Interview & Giveaway: Alexxxa by DT Dyllin

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D.T. Dyllin is a Bestselling Author who writes both New Adult and Adult Romance. She is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and also her local chapter, the MCRW (Music City Romance Writers).

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two spoiled GSDs.

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Welcome back to Book Sniffers Anonymous! Long time no see. How have you been since you last stopped by?
Yay! I’m excited to be here! It has been a long time since I’ve done a guest post of any kind for BSA, or anywhere for that matter. *Bad Author * Let’s see… Since I last stopped by I’ve been writing lots of books for people to sniff, and when not doing that, I’m sniffing books. Hehe But seriously… Lots of book sniffing happening up in here.

So, tell us a little about Alexxxa. What can the readers expect with this one?
As per usual with all of my books, readers can expect a scorching romance. Alexa is a porn star…obviously…but she has been noticing that her life is ‘missing something’ lately. It takes meeting David to figure out exactly what that something is.

Now I’m sure you’ve been asked this already but I have to know, why a porn star? Why not simply a stripper?
I wanted to write a heroine with a very sexual past. I also wanted it to be more than just her having had a lot of sex, and or partners. If she was merely a stripper, having sex isn’t part of her job, so when she meets her love match, obviously she’d want to only be with the hero. Throwing in the porn star element complicates things a bit, on many levels. I like messy and complicated.

Can you give us the inside scoop on the leading man in Alexxxa?
Since Alexxxa isn’t a paranormal romance, David can’t pull all the super Alpha crap that a lot of my supernatural leading men like to do. I can’t blame them because not being human changes things. David is just a normal guy. But in my opinion, he’s the kind of ‘normal guy’ that women could actually date and fall in love with. Oh and did I mention that he’s a huge Doctor Who fan? Well he is. Lol

Is there anything that you would like readers to take away from this story?
Hmmm… Well maybe as women we should all be a little bit tolerant and understanding of other women. Just because another woman makes a choice about her life that you wouldn’t about yours…doesn’t mean either one of you are necessarily wrong. Live and let live.

I know this is the most difficult question in the whole interview but what is your favorite quote or part from Alexxxa?
Actually it’s not as hard as you think. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan myself, so making Alexa clueless and David a fan, was amusing to me. My favorite part is the first interaction between David and Alexa in the beginning of the book. David is kind of condescending that Alexa doesn’t know what a Dalek is and she doesn’t let it bother her…she’s interested in other things.

I bit my lip and batted my eyelashes, extending my hand towards the inked up skinnier version of Clark Kent. “What’s a Dalek?” I asked, eyeing up his t-shirt, which had a weird looking robot thing on it with the accompanying term ‘Dalek’.

His lips turned up into a tiny smirk. “You don’t know what a Dalek is… shocker.”

I shrugged and dropped my hand, letting my eyes dance onto the real area of interest, his crotch. “I don’t really care about your stupid t-shirt, just what’s under it. Or really, what you’re packing in your pants.”

Thanks again for stopping by, D.T. Before you go, do you have anything in the works that we should keep an eye out for?
Thanks for having me! Aaaand… Ummm… I always have stuff in the works. The second book in my M-Day series, E-Day is a new release, and in October the final installment of my Death Trilogy, Becoming Death will be released. That’s just off the top of my head. I have to keep contributing to the book of the world, so I’m sure there will be more news soon. ;)

 

 

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Alexxxa
By: DT Dyllin
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Published: July 20, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Love and sex, sex and love… Can you have one without the other? As a world famous porn star, Alexa James thinks she has everything all figured out. But what happens when someone who gets paid to have sex has an existential crisis? Suddenly sex isn’t enough, and love seems out of reach. Will Alexa’s career choice permanently crush her spirit? Or will she discover that real love is about more than just the physical?

 

 
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Review: Taste of Darkness by Katie Reus

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(Darkness, #2)
By: Katie Reus
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: July 24, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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He spent more than a thousand years imprisoned in hell…

Drake is an ancient dragon shifter, one of the most powerful beings in existence, but a millennium trapped in utter darkness has left him ill-equipped for modern society. If it wasn’t for Victoria, the sweet female brave enough to befriend him, he’d be lost. She’s smart and gorgeous and everything he never dared dream of during his years of agonizing loneliness. He may not have anything to offer her, but one thing he knows for sure: he’d die to keep her safe.

