Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Blog Tour - Because of Kian by Sibylla Matilde

Because of Kian

Title: Because of Kian
Author: Sibylla Matilde
Release Date: April 8, 2014

***** Mature Content, Abuse, Sexual Situations, Adult Situations, Strong Language *****
I know I’m twisted. Growing up in a perfectly well-adjusted home, I don’t really have an excuse. But no matter… I realize how messed up I am. And therapy can only do so much.
I pushed my boyfriend to violence, a violence he couldn't control. Sickly, I almost liked it. So I pushed him more. Before long, the pain outweighed the pleasure and the loss I sustained shattered me. So I ran. I’m now a bit shell-shocked harboring a lot of guilt. My boyfriend is now my ex and wants revenge. He wants me to pay for turning him into the monster he’s become. And I still have a deviant yearning that I don’t understand. My own monster inside… my own demon to battle.
I can’t get close to anyone. I can’t give in and scratch that itch. I can’t wreck someone else.
And now there is Kian… my rescuer on a dark, painful night. He sees through my pretense. He tries to pull me from my frightened isolation, to keep me from becoming a victim. He forces me to face my warped desires and shows me that pain doesn’t really have to truly hurt.
He wants to show me a way to serenity. But I am afraid… Will I ruin a good man?


***3.25-3.5 KIAN Stars***
When I first read Sibylla Matilde’s first book, Little Conversations, I was hooked with her writing and I knew I had to read more of her works. I loved her second book In the Firelight and so when I saw she had a new book titled Because of Kian, I knew I had to add this book on my TBR. So when Ms. Matilde offered me a gifted copy, I was so happy to dive right into reading this book.
The story starts off with Brynn Ashton, who ran away from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Evan. She’s living in a new town and has very few friends. One night after exiting a bar, her Evan attacks her but luckily for her, Kian was there to save her. He happened to witness this horrific ordeal and was ready to save and protect Brynn from her attacker. Safe and sound, Kian offers to teach Brynn a private self defense class in which she happily accepts. Brynn right off the bat is deeply attracted to Kian. She feels safe with him. As for Kian, he was attracted to Brynn from the first time he laid eyes on her. He was drawn to her innocence and beauty. As they slowly get to know each other, their  relationship moved from friendship to something more. Their sexual chemistry was HOT but Brynn had to put a halt on their fast pace romance . With her insecurities, fears, and ex still lurking around, Kian and her relationship had to face the ultimate test. How far will Brynn push away her chance at happiness and love?
Because of Kian was definitely different than her previous books. This book explores the emotional state of the heroine, Brynn and how that has affected her life when it comes to opening up her heart and love. Kian, the hero in the book was the driving force of the storyline. He made the story in my opinion and without him the storyline would have fell flat. Kian was the protector, the lover, the best friend, and the hero of the book. As much as I loved Kian, I wished I knew more of him and his past. I wanted to know what made him interested in Kinbaku. As for Brynn, I couldn’t connect to her as much as I wanted to. Yes, I was saddened by her emotional well being but her thought process bothered me. There was an element of depth and connection that was missing in the storyline that I felt was a crucial. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kian and Brynn as couple. I knew that they were perfectly matched for each other but Brynn’s decisions were at times frustrating. There were times I wanted to shake her and tell her Kian is not like your ex-boyfriend. He’s different and you already know that so open up to him and let him in. If you already trust him with your body, then trust him with your heart.  
Overall, I enjoyed Because of Kian. Ms. Matilde knows how to write a hot steamy scene for sure. Because of Kian had the sexual chemistry down in their storyline but a hot scene can’t be the only thing in the book. Personally, I needed more details  of Kian and Brynn’s past and I wanted to know more of Brynn’s relationship with Evan. These missing details and the fast storyline was the missing element from taking this book from good to great.

