Thursday, January 30

Blog Tour and Review for Protective Love by P.J. Belden

Title: Protective Love
Author: P.J. Belden
Genre: Romance; Suspense
Publication Date: July 13, 2013
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**Due to sexual content, language and violence, this book is only suitable for ages 18 and up**

Everyone has secrets. How far would you go to keep them hidden? What would it take for you to rid yourself of the secret…. to move past it all?
Kayla Williams was stuck in a reoccurring nightmare. The problem was Kayla wasn’t dreaming. This really was her life for the past sixteen years. No matter what, she knew she had to keep this secret, from everyone she knew and loved especially her ten brothers and sisters. It was a secret that would break the family apart. Kayla is the middle child of a large family. Kayla found it all too easy to blend into the background. When her twin sisters have a graduation party, Kayla decides to stop by only to tell them congratulations. She had tried to stay away from her family and her family home as much as she could. Kayla loved her family, but it was hard to face them, knowing the awful secret she was hiding. What Kayla didn’t know was that going to this party would cause the first domino to fall and trigger the next.
Jason Gold, a dutiful son, was a loner all his life. To Jason, honesty and trust were only a figment of people’s imagination but something he believed in. Jason, a police detective is married to the job. When Jason’s sick mother asks him to attend a party on behalf of her, he meets the one girl that he could not ignore or forget.
Secrets are dangerous…. they can cause bonds to break and hearts to shatter…. Will Kayla survive her hidden secret or will it claim her forever? Will Jason come clean on his secrets or let them tear away the only woman he has cared enough about to pursue?

My Review

A powerful and emotional journey of abuse, healing, and finding love. 

Kayla is twenty eight years old and is a successful veterinarian who comes from a huge family of brothers, sisters, and amazing parents. I absolutely loved a few of her brothers. Carson, Eli and Jake were my favorite. I wish we would have seen more of Jake but we did get more of Carson and has his own book Fantasy Attraction that has already been released.

Kayla has one of the biggest hearts you’ll ever see but she is hiding something. For the past sixteen years she has been abused, both sexually and physically. It started when she was just twelve years old and it completely changed her. A lot of times it happened in her own home but she was too scared to tell anyone. For all the years she lived with her family no one ever noticed what was going on with her. They saw her withdrawal but never really paid attention to why. She kind of holds that against them for not protecting her and she closes herself off from her family and others after that. She cannot stand the touch of another, especially a man. 

Jason is a thirty year old detective. He is a good son and a good man. Jason has been hurt in his past which makes it hard for him to trust anyone. While running an errand for his mother, he comes across a beautiful woman running away and almost falling flat on her face. Rushing to break her fall he finds himself with an overwhelming feeling of fulfillment when she is in his arms and Kayla feels the same. It’s the first time she has been able to tolerate any type of touch from a man…even if it was only for a minute. It’s the longest she has let someone hold her in years.

Whenever he was around me, I felt different. My skin tingled, and my heart skipped beats. It almost felt like I couldn’t breathe. This was a reaction to a man I’ve never had before. 

Jason is captivated by her beauty and whatever it is about her- he just can’t get her out of his mind. He is determined to know more about her. He can see something painful in the depth of her eyes and he has an overpowering desire to make the light shine from her eyes again.

If I knew she’d accept it, I would have pulled her into my arms and held her until all her worries were gone. 

Both Kayla and Jason feel the pull towards each other but are hesitant to have a real relationship because of their pasts. Kayla is still being abused by this man who thinks he owns her and has threatened her and any man she dares to get close to. Kayla tries to avoid Jason to protect him but after her last brutal attack she decides that she has had enough. She is determined to end this no matter the cost and finds herself asking Jason for help. Jason is beyond sickened by what Kayla has had to endure in her past and is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her and take down the man behind her attacks.

Protective Love is a gut-wrenching story of abuse and rape. It goes into extreme detail of the acts and it is heartbreaking. The time Jason spends with Kayla he realizes that she is it for him. He will do whatever he has to do to have her. He knows her past and knows he needs to go slow with her and he is willing to wait as long as he needs to for her.

