Monday, June 29, 2015

Release Blitz: The Priest by Sierra Simone

Priest cover
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25507389-priest

 
There are many rules a priest can't break.
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.
I've always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I'm twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.
I am a priest and this is my confession.

***Priest is a standalone, full-length novel with an HEA. For mature audiences only.***

 
The title alone suggests that this is going to be a forbidden romance right?  And that is why I wanted to read this, I love getting caught up in a story that just by the title alone insinuates a lot of angst.
A priest is not an untouchable, mythical creature, they are just human beings like us.  They may have taken a vow of celibacy and devoted their life to God but they are still human too. Not all priests are old and wrinkly.  It's true that less young men are choosing this as a vocation but some still do. 
I can remember sitting in a Sunday mass one day and my husband leaned over and quietly said 'is it wrong that I am checking out your cleavage in church?'  My reply was 'is it wrong that I think the priest is hot?' - true story.  So therefore, the fact that Father Bell in this story is young and good looking is completely plausible.  However, let's all remember, this is fiction so he can be anything the author chooses to write :)
Poppy Danforth arrives in the confession booth one afternoon, looking for a bit of guidance I guess.  She appears to have very little verbal filter as she recounts her sins over several different occasions.  I will admit that I found her a bit too forthcoming with information and almost deliberately enticing Father Bell.  It was obvious she was attracted to him and although it was inappropriate, she did nothing to hide it.
Father Tyler Bell has only been a priest for three years and takes pride in his parish community.  He has done great things in this town since he arrived.  He lives with great sorrow however and the path that he has chosen to live has only slightly dulled it.  He is surprised by what he is feeling for Poppy and his lack of self control around her.  What is it about this woman that has him questioning everything?
'Is this Your will for me? Am I giving into lust? Or am I finally realizing Your plan for my life?'
Father Bell in prayer
This was a really controversial but erotic read.  It is a story about finding your path in life, even if you think you had already found it.
I give this 4 stars.
"If I'd never met you, I would have never truly lived." - Tyler
Priest Teaser
 



 
Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.
 
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Spark by Ein Noelle

 
I'm failing. 
 
My younger brother is getting worse, and my job - my duty - is to help him at all costs. We've tried everything modern medicine has to offer and nothing works. 
 
Nothing. 
 
Deciding to turn to unconventional treatments, we end up at Fire-on-the-Mountain, a holistic resort deep in the Rockies. 
 
In our search for medical marijuana, I find beautiful, free-spirited Hudson Shavell - a girl who may not only hold the key to heal my brother, but to fix me as well. Even though I can't afford distractions right now, she's all I can think about. All that I want. 
 
It's funny how everything can change with one little SPARK. 
 
***Though Spark is the first book in the Fire on the Mountain Series, it is a stand alone novel*** 
 
***Intended for mature audiences only***
 
This is a story I decided to go into without reading the blurb first.  I love Erin's writing so I knew I would enjoy this without finding out what it was all about beforehand.  My decision paid off big time. I love how this book had such a unique vibe to it.  It was like nothing I had ever read before and delves into untouched subjects.
There are two families in this story, whose lives become intertwined in such a way that will have lasting memories for both of them.  Mary and her two sons, Crew and Caleb, move to Colorado in a last ditch attempt to find something that will help Caleb deal with a health condition.  They want to try and see if the medicinal marijuana that is developed by the Shavell family can really make a difference in Caleb, to help him have a 'normal' teenage life.
Caleb is 13 years old and thinks he has arrived in heaven when he finds out the Shavell family has five daughters.  He loves pulling out his wit and pick up lines in an effort to impress the girls.  One in particular catches the eye of his older brother Crew.  Hudson is like no other girl Crew has met before.  She is free spirited, open, honest, not caked in make-up and doesn't realize just how beautiful she is.
Hudson's family grow and produce marijuana, with a particular interest in developing different strains to help people with health issues.  I guess you could say they are modern day hippies, the kind of family that people gravitate towards because they just make you feel so welcome.  Just the sort of people Crew & his family need right now.
Crew is the most dedicated older brother to Caleb, he has made so many sacrifices and given up a lot in an effort to help his mother with Caleb.  He doesn't begrudge it one bit, it is so obvious how much he loves them.  That in itself made me a Crew groupie.
This family may have moved to start a new life but they probably never envisaged how fast their lives would change over a few short months. 
There are moments of happiness, love, grief, anger and forgiveness in this story.  At different times I was left, holding my breath, covering my mouth in shock, shouting out loud and smiling in relief.  That is just a glimpse of what I felt reading this!  Needless to say I loved reading this and I'm looking forward to the next in this series.
I give this four stars.
 
