Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Breathless - Rachel Brookes

Monday, October 28, 2013

Breathless (Breathe #1.5) - Rachel Brookes
Title: Breathless (Breathe #1.5)
Author: Rachel Brookes
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Expected Release: November 26, 2013

One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.

From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.

Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.

When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past. 

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Author Bio:
Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys. 

Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing. 

When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.

With her first novel, Just Breathe, was released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book became reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.

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-     Jassie

Malicious Mischief (A Rylie Keyes Mystery #1) by Marianne Harden

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Malicious Mischief - Marianne Harden
Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. Her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs, though: if she loses this one, she won’t be able to stop the forced sale of her and her grandfather’s home, a house that has been in the family for ages. But keeping her job means figuring out the truth about a senior citizen who was found murdered while in her care. Explain that one, Miss Keyes.

The late Otto Weiner was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, Otto was not a liked man by any means, and his enemies will stop at nothing to keep their part in his murder secret.

Forced to dust off the PI training she has to keep hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan while juggling the attention of two very hot cops who each get her all hot and bothered for very different reasons. And as she trudges through this new realm of perseverance, she has no idea that along the way she just might win, or lose, a little piece of her heart.

Author Bio:
I love making people laugh. True, I should probably spend time on an analyst's couch, but I'd rather spill loads of fun into my books. I'm rarely at a loss for words, which is wicked cool for a writer. And it would be poppycock to say I didn't laze away my wonder years dreaming of far-off places.

Over the years, I've traversed the insanely fun back roads of Australia and New Zealand, trekked the wildly exotic landscapes of Asia and Africa, soaked up the blistering Caribbean sun, survived bitter Arctic cold to witness the Northern Lights, and lost a wee bit of my heart to the awesomeness of Europe.

My goals in life are simple: do more good than harm and someday master the do-not-mess-with-me look. I roost in Washington State with my husband and our two children.

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-     Jassie

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Blog Tour + Excerpt + 2 Giveaways: Sweet Home by Tillie Cole

Sweet Home - Tillie Cole
At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.

She knows Descartes and Kant.

She knows academia and Oxford.

She knows that the people who love you leave you.

She knows how to be alone.

But when Molly leaves England's grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn—she didn't know a summer could be so hot, she didn't know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn't know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever...

Mature New Adult novel – contains adult content, highly sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up*

My thoughts:
Sweet Home was such a lovely read. It truly was worthwhile. It had the classic tale of the tragic star-crossed lovers with a happily ever after. I would not say that it was all romance-filled; no, they were overcomed by such obstacles and tragedies. Yet, it would leave a reader feeling happy, saddened and nostalgic the moment you finished the book.

One thing I loved most was the concept about it: the use of their names and how it was reflected on how their story would be. Yes, sort of the modern-day Romeo and Juliet. I thought it would be like the YA book of Rebecca Serle’s “When You Were Mine”, which was another Romeo and Juliet retold, but it was not. This story was different, which I immensely enjoyed. The familiarity yet had its own twists.

The prologue already made me teary-eyed. Such a sweet angel facing those tough times but still was this sunshine in the midst of all that darkness. Molly was such an optimist and that was admirable. Then, look at that cover, that bokeh effect made the simplicity have that feeling of surrealism and ideal love. Plus the flow of the story was spontaneous but with a plot, whatever was happening led somewhere.

I was amazed on how the author delved into the characters sans making it forced. They met, they talked and they got to know each other. There were secrets but most were already laid out blatantly and somehow impliedly on the first few chapters. Rather than guessing what had happened, the characters were already showing who they were not postponing or keeping it a secret (with the excuse of Rome).

It was mostly of drama but it got amped up by Molly’s incredulous friends. She has these other lovely 3 ladies and some hottie guys and they were also such a support system. I could babble about these awesome genuine and very-ultimately-super-hilariously crazy friends of hers and Rome but I would keep my mouth shut. You would enjoy their company, I swear. Intense profanity awaits both in verbal and literal form.

Molly was such an inspiration. She had to go through a lot of things, beyond her past were her present dilemmas then another future pains. But all of these made her strong and proud. She accepted her weakness then went back strengthened. She was bullied but she did not waste her time picking those fights, she had a firm ground even though every backlash was a cut through her stomach… she was that admirable. She was still proud of her heritage and her family – this run deep; she got shattered every time she remembers them. And aside from these, she had her physical charms: her beauty and that accent. That accent that envied more than anything. The British English never ceased to amaze me.

