REVIEW TOUR: Hardball by, C.D. Reiss

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CD REISS
Release Date: March 29th
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Praise for HARDBALL:

“Dash Wallace is a dirty talking, sexy professional baseball player who falls hard for the girl next door, but beware… your heart will take a beating as you watch him struggle with sticking to all he’s ever known at the risk of losing the best thing that ever happened to him. Hardball is one of those books that will suck you in and won’t let you go until you devour every last, juicy bite.”

Sawyer Bennett, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Fiery hot and enticingly realistic, CD Reiss’s captivating writing, complex characters and explosive love scenes make Hard Ball an irresistible modern day romance.”

Katy Evans, NY Times Bestselling Author

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Synopsis:

Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.

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Meet Dash Wallace

REVIEW

C.D. Reiss has done it again – If you’ve fallen for any of her other characters? Be prepared for a very healthy dose of testosterone and sex appeal with Dash Wallace. What do you get when a Librarian and a pro-baseball player can’t seem to get enough of each other? You get some of the hottest stuff I’ve read this year.

Dash isn’t your stereo-typical pro-baseball player…. he’s down to earth… he’s real. Vivian Foster, the librarian who he can’t stop thinking of isn’t sure what to make of the man before her. She’s hesitant to get lost in Dash, he’s rich, famous and gone for most of the year at training and playing baseball…. she knows that this thing between them could destroy her – but he convinces her…. in the sexiest of ways to give it a chance… to forget her reservations (and his own for that matter) and give whatever it is between them a chance to flourish. And does it…. good god.

Vivian is a little closed off – she’s been in a relationship that suddenly is no more. Feeling the affects of everything in her past, yet experiencing something new with Dash – wanted, need even….. and fucking worshiped. Yet, she’s still trying to keep both feet planted on the ground.

I liked Dash at first – I loved him later …. I wanted to throttle him at different spots throughout the story, he’s a very complex character that C.D. Reiss brings to life flawlessly. Vivian is a girl that’s very much inside us all. But as in all C.D. Reiss’s books, her characters are bare…. real and damaged in their own rights which makes them flawed in a very relatable way.

Do yourself a favor and check it out!

About the Author:

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CD Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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TOP TEN FAVORITE READS of 2015!!

It is that time a year again – my 2015 favorite reads. 

A few of these may be older books – not released in 2015, but my favorite reads of the year non the less. AND yes, I added multiples from my favorite authors – because sometimes, you can’t pick just one!

#10

Undeniably Chosen (Significance #5) by Shelly Crane

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5++++ REVIEW…………. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever; her significant.

Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interests at heart, but he isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally – after a lifetime of waiting for her – meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.

The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgement or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing and they’ll have to light their own way int he dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything…. they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.

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It felt like I was waiting a VERY long time for this book – after everything that Maggie and Caleb went through in the Significance Series – to be able to see what they’re up to now was awesome, and to see their daughter Ava go through the chaos with Seth was very reminiscent of the first four books – I can’t wait to see what happens next!

#9

Gus (Bright Side #2) by, Kim Holden

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5+++ REVIEW …………….. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues …

This is the story of Gus.
Losing himself.
Finding himself.
And healing along the way.

“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”

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Gus….. good God. This book gutted me. I started at a point this year where I was suffering from one of my worst reading slumps. I had to stop and pick it back up when I could appreciate it. And i’m so glad I did. Apparently I needed a vacation and while I was running around Wales this summer with my husband I picked Gus back up and couldn’t put it down until I was finished with it. It reminded me of how much I missed Kate, and how much I loved Bright Side. 

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Fangirl & Eleanor & Park by, Rainbow Rowell

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5+++ REVIEW of Fangirl ………. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age take of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow Fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan.

But for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Reading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t leg go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…. And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

5++++ REVIEW of Eleanor & Park …….. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

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These two books blew me away this year and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve re-read them via Audible. Fangirl – Cather…. everything about this story was sweet and beautiful. Eleanor & Park, everything everyone says about it is true. It will remind you what it was like to connect with someone at an age where you don’t think anyone could possibly understand you. The music is pretty bad ass to boot!

Obviously both of these books weren’t published in 2015 – but they were new to me this year. 

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The Original Sinners Series , by Tiffany Reisz

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You can check out my reviews here: The Siren | The Angel | The Prince | The Mistress  (more reviews to come!)

