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Tantalising Trailers: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick (Paperback Version)

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Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 26 March 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads

Britt Phieffer has never been that adventurous, but that’s about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trip with her and go trekking through the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming.

But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, and find two knights in shining armour, Shaun and Mason, who are also hiding out.

But all is not as it seems, and Britt quickly discovers that the guys are there for reasons other than hiking…dangerous reasons that mean they need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, Britt is forced to guide them down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to get out of this alive is to pretend she is on their side.

But playing nice is hard, especially when Britt is unsure whether Mason, gorgeous and sexy, is the enemy or an ally. And as she begins to lose track of who is in control it is only a matter of time before things turn deadly…

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Review: Losing Us by Jen McLaughlin

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Title: Losing Us
Series: Sex on the Beach
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

When it all comes crashing down…

Everything I thought I had with Austin Murphy—safety, stability, the normalcy I crave but my celebrity lifestyle rarely allows—was ripped away in one night. I wanted to surprise him, but the joke was on me. Now I don’t know if I ever really knew him at all.

Someone has to pick up the pieces…

Mackenzie Forbes was everything I ever wanted and the one person I didn’t deserve. When a past mistake costs me the girl I love, I’ll do everything I can to get her back. We both have demanding careers and family secrets darkening our pasts, but I need Mackenzie in my future.

Sometimes everything you have to give just isn’t enough…

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 REVIEW 

I will admit I was terrified to start reading this story. I love both Mac and Austin, they are perfect together, so I really, really didn’t want anything to happen to their relationship.

The story takes a look at coping with life in the public eye and the additional pressure it can put on relationships. Mackenzie has been burned by the paparazzi in the past and understandably apprehensive regarding the media and her relationship with Austin. She has tried to guide Austin having spent her life in the public eye, however, Austin doesn’t fully take on board her advice leading to a tenacious situation.

Tension was already high with the sense of foreboding I had before I even started reading, so when events played out at the beginning I felt as if my heart was in a vice. I felt Mackenzie’s actions were completely justified, protecting herself had to be a top priority.

Without trust you have nothing, trust is essentially the core of any relationship but more so if you live your life in the public eye and endure large periods of time apart. I’m not sure I could handle the pressure and moments of insecurity.

Mackenzie projects an image of self-confidence but she has her own insecurities exasperated by the incidents within the plot. Personally, I’m not sure if I could make myself vulnerable again.

I kinda hated Austin at times, his lack of discretion caused a tremendous amount of hurt. Also his constant flirting was unnecessary as much as he tried to justify it. The insight into his upbringing did make me understand him better and aid winning me over. The way he views Mackenzie was equally heart-warming and heart-aching.

While I enjoyed Losing Us  I need an epilogue set a few years later in order to fully punt the demons raised in this book to rest ;)

Review: Chasing Me by Jennifer Probst

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Title: Chasing Me
Series: Sex on the Beach
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

It was supposed to be a love story….

I knew she was out of my league but I didn’t care. Looking back, I wonder if I hadn’t pursued her, would things have turned out differently? Is it Fate that determines our choices in life? God? Free will? Or just plain old innate selfishness?

I got her, of course. There hadn’t been a girl I wasn’t able to seduce. Problem was she seduced me right back, body, mind, and soul. She possessed me, tormented me, and showed me a world that was so bright and pure I was almost blinded.

Didn’t she know after such a drug I could never settle for less? Didn’t she realize no matter how many times I screwed up, or broke her heart, or bent her to my will, I’d never be able to let her go?

If I hadn’t known such intensity existed, would it have been better for both of us?

True love, the real kind, isn’t nice and sweet and pure. No, it’s dirty, and sinful, and messy.

It’s like ripping a chunk of flesh from your body and watching yourself bleed out in slow, helpless intervals until you thankfully pass out.

This isn’t a love story. But it’s the only story I got.

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OMG this boy is an imbecile, idiot, nitwit, numpty SHEESH he needs a good kick up the bottom. The definition of poor little rich boy, seriously if you looked it up in a dictionary you would see a picture of  James. OK, so he wanted to be a better person for Quinn but she fell in love with him just the way he was, why mess with a good thing *sigh* I just don’t get why he would forgo his money to be a better person. Yes, I know money doesn’t buy happiness but for goodness sake if you’ve got it why not life comfortably. As I said IDIOT.