Only to fall into the heaven of her touch.

Victoria is a wolf shifter, healer of the Stavros pack. She’s seen a lot, but she’s never met anybody quite like Drake, the fiery, fascinating shifter who can blaze through the skies unseen by mere mortals. He’s lost, dangerous, and the last male she should fall in love with, but the more time she spends helping him navigate modern life, the deeper—and hotter—their connection becomes. She’s thrilled when they finally locate his family, but reuniting with his people plunges them both into unimaginable danger. It’s a race against the clock trying to figure out who wants them dead and who they can trust, especially when the threat is closer than they ever imagined.

 
 

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Even though this storyline focuses on two different characters from the last book, you really need to read them in succession. When I started reading this one I felt like I was missing something. The characters seemed way too familiar with each other and there seemed to be some time gap in what was going on for the book to just be starting. So I reread the ending from Darkness Awakened and refreshed my memory of how these two characters met. Then afterwards I was able to jump right in the story with no problem.

Drake was a very interesting character. Yeah, he’s all macho Alpha, he is a dragon after all, but he’s way out of his element in the modern world and leans on Victoria and others for help when it comes to the unknown, like driving. You see, when Drake was a little boy he was sacrificed and sent to the depths of hell where he spent over a thousand years trying to survive. That is, until he escapes and finds himself protected by the Stavros wolf pack. So imagine everything that’s changed in the last thousand years. It’s pretty safe to say that Drake has a lot to learn about the new world. He grew up in hell and doesn’t really have the lifetime experience in dealing with people. So he tends to be a bit gruff when interacting with others. He also has no memory of who he was before his time in Hell. So over time, little things trigger his memory, slowly revealing who he was as well as snippets of his gruesome time in Hell.

I do have a couple of complains and one was ironically Drake himself. I felt that for someone who hadn’t grown up in the modern world, he sure did acclimate fast. For instance, my mom has had a cellphone for almost 10 years now. That woman just learned how to text. When she came out to visit a few months back she tried telling me that her phone only came with one ringtone, the carriers signature tune. Knowing that wasn’t right I, within seconds, changed her ringtone to some obnoxious DJ BLAST tune. It took her a couple of weeks to figure out how to get rid of it, and I think she even enlisted the help of someone. So considering that Drake’s only been in our world for four months, I’m not buying that he’s able to pick up on our technology so fast. Maybe had I seen the transition period in those first 4 months that would’ve been different, but we are presented with the Drake who’s been around for 4 months and I wasn’t a fan of the fact that homeboy was texting like it’s cool.

My other issue was that I felt like there were way too many POV’s going on. I’m totally fine with getting a couple extra POV’s mixed in pertaining to either the villain or upcoming highlighted characters but this one was all over the place. I honestly don’t know who the next book will be about because there was just so many things going on at once. I would have liked it to focus a bit more on the main characters and their story and not try to branch out twenty different ways.

Since Drake was sent to Hell as a little boy, he was never told about the birds and the bees. Let alone did anything with a female. Victoria’s been coddled and babied since she was adopted into the pack. So she never really had the opportunity to date. So the fact that these two were starting out on equal ground was pretty interesting. It’s not too often that you have two older characters who are both virgins. It was a nice change of pace.

The romance isn’t the only thing this book has to offer. There are some pretty awesome fight scenes as well. Since whoever put Drake in hell is still out there, there are some moments where things get a little bloody. You have to figure that Dragons don’t fight with fists or weapons. So there are a lot of scenes where Drake chomps onto a neck and rips the head from the body or incinerates the person with his fire breath. That may be a turn off to some, but he’s a dragon. If he went around throwing glitter on everyone it wouldn’t be very threatening. And dragons are huge threatening creatures that would make Godzilla pee in his non-existent reptilian pants.

In the end, this is a great paranormal romance series. I’ve loved just about every book of Katie’s that I’ve read. This one started out strong for me but once everyone started butting in with their POV’s I got a little distracted and lost sight of the story at hand. It was still highly enjoyable though. I will definitely be waiting for the next book to come out.

