Cover Reveal & Synopsis

Hi, all my lovely followers!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

It is my absolute joy to be a part of this cover reveal, and I can’t wait to read the book!

Here it is:

“Far Too Tempting”


Lauren Blakely



Jane Black has written the break-up album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits. 

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break-up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?


Expexted release date:

21 October


Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Random Musings Of A Bookaholic, part 2

Okay, what an incredible 4 weeks it has been! When I created the blog, I did not think that so many would subscribe to my emails – it is simply amazing that you find it interesting. So a BIG thank you to you all for signing up!

To all of you who do not follow my Facebook page: you might want to rethink that…See, I have decided to do a GIVEAWAY when my Facebook page gets up to 150 likes. And no, it is actually not an ebook, though it could have been – but I decided to “think big”, as the American phrase says, and instead I want to give one lucky winner a SIGNED PAPERBACK of this wonderful book:


– you can find my 5 star review here. Oh, and do you know what is even better: it is open INTERNATIONALLY!
What do you think? It IS a goood giveaway, if I do say so myself – *wink*.

Another thing I want to say is that I never thought that I would get the opportunity to chat with so many wonderful authors – honestly, I did not believe that any of them would find me worthy of their time and day, but all have been incredibly sweet and patient with me as I am learning this “blogging business”. So I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to all of you as well. Naturally, that goes to my fellow bloggers, too – you have been equally amazing in helping me get started. Love you all! ❤️

Right, so before this almost turns into an “Oscar-worthy-thank-you-speech”, I will stop. 😉

I now know it is not a very difficult thing to have a blog, but I have also quickly learned that it is VERY time consuming and that I have to be careful to not let it completely run my life – otherwise, the hubby will have some severe words to say to me. And I most definitely will not let that happen. Maybe the consequences of this will mean that I will never have that many followers, but so be it. As you already know, I have an almost 5-months-old baby girl, and she will always come first – the hubby is second place, of course – and blogging will have to settle for third place. Having said that, I am doing my very best to be quick with new releases, sales and such things and I hope you will not be disappointed when there are days I will not be much online due to other obligations. Life just cannot be put on hold and I do not believe it should be.

There will be some great blog tours coming in the near future – I am so excited to be a part of them all! I have even signed up to do my very first author interview! *gulps* A bit scary when I think about it, but a great opportunity for me…I do have some time to put it together, though, and I think it will be a very fun experience.

I do not have that much more to say this time. You may have noticed that my TBR list got completely ignored…*sing-song voice* I told you so! Honestly, I never mean for it to happen, but it just does. I cannot help myself! So many books to read, so little time – and there are so many interesting books being published at the moment that I do not always know where to start.
But here is my new TBR list as of today – again, be warned: it may change as soon as I have finished writing this. 😉

Fading Temporary_Bliss.JPG Stripped.JPGNew Playing With Her Heart cover ALittleTooFar StubbornLove Wicked_Beat.JPG LouderThanLove Tattered Love

Just like in my last post, click on the title of the book, and you will be directed to

“Fading” by E.K. Blair – I have heard wonderful things about this and I am in need of a book that will make me go through as many feelings as possible. And I have been promised this is the book to do that.

“Temporary Bliss” by B. J. Harvey – as you may remember, it was on my last TBR list; and I have a feeling I will need something lighthearted when I have read “Fading”.

“Stripped” by Jasinda Wilder – also on my last list.

“Playing With Her Heart” by Lauren Blakely – seriously do not know how I have been able to overlook her work, I hear so many great things about it!

“A Little Too Far” by Lisa Desrochers – oooh, a double taboo love interest, yay! 😉

“Stubborn Love” by Natalie Ward – the companion novel to “I Love You To Death” which you know is one of my all-time-favourite books.

“Wicked Beat” by Olivia Cunning – again, yes, on my last list. I almost feel bad for not having read it yet.

“Louder Than Love” by Jessica Topper – this is getting great reviews and the story line seems different than most books.

“Tattered Love” by Lola Stark – I know, I know, people are probably yelling at me right now for not having read this one yet.

