Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Accidental Seal

What would you do if you walked into your first open house as a realtor to find a naked (albeit handsome) man asleep in the bad? If you are Christy Nelson, you try to leave as quietly and quickly as possible. Sure that your obnoxious co-worker set this up as a prank. Quickly the situation escalates and bound by pantyhose is how this story starts.

Enter Navy Seal, Kyle Lansdowne. He doesn't get involved in relationships since he is married to the Navy. He loves them, and leaves them. And yet, he is back. Christy has that something that he has been missing his entire life. When one of his team members family members, Armando, comes up missing - his marriage to the team shows even more. Christy is left alone and unable to get this mystery man out of her head.

"It would be difficult to let her go, like she belonged to him already. Or maybe he needed something she had. Something he would protect."

The entire story I was on pins and needles waiting to hear about another body. I was eager to know how the team was going to handle a loss like Armando. I am incredibly new to this particular genre. I was not aware there was a sub-genre catering to this particular storyline. This book appealed to many aspects of my life. 1) I was born and raised in San Diego and the references to them boys running on the beach, well my best friend and I knew their schedule VERY well. 2) I was raised a Navy brat. The other thing that I really enjoyed was how many layers the story had. While the romantic aspects stayed present throughout the story, it almost played second fiddle to the rest of the story. I really enjoyed meeting Mia and Mama Guzman. I loved walking around with Kyle and Christy and seeing the sights. The book was incredibly well-written and intriguing to say the least.

Kyle's team consisted of some my favorite male supporting characters in a novel to date. Coop might have been my favorite with lines like this one:
"I know about the equipment and how to make it purr. I know where to put the oil and where to put the grease." - He winked. 

I would give this book 4 stars! I found myself praying for the safety of the men on their mission, cursing the dirty law enforcement and morning the loss of lives to protect the innocent. You felt Kyle's intense love for Christy in his stolen glances, even though he never spoke the words. You felt her need for him. I am glad to have had the opportunity to read this book, and look forward to reading the other members of Seal Team 3's stories. 

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How I imagined Kyle the WHOLE book!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Familiar Ground COVER REVEAL!!!


***Blogger Notes: Michelle Lynn is a fairly new author to me. I fell in love with her writing style when I first read 'Love Me Back.' Michelle holds this incredible ability to write a story that holds on to your heart strings and doesn't let go until you have felt every emotion on the vast spectrum of emotions. I am eager to dive into this standalone novel, and her series, 'Invisibles' is top of my list when we get through our list of books to read before RT Convention. Hope this COVER REVEAL piques your interest, I know it has mine eager!!! ***


ad·dic·tion noun \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\
: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something
: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something

Leah and Adam have never met.
However, they live parallel lives.
Lives plagued by addiction.

When a tragic, but common demon, surfaces between their siblings, Leah and Adam’s worlds collide, never to be the same again.

Adam loses his sister forever.
Leah’s brother returns.
Both gain a niece, neither knew existed.

Now they face an obstacle to raise a niece together while Leah’s brother struggles to free himself from the grip of drug addiction as Adam’s family grieves for the sister and daughter they lost.

A commonality is discovered.
Deep wounds begin to heal.
Lines blur as their lives entwine.

Michelle Lynn Bio:

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.

Untamed (Dual Review)

Untamed by:
Victoria Green
Jinsey Reese

This is a story of Reagan "Ree" McKinley journey in finding herself while she finds the one thing she didn't think was possible: Love. The intensity of this story keeps you turning the pages. This privileged girl wants nothing more than to pursue her dreams, but that doesn't fit in the high society picture her family has her painted into.

She meets Daren "Dare" Wilde on a whim before she heads back to school and is intrigued at the challenge he presents. Both have pasts that they want to stay put. Although, he doesn't fit in the campaign picture of a "perfect family." Threats to bring up his past causes Reagan to make the most difficult mistake of her life.

Why doesn't she just choose Archer? Why doesn't she finish law school? Marry rich? Head a few charitable causes? Live the life her pill popping mother did? It isn't what makes her whole. It isn't what makes her truly smile. Can she DARE to truly smile?

