On Solid Ground by KL Grayson

I’ve been blessed to be able to share with you the cover of KL Grayson’s newest addition to the Touch of Fate series. While I enjoyed the first book in the series, Where We Belong, I was underwhelmed by the second book Pretty Pink Ribbons (review here ). It was more about the characters than the writing. Levi and Laney in Pretty Pink Ribbons  were just a bit too irritating for me. But I ADORED Harley and Tyson’s relationship and there story so I am beyond excited to see more of them! So on to the reveal!

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About On Solid Ground:

 June 5, 2008 I made a mistake of epic proportions. Moving home was an easy choice because I knew that I had to make things right. I had hoped to win back Harley’s friendship, but I never imagined that I’d win her heart … or the heart of her son. Now that I have, I’m never letting them go. They’re my life, the reason I breathe. We’ve worked hard to get where we are, and we’re finally standing on solid ground.

Or so I thought …

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Tyson’s ex-fiancé wasn’t supposed to move back to St. Louis … that wasn’t part of the plan. And she sure as hell wasn’t supposed to start working with him. I trust him—at least I think I do—but when secrets are being kept and things start to unravel, I’m left wondering if I made a mistake. I allowed myself to fall in love with the only man to ever break my heart.

And now I’m afraid he might break it again …

This is a Harley and Tyson Touch of Fate Novella and can be read after book #1 or book #2 but should not be read as a standalone.

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Read the series now!

Where We Belong  | Pretty Pink Ribbons

 

 

About K.L. Grayson:

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K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO.  She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man.  Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer.  She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.

 

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Dark Wild Night (Book #3 in the Wild Seasons Series) by Christina Lauren

Wild SeasonsI really am trying to get better about writing my reviews. I’m  slacking on my reading challenge this year, I am only about half way through, but I still have read about 74 books! That’s not bad, right?? You would never know this from reading my blog! This book is written by a writing duo that has become one of my favorites!

As always, I don’t remember how I came across them. I think It was when I saw them at Y’ALL Fest last November. They have a few YA books out. These are DEFINITELY NOT YA!! They would fall into the New Adult/ Romance category. So if you do not like very erotic scenes with foul language scattered about, this may not be your cup of tea. And I don’t want to imply that all their books are simply about sex, because they definitely are not. I love how they manage to write a REALLY great story, I mean just great emotional, real stories, that just happen to be very erotic at the same time.

Dark Wild Night is the third book in their Wild Seasons series (y’all may be familiar with their Beautiful Bastard series as well-also highly recommend!) It revolves around Lola and Oliver (also know as LOliver). The series starts with Sweet Filthy Boy. Lola and her childhood friends Mia and Harlow, all from San Diego, have just graduated from college and are off to Vegas to celebrate. There they meet good buddies Ansel, Finn and Oliver and pair up, all three getting married after a night of partying. Sweet Filthy Boy is Mia and Ansel’s story after the crazy weekend. Dirty Rowdy Thing is Finn and Harlow’s story and this third one is all about the total introvert comic nerds that are Oliver and Lola. The one couple the other two are surprised STILL haven’t hooked up. If anything Lola and Oliver are the most conscientious of the couples, very deliberate in what they say and do, and very much in sync with each other but a little gun shy based on their past relationships-mainly with their families.

I can’t decide who my favorite couple is. It’s a pretty tight race between Lola/Oliver and Mia/Ansel. I like Harlow and Finn but I REALLY feel a connection with both of the other couples. I find all of these characters pretty relate able even though there are aspects of their lives I would not know much about (Lola is a graphic novelist. Oliver is the owner if a popular comics store in San Diego). These are just sort of insignificant descriptions in their bigger story: that each have been damaged by their relationships with their families and are trying to get past those incidents; trying to figure out how to juggle work with having a life. And oh man, the sexy scenes are HOT. I really love these ladies/authors! There is one more book in this series slated to come out in February. Check out The Beautiful Bastard series as well. That series is still ongoing and has a plethora of novellas so go along with the four novels. My favorites of that series? Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Secret. Nothing like the Stella brothers! You will have to read them to find out!😉

Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

SO I was supposed to have this up LAST Saturday y’all and it has been just crazy busy with Book Talks and football games (GEAUX TIGERS!) and jewelry parties…I am wore OUT! But better late than never right?😉 So onto the review.

Wicked Restless

WICKED RESTLESS

Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 20, 2015

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“Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.

Scars are left behind.

And revenge beckons.”

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?”

The more works by Ginger I read, the more amazed I am by what an artist she is. I know, I know. Most people don’t think of a writer as being an artist, but being able to translate real life into a work of fiction is no easy task, and she does it again and again, stitching together these lives in a very seamless and beautiful way. Every time, I am totally transported into these people’s lives, I can feel what they are feeling; I become that character for 300-400 pages. I seriously don’t want to leave. I adored these characters and I felt Andrew’s pain, the anger that had been building up since he last saw Emma; the feeling of her abandoning him. And Emma, the heartache she felt when she thought, wrongly, that Andrew had left her. Miscommunications, misunderstandings and absolute horror separated these two for five years. And then Ginger throws a twist in there, a small bit of a mystery that has your heart stop and your pulse race. Yes y’all, it was THAT good. Check out Wicked Restless. You will fall in love with another Harper boy, I promise!

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About the Author:

Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

 

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

 

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Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott Release Day Blitz

Release Day
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Wicked Restless

WICKED RESTLESS

Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance

Scheduled to release: October 20, 2015

Goodreads

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http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Restless-Harper-Boys-Book-ebook/dp/B015UFJP5U/

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“Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.

Scars are left behind.

And revenge beckons.

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?”

