Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson Blog Tour #Review

Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson 
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. After yet another failed relationship, the twenty-six-year-old investment analyst is convinced that real guys aren’t ever going to live up to her expectations—so why should she bother with them? She’s determined to keep her dating life purely electronic…though she occasionally fantasizes about Hayden King, the delicious new associate she just got partnered with at work.
While Lyssa manages her romantic risks by deleting men from of the equation, the ever-charming Hayden protects his heart by diversifying his love life across multiple women. As the two young professionals travel together around the country for business, their flirty working relationship develops into a close friendship that hurtles toward something more. Between hot tub confessions in Baltimore, an accidental kiss in Dallas, and an all-nighter in Chicago, Hayden proves himself to be better than any fantasy.
AUTHOR BIO
Writing wasn’t something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Watch for her new title Vibrizzio, coming in 2015 from Swoon Romance. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella. Her published short stories include “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire

Author Links:

REVIEW

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Lyssa is an investment analyst whose boyfriend is a skinny nerd named Keith. Keith buys her a vibrator to spice up their sex life, but when Lyssa really enjoys the vibrator, Keith gets insanely jealous and makes her choose between him and “it”. Lyssa nicknames the vibrator, Vibrizzio, and decides she doesn’t need a man to be happy when she can get all the pleasure she needs from a piece of plastic.

Lyssa is put on a special project at work, called Project Pineapple, and partnered up with a hottie named Hayden. He is curious about Lyssa but she can’t figure out why. Hayden finds out about Vibrizzio in an unfortunate incident at the airport and teases Lyssa about it.

Hayden tends to try to protect his heart by basically playing the field and being with many different women. This doesn’t sit well with Lyssa and she lets Hayden know it after one of his trysts. When the opportunity arises for Hayden to date Lyssa’s friend Trish, Lyssa tries her best to be okay with it and Hayden knows this.

There is so much witty banter between the characters in this book! I love it! The characters were very well developed and I could see them being real people. Lyssa’s family is very similar to a couple of families that I know.

At first, I was a little iffy about Lyssa wanting to quit men for a vibrator, but the more I thought about it, the more I could see where she was coming from. Also, for a man to be so jealous of a vibrator as to give an ultimatum like that, I would be done with men too.

If you’re looking for a sexy, funny read, I would highly recommend Vibrizzio.

Rating: 4.5 stars


Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford #Review

Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford
Turtle Pine #1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: Romance

Sometimes there is enough sweet to make up for the bitter.
Turtle Pine, Book 1

Years ago, a broken heart sent Annie Cookie running from home, and she’s never looked back—until now. Her grandpa’s broken wrist means the family bakery is at risk of losing two big orders. Reluctantly, Annie returns to Turtle Pine to help out, only to discover it’s not just seven hundred cupcakes she has to bake, but also a wedding cake for the half-sister who stole her high-school sweetheart. Annie left town to get away from her sister. No way is she getting mixed up with her again. Once the cupcakes are done, she’s outta there. 

Back in high school, Cade Revlin hid his crush on his brother’s girl, but when his brother dumped Annie for another Cookie sister, Annie slipped through his fingers and out of town. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to give her a reason to stay. He’s got one week to change her mind. Or she’ll be gone in a cloud of powdered sugar. 

Warning: Contains small-town meddling, family drama and all the necessary ingredients for a second chance at love—if they have the guts to turn up the heat.
REVIEW
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

If you want to read a sweet love story about second chances, then this is the book for you. Annie left Turtle Pine the first chance she got and never looked back. When her grandpa breaks his wrist and asks for her help with an order for 700 cupcakes and her half-sister’s wedding cake, Annie can’t refuse and returns home. However, she has no intentions of making Jane’s wedding cake since they are not on good terms. Jane stole Annie’s high school boyfriend and there are a lot of unresolved issues between them. 

Annie never expects to run into Cade, who happens to be the brother of her high school boyfriend. Cade has had a crush on Annie since high school and he’s not going to let her get away again. But Annie is only in town for one week. Is that enough time to change her mind and get her to move back to Turtle Pine? 

Parts of the story were a little slow but overall it was really good. The characters were well developed. I can’t wait to revisit Turtle Pine in more books. 