Thoughts on Archer Huntington Chase III?
Catherine: In the beginning, I felt bad for the feelings he harbored for Reagan. It must be difficult to love someone who cannot reciprocate the feelings. Archer never did anything throughout the story to make me dislike him, I just don't have a soft spot for him. He feeds her habit, and doesn't seem to truly care about her enough to learn about the "REAL REE"
Kristyn: I really didn't think anything either way. Actually my first thought after reading about him was, I hope we have a book about him. I do like him for the simple fact that he seems to be the only person who really understands Reagan and the kind of life she has.

Thoughts on Dare?
Catherine: Dare is intense. His past gives depth to his character. The way he looks after his siblings and Mom is admirable. He works hard to provide while not fully giving up on his dreams of painting. Wilde is an insanely talented artist who lacks the confidence to step out publicly. He warns Reagan multiple times to not get involved with him. Obviously, his warnings fell on deaf ears. My favorite quality about him is his patience in allowing her to find her way to love him. He is he ultimate 'Bad Boy with a Good Heart.'
Kristyn: I love Dare. I love how he takes care if his family. How he brings them groceries. I love the relationship between him and his siblings. You can tell they care about him. I like how he plays the part of the hero to her damsel in distress. 
Thoughts on Reagan?
Catherine: Reagan? Not so much. I sense that she is void of all human emotion. Her fault? At first, no. Since it was her mother who started feeding her pills at such a young age. I feel for her, It doesn't mean I have to like her. Once you realize she has a rebellious side in regards to her family, I begin to champion for her. Champion for "Ree." I pray for her to flush the evil out of her system. When sparks of love and emotion start to show its head when she befriends Dare is amazing heart-breaking. Interactions with her father kills me. As a mother, his lack of love for his children breaks my heart. 
Kristyn: I feel so bad for her. I hate her life except when she is with Dare. I hate her cowardice and how she never can stand up to anyone. The ending broke my heart and I cried. 
Thoughts on Part 2?
Catherine: The blurb makes me nervous. 3 years have passed? That makes me excited at the same time. I guess I have excited nerves. So much growth and character development can happen to two people in 3 years, I am eager to see how the story unfolds. 
Kristyn: Three years? That makes me sad! I can't imagine how Reagan can be after three years. And Dare? Someone should have snatched him up! I need this book now! 

Favorite Quotes 
Catherine: "His bed, like mine, was never empty. Our hearts and loves, on the other hand... well, we tried not to think about that."

"I didn't trust love. It had never done anything for me but give false hope, mask manipulation, and break me. I had no delusions about love anymore..." 

"Plus, I'll have no time for anyone else but New York City. She and I need to rekindle our affair. It's going to be dirty, rough, and absolutely amazing."

"I'm not going to give you a third warning," he said, his eyes darkening perilously. My pulse hammered in my ears as I pressed my hips against him. "Then don't." 

"His lips were untamed, unabashed, and unapologetic."

"And definitely not stubborn enough." He kissed my lips. "When I told her I wasn't into her, she actually  listened and went home." 

"PPS: Might I suggest you adopting my style? (I dare you to.) - D"

"They're like the two parts that come together to make a while story," I said. "Two parts. One Whole."

"I don't want you perfect."

Kristyn: of course she went first so she stole all mine! Haha I do have a couple extra:

“How can a person have so much noise inside their head and at the same time feel like they’re drowning in silence?”

“Sometimes the one thing we crave most in the world is something we can never have.”

“When I told her I wasn’t into her, she actually listened and went home.”
“Really?” I was caring about this way too much for my own good. “Who does that?”
“Normal people,” he murmured..."

“Yes, that was what love felt like. I was sure of it. Like the other person was your second half. Like you were two parts of one whole.”

Other Thoughts?
Catherine: When I first started the book, the drugs threw me for a loop. I am not a big fan of drug-induced stupors or drunken stupors for that matter. Luckily, this wasn't the MAIN focus of the story. As I dived deeper into the story, I saw the importance of getting so deep into that party of the story line. Overall, I give this book a STRONG FOUR 1/2 STARS. I am dying to get my hands on the next installment. 

