Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Boyfriend ~ 10/25/14


Join the Book Boyfriend meme
  • Pick your book boyfriend for the week
  • Current read or not
  • Tease us with something about your boy
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So my book boyfriend for the week is...

Roth!




Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455815-stone-cold-touch

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IPDVGKWhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stone-cold-touch-jennifer-l-armentrout/1118656141?ean=9780373211340


Last week, I loved all over Zayne because he's a serious sweetheart. But this week, I can't help but give Roth some attention. Because I seriously love BOTH of these guys. Choosing who I want Layla ends up with is going to be so difficult. 

(No, I haven't voted yet. But if you have read Stone Cold Touch and want to vote, you can do so HERE. Voting ends November 11th, so get on that. BUT NOT BEFORE YOU READ SCT. Trust me. The decision gets harder once you've read. Don't vote without reading and then kick yourself later.)

BUT ANYWAY. Back to Roth. He deserves some love, too. So here I am telling y'all why he'd make an extremely fab book boyfriend, just like Zayne did last week. I guess I'll just start listing reasons? I mean, we know Roth is amazing and has those interesting piercings. So let's build on that.

Roth's hilarious...


Maddox hissed. "You think you're cute?" 
"Nah, I think I'm sexy." The smirk spread, but it didn't touch his cool ocher eyes. "And I also think I'm hilarious."

He also has moments like these that make me happy...


Another shiver of apprehension slipped over my skin. When I started to pull back, to give voice to the near fear growing like a weed in the pit of my stomach, his arms finally--finally--encircled me. He pulled me tight against him, our bodies flush and pressed together in a way that reminded me of the night we'd found the Lesser Key. The muscles low in my stomach tightened as his hand smoothed up my spine, tangling n my hair. Bambi followed the caress, as if she sought to get closer to her true owner. 
There was so much warmth in the embrace that it pushed the shadows away. I squeezed my eyes shut and soaked him up. I didn't know what his return meant, what it signified for us, but it didn't matter in that moment.

And there's this that makes me feel things...


Roth said nothing, and my lips tingled from how hard he was staring at them. He placed his hands just above my hips; the touch light and barely there. I wrapped my fingers around his wrists and started to remove his hands. "Don't," he said, voice low.

He also takes serious moments and makes them amusing...


"We're being followed." 
Under the brim of his cap, Zayne's eyes dilated as he looked over his shoulder. He turned back around, picking up pace. "Two human males?" 
"Yep," Roth replied, popping his lips. 
I wanted to look behind me so badly, but I figured that would be a bit too obvious. "Any idea who they are?" 
"Nope. Maybe they want to get your phone number," Roth replied. "Be a part of your fan club."


And...there is SO MUCH MORE about Roth that I could list here. But I can't put it all here. Which is why you should go read Stone Cold Touch! It's fabulous, y'all. As is Roth. 

Val reviewed Stone Cold Touch already, which you can see by clicking on the image below:

 


And Val also did an interview with Roth and Zayne, which you can check out by clicking on the image below:




What do you think of Roth? Are you having trouble choosing between Roth and Zayne like I am? AHHH. And do you have a book boyfriend to share? Leave us a comment!



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Friday, October 24, 2014

Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Blog Tour, Character Interview & GIVEAWAY


Character Interview with Roth & Zayne!


Valerie- Hey guys! Thanks for talking to me.  I know you don’t like each other much but you need to play nice, okay.  I may have to bring out the teacher tactics and sit between you.  What am I thinking, I WILL sit between you two. (Moves between them and gives them the teacher look)


Valerie- Besides the obvious, that the other breaths and is a warden/demon, what is you issue with each other?
Zayne-When Roth showed up, Layla didn’t come to me and she started keeping secrets.  Yeah, I’ve made some mistakes, but I’ve always been there for Layla.  Not Roth.  And I don’t like that she didn’t trust me because of him.

Roth-My issue with Stony?  Seems pretty obvious to me.

Valerie- Two words to describe Layla?
Zayne-Best friend
Roth-Just one—Shorty 

Valerie- What is your favorite time with Layla?  What were you two doing and where were you?
Zayne-All my time with Layla is special, but I’ve always loved our coffee dates on Saturday mornings.  
Roth-Hmmm…probably the night that Layla and I spent together on my rooftop and she woke up in my arms.

Valerie-What do you want for Layla?
Zayne-I want her to be able to be close to me without feeling the urge to steal my soul.  I hate how much she struggles with it because I know that it’s hurting her.
Roth-I want Layla to be able to accept everything about herself—both her demon side and her gargoyle side.  She’s always been looked down upon by the Wardens because she’s part demon.  I want her to realize that it doesn’t matter if she’s part demon or part gargoyle or even part chupacabra.  

