Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Easy to Love You (The Love Series #2) by Megan Smith

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~ Synopsis ~

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Hunter finally has MacKenzie Cahill, the girl of his dreams. A horrible accident finds those dreams threatened. As their lives change, secrets begin to surface. These revelations could prove to be either the downfall of Hunter and MacKenzie or the catalyst that strengthens their bond.

Hunter has painful choices to make. Will he realize what he has before it’s gone? He knows what he must do to save his future, but will he be leaving everyone else in his past?
Will the bond between the two families be strong enough to keep them together?

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Review ~

***May contain spoilers for Trying Not to Love You, book 1 in this series****

I have been dying to read Easy to Love You by Megan Smith ever since she left us with the major cliffhanger in Trying Not to Love You.  Boy was I not disappointed.  Picking up right where Trying Not to Love you left off, Easy to Love You starts off with the scene of the accident.  Not knowing if Kenzie and her baby are ok, Hunter must deal with things you never expect to deal with at such a young age, and man does he handle them well.  Hunter is such an amazing character and is right up there on my book boyfriend list.  Kenzie shows such strength in this book especially with everything that is thrown at her.  Megan Smith did not make things easy for these characters.  There were so many twists and turns and I had a hard time putting the book down.  Some things came so far out of left field, that I never saw them coming but boy does it make for a great read.  All of the family and friends still play a major roll in this book and we see a lot of Brittney and man what a major pyscho bitch!! I wanted to reach in and punch her in the nose. I love love loved Easy to Love You but be warned there is another cliffhanger (not as major as the first one) .  I can not wait to see where this series goes and look forward to reading more.

4****

♥ Sophie

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I ran back to my truck with an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Something was really wrong.  I called Cooper because I knew he was already out with Jaylinn.

“Yo, you heard from Kenz?”

I heard the fading voice of a much too cheerful DJ as Cooper turned down the radio, “No, I thought you guys had a doctor’s appointment today.”

“Yeah we do, but she never showed.  Are you by our house?”

“Yeah, we’re right around the corner actually.  We’ll swing by and see if she’s there.  I’ll call you in a few.”

“Thanks.”

Fuck! Where is she?

~ About the Author ~

Megan is the author of USA Today and Amazon Bestselling novel, Trying Not To Love You.  She lives in New Jersey, with her husband and son.
During the day Megan is behind a desk purchasing computer equipment. At night, she’s writing and planned for her next release or chasing around her very active son.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Derek by Dawn Martens

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: Rylie Sullivan hasn’t had an easy life. She is broken, so broken she doesn’t think she will ever be fixed. When she meets Derek, he barges into her life and tries to break down the walls she has so carefully construed to keep what’s left of her safe. When Rylie’s past mixes with her present, will Derek stand by her and help her survive? Or will he bail for the next pretty thing?

Derek Tremaine has had it easy. Coming from a wealthy family and blessed with good looks, Derek has breezed through life. After years of one night stands, and a few half ass attempts at relationships, Derek has almost given up on ever finding the woman for him. When he sees Rylie however, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Rylie is different, more so than any other person Derek has met. Rylie’s beauty- her tattoos, piercings and beautiful blonde dreads drew him in, but it’s her sweet, kind nature that makes him want to stay around and protect her. Winning Rylie’s heart will be his greatest challenge yet, but Derek knows the reward will be more than worth it.
Which is why Derek has no intentions of letting her go.

Expected Publication Date: Fall 2013

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~ About the Author ~

I’m Dawn. I co-wrote a two books(Chase and Kade) with fellow author Chantal Fernando, in the Resisting Love. We went solo on three of the books, she wrote Ryder, and she is writing James, and I’m writing Derek.

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AND I’m currently writing a book with good friend Emily Minton called Whiskey Lullaby.

I drink too much, Swear too much, and Read too much. Yes I read too much. I don’t have a filter, and I tend to speak before I think.

I’m a beta reader for many authors, I’m on a few authors ARC list, because apparently I’m THAT awesome. 😉 And I also Edit. Not a professional, but I do help a few with that.

I have two children, 5&2, and have another on the way. They bug the shit outta me, but hey, that’s what kids are supposed to do. 😉 Married since 2007. He’s amazing, but he’s also a bigger pain in my ass than my kids are.

I love to read. and I love being able to write stories that *I* want to read!

