Monday, March 31, 2014

Obsidian Eyes Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Obsidian Eyes book tour! I have a review of this fabulous book coming up, as well as a giveaway for a Google Chromecast and some swag. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

Searching for Beautiful
Release date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.

When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Deeply emotional and absolutely lovely, Searching for Beautiful was a wonderful YA read. I really liked this book and I really enjoyed reading it.

Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate, #1)
Release date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Finding Fate #1

Pixie and Levi haven't spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are... awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they're forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.

My Rating: 3 Roses

Not bad, but not amazing. Best Kind of Broken was a good New Adult romance. It wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable. I didn't love it, but I did like it.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pan's Conquest Book Tour: Review + Excerpt

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Welcome to my post for the Pan's Conquest book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Forgotten Pharaoh Giveaway!

Julie Gerber isn't thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting.

The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother. The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the fallen god-king wasn't the villain history had painted him to be. Can they prove his innocence?

As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500 years later.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Huntsman's Prey Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Huntsman's Prey book tour! I love this series and this newest addition was just as amazing. I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Enchanting the Beast by Kathryne Kennedy

Enchanting the Beast
Release date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical/Paranormal Romance
Series: Relics of Merlin #3

Be careful who you surrender your heart to

Werewolf Sir Nicodemus Wulfson is haunted by memories of murder-and ghosts. Determined to solve at least one of his problems, he heads to London to find a ghost-hunter. He never expected to find the love of his life in the form of spiritualist Lady Philomena Radcliff, nor did he expect her to take up his offer to leave London and venture out to his haunted castle. But now that he has her, he's determined never to let her go.

My Rating: 5 Roses

I absolutely love this series. It's such a perfect mix of Victorian finery and rugged paranormal and every book in it that I've read, I totally adored. And, this one is certainly no exception. Enchanting the Beast was a fantastic historical/paranormal romance! I just loved this book. From the romance, to the paranormal elements, it was all brilliant.

Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke

Scoundrel Ever After (Secrets & Scandals, #6)
Release date: February 8, 2014
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Secrets and Scandals #6

Once upon a time there was a very bad boy…

Ethan Jagger will do anything to leave his criminal past behind and take his place as a gentleman in Polite Society. Success is within his grasp until his boss discovers his double cross and frames him for murder. As if running from the law and the outlaws weren’t bad enough, he must protect an innocent young lady from the very criminals who want him dead. Worst of all, though, is the dangerous attraction that sparks between them. If he can escape the hangman’s noose and start anew, will she consent to love a scoundrel ever after?

Who met a very nice girl…

London only thinks of Audrey Cheswick as a wallflower—if they even think of her at all. She’s tried to find satisfaction—if not happiness—as a spinster-in-waiting, though her intrepid spirit yearns for a grand adventure. But when she runs away with England’s most wanted criminal, she learns adventure comes with a price—not just her reputation or her virtue, but her heart.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A wonderful historical romance and conclusion to a lovely series, Scoundrel Ever After was a fantastic read. I loved this book. It was romantic, thrilling, and enjoyable. From start to finish, it was just great.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Third Degree Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Third Degree book tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a Flirt tote and mug. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Witchfall by Victoria Lamb

Release date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Historical/Paranormal Romance
Series: The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2

Her darkest dreams are coming true

In Tudor England, 1555, Meg Lytton has learned how powerful her magick gift can be. But danger surrounds her and her mistress, the outcast Princess Elizabeth. Nowhere is safe in the court of Elizabeth's fanatical sister, Queen Mary. And as the Spanish Inquisition's merciless priests slowly tighten their grip on the court, Meg's very dreams are disturbed by the ever-vengeful witchfinder Marcus Dent.

Even as Meg tries to use her powers to find guidance, something evil arises, impervious to Meg's spells and hungry to control England's fate. As Meg desperately tries to keep her secret betrothed, the Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, out of harm's way, caution wars with their forbidden desire. And with her most powerful enemy poised to strike, Meg's only chance is a heartbreaking sacrifice.

My Rating: 5 Roses

An absolutely brilliant sequel, Witchfall was an amazing read. I loved this book. It was thrilling, unpredictable, romantic, and left me wanting more. I adored book 1 in this series, and book 2 definitely didn't disappoint.

After the End by Amy Plum

After the End (After the End, #1)
Release date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Dystopia/Romance
Series: After the End #1

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

My Rating: 4 Roses

What would you do if literally everything you knew was built on a lie? That's exactly what happens to Juneau and the story only starts there. For there, she deal with secrets, lies, kidnapping, drugs, but, lucky for her, also some romance with a boy hiding his own secrets. It was all completely wonderful. After the End was thrilling, romantic, and a fantastic YA read. I really enjoyed reading this wild ride of an unpredictable book.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dwellers of Darkness Book Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Dwellers of Darkness book tour! I have a giveaway coming up for a tote and copies of Dwellers of Darkness. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross

Improper Proposals (Improper, #3)
Release date: March 24, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Erotic/Historical (Victorian) Romance
Series: Improper #3

Berkshire, 1870

Newly widowed, Caroline Boothroyd passes her days writing a guide for young wives daunted by their housewifely duties. She takes it to publisher Thomas Cathcart-Ross, who makes the outrageous suggestion that Caroline should instead tackle the subject of marital relations—and, even more shocking, that she should tell women that sex with their husbands can be pleasurable and not a shameful necessity.

Tom's sisters were sent into marriage naive and unworldly. He's willing to risk scandal to help women like them, and Caroline's writing talent provides the means. Remembering her own newlywed nerves, she agrees, despite fears for her reputation.

As Caroline thinks back on her own sexual awakening, she cannot help imagining a sensual future with her compelling publisher. Tom makes her want to write a second chapter of her sexual life. But lust could lead to love, and Caroline never wishes to feel heartbreak again.

For more improper lords and ladies, look for Improper Relations andImproper Arrangements!

My Rating: 5 Roses

Very sensuous and super sweet, Improper Proposals was a lovely historical romance read. I really liked this novella. It was sweet, hot, and an enjoyable read.