Friday, October 24, 2014

Release Day Blast! FALLEN by Tamara Gill

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Sara Daniels needs to change her life, so she sets out to run her late grandmother’s farm. With no man at her side, and deserted by friends who can’t abide her obsession with mythology, it’s the perfect time to escape.

Hermes, favored son of Zeus, has been framed by his hateful stepmother, Hera. Fleeing Olympus with his life, he finds himself in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It’s the ideal place to hide from Zeus that is until the owner— a woman with long, flaming red hair and the darkest blue eyes he’s ever seen — decides to move in.

Sara’s family has divine secrets that even she’s not privy to. Hermes’ secrets, however, have the power to shatter their lives. And with a god as your farmhand, it’s only a matter of time before those secrets are revealed in all their destructive glory.

But the wild attraction that blazes between these two souls will not be denied…even if the outcome threatens to doom them both.

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Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentlemen in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James Review

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.


*Sigh* Where do I start with this review? I should probably start with my reason for reading this book in the first place, because this BDSM stuff isn’t my normal reading material. 

Okay, so the movie is coming out early next year and, at the insistence of my cousin and a few of my friends, I finally decided to just read the darn book because we’ve all made a girls’ date to go see this flick. If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know that I’ve attempted to read this book at least twice already, and have put it down after a few chapters with no intention of ever picking it up again. I seriously just couldn’t get past all the contract stuff involved with their potential relationship and why on earth anyone would let someone hit them for pleasure. Anyway, I borrowed the book from my cousin, FINALLY read the WHOLE thing, and now I’m going to share my thoughts. Here goes…

I’m sure you all know the story by now (seeing as the book has been out for some time, and is quite popular) but just in case you haven’t, I’ll fill you in. The entire novel is written in first person point of view from Anastasia Steele. Ana is college student who covers for her roommate and interviews billionaire businessman Christian Grey. He’s absolutely gorgeous and intimidating, and Ana can’t help but be drawn to him like a moth to a flame—or Icarus to the sun, as was used multiple times throughout the novel. And Christian is drawn to her too, although Ana doesn’t understand why (she has trouble wrapping her head around the idea that someone as beautiful as Christian Grey can like someone like her who is clumsy and not very attractive—pretty much her exact words). Even though she feels this way, she can’t help herself when it comes to Christian, and finds herself entertaining the idea of his sexual lifestyle even though she is very inexperienced (she’s virgin when they meet). You can pretty much guess where the rest of this story goes from here.

So, now for my personal thoughts about this novel. 

I will admit that when I started reading this I really, really disliked it. I could not for the life of me force myself to like Ana. I found her annoying and a little immature. And now that I’ve finished the novel, I’m still not sure how I feel about her. She’s a confused person, that’s for sure. She loves Christian, but doesn’t love his lifestyle choice. She wants to be with him, but doesn’t want to be with him the way he wants to be with her. I feel as though she went into this “relationship” with the intentions that she could change him—that she could turn him from his wicked ways and into the man she wants him to be. Not a good start, in my opinion, for a successful relationship. Christian was an interesting character, and I found myself wanting to know more about him and why he is the way that he is. He has that whole dark and mysterious thing going on, and I really wished that we got to find out more about his past in this book. As for the book itself…it really was just a lot of sex—and not even good sex, if I may be so bold to say so. I did not feel a real sexual connection between Ana and Christian until the end of the book when they actually make love and not f*ck (as Christian Grey would put it). It’s also around that time that I started to like the book because I finally started to feel like there was something more than just sex between them and that they could be a real couple.

Now for pros and cons—or likes and dislikes, as I’m going to call it. Let’s start with the some of the things I disliked about this novel…
- The fact that Ana never had any interest in anyone before Christian—never had the burning desire to kiss someone or be kissed. I just found that a little hard to believe. Not once in her pubescent years did her hormones make her have a tiny little crush on anyone?
- The constant reference to her “inner goddess” and subconscious. 
- How Ana likes to get brave and piss Christian off, knowing darn well what’s going to happen when she does this—and then she gets all nervous when he makes to come through on his threat/promise.
- When Ana describes Christian’s pants “hanging in that way around his hips.” WHAT WAY, woman?
- How Christian had to announce that he was going to “take” Ana, or “have” her. Every. Freaking. Time. She might be innocent, but I think it’s pretty clear when all that kissing and touching is going on that they aren’t going to bake cupcakes—so no need to say your intentions out loud, dear Christian.
- The whole hitting for pleasure thing. TMI maybe, but I’ve never experience this so I don’t get it. I associate hitting with pain. Two of the things that I have strong opinions about are rape and men hitting women. So the fact that he likes to hit her just really set me off.