Then the Bama QB Hottie, Rome (Romeo). He was sorted and known as the typical player-bad-boy yet he was Molly’s knight-in-shining-armor. He was not only a jock but he had his own intellect residing beneath his exterior. Yes, he was hot. The typical quarterback that girls never fail to swoon over. Like Molly, he had a secret on his own yet delayed in the process of unraveling. He knew how to deflect, and in all honestly, that really pissed me off. But then I knew why, he was manipulated by his overtly-business-first parents and he had that past that he should follow his parents because he owed them (something to look out for, why). And let me share my favorite part about him, as much as he was passionate and threw lines that were simply shivering-worthy, I loved that moment when he referenced Romeo and Juliet, like him and Molly.

But these two couples were just drawn to the love at first sight. They had their chemistry and went for the “unlabeled” relationship then put a much more suitable to their unwavering love for each other. Their love, their relationship was something being jealous of.  Their relationship, as much as it had given me a complex, was refreshing. I had created such a paradox, didn’t I? Well, even if they fumed, they did the normal make-out stuffs but they never passed without talking about it afterwards. They took the time to know each other, well mainly Molly. Little questions here and there and answers that were answered precisely or not at all. Oh before I missed, there was a lot of sex. Yes, tons. Which made the story work on the spontaneity of it. And during these scenes, Molly wanted to be controlled with the commanding Mr. Alpha-male, no worries, not in the BDSM sort of way. Molly did tell why she wanted to be controlled and I understood her. She wanted to feel dependent on someone, even just for a short time.

On a personal note, though I had never gone to Alabama (okay truth be told, I had never gone anywhere outside the country I reside) but I felt the aura and the “country” feel of Bama. Also, during the football games, I felt like I was there, cheering and lost in the sea of people.

The ending was well-deserved. They went through a lot together. Their relationship was put to the test, countless times. There were the antagonists that were so persistent to break them off. Then they had their tragic event and my heart just shattered. Yet they seemed to have another shot to a brighter future, with those past as their crutches to move forward.

Overall, I really just thought it was the Romeo and Juliet love affair that would include the famous tragic ending. As I had mentioned awhile ago, not to worry, it was a HEA. We do not want any tomato-throwing or heartbreaks out there. It just left me feeling overwhelmed by the passion and love the couple had for each other. The relationship that was worth envying. This couple was each others’ life-support; they just needed each other to make it through. And like the story always retold from Shakespeare: no matter how twisted the story would go, Romeo will and would always find and have Juliet. They were meant for each other, plainly: meant to be.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

So if you wanted a story that has Romeo and Juliet-theme yet having that happily ever after, swooning over british accents and southern drawls, purchase your copy and read this!

BTW, if you were to read this, make sure that after THE END swipe some more and it would lead you to a Bonus Chapter from Rome’s POV! Enjoy!


Romeo’s nostrils flared and he stepped closer. “You want to know all about my sexual past, all the sordid details? Fine! I’ve fucked a lot of girls, in many different ways, in many different places. They’d throw themselves my way and I’d give them what they wanted, and they’d fuckin’ love it.”

Before I knew what’d happened, I’d struck his face with my hand, the loud slap amplified by the tinny acoustics in the boxy room.

Blood scolded my veins, my chest pounded, and Rome turned a dark shade of purple.
“Did that feel good? Have you got it outta your system now?” he bit out, rubbing his hand along his cheek.
Tears swelled in my eyes. I didn’t mean to hit him, but no one had ever evoked such a reaction in me before. I was physically shaking with the sudden rush of adrenalin.
Romeo leaned against the opposite wall, lowering his head. “They fucked Bullet. They only ever fucked Bullet!”
My breath paused with hurt. “Nice, Rome. Real nice. Is that what you’ll do to me? Let me fuck the great Bullet Prince, give me what I want, and move on?”
He stormed forward, forcing me back so my spine was flush against the cold steel shelves, his arms bracing me in a cage on either side. “Not at all, Shakespeare, but hear this. I’m gonna fuck you, but I’m also gonna make love to you too. I’m gonna own every goddamn piece of your soul, and I’m never gonna let you go. You’re gonna scream my name over and over until it’s permanently lodged in your fuckin’ throat. You’re not gonna be just a fuck to me, Mol—you’re gonna be my fuckin’ salvation!”
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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 English rose mother -- a farmer's daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses. 

