Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Release and Review: Fidelity by Aleatha Romig

She thought she could save those she loved.
He thought he could save her.
They'll both learn the truth.

FIDELITY, the dramatic conclusion to the epic five novel series INFIDELITY, following Lennox "Nox" Demetri, Alexandria "Charli" Collins, the Montagues, Demetris, Fitzgeralds, and Spencers is finally here.

When the vows are complete and the dust settles, who will be left standing?

No one is safe, and no alliance is above suspicion in the much-anticipated finale to this hot romantic-suspense saga. Our heroine has survived betrayal, cunning, deception, and entrapment…what will happen when she’s faced with fidelity?

Infidelity, it isn't what you think.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new, epic romantic suspense will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next..

Have you been Aleatha'd?

FIDELITY is the fifth and FINAL of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series.

*This series does not condone nor does it advocate cheating.

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**** 4 Star Review ****

This is a bittersweet ending to a great series. I almost didn't want to read it because I didn't want this series to end. As far as Aleatha's series goes, this is my favorite series of hers.

I always expect twists and turns and unexpected jaw-dropping moments with Aleatha's books, yet I am shocked every single time. Her ability to weave such an intricate web from book to book amazes me over and over again.

I think Aleatha's books are some of the hardest for me to review. I want to sit and tell you everything I can about them so you read them. But I cannot do that. Her books are nothing but shock and awe. The surprises and hits continuously keep coming from page to page.

If you have been reading this series, you are hopefully ready for Nox and Charli to get their happily ever after. This book is so much more than getting to the end though. In many ways this book is an end and a beginning. It's bittersweet. I couldn't imagine this series coming to an end in any other way.

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat. 
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Release Day and Review: Clam Jam by RC Boldt

Clam Jam 
Definition: the female equivalent of a cock block. 
Example: You're chatting with a guy you're interested in and your friend comes along and lays claim to him. 
That's my life except it's worse. My friend who keeps jamming me is my gay roommate, and if that isn't a W.T.F. moment, I'm not sure what is. 
Fact: He went home with three yes, three of the guys I had been so sure were into me. 
Fact: He's really pissing me off. I mean, hello? I'm trying to get back in the saddle, but I'll never manage to get a boyfriend before the age of fifty if he keeps this up. 
Fact: Secretly, I wonder what it would be like if he weren't gay. Why do all the hot, sweet, tender-hearted guys have to be gay? 
Fact: My gay-dar needs a serious tune-up. 
The day I interviewed for the room to rent, everything changed. I knew I had met the girl, except there was one small problem: she didn't want anything to do with men. I recognized a top-notch force field when I saw one. She'd been burned badly and didn't want to deal with a heterosexual guy as a roommate. I could've turned around and found another place to live, but I wanted to live there with her. 
So I had to go undercover. 
Fact: I'm in love with my roommate. 
Fact: I'm a likely candidate for carpal tunnel surgery since all the action I've had for the past year has been my hand. 
Fact: She's going to hate me if I come clean now. 
Fact: I'm not giving up. Which means I'll just have to continue to run defense until I figure out a way to get Maggie to see the real me. 
The me that loves her. 
The me that would never do her wrong. 
Until then, I'll keep running off every guy who shows any interest. 
Until then, I'll continue to Clam Jam. 

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**** 4 Star Review ****

I am not sure RC can write a book that doesn't entertain me from start to finish. Seriously. Her ability to take snark, banter, laughs, sexiness and a great plot and throw them all together in one fantastic story is uncanny.

I swear I like each book of RC's better than the last. Her books just get better and better. Ry and Maggie's story is now my favorite of RC's. I couldn't put this book down.

The slow build with these characters added to the awesome factor. Their unwillingness to admit their feelings and be completely honest with one another made this story more entertaining. 

If you are looking for a funny and sexy read, this is definitely a book for you. RC writes a great friends to lovers book!

Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all.

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** 2 Star Review **

This is uncharted territory for me. I don't typically review books that I rate less than three starts. Not that I am being dishonest, it's just hard to not be too negative when I really don't like a book for whatever reason.

I went into this book hoping to be scared. I wanted to be afraid to go to bed at night. Unfortunately, that didn't happen with this book. While it's eerily chilling, it wasn't the horror story I had hoped for.

I had a hard time following this story. I am not sure if it is how it was told or the fact that it didn't keep my attention at any point. It drug and was confusing. A little gruesome, which I am okay with, but that was about it for this one.