Kristyn: I loved this book. I loved that it was sweet and sexy. I'm picky with these type of books. I find that there needs to have that perfect balance of story line and sex. This book had that perfectly. I loved that under the erotica and sex there was a storyline and a plot. There was other characters that we loved and/or hated. I'm glad we got to know about more than just their sex lives. I'm a romantic and I find myself wanting the happy ending. I can't wait to read more. I give this book 5 stars!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our 1st Ever Special Guest, Katie Trespasso from Rock Canyon

Pick up this book on April 22nd! 
In honor of the release of 'Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars,' (OUT TODAY!!!) we are here to interview Katie Trespasso from Rock Canyon's 1st Installment, 'Things Good Girls Don't Do.' Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to chat with us for a few.

Our readers at 'A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives' are eager to know how you, Chase, Slinks and baby Lorie are doing?

We are fantastic! Chase is such an amazing father and Lorie is so big! She's started crawling, which freaks Slinks out a little, but I actually caught him laying near her the other day. Baby steps.

Time flies when it comes to your babies growing up! I am sure your Momma thought the same thing about you! What is the one piece of advice your Momma gave you that you will be sure to pass on to Lorie?

I am going to pass on the golden rule, which is to treat others as you would like to be treated with one amendment. That is if people treat you rudely, to stand up for yourself.

I love that advice. It seems like a good mixture of your Momma and what you got from Chase too. I am dying to know if you have you let Chase tattoo you again? (If so, can you share with our readers what & where?)

Actually, after Lorie's six month birthday, I got Lorie's name tattooed under my original tattoo. And this time, I think I was a tad tougher than before (Chase told me there were only a few whimpers.)

We know that Chase calls you his 'Firecracker,' (which I know you always thought it was silly but, I fine adorable!!!) do you have a nickname for him that you could share with the readers? Other than "Cornballs," of course.

Actually, I don't have a nickname for him, unless he makes me angry, but I'm sure your readers don't want me to repeat it. ;)

Haha. I am sure that sweet man who did all those romantic gestures to win you back doesn’t do much to deserve your nickname for him often! Speaking of romantic gestures: The mixed c.d. he made you when he was completing "HIS LIST" was so sweet. 'A classic romantic gesture, right?' If you could pick a song to describe your life what would it be?

Yes, it was super romantic, but to just chose one song? I don't know, maybe, Just Another Day in Paradise by Lone Star? Because we have both been so sleep deprived and crazy. It is definitely an adjustment having a baby, and we did have to buy a new washing machine because I have a bit of an addiction. I love to buy Lorie clothes and she spits up on almost every outfit or explodes a diaper, so I am constantly doing laundry and...I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but I wouldn't change a minute of my life. Chase is amazing and I love watching them together. They are my paradise.

That is awesome! Sounds just like paradise. Speaking of lists, do you still find yourself making lists? Are they a little different now?

I've always made lists, and I admit, I sometimes make out daily lists so I don't forget things. And then there are the fun lists, like the one I made on our honeymoon.;) I even made him a "Why I love him" list last Valentine's day. I know it's corny.

Not corny! Perfect. It fits the story of how you two met and ended up together. It is fitting, not corny! We get the chance to meet Gemma Carlson and Travis Bowers soon. I hear they are from Rock Canyon as well. Can you tell us anything about them? I have heard some gossip from Mrs. Andrews, but you NEVER know how much truth comes out of that woman.

Ironically, Mrs. Andrew's doesn't talk about Gemma much. She actually seems to like Gemma, which is mind boggling, since she hardly likes anyone, but I heard a story from my mother once about Mrs. Andrew's sister. Apparently, their father was the minister at our church and her older sister got pregnant out of wedlock and her parents kicked her out. So, it could be Gemma brings out the softer side of the old rag.
I went to high school with Travis and Gemma (I was in Travis's grade) but I only know of him. Gemma, I've been doing her hair for years, and she is a sweetheart. I think you'll really like her.

We have one more thing to ask you before we let you go, and we promise to keep this a secret. Tell me something crazy about Codi! Something she wouldn't tell us about herself! Make it juicy!!!

