Friday, December 19, 2014

The Breaking Series by Juliana Haygert Got a Makeover!

Breaking Free (The Breaking Series #1) by Juliana Haygert
Previously Titled: Breaking Fences
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: August 19, 2013
Publisher: Self

Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body. Check out my review!

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Breaking Away (The Breaking Series #2) by Juliana Haygert
Previously Titled: Breaking Fences
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: June 13, 2014
Publisher: Self

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding. But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don't hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn't be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn't have to mean standing alone. Check out my review!

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Breaking Through (The Breaking Series #3) by Juliana Haygert
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: June 2015
Publisher: Self

From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it's time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.

To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she'd like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.

As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept...and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

To learn more about Juliana Haygert and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook and Twitter.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tour!! A Review of One Song Away by Molli Moran + Top 10 List
One Song Away by Molli Moran
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Self

She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees...on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren't really dating. And she didn't count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep...and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song?

One Song Away is the second book I've read by Molli Moran, and I'm super excited for more of her books to come out. I absolutely love, love, loved Sophie and Jake. You know I'm a big ole sucker for the whole best friends growing into more thing anyway, and this story was told just how I like it with loads of romantic anticipation. Jake made my belly flip more than a couple times. They were funny, and cute, and I couldn't get enough of them. There was quite a bit of character growth with Sophie through the story. There is growth with Jake too. He seems to be pretty comfortable with himself already, so I get the impression most of his growth happened before the book started. This was a feel good story filled with self discovery, growing up, and finding love. One Song Away is one of those books that I just wanted to jump into and live in for a little while.

The ARC of One Song Away by Molli Moran was kindly provided to me by Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

Hi Hi there What’s Beyond Forks readers! Thanks for having me today. Gabby asked me to write a guest post for y’all as part of my ONE SONG AWAY blog tour, and of the topics she listed, one stuck out to me. She asked about my top ten albums to listen to while writing, and let me tell you, I could talk about music alllllll day, so I jumped on the topic! I create a playlist for every book I work on, but inevitably, there’s some crossover, especially considering I write primarily southern romances – which means a LOT of country music. Here are my top ten go to albums.

1. Frame by Frame – Cassadee Pope. This album is full of songs for just about any country music fan!

2. Where It’s At – Dustin Lynch. I LOVE Dustin’s voice and songs. He makes small town life something to appreciate.

3. The Man I Want to Be – Chris Young. Chris has this voice that will make you MELT, plus I love that so many of his songs tell a story!

4. Golden – Lady Antebellum. I have adored all of their albums, but Golden especially just has so many FUN songs, once you can dance to or sing along to.

5. Where It Began – Dan + Shay. These two make music that just makes me so darned HAPPY. I’ve had this album on repeat for weeks.

6. Jason Aldean – all albums. I can’t choose! I’ve loved Jason’s music from the beginning, and his songs give me ALL the feels.

7. Any Rascal Flatts album. It’s been said by friends that I can’t make a playlist without including a Rascal Flatts song, and I guess that’s true. LOL. They’re my go-to artist, my favorite. I fell for them when I was 15. 

8. Storyline – Hunter Hayes. True story: the first time I heard “Storm Warning” by Hunter, I thought I WAS listening to Rascal Flatts. It’s been awesome watching him grow from his first album to his second, seeing the depth and heart to his songs.
3.      9. Crash My Party – Luke Bryan. ASIDE from the fact that Luke could crash *my* party at any time…I love this album so so much.

10. The Country Strong soundtrack. It’s one of my all time favorite movies AND soundtracks. So much love for this one.

Related: I didn’t add much older country to the One Song Away playlist, but I love me some Johnny Cash from time to time, and I grew up on Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, etc.

Check out my review of As You Turn Away by Molli Moran!

Molli is a Southern writer who doesn't consider her day complete if she hasn't written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She's a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books. When not reading or blogging, she can be found obsessing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend.

To learn more about Molli Moran and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.
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