Release Day Blitz: “Throttle Me” (Men Of Inked #1) by Chelle Bliss – Synopsis, Playlist & Teasers

 

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Title: “Throttle Me” (Men of Inked Series Book #1)

Author: Chelle Bliss

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance/Erotica

Release Date: 31st March, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out – work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down.

City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship.

A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?

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Release Day Blitz: “Dear Tabitha” (Forever Family #2) by Trudy Stiles – Synopsis, Book Trailer & Giveaway

Along with Trudy Stiles, we are very excited to share with you the Release of Dear Tabitha, the 2nd book in The Forever Family Series. If you have not read Dear Emily (Book #1) yet, now is the time to grab it while it is on sale for ONLY $.99 in celebration of the New Release.

Make sure to check out the Book Trailer, add this series to your Goodreads, enter the Giveaway below for a Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon Gift Cards and join the Facebook Release Party Event for more fun and giveaways!

Author: Trudy Stiles

Book Title: Dear Tabitha ~ Series: Forever Family #2

Genre: New Adult/Romance

 
 
Synopsis
 
You know me. You know who I am. What I am.
Damaged. Confused. Alone.
You feel sorry for me. You pity me.
You know what I’ve done. What I’ve given up. Who I’ve given up.
You try to understand what I’ve been through and how I can possibly go on with my life.
But you can’t possibly understand.
I’ve lost too much. Sacrificed too much. Given up everything so that I can find myself.
Well I’m done.
I’m done walking away from everything that matters.
It’s time for me to heal.
It’s MY TURN to earn…
Redemption.
Love.
Family.
 

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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She is the author of the Forever Family series including “Dear Emily” and “Dear Tabitha”. There will be many more stories from this series and you never know who may have a standalone or novella written for them. Stay tuned!
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She’s always been an avid reader and frequently escapes into the fictional worlds of the many characters that she has come to love. Well, now there are some fictional characters in her head dying to get out!
This first story is called “Dear Emily” and was released in December 2013. “Dear Tabitha” will be released in March 2014. The Forever Family series will continue with several companion/stand alone novels.
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Release Day Blitz: “Breaking Kate” (The Acceptance Series #1) by D. Kelly – Synopsis, Excerpt & Giveaway

Michael Matthews has been in love with Katherine Moore since the second grade. In Michaels mind there is absolutely nothing that will ever be able to keep the two of them apart. The night Michael is set to propose to Katherine the evening is interrupted by an unexpected tragedy that tears the two of them apart for good. 

Three years have passed since that fateful night when Katherine, now known as Kate meets Daniel. After an awkward start sparks fly between them. Daniel and Kate fall hard and fast into the most passionate and intense love affair of their lives. In three years a lot can change, Michael knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left Katherine and he will do anything to get her back. Asking his best friend Daniel for help is his first step in righting the wrongs he made so many years ago. Unfortunately, neither of them realizes that Michaels long lost love Katherine is Daniel’s true love Kate.

While attending the engagement party of a mutual friend, all of their paths collide. How is Kate supposed to choose between the two men that mean the most to her in the world? Kate has to push past her heartache and put some serious thought into what comes next. One wrong choice and not only could she lose them both but Daniel and Michael may never recover their friendship.

 
 
His lips are almost brushing against mine, so close I can feel his breath
caress my lips… it’s intoxicating. Daniel places one hand on the
back of my head, pulling me forward to close the small gap between us
as his perfect lips meet mine for a gentle, yet utterly
heart-stopping kiss. This is the first kiss fairytales are spun from.
My heartbeat is still rapid, my pulse is still racing, and I can’t
for the life of me figure out why I have waited so long to find him.
This man was obviously made just for me. Daniel stops kissing me,
resting his forehead against mine.

I reach up and run my fingers through his hair, and I feel him suck in
his breath as he slowly moves his lips to mine. Gently kissing me,
he parts my lips with his tongue, making his way into my mouth. When
his tongue caresses mine I feel butterflies in my stomach.
What
the hell?
The feeling is exceptional; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt
before. I’m lost in it and to it.

