Sunday, September 21

thin love

Title: Thin Love

By: Eden Butler

My Copy: Ebook for Honest Review

BookWhisperer Rating:

three books

Love isn't supposed to be an addiction. It isn't supposed to leave you bleeding.
Kona pushed, Keira pulled, and in their wake, they left behind destruction.
She sacrificed everything for him.
It wasn't enough.
But the wounds of the past can never be completely forgotten and still the flame remains, slumbers between the pleasure of yesterday and the thought of what might have been.
Now, sixteen years later, Keira returns home to bury the mother who betrayed her, just as Kona tries to hold onto what remains of his NFL career with the New Orleans Steamers. Across the crowded bustle of a busy French Market, their paths collide, conjuring forgotten memories of a consuming touch, skin on skin, and the still smoldering fire that begs to be rekindled.
When Kona realizes the trifecta of betrayal—his, Keira's and those lies told to keep them apart—his life is irrevocably changed and he once again takes Keira down with him into the fire that threatens to ignite them both.

our thoughtsThin Love is a gritty and raw story about young love and second chances. This will not be a easy and flowing love story of awe worthy romance, but rather a dark and gritty journey of destined loves. Kona and Keira will be forced to overcome obstacles and trials at every turn, but this reflect on the genuine and honest personalities of their characters. In many ways the two are just as much saviors to one another; as they are the enemy. It is one heart stopping moment after another. After a horribly tragic night Kona and Kiera will take different paths, but the future has then destined to cross paths again. Sixteen years later they will tested yet again, and they will be forced to overcome obstacles yet again. Thin Love was a very slow starter, but after a short time the story really begins moving rather quickly. Until it slides to a screeching halt. This is the point where the story seems to jump a little off track for me. Everything no matter how terrible was acceptable when Kona and Keira are children, but when they are reintroduced as adults I expected a much more responsible relationship. Kona’s continued oblivion to his Mother’s vindictive and betraying personality was a major let down. It almost seemed the exact same relationship told before and after just a different ages. While still a good story I was hoping their characters would have really changed as adults.

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Saturday, September 20

Title: Leather and Lace
By: Jessie Evans
My Copy: Ebook from Author
BookWhisperer's Rating:

Cowboy bikers, fireworks, and romance, oh my…

Wild girl, Mia Sherman, has a secret—she isn’t as fearless as she pretends. Descended from Lonesome Point, Texas’s founding family, Mia grew up hearing tales of an old Irish curse that had followed the Shermans to America. At age twenty-four, Mia is still terrified of the stories, because they aren’t stories. They are a warning about what will happen if Mia allows love and romance into her life. The curse struck Mia’s grandmother and her great-great-whatever grandmother, and Mia knows she could be next. The first-born daughter of every generation is cursed to lose her husband on her wedding night, which is one of the many reasons Mia has sworn off relationships.

Until the fateful day Sawyer Kane rides his Harley into her life …

Rancher turned restoration expert, Sawyer Kane, can’t believe his luck when the feisty owner of the lingerie shop next to his hotel turns out to be the curator of his latest project, a ghost town he’s been sent to restore. He’s looking forward to long, hot days talking history, and hotter nights with Mia, but the redhead with the killer smile seems determined to keep him at a friendly distance. But when a dangerous man from Mia’s past arrives in town, Sawyer finds himself drawn into her inner circle, and into the legend of Lonesome Point itself.

Can true love conquer all, even a centuries-old curse? Mia and Sawyer may be the first to find out.


Okay, honestly time.  There were things that I really liked about this book and some things I scratched my head over. 

I really liked Sawyer’s character.  He was strong, mature, and attracted to Mia from the get go.  He was absolutely dedicated to restoring the town and pretty much a bad ass on his Harley.  Mia on the other hand just rubbed me the wrong way.  I think she acted too strong as a woman to have the past play such a huge part in her life now.  She never seems terrified or worried throughout the whole book until towards the end.  I guess I am confused because her past, to me, should have made her more timid and cautious.  However, she acted completely normal and becomes involved with Sawyer quickly much to my surprise.  There were other actions that didn’t quite work for me but I don’t want to ruin anything from the book so this is as far as I will go.


I did like Mia’s grandmother (although disappointed in her at the end.) Bubba was a great character that kept the story interesting and gave Sawyer a better insight into Mia. And the mystery that Evans left us with at the end started a pretty interesting question as to what really happened.