Rating: 3.5 stars

Weekly Book Recap #15

What I Posted: 

What I Read: 
Sinful by Joan Johnston (Netgalley)
Unforgiven by Lori Adams (Netgalley)
Mental by Justice Serai

Currently Reading: 
Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford (Netgalley)
Beckon Me by Cindy Thomas
Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson

Up Next: 
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 
Sin by Violetta Rand (Netgalley)

Monthly Wrap-up: April 2015

This month I participated in the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge. I finished 4 library books. 
Stats for the Month: 
Books Read: 11
Reviews Written: 7
What I Read:
Love, Lucy by April Lindner (Netgalley)
A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans (Netgalley)
You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen
You and I Together by Melissa Toppen
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (Audio)
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (Audio)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Audio)
Sinful by Joan Johnston (Netgalley)
Unforgiven by Lori Adams (Netgalley)
Mental by Justice Serai
Reviews Written: 
Reading Challenge Updates:
I’m only going to include the books I read in April but the totals in red will reflect the total number of books I’ve read toward each challenge. You can see my main starter post here.

Where Are You Reading? Challenge
Connecticut- Unforgiven by Lori Adams
Illinois- You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen
New York- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Pennsylvania- Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Virginia- Mental by Justice Serai

Wyoming- Sinful by Joan Johnston
Italy- Love, Lucy by April Lindner
London- A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans
New Beijing- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
21/50 states
8 other countries
5 fictional places

Young Adult Contemporary Challenge
6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
7. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

7/16 books

Historical Romance Reading Challenge

3. A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans

3/12 books

Erotic Romance Reading Challenge
3. You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen
4. You and I Together by Melissa Toppen

4/24 books

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge– sign up post
M: Mental by Justice Serai
T: A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans
U: Unforgiven by Lori Adams
W: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Y: You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen

17/26 books

Books in Translation Reading Challenge
2/5 books

New to You Reading Challenge
8. Love, Lucy by April Lindner (new to me author)
9. A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans (new to me author)
10. You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen (new to me author)
11. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (new to me author)
12. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (new to me author)
13. Sinful by Joan Johnston (new to me author)
14. Unforgiven by Lori Adams (new to me author)
15. Mental by Justice Serai

15/72 books

Literary Pickers Reading Challenge- sign up post
Guitar: Love, Lucy by April Lindner; loc 432 of 3318
Mirror: A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans; loc 2922 of 3779
Hot dog: You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen; loc 2685 of 3051
High heels: You and I Together by Melissa Toppen; loc 53 of 2993
Another planet/dimension: Hell; Unforgiven by Lori Adams loc 1329 of 5148
Popcorn: Sinful by Joan Johnston; loc 2417 of 3698
20/25 items

Back to the Classics Reading Challenge
Book with a woman author: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

2/6 books

Pages Read Challenge- sign up post
April: 3,153 pages
Total so far: 12,037/ 52,000 pages

Banned Books Challenge
2/15 books
What’s in a Name? Reading Challenge
0/6 books

You Read How Many Books? Challenge
31. Love, Lucy by April Lindner
32. A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans
33. You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen
34. You and I Together by Melissa Toppen
35. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
36. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
37. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
38. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
39. Sinful by Joan Johnston
40. Unforgiven by Lori Adams
41. Mental by Justice Serai

41/200 books

Victorian Reading Challenge
Book of Your Choice: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

2/5 books

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
9. Love, Lucy by April Lindner
10. Sinful by Joan Johnston

10/21 books

Netgalley Challenge- sign up post
14. Love, Lucy by April Lindner (Invitation)
15. A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans
16. Sinful by Joan Johnston
17. Unforgiven by Lori Adams
17/30 galleys

Reading Challenge Addict- sign up post
#2015HW Reading Assignment Challenge- sign up post

I decided to drop out of this challenge due to time constraints. 

Adrenaline by Sunniva Dee Release #Blitz

Adrenaline by Sunniva Dee

Publication date: April 30th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Life’s the shit!
Chicks squeal over how wild and yummy I am, play their silly games trying to tie me down. But I’m free as a bird, doing what makes life life: kicking extreme-sport-ass!
I base jump, snowboard, bungee jump. I do anything for the rush.
Then, Ingela blows into town for college—a cool Swedish blast of trouble. Foulmouthed and runway-gorgeous, the girl seeps in like poison and melts the freaking brain.
To Ingela I am what chicks were to me: pastime, leisure, entertainment, pleasure. She’s killing me, and I’m digging it. There’s a new rush in town!Yeah, I hunt down my highs, and now the chase is on. I’ll catch her soon enough, just, what’s the deal with her ex?
BO
With Ingela, sex is a dance. A slow tango where skin flows over skin. It is slick readiness, a quiet welcome. It’s smooth, warm, right, and all wrong.
On and off. On and off. Again, she’s wrecked with grief. It’s a reminder of how I destroy her, how crushed relationships shouldn’t be revived.
We’ve done this for years, now, but clearly we’re in for more.


