Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Tour- #Scandal by Sarah Ockler







Synopsis 

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…

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MY REVIEW

I first want to start and say a big thank you to Jean @Jeanbooknerd and Sarah for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour. I was very happy to get an ARC of this book and it's my first Sarah Ockler book. And I loved it! I'll definitely be getting Twenty Boy Summer and her other books as well. 

First of all, I love the premise. This is the type of stories I devour. I love teen romances and this book did not disappoint. When I first started it, I'll admit, I didn't know what was going on. But as I read further, the more I enjoyed the story and was immersed in Lucy and Cole's life. It opens up with them getting ready for prom. Lucy's best friend wasn't feeling well and wasn't able to make their senior prom. So she puts her (as in Lucy) in her place...to go with Cole. Cole is Ellie's boyfriend and Ellie is Lucy's best friend. The problem is, Lucy's always liked Cole. So taking Ellie's place is really hard on her, and she has to conceal her true feelings. But she does it for her best friend. What starts out as an innocent and fun night at the dance...turns into something much worse. And that's thanks to Facebook and some mean brats who took pictures during a party and wanted to lay out Lucy's life on the internet for all to see. Things get messy, friendships are tested and true feelings are revealed. It's a train wreck for all involved. And I love drama and angst, but this was just horrible.

The next day, there's a Facebook post of Lucy and Cole in an embrace, which she never took. And then there's other embarrassing moments involving other students at the after party. Someone is on the hunt for the next #scandal article, and they sure got it. Now, Lucy has to find out who the culprit is trying to frame her and also, find her cell phone when it goes missing. It's a bit of mystery-slash-Gossip Girl and it gets ugly. I felt so bad for Lucy and hated the bitches who wanted to ruin all the good things in her life. But in the end, we find out who was behind it all. Everything gets settled and the ending was great.

I read this book in less than 2 days. It was fast and easy reading. The writing style was fun and engaging and I enjoyed the characters. Especially Cole. Yeah, I liked him a lot. It brought me back to those teenage years, but when I was a teen, we didn't have cell phones and facebook apps. It just shows how easily your life can be destroyed by uploading private pics or having your phone stolen and your identity lost. It's a horrible concept if you think about it. All it takes is a push of a button and something private like a picture is on the net for all to see. But this was a fun and easy read and I loved it. Sure, there's some angst and drama. But there's also some romance that will melt your heart. I recommend to my friends who love a good mystery/romance story. It is YA so there's not a lot of steam but I like books without all the sex too. I'll be reading Ockler's other books very soon.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of several books for teens: The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, and the upcoming #scandal. Her books have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, Amazon Top Movers and Shakers, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books.

She’s a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, tarot enthusiast, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. In addition to her website at sarahockler.com, fans can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blog Tour: At Your Beck & Call by Jane Harvey-Berrick


Synopsis
Hallen Jansen has it all. At 28, he has a flashy car, a great apartment, and a job he’s good at and that he loves – as an escort – working at your beck and call.

His life is easy, with no emotions or attachments slowing him down – choosing to keep moving, always running from the past. But when a new client awakens unfamiliar feelings, all bets are off. Can he convince a recently divorced woman twenty years older to trust men again – to trust him? Can Hallen trust himself not to screw things up?

Surrounded by people who choose to judge them, will they make their relationship a reality, or is it heartbreak for both?

Not all services are professional.

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My Review: 4/5 stars!

First of all, I just want to thank Ena from Enticing Journey and Jane for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. I've been a fan of Jane since I read and loved The Education of Sebastian and Dangerous to Know & Love. She's an amazing writer. Her stories are heartbreaking, her characters are endearing and relateable, but also flawed. And I was truly in love with this story as well.