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“The predator inside him took over, gaining a stronger foothold. He must do this to survive. No weakness. Ever. The boy inside him cried out for his mother, begging her to find him, to save him.
But she never came.”
 
 
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Excerpt & Giveaway: Dependent by Brenda Corey Dunne

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By: Brenda Corey Dunne
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Published: July 29, 2014
Genre: Fiction

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When 45-year-old Ellen Michaels loses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of gray. For 25 years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has included her like chattel with John’s worldly goods—his Dependents, Furniture, and Effects. They—who have stolen her hopes, her dreams and her innocence, and now in mere months will take away the roof over her head. Ellen is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and guilt and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was 19. John’s untimely death takes away her anchor, and now, without the military, there is no one to tell her where to go, what to do— no one to dictate who she is. Dependent deals with issues ever-present in today’s service families—early marriage, frequent long absences, the culture of rank, and posttraumatic stress, as well as harassment and abuse of power by higher-ranking officials. It presents a raw and realistic view of life for the lives of the invisible support behind the uniform.

 
 
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There is no more conversation. Young men with close-clipped haircuts straightenup and square their shoulders. Mothers wipe their eyes with soggy tissues. One by one, their sons grasp their duffels and walk forward.

“Michaels, John! Board now!” the man screams.

John turns to face me, a determined gleam in his eyes. “Don’t wait up,” he says.

I grin, half-heartedly, and finish our little saying. “Don’t be late,” I say. He leans forward and kisses me, then nods, turns, and walks forward, as if this were the easiest thing in the world, his legs swinging in more of a saunter than a walk. He pops his bag in the compartment and hops up the stairs. Only when he is seated by the window does he look back. He waves to his parents and then his eyes find mine.

I breathe in quickly, caught off guard by what his eyes are saying. My cheeks burn at the dangerous grin he gives me, not much different than that of five weeks ago in the flashing red glow. His gaze flicks down to the neckline of my blouse and below. It’s as if he’s having sex with me in his mind, as if we are alone and together, not separated by a crowd of sniffling parents and twenty-five feet of soggy paved space. I feel my body respond—my breath quickens and something flutters behind my breastbone. The rush of need shocks away my unshed tears.

I hear the sound of marching feet, slamming doors, and revving engines, but

I don’t look away. The corners of John’s mouth twitch, and the bus moves forward.

Parents wave frantically as it pulls away, calling their goodbyes and well wishes to the stench of exhaust and flying water.

I am left alone, standing in a puddle of need and lost dreams as John drives away in search of his own.

 
 
 
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Brenda Corey Dunne trained as a physiotherapist, worked several years as a Physiotherapy Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before meeting the love of her life, RCAF Colonel Tom Dunne, and becoming a military dependent herself. Brenda currently resides on a small hobby farm in Eastern Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three children.

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Review: Songbird by Jaymin Eve

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(Sinclair, #1)
By: Jaymin Eve
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: July 13, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

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It took many years but finally Melodee Lee is in control of her life. The twenty-three year old trusts no one, and spends her time nomadically wandering with the underground cage fighting scene. Her innocent looks are an asset and she utilizes them to their fullest extent. Fighting is how she makes her money and she’s damn good at it. Yeah, sometimes she’s lonely, but her set-up guarantees no one screws with her and she doesn’t have to think about the ten ways she knows how to kill a man. Of course, that was before she met the Sinclairs.

Nathan Sinclair; one of the four brothers that dominate the city of Syracuse. Nathan’s a rising basketball star, set to be signed by the NBA and despite the fact his slam-dunk nickname was earned both on and off the court, he’s decided that it’s time for a break. He’s over the drama of college women.

An accident, a baby and unforgettable circumstances bring these two people together when their worlds should never have collided. And the end result have both of them questioning their lives and the choices they’ve made to be happy.

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Melodee is an underground cage fighter who trusts no one. She moves around a lot and doesn’t make any connections with people. She grew up in the foster system and learned real quick that the fighting skills her deranged parents (who were also assassins) gave her were useful when dealing with one crappy foster home after another. Now an adult, she uses those same skills to make money and win fights. After every fight she moves to a new location to get away which is how she ends up in Syracuse and in Nathan’s path.