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I have been living in a perpetual state of Tiffany Reisz for many months now – how I’ve not picked these books up until now is beyond me. I grabbed a few paperbacks sifting through thrift stores in Wales and the second I picked up The Siren – not even 1/4 through the book I was downloading book 2 and 4 onto my Kindle. The one thing I can be thankful for is that all books were released by the time I picked up the first. Because this woman LOVES  a cliffhanger – 

These books – these characters – these stories are so intertwined through each book, I was mesmerized by them. I still refer to them as real people when I try to explain the stories to friends. Because they were – and still are very real to me. I feel for them – I feel their pain, their love…. all of it. 

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Beautiful Bastard Series & The Wild Seasons Series, by Christina Lauren

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You can read my reviews here  – Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard #3.6) | Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) | Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3)

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There will never be a favorites list that doesn’t include Christina Lauren for me – they’re to of my absolute favorites. Their stories and characters are both sexy and hilarious. Their sense of humor is fantastic – the banter, the sex – everything. Beautiful Beloved we got to see a peek at Sara & Max and their family life now – and dredge deeper into Max’s brother’s life….. Niall Stella in Beautiful Secret. Move over Max, Niall just kicked you out of my favorite brit spot. Good god.

And as much as I loved the two new installments in their Beautiful Bastard series – I was sooooo excited for Lola & Oliver’s story and they did NOT disappoint!

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2015 Novels by Alessandra Torre

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You can check out my reviews here: Do Not Disturb (Deanna Madden #2) | Tight | Hollywood Dirt | If You Dare (Deanna Madden #3)

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2015 was a fantastic year for Alessandra Torre and an even better year for her readers as we got not one but FOUR books from her! This year she took a darker turn with the continuation of her Deanna Madden series, and then she brought us something different with Tight and Hollywood Dirt. Tight being something dark and sinister – and Hollywood Dirt a more contemporary story for her. All four books I loved equally for different reasons and there was no way I couldn’t add all of them. 

I make these lists this way, otherwise it would be nothing but Alessandra Torre and CD Reiss

#4

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by, Jessica Park

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5 Star REVIEW………. HERE

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~ Synopsis ~

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel

Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads to coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the lines between life and death blurs.

When and end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.

A triller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

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Clear is STILL one of the most original stories I’ve read in the last three or four years. It’s everything like the synopsis says – a thriller…. a paranormal and a passionate romance. But above all else, you get that biting narration of Jessica Park – an author that writes a story for you to live in. Not just read – but really live in while you’re experiencing it. And Clear did just that – I felt every single thing about it – the relationships between Stella, Sam and Costa? Do yourself a favor and pick this gem up – if you’re not into paranormal novels? You’re in luck – because this is not your average paranormal. It’s a story unlike anything you’ve read before and you will not be disappointed. 

#3

The ending of her Cocktail Series & The Beginning of her Hudson Valley Series – Alice Clayton

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5++++ Star REVIEWS:  Last Call (Cocktail #4.5) | Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)

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Anyone whose read my blog knows I’m a lover of all things Alice Clayton. Last Call – the ending to her Cocktail Series was bittersweet – bitter because it was the end, and sweet because it was the best possible ending of a series I’ve ever read. When I heard she was writing a new series called Hudson Valley? Of course I was on board – but I had no idea how fast and hard I’d fall for her new characters.

Roxie and Leo are not Caroline and Simon – they’re the best kind of humor all on their own – a totally different world and new characters I can’t WAIT to meet!

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The Bellator Saga by, Cecilia London

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5+++ REVIEWS: Dissident (Bellator Saga 1) | Conscience (Bellator Saga #2) | Sojourn (Bellator Saga 3)

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The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London has been one of my favorite series of 2915 and looks to be one of my favorites to continue on into 2016 with her upcoming release of Phoenix. This is a series is raw – thrilling and leaves you reading as fast as you can to see what’s going to happen next. A drama – a political thriller and yes, a romance. Caroline and Jack will suck you in and leave you desperate to find out what happens next. 

The characters are three dimensional, the humor – the depth – the feelings…. oh Jesus, the range of emotions Cecilia London has put me through in just the first three books? I’ve cursed her, I’ve laughed at the inside jokes and I’ve shed more tears than I thought possible. This is a six part series and I’m desperate to find out what happens next!