I swear Jason was so sweet and patient with her, not wanting to go too far have her go running scared. It’s hard for him though, every time he is around her he has an overwhelming desire to just hold her and touch her. Kayla is slowly becoming used to being around Jason. He makes her feel safe and protected but every time he touches her in the slightest way she freaks.

She wants nothing more than to be able to live a normal life and do what normal couples do and she knows that if that is ever possible for her…it is Jason that will be the one to help her do it. She is able to let her guard down in front of him a little and laugh and smile. Actual real laughs and reals smiles. It feels so foreign to her but it feels good. I loved how Jason could sense when Kayla was withdrawing and he would do the craziest things to take her mind off things. He was just so sweet and didn’t care what anyone thought of him as long as it made Kayla happy….it was worth it.

Jason is terrified that Kayla is going to end up associating him with her assaults being that he is so involved. It leaves hesitant to take things further emotionally because he knows she is the one person who can break him. 

Everything is piling around Kayla and she feels like no matter what she does she will not get through this. She prays for death. She prays for her assailant to take her to the point where she won’t ever be able to wake up again. Everyone has a breaking point and Kayla may have reached hers. She is done putting others in jeopardy. She sees the pain Jason and her family are in because of things in her life and she just can’t take it anymore. She needs to leave, to cut everyone she cares about from her life. It’s the only way to protect them.

A story of horrific abuse, trust, faith and love will have you on the edge of your seat. There is more to the story than meets the eye and one twist and turn after another will make this a book you will not be able to put down.

There were a couple of things that were kind of weird for me in this book...first being that she lived with all that abuse for so many years and never said anything, but then one day she just decides to come clean??? Also, her family noticed a change but never 'investigated' it???  I agree that it is kind of unlikely but not impossible. Some people just hit a breaking point and decide enough is enough and just need to get it out.  I've never been in that situation so I cannot judge someone if that is how they would act.  I also think her being so angry at her family is misplaced because it went both ways. She could have told just as they should have asked what was wrong.  And as far as the insta-connection...well that doesn't happen to often in real life but in books it happens all the time.  Even though I had these 'issues' (if you could call them that) with this book I didn't feel necessary to mark lower for it because non of them are completely impossible to least for me and I really did enjoy the book. I've a few similar books and found this one to be a lot more believable and better written than some of the others.  
This was a first time for me reading P.J. Belden and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
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“I want you to love away all my nightmares and scares. Give me a reason to not fear a touch, a kiss. Show me that when you love someone the act is more of a connection than domination. Make love to me now because you love me. Make love to me know because you need me; long for me.”

  4.5 Stars 

Reviewed By Alissa Evanson

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I am a stay at home mom for three kids. They keep the days pretty busy, but at night or when they are at school I can be found sitting at my computer typing away or sitting somewhere curled up reading a book. 

I have always wanted to be a writer, but it was put on the back burner for a long while there. Now that my kids are in school and there is a little 'free' time, I put my writing back in the oven and have been cooking since.

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Wednesday, January 29

Review; The Seacrest by Aaron Paul Lazar

Title: The Seacrest
Author: Aaron Paul Lazar
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 20th 2013
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They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Finn McGraw disagrees.

He was just seventeen when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart—and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he’s never forgotten her.

Now, ten years later, he’s got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives of the few people he has left.

Finn always believed his estranged brother was responsible for the fire that killed their family—but an unexpected inheritance with a mystery attached throws everything he knows into doubt.

And on top of that, the beguiling daughter of his wealthy employer has secrets of her own. But the closer he gets, the harder she pushes him away.

The Seacrest is a story of intrigue and betrayal, of secrets and second chances—and above all, of a love that never dies.

My Review

The Seacrest story is about second chance love, betrayal, pain and hatred.

The story starts with Finn finding out his wife Cora and brother Jax have died in a car accident. Finn is devastated his wife is dead but starts questioning why were they in the car together, since Finn hasn't spoken to his brother in 10 years.

"Life can change in the blink of an eye. This blink came when a cop car cruised up The Seascrest's white shell driveway on a hot Saturday in July"

In this book we get flashes back to the past, Finns first love, Sassy. Sassy isn't her real name but she wants to hide her identity from Finn until Finn gets to know her better. Finn met Sassy when he was sixteen and they start seeing each other but hiding it from her family as her father would have never let her out if he found out she was seeing someone. Finn falls very quickly for Sassy, he loves everything about her and after only a few days decides he wants to spend the rest of his life with her.

