Friday, November 14, 2014

Review - December Rain by A.L. Goulden

Title: December Rain by A.L. Goulden
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Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Find it at: Goodreads /

Summary:  
Monica and Alex Waters have spent that last few months working to repair a broken marriage and rekindle their passion. Just as they start finding their spark, Quinn Matthews and his escalating career resurfaces, but this time Alex makes the decision to let Monica go.
The devastation of losing her high school sweetheart, her home, and even her dog twists Monica down a destructive path that alienates her from her closest friends and lands her on Quinn’s couch. Despite her efforts to resist jumping into his arms again, the spark between them reignites and sweeps her away on a whirlwind holiday adventure. She finds that falling in love with Quinn’s family and lifestyle is as easy as falling for his ocean colored eyes. The problem is that it’s all too easy, and when she sees that Quinn’s reinvented life has completely shifted towards her dreams, she starts to question whether he’s too good to be true.
Quinn has a secret that was never meant to be kept this long, but will Monica be able to trust another man who’s lied? And now that Quinn’s got his happily ever after in sight, he’s not about to let her go or share her with another man.


Review:   
I have received this book as part of a blog tour in exchange of an honest review.
First of all, I liked the characters in this book. The men are, of course, all amazing and Monica, despite all her flaws and bad decisions is a really good character. She’s a wreck sometimes but I think that’ understandable given the circumstances she’s faced with.
I think the author did a great job when it comes to describing the characters emotions and making the readers relate to them.
All in all, December Rain is a very well-written book with a steamy and sensual element to it. The plot is interesting and develops at a nice pace.
If you like erotic contemporary romances, I think you might like this one. 

Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Excerpt - All Falls Down by Ayden K. Morgen




Title: All Falls Down

Author: Ayden K. Morgen  

Release date: November 1st, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance



Book Description:
When Savannah Martin walks in on her abusive boyfriend and her best friend in bed together, she thinks life can't possibly get any worse. And then she wakes up in a hospital in Italy, scared and alone. With nowhere left to go, Savannah runs to the family who took her in when her mother abandoned her as a teenager.
But things aren't as simple as they were then.
For starters, two years of constant emotional abuse has broken Savannah in ways she's not sure can be repaired. And patriarch Matthew Talbot has been murdered, leaving his eldest daughter, Lexi, in charge of a global non-profit and her younger sisters.

Jared Corbit, Lexi's gorgeous boyfriend, is the only thing standing between her and whoever murdered her father. That doesn't stop Savannah from falling in love with him. She knows it's wrong, but she just can't stay away from him when he makes he feel like no one else ever has before.
Finding out his relationship with Lexi is a ruse should make things easier, but when the truth is finally revealed, Savannah's fragile world threatens to fall apart. There's a murderer on the loose, and he's gunning for the only family she has. To save their lives, she and Jared will be forced to make a decision that just might destroy her completely.
How is she supposed to let the man she loves marry another woman?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23299789-all-falls-down



All Falls Down Excerpt #1

"Here."
I jump and cry out as a small box lands in my lap.
"Shit," Jared curses when I start to topple backward over the railing.
He grabs me around the waist and yanks me forward before I can go over. A painful cry bursts from my lips the instant his fingers dig into the bruises still healing all across my back. The box falls to the floor of the porch with a thud.
Jared plucks me up as if I'm a ragdoll and sets me on my feet. As soon as they touch the floorboards beneath me, he releases me, snatching his hands back like if I've burned him.
"I'm sorry," he says.
Closing my eyes, I shake my head, waiting for the fog of pain to recede slightly so I can speak. It takes a moment for the intense throb to ease off into a dull ache.
Jared's staring at me when I finally manage to look at him, his beautiful eyes clouded with concern.
"What's wrong?"
The question isn't a demand this time, and I can't find the will to brush him off again. I'm so tired of trying to sort everything out by myself, so tired of keeping my wounds and scars hidden from everyone. Of trying to deal with this alone and making no progress.
"I had surgery a few weeks ago," I whisper and shuffle a few steps away from him. Turning my back to him, I lift the hem of my shirt so he can see and hold my breath. The bruises have faded, but the ugly green color is awful. So are the jagged, red scars.
A shocked hiss echoes across the porch.
My cheeks flame when his big hands brush across my bare skin.
I pull my shirt down and move away quickly, my heart pounding.
"I fell," I mumble, desperate to focus on anything other than the heat of his hands on my body.
"You fell." It's not a question and he doesn't sound happy.
"In glass. It went through my back and pierced my kidney." I stop talking, unsure why I've said so much.
He's quiet, and I can't force myself to turn around and face him again. I'm not sure what I'll find if I do.
I want to slip through the front door and pretend that I've said nothing.
I want him to say… something.
"There's a phone in the box for you," he says as if on cue.
I immediately regret wanting him to speak. His voice is low, angry. I hear his heavy steps retreating. Once again, I have to fight the urge to apologize.
He stops walking.
"Your boyfriend should be in jail for what he did to you, Savannah. You didn't deserve it."
I gasp and spin around, only to find him stalking across the yard with his shoulders hunched. His long stride is furious, his muscles tense. His hands are clenched into fists.
Oh, God.
He knows about Toby.



About the Author:
Ayden lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart and husband of ten years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services field.

Ayden also writes Young and New Adult fiction under the penname A.K. Morgen.

Official Website: http://aydenmorgen.com




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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Quote - The 52ns by Dela




Title: The 52nd

Author: Dela  

Release date: October 27th, 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal



Book Description:
Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived--until now.
On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.
Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn't so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23255448-the-52nd?from_search=true


Quotes


Zara ~ “I wondered what she looked like, the sacrifice whose screams echoed in my ears, and where her family was. How long was she held captive until she finally met her fate?

Lucas ~ Lucas shook his head and laughed mockingly. “If only my consequence was an upset stomach.”
“What does it matter what the consequences are? What’s wrong is wrong; the consequences don’t change it to a lesser degree. If you’re going to choose your actions based on consequences, you don’t know who you are. If you’re going to do something because you want to, no matter what the consequences, then I reckon you know who you are and what you want.” ~ Zara


About the Author:
Dela
Melissa Ballard, nicknamed Dela after her maiden name De La Paz, had no idea that her days of changing diapers and picking up spills would coerce to feeding exotic jaguars and training with gods.
When driving home from an anniversary trip in January 2011, THE 52ND’s main characters, Zara and Lucas, appeared very vividly in her mind. The relationship between the two was so intriguing that Dela returned home and immediately began writing a scene between the two. Within a few days it was apparent these fictional characters were like another child. They needed to be tended to, and too embarrassed to continue, Dela set down her laptop and continued on with her life as a mom. Only Zara and Lucas weren’t so easily ignored, and in April Dela picked up the computer again and began writing.
Dela lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three children, and two very, fat Chihuahuas.
Now, nearly 4 years later, THE 52ND will be available for release October 27, 2014.

Official Website: http://delaauthor.com/#home


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