Valerie- The thing is, I love both of you.  I want both of you to be happy and get the girl.  This never happens to me.  I always know which guy should get the girl.  There are quite of few of us that feel this way.  What would you tell us to convince us to your side?
Zayne-Roth’s a demon.  There isn’t anything about being with a demon that could possibly be good for Layla.  She deserves so much more than what a demon, especially the Crown Prince of Hell, could offer her.
Roth-I don’t think we have time for me to list all of the reasons why I’m better than Stony.

Valerie- Thanks for talking to me guys.  I appreciate you being mostly good.  And I really enjoyed sitting between you.  J (Steals hugs from both guys) 


 Click covers for Goodreads links
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455811-bitter-sweet-love?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455585-white-hot-kisshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455815-stone-cold-touch



About STONE COLD TOUCH:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…



About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



And don't forget! The choice is yours...


Beginning October 21st you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, EVERY LAST BREATH.
At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing EVERY LAST BREATH. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until EVERY LAST BREATH goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice! 

BUY LINKS:

And don’t forget the previous books in The Dark Elements Series…

BITTER SWEET LOVE

WHITE HOT KISS






Blog Tour Schedule:
October 22
Vilma’s Book Blog-Video Review
October 23
Kimberlyfaye Reads-Quote Teasers
October 24
Stuck in Books-Character Interview w/ Roth & Zayne
October 25
October 26
The Irish Banana Review-DreamCast & Review
October 27
Mundie Moms-Character Interview w/ Layla
October 28
October 29
Emilie’s Book World-Character Interview w/ Roth, Zayne & Layla
A Bookish Escape-Review
October 30
Vi3tiBabe-Author Interview
October 31
Jenuine Cupcakes-Baking with Roth & Zayne
Reading Teen-Review





Giveaway...


We get to give away a SIGNED copy of Cold Stone Touch!

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Queen of Swords (Sanctify, #1) by Katee Robert ~ Review

Source:  Received eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Queen of Swords (Sanctify, #1) by Katee Robert

When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she's supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn't matter if the ship's commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don't lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.

Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them...and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13586316-queen-of-swords

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1620610655http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queen-of-swords-katee-robert/1108326805

Review...

Characters.  I didn't like them.  Both have strong personalities and I could probably be okay with them apart from each other.  But, frankly, I didn't like how they treated each other.  I didn't like how they didn't talk to each other.  I didn't like  how one night of sex that Ophelia doesn't remember has them both acting all jealous and in love.  I don't get why Boone is so determined to have Ophelia trust him when he kidnapped her.  Why should she?  But I actually think she does.  She's just in denial.  That, too, didn't make sense to me.

Story.  I didn't get it.  The world is confusing.  I don't get the different aliens because it's never really explained.  I think they're some racism theme going on since the Diviners look human with the their added gift of seeing.  But instead of it being racism, it was an alien thing.  The story could have easily been done without space being involved but it was thrown in somehow.   I had been excited to read a SciFi.  It's been a while and I really do love that genre.  But I have to admit to seeing some Star Trek and Star Wars in this story and not in a good way.  It felt like the story leaned on those stories for world building instead of doing some itself.  Sad.  And the whole nauseous thing?  I saw that coming from the first barf fest.

Writing.  I've read this author before.  It was a contemporary romance and I adored it.  That experience was why I agreed to read this one.  And while her writing style is fine, I just didn't enjoy this one.  I can't recommend it.  But others felt differently.  Check out below for some different opinions.



About the Author...


Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.


https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKateeRoberthttps://twitter.com/katee_roberthttp://www.kateerobert.com/https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5398028.Katee_Robert




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guest Post ~ Heidie McLaughlin & Giveaway


HERE WITH ME by Heidi McLaughlin



October 2014
Contemporary Romance




BOOK SUMMARY:

Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.
After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate.  With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.






https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18948703-here-with-me

http://www.amazon.com/Heidi-McLaughlin/e/B00AV872O8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1413833866&sr=1-2-ent





Author Information

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
http://heidimclaughlin.com/  https://www.facebook.com/HeidiMcLaughlinAuthorhttps://twitter.com/HeidiJoVThttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6568302.Heidi_McLaughlin



Guest Post



How did you meet your characters and how did you name them?


Technically, I didn’t. My best friend & beta, Yvette, came to with an idea about a set of twin brothers and their battle over one woman. We tweaked it for a bit until the basis of the story was done. Yvette actually named the characters and found the muses and told me to write it. Along the way, the storyline adjusted from the original, but the premise stayed the same. I knew from the beginning how the story would end and knew how it would start. The characters, their looks, actions and personalities were pretty solid from the get-go it was just a matter of introducing themselves to me.



Giveaway...

 

 

 

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