Hallen is a male escort, trying to get out of debt. Being he's only 21 and just graduated from college his school funds are stacking up. We all know how it is to have to pay for college. It's not cheap. He's an artist who is very talented and ambitious. He left home at 18, after losing his father and being estranged from his mother. It's gotta be hard making it out on your own. No, it IS hard making it out on your own at only 18. I felt bad for him. So when he's given an offer that sounds too good to be true, he accepts. And then it becomes his life. His career. I'm not a big fan of male escorts and such. But hey, sometimes desperation calls to us and we don't think, we act. 

Then we meet Laura. She's one of his clients. Sparks fly, yet it's a slow-burning romance that blossoms over time. She has trust issues and very little-or non existent self-esteem. I felt for her situation. I've been in her position, so I totally could relate to her. Verbal abuse is very hard to overcome. It's hard to get out of the mindset of not being good enough, smart enough, pretty enough when someone you loved always cut you down, making you feel worthless. You eventually believe it. Her situation broke my heart and made me feel all those insecurities that I once felt when I was with my ex. It's hard to get through it. But together, Laura and Hallen were a great match. They really had so much to work through, yet they were determined to fight for something real. Something that neither ever thought they could have. And it was great see. I enjoyed their story.

I'll admit, I was a little skeptical at first. About the age thing. But honestly, it wasn't a problem. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Jane is really good at making the questionable work really well. She's good at sucking you in with her writing and her characters. You can't help but root for them, no matter how hopeless the situation seems. She just has that gift. Though this book wasn't my favorite of hers, I still enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it. 

Another great novel, Jane! And thanks again for providing me with an arc. Can't wait for your next book!





 
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EXCERPT 1

“So, what other services do you offer, Hallen?”

How many times had I been asked that question? How many times had I answered it?

She laid her hand on my knee, her gaze sharp, questioning, lustful—and ashamed.

The light was not kind to her, emphasizing hard lines around her mouth, the overly tight skin of her forehead.

She should have chosen a bar with softer lighting. Candlelight hides a multitude of sins. Except my sins are all on the inside.

When I’d arrived at the designated restaurant earlier in the evening, she’d been careful to conceal her age. Maybe she thought I’d care. I didn’t. I gave my name to the hostess and asked her to let Ms. Mandelsohn know that I had arrived.

It was always interesting meeting a new client—a challenge, too—getting to know her, putting her at ease, helping her to feel comfortable, working out what she wanted from a date. She needed to feel safe with me, like I’d take care of her in all senses of the words. And talking is underrated as a method of foreplay. Clients often said they felt like they’d known me for years. Well, they knew the part I showed them, which wasn’t the same thing at all. But it was enough to let me fuck them.

They didn’t always want sex—or they said they didn’t. Once they’d met me, they often changed their minds.



EXCERPT 2

She joined me at the window, a large glass of Cognac in each hand. I accepted one and clinked it against hers.

“Santé!”

“Skål!”

She smiled and took a sip, her eyes thirsty and impatient.

“What are you thinking?” she asked, quietly.

“That it’s a long way down.”

She laughed, tension seeping around the edges of the sound. “I hope you’re not thinking of jumping to get away from me.”

I turned to look at her, deliberately running my eyes up and down her body. “No, I’m not thinking that.”

Her lips parted in a small gasp.

I took the glass out of her hand and placed it on the table with mine.

Belinda. Her name was Belinda.

“What do you like, Belinda?”

“Um, I…”

“You can tell me,” I said, as if we were sharing a secret. “Do you want me to touch you slowly?” I drifted my fingers down her arm, stroking her skin. “Or do you want me to take you hard?” I gripped her wrist in one hand and tipped her chin up with the other, so she was forced to look at me.

I saw her moisten her lips and swallow.

“Hard,” she whispered.

Yeah, that’s what I’d guessed. You learned to read people—women—in this job.

She licked her lips again and tottered forward, her balance becoming uneven with an alchemy of alcohol and lust.

“Do you want me to take you at the window, baby? Press your beautiful breasts against the cold glass while I fuck you. Anyone looking up would know what a bad, bad girl you are. Anyone could see.”

She choked on a laugh and I could tell she was considering it. My guess was she’d go for the bed. Older women usually did.



