New Book REVEAL ANNOUNCEMENT from @ViKeeland

Ladies (and gents), feast your eyes on this!

BeautifulMistake_FrontCover-1.jpg

What?! Oh yeah. A new book from one of my favorite authors, Vi Keeland, is coming out (not) soon (enough)! I just got word about it myself and I already couldn’t wait to read it. Even before I read the blurb.

Just look at all that yumminess.

Slurp.

P.S. Read all the way up to the end of this post. I’ll tell you who the cover model is (and where to stalk him).

BeautifulMistake_FullCover.jpg

But, I digress.

Here are all the deets I just know you’re salivating for:

BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE

By Vi Keeland

RELEASING JULY 17TH

BLURB

The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married. 

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy. 

Oops.  My mistake. 

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology. 

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.   

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

LINKS

Pre-order exclusively on ibooks:  smarturl.it/20x53a

Add to GR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35239975-untitled—bm

Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Google Play (ebook)

No pre-order is available but signup to receive notice when the book goes live! 

http://www.subscribepage.com/f0e2q3

Join Vi’s Violets for early news of books, fun chats and giveaways!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ViKeelandFanGroup/

ABOUT THE COVER:

Model: Lucas Barbosa Gil 

Photographer: Chuando & Frey

Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

Advertisements

Review: Beyond What Is Given by @RebeccaYarros

Beyond What Is Given rebecca yarros.jpg

I love it when I’m hit with a book that was completely, unexpectedly GOOD. Suffice it to say that Rebecca Yarros took me on a wild ride with her “Flight & Glory” series. This one, though? “Beyond What Is Given” is beyond what I had thought it would be.

First of all, thank you to Ms. Yarros for not making the racial difference between her two main characters a big, freaking deal. The impalpability of the love between these two fictional characters were EVERYTHING. I love the strong and flawed female character, but who’s also soft at the same time. Writing a character that complex is the bomb, and Ms. Yarros excelled fantastically. The romantic in me fell quite a bit for Grayson, too. How can one not? He’s yummy, stubborn, flawed but strives so hard to overcome his own challenges. His dad’s a bit of a dick, but whatevs, he came from a good place. I think. Regardless, though, Grayson’s a great character, one who’s very suitable for Samantha’s character.

I can’t stop raving about this; that’s what made me plunge headfirst into “Hallowed Ground,” the fourth and final “Flight & Glory” book. I regret doing that, quite honestly, because “HG” was not for me. I wanted my HEA to stay HEAs, and HG delivered hard hit after hard hit. Ms. Yarros killed off a character whom I thought was gonna be starring in his own love story, for goodness’ sake. But, it’s okay. I’ll forever remember this series as the one where I met Grayson and Samantha.

Review: Only With Me by Kelly Elliott

This is one of those rare times that I wished I never got the ARC I requested for.

Yawn photo yawn_zpsyraqmknt.gif

Yet, I have no one else to blame, but myself. This is, after all, my first foray into a Kelly Elliott book. Perhaps, I got way too hyped up by the blurb and by the extremely high rating it got from other beta or ARC readers. I’ve also got a backlog of KE books that I haven’t read yet, and, which, I am now contemplating to delete from my e-reader without even opening up to the first page. THAT’s how much I hated this book. Let me count the ways:

    1. We first meet book hero Nic in a pub eating a meal with his SWAT team co-members. He gets hit on by a new waitress for the umpteenth time; he blows her off; he reaffirms his declaration to be a perpetual one-night-stand type of bachelor forever to his friends; and, end scene. On the next page, scene two introduces us to book heroine, a nice Italian girl with secrets, named Gabi. All of a sudden, Nic and Gabi meet, insta-love and boombastic lust explode all over the pages, and badabingbangboom, Nic forgets his love disavowal. The cliches and the painfully bad writing (Nic has own own internal monologues ending in exclamation points! It’s so corny! His being Greek is overplayed! Cue in the eye rolls!) make this extremely hard to proceed with.
    2. The minor characters were also difficult to like or to relate with. Charity, Gabi’s best friend/roomie/business partner/only friend in her fake-ish life, is potty-mouthed, slutty, has verbal diarrhea, and is (to my point of view) unlikable. The portrayal of the bad-girl-yet-fierce-bestie, who also gets a love story of her own with Nic’s equally manwhore of a best friend and co-SWATter, is another cliche that I desperately wish would disappear from future books I plan to purchase. She’s naggy, irritating, overshares to point that I cringe every time she appears in a scene (“Greek dick meet Italian pussy,” Charity says to both Nic and Gabi, while they were making small talk before Nic and Gabi go out on their second date), and is just a useless/pointless/unnecessary character. I don’t get why she’s even there.

I stopped at the 5% mark, skipped all the way to the end, saw that it ended as I thought it would, and gulped down half of the bottle of wine sitting prettily on my right. While I thank the kind generosity of the author’s publicists for giving me this ARC that I requested for, I had to be completely, perhaps, even brutally, honest. I just didn’t like this book.

Don’t take my word for it, though. Read the other reviews. Maybe I was too hung up on the greatness of the book I read prior to this, and was just not in the mood. So, ignore me, please, while I glug down the rest of the above-mentioned wine, and go find another book to read.

