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Review: Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst

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Title: Searching for Beautiful
Series: Searching For #3
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 26 May 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she’s an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin…and flings her right into her best friend’s arms.

When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves.

Can Genevieve and Wolfe’s friendship turn into something deeper—or is it already too late for true love?

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REVIEW 

Wow just WOW. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Wolfe’s story from the moment I laid my eyes on that beautiful, broken boy, and I have to say it was well worth every agonising moment. Not only the revelations about Wolfe but the abuse Gen suffers from as well made my heart hurt.

Gen and Wolfe have a connection from the moment they meet; however, neither want to admit to just how powerful their feelings are when they don’t feel ‘worthy’ of the other, so they settle on friendship and for the most part it works fine. Allowing them both to create their lives while having each other as safety nets. It is easy for an outside observer to see just how perfect they are for each other if only they could break free from the shackles of the past. This outsider knowledge together with the chemistry smoldering between Gen and Wolfe creates a heart-aching tension within the narrative.

It was painful to witness the trauma Wolfe suffered at a young age; his barriers are brutally understandable. No-one should have to endure the things he did especially lacking parental protection.

Although, it is Gen’s abuse that is ingeniously portrayed within the plot. Jennifer Probst manages to convey the serious is of emotional manipulation and undermining self-confidence in a way that clearly conveys that IT IS ABUSE. So many times similar situations are brushed under the carpet due to the master of the manipulation, creating the picture they want seen rather than the machinations at play. It is scary to witness just how clever someone has to be in order to control the situation to such an extent. The term sociopath comes to mind.

I adored Gen and loved how she was able to reclaim herself, especially how she was guided by her inner voice ♥ The inclusion of the characters from the previous books alongside those in the Marriage to a Billionaire series added depth including the importance of good family and friends.

Searching for Beautiful has paved the way for Searching for Always due for release at the end of June. I cannot wait to see the fireworks Arilyn is going to cause. As well as catching up with some of my favorite characters – SWOON ♥

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Lust by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Lust (The Allure Chronicles #2)
Release Date: JULY 16, 2015

After years of searching Daisy and Owen have finally found each other, only to face the threat of being forced apart. If they are unable to stop Daisy from becoming an Allure, she will forever lose the ability to love.
Desperate to stop the change before time runs out, they must decide what price they are willing to pay to save their love.
  

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 About SEDUCTION’S KISS

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

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*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)* 

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 About LURE

 There’s danger in the beauty…

Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That’s how long it had been since I’d seen my winged hero— not that I’d been counting. I’d suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn’t crazy and knew he didn’t exist.

But he did. And I was done waiting.

Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier… thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. 

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Review: Zom-B Mission by Darren Shan

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Title: Zom-B Mission
Series: Zom-B #7
Author: Darren Shan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: Jan 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

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B Smith and the other Angels are relieved to finally receive their first mission to safely escort a group of human survivors from the zombie-infested streets of London to New Kirkham, a barricaded safe haven in the country. But after battling through crowds of undead monsters, B discovers that the survivors of the town do not necessarily represent the best of humanity. And when evil influences make their way to New Kirkham, unearthing demons from B s past, the humans will be forced to choose between being honorable and being safe.

Darren Shan continues his adventures of a teenage zombie trying to right the wrongs of a flawed human life, exploring the morality and ills of society through the lens of an apocalypse gone wrong and a terrifying hell on earth reigning.”

Review by Amelia (14/15)

Zom-B Mission is about a zombie apocalypse which causes massive disruption between the living and the dead. Also there is a twist, there is not just the living and the zombies, there are angels too, and whose jobs are to safely escort the living to camps where they are safe from being bitten or eaten by the zombies. They encounter a lot of obstacles whilst they are delivering a bunch of humans to a camp across town.

The main character is a girl called B who works for HMS Belfast on the Board, which gives the angels jobs to take the living to compounds which is a ‘safe haven’ for the living. Whilst on a journey to escort the living to a compound in New Kirkham she bumps into an old friend whom her dad did not like her being with, because her friend was black and her dad was a racist.

My favourite part of the book is when a bird touches a child and infects it and turns it into a zombie, the reason that this is my favourite part of the book is because it shows that nature also plays a part in any world, and it makes the whole story more realistic.

Also the fact that B’s dad is a racist also makes the story more realistic because even a zombie apocalypse will not change people’s disgusting attitudes.

The only thing I disliked about the book was the fact that you had to wait until the middle of the book for it to start getting exciting with all the action.

I think that one of the ‘angels’ should of actually been a zombie disguising which would add a twist to the journey.

I would recommend this to others, around teenagers because there are some swear words and disturbing scenes throughout the book.

I would give this book 5/5.

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst

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SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Probst
May 26th, 2015, Gallery Books
Adult Contemporary Romance

SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL Synopsis

The highly anticipated third novel in the Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA Today), featuring a runaway bride and the man who wants to be more than just her best friend…

Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she’s an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin…and flings her right into her best friend’s arms.

When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves.

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 Jennifer Probst –  Bio

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Behind Your Back by Chelsea M Cameron

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BEHIND YOUR BACK Synopsis

To get to him, I need to use her.
I’ll play her like a violin and have her falling in love with me before she even knows what’s happening.
It will be easy. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.
She’s just a girl.
A tool to get what I want.
When I’m done with her I won’t think twice about walking away.
At least, that was what I thought.
Until I met her.

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The next book in the series, BACK TO BACK, will be released on June 9th

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Chelsea M. Cameron’s Bio

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Author Links: Website/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads