New Release: Insider (Exodus End #1) by Olivia Cunning [Giveaway]

Series: Exodus End #1
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock…
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she’s reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who’ve been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He’s always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he’s not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he’s looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

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“Good girls are easy,” Logan said.
“Logan, don’t fuck with her,” Max said. “This is business, not for your twisted sense of pleasure.”
“I can mix business with pleasure.” Logan peered toward the open bus door.
Shouldn’t Toni be climbing the steps now? He hoped he hadn’t scared her away. He found her incredibly attractive. He had a thing for women who understated their beauty, and Toni took understatement to a whole new level. And her rack? God, he could get lost between her enormous tits for hours. He hoped she wasn’t wearing a padded bra under that turtleneck sweater. He planned to find out really soon.
Dare thumped Logan on the side of the head. “You’re so full of shit.”
“Why do you say that?”
“You’re talking smack. You like her.”
“I don’t even know her. How could I like her?”
“Are you talking about me?” a soft, feminine voice said from the top of the bus steps.
Busted.
Logan turned his head and smiled at her. “Of course not.”
“Oh,” she said, her face falling.
“I already know I like you,” he said.
Her hand moved to her mouth. She touched her lips with two fingers, and a pretty blush spread across her face. Sweet, shy, and female, a combination Logan could never resist. Especially the female part. Her fantastic tits were just a bonus.
Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, USA Today Best-Selling Author Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.
Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. 
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Sunday Brunch + Giveaway #4: AK Alexander

Sunday Brunch is a weekly feature for getting to know authors who are
new to us at Black Heart Reviews, by asking some quirky, fun questions.
Today, we introduce you to AK Alexander / Michelle Scott, author of the the thriller series Holly Jennings. The third book in this series releases next month, check it out below!
If people were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would be your crime?

Procrastinating

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Mind reading

Chunky or Creamy?

Creamy.

Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

Belle

If you were a stalker, would you be good at it?

Very good!

You are forced into karaoke, what song do you sing?

Dreams by Stevie Nicks

 

Godzilla or King Kong?

King Kong

You are an alien with your own spaceship, who do you abduct?

My dog Lala

We come to your house for dinner, what are we eating?

An assortment of tacos from fish to carnitas

Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
Angelina and Brad
 
About the Author

Writing under the pen name
A.K. Alexander, Michele explores the darker side of storytelling. With
her daring, frightening and suspensful novels, A.K. Alexander writes for
those readers who like to be thrilled and kept in the dark up until the
very end…

A.K.’s gritty thrillers keep you looking over your
shoulder as the suspense mounts with each turn of the page. Mingling her
love of horses with a world of deceit, violence and desire, A.K. brings
to life murder mysteries that engage her readers.

Her gripping
books are impossible to put down, featuring strong characters with
complicated lives. A.K.’s books have appeared on The Wall Street
Journal’s and Amazon’s Kindle bestseller lists.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michele-Scott-AK-Alexander/117686908963?fref=ts
 
San Diego homicide
detective Holly Jennings is back in The Preference and she is hunting
the most sadistic killer she’s faced yet.Do You Prefer Red or White?

It’s
a simple question… When couples from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs
receive an e-mail with an offer to win a free trip to Napa Valley by
simply stating their preference of either red or white wine, little do
they know the killing spree their “preference” sets in motion.

He calls himself The Connoisseur…

He
stalks and murders young, beautiful red headed or blonde women
depending on “his clients” preference. The Connoisseur is methodical,
sadistic and with a need to seek what he considers justice for himself.

Homicide
detective Holly Jennings wants nothing more than to nail The
Connoisseur. However, when his next victim doesn’t fit his Modus
Operandi, Holly has to consider the possibility of two killers, a
copycat, or a hunter who may actually know how to outwit her. Ella
Jennis is a brunette and from a wealthy winery family out of Temecula,
Ca. When disturbing photos of Ella in captivity surface on the internet,
Holly is certain that time is running out to save the latest
preference.

