Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blog Deactivated/Moved

I am deactivating this review blog, and have set up another one over here!!

Reading Reapers

I'm going in a totally different direction with this new blog and I'm very excited for things to come.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Stepbrother Dearest - War, Penelope

New Adult, Contemporary, Angst, Fiction, Romance
Kindle: 232 pages

You're not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn't prepared for how much of a jerk he'd be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn't want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. But things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Then, just as quickly as he'd come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I'd seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I'd have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

This was a breath of fresh air from all of the other typical New Adult books that have been coming out lately. Sure there is a douchey, play boy hero but when we hear his side of the story as to why he does what he does it makes so much sense. He has solid reasons why he acts the way he does, unlike so many other NA heros who just act douchey because they think they are everything and gods among men. Sure the heroine may be a bit naive and a virgin, but she’s not whiney and weak like so many other heroines in NA. She holds her own, which is also a breath of fresh air.

We’re introduced to Greta, a seventeen year old young woman who is about to meet her stepbrother Elec for the first time. He’s coming from California because his mother had to go away on a business trip for a year.
Their first meeting didn’t go well at all. Greta had built up an image of what she imaged her new step brother to be like based on a picture she had seen of him. Boy was she wrong, he was the complete opposite of that photo. He tattoo’s, smoked, and had an all around horrible attitude. That didn’t put Greta off though, she wanted to try and get to know Elec better, befriend him is possible.

Elec did everything in his power to torment and tease Greta. He didn’t want anything to do with her, despite how much he may have wanted to. Despite the relentless teasing Greta and Elec eventually form a friendship and a bond that lasts a life time. He becomes the stepbrother that was bent on protecting his sister, which I thought was really sweet. He becomes passive of her, disapproving of the dates she goes on because he can’t stand to see her with anyone else.

They eventually reveal their feelings for each other have a sweet night together, but not before something drastic happens causing Elec to leave and go back to California. They are both heart broken at the fact they will be separated. Even though Elec hasn’t been with the family for very long they formed a very strong bond that would last until they met again seven years later.

Years later they meet again under less then ideal circumstances. They have both done their best to move on and forget the love they once shared. Elec has a beautiful girlfriend, and has gotten his life under control, having a stable job and apartment back in California. Greta lives in New York content with life and the job she has, but feels like she is missing something from her life.

That something would be Elec. I’ve read some reviews where people don’t understand why Greta still can’t get over the fact that Elec left her when they had such a deep connection. That’s the thing! They have a deep connection, such a deep bond that seven years down the road they still haven’t been able to fully move on from one another. [spoiler] Elec tries to go back for Greta at one point, but he see’s that she is with her fiancee and looks happy. [/spoiler] If better communication happened I feel like that could have been avoided.

There’s a lot of drama in the last portion of the book which had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. It’s clear that even though seven years have passed there is still so much sexual tension between the two of them. They manage to not act on any of their feelings despite desperately wanting to.

The only thing I don’t understand is why reviewers are saying that there is cheating in the book. Because they only thing I saw that constituted as cheating was [spoiler] when Elec once again had to leave Greta to go back to his SO, he gives her a kiss goodbye at the airport. It’s not a chaste kiss, but more of a final kiss. Their final goodbye [/spoiler] That doesn’t constitute cheating in my book especially because Elec [spoiler] realizes he can’t live without Greta and breaks up with his girlfriend [/spoiler]

Everything wraps up wonderfully which made me happy. If there was ever another book about this couple I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it in a heart beat.

Overall I give it 4 little octopuses
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Carnival - Nelson, K.B

New Adult, Contemporary, Angst, Romance
Kindle Edition, ARC: 236 pages

Charlie should be packing her bags for college, but the life ahead of her isn’t one she’s certain she wants. Maybe that’s what led her to sleep with a perfect stranger at the county fair. Finding out he was a carnie was like winning the bonus round of the world’s worst game.

Blue grew up in the carnival, never staying anywhere long enough to call home. He never thought of himself as the type to seduce a local, let alone fall in love with one, but his impulsiveness got the better of him this time. He should go where the carnival takes him, but for the first time he’s not sure if he wants to follow.