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-     Jassie

Release Day Launch: Wild Child - M. Leighton

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Are you ready for M. Leighton's new novella WILD CHILD? A part of the Wild Ones Series, this contemporary romance novella is hot and steamy! 

And you can get it today!!

You aren't going to want to miss getting your hands on this novella! See below for all of the information on WILD CHILD and M. Leighton, as well as where to find her. Then make sure to enter the amazing giveaway!

Wild Child - M. Leighton

Jenna Theopolis has always known what she wanted.  Getting out of her small hometown of Greenfield was number one on her list of priorities.  Until she met Rusty Catron.

Rusty’s fun-loving personality was the perfect match for Jenna’s inner wild child.  But what started off as a summer fling quickly turns into something more.  At least it does for Jenna.

Rusty has lived with the ghost of his father’s abandonment since he was a child, but now he’s beginning to feel the crippling effects of his scars.  He wants to trust in Jenna, but deep down he doesn’t believe someone so wild and free can ever be tamed. 

But tragedy strikes, pushing Jenna out of Greenfield and leaving Rusty with a choice to make—face his inner demons or lose the love of his life.  Forever.

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M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books.  When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.  

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.

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-     Jassie

Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Art of Letting Go - Anna Bloom

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The Art of Letting Go - Anna Bloom
The Uni Files: Year One- The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom

One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?

When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action. 

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.

With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?

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My Thoughts:
Honestly, I was staring at my blank pad and the cursor for I don’t know how many minutes. I was just struck speechless about this book… in a very very good way.
I just hope my thoughts will do it some justice.

*deep breaths*

OH MY GOSH! One of the best books I had ever read, EVER!

I read the excerpts before and boy did I wanted to read it, ASAP! Then my lovely babycakes (Zoe of The Book Lovers) read it prior and already swooned over Ben Chambers and has already staked her claim.
I’m left swooning over the distance.

*Okay, that did not sound enough for a review, let me try again
Deep breaths*

The author, Anna Bloom, opened the Uni doors for readers: relationship, friendship, family, school and unforeseeable future (as of the moment). It had showed the naturally Uni life itself: the living quarters, the inebriated state, those lectures – downright papers and exams! It was a great balance on how she portrayed the real college life while focusing on Ben and Lilah’s relationship. Also, it was a refreshing read in the New Adult genre. Anyone who was familiar with this genre knew how NA naturally could be consumed by unprecedented hormones. This book did dwelt on that but it was implied not explicitly… Aside from those can-t-keep-my-hands-off-you and natural snogging. And that, I thought that was the perfect semblance of what college life is: school, finding yourself and love.

The setting in the story just flowed in a way that was familiar yet unique. It was in Uni, where a person felt liberated or in a sort of independence. As I was used to heroines in NA being in college years, teens to early 20s perhaps, this book made a unique turn. The heroine, was still sort of dependent to her parents, still did not have a great outlook in life and she was 25 years old. She took the, what seemed like a, coward way and ran to somewhere; she ended up filing an application for in the Uni. Again, I was stricken on how it was not on a fluid narration, it was some sort of a diary but different. More like a journal, since the “dear diary” thingy threw Lilah off. It was not like how normally books were told the "this was what is happening" story, instead Lilah recounted the events for us in her journal. And I just loved it!
Oh and before I full introduce Lilah, let me share this: The cover was pure love! It was simple yet it looked like it was ripped from a journal or scrapbook entry. And the title as melancholic as it sounded… was what the story was about: finding something or realizing something then letting it go and moving on. Was it worth it? Or not? Letting go of something or someone? To let go or to stay?
The cover and the title just showed a glimpse of what the story was and it did well. Kudos!

So, moving on, Lilah, Lilah, Lilah. I never did loved a character’s mind until I meant this crazy chick! She was such a funny character. I enjoyed every bit that I was reading from her POV. She was crazy, awkward, lost but then her hilarity was beyond! No forced sarcasm nor jokes, she just came off naturally humorous! But aside from this positive (or negative, it depends on how the reader would react towards her) she had her past she was getting away from. Yet like any person who did not have a clear path ahead, she was just lost. She ran away from things. She had those sorry excuse of parents… who ended up having selfish yet loving actions regarding her. But still, she did not know what to do. She was 25 for that matter yet nothing captivated her. And I just felt her at that point, I may not be at the same age as her but the thing was that I graduated Uni yet I still do not know what to do. So I understood where Lilah was coming from. It was hard to see people having passion in something and you sulk with yourself thinking if what will happen to you. Someone planning your future, but do you want that? Did you want that? Wait, I was blabbing my own dilemma yet that was what Lilah was being bugged about. It was a two-thumbs up to me that she ended up studying again and that want to be able to find herself. She had made rules that she kept on breaking. I meant, I still praise that she was trying to have these impossible goals, right? She even thinks twice before doing so… unless, being confronted with Sexy Hot Body! Yes, she lost focused and ended up studying Sexy Hot Body, also known as: Ben Chambers.