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child.
 
A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, Translucent, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love and Spark.
 
Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Review: That One Night by Josie Wright

 
All it takes is just one moment to change the course of your life. For me, it was one perfect night.
 
I have always had a thing for my brother’s best friend, Ben. When I found him on my parents’ couch, drowning his sorrows in a whiskey bottle, my attempts to comfort him quickly turned into a night of raw and intense passion. 
 
My foolish heart hoped he might feel the same way I do. 
 
But Ben wasn’t there to stay and I woke up the next morning alone with a broken heart.
I attempted to forget the guy with a smile to die for and a touch that sets me on fire.
I thought I was over him.
 
I thought he was gone forever.
 
Until, eighteen months later Ben returns and learns my secret. Now, he is hell-bent on winning me back. 
 
He plays dirty. 
 
And he won’t stop until he gets what he wants—me.
But he has secrets of his own. 
 
Secrets that could destroy everything we might have and everything we are.
 
There are moments in your life where a choice is made that can affect your whole future.  A choice with no conscience or foresight of consequences.
 
 
Frankie has always had the hots for her brother's best mate Ben.  She thinks he would never look twice at her so she just admires him from afar, until that one night.  She finds Ben in a vulnerable state and one thing leads to another, making all her fantasies about him into reality.  Until she wakes up to find him gone.  When I say gone, I mean goneburgers, like for 18 months gone.
It's as if Ben has dropped off the face of the earth, no one knows where he is, including her brother.  Frankie had that little ounce of hope that just maybe he felt the same way about her as she did of him.  His absence is her answer.
Frankie is a tough girl though, despite everything she puts on her big girl panties and just moves forward.  Her life has changed a lot since that night with Ben, she reassessed what was important to her and surrounded herself with new friends, who she would now consider her family.
Frankie had always wondered what happened to Ben and one day he is thrust back into her life, leaving her no time to even think about how to approach him about that one night. Let's remember that Ben is a young guy, very confused about his past and struggling to find his place in the world.  
Seeing Frankie again brings back all those feelings they shared and gives him a bit of a reality check.  Sometimes you need to leave to find out what you are missing and it is obvious that Frankie is it.
 
"He smiles at me and it's a smile that sets my heart on fire, melting it in the process.  My knees go weak and my mouth goes dry.  
 
It's the kind of smile that makes you fall in love more with the person you already love more than yourself." - Frankie
 
I am a big sucker for second chance love and I was cheering Ben on as he sets out to win Frankie's heart.  There are so many wonderful heart melting moments in this story that will leave you smiling so much your cheeks will ache!

 
I give this 4 stars.
 
 
 
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1LqKzcn   
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1QRr2Xm 
 
Josie Wright has always been a bookworm, spending every free moment with her nose buried in a book. While Josie Wright has always been a bookworm, spending every free moment with her nose buried in a book. While others were out partying, she spent her evenings with Heathcliff, Sydney Carton or Snape. Romance, fantasy, thrillers - you name it, she read it.
 
Thanks to the Kindle, she finally arrived in the 21St century and discovered the Indie literature world. Josie has been lost to it ever since. With her love for the written word and her promiscuous feelings for countless book boyfriends, the next logical step was to start writing. The voices in her head and her imaginary friends wanted out to play and so she wrote her debut novel "That One Night", that's to be released early summer 2015. And the good news is, there are more voices and imaginary friend where Ben and Frankie came from.
 
Josie is a financial expert by day and a writing junkie by night. The rest of the time she's a bit of a hippie, a bit of a goth and many things in between. Josie loves to spend time with her husband when she can tear herself away from her book boyfriends. She loves video games, movies, good food and even better music. She's addicted to chips, long baths and shoes. Oh, and books of course. Definitely books.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Blog Tour: The Song of David by Amy Harmon

By: Amy Harmon
Available: June 15, 2015
Cover by: Hang Le
 
She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood. 

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.
 
**This is David ‘Tag’ Taggert's book, a supporting character introduced in The Law of Moses. This is a stand-alone story.
 