"I'm nuts about you. You know that." She smiled. "I know. You've only told me about a thousand times." "Do you love me?" I asked. She pouted. "I wouldn't be here if I didn't."

Back in the present Finn is dealing with losing his wife and uncovering why his Cora was in a car with his brother Jax. Finn hates Jax and has a lot of anger towards him because he thinks Jax accidentally killed his parents in a fire 10 years ago. At the same time, Finn is working at The Seacrest as a gardener and is becoming closer with Libby the boss's daughter but she is usually mean and bitchy towards Finn but has been better since the death of his wife and brother.

Back in the past Finn and Sassy are having the best summer of their lives, falling in love and exploring each other's bodies.

"It's okay, big guy." she said to my private parts. I laughed with a crazy sound, so glad she hadn't said "little guy."

Back in the present Finn starts uncovering more about Cora and his brother Jax and starts to deal with his past with Sassy and discovers that he probably never got over her.

Back in the past Summer is coming to an end and Sassy is heading to Switzerland for school. Finn is going to visit her on their last night together but when he gets there Sassy tells him they are over and tells him he is disgusting and deceitful and she never wants to talk to him again. Finn has no idea why she is doing this and starts writing to her school every week to try to understand what happened but Sassy sends back all of his letters unopened.

Back in the present Finn uncovers the lie that lead Sassy to think those things about Finn and he is devastated that the one person in his life that should never have hurt him has taken almost everyone from him and left Finn all alone.

I'm going to leave it there, this is partly a mystery and I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

Okay, now to my thoughts and why I only gave this book 3 stars. This may not make much sense because I am trying to not put any spoilers in this review.

This love story has some serious potential but missed the mark with Finn being to easy going and accommodating, when he should have had more passionate replies to things that were going on in his life. In a few scene's the love of his life is crying and Finn just lets her go and just thinks that he will talk to her later about it. The huge secret is 16 years old and they see each other every day, this girl was the love of his life, he was obsessed with her and he wrote to her afterwards for years to talk to him but when they are face to face he does not push her to tell him what happened until it's been 16 years :/ that just doesn't make sense to me. And also Finn didn't realise he was still in love with Sassy until after his wife's death and even said in the story he wanted children with his wife Cora. All of that while he still spent almost everyday with the love of his life? I just don't believe that he really loved her then if he was happily coasting through life seeing her everyday and planning on a family with his wife who he says he did love just maybe not enough.

Overall I liked it, it was fun, steamy, with a bit of suspense and some twists and turns but I didn't love it.

From what I can tell this is Aaron Paul Lazar first romance story and has also written many mystery books which have high ratings, so I will be checking them out as well.

  3 Stars 

Reviewed by Jess Mann

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Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of LeGarde Mysteries and Moore Mysteries savors the countryside in the Genesee Valley in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway; Crashed by K. Bromberg


When life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other? 

Life is full of moments. 

Big moments. 

Little moments. 

And none of them are inconsequential. 

Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything. 

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve? 

Love is full of ups and downs. 

Heart stopping highs. 

Soul shattering lows. 

And none of them are insignificant. 

Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to. 

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay. But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight? 

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?

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Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule. 

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track. 

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?

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What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won't let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there's someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I'd never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I'll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can't be what she needs, so why can't I just let her go?

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K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner that has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her--the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. She’s a wife, mom, child rustler, toy pick-er-upper, chauffer, resident web-slinger, LaLaloopsy watching, American Girl doll dressing multi-tasker of all things domestic and otherwise. She likes her diet cokes with rum, her music loud, and her pantry stocked with a cache of chocolate.

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

Fueled is K. Bromberg’s second published novel and is the highly anticipated second book of “The Driven Trilogy.” Driven was her well-received debut novel and Book #1 of the series.

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Tuesday, January 28

New Release Review and Giveaway; Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Title: Archer's Voice 
Author: Mia Sheridan 
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
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When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

My Review

A letter to Archer…..

Dear sweet strong silent Archer, I just want to hold you tight, your strength through the darkness was inspiring. Your determination to survive, your kindness when surrounded by hate and your passion to live was one of the most poetic journeys I have ever experienced. 

