Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: A Graceful Mess by Nacole Stayton

~ Synopsis ~

Hiding behind the anguish from my past, my coyness seeps off of me like an aroma. I have felt like a stranger in my own skin, trying to claw my way out for far too long, allowing very few people to see past my façade…until my eyes met with his. I felt a sudden rush of energy all the way to my core. It jolted me in ways I never thought possible.

Never in a million years would I have expected to be in the mess I am today. It all leads back to the night Parker Porter turned my world upside down. The night his hazel eyes undressed me, peeling away the layers of the woman I tried so hard to be. He awoke desires that burned deep within me and changed me in one quick glance, leaving me vulnerable and exposed, picking up the shattered pieces of my carefully constructed life…a life I should not be living…a life I was not born into, but placed into by the state of Maine.

Parker opened a door that I am far from closing until I have answers and am able to face the life I was destined to live. I just have to decide if his love is worth the mess.

“They say be careful of the quiet ones.” –Grace

Warning: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters.

~ Our Review ~
4.5 Star Review by Heather
This book will draw you in from the first few pages.  You will be on the edge of your seating wondering what will happen next.  You won't want to put it down. 
“There you go opening your fucking mouth.  You just can’t leave well enough alone can you?”
Grace is going to school to become a lawyer and trying to overcome her past.  Her ex left her in really bad shape and she didn't want to have a relationship with any man because of it.  When she meets Parker and is instantly attracted to him, she decides what will it hurt to throw caution to the wind once?  She wants him, but can’t  figure out why he  keeps saying  goodbye  to her.  Why does he act like he likes her then leaves her? Will her feelings be too strong to let him walk out of her life?
“As girls we swoon over boy-bands, and as woman we swoon over bad boys and book friends…”
Parker is a private investigator hired by Grace's biological dad to make sure that no one finds out about Grace.  He knows he shouldn't start anything with Grace, but he can't help the pull he feels towards her.  He tries to leave her and move on, but knowing how sad it makes them both he decides what the hell.  He starts dating her, but what happens when she finds out he is lying to her?  Can he make her see that he was trying to protect her?  Will he make her see he really did love her?
“You’re going to be my undoing, unraveling me piece by piece.”
This book is full of emotion.  I love when a book has me in tears and just hoping that everything turns out well for everyone involved.  This book is a must read.  It is also a standalone!!! Woohoo we don't find those often anymore.

~ About the Author ~
Christian “Nacole” Stayton is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state. She spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. She is passionate about her faith, family and The Bachelor. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos, iced coffee, and happy endings.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Forget Me Not by Sarah Daltry

~ Synopsis ~
Lily had a crush on her brother's best friend, Derek for years - which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it's hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily has no idea where to turn.

Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can't stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it's Jack who is there to pick up the pieces - and show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn't know she was missing.

Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process?

**New Adult Contemporary Romance. Due to language & sexual content, this book is recommended for readers 17 & older**

~ Our Review ~
3.5 Star Review by Annie

Lily thinks she has everything she could ever want. She has the perfect life and the perfect boyfriend, Derek. Once she got into the college of her dreams she soon realizes that she doesn’t really know who she is. Everything she thought she wanted and thought she was, now seems wrong. She is starting to find out that Derek may be perfect, but just not perfect for her. It also doesn’t help that she keeps running into the motorcycle riding bad boy who lives in her dorm, Jack. Does Lily go with Mr. Perfect or the one she can’t get out of her mind?

Jack is broken. His past prevents him from developing relationships. He doesn’t do the boyfriend/girlfriend thing.  He only has sex with girls and leaves them. Everyone in his life has judged him, so when he meets Lily, she doesn’t seem to be like everyone else. She is willing to give him a chance, so in turn he gives her a chance. Can he let his walls down and let her in? Or does he block her from getting to close?
This book sounded amazing. I truly wanted to love this book more than I did. While it was full of dirty sex, it lacked a major storyline. It was the typical love triangle. Girl loves boy, but once she goes to college they drift apart and she seeks solace in the bad boy. The characters were likeable and you could even relate to the way Lilly is searching to find herself.

Forget Me Not was a fast, sexy read. I give it a 4 for the sex, but a 3 for the storyline. So my overall rating is a 3.5.
 ~ About the Author ~
 Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance. She's never happy staying in one place. When she isn't writing, she's usually looking for new and creative ways to waste time. Right now, those include shooting virtual monsters on Xbox, searching the internet for cat pictures, and watching terrible reality TV.


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