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.

review3/5 Stars

***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

Review & Contest: Bitterroot Part 1-Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine

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synSeventeen year-old Regan Vuk has lived her whole life under the shadow of her future: the pack alpha. She is fast, smart, and determined. According to her own pack members, she is a shoo-in. But Regan’s dad has a secret.

Seventeen year-old Charlie spent her adolescence drifting from place to place with a mother desperate to hide her illegitimate daughter from the unforgiving reality of werewolf pack dynamics. All Charlie has ever wanted is to know her father–and the family that’s been kept from her all these years. But most of all, she wants a place to belong in the world. Where she doesn’t have to pretend she can’t sprout fur and paws at will. Being kidnapped on her way home from prom was not she Charlie had in mind.

When Charlie finds out the only way to fit in with her new family is to defeat her long-lost sister for the role of alpha, she refuses. That is until she learns that the strange and alluring vampire she’s befriended, Owen, is the same vampire prince that’s been promised the winner.

Regan has no doubt that, although she loathes the vampires, it will be her who “wins” Owen.

Only problem: Charlie’s already fallen for him.

Bitterroot is a Young Adult Paranormal with a dose of sibling rivalry… Who will you root for?

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review2.5/5 Stars

***I recieved this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the authors

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re looking for something quick and entertaining (this is just over 100 pages)
  • You’re a sucker for the classic vampires vs werewolves conflict 
  • You watch The Vampire Diaries, Bitten, or Twilight

PROS:

  • Secondary characters were full of personality and quirks, so much so that it outshone the main characters. I found myself leaning towards characters like Brent, Bevin, Carter and even the vicious Sheridan.
  • The vampire in the woods is intense. That scene was a total adrenaline rush made of terror and attraction. It was PERFECT. He’s deep, talks about serious things, thinks things through before he speaks, and that sort of broody, flirty charm is there to sweep you off your feet. He’s not merely looks, it’s his sincerity, his willingness to listen that makes him attractive. 
  • Just short enough to leave you hungry for more and long enough to suck you in.

CONS:

  • The plot was predictable and lacked any twists or surprises. What should have been a big reveal was easily called from the beginning of the story or if you read the synopsis (I didn’t beforehand). 
  • Regan and Charlie were hard to root for and even harder to get to know despite being told from each of their POVs. So much focus is placed on the situation that the tiny details that make their personalities were missing. Their preferences, how they feel about basic things like clothes or music, anything like that was strangely absent. It’s like they had no life before this moment in time and nothing to attach them to the world. Charlie and Regan are crazy oblivious to what is right in front of them. It’s all sorts of frustrating.

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Keep reading, 

Jordan

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Ultraviolet-Jessica Sorensen

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book ULTRAVIOLET. Ultraviolet is a novella series that is labeled as Young Adult Horror/supernatural/mystery/romance. Enjoy a sneak peek below and make sure to enter the giveaway!

cooltext1889161239 copyHidden in the Red Hill Mountains is the quiet town of Hollows Grove.

In that town, there is a field where a secret is buried deep beneath the ground.

And in that field is where Mila was found abandoned with no memory of her past and haunted by visions of the future.

Nine years later, Mila’s life is almost as normal as any other eighteen-year-old. That is until she starts foreseeing the murder of Nyjah Bradley, a guy she’s never met before, but whose face is branded into her mind.

Constantly plagued by the vision, Mila decides to track Nyjah down and warn him of his impending death. But when the search leads her back to Hollows Grove, she learns there’s more to the sleepy town than meets the eye.

cooltext1921345213 copyGoosebumps dot my arms as I become highly aware that there’s not a single drop of noise within earshot. Not even our shoes hitting the dirt make a sound. I want to ask Novela if she notices it, but I don’t want to risk upsetting her more than she is. I try to keep it to myself but then I hear the soft pitter-patter of light footsteps rushing up behind us.

Do you hear us? Do you hear us?

Welcome back. Welcome back.

We’ve been waiting for you, Mila.

