Seven for A Secret by Rumer Haven (@RumerHaven)

31 August 2014



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Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Pages: 376
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It's the year 2000, and twenty-four-year-old Kate moves into a new apartment to find a new state of independence in the new millennium. Almost immediately, she starts crushing on a hot guy who lives in her building. Deciding to take a break from her boyfriend Dexter, Kate believes the only thing now seperating her from the fresh object of her sexual fantasies is the thin wall between their neighbouring apartments. 

A former 1920s hotel, Camden Court has housed many lonely lives over the decades - and is where a number of them have come to die. They're not all resting, however, including ninety-year-old Olive, who dropped dead in Kate's apartment and continues to make her presence known.

For Olive has a secret she's dying to tell. One linking her to the sex, scandal, and sacrifice of a young dreamer named Lon. As the past haunts the present, Kate's romantic notion that the thrill-of-the-chase beats the reality-after-the-catch unexpectedly entwines her modern-day love life with Lon's Jazz Age tragedy.

With a little supernatural and a lotta' razzle-dazzle, Seven for a Secret is where historical fiction meets contemporary rom-com- from the Roaring Twenties when the "New Woman" was born, to the modern Noughties when she really came of age.

A few weeks ago you may have seen my promo post for Seven for A Secret by Rumer Haven and now I have had the time to read it and boy, did I love it. This book has it all, love, anguish, mystery and a bit of the paranormal.

This book is told in two POV's and storylines. The first is set in the year 2000 and focuses on Kate and her arrival in her new studio flat which she comes to find out is haunted by the ghost of its former resident, Olive. However, it's not just Kate's studio that is haunted, the whole building is filled with the ghosts of former residents of times gone by.

The second story is set in the roaring 1920s and tell the story of Eva Hughes, her impending marriage and steamy love affair with the man she truly loves and wants to be with, Alonzo Ashby, or Lonnie/Lon as she affectionately calls him.

Both of these storylines seamlessly knit together with connections between the modern day inhabitants of the building and the past inhabitants. The whole way through I was trying to guess who was connected to who, how and why because I knew everyone had a link somewhere and I wasn't disappointed. When I got to the climax of the book I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what happened and it definitely didn't happen the way I'd expected it to. There a major twist that's very hard to see coming!

I have to say, I think I preferred the story set in the 1920s than the 2000s. Not that I didn't enjoy the modern day story, but I enjoyed losing myself in the kind of world I had never known more. Where family obligations and ties meant more than being able to be with the true love of your life. Where things we now view as ordinary ways of life, had to be hidden in the shadows and away from prying eyes.

I usually give little ins on what happens in a book I've read, but this time I really don't want to. This book is best gone into totally blind and unaware of anything that is going to happen because it makes the mystery of these lost connections more intense and enjoyable.

The Resistance by S. L. Scott (@slscottauthor)

30 August 2014



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Pages: 370
Summary:


You don't choose when.

You don't choose where.

And you don't get to choose who you fall in love with.

The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.

One night. That was all it took for Holliday’s world to be flipped on its axis. Jack Dalton was cocky. Smug. Volatile. Demanding. He ignited something deep inside her like no other, but there was something more to this brooding bad boy. There was a dark side to him she couldn't help but be drawn to.

Torn between what she knew about him and a mysterious side he tried to hide, could she walk away or was he simply too hard to resist?

This is another of the many books I devoured while on holiday and oh how I loved it. This book tells the tale of Holliday Hughes and Jack Dalton (or Johnny Outlaw as the rest of the world knows him). 

Holli meet Jack at a bar in Vegas where he pretends to be an undercover narc so he can she her ID to find out her name. They flirt and then spend the night together. Holli soon comes to realise this is going to be much more than a one night stand as does Jack (or Dalton as Holli comes to call him).

