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Monday, January 15, 2018

SNEAK PEEK! The Details of my Reality by Katie L. Oslin




Title: The Details of my Reality
Author:  Katie L. Olsin
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Event organized by Goddess Fish Promotions


Book Description: 
My Purpose for writing this novel is to bring generations of women together.  My goal is to build a sense of camaraderie that resonates with women of all ages.  For the older generations this novel acts as a time capsule.  The novel is filled with so many emotions that the reader will laugh, cry, and feel as though the characters have come to life.  As for the younger generations, they are able to learn some of life’s lessons and know that other women have gone through similar circumstances that they may be experiencing.



Book Excerpt: He hugged me tightly for so long I wondered if he’d ever let me go.  Our cigarettes developed the longest ashes I ever saw.  As mine finally fell to the ground, I was reminded of how quickly I fell for Johnny and how our relationship had been burning for the last three years.  Eventually, we, too, like that ash, would fall.  We would end up a memory of something that burned so deeply into our souls and it too would eventually turn to ash.

Such thoughts swirled through my mind, as I drove without a destination.  Eventually, I found myself at the park where Johnny and I went that fateful night when he showed me the secret overlook and took my virginity and my innocence.  I decided to park the car, then I grabbed my emergency blanket, flashlight, and cigarettes and walked toward the precipice where it all began.

A tear fell down my cold wet cheek.  I sighed and gave him my heartbreaking answer.  “Honestly?”  I held back my tears as best I could.  “I want you to leave me alone, Johnny.  I want you to love me enough to let me go.  I want you to help me finally get over you by staying the hell away from me.  I want you to stay out of my life and let me be.  Please, Johnny, I’m begging you.
“I want to be happy.  I deserve that, and you of all people know it.  Since I can’t have it with you,” I said, crying a little harder, then I deserve to have it with someone else.  So, please, Johnny, if you love me like you say you do, you’ll let me go.”


You can purchase this book from Amazon.com




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Katie L. Oslin will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.







About the Author: Katie L. Oslin is a Midwesterner who started writing diaries, poetry and many short stories at a very young age.  As a newly published author THE DETAILS OF MY REALITY is her first novel. She is also a wife, mother and bachelor’s prepared registered nurse.  Living on the coast of North Carolina, she frequents the beach and finds inspiration in the sound of the waves and the solitude of her surroundings.

You can learn more about this author by visiting: Her WebsiteTwitter, or Facebook

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Infraction (Players Game #2) by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Skyscape (January 09, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.
Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.
Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?
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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Although this is being marketed as book number two in a series, you do not need to have read the first book in order for this one to make sense. There is of course, some cross-over between the characters, but this story focuses on Miller and Kinsley (and to a lesser extent her brother Jax and her friend Harley). 

Speaking just on this story... *sigh* 

Ok so on the whole I enjoyed this one more than I did the first in the series. I enjoyed the playful banter between the characters, I enjoyed the complicated relationships between all of the characters, and I enjoyed seeing the brotherhood that exists between the players. The fact that we also got to see things from Jax's perspective (and his introduction to Hayley) added another layer to this story. I had such high hopes this was going to be a 4 or 5 star read. 

AND THEN.... I don't know what happened. I have read A LOT of Rachel's books, and for the most part, I've loved a lot of them. She has been in fact one of my favorite authors. However, certain aspects of this story were so disgustingly inappropriate, not to mention tacky, that I had to drop some stars off. 

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Don't get me wrong, I am all for a well a sex scene when it adds to the overall plot. Heck, I even enjoy the occasional sex scene when it DOESN'T add to the overall plot. But to take two characters, place them at a HOSPITAL PARTY for SICK children/teenagers and think its ok to have said characters sneak off, hide behind a large potted plant and proceed to make out, touch and basically dry hump to orgasm? It begs the question just who thought that was a good idea. 

These would be the same two characters, who while visiting her parents (did I mention her father is dying), had a bit of a falling out. They quickly reconciled however, to the point they decided to have sex in his car. While parked across the street from her parents house. Tacky much?

