Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sales Blitz ~ On Solid Ground & Let Love Live by Melissa Collins

When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.
Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.
As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.

5- Broken, Scarred & In Desperate Need of Repair -Stars

~this review may contain minor spoilers~

FUBAR, it means fucked up beyond all recognition. That's what my life has always been. Here I am, a war veteran, and I need a dog to calm me down. I've killed people, but I can't even tell my own parents I'm gay. If that doesn't define FUBAR, than I don't know what does.”
“Maybe we're more alike than we thought.”

Jacob Daxton ~Dax~ is an Army man who has just returned home for good, but not without a few scars. Suffering from PTSD, in desperate need of breaking away from his family who doesn't know he's gay and discovering exactly who he is, he moves to California to stay with his best friend Chloe. Trying to find his place in the world and learning how to deal with his anxieties, he finds himself getting ink for the very first time and putting himself in the path of the man who will change his life in ways he never expected.

Beckett Ridge ~Beck~ has demons of his own that he has spent a lifetime fighting. He has never really done the whole relationship thing, not that he was really avoiding it, he has just never found anyone who sparks that interest in him... until he meets Dax. Right from the start he feels a connection to the soldier who is clearly suffering, they are both surprised by the calming effect that Beck seems to have over Dax but the timing couldn't be more wrong for either of them; with Dax trying to find his footing post-war, and Beck currently going through a family crisis that will irrevocably change his world as he knows it. Starting a new relationship now, in the midst of everything they have going on, seems like it would be doomed from the start-but what if they are looking at it all wrong. What if maybe they are exactly what the other needs-can they risk it?

The charged air around us lets Beck and I know that something significant has happened between us. And it's nothing that I can deny.
He calmed me out of an attack.
He stopped my anxiety.
With a soft stroke upon my skin, and a deep, concerned stare, he kept my demons at bay.

This book was amazing, there really is no other way to describe it. Everything just felt so real, and raw, it was impossible not to connect with these characters. They have both suffered so much in life, all you wanted was for them to find some peace and hopefully some happiness. The attraction between the two was clear right from the start-it jumped off the pages, it was hott and sexy, yet sweet and innocent and at times even a little funny. The sexy times were incredibly well done and not too graphic, although that wouldn't have bothered me personally-for me, the raunchier it is the happier I am... but that's just me. Here you have these two tough-as-nails Alpha males, but when it came down to it, one of them easily fell into a more submissive role. It was fascinating to watch. They were just completely different men with each other than they were with anyone else. But all that sexy aside, it was their emotional connection that won me over. They both helped each other heal in ways they never though possible, but that doesn't mean they weren't without problems. The main difference between this M/M romance, and what I have found in most M/F romances, is you have half the unnecessary drama but twice the stubborn male egos. I can't honestly say which is worse. In this book, there was a point where they just couldn't see past their pride long enough to pull their collective heads outta their asses and just go after what they wanted. It was frustrating as hell but at least I saw where they were coming from. I even found myself not skimming but speed-reading at one point for no other reason than an insane desire to see what was coming next. There were some twists thrown in here I never saw coming. There really wasn't much I could complain about, from start to finish I loved everything about this and found it damn near impossible to put down. Melissa Collins has certainly landed herself on my M/M One-Click-Addiction List one blush, giggle, and tear at a time with these fantastic guys and I cannot wait to see what she bring us next.

I need him to calm me; he needs me to steady him.
I need him to rouse me back to life; he needs me to remind him that his is a good life, not one of meaningless nothingness.

Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?

For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.
Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona - tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough - a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.
Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan's long ago buried heart and let love live once more.

 Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.

Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway~ KILLER (STALKER prequel) by Clarissa Wild

Killer (Prequel to Stalker)
Author: Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015 (in the Summer Fire Boxed Set)
Genre: Dark Romance (18+)

This is a prequel to the Dark Romance Standalone STALKER.

Some secrets are meant to stay hidden …

Secrets could kill you. My husband is the prime example.

