Jan 30, 2016

{Review} The Truth Spell by Anita Oh


The Truth Spell by Anita Oh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Paranormal, Mystery, Werewolves
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:

As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I knew I'd made a big mistake. I could never fit in at such a snobbish school – I was more IT girl than "it girl". But then I saw him.

Sam Spencer. My childhood best friend. But it couldn't be. Sam Spencer had died three years ago, on the night that changed everything. I need to know what happened, why he's suddenly not dead and is hanging out with a bunch of rich kids.

When the school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and his creepy new friends are hiding, but the weirder things get, the less I'm sure I want to know. Even for Sam, even for the free food, Amaris High might be more trouble than it's worth.

REVIEW:

I have a weakness for anything involving werewolves, I couldn’t wait to see what author Anita Oh’s take would be on tmy favorite paranormal creature. The Truth Spell is the first in the series and the character introductions were very well done, I was able to connect to each character even if they were rude to the lead Lucy.

The Truth Spell follows Lucy O, Conner who has gotten a scholarship to a high class boarding school. But this is a unique school, where the students are divided by class. The red for the poor, green for the rich and gold for the super wealthy and “special” kids. But Lucy’s first impression with one of the golden kids changes her experience, which should have been good, to terrible. She is bulled by the very much loved Tennyson. After questioning him about seeing her supposedly dead BFF Sam standing near Tennyson, he tries to make her stay at the school miserable and lonely so she’ll leave. But when Lucy catches on to the secret behind to Gold House as well as her best friends reappearance, she gets involved in a casting spell mystery that’s effecting the entire school. Now she must work with the Gold students to help stop the spell as well as help with Sam who is dealing with some complex changes.

Lucy is a teenager that anyone can connect too, she not wealthy but she’s has the support of her family. She wants to do well in school and wont give up even if she’s bullied. I liked her strength and determination to get to the truth. I liked her friendship with her roommate Hannah, she is her number one support even when the Gold students try to cast her out. I also found the relationship with Sam interesting, the readers get glimpses into their past, but there is still so many unanswered questions. Then there is Tennyson, he is a major bully and well loved by the school and student, but feels Lucy is a threat. They have an interesting dynamic, Lucy doesn’t fear him and he I feel is starting to get curious about her now. I cant wait to see what else Lucy gets in the middle of in the next book.

The Gold students are in their own category, Sam and Tennyson both in the Gold house, have a lot of mystery behind them. Of course this means they are not only wealthy but they have a secret that Lucy finds out fairly quickly. They also need Lucy’s help when witchcraft is used to alter the students and teachers into telling the truth.

Overall I really enjoyed this first introduction to Anita Oh and her world of witchcraft and werewolves. I liked the mythology that the readers learn about the werewolves, but I know there is so much more to come. The villain is a big mystery and I’m curious as to what their real intensions are. I usually read books with romance, this one dives deep into friendship but I feel there may be a love triangle coming with Tennyson and Sam involved. Lucy has discovered a lot in her short time at the school, she has a lot of grasp and sometimes I found she accepted everything a little too easily. But I think there is more to Lucy than we know in this book and cant wait to see what happens next.


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Jan 28, 2016

{Cover Reveal} RoomHate by Penelope Ward

RoomHate  
(A standalone)

A Contemporary Romance novel

New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
Penelope Ward

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs

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RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2016
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Blurb
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?

Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


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Meet Penelope Ward

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

       
Other books from Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Cocky Bastard

Stepbrother Dearest

Gemini
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
My Skylar
Jake Understood (Jake #2)

Jan 22, 2016

{Blog Tour: Excerpt + Review + Giveaway} Time and Space by Rachel Robinson

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From the author of Crazy Good comes a new military romance from Rachel Robinson!
Meet Cody & Lainey in Time and Space.

Time and Space by Rachel Robinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Mature, Angst, Romance
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:

Several men did Navy SEAL Cody Ridge DIRTY.

Not only did they take his career and his fiancée, they stole everything but his life, and he barely escaped with that.

Cody is back.

As the boss of Ridge Contracting, his life is a blur of adrenaline and endless hours of work. Thriving and successful, he has never forgotten what was taken or who is to blame. His scars run as deep as the hatred in his heart.
Everything Cody lost will be his again. At any cost.

Lainey Rosemont can decorate anything. Your drab bedroom? She’s got it. A rundown shack in the middle of N.Y.C.? Lainey is the woman for the job. Unfortunately her past love life isn’t something she can Feng shui.

She has moved on from her relationship with Cody. It was over--literally buried in the ground. When he comes spiraling back into her life she’s not sure where their limits lie. With her nuptials to the swoony, heartthrob, Navy SEAL, Dax Redding fast approaching Lainey has decisions to make and a past of sinister secrets to confront.

Time changes everything and space apart turns lovers into strangers.