Our gazes lock and without looking back, Novela and I take off in a mad sprint down the road

“Oh my God, we’re going to die,” she pants as she struggles desperately to keep up with me.

“We’re not going to die.” I gasp for air as I push my legs harder than I ever have before.

I don’t know what’s behind us. If it’s following us. What it wants. But as we near the edge of town, I dare look back over my shoulder and instantly wish I wouldn’t have. Because standing in the darkness of the road, watching us from a distance, is a lofty figure.

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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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Reviews: The Fool & The Magician-Karen Amanda Hooper

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NOTE: This is a serial. All parts are around 60 pages.

Currently FREE on most platforms (check first).

cooltext1804448395 copyIn a faraway future, Kelsey Zellar is starting her senior year at yet another school thanks to her twin sister’s troublesome obsession with outlawed virtual reality games.

Every school they’ve ever attended is pretty much the same: lunchroom drama, rich kids binging on enhancement candies, and classmates rallying for or against the government’s strict control over everything from entertainment privileges to caffeine consumption.

Unlike her sister, Kelsey follows the rules and keeps her nose out of trouble and politics while sniffing out her next flavored latte and favorite novel. But when Kelsey meets a charming book connoisseur, and accepts his offering of a tarot card, she takes the first step toward two new addictions: the guy of her dreams, and his illegal dealing of virtual escapes into her beloved storybooks.

Kelsey straddles the worlds of fiction and reality, but is she a fool for believing in her own happy ending?

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PROS:

  • The world building is intense without being overwhelming. The setting is futuristic with things like hover crafts and virtual reality school lessons. The creativity is astounding, it’s like The Neverending Story meets The Jetsons. Between the quirky little inventions, the tyrannical governmental expectations and regulations, and the ease in which each aspect is introduced, the entire story feels like truth despite its magical and sci-fi undertones. 
  • Any book nerd will swoon, seriously melt into a puddle of envy at the library, the love interest, and the power of the Arcana cards. The ability to use a card to transport into a story as a main character is one of the coolest things I’ve ever read. I was instantly enchanted and envious of the sheer possibilities. To experience classics like The Chronicles of Narnia, literally first hand as Lucy, while remaining yourself is a dream come true. 
  • The mystery is high, there are plenty of clues, and things that seem like puzzle pieces that are so much more than they seem. 
  • Xander. OMG. He’s like a fantasy. Instant perfection. Hot, a librarian, intelligent, obsessed with books, loves coffee, he’s playful and witty. A dream come to life. Honestly, I’m pretty impressed by Kelsey’s self-control.
  • Kelsey is a soul sister. She likes to keep on the straight and narrow, is completely protective of her twin sister, and doesn’t trust easily. She prefers books over people and lives for coffee. Sometimes, her complete mistrust is hard to understand and her opinions fluctuate. 

CONS:

  • It’s so short. If you have a free hour to read pick this up but expect a killer hangover. Because the word count is so low, it goes by quicker than ever and it’s painful when it ends. Luckily, the release dates are relatively close together.
  • Not the biggest fan of the cover.

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NOTE: This is a serial. All parts are around 60 pages.

cooltext1804448395 copyThe second book in the VIRTUAL ARCANA series.

The series starts with book 0: The Fool.

Mysterious cards keep appearing in Kelsey’s life, stirring up questions and forcing her to keep secrets from her sister, Keekee.

Triggered by Kelsey’s fear and Keekee’s worry, the twins become bright blips on their tyrannical government’s radar.

Xander’s magic seems to be their only chance at escaping a dangerous confrontation, but is Kelsey willing to break multiple laws and finally step into Xander’s illegal world of virtual reality?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Starry Sky Publishing.