AUTHOR BIO
Originally from Norway, I moved to the United States twelve years ago. I hold a Master’s degree in languages and taught Spanish at college level before settling in at the Savannah College of Art and Design as an adviser.

I write New Adult fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist—like in “Shattering Halos,” published by The Wild Rose Press in February 24th 2014 and in “Stargazer,” released November 2014. The first book I’ve self-published was the New Adult Contemporary novel “Pandora Wild Child,” which made me a proud indie author in October 28th 2014.

I specialize in impulsive heroines, bad-boys, and good-boys running amok. Then, there’s the intense love, physical and emotional attraction beyond reason—sensory overload for the reader as well as for the characters. Like in real life, I hope you’re unable to predict what comes next in my stories.

Yes, so I write what I love to read, and depending on the reader, you’ll find my books to be a fast-paced emotional rollercoaster—or disturbing because the struggles of love aren’t your thing. Here’s to hoping you have the same reading vice as me!

Website : http://www.sunnivadee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSunnivaDee
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/sunnivaD
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Instagram: http://instagram.com/sunnivadee

EXCERPT
INGELA
My cell just buzzed. It’s four in the morning on a weekday. On an instinctual level, I know who it is. I’m not one to give myself breaks; not once, not once, do I not answer when he calls, so I sit up, adrenaline diluting my blood and telling me to go-go-go.
“Stop missing me, asshole,” I say into the receiver.
Brooding, emotional, feel-sorry-for-himself, wishy-washy, sexy nightmare Bo. He’s the epitome of inconsiderate. I’ve been studying in the US for over two years now, but my ex keeps calling me from home. Not giving a damn about the time difference, he calls right when the hell he needs me.
I fumble for the light. Turn it on. Squint and clutch my phone tighter. “Hej,” I puff out next since he doesn’t respond right away.
“Hej, Inga,” he breathes back. Voice silky, like the damn singer-guitarist he is, he says what I knew he would as if he didn’t hear my initial greeting. “I miss you.”
“You’re horrible, Bo.”
“Come on, Inga—this is hard.”
I know what he means by hard. “Is it?” I ask, sitting up straighter. “Is it, now? Then, why did you break up with me for the fifteenth time in, like, what…”
I don’t want to repeat the number of years out loud. Bo and I were an item on and off between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. All I care about right now is him shutting the hell up. Whenever I’m almost over him, he’s there again. Black-velvety soft voice in my ear, making adrenaline, my worst enemy, course through my body until I tremble.
The man on the phone drove me to the brink a while back. There’s a reason why I’m here and not in Gothenburg where I’d be subject to his erratic moods on a daily basis.
For the millionth time, I wish I didn’t remember the good parts. Me, starting out as the sixteen-year-old groupie of his local band. The parties, the fun. The endless nights in our own little world in the dump he rented with two fellow bandmates. I swallow a lump in my throat. It was supposed to be us always. Not just for a few years. And he wasn’t supposed to be… the way he is.
“Inga, did you hear what I said?” Bo whispers now, like he cares that I should be asleep at this hour.
“No.”
“I call you, and you don’t even listen?”
“Doing my best,” I say. By the displeased huff he makes, I can tell he understands; I’m doing my best at not listening to him.
“I’m accepting a scholarship to a one-year guitar clinic in Los Angeles.”
Even sitting, my knees go weak. Deepsilver, the gorgeous little college town I’ve set new roots in here on the East Coast, must be only hours from Los Angeles by plane. The pull is on my heartstrings already—I’m too close to where Bo will be.
“Why?” I ask. “They can’t teach you anything here that you can’t learn in Gothenburg, I’m sure. And the band—are they replacing you?”
He puffs a snicker. “Naw. I don’t think so.” Bo is aware that he’s the chick magnet of the bunch and the reason they’ve been doing decent as a college band since they moved to the big city.
“I might check in with some labels while I’m in L.A. The band is with me on this. Probably heading over too, if I can scrounge up some gigs for us. Maybe we’ll tour the East Coast. How about that, Inga? We’ll pop by your little town.”
“Uh-huh, whatever.” I hurt. I try not to admit it to myself, but I miss him so much. The need to have him with me under my covers sucker-punches me. No one. No one is like Bo in bed. I feel the ghost of his hands on my skin as he lets out a quiet laugh on the other end.
“You’re so silly, Ingela. Just give it up already. I’ll take a couple of days in Deepsilver on my way there, okay? I’ll treat you well.”
I blush. There’s a reason to his sexy chuckle, to his sudden promise. As soon as I’m the slightest bit turned on, my breathing stops cooperating. Five years of on-and-off dating has Bo tuned in to the smallest changes in me the way he is to his guitar. So yes, he’s completely aware of his effect on me.
“Fuck you,” I mumble.
“Do you swear as much in English as you do in Swedish?” he purrs like he’s describing dirty pleasures.
“None of your—”
“—goddamn business?”
“Yeah, that. Bye, dick.”
TEASERS

