Archive | October 2019

Interpreter by Kristy Marie –Cover Reveal

Kristy Marie’s next release, INTERPRETER is almost here! This is a standalone Contemporary Romance packed with so many feels and hilarious moments that it can only be topped by one crazy, tension-fueled couple! See what readers are anticipating as her best book yet!
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser of RBA Designs
Cover Photo: Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Model: Johnny Kane

Release Date: December 6

If you love:
A broody, broken hero
A sassy heroine
A hilarious cast of characters
A multicultural romance
An unforgettable journey

Then you will love INTERPRETER. Add it to your TBR today!

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Blurb:
Heartbreakingly beautiful and devastatingly annoying, Timaeus Lambros, a deaf, former military translator, has just been assigned as my co-teacher for the rest of the school year.
His stupid-hot face gets on my nerves.
So does his well-fitting jeans.
Charming and gorgeous men like him should not be teachers.
They should be locked away in a storage closet… with me.
But that’s just a teachers’ lounge fantasy with a big dreamy sigh attached.
Tim and I can never be a thing. He’s broody and closed off, while I’m the new owner of a one-way ticket back to Costa Rica, thanks to budget cuts.
But my Abuelita always said life wasn’t a fairytale. So even if Tim does have a magical tongue and a dreamy body, we still might not get a happily ever after.
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About the Author:

A self-proclaimed reader enthusiast, Kristy started her writing journey back in 2009, reading and writing when her daughter was napping. Establishing her place in Corporate America (because something had to pay the bills), writing became her dirty, late-night secret.

After eight long years, she released her debut novel, Commander in Briefs. It was a long road, but she can honestly say, the road less traveled had the most beautiful sights.
The only thing Kristy Marie loves as much as reading and writing is sports! Especially those that require muscles and a nice ass. Her favorite is, and always will be, baseball. She’s such a fan, that she even married her small town’s high school’s centerfielder where they still live with their three badass kids. 

Heartless Hero by Mary Catherine Gebhard–Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have mixed emotions on Heartless Hero, and I feel I’m going to be in the minority. Mary Catherine Gebhard is an incredible author who writes with such complexity and depth and Heartless Hero is a true testament to that writing. There was just something with the story that isn’t fully allowing me to dive into 5 stars.

Normally, I don’t have a lot of aversions to different tropes, so a dark bully romance didn’t bother me at all. The two main characters have left me feeling really perplexed. Theo is an emotional assassin, who had me reeling one minute to overly happy and sentimental the next minute. I liked Theo, but I had a hard time handling the split personality he displayed at times. Infuriating one minute and then endearing the next. How is a girl supposed to know what’s real and what isn’t, which leads us to Abigail.

Abigail, poor sweet Abigail. Despite having it all monetarily, she was the one character that needed something more than money could buy. Abigail’s mother, Tansy Crowne, is a narcissist to the core and the least likely person that should be a mother and a role model. Mr. Beryl Crowne is the third richest man in the world and Abigail’s grandfather. Beryl along with Tansy only care about one thing, money! In order to get it, they will do anything they have to in order to sustain the company. Unfortunately, Abi is stuck in the middle of this dysfunctional house. She is a girl with big dreams, never thinking she can obtain them, so she has settled into the role of doormat and black sheep.

The emotional battery of Theo’s whiplash still affects me, and I finished the book a few days ago. In all honesty, if you like dark romance reads with bullies (notice the plural there), Heartless Hero is one you should check out. Mary deserves 5 stars, but because of Theo’s emotional tennis match, I sadly give her 4.25 stars.

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Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina–Review

If you are looking for a book with emotional overload, Nicole Fiorina is your girl. I absolutely adored, Stay with Me. It was impactful, emotional, poignant, and thought-provoking. So, how do you top that? Easy, you let Ms. Fiorina write that second book in the trilogy, Even When I’m Gone. You see, words are just words, but somehow when Nicole gets her hands on them, they turn into thoughts, feelings and emotions. She leaves you reeling for days from her twist and turns and gut-wrenching scenarios.

As I mentioned before, EWIG is the second book in a non-standalone trilogy. It is the bulk of the trilogy, thus far. We start by seeing a different side to Ollie, which was heartbreaking to read, because I LOVE Ollie. In the meantime, we also see a different side to Mia, in response to this. The girl is stronger than the vibranium in Captain America’s shield. She must do something that hurts the two lovebirds now, but she is doing it for the betterment of their future. It is difficult to read about these two during this time, because you can feel the love between these two. They are Ollie and Mia, yet at the same time, they aren’t.

When I read SWM, I had never read anything like it. It was unique and took you on a spin of love and mental illness. EWIG continues this. It is exceptional and extraordinary. She really sucks you into these characters, so you feel as if you are part of the book yourself. There were times where I screamed, I cried, but ultimately, I loved every single thing of this book. Now the ending has me shook. I can not wait (even though I have too) for the conclusion of Ollie and Mia. I have my fingers crossed, holding my breath, and praying for a HEA for these two. Whichever way, Nicole decides to go with it, I know that I will love it, because Ms. Fiorina is an author not to be missed and her writing is out of this world.