So there…Yes, I think I better not put any more books on the list. I also have a few ARCs to read, but I will not tell you the titles of those just yet. 😉

Until next time: I hope you all are ready for Fall! I think I will enjoy the season more this year. It is just a feeling I have…Ot it may have something to do with the fact that I am not pregnant this year! LOL!

Remember my GIVEAWAY on Facebook, people! You do not want to miss a chance at winning, do you? 😉


If you want to read part one of Random Musings Of A Bookaholic, click here.

“Cole” by J. B. Hartnett


ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review

It was with bated breath I started reading this book after the horrendous cliffhanger in “Inky”! I kept telling myself that this couple WOULD get their HEA (Happy-Ever-After), but I was not altogether sure of all the heartbreak they had to go through to get it. I was reading so fast because I could not wait to learn what would happen next.

After Inky is taken, we get to experience the next 24 hours – and the rest of the story – from not only Inky’s perspective, but Cole’s as well, and I really love that the author decided to write this book in dual POV’s – as I wrote in my review of “Inky”, I simply could not wait to get inside Cole’s head and get to know him better.
And I must say that the author definitely did not disappoint me! What an amazing man Cole is. The way he handles Inky’s abduction felt extremely real to me. He is scared, furious, wild and not afraid to show his emotions to his family. I was almost praying for Inky’s safe return side by side with him, that is how real it felt to me.
I loved how intense Cole feels about Inky – it is so beautiful, and the best part is that Inky feels exactly the same about him.

“Yes. No matter what happens. That’s my answer if something goes wrong. I love you, forever baby. Forever”. (Inky)

Luckily, Inky IS released from the clutches of Joe – and I am NOT feeling conflicted about his demise, not at all – and I was happy to see how their relationship grew as time went by. The pace of the story settles down a bit, which I was very happy with, and when you find out that Inky decides to talk with a psychologist about her past, I almost jumped up and down and shouted “YES!” to the living room! I was really waiting for that to happen, because I just felt that neither Inky, nor Cole, would be able to move forward completely if they did not see the necessity of speaking with a professional about their traumas. Otherwise, the story would have lost some of its believability in my opinion.
As you know, I really adored Inky in the first book. And I still do! She is still this strong willed, beautiful, quirky woman who is determined to find her place in the world, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Cole is her perfect match. He understands her like no other – except, perhaps, apart from Aimes – and he understands her pain and what she needs from him. I really feel that the author excelled at showing us that they are, truly, soul mates.

“This was our fate. Her ugliness and mine made us fit”. (Cole)

I love the banter this couple has with each other! I mean, there are, again, some very laugh-out-loud moments, so readers who enjoyed this aspect in book one, will definitely be satisfied with “Cole”.

“Are my sexy cupcake flannel pajama’s making you hot?” (Inky)
“You have no idea. Why do you think I bought ’em?” (Cole)

Oh, and the scene with the Thanksgiving dinner? Hilarious! THIS is what makes a great book to me: lots of drama and intensity, but plenty of humor and simplicity as well – Miss Hartnett, you have done it again!

As with “Inky”, the secondary characters are well developed. I like that we get to know Cole’s parents better, but I will never really understand Richard, Cole’s father. But that is just the wayI feel.

I will not say more about what happens in the book – you HAVE to read it for yourself – because I do not want to make the mistake of giving too much of the story away. And no, many of you may not enjoy it, but that is the beauty about books: everyone can feel differently about the same story, and that is ALLOWED! 😉

I must admit that the dual POV’s is what makes this a better book for me – I admit it, I love getting to know the hero’s thoughts and feelings – and I think the author has managed to show us who Cole REALLY is: kind, generous, protective, and hot.
As I said about “Inky”: if you want a book with plenty of emotions, with highs and lows,”Cole” will live up to your expectations. oh, and what I believe I failed to say before: those of you who want steamy sex scenes will get your wish! There is plenty of that as well! 😉

I am really looking forward to seeing what J. B. Hartnett conjures up for us in the future. No pressure! 🙂

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Book Blitz Event: “Playing With Her Heart” by Lauren Blakeley – Exclusive Deleted Scene & Giveaway!

