Twin Savage by Sunniva Dee #Review

Twin Savage by Sunniva Dee #ReviewTwin Savage on October 16th 2017
Pages: 380
Format: eBook
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five-stars

Grief comes in many forms.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve... Right?
Except, what if you douse that grief with sex
in ways so culturally unacceptable
you leave it to a veritable male harem
led by the porn-star brother of your fiancé
to decide if you’ll emerge
from the jungle intact?

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It wasn't a problem to be the only girl in a house full of guys.
Until my fiancé died and his identical twin took over the roost.

Sweet, easygoing Julian passed, while loathsome, bossy Luka, who pays his way through med school by getting his dick wet on film, is still alive.

What kind of twisted reality is this?

Now, Luka’s on a mission to fix both of our grief.
Like I’d ever accept anything from him.
He doesn’t understand that gorgeous and sexy mean nothing if you’re a promiscuous jerk.

If only the nights didn’t destroy me.
They’re painful and long and empty,
until, on a Monday night, my insomnia attracts Diego.
That Tuesday, it attracts Lenny.
Next, it’s Marlon, James, Nathaniel,
and on Saturday, it’s Connor.

By Sunday night, I get the picture.
This is Luka doing what Luka does: solve problems with sex.
His remote-controlled comfort leaves me in our roommates’ arms six of seven nights.
On Sunday, there’s only one man left in the house.

There’s no way in hell I’m opening my door—or my heart—to a porn star.

Review

After I read The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Twin Savage. Sunniva Dee really delivered with this one! The characters are so complex and though it has a morbid beginning I couldn’t put this book down!

I like that the author brought up cultural norms in this book. I mean it is about a Porn Star but she brings to light the double standards of society and gives it a new meaning. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to give anything away but just know that this is a must read!

five-stars

The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby #Interview #Excerpt

The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby
Published December 4th, 2017
Entangled: Crush
Young Adult, Romance
144 pages
How to get over a heartbreak:
Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.
Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.
Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.
Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.
After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…

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Excerpt

“Please don’t tell my mom that one. She doesn’t need any more bad puns to put on her cards,” Cat said as Alex’s cell phone buzzed. He read the text message before looking up.

“You could tell her yourself—or not tell her, as the case might be. She wants you to call her.”

“What?” Cat said in surprise before dragging out her own phone and staring at the dead screen. She’d obviously played one too many games on it during math. “How did she even get your number?”

He shrugged. “I guess Joe gave it to her.”

“Oh.” It seemed Cat wasn’t the only forgetting Alex wasn’t her real boyfriend.

The darkening afternoon sky was a spectrum of blues as he held up his cell. “You can use mine.”

“Thanks.” She took the handset. The screen was cracked, and there was a fine coat of grease on the keys. She grinned at his screen saver, which was of Snoopy dressed up as the Red Baron. “Frozen and now Snoopy? I always knew you had a marshmallow heart.”

“Yeah. I’m a total softie,” his voice was light, but his knuckles whitened. Cat winced. Franklin had tarred and feathered him with the same brush they’d used for his parents. The worst thing was he seemed to believe it, too. Frustration gnawed at her chest.

How I am the only one who can see how amazing he really is?

Her mom answered on the second ring and explained she’d been held up in a sales meeting and it was going to run for another two hours, which meant she couldn’t pick Cat from school.

“It’s fine. I’ll hitch a ride with Nikki,” Cat said, promising to charge up her cell phone, eat some vegetables with her dinner, and on no account throw a house party.

“You’ll never guess what just happened.” Nikki came running outside, her eyes glowing and her cheeks bright.

“Mackenzie fell into a vat of glitter?” Cat suggested. “Or glue?” Alex added.

“Wrong. Parker just asked me if I wanted to grab a burger with him. Well, he said you guys could come, but I told him you were busy. Right. Right?” Nikki narrowed her gaze so there could be no misunderstandings.

“Right,” she agreed with a smile before recalling her transport predicament. “Go, have fun, and don’t tell him about the time you beat your brothers up. It will only scare him.”

“Duh.” Nikki grinned and went racing over to Parker, who was nervously chewing his lip.

“I can give you a lift,” Alex said once they were alone.

“Are you sure? I feel like every day I impose on you more,” she said, achingly aware of how close they were standing.

“What kind of fake boyfriend would leave his girl stranded?” He shrugged.

His girl.

His. Girl.