We follow their relationship in Vegas and then back in LA as they both return from Vegas and then as Dalton tours. I really did love these two. They are so perfect for each other and really do love one another despite their flaws. I enjoyed reading their interactions with each other and the time they spent together. Dalton, despite his famous life as the front man of Resistance, has some seriously sweet moments in this story. This one, a line he says towards the end, is one of my favourites:

"Don't ever doubt how much I want you. I always want you so much. Too much." 

*le sigh* 

I fell in love with the man right there...

You read too many books where there's a one night stand, they get together and they don't fight real issues but boy the characters in this book do. Dalton has his demons and Holli has to help him through them and out the other side. It's hard and at some times his issues cause him to lash out, in particular with Danny, Holli's good looking former model neighbour who fate decides every time Dalton sees them together it will look like something else. 

There's a scene in this book where Holli finds Dalton coming down from drugs and it was so painful to read. You can see how scared he was and how worried Holli was. Even though he had screwed up all earlier that day he knew in his moment of need that all he wanted (and needed) was her. And she went to him because they need each other. 

And then out of nowhere came I twist I so did not see coming. At all. Here I am enjoying all the fun times and smut then: BAM! It gets dark. Really dark.

I won't tell you what happens, but I will tell you it has a huge affect on Dalton and as a result Holli. She thought she had to deal with issues before, but this rips the man she has come to love apart and eventually, because of his jealously over Danny, and an unfortunate set of circumstances that he can't see through, it rips them apart. 

I really didn't see a way out for them and a path to get back together but they did find each other again, at Tracy's wedding and boy was the reunion great and it led them back to where they started: Vegas where they married.

The book ends with Dalton facing one final demon, his relationship with his father. I loved reading a certain part of this chapter after it's all gone South and Holli stands up for Dalton and herself after his father's vicious words. I was thinking the whole time you go Holli! 

Excerpt Tour | Bound by Melody Anne (@authmelodyanne)

29 August 2014

A few days ago I posted the release day blitz for Bound (if you missed it check it out here) and today I am hosting an excerpt from the book.

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Title: Bound
Series: Forbidden Series #1
Author: Melody Anne
Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Excerpt:

Jewell shivered in fear as they made their way to the back of the building, to the area where escorts were picked up discreetly. A man couldn’t just walk out the front doors with a new girl on his arm every week. Someone might catch on to what this place was all about.


  A large black SUV was parked behind the building. The driver’s door opened and a man with an expressionless face stepped out, moved to the back, and opened the door for her without saying a word. With one final, confident glance at Ms. Beaumont, Jewell stepped up to the door and then climbed inside onto the dark leather. The door closed solidly; she felt as if it were sealing her into a dark coffin.

Summary

Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation. 

Jewell Weston is homeless and desperate at age twenty-four. Two years ago, she quit her job to care for her ailing mother and her young brother; the medical bills incurred because of the cancer that killed her mother two months ago took everything the family had, and the state then took away her brother, now age fourteen. The only way for her to get the boy back is by finding a job and securing a home. 

When she’s approached by a woman in cashmere and pearls who tells her she can change her life, and is handed a card with the business name Relinquish Control on it, she thinks she has nothing to lose by calling the phone number. Maybe this will be the answer to her prayers, a way to save her little brother from the nightmarish foster home he’s been placed in. 

Blake Knight, known to the world as cold and without a heart, is given an exclusive membership to Relinquish Control by his devilish younger brother, who thinks it would be amusing to make his staid brother squirm. Little does this brother realize that Blake does indeed have unusual desires that Relinquish Control can cater to perfectly. What started as a joke turns out to be just what Blake needs. Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a façade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him. 

When he and his two brothers were six, eight and ten, they were tied up and forced to watch while their parents were murdered. The image has been burned into their minds, though they’ve tried to forget, leaving each of them guarded and unwilling to give their trust to anyone other than each other. No one is allowed to have their hearts. The brothers would never think of letting down their guard with anyone else, certainly not with a woman.


Follow Blake and Jewell’s journey and see if they can find a happily ever after…


About the Author

Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon - Rise of the Dark Angel. She's been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.