I thought for sure I’d love this one. I mean, how many times have you read about a female cage fighter? They’re always males. So that was really intreging. Also, Nathan is supposed to be a hot shot basketball player at SU as well as a local celebrity in Syracuse. Which by the way is where I was born and raised. So… the fact that this takes place in my hometown, even cooler. However, this story fell flat with me. It started off strong with Melodee fighting in the cage and then afterwards getting on a bus and winding up in Syracuse. She seemed really bad-ass and I was all in. Then one of her apartment neighbors spots her walking in a snowstorm from the grocery store and insists that he gives her a ride home, but first needs to make a stop at his friends house (Nathan’s) to drop off some stuff. Now, for someone who is a loner and doesn’t trust people, she got into the car, but whatever I can deal. But when they get into a fatal accident killing her neighbor and the driver of the other vehicle, leaving Melodee and the woman’s baby the sole survivors things started changing. Nathan hears the crash from his place, goes out to investigate and that’s where he and Melodee meet up. Just about the entire inner dialogue of both parties is about how hot the other one is. Nathan shows very little to no grief over his friend’s passing. Hell, at one point they are wrestling in his cabin after the accident laughing and having a good ol time. Now, I get that the snowstorm knocked down power lines and there’s no cell service to call and report the accident but jeesh, show some emotion. Melodee I could see not being sad, she didn’t know the guy, but Nathan didn’t really care that his lifetime friend was dead, body frozen in a vehicle by his house. Not to mention that when Child Services shows up the next day to take the baby to a foster home, all Nathan has to do is say his name and that he and Melodee want to keep the baby and *BAM* the woman walks off in agreement and Nathan and Melodee are the new proud foster parents of an infant. …. WHAT?! Apparently if your father is a Senator and you play in college basketball, you’re totally fit to be a parent. Screw background checks or interviews, nope… if you want that snotty nosed infant, you can have it! Nope, not buying it.

At about halfway through I stopped reading. It went from being a great story with new and exciting characters to totally changing to a sweet and sappy love story that I’ve read 100 times before. Except those stories made sense and flowed together, this one was all over the place and just sort of made stuff up as it went along. I wish Melodee showed more of her f*ck-off personality throughout the story. Instead she not only jumps Nathan’s bones but tells him and his brother about the torture she endured. And for someone who keeps to themself, that was just too out of left field. I just couldn’t get into the story or connect with the flippant nature of the characters.

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“More often than not the best people were the ones with the rough edges. Life had tried to chip away at them, but they still carried on.”

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Review & Giveaway: E-Day by DT Dyllin

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(M-Day, #1)
By: DT Dyllin
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Published: Aug 10, 2014
Genre: Dystopian Erotic Romance
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M-Day was the dawn of a brand new harsher world. A world where old lives could be left behind and secrets buried for good. At least that’s exactly what Tammie Miles had planned. But even with her new identity as Evo, she discovers that your past is never far. When a man from her old life tracks her down, will she risk everything to keep her secrets? Or will she finally learn that maybe even she can love the right man?

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This was a great addition to M-Day. Even though this story deals with different characters, you should still read the first book before diving into E-Day. Evo is actually a secondary character from the first book. Not only does she get her moment to shine in this one, but Zee and Max (MC’s from M-Day) play a huge part in Evo’s story. So in order to not feel left out, I highly suggest reading M-Day.

Evo is a kick-ass, hold no bars fighter. She’s definitely the girl you want in your corner if you come across any infected men. Which is probably why every time there’s a “mission”, she’s on it. However, her armor starts to crack when they save an un-infected man in a warehouse. A man who was obviously being brutally abused by infected men. A man who just so happens to be Evo’s estranged husband. Dun Dun Duuuuuun. However, Evo’s built a new life since the world changed. She gained a new image, a new name, and a new history. So she’s not too happy to run into her estranged husband who could ultimately reveal all the secrets she’s kept hidden.