She tested out the words like a new flavor. Her body trembled in response and she nodded. “Okay, great.”

Interview with Amanda Ashby

1.What inspired you to become a writer? 

I always wish I could say I wanted to be a writer for an early age, but that’s so not the case! I grew up loving books and being great at creative writing but I literally had no idea that being a writer was even a thing a regular person could do! Bearing in mind this was pre-internet so there was no such thing as websites or social media, and we never had authors visit the school. It wasn’t until I was in my mid twenties that I even considered writing a book. Then, once the thought hit me I became determined to do it. I had a few wobbles along the way but the thought that kept me going was, “what if Jane Austen had never written her books?” The idea of living in a world where Pride and Prejudice didn’t exist was pretty scary and it helped push me forward. Not that I aspire to be Jane Austen (okay, maybe I do, because she’s awesome!) but she was definitely my inspiration!

  1. Coffee or tea?

Coffee!!!!! I try and be sensible with my coffee intake so once I’ve had my three cups for the day then I’ll switch to peppermint tea, but coffee is my first love!

  1. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

Hehehe – I feel this question should actually be, “what do you like to do when you should be writing!” My favorite things in life are reading, watching great TV shows and vintage shopping. We’ve also just finished renovating our house and while I wouldn’t say that painting walls was on my list of things I love, I have done a lot of it in the last two years!

  1. What inspired you to write The Heartbreak Cure?

I never planned to write a YA romance but I was playing with ideas for another book when the image of a heartbroken girl sitting under a tree flashed into my mind. And when I realized she was writing a slash and burn story about the guy who broke her heart, I was all in! Not all stories have such a nice beginning, but the first couple of chapters of this book literally just fell onto the page!

  1. What’s up next for you?

I’ve got a middle grade book coming out next year under my pen name, Catherine Holt and I’m writing some small town romances for Entangled, which I’m very excited about it. Oh and I’m also moving town next month (all those renovations paid off!!!!) so life is pretty exciting right now!!!

About Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age.  Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

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Entangled’s 25 Days of Holiday Steals: Day 11

Entangled Publishing is celebrating the holidays with 25 Days of Holiday Steals. They will be spotlighting a special steal of a deal each day from December 1st through December 25th. So be sure to check back each day to see what special offer is up for grabs that day!

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Holiday Affair by Annie Seaton is just 99¢!

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Unadventurous Lissy McIntyre believes choosing the right man should be based on common sense. She would never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Yes, please. He’s got a swoon-worthy body and his kisses leave her senseless. A tropical holiday romance might be what she needs…

When Nick moves to his new job in a small country town, he’s stunned to discover that his no-nonsense neighbor and co-worker is the beautiful woman he spent a memorable night with on a tropical island. He’s unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can’t seem to stay away from the intriguing woman. Nick doesn’t do forever but having Lissy around has him thinking maybe he could…

 

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Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken #Review

Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken #ReviewThrough Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken
on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 354
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Mirror mirror, hear my call…
In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique—and dangerous—ability to “call” her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.
In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees—and interacts with—Leah, a mirror image of herself. She’s rescued by Ryan, a boy from school with a secret he’d die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world…and he’s about to fall.
As Leah and Holly's lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they've ever known. If they don’t, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything—and everyone—they love…

Review
Through Fire & Sea involves parallel universes and otherselves. There are 4 elemental worlds and 1 true world. In each world everyone has an otherself but most people don’t know it. Leah is one of the people that knows about the elemental worlds and her otherselves. She is the unrecognized daughter of a Duke and she has spent her entire life trying to get his attention. When she finally gets to speak with him, he proves why her mother didn’t want him near her. The Dukes are summoning Quetrah to handle a dragon and her price is their daughters. He forces Leah to take the place of his legal daughter or he will kill her mother. Leah doesn’t want to go but she has no choice.
While away, Leah discovers she is a Caller which means she can call her otherselves. She meets Holly who she can talk to through water. Holly nearly drowns the first time she sees Leah and is rescued by a merman named Ryan who tries to convince Holly not to tell anyone of his rescue. Unbeknownst to all of them, Ryan’s otherself in the fire world is Gideon who happens to be Leah’s soulmate. Gideon is cursed and Leah will do anything to help me. She accidentally releases someone into the water world who is after Ryan. If Ryan dies, then so will Gideon.
This story is so complex and unique. I had a little difficulty keeping up with everything. I think I need a reference book just to tell me the back history of all the worlds and what not so that maybe I can keep it straight. The characters are each unique which is nice to see considering some of them are otherselves of the same person. I would love to see more of the other worlds and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
four-stars

Entangled’s 25 Days of Holiday Steals: Day 9

 

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Christmas with the Sheriff by Victoria James is just 99¢!

