Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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A woman who almost had it all . . .

On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?

A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .

Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.

Until he became her ruin.

On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

I love it when an author tries something new. Win or fail, you have to take chances in life.  This business isn’t always (rarely, in fact) kind to such risks by authors. Genre hopping backfires quite often.  Yet, I’m still a fan when they try.  However, I can say, unequivocally, that Tucker did not fail with this risk.  She may have hit the scene as a romance writer, but she excels just as easily as a suspense writer.

If you go into He Will Be My Ruin with any expectations of it being remotely like her previous titles, you’ll not get what your looking for. This is not a romance. There is some budding relations and sexual interactions but I would never classify this as romantic.  Let’s just be clear about that up front.

What this is – is a murder mystery at it’s core.  Maggie’s life long friend ends up dead in her New York apartment, police rule it a suicide but Maggie is less than convinced.  With no hope of help from authorities, she dives into the facts and clues herself and recruits some help along the way.   While digging, she realizes her friend, Celine, had a much different life than she led Maggie to believe and the secrets she held, the people she knew, led to her untimely death.

And also to the danger Maggie finders her own life in now, because there is still a killer on the loose.

From the beginning of this tale there were two fairly clear suspects for me and I bounced back and forth between them often.  I also had moments when I thought side characters were playing a bigger part in the backstory than the story suggested – I played with several scenarios in my head.  Hoping some would flesh out and hoping others wouldn’t.  All of that is what makes a great suspense story for me.  If I have it all figured out too early on, I won’t want to continue reading.  This wasn’t the case here, Tucker kept my mind working. 

While I don’t know that this is going to be as explosive of a seller as say, Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, I can most definitely see it finding a loving home with those who gravitate to those type of titles.  It’s got a lot of what those big selling Mystery / Suspense books have.  I think the only thing that really lacked for me was a bit of character development, for a couple of the main players.  I think that would have cemented my interest in them all the more.  However, even without that, He Will Be My Ruin will be a memorable read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. 

 

About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She has come a long way from working in crayon. All four books (ANATHEMA, ASYLUM, ALLEGIANCE and ANOMALY) in her best selling YA Paranormal Fantasy series – Causal Enchantment- are available now.

Her USA Today best selling New Adult Contemporary, TEN TINY BREATHS–originally self-published–was acquired by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), and is available now, along with subsequent books in the series: IN HER WAKE, ONE TINY LIE, FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, and FIVE WAYS TO FALL. Also out from Atria Books is her Romantic Suspense series: BURYING WATER, BECOMING RAIN, CHASING RIVER, SURVIVING ICE, and coming in February, 2016, her first adult suspense novel, HE WILL BE MY RUIN.

K.A. is a voracious reader and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a chug.


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Author Interview with JA DeRouen + Giveaway!by J.A. DeRouen
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Perfection. One word. Three syllables. Every reason why I’ll never have the one thing I truly want. I stand dutifully on the pedestal he’s built, waiting for the day he truly sees me.

Then one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day.

Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word.

But not everyone who is lost wants to be found.

My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love.

Wings Over Poppies is book #2 in the Over series and can be read as a standalone novel. Warning: This is a new adult romance. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Happy one year publiversary, JA DeRouen!  Wings Over Poppies was a top 2015 read for me, and was also my pick for Debbie to read in our Read This F*cking Book Challenge (which she loved, thank fuck.)  To celebrate,  we’re having an awesome giveaway with six winners (five ebook winners and one winner to receive the grand prize of a signed paperback of WOP, an Amazon gift card, a funny coffee mug and some hilarious socks…which, if you follow JA, these are a wardrobe staple for her.)

First, let me talk about Wings Over Poppies.  I won’t make this lengthy (insert inappropriate chuckle) but I will tell you this – this book will make you feel all the feels.  All of them.  Hurt, love, giddiness, angst, pain…and most importantly, hope.  Their story is one that proves “love conquers all,”  and it’ll stick with you for a long time.  AND, it’s on sale right now for only ninety-nine pennies!  (All her books are on KU, too.  Cain, in book 3, is probably one of my most favorite males, ever.  You cannot understand how crazy funny that man is until you experience it first hand!)

