Monday, June 26, 2017

Blog Tour Excerpt & Review: Regret by Christina Lee

Author: Christina Lee
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, M/M, New Adult
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Format: eARC
My Rating: 3 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 
When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet. 
Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on. 
Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out. 
As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tattered Gloves by JL Berg


Author: JL Berg
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017
My Rating: 4 stars
Head down.
Don’t look up. 
Never make eye contact.
Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me. 
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever? 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Blog Tour & Excerpts: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

Author: Renee Carlino
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: January 9, 2017 Summary:        
“My guardian angel is a drunk.”
Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as -- -- . But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.
For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.
Yes, God as in God.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #50

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine, that highlights upcoming releases we're anticipating.

The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology, #2)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Title: Great Pursuit
Series: Eurona Duology
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Summary From Goodreads: 
Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.
In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.
One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Don't Scam People. That's All.

In light of the recent scam by Crossroad Review, I decided to post this.

I remember back in 2013, I was just a reader who happened to stumble into the blogging world. I discovered many blogs, one of them being Crossroad Reviews. Knowing nothing about blogging at the time, I thought her blog was cool. She posted a lot of reviews, giveaways, and author events which I had admired.

Things were okay in the beginning. I would read her posts, enter a few giveaways here and there, but then it started getting fishy.
First it began with her giveaways. She started an event where the top commenters on her blog would win a prize. Then, she started a different event where if her blog reached a certain amount of page views within a day she would host another giveaway. Essentially, she was bribing people to view and comment on her blog which was unethical and honestly offensive to the other bloggers who actually post quality content for their readers and not to fish for views.

After that, I only visited her blog sporadically. 
I stopped visiting all together when I won a couple of giveaways and never received the prize or was asked to pay shipping. Then, more scams from her started to appear such as on Books for Trade, which is when I unfollowed her on all social media platforms. 
But I’m honestly shocked that she’s still continuing this behavior. I’ve debated about posting my experience when her past scams appeared (you can find more details about her previous scams on Parajunkee’s blog), but in posting this time, I hope it will prevent bloggers from falling for her latest co-blogging scam. 
Moral of this story, don’t trust Crossroad Reviews. She’s proved multiple times that she’s not an honest blogger :(

Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Tour Review, Giveaway, Excerpt: Red Winter by Annette Marie

Author: Annette Marie
Series: Red Winter Trilogy #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy/Mythology, Romance
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. 
Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.
On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.