I couldn’t do this without the help of some very special friends

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Review by Sophie ~ Dark Destiny (Dark Brother #4) by Bec Botefuhr

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~ Synopsis ~

You were with Willow and Jagger when they found their happily ever after in Dark Endings. You felt their love. You felt their relief, but what you didn’t feel, was the pain they left tucked inside.

Jagger killed his own father, he suffered on an island alone being forced to fight to save his life. Now, the memories are catching up on him. The reality is haunting him. He’s becoming numb. He’s struggling to move on.

Willow has to do what she can to help her husband, no matter what the cost. She has to be the fighter now, she has to be the one to get him through, even if it’s gritty, even if it hurts, because that’s what love is.

Come on this final journey between the two, and watch how they piece their lives back together for a final time.

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~ Review ~

*** Contains spoilers for Books 1-3 of this series, do not read review if you have not read them***

Dark Destiny was so unexpected.  Willow and Jagger’s story was complete to me with their happily ever after in  Dark Endings.  But due to the fans request Bec decided to continue their story with one more book and all I can say is WOW.  Jagger and Willow are two of my favorite characters and this series is a definite favorite of mine.  They are dirty, and real, sexy and hot and show so much emotion to each other you cannot help but love them.  Dark Destiny is not pretty, it is in your face and filled with raw emotion.  Jagger is not handling his time on the island and the fact that he killed his father even though his father was a total Monster and  got everything he deserved. Willows strength in this book was phenomenal.  She stood by her man and fought for their relationship. I am so glad that Bec decided to write this book and I know that in the beginning that she talks about a personal connection to Jagger’s actions and responses to his trauma and I can only say thank you for putting those emotions and feelings into this.  Life is not always pretty and we don’t always react to things like society says we should and I feel that Bec deserves major kudos for putting this out there. This was the ending Willow and Jagger definitely needed and I now know their story is complete.  I cannot wait to read the other guys stories and I cannot tell you how much I love this group of characters.

5 *****

♥ Sophie

~ About the Author ~

G’day, I’m Bec Botefuhr and I’m a 25 year old Aussie girl. I love writing, I love horses, I love the outback. I am Australian born and bred and proud! I came up with my books from dreams and I love each and every one of them, I know my characters and I live them each day. My belief is that all Authors are great, no matter what they write.
“True blue, is it me and you? Is it mum and dad? Is it a cockatoo? Is it standing by your mate, when she’s in a fight? Or just Vegemite? True blue.”

 

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Release Day Launch- Escaping Me By Elizabeth Lee

 

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All she wanted to do was forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere—she couldn’t.

He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.

Here’s the thing they quickly found out—sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.

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~ About the Author ~

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When I’m not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand.  Here’s the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination!  Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

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Cover Reveal ~ Bound by Grace by Mia Natal

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Brock Waters had his life planned out. Marry his childhood sweetheart and raise a family, but when tragedy hits home he loses the one girl he thought he would love forever. Heartbroken and scorned he joined the United States Marine Corp. While serving his country he hardened his heart vowing never to allow his heart to get emotionally involved until fate steps in.

Grace Steele has spent her whole life running. She ran from her family. Tired of being overlooked by her older brothers, she set out to find herself. What she encountered was her worst nightmare. She found herself in an abusive relationship that led her down a path of drugs and alcohol. Fearing for her life she ran to the one place she knew she would be safe. Home. She vowed never to fall in love again until she meets Brock.

Can Grace fight the strong attraction she feels for Brock? Will Brock be able to break thru her walls and help her find her way back to love? Brock will move heaven and Earth to prove that he is eternally bound by Grace.

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~ About the Author ~

I was born and raised in the Bronx and moved to Port St Lucie, Florida nine years ago.  I am the youngest of three children.  We are a very dysfunctional family, but it was fun growing up in that chaotic environment.   I met my once in a lifetime, Edgar love in college.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health.  I’ve been married twenty-three years and have two children.  I have always had a passion for reading and writing short stories.  With the support and encouragement of my husband I decided to write my first novel, Tormented.  It was a struggle but fulfilling at the same time.  I plan to continue to writing.  I’m not looking for fame but sharing my stories. 
It’s hard writing a biography about oneself because it almost sounds like your tooting your own horn. Anyone who knows me would say I’m nerdy and in a way I am but nerds can be cool, funny and sexy. (I’m just saying.)  I’m currently working on Bound by Grace.  I like the characters.  Grace is fiery and quick-witted.  She’s not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for herself and Brock loves to get her riled up.  Every day I learn something new as a writer.  I hope readers enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Inky by J.B. Hartnett