Okay, now for the things I liked—and yes, I know it’s a shorter list.
- How Christian was when he loosened up. He’s a very interesting character, as I said before, and throughout the novel he’s mostly dark and demanding. But when he lets go and releases his playful side he’s actually quite charming, and I did find myself swooning just a little.
- When Ana finally grew a backbone and confronted him about things—even if it were through email.
- Near the end of the novel when Christian surprises Ana while she’s visiting her mother. The whole showing-up-unannounced thing wasn’t the greatest, but it’s a few scenes after that where I finally started to believe that they could be a loving couple. 

Overall, the book was just okay for me. Am I glad I read it? Sure. Would I read it again? Nope. Am I going to read the next book in the series? Yes. I need to know why this man is the way he is, and I’ve been told I find out in the next book. In all honesty, if this book were written from Christian’s point of view instead of Ana’s, I think I would’ve actually liked it more.


3 out of 5 Stars

*This book review is my own READER opinion. This book was loaned to me for my own reading enjoyment. I was in no way compensated for this review. These thoughts are my own and are no way influenced by others. Thank you! *

Monday, October 20, 2014

Release Day Blast! DEMON HUNTER by Jacquie Underdown

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Sometimes finding love at the wrong time and in the wrong place can be exactly what is needed.

Sammy has dedicated her life to helping others. She doesn’t have an enemy in the world, so why is she suddenly on the Dark Walkers most-wanted list?

Jonty is a soldier from the future and is sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate the Dark Walkers. He hates this time period and wants nothing more than to get in, perform his duties, avoid all distractions, and get out. But that changes when he meets Sammy. There is something about her, beyond her beauty and courage, which he can’t resist.

When Sammy is saved by Jonty, it’s insta-boom-lust. There is nothing complicated about how this strong, sexy man makes her feel. And she knows Jonty feels the same way, so why does he resist her?

With humanity under threat, and both their lives in danger, there are greater things at stake than a little romance. Or is there? Destiny may have other plans. And their deep sexual attraction may just be the key to saving them all.

Content Warning: contains steamy sex, mature language, and some violence.

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Jacquie resides in hot and steamy Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two sons. On permanent hiatus from a profession she doesn’t love, she now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination creating characters and exploring alternative realities.

Jacquie is an author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories that are emotionally driven and possess unique themes beyond the constraints of the physical universe. She strives to offer romance, but with complexity; spirituality, without the religion; love, with a tantalising splash of spice.

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Quote of the Day 10/20

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Announcing "Logan's Lonestar Heroes" by Becky McGraw!

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Announcing a new western romantic suspense series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Becky McGraw -- Logan's Lonestar Heroes, will launch November 10, 2014 with the first book in the series, TILL DEATH, Dave Logan's story.

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Dave Logan, former recon marine and ex-cop is a man who lived inside the box of government restrictions and red tape for many years. When he had enough of seeing criminals and corruption continue despite his best eff...orts because of that red tape, he decided to do something about it. He assembled a group of likeminded men with unique skill sets, cowboys of a different sort, to combat crime in the new wild, wild west.

Deep Six Security exists to fill the gap between the right and wrong side of the law. The men of Deep Six operate just beyond the box. They are willing to do what it takes to keep their home state safe. They are patriots, rebels and most importantly renegades. They are as different as night and day, but they have one thing in common, their love of God, country and the great state of Texas.

If the six pack doesn’t work, there’s always a shotgun and a shovel…

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Quote of the Day 10/13

“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
― Bob Marley

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Giveaway!

Yes, I'm a little late here, but I've been feeling in the giving mood lately so here goes...

It's giveaway time! I'd like to start doing these monthly, and I really hope y'all will enter to win the prizes :) I know some of you may already have these items, so if you have any suggestions as to things you'd like to win (within reason) just let me know!

This month's giveaway will be ONE Audiobook of ZANE and ONE ebook of NORAH. To enter for your chance to win one of these prizes just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will run from today to the end of the month.

Good luck!

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