Wednesday, September 17

enjoying the chase

Title: Enjoying the Chase

By: Kirsty Moseley

Series: Guarded Hearts #2

My Copy: Ebook from Amazon

BookWhisperer Rating:

Five Books

Nate Peters is living the playboy life. He has great friends, a great job, no responsibilities, no girlfriend, and he loves it. Nate, being incredibly skilled with a pick-up line, has never failed to get a girl in his life… until one day he meets Rosie York. Rosie is completely uninterested in him. Being unable to stand a dented ego, Nate makes it his mission to win her over. Not used to putting in much effort, Nate is surprisingly enjoying the chase of this off-limits little brunette. Maybe he has finally met his match… But Rosie has a few surprises of her own which will make it remarkably more difficult for him to get close to her.

our thoughts Oh… How I love me some Kirsty Moseley!!!! My first introduction was through The Boy Who Sneaks Through My Bedroom Window, and let me just tell you have amazing that experience was; Oh Yeah I did in its raving review. Which is quite similar to the raving review that book one of the Guarded Hearts series enticed. Which should leave you fairly unsurprised that Enjoying the Chase will have the same raving review. Due to the small number of titles published, and the short time I have been following I have only experienced three books from this wonderful author. Each and every further seals my deep loyalty and love for her style and knack for creating an inspiring romance. Nate and Rosie are not new characters, since we experienced both in the debut novel of this series. They are deeply loved for their roles in the past story, as best friends to main characters, but the depth of their personalities was unexpected. They are such wonderful characters, and I was captivated by their story. Furthermore, I can not express how absolutely perfect they were created for one another.  When you offer a storyline of the two best friends falling in love there is a slight risk of the story feeling forced and unrealistic. I didn’t feel any of this with Rosie and Nate’s story. There was never even a question while reading of how convenient the relationship would be. It was so friction filled that I easily overlooked the convenience, and was rooting for Nate to be the better man.  As a Mother, I felt a deep connection to this story; just as any Mother will be a sure fan. Watching the trials for this single mother and child is hard, and left me rooting for a better future.  Rosie is a strong and independent character never looking for a handout, and always willing to do what ever it takes to provide. I especially loved the lack of girly personality from her. Everything about his story jumped out at me leaving me feeling right at home in story. I can not wait to see if Moseley has more in store for the Guarded Hearts series. This is a five star series from a five star author.

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Title: The Force of Gravity (The Force of Gravity, #1)
Author: Kelly Stevenson
Genre: New Adult Student / Teacher Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2014
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Synopsis
"I blast the stereo in a vain attempt to drown out my thoughts. I don’t want to be thinking about him and analyzing every detail of first period. It makes me feel like a young, foolish girl, and I’m embarrassed that I can’t control the way my body reacts every time his eyes meet mine."

In a quiet town in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, everything in life is seemingly perfect for eighteen-year-old Kaley Kennedy. She has loving parents, loyal friends, and is dating the hottest boy in school. With only a few months left of her senior year, she’s looking forward to an epic summer before heading off to Los Angeles for college.

Without warning, a gorgeous new math teacher interrupts Kaley’s predictable little world, challenging who she is. Suddenly, parties, dates, and Friday nights with her friends seem empty and unfulfilling as she finds herself obsessing over his every move. Desperate for something more, but determined to ignore her fierce attraction, every single relationship in her life begins to crumble by forces beyond her control. Struggling to transition from adolescence to adulthood, Kaley must choose between playing it safe or risking more than just her heart. . . .  

Excerpt
I do the entire problem over three times before finally summoning the courage to raise my hand. What I wouldn’t give to be enrolled in an all-girls Catholic school right now, so I could actually focus on learning math instead of being intimidated to raise my hand because of my teacher’s insane good looks. He’s working with another student when he notices my hand in the air and gives me a quick nod to let me know he’ll be there in a minute. My palms moisten, and I wipe them down on my jeans, scolding myself for being such an idiotic school girl with uncontrollable urges. So pathetic. “My calculator’s messed up,” I say as he approaches my desk. “Let me take a look at it.” I hand it to him with swift obedience. “I swear I entered everything correctly.” “I can figure it out,” he says. “I can work these things forward and backward.” My stomach swirls as he squats down next to me, pressing a combination of buttons and pulling up screens I’ve never seen before. I peer over his shoulder in amazement. This man can work a TI-84 graphing calculator like nobody’s business. Am I seriously finding this sexy? I’ve just reached a new low. “Okay, your settings were off, but I also think you entered a number in wrong somewhere.” “I checked three times,” I say, annoyed. He smirks. “It’s a machine; it can’t make a mistake. It can only do what you tell it to.” He places it in front of me and stands. “Is it updated?” he asks, picking it up again. I have no idea what he means, and I think he can tell with the way he smiles at me. “I’ll check it for you.” He walks over to his desk and plugs it into his computer. I didn’t even know you could do that. I observe him as another student comes up to his desk and asks a question. His self-assurance is so alluring. High school boys seem to overcompensate for their lack of confidence, coming off as arrogant. But Mr. Slate is older, more mature. He never crosses the fine line that divides confidence and arrogance. And even though I try to fight it, I’m finding myself drawn to him like a hummingbird thirsty for nectar. He makes me want to be more mature, sexy, and assertive. He makes me want to be a woman. “Here you go, Kaley,” he says, dissolving my thoughts. He sets my calculator on my desk, his chestnut eyes gleaming into mine. “Let me know if you need anything else.” Oh, help me.  
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Kelly Stevenson is a professional writer from Phoenix, Arizona. She has a background in journalism, psychology, theater arts, and animal science. When Kelly is not writing, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.
   
