Monday, December 28

Release Blitz: Myles by Blisa Helen Gray

We are so excited to be part of the release blitz
 for MYLES by Lisa Helen Gray, 
book 3 in the sizzling CARTER BROTHER SERIES 

I’m Kayla Martin...

I was once sweet and innocent, saw the world bright with colour, but now all I see is black and white. He not only ripped my innocence away from me, tortured me and made my life a living hell, but he stole the very soul that made me who I am.

I’m a shell of the girl I once knew.

But it’s all about to change.

I’m ready to face my fear. And that’s going right back to the very place all this started. Grayson High. I’ve had to stay back a year to re-take my exams, back to the halls where students whispered, bullied, and taunted me.

It’s been four years and I’m still trying to perfect the art of faking. It’s easy most of the time. My parents never really cared about me; they just saw the fake smile and assumed everything was fabulous, until he waltzes back into my life.
Myles freaking Carter. My childhood crush. And he sees straight past my fake smiles to the broken girl inside. But what happens when he finds out about the real me...the broken, scared, weak girl?

My biggest fear is on the verge of becoming discovered because he becomes my rock. I'm petrified that he'll find out what I've been hiding from everyone. Will he be able to look me in the eye once he finds out my secret?

Malik Book One in The Carter Brothers Series

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Mason Book Two in The Carter Brother Series

Myles Book Three in The Carter Brothers Series

Evan Book Three Point Five in The Carter Brother Series

Max Book Four in The Carter Brothers Series

Maverick Book Five in The Carter Brothers Series

Sunday, December 27

Review: Over the Top by Rebecca Zanetti

Title: Over the Top
By: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Maverick Montana #4
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Dawn Freeze had a huge crush on Hawk Rain for years, and the entire town knows it. It's understandablethe man is total hotness. That tall, lean body. Intense dark eyes. And always one foot out the door. Now he's on leave for exactly one week. And this time, he's made it crystal clear that he only wants one thing. Her.

Hawk's been fighting his attraction to Dawn for as long as he can remember. She's his best friend's little sister, and that means hands-off. Except now she's all grown up, and her sweet sexiness is exactly what he craves. But just as Hawk allows himself one mind-blowingly intense night with Dawn, he learns that everyone he loves is in danger. Especially her.

And the only way to protect Dawn is to push her away...

Oh, Rebecca Zanetti, you write the most adorable old women who like to meddle in people’s business so well. 

As you can tell, my favorite part about this book (besides sexy Hawk) were the adorable old ladies who felt like it was their civic duty to get Dawn the man of her dreams, Hawk.  The list of rules for Dawn to follow, which would ultimately solidify Hawk’s love for Dawn, were amazing.  The ways that they meddle had me in giggling fits and I kind of wish they were in my life to find me the perfect man. But enough about them…on to the main characters.

Hawk has a dangerous job and because of this he has pushed Dawn away.  He never wants her to be in danger and he doesn’t want her to have to deal with him never coming home after a mission if he started up a relationship.  However, he just can’t take it any longer and thinking that it would be better if they had one week together than nothing at all.  Dawn disagrees.  She was raised with brothers who taught her how to fight and shoot – surely she can help take down any threat.  Hawk doesn’t see it that way; he wants her bubble wrapped and safe from any harmful object or person. Throughout this book long feud about over-bossiness and protectiveness, you will find a book full of meddling, older ladies, multiple heroes, amazing friendships/family, and steamy moments.

Saturday, December 26

Review: Under the Cover by Rebecca Zanetti

Title: Under the Cover 
By: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Maverick Montana #2
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Opposites don’t attract. They ignite.

The small Montana town near the Kooskia reserve seemed like the perfect place for Juliet Montgomery to hide from her not-so-law-abiding family. But when her peace is shattered by a break-in and threatening phone calls, it’s clear someone back in New York knows where she is. It’s time to plan her getaway, and fast—but first, she needs to tie up a few loose ends. Namely, finding out exactly what the town’s sexy cowboy sheriff is hiding in his holster...

Sheriff Quinn Lodge has enough demons of his own to know when someone’s hiding something. Clearly, he needs to do a thorough investigation to uncover what’s beneath Juliet’s uptight, city-girl exterior—preferably one piece of clothing at a time. But when their chemistry goes from fizzy to full-on explosive, things start getting complicated. How can Juliet stay beneath the covers with Quinn, when doing so means blowing her cover?

