Blog Tour: “Beautiful Liar” by Tara Bond

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SYNOPSIS

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Nina Baxter has her life all mapped out. She wants to work hard, take care of her younger sister and not end up like her drunk of a mother. Most of all, she plans to stay away from bad influences.

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Alexander Noble doesn’t give a damn about anything or anyone. The heir to an unimaginable fortune, he’s never had to do a day’s work in his life, and devotes himself to pleasure and partying.

When opposites attract…
From their very first meeting, Nina knows Alex is bad news, and vows to stay away from him. But as their paths continue to cross, she can’t help being drawn to him – especially when he makes no secret of his interest in her.

Can they resist the pull?
For the first time ever, Nina is on the brink of following her heart. But can she believe Alex when he tells her to trust him? Or is he just another beautiful liar?

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My Review

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

I would like to begin this review by stating that this is not your typical “good-girl-meets-millionaire-bad-boy” if that is what you are thinking after having read the blurb. Obviously, I will not spoil the plot for you, but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by how the story of Nina and Alex progressed, and that I was fully invested in it until the very end.

Nina Baxter is young, responsible…and desperate. Her life with an alcoholic mother is, to say the least, less than stabile, and the way Nina struggles to make ends meet while upholding some sort of normalcy of the life of her sister, Alice, felt very realistic to me. And when Nina finds her situation to become worse than it already is, she is forced to make a decision that she does not want to. But is that not always the way when we are at the lowest point in our lives?

Nina turns to the one person she is reluctant to meet which puts her in the footpath of Alexander Noble: a very rich, high society playboy, who she, quite clearly, should steer away from. However, certain events occur that force her to become better acquainted with him, and a budding attraction between them forms between them and grows by each encounter. Eventually, this makes Nina long to toss her control and rules away for once. To stop being the responsible daughter and merely live. The trouble is if she can trust Alex with her heart…or not?

There is no doubt about the fact that Nina and Alex are complete opposites, but as you read the book, you learn that they may not be that different from each other where it truly matters. And while I applauded Nina for being so good at taking care of her younger sister, for doing her utmost to keep them together, I was also happy to see that she, in some ways, is just like any nineteen-year-old girl: that things can become too much for her. The fact that even she yearns to be selfish from time to time instead of the grown-up only adds credibility to her character, in my opinion.

Alex is an interesting character; and one that is a bit difficult to get a handle on in the beginning. He has secrets – or that is what it seems like to Nina – and he leads a life that is so far away from her own. But I have to say that the more I got to know him, the more I was able to empathise with the person he truly is, and what I saw made him rather endearing to me. Yes, he does have the “bad-boy” persona, but he is still different from other BBFs I have come across lately, and I like that.

Miss Bond manages to convey the differences between poverty and wealth very well in her book; her imagery is very vivid, and her vocabulary is vast. Her writing is engaging, easy, and emotional, and I was fully immersed in ‘Beautiful Liar’ until the very end. Granted, there are also a lot of steamy scenes which is part of the reason I read romance novels – why beat about the bush? – and I liked that I did not get all the answers handed over to me on a plate right away. There are a few twists and turns that I did not see coming but which I believe only heightened my reading experience, and I liked the pace and setting of it very much as well. I do wish, however, that the ending had not seemed so rushed as it did, but that is just my personal opinion, of course.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to seeing more of Miss Bond’s work in the future.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tara Bond

Tara Bond grew up in Surrey, England. She read History at Cambridge University, before working in various sensible office jobs. She lives in London with her husband, and loves reading and writing, as well as watching movies and TV box sets. Her guilty pleasures are cocktails and chocolate desserts.

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Blog Tour: “Debt Inheritance” (Indebted #1) by Pepper Winters – My Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Title: “Debt Inheritance” (Inherited #1)

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Contemporary Adult Dark Romance

Release Date: 18th August, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.

She is no longer free.

Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.

There are no rules. Only payments.

A modern day Dark Erotic Romance

My Review

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

As you all know, I have been a major fan of Miss Winters from the beginning, and I will read anything this amazingly talented author writes. I was, however, a bit worried this time, because I did not think that the plot – a 600-year-old debt a prestigious family has to pay another family – would work in this modern society that we live in. But my doubts became nonexistent as soon as I had read the first page: this author knows exactly how to tease, tempt, and tantalize her readers with her powerful words. Yes, her stories are unconventional, to say the least, but that is part of the reason why I love them so much.

