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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LARISSA EMERALD (REVIEW OPPORTUNITY)


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PERFECTION REVIEWING OPPORTUNITY

Interested in a copy of PERFECTION to read for review? Email me at cynthiashepp@yahoo.com or comment on this post.

Author: Larissa Emerald

Book: Perfection: Book 1 of Code Perfect series

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3brV67v

Release date: Already published

Review time: 2 weeks

Review copy delivery: Book Funnel

Reviews to be posted on: Amazon. Goodreads and Bookbub much appreciated, but not required.


🆓PERFECTION IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!

Her perfect life is everything she ever wanted…until it isn’t. How far will Kindra go to save her child?

Kindra B-Zaika designs Genetically Engineered Individuals, and with each generation, they become smarter, more beautiful, healthier–whatever improvements the Committee decrees. It doesn’t matter to them that the divide grows ever wider between Coders and GEIs. Or at least not until a prominent dignitary’s D Generation child suddenly dies of a mysterious virus.

Now Kindra must team with York Richmond, a striking, rough-around-the-edges Coder police lieutenant, to catch the sociopath who unleashed the deadly virus. To him, she’s an icy GEI scientist. Just like the ones who wouldn’t give him the time of day when he needed them most. At least, that’s what he thinks until he spots her being human.

The killer poses a threat to an entire generation of children, and they must stop him before all of D Generation is infected, including Kindra’s own daughter. But as they work together to find their suspect and develop an antidote in the meantime, a forbidden attraction sparks between them.

Can they find the answers before time runs out for the children?

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH LARISSA EMERALD

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  • What inspired you to start writing?

Reading, of course. Then, I began by rewriting the endings to movies. I’d get upset when they didn’t end the way I wanted, so I’d rewrite the ending. When my kids were young, I’d write little things for them. One day I found an announcement for a writing class hosted at the library. I dropped everything and attended the workshop. I’ve been writing ever since.)

  • What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Develop a thick skin. Perfection can be a killer in so many ways. Just write. Persevere. Never give up.

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  • What comes first, the plot or characters?

It depends on the story. My paranormal series Divine Tree Guardians began with driving along and seeing a tree roped off with construction fencing. I have a huge love of trees. My Terror, MN series began knowing I wanted a team of angels to protect the town. My Nocturne Falls Universe stories all began with a character. I already knew they would be set in the fun town of Kristin Painter’s Nocturne Falls.


 

 

 

  • Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

Yes. I love hearing from my readers! Most of my books are paranormal stories. My readers love the imaginary places I take them to, and I usually include an element of family in the story.

  • What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

My favorite part is writing the story and meeting readers. My least favorite is marketing.

  • Where can readers purchase your books?

All my books are on Amazon. My Nocturne Falls Universe stories and a few others are on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

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  • Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

My website, which is where you can also sign up for my newsletter.

You can also follow me on Facebook.

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  • Are there any secrets from PERFECTION you can share with your readers?

One thing I played around with is the myth that we use only 10 percent of our brain. In creating more intelligent genetically enhanced humans, I gave the heroine telekinetic powers. You’ll have to look for these instances in the story.

  • What was the inspiration for the story?

My son is the initial inspiration for Perfection and the book is dedicated to him. He was born with a rare genetic abnormality. He’s an adult now, mentally handicapped, but doing well living on his own in an apartment complex for individuals with disabilities. There were times when he was growing up when I wondered what it would be like if science and doctors could genetically “fix” his genes and make him normal. I love him so much. Life gives us all challenges, this was mine.

A secondary inspiration is my granddaughter. She has been battling leukemia for three years. Diagnosed when she was thirteen, I enjoyed writing a world where people were immune to all diseases, no cancer, no cystic fibrosis, no illness.

  • What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

I think it’s that life is precious. Children are precious.

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  • What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?

Yes, two stories are coming in August. Forbidden, a novella. The story takes the reader further into Kindra and York’s relationship and their decision to make their life together—top secret, there’s a wedding– despite the rules of the time against mixed marriage between GEI, genetically engineered individuals, and Coders, the ancient race gene pool. Flawed, a novel where the heroine and hero of this story undertake the job of protecting Kindra.

  • What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

Even though the story is set in the future, the characters experience the same things we see today. Teenagers still push the envelope and have their own style. Parents still love their children. Families have their ups and downs. People fall in love. Yes, it’s a romance, too. It was a bit of a challenge to imagine what the world would be like then. I really enjoyed researching advancements and technology. My husband helped a lot with that. He’s an engineer. If you know any engineers then you may be able to imagine some of our discussions.

  • Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

I’m working on book 3 of Code Perfect series. Hold on to your seats and guard your heart.

  • How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?

At the moment, I have three other very different stories begging to be written. The first is a paranormal women’s fiction. And one of these days, I’m going to write the psychic time-travel story about a young woman who goes back in time and is trapped in the body of her ancestor. She experiences falling in love, only to be thrown back to her time. And then…  

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  • What are you reading now?

Sucks To Be Me by Kristin Painter

  • Favorite quote:

HMS-Practice-Harder

  • What do you like about audiobooks?

I can do two things at once.

  • How many bookshelves are in your house?

Two.

  • What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Gardening, traveling, reading.

 

  • What’s your favorite food?

Chicken Pot Pie. And I make a yummy one with homemade from-scratch crust. Ooh, wait a minute. Maybe I should change that to wine and chocolate. Yes, that’s a favorite, um… dessert.

  • Have you ever been on a sports teams? If so, what sport?

Competitive baton twirling. I can’t throw a ball to save my life, but a metal stick, I rock that.

  • Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

I have three golden retrievers. See pics on FB.

  • If you could cure a disease, what would it be?

Cancer. Oh, how I wish!

WOULD YOU RATHER:

  • Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders? (That depends.

Spiders. As long as they’re not tarantulas.)

  • Would you rather live in a haunted mansion or live in an un-haunted cottage?

Un-haunted cottage.

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  • Do you have a favorite recipe?

I share my favorites in my newsletter. Hint hint.

 

BTW, I also share inspiration for my books on Pinterest. 

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A REVIEW OF ALL I EVER WANTED (ANTHOLOGY)


REVIEW BY: CASSIE HOFFMAN

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All I Ever Wanted

An Abbott Springs Anthology By: Marilyn Brant, Casey Quinn, Rhonda Helms and Lexi Ryan

Welcome to Abbott Springs, a small town in Ohio. This weekend of the annual Winterfest will have friends turning into lovers, heartaches finally healed, secrets revealed, and love found.

All About Us by Marilyn Brant:

One encounter, one night three months ago, and a chance meeting will bring these two strangers together again

Alex has come to the small town of Abbott Springs to help his friends who are playing at the Winterfest, but the last thing he thought he would see was the girl who he spent one night with and left him a number that wasn’t hers. He hasn’t forgot her

Samantha is in town helping her family during the Winterfest, but she get’s much more then she bargained for. She never knew that the one night she lied to a beautiful stranger about her self would come back to haunt her. Can she explain herself to him, and will he accept her for the real person she is, not the “Amanda” he thought he knew?

One weekend could change their lives, but for the best or the worst?

All I Need by Caisey Quinn:

A secret crush, best friends, and in a band together. Could admitting their feelings ruin it all?

Everlyn coming back to Abbott Springs to play at the Winterfest is the last thing she thought she would do. This time last year she made the worst mistake she could have made and hasn’t got over it. But keeping with her and her friends’ traditions of drinking spiked cocoa on the bridge has her coming back home.

Justin “Jubby,” Ev’s best friend and bandmate, hates this town as much as she does. How could he say no to the girl he has a crush on? He never can. He’s secretly in love with Ev and has been for a long time. Will getting up the nerve to tell Ev the truth of his feelings ruin it all?

Can they make it work out, take a leap of faith for love? Or will they take a leap off the deep end?

All For Love by: Rhonda Helms

Can a life of friendship turn into something more?

Maya, the unofficial adoptive daughter of the Abbott’s and best friend of Samantha, has a huge crush on her best friend’s brother, Oliver. She has done everything to get his attention, but will it finally all pay off and will he stop seeing the young girl she once was?

Oliver, the first born and golden child of the Abbott’s, is finally seeing his sister’s best friend in a different light after all these years. Has his cluelessness over her attraction to him ruined what could have been?

Could friendship turn into love, or is it all too late?

All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan:

Can revealing the truth of their feelings for each other be just what they need?

Bree and Kennedy have been best friends since forever, but one night in October, finding Bree naked in his dorm room, has strained their friendship.

Bree has had feeling for Kennedy for the last few years, but coming to Abbott Springs will make them face that October night and the feelings they both have for each other.

Can they make the right choice, or will their friendship be forever jeopardized? Is it worth the chance at love?

Overall Review

This anthology follows a set of friends who have came back to their hometown for the town’s annual Winterfest. While there, they all face tough decisions about the crushes, loves, and relationships they have kept secret. I enjoyed how every story flows right into the other. It’s all intertwined, and they did an amazing job at it. Each story is different in its own way, none the same as the previous. I fell in love with the town, I want to go there! Can I? I have my favorite story, it’s All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan, but they were all amazing in their own ways. I give this anthology 5 stars for how amazing, loving, and creative it is.

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Blog Tour for Michael Loring’s Dehumanized


Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should –
carefree.
Until he was attacked by an unknown assailer and awoke in the hospital with lycanthropy. Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those ‘suffering’ from lycanthropy.
They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized. 

 

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved werewolves. It’s always been one of my guilty pleasures, just without the guilt. My love started when I was eight-years-old when I first saw An American Werewolf In London. I’m man enough to admit when I was little I was terrified of nearly EVERYTHING, but there was something about that movie that just captivated me. The idea that an average, everyday guy could become such a creature was so fascinating to me. I had already been an avid animal lover, and seeing someone turn into one really got to me. It was the first movie where I actually cheered for the monster!

I started looking more into the genre of werewolves. Most of the movies and stories were scary, so I was apprehensive. Being a young boy who was too scared to sleep without Scooby Doo or Gilligan’s Island playing in the background hindered my research quite a bit. Not to mention the media wasn’t as abundant as it is today thanks to the Twilight fad. This was the early 2000’s, so my research didn’t take me far. I read all about werewolves and the early incarnations of the legend, sitting in awe in front of my PC as I read all about these man-creatures that were effected by the full moon. I read the story of Lycaon and his testing of Zeus, cringed at the horrible deal Peter Stumpp made with the Devil, and stayed up all night because of the tale of The Beast of Gévaudan. I was hooked, and slowly my unnatural fear of all things horror-related faded and I became a dedicated “Horrorist” as I like to call it.

I grew to have many passions; karate, boxing, video gaming, comic books, music; but none even came close to my passion for werewolves. Only one thing ever surpassed that passion: writing. So, it was only natural to combine the two things, right? Of course! I attempted hundreds of stories, more than half involving werewolves, the others involving superheroes and vampires and zombies and such. But even with all of these failed projects I never gave up. I continued my study of all things Lycanthrope by watching the movies that have come out during these first years of the 21st century and reading all the books that I deemed “worthy” of my tastes. Even though I love them so much, I don’t just read any werewolf novel that comes out. I’m pretty picky. My guidelines for a werewolf novel have always been strict, and more than once I’ve ignored a New York Times bestseller because it didn’t fit my criteria.

There came a day when my mother, one of the few people who grit their teeth and pretended to be listening politely while I rambled on and on about the full moon beasts, said to me, “If you can’t find any werewolf books that interest you, then why don’t you just write them yourself?”

I remember just staring at her for a second; dumbfounded that such a simple, obvious answer had escaped my grasp. I gave some excuse involving something along the lines of already having tried, and then ran off to my room to think of an idea. After nearly two years of thinking and planning and writing, Dehumanized is now available for all to read!

And I’m happy to say it fits my criteria perfectly.

Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason…

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Check out our review of Dehumanized!

REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

DEHUMANIZED by Michael Loring

One bite could change your life forever and that is what happened to Ryan Zachery a nineteen year old young man.

In Dehumanized we meet Ryan Zachery a young man who was bitten and infected by a werewolf. Now Ryan is taken away from everything he knows, and hasn’t seen anything outside the fence surrounding the compound in two years.

When you are bitten you are taken to a rehabilitation center “Werewolf Camp”. No one really knows what it is really like, only the people inside the fence. In reality, it is a prison. Guards think of them as animals and treat them that way. They are mistreated, abused, and not give even a second glance.

Ryan keeps to himself from everyone else. One fight can land you into the “Dungeon” which is a cement room, dark, no windows or light. You are thrown in there naked and have only a bucket to use the restroom in. Ryan has seen that room a few times too many but he keeps finding himself in there.

Ryan finds solace sitting at the fence staring out into the woods, which is his escape from the horror that surrounds him. He has a cellmate name Frederic “Fred” who is a French man. They can’t really communicate because they can’t understand each other. Soon, another person is assigned to their cell and her name is Anna Clark. Anna is a beautiful young woman, who hid what she truly was until they found her.

Getting close to people isn’t a good idea. Ryan tries not to get attached to Fred or Anna because they could be easily taken away from him. Subjects die every day either from mishaps in the lad, lack of nutrition, or getting beat to death by the others or the guards. Ryan tries to keep his distance from his cellmates because if he did get attached and something happen to either one of them, he doesn’t think he could survive it. But, soon he lets his walls come down and let them in. He looks to Fred like a brother. Will his worst fears come true?

Anna and Ryan become closer and closer. Being close to someone and letting others know is asking for trouble so they try to hide it. Ryan has never felt this way for anyone in his life and he finds comfort in Anna.

Ryan struggles with knowing there is a beast in him. He didn’t ask for this and soon he starts having hallucinations. But is he really having hallucinations and is he going crazy? Ryan is in a constant battle of not letting the beast rear its head. He could easily let the beast take over. Does he?

After a lab experiment, something goes wrong. He can remember changing, remembers what happen after the change. Changing is a horrible experience with excruciating pain. He can hear his bones and muscles crunching, spin popping and pressing against the skin on his back. Gums ripping apart, having fangs sharper than some blades. The metamorphosis is soul shattering. Going from logic sense to primal instinct could drive you to insanity.

Thanks to the procedure, Ryan can transform into the wolf when the others only can transform during the full moon. What happen to be able to allow him to do that?

Now that the experiment has allowed Ryan and the beast inside himself to be able to communicate, can they become allies work together and try to escape the prison that has caged them up and tortured them?

Will they escape or will they be captured? Can Ryan and his inner beast live with each other or will one outnumber the other?

I was really fascinated reading this book. It was a totally different take on Lycanthropy. Getting to see how Ryan feels and seeing the inner workings of his change. I was rooting for him the whole time, wanting him to jump over the gate and escape. I’ve read other books about Werewolves but, nothing quite as great as this one. I couldn’t hurry to the next page fast enough and get to the end. The whole book was well written and the characters were fascinating in their own ways. I GIVE IT 5 STARS!!!!

Quotes from the book:

“Everyone is scared to go near you, in fear you’d do the same to them, but I ain’t gonna shiver under my blankets because of you.”

“Your mutation is so unique. We could have learned so much from you, gained so much from you, Mr. Zachery.”

“I think we should bury him, he deserves to be properly buried, like a proper human.”

If you were talked into reading this book, please leave the author a review where you bought it or on Goodreads. Every review helps the author!

 

Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding (Book 2) Review & Rafflecopter Giveaway


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This is the second book in the series. You can read my review for the first book at https://cynthiashepp.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/robert-bryndzas-the-not-so-secret-emails-of-coco-pinchard-review/

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the hit bestseller The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard!

A year has passed, Coco’s career has taken off, and her relationship with the hunky Adam is going from strength to strength… there is even talk of marriage!

Then the day before Adam is due to move in – he ends their relationship without explanation… After the initial shock and anger (and an ‘I told you so’ from ex mother-in-law Ethel) Coco digs deeper and discovers why. Adam is in terrible trouble, and he needs her help.

Will Adam’s mistake come between them? Or will they get to live happily ever after?

Featuring an exciting cast of characters both familiar and new, and of course a starring role for the wonderfully horrible Ethel! Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a hilarious, heart warming romantic comedy.

My Review

Coco Pinchard has to be one of my favorite book characters. She is British, out there, and manages to get herself in and out all sorts of scrapes. This is the second book in the series and I know most people remember me raving about the first. The characters are SO real…it is like they could just walk off the page. It is a great read that had me laughing at and feeling sorry for Coco all at the same time. In this installment, Coco and Adam are together, Rosencrantz moved out, and Ethel is still her cranky self, hilarious self. When circumstances cause Adam to cut Coco out of his life, Coco goes on many adventures to find herself and find out the reason why. The answer is more shocking then you think. I would love to see Rosencrantz’s story. I love him and his flat mates. All the characters together just breathe life into this book. There is never a dull day with Coco’s clan. I give this book 5 stars!

Buy on Amazon:

Book One: The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard: A Funny, Feel-Good Romantic Comedy (Book One)

Book Two: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding: A Funny Feel-Good Romantic Comedy (Book Two)

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The System (Virulent Book 2) Review & First Book Giveaway!


This is a review for the second book in the Virulent series. I do not do long reviews for second books in case some people have not read the first, but I am going to put the synopsis for the first book and a buy link, as well as a review for the second. There is also a giveaway for the first book!

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Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the apocalypse.

As war, looting, and death wreak havoc outside, inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid principal and their own struggles of being orphaned, frightened, and unsure of what the future will bring.

What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her life and her family.

Lucy King’s saga continues as she searches for her family and for the truth in Book Two of the Virulent trilogy.

It took one week to demolish the world and obliterate the earth’s population. And it took two weeks to solidify the ties of friendship and build-up a small society of survivors who must rely solely on each other to navigate the future’s unknown terrain.

As Grant Trotter and Lucy King make their journey to Brixton, Nebraska in search of answers, the Oregon contingent must deal with Ethan’s failing health and resentful, mysterious newcomers. Each group faces new challenges as they adjust to their new terrifying realities.

 

MY REVIEW:

I love the Virulent series. I bought the first book on a lark and devoured it in less than a day. To my utter dismay, the second one wasn’t out yet. I found Shelbi on Facebook and to my relief, the second one was coming soon. Now I’m dying for the third!

In the second installment, Lucy and Grant have lost just about everyone that they love. Lucy’s brother isn’t doing well and Lucy and Grant are on the way to Nebraska in search of Lucy’s father. When they finally make it, Lucy and Grant are separated in a dire situation, as the Nebraska survivors will not accept Grant. The second book follows them on this journey of discovery and the sacrifices it takes to reunite.

This book was just as good, if not better, than the first book. The characters are so lovable and intense. It is like they are real people that could walk off the pages into your living room and you would instantly connect with them. I think Shelbi did a fantastic job with the end-of-the-world scenario, hitting the feelings and emotions just right. If you haven’t read the first book, it is a must read and you better have you one-click finger ready to buy the second as soon as you close the last page!

 

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Review of Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey


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Elle Casey’s foray into adult romance is scorchingly sweet and completely different from everything she has ever written that I have read. Andie has her whole life planned out… she follows her life plan to the letter… to stay in control… until she is forced to go to a bachelorette party… in VEGAS! Once there, after too many drinks, she follows her sights to sin in a cowboy hat sitting at the blackjack tables. The night was a blur of drinks and sensations, only to wake up the next morning with only vague recollections of the night before.

Fast forward two years and Andie is fixing to get married, still following her life plan, but now cold and friendless. Until she comes across a little hitch in her plans… she is already married! Trekking to the country to try to get out of a marriage she doesn’t even remember, Andie finds that life is more about shining than burning and that love is more than a life plan.

This book was soooo good. I forgot how much that I enjoy contemporary adult romance because I never read it anymore. Andie had problems that made her need control and you just prayed that she would find her way. And the cowboy that loved her… nothing but a wet dream, baby. LOL! He was sin on a stick and oh so sweet. The sex was fiery hot and the romance was beautiful. All the characters will grab your heart and not let go. I do not think that it is a new adult book because they are out of college with careers, but regardless of the genre it is placed in, this is one book that you don’t want to miss if you love romance. I am betting that the next book in the series is going to be about the cowboy’s brother (I hope!) and I can’t wait! I give this book 5 steamy stars!

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REVIEW OF DRIVEN


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

DRIVEN BY K. BROMBERG

What would make you step out of your comfort zone and finally let someone in your life, even if that someone may not be the best for you? Rylee is asking herself those questions and many more. With old wounds still healing, will this only add to them? Can she risk her heart and dive head first?

Rylee Thomas is a smart, driven, and sassy woman who has a job she loves more than anything. Working and taking care of unwanted children, that has been her life for the past two years. She had everything she could ever want, but in an instant, it was all taken away. Now Rylee is living life on the safe side, but that will soon come to a screeching halt.

Getting locked into a closet, Rylee literally falls into Colton’s arms. In that moment, her life as she knew it will be forever changed, including herself, but will it be for the better or worse?

Colton Donavan is a big time racecar driver and owner of CD Enterprises, he is a man who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. He isn’t into drama or having a relationship. He has arrangements, and the women who agree to them know just what they are in for. A bit of fun with a famous man, but Rylee is anything like the other women he has had in his life.

With Colton making a bet, and Rylee having to agree to it and fulfill it, her whole world will be turned upside down by the amazingly handsome man. A man, who has also asked her to say yes to his arrangement, but Rylee can’t do that. She isn’t like the other women, and at the moment, not ready to give herself to anyone else, but can Colton convince her to agree?

Rylee is convinced by her friend Haddie to have a bit of fun. Who knows—maybe she can have fun with “Ace” and then go on to find the man she can settle down with. Rylee will give it a shot, but the more they are around each other, the more she starts feeling something for Colton, but she can’t really get to know him, he won’t let her and his past has hinder the way he has relationships.

In the process of getting to know each other, both Rylee and Colton will feel stuff they didn’t think they could, but will they let those feelings ruin what they could have? Colton makes Rylee feel alive again, he has brought her out of her shell she has crawled into and shown her things she never dreamed she could or would do.

Can Rylee help Colton move pass what is blocking him, and will Colton be able to help Rylee see that she can open herself up to someone after the horrible accident she went through. In the end, can they save and help each other, or will Rylee just be like all the other women before her?

In Driven, the relationship between Rylee and Ace (Colton) is very romantic and fast paced. A great read for mature readers. I enjoyed watching them both open up to one another, even if we still don’t know what is going on with Colton in the end. Many times, I wanted to shake him and tell him to open his eyes to what he had in front of him, lol. Before I even read a part that of Rylee singing Kenny Chesney’s song “Come on over”, that was the song that kept replaying in my head. That is SO the soundtrack of this book. The author knows how to use words, and by that, she takes you into a wonderful, sexy, hot world that she created. This book will definitely have you fanning yourself during some parts, and shaking your head at others. A great combination of sexy and flirty with a side of real life problems. This is a read you can get lost in. I thought it was a bit long, but that is only my opinion, and we did get left on a cliff hanger which made me ball my hands and shake them  I can’t wait till the next book to see where everything goes and finally learn what Colton isn’t telling about himself. If you’re looking for a hot summer read, Driven is totally it! I give this book 4 STARS!!!

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK:

“Yeah, right! This isn’t a Hollywood romance movie, Haddie. The good girl doesn’t get the bad boy to change his ways and fall madly in love with her.”- Rylee

“Your face shows vulnerability, Rylee, but your body? Your curves? They scream sin. They make my mouth water to taste you again. They evoke thoughts in me I’m sure that would make you blush. The things I want to do to that body of yours, sweetheart.-Colton

“Why me, Colton? Why am I here? Why not one of the score of women before me? There are so many others that are so much prettier, sexier, skinner…why am I here and not one of them?”- Rylee

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A Review of Elle Casey’s Duality, Volume 2: Euphoria


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(Quick and Friendly: This is the second book in the series. You might not want to read this review if you haven’t read the first book. If you would like to read my review of the first of the series, you can find it HERE.)

Elle Casey manages to do it to me every single time I read one of her books. I open it, thinking I will just take a quick peek before I start working, and then I look up, dazed, three hours later with the last page read. The Duality series is shaping up to be one of my favorites. They are so different than her usual books, but so the same in a good way. The way that lets you know Elle wrote it, lots of smart ass comments that have you laughing out loud. I won’t go into much detail since it is the second book in the series and I would hate to ruin it for anyone, but here goes.

Duality, Volume 2: Euphoria, starts off right where the last one ended. Rae and Malcolm have realized that they cancel each other out and that they need to get Rae out of town. They get help from Jasmine, Kootch, and Jasmine’s parents, going on a road trip alone that ends up to be more than they bargained for when they do not follow the rules. Get ready for action, adventure, kidnapping, and even a little sexy time. Throw in Jasmine’s smart mouth and Kootch’s theatrics along with Malcolm’s broody sexiness and Rae’s hesitant cheerfulness, and you get a sequel that lives up to the first. I cannot wait to see where Elle takes them next! It gets 5 stars from me!

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY OF RAZING KAYNE


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

RAZING KAYNE

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When your life is turned upside down, everything you have known is taken away from you, and you’re left to pick up the pieces all by yourself, can you survive and keep going? This is what Kayne Dobrescu is faced with every day.

Kayne, a police officer who is working overtime to take care of his family, a doting father, and a husband to a woman who he really doesn’t know. One day everything Kayne knows is turned upside down when he finds his children dead, and his wife the only one in the house. With her taking her own life, Kayne is the only suspect, but it doesn’t end there. His baby girl Tasha is missing. Where did she go, and who would have taken her, or did his wife do something to her before she killed his other children?

With everyone pointing the finger at Kayne, he decides that he has to move on with his life. Moving to Payson, Arizonia and leaving the ghost of his past behind, he takes a job as a State Trooper. But, moving away will not keep the ghost of his past away.

On patrol, Kayne pulls over a speeding car and that is when he meets Jessica (Jess) Hallstatt. Jessica is a widow of a fire-medic who got killed on his job saving a baby who was trapped in a car, two years prior. Jess is now a widowed wife and mother of four children, three girls and one boy and runs an Event Center in her home she built with the money from her husband’s death…The Hallstatt House.

Forgetting to give back her ID, Kayne has to take it back to her at her home and with that little mistake, it opens up a whole new world for both Kayne and Jessica.

Becoming friends and enjoying spending time with her children, Kayne finds a reason to be happy for once since his family was taken away from him. He no longer looks at his pistol and thinks about ending it all. Being around Jess’ kids is hard for Kayne, especially her little girl Gracie, the one her husband saved, since she is around the same age his missing daughter would be. Kayne soon learns that all the kids are adopted and Jess didn’t have the happy marriage everyone thought she did.

Spending more and more time around Jess and her children, Kayne can’t help but think about Gracie and how she looks so much like his missing daughter Tasha, but it couldn’t be could it? With that thought, Kayne decides to stick around Jess and learn more about her.

With a necklace, a two year old mystery is solved, but how could it be? With new information, both Kayne and Jessica’s lives are turned upside down. How far would a mother’s love go for her child? What would you do to save your child? Jessica is faced with that decision and she will do whatever she has to do.

With murder, kidnapping, Russian kingpins, and secrets coming to light, Kayne and Jessica will have to do everything they can to save their family and learn who they can and cannot trust.

Razing Kayne is a great book, full of suspense, steamy scenes, mystery and romance. It is a book of everything you would want all rolled into one. The author literally has you on the edge of your seat when reading and wondering what is going on. She did a great job interweaving the plot and making it a unique one. I’m sad that it took me so long to read it. I’m one of those people who look at covers and will pick a book based on that, and I have to be honest—the cover made me not want to read the book. I now know you can’t have a book cover being the only thing keeping your from reading a book, and thank goodness it didn’t, because I’m so happy I did, and I learned my lesson! Kayne is an alpha-male and also a gentle giant rolled into one. The characters are great together and you can feel the heat coming off the pages when you read their encounters. Razing Kayne will make you laugh and cry. My heart broke for both Jessica and Kayne while reading. I want more of them! I give this book 5 stars!

 QUOTES FROM THE BOOK 

“There’s a lot in this life I’m uncertain about, but the one thing that is perfectly clear to me is that I don’t want this—us—to end. If someone asked me to sit down and make a list of everything I wanted in a wife, I could sum it up with one word: You surpass any list I could create.” -Kayne

“I need you, Jess, with everything in me I need you, not just now or tonight, but forever. You’re my North Star and Safe Harbor and all those other sappy clichés, but above all else, you are my dragon slayer.” -Kayne

“I know so. Don’t you know you’re my hero? You charged into my world and rescued me before I knew I needed rescuing. You’ve made my every dream come true and then some.”- Jessica

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Date Me Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


Review By: Cassie Hoffman

Date Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #3)

Now that Keatyn is in her new school, living a new life, and has thrown out writing her own scripts—how will everything all play out? Can she be the girl she wants to be?

Date Me starts right off where Kiss Me left off. Now that Keatyn is getting use to her new school, living her life on her own, and being away from her family, it’s time for her to focus on herself. And what better way to do that then to fall in love?

Dawson and Keatyn are better than ever, but what would make it even better? If she could say those three little words, and finally become officially boyfriend and girlfriend. But, can she love, can she say those words? After having her heart broken by Cush, she is scared too, but she will just have to take a chance.

Everything is going great in school. Homecoming is coming up and that is a major thing for all the girls in the school. Who can top who by the way they got asked out? I don’t know if anyone can top Dawson’s. And who is the “dream girl” Aiden is waiting for and wanting to ask out? After going into his room and seeing he spelled out “Homecoming” in glow in the dark stars on his ceiling, Keatyn can’t help but wonder who this mystery girl is and is maybe a little be jealous.

Speaking of The God of all Hotties, Aiden, Keatyn is done with him. She has Dawson right, that’s all she needs? But, when Aiden touches her, she can’t help but feel the electricity. And he is always there when Keatyn need’s someone to talk to.