1 star

Review: Full Measures by @RebeccaYarros

rebecca yarros full measures.jpg

Totally did not expect this. I really, really, really liked this NA novel. Rebecca Yarros is a new author for me – honestly, I don’t even remember why I even bought this book, but I was in a book schlump, and thought I’d read my TBR backlog, since I wasn’t attracted to any of the new releases this month (yet).

Ms. Yarros, thankfully, kept the boring internal monologues to a minimum, and just kept me chug-chug-chugging along with her characters’ story. December “Ember” Howard and Josh Harris are now embedded in my brain as two of the best book hero and heroine, 4 starsfrom books I’ve read this year, so far. Superbly well-written, relatable, fast-paced, heart-string tugging, and memorable, Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros is one heck of a steal. Def worth it!

Review: Just Like That by @AuthorNRendell

just like that nicola rendell.jpg

I’m in love with author Nicola Rendell’s books. I first learned about her when I started seeing plugs and blurbs for her previous book, Hail Mary, e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e back in late November and early December. Loved that one so much that when I saw she had this one, “Just Like That,” coming out in April, I didn’t even read the blurb – I just pre-ordered.

And, I’ve had no regrets. “Just Like That’s” plot is pretty simple. Boy sees girl in airport, gets smitten, girl smiles and talks with boy, girl sees what she thought was her bag from the luggage belt, takes it, and leaves. Boy follows, and they proceed to fall in love following the insta-lust both felt zinging thru their bodies when they had first met. They go thru a series of love challenges, take down the proverbial bad guy, save the girl’s little town, boy moves to her said little town to be with her, and they, finally, live HEA. Not bad, eh? What I especially like, though, are the unexpected parts author Nicola Rendell added to this boy-meets-girl story. Now, I like me my rom-com, but when some smut is added to the mix?

wolf howling gif

A-woooooooo indeed.

4 stars

OMG @ReidRomance and Dating-Ish has me with no more brain matter left intact

…’coz my mind’s literally blown away.

Dating-ish Penny Reid

Ms. Reid’s publicist assigned me to (~SOB!~) post my review here on my blog and the subsequent blog tour materials on JUNE 5TH, which is, like 10 gazillion days away. Sniff.

But it’s ayt. I’m just soooooooo thankful I got an ARC to begin with. Now, I only need to bite my nails in anticipation of sharing my 5-star review with y’all. Le sigh.

In the meantime, feed your souls with this blurb and pre-order “Dating-ish” from your fave retailers now. You won’t regret it, I promise you!


Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is coming May 16th!

‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

SBPR-PR-D-IGpreorder1.png

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . .

As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

Preorder Today!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2mowgNq

Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/1pnSeh

iBooks: https://goo.gl/F3o9Qw

Nook: https://goo.gl/imzdIJ

Kobo: https://goo.gl/DPwGEb

Google Play: https://goo.gl/cWe2Uk

Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2mG5GAc

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707692

Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/VW1TxJ

Review: Twisted Palace by @authorerinwatt

twisted palace erin watt.jpg

Yes, I’ve skipped reviewing Broken Prince, book 2 in “The Royals” series. Please don’t crucify me. I just got too excited about finding out how Reed Royal and Ella Harper would discover who the real murdering culprit was and how they got to their HEA. Hence, here we are now at the end of book 3, “Twisted Palace.”

Can I tell you something first, though? Thank god I started reading this on Labor Day weekend! I finished all 3 books in 2 days. Yesterday, I spent 10 hours with books 1 to almost the end of book 3, because this girl’s gotta sleep at 2am already. In case you were wondering, let me share that I spent the holiday with my mama. We, unfortunately, did not eat any meals together, and hardly even spoke to one another. She binge-watched The Crown and I binge-read The Royals. Are you sensing a pattern? Granted, both series are completely unrelated, but when I realized what we both did, it was definitely a SMH moment. LOL!

Anyhoo, Twisted Palace is the culmination of Reed and Ella’s story, which was chock-full of sexy times, romance, intrigue, murder, mystery, and teenage angst. In short, it was AWESOMESAUCE. What I completely loved about it is that even though I’ve read almost all of Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy’s individually-published books, I couldn’t “hear” any warring or jarring individual voices in any of The Royals books. D’ya know what I mean? It’s like Ms. Frederick and Ms. Kennedy volted into one being, i.e., Erin Watt, and just wrote a seamless tale. One that I completely lost myself in. One that I adored to bits.

So, why just 4-stars then? I just felt that the ending was a bit rushed. To find out who Brooke’s real murderer was the way that Ella did was a shocker, sure, but I found it to be too…. how do I explain it? Last minute, perhaps? It was at the 97% mark of the e-book. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m glad the author/s found a way to give us the HEA at the end of the book that they promised it would be in. I just thought maybe all the superfluous scenes coulda been edited out (e.g., the Winter Formal). I would have loved an epilogue to Reed and Ella’s story (e.g., after high school, after college, etc.), too. But, hey, maybe that’s just me.

To be clear, however, please note that I’m not complaining. I really, really, really LIKED this, despite the fact that they’re YA books, which if you’ve read my blog before, I’m kinda allergic to. I’m gearing my wallet up and praying to the credit card gods right now, so that I can pre-order Ms. Watt’s next book. It costs 2 bucks more than each of The Royals books, but I’m positive it’ll be great! In the meantime, please excuse me while I torture myself and read Chapter 4 of Gideon and Savannah’s novelette from Ms. Watt’s website.4 stars