I have to throw in here, JA DeRouen is one awesome bitch.  Like, I’ve been stalking her like crazy for a year now, and I still haven’t been threatened with a restraining order.  And each time I tell her I have strong lezbehonest feelings for her, she just laughs and tells me my weird is showing and to tuck that shit back in.

I sent her some questions – and her answers are perfect.  Check them out and then don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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What made you start writing?  Have you always wanted to be a writer? I’ve always been an avid reader and a relentless daydreamer, but I never thought of it as something I’d actually pursue. Publishing was for the cool kids, and that’s not me. The quirky kid? Yep, absolutely—but not the cool kid. Then self publishing came along and changed the game. Now, I can pursue writing as a hobby and just have fun. It’s not a job to me—it’s something I love to do.

Where do you get your inspiration from? There are bits and pieces of my life woven throughout my stories. If something shameful or utterly embarrassing happens to a character? Yep, you can bet that was me. I also get inspiration from music, the people in my life—my husband, my crazy kid …

Do you have a favorite character, or story, that you’ve written?  I think Cain, the hero of Storms Over Secrets, will always be my favorite. I love people who are shameless and undeniably themselves, and that’s definitely him. He’s always full on, ass out, blowing in the breeze, and I love that.

Favorite animal?  Unicorn … don’t fight me, Leah, unicorns are animals and they are REAL! LOL!

Boxer or briefs? Briefs. No baggy boxer shorts allowed—show us what you’re working with!!

Coffee or tea? Coffee, especially the fun kind. My fave is a samocha latte. It tastes just like a Girl Scout cookie. YUM!!!

Are you a lover of the man bun? I’d much rather tug on a beard than a man bun … just sayin’.

Most awkward or hilarious thing that’s happened to you at a signing? I haven’t made an ass out of myself at a signing yet (something to look forward to), but I did have a reader message me and gush about how much she loved my MC series. Um … LOL! Seriously, she was very sweet when I told her she had the wrong chick. 😉

Explain your surroundings when you write – quaint coffee shop?  Early morning, on the couch?  Naked, post-sex coital when you’re full of, um, inspiration? OMG, I almost shot coffee through my nose!!! I threw away my table months ago and took over my dining room. I have a desk and an oversized chair. Marketing/editing/clerical crap takes place at the desk. The fun stuff, writing, takes place in my big chair. If my family is being especially rowdy, I have a cool, local coffee shop that I love. I always make sure to wear pants when I go there.

Were you the cool kid in school?  Jock?  Nerd?  Goth? I was the goody-two-shoes, for sure. Now, I was on dance team my freshman and sophomore year, but since my dancing chops rival Elaine from Seinfeld, the judges must have been smoking crack when they scored my tryout. Unfortunately, looking like an epileptic on the gym floor during pep rallies does not up your street cred in high school.

What books do you have planned for 2016? I’ll be releasing the fourth and final book of The Over Series late summer, early fall of 2016. Marlo’s book will close out that series. There is one other thing in the works for winter 2016, but it’s still under wraps. 😉

Do you ever see yourself writing a different genre? Hmmmm … I don’t see me venturing very far from the new adult/contemporary romance genre. The only other genre I would be interested in writing is chick lit, but that could happen sooner rather than later.

Any signings in 2016?  I’ll be signing at Indies in NY in August. My first trip to the Big Apple! Whoop whoop!!

Any hard limits when reading/writing? I try my best to keep an open mind, but of course, there are things that I gravitate toward more than others. I love all things second chance romance, marriage of convenience, celebrity romance, and asshole heroes. I have a special place in my heart for the assholes. That being said, if an author can make me fall in love with a book that usually isn’t my cup of tea, they’ve got a fan for life. I love being won over.

Lastly, and most importantly, who is your favorite fan?  Lezbehonest, it’s me…right? I’ve already scheduled our anniversary couples massages, my love … WITH happy endings!!! LOLOL!

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Makeup Monday + Review / Giveaway: The Mother Road by Meghan QuinnThe Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
January 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 273
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.

