Cover Reveal: Fanning the Flames by Chris Cannon

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Release Date: March 6, 2017

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Bryn McKenna has it all, including her smoking-hot knight turned live-in boyfriend, Valmont. Even though she’s a hybrid dragon, she’s finally fitting into the new shape-shifting dragon world that’s become her own. But her grandparents want to ruin everything by making Bryn’s nightmare of an arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate a reality. It doesn’t help that Jaxon’s father is on a witch hunt for Rebel sympathizers and Bryn finds herself in his line of fire.

If she doesn’t say, “I do,” she’ll lose everything. Goodbye flying. Goodbye best friends. Goodbye magic. But if she bends to her grandparents’ will and agrees to marry Jaxon, she’ll lose the love of her life—her knight.

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Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.

Romantic reading, 

Jordan

ARC Review: The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon

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Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he’s lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Entangled Crush

PROS:

  • Zoe is confident, brave, and a spitfire. She loves baking and shotguns. She lives on a farm, and doesn’t take abuse from anyone. She stands up for herself no matter what and always has a mind of silly revenge. Her voice is strong, she’ll pull you in and make you listen. She’s such a tease, she’s constantly keeping Grant on his toes so that it’s always an adventure. What I adored about Zoe is that she puts herself out there. She wants something and she goes out to get it, with very little thought. She’s a girl of action. That first scene is perfect. But at the same time, Zoe has those pestering thoughts that every girl in a new relationship goes through-am I being too clingy, should I try harder on my look, is he going to judge me for where I live or that I like to crochet? These thoughts can drive a girl wild, they do, and they add a very real uncertainty to Zoe’s character. You see that she’s not always confident and that’s okay.
  • Zoe and Delia are hilarious together. Their friendship is built on artistic ventures, mutual love for pranks, and a fierce sisterhood bond. Their banter is engaging and a wonderful blend of playful and threatening. Their scenes are always special. Sometimes friendship falls to the wayside in contemporaries and you kind of forget about the best friend, but Delia’s presence is bold and brilliant. I’d love to read her book!
  • Aiden and Delia ❤ A true tale of opposites attract. I was crazy invested in their on/off flirting. Other secondary characters were also intriguing. Zoe’s grandma. That woman. She’s funny and feisty. She shoots guns and makes threats. She’s a thunderous little lady. Her scenes, though fairly short are always a laugh and occasionally a bit pervy. 

CONS:

  • This book is SO SHORT. It goes by super fast and suddenly it’s over and you wonder what really happened. It cuts off at a good point, but I was left feeling like it should have been taken a little further, that the story was unfinished and rushed. 
  • There are a whole lot of insulting, sexist male characters and that catty jealous ex. The way Jack treats his sister, that one creeper all over Zoe…ugh. Jack puts Zoe down all the time, and while brothers (trust me, I have one, I know) are a little mean sometimes and say harsh things without really seeing you as a girl, how could he not understand the hurt coming out of his mouth? At least he was somewhat redeemable though. You could feel the sibling love through every barbed word, though it wasn’t exactly healthy. 
  • Grant. I was not sold on him. No way. Sure he’s sexy and knows how to flirt. But depth? Grant sees women one way. He knows what he wants, it’s not serious, and he completely disregards feelings until he’s scrambling to fix it with another ridiculous promise that he may or may not make good on. He does make some concessions and changes, but they’re so miniscule it’s like tiptoeing. Even at the end, I still wasn’t quite sure why Zoe put up with it or what she saw in him. 

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Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.

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Cover Reveals: The Boyfriend Bet and The Summer Before Forever by Chris Cannon & Melissa Chambers (Respectively)

The Boyfriend Bet & The Summer Before Forever Cover Reveals

Let us know what you think of the covers for The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon and The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever, #1) by Melissa Chambers!

The Boyfriend Bet (Boyfriend Chronicles, #2) and The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever, #1) both release on August 22, 2016

These cover reveals are brought to you by Entangled TEEN, YA Interrobang, and YA Books Central!

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Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he’s lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: Betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.

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synSome boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.

Chloe Stone’s life is a hotmess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient.Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend,and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…

authmelissa-chambersMelissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She’s a member of RWA including several local and online chapters thereof. She holds her B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee.

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Keep reading, 

Jordan

Release Day Blitz & Review: Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon

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synBryn’s hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again. She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her for their cause, or her impending nightmare of a Directorate-arranged marriage to her nemesis, Jaxon.

The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she feels for him real or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her love life.

She may have to live in their world, but she doesn’t have to play by their rules.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Entangled Teen & Mark My Words

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You NEED to know what’s going on with Bryn and Valmont.
  • You’re more about the romance than the action.
  • You live for drama. 