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2015 Novels by C.D. Reiss

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5+++ REVIEWS: Coda (Songs of Submission #9) | Shuttergirl | Rule (Songs of Corruption #3) | Forbidden (Songs of Perdition #3)

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 What an I say? CD Reiss blew me away this year in so many ways. She gave me an ending to three very different stories. Jonathan & Monica, Fiona and of course, Antonio and Theresa. But, she also gave us a new story – something very different from her Drazen family – Shuttergirl, a contemporary romance that hooked it’s fingers in and didn’t let go until the very end. There was no way in hell I could have made a decision on which of these books to pick as number one – although, Fiona has always been my favorite – and the last and final book in the series probably one of the most brutal yet beautiful stories I’ve read all year, there was no way for me to pick just one. I loved them all – all of these stories have stayed with me and will continue to. 

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Here’s to 2016 and the stories to be told!

5+++++REVIEW: November 9 by, Colleen Hoover

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~ Synopsis ~

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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REVIEW

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There are very few books out there like November 9. Colleen Hoover has an incredible ability when it comes to creating characters. They’re flawed – they’re real – and sometimes she creates a world for them that will have you laughing and unbearably sobbing. We knows this. It’s her M.O. as an author.

Not since Maybe Someday have I been hit so hard in the feels. And I mean HARD!

I started this book – and did not leave the same spot until I read the very last sentence.

Fallon is leaving Los Angeles – heading to NYC to pursue her dream of acting. She’s 18. During a good-bye lunch with her father she meets Ben. Their meeting is not one you will easily forget, and is definitely not your typical boy-meets-girl scenario. But then Hoover isn’t really known for creating a story that’s already been told is she?

These characters…. Ben & Fallon…. there is soooooo much to say. So much in fact I’ve had to step back and really let this story sink in. I suffered one of the worlds BEST book-hangovers after this story. I didn’t think anything could really hit me as hard as Losing Hope did, or fill me full of those fuzzy feelings I like to not admit I feel like Maybe Someday. Basically I didn’t think Colleen Hoover could wow me like she did with those other stories – make me feel so hard for fictional characters like I did with Sky & Holder or Sydney & Ridge. But Ben & Fallon? Jesus – to say she wrote an amazing story isn’t worthy praise. The words aren’t there for me to even properly describe the feelings I had reading this book.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Going into a Colleen Hoover book you should be prepared for the following things:

1) You will laugh.

2) You will cry.

3) You will beg and plead for more.

I felt all of those things and so much more.

To take a story about two people who are flawed like we all are – and create such an interesting time line of events. Their lives existing completely outside of November 9th, but the culmination of the time spent apart and how it affects the one day they get to spend together? You can imagine the angst that’s associated. Because no matter how much Ben & Fallon hit it off right from the start, Fallon is still moving to NYC – she’s still going to be living on the opposite side of the country from Ben, and she knows that if they start in contact? Her life will not be her own. She’ll be too pre-occupied with calls, texts, FaceTime and everything about Ben that she won’t be able to focus on her life – like she should be.

It takes guts to admit that – and even more guts to follow through with it. I’ve been in that situation and reading this book made me wish I’d listened to my mother…. (shouldn’t we always?)

Ben & Fallon agree to meet up every year on November 9th until they’re 23. Five years …

Ben promises the novel about their adventures – their lives – their love.

Fallon promises to do everything Ben asks of her while they are apart. To get laughed at at least once a week, to date, to kiss boys, to live in NYC. To find herself and her confidence and run with it.

But life happens – sometimes it’s not pretty and sometimes it’s down right heartbreaking. Other times it’s some of the funniest stuff I’ve read this year. I giggled a lot through this book, I laughed out loud more. I cried like a fucking baby, and yes I did not leave my reading chair until I finished it from beginning to end. Because a story like this hooks it’s claws into you and doesn’t let go until the very end.

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About the Author, Colleen Hoover

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#1 NYT’s Bestselling author of books that make you fee good. And bad. But mostly good. And who loves Diet Pepsi more than all of the things. I also have kids and family and stuff like that.

Founder of The Bookworm Box. (via the author’s website)

ARC REVIEW: Untamed (Thoughtless #4) by, S.C. Stephens

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~ Synopsis ~

#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series!

The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes it burns.

Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.

Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he’s caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he’s seen an ache in her eyes–and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers…

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I recieved an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

When SC Stephens announced Thoughful (Thoughtless from Kellen’s POV) I was STOKED! Because I love a males POV romance.

But then she announces she’s going to be continuing the series from all the D-Bags POV? Holy shit!

Griffin has always been my favorite dark horse – background funny guy with his humor, antics and all around good-natured jackass. But in Untamed he’s finally getting the spotlight he’s so desperately wanted – I mean anyone who’s nick-named his man parts “The Hulk”? Who wouldn’t want to read his story?

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(Could this be anymore Griffin?)

But we’re seeing the D-Bags in a different way – they’ve found success, they’re reveling in it – growing up, getting married and starting family’s. Griffin and Anna having had Gibson, and now Onnika – they’re literally living their dreams. But with success, and an ever abundance of attention being thrown at their lead singer Kellen Kyle, Griffin is feeling the tension – expanding it and when it blows? It’s not pretty.

Griffin has been great in the small doses we’ve had of him throughout this series – but getting a full book about him at times was a bit much. He is absolutely in love with himself – and wants everyone to know it and hop on the train. The other guys in the band? They want Griffin to put in the work – show up to practice and help them keep the band as good as they can possibly be. But Griffin being Griffin only see’s what he wants to – what he’s not getting and what everyone else is.

He’s selfish and immature – but also growing in a way that no one else quite see’s accept for Anna – his best friend and wife. The mother of his beloved daughters. He and Anna have truly fostered a relationship that works for both of them – even if no one else understands it, they get one another on just about every level and that’s kinda hard to stomach at times – because seriously, this is Griffin.

Things are shaky throughout this book – egos booming out of control – words are said that can’t be taken back and it’s sad to see. I was disappointed in a lot of the D-Bags, not just in Griffin. I actually felt for the guy through most of it and thought that Matt, Evan and even Kellen were all being dicks. Sure, he’s lazy, self centered and doesn’t understand 90% of what goes into creating their albums, promoting their music – producing – or anything but playing his ass off when he needs too. But this is why we love him. You know going into the story what he’s all about – Sex & Rock N Roll!

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(Seriously – Jesus!)

I was disappointed in a lot of things in this book – the way everyone was treating each other, I could see the premise from the very beginning. And though it was funny and nostalgic and I was really happy to see where everyone has landed throughout this story, I was disappointed in how they treated our Hulk. Sure, he should get his ass up and quit complaining. He should be a more intricate part of the band. But you have to love someone for who they are and not try to change them into someone they aren’t. Anna got that – and that’s why they work. Maybe if Even and Matt – even Kellen realized that more there wouldn’t have been so much tension. I was really rooting for Griffin through out this whole story – and it was awesome to see the father side of him, he he is with his daughters, especially Gibson was heart-melting.

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Everyone has to grow up sometimes – and sometimes you have to swallow your pride. This book seemed to be a stepping stone for everyone – the D-Bags and their significant others – everyone is growing up and starting families and it’s time to stop and realize what’s most important in your lives – love and family. The music will follow… and evolve with you and be better for it.

I gave it 4 stars – at times it was a 5 star book for me, at times it was a 3.5. Griffin is best in small doses – but he deserved his time to shine.

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About the Author – SC Stephens

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S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellen Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stevens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children. (via the author’s website)

ARC REVIEW: Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1) by Estelle Maskame

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PRE-ORDER LINKS – OUT DECEMBER 1st 2015!

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~Synopsis~

When sixteen-yeah-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler’s group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can’t understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t – her step-brother.

Throw in Tyler’s clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there’s secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?

Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their in an increasingly confusing world.

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REVIEW

I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

– I’m giving this 3 Stars –

I liked the sound of the blurb – I’ve been on a young adult kick for the last month or so and found this on NetGalley. Eden, like the synopsis says is in Santa Monica California for the summer visiting her estranged father – she hasn’t seen or barely spoken to him in three years when he walked out on she and her mother. Now, he’s re-married and giving Eden three step-brothers, a built in new family Eden hasn’t even met yet. The eldest, Tyler is your typical brooding bad boy – and there are secrets he’s keeping close to him, not letting anyone too near for fear they’ll find out – find them real Tyler.