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Release Date August 3rd.  Adult Contemporary Romance

Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

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“It’s even more beautiful than I remember it.” I was not alone. His voice flowed over my exposed back to the nape of my neck and climbed to my ears. I felt my skin ignite with his rich smooth tone. Maybe this was the effect of the Cognac and champagne combined with the emotion of the painting. I was afraid to turn around. So many things could happen now. I could turn into a pillar of salt, unlikely. I could blush or say something inappropriate, more likely. But the most likely outcome would be that the tears that were just sitting there, holding on for dear life, would break free and expose me completely. I chose to look ahead. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to acknowledge him. I didn’t want to break the spell. His hand rested at the small of my back and he spoke gently to me, “It’s magnificent. You captured it perfectly… Anika.”

~ About the Author ~

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter…the ‘writer’ part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi…the equation(and the food). She’s allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms…so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Who He Is by S.Q. Williams

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Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She’s never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel – her former crush from high school and the lead singer of FireNine – and witness sides to him to which she’ll begin to truly despise.
She’ll ignore him, she’ll dislike his ways, she’ll do anything to try and stay away from him until Gage finally gets her to slip up and give in. She agrees on a casual fling with Gage, but soon they’ll both see how the fling will blur into something they can’t control and when it’s finally time for Eliza to go and accomplish her own dreams, she’ll know there’s more she took from Gage than she ever thought possible.

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Who He Is by Shanora Williams was AMAZING!  Honestly I had no idea what the book was going to be about and never read the synopsis before I started it, I figured if it was by Shanora Williams it was going to be good.  She did not disappoint and I absolutely loved it. Eliza and Gage each have troubled upbringings that affect their adult relationships, but they are drawn to each other in a way they can not explain. I really loved these characters and rooted for them every step of the way.  Eliza has a horrible past that has closed her off to relationships and she has not experienced any of the “firsts” a normal girl does.  I loved watching her grow in this story.  Gage is a rock god that made me swoon.  Like most rock stars he is used to have girl after girl but is so drawn to Eliza that he just wants more. Montana, Deed and Roy, the other band members, really made the story.  They added so many dimensions to the story and I can not wait to learn more about them in the rest of the series.  All in all this a fantastic read but it does leave with a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER!! The ending broke my heart but left me dying for more.  I am so excited Shanora decided to expand this series to include the other band mates stories.

4.5 ****

♥ Sophie

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My head swam as Gage bent down on his knees, pulled me to the edge of the bed, and kissed up my leg, his lips then touching the center of my thigh. He was so close to my entrance that I bucked against him, but he shook his head through the darkness. “Don’t move. Let me,” he growled, placing my feet on his shoulders.

I couldn’t fight it. I lost a bit of the tension and placed the back of my head against the bed, my legs hoisted up by his large shoulders. He started from the bottom of my thigh and kissed his way up. His fingers were hooked on my waist, his head moving up gradually. I was panting, anticipating, wanting to move wildly, and he wasn’t even there yet.

He groaned as his tongue slipped over one thigh before moving to the other. I moaned, squeezing his hand. He was teasing me. I could feel him laughing silently every time I shuddered. His hot tongue slid between my legs and then he pushed them apart completely, leaving me wide open.

“Get ready for me,” he murmured, his warm breath running across my core. “Eliza,” he whispered so faintly I thought I was imagining it. “I don’t want you to lie to me again after tonight.” He kissed the top of my knee, but I frowned, confused. “Don’t tell me we’re ‘just friends’ again. I’m about to show you we aren’t anymore. I don’t wanna be. I want more of you…”

And then, before I could even speak, his tongue leisurely slid across my clit and I gasped. The heat consumed me, warmed me, and he groaned deeply as he sucked and licked. “Taste so good, Sweet Ellie,” he murmured, his mouth still glued between my legs.

~ About the Author ~

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S. Q. Williams was born and raised in Matthews, North Carolina. She’s the author of the New Adult series, OBTAINED and the Best Selling New Adult novel, Hard to Resist. Her upcoming mature New-Adult/Adult novel, Who He Is, will be released in July of 2013.
When she’s not writing, she’s happily reading or watching cartoons like the big kid she is. She has a wonderful family that you will hear her brag and talk about all of the time. Whenever she just wants to get away from the words for a while, she’ll spend some time with her loved ones, eat gummy bears, or drown in Coca-Cola and anything else caffeinated.

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