Book Review: Getting Him Back by K.A. Mitchell


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by K.A. Mitchell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Genre:  LGBT Romance

Sigh… I loved this one. My only complaint is that it was too short.

The story revolves around Ethan after he’s followed his high school love off to college. As anyone who went away to college likely knows, those types of relationships don’t often last much into freshman year. This one is no different. Ethan is heartbroken when Blake, his boyfriend dumps him soon after he joins him at his college, stating he just doesn’t love him anymore.

Ethan is depressed and mopey for a while but is determined to get Blake back. He goes to the one person who he think knows his ex the best, his roommate Wyatt. While seeking out the inside scoop on Blake he discovers the more time he spends with Wyatt, the more he realizes how much he enjoys the guy.

The story is told entirely from Ethan’s point of view, so we don’t really get to see much about what is going on in Wyatt’s head. I really enjoyed how snarky, and fun Ethan is, especially in contrast to the emo side that Wyatt portrays. The author was masterful in giving each of these characters their own voices while also giving us a lovely plot and some extremely believable and emotional sexy times.

Glad to read there’s another ‘chapter’ to Wyatt and Ethan’s story. Now I need to go rush off and see what other gems of Mitchell’s I’ve been missing for all this time.

Nose in a Book Reviews: When the Stars Align by @jeanettelgrey

When the Stars AlignWhen the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Genre:  New Adult Romance

Ah…I loved this book. The author did a great job showcasing Jo’s vulnerability and Adam’s patience and kindness towards her when others didn’t. Just a lovely read.

The story revolves around Jo, a female scientist who’s fought hard to make her mark in a male dominated field. She’s focused, and determined to be taken seriously, even if it means pushing everyone away.

Adam’s the all American boy next door who’s excited to be attending a summer science internship in Puerto Rico, even if it means leaving his on-again-off-again girlfriend back on the mainland.

The pair meet up during the summer science program and for some reason, the tough as nails, androgynous girl intrigues Adam. He can’t help but try to figure out who she is and why she’s so closed off from the world.

The story weaves though their summer together as Adam tears down Jo’s walls one at a time until she’s left vulnerable and unsure of who she is anymore.

I honestly loved this story so much. Adam is patient and kind, giving Jo just enough push to get her to bend and not break. Jo is so complex and watching her bloom throughout the story was so lovely.

Well done, Ms. Grey and I can’t wait to see what other stories you have up your sleeve.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross

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My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

Genre: New Adult Romance

This story started out really strong, but somehow got muddled along the way.

The story tells the tale of a former teen model phenom and how she abruptly left her budding modeling career behind.

Eve is now a budding photographer, studying at Columbia when a chance to assist a world renownd photographer thrusts her back into her old life. She hides her persona in an attempt to try and keep her college life as normal as possible. Running into old foes puts her entire life into turmoil.

Alex is an up and coming male model with a laser like focus on his career. When he meets Eve, his black and white world is suddenly not so easy to focus on.

I enjoyed the story, but it dragged a bit on the middle for me. There were a couple of story lines that muddled up the plot as well. Could have been quite good, but was just an average read for me.

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Blog Tour & Review: Twelve by @TM_Franklin

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The action-packed conclusion to the MORE Trilogy is here!

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Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and — whether she likes it or not — part of a plot to take over the world.

It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.

Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.

Turns out, Ava doesn’t like being told what to do. All she wants is to start a new life with her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, but before they can even think about that, they must join forces with former enemies, seek out some powerful new friends, and figure out what exactly the Twelve, and their power-hungry leader, are up to.

Then, they have to find a way to stop them.

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The final installment of The More Series is finally here, and my goodness is it packed with action.  The battle for control of the Race continues –a fight between the Rogues and the Council — to see who will determine their future.

Ava and Caleb are back trying to broker a truce between the Guardians and the Council in an effort to fight Borre and his rogues.  The only problem is Ava is one of Borre’s children, one of twelve who were bred to fight with their father.  It isn’t until she realizes what the increasing frequency of her headaches means for her that she decides to take matters into her own hands.

The story really ramps up in the second half of this book and I had a hard time putting it down once the action starts. Franklin has a way of putting you into her stories and making you root for her characters.

My only real issue was with Franklin using the overused plot device of Ava hiding her headaches from Caleb, and the ultimate reveal of it all.  It just didn’t feel necessary to the story as a whole, and it really made me roll my eyes and set the book aside because I was so annoyed.

This book satisfactorily concludes this series in a way that will not disappoint T.M. Franklin’s fans.  My only beef is that I would have liked for an epilogue to round out what the future held for the Twelve.  I’m still crossing my fingers for a spin off of Tiernan’s story.  *hint hint*

Displaying TM_Franklin.pngT.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake and Window, which also won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award for Short Story/Fantasy. Her new YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.

 

TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released October 9, 2014.

 

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Nose in a Book Reviews – Soldier On by @SydneyALogan

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Will his call of duty break both their hearts?

Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make  his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed.

When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?