When he makes the decision to stick around, Charlie eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole; into a world with no regard for consequences or regret. Most of all, he shows her that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling they can create and share. For a price. Because the higher the roller coaster goes, the faster it all comes crashing down.

Carnival is recommended for ages 17+ for language, thematic elements and strong sexual content (Goodreads)

The blurb for Carnival made it sound very good, and coupled with a gorgeous cover, I thought I was gonna love it. And I did in the beginning. I liked the attitude Charlie had, she seemed to have a unique voice to her. And she wasn’t a virgin! And she meets a hot carnie named Blue.

They hook up later on in the night, and it’s quite a steamy scene which was nice! I really liked Blue. He seemed like he could be quite the character. Ultimately I was a bit disappointed by him overall, he was very underwhelming. I expected a bit more about his history to be revealed, I wanted to know more about his life as a carnie, and what trouble he had to go through by living such a life. Instead we’re barely told anything about him. Charlie and Blue just exist together.

I really liked Blue in the beginning, he seemed really interesting, and he genuinely had feelings for Charlie, wanted to leave his life at the carnival behind to start a normal life. Which was great! And I wished it had stayed that way. But there’s some convoluted plot about Blue’s former life in the carnival that just didn’t make much sense to me. Towards the end some stuff happens that just seems out of the blue. I’m sitting there glaring at my kindle, quite confused as to what is going on, and who these people are in the story. 

The more I read the more angry I got at this book, the characters and the decisions they were making were really something… Especially the drug use. I almost stopped reading right then and there. It was very off-putting that Charlie had no problems taking Molly, and pretty much got addicted to it. It made my stomach drop, not a pleasant feeling. She went from this sweet girl with a bit of an attitude to someone that did quite a lot of drugs. She never even seemed the type to do them! Then suddenly when she sees Blue high as a kite she’s decides she wants to do them.

There’s a plot twist in the middle of the book that just came out of no where! I side-eyed my Kindle because it was so bizarre. And to make matters worse I felt no emotion in the scenes that followed, especially from Charlie! For some random reason she decided to take a Xanax to cope with the pain.

The last half of the book was really confusing, Blue’s past catches up to him, but it didn’t make much sense to me. Some guy is suddenly kidnapping and trying to kill Blue and Charlie, we’re given a reason but it doesn’t all flow together. That’s the best way I can describe it. Not everything flows very well, the action and stuff that happens in this part of the story is just confusing, and disjointed.

The last 10% or so of the book we get a sudden POV change, switching between Charlie and Blue. The writing style changes too, and it was very jarring because it didn’t flow with the rest of the book.

Overall I’m very disappointed with this book, it was quite a mess. It started out good, but just went downhill so fast! Character constancy issues as well as the choices they made just made this book not likable for me.

Overall I give it 2 little octopuses
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

For Fallon - Naomi, Soraya

New Adult, Thriller/Suspense, Contemporary, Romance
Kindle: ARC

We all have a façade, a concealed mask we wear to portray ourselves to the world.

Fallon’s mask is real, what you see is what you get. Growing up with two loving parents in Chicago, graduating in Chicago, and now working a job she loves, she enjoys her life.

Her untarnished world is shaken when Luca crosses her path.

Luca’s mask is tightly controlled. Distrust, rivalry, and violence rule his life.

When confronted with insecurities, when the one you love wears his mask perfectly, when your life unravels and you don’t know why, do you keep trusting the person you love?

Everyone has a façade. Everyone has an ulterior motive (Goodreads)

I have never read a Mafia romance book before. The genre never really appealed to me. The blurb was really interesting and pulled me in. It doesn’t say anything about the book being anything related to the Mafia.

We’re introduced to Fallon and her best friend Teagan who are at a club, staring down some hot guy. Fallon literally runs into him towards the end of their clubbing and accidentally cops a feel. One kinda awkward situation later, she’s walked to a cabbie by the handsome stranger, who she learns is named Luca.

What an intimidating man he was! He oozed confidence but there was also an heir of mystery about him. He made sure Fallon got into the car safely. We then switch to Lucas POV and learn some interesting information about his character. This being my first foray into Mafia novels I wasn’t sure what to expect. We aren’t immediately told that he’s in the Mafia, but it’s clear he’s wrapped up in some deep, crazy stuffs based on the conversation he has with a friend.

