ARC Review & Giveaway: French Kiss for Hire (Episode 1)-Nana Malone, Nikki Jefford, Amanda Lance, Lizzy Ford, Morgan Wylie, Amanda Askel

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Sensitive and sexy Frenchman, Luc Du’mont, is living the American dream. He’s spent the last four years at university on an acting scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him, he’s ready to make his big Hollywood splash.

The catch? His debut has to happen before his student visa expires in two months. Otherwise, he’ll be shipped home to France, and all of his acting opportunities will sail with him.

Most important, he’ll lose any chance at winning blond-bombshell Serena Dawson’s heart. As the sister of his roommate, she is strictly off limits. But when Serena approaches Luc for kissing advice, what can Luc do other than pucker up?

The kiss leads to much more than Luc ever imagined. When word gets out about Luc’s lip-locking skills and his unemployment leaves him desperate, Luc finds himself with a new career path: French Kiss for Hire.

Except the only client he wants is the one girl he can’t have.

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

French Kiss For Hire is a charming new serial by a handful of amazing authors, though who wrote each episode is a mystery that has yet to be revealed. The story itself is quirky and creative, the idea of kissing for money that extends beyond a cutesy charity kissing booth adds a playfulness that runs throughout. 

Luc is a sweetheart. A genuinely nice guy who is perceptive and full of insight, he’s charming, gorgeous, and that accent. The French phrases are adorable. Luc is a victim of unrequited love. Moony-eyed and pining, you can’t help but feel for him.

Those kissing scenes though. Get ready to fan yourselves ladies. 

Each character has very real issues that are easy to identify with. Insecurities, shyness, not feeling like you’re good enough or like you’re the problem in a failing relationship, unemployment and money issues post-graduation.

The story moves along quickly (SO QUICK) and you’ll want more. Definitely.

Madison, introduced near the end of the story, is intriguing and has so many layers buried beneath her superficial outer core. I loved her. I wanted to know more. 

Some secondary characters, like Luc’s roommate Ben, there just wasn’t enough of. What little tidbits there were had me dying to know him.

All that aside, there was a little something missing, that magical quality that makes it more like a fairytale than real life was there, just beneath the surface but didn’t quite make it out. 

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Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

2015 Top Reads

2015 has been a whirlwind of new books and author friends. It’s been a crazy ride that has culminated in my attendance at Utopia 2016 and potential publication.. we’ll see 😉

Happy New Year readers, this blog wouldn’t be anything without all of your kind words and support!

And now…

Top 15 Books of 2015

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Happy reading and here’s to an even better reading year next year!

Jordan

Release Day Blitz & ARC Review Preview: Omega-Lizzy Ford

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synIn a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.

However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.

For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.

Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.

One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.

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***I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Omega in exchange for an honest review via the author

Omega is an enchanting spin on mythology meets dystopia. Magical, captivating, and all sorts of awesome, Omega is an unforgettable and intoxicating read. Get ready to fall in love with the sweet ambrosia that is Alessandra’s story. 

For the full review, check back on November 4 for a special look at teasers, fav quotes, and an indepth pros and cons list 🙂 

Magical reading, 

Jordan

Review: Spring Rain-Lizzy Ford

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The Master of Light struggling to find his place …

The alluring Fire witchling who holds the key to helping him …

Darkness looms over the school for witchlings where the Master of Light, Beck, races to control his magic so he can protect the innocent. He struggles to balance his duty with his broken heart and to understand how to move on from what he considers his ultimate failure: his inability to save the woman he loved.

Morgan is on the run – for a good cause. The soul stone she carries could kill Beck and everyone else she cares about, if she’s caught by the Dark witchlings pursuing her. Neither Light nor Dark, she begins to think she’ll spend her life in the shadows, undeserving of Beck’s love and alone with her secret.

When the paths of Beck and Morgan collide again, there isn’t time for doubt or fear. They must work together to tackle the Dark soul that wants them both dead. To do so, there can be no more secrets between them.

Without Trust, Love and Light, the witchlings will perish.

