

Review:

Ok, first things first, I have to mention the editing of this book. I am not usually an editing snob (I know my own is not always the best) and it usually doesn’t bother me much because it doesn’t really pertain to the story itself but this time it has to be discussed. This is quite possibly without a doubt the worst edited book I have EVER read. There has to be some sort of spelling or grammatical error on every single page. The editing was so bad it distracted me from the actual story which is quite good. I had to go back and reread sentences with the correct sentence structure in my head just to make sure I understood it correctly. I swear I don’t think anyone read over this book for any editing. However, that being said, I did read on the authors blog a few days ago that she has sent this book off for professional editing so hopefully this is mote point in a week or two. And the book will come back from editing all shiny and new and properly edited.  ***Update: It’s been edited and updated on amazon. So go forth and purchase!***

Ok, editing rant over. So I picked this book up pretty much because of the cover, I mean come on look at the hottie on the cover and top of that it was about a tattoo artist. I do have a thing for bad boys, specifically musicians and tattoo artists. I was a bit worried about another “opposites attract” story and had a feeling this book would be a lot like ROCK ME by Cherrie Lynn. I was not incorrect in that assumption. There are a lot of similarities to ROCK ME, especially due to the fact once again we have a bad boy tattoo artist and a good girl that always tries to please her parents and struggles with that. However, the stories are a bit different so this isn’t exactly like ROCK ME but similar.

Overall the story was good, it was fantastic but it was pretty good. I thought I would feel the same about Shaw that I did about Candace in ROCK ME which was EH but surprisingly enough I ended up liking Shaw a lot more than I expected. Shaw at first wasn’t willing to stand up to her parents but she quickly found a backbone and I liked that about her. She also knew her worth and would not let Rule treat her like his “groupies” which I liked about her. She was also a very loyal friend which I always like in a character. Now, Rule is a tool. Seriously, he’s kinda a douche. Well at least in the beginning he is, he grows as a character and loses some of his douchiness. By the end of the book I liked Rule, I didn’t LOVE Rule, bit he kind of grew on me. In ROCK ME we all LOVED Brain from the get-go, now he is a character that you lust after, always. I was expecting Rule to be more like Brain, but alas he wasn’t. Now Rule’s friends Nash and Jet, I could get down with. I liked them more than I did Rule, especially Nash. Jet is still an enigma but his book is next so I am sure we will find out a whole lot more about him. Along with Rule’s friends we have Shaw’s friend (Sorry I’m drawing a blank on her name right now) who I also really enjoyed as a character. I can’t wait to get to her story as well.

Despite the fact that this story was far from original I still really enjoyed it and the characters. The story does pull you in, it doesn’t grip you and not let you go but you spend a very enjoyable few hours in this world. Most of the story I saw coming from a mile away including Remy’s big secret that is hinted about and much of the story line we have seen from various other books just put together in a different way or order, but I find this is pretty common in Contemporary. This series has a lot of potential and I will definitely pick up the next book in the series whenever it may come out, which according to the author’s blog she is hoping to be in May, but that may change if she gets a contract. I do encourage any of those who do want to read this book to wait until it is properly edited which should be very soon. I also hope as someone who already purchased the book that I automatically get the revised edition. I would like to re-read the book without all of the errors.

Rating: 3.75 Romanticals

(I had to knock off some because of the editing because it did distract me and took away from the enjoyment of the story.)

Amanda Sig Orange

Review: Jessica Sorensen – The Secret of Ella and Micha

The Secrets Series:

Book 1:

The Secret of Ella and Micha: Ella and Micah

The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #1)

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Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

Review:

So I actually read this book twice in the matter of about a week. I had originally given the book a 4 rating but since I read it twice in a week it obviously had an “It” factor that I hadn’t accounted for. I just couldn’t let Ella and Micha go from my mind, they just kept lingering there not letting me move on. I tried starting over books, but Ella and Micha wouldn’t let me. Ever since I’ve read this book, I’ve been stalking Amazon to see if the second book has been posted yet. The publication date is past due so I figure any day now it should go up, but so far, my stalking has not produced book 2. Doesn’t Jessica Sorensen, know I need it like a caffeine addict needs coffee? I’m not even sure why this book got such a firm hold on me but it’s holding on for dear life.