Crazy about Codi? Hmmm....she had no idea who Adam Levine was until two months ago.(Anything juicier would be gossip and I don't do that ;-))

Wow! I bet she feels like she is missing out because that man is eye candy for sure! We will have to
2012's Sexiest Man Alive - According to People and
MOST woman with a pulse! :) 
take Codi to Sweet Tarts and teach her about all that she is missing out on. I mean Adam Levine? Well Katie, this has really been a blast. I have enjoyed talking with you today. Promise to keep in touch? I can't wait to see what the future holds for the Trespasso's. Thanks again for stopping by our blog! 

Thank you for having me! I'm sure you'll see me again!

***PRE-ORDER your copy of Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars today!

If you haven't read 'Things Good Girls Don't Do'click HERE to find out more about Katie and Chase and all the fun going on in Rock Canyon! Right now, the E-Book is only $0.99!

Finally, one more thanks for Katie and Codi (click name to go to her website!) for taking the time out of their busy schedules to talk to us.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

One Dinner. One night. No repeats. (DUAL REVIEW!)

One dinner. One night. No repeats.

Whitney Gracia Williams rocked readers worlds with the first of three in her erotic series. Here is the blurb from Amazon: 

My cock has an appetite. 

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar...(Although, that's a story for another day.) 

As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. 

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. 

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

At least it was , until "Alyssa"... 

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades....

Thoughts on Andrew "Thoreau" Hamilton?
Catherine: Geez. Friggin' Andrew. He is so sure in his ways. He knows what he wants and doesn't deviate from the plan and rules. He is intelligent, sexy and confident. With that being said, he has consistent no-strings attached sex with strangers he meets online. His One Dinner. One Night. No repeats. rule  leaves me intrigued. It makes me what to know just want made this man the way he is. Would this be a man I would be interested in within the realms of my actual life? Probably not, but he does a job on my imagination world. :) 

Kristyn: I actually don't like him, he's kind of an ass. Egotistical, good-looking guy you love to hate. I hate the way he treats woman and just because he lets them know up front and he is "honest" does not make him a good guy. But dayum, he is hot! I want him to fall hard and I want her to turn him down. No, not really. I want to know more about him. Why he is the way he is and then I'll feel sorry for him and then  I want him to fall hard and never look at another woman again. 

Thoughts on Aubrey "Alyssa" Everhart?
Catherine: You know, I am not sure about Aubrey. I think I feel for her because I am sure I would have been caught up with a man like "Thoreau" too. The sexual banter between the two strangers was intense. Probably one of my favorite things about the beginning of the book. And the other side to her, the ballerina side interests me too. Adds a layer of depth to the character. That side is what I think will keep Andrew interested longer. I can just see him sitting in the dark in the back of her shows. My one hope for her is that she stands up for herself to her parents.

Kristyn: I'm not sure. We don't really know much about her. We know she lied about everything to help out with her pre law classes and that she likes ballet. I did like their friendship. Even if both of them were liars or whatever, their friendship seemed real. The feelings, the emotions were all true. I like then together. I think they would be good together emotionally. 

Favorite Quotes from the book?
Catherine: " 'Karma is one hell of a b***h!' 'I know' I toss back. 'I fu**ed her two weeks ago...' "

"Is there super-glue on on my floor? Is that why you're still standing there?"

"Then the two of us just stood staring at one another. I had no idea what the f*** just happened, and only a part of me liked it. The other half loved it"

"It's your wife"

There are more! I just didn't want to type the whole part one out. I am sure Kristyn has a ton too! We are quote whores! I am eager to see if we chose any of the same ones!

Kristyn: I picked all if the same ones! (The first one was my favorite though!) The only other quote I have highlighted was from the acknowledgements. 

"Thank you to my mother, Lafrancine Maria, for letting me read this book to you aloud. Can't wait to see your face when I read book 2!"