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After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn’t in Big Sky Country any longer…but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life.
Single dad and county Sheriff Chase Donovan had been secretly in love with his best friend’s wife for years. But after her traumatic loss he knew Julia needed to get away from Shadow Creek, even though helping her leave was the last thing he wanted to do. Now she’s home and he doesn’t intend to lose her a second time. Chase is going to prove to Julia just how good they can be together this Christmas…and forever.

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On Thin Ice by Carrie Aarons #Review

On Thin Ice by Carrie Aarons #ReviewOn Thin Ice on December 7th 2016
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Nathan Rush is a small town man who has never dreamed of a bigger life.

Until, that is, the only surviving heiress of America's richest family lands on his doorstep. Nathan is the groundskeeper at Hollis House, the Valon family's upstate New York mansion just outside of Harlin Falls, the quiet, sleepy town he was raised in. He's an honest, hard-working man who wants nothing more than a beer and a hockey game on TV at the end of the night. Except, when the ice princess starts to melt, Nathan pictures his future in a way he never has before.

Camille Valon's life has taken place in the spotlight.

Until, that is, her parents are murdered in a mysterious Christmas Day fire. Now all she wants is to flee the prying news cameras and slow-moving investigation. She's an upper crust ice princess who is good at keeping everyone at arm's length. Grief-stricken and still fearing for her life, Camille arrives at her family's safe haven estate with secrets and a chip on her shoulder. What she didn't count on was the kind, ridiculously attractive man who caters to her every need.

As the months go by, and an impending threat grows closer to discovering Camille's location, the line between employer and employee becomes dangerously blurred. Nathan and Camille could be each other's saving graces, if only they'd put aside their visions of a perfect life and take the chance fate has put right in front of them.

Review

On Thin Ice is the story of Camille and Nate. Camille’s parents were murdered forcing her into hiding out at one of their mansions that few people knew about. Nate is the groundskeeper at this particular mansion and he takes the time to be Camille’s friend and not just her employee.

Camille has been through a lot but the way she acts sometimes is quite annoying. She is quite the diva. This gets a little better as the book progresses but honestly I just didn’t care for her at all. This is a slow building romance but at times the story itself seemed too slow. Overall, I enjoyed the book but it was different than what I expected.

four-stars

Retribution by Shana Figueroa #Review

Retribution by Shana Figueroa #ReviewRetribution by Shana Figueroa
Published by Forever Yours on February 7th 2017
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

V is for vengeance . . .
Private investigator Valentine Shepherd plays by one set of rules: hers. She's haunted by dark, cryptic visions of the future, not to mention an aching hole in her chest where her heart---and the love of her life, Max Carressa---used to be. But when Val's search for a missing woman leads to her own night of terror, the only thing on Val's mind is revenge.
In the months since Val walked away from their relationship, Max has tried to move on. Yet, when she asks for his help tracking down her attacker, he knows resistance is futile; he'll do anything for Val. Even sacrifice himself to save her.

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Review
Retribution is book 2 in the Valentine Shepard series and picks up about a few months after Vengeance ends. Val and Max have broken up and it appears that Max has moved on. Val is juggling cases when one of them pulls her deep enough that she asks for help from her exes. (Yes that is supposed to be plural.)
As in the previous book, there is a lot of action, violence, and sex. Although there is more focus on the world building and plot in Retribution and less focus on the sex. Shana Figueroa isn’t afraid to kill characters off and I want to call her the Shonda Rhimes of the book world. Seriously, there are characters who feel very important to the story and then WHAM! they are dead and gone. This series is seriously addicting and I can’t get enough of these characters!

About Shana Figueroa

Shana Figueroa is a published author who specializes in romance and humor, with occasional sojourns into horror, sci-fi, and literary fiction.

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two young daughters, and two old pugs. She enjoys reading, writing (obviously), martial arts, video games, and SCIENCE---it's poetry in motion! By day, she serves her country in the US Air Force as an aerospace engineer. By night, she hunkers down in a corner and cranks out the crazy stories lurking in her head.