This was a great story. You’d think it’d just be about Evo keeping her secrets while kicking ass. And that is part of the story but the author went above and beyond that. She added depth to the characters. She didn’t just give you their stories, she made you feel for them. She also took the original story and evolved it into so much more than it originally was. One minute I’m all like, “okay this is a story about suped-up-soldiers-gone-wrong”, and the next I’m like, “woah! What the hell just happened?”. The author is definitely writing to her own tune on this one and I couldn’t be happier. I was starting to get worn out on the same ol storyline in a lot of books I’d been reading recently. So I was happy to finally get out of the rut I was in. The author added so many new elements to her story that I literally could not put the book down. I kid you not, I literally plopped my butt on the couch until I finished the book. This girl right here, ATE OVER HER BELOVED KINDLE! That’s how unwilling I was to put the book down.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who’s looking for a post-apocalyptic story that also happens to have some erotic parts to it.

 
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“Once a few months back, I’d found a sign for Texas, only to discover I was in Florida. Some dumb-ass thought they were funny, apparently. Who had the time, really?”

 
 
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Excerpt & Giveaway: Songbird by Jaymin Eve

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(Sinclair, #1)
By: Jaymin Eve
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: July 13, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

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It took many years but finally Melodee Lee is in control of her life. The twenty-three year old trusts no one, and spends her time nomadically wandering with the underground cage fighting scene. Her innocent looks are an asset and she utilizes them to their fullest extent. Fighting is how she makes her money and she’s damn good at it. Yeah, sometimes she’s lonely, but her set-up guarantees no one screws with her and she doesn’t have to think about the ten ways she knows how to kill a man. Of course, that was before she met the Sinclairs.

Nathan Sinclair; one of the four brothers that dominate the city of Syracuse. Nathan’s a rising basketball star, set to be signed by the NBA and despite the fact his slam-dunk nickname was earned both on and off the court, he’s decided that it’s time for a break. He’s over the drama of college women.

An accident, a baby and unforgettable circumstances bring these two people together when their worlds should never have collided. And the end result have both of them questioning their lives and the choices they’ve made to be happy.

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“Where did you come from, Melodee Lee?” He threaded his fingers through hers. “All I can think about is you. I still taste you on my lips, and I want to know you, everything about how you turned into this sexy, smart, fighter chick.”

She didn’t hesitate, her voice husky, “You told me to admit that what we have is worth pursuing. Take me home, Nathan Sinclair, you can own my body, but I can’t promise more than that with you. I vowed that no one would ever own my soul.” She twisted in her seat to see him better.

“Can you accept that?”

He examined her for a long moment, “I accept it for now”, he finally said.

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Jaymin Eve is a 29 year old with a passion for reading, writing and arithmetic … okay maybe not the last one but definitely the first two.

Living on the beautiful Gold Coast, in Australia, the family loves spending lots of time on the beach. And travelling as frequently as possible.

When Jaymin isn’t trying to wrangle two daughters, a puppy and her husband, you will find her hiding in a corner trying desperately to write her stories (without little fingers pressing random keys). She asks forgiveness if you notice the occasional sskkkkssjs appearing in her book, her children are proud of their contribution.

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Sunday Wrap-Up #36

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, and Stacking the Shelves.

 

Last week on BSA:
Darkness Bound by JT Geissinger (Review)
Thoughtless by SC Stephens (Review)
Kat Scratched by DT Dyllin (Review)

This week on BSA:
Songbird by Jaymon Eve (Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway)
The Arrow by Monica McCarty (Review)
Manga Classic: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King (Review)
Songbird by Jaymon Eve (Review)

 

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Everything Changes
By: Samantha Hale
Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Genre: Contemp. YA
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Seventeen-year-old Raven Walker has never had a boyfriend. She’s never really been interested in boys. But she was always too afraid to examine what that might mean. Until she meets Morgan O’Shea and finds herself inexplicably drawn to her.

As their friendship develops, Raven is forced to face the possibility that her interest in Morgan might actually be attraction and that she might be gay.

Acknowledging the possibility opens Raven’s world to the excitement of her first romance, but it also leaves her struggling to come to terms with her sexuality and the impact it will have on her relationships with her family and friends.

 

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Echoes of Scotland Street
By: Samantha Young
Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…

 

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A Vault of Sins
By: Sarah Harian
Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Genre: Dystopian YA
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Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever…

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.

The person who owns her heart…

 

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Into Darkness
By: JT Geissinger
Release Date: Oct. 21, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.

