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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Feature and Giveaway: Fearless by Shae Ross

Devi Dalton won't let anyone hold her back. With the help of her friends, she’s taken control of her future and traded her messed-up family life for a new job in Manhattan. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy friend she’s desperately trying to resist. If she’s going to succeed, she can’t afford to be distracted, no matter how hot the chemistry burns between them.

Cage fighter Ben spent six months trying to convince Devi to take a chance on a relationship. Now that they’ve reunited in New York, he's not letting her push him away again. They're more than friends—always have been—and he'll do whatever it takes to prove it to her. First, he has a few demons of his own to slay…one of which could ruin his chances with her for forever.

But every fighter has a weakness. Ben’s is Devi. And this time, she’ll need more than just her favorite “Fearless Red” lipstick to protect her heart if she lets him in…

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ARC Review: Her Stand-In Boyfriend by Kelly Jamieson

Her Stand-In Boyfriend started off really great. I was digging the friends turn into something more vibe. I loved the relationship between Lexi and Mac. I also really liked the relationship Lexi had with her girl friends. Then sadly, I was let down. It was because of the use of the “F” word... again.

I usually don’t mind the use of the “F” word as long as it is used sparingly and as long as it is not used as a reference to sex. First it wasn’t used too often and the initial intimate scene started off strong. Its use increased more and more throughout the story and was used several times in reference to sex. It just grinds at my nerves. I don’t think it’s romantic or sexy.

Since I’m talking about words I don’t like, here are two more that Her Stand-In Boyfriend overused – baby and Christ (when using the name in vain). Both of those just made me grit my teeth! Another weird thing was the use of the word "frackin’". You’ve already broken the F bomb a lot with the book and then randomly throw in that? It made no sense!

Removing the horrible words from the story would make such a better book. I felt for both parties, and I was rooting for the Happily Ever After. I wish a little more of Mac’s apparent nerdiness would have shown. The inner dork in me was looking for a connection. It was a sweet romance. I love stories where the guy has been secretly in love with a girl for a long time. I would have given the story 4 stars if not for the bad wordage, so for those of you who don’t mind, go pick up this book!

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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Monday, July 27, 2015

ARC Review: The Curse of Lord Stanstead by Mia Marlowe

Mia Marlowe knows how to write romance... and fantasy, and action! And then she spins her tale in Regency England. I found it very hard to pick a genre for this book, but I decided on a Historical Romance with Magic. I thought this was amazing. It brought together all of my favorite genres: Historical, Romance, and Fantasy. Then the icing on the cake, she wrote the story so very well!

Cassandra Darkin has been freaking out, because fires have been going out of control around her recently. It’s impossible that it’s her fault right? On top of that, the man she loves is marrying another girl, one who has the connections his family requires. Cassie’s family is very well off, and her father recently received a baronetcy. Sadly this isn’t enough for full acceptance within the ton since they acquired their money through trade.

Garrett Sterling is sent on a mission to find the new Fire Psychic that has emerged in England. He takes this task as he does all others, something he must do to get what he needs from the Duke of Camden. Garrett has the ability to put thoughts in other peoples’ heads. Unfortunately, because of the more difficult part of his ability, he keeps everyone at a distance to protect them. The Duke has promised to help him learn to control his abilities.

Garrett tracks down Cassie and takes her to the Duke of Camden, the head of the Order of the MUSE. It is an organization protecting the Prince Regent with their unusual abilities. The Duke offers to help Cassie with her new powers if she agrees to help their cause. Upon accepting, Cassie learns that the recent release of her powers came from her losing her virtue. She learns her powers are tied to her sensuality, and she needs Garrett to help her keep it under control.

The two become a team and have to do some missions for the MUSE. Despite his attempts to keep Cassie at a distance, Garrett starts to love her. Cassie struggles with the loss of her first love. I loved Garrett! He was everything I look for in a tortured hero! Cassie was such a delight to read about. I liked her personality. The missions the two undertake were very exciting, and they all tied together nicely in the end. Some of the mysteries become apparent to the reader before the characters, and I did get frustrated that they didn’t realize it. All in all, I loved this book and I highly anticipate the next Order of the M.U.S.E. book!

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: The Boyfriend List by Jeannie Moon

The Boyfriend List is the fifth book in the Forever Love series by Jeannie Moon, and it is also the first book I have read from her. This one sounded really cute and sweet though, and that was exactly what I was in the mood for. I really enjoyed this book right up until the end, and that is where I really started to have some issues with it. Unfortunately with the way things went towards the end, it turned me off the whole book and ruined most of what I had loved before. 

When Jenna Albanese was thirteen, she made a list of qualities that her perfect man should have with her best friends. Years later, she thought that she had found him only to have him ruin everything and break her heart. Since then, she hasn't believed in happy endings. When she gets paired up with Nate Bayard at a friend's wedding, she likes him but knows that not only is she out of his league, but he seems to dislike her. But when she finds out that he actually does like her, she knows that she needs to stay away from him. She isn't his type at all, and with her past she is the last person he needs. But Nate isn't willing to give up on Jenna, and he knows that what is between them is worth fighting for. But can he convince Jenna that he is nothing like the man that broke her heart, and more like the man on her boyfriend list?

I really liked Nate and Jenna. These two were really cute together, and I liked how well they got along. Things were so easy and natural between them, and I loved how adorable they were with one another. Nate and Jenna complimented each other well, with him being the intelligent and confident businessman with no skills when it came to women and her being the artistic and creative kind with no aptitude for math. I thought that their feelings were genuine, and you could feel the attraction between them. They did get together very quickly once things were set in motion, and things seemed to proceed at lightning speed from there. It was a bit insta-love for my taste, and yet I didn't question their relationship at all. 

My problems with this story were the secondary characters. While I had really liked most of them throughout the story and felt like they were a great bunch, the ending was like throwing a bucket of ice on the entire thing. I was instantly turned off with how cruel and judgmental some of them became. They became completely unlikable and I didn't understand their sudden personality shifts. While it would be easy to say that they were being protective and looking out for their loved ones, this went beyond that to the point that they were overly harsh and flat out hateful. They tried to make things right at the end, but at that point I already disliked them so much there was no going back. Unfortunately, they were so awful I now have no desire whatsoever to to back and read their stories or read the future installments in this series featuring them. I know that at this point I wouldn't be able to like them at all, knowing how they behaved here. Completely sad to me, since before the end I had planned on reading the rest of the series because I liked them all so well. As much as I loved Nate and Jenna, I couldn't help but be left with a sour taste in my mouth with the ending here. I think that there are those that will really enjoy this book and like seeing familiar faces from the series. But I honestly wouldn't recommend starting here if you are interested in reading Owen's story or Leah's after this book. Maybe I am in the minority here, but I just couldn't get over their treatment of Jenna and how they kept defending their horrible actions.

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Guest Post with Author Lia Riley and Giveaway

Meet Lia Riley author of Inside Out.

After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.