Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tour! A Review of Rampant by Gemma James




Rampant (Condemned #2) by Gemma JamesGenre: Adult (Contemporary Romance/Erotica) 18+
Date Published: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Self

Life is twisted. Cruel. After being ripped from the safe haven of Rafe's arms, my new kidnapper is waging a sick game. Unable to make my body do his bidding, he's resorting to psychological warfare. He'll bend my mind until I break, and when I do, that just might be my saving grace.

I'll forge through hell to get back to Rafe, body and spirit broken and bleeding, but I'm unprepared for what I find. He's done what I can't: he's erased eight years of pain and betrayal. I don't know how to bring him back to me, because bringing him back means ripping him to shreds all over again.

RAMPANT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content, including sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. Intended for mature audiences. Part two of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.


Rampant is book two in the Condemned series by Gemma James. I wasn't as consumed by this book as I was the first book, and I think that's because there was so much of Zach in it. We got a detailed look at Zach's kind of crazy and saw where Alex's father's loyalties lie. Where we seemed to be moving forward with healing(even if in a deranged way *wink*) and plot through the last book, this one moved us backwards on many levels. I've really had enough of Zach and what he does to Alex. I'm done with that part of the storyline. Let's move on.

I like Rafe without his memory. It gave me a glimpse of who he was before his life went down the drain. Could this be a second chance for Rafe and Alex? It's never that easy. Not that anything about this series is easy.

Rampant by Gemma James was kindly provided to me by Dark World Books for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my review of the first book in this series!

http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com/2014/09/tour-review-of-torrent-by-gemma-james.html 
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Gemma James (a pseudonym for Christina Jean Michaels) loves to explore the darker side of sex in her fiction. She's morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy and enjoys exploring the deviant side of human nature. Her stories have been described as being "not for the faint of heart."

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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


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Release Day Blitz! A Very Grey Chrsitmas by T.A. Foster




 

A Very Grey Chrsitmas (Kissing Eden #3) by T.A. Foster
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: November 20, 2014
Publisher: Self

I was getting ready to spend the single most important holiday of the year alone. Completely and utterly alone.

That meant he wouldn’t be there Christmas Eve. No making Christmas cookies, or listening to my dad sing off-key while my mom bustled around wrapping last-minute gifts. No decorating the tree. No midnight Christmas kiss.

No waking up in Grey’s arms. We were actually going to spend our very first Christmas in different states.

That was until Grey gave me the most unexpected gift of my life.


Take a peak at the previous book in this series!
http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com/2014/10/tour-review-of-loving-eden-by-ta-foster.html

Check out my reviews of more books by T.A. Foster!

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T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

To learn more about T.A. Foster and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

 
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Release & Review! The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy





The Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards #4) by Alyssa Rose Ivy 
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Published: November 20, 2014
Publisher: Self

One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.

The Hazards of Mistletoe is the fourth book in the Hazards series by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Savy and Glen are pretty adorable. Their friendship is an unusual one in that they only see each other once or twice each year, but they've become best friends by keeping in touch all through the year while apart. This was a cute little novella that put me in the holiday spirit.

The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.



“Ice skating and hot cocoa? What are you buttering me up for?” I sat down on the bench and unlaced my skates. The snow was falling a little bit heavier, but the flakes were still light and more pleasant than a nuisance.

“I’m just enjoying an evening with a beautiful woman. I do have a romantic side you know.”

“Romantic?” What was Glen playing at? I’d had a crush on him for years, but things had stayed completely platonic. We were good friends who saw each other once a year, and teased each other through text messages and late night phone calls. That was it.

He didn’t hear me. He was already in line to return our skates. I waited for him to return with my boots, and not for the first time I was glad I’d worn wool socks. It was cold during the day, but the nights were absolutely freezing.

“Here you go, my lady.” He bent down and proceeded to put my foot into my boot.

I pulled away from him. “Knock it off. What’s gotten into you tonight?” As charming as Glen was being something seemed off with him. I wondered if maybe I wasn’t the only one who was upset.

He proceeded to move on to my next boot. “It’s Christmas Eve. Aren’t you Miss Holiday Spirit?”

“Usually.”

“Exactly.” He put on his shoes and tugged on my hand to pull me to standing. “Let’s get those hot chocolates.”

The line at the cafĂ© on the other side of the rink was nearly out the door, but I was enjoying Glen’s company so much I didn’t mind.