The only thing standing between happily ever after and fate is revenge.

REVIEW:

This was my first read from author Rachel Robinson and boy was it a doozy. I wasn’t expecting so much angst and heartache, but it was done with such care and emotion that I was easily swept away with Robinsons words.

Cody Ridge is an ex-Navy SEAL, while on a mission he was captured and held prisoner for over 3 years. He was finally rescued after being declared dead, but the love of his life and the one person who kept him going through memory has now moved on. After a year they both have tried moving on, while Cody’s business is successful and Lainey is preparing for her big wedding day, but Lainey needs one last thing from Cody before she gets married.

This was a whole new ballpark for me, as I dislike love triangles with a passion, I was actually good with this one. Dax, who is engaged to Lainey was the SEAL who rescued Cody. I felt pretty bad for the guy at the beginning because the woman hes about to marry still loves the man he saved. But lets just say my mind was changed later on.

Cody is a alpha male that will have you falling hard for him. At the beginning I was a little iffy about him and his stalker talk about Lainey, but after hearing his side and seeing the emotional pull he has with her, it all made sense. The romance between Cody and Lainey is hot and heavy with top notch angst and will pull at all your heartstrings.

And when you think this book was going to be all about the romance, there is a twist that will add more tension to their lives. Cody wants revenge for what happened to him and I’ll just say this was a big shocker for me, but I wont spoil it.

Overall this book turned me inside out and I loved the push and pull between Cody and Lainey. Lainey was a tough character for me to connect to, as I wished some of her decisions panned out a bit different, she just needed to make up her mind. The romance was fantastic, so much passion and connection it was undeniable. I absolutely look forward to reading more from Robinson, this was a great introduction to her writing.



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Excerpt

She’s been his for the stolen years. I called Dax. We spoke of Lainey and how he wants her to know she has options. He wants to win her fair and square. I didn’t have the heart to tell him fair and square loses every single time. The option that Lainey is exercising at the moment has my mouth watering and my dick rapt at attention. A stronger man--a man with more integrity would resist. I was stripped of everything, integrity included. I just want back what is rightfully mine.

“I want to kiss your entire body. You want that?” I ask, rubbing the insides of her thighs with the palms of my hands.  Her body excites me. It’s familiar and brand new at the same time. Everything washes away when I touch her. I can block my pain receptors with her pleasure. I can forget. “Every single square inch of you.” I say folding my hands around her tiny, tan waist.

She nods. Her doe eyes challenging me to merely kiss her. Smirking, I lean over her drag my lips across her tits, down her stomach and back up her neck to find her mouth. Lainey whimpers as I rest some of my body weight on top of her.  My mouth is watering by the time I bring my lips on top of hers. Her scent is all around me, her warm skin is against my chest, my cock is nestled right where it wants to be. How to tell her how much I’ve missed her? Or that her fucking gorgeous face is still the center of my universe?


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About the Author

Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.

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Jan 21, 2016

{Blitz Tour: Promo + Giveaway} Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

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coverHappily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid
Publication Date:
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes
From the USA Today Best Selling Author of ‘Truth or Beard’

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5

About the Author

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Jan 19, 2016

{Spotlight} The Debt Collector by Rachel Dunning


99c Pre-Order Sale
Over 400 Pages
Standalone Novel
New-Adult Romance / Sports Romance

DEBT
By Rachel Dunning

Expected Release Date:
March 2016

What’s it about?

The Debt Collector

 
I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
Another debt.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And yet...so unbelievably right.

Content Warning

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

Genres:
New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance

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About Rachel
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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Jan 18, 2016

{Release Blitz} Time and Space by Rachel Robinson

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New Military Romance from Rachel Robinson!
Meet Cody & Lainey in Time and Space.
NOW LIVE!

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Blurb


Several men did Navy SEAL Cody Ridge DIRTY.


Not only did they take his career and his fiancée, they stole everything but his life, and he barely escaped with that.


Cody is back.


As the boss of Ridge Contracting, his life is a blur of adrenaline and endless hours of work. Thriving and successful, he has never forgotten what was taken or who is to blame. His scars run as deep as the hatred in his heart.
Everything Cody lost will be his again. At any cost.


Lainey Rosemont can decorate anything. Your drab bedroom? She’s got it. A rundown shack in the middle of N.Y.C.? Lainey is the woman for the job. Unfortunately her past love life isn’t something she can Feng shui.


She has moved on from her relationship with Cody. It was over--literally buried in the ground. When he comes spiraling back into her life she’s not sure where their limits lie. With her nuptials to the swoony, heartthrob, Navy SEAL, Dax Redding fast approaching Lainey has decisions to make and a past of sinister secrets to confront.


Time changes everything and space apart turns lovers into strangers.


The only thing standing between happily ever after and fate is revenge.


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About the Author

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Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.

Stalk Rachel here:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads