Blog Tour | Autumn Ninja Book Swap (@NinjaBookSwap)

23 September 2016


The Autumn Ninja Book Swap is now open for signs up! 

Now, what is the Autumn Ninja Book Swap I hear you say? Well, it is an amazing thing thought up by Bex over at An Armchair by the Sea. In essence, you sign up and you're given the details of a fellow swapper who you then go out and put together a parcel with a book they would like to read (don't worry! You're provided with a wish list) and some gifts that you pick based on the likes/dislikes they provided when they signed up! 

It is so much fun and such an awesome thing to be involved in. I took part about a year ago for the first time and I had so much fun putting together a parcel for my swapper and receiving mine. I got some lovely goodies:


Sign Up Dates: 
17th September - 2nd October

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Teaser | Use Somebody by Beck Anderson (@BeckAndersonID)

22 September 2016


Jeremy King, Hollywood über-agent to the stars, knows that sharks gotta swim. He’s one of them, after all. He’s never met a deal he couldn’t strike or an argument he couldn’t win. LA is his kind of town—they both never stop moving.

Use Somebody is Beck Anderson's newest Hollywood standalone!

Releasing October 8th.

Now Available for Pre-order.


Add to your TBR at: http://bit.ly/2bYXvId

Review | The One Real Thing by Samantha Young (@AuthorSamYoung)

16 September 2016


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Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 382
Summary:

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her. Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for….

I have loved Samantha Young's books for a long time and the On Dublin Street series is one of my favourite series. Samantha is one of my go-to authors whose books I always pre-order so when I heard news that Samantha had a new series of books coming out I knew I wanted to read it. 

When the book opens we meet Jess, a young doctor working in a women's prison who keeps everyone at arm's length and is told by many people that something is missing in her life. Whilst at work she stumbles across the lost letters of a deceased former inmate and is hit by an overwhelming need to find the man they are addressed to which leads her to a small seaside town called Hartwell.

When Jessica arrives she immediately falls in love with it and so did I. I could just see it all and loved it too. Maybe it's because I grew up in a small town by the sea so could relate but I loved the town and the people living there! 

Soon after arriving Jess runs (literally) into Cooper, the local good guy who owns a bar on the Broadwalk in the town, he offers her refuge from the rain and so begins their journey in this book. Can I just say, Cooper is all kinds of awesome?! I already have a number of book boyfriends thanks to Samantha and I've just added another. Cooper is perfection! He is so sweet and loving as well as sexy! I had a perfect image of him in my head and fell head over heels for him. Just like Jess! He comes across as so loving and caring. 

He cares for his town and the people in it as well as Jess, seeing their relationship develop and grow was amazing to read. You can tell from the bat how much she means to him but Jess, because of her past, keeps him at arm's length. She starts a relationship but keeps locking down on him when the past comes up. It broke my heart to read and seeing Cooper's reactions did too. He just wanted to help and felt so powerless to do so. Eventually, things come to a head and when the truth did come out, thanks, in part, to the words of the man who the letters Jess found were addressed to, I wanted to hug the both of them. 

That is one thing Samantha has always excelled, bringing a sadness to her characters and with The One Real Thing she does that in spades. She really makes you feel for Jess and what she has been through which we don't fully find out until later. We know from the start Jess is hiding something huge and my mind was whirring with guesses as to what it was.

Not only does Samantha create an amazing central pair in this book she also creates a wealth of supporting characters you can't help but love! Bailey and Emery hold a special place in my heart, they were so much fun to read and get to know. I can't wait to see more of them in the coming books and I hope we see a lot more of Cooper and Jess too. 

Samantha has an amazing knack of creating a loveable community in this book. You are 110% behind everyone you meet in this book and want them to defeat the property magnate who is trying to buy up the town. I loved reading them all band together towards the end to help Cooper and defeat the evil in the town whose name I loved! 

This is a great opener to a new series from one of my favourite authors and I can't wait to see where Samantha takes this story! If On Dublin Street was anything to go by we are in for an amazing ride and I already can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

Book Blitz | In Every Way by Amy Sparling (@Amy_Sparling)

This is my stop during the book blitz for In Every Way by Amy Sparling. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 13th til 19th September. 


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In Every Way by Amy Sparling
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 13 September, 2016

Summary:

It’s the start of summer and Josh Graham will be working at his parent’s surf shop. When his best friend Colby goes on vacation, Josh is stuck working with Bryce—and all of Bryce’s terrible ideas for summer. They make a list of what the “perfect girlfriend” would be like, and now they plan to find her. It shouldn’t be too hard, since Josh is one of the hottest, most popular guys in school. Right?

Bess Navarre would rather read a book than go outside. She’s chubby, dorky, and a self-proclaimed loser. But when her grandmother volunteers her to work at a jewelry kiosk on the beach, Bess has to comply, no matter how humiliating it is. Bikinis and Bess do not go together, and now she feels even dorkier than ever.

When Bess and Josh’s paths collide, sparks fly. But it won’t be that easy. Bryce wants Josh to date a supermodel. And although Bess might just fit all of the things on Josh’s list, she won’t give herself a chance to figure it out.

You can find In Every Way on Goodreads

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Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She lives in Texas and has an addiction to sparkly nail polish, taking photos of her cute dog, and swooning over book boyfriends.


Giveaway

There is a book blitz wide giveaway for the book blitz of In Every Way. These are the prizes you can win:

a signed paperback of In Every Way by Amy Sparling (US only)
 a 10$ amazon gift card (International)

For a chance to win, enter the giveaway below:


Cover Reveal | Use Somebody by Beck Anderson (@BeckAndersonID)

15 September 2016

Read on to see the cover for Use Somebody by Beck Anderson! 