Nila Weaver is the young, successful, and sheltered woman who on the night of a major breakthrough as a professional designer is introduced to Jethro Hawk. Unbeknownst to her, his family holds incredibly power over hers and she finds herself gravitating towards him despite his peculiar behavior.

 “I often felt like a kitten brought up by two tigers. Never permitted my own claws to form or teeth to sharpen.” (Nila) 

Because of her overprotective father and brother, she is rather naive, but that is only in the beginning of the story. She soon learns that she has to become stronger, more resilient, if she is to continue to live, and survive, under the ever watchful eyes of the hawk.

I really love how Nila evolves from a shy, insecure woman to a feisty, strong minded cat with claws. She is forced to make the best of the situations she finds herself in, and I admire her strength and tenacity. But my heart also bled for her from time to time…To find out that your life is forfeited before it has ever really begun must be devastating, and I really hope that Nila’s fate will change as the story progresses in the (hopefully) near future.

“My life was never mine. My destiny was already written. My story began the night he came for me.” (Nila)

As for Jethro Hawk…To say that I found him to be very mysterious and intimidating would be an understatement! He is a bit of a conundrum, actually, and even though I cannot say that I will ever envision Jethro as a hero – trust me, this man is far from one! – I admit that I, so far, feel very intrigued by him.

“Men like me morphed into predators in sheep’s clothing. We preyed on the weak with no apology, and everything landed in our fucking laps.” (Jethro)

As the story progressed, I caught myself becoming more and more interested in the man hiding his true nature from the public eye behind the facade of his lineage, and the debt that follows every firstborn son that is born is such an interesting and different plot. I honestly cannot wait to uncover all that is Jethro Hawk in the future.

“You live in a fairytale, princess, and I’m about to destroy it.” (Jethro)

With all books written by Miss Winters so far, you will have to prepare yourself to be slightly disturbed by some of the things she forces her characters to go through. I always sit back and wonder how she comes up with her stories, and I must confess that the twists and turns of this first installment in the Inherited Series has left me quite speechless.

Both Nila and Jethro are bound by a kind of curse, in my opinion, and even though they should not be feeling other than like a prey and hunter, forced to be on opposite sides, they cannot deny the strange, but very alluring, sexual attraction that burns brightly every once in a while when they are together. And how is that even possible? I have no answer for you…and that is why I am so fascinated with this book!

You may ask why I feel compelled to give this book 5 stars, and the answer is really quite simple: it is because of the author’s writing abilities! I keep telling you how enthralling and captivating her books are, and how her words know how to weave a magical tale shrouded in heartbreak, devastation, and mystery – and even light banter and joy. Her female characters are vulnerable, but are forced to find an inner strength they do not even know they possess until fate makes them go through some horrific events, and even though this particular male character has yet to show any redeeming, and humane, traits, I am more than positive that Miss Winters has a plan, and that she will, eventually, let us see some different sides to Jethro that we do not expect him to own.

Who knows what will happen? Not me, that is for certain. I am actually not a great fan of serials, for various reasons, but I must confess that this one already has me hooked, and I cannot wait for the next book. I will try to be patient, however difficult it might be for me, and I heartily recommend this book to all the fans of dark romance novels out there. I am absolutely certain that you will become equally invested in the fate of Nila and Jethro just like I have become.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her Dark Erotica books include:

“Tears of Tess” (Monsters In the Dark #1)

“Quintessentially Q” (Monsters In The Dark #2)

“Twisted Together” (Monsters In The Dark #3)

Her Grey Romance books include:

“Destroyed”

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Enjoy the excerpts!

Excerpt: Debt Inheritance: Meet Jethro & Nila

 

ONE – Nina’s POV

Huge disappointment, Ms. Weaver.” His cold glare sent a snowstorm wiping away the bonfire in my belly. “I’m done playing games, so cut the bullshit. Time to begin the day.” His voice gave no room for interpretation. A cold draft shot down my back.

My brief reprieve from debts and horrible Hawks was over. I’d been shown something I desperately wanted, but denied it because I failed to please him.

“You could teach me…show me how…” I couldn’t make eye contact with him. Mortification painted my cheeks for both admitting I was clueless and asking a monster to coach me.

Jethro laughed. “You think that will save you from what’s coming? Was that your little plan? To make me fuck you in the hopes I might feel something for you?”