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Makeup Monday is a weekly feature on Black Heart Reviews where we combine two of our favorites things: books and makeup! Hope you enjoy, and feel free to join in by posting your makeup regiment or beauty products on Monday via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #MakeupMonday!

Today, I’m mixing my review for The Mother Road with  a Makeup Monday post because the main character happens to be a beauty blogger. Kind of a no brainer, you know!

 

The Review

 

The Mother Road is not my typical go to book.  I very rarely will reach for a fluffy or humorous story, I lean towards more damaged and dark stories. However, the cover caught my eye and then the blurb hints at a second chance romance and I knew I wanted to give it a shot.

SO GLAD I DID! 

Marley started crushing on her brother’s best friend (Porter) at an early age.  She finally gets that perfect date with him the night of her Senior prom but instead of ending in magic and roses, it ends in heartache.  Four years later, she’s had no contact with Porter. No explanation, no apologies, nothing.   But with her brother’s impending wedding and one last family road trip to take – a run in with Porter is inevitable.  Though she wasn’t expecting him to be tagging along on this week long, cross country trip.

This family is hilarious.  Marley is a feisty little spitball who takes no shit.  Paul is ridiculously dramatic and girly, to the point where if he were my brother – I’d ask him to drop trow just to ensure there wasn’t a vagina hiding in there.  Bernie, the dad, is the kind of dad everyone should hope for.  He just rolls with everything.  Let’s his kids work out their shit, even eggs them on when it’s needed.  They are constantly pranking or one-upping each other. While some of the antics felt over the top for me, I found myself laughing out loud quite often.

But the meat of the story isn’t all fun and games.  There is the bigger story line of the undeniable connection and attraction between Marley and Porter.  They obviously love each other but life has thrown them in two separate directions.  Porter’s need to not hold Marley back in any way was pretty sweet and adorable, even if misguided at times.  I could understand his apprehension as well as feel sympathetic to Marley’s confusion in regards to his actions. 

The smaller story line adds a needed tenderness to the story as a whole.  This road trip is all about healing, goodbyes and new beginnings. I had tons of emotions while reading this one! Nothing that tore my soul out and stomped on it but plenty of heart felt moments mixed in with all the funny!

Overall, The Mother Road is a super fun read with a sweet romance that will leave you completely satisfied!

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The Pretties

 

As I said, Marley is a beauty blogger and at one point in the book there is some discussion about a new Man Soap.  So we’re giving away some fancy Manly Man soap as well as a tin of Road Trip soap.  Both are made by Seattle Sundries with all natural ingredients. 

Seattle Sundries message: We take pride in creating unique, handmade bath and skincare products using only natural oils, butters, botanicals, clays and 100% essential oils. All of our artisan soaps are made in small batches and cut by hand, with great attention to detail and quality. We also offer traditional shaving soaps, natural lip balms, and solid lotion bars. Our many happy customers value how Seattle Sundries makes modern products with vintage flair and classic quality. Give ‘em a try and you’ll see why!

They smell amazing and I think Marley would approve. 😉

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About Meghan Quinn

When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn’t take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch. It wasn’t until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven’t turned back since.

You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.

​I currently reside in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children


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The DNF Journals:  Invisible Love Letter by Callie AndersonInvisible Love Letter by Callie Anderson
Genres: Romance
Pages: 256
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Love is fatal; a snake that slithers into your life, poisons you with its venom, and leaves you there to die.

I swore I wouldn’t be my parents.
I swore I would stay away from the limelight.

Falling in love with a musician was definitely out of the question.

Weston Carter was all kinds of wrong for a girl like me. He was musician, a womanizer, and a first class heartbreaker.

I didn't know a love like this could exist. Our love was epic, the kind people wrote stories about. We fell into it hard, unable to control our feelings.

I set myself up for a shattered heart.
A broken life.
A fucked up love story.

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The cover?  Beautiful.
The synopsis?  Haunting.
The reviews?  Raving.
The actual book?  I hated it.  At least the little that I read.

This makes me really sad to say, and I know I’m going to get burned at the stake for even admitting to this, but I honestly did not enjoy a single thing about this book passed the cover or the well-written synopsis.

I was promised a cereal bowl full of angst that I could gorge on until I threw up my feelings via tears.  A deep and dirty ugly cry that would purge my barely beating black heart.  And, come on, that sounds like a fucking party to me..so of course I jumped in.

But the only reason I wanted to cry was because of how ridiculous the whole thing was!

Okay, this will get a little spoilerish – but actually, maybe not, because I only made it to about 30% or so.  Either way, continue on at your own risk.

Still with me?  Okay.
I have never read so many damn cliches in so few pages.  The H&H meet at a crowded coffee shop, their eyes meet and neither can look away.  It’s love at fucking first sight.  Convenient, eh?  Then when she goes to reach for her coffee or whatever, he reaches down too, and when their hands meet?  Yup, you betcha, electric fucking lightning bolts zazzle her fingers.  *gasp!*

Emilia, the main character, her dad was a famous rockstar, and after her mom died her dad went off the deep end.  So of course, she swore off not only love, but rockstars.  Or musicians.  So, it’s only natural that Mr. Lightning-Bolt-Finger-Tip-Mesmerizing-Eyes-Guy….is the lead singer of a band!  *Dun, dun, dunnnn.*

From here on out it just kept going.  Nothing much really happens with the story – they “hate” each other, she moves away, then moves back and they still “hate” each other.  Then one dance at a club and they’re madly in love.  He asks her on a date, to which he surprises her on a trip to MEET HIS FAMILY.

Yup.  He went there.  First date.

You would think it couldn’t get more cliche than that, but then you’d be wrong.  Because the family falls in love with the Emilia, shows her his baby book…and then his Momma explains he’s never brought a girl home before.

I had to stop.  Right there.  Because, fuck off.

Was the writing itself bad?  No.
Could it have gotten better after this 30%?  Sure.
Will I ever keep reading to find out?  Nope.

 

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This feature was born back in December when the four of us were chatting books and Tiffany said this I seriously am making a reading list. My life is a cluster fuck.   You see, Tiffany reads like…five authors. Debbie only about three. Leah reads anything and everything and there is NO rhyme or reason to what she loves or hates. And, more often than not lately, Ali hates everything unless there is anal.  All of our lives are a cluster fuck. Which gave us the idea of picking each others books. 

That’s what the Read This F*cking Book Challenge is. We’ve been compiling lists of books for the other girls to read – within our limits. Yes, we all have some hard limits.  They are as follows:

Ali – Fucking brides. Weddings. Cancer kids. Alexa Riley.

Debbie – Tarryn Fisher. Ghosts (unless “They’re Beetlejuice/Patrick Swayze friendly type of ghosts”). Cheating. Books with NO sex!

Leah – Rockstars. Priests. Writers.

Tiffany – Ghosts. Dragqueens. 

Of course, we’re all bitches and we’re picking books we know will push the other girls comfort zones or force us to read something we would have never picked up before. It’s been fun times and we’ll be periodically updating y’all on what we’ve read and what our thoughts and conversations were about those books.  Hope you enjoy!


Tiffany read Flawed by Kate Avelynn, picked by Debbie.

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Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…

Day 1:

Tiffany: Debbie this isn’t a brother fucker book is it?

Debbie: Just read it Tiny Vag.

Tiffany: Flawed so far  🙂  🙂  🙂 

Debbie: I think Tiffany will like Flawed. It’ll leave her a little anguished.

Day 2:

Tiffany: Debbie! What the actual fuck! Omg!

Debbie: Did you finish?

Tiffany: I hate you. That means yes. And since finishing I stalked Kate. And read both alternate endings.

Tiffany: I hope you get frostbite from the snow! Tiffany won’t like my book, there’s no sadness she says…Lies!Lies!

Debbie: Did you cry? Did it break your heart?

Tiffany:  Yes!!!! Because it was so unexpected! Like I knew crazy shit was going to go down… But not how it did.

Debbie: I knew you would like that.