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All things considered, I believe this story may still appeal to those who enjoy sports romances, or romantic comedies in general. I would read more from this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                        Infraction (Players Game #2)  is available from Amazon.com

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Mischance (Corsets and Carriages #1) by Carla Susan Smith


Print Length: 
Publisher: Lyrical Press (January 9, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: “The Hall . . . the estate . . .”

“Will all have to be sold.”
 


After her fortune is squandered by her drunken gambler of a father, Catherine Davenport must accept the charity of a cousin she has never met. But the household of Phillip Davenport is anything but welcoming. Catherine barely survives a brutal attack that shatters her body and severs her memory. A harrowing rescue on the London docks takes her into the home of two brothers: Rian and Liam Connor.

“Trust him . . . he will not hurt you.” 


Mystery and scandal surround Rian, recently returned from a plantation in the Americas. As Catherine struggles to reclaim her identity, she must fight her overwhelming desire for the man who saved her life. But Rian, she learns, has come home for a wedding, and Catherine fears her enigmatic rescuer is already spoken for. How can a woman with no memory, no family, no home, hope to win the heart of London’s most intriguing rogue?                                                        

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Let me begin by saying that this story is part one in a series, and as such, the story does not conclude in this novel. It does however perfectly set up for the continuation of the story in books two and three. 

This was in interesting story on several levels. To begin with, it is definitely not your average historical novel. There is no way an unmarried young woman would be able to reside in the house of a bachelor without irreparably damaging her reputation and future prospects. The fact that Catherine stays there is bad enough, but things that happen during her fevered state complicate matters even more. However, these things are fairly easy to overlook, especially since this novel was so well done that I was drawn in from the beginning. 

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Mischance was the fact that the author moves between different characters and their points of view, feelings, and actions. Rather than be confusing, I feel as though this approach actually brings a new depth to the story and makes for a greater enjoyment. We learn more about the characters by what they don't say, but rather what they think and how they act when others aren't looking. 

Speaking of the characters, each character in this story was well developed and brought something to the story. The brother's could not be more different, nor could the women we are introduced to. I have been drawn completely into this story, and I can't wait to see what happens next. 

I believe this story will definitely  appeal to those who enjoy slightly unconventional historical romance novels. I would read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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Mischance (Corsets and Carriages #1)  is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna


Print Length:
Publisher: Doubleday (January 9, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied. 

With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I'm still very much unsure as to how I actually feel about this story. On one hand it was interesting, and felt very realistic (in the steps and false leads that typically go into these kinds of cases), on the other hand... there was just so much going on that at times it became over-whelming. 

The author definitely is a solid writer. She knows how to weave a story and how to draw the reader in, the problem becomes when there is so much going on that the story seems to drag on and the reader gets bored. I feel there are some elements of this that could be eliminated altogether, or changed up that would bump this story up in terms of enjoyment. 


Due to the fact that this story doesn't come out until January of 2018, I will definitely keep an eye out for a more "updated" version and gladly edit my review to reflect any changes that I see. 

Overall, I am sure this story may still appeal to those who enjoy a good thriller novel. 


DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 Two Girls Down is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: Earl Interrupted (The Daring Marriages, #2) by Amanda Forester



Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 02, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: Captain Robert Ashton, Earl of Darington, knows finding a bride in London will not be easy—not since he has been notoriously dubbed as the "Pirate Earl". What he didn't expect was to get abducted—and to have his escape go horribly awry when an innocent lady gets caught in the crossfire.

Amateur physician Emma St. James is on her way to meet her betrothed when she is rescued by an injured gentleman. Despite her shock after discovering he is the Pirate Earl, Emma feels drawn to the man who saved her life. Duty forces them apart, but when they meet again on the high seas, Darington will risk all—his fortune, his name, and even his life to keep her safe.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Although this is being marketed as book number two in  a series, you do not need to have read the first book in order for this one to make sense. I have't read the first, but from the synopsis I did read, it would appear that that story focuses on Dare's sister, while this book focuses on him. 