 

 




I’m a wife, a mom and a dog lover. I’m also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker and my kids biggest fan in anything that they do. I love to write, so when my career suddenly turned into a job that I hated I turned back to my love of writing. I married my high school sweetheart… how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and that mean people suck. I’m California born and raised, I love the beach but hate the sand. Breaking Kate is my first novel and is part of The Acceptance Series.


 

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“Fury” (Fierce #1.5) by Clarissa Wild – My Review

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Title: “Fury” (Fierce #1.5)

Author: Clarissa Wild

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

Release Date: 17th March, 2014

Synopsis

Would you risk everything for love?

Life has held nothing but hardships for Hunter Bane. Growing up with a learning disability wasn’t easy, especially when you’re poor. With only his brother to support him, Hunter clings to the short moments of happiness in life. Like when he meets Autumn Blakewood.

Autumn Blakewood is a geek at heart. Reading is her passion, and she can’t spend one day without her books. She’s always locked up in her room studying, trying to avoid trouble. Until Hunter comes into her life.

Hunter can’t resist the temptation to get closer to Autumn. She is his complete opposite, and yet he’s drawn to her in ways he can’t explain. But when his brother is caught dealing drugs and sent to prison, Hunter’s world shatters.
To save his brother, Hunter has to join the gang he’s feared his entire life. Now he’s forced to choose between his family and the one girl he loves. Fighting for both, his fury is all he needs.

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My Review

Complimentary copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review

Before I begin my actual review of this book, I have to tell you that it is the companion novel to “Fierce” and that means that this is the same exact story but told from the viewpoint of Hunter, our hero.

As with the first book in the series, I was not completely taken in by this one – I do, however, think that it is slightly better and that many of the issues I had before were almost, if not completely, resolved.

It was very fascinating to me getting inside Hunter’s mind and experiencing what he struggles with every single day of his life: his mental disability – or whatever we should call it – is a constant thorn in his side, and I really think that the author managed to let his frustrations and insecurities come out, allowing the reader the opportunity to empathize with Hunter.

And how frustrating it must be, meeting a girl you are attracted to and not really being able to remember her name unless you write it down. Or even being able to remember exactly how you met her! So yes, I really felt for Hunter when I read this part of the book.

Furthermore, it was great getting to see how close Hunter is to his brother, Jessie, and how he is adamant in figuring out a way for him to get Jessie out of prison. His feelings of helplessness and anger over his brother’s destiny was very moving, and even though I could not understand all Hunter’s reasons for doing the things he do, my heart hurt a lot while reading about his struggles.

I am sorry to have to do this again, but I still have some concerns which make me unable to give this book more stars than I have.

First of all, I completely understand that the author intends to show us how much Hunter struggles with his attraction towards Autumn when he should be concentrating about his brother…but I still cannot grasp why Hunter keeps changing his mind about pursuing Autumn or not. I mean, in my opinion, Hunter’s reasons do not seem that valid, so I am still left a bit in the dark about them. I had hoped that by reading the same story from Hunter’s POV would have shed some light on this matter, but I am not feeling satisfied.

Secondly, I believe that Hunter’s story needs some more editing – not in terms of grammar or anything like that – because I caught myself noticing that there were a lot of repetitions in the book. On more than one occasion, I felt that what I had just read had been mentioned previously and that made me a bit annoyed.

Lastly, I had hoped that there would be an epilogue in this installment of the series in order to pick up any loose ends, but sadly, that is not the case.

I am well aware of the fact that a lot of readers will not agree with my issues, and I honestly do not expect them to. This is my opinion only, so I do encourage you to pick up the novel and make up your own mind about it. Reading is subjective, as it should be, and I still think that Miss Wild is great at showing us how passionately she feels about her characters – I will definitely read more books from her in the future.

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Clarissa Wild is the Amazon Bestselling Romance author of FIERCE, a top 200 and top 15 New Adult Romance novel. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Blog Tour: “Damned If You Don’t” by Linda Parisi – My Review & Giveaway

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Title: “Damned If You Don’t”

Author: Linda J. Parisi

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Release Date: 18th March, 2014.