I’m a trophy wife. Someone’s prized possession, just there to be pretty. My dreams were pushed aside for his. Until one fateful night, one chance encounter, all his dirty secrets were exposed.
And then my supposed husband is killed.
I should be sad, but all I feel is anger. My husband is a lying, cheating bastard. And if that isn’t bad enough, I’m now the prime suspect for his murder.
Only his brother believes I'm innocent, and in his support, I find relief. However, I will find the real killer and bring him to justice ... before he tries to end my life too.

WARNING: This book contains strong language, explicit situations, and disturbing content.

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Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series, but she's best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ That's a Lie (Promises, Promises #2) by Victoria Klahr

That’s a Lie (Promises, Promises #2)
by Victoria Klahr
Genre: Contemporary Adult, New Adult
Re-Release: February 27, 201

Seth is back.

When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…

Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.

Do I even deserve to be loved?

I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I came back for Josie.

I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.

I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.

So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.

I was instantly distracted as I walked into the space. Seth. Shirtless. I don't think I need to explain my lack of focus. Or the drool.

"You lied to me," he said gruffly, sitting on the barstool at my counter. His blond hair flopped in front of his eyes, and my hands itched to push it back. Touching him again the way I wanted to would satisfy only a millimeter of the need I have, but it would relieve some of the pain. I turned around to hide my thoughts. 
"Ugh . . . I need coffee," I said vacantly, reaching for my coffee maker. I didn't even hear Seth move, but his hand grabbed mine and he turned me around, placing his hands beside me on the countertop to trap me. My breath caught, and I was positive he could hear my heart pounding in my chest. 
His blue-green eyes screamed hurt and anger, but I didn't even care about him being mad. All that mattered was the charge that thumped between us. I was very aware of him. "You lied, Josie. You're not supposed to lie to me.""Seth . . . Come on," I said, turning my face away, unable to look at the raw emotion in his expression. His hand dashed out and grabbed my chin. 
"How long, Josie?" he asked. I closed my eyes, not wanting to admit anything. "Open your damn eyes, Jos. Stop fucking hiding." His voice was hard, but it was also full of desperation. I opened my eyes and narrowed them at him. He didn’t understand that I needed to keep him away from me. My life is tainted by darkness, and he 
doesn't need that. Yes, I lied to the one person who I said I wouldn't deceive again, but it was for his own good! "It doesn't matter, Seth. I'm fine.""Like fucking hell it doesn't matter. I haven't heard you scream like that since your nightmares after you were raped!" 
The haunting reminder brought back vivid memories of that time. He or one of my dads would come lay with me to help me fall asleep. Every day that Seth wasn't in school, he was there with me, trying to make the nightmares go away. "Since the engagement party," I whispered, looking down. I don't know why I admitted it, but I think part of me realized I couldn't hold on to all this pain anymore. That's when my resolve started to break. How long could I go on fighting the feelings that I have for Seth? How long could I act like nothing hurts me? "Fuck, Jos . . . ," he whispered back, placing his forehead against mine. His signature smell of hay and apple pie drifted around me, and I almost lost my footing from wanting him so bad. "You should have told me.""I didn't want you to worry." "I worry about you every second you're not with me, Pussycat. Every second that you hide behind that 
wall you've built, I wonder when you're going to crack." His hand reached up to caress my face, and I leaned into his touch. It was only an infinitesimal movement, but I still heard Seth's breath hitch. My lapse in self-control made him bold. He brought his mouth to the side of mine, and kissed me. I couldn't stop the 
whimper before it escaped my mouth. "There you are," he whispered hoarsely against my lips, always seeing me, even when I didn’t want him to. I wanted to bask in the moment, but I had already opened up to him too much. I pushed through 
his barricade and ran back to my room. "I've got to help Dad at the garage today," I threw out as an explanation, and then I went to hide in my shower.

5- Hold on tight, Pussy Cat -Stars
~contains spoilers from book one~

I don't think a person can just forget that their heart was ripped open after being lied to. I don't think a person can move on as if nothing happened. And I most certainly don't think a relationship can ever be the same when all the smoke subsides, and we're only left with the ashes of a broken heart.

If you thought there was no way book two could be any better than book one, you would be wrong-and book one was friggin amazing, so that should tell you something. This series and this author have knocked me on my ass-yes it is smokin hott with plenty of steamy scenes, but it is so much more than that. Sooo many emotions running wild in these stories, you don't know whether laugh, cry, scream, swoon, or drool....or all of the above.