Wow, Quinn and Juliet brought more heat than what I was expecting.  Their little moments in the first book had me wondering if they would be the next couple in this series and if they would be just as hot of a couple as Jake and Sophie – they were hotter.

Quinn goes for what he wants and what he wants is Juliet.  Even though she is hesitant about starting a relationship with anyone, especially the sheriff, she can’t seem to stay away from Quinn or his family.  The two strike up a deal – Quinn will let Juliet stay rent free if she pretends to be his girlfriend until the election is over.  (But let’s just be honest – he wants her so bad that he just uses this as an excuse to get her near him.)  Their attraction is page turning and pretty steamy until trouble comes knocking at the door.

I will say that during the last half of the book, when the crap hit the fan, there was a time when I thought this was the end of their relationship.  Zanetti writes drama to where the characters keep level heads and also their cards close to their chest.  I had no idea if Quinn and Juliet could forgive each other for the lies and actions each bestowed.  They both acted so civil to each other even though their hearts were breaking on the inside. This made the book even more riveting because they had each dug themselves in such a deep hole that I couldn’t see how they were going to get out.

Review: Reap by Tillie Cole

Title: Reap
By: Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #2
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Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva's obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act, or live for himself; he's his master's perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six-foot-six, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, who rules the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life--away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family's underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family's captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. But sacrifices must be made--blood for for life...souls for scarred souls...

After reading Reap, I reassessed my thoughts on Raze.  Don’t get me wrong, Raze was good but I connected a whole heck of a lot more with 221 and Talia.  Their story is so dark and beautiful. Their moments together are filled with anguish and then on the opposite side, so pure that it makes the story riveting to read. 

Raze rescues 221 from the hands of his master and brings him to a hideout that Talia has chosen for as her get-away spot.  For weeks Talia observes 221 chained down in her basement until one night she can take no more and goes downstairs.  This leads to a kindling of trust, of friendship, and in the future, much more.  During this, Talia starts to fall for 221 and creates a safe haven for him as he is weaned off the drugs his master pumped in him.  During this time, 221 starts to internally battle what how his master raised him and if he is truly free.  His childhood memories start to come forward and everything that he knows he starts to question. Talia is there to help comfort him and when the time comes, to help fill in the blanks that he cannot remember.

I think the most beautiful thing about this book is the relationship that is forged between 221 and Talia.  In Raze, Talia is happy for her best friend Kisa for finding her lost love but longs to be so lucky.  When 221 is brought to her door, finding the one is the last thing from Talia’s mind, but it is what happens.  They learn from each other, they create safety for each other, and they depend on each other.  These two characters wrap themselves up in their own world of growing love.  Knowing what (basically) an animal 221 was before and watching how he blossomed under the care of Talia was moving.  It just goes to show you that love can transform people.

Review: Raze by Tillie Cole

Title: Raze
By: Tille Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #1
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To take back life, one must first face death...

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals...his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge...bloody, slow and violent revenge.

Revenge on the man who lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals...her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Triad’ bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring—The Dungeon—ensures too many enemies lurk at their door.

She dreams to be set free.

Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafia boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancĂ©, Alik Durov, is no better; the Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside...then one night changes everything.

While working for her church—the only reprieve in her constant surveillance—Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving, and a man she must quickly forget...for both their sakes.

But when weeks later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes.

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man...this man they call Raze.

I am thoroughly confused with how I feel about this book.  I really, really liked it but it also left me feeling dark and depressed.  It was as if no matter how happy a scene got, I was surrounded by all the darkness in this book to where I couldn’t see the glimmer of hope.  It was a new take for me and reminded me a lot of the Hades Hangmen series. 

I will say that this book holds your attention throughout the entirety of it and doesn’t let you down.  To even read about the childhood that Raze experienced was heart breaking and to know that to keep himself alive, Raze had to shut down all human feelings and become a killing machine just sets the tone of the book. 

Kisa, on the other hand, is in a loveless relationship with her childhood friend who is nothing but controlling (and not in a sexy way) and toxic.  She is considered his and only his.

With a dual POV, you get both Raze and Kisa’s depressing view on their lives until they meet each other.  It doesn’t take long in the story but for me, that is when it started to pick up and show a small light of hope.  Just a warning, that light dims and grows brighter as the story continues. 

So if you are looking for a fluffy, lovey kind of book, this is not what you should pick at this time.  However, if you are looking for a gritty, raw book that sucks you in and veils your world full of darkness, then pick this book up.  It will rock you to your core, for good and bad.