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Spotlight plus Give-Away: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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About THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

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 plus Give-Away: Rebound by Noelle August

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Title: Rebound
Series: Boomerang #2
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 10 Feb 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

REBOUND
—a Boomerang novel—
By Noelle August

At Boomerang, one night can change everything… 

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

REBOUND will be available wherever books and e-books are sold on February 10th, 2015 (ISBN: 9780062331083 | $13.99 | e-ISBN: 9780062331090 | $11.99).

Excerpt One – Alison POV REBOUND

Excerpt TWO – Adam POV REBOUND

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle 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, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.

REVIEW 

In all honesty, I entered Rebound with a lot of preconceived ideas about the main characters based on the limited information provided about them in Boomerang. I was fully prepared to hate Alison for what she did to Ethan, as well as feeling a little antagonistic toward Adam for creating a dating site purely for hook-ups :( (where is the romance in that). However, I am happy to report n this occasion I admit, I was wrong. Although I still rant and rave over any form of cheating, there is far more going on under the surface to explain certain actions.

Both Adam and Alison have led privileged lives, yet it hasn’t spoiled them and turned them into shallow people. In fact, they both have a depth of compassion not easily seen behind their public personas. Something I think they subconsciously recognise in each other, an underlying vulnerability, that draws them together.

Their physical attraction and chemistry is off the charts but more than that they fit together perfectly. Both have emotional barriers in place due to incidents in both of their past. Adam is initially emotionally unavailable and happy with it. Although,  the more time he spends with Alison, he can’t help but crack his defences.

Both Adam and Alison have deep levels of insight into human nature. Their insight provides them with a deeper connection to each other; something neither of then expected or particularly wanted but desperately needed. I really liked how mistakes were viewed with both regret and as a learning process (the positive within the negative).

Outside pressures, secrets from the past alongside work and family pressure create problems between Adam and Alison forming a relationship. There is far more depth to both main characters than I would have given them credit for. Misunderstandings, anger and hurt lead to an emotionally charged plot; leading to both Adam and Alison facing their personal demons. Their self-reflection and developing self-awareness added depth to the narrative as well as their characterizations.

I really liked the use of team building and trusts exercises within the story and how their themes paralleled interactions within relationships.

Rebound is a slow build with a quick ending, personally I would have liked to have seen more of the relationship and less of the angst but you know me, IT’s ALL ABOUT THE ROMANCE ;)

I just have to get this out there – I still hate COOKIE. However, I am really, really liking Adam’s younger brother, Grey ;) I am so happy he is getting his own book, Bounce, coming August 25th.

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons

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ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

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Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY

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About Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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Books I’ve Read: Things Good Girls Don’t Do by Codi Gary

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Title: Things Good Girls Don’t Do
Series: Rock Canyon #1
Author: Codi Gary
Publisher: Avon Impulse
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Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

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Good girls don’t steal.
Good girls don’t visit sex shops.
Good girls don’t have one-night stands.

For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn’t worth it anymore. It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a girl like her would never do, not in a million years . . .

As a tattoo artist with a monster motorcycle, Chase Trepasso isn’t the kind of guy you bring home to mom and dad.

And when he finds Katie’s list in a bar, he’s more than happy to help her check off a few items. Especially the ones on the naughtier side . . .

Katie’s more than tempted by Chase’s offer, as long as they keep things uncomplicated. But as they spend more time together, she may just wind up breaking the most important rule of all: Good girls don’t fall in love with bad boys.

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Katie is a really sweet person, although that seems like a bland and boring description of her personality. She is one of those people whose innate kindness and compassion are like the beam from a lighthouse guiding people towards her. It also helps that she is absolutely gorgeous without being vain.

Katie has lived her life following the rules her domineering mother laid out for her, always trying to please others rather than herself. However, she gets a dramatic wake-up call when she receives a wedding invitation from her cheating scumbag of an ex. Prompting her to make a list of rebellious regrets.

Chase has always seen himself as the stereotypical bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Lack of maternal nurturing has left an emotional void in his life, he has been burned to many times to trust that he can be viewed as anything more than a good time. He doesn’t see his own value, although he is an accomplished tattoo artist and comic book author. His emotional barriers prevent him from forming a deep connection as he doesn’t feel good enough, especially for Katie – the town golden girl.

Catching Katie in a vulnerable moment while creating her rebellious regrets list draws Katie and Chase together. As Katie embarks on a journey of self-discovery (although slightly unwittingly) Chase becomes her rock. Neither expects the depth of feeling that quickly develops – the soul-mate principle ;) Unfortunately, both Katie and Chase are too nervous and scared of rejection to voice their feelings adding to the angst within the narrative.

Although the romance is a large part of the story, it is Katie’s character development that is the focus of the plot. I loved seeing her blossom into the woman she should be rather than the one people expect her to be. At no point does she lose her compassion and kindness but she does gain the ability to be assertive.

I have got to mention the amazing fashion (rockabilly style that I completely adore) and female bonding that weaves its way through the narrative adding to the enjoyment of the story as a whole.

Another aspect that stood out was the way in which Codi Gary portrayed the pros and cons of life in a small community; the lack of privacy versus the strong support system.

On the whole Things Good Girls Don’t Do is a light, feel-good romance with charismatic characters fueled by girl-power.

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Only For Him by Cristin Harber

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About ONLY FOR HIM

Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey–close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He’s the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She’s artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland’s “I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford” support group.

I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell–though he won’t.

I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.

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Only for Him. Only series, Volume One.
All novellas will release Spring 2015.

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About Cristin Harber

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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