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Monday, September 15


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FIERCE Cover Fierce by L.G. Kelso
Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.
With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.
With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.
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Hell Yeah!!! The first tidbit of information that I have heard through the grapevine about this book was about the kickass heroine. I agree wholeheartedly, Tori is the picture of determination and independence. This is a girl that knows what she wants, and how to get it. I know that this is a transition book, because really this personality is one that grows with the story, but regardless she is inspiring. I love the gym atmosphere, and the protective nature that these boys take with Tori. Without minimizing her dependence it is heart warming to see how they rise to be more competitors and guard dogs. Max is a very entertaining character as well. Not many books would be able to pull of the intellectual librarian being the same character that is an MMA fighter with miles of rippling muscles and fists. Kelso crafted this world to captivate the reader with the almost overwhelming desire for not only fighting, but the budding relationship between Max and Tori. Be forewarned though this is a nice clean cut novel. While I found plenty of the enticing encounters there is not one sex scene in this entire story. Regardless, I love every bit of this story and it was not lacking in the least. I can not wait to see if there will be more, and I only hope they will continue to measure to the spectacular read this proved to be. 



*****
About the Author:
L.G. Kelso is a fantasy and contemporary novelist. Having grown up watching Xena and Hercules with her grandmother, she inherited her passion for all things magic, paranormal and mythological. She also has a probably unhealthy obsession with martial arts, and as a boxer she strives to give readers an authentic view of MMA in her contemporary sports novel.


Friday, September 12

Title: The Rules Regarding Gray
By: Elizabeth Finn
My Copy: Ebook from Author
The BookWhisperer's Rating:

Gracelynn is drowning in an existence that fails to fulfill her. A ballerina by trade, she’s devoted her life to the stage, sacrificing adventure for discipline. When her boyfriend gives her permission to want what she’s not supposed to want, can she walk away? Or will she leap?

Jasper isn’t a man with many boundaries, and “sharing” a woman with his best friend is hardly a new endeavor. But the moment he meets Gracelynn he realizes she’s different. She leaves him feeling alive in a way he’s not used to, and for the first time in his life, he understands what it means to be wanted… Cherished… And he needs more…

But there are rules—rules that forbid Jasper from truly having her. As forbidden desire spirals out of control, Jasper has to decide if he’s willing to fight for something that doesn’t truly belong to him. His best friend doesn’t deserve her, but is Jasper strong enough to believe he does?


Yes, this book was absolutely AMAZING!  There was never a moment that I was not fully enthralled by the characters that Finn spun for us.  I experienced every emotion known to man in this one book and was left thinking about it for days after I finished. 

Ian (the ultimate jerk-face) is dating the sweet, deserves-a-better-boyfriend Gray.  Their relationship is just, well, blah.  Their emotional connection between each is about the size of a teaspoon and Ian has the bright idea that Jasper should join them but with strict rules.  These rules make the story, they make the tension, they cause the lust, and they build the characters.

Jasper cannot touch her, he can’t kiss her, and he can’t have her the way he wants.  But while he cannot connect with Gray on the physical level that he wishes he could, Jasper can connect with her on the emotional level and Ian cannot.  This connection builds this amazing start to a bond that is untouchable.  Slowly feeling start to appear but Gray is Ian’s girlfriend and Jasper is Ian’s best friend, marking these feelings as forbidden.

I loved the bluntness that all three characters had.  There was no miscommunication in this book, which made me so happy.  Yes, they were confused about their feelings but instead of staying silent about them because it was deemed wrong, they forwardly spoke about them.  They were open and this made the characters genuine to me.  

Also, the intimate scenes were scorching hot.  Not only were they blunt about their feelings involving each other but also these characters were blunt about what they were going to do in the bedroom.  I found my jaw open most of the time.


Jasper just found himself on my book boyfriend list.  Congrats Jasper!

