Saturday, August 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for Safe (Conquering Love #1) by Ryan Michele

Safe (Conquering #1) by Ryan Michele
Release Date: August 28, 2013

Moving to Williamsfield, Georgia is not what she wants … it’s what she needs. An escape—from him.
After being brutally abused for years, Sadie seeks sanctuary and safety. But can she ever be safe when evil has his eyes on her from afar.
Landon doesn’t want a relationship. He’s been burned too badly to want anything more from a woman than the physical, but one look at Sadie and he’s rethinking everything. 
Can trust be formed when it’s been so beaten down? Can love conquer fears? What happens when evil doesn’t give up? Can Sadie ever really be safe?

 SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
4 STARS out of 5
Genre:Contemporary Romance

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“Yeah Momma?”
“He doesn’t know where you are; you’re safe there.”
“I don’t feel very safe, Momma.”
 “I know you don’t, but you haven’t really felt safe for a while now … yeah?”

Small town girl
With her mother refusing to take no for an answer Sadie finds herself in a small Georgia town after her ex-boyfriend Rob, beats her then leaves her injured, AGAIN.  Sadie and her mom devise a plan for her to leave Michigan and more importantly Rob. Her new roommate is her cousin Lauryn who tries to question Sadie but she evades with half truths. It does not matter Lauryn is not oblivious to the marks that mar her cousins skin.

 Lauryn is very excited about Sadie moving in and it appears that the contractors doing work on the house are too!

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Southern comfortLandon and his family own their own business in the small town of Williamsfield, Georgia where everybody knows each other. He and his brothers are ironing out the details of their latest project when Sadie enters the room. The three brothers practically trip over one another to greet her.

Male attention or should I say men for that matter are the farthest thing on Sadie’s mind. However that does not mean she won’t enjoy some southern eye candy. *wiggles eyebrows*

After having a bad experience with an ex-girlfriend a few years back, Landon has been a love’em and leave'em kind of guy. Leaving no room for doubt he is upfront about it; this way females know exactly what they are getting themselves in to with him. PURE-HOT-SWEATY-S E X. And this suits him just fine until he sees something in Sadie that makes him think he wants more.

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His southern charm is enticing ladies you will eat Landon up!
Attraction is not the only thing drawing Landon to Sadie. He notices her reactions and her hesitancy to certain situations though he has no idea why he does take note of it. He volunteers to show her around town and she accepts his invitation.

'I lived in fear.’ – Sadie

To say that Sadie is leery of all men is an understatement. She was with a man who beat her unapologetically her fear is felt throughout the entire book. It takes time but slowly her and Landon’s friendship grows and they both begin to see more is possible. Neither one of them wants to experience heartache but everybody knows love is a gamble; a chance you choose to take with your heart.

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Something happens..Something that I obviously can’t reveal. It brings them closer and walls start to come down. And just when everything is good you get hit upside the head with a curve ball. Is there love worth fighting for? And how much more can Sadie take as a shocking revelation comes to light and shatters her.

My ThoughtsRyan Michele’s debut novel brings you a heartfelt story of two people coming together while learning to love and trust once more after heartbreak. Readers should be prepared Rob, Sadie's ex, is a nightmare what he does is unimaginable. And that is all I can say about that...

With Landon and Sadie it may have been lust at first sight but there is a natural progression to their relationship that will sit well with readers. It may also cause you to squirm in your seat a little too.

The chemistry is ON with these two and the sex scenes are grade A.

TEASER– She tasted sweet, and I couldn’t get enough. Sadie began moving when my tongue reached in deep, and she began fucking my face.’

Yeah, I had to throw that at you. *grins*

The author also does a good job with introducing the possibility of love for Lauryn, Sadie's cousin. Could her crush turn in to more?? Also a lot of things happen at the end of the book and I am anxious to know what exactly happened from a certain character's pov. Now I'm gonna stop before I say to much.

My Ratings
Characters- Lovable (except Rob)
Writing Style- Good
Plot/Storyline- Finding love after heartbreak
Steam Factor- Medium/Moderately Steamy
Overall- I enjoyed it! Read it!

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it!
*Copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest *

Tour Wide Giveaway--$10 Amazon Gift Card & eBook of Safe

Promo Post: Everything For Us by M. Leighton

Everything For Us (The Bad Boys Series, Book #3)
By: M. Leighton
Release Date: September 3rd
Marissa Townsend had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.
An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.
With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows, and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive.
I come awake from the nightmare with a start, just like I always do.  I’m sweating and breathing hard, just like I always am.  My face is wet with tears, just like it always is.  It’s been so long since I’ve had the dream, I forget how devastated and empty and… angry it leaves me feeling.

But now I remember.  I remember with perfect clarity.  And today, it’s like pouring gasoline onto a raging fire.

I sit up in the bed to catch my breath.  My side twinges in pain, reminding me of what happened last night.  All of it comes rushing back, further fueling my fury.
Until a small, cool hand touches my shoulder.

I turn to see Marissa sitting up behind me, leaning on her elbow, looking at me through sleepy, sexy blue eyes.  Before I can even think about what I’m doing, all the bitterness, all the anger, all the pent up aggression gets channeled into pure lust.  The need to devour something, to lose myself in something overwhelms everything else and I dive in.  To her.