If you could describe how you felt about the ending (without giving it away) how would you?
Catherine: When I finished this book, I felt like I had been smacked in the face! First, I never thought 78 pages could wreck havoc on my emotional stability the way this book did. And 78 pages? At least I knew going into it that it was short, but those 78 pages FLEW by! That last line left my jaw on the floor BEGGING for more. I almost wrote the author to see what I could bribe her with to just send it to me! But, I don't think I want to have to deal with a restraining order this early in the year. 

Kristyn: I read this on my kindle app on my phone. I have an iPad and a kindle but I choose to read on my phone. I very rarely look at the bottom but when I do, it counts the little bitty phone pages so I was seeing in the hundreds. When I was done after only reading for half an hour I literally yelled! I kept asking my husband where the rest of the book was. I was highly upset! So unfair!! 

And finally, how would you rate this book?
Catherine: A FIVE! Anyone who likes a little Erotica with their morning coffee needs to read this! Hell anyone over the age of 18 who can read needs to read this. (If you can't read, I will teach you. Or you can see if the author will read it to you... she read it to her Mom! I loved learning that in the acknowledgments!)

Kristyn: a five! I read erotica, but I don't like the sex to interfere with the plot. I was seriously interested. I wanted to know what was going to happen and when he found out who she was I literally went from laying in my bed to sitting up and jumping up and down! I cannot wait to see what happens next.
We will close out our DUAL REVIEW with showing our gal some love! 

Weekends Required

"You can't win 'em all girl, for every hot guy you're looking for, five creepy and weird guys are looking for you."

I love stumbling upon a new author. And currently, I am on a roll with some romance books. I have been enjoying diving into a story where I know that a Happily Ever After will be achieved. The excitement to me is the journey of getting there. And I enjoyed this trip.

Claire has worked for Jason for years, and he never noticed her in her wardrobe of beige. Jason, nicknamed "Hot Buns," doesn't go unnoticed by anyone. (Sex on a Stick comes to mind when I read descriptions about Mr. Danvers) Work causes them to spend a weekend out of town together during which they get to know each other on a much more personal level. GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER! She merely jumps half naked out of a cake at his friend's bachelor party. :)

The relationship has its bumps and blowouts, but you find yourself falling in love right along with them. The background stories are some of my favorite parts of this story. You meet her Mother who is ill, and instantly fall in love with her caregiver, Louise. (I want her to be my mother!) She has this capacity for love that is unmatched.

Enter Suzy in her fishnets, mini-skirts and inappropriate for the workplace shirts. Suzy was my favorite character of this book. She is sassy and very sure of herself. I hated to see her break down when her engagement ended, but felt pride when she bounced back to her funky self so quickly. (Even more excited to learn that the next installment in the Danvers series is Suzy's story. Maybe Gray will give her a run for her money!)

I will be honest that this book has been on my TBR shelf for quite some time, I was just a little put off by some not so pleasant reviews. I try not to read negative reviews. I have this rule, I do not write negative reviews. For me, life is too short to bad mouth someones blood, sweat and tears. I know, freedom of speech and all that fun jazz - but it is just not my cup of tea. I have known books that everyone raved about, that I thought were so-so, and vice versa. Not everyone will be pleased. Now, I will not recommend a book that I did not enjoy. Finally, there is the genre you are reading. Romance gives you a HEA. Therefore, in some sense of the word, Romance is predictable. That is what I am needing when I read Romance. The unpredictable of the trip is the fun.

END RANT. (Sorry...)

Jason is the ultimate sweetheart, albeit, a little misguided with how he shows his affection. Money has never been an issue to Jason, and when you add Claire (who has trust issues beyond his knowledge) it is a recipe for disaster. Luckily for the reader,  Jason's intentions are pure. Even when he is not obviously fighting for her back, he is still in her corner. Something about a man who knows what he wants and stops at nothing to get it - SWOON!

Syndey London knows how to pen a light, fun beach read. (Granted, I read this curled up in my bed eating my kids Easter candy - this is what I would describe as a beach read!) I know I will be picking up the following books in the series for sure! Great job Ms. London! (Also, is Danvers Inc. accepting applications?)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars!