Luca and Fallon meet at a coffee shop, go on some dates and have some really hot steamy smexy times. Luca eventually becomes very busy with work, as well as going away on “business” trips, but Fallon suspects he’s not being entirely truthful. Thus seeds of doubt are sown, making Fallon pull away from Luca, even though she loves him very much.

At the 50% mark is where everything goes crazy! Fallon learns who Luca really is and her whole world comes crumbling down around her. She’s in love with a man in the Mafia, who lied to her for quite a while about who he really was. This hurts her deeply, makes her not want anything to do with him anymore. But something major happens! Fallon is put into a very dangerous situation. Luca “rescues” her from it, and even though she want’s nothing more to do with him, he still has to protect her because Fallon now knows too much about the Mafia life and what Luca’s roll in it is.

Fallon goes back to her home, Luca is no long apart of her life, and she’s trying to move on. Good for her! Even though she’s in so much pain because she really loved Luca, she can’t be apart of his lifestyle.

The ending! It was perfect, things are left both unresolved, but some things get wrapped up as well. Fallon is back home safe, and Luca is pretty much out of the picture, but will be protecting her from a far. There is also a wonderful set up for the next book which I can’t wait to read!

Over all an amazing book, and a welcome introduction to me into the genre of Mafia novels. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book!

Overall I give it 4 little octopuses
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reckless - Jeanisse, Bella

Contemporary, Angst, Romance, New Adult
Kindle: ARC

Fair Warning: This an explicit book, with sex acts in almost every other chapter. There are things some consider kinky. The language is harsh at times, and the sex is graphic. If that is not what you are looking for, this book is not for you.

Go back to the days of high school and college with Crystal and Chad...
Chad is in the band Reckless. Crystal is their one and only groupie. The band is not going anywhere, mostly because their rhythm guitarist, Phil is too mechanical. Chad makes a decision without his bandmates, bringing Crystal into the fold. The rest of the band balks and laughs until they hear her play. They quickly forget Chad went over their heads and welcome her to the band.
After Crystal and Chad both go through painful break-ups, Crystal is a bit jaded. Then Paulie walks into their lives. He is exactly what Crystal and Reckless needs. He takes their band and Crystal's heart for a ride no one will forget. (Goodreads)

I was received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Warning was found on both this book and the first novel in the series.
Fair Warning: This an explicit book, with sex acts in almost every other chapter. There are things some consider kinky. The language is harsh at times, and the sex is graphic. If that is not what you are looking for, this book is not for you.

This wasn’t true for this book, although I’ve heard there’s practically no plot in the first novel. So not sure why the warning is included in this book, I can count on one hand how many sex scenes were in the entire book.

I don’t understand how this prequel novel has received such high reviews, since the first novel has nearly all negative reviews. At the time of writing this there are only 10 reviews, all 4 and 5 stars. I’m the only 2 star.
I’ve never been so frustrated by a book in my entire life. Nor have I heard the “baby” thrown around so many times.
We are introduced to Crystal and Chad, best friends who are truly in love with each other, even though neither will admit it to the other. Well Chad frequently shows how much he loves Crystal, but Crystal shoots him down every time, she’s unwilling to act on her own feelings for the young man. Why, we are never really told, beyond the fact that they are best friends and she doesn’t want to jeopardize that.

Within the first few pages we see Chad willingly cheat on his girlfriend with Crystal. Although Chad…and I’m pretty sure Crystal don’t see what they are doing because it’s just kissing. CHAD SAID THIS! “It’s just kissing, so it’s ok.” With him grinding against Crystal.

I almost DNFed right there….Kissing is another girl that is not your girlfriend is CHEATING!! This hit me so hard, and I was so angry. He keeps asking Crystal to make out with him, and have sex with him because he wants to be her first.

She keeps denying him, and eventually meets some guy named Keith. Also a detestable douchebag who only wants Crystal because she is hot, and he wants to have sex with her. I hated Keith almost as much as Chad.
Chad at least tried to get Crystal to see how horrible of a person Keith was, but she wouldn’t listen. Keith repeatedly told her how much he wanted her, to the point that it was getting painful because they weren’t having sex. He was getting blue balls..which is completely false!