Books & Bloggers Swap Reveal

It’s time to reveal what I received from the Books and Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess. This is my first time participating in this swap and it was so much fun! They host several different swaps a year so be sure to check them out.

I really enjoyed getting to know Chanpreet and seeing her blog, Confessions of a Y.A. & N.A. Book Addict.

There were notes stuck to each book so I would know which was one you read and enjoyed, one you haven’t read but want to, and one from the wish list.

Book One: One you read and enjoyed. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
Book Two: One you haven’t read but want to. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
Book Three: One from the wish list. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

I also got a package containing all sorts of postcards and bookmarks for various books which I love! There were also some tea bags and a bracelet included as well. I’m super excited to be able to fix tea while I read these books.

Thank you Chanpreet for being a great partner!!

Ride Me Hard by Shari Slade Release Day #Blitz

New Release – RIDE ME HARD – Part 1 of The Devilís Host MC Serial by Shari Slade

When a big scary biker shows up at Jimmy’s Diner fifteen minutes before the end of my shiftócovered in tattoos and looking at me like I’m on the menuóI should flip the open sign to closed.

But I don’t.

I’m too used to doing what I’ve been told. Too used to working and struggling and surviving to do anything different. A closed sign wouldn’t stop him anyway. He’s here to collect a debt. And I’m the only one left to pay.

RIDE ME HARD is just the beginning. The wildly erotic journey continues June 1st with BREAK ME IN. These are short, hot reads, sure to leave you panting.
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What people are saying…

“Intense, dangerous, and perfectly dirty! Ride Me Hard will leave you breathless.” – New York Times Bestselling author Skye Warren

“Dirty, beautiful, gritty and wild. If I don’t get more right now I’ll die!” – New York Times Bestselling author Annika Martin

“RIDE ME HARD has a panty-melting mix of sex, sass and sin. It hooked me hard.” – Heidi Joy Tretheway author of Tatto Theif

“Shari Slade strings together all the dirty words and makes something extraordinarily beautiful. Ride Me Hard will leave you panting for more–the perfect mix of intriguing story and flawed, fascinating characters. Fantastic start to a new series.” – Ainsley Booth author of Hate F*@k