Blog Tour & Giveaway | Temporary by Kim Carmichael (@KimCarmichael4)



Read on to find out all you need to know about Temporary by Kim Carmichael and to enter her giveaway swag packs, signed copies of Permanent, Trifecta and My Daddy Wears His Art and an Amazon Kindle.

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Content, consistent and calm described Ivan Harlow’s life to a tee. Satisfied with being a artist at the world-famous Permanent Tattoo, playing the role of eternal side-kick, and of course, hooking up with his best friend’s baby sister, his days are predictable and fun, and nothing has to change. With his live story permanently embedded in his skin, he still can’t help but feel anything he dares to love will only be temporary.

All Emily Elliott wants are some big changes in her life. She wants to make it big in the world makeup, needs to show her three big brothers she is all grown up, and dreams of truly being with Ivan, the man she has wanted since she was seven years old.

However, when the fate of the tattoo shop is put into Ivan and Emily’s hands, they must not only work together outside of the bedroom, but face their own personal truths, and figure out what is permanent, what is temporary and where love fits.

Temporary is Book Two in the Indelibly Marked Series that revolves around the lives and loves of the Elliott Family and Permanent Tattoo. Each full-length book can be read as a stand-alone, and features its own couple.

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Interview with JB Fellers, Cover Model for Permanent.


Have you read Permanent? 
I have not read it.

If so, is there anything about Shane that you relate to? If not, whats stopping you? 
I have dyslexia so spending my time reading my school textbooks is all the reading I can take.

How many Tattoos do you have? Any meanings behind them? 
I have 5 tattoos. All of them have meaning. My first was my 21st bday gift to myself. It is a sun with 3 moons. 3 is my favorite number. My tree is by my favorite artist mc Escher. My lion is colored blue so the tattoo stands for strength, honesty and loyalty (all attributes I hope others see in me). My 4-5 are birds in relief on my back that I drew myself.

Three things about yourself that most people don't know? 
1. I have written 2 books of poetry when I was younger and tried to get them published when I was a teen. 2. My favorite poet is Edgar Allen Poe. 3. I believe the most valuable thing someone can give me, or I them, is time.

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Prizes: Swag Packs, Signed copies of Permanent, Trifecta and My Daddy Wears His Art. An Amazon Kindle!


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What inspired you to write the Indelibly Marked Series? 
I loved the idea of the bad boy with a heart of gold. I wanted someone who was off the beaten track and totally and completely Los Angeles. Shane was born because I love that look and that image.

Who is your favorite character to write? 
  Oh geez, thats like asking to choose a favorite child. I have to say that while Shane will always hold a special place in my heart, the title of my favorite person to write has to go to his best friend, Ivan. He is so damaged and so worried and just wants to do the right thing. He’s so afraid of anything upsetting his little universe and I just could really identify with him.

What is your attraction to Tattooed men? 
  It seems like men with tattoos are very deep, so deep that they need to put on their skin what maybe they can’t say in words.

What kind of research did you do for the series? 
  I visited a lot of shops in Hollywood, I interviewed tattoo artists from around the country, and I did an extensive interview with Dirk Vermin (Bad Ink). For some of the plot points in the second book I did consult with two dermatologists.

Are there going to be more books in this series? 
 There will be two more to round off the series. Carson, the quiet brother, and we will end with Dillon.

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Release Day Launch & Giveaway | Guardian by Courtney Cole (@Court_Writes)

28 August 2014

Read on to find out all you need to know about Courtney Cole's new release, Guardian and how to win a signed copy of Guardian and a basket of Courtney's favourite things.

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We are absolutely over the moon excited about the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's GUARDIAN!!! GUARDIAN is a YA Paranormal Romance, and a book close to Courtney's heart. Not only is this fabulous book back in a big way, it's Courtney's birthday! To celebrate all of the awesome she is making a few select titles only .99 today only. Grab them all and thank us later.

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Summary:

Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real.

My name is Whitney Lane. I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy.

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.

Until one day, there was.

Our world isn’t what we think. There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.

Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying.

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.

There’s only one thing I know for sure.