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Soldier OnSoldier On by Sydney Logan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Genre: Military Romance

I have had the privilege of reading a few of Sydney Logan’s stories and I think this one might be my favorite yet.

It the past, I’ve faulted Sydney for creating heros that are just a bit too perfect, and I must say, this time around, Brandon is the perfect mix of swoon and dumbass. He has his flaws and it is in those flaws that make him more relatable as a character.

The story is based around Steph and Brandon. Steph is a college student with her main focus on graduating and her studies, while Brandon has been planning on being a soldier his whole life and feels the pressure of his family’s military history weighing on him.

When Steph meets Brandon at a frat costume party she has no idea that the man behind the camo face paint is actually a soldier. When he gives her a kiss at midnight, she can’t get him out of her head, but without a name and only a twinkle in his eyes to remind her of who he actually is, she figures she’ll never see him again. Surprise, surprise, she ends up running into him in her women’s study class.

The main issue is that Steph hates the military. Her father died during Desert Storm and she blames it all on the US Army. Brandon has been a career military brat and has always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a soldier. The issue is that he’s been lying to Steph once he found out about her hatred for everything he believes in.

The pair has great chemistry and their back and forth banter was lovely to read. With that said, I still wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to get over themselves. Steph is stubborn to the Nth degree and Brandon is knowingly deceitful. Both qualities don’t lend themselves to my favorite characteristics, but thankfully Sydney Logan did a great job navigating the fine line between too much and too little

All in all, another great story told by the capable hands of Sydney Logan. This was a wonderful read about finding yourself, allowing yourself to forgive your past and to move forward into something magical.

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About the Author

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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe MagicThe Little Drummer BoyForce of Nature, and Stupid Cupid. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

 

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Blog Stop and Giveaway – Always by Amanda Weaver

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Title: Always

Author: Amanda Weaver

Genre: Contemporary romance-age 20-30.

Publish Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Independently Published

Cover by: AngstyG/ www.angstyg.com

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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~ Book Synopsis ~

From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one.

It’s New Year’s Eve, 2006, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her.

Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets with no one to count on but his best friend, Ash. Their years of struggle finally pay off when their band, Outlaw Rovers, gets signed and their single takes off. With Ash as the magnetic lead singer and Dillon as the band’s musical soul, they’re destined for greatness, provided Dillon can keep Ash from self-destructing first.

Dillon might not be fronting Outlaw Rovers, but he’s always been the only one Justine sees. She’s followed his career from afar and when he shows up at her crummy New Year’s Eve gig, nothing will stop her from meeting him. They forge an intense connection, rapidly moving from friends to musical soul mates. Justine wants much more, but she’s not willing to climb over groupies and industry bottom-feeders to make it happen. Dillon becomes a fixture in her life, but she has to figure out how to keep him out of her heart.

Outlaw Rovers begins to implode as Justine’s star is on the rise. The years that follow bring equal parts fame and ruin. For Justine, a new love supplants her old heartbreak, and Dillon has to reboot his life after losing nearly everything that matters. Despite the odds, Dillon and Justine remain devoted friends and musical collaborators. After all the missed chances, wrong turns and painful detours, can they finally find the happiness together that seemed destined from the start?

 

 

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4star

Genre: New Adult Romance

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story about the up and down roller coaster life of a rocketed to stardom singer. 

Justine James is the charismatic lead singer in an otherwise mediocre Los Angeles band. She’s paying her dues in small clubs and opening for larger rock bands. One New Year’s Eve she gets the chance to meet her favorite boy band, Outlaw Rovers, who happen to attend the show. While most people are in awe of its lead singer, Ash, who’s the pretty and popular leading man of the band. Justine sees past all of Ash’s superficial beauty and really connects with the band’s guitarist and musical mastermind, Dillon Pierce. She thinks the world hangs on Dillon’s every word. They become fast friends and even though they both know there is an intense chemistry flowing between them, they don’t act on it.

When Outlaw Rover convinces the powers that be to allow Justine’s band to open on tour for them, Justine’s life changes forever.

This story weaves a poignant plot about love, loss and loyalty. I really was captivated by this story from the very moment I picked it up and started reading. The author does a lovely job sucking you into the story and making you feel like you know these characters.

I found the plot to be well paced, even with quite a few large time jumps. 

I highly recommend this for readers looking for a well written love story that spans years and obstacles.

Well done, Ms.Weaver. I am anxiously awaiting what you come up with next.

 

 

About the Author

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Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood constantly telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again strictly as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.

Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

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My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

Genre: New Adult Romance

A quick read about two old friends dealing with tragedy.

Levi & Sarah have been friends since they were kids but haven’t spoken in over a year. They’ve both been trying to do their best to live day by day since the tragic event that ripped the two friends apart. They both end up working at a small bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere Arizona. At first they both try to avoid and pester the other one to insanity. Eventually they finally begin to actually speak to one another and make progress in coming to terms with their grief.

There were times I really wanted to smack these two for being so stupid and unwilling to open up and actually speak to one another, but it didn’t detract from the story too much. The pair finally figure things out and all’s well that end’s well.

A quick read and one that did keep me turning pages up until the end.

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