Your indifference to the world that rejected you was heartbreaking to watch, your journey and pain is apart of who you are and that makes you, you. Your trust and your love you didn't give freely but when you gave you gave it all. 

I didn't know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway. How did that happen? He rubbed his nose along mine, pausing and then pulling back again. Who read my mind and knew exactly what I wanted, even when I didn't?

Your naivety broke my heart and made me angry for your misguidance, but you grew and grew and thrived off the lessons. 
When we saw the real Archer you loved  fiercely. You let Bree in slowly at first, but for every small amount you gave of yourself to her, we watched you become the strong and confident Hale that you always were. And then we saw one woman bring  you to your knees and finally made you feel. 

"You couldn't talk me out of loving you if you tried anyway. It's not a choice for me. It's just a truth."

Your experience with Bree was beautiful to watch, it was intimate and real, I could feel your emotions along with you, but it was more than an experience, it was a connection, a moment in time that will stay with us forever. You bought back Bree from her own terror, you were her strength to move forward. To let go and let love in, you both were there for each other. You were the light in her darkness. 

Archer, my home is where you are.

And when you came to realise your journey was only beginning, I was rooting for you from the sidelines, I could see the man you became, Bree saw the man you were you just need that time to see your true self. When you found your way it was beautiful to watch. You came back the man you always were and finally had belief in yourself.  I was so happy you found it. 

Then I would have come for you. I would have fought for you. But don't you see, I had to fight for myself first. I had to feel like I was someone worthy of winning you.

Thank you for your story Archer, may you always have the love of Bree you deserve and may life be only filled with beautiful memories, love and most of all laughter. 

 Someday, I said, when we're old and grey, I'm going to look at you lying in bed beside me, just like this, and I'm going to look into your eyes and know that it's only ever been you. And that is going to be the great joy of my life, Bree Prescott.

  5 Stars 

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I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. Leo is my debut novel, but my head is swimming with more…

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Blitz, Review and Giveaway; Scorpions MC by Jani Kay

Title: Scorpions MC
Author: Jani Kay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
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Scorpions MC Prequel: RYDER


Two worlds colliding. Will it tear them apart? 
All Jade ever wants is an intelligent, well-mannered, and highly educated man like her daddy. One who has stellar career prospects as he climbs the corporate ladder to success. A good provider who will give her a stable life and a gorgeous house in the right neighborhood. A charmed life.
Everything orderly and well balanced. 
Her perfect match.
What she doesn’t want is a smartass, cocky, rough-around-the-edges biker. One who has tattoos and piercings, and looks like a sex god. One who is demanding and controlling. The ultimate alpha male who storms into her life and shakes her to the core.
Jade never saw it coming. Ryder is the one man she can’t resist. He shows her what she really needs. Him.

All Ryder wants is inner peace. Freedom from the hatred churning in his gut. 
Since his mother deserted him, his life has turned to sh*t. 
He’s killed a man, lost his brother and fought for his survival. All before turning twelve. 
Saved by Razor and Cobra, sons of the Scorpions, he owes his life and allegiance to them. The Scorpion MC is his only family. One he will serve and protect till his dying breath. 
What he doesn’t need in his life is a smart mouthed woman who thinks she’s better than him. One who pushes every one of his buttons. One who challenges him to want to be more than a drifter. One who makes him question everything he’s ever known. 
Ryder never saw it coming. He can’t get Jade out of his head. She shows him what he really wants. Her.
Ryder wants Jade beneath him. Submitting to him and only him.
“I’m addicted to the taste of you, baby. Your skin. Your mouth. Your pussy. Give it to me. All of it. I want it all.” ~ Ryder
Jade has other plans that don’t include badass biker boys.
“A perfect man is none existent. So I wasn’t waiting for a perfect man. I was just waiting for the man who was perfect for me.” ~ Jade
Can two people, so different in every way, find love? Or will their different worlds collide and tear them apart?

My Review

Whew! I just read this book in one sitting! I could not put it down!
I was hooked from begging to end! It made me laugh, swoon and broke my heart at times!

We have a bad ass biker named Ryder! He is everything I love about about bikers! Tall, Alpha and tatted!:) We also have Jade, sassy, rich,and independent! 