Nothing is what it seems.

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Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real.

Happy birthday to me.

I close my eyes and burrow into my pillow as I try to sleep, as I try to escape this life.

It’s a life I never thought I’d have, a life I most certainly don’t want.

I’m still feeling sorry for myself as the blackness of sleep finally overtakes me.

I don’t know what time it is when I shoot straight upward like a rocket. Something had yanked me from the oblivion of sleep, something loud and shrill scraping my window.

My room is completely dark and I glanceat my clock in confusion.

3:00 a.m.

As my heart pounds hard against my ribcage, I quickly scan every corner of the room.

In the last few hours, dark shadows had migrated onto my pink walls, but they’re familiar, nothing out of the ordinary, although in the night, they seem twisted and scary.

I remain motionless as I allow the sleep-induced fog to clear from my brain.

As I sit, I feel common sense and logic slowly returning.

Of course nothing had touched my window because my bedroom is on the second floor. Nothing can reach it. And there are no trees near enough to brush against it. It was just a dream.

It was only a dream.

I chant it silently to myself like a mantra as I consciously slow my breathing down, hoping that my racing pulse will soon follow. It was only a dream.

But just as I’m calming down, I hear it again.

A high-pitched shrill shriek, reminiscent of fingernails on a chalkboard, scraping down my window. I gasp and pull my feet up to my chest, which is when I notice the temperature.

I notice because I can see my breath.

Timidly, I blow a puff out again, watching the way my breath turns white in the air.

Holy crap. Oh my God.

What the hell?

The sound stops and stillness surrounds me once again, the silence so loud that it echoes in my ear.

Nothing moves around me, the shadows are perfectly still as they twist across my wall. They look like mangled fingers and arms and legs, but they don’t move.

My legs are weak and shaking, but I know I have to move. I have to move off my bed because it feels like something is under it. Something terrifying.

With a leap, I bound across the room, my feet hitting the floor several feet away from the edge of my bed.

The floor is ice cold, as though it had been covered in a blanket of snow.

I’m trembling as I race to the far wall and check the thermostat. Because that’s the only explanation. I must’ve bumped it earlier, I must’ve turned the AC way down.

But the luminous numbers stare at me in contradiction.

74 degrees.

It must be broken. It has to be broken.

My breath is coming in pants now, terrified, anxious pants.

My fear isn’t logical. I know there’s nothing here. I’m the only one in this room.

Or am I?

The air seems to push at me from all around, something dark, something heavy, something real. Something unseen.

My fingers shake, my legs tremble, and then all of a sudden, they can no longer support my weight. I go down like a pile of bricks, collapsing onto the floor. I lie still because I can’t move, because something seems to sit on my chest, holding me down.

The shadows start to move, to slither across the walls, to reach and pull and dance.

I struggle to focus, to see what it is.

But all I can see are the numbers on the thermostat suddenly moving, rapidly counting down from 74 to 20.

Twenty degrees?

The air is frigid as I suck it in, as I try to pull the ice crystals into my mouth so I can breathe.

All of a sudden, there’s a blackness in front of me. It hovers over me, a shapeless mass, sucking in the cells of the air, the atoms and the molecules. It’s darker than the blackness of my room, blacker than the blackest black.

Something is here.

With me.

“Dad?” I whisper in a white puff. Because what else could it be?

I reach out a finger to touch it, and then I can’t see anything else, because the darkness of it surrounds me, bleeding into everything else, even my vision. The shriek is back, screaming into my ears, bleeding into my brain.

Then there’s nothing.

To celebrate the release of GUARDIAN and Courtney's birthday the following books are on sale for .99, today only!

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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.


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Book Trailer | Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips (@carlyphillips)

27 August 2014

Watch the book trailer for Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips due to be released on 8th September 2014. 

I will be reviewing this book during its blog tour so keep an eye out for that.


Summary:

Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway | Blocked by Jennifer Lane (@JenLanebooks)

25 August 2014

Read on to see the cover for Blocked, a new adult contemporary/sports romance, by Jennifer Lane,  and all you need to know about the book. 