I swear to you, Josie. I won't leave again. I'm here. I've always been here. I've just been waiting....”
I know it's not a good enough excuse, but I say it anyway. I won't leave her alone, because she's my best friend, but more than that, I can't. No part of my being feels complete without her in my life.

That's right, you heard me. Seth is back in town and he is here to stay. He knows Josie is no longer with Blake, and after hearing about the loss of her dad, he knows that Josie needs him now more than ever-though he doesn't know the full scope of her first. When he finally learns the details of Josie & Blake's break-up, Seth kinda loses his shit-understandably. He has missed her something fierce and feels terrible that he wasn't there for her when she so desperately needed him, but he needed distance from her after his feelings came to light and she choose Blake. After two years away, his feelings haven't changed and he loves her now more than ever. He knows that he can't live without her, but he can't just stand by being the best friend any longer-it's time to fight for Josie, and he will not give up til he has her in his life the way that he wants her. But after everything that Josie has been through lately, she is terrified of opening her heart up to anyone again, she doesn't feel there is enough of her heart left to give to anyone and the thought of losing Seth again is devastating. But Seth will not be deterred, he knows what he wants and will do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to get it. Fighting through Josie's walls and battling her demons proves to be a lot harder than he anticipated, and when certain people pop back up in their lives hell bent on destroying them, Seth is starting to think he fighting a losing battle.

I'm not asking to fix your heart. I'm not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I'm asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I loved that we got to jump POV's in this book between Josie & Seth, being in his head were some of my favorite parts. We got to spend a lot more time with him this way than we did in book one and boy....It. Was. HOTT! I mean seriously, this dude rocked my world-several times, in multiple ways. There is no doubt that he loves Josie with everything that he has, and she turns him on in a crazy way, but the connection they share is a 'once in a lifetime' kinda thing and it was just beautiful. You also experience the full brunt of his guilt-guilt over her rape, guilt over leaving, guilt over not being there to stop Blake from breaking her...several times, just so much guilt. And the pain Josie puts him through every time she pushes him away was just gut-wrenching. I hate to admit, she was kind of a bitch in this book-for a little while anyway. I understood why she felt the way she did, but she was just so damn unfair to Seth-it really broke my heart. It was a true testament to how much that man loves her that he didn't just say 'screw it' and walk away. And Blake?! Well, lets just say my dislike of him in book one turned out to be waaayyy more deserved than I originally thought. But what really tore me apart was that goddamn ending. I mean, WTF?! I am going to be going batshit crazy waiting for the next book-this is gonna be.....whew.
Ms. Victoria, you have captured my heart and stolen my sanity and I thank you. But I must ask-NEXT BOOK?!?
And on a personal note, I would like to let Josie know that I was totally watching Happy Potter as I wrote up this review ;)

there's something special about how deeply Seth loves you, Josie Bean. I've never seen someone as captivated by a person as Seth is by you. When he looks at you, you can feel the way he loves you. When he touches you, you can see an instant sense of completion in his eyes and body language. When he talks about you his energy seems to be buzzing to be with you...”

That’s a Promise (Promises, Promises #1)

Pain isn’t new to me.

I’ve been to hell only to find it never really leaves when you get back. It haunts me through nightmares, unrequited love, lies, broken hearts, and now death.

A monster almost took my life.
My best friend carries half my soul a world away.
My boyfriend broke my heart but refuses to let me go.
And my father is dead.

I don’t believe in fate and I don’t believe in happily-ever-afters, but for some reason, I still hope.

Live, even with a tainted spirit.
Long for my other half to come back to me.
Risk another broken heart, just to feel loved again.
And refuse to let another horror break me.

In the face of my most recent tragedy, I have to decide whether forgiveness is something I can give. But even if that’s an option, can I be forgiven?


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Victoria Klahr (pronounced “Claire”) lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and furbaby, Stephen, Alexis, and Bandit. When she’s not daydreaming about book boyfriends and fantasizing about being a badass heroine, she’s busy writing the stories that keep popping into her head. She’s currently finishing the Promises, Promises series and plotting multiple spin-offs.  


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