And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.

Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past?but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.

Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.

But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.

 

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Before You Break
By: Christina Lee
Published: Feb. 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

 

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Breathe for Me
By: Rhonda Helms
Published: Aug. 5, 2014
Genre: Paranormal YA
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Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

 

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Fierce
By: L.G. Kelso
Release Date: Aug. 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.

Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.

With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.

With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.

kRISTIN

Review: Kat Scratched by DT Dyllin

22079239Kat Scratched
By: D.T. Dyllin
Publisher: Tic Tok Press
Published: May 3, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
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It’s tough being a cat in a dog eat dog world. Something that Katrina Walker learned the hard way being a were-cat raised by a pack of werewolves. And after her taboo love affair with the future Alpha is discovered, Kat has no choice but to leave the only home and man she’s ever loved behind for good. Or so she thought…

Seven years later Kat is forced to return to pack lands and the man she left behind. But Jason Benson has changed, and so has she. Will she find her way back into the arms of her first love, or will James, the mysterious were-cat wriggle his way into her heart?

 

1thoughtsThis is an EROTIC PNR so expect a lot of sex/sexual related scenes. I liked that she didn’t just stick with one shifter in this book but instead we get werewolves and werecats.

Kat is a were-jaguar who was raised by werewolves when her family was killed in an accident. None of the wolves know anything about jaguars, so everything that she knows about being a shifter, she’s learned from the wolves. Which you can imagine is like having a father trying to raise his little girl on his own. He doesn’t really understand what really happens to women during that time of the month, he doesn’t fully understand our mood swings or what makes us tick. That is the case with Kat. They’ve treated her like a wolf but she’s no clue about anything of her own kind.

Since she grew up with wolves, it is no surprise that she falls in love with a wolf. He’s not just any wolf though, he’s the next in line to be Alpha of the pack. So their affair is secret until the day comes that he must choose, become alpha and choose a rightful mate (one being of the same species) or run away with Kat and turn his back on his pack. Kat decides that instead of making his choose, she’ll leave and make the choice easier on him.

Which is where the story really starts… 5 years later with her living with a human. She’s having all these crazy hormonal issues. She’s hot and bothered and so she decides to go out to get some food, which is where she runs into 3 males who turn out to be jaguars just like her. That’s when the story really takes off running… literally.

I must be honest that when I read the synopsis I was both excited and really nervous. Excited because I’m a huge fan of D.T’s. I fell in love with her dragon trilogy and I’ve been reading everything of her’s since. But I was nervous because my initial thought was, Mercy Thompson (the coyote who was raised by wolves who then fell in love with the alpha)… but this is nothing like that. There’s hierarchy (and I’m not just talking Alpha, Beta, Omega stuff here, there are actual Jaguar queens), lots of sex, lots of drama and two “Adams”. Two’s always better than one. Especially when it comes to man candy.

However, Kat has a lot of learning and growing to do throughout the story. She starts out extremely naive and is really impulsive. She’s no idea how things are run in the jaguar world but as the book progresses she starts to really grow up. D.T. definitely thought outside the box when it came to a couple of topics that came up in the story and I felt that she executed them really well. She could have gone the easy route and taken a left turn but instead that chick decided to pull a U-ie and go off roading with the story.

All in all I am really excited over this one. Anyone who likes some good smut with some paranormal running through it needs to read this. The author definitely knows how to pull the readers in and makes them root for all the characters. I found myself really invested in the story and even found myself on the edge of my seat at times. I really liked how she gave us an epilogue at the end. It really helped to tie everything together and give the reader closure.

 

1favequote“No one can ever make you feel bad about yourself without your permission.” -James

kRISTIN

Review: Thoughtless by SC Stephens

13517535Thoughtless
(Thoughtless, #1)
By: SC Stephens
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: June 11, 2011
Genre: New Adult Romance
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For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same.

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This is a tough book to rate. This review is more than likely going to sound more like a rant but I just can’t help it. At first I thought this book was going to be 5 stars but it quickly left a sour taste in my mouth. I hated Kiera and Kellan. To the point where I wanted to stop reading… but I just couldn’t seem to put the book down.