This book falls in the “New Adult category. Which is a genre I’m not that big of a fan of, it seems like a lot of these books just have one dimensional angsty, spoiled, acting out and just making bad decisions for no reason characters. With this book Jessica Sorensen, writes characters that are pretty realistic, complex and not annoying! All of the characters have some emotional baggage and are products of their upbringing but they are trying to get past that. Ella is our more emotionally scarred character in this book. Her father is an alcoholic and her mother emotionally unstable. The only stable thing she had growing up with Micah her next door neighbor and best friend and even now that friendship is starting to blur and change. Because she basically had no supervision her life was spiraling out of control, then she witnesses something no kid should ever have to see, ever. One night her life spins so far out of control she knows she has to change her life. (See a character that is trying to grow). So she runs off leaving everyone and everything behind and changes everything about herself down to her very clothes, she goes from out of control to a very controlled existence. That is until she returns home eight months later. She returns home and everything is the same yet at the same time different. There is one person that she cannot put off and that is Micah. Her rock of old is changing all the rules and suddenly her controlled existence is starting to crumble. I really liked Ella once she started finding herself again. You feel for her and the traumatic events of her life. I really liked how she is trying to get her life together. She could have easily have just let herself keep on spiraling down a path you don’t want to see anyone go down. She may have taken the control a bit far but you can in no way dislike her for it. By the end of the book she seems to find a sort of happy medium where she can still be parts of the old but hold on to the good new pieces as well. Besides her inner turmoil with dealing with previous events she has Micah to deal with. Micah changing all of the rules on her creates a whole other turmoil that she has a hard time dealing with, but really its inevitable. There is only so long anyone can resist Micah.

I loved Micah! He really came to life in this book, when he was throwing one of his charming grins I could easily picture the look on his face. There is no resisting Micah; you don’t even have a chance. He is a man that knows what he wants and is willing to go after it. His dedication to Ella is inspiring. Eight months earlier she left with no word and he never gave up looking for her. When Ella left it was like a piece of him was missing, he just wants his best friend back and is willing to comb the entire country looking for her. Eight months later when he sees Ella and it’s like she is a zombie he is determined to show her that his old friend wasn’t all that bad and there are parts worth saving. So we know that Micah is a loyal friend and a pretty alright guy, who has looked out to Ella pretty much their entire lives; but he is also a talented musican “with dreams of going on the road” and he works on cars. The cars he works on are old muscle cars, which in themselves are sexy as hell, so a hot sexy guy that works on them that is also a musician makes for one irresistible combination. Micah is pretty easy going in general, but he is not without his own issues. When the one thing that has haunted him tries to return he doesn’t quite know how to deal with it. He can’t turn to Ella, she has all of her own shit going on, but he tries to deal with it on his own and is not very successful in that endeavor. His pain about breaks your heart; because you know how strong he is so you don’t want to see him like that. As it turns out Ella can handle his problems as well as her own better than we would have thought..

This story pulls you in right from the start and doesn’t let you go until the end or in my case even after you have finished and have tried to move on. The story is touching and the characters even more so. They each have their own issues that they try to deal with as best as they can and just try to make it through life even as it keeps dumping on them. These characters are not giving up and get along pretty admirably. In addition to Ella and Micah we have Ethan and Lila. Ethan is Micah’s best male friend and it is hinted that he has a troubled past of his own, but he is a pretty rock solid dude. He is a good friend to Micah and remains supportive in any way that Micah needs him. I really liked Ethan as well. He is totally someone I would hang with and probably have a crush on is I was 10 years younger. LOL! Lila is Ella’s roommate and unlike our other characters she comes from a wealthy family, but she has issues of her own. Her family does not seem the most supportive and she basically refuses to go home, and would rather hang with Ella “on the other side of the tracks”. At first you see her as a bit spoiled but she has hidden depths and is more life knowledgeable than anyone gives her credit for in the beginning. Lila and Ethan end up forming an unexpected friendship.

I actually think this book would make a decent movie. I rarely if ever say that, but it’s something I would watch. We have life lessons, muscle cars and racing, dickhead townies, traumatic events, an aspiring musician, parties and good times. This was a completely entertaining and engaging book that I think would translate to film fairly well. I would definitely recommend this book to readers, even if you are like me and tend to stay away from the “New Adult” genre I think you would still enjoy this book, I know I did!

Rating:

5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig Red