Hey everyone!


The time has come for this:








From the NYT & USA Today Bestselling romance author, a sizzling and addictive story of a woman with a broken past and the man who can’t fight his attraction to her…
Twenty-three year old rising theater star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. But then she comes face to face with her new director – sexy, sophisticated, possessive, all-alpha Davis Milo. He tries to resist the actress he’s cast, but the attraction between them is too powerful, and soon their private rehearsals spiral into new, forbidden territory. The passionate connection, the intense chemistry is undeniable, and it hits them anywhere, and everywhere – in the theater, on the piano, in the limo, in the restaurant…But the tragedy in Jill’s past stands between them. Davis has walls too, so they can either face their fears together, or risk the deepest love and greatest passion either has ever felt…

About the Author

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in PLAYING WITH HER HEART, she thinks life should be filled with love, passion, and dreams come true. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband.
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Does anybody want a DELETED SCENE from Lauren Blakeley? Well, of course you do!

Enjoy! 😉

Explanation from Lauren: This deleted scene takes place in chapter 15 prior to the Jill and Davis’ second private rehearsal, which will be more familiar to readers as before the “piano scene.” I had originally written this scene where Jill rehearses with Patrick, and Davis’ reaction to it. But I then decided that I’d rather show Jill and Davis rehearsing. Plus, I felt readers already knew and understood the depths of Davis’ jealousy at this point and that the additional scene showing it wasn’t necessary. I also nixed it because I decided that Patrick was not falling in love with Jill, as Davis surmises from this scene. But, just for fun, here it is from the cutting room floor!!!
Thirty minutes later, I am coiled full of tension from watching Patrick run his hands through Jill’s hair, from the way she responds, leaning her head back into him, from how she breathily whispers one of the last lines in the scene, “it feels so good,” her microphone taking the words on a trip around the whole theater, up to the proscenium arch and two boxes and back.
“End scene,” Shannon calls out.
I run a hand across my chin roughly. Steel myself, then stand up, walk to the edge of the stage, place a palm against the floorboards as Jill and Patrick look at me expectantly.
“That’s a great start. Now, Patrick what I want you to work on next is really capturing the change in Paolo. This scene is the moment when he starts to soften around her. When he shifts from being the hard ass teacher and into the tender lover he will become. Look for those moments in between the words,” I say, giving him the full, honest truth of what his performance needs, even though if pains every bone in my body to instruct him like this.
He nods several times, taking it in. He’s a pro, and I know he’ll knock this scene out of the park as he always does. He doesn’t command his name on the marquee for nothing. The man can sell tickets for a reason.
Then I turn to Jill. She’s nibbling on her lower lip nervously. She stops when she meets my gaze. I do my best to give away nothing as I talk to her. “For Ava, I really see this moment as the one when it clicks for her. That she’s been confused and unsure for so long about Paolo. Is he just the professor? Is he merely a difficult teacher? Or is there something more? But then they are in the studio working and her hair is a mess and full of paint, and her hands are covered in it, and this is when she understands not only that he has feelings for her, but that she’s falling hard for him too.”
“Thank you. That makes sense,” she says, like a good student.
“Are we going okay on the blocking?” Patrick asks. “It’s a little unformed at this point.”
“You’re doing fine. We’ll get it finalized soon. For now, run it again,” I say, and I return to my seat, feeling absolutely spent from having to tell the two of them to show me more of them falling in love.
Another rounds later, they’re closer to nailing it, and I’m sure I’ll knock the punching bag from its chains the next time I’m at the gym. When Patrick asks to do the scene one final time, I’m about to explode with a resounding “No.” Instead, I keep it all inside, as I manage through gritted teeth, “Of course let’s get it right.”
I watch one final time, even though it’s fucking eating away at me to see him touch her. Before he even starts the scene, he looks at her with softness in his eyes, and and I know he’s starting to fall for her too. That he’s not merely acting. That he’s only playing a part. The two are starting to blend, and this is why actors all over the world fall for actors. This is why you hear stories of movie set romances, because they aren’t stories. They’re true. There is little, I imagine, more intoxicating than pretending to be in love with someone. After a while, reality and fiction bleed over, and you fall in love for real.
When the scene ends, the stage manager calls take five and Patrick tucks a strand of her hair behind her ear, flashing her that matinee idol smile of his that melts women. I swallow, close my eyes, clench my fists. Selfishly, I had hoped it would all be unrequited. I had hoped it was a one-way thing on her part. But that was stupid of me. I’m falling for her, and he is too.

