Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks

Before He Was Famous (Starstruck #1) by Becky Wicks 
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: May 29, 2014
Publisher: Self

One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.

From International Bestselling HarperCollins Author, Becky Wicks, comes a new adult romance that will leave you starstruck. 

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Before He was Famous is the first book in the Starstruck series by Becky Wicks. This was a hard book to rate, because Chloe and Noah made me mad so many times. Chloe had no sense whatsoever. From her relationship with Cooper to the paparazzi, she frustrated me. Then you have Noah. He had more people sense, but no Chloe sense. So, yes they both made me extremely mad... especially in the first half. I guess that was part of the plan though, because as mad at them as I got, I still couldn't put this book down. There was something magnetizing about them, and as I read I watched them grow as characters and learned more and more about there history together. It became kind of addictive. They still made me mad in the second half, but not as much. They have all this history and substance and like with real people, things aren't always easy. Plus, with the added chaos of fame and crazy people, it was that much harder for them to make sense of things. This wasn't an easy romance. Chloe and Noah have to fight for what they want. When it was all said and done, I grew way more attached to them than I thought I would, and really enjoyed reading this book.

Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks was kindly provided to me by Xpresso Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie!

Before He was Famous is her new adult epic romance about a guy and a girl’s struggle to handle the fame he finds through winning a TV talent show. There’s plenty of steamy sex and suspense in there, (ah, the thrills of when best friends become lovers) and she’s releasing a fantasy romance soon, too.

Becky Wicks has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious – The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious – The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks – snap them up and make your feet even itchier!

Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two… think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it!

To learn more about Becky Wicks and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Donor Tour! A Review of The Donor Part 2 by Nikki Rae

The Donor (Part 2) by Nikki Rae
Genre: New Adult (Paranormal)
Date Published: July 14, 2014
Publisher: Self

When Casey joined, she never imagined she would meet a man who not only helps her pay the bills, but has been nothing but a gentleman.

As the nose bleeds make way for worse symptoms, Casey can’t help the feelings she has for Jonah, despite how he may never return them. And he’s been keeping things from her. Big things. How does he make his money, and who is that girl in the picture?
With the clock ticking, can she find the answers she’s looking for?

The Donor Part Two by Nikki Rae was just as good as Part One, only now I just keep liking Jonah more and more. He treats Casey so well and is such a gentleman. He has a heart. I read it from start to finish in about thirty minutes more or less, and it left me not wanting it to end yet. Nikki Rae is excellent at keeping her readers wanting more!

The ARC of The Donor Part 2 by Nikki Rae was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my review of The Donor Part 1!!

Check out my reviews of the Sunshine Series by Nikki Rae!

Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. When she is not writing, thinking, or reading, she is most likely hanging out with her gecko, Neil Gaiman, drawing in a quiet corner, or drinking tea by the gallon. Sunshine is her first book.

To learn more about Nikki Rae and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

Cover Reveal! Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

Captured Love by Juliana Haygert
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance) 18+
Warning: strong language, sex scenes
Date Published: November 1, 2014
Publisher: Self

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?

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Check out my reviews of some of Juliana Haygert's other books!

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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