Use Somebody is Beck Anderson's newest Hollywood standalone!

Releasing October 8th.

Add to your TBR HERE 

Summary:

Jeremy King, Hollywood über-agent to the stars, knows that sharks gotta swim. He’s one of them, after all. He’s never met a deal he couldn’t strike or an argument he couldn’t win. LA is his kind of town—they both never stop moving.

So when his friend and client, movie star Andrew Pettigrew, invites him on a “man-cation” to the wilds of Idaho for a little fly-fishing, Jeremy’s not so sure. He might not have cell service. There’s no way there’ll be any supermodels to woo. And his idea of the great outdoors is a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway in his Tesla Model S—moose definitely do not factor into the picture.

Fitting then that because of a moose, he meets Macy Shea Summerlin, the best fly-fishing guide on the South Fork. Jeremy’s surprised and tantalized, but Macy isn’t having any of his alpha male posturing. She gives as good as she gets, and she knows how to throw a mean right hook.

As the two of them get tangled up in each other’s lives, both Jeremy and Macy must come to terms with winning and losing and letting love in. And Jeremy has to find the answer to his own question: Is he simply “using” Macy or could he really “use” someone like her? Find out in Use Somebody, book 3 of the Fix You series.

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About the Author:


Beck Anderson is a two-time Rita© finalist and author of four novels including the Fix You series and The Jeweler. She’s also a wife, a mom, an educator, and a walker of a small, bossy dog-slash-evil genius.


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Release Blitz & Giveaway | Rhapsody by Cecilia London (@authorclondon)

13 September 2016

I am a MASSIVE Bellator Saga fangirl (seriously - just read any of my reviews for the books in the series...) and I am so excited to take part in the release blitz for Book Five in the series!

You may have seen I posted my review a few weeks ago and now you can get a copy of the book!

Read on to find out all you need to know about Rhapsody, re-read my review and find out how to enter Cecilia's giveaway! :)

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Summary:

"I'm never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It's just not possible."

Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she's determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality. 

Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He's desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.

In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.

Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.

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Pre-warning: I may fangirl a lot during this review. You have been warned.... 

So remember when I said the last book was my favourite? Well, yes it was but then along came Rhapsody... If I could give this book five zillion stars I would...

Rhapsody stripped me down, made me cry and then built me back up again. The ending gave me hope. SO. MUCH. HOPE. 

This book. These characters. I LOVED this book. I cannot even adequately put into words my love for Rhapsody and its characters. For Jack and Caroline. For Gig, Crunch and Jones. For Natalie!

Now, the last book ended in an evil, evil cliffhanger which I don't think I have forgiven Cecilia for just yet but Rhapsody went some way in making up for it!

So, when Rhapsody opens, we find out the outcome of the event the last book ended with (see reference to evil cliffhanger above). Now if you've read this series you know what a bad place Caroline is in and how she has pushed Jack away. I honestly couldn't see a way out for them and then along comes Rhapsody. Because Jack is Jack he manages, in a way he only can, to get Caroline to stay with him and she still pushes. At the start of the book I had so much hope but nope, it was going to be a tough ride but I had faith Cecilia would come through in the end. And boy did she! 

Jack keeps going with Caroline, pushing her and trying his hardest, in an incredibly amazing way, to get her to open up and come back to him. The man has the patience of a saint and I honestly loved him more for it because Caroline is testing him and I wanted to kill her as much as I wanted to hug her sometimes...

There is one utterly gut-wrenching scene between the pair of them that killed me and made me want to put my kindle in the freezer. It was so heartbreaking to read, especially when you think of the woman Caroline was at the start of this series, but it needed to happen and it brought these two back together. And let's just take a moment to talk about their reunion. Best. Reunion. Ever. That man! Seriously?! Can I just have Jack for myself?! Jack is the perfect book boyfriend and I love him. 

Rhapsody to me is the most healing of the series. It is all about Caroline and Jack. In fact, most of the book is exchanges between the two of them and I loved that. We needed it, they have both been through so much that they aren't the same people we first met and, seeing them getting to know each other again, let us get to know them again. We saw them rubbed raw and exposed. We saw their hurt and pain but most importantly we saw them face their fears, together, and come out the other side. 

But don't worry Jones, Gig and Crunch still make an appearance and they are as awesome as ever and Natalie is still there too. I really love her and how she's there for both of them. She really helps them both and is incredibly sweet to Caroline in this book. 

Then there are the one-liners. So many great one-liners. My favourite has to be one of Caroline's:

"I'm sorry. The revolution has to be postponed because the commander is too busy banging his wife"

And trust me, at one point, it really does seem the case! 

Despite the healing in this installment, the pain is still there and very much present except Jack helps Caroline fight the waves and pull through. Jack has the odd moment too and Caroline is there for him just as much too.

Oh and have I mentioned how hot Jack is before? Because he takes it to a whole other level this time. His soft and caring side comes out to play and it made me want him even more. I want Jack! I think it's only fair Caroline shares him with me... 

Now if you know Cecilia you know she loves cliffhangers. I have hated every cliffhanger and this one I hated but for a different reason, it's dangling the one thing Jack and Caroline both want more than anything right there. I need to know!

One thing is for sure, I cannot wait for the next book. It'll be bittersweet for me because I love these characters so much I'm not ready to say goodbye but I am so stoked to see how the plans they made towards the end of the book play out and what comes of the people at The Fed who tortured Caroline and if they get their just desserts. Especially Murdock. I definitely want him to get his comeuppance... 

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Giveaway:

Head over to Cecilia's Author page today to see what she will be giving away on #ReleaseDay

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About the Author:

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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She's filled several roles over the course of her adult life - licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

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