Eden is introduced to the crowd Tyler runs around with – all soon-to-be senior’s in high school, they’re determined to show Eden a good time on her summer vacation – but what does this good time entail? A LOT of drama! Parties – boys – fights, your typical teenage experience, but Eden is new to the Santa Monica game and she’s leery and anxious at every turn. But as time passes, she and Tyler forge a strange little bond that turns into something …. different.

Did I Mention I Love You is a YA/NA book that is well written, but with a heavy dose of teenage angst – sometimes so much I was choking on it. I did find myself loathing most of the girls within the book, not one of them having even an ounce of depth to them. Estelle Maskame has developed a typical teenage experience – a 16 year old girl dealing with 16 year old girl problems – the bad boy in the equation just so happens to be – her step brother.

But I found myself scanning a lot un-necesary details and drama. I know a lot of people love that, but I just wasn’t hooked into it – the book is very well written, just a lot of it was not my thing. If you’re looking for an easy read chalked full of drama – and some pretty steamy taboo-ish scenes, grab it – you will enjoy it.

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About the Author – Estelle Maskame

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Estelle Maskame started writing at the age of 13 and completed her DIMILY trilogy when she was 16. She has already built an extensive and loyal fanbase for her writing around the world by sharing her work in installments on the digital platform Wattpad. Estelle’s trilogy will now be available for the first time in book and ebook formats. 

The DIMILY Trilogy has more than 4 million hits on Wattpad, and Estelle tweets to over 126,000 followers as @EstelleMaskame. (via the author’s website)

5++++++REVIEW: Dark Wild Night by, Christina Lauren

 

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~Synopsis~

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. 

But what didn’t happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere. 

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.

…Or so goes the official line.

In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one – and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?

Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now… and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim – and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture-Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.

Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life…

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REVIEW

Lemme’s just say – WOW!

It’s no secret that Christina Lauren are two of my most FAVORITE authors ever – they write some of THE most funnest, funniest – sexy-as-hell stories ever. The Wild Seasons Series is just that – and then some. Now that we’re delving deeper into Lola & Oliver’s story? I think they just shot up to my favorite couple in the series.

With Mia & Ansel we were whisked off to Paris – and with Finn & Harlow a juggling of emotions. Olive and Lola? Two comic book nerds who couldn’t be more perfect for one another – the only couple NOT to consummate their 24-hour marriage in Vegas – but have developed probably one of the best friendships through the series. They get each other – speaking through glances and inside jokes, the stuff of them is what makes these characters so real and charismatic.

But as we dig deeper we see that they’ve both been carrying a torch for one another since the night they met – so many months ago. But neither of them has had the guts to follow through with them…. you just want to clobber them – hit their heads together like a three stooges episode and tell them to hurry up and get on with it already! I mean c’mon! They spend so much time together as it is – both of them comfortable in their shared silence – reading, working, laughing at the same things around them…. even their friends are wondering what the hell is taking them so long. But as Lola’s career is taking off, she finds herself drowning in chaos – Oliver there – steady and strong, a friend to help her through it and maybe more?

Oliver – oh my Oliver…

Just when I thought they couldn’t write a man any better than Ansel or Finn? They come in and blow me away with Oliver. He’s so open – funny and genuine – throw in a little dirty and you’ve got the most perfect man written in this series. He understands Lola’s issues with relationships – probably more than she knows…. and these two share a connection that runs far deeper than either of them realized.

But when Lola is faced with juggling her work commitments – her graphic novel being made into a movie and her next book due – she’s having a hard time concentrating on anything else than the taste of Oliver and the images of him over her, under her, beside her, enveloping her very being….

These two will leave your toes curled and a blush hard to fade.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“The panel shows the girl dissolving into a sky full of stars.” – Lola

“When she sits up, her long dark hair slides over her shoulders, covering her breasts. It’s the contrast of the black against her milky skin, the way the ends of her hair just cover her nipples. Now I know why this view of a woman has been drawn a million times.” – Oliver

“I knew she was drawing my legs when her charcoal would scratch heavily on the paper. It was quieter when she drew the details of my face and that was when her breathing would break down into tiny, shallow bursts of air, in and out. And I knew she was drawing my half-hard cock when she stopped breakthing – so nervous, but so eager to practice.” – Oliver

“Does she know I want to be her courage?” – Oliver

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Check out my other reviews in the series!