 

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TWO – Jethro’s POV

 

I stood up slowly, clicking my tongue. “Ah, ah, ah, Ms. Weaver. Don’t take that tone with me. You’re the failure. You’re the prisoner. You take what I give you. You do not assume to have any say or authority. That includes listening to everything I deem important to tell you.” Ghosting to a stop in front of her, I murmured, “Is that quite understood?”

I flexed my muscles, welcoming back the soothing chillness of control. I hadn’t liked stepping outside my confines of civility. Things got messy when silence was disrupted. Things got rushed when tempers rose and curses flowed.

And I didn’t want to rush her undoing. I wanted to savour it. Devour it.

 

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Blog Tour: “Ahead Of The Darkness” (The Darkness #1) by Simone Nicole – My Review, Excerpt, Teasers & Giveaway

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 Hello, my lovelies!

I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.

If you are unsure about what to read next, I highly recommend “Ahead Of The Darkness” by Simone Nicole – there is a snarky heroine and a very sexy Scotsman in this book, plenty of drama and a bit of mystery as well.

Besides my review, you will find an excerpt from one of my favourite scenes in the book, a few teasers and a great giveaway open to all.

Enjoy!

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Title: “Ahead Of The Darkness” (The Darkness #1)

Author: Simone Nicole

Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance

Release Date: 13th March, 2014

Blog Tour Host: Forever Me Romance

 

SYNOPSIS

It has been a long, long time since I’ve seen your little face, chérie. Not once did you visit. That really hurt; after all, it was thanks to you I was convicted. That’s not something you forget.

I thought it was time— a visit was due. Seeing as you wouldn’t come to me, I thought it only right I come to you. Sadly, you weren’t home, but your furry feline was more than accommodating . . .

I’ll be seeing you soon, mon chérie. I’ll always find you . . .

For six years, a letter has dictated Amelia’s future. She’s running from a past that refuses to stop, always trying to get one step ahead. Amelia is clever and resilient, and refuses to slip up.

Relying only on herself, she’ll be anything and anyone she needs to survive. But everyone slips up . . . eventually. You can’t always stay ahead of the darkness.

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My Review

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

I have to say that this book really took my breath away on more than one occasion. There is a lot of mystery, drama, laugh-out-loud moments and, of course, a wonderful romance. But before I really start my review, I have to warn the “cliffhanger haters”: yes, there is one…I must have said this a hundred times: I do not mind cliffhangers! But I know that many readers do, though, so I thought it best to tell you.

Right, now that that is settled: here is my review. The story is told solely from Amelia’s (MIA) point of view. You know from the beginning that she has plenty of secrets and that she is doing her best to not show her true self to anyone. She never stays in one place for long, and she constantly changes her appearance. Sounds intriguing, eh?

This time, Mia finds herself in a small, English town and renting a room at an older woman, Anne’s place. She sets out to get acquainted with the town gym where she meets this VERY gorgeous, yet incredibly annoying Scotsman – and oh, how I laughed! You know how I hate giving you any spoilers, but let me just say that this particular first meeting? It must be one of best I have ever read!

Now, later that evening, Mia wants to have a bit of fun and she finds the town’s best club called “Cascade”. And who do you think she meets? Right, the very same Scot who she had the (mis)fortune to meet earlier. Drew is his name and he happens to be the owner of the club.

The synopsis of the book makes you think that it is a romantic suspense, and I would agree with that sentiment to a certain extent. However, I am more of the opinion that the main story centres on how Mia and Drew slowly get to know each other, letting you really get to experience their budding romance from first row. I love the fact that Miss Nicole does not make these character fall head-first in love with each other – I am not a fan of “insta-love” in the books I read because it does not feel realistic to me – and seeing how Mia slowly lets down her walls was a real joy to me.

I had absolutely no issues with Mia: I think that she is a very likeable character. She is strong, feisty, and clever. She has had to overcome a great deal in her young life, and I certainly do not begrudge her for choosing to run whenever she is threatened.

As for Drew…well, who can resist a hot, successful, funny Scotsman? I, for one, have never been able to, and I feel the same way about this one. Drew has many traits that I admire: cheeky – in a loveable way, of course – caring, and confident. I enjoyed how well he handled Mia in many situations, and his non-judgmental observations about her sometimes rather peculiar behaviour makes him a perfect book boyfriend. (Though I admit that his patience is very remarkable!)

