The Fall Up by Aly Martinez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I fell in love with the colors on the cover... then I read the blurb (which you know I hardly ever do!)... so when Jennifer gifted a copy of this book to me. I even read it before KA (and you know that means something!). I am telling you all, this book deals with suicide. I have that in my history of life too - but friends this book deserves to be read. I loved the characters. I love Martinez's writing. I love loving good books! Everyone should fall in love with this like I did... I really think that.
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Fusion (Explosive #5) by Tessa Teevan
Release Day: October 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: Kelsey Keeton at K. Keeton Designs
Cover Designer: Robin Harper at Wicked By Design
Where do babies come from?
The question every parent dreads hearing has finally fallen from the lips of six year old Ava Banks, the curious, precocious little girl that you fell in love with in Ignite. Jeremy and Sierra, normally blunt as can be, struggle to find the right words to answer her. So instead, they rewind sixteen years to that one fateful day where a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven inevitably led to life-long romance filled with laughter, love, and many, many mishaps along the way.
Falling in love with your best friend? It's the most incredible thing in the world. But when a love comes so easily, will it truly be able to last? When the world comes crashing down around you, can even the strongest relationship withstand great tragedy?
Stay tuned for lots of laughs, teenage awkwardness, a few tears, and most of all, mullets. Because what good love story doesn't do business in the front, and party in the back?
**While Fusion is a standalone romance, it’s best read after Ignite.
Ignite (Explosive #1)
“It’s fine, Jeremy. I promise. I have no problem being the Tod to your Copper. Or the Joey to your Dawson. That’s who I am.” She hesitated for a brief moment. “That’s who I’ll always be. You’re my best friend, Jeremy. It’s okay that you don’t see my boobs. Hell, it’s probably better that way.”
My stomach plummeted and if I was man enough to admit it, my eyes burned with an unexpected rush of tears. I stepped back, out of the streetlight so she couldn’t see me. It was a move she misinterpreted, but before I could find a single ounce of courage, she was waving goodbye and running into her house, leaving me there to watch her go.
Something I never wanted to do again.
It wasn’t until after Sierra left for Ohio and I had a chance to reflect on her words that I realized what she’d said. Dawson and Joey, as of right then, weren’t even speaking. Copper and Tod went their separate ways, and even though their friendship remained, they were still apart for the rest of their lives.
I didn’t want to be Copper anymore. I sure as hell didn’t want to be Dawson.
But it was too late. I’d lost my chance. I’d missed my window. Sierra was gone and there was nothing I could do about it.
Jenna was right.
I was an idiot.
About the Author
I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.
If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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Baking and Babies by Tara Sivec
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Baking and Babies is the final book in the Chocoholics/Chocolate Lovers Series. It’s bittersweet for me. These are characters I’ve been reading about for a long time. I love the family, the friendship, and the hilarity of their crazy antics. The original Chocolate series is one of my favorite funny series. I recommend those books to anyone looking for a laugh. And the spin offs about the main characters children have been fantastic as well. Baking and Babies is Molly Gilmore’s (Liz and Jim’s youngest daughter) story.
Molly (aka the quiet ninja) is graduating culinary school. She’s been in an accelerated program for the last 2 years and has quite the crush on her student teacher. Just as things are starting to possibly come together between her and Marco, her crazy family intervenes. Her sister needs her help, so of course Molly is there for her. And along with that, Marco gets included in all the shenanigans.
I know it’s crazy, but it feels right. I can’t explain how after only spending a few hours with her I feel like I’ve know her forever instead of just fantasizing about her for two years from a distance.
Molly and Marco were great together. Their chemistry was there and I loved them both. Their relationship had not even started yet when Marco got thrown into the mix of Molly’s family. Marco’s reaction to Molly’s family was spot on. I love the family element of these stories. Even though these characters have a funny way of showing it, you can totally feel the love between them. They are anything but normal, but as Molly states- Normal is overrated.
“Does your family ever do anything normal?”
“Normal is overrated.”
I remember reading the first book in this series years ago and laughing out loud in public. Loudly. There are still so many lines from those books that I spout off randomly. That, my friends, is a memorable series. I love Tara’s writing and I love that she can write so many different things. Even though her funny books are my favorite, some of her more series stories and romances have been amazing as well. If you’re looking for a book/series with a lot of laughs and a lot of heart, this is one you must pick up!
