Review: Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

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Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle – 2.5 Stars

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I don’t really know why, but when I read Karina’s lighter books I notice she tends to:

· Label drop
· Explain every outfit, hairstyle, and room set up in explicit detail
· Write overlong, drawn out, unneeded conversations that add absolutely nothing to the plot and I find completely pointless. I’m guessing these details and conversations are supposed to depict the MCs developing a slow and organic romance, but it didn’t work for me. Their conversations bored me.

I didn’t like the insta lust/attraction in this and I found the repetitive details annoying. Which I just find confusing because the author does not do this with her “darker” books.

I loveeeeee forbidden romance with an older hero, but this story was not angsty or as intense as I would have liked it to be.  It felt like the author focused on such unnecessary details rather than building their attraction / relationship.

I found myself skimming a lot of this and when that happens, the book just isn’t for me. It was an okay read and pretty sweet but nothing to be shouting from the rooftops about. A few good sex lines here and there isn’t enough to wow me anymore. And with as little time I tend to have these days to read, I’m starting to be really over these “meh” books with overused story lines. They’re starting to feel like a waste of time and something I’ve read 1000 times before.

As always, I am sure people will enjoy this more than I did.

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COVER REVEAL! Tangled Lies Series by Pam Godwin

Coming Summer 2017


I am SO excited for this series! I adore Pam’s writing, and am loving the sound of this!


One is a Promise

Release Date: June 6, 2017
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One promise.
One forever.

One look and I knew Cole was mine. My dark rebel in leather. My powerhouse of passion, devastating smiles, and impulsiveness.
When his job sends him overseas, he promises to return to me.
A promise that’s destroyed in the most irrevocable way.

Two years later, an arrogant suit invades my heartbroken loneliness.

Clean-cut and stern, Trace is everything Cole wasn’t.
At first, he’s a job that will rescue my dance company. But as he intrudes on my life, our hostile relationship evolves.
He knows I’m still in love with Cole, but his dedication is my undoing.

Then a catastrophic moment changes everything.

Promises resurface.
Lies entangle.
And an impossible choice shatters my world.

I love two men, and I can only have one.


Two is a Lie

Release Date: July 11, 2017
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Two lies.
Two men who don’t share.

I never stopped loving Cole. Not when he left me. Not when he disappeared for three years. Not when he crashed back into my life in a violent explosion of testosterone and fury.
His sudden reappearance questions everything I thought I knew, including how I came to love another man.

Trace is an intoxicating breeze of seduction over ice. My rock. My second chance at forever.
And he’s committed to annihilating the competition.

The battle that ensues wrenches me back and forth between them.
Fighting and fucking.
Resisting and submitting.

Together, they entangle me in a web of lies, rivalry, and desire that weaves as deeply as their devotion to me.

I love two men, and if I can only have one, I choose none.


Three is a War

Release Date: August 29, 2017
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Three means war.
Three sides vying for forever.

Cole.
My first love.
The bad boy with the dangerous smile and passionate temper draws attention like a lit fuse on dynamite. But his dark molten eyes spark only for me.

Trace.
My second chance.
Over six feet of Norse god in a tailored suit, he calculates every move and seizes my hungry breaths with an iron fist.

Me.
The free-spirited dancer, torn between two men with no resolution in sight.
I tried leaving, staying, refusing, and surrendering.
What options do I have left?

I love two men, and I do the only thing I can. I fight.


Pam Godwin

Pam Godwin Books GrayScale

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

Other books by Pam Godwin

Deliver Series
DELIVER (#1)
VANQUISH (#2)
DISCLAIM (#3)

Trilogy of Eve
HEART OF EVE (FREE)
DEAD OF EVE (#1)
BLOOD OF EVE (#2)
DAWN OF EVE (#3)

Stand-alones
DARK NOTES
BENEATH THE BURN
DIRTY TIES
INCENTIVE

Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan ❤

“…I’m so gone on you. There’s no coming back from it.” I kiss those candy lips. “Haven’t you figured it out?” I say against them. “Every time I call you Chester, I’m saying I adore you. I fucking adore every part of you.”

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The Hot Shot (Game on Series #4) by Kristen Callihan – 4.5 Stars

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AMAZON ➜ http://amzn.to/2nUK9Yv
iBooks ➜ http://apple.co/2o3DGJX
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The Hot Shot = swoony hero, fantastic banter, HOT HOT HOT scenes, and an overall great story. For those who haven’t read this series, this book focuses on Finn Mannus, NFL quarterback, and Chester (yes that’s her name) Copper, a photographer who has been hired to photograph Finn and some of his teammates for a nude calendar shoot.

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Right off the bat, Chess and Finn have that great banter I think Kristen has become known for:

“So? Are you coming or what?”
“Longing to see me, are you?”
“Yes,” she drawls. “I need to reconfirm that your head truly is that big.”
I’m grinning wide now, even though she can’t see me. “Which head are we talking about?”
“I’m hanging up….”

I saw Kristen say if Drew and Gray had a baby, it would be Finn. And I have to agree. He’s playful and funny like Gray, romantic like Drew, and so damn sexy and lovable just like the rest of her heroes. And while NO ONE can replace Drew, man oh man does Finn come close. After the 60% mark, I honestly highlighted everything that boy said. It’s been a while since a book has made me so giddy that I had to stop reading and clutch my chest while smiling like a loon. But Finn did that.

“Are you staying?” I croak out. Chess drops her gaze to the stove, and her fingers tighten around the handle of the spatula. “I like it here.”
I lean against the counter so I don’t make a fool of myself and fall to my knees. I love you here.
I clear my throat. “You keep making me breakfast, and you can stay here forever.”
She snickers. “I’d hold back on that declaration until you’ve tasted your breakfast. I’m not known for my cooking.”
Then I’ll make you breakfast forever.