Book 1 – Sweet Filthy Boy (Ansel & Mia’s Story)

Book 2 – Dirty Rowdy Thing (Finn & Harlow’s Story)

Book 4 – Wicked Sexy Liar OUT in 2016!

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About the Authors

Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings

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Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research – type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance. 

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always her Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you’ll find her on Tumblr. She is married and absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 14 year old (right??), think she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter. She also likes to steal Lo’s shoes. 

You can follow their shenanigans at: @lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peaks!

For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie news and more, follow @christinalauren. (via the author’s website)

5+ REVIEW: Restless Waters (Left Drowning #2) by, Jessica Park

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~ Synopsis ~

A storm is coming, and with storms come restless waters.

Pulled from the depths of catastrophe and depression, Blythe McGuire has learned to escape from her past while embracing the future. A future now entwined with the Shepherd siblings.

With Chris, she shares a staggering romance that kicks heartbreak’s ass.

With Sabin, she shares an intense friendship, one that’s becoming more complicated than either had expected. A friendship now being put to the test because Sabin’s brutal past still haunts him. Because trauma is the gift that keeps on giving without mercy.

Now Sabin is the one left drowning and struggling to breathe, and his turmoil threatens to send all three into dark currents they cannot escape. Even after going through her own hell, saving Sabin will take much more than Blythe had anticipated. Their connection and their love could help, but getting him to reach for her hand could be Blythe’s biggest challenge ever.

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REVIEW

This is the second installment in Jessica Park’s Left Drowning (series?) If you haven’t read Left Drowning yet? Beware – there may be spoilers ahead. (And if you haven’t? DO IT! Like NOW!)

Ms. Park and her surprises – wonderfully broken and beautiful surprises – because that’s what this was. A total epic fucking surprise. No pre-orders, no cover reveals – nothing, just an announcement that something was in the works and BAM here comes our Sabin! I was THRILLED for more of Blythe, Christopher and yes – Sabin, because he’s always been my favorite.

But I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions that followed as I got in the thick of this book. If you’ve read Left Drowning, you know how much Blythe and Chris have suffered through with their families, and just when things seem to be finally calming down and the future looking brighter? Old demons from their past rear their ugly heads – the memories flooding in and choking them off, not only for Blythe and Christopher, but poor Sabin who tries to hide everything underneath his sense of humor and theatrics. We see a real glimpse into the aftermath their father has caused – not just physically but emotionally …. and how far those nightmares of their past creep around in their day to day lives.

Blythe is trying to keep the family together as much as possible – she feels whole when everyone is home and she’s surrounded, but with school starting and Sabin taking off to California she’s scared of how empty their house will be – and the void the missing chaos will leave. Christopher is right by her side, but even he knows – the pull, especially Sabin has on Blythe….. their relationship blurring the lines of connection….. and what affects that could have on the entire families dynamic.

As always, Jessica Park writes with a flare – a sense of humor that can be biting and unique – forming three dimensional characters that will indescribably touch you – far deeper than you thought possible. You’ll be laughing with them one minute, almost as if sharing an inside joke – to sobbing and sharing their very…. very… real pain right along side them.

When I finished Left Drowning I.Was.Broken. She broke me. Hard.

And when I saw this all over my news feed on release day I was both thrilled and frightened – knowing the darkness that’s enveloped this family and I wasn’t sure I could go into …. I bought it right away and would start a few pages here and there …. still scared – a wonderful fear mind you….. but still scared none the less.

Did she break me again? Absolutely – full throttle. I didn’t even realize it was nearly 1am and I was sitting in my reading cubby – chain smoking and sobbing like my Pug just died.

But it’s the most beautiful broken you’ll ever be.

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About the Author, Jessica Park

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Jessica Park is the author of LEFT DROWNING, FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT., FLAT-OUT CELESTE (new!), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

 You can e-mail her HERE. Tell her about your ex-boyfriend who was a font nerd. Or send pictures of awesome Flat People on adventures. (You get bonus points for this. Possibly some sort of award, too.) Stories of online romance. Apartment rental disasters. Skydiving experiences… Whatever you want. And like any normal person, she has an online addiction, so you can find her on FACEBOOK and TWITTER where she updates with much greater regularity than she does on her blog.

Jessica is a huge proponent of self-publishing — after all, it worked well for her! — and has put together some thoughts for other authors on the self-publishing process and its pros and cons on this site..