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Title: Letters Written In White
Author: Kathryn Perez
Genre: Magical Realism
Pre-Release Blitz: October 30, 2015
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Hosted by: S.B.B. Promotions
I’m cold and alone and I’m dead. There’s no air in my lungs. My chest is as cold and hollow as a cave on a snow-capped mountain side. My heart no longer beats there. Frigid winds whistle through my ribs and the sadness inside me weeps like my favorite tree.
Days ago, I met with death face to face. The mirror, our meeting place. My two darkened green eyes stared deeply into hers. I tilted my head to the side. She did too.
“It’s time,” I whispered.
“It’s time,” she whispered.
And with that I turned away from her, the woman in the mirror who knew all of my secrets and all of my pain. I walked away from her and yet we’d never been closer than we were in that moment. The inner struggle was over. No more arguing with the woman in the mirror. No more arguing with myself. The choice was made. She was the victor. Or was I?
That was the day Riah Winter died.
Kathryn lives in her small East Texas hometown with her family. She 's a music infused writer and self-proclaimed book junkie. When she isn't listening to music, writing or reading you'll probably find her watching her favorite sport, UFC.
Kathryn is also an anti-bullying advocate and avid supporter of mental-illness and suicide awareness.
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall
in love at rock bottom—up.
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I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.
As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.
Until he found me.
Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.
But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.
Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?
Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.
Christy's 5 star review!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I haven’t read a ton of Aly Martinez books, but I feel like I need to read more. Every one I’ve read has been a winner for me. Her writing style is beautiful and the emotion mixed with the humor makes this it my favorite kind of read. The Fall Up is an unconventional love story between the most unlikely pair, Sam and Levee. They meet by chance, but it feels like more than that. It feels like it was meant to be.
Sam is on the bridge, smoking a cigarette and thinking. It’s where he likes to go to… reflect. He’s got his own reasons for being there. His life is not how he imagined it would be, not how he wants it. He’s fine, but he’s sick of being just fine.
Then he sees her. A mysterious girl and he’s intrigued, but also terrified. This girl, she comes back night after night and he’s afraid that she’s there for totally different reasons. That she’s there to jump. Sam makes sure he talks to her, gives her his number. Knows that there is someone there for her if she needs a person to talk to. He doesn’t know who she is, he doesn’t know her story, he’s just that kind of guy.
I slide my hand down the rail to cover hers. It was a simple gesture, but it was easily the greatest decision I’d ever made. That one touch destroyed a wall. I wasn't even sure whose wall it had been to begin with- her’s or mine. But I would have spent my entire life tearing it down if I could have only predicted what was on the other side.
The mystery woman in disguise is none other than the pop princess, celebrity Levee Williams. Levee is constantly in the spotlight. It’s too much at times, and with her need to help everyone all the time, it’s even harder. She needs a break- a time out in life, she thinks. But in all reality, she’s not sure what she needs. Until she meets Sam. She realizes fairly quickly that he is someone she needs.
“Me. You need me.”
I only knew because I needed her.
I’m just going to say- the world needs more men like Sam Rivers. He is a special kind of hero. On the outside, he is the guy who has tons of tattoos and can’t quit smoking, but his heart is so big. You can’t help but to love him. I loved so much how he was always there for Levee. They both were fantastic characters. Levee is damaged. She has issues. Sam isn’t there to fix her, no, Sam is there to help her fix her self. Isn’t that so much better?
Not only were Sam and Levee great, but HENRY! Henry was fantastic. I have high hopes that Aly will give us a Henry book. He gave this story some definite comic relief and I loved him for it!
I thought this story had an original plot- one that hasn’t been done and overdone. I loved that Levee’s issues weren’t what I thought they were in the beginning. Give me a story that’s well written, with characters I love, a book that makes me cry and feel, but also makes me laugh and you have a 5 star favorite. This book is going on my favorites list for sure! Highly recommend by me!
In that moment, the perpetual free fall was no match for the way he made me feel. I was still falling at unstoppable speeds- only, in his arms, as his body claimed me without a single word spoken, I was suddenly falling… up.
