Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Free Me by Laurelin Paige

Title: Free Me
Series: The Found Duet Book One
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publication Date: December 9, 2014

~ Synopsis ~

Her story began long before she started working at The Sky Launch...

Screw fairytales. The only reward Gwen Anders got from her rough childhood was a thick skin and hard heart. She’s content with her daily grind managing a top NYC nightclub—Eighty-Eighth Floor. So hers isn’t a happily ever after. She doesn’t believe in those anyway.

Then she meets J.C.

The rich, smooth talking playboy is the sexiest thing that Gwen has ever encountered, but she’s not interested in a night-in-shining latex. But when a family tragedy pushes her to the brink, it’s J.C. who’s there to teach her a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires. His no-strings-attached lessons require her to abandon her constant need for control. Her carefully built walls are obliterated.

Gwen discovers there’s a beautiful world outside her prison. Freedom is exhilarating—and terrifying. When she starts to feel something for J.C., she fears for her heart. Especially as she realizes that he has secrets of his own. Secrets that don't want to set him free.

BOOK ONE OF TWO. This series can be read alone or with the Fixed Trilogy.

~ Review ~
4 Stars 

Gwen was first introduced to us in the Fixed Trilogy. While she wasn't a big character in those books, some were still left wondering who she really was and what was she running from? Now you find out... or at least you learn half the story.

Gwen is a manager of a bar called the Eighty-Eighth when she meets JC, a man who can see that Gwen is up tight and in need of some help. JC offers a no-strings attached offer to help her loosen up. No names, no attachments. The only problem is that they fall for each other. And he's hiding something. Will their love survive the anonymity? Or will the secrets destroy them?

This book was hard for me at first. And I really needed time to think about sine things. The reason I gave this book 4 Stars is because I had trouble identifying with the characters. For the secret that JC is hiding, I found it difficult to believe he would be in the type of club he was in, with the amount of money he had. I was relieved to hear he wasn't a "bad" guy that Gwen had fallen for. Gwen has had too much trouble for such a young woman and I really wanted her to find happiness. She's very lost. It was almost too much drama for one person to deal with and it made me question why I was reading something so depressing.

With that being said, Laurelin Paige is an amazing author. She has a way with words that has me hanging on and still curious enough to know how the next book will play out. That is why I gave it 4 stars. I still feel the urge to read this duet because I want to see Gwen get her happily ever after. It takes a special author to hold your attention even when you're squirming inside.

~ About Laurelin ~

 Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: A Perfect Ten by Linda Kage

~ Synopsis ~

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

I know I've closed myself off in a major way in the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It's past time I try to live again or just give up completely. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I'm standing outside Oren Tenning's bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he'd probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.

~ Book Links ~

Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

~ Review ~
4 Stars 

This book was a little on the long side for me.  It was good, but I found that it didn't hold my attention the whole time.  But I wasn't a huge Ten fan going in.  I mean he was growing on me, but he isn't my favorite Forbidden Man!!

Caroline has wanted Oren since she met him.   She knows she shouldn't want him, but there is something that draws her to him.  She wants to forget about him.  He makes he life hell, but she still forgives him.   Will she finally get her wish and have Oren?  Or will he ruin everything she feels for him by pushing her away?

Oren AKA Ten, wants Caroline but he won't touch her because of her brother.  Her brother Noel is his best friend and has warned him to stay away from Caroline.  He fights his desire for her, but with each day it's growing harder to stay away.  He tries to make her hate him, but she is the most forgiving person he knows.  Can he finally convince Noel to give him a shot with Caroline?  Or will he risk everything for her?  Or does he finally commit the one act that pushed her out of his life for good?

I have loved this whole series.  I was really looking forward to this book.  It was a little long and I didn't feel the ending.  It felt off to me.  But it's another amazing read by Linda Kage!!!  Can't wait to meet the new characters who will star in the next book!!!

~ Excerpt ~

“Yo, Ham. I’m heading out.” He appeared out of nowhere beside me to tap our table and get his roommate’s attention.
I yelped because I hadn’t even noticed him moving toward our table. With a low growl, I scowled at him for startling me...or maybe for leaving now, because that meant he was still planning on meeting Kelly. The ass.
He met my gaze and paused. Reading something—though I’m not sure what—from my face, he leaned close to talk into my ear. “What? You’re not still mad at me for chasing off that little boy, are you?”
I sniffed and lifted my chin. “You’re never going let me date anyone without any kind of interference, are you?”
He watched me a moment longer, his intent expression harboring all his thoughts. Then he leaned in again. “How about this? If you ever find anyone good enough for you, I will step back and let you at him without even a single fuck-off glare in his direction.” Then he leaned even closer. “Problem is, I don’t think anyone will ever be good enough for the likes of you, baby doll.”
When he reached out slowly and caught a tendril of my hair, the achiest look entered his eyes. He studied the piece of hair he was methodically winding around his finger, and the way he watched it was just...I knew that look and recognized it intimately. Every time I saw him, I felt it rising from my own core, wanting, yet helpless to take.
A shudder wracked me. Once upon a time I’d told Zoey that if I knew for certain Oren really, truly liked me—liked me the way I liked him—I wouldn’t let Noel keep us apart. And I’d meant it.
I still meant it.
“Even you?” I asked him.
His eyes flashed at the question. “Especially me.”

~ Author Bio ~

Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part of her world, and she is so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

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