Publisher: Loose ID

Synopsis

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Kent’s on the hunt for white collar criminals, and as a private investigator he always gets his man. Except in this case it’s a woman, the brilliant cellular kineticist Dr. Morgan Mackenzie, whose next thrilling discovery is—him.

On the run from her employers with the formula for a priceless but deadly diet drug, Morgan agrees to a night of pleasure with the outrageously sexy stranger. But when she leaves the next morning, Jack won’t let her get far, and that’s when she realizes the horrible truth. Her cowboy on a white horse isn’t a hero after all. He’s part of the posse.

Yet when Jack goes to turn Morgan in, he learns who the real criminals are, and suddenly, it’s a race against time to find a murderer before they’re killed themselves. To do that Jack needs to convince Morgan he’s on her side. Even though she doesn’t trust him, Jack is a drug she can’t resist, leading her to find out that more often than not you’re Damned If You Don’t fall in love.

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My Review

Complimentary copy given by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I have said it before but I will say it again: I honestly believe that romantic suspense is one of the most difficult genres to write. Some will disagree with me, of course, but I cannot help but admire an author who is able to keep the reader fully invested in the suspense aspect of his/her story while at the same time getting the reader to focus on the romantic connection between the main characters. I am very happy to say that Linda J. Parisi had me riveted to the pages of this book.

You are immediately thrown into plenty of angst and drama when you start reading. Meet Morgan Mackenzie: a very gifted scientist at a company called BioClin, she has invented a drug to help very obese persons to lose weight, but having discovered that the product is far from perfect yet, she tries to get the company to hold back instead of announcing it to the world. She is too late, however, and soon she finds out that someone has stolen the formula, trying out the drug on a human being – and failing miserably. The test subject does not survive. So she does what she believes to be the right choice: she steals the formula from BioClin and she runs.

Enter Andrew Jackson Kent (Jack): he is a “tracer” and has been hired by BioClin to find and turn Morgan in to the police. But there is more than meets the eye when dealing with Jack – and that is all I will say about the matter, otherwise I will ruin the story for you.

I really liked Morgan – I liked how she was a bit of a geek, fiercely loyal and, naturally, very smart. As you read her story, you will come to really feel for, and her guilt – although misplaced – is understandable. I also love that she has quite a temper and that she knows how to make Jack feel rather small when he has hurt her.

“He was an addiction. He was the dream she had no right dreaming.” (Morgan)

Oh, Jack – he is really swoon-worthy! Definitely an alpha male to a certain extent, which I approve of, but he is also rather vulnerable and sweet. Learning about his past, what made him leave the army, almost broke my heart in two, and I just wanted reach into my Kindle and hug him!

“I can’t explain what happened except to say that I stopped breathing the moment I saw you.” (Jack)

Now, the reason I am not giving this book five stars is due to two matters:

Although I like being almost thrown into a good story immediately upon starting it, I would have liked for this one to be a bit more sedate; meaning, I would have liked having a detailed scene of how Morgan and Jack meets. Not having this meant that it took me a rather long while to fully connect with both Morgan and Jack.

And the second reason is the fact that the book is told in third person, which, I admit, almost always means that I find it difficult to become fully invested in the characters until having read a big part of their story. And yes, that is what happened here.

These may seem to be small issues, but I am being honest here and that is the point of a review, right?

“No, the times for one-upmanship were over. They’d seen each other naked, truly naked, soul-bearing naked. Neither one of them was beautiful. But together they created a masterpiece of art.” (Morgan)

Apart from these issues, I enjoyed the book a great deal. This is the kind of romantic suspense novel where you find yourself unable to unravel all the different leads – and I love that! Furthermore, the main characters are portrayed very well, making you feel that they could be real – not to mention that their chemistry is really hot – and once I got used to it, I enjoyed Miss Parisi’s writing style immensely.