About the Author:
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend's jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.
Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn't the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.
Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he's bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…
Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy.
He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.
Bella's Review: 4.5 StarsWhat's better than reading about falling for the best friend's older brother? The m/m version, of course!
Loved this book!
Toby and Levi. Sigh. I loved this story about these two beautiful, flawed, real characters.
Levi is Toby's best friend's older brother. He has harbored a secret crush on him forever. It is, in fact, how he realized he was gay. Growing up in a small town was not easy for Toby - the only gay and black guy in his community. Escaping to college allowed him to explore his sexuality and come to terms with who he is. But he has never allowed anyone to get close. His mother leaving when he was a child really did a number on him and he does not want to give anyone a chance to leave him again. If they don't get close, they can't leave him. So he keeps most people at arm's length.
Levi has always been the golden boy. Good looking, charming, smart and destined to follow in his father's footsteps and become a doctor. In his second year of medical school, however, he isn't so sure if this is what he really wants. Is it HIS dream to be a doctor, or his dads? And how can he really change the course of his life when his family has invested so much money in this one?
Levi and Toby connect while at home for winter break and they feel a pull towards each other.
What I loved about this book:
~ The writing. I just got sucked into the story so quickly. I felt connected to the characters and I was rooting for them!
~ The characters are realistic. They're flawed. They make mistakes. And I loved watching them grow into better people throughout the story line.
~ Chemistry. Whew!! Hot, hot, hot. I loved Levi and Toby as a couple.
I'm so glad I had a chance to read this book. The characters stuck with me long after I finished.
Bottom line: READ IT!!!
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When not playing with her kids or spending time with her husband, Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. She’s a proud romantic who has a soft spot for flawed characters who aren’t perfect and make mistakes. Her motto is be kind and she believes in following your heart.
Nyrae is living her very own happily-ever-after in California with her gorgeous husband and two incredible kids.
She’s written for Grand Central Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Harmony Ink, and is self-published. She’s represented by Jane Dystel.
We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for K.A. Tucker's SURVIVING ICE! SURVIVING ICE is a standalone romantic suspense novel and is the fourth book in K.A. Tucker's Burying Water Series, published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Grab your copy today!
SURVIVING ICE Synopsis:
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense.
Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.
When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for.
Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control.
That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.
If you’ve read any of the Burying Water series, you know Ivy Lee (If you haven’t, don’t worry, this can be read as a standalone). Surviving Ice is the forth book in this series, and besides the first, which is my absolute favorite, I think this is probably the next best one.
Ivy is settled in San Fransisco working in her uncle’s tattoo parlor. She doesn’t stay in one place for too long, and she’s been here longer than normal. She’s actually considering staying for good. That is, until her uncle gets murdered in the shop. Now, she can’t get out of there fast enough. If Ivy could just take off, she would, but she has to handle all his affairs first.
Sebastian is in San Fransisco for a job. He was a Navy Seal, now he’s working with an old friend with his security company. He has a job to do. Ivy is part of that job. Her uncle had something he needs. And he’ll use whatever means necessary to get it.
People so rarely surprise me anymore, but I have a feeling she might.
As Sebastian works to find what he needs, something strange happen. He and Ivy connect. Ivy is more surprised than anyone. It’s been a long time since she’s felt connected to anyone. She’s standoffish and guarded but Sebastian slowly starts to tear down that barrier. Now there is this one big secret between them. Ivy isn’t stupid. She is strong, she is independent and she is feisty. She is also intuitive. She knows Sebastian has a secret, she just doesn’t know what it is…
I love the suspense element to these stories. I read a lot of romance. A LOT OF ROMANCE. I love romance, but sometimes I want a little mystery and suspense. That is why I love this series so much. Tucker always has the romance there, but there is so much more than just romance. I was biting my nails through this one to see what was going to happen. Ivy and Sebastian were tough characters. They both had trouble opening up to people and relating to others. I loved that they were able to come together despite their issues.
K.A. Tucker’s writing is always superb. No matter what her stories are about, wether they’re angsty, romantic or suspenseful, I can always count on her writing to be top notch. If you’re in the mood for a romantic suspense, this is a book (and series) I recommend!
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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.