He pressured her into having sex in HOT TOPIC!! WITHOUT A CONDOM!! How were there no repercussions from that? I was expecting her to get pregnant, or contract and STD, but nope…nothing…
Throughout this whole time, every random guy hits on her, wants to hook up with here and worst of all calls her Baby. In fact every other word out of any male characters mouth was baby. “Baby are you ok”, “Baby I love you”, Even something as simple as “ok baby?” Dear god I wanted to punch my kindle! Why the excessive use of baby? Ugh, one of the most frustrating things in a book ever.

Crystal repeatedly told Keith she didn’t want to have sex with him, that it wasn’t the right time, and especially she didn’t want to have it in public. But he didn’t listen, he begged and pleaded and whined how bad it hurt if he didn’t get it. She kept saying no, but finally gave in to shut him up. BORDERLINE RAPE!! SHE SAID NO!! He should have backed off.

Finally something big and drama-y happens that forces the two to break up. You think she would admit how much she loves Chad at this point, and get together with him. Of course they kiss and grind and all that, which is pretty disgusting. But no, she stays single for a while before ogling the new band member. Paulie! Who was actually really cool, sweet, genuine and faithful!

In comes Chad, who’s been overprotective to the point of extremity. I know Crystal is his best friend and love, but she repeatedly told him to back off, and to trust her. Which he should have done. While I commend him for protecting her from some sleazy guys, he does take it too far and lets his temper fly more then once. Which was grating on my nerves.

Paulie was everything Crystal could ever need in a boyfriend. He knows how to treat her and love her. I wish they had gotten together sooner!

We’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger. Paulie and Crystal are together and happy, but it’s clear from the last sentence of the novel that their journey together is just beginning.

I’m debating on wether or not to read Tripple Threat, especially since there are so many negative reviews, and I really wasn’t found of this book. But I do want to know what happens to Paulie and Crystal! How Crystal went from being in a committed relationship to jumping from bandmate to bandmate in the next book.

Overall I give it 1 little Octopus
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Pieces of Olivia - West, Melissa

New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Angst|
Kindle: Netgalley ARC|
4.5 out of 5 stars|

Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for… (Goodreads)

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pieces of Oliva is a New Adult novel that in my eye’s breaks the mold of the typical bad boy/virgin pairing where the hero is over possessive and a man whore. While Preston is something of a playboy, it’s not nearly to the level of some other NA heroes.

The heroine while a broken individual because of an traumatic event in her past is no virgin. She was in a relationship with her boyfriend for years, and I’m assuming they were intimate together.
We’re introduced to Olivia who is going to Charleston College, much to her parents dismay. She makes her way to her dorm room only to find a guy, a very handsome guy, sleeping in her roommates Karas bed! And thus goes the first meeting of Preston and Olivia.

For once in a NA novel there is no insta-love. These two develop a friendship first, one that lasts quite a while. It’s clear that each has feelings for the other, but the don’t want to admit it. They each have issues that make it difficult to have real relationships.

I won’t spoil either of the characters issues, because it takes quite a long time for everything to be revealed which was a nice change.

Kara and Preston are best friends, and Kara quickly becomes one of their friends too. But it becomes apparent to both the reader and Olivia that there is something off about the best friends, a deeper connection then they want anyone to know. It’s obvious they had a past, once dated or something and its apparent that they used to have a thing together. Which isn’t a bad thing, it gives Olivia a reason to not want to go out with Preston.

Because of an event that took place about a year before the novel starts, Olivia is in pieces. She’s a shell of her former self, and has become a recluse. Therapy is needed to help Olivia heal, and she finds a wonderfully quirky woman named Rose. Through unconventional methods our young heroine

But eventually they admit their feelings to each other and its so sweet. They have their ups and downs, and have a lot of stuff they need to work through, but they work it out. This is a really genuine relationship and it made my heart melt. This is what more NA novels need to be like. It breaks the mold. We need more Preston’s in NA.

The only gripe I had with this book was the fact that the Poetry teacher wanted to help Olivia with her struggles, and we get a glimpse into a class or two where Olivia reads her poems, which are heart breaking. Then thats the last we hear of her until the epilogue! All of a sudden its “my poetry teacher became a good friend, helping me heal.” Would have been awesome to see more of that!