Tiffany’s Final Thoughts: 

Really of the four of us I may like sad shit the most, but after Debbie so gracefully gave me this book to read I am now thinking she may be the one with the twisted soul on the inside! *she said it wouldn’t break my heart, she’s a LIAR* 

-A LITTLE SPOILERISH SHIT AHEAD-

I did love this book but Sarah did irritate me a little though and here’s why… As you can see I thought this was a brother fucker at first, and though it wasn’t it did have some weird vibes.  Sarah & James ,her brother, were abused since well basically forever by their father, and James promises to always try and protect her. Somewhere along the lines their relationship becomes complete dependency needing each other and I get that… But I feel like sharing a bed with your 19 year old brother and spooning is a bit odd! Or always letting him talk so close to your mouth that he’s actually kissing you. Lastly, even when Sarah became involved with Sam she realized her dynamic with her brother was wrong, she admitted it, and still continued to demonstrate the same behavior.

JAMES lets focus on him because I LOVED him, he was twisted and fucked up but in his state of mind you couldn’t hate him, you just felt for him.  He was doomed from the start and he needed help but there was no help for him so he coped with the resources that were readily available to him and that happened to be drugs & fighting.

Let me just fast forward cause I’m about to summarize the whole dang book and we’ll be here forever, I loved it… Even though I was expecting shit to go down I didn’t think it would come barreling at me the way it did. End goal, yes it made me cry which is the point when I read. LOL!  But if you happen to read this and then flip the fuck out like I did just know Debbie and I are here for you! Oh yeah and trust me when I say you’re going to want to hunt down the alternate endings to to FLAWED!

Debbie’s Rebuttal:

Flawed was actually a book that I wanted all the Black Heart ladies to read. We all love dark, twisted stories, but I knew this would be perfect for Tiffany because it would make her cry…which is a like a reading requirement for her. I’m glad she loved it, and didn’t hate me for giver her an “incest” book. I know the synopsis of the book alludes to some kinds of incestuous activity, but I promise you it’s not about that. It’s about siblings who have endured physical and emotional abuse their whole lives, and how it’s totally f*cked them up. While Flawed might not be an easy read, it’s definitely one that you do not want to miss. It’s been years since I read this book and I still regard it as one of the most unforgettable books that I have ever read. 

 

Ali read Kick Push by Jay McLean, picked by Tiffany.

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There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.

Ali: I finished Kick Push.

Tiffany: Did you hate it???

Leah: Aaaaand?

Debbie: Hahahaha! I like how the first question is “did you hate it?” Not “did you like it”

Ali: I’m all over the place with it.

Tiffany: Oh shit….good or bad?

Ali: Some things I HATED, some things I LOVED. It’s kind of a mess.

Leah: Which did you hate? Do tell!

Debbie: Hahahaha

Ali:  Why do they shout and yell so much? At times, it felt like a young adult book.  Way too childish and dramatic. Especially for the overall content.

Tiffany: Josh did yell a lot.

Debbie:  Can I just say…. I’m in the lead.

Ali: But then you get to Becs chapter where she’s talking about her past, and it felt very true and real.

Debbie: Ali liked the book I picked.

Ali: I really don’t know what I think of this one.

Leah: Fucking Debbie with her own side dialogue going on.

Debbie: I didn’t hear any…all over the place or no 267 characters.   —> Referring to a book Leah recommended to Ali  and Ali wasn’t happy about the number of characters in it.

Ali: I loved Tommy.

Tiffany: Tommy is adorable.

Leah: 267 characters. Haha jesus fuck. There’s like 5. Ish. Is Tommy the kid?

Tiffany: Honestly I think you would like the first book more but there’s cancer in it, lol.

Ali: There is way more than 5, you liar.

Leah: Tomato, toe-maw-toe

Ali’s Final Thoughts:

*will almost certainly include some spoilerish comments – read at your own fucking risk*

The Bad:
1. Why the fuck does everyone (Josh) yell and scream so much? It felt very Young Adult to me. You can argue that he never had the chance to grow up and yada, yada, yada…but I’m going to tell you that when you have a kid and you’re raising them like he is – you grow the fuck up fast.

2. Why the hell would Becca care if Tommy’s grandparent’s were still involved in his life? They are his mother effing grand parents. It doesn’t have to mean shit about shit in regards to Tommy’s mom. I didn’t understand this part. At all.