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“It’s not going to go away for me.” My arm slides from him as I look up.
“What isn’t?” Finn’s expression is solemn, but when he catches my eye, the corner of his lip quirks.
“Wanting you.”

You know what I also love? When you read a scene you LOVE so much, you need to go back and re-read it a few more times because you can’t let it go.

“So…” My mom says in a voice that is distinctly meddling. “Chess is nice.”
A smile pulls at my lips. “Nice isn’t how I’d describe her.”
“Oh? And how would you describe her? Here, use a plate.”
Perfect. Fuckable. Stunning. Funny. Mine.
Mine.
Mine.

I just want to say their first kiss was my absolute most favorite part. Besides fantastic banter, I think Kristen also writes some of the BEST ‘first kiss’ scenes.

And I realize this review is mostly just quotes from Finn, but I can’t help it, I ADORED HIM!

God, I love her smile. I want to keep teasing her just to see it bloom again and again. “It would have worked. I would have kissed you the way I’d wanted to since we met, and you would have been mine.”
“Oh really,” she deadpans, but I see the knowledge in her eyes.
“Really. I was made to kiss you, Chess.” She goes soft at that, giving me those bedroom eyes. And her voice grows husky, making me hard and tight with anticipation.
“Maybe I was the one made to kiss you, Finn.” Emotion rushes through my chest, taking my air, and I have to breathe deep.
“You were.”

UGHHH FINN JUST SHUT UP AND MARRY MEEEEEE!

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There are two minor things that kept me from rating this a full 5 stars. 1. I found Chess to be a little….flat. Or maybe she just came across as cold? Whatever it was, I didn’t really connect with her as much as the other heroines in this series. And 2. I didn’t really see the need for the “conflict” that occurs towards the end. It kind of came out of nowhere and I could have done without it.

Other than those things, I clearly enjoyed this book. Even if you haven’t read this series (but you really really should), I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading this awesome story.

The Hot Shot is out today!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Look at this beauty! Cover reveal for The Queen and The Cure by Amy Harmon

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SO IN LOVE WITH THIS COVER! And I am so excited for this book! I absolutely adored The Bird and The Sword (click here to read my review 🙂 ) and can’t wait for this spin off!


Pre-order links:
➔ Amazon: http://amzn.to/2omsPs5
➔ iTunes: https://itun.es/us/Lobbjb.l
➔ Kobo: http://bit.ly/KoboTQATC
➔ Barnes & Noble: coming soon!

Release date: May 9, 2017

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Blurb:

There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

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About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in fifteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Best Fantasy of 2016 finalist.

Find Amy online:

Website: http://www.authoramyharmon.com
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Sempre by JM Darhower – my most favorite book of all the books!

I recently realized I never properly reviewed the first book to my most favorite series ever on the blog (I’m so ashamed) which I am currently re-reading. And with book one, Sempre, STILL being on sale (GET IT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T!! Link below 🙂 ) I had to share my review for the first and best mob book I have read.


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Sempre (Sempre #1) by JM Darhower – 5 HUGE TESORO STARS

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Grabbing her hand, he pressed it gently to his chest. His skin was warm to the touch, and she could slightly feel his pulse pounding against her palm.
“Do you feel that? I’m not going anywhere, Haven. This is yours.”

I mean, am I supposed to just go on after reading this thing?!

I know there are many reviews that explain the plot in detail, so I won’t go into it, but I just desperately needed to express my love for this story.

What perfect, emotional, heartbreaking, soul crushing, sweet, sad, incredible story. I literally had goose bumps the entire time, and was left with no fingernails after biting them all off from the suspense. This story is so insane and all the characters are so entwined I wouldn’t even know where to start to go into details about the story line even if I wanted to. And what is most amazing about it is the simple way it’s written. To me, it read so well each scene played out like a movie in my mind. If this was a movie, I would have watched it 7,356 times already.

“I love you.” The words tumbled from her lips easily, like they had rolled from her tongue hundreds of times. But they hadn’t. She had never said them before, but as she heard them in her own voice, every cell in her body knew they were true. She hadn’t known what love was, but she knew it now. Love was the fluttering in her tummy whenever Carmine was near, the twinkle in his eyes when he laughed, the heat in her body from his words. Love was happy. Love was safe. Love was green. Love was him—the beautifully flawed boy who made her glow.”

I will say this- Vincent- God at first I hated him and could not understand the man for the life of me. But as the story unfolded, I definitely understood and grew to love him. Especially at the end when he finally accepts the past and, well, you’ll have to see what happens…GODDDDDD SO SWEET.

Celia and Corrado are freaking amazing, Dominic is a sweet heart who I wished was my relative.

And the best for last – Carmine and Haven -SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I mean could a smart ass, impatient, foul-mouthed little rebel be any more amazing??! And Haven, oh sweet Haven. What a strong and sweet person she was. Their love was just epic.

“I have a problem with my temper. It’s just, I feel . . .” He hesitated, taking a deep breath. “Look, it’s not because I think you belong to me—it’s because I want you to be mine.”

This is easily one of the most incredible books I have ever read. Definitely in my top favorites of all time. *UPDATE* MOST DEFINITELY MY MOST FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME.

Now- I have wasted enough time writing this and wasted precious moments not reading Sempre: Redemption. I am off to meet with my sweet Carmine once again. I am so happy I was introduced to this story that made me fall in love and broke my heart all at the same time.


READING ORDER:

❤Sempre, Sempre Redemption, Friends & Forever (novella -which is FREE), and Made ❤

As I mentioned above, Book 1 is currently on SALE!