So would I recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense? Absolutely! And I will most definitely be picking up more books from this author in the future.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Parisi

Let multi-published author Linda J. Parisi take you through the darker, spicier side of Romance with her Paranormal, Paranormal Romantic Suspense, and Romantic Suspense tales. Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book for her novel, Noble Blood, and winner of the 4th Annual Stroke of Midnight Contest for her novel, The Joining: Bound by Blood, Linda is a long-time member of the RWA and the current secretary of Liberty States Fiction Writers. Linda has seen the publishing industry turn upside down yet stay the same because everyone loves a well-written Romance. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, John, and a family which includes Audi, a Cocker Spaniel mix who had her at woof!

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Blog Tour: “Destroyed” by Pepper Winters – My Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

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Hello, my lovelies!

It is no real secret that I adore Pepper Winters and her books and that she has become one of my all-time favourite authors. I will read anuthing this woman writes!

Today, you will find my review of her latest book, “Destroyed”, and an awesome interview I was fortunate enough to do with her. Also, there is a great giveaway for you all to enter.

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Title: “Destroyed”

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Dark (Lighter) / Romance (Grey Romance)

Release Date: 7th March, 2014

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Synopsis 

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d do to get free.

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.

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My Review

Complimentary copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review

As always, I find myself almost entirely speechless after having read a book by Pepper Winters. Somehow, she manages to take some of the most unconventional characters and make them come alive and feel human. Do I also find myself a bit disturbed by some of the scenes in her books? Yes, absolutely. Her subject matters are always difficult, her characters very flawed, with questionable characteristics, BUT as you read, you catch yourself gravitating towards the hero/heroine, finding yourself able to connect with them fully. At least, that is how I usually feel, and it is no different with “Destroyed”.

But what can I tell you about Roan and Hazel without spoiling it for you? I will do my best to not ruin the reading experience for you, and please allow me to be rather vague in this review. I am well aware of the fact that the synopsis is also rather mysterious, but you really have to take a leap of faith, take a chance, and read this beautiful book.

Both Hazel and Roan are two very damaged people but in completely different ways. Roan has, quite literally, been destroyed by his past and is longing to find the person who can heal him. The smallest thing will make him see red, though, causing him to seek blood – quite literally, I might add – and he leads a lonely life where pain sometimes is the only way to relieve him of his fears.

“I was told to kill. But my ruthless conditioning, the coldness that imprisoned my life, had cracked and splinted and begun to thaw. And it was all because of one person.” (Roan)

Hazel, on the other hand, fears the future more than the past…she believes that she will be destroyed by it. She, too, has experienced pain, but she has found her way into the light, until she is told the most devastating news and her reason to live diminishes.

“Up until recently, I’d had two personas. I’d spun tales and weaved stories as effortlessly as if it were the truth. I wrote my own story with a magical pen called lies. And it worked. I survived.” (Hazel)

And so these two people meet, and both feel the strangest connection upon laying their eyes upon each other. Please do not think that that means everything just falls into place. Miss Winters is not known for making it easy for her characters – quite the opposite, in fact – and even though this book is not as dark as her Monsters In The Dark Series, it is just as twisted, raw and filled to the brink with all manner of emotions. These
characters both need to learn to let go of their mistrust, embracing the fact that they must acknowledge their fears, thus realizing that they are perfect in their own way.

“You asked me who I am. My name is Roan Averin. Forget you ever knew a man named Fox. He wasn’t a man. He was the product of a past he hated. I never thought I’d be able to use my full name again, but I want to. I want a new beginning. With you.” (Roan)

To say that I did not cringe sometimes while reading this book would be a lie. Nevertheless, it also made my heart soar, and I found the journey of Roan and Zel to be very moving. The story gripped me immediately, and Miss Winters ensnared me with her magical words once again. Yes, this is a long book (over 400 pages), which makes this bookaholic extremely happy, actually, but to the readers who may feel a bit reluctant to start it: please do not let the length sway you! In all honesty, I believe that each word written is necessary in order for you to truly delve into the hearts and minds of these incredibly complicated characters and come back (almost) unscathed.

I do not think that I can write that much more without inadvertently giving too much away, so I will stop here and simply conclude my review by saying this: if you want something light and fluffy, do not read this book. But if you, like me, have come to love the darker kinds of romance novels, I can almost guarantee that you will not be disappointed when you read “Destroyed”. In some ways, you may feel as if your soul is getting destroyed while reading this book, but it will be worth it in the end.