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PROS:

  • Morgan is beautifully scarred but not broken. She’s got a golden soul, full of heart and love that she’s scared to share because of her past. Morgan is headstrong, determined, a fiery little minx that will latch on to your heart and have you cheering her on. It’s heartbreaking the extent of the damage her past wrecked on her soul. Her memories trigger, her trauma is harsh and dark and it hurts to see someone so strong cower in fear. Morgan fights with extreme courage, risking everything and sacrificing her heart to spread the Light. It’s inspiring to watch Morgan grow and learn to love. 
  • Beck is distraught, confused, and struggles daily with his worthiness to save the Light. Beck has made several mistakes that have altered his life dramatically and he doesn’t know how to live with the consequences, only that he must. Weighed down by responsibility and loss, Beck wavers in his confidence but overcomes his insecurity when everything is at stake. Beck becomes a man in this story and more importantly, he learns to harness the Light with trust and heart.
  • Beck and Morgan are fire. Raw, hot passion. Off the charts chemistry. Morgan and Beck complete each other. Total opposites they push and pull, daring each other to be better, to grow, and to lay everything on the line for the fate of the world. Together they are invincible. 
  • Noah and Biji. I smell another book. Seriously. I adore Noah and Biji together and they both deserve a happy ending. She’s feisty, he has a big, compassionate heart and a side of bad boy. I can already imagine the heat between them. Reading their small but potent interactions was heartwarming and blissful, you can feel the chemistry rolling off the pages. 
  • The final battle. The anticipation built into a chaotic mess of evil and sinister intention. It’s graphic, dramatic, and bold. The screams of pain, the leaching shadows, the anger in the air, everything equals one epic finale. 

CONS:

  • What should have been big, climactic explosions of emotional turmoil at the deaths of two horrendous villains were brief, summarized, and even glossed over. Morgan had so much animosity and trauma towards her dark past that this showdown should have figured prominently so that Morgan could heal and find closure; unfortunately this scene was a bit of a letdown.
  • Characters were introduced that had been mentioned in previous books but hadn’t had a large role. Their scenes were brief and unexplored, especially Morgan’s mother. Her personality, her inner demons were hinted at but fizzled out and never came back to the storyline.
  • Decker and Summer were somewhat absent. Their scenes were short and lacked their normal vivaciousness. I found myself seriously missing their spirited personalities and interactions. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Cover Reveal: Alessandra-Lizzy Ford

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Alessandra (#1, Omega Beginnings Miniseries)

Short story. Prequel miniseries to the “Omega Series.”

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Five-year-old Alessandra is obsessed with Disney movies, tea parties and just wants a real birthday party for once in her life. But normal kids don’t bring their toys to life for afternoon tea or see the colorful threads of magic and energy clinging to everything around them.

Normal kids don’t know that gargoyles feel pain, either, or invite one to live in their closet.

On her sixth birthday, Alessandra begins to learn the truth. She’s special, and the men in the black van are coming for her.

Pleasant reading,

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Cover Reveal: The Underworld-Lizzy Ford

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The time has come for Gabriel to claim his underworld. Accompanied by the deceptive Dark One, he risks everything to find his mate and take his place as the deity Death.

Between him and the only woman he’s ever loved: a handful of rebelling death dealers, the deity Karma and the Dark One’s mate, a human-turned-demon who holds his soul in the palm of her hand.

Time is running out, and Gabriel has one chance to make things right, even if it means letting go of the last part of him that’s human.

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Lizzy Ford is the author of over seventeen novels written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Trilogy and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.

In late March 2012, “Damian’s Oracle” (Book I, War of Gods) was featured in USA Today, an indication that Lizzy’s career is just starting to take off!

In November 2012, Lizzy signed with Margery Walshaw of Evatopia, a literary management and production firm representing writers and their books to TV/movie studios in Hollywood.

Happy reading, 

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ARC Review: Cursed-Lizzy Ford

4/5 Stars

Cursed (Voodoo Nights, #1)-Lizzy Ford* 

I received this ARC through a giveaway and there was no obligation to review but because I loved Cursed, I felt compelled to review

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It would not be long before he learned of his role in what was to come. Soon, he’d meet her, the white zombie that plagued Marie’s dreams. A beautiful girl in her early twenties with blonde hair and light eyes. An un-dead girl whose spirit was returned to her even after her body was gone. Her siren song would draw the Red Man and doom everyone around her.

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She looked up, her eyes even prettier up close than he expected. They were as flawless as the rest of her. For a moment, they were frozen in their own world.