If you are looking for weird and strange, this might be a book you would read. If you are looking for a book with a Stephen King kind of scary, this definitely is not it. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Review Tour: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as ----. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God. 

Yes, God as in God.

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**** 4 Star Review ****

I am not a fantasy reader; not at all. I have been a huge fan of Renee's since her very beginning. So when I saw this book and saw it had a fantasy element to it, I was afraid to read it. I didn't want to read it and not like it. I know I am not always going to like what all of my go-to authors write, but I just didn't want to be that person who didn't like something Renee wrote.

Well, my fears were unfounded. There really isn't anything I didn't like about this book. I am not even sure where to take this review.

This is one of those books that once you finish, you are like, "dang, what did I just read?". It's such a unique story and told with such beautiful prose, you can't help but to fall in love with it, no matter what genre you prefer. This is one of those books that can be loved by all. And most likely, will be loved by all.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bookish Review and a Book Review

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An eye-opening, no-holds-barred memoir about life in the Church of Scientology, now with a new afterword by the author—the outspoken actress and star of the A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.

That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

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**** 4 Star Review ****

This is a weird one to review for me. I don't typically read non-fiction books. However, there were moments in this book that I forgot I was reading non-fiction.

The things described in this book are both believable and unbelievable. I am not saying I don't believe things in this book. They are just beyond my scope of reality. I was left with a dropped jaw.

After reading this book, I have to wonder why our government hasn't shut cults like this down. Yes, I said cult. Let's be real, this is a cult. No matter how you look at it. Thousands of people are brainwashed into following a "leader", to pledge their entire beings to this "religion" and give every cent and then some to it in order to maintain what they think is a valued position in the organization.

Hands down to Leah. I commend her for not only sharing this story, but for also being a troublemaker. Had she been like so many that fall prey to these monsters and never see the light, she would still be giving herself and money to these criminals.

***** 5 Star Review *****

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review: Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

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**** 4½ Star Review ****

This is the most unconventional whodunit story-telling I have ever read. It's so unique and spell-binding, I couldn't put this book down. I honestly didn't want it to end!

I freaking love Hattie. With all of her flaws and manipulation, she is one of those characters I can't help but to love. In truth, I should despise her. I should say she got what she deserved. But the truth is, I can't. 

This story is told from three different point of views. You get Hattie's side, Peter's side and Del's side. Who are these Peter and Del characters? They are people who are very important to this story. Without their side of the story, there really wouldn't be a story. Plus, I don't think we would want Hattie to tell you all of her story. It wouldn't necessarily be correct.

The twists and turns in this book had my mind on overdrive. Just when I thought I had it figured out, another wrench was thrown in and threw me into a tailspin. This happened over and over. Then I knew FOR SURE I was on the right track, until I wasn't. I was correct on a few things, just not in the ways I had assumed.

Hands down, this is a book I recommend for all of you psychological thriller junkies like me. You will devour this book. You might get to the end and be a little conflicted on how you feel, but after a long period of mulling over everything, I bet you would agree with my assessment of this book!

Review: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. 

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black. 

Black to cover the blood. 

And she can fight. 

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls. 

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

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*** 3 Star Review ***

I am conflicted with this book. Did I like it? Yes? I am not sure. That doesn't happen often. I can't really say how I feel about this book.

A girl loses her memory and disappeared for a short time. The question in what happened to her in that time and how did she escape? Also, why can't she remember an entire year of her life? She had only been gone for two weeks.

I thought this was going to be a book with twists and turns that would blow my mind. Maybe make me gasp here and there. Unfortunately, none of that happened. Yes, there are a couple of turn of events that tell you what she had been doing in the year she lost and eventually what happened to her, but they aren't profound. They don't slam into you like a freight train.

I was into the book until things were made clear about Rachel and the things she had gotten into. Then I felt myself rolling my eyes. I might have had a few, "come on, really?" moments. I read somewhere that this book is a combination of Black Swan and Fight Club. And it is, I think. I am not familiar with Black Swan, so I can't attest to that. With that being said, it's not an original story. I don't even feel it has an original spin on other stories of its type.

Overall, this book is just an okay book. It's nothing I am going to shout over rooftops over. I may not necessarily recommend it. Maybe to a teen who likes Fight Club, but that might be it.