Overall an amazing novel and one that I will remember for a long time.

I’m excited for the next book which will be in Kara’s POV.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

High Octane Giveaway over!

I'm a bit late but the giveaway has finished! The winner has been sent their copy of High Octane!

Thanks to everyone for entering!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Since Forever Ago - Besse, Olivia

Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Kindle: Netgalley ARC
2.5 out of 5 stars

Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?
Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?
Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he's wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they're actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart. (Goodreads)

Obtained from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting and good. Unfortunately the book did not live up to my expectations.

While it was really nice to get the guys perspective of the story, and what he was thinking there was no clear definition of when his POV started. Far too often we got Max's thoughts and feelings interjected into the story when he was in a scene with Riley. Which made it really confusing. Often times I had no idea who was thinking what.

And I have never seen characters act so immaturely or stupid. Riley lacks complete common sense, and spends much of the novel drunk.

I know the author explains on Goodreads that the reason her characters acted this way because they “define a large proportion of the current 20-something population, and I wanted the characters in my book to portray what new adults are actually like.” I have to disagree, I have never seen college kids act as immaturely and whiney as these ones did, especially Riley. Yes there were break ups and fights and drinking, but to whine about it like a highschooler? No…I feel like if this book had been set in a high school it would have been much more believable.

While there wasn’t really any insta love, because Max has been in love with Riley since they were little kids. Riley hasn’t noticed until they have a night of drunken sex. This was after a lot of build up in which Max gives Riley HORRIBLE dating advice, which she follows. She had been with the same guy for 6 years, so she doesn’t have a lot of dating experience. STILL! No excuse to follow the obviously extremely stupid advice that Max gave her. Really showed Riley’s immaturity and lack of common sense.

There was a lot of melodrama, and miscommunication and annoying things that happened in this book. There was a lot of communication issues and silly stupid misunderstandings between Riley and Max. If they thought things through instead of flying off the handle they wouldn’t have had to go through so much trouble.

But there were also a lot of funny moments in the novel too, things that had me actually laughing out loud. Which is a major plus because I find it hard to actually really laugh at books.

Overall this book was a major let down. I wanted to like it, it had its funny and cute moments, but most of the time I wanted to bash some common sense into Riley’s head.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cover Reveal! Fallon - Naomi, Soraya

Book Details:

Title: For Fallon
Author: Soraya Naomi
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Thriller 
Release Date: July 26


One night was all it took. One night to fall for him.
When twenty-eight year old Fallon Michaels meets Luca
DeMiliano, she’s infatuated by this man. Love cannot be contained and she falls
for him. But as time progresses doubt creeps into her mind as to what kind of
man he is. Her first mistake was she chose to believe him, over and over again.
One night to fall for her.
Twenty-nine year old Luca DeMiliano  is taken by surprise for the first time in
years when he meets Fallon. Being with her forces him to hide a huge part of
He could’ve stayed away.
He should’ve stayed away.
Now she’s in, and
once in you’ll never be completely safe. Life will forever change when
affiliated with Luca DeMiliano.

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He kisses
me hard and hungry and spins me facing away from him. Luca pushes me against
the glass window and pins my hands above my head.
 A shudder resounds through me as my hands
contact the cold glass, and he gazes at me in the window reflection. “Keep them
there,” he orders. My hips are pulled back slightly, my back arches. Luca’s
fingertips glide down my spine. Palming my behind, he massages the swell of my
ass in both hands. The heat radiating off him is absorbed by my back as he
leans in close to kiss the shell of my ear. The tips of his thumbs touch my
entrance. Going down into a kneeling position, his nose traces down my back,
stopping twice to leave a rough kiss in his wake. Luca bites both cheeks and a
low growl leaks from his lips.
      He starts licking me from front to back
with the flat of his tongue. All the while his hands keep cupping my behind. “I
want to hear you, Fallon.” His tongue traces my folds, the inside of my thighs,
the bundle of nerves are being sucked into his warm and wet mouth. And finally
his tongue moves inside me, licking my inner walls.
I scream
his name repeatedly and throw my head back when his tongue pleasures me into
      Unfastening his pants and pushing down his
boxer briefs, Luca seats himself in me roughly. “I’m always so fucking hard for
you. Fuck, Fallon,” he groans. My earlobe is caught between his teeth as his
hands hold my wrists against the window.
My back
curves more to take him in deep.
tangles his right hand in my hair and turns my head to thrust his tongue in my
mouth, meeting mine, compelling me. A low, rasping sound escapes him while he
keeps up his punishing strokes until he spills inside me. He holds himself
still, our breathing regulates, and his lips graze my shoulder. As he pulls out
leisurely – tightening his grip around my locks, forcing my stare forward –
Luca takes my left hand and
strokes his come around with our entangled fingers. “Rub it in, Fallon,” he
whispers in a hoarse tone against my ear while locking eyes with me in the