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Ever since the last season of American Horror Story: Coven, I’ve been a little absorbed with witches, but haven’t found anything quite as dark or twisted as Coven. Cursed opens with a familiar sinister feeling; filled with haunting images and shadowed cemeteries, from the first clutch of a gris gris bag to the prayers to Papa Legba, I was lost to this world. I needed to know more. For those AHS: Coven fans, there are some familiar characters referenced throughout but nowhere near how they were presented on AHS. When I learned that Papa Legba was the sacred god of a specific family, I was terrified. Papa Legba is more than a trickster, he’s a monster on AHS. This really was a more authentic look into the role of Papa Legba as a deity who is not solely devoted to evil and bartering in vicious sacrifice and curses, nor is he the seriously creepy psycho he was marketed as on AHS. That is not to say that this book is not scary, exactly the opposite. Cursed is the kind of scary that straddles a fine line between reality and nightmare and that’s what makes it so unsettling. From blood magic to zombies to serial killers, Cursed is just enough horror to keep you guessing even to the last pages.

Plot: New Orléans is notoriously known for its mischief and as a magical place shrouded in mystery and whispered superstitions, but what’s on the surface is nothing compared to what’s going on behind the scenes. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, a band of voodoo gang members patrol the streets, keeping people in line when everything threatened to fall to chaos after the natural disaster. Rene, his brother Jax and the rest of the tattooed thugs lurk in the shadows, always watching with fists at the ready and a bokor at their disposal. Black magic is a price that must sometimes be paid to protect their territory. There are three main family lines that coexist in New Orléans, all tampering in some form of voodoo and with a powerful ability to communicate with the spirits. Usually, between their insights, magic, and unity they can work together to face whatever challenges their authority but nothing can prepare them for the hellish nightmare the spirits warn of, one of an apocalyptic massacre of epic proportions that all started with a curse cast hundreds of years before. There’s a serial killer roaming the alleyways, leaving dead bodies in his wake, a red cloaked man who seems to bleed from the shadows and disappear in a flash, and a prophecy that warns of a white zombie, rotting flesh and destruction for all. Meanwhile, Jayden, descendant of one of these houses, just wants a normal life as a popular teenager but the weight of the world seems to rest on his shoulders. A star football player, Jayden comes from a family that couldn’t be more opposite. His father is what he calls a “black Steve Jobs” and his mother’s side practices voodoo as a religion that they’re more than firmly invested in, it’s their lifestyle. When Jayden meets Adrienne, it’s like his whole world comes crashing down on him. From her sultry, intoxicating voice to her fragile, bird-like appearance, Jayden experiences an attraction unlike anything he’s ever felt before. He doesn’t know who she is, he doesn’t care, all he knows is that he wants to be close to her. Adrienne has just moved in with her father in the bad ward of New Orléans. Devastated after her sister’s murder, Adrienne is on the hunt to learn anything about what happened. Working at a local psychic shop reading tarot cards and with the hopes of gaining a record deal, Adrienne is ecstatic about her new life at a rich school with amazing possibilities to advance her career. What she doesn’t count on is the social mockery at her status as a scholarship student. Already she feels like an outcast, that is, until she runs into Jayden, literally. Adrienne is floored by his charismatic, glowing smile. She wants to get to know him but is too shy to push. Luckily for her Jayden is persistent. When strange things start to happen and the voodoo community is in an uproar over a hundreds of years old prophecy that may star Jayden, Rene, Jax, and Adrienne, battle lines are drawn and it’s a race to the death to figure out how to stop an evil so strong it could destroy them all.

The Red Man is coming …

Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orléans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse … the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations — a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn’t believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he’s compelled to for more reasons than her beauty.

He’s not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.

Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil’s siren song?