Finally not having to worry about her actress mother, Keatyn does something she always wanted to do…be in a play. After writing the scripts to her life and acting them out, this should be a cake walk. Will she get the part, and finally be able to do one of the things she has always wanted to do?

With homecoming coming up and needing a dress, Keatyn invites her girlfriends to her condo in New York and a weekend of shopping, but with her stalker on the loose, maybe that isn’t such a good thing? After having a few scary encounters, she is left to wonder—will she ever be able to go back to her normal life? Or will she always have to be hiding for the sake of her family and herself?

Learning someone is also keeping their own secret from her, will she be able to confide in that person, since he has been keeping his own? And is becoming frenemies with Whitney the best thing to do, or does Whitney have a plan that will bring everything down around KiKi?

After throwing caution to the wind and making her feelings known to Dawson, and having the best month together, he breaks her heart and has her second guessing how he really feels. Can she ever forgive him and trust him again, or will she end the relationship? There is one person who is hoping that is the case, so he can finally have his chance. Will she learn his true feelings for her? You will just have to see about that one… 🙂

Finally, saying “I love you”, becoming your own self, having great friends, hiding a big secret, and having your heat stomped on—what will KiKi do?

‘Date Me’ was by far my favorite book out of the previous one’s I have read and reviewed. I love how Jillian writes and how her books picks up right where they ended in the previous ones. This book was full of super sexy scenes and a lot of laugh out loud ones. She upped the ante in this one. The Keatyn Chronicles is seriously Gossip Girl meets Sex in the City. I so enjoy reading what Keatyn is going to wear, or putting together. The girl can put an outfit together. In the first book I was Team Cush, but that is long gone. TEAM AIDEN and TEAM RILEY all the way! Hell, I don’t even know if I can pick a team… I’m TEAM EVERYBODY, lol. And let me just say now….I will never look at Life Saver gummies the same way again!! And let’s not forget the sugar glitter…oh my word! The characters in the book seriously make it what it is. Who doesn’t love Riley or Dallas…I know I do. They all bring something to the table, and make it what it is. How Jillian ended the book, I was just sitting there thinking…YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO US, I NEED MORE, AND WANT TO KNOW MORE. I guess I will just have to wait…wait impatiently for the 4th book to come out. There is no way I can give this book less than 5 stars…I wish I could give it more.

“I’m not sure about this whole love thing yet, but I like you a lot, Dawson, and I don’t want anyone else kissing you or doing anything else with you.”- Keatyn

Quotes from the Book:

“I made you cry Keatie. I don’t ever want to make you cry.”- Dawson

“Dawson is like a sexual buffet. I never know what to expect, what’s going to be next in line. But I definitely want to keep going back for more.”- Keatyn

“Sex doesn’t equal love.”- Aiden

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 Author: Jillian Dodd

Title: Date Me (Keatyn Chronicles, #3)

Release date(s):

KISS ME was released November 28th, 2012

DATE ME is anticipated to release April 9, 2013

Age Group: Mature YA

Genre: Romance

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Book description for Date Me (Keatyn Chronicles, #3):

I’m not scripting my life anymore.

I’m living it.

I’m done with the God of all Hotties.

I’m going to give my heart to the boy who I think deserves it.

The boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava.

The boy who offered me the key to his heart.

The boy who asked me to Homecoming in a big, sexy way.

 

There are so many things to look forward to.

Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY.

But things aren’t always as perfect as they seem.

I find out that my best friend has been keeping a secret from me.

Not that I can blame him.

I have secrets too.

But, for now, I’m going to pretend I’m just a normal girl.

I’m going to pretend he’s not still out there.

I’m going to pretend he’s not getting desperate.

I’m going to pretend I’ll never see him again.

But, I will.

And this time, I might not get away.

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Book Description for Kiss Me (Keatyn Chronicles, #2):

I’ve always written scripts for my perfect life.

But no way could I have ever scripted this.

My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.

All because of a stalker.

 

I’m at a boarding school, where I have to lie about who I am.

I can’t see my family.

I’m tutoring a hottie god that tortures me with his smile.

The most popular girl already hates me.

But there’s this boy.

This hot, sweet, sexy boy.

So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.

Because who knows how long I have left.

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Book Description for (Keatyn Chronicles #1)

 

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.  
She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect. Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect. And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker. A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together. And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.  But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

About the Author

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Jillian is the author of the That Boy series and The Keatyn Chronicles. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She lives in Texas with her family.

 

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