PROS:

  • That same carefree, awesome, friendly banter is there making you fall hard for every character, even the bad guys.
  • Bryn and Valmont are complicated, romantic, adorable, everything you’d want in a couple with just the right amount of jealousy, love, and drama. 
  • You see another side to Jaxon, one that’s super surprising, sweet, and may have you second-guessing your opinion of him. 
  • The dragon world is evolving. Acceptance, difference, diversity, and understanding are all on full display. The main message is hope. 

CONS:

  • The book was more about the romance than anything else. The action happens much later in the book, along with the crazy cool mysteries that point towards a more accepting, less prejudice side of dragons in the past.
  • The “being” dragon part was absent. Their time in the sky, the flying, the battling, all of that was hardly present. I missed it. 

authChrisAward winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.

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ARC Review: Blackmail Boyfriend-Chris Cannon


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Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.

Can something so fake turn into something real?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Entangled and in participation in this tour with Mark My Words

Blackmail Boyfriend is a fun, quick read full of the quintessential teenage angst, confusion, and blossoming chemistry. 

PROS:

  • Haley is blunt, she speaks her mind and isn’t afraid to show her feelings. Quick to anger and confused about the situation, Haley’s honesty is refreshing. She doesn’t have all the answers and she’s not going to stop until she gets them. Haley won’t stand for anyone treating her poorly. Haley is a sweetheart with a playful, sassy personality.
  • Bryce and Haley’s romance is like an awakening. They both find something in each other that brings comfort and happiness that they didn’t know they needed. It isn’t perfect, they fight, they yell, the misunderstand each other and come to conclusions but it’s real. 
  • Secondary characters were full of life and laughter. There were plenty of funny, memorable moments. I adored Haley’s protective brothers and her best friend Jane, though, I wish there were more of them.
  • Bryce is complicated. He’s OCD, pristine, he likes things one way and if they go another, he doesn’t know how to cope. Bryce is blindsided by Haley’s free, casual ways, it opens his eyes to the possibilities of letting go and relaxing. Bryce is complicated and hard to understand, his wavering affections are full of a one-sided world view with the heavy burden of his father’s expectations. When Bryce loosens up, he’s a sweet, thoughtful guy whose easy to fall for. 

CONS:

  • The ending is abrupt and feels a little too quickly resolved. 
  • Some of the underlying stories were undeveloped and would have benefited the plot. Bryce’s involvement in charity, specifically the back story, his urge to design golf clubs for people with mental disorders all add to his character and are so glossed over you almost dismiss them. Additionally, Bryce’s relationship with his father, Haley’s with her mother would have colored their characters and showed greater depth, more so than the high school drama of Bryce’s ex. 
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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.
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ARC Review: Bridges Burned-Chris Cannon

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     Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…
     But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally. Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.
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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author and Mark My Words Publicity.
Bridges Burned is a quick, fun read with lots of sass and heart. 
PROS:
  • Bryn is magnetic. She’s saucy, bold, courageous, has a solid moral compass and believes in fighting her hardest for rights for those who refuse to fight for themselves. Bryn is antagonistic, playful, and has the wittiest comments. At the same time, Bryn, despite her unique circumstances as an outsider and dragon, has the same issues as a normal teenage girl. Her troubles with boys, confusion over where she stands in a relationship and if she’s worth the effort of tackling the system for places her on a playing field that’s relatable and extremely likeable. 
  • Valmont is a sweetheart, he’s loyal, masculine, and the warm arms Bryn needs to comfort her when no one else seems to understand. Bryn is searching for someone that will stay, to love her for her faults as much as her assets and Valmont is super attentive to her needs. Valmont is soft and compassionate one moment and hard, threatening lines the next. He’s a definite contender for Bryn’s heart.
  • The relationship between Jaxon and Bryn has come a long way. It’s almost amicable and there might be some sexual tension brewing beneath the surface, no matter how hard they try to resist. Jaxon is a jerk. He’s blunt, doesn’t spare Bryn her feelings and let’s her have it when she’s being too cocky. Jaxon is surprisingly nice when he wants to be. He has quite the heart hidden deep within him and a giant soft spot for the women in his life.
  • The sheer extent of the Directorate’s reign and corruption is revealed and it’s horrifying just how far they go to maintain an image of perfection and order. The difference between humans and dragons is outlined, those with imperfections are disregarded and hidden from sight like an ugly piece of furniture. Women are subservient and told not to speak up but their voices are there and it’s wonderful to finally hear their side. 
CONS:
  • A substantial portion of the plot was overwhelmed by the relationship drama between Zavien and Bryn. Her constant sulking and the run around detracted from the serious threats made to the school. 
  • The battle scenes were viewed from the outside. Secondhand word of the carnage was not nearly as suspenseful and it was hard to really gage the extent of the damages and threat. 
  • Zavien. I can’t remember the last time I was so disappointed in a character. 