Excerpt from RIDE ME HARD

Twelve hours into what should be an eight-hour shift and my new uniform still feels foreign on my body. Scratchy and wrong. Unpleasantly damp. Yesterday I’d worn jeans and a Jimmy’s Diner T-shirt. Tonight, I’m packed into a polyester dress that looks like it came from a catalog full of naughty Halloween costumes: 1950s Pinup or Sexy Soda Jerk.
I tug at the powder-blue skirt barely covering my ass and adjust the ruffled apron. Who thought white aprons were a good idea in a restaurant full of ketchup, jam and gravy? Jimmy Jr. The idiot.
I wince.
Hot coals have replaced the muscles in the small of my back; that’s the only explanation for the searing pain that radiates with every wobbly step I take. My new management-issued shoes are as ridiculous and nonfunctional as the dress, strappy black Mary Janes with pointy toes, pointier heels, and some kind of no-skid treatment on the soles. Thank God for small favors.
The whole tacky getup cost eighty bucks. Cheap, but still too rich for my blood. The cherry on top of one very shitty sundae. At least they’d take it out of my check in installments, because I’d barely made a quarter of that tonight, proving once and for all that waitresses are invisible no matter what they’re wearing. Jimmy’s Diner is invisible too, now that the new bypass is finished and the truckers can barrel past town doing eighty miles per hour.
The locals coming in for early bird specials aren’t going to cut it, and no sexy gimmick will replace the volume of being on a high-traffic truck route. Short of throwing up a roadblock and diverting traffic, Jimmy is fucked.
I dip my hand into my apron pocket and stroke the tiny wad of singles, reassuring myself it’s still there. Five to shove in the coffee can I keep under the sink and then, not even enough to fill a gas tank, let alone make a dent in the weekly rent my landlord is salivating over. He’s already looking for any excuse to eject me from the little garage apartment his new wife wants to use for a craft studio.
I’m pretty fucked too.
It’s not like I’m working here by choice. If this job bottoms out, I can’t even think about that particular dead end. Instead I focus on the present fifteen-minute increments. I can survive anything for fifteen minutes. I know that from experience.
Fifteen more minutes without a customer and I can lock the doors, kick off these torture devices, and finish the last of my side work.
I pull out the tiny funnels and the big buckets of salt and pepper to do the most boring sand art ever. That’s my life. Boring, painful, and thanks to the bypass and circumstance, cut off from the rest of the world.
I can hear my cousin Harry singing in the kitchen, and I know he’s mopping up. He always sings while he mops. Humming along with him at the end of a shift makes me feel like a part of something. Not a family exactly, but something.
I wouldn’t have this job if it weren’t for him. Not that he’d done much other than tell Jimmy I needed work. Sometimes not much is all it takes to make a difference.
Fifteen more minutes and he’ll haul the trash out to the dumpster and lock the back door behind him. If I time it right, we can leave together. I poke my head through the window where he sets the orders as they’re finished. ‘Can you give me a ride home tonight?’
‘I don’t know, Star. I’ve got stops to make.’ He twitches and wipes sweat from his neck with a bandanna before swishing dirty water over the floor again. Like I don’t know about his stops late at night? Probably to see the same people that sometimes pop into the diner, also twitching and sweating. Looking for pills or meth. I’m not sure. I don’t even really care as long as I don’t have to walk home alone in the dark.
‘But,’ Harry spins around with the mop like he’s twirling a lover and bumps the prep table. Three beer bottles crash to the floor, and I notice a fourth is clutched in his hand along with the mop handle. I decide not to argue with his weak excuse or to remind him we’re family, no matter how distant. It’s not worth it.
‘That’s okay, Harry. I can walk just fine.’
Sure I can. It’s only fifteen minutes to get home. I hobble back to my shakers.
A bark of laughter, deep and rough, startles me from behind, and my first thought is son of a bitch because if that’s a new customer wanting dinner, all my fifteen-minute plans have turned into an hour at least.
‘Looks like you’ve got a little hitch in your giddyup, sweetheart. Why don’t you bring me a menu and come sit on my lap?’
I whirl around to tell him right where he can put a damn menu, and my breath catches.
I can’t process all of him at once. He’s that big. He is scruff and muscle and a white T-shirt tucked into dusty jeans. He looks weathered and road weary, like most of Jimmy’s clientele, but more. Everything about him is intense. His knife-blade cheekbones. His heavy brows.
His blue eyes flash icy heat, and some animal instinct tells me this man isn’t looking for sass, that if he finds it, he might do something about it, something I won’t like at all.
He’s made himself comfortable in the booth with his leather jacket tossed on the opposite side along with a sleek black helmet. I’m pretty sure there’s a motorcycle parked out front now to match his accessories. If only I’d heard the rev of an engine and the spray of gravel, but I was too busy humming and watching the clock. A warning would’ve been nice. I might have locked the door a few minutes early, even if it did mean Jimmy would dock my pay.
No. I wouldn’t have locked a customer out. But I’d have braced myself better.
His hands are massive and flat on the tabletop. Tattoos crisscross his blunt knuckles, the ink broken by spidery scars. It takes my brain precious seconds to decipher the blue-black loops and whirls as letters.
It’s like he’s put them there for inspection. But not the ‘clean enough for supper, ma’am?’ kind of inspection, the ‘how much damage do you think these can do?’ kind.
A lot of damage. That’s the answer. A lot. Those are knuckles that have been through walls and windows. Flesh and bone.
I want to say we’re closed, but Jimmy’d can my ass for turning away a paying customer. I want to run back to the kitchen and get Harry to tell him to take his business elsewhere, but Harry isn’t any match for this man. And I’m frozen in place anyway. I can’t peel my eyes away from his hands.
I stare harder, and it hits me that the letters over his knuckles form words.
Lost. Soul.
Some fear inside me eases, because that’s almost romantic. Lost souls and lone wolves. Desperadoes. If he were really terrible, he wouldn’t have to advertise. The truly dangerous men blend in.
‘Not much of a talker, are you?’ he says.
I try for caustic, but the words slip out as half whispers. ‘Not when I don’t have anything to say.’
He laughs again, only softer this time. More smug. ‘I can respect that.’
Him respecting anything about me seems like the most ridiculous thing yet. Even sillier than me standing here for long minutes without taking his order. My gaze drifts up his colorful forearms, across his chest, and over the hard pecs I can make out through thin cotton. His neck, corded with muscle and more ink, flexes under my scrutiny.
Everything about him is hard, except for his mouth.
His lips look soft. And pinker than they should be. A sensual mouth, curled into a smile that says I know everything you’re thinking, and yeah you’re exactly right. A smile that says test me, please. A smile that says I’m hungry and you look like cake.
Fuck me. I want to be cake.