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Giveaway:

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Ginger ScottAbout the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Teaser Tuesday- Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

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Y’all, it’s almost time for the release of Ginger’s latest, Wicked Restless! Check it out!

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WICKED RESTLESS

Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance

Scheduled to release: October 20, 2015

Goodreads

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“Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.

Scars are left behind.

And revenge beckons.

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?”

Ginger Scott

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

Social Media Links:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GingerScottAuthor

Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thegingerscott/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GingerScottAuthor

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GingerScottAuthor/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/GingerScott

Website: http://www.littlemisswrite.com

KL Grayson

KL GraysonOk, another one of my waves how I came to read Ms. Grayson’s books. Her new book, A Lover’s Lament, comes out on October 6, 2015. This one is co-written with an army veteran, BT Urruela. So how did this come up on my radar? Ginger Scott, lol! All things come back to Ginger with me, no? Anyway, BT has an AMAZING backstory which you can read about here. SO, how does Ginger come to play in this? She had a table next to him a book convention, Love in Vegas (seriously! Why are none of these conventions in New Orleans!!) Anyway, in addition to beginning his writing career, BT is also a fitness model, personal trainer and entrepreneur, co-founding VETSports, an organization tasked with helping returning veterans cope with PTSD, something he went through after returning from Afghanistan and a career ending injury that left him an amputee. Read his story.  It is truly a uplifting one with such a positive message. So Ginger puts up a picture of her and BT, says what a great guy he is and we should like his page, so I do.

A few months later, I start receiving updates in my news feed on facebook. He had been part of a photography project with photographer Michael Stokes, where veterans were photographed, partially nude (ok they were nude with strategically placed props!:) ) BT’s was somewhat controversial, that’s when I began to investigate his page and found out he was also an aspiring author (Geez, dude! Make the rest of us feel lazy why don’t you!) I was intrigued but wanted to read Ms. Grayson’s other books first.

So the verdict, Where We Belong, I really enjoyed. Harley is a nurse and a single mom. Five years before, she professed her feelings to the guy who had been her best friend since they were kids. He didn’t reciprocate and they parted ways. In that time, Harley has battled back from an event that traumatized her. She is in a good place now, and then Tyson comes walking back into her life, determined to win her back. But will her secret tear them apart?

I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great, wonderful characters, believable story line it was just all around a great read. So I was eager to read the next in the series (these are stand alone books with cross over characters. I would still read Where We Belong first). Let me just say, I didn’t like Pretty Pink Ribbons. First of all, I don’t really remember what the title eluded to. She mentions it once, but no back story to it. Or maybe she had mentioned it before but I missed it. I don’t really know. Let me go back to my reasons for not liking this one. It wasn’t horrible; the writing was decent and the story line had promise. Here the main characters are Laney and Levi. Levi had been friends with Tyson before he left Harley and then was there for Harley when she needed a friend. But his heart was always with Laney, who had left him to attend school in California (this all takes place in St. Louis) and basically crushed his heart. So now she’s back, and determined to make amends. But she also has a secret. And I am just going to tell you because the majority of the plot then revolves around this secret and is a major reason I didn’t like the book.

So Laney has breast cancer. That is not why I didn’t like it. It is how we are constantly made to feel how awesome and strong she is but she makes the STUPIDEST choices. I actually felt like she was sort of whiny and irritating. I seriously could not understand her rationale for a number of the decisions she made, especially health decisions that I felt were ludicrous considering her circumstances. Not wanting to hurt someone you hurt before (which quite frankly, Levi was pretty stupid here too) but making decisions that put your life at risk for inconsequential things? I never felt Laney was doing any of this because she loved Levi so much. It felt like she didn’t love herself enough. And this is a new adult book, so there are sex scenes. This chick is going through chemo, has NO energy for ANYTHING, yet they did it in really crazy ways, way more than Harley and Tyson. I just didn’t find it believable.  I am not a prude; I read erotic romances all the time. That being said, I do enjoy a level of reality and I felt like this was pushing it.  In Where We Belong, Harley and Tyson were constantly interrupted by her 5 year old. But somehow Laney’s cancer treatment didn’t stop their libidos when she barely had enough energy to eat? Eh, not buying it.  2 1/2 stars for Pretty Pink Ribbons and 4 stars for Where We Belong. If you want to give these two books a try, the boxed Kindle set is available on Amazon for around $4, here is the link.

That being said, I am still looking forward to A Lover’s Lament.

In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.

In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.

I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.

Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.

But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?

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I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.

These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.

The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.

I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.

A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.

Looks interesting to me! Pre-order it here. I’ll let y’all know what I think!

Sorry for the long rambling post! Happy reading!

Split Second by Kacie West

Split SecondThere is spoiler information here for Pivot Point , so if you haven’t read it yet, stop reading this review NOW!! So, Pivot Point was so different than I was expecting and it’s sequel, was even better!! Addie is a clairvoyant. When given a decision to make, she can search the future of each decision. In Pivot Point, when her parents divorce, she is given a choice of which parent to live with. After searching both of her futures, she makes the decision to have her best friend, Laila, erase her memories of one future, but not before writing herself a cryptic note, hoping to get those memories back.

As Addie moves through the life she chose, living with her mother but visiting her father, she can’t felt but feel this connection to this Norm boy, Trevor, but why? Soon it becomes clear that The Compound is hiding something and Addie is determined to find out what.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, is working with cute loner, Conner, attempting to discover what Addie meant by her note. But will she be too late?

I really enjoyed this series from start to finish. Great world building, great character development very fast paced and unexpected twists.  For a different sort of fantasy about teens with mind powers, full of mystery, suspense and romance, check out Split Second and Pivot Point. Unexpectedly enjoyable read!