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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Thank you so much for doing this interview, Pepper! ❤

Thank you so much for having me!!! I’m so excited to be here and hope I don’t sound too bleh when I answer your awesome questions!

1)    Who is Pepper Winters?

Um, Pepper is a workaholic. I tend to sit on my laptop for around 14 hours a day. If I’m not writing, I’m marketing. If I’m not marketing, I’m responding to emails and messages. I love everything about my writing career, but it isn’t the most easiest of jobs. My poor hubby gets frustrated. Outside of writing I love to travel, eat Asian food, and just generally blob out with a good book.

2)    Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes, always. Right from a little girl I was more comfortable in a book, than any social situation. I lived mainly in my imagination.

3)    When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing the most?

Hanging with hubby. I love going for lunch with him in the sun, and packing for a nice trip away. We remember to have fun in our marriage and he’s my best friend (gagging yet?) LOL

4)    Let’s move on to “Destroyed” – as a devout fan of yours, I have followed all your updates about this book on Facebook, but can you tell my readers what made you set out to do such a scary project?

Yes, Destroyed has officially destroyed me. My brain is mush and the moment I press publish I’m going to have a stiff drink and collapse. The characters turned out to be very complex and layers upon layers kept coming to me. It isn’t a secret that I’ve rewritten this book 3x and deleted over 80,000 words. It’s been a long couple of months and as much as I love the story and the characters, I wouldn’t do it again. Lol.

5)    Roan & Hazel, your hero and heroine of “Destroyed”: when did they first begin to make an appearance? I mean, when did the idea of their story come to you?

They started talking to me a week or so after I finished Quintessentially Q. Roan Fox is very different to Q. He’s alpha, but damaged. Dangerous, but sweet. He has a lot more issues than Q ever did and a completely different back story. I hope people love him the same as me.

6)    Did they surprise you a lot, almost taking over the story?

Yes. They took control and made me rethink the entire concept which gave me multiple headaches. Both Fox and Hazel had a lot to say and the book is the largest I’ve written yet.

7)    Who connected you with the most, Roan or Hazel?

Roan, funny enough. I just love his brittle brokenness but ultimate strength too. Hazel has her own secrets and issues, but she’s a lot stronger than Roan. My heart goes out to that guy LOL.

8)    Did it surprise you that the story ended up being much darker than you initially planned for it to be?

Until two days ago I didn’t know completely how the ending would come about. It kept changing. I have more notes on this story in my notebook than I do for any other story. It kept evolving and changing but I think now I have the perfect ending to their story.

9)    Are you completely done with Roan & Hazel or do you think we will see them again in the future?

I think after the ending I’ll be done. I’ve loved being in their head spaces, but they’ve said what they needed to and I have many other characters calling me.

10) Do you find it difficult letting go of your characters once you’ve finished writing about them?

Yes, they’ll always be a part of me. Tess and Q sit over my shoulder every day that I’m writing about another world and not theirs. It’s going to be rather crowded after the end of this year and all my releases coming up.

11) What do you plan to write next? Please say “Twisted Together”!

Yes Twisted Together is getting written the moment Destroyed is out. I also have a super secret thing coming that will be announced very soon. But as of early March I will belong to Q once again and I can’t WAIT.

12) What’s next for Pepper Winters?

Well this year, I’ll be signing at the Gold Coast with a bunch of amazing Aussie authors and then heading over to Edinburgh in July before finishing the year off in Sydney. In 2015 I’m planning a tour to try and get to see as many wonderful readers as possible. I’m VERY excited for the next couple of years and delivering a stack more books.

Once again, thank you for doing this interview with me, Pepper! ❤️

Thank you!!!!! They were awesome questions!

 

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1 x signed copy of Destroyed

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“Fierce” (Fierce #1) by Clarissa Wild – My Review

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Title: “Fierce” (Fierce #1)

Author: Clarissa Wild

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

Release Date: 24th January, 2014

Synopsis

Fight for your dreams. Fight for your life. Fight for love.