Soraya Naomi resides in
Europe with her entrepreneur fiancé. She attended university in The

Although she reads many genres, she favors
intense, dark, seductive, and provocative novels where the male character loves
fiercely without remorse or boundaries. 

She has a passionate obsession for the written
word and indulges in chocolate pastries much too often. 

There are books full of great writing that don't have very good stories.
Read sometimes for the story... don't be like the book-snobs who won't do that.

Read sometimes for the words--the language. Don't be like the
play-it-safers who won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good
story and good words, treasure that book.

― Stephen King 


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

High Octane: Ignited Giveaway!!

My first giveaway!! I hope you guys enjoy it! Here is an excerpt from the novel for you guys to enjoy!

Jet lag and alcohol might not have been the best pairing. It added up to a foggy 
sensation in the elevator on the way to his room. Cassidy Miller had used everything else to escape from her memories, so why not try sex? 

Ronan Hawes slipped his card in the slot and pushed open the heavy door with one arm, indicating that she should precede him. She was so close, she got a whiff of whatever scent he was wearing. 

“God, you smell good,” she blurted out. The door clicked shut behind them. “What is that?” 

Expression sheepish, he admitted, “Calvin Klein, but I’m under contract with 

She smiled. “You unfaithful swine. What’s wrong with Burberry?” 

 “Too ... British. Reminds me of Prince Charles. I have some bottles in the bathroom if you fancy it though.” 

“No,” she said, suddenly noticing the intensity of the inner gold ring of his irises. 

“You’ve met the prince?”  

“Several hang around the circuit, but I only got within sniffing distance of my own at a ceremony for an ex-teammate. I buggered off, though, before our aftershaves clashed.” 

Of course he was in that league. They all were. And what did she sound like? An 
enthralled schoolgirl. 

“I know.” Ronan reached for her hand, teasing his thumb across her knuckles, making her breath catch. “This royal chitchat is putting you off, killing the moment. Just tell me to shut up.” 

“No, no, it’s um—” She broke off as his hand slid up her arm, sending a delicious 
shiver to the back of her neck. She stepped back two paces. “Mind if I raid the minibar?” 

He looked surprised but recovered smoothly. “Nightcap? Pardon me for not offering, through here.” 

He led her over to the bar area and extracted a bottle. “Bourbon, wasn’t it? On the rocks?” 

Cass shook her head. “Straight up is fine.” She didn’t need him to take a trip to the ice machine. Better to get her drink and get this over with. She studied him while he poured. He was exceedingly good-looking. Enviable bone structure, square jaw. And suave. Definitely suave. What had she expected? That he’d jump her like some hick? Even standing still, her head was swimming, and her stomach was vaguely nauseated. All those drinks on an empty stomach. She’d be comatose if she weren’t careful. As if on cue, the room spun. She reached out a hand and made her way unsteadily over to the loveseat. 

“All right there?” The tiniest frown appeared between his eyes, but his smile remained. 

“Fine. It’s the shoes, not used to heels,” she mumbled. Oh God. Had she just slurred? 

He carried the drink over and set it on the glass coffee table, out of reach. She leaned over to grab it, nearly pitching face first onto the table. Now he was staring at her, not amused in the slightest. “You sure you’re all right?” 

She waved a hand in his direction and picked up the drink, then stared into the glass as the nausea welled up. “Excuse me.” 

She dashed for the bathroom. 

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