She took Toni Morrison's advice and started writing the books she wanted to read. Hopefully you'll want to read them, too!

four-half-stars

Entangled’s 25 Days of Holiday Steals: Day 7

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An Untouchable Christmas by Cindy Skaggs is just 99¢!

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Sofia Capri survived life as a mob wife, but living with drop-dead gorgeous FBI agent Logan Stone has its own challenges. Step one? Host his family for Christmas dinner.

Rescuing Sofia from her former mob life and saving her kidnapped son was enough to earn Logan a place in her life, but a mysterious phone call before dinner threatens the security he’d give anything to provide.

When Sofia’s son and Logan’s nieces disappear from the festivities, the illusion of a normal Christmas shatters, hurling Sofia back into her nightmares.

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Vengeance by Shana Figueroa

Vengeance by Shana FigueroaVengeance by Shana Figueroa
Published by Forever Yours on September 6th 2016
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Not every Valentine is a saint . . .
Corruption. Greed. Illicit sex. Murder. Private investigator Valentine Shepherd thinks she's seen it all, and her strange ability to glimpse the future gives her an edge no one else in the world has. But when her fiancé is killed trying to exonerate his client, billionaire Max Carressa, Val makes it her personal mission to bring the people responsible to justice, no matter the cost. Convinced the two men are linked by more than attorney-client privilege, she enlists Max's help in her investigation and gets more than she bargained for.
On the run, Val and Max must uncover who wants them dead and why. The answer leads them to a conspiracy that has Val herself at its center. She doesn't understand how or why, but time is running out to expose the truth and escape the danger she knows is coming . . .

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Review
Vengeance is properly named. There is a lot action in this book and the body rises as you go along. Val is a PI with the power to see things in the future before they happen. She spends her time trying to change the future. To say her life is exciting is putting it mildly, especially when she loses her boyfriend, Robby. Not long after that, she meets Max who has the same ability as her and the chemistry between these two is explosive. Of course, Val feels guilty and tries to fight her attraction to Max but it doesn’t work. They have an extremely strong connection.
As things happen in this story and it progresses, there are things intertwined that are unexpected. This book is full of twists and turns and at times it’s hard to keep everything straight. This is a book you have to be paying attention to while you read or you will miss something. There aren’t many books like this one and I really enjoyed that about it! I can’t wait to read the next book!

About Shana Figueroa

Shana Figueroa is a published author who specializes in romance and humor, with occasional sojourns into horror, sci-fi, and literary fiction.

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two young daughters, and two old pugs. She enjoys reading, writing (obviously), martial arts, video games, and SCIENCE---it's poetry in motion! By day, she serves her country in the US Air Force as an aerospace engineer. By night, she hunkers down in a corner and cranks out the crazy stories lurking in her head.

She took Toni Morrison's advice and started writing the books she wanted to read. Hopefully you'll want to read them, too!

four-half-stars

Planner Accessories and a Giveaway!

Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup and Lauren at Shooting Stars are co-hosting a Planner hop! I love all things planner related so I thought I would share some of my favorite planner accessories with you!

I recently got into decorating my planner and I absolutely love it! It’s a way to let your creativity shine. I have used a planner since I was around 15 but I never thought I would have the time to put into decorating it each week.

Planner Stickers

Stickers are a great way to decorate your planner. I like to pick a weekly theme for mine and decorate it based on that. Here are a few of my favorites.

Planner Clips

Planner clips are great to use to keep up with which page in your planner you are currently on as well as other pages that you may need to reference. They also are a way to add flair to your planner in a less permanent way than stickers. They are typically of the paper clip variety but magnetic ones are also available for those of us who don’t want our pages to have a crease. There are a wide range of planner clips available and I’m certain that if you are wanting something specific, an Etsy search will help you find it.

Pens

I love pens. I probably have about 100 pens in my possession. I like being able to pick up any color pen I could possibly want. I use it for color coding my planner, for writing pretty headings in my bullet journal, and for making my traveler’s notebook easier to read. My favorite pens would either be these because they are erasable or these gel pens.

Washi Tape

Washi Tape is very useful for decorating your planner but it has many other uses as well. This board on Pinterest shows some crafts that use washi tape.

#pixiepicchallenge my washi stash. #ineedmore #washi

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There are several other planner accessories out there but I will save those for another time.

Giveaway Time

Now for the giveaway. I will be giving away a mystery box of planner accessories including some clips, washi, stickers, and pens. I will even throw in a few items from my shop, Adri Lynn Design.

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