Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review | WICKED BEAUTIFUL by J.T. Geissinger

Published by Jack's House Publishing
July 12, 2016
Adult Romance

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Summary:
A ruthless businesswoman and the playboy who dumped her long ago find themselves embroiled in a high stakes game of love, lies and revenge.

Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.

Drop-dead sexy restaurateur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.

Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?
My thoughts... 
This was the first book by J.T. Geissinger that I have read, but I did really enjoy it.  It reminded me a little of that last book that I reviewed but only because of how the main characters are semi-reunited after a long time apart.  Victoria has become someone that Parker literally doesn't know over the past 15 years.  She has not only changed her name but the way she looks as well.  Victoria Price is a very successful woman and she's used the money she's made over the years to change herself, but has that change been for the better?

Parker has also become well-known over the years.  He's owns restaurants across the country and is a well known playboy.  When he meets Victoria he has no idea that she is the girl he loved all those years ago.  He feels a connection to her but he isn't sure what it is or why he feels so strongly for her so soon.  Victoria knows exactly who Parker is and he's the reason she's become the ruthless woman she is and she's determined to ruin him the way he ruined her.  However, she doesn't expect to fall for him all over again.

I really did enjoy this story.  There are times that the plot was a little over the top and somewhat unbelievable, but that's no different from many romance novels.  The whole plot is built on deception which builds in a small layer of mystery that is slowly unraveling as the story progresses.  I really liked Parker, so much more than Victoria.  There were times that I did like her, but I felt like, for the most part, she was a little to vindictive.  

There is another book in this series, but it's built around Victoria's assistant Tabby and it takes place several years later.  When this story is over, it's over.

XOXO, 
Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Release Review | Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole

Title: Deep Redemption
Series: The Hades Hangmen
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: July 12th, 2016


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Synopsis from Goodreads

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear… But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

Contemporary Dark Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up. 

What I Thought: 

"It is easy to ignore someone's sins when love blinds you." 

I feel like the quote above sums up Deep Redemption. With this novel came a large cry for justice, which I believe Cole did deliver, just not in a way most would expect. Focusing on Rider, better known as "The Prophet Cain" and Harmony, a newly announced Daughter of Eve, Deep Redemption was supposed answer all of our burning questions accumulated from the other books of the series. And in a way, Deep Redemption did. Just, not in a way maybe all would have liked. 

If I could sum up my experience with Deep Redemption, I'd say emotional. Cain had never been my favorite, even when he was Rider, so I had some trepidation even before I started reading. However, as I flipped through the pages, I soon found myself a fourth of the way done, then a half, and finally finished, all within the time span of 2 hours. And at the end, I couldn't quite put my thumb on how I felt about the novel. It wasn't until this morning, some time after finishing, that I figure out what I was feeling. I wanted MORE. 

Not only did Cain have trouble brewing with The Hades Hangmen, he also had hit a hard wall with the only other family member he had, his twin brother Judah. Forced into confinement, Cain no longer held any type of power. His title had been stripped away from his, along with everything he had worked for during his 24 years of life. It wasn't that his life had been taken away, his entire life course had been altered. 

Harmony, while new to the New Zion compound, was not new to the lifestyle. Recently deemed a "Daughter of Eve" because of her beauty, it was her duty to marry the high prophet and fulfill the prophecy for the New Age.  By coming together, Rider {Cain} and Harmony create a unique story. Their journey to know real love is a hard one. There are tears, tragedies, and tests. Only a love blessed by God could endure such hardships. 

Again, Cole astounds me with her writing skills. Each chapter of Deep Redemption corresponded to information found in the previous novels, taking their stories even further into the mix. My only complaint was that because of the nature of the story, I didn't feel like Cain & Harmony's story was over. Even at the end of the novel, waiting for the curtain call, it just didn't seem done. I felt like there was so much more to say, to do, and to achieve through their characters, that I was a little disappointed with how it ended. I wanted MORE. I just didn't personally think they achieved all that they could. I hope that with Damnable Grace {Hades Hangmen #5}, their story might continue. 

As always, if you haven't read the series, READ IT NOW! Tillie Cole is probably the best contemporary novelist I've ever had the pleasuring of reading, so it will be well worth your time. 

Victoria ♥

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Promo | INTO THE NOTHING by BT Urruela




Title: Into the Nothing
Series: Broken Outlaw #1
Author: BT Urruela

Release Date: June 21, 2016

Xander Evans has been on the road for many years. Never settling. Always moving from one place to another, unable to let go of his past. He lived a tragic childhood, spending most of those years in foster care. He's never felt like he's had a home. That is until he stops in the small town of Truman Valley, Missouri, where he meets a woman who will change everything he's ever known.

Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she's missing....is love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she's ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night. 

A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again. 

A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.





BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he's a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover's Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.









Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review | A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING by Eliza Walker

Published by Jack's House Publishing
June 21, 2016
Adult Romance

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Summary:
The show must go on, but the price of admission could be her heart.

Sick of her vagabond life in a Broadway touring company, Nicola is ready to settle down. She wants nothing more than to park her suitcase in California, put out feelers for local auditions, and leave her past firmly behind her.

Too bad her past comes knocking on her door her first day home. All six-foot-three, beautiful man of her past named Max. Stupid Max. The mistake Nicola just can’t seem to stop making.

Even before Nicola—fiery, quick-witted, beautiful Nicola—slams the door in his face, Max is in trouble. She will always be the one who got away. Three times. Which makes convincing her to play Titania to his Oberon a bit…awkward.

Though she has zero desire to re-re-rekindle an old flame, Nicola can’t turn down the chance Max is offering: a lead role with the West Coast’s premiere Shakespeare company. But when their first rehearsal kiss disintegrates into a passionate liplock, she’s questioning her sanity and tempted to jump ship—before Max can break her heart again.

Now it’s up to Max to convince her that the torch he’s been carrying is actually an eternal flame.
 
My thoughts... 
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book a lot.  I think part of that enjoyment comes from the fact that I just recently took a semester of Shakespeare in college.  That being said, I don't think you have to have that experience to enjoy this book, it just enhanced the content for me personally.  I will definitely be looking out for the other books in this series to be released.

Max and Nicola are both actors who have a past that goes back to high school.  Nicola has been touring with a musical theatre company for the past 5 years and has decided that she wants to stay in one place for awhile.  She is literally unpacking in her new apartment when Max knocks on her door and pleads with her to step into the lead in a Shakespeare play the company he works for is producing as the centerpiece for their summer show. 

It's been years since she's done Shakespeare and never on this scale so she says yes not realizing that she has her work cut out for her.  She needs to impress the company owner who is used to playing the lead as well as a new director who has her eye on Max.  Max is quite literally a changed man and it's not long before Nicola realizes that even though it's been years she hasn't gotten over Max.  As they rehearse for opening night they work through some of their old issues while they decide whether or not they are meant to be together.

The characters are very well developed and the story was filled with fun Shakespeare bits and quotes.  The supporting cast was great as well and will make reading this series even more fun.  This was an excellent first novel by Eliza Walker I can only imagine how good the next one will be!

XOXO, 
Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* 

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