He insisted on buying my hot cocoa for me, and considering he’d already paid for my skate rental, I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Glen had all the money he could ever need, but I wasn’t used to guys buying me anything. My dating experience wasn’t extensive, and it involved boys who were all about going dutch. “I really don’t mind paying.”

“Yeah, but I want to pay. Stop arguing and enjoy yourself.” He lightly bumped his shoulder into mine.

“Well, thanks.”

We walked around the village sipping our hot chocolate and not saying much. After a while we took a seat on a bench. It was underneath a tree, and the pine needles blocked some of the falling snow. I closed my eyes and listened to the chatter of people walking by mixed with the low hum of holiday music.

“You guys need to kiss.”

I opened my eyes and saw a girl staring at us. “You’re sitting under mistletoe. That’s the rules. You’re under mistletoe, you kiss.”

I looked up. Sure enough there was mistletoe hanging over us from the tree. It wasn’t real, it was just the decorative stuff they used, but it had the same unmistakable appearance.

Glen put an arm around me. “I think she’s right, Savy.”

I turned to glare at him. “Don’t even start.”

“Why not? Scared to kiss me?” he teased.

Yes. I was scared. Terrified. This was Glen. Kissing him wasn’t something I was prepared to do casually while sitting on a bench in the snow with a bunch of onlookers. Of course I couldn’t tell him that though. “Why would I be scared?”

“I don’t know. Just checking.” He got a twinkle in his eye. That twinkle should have given me all the warning I needed, but it didn’t. I was wholly unprepared when his lips made contact with mine. They were warm and soft, and they moved perfectly against mine. I kissed him back, desperately wanting to know what his mouth tasted like, and if his tongue felt half as good as his lips.

If you haven't done so already, you need to check out Alyssa Rose Ivy's books!! While you're at it check out my reviews too!
authorAlyssa 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.

To read more about this author, visit Alyssa Rose Ivy's Blog and Website. You can also find her on GoodreadsPinterestFacebook and Twitter.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review Blast: A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption by Jeannie Ruesch




A Rogue's Deadly Redemption (The Willoughby Family #3) by Jeannie Ruesch
Genre: Adult (Historical Romance)
Date Published: November 17, 2014
Publisher: Self

Scandal forced Lady Lily Melrose into an untenable decision: marry the man she wanted but who wanted someone else or leave her home for America. She gambled and stayed. Now, almost four years later, Lily is ready to gamble again—on a future that means leaving her neglectful, absent husband behind. But when a deadly adversary threatens them both, Lily realizes how little she understood about her husband—and her marriage. She's faced with another impossible choice: leave the man she loved to face certain death or stay and fight to help him deliver on a promise he no longer remembers.

Robert Melrose was raised as the forgotten third-born son with no future—without even the label of black sheep to keep him respectable. Not content with obscurity, he cultivated his own path to power, aligning himself with a world where betrayal is deadly. But when an accident wipes away his past, Robert can't remember who he is or what he's done. What he does know is that his wife, Lily, evokes a strong need inside—a need to prove he's better than his past. But when his past becomes a present danger, Robert must choose: gain the trust and love of the woman intent on leaving or let her walk away from him and the danger that might cost both their lives.


A Rogue's Deadly Redemption is the third book in The Willoughby Family series by Jeannie Ruesch. I didn't feel lost or out of place by reading this book before reading the previous two books, however I now want to read the previous two. Lily was a strong character, and no matter what society or family, who liked to meddle, expected of her, she followed her heart. I loved that about her. The memory loss made Robert a fun guy to get to know, because you get to know him as he gets to know himself again. He has a life Lily knows nothing about, and that doesn't make him look too good, but it added to the mystery and kept my interest. The romance was sweet and they had definite chemistry even in the beginning.. you could just feel that something was there. A Rogue's Deadly Redemption was a suspenseful love story about forgiveness and new beginnings.

A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption by Jeannie Ruesch was kindly provided to me by Tasty Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.



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Jeannie Ruesch wrote her first story at the age of the six, prompting her to give up an illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and declare that writing was her destiny. The journey toward destiny held a few detours along the way, including a career in marketing and design.

Her first novel, a fairy-tale like historical romance, was published in 2009, but the darker side of life has always captivated her. So after a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to hide a dead body, she knew she had to find a way to incorporate suspense into her writing. (The legal outlet for her fascination.) Today, she continues writing what she loves to read - stories of history, romance and suspense. She lives in Northern California with her amazing husband (who cooks, cleans and edits!), their son and a lab named Cooper.

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