Book Blitz & Giveaway for Ransom (Holding Ransom #1)

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Ransom (Holding Ransom # 1)  by Denise Mathew

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Genre: New Adult
Release Date: January 3, 2014
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Two tragedies miles apart, a chance meeting, one running toward the truth the other running away. And in the ruins of devastation love grows…

When one selfish choice leads to a lifetime of regret, twenty-year-old Lexie Adams struggles to survive in her new reality. Unable to move forward, she searches for answers and meaning in a tragedy that stripped her of the life she had once taken for granted. There’s nothing she wishes for more than a chance to go back in time, to change the fateful night that left her broken. Now faced with the stark truth that she needs to move forward, or be crushed by the past, she pins all her hopes and dreams on one person saving her, famed child faith healer and medium, Gabriel Sanders.

Slippery handsome Ransom Sanders loves his brother Gabriel as much as he despises his domineering father. From as far back as Ransom can remember, his days have been an endless string of venues, hotel rooms, and cheap diner food, his nights filled with as many women as he can get into his bed. But when everything he has built his life on is ripped away, he searches for meaning in the chaos that follows .

When a chance meeting pushes Lexie and Ransom’s paths together, neither of them can trust enough to be honest about their intentions and needs. But what begins as a Pandora’s box of secrets, lies, and deceit, soon becomes something much more than either Ransom or Lexie thought they could have. Where fate offers them a chance at something that is uniquely their own, a safe place where their broken spirits can be healed, and where love isn’t just a word, it’s a reality.

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Denise Mathew loves good chocolate, lots of coffee, her kids and husband, when they behave, and of course writing stories. She believes that housework should be banned and wishes that potato chips were the most healthy and nutritious food on the planet.
She worked as a pediatric nurse for eleven years, once owned an online jewelry business and even taught English in Thailand.

She plans on writing until the stories run out, something she hopes never happens.

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway for A Little Too Hot ( A Little Too Far # 3)

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A Little Too Hot (A Little Too Far #3) by Lisa Descrochers

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Publication Date: January 21, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow Impulse

Genre: New Adult Romance

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18053117-a-little-too-hot?from_search=true

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Blog Tour & Review for Wrecked (Wrecked # 1)

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Wrecked (Wrecked #1)  by Priscilla West

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Release date: Dec 16th, 2013

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours; http://www.atomrbookblogtours.com

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A New Adult Romance Novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Priscilla West

Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.

The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.

Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”

Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “The Hammer.”

Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.

Lorrie knows that Hunter is exactly the type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.

As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?

GENRE: Mature New Adult Romance (18+)
LENGTH: Novel, 350 pgs
RESCUED (WRECKED BOOK TWO: Coming Early 2014)

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Book Blast & Giveaway for Community Service

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Community Service by Dakota Madison

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Publication Date:  November 14th 2013

Genre:  New Adult

As Maggie Mitchell enters her final semester of college, the last thing she wants is a guy in her life, let alone two of them.

Her new lab partner, Sawyer Reed, is still the overconfident and sexy jock that made fun of her in high school. The only thing that has changed is that he now uses a wheelchair, the result of a skiing accident.

Jude Marino is a hot actor, who all the girls want and would do anything to get. He works at a local theater where Maggie has been assigned to complete community services hours after rear-ending a police car.

Both Sawyer and Jude want Maggie but only one of them will be able to capture her heart. 

Amazon:  Community Service

 

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway for Broken Pieces (Broken Dreams #3)

Today we share a cover reveal for author Dawn Pendleton’s third and final book in her BROKEN series, Broken Pieces.

Also, the second book in the series, Broken Dreams has a new look! Check it out below! Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the new covers.

It’s been a rough year for Gabby Peterman. Her best friend’s dad died six months ago, her other best friend has leukemia and isn’t doing well, and her marriage? After three years, it’s more of a joke than a relationships. Despite all the odds, she’s managed to stay strong for the people around her, supporting them through all their trials. But when death strikes again and one of her closest friends disappears, Gabby loses it.

On the verge of a mental breakdown himself, Wolfe Landon will do anything to win Gabby over. But first, he’s going to prove to her just how much he cares and loves her, because losing her will rip out his heart and soul.