So, Ben Chambers. I could rant all day how good-to-be-true this guy was. But I would not, because I would like the other readers to feel, read and be serenaded by him. Ben, You hot you. Guitarist, Brainy, Can cook. Honest. Just pure real. Yeah all those positive things. You were just so downright honest, you never beat around the bush and you were the perfect example of a person who wanted to have what he wants. Yet you made it in a way that was acceptable to our complicated heroine. If it were not for Lilah, I would be so willing to be locked in that chambers. What more of those secrets do you have in that chamber of yours? (I was trying not to insert this pun, yet I just can’t). Ben Chambers had these tons of great things about him and I wanted him or just one like him (I was not being so picky). But mostly, what I loved about him was that, he was caught under the spell of love at first sight and his feelings toward Lilah were just blatantly obvious. He never held back. He knew everything but he let Lilah took her time.

As the story progressed, the characters, more specifically Lilah, had matured. She might not have had realized it as much but she was getting through the heartache, doing what she thought was the best, stood up what she felt was right. Even the way she kept whatever she had, it all proved that she grew up. She knew what the consequence of every dilemma she had. Though she still had those fluctuating progress, but that was how a person learn -- it was never that stable, there were things that were a mistake and supposed to happen. Change and maturity were never a smooth sailing.

As I had mentioned earlier, I understood every point Lilah had. Especially her dilemma and heartache with Ben. Just be on her shoes at that instance, and it was hard. After she had the guts to face everything, threw whatever off she had to lose, “that” event happened. Sometimes our eyes lure us into something we do not wish to see. Lilah was confounded with doubts, and I did not blame her, with her outrageous leaps through conclusions, I saw her standpoint. But the good thing was that she realized everything (late or not).

I would share just one part: I loved how Lilah explained “Persuasion” to Ben. It was the picturesque of their relationship; I just did not fathom how Lilah did not see their relationship that way. Though she was often has some sort of delay to pick thing up. I hope she did manage to realize that; as much as she dwelt on feeling every Taylor Swift song. Oh Gods, I just entirely loved the constant Taylor Swift anthem that perfectly fit the story or moments for Lilah. (Or this might be some sort of Taylor Swift’s story? Kidding).

Another person I loved, was the brilliant and gorgeous Meredith, she was such a support and just the very best friend. As she was pro-Ben all the way. I mean, who wouldn’t? She was also that constant bugger that perused Lilah that Ben was true to her (Lilah). She was a light of reason when Lilah needed her. She was pure vocal and as idealistic as she was, at the same time, logical. Add up Lilah’s twin, Tristan. These pair, Mer and Trist, were a couple that was also a match made in heaven. They had shown Ben and Lilah, mostly Lilah that there can be a relationship built on love. True love. How a couple would go through those things yet remained the anchor of each other. Maybe, Lilah just needed to keep her eyes open. And I believed, she really did. Well, while taking her time *insert sigh*.

Lastly, the pacing and sequence made the story more interesting. It was a rocky and difficult terrain, slow and annoying it may seem but it worked, they worked out. It had the right amount of drama. Had that whole parents fiasco, having your parents control you life and such. But they fell in love, they knew it from the start but there were setbacks. And now they were prepared. Ready or not, the story was starting to unravel more and more. As for the ending, oh my heart, it was beautifully bittersweet! Let me have the sequel now! The story about them was just getting fired up!

Okay, here was the deal: I laughed, I squealed, I swooned, I gasped, my heart had all those necessary lurch and skipped a beat, had she some tears (well, teary-eyed, just to save my face here), be sarcastic, tolerated mental friends and heroine, drooled and eyed bugged out over Ben (and Ben’s unexpected words… countless times). I hugged my pillow at night and stared at the ceiling thinking how I would love to reread it all over again. As my emotions took over, I took every single glare, mocking and whatsoever from my family while reading this. Then I thought I discovered the bipolar in me. Well that angry slash at my sis for interrupting my Ben Chambers quality time, talking to myself and being ecstatic at some parts. Must be the side effects. I would like to think of this in a good way *winks*.