Cold Queen by K Webster–Review

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I do believe that the Sinister Fairytales Series if off to a great start. Venom was outstanding and to be followed up by K Webster is literary gold. Cold Queen is a riff off Frozen, but in an oh so delicious adult re-telling. No little kids allowed on this one! 😉😏
Cold Queen starts with Queen Elzira Whitestone of Norta Icelands slowly dying. A powerful Queen who could not defend her kingdom, but had loyal soldiers, the Eyes of the White, that would defend and standby her.
King Ryke Bloodsun of Souta Volcanoes is looking to possibly expand his land but must go through the Norta lands. He comes across Queen Elzira and the rest is history (😉). He sits down with the Volcs at his back with Queen Elzira to discuss moving through her land. Well, next thing you know, Ryke isn’t leaving without a queen.
For a person who isn’t usually very fond of fantasy type stories, Cold Queen drew me in. There are so many different aspects to the storyline that you wouldn’t see coming. There was weakness and strength, fire and ice, merging individual pathways into one, twists and turns, secrets, and of course, romantic sexiness.
As a lover of K Webster’s dark romances, this was an interesting twist on both her writing and on Frozen. I would recommend this, if not for the cover alone. Absolutely stunning!!

Cold Queen by K Webster–Release Blitz

Title: Cold Queen
Series: The Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: K Webster
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Romance Suspense
Release Date: October 29, 2019

 

From USA Today Bestselling Author K Webster, comes a dark, fantasy romance standalone novel!
In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying.
Weak. Fragile. Disgraced.
But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days.
She has her beloved sister.
Until a wicked king rides onto her land.
Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding.
King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride.
He wants the princess.
The fiery king won’t take no for an answer.
He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.
A queen bows for no one, though.
Not even when she’s frail and fading away.
She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left.
The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one…

My Review of Cold Queen

 

 
 
 
 
K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens. 

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The Rest of Me by Ashley Munoz–Review

It’s always a good thing when you walk away from a book thinking, ‘Wow’ (jaw and emotions on the floor). So here I sit and I’m still thinking, ‘wow’, but beyond that I feel like I have no words. So here it goes.

There were so many aspects of this book that I loved, but the characters are a main part. Layla is drowning in grief from the death of her husband. While trying to fake it until she can make it, she is also mom to four incredibly awesome kids. I loved the kids and their personalities in this book. Their presence completely added to the book in every single way. It was fantastic to read an emotional romance book that focused so much on family, even if that put Layla and Reid in some precarious situations. 😉

“Henley says that daddy is your rock and I wanted to give you a rock from me, so I could be your rock too.”

Reid, Reid, Reid. Talk about someone who was practicing a severe case of self-hate. Despite his feelings toward himself, I had the complete opposite feeling towards him. He was gentlemanly, hardworking, sensitive, and an animal lover to boot. Every emotion that he felt towards himself, I had the opposite reaction. He is a gorgeous man, based on his character and personality alone.

‘”When the hurt gets too big, and there’s no one who will understand; I tell them”…”They listen better than anyone and my soul always feels lighter when I’m done.'”

Ashley Munoz, you have created an epically emotion filled book with so many dimensions that it is truly awe-inspiring. The characters are complex while having a simple nature. It is difficult not to fall in love with each one. The story line melded together so easily while experiencing the ups/downs of a good book. Think a lazy river rapids ride, with its sudden drops, tumultuous water, and evening out finally to calm. From beginning to epilogue, I was sucked in and thoroughly loved this book.

“She wasn’t ready for love and I wasn’t ready to lose her.”

Strip for Me by Georgia Coffman–Review

It’s not a secret that I have a lot of love for different types of tropes. Stripper books are one of those that I’m a sucker for. When I saw this cover, title, and, blurb, I was all in and besides, Georgia Coffman is a new to me author and I was intrigued to see what her writing style would be like.

Sebastian was intriguing to me right off the bat. He wasn’t ashamed of who he was and what he did. He was working at Naked Heat, because he had bigger and grander plans than stripping, but stripping was a necessary step to get to where he wanted to be. Sebskey had also found a brotherhood with the boys of Naked Heat, a family of sorts, and Ty and Leo were closer than brothers to Sebastian. They were with him through many of his life trials.

Kendall is the younger, estranged sister at her sister’s bachelorette party which is held at Naked Heat. Kendall is unapologetic, down to earth, quick tempered, but an all-around real individual. However, she has walls and those walls are there to not only protect herself, but to protect herself from others. She meets Sebastian while at the bachelorette party and feels a connection of sorts to him. They have a one-night stand, but is that all?

Strip for Me is all about Kendall and Sebastian stripping down their walls, insecurities, and learning to rely on another person. There were spots in the book, that they both came across as immature and Kendall also being whiny. That part of the character development killed it for me. I realize a person needs to have ‘issues’ for them to grow, but there were different spots that just seemed to be stalled, because of the way they were acting. A good portion of this book is laying down the framework for other books in the series, which also seemed to drag a little.

Despite these issues, I saw very promising writing and storytelling skills from Ms. Coffman. I am intrigued to read all about Ty and Emma in the next book. Ty is this larger than life character who always has a smile or laugh on his face.

‘Sebastian Davis makes me feel things no other guy has ever been able to do. Even with just a f@cking smirk, my knees buckle. With a touch, it all goes to H@ll. When he says I’m beautiful, the most dangerous move of all on a girl like me, I almost believe him.’