These two in the same room is just hilarious and hot! They bump heads with each other from the start. Ryder is looking to rent a home from a company that Jade is working for. Ryder being bad ass doesn't want to fill out the necessity paperwork for the home. Jade isn't about to let some biker dude get out of not following the rules. She refuses to accept his large sum of cash saying its dirty money! Ryder is getting pissed that the uptight little princess is judging him. However, he is turned by her!

"Well I may be biased toward someone who can actually read and write," I snapped, "and listen."

"There you go shooting off that pretty mouth of yours again, Princess. Judging me. I told you that you don't know the story."

As the story unfolds you see what type of life Ryder had growing up. I must say it is hard to read! My heart broke for him for what he endured so young. He finally found his home at the Scorpions MC.

Jade on the other hand was brought up by her two loving parents and brother. She learnt at a young age to be independent and make your own money so you don't have to depend on a man. There is an Incident that happened involving her brother and he has had a hard time ever getting over it! It was never said what happened, but I can't wait to read the next book to see what it is about! 

Ryder and Jade have some run ins and the banter between them was comical. You could tell these two were just hot for one another! Jade is very curious about the biker bad ass and Ryder can't get the uptight princess out of his head! 

"Christ Princess. It's not your father I want to be. Unless you have daddy issues you want me to help you with. I'll gladly pull you over my knee and spank you for being a naughty girl, before I fuck you."

"Could you be anymore caveman? pounding your chest and grunting. That may have worked for you before, but frankly it does nothing for me."

After giving into their needs they have one night of some steamy hot sex! Jade has never experienced sex with a man like this before and she doesn't know how she is going to be able to walk away from Ryder. But Ryder has other plans.

"If you think I'm letting you go after all that, you're mistaken. I don't play the knight in shining armor to just any women."

This is short novel so it is fast paced but it didn't feel rushed. 

You experience Ryder's world and Jades. They are starting to collide, but how will everything work out? They are from two different worlds! 

I can't wait to read the next book and see what the future holds for these two! 

I need more Ryder had Jade!

Review by Ashley Lenderman

  4 Stars 

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Jani has been married for a long time to a special man, and her two children and their partners are the sunshine in her life. She is a voracious reader and would spend her last dollar on a book - always fascinated that for the mere price of a book, she can escape her world for a while and see through someone else's eyes.

Besides reading, her favorite 'thing' is traveling - she has traveled the world, learning about the ways people live and has come to the realization that no matter where we live, we all ultimately want the same things. Her hobby - Scrapbooking - keeps her up till way after midnight and her usual subjects are her family and her travels.

Ever since she can remember, Jani wanted to write stories about people, about their lives and loves. Relationships and Happiness - arguably the most difficult things to master in life and yet exactly what everyone ultimately desires (in her humble opinion).

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway; Time Will Tell by Chantal Fernando

Title: Time Will Tell (Maybe #3)
Author: Chantal Fernando
Release Date: September 2014
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Be spontaneous, they say.

That's how I ended up on the back of a stranger's bike.

A sexy, tall, tattooed stranger, but a stranger nonetheless.

How was I to know that a chance meeting with this man, Xander Kane, was going to change my life?

Monday, January 27

BLITZ and REVIEW of FIERCE by Clarissa Wild

Title:   Fierce
Author:  Clarissa Wild
Genre:   Contemporary Romance/ Coming of Age
Publication Date: 1/27/2014
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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.


Suddenly, a shadow is cast over the pages of my novel. The sun is blocked by something … or someone.

As I peer up with furrowed brows, I see it’s Hunter, and my annoyed look turns into a cheerful smile.

My eyes light up the moment I see him. He’s towering above me, wearing ragged pants and a flimsy tank top, which barely covers his broad chest. I gulp at the sight, especially because his black jacket makes him look so tough.

He’s like a motorcycle rider, only he isn’t. He just looks like one.

Hunter goes to his knees and snatches away my book.

“Hey!” I snap. “I was reading that.”

“Yeah, ‘was.’ And now you’re not.” He holds out his other hand. “Get up.”

I grab his hand, and the moment my fingers touch his it sends electrical shocks through my entire body. He’s so strong, he can lift me in one go without my help. My boobs bounce from the way he jerks me up, and I see his eyes flick to them for only a fraction of a second.