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About the Author

Shari Slade is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy new adult, biker, and rock star romance. A would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all works out in the end. If she had a patronus it would be a platypus.
Frequently found in a blanket fort, you can also find her on facebook and twitter. Sign up for her newsletter to stay up-to-date on new releases and to get free flash fiction in your inbox on Fridays.

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Mental by Justice Serai #Review

Mental by Justice Serai 
Publication date: April 7th 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.

My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.

That’s me. Mental.

Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.

After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking.

REVIEW
I love this book! For anyone who doesn’t understand mental illness, please grab a copy of this and read it. It shows that any kind of mental illness is not something to be taken lightly and that someone can just “snap out of”. This book is specifically about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and paranoia. There is a lot of negativity towards these illnesses mainly because most people do not understand them. 

I love that Mental is told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl who suffers from all three illnesses. I think it gives more understanding about the struggles that people face when dealing with these. I also love that there is a love story involved. Julian is such a great character for giving Lucy the hope she needs to believe that things can get better. 

I highly recommend this book! 

Rating: 5 stars 

Unforgiven by Lori Adams Blog Tour #Review

 Unforgiven by Lori Adams
Soul Keepers #3
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept 
Otherworldly desire and paranormal action reach new heights in the final installment of The Soulkeepers. As Sophia St. James moves Heaven and Hell to claim her destiny, questions are answered, secrets are revealed—and immortal love is tested.

After finally becoming a powerful Spirit Walker, Sophia St. James is shocked to discover that her conjured identical twin, Ka—along with her soul—have been dragged down to Hell by the relentless Demon Knight Dante. Sophia tries to hide the crisis, but there is little hope of keeping any secrets from her red-hot Guardian Angel. Growing suspicious, Michael has been making plans of his own that will bind him and Sophia together forever.

But Sophia is plagued with evil visions through Ka’s experiences in Hell. She is terrified that Dante will discover he has taken the wrong Sophia. Desperate to return to her original state before she withers away and dies, she risks everything to go where Michael can’t follow. To bring back Ka and save her own soul, Sophia must now enter the gates of Hell.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lori Adams is the author of the Soulkeepers series: Forbidden, Awaken, and Unforgiven. She wrote her first book—about scary sharks—at the age of eight. Now she writes New Adult, young adult, and middle-grade fiction. Originally from Oklahoma, Adams lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters.
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads
REVIEW

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

A forbidden love, a missing soul, and a trip to hell. That’s what is involved in this story. This is book 3 of the Soulkeepers series and the first 2 are must reads. Unforgiven picks up right where Awaken left off. 

Sophia thought the worst was over until her conjured identical twin, Ka, was taken to Hell by Dante along with her soul. She must hide the truth from Michael, her guardian angel and the love of her life. The truth about Sophia and Michael’s relationship is revealed so they are facing danger from that as well. 

Sophia is terrified that Dante will realize he has the wrong girl. The truth comes out about Dante’s connection to Sophia and it wasn’t what I expected at all. This is a great conclusion to the Soulkeepers series. 

Rating: 4 stars