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.

 

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ARC Review: Going Down in Flames-Chris Cannon

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Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

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Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

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After hearing a particularly gruesome news story about a young girl found dead in a dumpster, Bryn is on guard. Dodging through the streets on her way home from school, she locks eyes with a handsome, dark-haired stranger who greets her with a smirk. Bryn picks of speed, eager to get to her parents’ karate shop only to look back and find the stranger has picked up speed and is definitely stalking her like prey. Cornered and desperate, Bryn escapes into a coffee shop and calls her parents to come get her. Bryn though public space equaled safety, but she was wrong. The stalker followed her inside and greeted her by name. Terrified, Bryn knows she’s in danger but when she tries to leave, she finds she no longer has control of her body and is compelled to follow the stranger’s every whim.

When the guy holding her captive starts babbling about dragons and dictators, about making choices and breaking the rules, Bryn thinks the guy is more than deranged, he’s certifiably insane. Little did Bryn know that the stalker’s, Zavien’s, ravings were to become her new reality. Turns out, dragons are very real and she happens to be one of them.

Feeling betrayed and a little crazy herself, Bryn learns of her parents’ exile, their flee from the Directorate (the ruling body of dragons), and her “tainted” genes. Bryn is an abomination to their people, a mixed-blood impossibility that shouldn’t be allowed to exist.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley, Entangled Teen, and in participation with this tour

PROS:

  • The school is like Hogwarts for dragons. It’s a magical, mysterious, and inherently catty place. The social hierarchy is acutely developed into a blue blooded society life. Those who do not fit in are the subject of mockery and harassment. There’s a distinct, almost clique-like quality that makes it like any other high school. Each color of dragon sticks together and knows their place, those who don’t live up to those expectations are shunned and ridiculed. The internal battle between conformity and choice is waged daily, through each choice and interaction. Chris Cannon does a fabulous job capturing this duality of nature. Being held as prisoners to this lifestyle, some are unhappy and others are brainwashed into believing that there is no other option. Being forced to marry early and deal with infidelity is another subject that these students feel is inevitable. This whole world is insanely complex but doesn’t feel forced or like to much, it flows seamlessly. 
  • Bryn is a rebel with a cause. She loudly and clearly objects to this lifestyle thrust upon her just because she happens to be an anomaly. She dyes her hair and wears feisty clothes that make her as intriguing as she is unique. Her presence is huge and powerful, she wants to be heard and has a strong voice to make that happen. Bryn is not one to back down from a fight and loves a good challenge but she is almost courageous to a fault. She gets herself into sticky situations-granted, it’s not always her fault-and her life is constant chaos. As the story develops, Bryn evolves into something more than a sassy girl, she becomes an advocate for social change. Bryn takes the poor treatment by her peers in stride as she works to build a case for a new lifestyle, one that accepts difference as beautiful.
  • Bullying is instrumental to Bryn’s evolution but it’s also heartbreaking. Not only is Bryn thrown into this whole crazy world of paranormal creatures, she is viewed as an abomination, a being that should have been aborted or killed. The emotional trauma is staggering, it weasles its way into her heart and the anger builds. Her parents have lied to her, she has no one, and at school she’s a laughingstock subject to random attacks and viscious slurs. The bullying is sharp, harsh, and slams into Bryn, almost silencing her opinions, her voice but Bryn takes her pain and pushes, moulding it into an armor and a challenge.
  • Elemental magic. I LOVED that Chris Cannon added elemental magic to the dragons. It’s the perfect combination. The idea that dragons, color-coded, possess specific elemental powers seems natural and flows seamlessly. The lessons taught at the school are made of whimsy and awe-inspiring power. Everything is meticulously plotted, from the strengths and weaknesses of each color dragon to their general personality type and social stance. 
  • The dragon racing scene was exhilarating. The sheer power and grace of the dragon form is captured in an intoxicating flurry of description. You can picture and experience every moment as Bryn’s joy bursts from the pages and her thirst to prove herself forces her to take on substantial risks.
  • Zavien is an enigma. One moment he’s playful, bantering with and teasing Bryn, the next he’s deadly serious, especially about injustice. Zavien has a subtle depth that radiates throughout and grows into compassion. Zavien has many secrets, he’s very mysterious, and this only adds to his attractiveness.
  • Zavien and Bryn have chemistry galore. The heat is sweltering and only increases as the danger grows.

CONS:

  • The climactic scenes were broken into parts, detracting from the overall suspense.
  • Some of the secondary characters were fleeting and ominous. You never get the full of picture and questions were left unanswered.

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shitzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.

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