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“Playing With Her Heart”

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“Inky” by J. B. Hartnett



Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan.  While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit,  Inky’s world is turned upside down.  Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

My review

The story of Inky (Anika) almost drained me emotionally right from the beginning: When I read about Inky’s past, I felt such sadness and almost rage towards her mother, and I really wanted to smash somebody’s face in! Please note that I am usually a non-violent person, but I feel very strongly about the subject matter of this book. It can be a cruel world sometimes, and even though this book is a work of fiction, we cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that these things do not happen in real life.

I was sucked into the story right away – this author is very good at giving you small tidbits of information to get you interested in Inky’s story, and you simply cannot wait to uncover it.

I think that Inky’s character is very believable: she understands where she is coming from and that she has many issues to deal with, but she refuses to let them define her. She acknowledges that the issues are a part of her – but they are definitely not ALL she is. That, to me, speaks highly of her determination to lead a life on her own terms. Inky is a strong, passionate and determined young woman who got dealt a very shitty hand in life and decided to make it better.

“I’d always been guarded emotionally, knowing I was the only person I could depend on”. (Inky)

I believe that all survivors – and please note: survivors, NOT victims – have to feel that they can control their surroundings, and Inky is just like that: she hates to feel weak, and even more so she hates not being in control of what happens to her. She always feels that if everything is going well in her life, the bubble will burst at some point.This fact saddens me, but I do understand her reasoning.

However, I want to stress that this story is not all “doom and gloom” – what I mean is that there are some very funny moments between Inky and her best friend, Aimes, and these show us that Inky has a very quirky and fun personality – I laughed many times while reading certain dialogues between Inky and Aimes or Inky and Abe:

“Abe, I kind of want to kiss you right now, tongue and all.” (Inky)

“Ah, well, I’m flattered but you know that’s not how I roll.” (Abe)

You know how you have that ONE friend who completely and utterly understands you? The one who will walk through fire for you? I have such a friend in my life, and Aimes is that kind of friend to Inky. The way the author tells you their story, how they have always been there for each other…well, it really moved me, and because I myself have such a relationship, I can really relate to it.

“Feel whatever you need to feel and get it the fuck out of you. It’s all poison my friend”. (Aimes)

Now, THAT is what a true friend will say to you! Well done, Miss Hartnett!

I cannot write this review without mentioning the tattoo on Inky’s back. The way the author describes it is absolutely beautiful. When I read the scene where she goes to the tattoo artist after her attack…Well, it moved me to tears, it really did.

I find it really refreshing to read a story when the main characters meet each other but do not become an item right away. Usually, that is not the case with the books I read. It did make me wonder if Inky and Cole really WOULD end up together or not. Also, I have to touch upon the fact that although they admit to having a very tangible attraction going on, they do not act upon it until Inky is free of her relationship with Evan. (And good riddance!)

Though this book centers around Inky, we must not forget Cole – another swoon-worthy book boyfriend ;-). He is, of course, gorgeous, generous, very wealthy and just as tormented as Inky. When he tells his story to her, you cannot help but feel compassion towards him, and true anger towards his father.

I must say that whenever these two are together, you can feel how perfect they are for each other – and even though Cole is so mysterious, you end up not really caring about that. You simply KNOW that he is Inky’s soulmate – what he does for a living is a small detail. And with statements like this:

“I want you to trust me. I want to be your destination, not your distraction.” (Cole)

Well…enough said! 😉

So: now to the reason I am not giving the book 5 stars. There were times when the story shifted from being told, mainly, in past tense to, all of a sudden, present tense – and it confused me. I do not really understand why this shift occurred and I do not think it was necessary. Unfortunately, it happened just a bit too many times for me to simply let it go.