Thursday, September 11

Title: Rival
By: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #2
My Copy: Ebook for Blog Tour Participation
BookWhisperer Rating:

From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Until You 
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between 
love and war… 
She’s back. 
For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when 
we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door 
open for me at night. 
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game… 
I’m back. 
Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me. 
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he 
wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

Buy Links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rival-Fall-Away-Penelope-Douglas-ebook/dp/B00INIXJ0O
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rival-Fall-Away-Book-3-ebook/dp/B00M88TM1A 
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rival-penelope-douglas/1118739134
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rival/id830191837?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/rival-2
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18129852-rival

Can we say AAAAMMMMMAAAAZZZZIIIINNNGGGG!!!!! Penelope Douglas is a favorite author of The BookWhisperer after so little time. I think everything she touches is golden. Maddox jumped into the spotlight in book two of the Fall Away series, and I never imagined I would love his character as deeply as I have discovered. Don't get me wrong he can really be a grade A ASS, but underneath all of those layers he loves completely and with everything he has. Which is a whole heck of a lot I just discovered. Fallon is my new girl crush. I love every bit of her dependence and determination. She is has had a horrible life, but I can't help but still love her Father. Even though, he has played in the background he has done it with the intention of teaching tough love. Fallon parents have not given her the easiest road, and I see the thought process in teaching her how to overcome and persevere make very good sense. I anticipate there is way more to his character that we have yet to see. Even with her tough lesson, Fallon naturally loves just as deeply as Maddox. The union of these two is awe worthy like the grand finale at the largest fireworks show ever to exist. The sexual content of this novel seemed like night and day to Bully, but I think it fit the characters. This could not have been your lovey dovey take a walk through rose petals story, and I think that it was just perfect. Be prepare to laugh, cry, and rage as this story is one that will have you all twisted up on the inside. I don't know that I can find one single moment that I would change in this story. Everything was so perfectly placed that it was an amazing roller coaster from start to finish.  On a side note, Jax is my new favorite character, and I am predicting that we will see much more of his character in the next book. (*Cough, *Cough, I bet he is the spotlight next.) I can not wait for more, and this is one of those series that you race through the story only to drive yourself mad waiting for the next. Penelope Douglas is an incredibly awesome author that has the perfect style of writing wrapping humor, intensity, and action all into one non stop thrilling journey. She does not leave you a second to wonder, and will keep you in suspense til the very end. Thank you Penelope, for the type of stories that prove exactly why many of us are so addicted to reading. This is the kind of story that makes it all worth it!!
~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~



Penelope Douglas is a writer in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have 
spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily. 

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Wednesday, September 10


We are so excited to share the cover for Felix, book five in Elizabeth Reyes's 5th Street Series! Take a look at the cover and excerpt, and be sure to let us know what you think!




Titles: FELIX (5th Street #5)
Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Age Group: NA/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designed by: Amanda Simpson of Pixel Mischief Design
They say the only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that it can't get any worse . . . or can it?
World famous boxing champ, Felix Sanchez, had it all—the fame, the fortune, and all the women any man could ask for. When the hours of partying followed by hours spent in court and in rehab begin to outnumber the hours he spends training, losing his title comes as no surprise to everyone. The world assumes he deserved to lose it.
Only those closest to Felix know the real truth behind his sudden downward spiral. And if Felix has his way, no one else ever will. With an uncertain future ahead of him, he heads back to his roots—5th Street—the gym that started it all for him. It's where he meets the humble but mighty little Ms. Ella.
The only times Felix had ever decided to forgo the usual meaningless fling and try a real relationship he was burned badly. Now the adorable but tenacious self-defense instructor has him considering this love thing one more time.
Then just when he begins to worry that his past is letting his possessive and jaded heart get the best of him, he's blindsided in the most brutal way—he's brought to his knees—to what could be the one low in his life he may never recover from.




Excerpt


“You hired me not just to help manage your career but to do damage control with the mess you and Andy made of it. And ever since, all you’ve done is continue to go downhill. It’s almost as if you’re trying to ruin your career.”


“Oh yeah? And what career would that be, huh? My boxing career? Because I think we can both agree that ship has sailed. I’m just trying to enjoy my life now.”


How? By getting drunk every night and partying ’til you pass out? By starting brawls and beating the shit outta every nobody that calls you a has-been?” Preston followed Felix into the next room of his penthouse suite. “You’re not washed up, Felix. But if you keep treating your body the way you have been this past year—staying up every night, fucking every girl who throws herself at you, and partying up for days—you will be. Hell, even your dick’s gotta say I’ve had enough sooner or later.”


Felix laughed, taking a swig of his glass of bourbon. “Not a chance.”




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About Elizabeth Reyes

"I write because I must. It's not a choice or a pastime, it's an unyielding calling and my passion."
~Elizabeth Reyes

USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published five more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO and MAKING YOU MINE, with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX the fifth in the series is scheduled to release November 13th 2014. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, & BREAKING BRANDON, there is also more of this series still to come. Her latest release and first in a brand new series is DESERT HEAT about the diverse but equally sexy Santiago Brothers living in Las Vegas.

When she's not writing (which is rare)she spends as much time as she can with her husband of over twenty years, two teen children, Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat, Tyson.

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