I cannot write this review without mentioning the absolutely delightful banter Mia and Drew share. Honestly, it is amazing! They just…well, click. They fit together like pieces to a puzzle. There is no other way I can describe it without spoiling the book for you, and you already know that I hate doing that. Just read it and find out for yourself…

The only reason I am not giving the book a higher rating is, strangely enough, because of Drew: although he IS a wonderful character, I just feel that we do not get that much information about his past – apart from two very important facts – and that makes him just a bit too mysterious to me. I am not saying that I want his entire life story in the first installment of the series, not at all! But a bit more would have been more satisfactory, at least to me, and I hope we get to know him better in the future.

The way Miss Nicole writes truly grabbed me right from the beginning. I love her descriptions of what she wants her readers to see in certain scenes – too many authors no longer do this, to my everlasting regret – and her characters, including the secondary ones, are believable: they are all flawed, but that is what makes them seem so real! And you know how highly I value this in my books. I would also like to add that the pacing of the story is perfect: not too slow, not too fast. Just: perfect.

There you have it: my honest review of a wonderful romance with a touch of mystery to go along with it. The epilogue has left me with quite a book hangover, and I am anxiously – and impatiently, I might add – awaiting the next book in the series.

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“Take a deep breath,” he moved on without comment, “duck ye head under the water, and exhale through ye nose. When ye run outta air, pop ye head back up.” I bit my lip and nodded, but I was less than confident.

“But, what if, what if the water goes up my nose?” I whispered. I sounded like a small child, but I was too panicked to care.

“Hold ye nose, love. Like this.” He pinched his nose and dropped under. It was silly, but I gasped. A second later he reappeared, shaking his head like a dog, spraying water all over me.  I smiled as I tried to hide from the spray. He seemed to know just how to diffuse me. It was bizarre, to say the least, but I was a little grateful.

“Yer turn. Do you need me to hold ye hand?” And sweet Drew was gone. He was back to his usual self.

I scoffed at that offer. “No.” But it might have been nice.

“One. Two.” I pinched my nose, and my pulse beat a million miles per minute. “Three!”

And I was under.

Oh God, oh God, breathe, no, don’t breathe, just … don’t breathe.

So I counted. I counted to ten and that was enough. I broke the surface, and gasped for breathe.

“Ye did good. Just next time, breathe first, aye?” Oh, yeah.

“Yeah, okay. Now what?”

“Now ye try holding yer breath for longer.”

“Really?”

“Aye. The fun comes later.”

I raised an eyebrow. The boys had clearly started to rub off on me. He smirked in return.

“How long can you hold your breath?”

“A while. Why? Ye want to challenge me?”

Do I? “Always.”

He smiled, and shook his head.

“One. Don’t forget to take a deep breath in. Three!” I sucked a huge breath in and we ducked under the cool water.

I watched a little in awe as tiny bibles left Drew’s nose. His hair sort of hovered in the water. He looked so beautiful that I found it easier to be still under the water just staring at him. He wiggled his eyebrows at me and it took all my strength not to laugh, expelling all my air. I did, however, poke my tongue out at him. It wasn’t the smartest thing to do, as when I pulled it back in it, tasted like manky seawater, and I wrinkled my face up in disgust. Surprisingly, I still managed to hold the little breath I had left in. Drew, however, lost all control at my tongue poking or face pulling, I wasn’t sure which, most likely both. He laughed heartily, expelling all his air in a great, big, gust, and had to go back up for air. I broke the surface to hear Drew coughing and spluttering.

“Ha! I won.” I’d be lying if it didn’t give me a little satisfaction that I sort-of won, by default but a win all the same.

“Ye’re a pisser. And ye didn’t win, ye cheated.”

“Oh, and you weren’t trying to cheat by wiggling your eyebrows at me? All’s fair in love and war, baby!”

“Which are we?” he asked softly, and my heart stuttered.

 

“Ah … definitely war.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Self-confessed chocoholic and undiagnosed crazy person, Simone can be found climbing Himalayan mountaintops like a ninja, sky diving backwards and rubbing shoulders with billionaires. She is also full of crap, but can read backwards and upside down, the one plus of being dyslexic.
Simone loves all things Disney and alcoholic, and is rarely seen not reading, writing or wearing lipstick, usually of the red variety.

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