I will be posting my review of Blocked as part of the book's blog tour so keep an eye out for that!

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Summary:

College Freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He's a tall drink of water - blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her. 

Too bad what's noticeable is Dane's obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family's politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane's mother is about to face Lucia's father in the race for US President. 

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can't deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?
 
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About the Author:

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaing ficitional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can't decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline - a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen's world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen's newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big0time college sport and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked fro the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of the Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, "I'm not fat, I'm big-boned" Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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If you like the sound of the summary and want to get involved in the book's release and/or request a copy to review, you can find more information here.

Giveaway:

Jennifer Lane is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and an Advanced Reader Copy of Blocked on her Facebook page.

Find out how to enter here.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway | Bound by Melody Anne (@authmelodyanne)

Read on to find out all you need to know about Melody Anne's new novel, Bound and how to win an Amazon gift card and a Kindle Fire HD.

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Title: Bound
Series: Forbidden Series #1
Author: Melody Anne
Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Summary

Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation.

Jewell Weston is homeless and desperate at age twenty-four. Two years ago, she quit her job to care for her ailing mother and her young brother; the medical bills incurred because of the cancer that killed her mother two months ago took everything the family had, and the state then took away her brother, now age fourteen. The only way for her to get the boy back is by finding a job and securing a home.

When she’s approached by a woman in cashmere and pearls who tells her she can change her life, and is handed a card with the business name Relinquish Control on it, she thinks she has nothing to lose by calling the phone number. Maybe this will be the answer to her prayers, a way to save her little brother from the nightmarish foster home he’s been placed in.

Blake Knight, known to the world as cold and without a heart, is given an exclusive membership to Relinquish Control by his devilish younger brother, who thinks it would be amusing to make his staid brother squirm. Little does this brother realize that Blake does indeed have unusual desires that Relinquish Control can cater to perfectly. What started as a joke turns out to be just what Blake needs. Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a façade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him.

When he and his two brothers were six, eight and ten, they were tied up and forced to watch while their parents were murdered. The image has been burned into their minds, though they’ve tried to forget, leaving each of them guarded and unwilling to give their trust to anyone other than each other. No one is allowed to have their hearts. The brothers would never think of letting down their guard with anyone else, certainly not with a woman.


Follow Blake and Jewell’s journey and see if they can find a happily ever after…


About the Author

Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon - Rise of the Dark Angel. She's been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.


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Book Spotlight & Giveaway | Taking Control by Jen Frederick (@JensFred)

24 August 2014

Read on to find out all you need to know about Taking Control by Jen Fredrick plus enter to win a Tiffany & Co gemstone ring. Yes, you read that right, a Tiffany & Co gemstone ring!
 I have kindly been gifted an ARC of both Losing Control and Taking Control so keep an eye out for my reviews! 



Summary:

The hotly anticipated sequel to Losing Control.

I thought I needed only one thing in my life–the money and power to crush one man. But the moment I laid eyes on Victoria Corielli, my thirst for revenge was replaced by my craving for her.

No rule would keep me away; no obstacle too large to overcome. Not her will, not our differing social positions, not my infamous past. When she lost everything, I helped her pick up the pieces. When she trusted me with everything, she sealed her fate.

I’ve convinced Victoria she can put her heart in my hands. Now I have to protect it–from her shady stepfather and my business rivals, from enemies known and hidden. I’ll do anything to keep her. And I might have to prove it, because now Victoria's risking more than her heart to be with me; she’s risking her life.

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I want us to get married. Soon. Do you want a big wedding?”

“Married? I mean, I guess I thought you were serious but I figured…I don’t know.” Her voice trails off.

“That my proposal of marriage was somehow insincere? I’ve never wanted anything more. I just didn’t want to pressure you because of all the emotional upheaval you’re experiencing now.” Rolling over so she can see me and judge the sincerity for herself, I declare, “I want you to be my wife. The mother of any children we have. My partner in life. I want that to happen now so that I can introduce you as Mrs. Ian Kerr.”