EXCERPT 3

Have you ever wondered what money smells like? I mean real money. Not just a lot of money, but vats of money, swimming pools of money, whole oceans of money. It smells of sweat and sex, wrapped in silk.

That’s the scent that filled my lungs walking into the Casino de Monte Carlo.

The building was bathed in bright yellow lights, turning the white stucco into a shimmering facade. A marble fountain seemed to pour molten gold into the piscina at its base.

And the women. My God, the women. Birds of Paradise in gowns of every color, shade, texture and tone. You noticed the dresses first—the faces above were all the same—rich, privileged, aware.

“By the way, Emma, what’s it for?”

“What?”

“The fundraiser. Which charity is it for?”

“Christ! I don’t know!” she said, distracted by a blonde woman in skyscraper Laboutins. “Whales or tuna or goldfish or something! Who cares?”

I kept my mouth shut.

At the door, we were greeted by a well dressed staff member who knew both our names, and handed us each a $50,000 casino chip.

Fifty-thousand dollars!

Emma smiled, watching with vulpine amusement as I tried to cover up my astonished reaction.

“Enjoy!” she said, stroking my ass. “If you’re a good boy, there’ll be more where that came from.”

It must have been obvious who and what I was. I wouldn’t say I was oblivious to the barely hidden contempt from those who saw us together, but I’d learned to ignore it. The burn was a little less.



EXCERPT 4

She opened the door and hesitated, her eyes alight with humor, lust and something darker.

“I want two orgasms,” she stated, matter of fact, “or I want my money back. And I have to tell you—I am not multi-orgasmic.”

She folded her arms.

“You sure about that?”

“Very.”

I leaned against the doorpost. “Guess I’m going home then.”

Her face fell, and I couldn’t help smiling.

“You are such a tease!” she snorted.

I closed the door behind me. “That’s the idea.”

“You have one hour,” she insisted.

“Are you timing me?” I joked.

“Um, no, it’s all I can afford,” she muttered, fiddling with her purse.

I immediately felt like shit, and she must have seen it because she shrugged apologetically.

“One hour,” I said. “Time me.”

At that point I didn’t really care whether she got her money back or not. I’d already earned half of $1600 for the evening so I had nothing to lose. And she’d issued a challenge.

I shrugged out of my jacket, draping it over the back of a chair. Slowly, I bent down to untie my shoes and pull off my socks. I caught her eye as I glanced up.

“Did you want me to leave my socks on?”

“Um, no!” Then she realized I was teasing her again. “Hallen!”

“Anything else I should know about your preferences? You know, apart from your sock fetish?”

Her laugh turned into a breathy sigh as I walked toward her.

“That’s a pretty dress, Audrey. I think it should come off—it would be a shame to spoil it.”


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I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!

My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.

My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.

Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.










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Thursday, May 29, 2014

At Your Beck and Call by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Synopsis
Hallen Jansen has it all. At 28, he has a flashy car, a great apartment, and a job he’s good at and that he loves – as an escort – working at your beck and call.

His life is easy, with no emotions or attachments slowing him down – choosing to keep moving, always running from the past. But when a new client awakens unfamiliar feelings, all bets are off. Can he convince a recently divorced woman twenty years older to trust men again – to trust him? Can Hallen trust himself not to screw things up?

Surrounded by people who choose to judge them, will they make their relationship a reality, or is it heartbreak for both?

Not all services are professional.

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“Seriously, Eloise? A high school dance. Balloon arches and spiked punch?”

She laughed, although there was an edge to her voice.

“I would have thought it would make a nice change from older women, Hallen, and for once you can a knock a couple of years off your age.”

I frowned.

“Besides, the money is the same so what difference does it make?” Eloise said, brusquely. “Look, have you got any idea how brutal high school is for plain girls?”

Sometimes she made it sound like working as an escort was a mission, not … well, what it was.