Have you ever woken up with a killer headache (hangover) and wondered "Just what have I done?" Gemma Carlson, of Rock Canyon, woke up in Las Vegas of all places thinking just that! When she opened her eyes to see Country Music Superstar, Travis Bowers, next to here the thoughts escalated to "Oh, f***!"

I really enjoyed how Codi started this 2nd book in the Rock Canyon series with a little foreshadowing. It really left you eager to figure out just how and what transpired between the two high school sweethearts.

Gemma Carlson is the focused mother of one sweet 9 year old little boy, owner of the quaint bookstore (Chloe's Book Nook) in her small hometown and an aspiring author. The last point is what brought her to Las Vegas in the first place - a book conference in which she was eager to attend workshops to help her with her attempt at a novel.

Travis Bowers is a product of being bounced around from foster home to foster home after his mother died when he was just five. He had never been able to call anywhere home or anyone family until the foster system brought him to Rock Canyon and fate brought him to the library and he met Gemma. A friendship quickly led into a whirlwind love affair of high school proportions!

"He could still picture the curvy girl with glasses and a sweet smile, looking up from him with the pages of whatever book she was reading, just for him."

Gemma smiled sheepishly. "I met him in the library."... "Is that like a club or something?" ..."Nope, an actual library." ..."Hmmm...I'm gonna have to try that. I've heard of grocery stores, but libraries?"

Second chances at first love is just about the most beautiful thing. You never forget your first love, and Codi puts such a great twist on the story by having them wake up married! You aren't turning each page hoping for the vows, here you have the vows (even if  drunkenly foggy!) You are hoping and praying that they can work through the issues they have to enjoy the love shared between them that throughout ten years has not fizzled.

"Love doesn't have to make sense. Love can be patient and kind, but it van also be a real bitch. Just try not to piss it off. My dad the philosopher."

Gemma agrees to three dates. Travis is hopeful. The dates are EPIC! The fights are heart shattering, so are the doors closed. But, throughout the ups and downs of every kiss and door slammed, you still feel the electricity! 

"...Nothing. I just can't wait to take my wife out on our first official date."

Codi kills it again with her lovable cast of small town gems with this one. You get to catch up with some favorites from Katie & Chase's story like Mrs. Andrews and her daughters. And you get to dive deeper into the lives of some like Mike (the owner of the computer shop) Gracie (the owner of The Local Bean, a coffee shop I want to visit!) Callie (the DJ at the radio station) and Charlie. Oh Charlie. This kid steals your heart with every appearance. But, we will get back to him. Callie is full of spunk and so obviously fun. Gracie is epitome of a best friend. And my kind of BFF too. Straight talking and full of snark. She was the speaker of some of my favorite quotes throughout the book. (I secretly hope Codi will give me a book with Gracie's HEA!)

"Oh, it's real, honey. All six-foot-five of manly proof is here to back up the fact that you, Gemma Carlson, got married Britney Spears-style."

"Seriously, how many eighties movies have we watched? Grand gesture, woman. No one can resist a gesture of grandness." 

"Yes, but I'm also hot, funny and have excellent fashion sense. So I may have, it's an even trade. I mean, no one can be this awesome without a few issues. "

I can't give the story away, because WHAT FUN WOULD THAT BE? But, if you haven't put 2 and 2 together yet, or if math isn't your thing - Charlie is more than just some hyper 9 year old to the steaming hot Travis Bowers. The most endearing moments were those that included all three of them. Being a mother myself, the sexiest trait in a man is the ability to lose yourself in a child. An amazing father is downright delicious. And the playful banter that is so easily exchanged between the two high school sweethearts ten years later is heart warming.

I give this book an easy FIVE stars, and for those who love Country music (like I do!) you will love the soundtrack behind the book. I found myself singing along during karaoke, during the charity event and the flashbacks to Prom.

Amazing Job Codi!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Long Live The King!

The King. Pretty self explanatory. I was super excited to start this book. We get to go back! Wrath hasn't had his own book since the very first one. We see bits and pieces, of course, of him and Beth but a whole book? Yay! 