Her eyes close for a moment and beneath the lids, silent tears leak out. Her words, though, are classic. “Maybe you should take my name. You can be Ian Corielli and I’ll introduce you as Mr. Victoria Corielli.”

“As long as it means you’re mine in the eyes of the world, I’ll be Mr. John Smith.”

She wraps her arms around my neck and clings to me. This time the shudders I’m soothing are from maybe, possibly, hopefully joy for our future. “I’m okay with Victoria Kerr,” she chokes out. “You better give me a big rock and lots of flowers since you’re proposing to me while we’re naked.”

“I proposed to you when I first took you to the house on the Long Island Sound.”

“You didn’t propose. You said that you wanted me to be your wife and fill your big house with lots of little people.”

“That’s a proposal.”

“It was a demand.”

“It was a request couched as a demand.”

Her body is shaking with laughter. “You’ve been in charge for too long. That was no request.”

Pushing to my knees, I reach into the nightstand and retrieve the box I bought before Sophie died. Her eyes grow huge and her hands come up to the cover her mouth. I flip the box lid open, pluck the ring out and toss it aside.

Lifting her shaking hand in mine, I slide the ring down her finger.

“When I was fifteen I made a hundred different stupid vows. I’d avenge my mother. I’d rise to the top of Wall Street and smite everyone down. I’d crush Richard Howe beneath the sole of my boot. I’d win at everything. But I never wished for happiness because I didn’t know what it was until you came into my life. How could I want something I didn’t know was missing? Now, everything I’ve achieved pales in comparison to having you love me. When I say that you’re my heart, my everything, those aren’t just words. They are the only truth in my world. I’d give up money, revenge, success, as long as I could lie down next to you at night and wake up with your face beside mine.

There is no greater achievement in my life than having you fall in love with me and I recognize on some mysterious level that is pure luck. I need you to marry me and be my wife. I need you to be the mother of my children. I need you because without you I am nothing. I am a pile of bones and flesh filled with misery. You bring me to life. Love me, marry me, be with me in this life and into all the ones we live from this point ever after.”

“Well, since you put it like that, I guess I must.” She rises and kisses me. Our mouths sealing the promises we’ve made to another one another.

I make love to her again then, slowly. We barely move. I just slide in and we rock together and allow the strength of our emotions to carry us into the heaven.

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Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick@gmail.com.


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A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire (@JamieMcGuire)

23 August 2014



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Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 146
Summary:

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?

What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.


Beautiful wedding is Jamie McGuire's telling the story of Abby and Travis' wedding. Until I picked up this novella I didn't realise how much I'd missed these two. I just love reading about them and their lives together.


BW picks up just after the fire at Keaton Hall and we soon find out just why Abby wanted to get married. To protect Travis. I don't completely accept that, but I understand why she did it. It's why Travis and Abby do anything. To protect and help each other.

As we journey through this story we get more and more glimpses of Travis and Abby's thought processes as it is told from both their POV's and Travis has some cracking lines that remind me why I love him so much:

"I'm not sure the world could handle a female Maddox. All the fight and anger, plus estrogen? Everyone would die" 

I could just see his face when I read that and it made me giggle.

There's a moment in this book where Abby is wavering just before she's due in the chapel, Travis talks to her through the door and then slips a letter from his mother titled "To the future Mrs Maddox"

It was a letter his mother wrote for Travis to give to his wife and was beautiful to read. I was crying the moment I realised what it was and it contains in it a line that sums up this series for me and its sister series about Travis' brothers:

"When a Maddox boy falls in love, he falls forever" 
You also get to see Abby getting her Mrs Maddox tattoo with Travis sat next to her and I loved reading that. Travis is so uncomfortable and you can see just how much he loves Abby in this scene plus his reaction to the artist? Amazing.

And that at the end of the day this novella carries on just what this series is about: love and saving your soulmate from themselves and their pasts just as Abby did for Travis and Travis did for Abby...