Nerdy girl Autumn Blakewood is the prime example of a goody two-shoes. She studies every night, is never late for class, and always follows the rules. She has never felt the need to step out of her comfort zone. That is, until she meets Hunter.

Hunter Bane is a cocky, confident bad-boy, who’s nothing but trouble. He’s a dangerous distraction to everyone around him. Sexy and strong, Hunter enjoys the swooning effect he has on women. Especially those who aren’t used to attention, like Autumn.

Autumn finds it hard not to give into Hunter’s advances, even though it all seems like a game to him. Trying to understand him is impossible, because he shrouds himself in mystery.
What she doesn’t know is that Hunter has more baggage than anyone should have to carry. When she discovers he’s in an illegal frat club to save the one person that matters to him, Autumn realizes this could mean the end of her undeniable connection to him. Even their lives are at risk.
But it’s too late to turn back now.

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My Review

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This is one of those times when I am finding it hard to put my thoughts into complete sentences, because I must admit that I had quite a few problems with this book. At the same time, I do not want to give you any spoilers – as I have said before: no two people read the same book, meaning that just because I did not become fully invested in it, who is to say that the same will happen to you? I will do my best to voice my concerns without ruining it for you.

But first of all, I want to say that there is no real point in me giving you a long and lengthy synopsis of the book as it is already very explicit, and I feel that it is rather pointless of me to repeat any of the actual storyline to you. I will, however, tell you that the story is told solely from Autumn’s point of view.

So let me begin listing the parts of the story I enjoyed:

For a while – until the 30% mark – I liked getting to know Autumn; her shyness felt rather endearing, and her sadness over losing Brody seemed realistic and understandable – he has, after all, been a great friend to her in the past. Furthermore, I could understand her getting frustrated about Hunter constantly changing his mind about her. I also feel that her relationship with Evie turning complicated was portrayed really well by the author.

And Hunter? Well, at first he is a very interesting character – he keeps his thoughts hidden, and the fact that Autumn keeps getting butterflies in her stomach was rather funny to read about. I liked the air of mystery surrounding him, and I was fully invested in uncovering his secrets, but, again, only until 30% into the book – and that is when things started to frustrate me.

I would also like to stress that I could absolutely feel the strong attraction between Autumn and Hunter – it is scorching hot! So I really think that the author did a good job with letting us see that, no question about that.

First of all, I have to say that although I liked Autumn in the beginning of the book, her innocence started to grate on my nerves. She almost seems to be too innocent, too naïve, considering she is supposed to be starting college. To put it bluntly: to me, Autumn was acting more like a girl in high school instead of a freshman at college. Furthermore, I am saddened by the fact that we do not get that much information about her background aside from the fact that her family is poor; and I would have liked to learn more.

The part about Hunter that did not work for me was him changing his mind all…the…time. Granted, when you read about his learning disability, you understand his actions, but only up until a certain point. To be perfectly honest, his mood swings were giving me whiplash, and I am sorry to say that I even wanted to quit reading the book and move on from time to time…However, I very seldom do that, and I am actually glad that I persevered.

Apart from my issues with these characters, I also had some problems with the suspense part of the story: in some ways, I think it was a good theme to write about – and I am sure that a lot of drugs circulate at colleges all the time – but I find it hard to believe that dealing with drugs can be done so much out in the open. But maybe that is just my ignorance voicing itself here as it is a world completely foreign to me.

The main reason I am not giving this book a higher rating – aside from the issues mentioned above – is that I feel that the ending was rushed unnecessarily. I would have liked the book much more if the author had slowed down a bit and given us some more details, or even an epilogue, in order for the story to come full circle.

This review may seem a bit harsh…and you may be right. However, I have always said that I would be completely honest in my reviews, without disrespecting the authors, of course, and I hope that you do not feel that I am being too judgmental. I really think that you can feel that Miss Wild writes with great passion for her characters, that she cares for them deeply; I am just sorry to say that, to me,  the promise of Autumn and Hunter’s journey seemed better than it actually was.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clarissa Wild is the Amazon Bestselling Romance author of FIERCE, a top 200 and top 15 New Adult Romance novel. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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