You see, Kiera moves away from family and friends to be with her boyfriend. She transfers school, gets a job and starts settling down with her new life. But one day Denny gets a great opportunity at his internship, he gets to travel from WA to AZ for a huge project but the catch is, he will be gone for a couple of months. At first, Kiera misses him terribly and Kellan is such a sweetheart and tries to cheer her up. He takes her to school, work, watches movies with her, they really become close. In fact, I started to get a little bit uncomfortable with how close. Then one day Denny drops a big bomb on Keira’s lap. He’s been offered the job in Arizona! Which, for an intern as green as he is, is a humungous opportunity. What does Keira do? She flips out, breaks up with him and screws Kellan. Which okay fine, they were technically broken up, but when Denny turns down the job for Kiera, thus losing his internship and comes home, she goes right back to Denny while still being “friendly” with Kellan.

I’m sorry but I don’t condone cheating. I’m a military wife and I’ve gone months without humping some hot guy. We were only dating a year when he went off to a 3 month bootcamp. I remember being just like Keira, I was torn apart that first day. I just went home and cried all day. My mom even took me up to the Adirondacks to have a girls day and cheer me up. So I understand her heart break over that initial 2 month separation, although she could talk to him whenever she wanted whereas I got maybe 2 letters a week from him and that was it. But I just couldn’t get behind every single thing that happens afterwards. I mean, there were times when I literally smacked my forehead and said “oh God, no, don’t do that.” when she’d leave Denny in BED and sneak across the hall to Kellan’s room and then proceed to screw him. I just couldn’t take it.

However, for some reason, I just couldn’t seem to put this book down. I incessantly read it until I was finished and stayed up until the early morning to get to the end. I love the idea of the story but I just wish there wasn’t so much cheating in it.

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“I want to be someone’s everything. I want fire and passion, and love that’s returned, equally. I want to be someone’s heart.”

kRISTIN

Review: Darkness Bound by JT Geissinger

18812785Darkness Bound
(Night Prowler, #5)
By: JT Geissinger
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: June 24, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony, but the two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a looming global species war.

As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

 

1thoughtsJack wrote an unfavorable article about the Ikati. Thus, gaining the attention of the ikati, who aren’t too thrilled to be written in an unfavorable manor. An idea is born that if Jack comes to their colony and witnesses how they aren’t so bad after all, she will write an article discrediting her previous work. However, she’s not just gonna go willingly into an area overrun with creatures. It isn’t until there’s a little blackmail involved that she decided to trudge into the monsters den.

Jack is a tough-as-nails reporter. She’s not afraid to get in the middle of the action to get her story. So it comes as no surprise that when she’s blackmailed into going to the Ikati, she goes along with the plan. She wasn’t holding her breath that they’d get her to change her mind about them. After all, Hawk slept with her, took photos of it, and blackmailed her. Nothing says “I was wrong about you” quite like a good ol’ blackmailing. However, she finds herself connecting with Hawk and soon realizes that she was quick to judge those whom she didn’t understand.

Hawk has been beaten down more times than he can count. He’s used to his brother, the Alpha, lashing out at him. So it comes as no surprised when he’s tasked with bringing Jack to the colony or face death. It isn’t until he brings her to his brother that he starts to second guess his decision. He starts to peel away Jack’s layers and realizes that she’s not as much of a bigot as he once thought. However, just when he starts to find himself falling in love with her, fate decides to shake things up.

Not only do we get their love story, but the story of the Ikati’s final showdown which is still forming. This isn’t a book that you can just read out of order. It’s true that every book deals with a new pair of characters but sometimes those character are introduced in the previous books. That isn’t really the case with this one, but the storyline itself is the heart of the story. Without reading the previous books you have no idea what the Ikati have been through. There would be no sense of the upcoming showdown which I’m assuming we will see all the previous characters in and with the way the author finished this book you know that the next, and final, book will be a doozy. Especially since she wrote the Queen’s (MC from the first book) children in a certain light that lets you know they will be a big asset in the last book. Not to mention all the various powers and strengths everyone is throwing around. You know it’s going to be one heck of an ending.

 

1favequote“Love had finally found him, and so had love’s bastard brother.
Misery.”

kRISTIN