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Books I’ve Read: Dirty Little Lies by Clare James

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Title: Dirty Little Lies 
Series: Quick and Dirty #1
Author: Clare James
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: Jan 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

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Twenty-nine-year-old Stevie Sinclair has just lost everything: her boyfriend, her apartment, even her ugly bird named Free. (Yeah, she knows it’s stupid name, so don’t start.) But most importantly, Stevie’s lost herself.

As she shuffles through her days in worn-out Hello Kitty PJs—eating ice cream, sipping wine, and contemplating her next move—a magazine article catches her attention. Blaring black letters read: “How to Get Your Sexy Back in Six Easy Steps.”

Stevie studies the article in the trashy magazine like the good student she is and immediately knows what she has to do. With the magazine article in hand, and a bottle of red in her bag, Stevie embarks on a journey to reclaim her life and win back her ex.

Until she meets Gabe Shannon. Gorgeous, single, and on a quest of his own, Gabe introduces Stevie to a lifestyle that is sure to help get her sexy back and then some. If she doesn’t chicken out … (Oh, you know where this is going.)

What follows is a story of self-discovery, romantic gestures, erotic encounters, and following one’s heart–even if it leads in unexpected directions.

 

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I fell in love with Stevie from the very first page, she is a very relatable character, from her love of old movies, her vintage/rockabilly style and sarcastic wit she shines within the sea of plastic people.

Comfortable in her relationship yet lacking in passion, Stevie is devastated to think Max has been cheating on her. The little glimpses of Max label him as a douche nozzle, however, first impressions can be deceiving. The tangled web of plot threads is masterfully unwoven in tantalizing tidbits.

Setting out to gain control of her life and her womanhood, Stevie makes an unconventional list. Of course, the gorgeous stranger she encounters in a bar, Gabe, is all too willing to help her tick the items off her list 😉 I could really go with one of those lists if it included meeting someone like Gabe :) I’ve got to be honest and say the whole idea of ‘special’ clubs is a little outside my comfort zone, but fun to read about.

I am not going to go into detail about the plot apart from to say there is more than meets the eye going on within these pages. The continual little plot twists maintain the excitement and tension within the narrative.

The story is fast paced and practically combustible yet it is the heart-warming character development that is at the heart of the story and the element that makes Dirty Little Lies stand out in this particular genre.

Tantalizing Trailers: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Tantalizing Trailers: Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

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Title: The Falconer
Series: The Falconer #1
Author: Elizabeth May
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

Review: Bounce by Noelle August

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Title: Bounce
Series: Boomerang #3
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 25 Aug 20145
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

REVIEW 

Please remember this is the third book in the series and therefore, the review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Skyler and Grey have been prominent peripheral characters within this series and I was over-joyed that not only did they get their own book but they were paired together. I am sure I am not the only person to read this series and imagine them together, they just seemed to fit despite Grey’s age.  Both talented musicians and extremely empathetic to others needs, tending to be selfless even if outward appearances would suggest otherwise in Grey’s case.

Both have emotional issues stemming from their upbringing. Grey’s barriers stem from abandonment issues via his birth mother and living in a family of over-achievers. An emotional barrier formed at the tentative age of 5 is a sizeable and deep-rooted problem to overcome. The authors do an amazing job of showing happiness is a choice within the narrative; finding something to channel your energy into and receiving fulfilment and contentment as a reward. I really loved seeing Grey’s eyes open to becoming hopeful.

Whereas, Sky has taken on a care-taker role within her family, emotionally and financially. She is utterly selfless although it borders on martyrdom at times. Initially, she is the epitome of pessimism; worrying about anything and everything while creating negative scenarios within her imagination. No wonder she struggles emotionally not having had anyone to take care of her. Although Grey is younger than Sky by a few years, he provides the level of care and attention Sky desperately needs and deserves.

The theme of identity plays an important role within Bounce delving into how we view ourselves as opposed to how we feel others view us; these contradictions within our minds can play a large part in our actions and subsequent consequences, as clearly portrayed with Grey and Sky. Realising your own worth is one of the foundation steps of making your own road to happiness.

It was a joy to see the continuation of the other characters from the previous books and follow Beth’s burgeoning relationship alongside the fireworks caused by Grey and Sky. Although I have to say I did not understand Brookes at all and am wondering if he is going to  get his own story?????

Garrett is an amazing minor character within Bounce, he adds sass to the story in an adorable camp fashion. He is sincere in his friendship with both Sky and Grey. undertaking the role of mentor and confidant with his idiosyncratic personality.

Body image issues make an ugly appearance within the narrative, as can be expected within the highly competitive and media focused world of acting. It was disturbing to discover fashion designers restrict the sizing of the clothes they manufacture aiding in the size zero culture promoted at presetn. Playing on people’s insecurities and requiring desperate measures in order to squeeze into the fashion/body image perception box that has been placed on women especially.

Although the romance is an integral part of Bounce for me it was the character development that really made the story. If you take anything away fro this remember HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE ♥

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Bounce by Noelle August

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Synopsis

This final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

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About the Authors

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? AnswerNoelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, andfacebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.

Don’t miss the first two in the series! Boomerang and Rebound.

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Spotlight: Fatal Beauty by Nazarea Andrews

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Note from the Author

I am so excited to bring you guys the cover of Fatal Beauty! It’s been a very long time since I was this excited about a book. Charlie and EJ showed up one day, all arrogant bitchy demands for me to write their story. And they never shut up. So I wrote it. I like writing in different genres—zombies and scifi and dystopian and fairytales, and contemporary. Even the odd mafia romance here and there.

But this—it’s like nothing I’ve ever written before. It’s dark and twisty and I love it. I hope you do too—it’s a crazy ride. 😉

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 Title: Fatal Beauty
Author: Nazarea Andrews
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enre: Adult Thriller
Release Day: October 6th 

About Fatal Beauty

Charlotte was a good girl. Sweet and innocent, a debutante with her Daddy’s credit card and a fiancée who doted on her.

She was destined for a perfect picture life in Charleston.

Until everything goes wrong.

EJ grew up with everything she could ever want, and bored as hell. Nothing surprises her and nothing ever changes, and she wants out—whatever it takes.

Getting involved with Anthony Jacobs is probably the worst idea she’s ever had—and that makes it irresistible.

Until Charlie needs her.

New Orleans. Los Angles. Vegas.

Beautiful girls who know just how to get exactly what they want.

It’s all fun and games, sexy nights and wild parties.

But you can only manipulate your way out of so much, and when their past catches up, not even a pretty fucking smile will get them out of trouble this time.

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About the Author

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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