Every book I've  read of Amy Harmon's has touched me in one way or another. The message I've taken from them are always different, but powerful just the same. This book, it hit so close to home for me though. The reason?? 

I'm losing my sight. 

This quote from the book, well it made me cry. Because it's so true and yet, my husband has never once made me feel as though I'm a burden.

"But there’s an extra responsibility that comes with loving someone who will need you in a different way, who will rely on you in a different way."

But enough about me...on to the real reason you're reading this, the book review! 

Millie was a character who immediately touched my heart. Not because of her blindness but in spite of it. She was such a strong and resilient character. And I loved her with Tag. They were the perfect couple, even when they weren't. She was exactly who he needed in his life after all that he had been and continued to go through. 

Tag has fought so many demons, as you are aware of if you've read The Law of Moses. He has been struggling with demons from his past until he forms an unlikely friendship with Moses. They are from completely different worlds, but the bound they share is a strong one. I loved seeing the support system Tag had because of that relationship with Moses. And I especially liked all the crap Henry gave him! 

I also loved getting more of Moses and Georgia. Their book was a favorite of mine, so it was nice getting more of them and to see where they were at in life now. Definitely the the icing on the cake of an already amazing read. 
 
I stopped a foot from her and reached out, taking one of her hands in mine. “Do you like this song?” I asked. Obviously she did and obviously I was stupid.
            “I love this song.”
            “Me too,” I whispered. I reached for her other hand.
            Accidental Babies.”
            “What?” I tugged her hands gently, and she took a step. I was so close now that the top of her head provided a shelf for my chin, and Damien’s song was being drowned out by the sound of my heart.
            “It’s another one of his songs. . . and I think I love it even more,” she whispered back.
            “But that song is so sad,” I breathed, and laid my cheek against her hair.
            “That’s what makes it beautiful. It’s devastating. I love it when a song devastates me.” Her voice was thready, as if she was struggling to breathe.
            “Ah, the sweet kind of suffering.” I dropped her hands and wrapped my arms around her.
            “The best kind.” Her voice hitched as our bodies aligned.
            “I’ve been suffering for a while now, Millie.”
            “You have?” she asked, clearly amazed.
            “Since the moment I saw you. It devastated me. And I love when a girl devastates me.” I was using her definition of the word, but the truth was, my sister was the only girl who had ever devastated me, and it hadn’t been sweet agony.  
            “I’ve never devastated anyone before,” Millie said faintly, shock and pleasure coloring her words. She still stood with her arms at her sides, almost like she couldn’t believe what was happening. But her lips hovered close to my jaw, as if she was enjoying the tension between almost and not quite.
            “I’m guessing you’ve left a wake of destruction,” I whispered. “You just don’t know.”
            Finally, as if she couldn’t resist any longer, she raised her hands to my waist. Trembling fingers and flat palms slid across my abdomen, up my chest, past my shoulders, progressing slowly as if she memorized as she moved. Then she touched my face and her thumbs found the cleft in my chin, the way they’d done the first time she’d traced my smile. Hesitantly, she urged my face down toward hers. A heartbeat before our mouths touched she spoke, and the soft words fluttered against my lips.
            “Are you going to devastate me, David?” she asked.
            “God, I hope not,” I prayed aloud.
            Anticipation dissolved the lingering space between us, and I pressed needy lips to her seeking mouth. And then we melded together, hands clinging, bodies surging, music moaning, dancing in the wreckage. Sweet, sweet, devastation.
            “Too late . . .” I thought I heard her whisper.

Buy the song on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/song-of-david-single/id998774568
 
Music & Lyrics by Amy Harmon and Paul Travis – Song of David: iTunes
 
Music Video:
 
Created by Focus 4 Productions
 
 
Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written seven novels - the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and morejoin Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com
 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Blog Tour: STOP by Alison G. Bailey



 
Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.

Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life.She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason. 

Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.

Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.

One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged. How will it STOP? 
 