Spinning, I roll onto Marissa, pressing her warm body into the mattress.  I hear her soft gasp as I crush her lips beneath mine. I swallow it—the sound, the fear, the hesitant desire—taking it in and letting it feed the animal inside me.

My tongue slips easily into her mouth. She tastes sweet, like honey.  I push my knee between her thighs and they part, allowing me to settle my hips against hers. 
It’s not until I push my hand under the edge of her shirt that I realize she’s stiff.  I lift my head to look down at her.  She’s staring at me with wide, surprised, slightly terrified eyes.
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M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books.  When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.  

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @mleightonbooks
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Promo Post Review & Giveaway: IF YOU LEAVE by Courtney Cole

If You Leave (Beautifully Broken Series, Book #2)
By: Courtney Cole
Release Date: August 6th
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26-year old Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be, anyway. As an ex-Army Ranger, Gabe never thought he needed anyone. But after one horrible night in Afghanistan scars him in a way that he can't get past, he needs someone who can help him heal...even if he doesn't realize it.

25-year old Madison Hill doesn't need anybody...or so she thinks. She grew up watching her parents' messed-up abusive relationship and she knows there's no way in hell that she's ever letting that happen to her.

They don't know it in the beginning, but Gabriel and Madison will soon develop a weakness: Each other.

But Gabriel's got a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome... And Maddy's got issues that she's afraid Gabe will never understand. They quickly realize that they need each other to be whole, but at the same time they know that they've got demons to fight.

And the problem with demons is that they never die quietly.

*ARC provided by author for an honest review*

When I read If You Stay, I immediately fell in love with Pax and Mila. Everything about them and their story appealed to me as a reader. So, naturally when I found out that there would be more of this series, I was excited. Because I knew not only would we be getting more Mila and Pax (which we did, YAY!) but also Mila's sister, Maddy's story. 

If You Leave gives us a better understanding of how difficult it was for Madison to give up her life to come home and take over everything when their parents died. She took on all of the burdens so that her sister could go on living as close to a normal life as possible. It was easy to see that Maddy felt like she was living out someone else's dream. Not to mention she is holding on to memories from her past that are crippling her ability to truly find happiness. And it is taking its toll on her.

Gabe is a true American hero. He is a retired Army Ranger who experienced the horrors of war and lived to tell about it. But the problem is, he isn't telling about it. His way of dealing with the thing that drove him away from the one thing he loved in life, being an Army Ranger, is by holding it all inside. It is obvious he is suffering for PTSD but he has refused any and all help. 

Their book is about their journey of facing their demons. Madison is able to do it more easily than Gabe. He is fighting a battle against something that is not as easily overcome as Madison's. When Gabe finally does came clean with all that happened while he was in Afghanistan, my heart broke for him. To have to carry that burden on his shoulders was gut wrenching. 

 While I did not love Gabe and Maddy as much as Pax and Mila, they still wormed their way into my heart. They were both too broken not to. (I am a total sucker for those types of characters!) They face an uphill battle to get their HEA. Will love be enough?? You are just going to have to read the book to find out! And I promise it is so worth it.

One quote that I feel sums up the whole book, maybe even the series is this...

"Sometimes the hardest situations make for the best happily-ever-afters."

(Gabriel’s POV):
“To answer your question, I’m here at the club because my little sister thought I should come out and meet someone.  To quote her, I’m ‘getting mean as hell and need a piece of ass.’”
Madison laughs, a low and husky sound. 
“Do you?  Need a piece of ass?”
She sounds anxious. And interested.
I hold her gaze.
“More than you can imagine.”
I slide my hands from her back down to her ass, cupping it, squeezing it. 
“And I like yours,” I add.  I’m being cocky again, but she seems to like it. 
She practically purrs as she leans into me even closer, her nose almost touching mine. Her lips hover so close that I can feel them.
She slides her hands down to my ass, gripping it in her fingers. 
“Yours will do.”
The air hangs heavy between us, charged and electric.  Our eyes are locked and we each pause, waiting for the other to make a move.
The anticipation is killing me. 
I take a breath.
Then she takes one.
Her lips graze mine and her mouth smells like mint.  And then before I can think another agonizing thought, she covers my mouth with her own.
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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Promo Blitz for Safe (Conquering #1) by Ryan Michele

Safe (Conquering Love #1) By Ryan Michele
Released on August 28th 2013

Moving to Williamsfield, Georgia is not what she wants … it’s what she needs. An escape—from him.
After being brutally abused for years, Sadie seeks sanctuary and safety. But can she ever be safe when evil has his eyes on her from afar.
Landon doesn’t want a relationship. He’s been burned too badly to want anything more from a woman than the physical, but one look at Sadie and he’s rethinking everything. 
Can trust be formed when it’s been so beaten down? Can love conquer fears? What happens when evil doesn’t give up? Can Sadie ever really be safe?


Tour Wide Giveaway--There will be 3 winners. 1. $10 AC GC & Safe  2. ebook 3. ebook.