A.K. Alexander is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in San Diego with her family.

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10 YA Paranormal/Fantasy Series You Should Read…

YA PNR-Fantasy

From Harry Potter to Twilight to the Hunger Games, YA paranormal fantasy has become one of the most incredibly popular sub-categories of the YA fiction genre. The tones of these novels tend to be a bit darker, and the world-building bears a close resemblance to that of adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance. While we mainly read adult fiction, we do have a few YA paranormal fantasy favorites. Here are ten YA paranormal fantasy series we think you should read if you’re in the mood to get lost in a whole new world…

 

– Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
 

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… Read Clockwork Angel, book one in the Infernal Devices series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Clare brilliantly blends the human world, as we know it, with a fantastical and mythological demon hunting world – all set in Victorian London. She splashes in some Angelical history, science fiction / steampunk and of course heartbreakingly beautiful romance. There is so much going on in these stories, demons, angels, automatons, vampires and warlocks, yet it never feels like too much. Clare also has a knack at writing intrinsically interesting characters and The Infernal Devices is full of them.

 

– Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
 

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
 

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
 

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
 

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?  Read Daughter Smoke & Bone, book one in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series…
 

Why You Should Read It: The Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy, will probably be one of the most beautifully written series you’ll ever read. It’s thoughtful and methodical. Taylor definitely takes her time to develop strong characters, intriguing worlds and a slow simmering star crossed romance that leaves your heart skipping beats. Her characters make you laugh, at times, and break your heart at others. 

 

– Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. 
 

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. 
 

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… Read Angelfall, book one in the Penryn and the End of Days series…
 

Why You Should Read It:  These are not the angels you learned about in Sunday School. They’re here to destroy the human world as it stands today. Penryn, a seventeen year old girl, must join forces with one of them to save her baby sister.  This is not just a YA Fantasy, it’s a bit of a horror story as well. Ee did things in this series that will blow your mind a little bit. It’s creepy, gritty and raw but also romantic, brave and funny.  Penryn may end up being one of your favorites after you see just how strong this girl is.

 

– Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow –

Current Number of Books in Series: 5 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—orwhoever— is hunting her?  Read Strange Angels, book one in the Strange Angels series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Strange Angels stands out because it has somewhat of a raw sexiness to it.  Not so much with it’s romantic relationships, though those are quite appealing as well. More for in the sense of the world St. Crow builds. It’s kind of sexy in a dark and dangerous way. The romance plays a strong role in the series as do one special vampire and one special wulfen. Outside of the romance you’ll get some pretty epic fights!

 

– Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent –

Current Number of Books in Series: 7 (Complete)

Synopsis: She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next. Read My Soul to Take, book one in the Soul Screamers series…

Why You Should Read It: Vincent pushes some boundaries, makes some unconventional choices and adds some twists you may not see coming. Soul Screamers is a very human story about things that are not at all human.

 

– Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa –

Current Number of Books in Series: 4 + novellas
 

Synopsis: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
 

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
 

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
 

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. Read The Iron King, book one in the Iron Fey series...

Why You Should Read It: Julie Kagawa’s stunningly imaginative fairie world in the Iron Fey is one of the best you’ll ever read. This enthralling tale of Fae and their wicked ways had me gripped from the very beginning. Kagawa’s description of the Fae world is so vivid that you’ll easily get lost in the story. It’s creative, scary, emotional, gripping and all sorts of good. Plus, there’s a hot Fae Prince for you to swoon over. 

 

– Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)

Synopsis: To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…
 

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
 

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again. Read The Immortal Rules, book one in the Blood of Eden series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Because it is one of the most bad ass vampire tellings you’ll ever read. Is that a good enough reason? Okay, how about this: Kagawa creates a world of fear and when you think all is lost, she sprinkles a little tiny bit of hope on it. But the hope comes in another fearful way and it takes battle upon battle to keep hold of it.