I gulp, and a flush spreads across my face as I pull my shirt up higher.

“What’s this for?” I say.

“Time for some training.” He leans forward, grabs the blanket, and folds it up.

“What, now?”

“Yes, now. My classes are finished, and by the looks of it so are yours. We don’t have much time, so let’s make the best use of it.”

“B-but I have to study and―”

“But, but, but,” he mocks, making a pouty face. “If you wanna learn how to defend yourself, you gotta put in the effort.”

I frown. “I was busy. You think I’m just going to adjust to your schedule?”

“You can read a book anytime you want. I can’t do this with you anytime I want. If I could, I would, trust me,” he grunts with a thick voice that makes me shiver.

My pupils dilate when he says that, and my core heats up. Damn, why does he always do those things? And why do I find it so goddamn attractive?

He steps back a little, putting on a cocky smile as he throws my … his book in the grass. Then he throws the blanket on top of it. Grinning, he takes off his jacket. The lines of his muscles show clearly through the thin fabric of his tank top, and my heart is already beating in my throat just seeing it. His biceps bulge and for a second I think he’s flexing them.

“C’mon,” he says, rubbing his hands together. “I’m ready for you.”

One of my eyebrows lifts up. “What? In these clothes? I’m not dressed for sparring.”

He snorts. “You won’t be dressed for it when they attack you again either. Now c’mon.” He signals to me with his fingers, lifting his eyebrow only a little to taunt me.

I take a deep breath and place my hands on my waist. He’s gawking at me from a distance, bending through his knees like a professional wrestler. If the look on his face wasn’t so goddamn sexy, I would’ve shaken my head and walked away, but I can’t.

For some reason I’d love nothing more than to tussle with him.

“Well? Are you going to come at me or what?” he says.

Swallowing, I fling my arms and legs to shake some life into them after sitting for so long. I take a deep breath and a good look at him. His tan muscles are already primed, ready to go. He looks like a football player waiting for the ball to be thrown into his hands so he can race off.

“Don’t make me wait … I hate it when girls make me wait.”

I chuckle. “Oh, really? What then? Are you going to kick a wall again or something?”

He muffles a low laugh. “I’ll come after you myself if I have to. And things get rough with me pretty fast.”

There’s some sexual innuendo in there, I’m sure of it. The way he groans makes me want to bite my lip. God, he’s so hot.

Goddammit, I have to stop thinking like that.

No way a guy like him would ever fall for a nerd. He could pick any girl he wants. Who’d want to pick me?

Clearing my throat, I say, “Okay. Here I come.”

After taking a quick breath I bolt toward him. I put all my strength into it, but he still manages to stay upright as I crash into him. He’s like a rock in the ocean, forever unbreakable, and I’m the fish slapping up against it.

I try to tackle him, but instead I’m the one falling on my ass.


He laughs, so loud it makes me feel embarrassed. Everyone can hear him.

“Why are you announcing you’re going to attack? That’s like playing right into my hands,” he says, and he holds out his hand.

I grapple him and try to pull him down, but he remains as balanced as ever. Shaking the finger on his free hand, he says, “You think it’s that easy to bring me down?”

“I’ll make it happen. Eventually.”

He chuckles. “I like your spunk.” He takes a few steps back. “Try again.”

I clean the dirt from my legs and bite on my cheek while thinking about a tactic. If I could only get him to move, then I could take him down. I thought he was going to teach me something, but instead I’m charging into him. Not my idea of learning self-defense.

“C’mon. I can take you, Leafy,” he says, biting his lip.

That name he has for me … God, I hate it. Why can’t he just call me by my real name?

I’ve had enough of his provocations. Maybe I’ll just kick him in the balls instead. That’ll show him not to mess with me.

I know it’s below the belt. Literally. But at least I can try to win this way.

God, I’ve changed, too.

I charge forward without warning this time. As I lift my knee he deflects my leg by pushing it down with his free hand. With the other, he grabs my lower arm.

“You’re getting dirty.” He squeezes my wrist, hard, and makes it impossible for me to escape. “I like it,” he murmurs.

With clenched teeth I fight to get loose, but he won’t release me.