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PROS:

  • The cover is beautiful. At first glance, the splash of crimson on her lips, the stark contrast of the black and white lettering, the pale skin, and the hair that almost fades out into nothingness suggests a ghostly wickedness that is only accentuated by the vise-like grip of the snake. The girl at once seems in bondage but the soft way her hands caress her face makes the snake more of a cherished pet. The flowered necklace adds an innocence that directly contradicts the pop of cleavage and the red lips. There’s an amazing duality, one that carries both darkness and light and really presents an internal battle projected onto the outer image.
  • The prejudice and racism in the south over two people of different colored skin dating is discussed. This is the first time I’ve read a YA book where race relationships in this context have been addressed and it’s a subject that I think should be further explored. While this is not the main theme of the book, as an underlying sort of thematic antagonist, it creates the feeling of a forbidden relationship while rocking the foundation of these prejudices by how strongly the protagonists fight for their relationship yet walk a fine line because they don’t want to anger their families. It’s a direct conflict that both characters war with even though they think such racial signifiers are a thing of the past.
  • The love stories rival Romeo and Juliet. They’re complete and utter travesties of epic proportions. They escape time and space and leave their mark on generations. The consequences are so much worse and a burden that each family must carry.
  • Adrienne is an angel. While she gets angry at the life she’s destined for, about the cruel way people treat her as a scholarship student at her fancy school, and the disastrous travesty of her sister’s murder, she is like a tiny, fierce and fluffy kitten. She fights, she’s not afraid to speak up, and she has an innocent faith in people that is remarkable given her past. She has an adorable accent, an endearing way about her, and is so stubborn and confused that it’s easy to imagine her stomping her feet in frustration. One thing Adrienne is not is patient. She’s rash, she’ll walk into pitch black alleyways, and verbally fight like a banshee. The girl is a trooper.
  • Jayden. He’s kind, funny, and just a tad sexual. His attraction to Adrienne is enough to make him crazy and risk everything he believes in. Jayden had to grow up way too fast and has taken care of his family for as long as he can remember, he has to succeed, he can’t take a break, everyone is counting on him and he’s flailing. Jayden puts up with a lot and yet, he maintains his composure even though his spirit is slowly suffocating. Adrienne lifts his heart and allows him peace. Their interactions are fluid, fueled by sensual tension.
  • Rene. Mmm, mmm, mmm. Rene. From the way her carries himself, like a warrior of solid muscle and cat-like reflexes, who prowls but has a compassionate, protective side. Rene is sexy, in that smooth, rough, and raspy way. He doesn’t know where he belongs, his place in the voodoo gang is questionable, at least to him, and he’s torn between who he wants to be and what’s expected of him. These dueling personalities are present throughout the book as Rene fights himself. Sometimes he’s rough around the edges, pushy, and a bit of a jerk but he exudes that bad boy vibe that is just so tempting.
  • Chemistry. It’s everywhere. It’s in smoldering glances, warm touches, and heated embraces. There’s a flirtatious, suggestive banter between the couples that will keep you toasty and hunkering for more interaction.
  • The climax is so unexpected. There are several surprises that are impossible to guess and so shocking that you may have to pause and reevaluate your feelings towards specific characters.
  • The story is sick, sinister, and in many ways a very creepy love story. The grotesque imagery, the slimy looks, the way characters are one with the shadows, the violence, the gore, and the rampant, psychotic serial killings make this a chilling, gripping read. If you like horror films, ghost stories, disturbing images, and elaborate plots, this is for you.
  • LIzzy Ford obviously did a lot of research while writing this book. From the rituals, to the specific herbs in tea, to the set up of alters, and even to communing with the spirits, everything was meticulously detailed.
  • These families take dysfunctional to a whole new level. It’s a train wreck that is both amusing and sad.
  • This actually, in a way, read like a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with voodoo and serial killings.

CONS:

  • The story is a little slow to start. You will be confused. You will feel frustrated by all the seemingly random tidbits and clues but all questions will be answered. The beginning of the book is somewhat convoluted. So much happens in so few pages that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with information that won’t make sense until you’re well into the book. This is one of those stories where even the smallest details count. Pay attention, it all becomes clear.
  • Towards the end of the book Adrienne gets a teensy bit whiny and while it’s understandable, she quickly gets irritating.
  • There’s a scene that completely blew my mind. There’s a scene where one of the secondary characters gets surrounded and attacked in an alleyway. From the way it’s described, at first it sounds like it was a really bad beating yet, a couple pages later it’s no big deal and there’s little talk of it. Frankly, I feel like this scene should have been discussed more and not taken so lightly. Also, the ear hacking scene.

If you liked any of the following, you’d enjoy this:

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Pleasant reading,

-BB