P.S. To the life of any guy:
DO NOT use the: “It’s not what you think it is” (Or “it’s not what it looks like”) and “I’m in love with you” on the same sentence or paragraph or day. JUST DON’T, EVER. It makes everything horrible, I swear. Real life or not.
Just save the “I love you” in another day.

So to readers who want British humor and just have fun, this is the book to be snuggled up with!
It was worth a read. Every single page (well when you start at story that is) was that enjoyable.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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-     Jassie

One to Hold – Tia Louise

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"One mistake. One lie. One week."

One to Hold - Tia Louise
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!

Derek Alexander is an ex-Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.

When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their "one week stand" only complicates matters.

Because she'll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he'll do everything he can to hold her.

Standalone, M/F, HEA.

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My thoughts:

It was a fast-read, straight to the point: hot, steamy and you would need a cold shower during and after reading it.

The cover was love at first sight: There was this softness in the cover that I loved. And the male and female that was in the cover had that delicate feel. And the font used – the color and the size, just compliments the whole cover. And what I loved was the title, after (or during) reading, the reader would understand why.

One week. That was all she needed.
Warning/Disclaimer: Adult theme.

Have you seen how many pages it was? It was that short but it filled the pages with the amount of story on finding love again. The friendship. The guys. The worst past. The true love. And the future.

First off, I love how it was written. It was free-flowing and continuous. It made me feel Mel more. Her inner thoughts that were bugging her. She was one of those heroines that would not frustrate you. She was not shallow. She was not weak. She was not whiny. She all had her reasons and I understood her. She was both an open and closed book. Ironic but true, as it was one person POV, I read her dilemmas, the insecurity, the needs and mostly, feel her bravery. She was both vulnerable but was in the process of becoming much stronger. She did the first-step before she went to her week-escape; and that was a thumbs-up for me. I did not care how long it took her, but she still did it. At the same time, I did mention she was a closed book as she kept her mystery. It had those moments that you kept on guessing what had happened to her. But like her, I had become distracted.

Distraction in a form of a man. An alpha male, a true portrayal of a man. It was either a Charlie Hunnan or a Chris Hemsworth looking guys. Though I was not fond of beard and long-haired males, Derek just proved me that you can change your likes. He put those I was not fond off to his advantages *insert mega wink*.

Where can I get those smexy hottie consultants? Honestly, I agree with Elaine back there. Was hot the new fad in banking? *checks transcript of records: Oh goodies, I graduated with Finance, Accounting and Managerial Accounting in my course – awesome, I think I can work in that field after all*

Okay, back to the story: I understood Mel’s resistance. The hesitant demeanor. Yet she was fueled with a charge not only by a powerful sexual tension but by the raw craving to feel again.
What I really loved was that: it was not entirely lust but there was something brewing that was much more. I would not say love at first sight but it was somehow there. Let me tell you, that first sight did lead them somewhere. I felt how Mel was desired, worshipped even.
 The sexual tension bubble was that suffocating and it was just ready to burst.
Burst to gazillion of pieces it did.
And, they broke whatever rules that should have been there for a week-stand.

Mel was just a female, and yes, she has her naughty thoughts (I was laughing at her some of her thoughts, really). What had I gotten from the Vampire Diaries: “You want a love that consumes you.” (I think that was what Damon said, if not, correct me if I am wrong). And consumed she was. It was all there: the fvcking and the love-making. It was both steamy, raunchy, gentle, incredibly hot but mostly, intense.

This was described as adult already, so no holds barred with the sex-spree. It was that intense and it was many to mention. But EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. It just surpassed the intensity of the previous night (or day). And yes, you might need to full on that thermostat. Get lots of ice. Have your shower on cold. You all would need it. The author, Tia Louise, just proved how to rock your world and how it, you know what I meant, would be earth-shattering!

Moving on a lighter part, I would like to note the pacing; Yes, it was depicted to be fast. Every part of it. Be reminded that it was only a week. But the author made it work, yes it was fast but at the same time, she made some parts slow. The focus on the two of characters, Derek and Melissa, worked. Like the-time-stopped-for-us or it’s-just-us-just-the-two-of-us. The characters developed in that week, well their emotions and feelings. It was desire but something more. Her craving still lingered, but it was not about escaping anymore. It was craving to be “hold”.

