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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Feature and Giveaway: A Perfect Ten by Linda Kage

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

I know I've closed myself off in a major way in the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It's past time I try to live again or just give up completely. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I'm standing outside Oren Tenning's bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he'd probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.

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Feature and Giveaway: Fall with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

ARC Review: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend is the fifth book in the Hazards series by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I have enjoyed this series since the beginning, so I was excited to read another installment. Each book can be read as a standalone, though the characters are interconnected and you get to actually meet Jade and Kyle previously in this series. I liked these two together, and I thought that they were good for one another. I did think that this book was good, but there were a few things that kept this from being a great read for me though. 

Jade and Kyle have been friends for awhile, since she started working for the radio station that Kyle works for. Though Kyle is technically her boss, they have always treated each other as equals. When Kyle needs Jade's help, she reluctantly agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend for a family vacation that Kyle asks her to go on. But it doesn't take long before their pretending turns into real feelings. But when their week long vacation is over and they return to real life, will their relationship be over? And when Kyle's life suddenly falls apart, will he be able to lean on Jade for support, or will he push her away? 

I liked Kyle and Jade well enough, and I liked them together. But these two had some issues and I kept waiting for them to kind of figure things out. Both Kyle and Jade had some insecurities and while Kyle was ready to take their relationship to the next level, Jade wasn't. I felt like her reasons for her insecurities were sort of over-hyped. When all was revealed it was pretty nonchalant and didn't really seem to be as big as I would have expected for her to be so against relationships. At least to get in the way of a relationship with a friend that she knew was a good guy that wouldn't hurt her. It was brought up and then quickly dropped before more drama was dumped on these two. Then when Jade finally did start to come around, things happened with Kyle that seemed to come way out of left field. Not only did Jade not have a clue about the stuff that was going on, but I felt like as a reader it didn't fit his personality at all. Yes Kyle had some issues with his family, but I felt like the stuff that came up about him was so different from what we had seen of him as a person throughout this series and book. It just didn't fit to me, and I found myself not believing that things were as serious as they were made out to be. 

While I liked the chemistry and friendship between Jade and Kyle, I just didn't feel as though this book was anything new or different. To me, this book was predictable and had been done before. I was hoping that there would be something to make this one stand out and be different from the fake relationship to real one trope, but unfortunately this one was just okay. I think if you are a fan of this series, you might like this one and give it a shot. But if you are looking for something different or unique, I don't know that I would recommend it. It had it's enjoyable moments, but overall this one was easy to forget as soon as I finished reading.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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ARC Review: Boundless Fate by Alicia Rae

Boundless Fate is the second book in the Fate for Love series by Alicia Rae. This book is the continuation of Colton and Paige's story, so make sure that you read these in order. I have been waiting for this book since I finished the first one, and I couldn't wait to get more of Colton and Paige. Alicia Rae definitely didn't disappoint, and I loved getting more of these characters. If you are looking for great contemporary romance stories, look no further than Alicia Rae. Her writing is so good, and you can't help but fall in love with her sweet and heartwarming stories. 

After the tragic loss of his property due to arson, Colton Kingston is determined to get to the bottom of what happened even if it means investigating on his own. He knows that in order to protect his girl, he has to send her away. He doesn't want Paige getting caught up in his mess and being in danger though he knows he will miss having her at his side. But after finally coming back from her own tragic accident, Paige Summers is willing to do whatever it takes to be the woman that Colton needs even if that means not allowing him to continue to push her away. Though Paige is determined to remain at Colton's side, with each step forward they make they are brought more destruction and heartbreak. Can Paige and Colton find out who is responsible for trying to wreck their lives and stop them before it ruins them forever? 

I love Paige and Colton so much. These two have such a special story and connection. I love that they have been the only ones for each other since they were five years old. They connect on every level, and the passion they share for their way of life really shows in everything they do. These two live and breathe horses and ranch life, and they are so perfect for one another. Their love is unconditional, and I love that though they don't always agree with decisions the other makes their love never waivers. They give each other exactly what they need, knowing the other better than they know themselves. The chemistry between Paige and Colton has always been off the charts, but it is so much more than just physical attraction for these two. There is literally no one else who would ever work for either of them and that is what makes them so special. These two are meant to be together, and I love that the obstacles they face are outside their relationship rather that with each other. 

Overall, this was a great installment in this series and I am already anxious for more! I can't wait to get more of these characters and see what happens next. I loved seeing Paige get back to who she was before her accident. She really showed how strong she could be for Colton and that she would stand by him no matter what happened. It was also really great to see the gang from the Beautiful series! I love those characters so much, and their friendship with Paige and Colton is so much fun to see. They all view each other as family and would do anything for one another. I highly recommend this series as well as the Beautiful series. You honestly cannot go wrong with a book by Alicia Rae! She is one of my go to authors, and I think I would buy anything with her name on it at this point. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series as well as whatever else she writes in the future.

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Feature and Giveaway: Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can't resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

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