“Put a little effort into it,” he says. “Nobody’s going to be nice for you. I’m not either.”

I slam his arm with my free hand, but he still won’t let me go. It’s like he doesn’t feel anything. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Damn, is he some kind of brick wall?

He chuckles. “C’mon, hit me.” At first it sounds like he’s pushing me, but after a while it becomes plain mean. “Hit me!”

“I’m trying!”

“You’re a wuss. A boneless nerd. You can’t fend for yourself. Can’t live in the real world. Not even one day.”

“Shut up!” I gather all my strength and punch him so hard in the gut his stomach retracts, and he takes one step back. His grip on my wrist loosens, and I jerk myself free.

“What the fuck is wrong with you?” I say, my eyes welling up with tears again. “You’re being an asshole, and you know it.”

“Damn, that was a good jab,” he grunts.

“Who cares? You’re a bully.”

He laughs and steps forward. When I try to hit him again, he grabs both my wrists and comes to a halt right in my face. “I’m helping you.”

“Helping me? You’re insulting me, belittling me, and making me feel like a pile of crap.”

“And those guys didn’t?”

“What do they have to do with it?” I snap.

I try to jerk my wrists free, but he won’t let me go.

“Anger helps you fight. It fuels you.” His lips quirk up into a devilish smile. “Guess this is your first time finding out about the power of rage.”


“C’mon. You know I didn’t mean any of it. It’s just to get you worked up.”

“Let me go,” I hiss.

“Make me,” he says jokingly.

I’m so pissed, I kick him against the shin so hard I think I’m going to snap bones.

Instead, I break his stance, and he slips. I see him tumble down to the ground, but not before he grabs my leg and pulls me with him.

I squeal as I land right on top of him.

I’m staring into his face, my body resting on his body.

Oh. My. God. I can’t believe this.

I think my heart has stopped beating, because all I hear is his breathing. My body tenses up, feeling his skin against mine. I want nothing more than to press my body closer to his.

His chest moves against mine each time he inhales, and these few seconds feel like an eternity.

His hand lifts. When it reaches the top of my head, I swear I’ll fall to pieces right here, on top of him.

Something tickles, and then he retreats. In his hand is a leaf, which was probably stuck in my hair. He releases it and lets it drift away with the wind. Then he stares at me, his eyes suddenly showing a little hesitance. His lips are parted and perky, and all I want is to press mine against his.

And then smack him again.

He’s breathing against my chin, and I feel my groin heat up. I’m getting all wired up because of him.


FIERCE Playlist

This is a list of songs special to Clarissa Wild, because they really brought life to FIERCE. You might enjoy listening to them. Especially the ones by Muse, which have their own special place in this book.

"Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls

"Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato

"Wonderwall" by Oasis

"The Reason" by Hoobastank

"The Fighter" by Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

"Uprising" by Muse

"Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse

"Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons

"Demons" by Imagine Dragons

"Holding on and letting go" by Ross Copperman

"Hold Me Now" by Red

"All I Ever Wanted" by John Tyree

"Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling

My Review

College days were never like this when I went to school!!  OK, no laughing, the Stone Age did NOT have colleges!  I am from a more current era.

First day at school, nerdy girl Autumn, yes that is her name, happens to run into the sexiest freshman around… Hunter.  She has never had a boyfriend.  Let’s face it, her experience with sex pivots on a kiss a boy gave her once in third grade.  She has never been that close to a boy before… and never a man like Hunter.

They are absolute opposites.  Their attraction starts as a physical pull that evolves into a friendship that grows deeper as Autumn’s loyalty wins over Hunter’s heart.
The complications and excitement evolve around all the secrets that surround Hunter.  Autumn wants to protect him, but he keeps to himself the secrets explaining why he acts the way he does.

Drugs, death, revenge, and an almost rape are a few of the obstacles in this roller coaster ride.  Hunter’s life in is danger if he continues on this path.  Autumn is risking hers by trying to find out what is going on in Hunter’s life.

This is an exciting and emotional story of two young adults trying to survive and make the right decisions as they stand in the brink of adulthood.

  4.5 Fighting Stars 

Reviewed by Gloria Herrera

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About the Author

Clarissa Wild is the erotic romance author of 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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