 ~ Review by Michelle


Sibylla Matilde
Sibylla Matilde grew up in the mountain valleys of Southwest Montana exploring the dusty Old West gold country on the back of a horse. She attended a two-room schoolhouse beginning in 1st grade & had the same teacher until she changed schools after 7th. Beginning at about age 12, Sibylla discovered historical romance, feeding off of work of Jude Deveraux & Lisa Kleypas. She loves a book that can make the reader run the gamut of emotions, from the sweet glow of new love to gut-wrenching heartache. She is a true romantic & always has stories floating around in her head, living in a fantasyland until she writes them down to free them.
Music is her emotional trigger. Growing up with a Wagnarian-loving mother, Sibylla was raised to treasure music that digs deep into the psyche, drawing out elation, sorrow, grief, desire. The soundtrack to her life includes many genres spanning centuries. She looooooooves Thirty Seconds to Mars (rather obsessively, actually... but, really, how can you NOT be crazy about this guy!? Jared Leto. Shhh. ) & pimps them out to all her friends through Spotify. She also delights in Met Opera HD broadcasts at her local movie theater & hopes (listening Met?) to someday see Diana Damrau reprise her role as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. Sibylla lives with her husband and hero who saved her from her own calamitous, young-adult self. He makes her laugh daily, even when things are tough. He's proved to her that love really can heal a shattered soul. In 18 years, they have never had a fight, although argue regularly with their two teenage kids who have, unfortunately, inherited their father’s quick wit (unfortunate as it is a quick wit that Sibylla, herself, definitely does not possess – there is a reason she is a writer & not a stand-up comedian). They live a quiet life with their two weird little rescued Chiweenies. Wait… teenagers & little yap-dogs? OK, maybe not so quiet.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review - Dark Cravings by Madeline Pryce

Title: Dark Cravings
Authors: Madeline Pryce
Release Date: December 25, 2013
As a half-breed vampire, Ella Grey’s life sucks. She does her best to pass the time killing demons and secretly admiring her Shadow Hunter partner, Micah. He’s hot, dangerous and knows it. He’d be just Ella’s type if he weren’t likely to kill her the moment she put a toe out of line.

A chance encounter with a succubus changes everything. From the second the succubus’s spell washes over them, Ella and Micah are helpless to keep their hands off one another. The sex, when it’s not leaving them on the verge of death, is earth shattering and for the first time in ages Ella is connected with someone on a level she’d feared lost forever. But a dangerous prophecy has been set into motion, and if Ella’s not careful it’ll pull her straight from Micah’s arms and into the deepest bowels of the underworld.

A Romantica® Paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published under the title
Blood Lust Rising. It has been revised and expanded for EC.
This book is about a half-breed vampire Ella and her partner Shadow-Hunter Micah, both work under Micah's dad Richard's company Shadow Agency. Micah is hot, sexy and very dangerous to Ella. One mistake from Ella, Micah will kill her without a second thought....At least that's what Ella knows.

This book starts out with Ella and Micah out on a hunt, when an argument started to get heated between the two. Their argument was cut short when they encountered a succubus that turned any hate they had for each other into something else. The succubus did something to them that changed everything. Four days later they woke up and found themselves in a hotel room, naked, bloody, tired, with bite marks and scratches all over their body. Neither one had any idea what happened and how they got in the hotel room. Then Micah's brother Eli came in to help, they brought Ella home, before Micah collapsed in Ella's uncle Roy's house. Roy had no choice, but to bring Micah to ER before he loses his life. Which complicates things, having Micah in ER puts Ella under Richard's radar. One of the rules of the agency is, for Ella never to bite a human/partner. That is a something that Ella did, which she started to remember little by little. The memory of the past four days started flooding by pieces by pieces into Ella and Micah's mind. In that four days that they were missing, they were in the hotel room having lots and lots of hot sex. When I say hot, I mean hot. Every sex encounter that these two characters had, was nothing but sexy. After that day with the succubus, they couldn't keep their hands off each other. Each and every day they find out more about what's going on with them, they find out that there are soul-mates and that four days they were together.. that was actually a mating-ritual that neither one could've stopped. Everytime they are close to each other, they can't help but be together like animals marking their mate.

This book is a paranormal love story that is full of action and lots of sexy scenes between the two characters. I read this book in one sitting, I could not put it down. I stayed up way past my bedtime trying to finish up this book. I love this book so much, I cannot wait to read the next book about Ella and Micah or anything that Author Madeline Pryce writes.
~ Review by Neilliza
Madeline Pryce wrote her first novel when she was ten, penned with neon-pink ink in a loose-leaf binder. Captivated by romantic literature, yet intrigued by the paranormal, she continues to develop her own voice, writing the kinds of stories that inspired her as a teen.