Release Date: December 24, 2013

Mini Review of A Little Too Much (A Little Too Far #2) by Lisa Desrochers

A Little Too Much Book CoverIn the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17824633-a-little-too-much?ac=1

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Panic: Rook and Ronin #3

If you are already a fan of the Rook and Ronin series, I’m sure you’ve been waiting for this new release. If you enjoy reading NA Romance, then this is a series you might enjoy.
Rook is chasing her dream—film school and a chance at a life beyond the one she ran from six months ago. But before she can become the girl she wants to be, she must deal with the girl she left behind.

Ronin is also chasing his dream—a family of his own and a life away from erotic modeling. And he too, has a past he’s trying to forget. A past that makes Rook question everything about their life together.

Lies, secrets, and shocking truths will rock the foundation Rook and Ronin have built. Can they put the past behind them and move forward together? Or is this just another too good to be true relationship that will crash and burn in the end?

Blog Tour for Underground, Review of Grave Bound (Secrets # 1) & Giveaway

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Underground (Secrets #2) by T.R. Graves

Release date: October 13, 2013

 Age Group:  New Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Cover for UndergroundBetrayal and loss have changed Emily Riddle in ways she never thought possible. With a death wish guiding her every move, she’s willing to compromise her morals, ethics, and instincts to bring to justice the men who’ve broken her heart… even if that means living a life underground, being someone she’s not, and pretending to respect the very men she’s positioning herself to take down.

As soon as she teams up with the district attorney, Tope Bryson, and agrees to be a member of his covert operation, she returns to the commune and convinces the patriarchal leaders she is the most qualified person to take on roles traditionally assigned to men. Desperate and without options, Owen, the commune’s leader and Emily’s father, agrees to a temporary change.

Emily takes full advantage of the opportunity and quickly proves to him, much to her brothers’ dismay, that he can’t live without having her in those critical roles and that she may be the best candidate for his next in command.

She and Tope quickly realize that the men of the commune consider a woman who threatens the good ol’ boy system that’s been in place for decades public enemy number one. Determined to protect Emily from her brothers, Tope plants an undercover officer and charismatic law student, Noah Babineaux, in the commune. Neither Tope nor Emily is prepared for the attention Noah pays her.

With a nothing-else-matters attitude, Emily focuses on her underground mission and pushes down her hate, anger, grief, and… blossoming feelings until they threaten to explode from the inside and tear her apart. It’s a race against the clock to get the evidence necessary—and ultimately, the retaliation Emily craves—before a life of submissive brutality, or sibling jealousy, kills her.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17317424-underground

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Review of White Trash Beautiful

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White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

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A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . . 

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . . 

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .  

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white trash: poor, uneducated Caucasians. They live in filth (e.g. rusting cars and old kitchen appliances fill the front yard,) they are poorly educated, they don’t care about their appearance (e.g. they are poorly groomed and overweight, wear dirty and tattered clothes,) etc. Though “white trash” can live anywhere, they are indigenous to the Midwestern and southern United States.

— Taken from the Online Slang Dictionary http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/white-trash

Teressa Mummert blends in many of the “white trash” stereotypes into her story about a poverty stricken young woman who still has a spark of hope for a better life.  I had to sit back and think about this story a bit before I could write this review because I wasn’t sure how I felt at the end. There were aspects about the protagonist, Cass Daniels, that left me feeling frustrated and conflicted while at the same time, I kept trying to justify her thoughts and behavior because I wasn’t walking in her shoes.

Mummert does a great job of setting a dreary, pessimistic tone in the first scene, even in the first sentence. She creates a disheartening, discouraging environment where it is easy to feel “beaten down” and hopeless.

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The story is told in first person from Cass Daniels’ POV. Cas has managed to squash down the sadness, frustration, and anger that pervade her existence, but those feelings are still simmering at the surface. Cass is a fighter, though; she still tries to push back and refuses to be a victim. Mummert is successful in showing that it’s hard to fight the urge to feel like a victim, and, at times in the story, I see Cass slipping into that role.

The setting of the story takes place around the Savannah, Georgia area, and I can’t help but note the significance and symbolism of this setting. Savannah was burned long ago, but has risen and is now thriving.  Cass lives in a tiny town on the outskirts of Savannah with limited opportunity to visit. How apt, Savannah is where Cass should be, but it’s still out of reach, still unobtainable, just like her dreams.