 

– Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine –

Current Number of Books in Series: 15 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else? Read Glass Houses, book one in the Morganville Vampires series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Ah, Morganville. This town is not what it seems. Even after you think you’ve figured it out, you haven’t.  Morganville has many of the elements you expect in a YA series and so much more. Claire is brilliant. Like, literally. But she’s also very young and still learning who she is when thrust into a new life full of vampires. And these aren’t the sweet sparkling kind. Morganville has some extremely interesting characters, one in particular that give this series a bit of a leg up on some of the other YA series on the market.

 

– The Inheritance Cycle by Christophe Paoloni –

Current Number of Books in Series: 4 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: One boy . . .One dragon . . .A world of adventure. 

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. 
 

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
 

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. Read Eragon, the first book in The Inheritance Cycle series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Dragons. Need we say more? The Inheritance Cycle is reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. With dragons. I found it hard not to be impressed with Poalini’s talents, especially considering how young he was when he wrote this series. It is fantastical to the core, with Elves and Dwarves and magic and DRAGONS.

 

– Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling –

Current Number of Books in Series: 7 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, book one in the Harry Potter series…
 

Why You Should Read It: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is the quintessential YA fantasy series that everyone should read. The series is extremely well-written, the characters are very relateable, and Rowling’s world building is top notch. It’s so easy for kids, young adults and adults to get lost in this whimsical world, and it’s the reason why it’s the #1 most read YA fantasy series. 
 

Have you read any of these series? What did you think of them? 
What are some of your favorite YA Paranormal/Fantasy series?
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Review: Idle Bloom by Jewel E. Ann

Review: Idle Bloom by Jewel E. AnnIdle Bloom by Jewel E. Ann
December 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 325
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Amazon US
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"What lies beneath my veiled perfection is the ugly truth—my truth, my reality, my destiny."

Vivian Graham has an acceptance letter into Harvard, a badass tattoo, loyal friends, ties to marijuana, a penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts, and her pesky V-card.

Everyday she takes the Red Line to her job at The Green Pot in Boston while her friends enter the coveted, black iron gates to higher learning. The ramifications from a tragic accident have put her life on hold while time marches on for everyone around her.

After graduating from Harvard Law, Boston native, Oliver Konrad, moves to Portland to start his career and his life. Three years later, after a horrific discovery, he returns home to trade in his three-piece suit for leather work boots and his suburban home for a condo in Cambridge.

All he brought back to the East Coast was an aversion to pillows and secrets he keeps hidden behind a mysterious locked door. Oliver’s days are predictable and his nights are lonely until he meets Vivian on the subway. Her long raven hair, green eyes, and mile-long legs are achingly sexy, but the way she "innocently" fingers and licks her Boston Kreme doughnut can only be described in two words—complete torture.

When their paths cross at every turn, laughter is abundant, friendship is easy, and love is unintentional. However, their future seems improbable.

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content, 17+

I’m not certain I have ever had such a complete range of emotions and opinions while reading a book.  Which is saying a lot, considering how many books I plow through each year.  Idle Bloom was all over the place and not always in a good way.
 
Somewhere around 7% was when I had my first thought of DNFing. I felt like Vivian was too childish and I wasn’t fully getting a grasp of what her life was about. There are a lot of lies. Lies with her parents, lies with her roommates parents, lies with everyone. It was a bit much. A bit convoluted.
 
However, Vivian was hiding something. Something that made her a virgin, something she expected to be for life. The story hinted at it being a physical deformity.  Honestly, I thought she had a mutilated vagina. Yep, that’s where my head went. But, THAT is what had me continuing to read. I NEEDED to know what was happening.
 
The thing is…Vivian’s big dark secret…not such a big dark secret. Well, not mutilated vagina big.
It’s not nothing, but I just don’t think it was something
that she should have resigned herself to thinking nobody could ever
love her because of it. She is, supposedly, gorgeous other than this flaw. Let’s be honest…there are plenty of people that look less than perfect and still find love. Vivian gave me a lot of ‘Bitch, please’ thoughts.
 