PROS:

  • The role of the Arcana and the cards is even more prominent in this episode than The Fool. The mix of mysticism and magic with advanced technology is captivating. The story sucks you in much like the virtual reality cards in Xander’s library. 
  • The evils of the government and just how much control they have over each citizen is huge in this segment. The way they manipulate, threaten, and coerce creates an air of hopelessness for Keekee and Kelsey’s future plans to escape. 
  • Attraction between Xander and Kelsey mounts as the danger rises. The fact that he gives Kelsey a choice and is willing to help her despite the risks is sweet. Despite her misgivings, the magic Xander radiates with the tarot cards and his mind-blowing virtual reality library is a tantalizing temptation that she can no longer resist. 
  • Kelsey scrambles to understand how Xander’s magic is possible and deal with her blossoming feelings. Kelsey puts her heart and loyalty to her family above her own safety. She’s a heroine in the making. 

CONS:

  • Keekee is headstrong, radical and pushes down Kelsey’s feelings, insisting that hers are the right ones and that Kelsey’s sacrifice should mirror her own because they’re twins. Keekee has secrets, she hides things from Kelsey even though she does a lot to try to keep Keekee safe. Keekee is so explosive in her personality sometimes that it’s a little unlikable. 

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

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Love & Decay Season 3 Episode 1-Rachel Higginson

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

It’s been six months since Reagan Willow fled the Colony and Matthias Allen’s tyrannical clutches. Six months since she broke Hendrix Parker’s heart. Six months since she watched Kane Allen sacrifice his life to save hers.
Whatever was left of her already-tattered life during the Zombie Apocalypse fell apart six months ago. Now, on the cusp of crossing the Mexican border, there is hope that she might lead her friends to a better existence.

Except Zombies are only the beginning of their problems. Reagan and her friends must battle the elements, armies of Feeders and bounty hunters desperate to drag them back to the Colony to face their greatest threat.

The Colony’s power stretches wide and far. Their only hope is to outrun Matthias and get to Mexico.

Love and Decay, Episode One is the first episode in Season Three of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

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Haven’t started the Love & Decay Series Yet? Season One Episodes 1-6 is Free!

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cooltext1544204149 copyZombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world’s population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they’ve become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.

Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they’re not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Each episode is approximately 20,000 words.

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

Pleasant reading,

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Release Day Blitz: Birth of Fire-Wendy Owens

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cooltext1718187964 copyTynder Crown doesn’t have a clue where her life is headed, and she’s perfectly fine with that. She bar-tends at a dive at night and wakes up with a hangover in the mornings, until the murder of the only person she cares for triggers a transformation she can’t stop.

Who killed Tynder’s grandfather? What kind of strange world was he tied up in? And why did he try so hard to keep it a secret from her?

Tynder has a choice now. She can walk away from her grandfather’s mysterious world and let his killer go free, or try to fill the position that was left vacant by his tragic death—private investigator to the magic realm.

And if she wants justice for the man who raised her, Tynder has to convince the powerful Fae Queen she’s all in on her new life.

Birth of Fire is a serial episode of the Tynder Crown series, a new adult paranormal mystery thriller so exciting you won’t be able to put it down and will head running for the next installment. There are six episodes total. Due to language and sexual situations this entire series is recommended for mature reader.

Happy reading,

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Cover Reveal: Distant Desires-Cambria Hebert

Releasing June 14, 2014

Synopsis
An erotic tale of alien proportions…
Sophie Perez has
never believed the stuff she reads online about possible life in space. Aliens are
for the movies, for the weirdoes, and they most definitely are not real.
One night on the
way home from a late shift at work, her car breaks down. Stranded on the side
of a country road, with a dead cell phone, doesn’t seem like that big of a
deal.
Until strange
neon lights appear in the sky. She thinks it is her imagination.
When an
inexplicable circular ship appears overhead, she can’t deny what’s clearly
right in front of her. Especially when moments later, she’s taken onto the
ship, a human hostage among those who are most definitely not human.
About to become
a human guinea pig, possibly worse, the last thing she ever expects is to like
the things these otherworldly beings subject her to. In fact, it is unlike
anything she’s ever experienced.

Will Sophie find
her way back to her planet, or will she beg to stay where her pleasure is
literally out of this world?
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Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

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