"Wow, just wow, incredible story, 5+++ stars!!!" was my final status update on goodreads after I finished reading this book.  Well apart from the fact that the author is Alison freaking Bailey, the story was so damn good.  Original, unpredictable and kept me glued to my kindle until I was done.
Risher is no stranger to being with a beautiful girl but there is a big difference between the girls that throw themselves at him and girls like Hollis.  Hollis is a forever sort of girl, the girl you hang on to with everything you've got.  If only she saw herself the same way.
Hollis didn't want to go away to college, she was happy to stay home and get her qualifications under the safety of her family home.  Sometimes you have to be your own hero and step outside the comfort zone if things are ever going to change. Risher is the sort of guy you dream of, he is everything she has ever wanted but she always waiting for the bubble to pop, surely he is just too good to be true? Sometimes you can drown yourself in your own thoughts.
Then there is Benton.  He is one of the bravest people that Hollis has ever met.  Hollis has had her fair share of physical and emotional pain but she is in awe of Benton and his determination to live his life the way he intended. Hollis is his only real friend, she believes in him with no judgment of his past.  He hasn't someone like that in his life before and it means everything to him
Two boys, who have both influenced Hollis in her first year at college.  They inspire, encourage and care about her.  One of them will leave her heart broken and the other will make her whole.
I have always had a huge crush on Noah from the Perfect series but I am now torn between him and Risher.  Seriously, Risher is such a beautiful person inside and out.  I loved Benton too, he shared all his vulnerability and fears with Hollis and I love the connection that they built.
So a hugely emotional journey that touches on subjects in a way I have never seen done before and it was a joy to read such a beautifully written story.
I give this 5+++ stars.
 
“Name?” she said, impatiently.
I was so flustered that for a second I’d forgotten who I was. “Hollis Murphy.”
She scribbled something on a spreadsheet and handed me a packet with my name and the number two hundred ten typed out on the front sticker, which I assumed was my room number.
In a flat bored voice, she said, “Everything you need to know is in the packet. Should you have any additional questions or needs after reading the information, please ask your RA. Have a productive semester. Next!” 
Clutching the envelope to my chest, my gaze shifted back down, and I walked quickly out of the office.
As I turned the corner, a loud deep woot! jerked my attention down the hall. I took one step before crashing full force into something solid and warm. Stumbling back, I dropped the envelope. Once my balance returned, my eyes focused on a gray T-shirt with cut off sleeves, stretched across broad shoulders. When I glanced down in search of my envelope, I couldn’t help but spot the narrow hips and round ass covered in black basketball shorts. As I squatted to pick up the envelope, a tanned forearm came into view. My gaze roamed up to find the arm was covered in bulging muscles.
“Oh god, I’m so . . . sorry,” I stammered, my cheeks heating with embarrassment.
“Here ya go,” a deep voice said. 
Reaching for the envelope, my gaze inadvertently shot up to the warmest green eyes ever created. His dark brown hair was cut short on the sides, longer on top, and tousled. The perfect amount of scuff peppered his strong jawline, with deep dimples framing a sexy lopsided smile. The air was immediately sucked from my lungs. He wasn’t just hot, he was boy band hot.
A deep chuckle drifted down before I realized he had stood up and was extending his hand to me. 
Oh boy! I get to touch him. 
I slipped my hand into his and felt an immediate jolt of electricity. The muscles in his arm twitched. He felt it too.
“Thank you,” I said, as he helped me up.
“I’m Risher Stevenson.”
He was actually introducing himself to me.
It had become a habit not to look directly at anyone, especially a stranger. I automatically angled my head down and to the left, to hide the messed-up side of my face. But those green eyes locked me in place.  
“Hollis Murphy.”
“Nice to meet you Hollis Murphy.”
“Sorry again about running into you. I need to do a better job at watching where I’m going.”
The tip of his tongue slipped between his lips before they formed into a slight smirk. Just as he was about to speak, his name came barreling down the hallway.
Rish! Get your ass down here. We’ve got a ton of boxes to haul in.” A blond-haired guy was standing at the end of the hall.
“I gotta go finish helping my friends move in.”
I nodded.
Risher took three steps before turning back toward me. “Don’t do too good of a job.”
My eyebrows squished together in confusion.
“At watching where you’re going. I hate to think I won’t get rump bumped again.” 
He winked before jogging away. 
Sasquatched those shoulders, those hips, and that ass all the way down the hall.  
 
 
 
 
Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school Alison began writing one-act plays, which she later produced. Her debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon's Best Seller List and appeared on many "Best Reads of 2013" Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. Her second novel, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and appeared on several best books of 2014 lists as well. Presently Perfect, the third and final book in The “Perfect” series was released in Dec 2014 to rave reviews. In March 2015 all the love, swoon, heat, and angst were combined into the Perfect Series Box Set.