This is a story about love, letting the past go and finding happiness. It is about finding that special someone we all long for, who will make you forget about your past and focus on the future. If you want a very emotional story, I recommend reading “Inky”.

There is a HUGE cliffhanger in this book, but do not fret: the sequel, “Cole” is only one-click away! 😉 I cannot wait to get inside his head some more.


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Cover Reveal, Synopsis & Teaser

Hi All!

It’s my great pleasure and honour to be a part of

Lauren Blakeley’s

“Playing With Her Heart”

Re-Design Cover Reveal!

It is absolutely gorgeous!

New Playing With Her Heart cover


From the NYT & USA Today Bestselling romance author, a sizzling and addictive story of a woman with a broken past and the man who can’t fight his attraction to her…

Twenty-three year old rising theater star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. But then she comes face to face with her new director – sexy, sophisticated, possessive, all-alpha Davis Milo. He tries to resist the actress he’s cast, but the attraction between them is too powerful, and soon their private rehearsals spiral into new, forbidden territory. The passionate connection, the intense chemistry is undeniable, and it hits them anywhere, and everywhere – in the theater, on the piano, in the limo, in the restaurant…But the tragedy in Jill’s past stands between them. Davis has walls too, so they can either face their fears together, or risk the deepest love and greatest passion either has ever felt…

Lauren has kindly given us an excerpt to the book.

Enjoy! 🙂


From Lauren: “This short excerpt is from chapter 12 when Davis unclips Jill’s hair, and it served as the inspiration for the new look for the cover. To me, this short moment says so much about their relationship.”

He leans into the car, reaches for the seat belt, and pulls it across my chest, buckling me in. He’s inches from me, and he smells cold like the night air. But he also smells the way a man should at the end of the day: a little bit of sweat, a lot of work, and all raw power. He brings one hand behind my head and unclips my hair, letting it fall over his fingers. I tremble from his touch as a shiver runs down my spine. “I like your hair up and I like your hair down,” he whispers to me, breaking down all my resistance in an instant.

I can see this playing out if I do nothing—I’ll spend it rewinding this moment and putting it on repeat all night long. But I don’t want to go home with only a memory to feed my body, and I can’t stand the thought of this night ending too soon.

I make my choice. There’s only one choice. “Do you want to share?” I ask, praying he lives in the same direction.

“You’re downtown, right?”

I nod.

“Me too.”


Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

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Cover Reveal, Synopsis & Giveaway

Another interesting book to look for this Fall is


Bitter Pill


Stacey Kade


Kade - Bitter Pill



The truth is a bitter pill…
Rennie Harlow is having a bad year. She had a handsome husband, a good job, and a renovated condo in Chicago. Now, thanks to one “exotically beautiful” paralegal, she’s divorced, faking her way through a writing career, and living above her hypochondriac mother’s garage back in Morrisville, the small town she couldn’t leave fast enough at eighteen. On top of all of that, she just found Doc Hallacy, the local pharmacist, dead behind his counter. And the worst part is, he’s the third body she’s stumbled across this year.
Jake Bristol has lived in Morrisville his whole life. A former bad boy turned sheriff, he doesn’t believe it’s just Rennie’s luck or timing that’s the problem. He thinks she’s too nosy for her own good. The last thing he needs is her messing around with his murder investigation so that she can freelance for the Morrisville Gazette. But as they both delve deeper into Doc’s death, they find that things don’t add up. This isn’t a robbery gone wrong or the work of a desperate junkie. Someone has a secret they’re killing to keep. The only question is—who’s next?

Expected release date:

28th October

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A message about “Bitter Pill” from the author:

Thank you so much for participating in the reveal for Bitter Pill. I’m so excited to be able to share it with you guys! It is one of those incredibly rare books where it almost felt like it wrote itself, and I just had to keep up. Well, the first draft anyway! 😀

When I wrote this story, I was desperately homesick for the very tiny town where I lived in junior high. As some of you know, my dad is a Lutheran pastor, so we moved quite a bit during my childhood. For whatever reason, that small town in Southern Illinois really stuck with me. Morrisville is a (very) fictionalized version of that place.