Oliver has a big dark secret as well. His was something I was able to glean pretty quickly though. For the most part, anyway. I really liked Oliver. However, he too had times of extreme immaturity and insensitivity.
 
There were so many things throughout the story that I thought were overly dramatized and unneeded.
 
There is a strong subplot that deals with mental illness and I didn’t care for how any of that was handled. Again, I think some characters lacked the sensitivity the story needed.
 
But…
 
There were moments of potential greatness in this book.  There was a playfulness between Vivian and Oliver that was sweet. There were some gem moments between them that were truly heartfelt. And there were profound message trying to come across at the end.
 
However, the execution was lacking, for me.  Those moments of potential greatness were very rare and entirely overshadowed by all the ‘what the fuck am I reading’ moments.

 

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The DNF Journals: On My Knees by J. Kenner

The DNF Journals: On My Knees by J. KennerOn My Knees by J. Kenner
Series: Stark International #2
Published by Bantam June 23, 2015
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Say My Name
Also by this author: Say My Name
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Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks continue to thrill in the second novel of a scintillating, emotionally charged new trilogy that returns to the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

I never thought I’d lose control, but his desire took me right to the edge.

Powerful, ambitious, and devastatingly sexy, Jackson Steele was unlike any other man I’d ever known. He went after what he wanted with his whole mind, body, and soul—and I was the woman in his sights. One touch and I surrendered, one night together and I was undone.

Jackson and I had secrets, dark pieces of our pasts that threatened to swallow us both. We couldn’t outrun our demons, or the people trying to tear us apart. But in our passion we found salvation, and in each other’s arms we found release.

I was scared to trust Jackson fully, to finally let go. Yet no matter the dangers that lay ahead, I knew I was his—and now that we’ve laid claim, there’s no more holding back.

On My Knees is intended for mature audiences.

DNF’d at 41%.

 
I did not set On My Knees aside lightly.  I really liked the first book of the series, Say My Name, you can see my review >>here<<.
 
It’s not the core story that made me give up on this book. It was the lack of the core story being addressed.  At 41%, I felt like it had barely been touched on. Instead of getting to the intrigue and the twists, it is just Jackson and Sylvia going at it like rabbits.
 
I didn’t go back and count, but in what was all of about a day in the story, it felt like they had fucked about eight times. I bow to their libidos and stamina.
 
I get it. This is an erotic romance. It’s supposed to have a lot of sex. I’m not naive to that and have enjoyed all of Kenner’s previous titles that I’ve opened. I just wanted to get to the story. 

 

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About J. Kenner

J. Kenner spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and Central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. California born, she now lives—and writes—in Texas, with her husband and daughters.


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Review + Giveaway: The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

Review + Giveaway: The Girl I Was Before by Ginger ScottThe Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott
Series: Falling #3
June 23, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: This is Falling
Also by this author: This is Falling
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I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.

Well. Ginger Scott did it. She made me not completely hate Paige Owens.
 
If you’ve read the first two books in the series, you know Paige is not the most loveable of characters. She does some pretty horrific things. She’s easy to dislike. Now, with The Girl I Was Before, we get a better understanding of Paige and why she did those things.
 
Better yet, we get to see how she struggles to change.
 
Paige has made mistakes that have not only alienated her from family but from friends as well. She’s in the middle of a bit of a shit storm and has some things she really needs to make right. Not easy things either.
 
While she’s figuring out her path, Houston ends up being the only stable thing in her world, as unexpected as that is for both of them. But Houston’s life does not resemble the life Paige has pictured for herself. Houston’s relentless ways of handling Paige make it impossible not to fall for the guy though.
 