Speaking just on this story, I feel it fell solidly in the middle of the road for me. It had its moments where I was utterly captivated by the events, and moments that I felt dragged on to the point it became tedious. I feel I must also point out because I know this is a fact that will turn some people off to this story, but there some slight religious overtones sprinkled throughout the story. Emma holds her faith very close, so there is some praying, and some scripture reciting. I personally wasn't bothered by this, I did feel as though it was a little odd given the way it was done, but I know there are some people out here who will not read anything even remotely religious. 

The characters on the whole seemed to be well developed with interesting backstories, but when it came to them being together, it seemed as though there was some key element missing that I just couldn't put my finger on.

All things considered, I believe this story may still appeal to those who enjoy slightly historical romance novels with a bi of high sea adventures and intrigue thrown in. I would give this author another chance!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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         Earl Interrupted (The Daring Marriages, #2) is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Review: Mesmerized (The Mad Morelands #1) by Candace Camp


Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harelquin Press (December 26, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Olivia Moreland has forever denied the possibility of clairvoyant abilities, working instead to discredit the mediums that flock to London. But when Lord Stephen St. Leger requests her help in investigating an alleged psychic's claims, she can't deny the ominous presence she feels within the walls of his ancient estate—or the intimately familiar connection she feels to Stephen himself. 

The last time he'd called Blackhope Hall home, Stephen had watched as his elder brother claimed both the family title and the woman he loved. Now, in the wake of his brother's murder, Stephen has reluctantly returned to find his family ensconced in scandal. Who is responsible for his brother's untimely death—a dark spirit or the psychic who claims to have channeled it? And what is it about psychic investigator Olivia Moreland that so thoroughly draws him in, reigniting a passion he hasn't felt in years? 

As they search for answers, Stephen and Olivia discover that the only way to fight a powerful evil is with a powerful love.
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

There are some aspects of this story that I found thoroughly enjoyable, and a couple of things that I didn't enjoy (or found unrealistic that had nothing to do with the paranormal aspect of the story). 

Because I like to end things on a positive note whenever possible, let me begin by going over the things that I did not enjoy. To begin with, some of the phrases used seemed entirely too modern to have been set in the time period. I also found it highly unlikely that Olivia would have been allowed to one, hold a profession where she spent much of her day alone in the company of a man who was not related to her. I also found it highly unlikely that as "peculiar" or "forward thinking" as her family might have been, that she would have been allowed to attend a "house party" of a man she barely knew without a chaperone. It just was not done, and would have completely ruined her reputation.

Now, on what I enjoyed about this story. 

I really enjoyed Stephen and Olivia. Both as individual people, and as a romantic interest. I loved their cynicism, and the way they approached the problems at hand. Each character was well developed, and added something to the story, and often times I found myself unable to put this story down. Both because of the paranormal aspect, but also in the fraudulent claims of the medium and the steps Olivia and Stephen took to discredit and debunk the claims. The surprise twist at the end though sealed the deal for me. It was so unexpected that it was probably my favorite part.

I believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy slightly unconventional historical romance novels, especially if you enjoy a touch of the paranormal as well. I would read more from this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                     Mesmerized 
is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2) by Rachel Caine


Print Length: 348 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 12, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.



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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

This was such a captivating game of cat and mouse that I was drawn in immediately. Having not read the first in this duo, I was worried that I would not be able to understand this story, however that is not the case. If anything, this story makes me want to go back and read the first one as well. 

I loved everything about this story. The characters were well developed, including all the little quirks that made them seem real. The alternating points of view not only gave you insight into what was happening when the characters weren't together, but also as to in some instances, why characters did the things they did. Then there were the times when the characters did things that were so completely unexpected that I was completely floored. 

But what really sold this as a five star read for me? The fact that I could see this being a movie, or even a television mini-series.  It was that good. It was one of those rare reads that keeps you on the edge of your seat at times wondering just who (if anyone) can be trusted, and the ending? The ending was a beautiful culmination of the story, and honestly I don't think a better one could have been planned. 

Overall, I am sure this story will definitely appeal to those who enjoy a well written thriller novel. I will read more from this author! 


DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                  Killman Creek is available from Amazon.com