The plot is all kinds of angst ridden and a times it is obvious to see the twists ahead. The mention of plot developments with the other novellas gives spoilers for the other stories.

I hate how other people’s interference add to the doubt and insecurities within a relationship, made worse if that person is a loved one. Feeding negativity is just NOOOO.  There are extremes of personalities at play within the narrative adding to the drama. Add into that the pressures of working while attending college, time restrictions add a void in any relationship.

In depth look at rehabilitation from addiction added depth to the narrative as well as expanding Quinn’s character; providing insight into her decisions and desire to help others. Re-establishing how deeply we aer shaped by the elements we are subjected to during our formative years. Having personal experience with alcoholism with my Ex and seeing how it shapes children was quite eye-opening in ways I hadn’t considered; especially the part about them being driven to succeed and be an overachiever WOW.

Relationships require work and should be given the appropriate amount of appreciation as any other important aspect of our lives. Something both Quinn and James seem to have forgotten and pay the price for :( It seems the whole world is against their relationship and conspires to tear them apart.

Elements of the abuse of power by authority figures add further tension to an already strained plot.

Chasing Me reiterates the point that you can’t change who you are for people and sometimes turmoil builds stronger foundations.

Books I’ve Read: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Series: Hundred Oaks #5
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

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Someone please tell me why it took me so long to start this series – I can foresee a binge read in my near future ;)

The first thing I have to say is how the characters inner thoughts mirrored my own – it was uncanny and made Miranda Kenneally an instant must-read author for me :)

Annie is training for a marathon in honour of her boyfriend’s memory. The emotions within the narrative are intense and fuel the plot as well as Annie’s determination to undertake this challenge. Miranda doesn’t underplay how challenging competing in a marathon really is; showing that a training program alongside expert help and advice is invaluable. the commitment and mental strength needed in order to complete such a challenge is ingeniously shown within the story alongside the way in focusing on something outside of yourself helps sort through emotions even easing grief. Exercise in whatever form is a positive way to channel emotions. The sense of accomplishment if gives is priceless. Something very well portrayed within Breathe, Annie, Breathe. I loved how Annie was able to find a purpose she had previously been lacking. Not only did she gain confidence within herself but she found her niche – you can’t ask for more than that ♥

Although, this is my first foray into the Hundred Oaks world I am aware that the characters from the previous books are woven into the current story. I adore it when an author progresses characters we have already grown to know and love. I have to say, Miranda’s characters very quickly get under your skin and into your head and heart.

While the romance is a central part of the book, it is far more than that. It is the equivalent of being set down within a close-knit community, knowing each and every one of them deeply and with a huge sense of belonging.

I have to bring up the adrenaline junkie aspect with Jeremiah, are they born with the need to feel that rush or is it something that is developed – similar to the nature versus nurture debate to an extent. I imagine the rush can be very addictive, as clearly shown by Jere within the plot :)

I loved every single thing about Breathe, Annie, Breathe from the characters, the plot, their interactions and the emotions woven through. I highly recommend reading this series – now I’m off to catch up on the ones I’ve missed ;)

Spotlight: Easy With You by Kristen Proby

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About EASY WITH YOU

Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible. 

Steadfast. Strong.

She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself.

With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul.

But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

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A Message from Kristen Proby

Dear readers, 

As you know, the With Me In Seattle series came to a close earlier this month with the eighth and final installment, FOREVER WITH ME. I’ve been steadfast in my decision that there would be no further stories from the series, no spin-offs, nothing more. In my mind, it was complete. 

And I still feel that the Montgomery/Williams families are complete, and I maintain that I’m happy with their happy-ever-afters.  

But, I’ve also heard you when you’ve said that Asher, Matt Montgomery’s partner in TIED WITH ME, deserves to have a happily ever after for himself and his daughter Casey. So, when the lovely ladies from 1001 Dark Nights asked me to participate in their wonderful project, I thought long and hard about whose story it should be about. Seattle is finished, and I’ve moved on to New Orleans for the new Boudreaux Series… And then it occurred to me: why not do both, and offer a companion novella to each of the series? 

And so, because you, the reader, has been so insistent that you want to see Asher and Casey find their perfect person, I’m excited to introduce you to EASY WITH YOU. I think you’re going to love Asher and Lila’s love story this spring… 

Happy Reading,

Kristen Proby 

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ABOUT KRISTEN PROBY

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Probyis the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.

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