Release Blitz - Exposed Anthology by Various Authors

Title: Exposed Anthology
Author: Various
Release Date: April 15, 2014

A Collection of today's bestselling authors

10 Full-Length Novels that are first in the series or a companion novel that can be read as a stand alone.

Brooke Cumberland - Spark
Erika Ashby - Moving Forward
J.S. Cooper - The Last Boyfriend
J.L. Berg - When You're Ready
Mia Sheridan - Stinger
Harper Sloan - Axel
Adriane Leigh - Wild
Kasey Millstead - Cowboy Town
MJ Carnal - Taming the Bachelor
Kimberly Lauren - Beautiful Broken Rules

This anthology will only be available for 10 DAYS starting April 15, 2014! Make sure you one-click it before this exclusive, limited time offer ends!


Release Blitz - Crow's Row by Julie Hockley

Title: Crow's Row
Series: Crow's Row #1
Author: Julie Hockley
Re-release Date: March 25, 2014

For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents.

Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.

During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing—and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang.

She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty- six-year-old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life.

But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.


#2 Scare Crow
I originally read this book almost 3 years ago. Crows Row was the first ever book that gave me the all consuming book hangover. I literally couldn't read another book for DAYS after I finished this one. When I saw it was being re-released with an sequel coming shortly after I just had to re-read it.

I guess you could say this is a sort of dark romance. College student kidnapped against her will by a mob boss. Captive falls in love with captor. Captor falls in love with captive. Etc, etc, etc. This book has so many elements to it. It's a puzzle, wrapped in an enigma and shrouded with mystery.

Cam is a bad guy that you just can't help but love to hate. Emily is just trying to figure out how to survive the hand Cam has dealt her. She hates being jailed at his compound, she knows it's an escape or die trying type of situation. But then the tides start to turn, and Cam doesn't become just her captor, he becomes her first love.

There are awesome suspense elements, twists and turns that will make your head spin and parts that will break your heart and bring tears to your eyes. This book is a thrill-ride that will run the gamut on your emotions. I loved it and can't wait to dive into Scare Crow next.

~ Review by Erin
"I know you don't believe anything I say, so there's no point in me trying to defend myself to you anymore, even if it kills me to see you so disgusted with me. But there's one thing I do need you to know: I love you Emmy. I've loved you for a very long time." He turned his eyes to me for the briefest of moments, and I felt a crack in my newly erected armour. "To have you here with me ... I guess in some sick way, for a while, I thought that this could work. Hurting you was the last thing I wanted to do, but it looks like I managed to do that anyway." He took another breath. "This place is where I have to be, but it's not a place where you can or should be. There's nothing that I can do to change that. I won't force this life on you."


A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?



Cover Reveal - Never Doubt Me by S R Grey

Title: Never Doubt Me
Series: Judge Me Not #2
Author: S R Grey
Release Date: May 2014

Can a tattooed, former bad boy leave his past behind? Can he find lasting happiness with the love of his life?

Gorgeous and sexy Chase Gartner hopes to do just that with Kay Stanton. But when Chase’s troubled teen brother, Will, stays on in Harmony Creek, Ohio—-after an unexpected arrival-—Chase and Kay’s bonds of love and commitment are soon tested.

Chase finds himself caught up in secrets—-and revisiting a past he thought he’d left behind—-when Will makes a number of irresponsible decisions. Despite Chase’s attempts to keep his brother out of trouble, Will’s reckless behavior continues, affecting not only Chase and Kay, but other residents in disastrously so.

But it’s the final, potentially deadly decision Will makes when his girlfriend runs into trouble back in Las Vegas that leads Chase to make a fateful decision of his own. A choice that threatens his relationship with Kay.

Never Doubt Me is a touching, poignant story of love, redemption, and coming to grips with the fact that escaping the past is never easy.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. 2nd novel in the Judge Me Not series.

***warning: contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***

S.R. Grey is the bestselling author of Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way, all novels in A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy/series. She is also the author of the New Adult novels I Stand Before You, the first book in the Judge Me Not series, and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Never Doubt Me release date is scheduled for May 2014.
Other novels slated for 2014 are Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3) and another New Adult novel, Inevitable Detour.

When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Review Tour - Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Title: Hothouse Flower
Series: Calloway Sisters #2
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway ... she’s all grown up.
Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.
And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.
Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.
As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.
***Authors' Note*** Hothouse Flower is a spin-off of the Addicted series. Kiss the Sky is required before reading, and we strongly recommend reading the Addicted series before this spin-off.
#1 Kiss the Sky

I absolutely fucking LOVE LOVE Hothouse Flower!!! Who am I kidding...I LOVE LOVE the Addicted Series and the Calloway Sister spin-offs!! And to top it off, I freaking love Krista & Becca Ritchie. <3 The Ritchie sisters are fucking amazeball talented and brilliant writers. All their books have been a solid 5 star books!! I find myself devouring their books in one sitting. Time doesn't seem to exist because I can get lost with Lo, Lily, Rose, Connor, Daisy and Ryke. Their writings are flawless, the storylines are original, and their characters are fucking raw and beautiful. If I could sum up HOTHOUSE FLOWER, I would simply tell you it's Fucking Amazing!!! <3 <3 <3 It’s Perfection!
Hothouse Flower was my most anticipated read of 2014. Seriously I was counting down the days till I could get my needy ahem greedy hands on this book. So when I was gifted a copy of Hothouse Flower by the fabulous Ritchie sisters a couple of hours before the release, I may have done a happy dance and dove right into reading this book. For the next three hours, Ryke, Daisy and the addicted gang were the only thing swirling in my head.
When I read Ricochet, I instantly became addicted to RYKE MEADOWS. Right off the bat, I fell in love with his dirty mouth, his excessive use of Fucks and profanity, his brotherly love and charm. There was something about Ryke Meadows that intrigued me. I wanted to know more about him. So when I saw that there was a connection with Daisy Calloway, I knew I wanted these two to hook up.  Kiss the Sky sealed the deal for me when I saw how beautiful, raw and honest Daisy and Ryke's friendship was. Call it whatever you want, these two were fucking perfect for each other and it was a matter of time before Ryke finally caved in.
So thank heavens, Daisy is FINALLY 18!!  Woohoo!! She's finally living on her own and all grown up!!! Baby Calloway is ready to spread her wings! She will be traveling to Paris on her own without her mother supervising her.  And Ryke is 25 years old. There is still an age gap but that doesn't really bother me.  I was so ready for these two best friends to finally see how perfect they were for each other.
Let me just tell you, the chemistry between Ryke and Daisy was off the charts. These two completed one another. They were each other's missing piece. Daisy and Ryke's HEA was one of hell of a ride. What started off as friendship, became something more. It was a deeper connection that didn't need many words to describe. It was felt. It was in the air. The moment these two laid eyes on each was like Magic. When Ryke finally expressed his feelings and desires to Daisy, I wanted to shout to the rooftops..FINALLY!!!! I had a big fat grin on my face when they shared one hell of a passionate kiss. I cried, laughed and was over the moon happy for Daisy and Ryke. They were a couple that I strongly rooted for. I wanted them to get their HEA as much as Lo and Lily. Personally, I felt after all that hurt Daisy and Ryke experienced growing up, these two HAD to get HEA!
Without giving much away of the storyline, Hothouse Flower is a book that needs to be experienced. The storyline was just brutally honest and heartfelt. I was captivated from the very first page to the last page. I didn't want the story to end. What I love about the Ritchie sisters, they were able to incorporate all the characters into the storyline without stealing the limelight and focus off Daisy and Ryke.  I absolutely love the friendship and family love Lo, Lily, Rose, Connor, Daisy and Ryke have for one another. You can't help but wish you could be adopted and be part of this group. Hothouse Flower was not only about TRANSFORMATION but it was also a JOURNEY.  A journey of rediscovering who you were, a journey of family and  friendship, a journey of acceptance, and most importantly a journey of love.
Would I recommend the Addicted Series and spin-offs? The answer would be YES!!!  The Addicted Series will be hands down my favorite series!! My one suggestion is to start from the very beginning. The entire series tells one continuous story and you will get a better understanding of all the main characters within each book. Never have I read a book where all the characters felt so REAL to me. Let me just say the Ritchie sisters know how to write. Their writing is just simply beautiful and captivating. It's perfection in my opinion. Their books seem to get better and better.  Krista and Becca have perfected incorporating angst, love, romance, friendship and family into all their books. So if you want to read books where the storyline is original, the emotions are raw and have a cast of characters who will steal and capture your heart, then go read the Addicted Series.
~ Review by Michelle
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Krista Ritchie has a clone...or someone who looks exactly like her. If she's not writing books with her twin sister, she's pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is. Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series.