“Melissa’s mother says she is very shy and a little overweight. She doesn’t want all her daughter’s memories of high school to be ghastly. And, frankly, there are very few reputable escort services offering anything to girls of her age. You’re only three years older and when you shave you’ll look younger. Look on it as an act of charity.”

“Oh, I’m sure Melissa would love to hear that,” I snarkedback.

“I told you to look her age, not act it,” Eloise replied, sharply. “Sweep her off her feet, but don’t sleep with her. Understand?”

“Yes, boss.


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I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!
My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.
My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.
Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.







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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Blog Tour: Undone by R.E. Hunter

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  Synopsis
Five years ago, Embry Jacobs ran...
She ran from a past that still hasn’t let her go, but her dream of becoming a lawyer is stronger than her fear of confronting that past. Embry’s sole focus is to get through law school—with the help of her best friend, Morgan—and make something of the broken girl she became. Not thinking about falling in love, being in a relationship or even entertaining the idea of romance, Embry is moving forward one day at a time.
Luke Brody is charming and sexy, and has a past of his own. He wants nothing more than to put his demons to rest and move on with his life. But, when Embry enters the picture, is he destined to repeat those same mistakes?
Blindsided by their instant attraction, neither Luke nor Embry are prepared for the feelings they’re developing. But will it all be for nothing?
Will they let their pasts destroy them, or will they risk everything to fight for their relationship when it all comes undone?


My Review:

First of all, I wanna thank Enticing Journey for letting me be a part of this tour. It was an honor to read and review this book. This was my first read by RE Hunter(and yes, it's her debut novel) and it didn't disappoint. I was excited to read Rose's book and loved it.

This book was so well written, I felt like I was there most of the time. Rose paints a vivid picture when it comes to bringing these characters and their story to life. I felt their emotions and their struggles as if they were my own. Now the thing is, I'm a New Yorker, so to see this novel taking place in my first home was a lot of fun. I just love New York and everything about it. Another cool thing is, my grandfather was a well known lawyer for New York City so that was another thing I had in common with this book. Because Embry is So I was already in love before I started the story...

Now, I'll say I enjoyed this crazy ride that Embry took me on. She was a wonderful character, full of flaws and yet she was strong. She had a rough past and was hiding from it. Who hasn't had a rough past? I think we've all been in her shoes once in our lives, maybe not the same situations but at least something that haunts us and keeps us from going after what we truly want. So we settle for whatever we think we deserve. Embry broke my heart and at times, she frustrated me. But she was real too. So I loved her and hoped things would work out.

Luke. Luke was sexy and amazing. And very damaged. He's got a secret and he's got his own set of issues, but I loved him. Especially with Embry. Their chemistry was epic and beautiful and hot hot hot! But he was also so protective and alpha. We all love our alphas. And he could cook. Oh a man who cooks is perfection. 

I loved the secondary characters too. The whole cast played their roles so well. I was easily connected to each of them and felt for them and wanted everyone to have happy endings and greatness. And then the ending happened....yeah, not cool. I'm eagerly awaiting for book 2. So, for a debut novel, this was fantastic. Great job Rose! I gave it a 4/5 stars!

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R.E. Hunter is a native New Yorker and lives on Long Island with her husband and their crazy kitten. She works as an attorney by day and writes every spare second she has. She’s currently working on the sequel to Undone, which will be released sometime in 2014. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her somewhere near a beach with a book in her hand.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters



Synopsis:

Bully and victim. 

Tormenter and tormented. 
Villain and hero. 
Ellie Mccallum was the bully. The Tormenter. The Villain. Taking what she wanted, stomping over anyone that got in her way. Feelings, futures, and relationships be damned. She felt no emotional connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable. 
Particularly Freaky Flynn. 
Growing up, Flynn Hendrick was known only as “Freaky Flynn.” He lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.
But then Flynn and Ellie grew up. 
And moved on.
Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.
When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other. 
And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.
But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the farther you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

About the Author




The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark series, Bad Rep and its upcoming sequel.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly 6 year old daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.


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