Monday, September 1, 2014

#BookReview: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost - 4.5 Wine Glasses

17158976Title: The Beautiful Ashes 
Series: Broken Destiny #1
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Published: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin
ISBN: 1306906725 
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4.5/5
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. 

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. 

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…



Thoughts:
The Beautiful Ashes is a smashing debut into the new adult romance genre from veteran paranormal romance author, Jeaniene Frost, that you won't want to miss!

Compass North by Stephanie Joyce Cole (Excerpt/Giveaway)

In Stephanie Joyce Cole’s COMPASS NORTH, a desperately unhappy woman is thrust into a new life and a new identity in a small town in Alaska when she is presumed dead in a freak accident. She discovers that it takes more than a change of venue to reinvent a life. 

“Compass North is a must read book for today's generation of women (and men), defining their role in a complex and fast changing world.” – Grady, Goodreads.



Title: COMPASS NORTH
Author: Stephanie Joyce Cole
Author Location: Seattle, Washington
Genre: Women’s Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December1st, 2013 (digital) April 1st, 2014 (print)
Pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Format: Digital eBook, Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-77155-008-6
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon
Reeling from the shock of a suddenly shattered marriage, Meredith flees as far from her home in Florida as she can get without a passport: to Alaska. After a freak accident leaves her presumed dead, she stumbles into a new identity and a new life in a quirky small town. Her friendship with a fiery and temperamental artist and her growing worry for her elderly, cranky landlady pull at the fabric of her carefully guarded secret. When a romance with a local fisherman unexpectedly blossoms, Meredith struggles to find a way to meld her past and present so that she can move into the future she craves. But someone is looking for her, someone who will threaten Meredith's dream of a reinvented life.



Release Day Launch: K.A. Tucker's IN HER WAKE (#Giveaway)

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We are stoked to bring you all the Release Day Launch for K.A. Tucker's IN HER WAKE! IN HER WAKE is a new adult contemporary romance and a prequel novella in the Ten Tiny Breaths Series, published by Atria Press. Make sure to read our 4-Wine Glass Review of IN HER WAKE ~> HERE <~




21942843Title: In Her Wake 
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths 0.5
Author: K.A. Tucker 
Format: ebook, 256 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2014 by Atria Books
ISBN: 1476784299
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon | ARe
Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…


Sunday, August 31, 2014

#BookReview: K.A. Tucker's IN HER WAKE - 4 Wine Glasses

21942843Title: In Her Wake 
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths 0.5
Author: K.A. Tucker 
Format: ebook, 256 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2014 by Atria Books
ISBN: 1476784299
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon | ARe
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…


Thoughts:
In Her Wake is an incredibly soulful story, leading us on a touching and tragic journey through the events that started it all. Don't mistake it for a retelling of Trent and Casey's book, Ten Tiny Breaths, because it is a story all it's own. It was wonderfully written, well paced, and I empathized with the characters throughout. 

Sexy Snippets: Breathe (Colorado Mountain) by Kristen Ashley

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Ann Aguirre's I WANT IT THAT WAY (Guest Post/Giveaway)

I WANT IT THAT WAY is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the first novel in the 2B Trilogy. Please welcome author Ann Aguirre joining us with 10 things you might not know about her heroine, Nadia. Enjoy!



10. She can dislocate her right shoulder at will. 

9. Once, she sat at the kitchen table for six hours for refusing to eat her Lima beans. She never did eat those beans.

8. At age 14, she said some really mean things to her brother Rob and their relationship has never been the same, her biggest regret.

Kristen Callihan's THE HOOK UP (Spotlight/Giveaway)



22611920The Hook Up 
(Game On #1)
by Kristen Callihan 
ebook, 415 pages
Expected publication: September 8th 2014 by Kristen Callihan
Amazon | Goodreads
The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA - Recommended for readers 17 and older. 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

#BookReview: No Limits by Lori Foster - 3.5 Wine Glasses


20821550Title: No Limits 
Series: Ultimate #1
Author: Lori Foster 
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Published: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
ISBN: 0373779046
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N Are
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer:  Crystal
Rating: 3.5/5

A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster…

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she's older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather's legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette's scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he'll break all the rules to do it…




Thoughts:
I'm a fan of MMA so anytime I can get my hands on a well-written fighter story I am happy. No Limits is the first full-length novel in Lori Foster's Ultimate series and made a decent start. Though the prequel, Hard Knocks, sets up the series wonderfully, you don't have to read it to understand No Limits

Sangria Saturday: Apple Pie Sangria (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)


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Sometimes wine just doesn't cut it, especially when you want to jazz it up a little bit for a book club meeting or just a relaxing day! Welcome to Sangria Saturday, where ever Saturday you will find a delicious sangria recipe to go with your weekend reading! Have a recipe of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  


APPLE PIE SANGRIA
Fall is just around the corner, pumpkin spice lattes are already here, so here is a great recipe to get the season started! 

Slow Satisfaction Blog Tour with Cecilia Tan (#Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Cecilia Tan!


Top 5 Kinky Snippets


1. “Straddle me.” His voice was rough with desire. “Then I’ll spank you.”

2. It was as if electricity crackled on the word correct. Or maybe that was because I bowed my head without even realizing it. 
His voice was low and smooth. “And how shall I correct you?”
“Any way you see fit,” I whispered.

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