Wait, I haven’t said something about Derek, aside from his smexy appeal. So, I loved the story behind Derek (all those that would be spilled by Patrick, his friend, and those he would divulged himself). He was not the spotlight but the occasional turn to him made me want to know more about him. So the basics: He was an ex-Marine (so you know why he was so buff and that strong), had a background on Finance (Banking), and was sort-of a cop turned detective/investigator. So, nearly-perfect, eh? I know. I was thinking how good to-be-true he was. Or not? There was a part where I felt betrayed by Derek, but then it pays to know the whole picture. Yet he redeemed himself. The guy who never thought would be able to love again, fell in love, deeply and intensely with someone he just wanted to be with for a week. There were some strings that messed him up in front of Melissa but then fixed it up. And, there was this innate feel on Derek that can make you calm and your response to be triggered – he was hot and he knew it yet he also has that aura that can make you feel secured and comforted.

Lastly (and this would be long):
I would start on how I loved Elaine, Melissa’s best friend. She was so supportive of every of Mel’s decisions. She knew what Melissa had been through, and she stayed by Melissa’s side. She was bringing Melissa, light from the first day then she made Mel make her own decisions. She was not pushing her to do something, but she was helping her (Mel) get-through, making Mel realized what she (Mel) can do. And I was glad for Elaine as she ended up with someone who loves her.

Elaine was the best friend you wanted to have. She was always there but she never pushes. She was that firm and constant cane for Melissa. Then again, not everyone knows what goes on a person’s mind. What Melissa projected on the outside could be anything. Whenever I read Melissa’s thoughts there was these melancholy feel. I imagined how a breeze would pass through your face or hair and it somehow magically caress you and makes you feel liberated; that was what I thought while I was reading Mel’s dilemmas and thoughts. So when Mel’s happy, I feel happy for her. When her other emotions triggered her, I understood her, I felt an ache towards her. And when she opens us, you just wanted to grasp on it and let her be heard. Even how she uttered how Derek held her, it was so weird that I felt like I was feeling it too. I had written awhile ago how I loved how it was written. It was just fluid, spontaneous and real (which I loved so much in a book). I felt the comfort exerting from Derek, and I too, felt safe.

This was the part what I really admired throughout the story, about how it was written: the “power to women” part. Though it took her long enough, at least she fought. The author made Melissa fragile then courageous. She, Melissa, was blinded. Every detail on how a person in a relationship tried to make things work: putted the blame on herself, counseling, just about everything. She needed an eye-opener, and she had: before, during and after that one-week. After that strenuous battle, though she did not fight further, it was enough. She just wanted out of it, she did not care anymore and she just wanted to be free.

She took time to start again, to heal, to be alone and to find herself.
And lastly, after she felt whole as a person…
She took the opportunity to be whole with someone who can hold her.
And be happy. She deserved it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Author Bio:
Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire ALL of her stories... *wink*)---turned wife, mommy, and novelist.
It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction. And she will never look at a family restroom the same way again.

ONE TO HOLD is her debut adult romance.

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-     Jassie

Thank you for Ink Slinger PR for the eARC!
And for Tia Louise for creating this awesome story! :D

Release Day Launch + Giveaway + Haikus: Finding It by Cora Carmack

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Finding It - Cora Carmack
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life...or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

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And to those near or can swing by at Target, rush and buy your FIRST EDITION SIGNED COPY of Finding It! *this starts during the release day until copies run out*

I had written some haikus for Losing It, Faking It and Finding It.
*click the those titles, if you want to read the other haikus. 
But for the Release Day Launch, here's another set for Finding It:
*some were already sent to Cora via twitter!

Sometimes a person,
Effortless like gravity,
That’s what you called: Home

Foot meet mouth, as I
Say: “You remind me of God”,
And he just chuckled.

I lost my control,
I never meant to hurt you,
I’m sorry, Princess.

The ache is still there,
Can the past be forgotten?
I need my anchor.

My legs giving out,
Running away from detours,
Panting, I saw you.

Sketching her beauty,
Her curves, angles: perfection,
My real life Venus.

This is me with you:
The past is frozen, escaped;
Safe by your comfort.

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Author Bio:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life – boring jobs (like working retail), fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching) and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too.

Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller.

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-     Jassie