3. The prologue was all too convenient. I almost stopped reading after it. I’m glad I didn’t, but I almost did none the less.

4. Josh has some epic monologues. Yet, basically refuses to talk about some pretty important shit. As does Becca.

5. Which brings me to #5…I never could fully invest in their love story when they never had real conversations. They didn’t even truly know each other.

*deep breath*

The Good:
1. I loved that Josh took his responsibility as a dad as serious as he did. He’s a pretty good dad, especially considering his circumstances.

2. I liked Becca quite a lot. I understand her actions way more so than Josh’s when it came to the no talking business mentioned above. It made sense for her.

3. I liked how Josh was slow and tender with Becca at the beginning of their relationship. It was sweet.

4. Tommy

5. Tommy

6. Tommy

7. Tommy

8. I like how it ended (with a big To Be Continued). I think the time apart and the growing up is VERY much needed.

Tiffany’s Rebuttal: 

I may have no defense for this… Lol. But hey you loved Tommy and that works for me! Really though I did adore the ending as well, but for me I’m hoping they don’t end up together when the second book comes around. I’m an ass I know but I want Josh to be like nope you left me now deal with it.  That’s just me and my cynical ass ways though.

I just realized you had more likes than dislikes so I’m going to take that as a WIN!


Debbie read Wings Over Poppies by J.A. DeRouen, picked by Leah

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Perfection. One word. Three syllables. Every reason why I’ll never have the one thing I truly want. I stand dutifully on the pedestal he’s built, waiting for the day he truly sees me.

Then one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day.

Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word.

But not everyone who is lost wants to be found.

My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love.

 

Part 1:

Debbie: Leah….will this book have a secret baby because OMG….i would absolutely love this book.

Leah: Hahahaha, I LOVE secret babies.

Debbie: Friends to lover, boy from the wrong side of the tracks, secret baby would equal EPIC.

Leah: Love that shit.

Debbie: Wait….don’t tell if there’s a secret baby. I want to be “shocked”.

Part 2:

Debbie: BTDubs……Leah is winning. She picked the right book for me.

Ali: Yay! Debbie can read 4 authors now!

Leah: I wish you could see the dance moves I just busted out. Haaahahahaha ali.

Debbie: (insert rude middle finger emoji here – twice) Ali

Ali: Hahaha! I love you asshole fuckers. My days would suck without you.

Debbie: Fucking Leah. This fucking book made me shed a tear or two.

Part 3:

Debbie: He lives in the same town as her! I bet her moved there because he knew she was there. Right? Am I right?

Leah: Just read dammit! Hahahaha

Debbie: Fine. TTYL.

Debbie: OMG!

Debbie: West has a beard now!

Leah: Hahahaha. I was thinking u were at that part. I almost blew it. 

Debbie: You might get tired of my play by play.

Debbie: West is an asshole. He’s an asshole.

Debbie: West with a beard is an asshole!

Debbie: WALL SEX! (inserts GIF of drag queen doing high kicks)

Debbie’s Final Thoughts:

Wings Over Poppies turned out to be just my kind of read. It’s got friends to lovers, boy from the wrong side of the tracks, military man, and second chance at love. J.A. DeRouen plays with your emotions with this book. I felt euphoric while reading about Alex & West’s early relationship, and then DeRouen crushes you when something breaks Alex & West apart. DeRouen then she lets you feel that glimmer of hope again when Alex & West are reunited, but then stomps all over your heart when West acts like a total jackass. I was upset for like a nano second but you soon realize that West wasn’t the same West anymore. 

While I may have a black heart, I yearn for books like Wings Over Poppies. This was exactly the kind of book I needed to get me back into my reading groove after months and months of being stuck in a reading slump. Thanks for the rec, Leah! I just hope the rest of these bitches give me these kinds of books to read. LOL!

Leah’s Rebuttal:

I was so fucking nervous for this, because this book holds a super special place in my heart, and I still think about these characters a year later. So when I put it on Debbie’s list, I almost took it off out of self-preservation. But when she was loving it?!  I totally humped everything within five feet of me as celebration. *thrusts hips*

 

Leah read Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon, picked by Ali.

blood warrior

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

 

There was zero conversation for this book, Leah devoured the entire series before she said anything about reading them.

