Saturday, November 30, 2013

Before We Fall by Courtney Cole ~ Tour Stop & Giveaway

Before We Fall (Beautifully Broken, #3) by Courtney Cole

Sometimes, one dark moment is all it takes to turn your world black...

For 24-year old Dominic Kinkaide, that moment took place on the night of his high school graduation. One dark incident changed him forever. He's a hardened actor now, famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured in his own. He doesn't care about much of anything, except for losing himself in the roles that he plays.

23-year old Jacey Vincent doesn't realize how much her father's indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn't one specific moment that wrecks a person, but rather it's an absence of moments. She's like a bird with a broken wing-strong yet fragile, as she tries to float through life, finding acceptance in the arms of random guys, one after the other... to fill the void that her father left in her.

Until she meets Dominic.

After jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, his secret and her issues create a dark and damaged energy that will soon turn their attraction to each other into an explosive storm.

Even though when the clouds have cleared and the dust has settled, both of them are almost obliterated... they've learned a priceless lesson.

Sometimes, before we fall... we fly.

My Thoughts:

3 stars - An Emotional, intense and heartbreaking story that finds hope.

I'm not sure I was ready for Dominic Kinkaide.  He's pushed everyone away and seeks out pain to avoid the true pain in his heart.  He was more than I could take.  For the first three-fourths of the book, I really didn't like him.  Once I learned his secret, I felt sorry for him but I'm not sure I ever accepted him for who he was.  He did invoke emotions in me - most of them negative.  For that the author was successful.

I loved Jacey in If You Leave.  My heart broke for her and all her lose.  Starting with her father's lack of interest and then the long line of bad choices, she had a hard emotional life for her short 24 years.  What I loved about her was her passion.  She saw the good in people.  She kept trying.  She still made poor choices but she owned them.  I was excited for her to get her own story.  In the end, I was happy for her.

The book reads very quickly.  I read it in an evening.  I didn't want to put it down.  Motivated to know what Dom's secret was, I kept turning the pages.  While it wasn't my favorite of the series by a long shot, it is an emotional, intense and heartbreaking story that finally finds some hope.  I was glad for that.

If you've read the first two books in this series, you're gonna want to pick this one up too.  Be prepared though, Dominic Kinkaide will try your patience and push you away just as he does everyone else.  I'm glad I hung in there to hear his story, even if it was a hard one for me to hear.

About the author:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.


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Until We Burn (Beautifully Broken, #2.5) by Courtney Cole

Dominic Kinkaide does bad, bad things. 

As a 24-year old actor with the world on a string, not many women tell Dominic no. In a life where no doesn’t exist, he stretches the boundaries between what is right, what is wrong and what is downright depraved. Dark and damaged, Dom wants no commitments. 

He wants no attachments. 

He only wants to disappear into the taboo, into a place where he feels something. 


But when the aching need to disappear into the darkness is the only thing he has left, Dominic flounders. In a world that is hollow and sexual, without a guiding light or a reason to breathe, Dominic is lost and broken. He knows he’ll never be fixed. So he makes a decision. 

If he’s going to hell, he might as well make it worth it.

The Twelve Days of New Adult Giveaway Hop

Welcome to 

The Twelve Days of 

New Adult Giveaway Hop

This hop will last 12 days and feature all New Adult books!

For my stop, I'm giving away one eBook, winners choice of these recent 5 star reads.
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From the author...

An eBook copy of

ALL OF YOU by Christian Lee
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Book Boyfriend #18

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So my book boyfriend for the week is

Gabriel Vincent

26-year old Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be, anyway. As an ex-Army Ranger, Gabe never thought he needed anyone. But after one horrible night in Afghanistan scars him in a way that he can't get past, he needs someone who can help him heal...even if he doesn't realize it.

25-year old Madison Hill doesn't need anybody...or so she thinks. She grew up watching her parents' messed-up abusive relationship and she knows there's no way in hell that she's ever letting that happen to her.

They don't know it in the beginning, but Gabriel and Madison will soon develop a weakness: Each other.

But Gabriel's got a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome... And Maddy's got issues that she's afraid Gabe will never understand. They quickly realize that they need each other to be whole, but at the same time they know that they've got demons to fight.

And the problem with demons is that they never die quietly.

Why?  Gabe is one badass sexy boy!

"You think that you’re a bad thing, but you’re not. You protect the rest of us from bad things. You’re badass and lethal and scary, and you’re as far from weak as you can get. You’re a protector, Gabe. My protector."
Gabriel's strong arms automatically close around me as I deepen the kiss, plungingmy tongue desperately into his mouth, tangling with his.  I glace up and his dark eyes are open, staring into mine.

"Are you sure you're OK?" he asks against my lips, almost desperately.  I nod.

"I am now."

My voice is a whisper and he groans, kissing me again, pulling me closer.

My hands are everywhere, running over his hard chest, his chiseled waist, his toned backside.  Our mouths are hot and wet and open, our breath panting.


"You're so beautiful," he whispers into my ear. "You have no idea how much I think about you."


I thought Pax was beautifully broken but Gabriel is better.  Love him so much.  What about you?  Have a book boyfriend this week?  Leave me a comment.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

We are extremely thrilled to share the cover of Monica Murphy's novella DREW + FABLE FOREVER. Fans of the One Week Girlfriend Series will want to preorder now for just $.99!!! We know you'll love this novella as much as we do!

releases on January 14!!