I have to applaud Scott for keeping Paige to the character she was before yet showing the struggle she goes through to learn about herself and the reactions she has caused.  It would have been too easy and not believable to have a very selfish and bitchy character wake up one day and decide that they were just going to be a better person.  Paige has that bit of epiphany, but thinking it and proving it are two entirely different things.
 
I also have to give props for how she crafted Houston. It takes a strong person to see past someone’s faults when they are so determined to show them.  Houston takes it all in stride, he sees Paige for the person she is trying to become more so than the girl she still is.  
 
I wish that I could have warmed up to Paige just a bit more. Understanding her and actually loving her…not the same thing. And, while I missed so many of the feels I got from This is Falling, I still really enjoyed this book and the very real and honest life struggles it presented.  I’ve said this before but it’s worth another mention, Scott is quickly becoming an absolute favorite of mine!
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About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before and Wild Reckless.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).


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Sunday Brunch + Giveaway #3: Simone Nicole

Sunday Brunch is a weekly feature for getting to know authors who are
new to us at Black Heart Reviews, by asking some quirky, fun questions.
This week we are chatting with Simone Nicole, from Down Under. She’s been a lot of fun – hope you all agree! And please check out her upcoming title Destined to Fall below and enter to win an ebook copy of Ahead of the Darkness.
If people were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would be your crime?

I say fuck a lot. But I’m okay with that. LOL. Maybe it’s falling asleep while the lights are on. That’s annoying.

 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Telekinesis and telepathy. I want all the mind powers 🙂
Bonus question: What would your superhero name be?
Cinamonie, or is that my porn star name…
Chunky or Creamy?
Chunky! Wait, are we talking peanut butter or …

 

Who is your favorite Disney Princess?
Ariel. I love that movie!

 

If you were a stalker, would you be good at it?

Hell yes! Unless its offline. I’d probably get caught giggling.

You are forced into karaoke, what song do you sing?
 
I touch myself. Haha, god no! Umm…. Blank space? Oh no maybe Fever. Thank god I can’t sing, I’d never be able to pick a song.
Godzilla or King Kong?

King Kong. He’s pet-able.

You are an alien with your own spaceship, who do you abduct?

Henry Cavill!!!

We come to your house for dinner, what are we eating?
 

Carbonara, with zucchini and mushrooms.

Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
 Helen Mirren and Billy Connolly. Could you imagine how awesome I’d be? LOL!


About the Author
Self-confessed chocoholic and
undiagnosed crazy person, Simone can be found climbing Himalayan
mountaintops like a ninja, sky diving backwards and rubbing shoulders
with billionaires. She is also full of crap, but can read backwards and
upside down, the one plus of being dyslexic.
Simone loves all things
Disney and alcoholic, and is rarely seen not reading, writing or
wearing lipstick, usually of the red variety.
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I make no excuses for who or what I am.

I
don’t hide; why should I? Don’t get me wrong. I don’t go around shaking
people’s hands, introducing myself as Vivienne the whore.

But I am.

I’m your upper-class escort; the arm candy of the filthy rich and if the price is right, I’m the stuff wet dreams are made of.

It’s just a job, but one I get paid ridiculously well for. One I excel at.

So why would I stop? It’s just sex; it means nothing.

But for one man, it’s everything.

And he’s about to ruin it all.

 

 

 

 It has been a long,
long time since I’ve seen your little face, chérie. Not once did you
visit. That really hurt; after all, it was thanks to you I was
convicted. That’s not something you forget.

I thought it was
time— a visit was due. Seeing as you wouldn’t come to me, I thought it
only right I come to you. Sadly, you weren’t home, but your furry feline
was more than accommodating . . .

I’ll be seeing you soon, mon chérie. I’ll always find you . . .

For
six years, a letter has dictated Amelia’s future. She’s running from a
past that refuses to stop, always trying to get one step ahead. Amelia
is clever and resilient, and refuses to slip up.

Relying only on
herself, she’ll be anything and anyone she needs to survive. But
everyone slips up . . . eventually. You can’t always stay ahead of the
darkness.


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