Leah: Ali, just finished the Alexa Montgomery series. Did u read the last book?

Ali: Not yet. Who dies?!?!?!?

Leah: Dude. I’m angry. But it feels good.

Ali:

Leah: I don’t mind who died, I just don’t like how OPEN to interpretation the rest is…  I’m gonna sit on it before I decide, lol.

Ali: grrr

Leah’s Final Thoughts:  

It’s so true.  I picked up book one, and before I knew it I had finished the entire series in days.  This series is so full of action, of lies, of plotting, of death.  I loved it.  Each character plays such a perfect role, there is never any added fluff, or bullshit, and the story line just keeps chuggin’ along and keeps you on the edge of your seat until you finish the fourth book and end up eating your feelings away while staring at walls just to comprehend what the fuck you just experienced.

Ali’s Rebuttal:

I’m a little behind, obviously. I need to jump on book four ASAP. But, I’m so glad Leah loved the series as a whole. I think Gordon has a special way of writing girls who kick ass.  And though it’s a Young Adult series, she doesn’t shy away from some tough themes.  I had a feeling Leah would like the Alexa Montgomery series…but you never know with her. She’s a very unpredictable reader.

 


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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Wherever It Leads by Adriana Locke

Wherever It Leads Ebook Cover

Release Date: February 15, 2016

 

– Synopsis –

Smooth. Sexy. Irresistible.

Those qualities equal only one thing.

Big. Freaking. Trouble.

Brynne Calloway knows that anything that seems too good to be true usually is. Fenton Abbott and his cashmere voice, Adonis body, and a magnetism like no other clearly falls into that category. But what’s life without a little risk?

It was supposed to be a rebound, an uncomplicated escape from reality. But nothing ever goes as planned. Fenton turns out to be so much more … in ways Brynne never sees coming.

Give us all the books by Adriana Locke! Read the excerpt below, I know I have and I have one question…When do I get all of FENTON?!

 

 

-Excerpt-

The plane begins its ascent, the engines roaring to life. Fenton whips out a file from his briefcase and gives it a once-over. Again, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do and it’s killing me. 

I pull my Kindle out of my bag and try to become invested in a second-chance romance about a rock star, but it’s nearly impossible sitting next to him. Each time I become engrossed in the words, he moves and my senses are assaulted by his proximity. The third time this happens, I search the ebook for ‘cock’ and start reading a sex scene. I need some form of undoing and if that has to be done via fictional character, so be it. 

The heroine is taking the hero into her mouth when a low rumble radiates beside me. Startled, I look up and see Fenton smirking. 

“What?” I push the power button on my e-reader and place it on my lap. I realize the jet has leveled off and it’s quiet in the cabin. “What are you looking at me like that for?”

“Just wondering what you’re reading.”

“Why?”

“Because,” he says, his eyes darkening, “your entire posture changed. Your lips parted, your breathing became labored. I’m intrigued.”

“I don’t think you’d be interested in this.”

“Trust me—if it gets that kind of reaction out of you, I’m definitely interested.”

Dragging in a lungful of air, I remember Presley’s pep talk and decide I have nothing to lose. 

I switch on the tablet and find the page. “She drew his cock into her mouth, stroking his shaft as she licked a pool of semen from the tip.” I glance over my shoulder and his eyes are wide. I wink. “A growl escaped his throat as she stroked his velvety length, running her tongue—”

“Enough.” He snatches the Kindle from my grasp and places it on his briefcase. “Fucking hell, Brynne. Do you want fucked right here?”

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Cover & Sypnosis Reveal: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

Cover & Sypnosis Reveal: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie ColeA Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
March 15, 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Also by this author: Souls Unfractured

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken three years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.

COVER REVEAL!

Oh my are we excited to help in revealing this pretty little PINK gem!

YA Tearjerker Romance, count us in!

And one more time for good measures because you can never have to much of a good thing.

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About Tillie Cole

After years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or in her dream of pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap, Stetson-wearing cowgirl… Ye-haw!
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish, which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.


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