Cass is a realist; she knows there is no “knight in shining armor” going to ride in and rescue her. She knows that knight is never coming her way, but she still is able to acknowledge he’s out there. She still holds on to hope.  Ironically, a dark-haired, blue-eye knight does arrive at the restaurant where she works. However, he’s on a motorcycle instead of a horse, and his armor has been replaced by worn-out looking jeans and a tee-shirt saying, “I’m with the band.”

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Cass is wary of Tucker. Men like him only flirt with women like her for a good time, never for anything serious.  It’s easy for Cass to think that men see women as whores, and I can understand her faulty thinking since she grew up with a mother who sold her body as a way for the family to survive.

Tucker is extremely interested in Cass and isn’t deterred by her brush-offs. He keeps grinning and telling her, “I like a challenge.”  Tucker’s POV isn’t given in this story, and I see advantages and disadvantages in doing this. On the one hand, Mummert keeps the reader guessing about his attraction to Cass. Is she just a conquest for entertainment, or does he really care about her?

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When Tucker finally tells Cass the story about his childhood, his motivations become more believable to me. On the other hand, by not getting his POV, Mummert misses the opportunity to fully develop his character.

Tucker’s last name is White, and only upon my second reading did I catch the symbolism of this. Tucker grew up in similar circumstances to Cass, but, now he’s a rising rock star on his way to success, the implied label of “trash” has been dropped.  Furthermore, the name of his band, “Damaged” certainly applies to the majority of the characters in this story. These symbolic names just reinforce Mummert’s theme of never giving up because you can overcome the obstacles in your path to happiness.

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The central conflict in the book is whether Cass is courageous enough to pursue a brighter future. Cass is tethered to her past by her drug addicted boyfriend, Jackson, and her mother who seems to have given up on life and uses drugs as a form of escape. Meanwhile, Cass is desperately trying to make things better. She works tirelessly to save money to escape their run-down trailer and her dead-end job.  She keeps her savings hidden so that Jackson and her mother can’t steal it to buy more drugs. I applaud her efforts until I realize she still has this grandiose idea that she can take her mother and Jackson with her, and then everything will work out. Cass doesn’t realize that you can’t help those who refuse to be helped and to try to do so will only end in disappointment.

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Cass doesn’t love Jackson and perhaps never did. How can you love someone who physically abuses you and tells you how worthless you are?  Although Cass presents a tough persona to the outside world, she is weak around Jackson. She allows him to hurt her.  Even though her behavior may seem confusing, it is typical of abused women to do this.

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Jackson definitely fits the profile of an abuser. He’s insecure about his manhood, so he puts Cass down to make himself feel better. He uses her to lash out at a world that has finally broken his spirit.

I really wanted to despise Jackson, and by the end there is no doubt that I did. However, he wasn’t always this way or Cass wouldn’t continue to have him in her life. When she was younger, he played an important role in protecting Cass from school bullies and her mother’s frequent “boyfriends.”  He helped support Cass and her mother financially after their father abandoned them. Unfortunately, he was sucked into world of drugs, and now he is nothing more than a slave to its destructive power.

His hateful words and Cass’s willingness to believe them remind me of this quote from the movie Pretty Woman:

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This book reminded me in some ways of Pretty Woman. The stories are completely different, but both Cass and the main character in the movie have the same defeatist attitude at times, and, in both cases, it takes a man to awaken them to the possibilities that await them and to nudge them to move forward.

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Cass is drawn to the love and affection that Tucker offers her, yet she refuses to embrace it because of some misplaced loyalty to Jackson and her mother.  Much of the book focuses on her inner conflict over believing her current life is what she deserves versus reaching out to Tucker and all the promise and goodness he represents.

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I admit, at times, I think she brings some of the heartache on herself. Her fear and guilt cause her to be indecisive throughout much of the book, and the tragedy that ensues is devastating.

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The book is a swirl of darkness and light, hopelessness and hope.

Cassie deserves happiness

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and in the end, she puts faith in herself and works hard to find that HEA.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Teresa Mummert

Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband’s military career to Louisiana and Georgia.

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Website: http://www.TeresaMummert.com/

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