ABOUT DREW + FABLE FOREVER: Monica Murphy returns with her most beloved characters, Drew and Fable, in this eBook original short story that brings her bestselling New Adult series full circle.  

Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even accepting responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, yet again, he's found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?  

Reality. Except now the honeymoon’s over. Drew's football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him constantly. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .  


“We should check out Ocean Avenue tomorrow,” Drew whispers close to my ear, amusement tingeing his deep voice.

“What? Are you serious?” Even though I’ve come to terms with being here, it doesn’t mean I want to linger and make it a serious vacation. Besides, Drew needs to get back home so he can resume practice.

“Well yeah, remember the spot where we kissed?” His eyes are warm as they search my face, filled with so much love I feel my heart swell.

“Yes,” I whisper achingly. “Of course I remember.”

“I want to go back there.” He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear, his index finger lingering on my skin. “I want to kiss you again in that little alley and remember how wet we were from the rain. How nervous I was. I was scared you might reject me.”

I’d felt the same way. We’d dealt with much of the same feelings and fears and hadn’t even known it.

“I want to take you to that store where you got the dress that just about killed me and buy you whatever you want,” he continues, his fingers drifting across my jaw. My eyes flutter closed as memories rush back at me. “I want to sit outside the dressing room and have you come out to show me every single thing you’re trying on.”

That he remembers all the little details sends a thrill of pleasure spiraling to the very depths of my soul.

“And then I want to wander off for a bit and let you do whatever you want, secretly hoping that you’ll send me a text that says marshmallow. Though if you don’t that’s okay because I’ll send you one instead.” He offers up a crooked smile and the sight of it cracks my heart wide open, overflowing with so much pure love for him I want to cry. “Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”

MonicaMurphypic-250x373  ABOUT MONICA MURPHY: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.      

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Charred Heart (Heart of Fire, #1) by Lizzy Ford

For a thousand years, Chace has searched for a way to break the curse placed on him by a jilted lover. He’s a dragon shifter, one who can’t control when the magic will force him into a different form. He’s already lost everyone he ever cared about a few times over and doesn’t know how much longer he’s meant to suffer.

At his wit’s end, he makes a deal with a mysterious figure that offers him what he wants most – an end to his misery – in exchange for everything that’s his: His life, his power. His heart.

The next day, he meets Skylar, a modern day dragon slayer whose mission is to cage him – or kill him. Sexy, witty and brave, she is the yin to his yang, the woman destined to break the curse, balance his magic and make his broken heart whole.

Except it’s too late. Not only has he sealed his fate, but an innocent one-night-stand with Skylar has dragged her into the middle of a deal with the devil, one she won’t escape, if he can’t convince her that dragon shifters aren’t her enemies.


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Falling For Mr. Wrong by Inara Scott ~ Review

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

Looking for Mrs. Right...

Single father of three, Ross Bencher, knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart...

Falling for Mr. Wrong...

When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency before a big climbing expedition, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping...and questioning everything she’s ever known about love...

My Thoughts:

3 stars - Not as satisfying as I wanted it to be

I will admit to falling for the cover.  There's just something about the way the guy is holding her with such tender love that I was totally taken.  I had to read it.  And I will admit that it is the normal good combination for me.  Such opposites that it could never work out, how in the world could these two ever find common ground?  I usually am all over those kind of stories.  But there was one thing missing that cannot be overlooked for me - the characters.

Well mostly Kelsey.  I didn't like her.  It could be that I just couldn't relate to her at all.  She's living a very different life than most people I know that I just couldn't relate to her.  Oddly, this book is set in my home state and I do know a lot of people that love hiking and climbing.  No one I know loves it to the extreme that Kelsey does, though.  She's not planning on a family and that's my whole life.  But there have been so many characters in books that are nothing like me but I still find things about them to like.  With Kelsey, I couldn't.  I didn't dislike her either.  I can hate characters all day long and then love the book because the author provoked an emotional response from me.  With Kelsey, I was... meh. Whatever.  That's the kiss of death as far as I'm concerned.

I did like Ross.  I was amazed at how far he went to be part of his kids lives and how much he sacrificed.  I was impressed that he was still friends with his ex-wife.  I enjoyed seeing my home state through his eyes.  I loved his efforts to resist Kelsey.  Cute really.  And I loved his kids, especially Luke.  When he went rock climbing, I was beaming.  I loved that whole dynamic.  Ross was a win.

While I liked Ross, it wasn't enough to overcome my meh towards the story.  I figured things out well before they happened.  I wanted more from these characters then they were able to give.  Overall, it just wasn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be.  I was just meh.

About the author:
I wrote my first book when I was in high school--a romance called "A Wild and Stormy Passion," which featured swordplay, kidnapping, a pirate heroine and naughty bits I could only imagine thanks to my extensive reading of novels like "Caress and Conquer." Since then, I've written young adult novels and adult romances of the category, contemporary, and fantasy varieties. I still like the naughty bits best, but I do try to branch out occasionally and write something with a plot.

I am a dabbler and an emotional sponge. I can't read scary books or anything with an unhappy ending. I reserve the right to enjoy country music, puppies, true love, and happily ever after.

If you're perusing my Goodreads shelves, you should know I only review books I want to share the word about. If you ask me, life's too short to read something you don't enjoy.