There’s an odd mix of intense gossip and deep reserve that seems inherent to small towns. It’s part of the culture—“We know everything about everybody, but we don’t talk about that.” Certain things were just not discussed, which makes small towns a prime environment for secrets. And secrets are at the heart of every mystery.

So, when I sat down to write this story, that element of knowing someone well but not really knowing what they might be capable of intrigued me.

Rennie Harlow is my grown-up version of Nancy Drew, I suppose. Except, unlike cool, calm and collected Nancy, Rennie’s life is a disaster. She’s trying to make it through a particularly rough patch, but she’s flailing and fumbling, and I can so relate to that.

As for Sheriff Jake Bristol…well, what can I say, there’s something about an honorable man in a tough situation that’s pretty irresistible. 😀

Thank you again for checking out Bitter Pill, and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Stacey has set up a Giveaway for you!

You can win:

3 ebook ARCs of Bitter Pill,

A $25 gift card to the e-retailer of winner’s choice

An annotated ARC of Bitter Pill

To enter, click here


Cover reveal & Synopsis

Earlier this year, I read a book by this author which moved me so much

that my feelings were all over the place. She wrote about a subject matter that

is very ugly, and I admire her for taking a huge risk like that.

Today, I am honoured to be a part of the cover reveal for her latest book.

I give you:

“Finding Faith”


Tabatha Vargo

Title: Finding Faith
Author: Tabatha Vargo
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Presented by: As You Wish Tours


A little FAITH can get you through…

One night. That’s all Finn had with the only girl he ever loved. Years later, all he has left of that night is a silver cross, a broken give a damn, and the unrelenting desire to drink her memory away. As the lead singer of Blow Hole, Finn has his pick of women, but none are able to squash the need he still carries around for Faith. To hate her offers some relief, but when Finn sees her again after so many years, it’s hard to despise her. Especially when every reason he had to hate her, turn out to be lies.

As the daughter of a strict Baptist preacher, Faith Warren lived sheltered from all things sinful. When she met Jimmy Finn, the epitome of all seven deadly sins, she found out exactly what she was missing. After being forced to choose between her soul and the only person in the world who made her feel alive, Faith walked away from Finn and dove head first into her father’s preferred life. But now Finn’s back and he’s getting payback by wreaking havoc on her emotions. Except sometimes bad things feel good, and Faith has to decide once again if she wants to stay in her gilded cage or fly free with the dark angel of lust himself.

Tabatha’s been writing since she could pick up a pencil. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper, from that point on she was hooked. When she was a teenager, she traded in her girly magazines for personalized writing notebooks.

At nineteen, she met her own personal prince charming and writing took a back burner for a while. She’s now married to that prince and the mother of a beautiful seven-year-old princess/rock star. Once her daughter was born, writing came back into her life, and she finished her very first novel, Wicked Fate, in May of 2009.

She’s now pursuing her English degree and she hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.

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The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle




A rock-and-roll love triangle…a music journalist’s story of a lifetime…

The bad boy front man who broke her heart.

 As lead singer for the Mighty Storm, Jake Wethers is the most wanted

man in the world, the ultimate bad boy of rock and roll,

and every woman’s fantasy. But to Tru Bennett, he’s just Jake, her

childhood best friend, her first love, and the boy who broke

her heart when he moved away and left her behind.

Now Tru is all grown up, a successful music journalist who knows 

better than to mix business with pleasure – 

until she receives an offer she can’t refuse. Jake wants Tru to 

join the band on tour, offering her a behind-the-scenes exclusive

that any journalist would kill for.

There’s just one problem: 

Tru’s boyfriend, Will.

Can their relationship withstand Tru hitting the road

with rock and roll’s most notorious womanizer?

Or will she risk it all for a second chance with the one

who got away?