My poor beautiful blind King. He has had some hard times. He never did want to be king. That's what his father was good at. Him? He was always good at being a brother and kicking ass. But now that there is dissent and his place as King is being threatened? He has the chance to give it all up, not by choice but he does get that chance.

This book started off sad. Besides the flashbacks, which I loved. But the fate of that happy couple even has a sad ending. You hear so much about Wraths' parents but actually getting to see it written was awesome.

 Poor Beth, who is terrified of losing Wrath and only wants a baby. To Iam and Trez the brothers whom I adore. Even Xcor in love with someone he can't have. 

Iam and Trez. I love these brothers. So much going on with them. Trez is skirting his duties to their queen while falling in love with another.  Iam trying to be the responsible brother and fix the mess that they are in. 

Assail. Finding himself attached to the human woman, Sola, he will do anything to protect her. She has no idea what or who he is but the pull is there. So curious to know where that is going to go. 

Saxton. poor Saxton. Even he is sad. A father who hates him for being gay and a life where he has to watch the one he loves be with someone else.

John Matthew. Not very sad on that end. He has his mate. He is starting to have weird seizures again. That part of his little story is about to drive me nuts! When will we find out what in the world is going on?! I have ideas but not really knowing is gonna be the death of me!

I love Wrath. I love the way he talks to people like they are equals. He has no idea the effect he has on them. I love Doc Jane. I love how she gets up in his face over and over and has not one fear. I love getting little glimpses of everyone's lives. I love seeing Zsadist with his young. I love seeing that even though things do seem sad, there is happiness and so much love and loyalty. 

There wasn't much talk on the enemy side of things. Have no idea what is going on there. Not much fighting either.

I think the one problem with J.R. Ward's books is talk about the Queen of cliff hangers. Each little section ends with a cliffhanger. It's smart cause it keeps you reading but it's so frustrating! 

And of course you can't have all that sadness without having some joy. I fell in love with Wrath all over again. Just like I did with each brother in each book. The book did such a great turn around. I love that I get so wrapped up in their fates. I felt their sadness and then their love and then their joy. I laughed and even cried a little. The ending was amazing and the thought of waiting for the next was is agonizing. Because of course, not everyone got their happy ending and not everyone's individual story was finished.

As a whole, this book was great! Definitely five stars. And the Miley Cyrus references didn't hurt!

And because I am a quote whore here are some teaser quotes!

“He’d never thought about it before, but “insanity” was largely a hypothetical concept to the sane; a derogative slur to slam someone you didn’t respect; a descriptor applied to inappropriate behavior.”

“In the words of Dr. Phil, How’s that working for ya?
Great, Phil. Just awesome.”

“Pigs flying.
Hell freezing over
Miley planting her twerking ass in a chair and keeping it there as a public service.”

“The Rolling Stones were right. Sometimes, you didn’t get what you wanted. But if you had all you needed?
Life was good.”

“After everything that had gone down lately, she really didn’t want to know what happened to people who broke an agreement with the big guy.
And no, she wasn’t talking about Santa Claus.”

“Knock her dead, my man.”
“Oh, no.” Xcor shook his head. “That shan’t be necessary. This one I like.”

“Naturally, there wasn’t a dry eye in the training center.
But that was what happened when an ordinary mortal … did something worthy of a superhero.”

Show J.R. Ward some love:

Hard to Hold On To COVER REVEAL!!!


Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves--which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

A Note from Laura: 
This lady makes the magic happens! 

Hey guys! I am so excited about Easy’s book that I can hardly wait for August to get here! Easy’s character was a total surprise to me. When I initially plotted out the series, there were four surviving members of the Army Special Forces team and therefore I planned for and sold four book in the series. But then, when I sat down to write Hard As It Gets, all of a sudden the story demanded there were actually five guys, and Edward “Easy” Cantrell was born. And I’m so glad! Because Easy’s character is a totally tortured hero, which I adore writing! So I’m super happy that we added his story and this novella into the series, and I can’t wait for you to learn about Easy in Hard to Hold On To!

Is it August yet???

xo, Laura

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:

"TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!" ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

"Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!" ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

"Edgy, sexy and full of suspense!  A great read from a great new author!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward
"Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review

"Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist


Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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