My Review

Warning: if you are the type of person who does not want to read a book where cheating is involved, this is not the book for you. It shall be said, though, that this is far from the worst book I have read where cheating occurs.

The Mighty Storm is one of the first indie books I read, and I decided to reread it and post a review on my blog, because I remember how much I enjoyed the book the first time.

Although this is a story about rock stars and their life style, it is mostly a very sweet, yet steamy, story about two friends reconnecting after many years and admitting to each other that their feelings toward each other are more than of the friendly variety.

We are told the story solely through the eyes of the heroine, Tru, so you will not find dual POV’s in this book (but I’m told it’s different in the sequel which is my next read).

I very much like Tru – she is rather witty, passionate, strong in many ways, yet so unsure of herself when it comes to seeing herself through the eyes of Jake, our very hot rock star. Maybe it has something to do with past insecurities while growing up and developing feelings for her best friend, but at times it bothered me a bit. But perhaps that is just because I was rooting for this couple from the start and was rather impatient with them! And when I think about it, maybe it is not so strange she feels that way after all: I mean, us women tend to not see ourselves very clearly, and many of us have a lot of insecurities that are unfounded. But how she fails to see Jake’s feelings toward her when he serenades her…well, it should be obvious in my opinion.

“I suddenly feel a little breathless. Then, when he starts to sing “Through It All”, those hauntingly beautiful lyrics he wrote, strumming his guitar. My heart starts to drum pure feeling in my chest. …

I’m so totally mesmerized by him. And so totally in lust with him. And so totally screwed.”

I do not approve of the way Tru handled Will, her boyfriend…but that is mainly due to the fact that I have never been in a similar situation so I do not know how you are supposed to deal with loving two guys at the same time – I admit that I had a difficult time relating to Tru when it came to this specific point.
However, I do believe that the author handled a certain, ugly scene perfectly! The way Will reacted to finding out that Tru and Jake were together – phew! It was intense, ugly, heartbreaking…yes, all the emotions were raw and real. I absolutely DO NOT condone violence of any kind, but I do understand Will’s actions to a certain extent. And that’s enough on that subject!

Jake Wethers…sigh…Oh dear, he…is…HOT! And very much an alpha male in the way he is with Tru. And Tru completely gets that in Jake and even welcomes it:

“Jake makes me feel like a girl. Like a woman. It’s not something Will’s ever truly managed to do. Not that Will’s not manly, of course he is, but Jake is in a whole other league. He’s alpha to the extreme.”

Now, I do not know what it is, but I find that, lately, I have connected better with the male characters of the books I have read instead of the female. But Jake is very much my favourite character of the book. It is great to have a hero who is not afraid to simply offer his heart to the woman he loves without grand gestures. He simply uses words instead:

“I love you,” he repeats. “I’ve only ever loved one girl, Tru – and that’s you. It’s always been you. I loved you from the moment I knew how to love.”

Granted there was the whole scene when Pizza Hut was involved – swoon! – but that is really the only time Jake deliberately shows Tru what his money can buy.

Even though Jake is an alpha male, he is also very vulnerable when it comes to his feelings toward Tru. His reasons for not contacting her the past 11 years makes sense even though you resent him for it at the same time. I do not blame Tru for being a bit angry with him about that – to be honest, I think I would feel exactly the same.
And when you read about how much he misses his best friend Jonny and the way he deals with his grief…well, you want to crawl inside the book and comfort him! It shows that we are dealing with a very sensitive soul and who does not like that in a hero? I know I do!
Which is why I can understand him turning to drugs when his father dies…it just goes to show how human Jake is, and I like that we see this side of him as well. Obviously, it is definitely the wrong thing to do, but still…Jake is not perfect, far from it.

The dialogue between Tru and Jake in their private moments is absolutely wonderful to read. You can feel that we are dealing with two people who have grown up together and who have that certain bond you just have with some people. And even though they have not seen or spoken with each other for over a decade, there is no real awkwardness once Tru goes on tour with the band. Well done, Miss Towle!

One thing that’s worth mentioning as well: the secondary characters are very enjoyable – you get to know them but they do not take over the story at all. You get just enough to get curious about them and want to get to know them better – especially Tom! 😉 He is hilarious! (I am very happy with the fact that the author is writing his book at the moment.)

As always, I am trying not to give away too much of the plot in my review – I really feel that you have to read the book yourself without me spoiling your reading experience from the start. I could write a review that was much more explicit, but that would rob you of making up your own mind about the story. And that is the last thing that I want to happen.
But I will say this: the author has managed to write a book with plenty of angst, great dialogue and steamy sex scenes (we must not forget those, eh? ;-))

A minor detail (but still important): When I read TMS the first time, I remember thinking that I wished it had been edited a bit more prior to publication. Which means that I had high hopes to the paperback edition…Sadly, the story still needs editing. I mean that in the sense of it missing words from time to time – and it happens so often that I cannot overlook them in this review.

My final words: Samantha Towle has created a book with characters that, although lovable, have flaws just like the rest of us. I like the fact that although they resolve their issues (mostly), they have to work hard at having a proper relationship just like in real life.This is a contributing factor to the rating I am giving it, and I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel, “Wethering The Storm”.


***Teaser Time***

Those of you who follow my facebook page will know that I’m a huge fan of Belle Aurora! She has written 2 books – “Friend-Zoned” and “Love Thy Neighbor” – and she is very high up on my list. In fact, I have a feeling she will get on my Favourite Books section when her latest book is released later this year.

So it was a very happy Bookaholic (read: me!) who last Friday learned that there would be a special teaser from this lovely lady! Naturally, I asked her if it was okay that I posted it, with cover photo, on my blog – and when she said yes, I was ecstatic!

I won’t tease you anymore, here it is!

“Willing Captive”


Belle Aurora

Expected release date:

27th September


Delilah “Lily” Flynn is used to her drab existence. Lily’s been living it for twenty two years.
Her boring life is suddenly turned on its head when she’s rudely kidnapped from her bedroom.
Or so she thinks.

Nox Taylor is far too high up in his field to be assigned a babysitting job.
There’s nothing more he wants than to complete his mission so he can be rid of the smartass tomboy, Lily.

Day after day, Nox watches Lily and her strange ways. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever met.
Getting close to the girl is purely for her own protection…right?

Lily never imagined she’d make her first real friends in captivity.
What lengths would she go through to keep them?

**This is a stand alone novel and is unrelated to Friend-Zoned**

And now for the teaser! 


Still resting, I’m caught unawares when Rock grabs me from behind. One strong arm around my middle, the other crossed …between my breasts, his hand gripping my shoulder tight.
And shit! It’s a tight hold.
Gritting my teeth, my hands move to his arms and I kick out. I struggle hard for a full minute before wheezing out, “I can’t do it!”
Lips to my ear, he says softly, “Close your eyes.” I trust Rock so I do as I’m told. He goes on, “Feel me around you.”
Damn, that sounds like a line out of one of my erotic romance novels!
My stomach clenches as he says, “I know I got ya good but think, Lily. Just think. What can you use to get free?”
I’m already exhausted from struggling and getting nowhere fast. He says firmly, “Stop struggling. Now.”
And I do.
He whispers, “Think, babe.” And I’m so damn tired that I lose the fight in me. Melting back into him, I utter hoarsely, “I give up, Rock. I can’t. Not today.”
A loud cough at the doorway draws my attention.
Well, well, well. If it isn’t Mr You’re-My-Responsibility-But-I-Don’t-Have-Time-For-You!
Nox stands in the doorway, jaw tight, looking as if he’s holding himself back from doing something bad. His cold blue eyes meet mine. The vein in his temple sticks out as he growls, “Having fun?”
Rocks body shakes with laughter and his breath warms my neck. The strong arm between my boobs tightens a little and my eyes widen.
So here I am, between two hottie commando men. One has me wrapped up, the other looks like his order of protection just turned to an order of elimination.
And I’m just here, hanging mid-air in some hot guys’ arms.
My brain adds in a sing-song voice, “Awkward!”

Now, aren’t you curious about this book?

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