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Mon
May 18 2015 2:00pm

Game of Thrones 5x06 Heart-to-Heart: Game of Faces

Game of Thrones 5x06 Jamie and Bronn

This post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x06 Jaime/Bronn Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Ship: Jaime/Bronn

Game of Thrones open with the story of Arya. Due to the length of her hair and her new height, it looks like some time has passed with her at the Black annd White Hall. She’s beginning to question her training. Why is she still cleaning corpses and why is she sleeping on a bed of stone—okay, that’s actually my question because that looks like it hurts? She’s desperate to begin the game of faces. The young girl, Waif—who is so annoying—asks her who are you, in response to Arya’s inquiry. Waif gives her back-story and asks is it a lie, am I lying? Which gives Arya food for thought. Jaqen wakes Arya in the middle of the night and asks who are you? She attempts the girl’s tactic and states her life story. Jaqen lashes her with the whip for her wrong answer. She’s over this game and her patience is wearing thin. Cut to Arya cleaning in the hall, this training so far is composed of a lot of cleaning. A young, ill girl is brought in by her father; she suffers everyday and the father has no idea who else to do with her. Arya lies to her and in a cold, calculating move tells the girl that she was also sick and drank from the water to heal. When the young girl dies, Jaqen watches silently. Jaqen leads Arya to a hall filled with many faces. This is what they do to the corpses. They keep the faces. Arya is no ready to be no one but, is now ready to become someone else. And isn’t that what GoT has been about. Playing the game and becoming who you need to be in order to win?

Tyrion and Jorah are still on their own journey together. Tyrion delivers the sad news that Jorah’s father died at the wall and their small moment of bonding is immediately ended. Jorah moves on and appears to be stoic in the wake of the news. As they continue their pace, they’re captured by a ragtime group of misfits who, want to sell Tyrion’s penis. It seems that a dwarf’s penis has magic and I’m pretty Tyrion could have used that in a line or two, lol. Jorah and Tyrion convince them they’re better as fighters and instead will be taken to the pits.

[Could things get any worse?]

Mon
May 4 2015 3:00pm

Game of Thrones 5x04 Heart-to-Heart: Killing Me Softly

Jamie and Bronn in Game of ThronesThis post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 4, “Sons of the Harpy.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x04 Captain's LogShow/Episode: Game of Thrones 5x04, “Sons of the Harpy”
Ship(s): Bronn and Jaime (bromance), with mentions to Jon/Ygritte

Warning! This episode is one of the most Game of Thrones-y epsiodes we’ve had in a while, lots of blood, lots of gore, and, of course, the death of a beloved character (at least by me). Beware Spoilers follow.

Opening with the return of Jorah Mormont, it appears he’s captured our favorite imp, Tyrion. As typical Tyrion, he won’t be quiet even when gagged. As he pieces together Jorah’s plan to hand him over to the true queen Daenerys. Jorah realizes there’s only one way to keep him quiet and knocks him unconscious. While it gave me a bit of jolt to see Jorah back I’m glad to see he’s still trying to fight his way back to Daenerys, you can’t find that time of loyalty these days. He’s semi-creepy, but you can’t help but love him for it.

Jaime is headed to the Sapphire Isle on a merchant ship. THE bromance is back, Jaime and Bronn discuss his plans to rescue to the princess. Bronn doesn’t understand why he has to rescue the princess—obviously he hasn’t put the puzzle pieces together. When he brings up Tyrion, Bronn asks him to pass on a greeting from him. Unexpectedly, Jaime replies he’ll split him in two if he sees him and then will pass on his greeting.  Which makes me sad, I was all for these two repairing their relationship but that’s obviously not happening.

[There's always trouble...]

Thu
Apr 30 2015 12:15pm

Endings Bring New Beginnings: New Adult Best Bets for April 2015

Spark by Erin Noelle

A lot of series endings are included in this list but that only leaves room for brand new ones! With endings also come new beginnings and these books herald how what you think is an ending could really just be the start of something amazing.

Spark by Erin Noelle has a unique premise. Forced to look for alternative medicine in order to combat his brother’s severe epilepsy, Crew and his family journey to Colorado. While on the search for new treatment for Caleb, Crew meets a Hudson, a free spirit with a green thumb. When tragedy forces them apart will their new relationship be able to see past the heartbreak?

Until July by Aurora Rose Reynolds continues the saga of the Mayson family from her Until series with the next generation. July Mayson is a feisty heroine that meets her match in the biker Wes. With one of the best meet-cutes I’ve read involving a Taser, you’re in for a fast ride with these two.

Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole is the conclusion to the Sweet Home series. Ally and Elpidio meet when she lands her dream job, as curator of his statues. As the elusive artist begins to get closer to Ally, they both realize their connection is more than just work. Their burning chemistry might go up in flames if the past catches up to them. A great end, it brings everyone together in a spellbinding way.

[More New Adult Best Bets...]

Fri
Apr 24 2015 9:30am

First Look: Leisa Rayven’s Broken Juliet (April 28, 2015)

Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

Leisa Rayven
Broken Juliet (Bad Romeo #2)
St. Martin's Press / April 28, 2015 / $14.99 print, $7.99 digital

Some loves never let you go…

Cassie swore she'd never forgive Ethan for breaking her heart when they were in acting school years ago. He was her one great love, and when he refused to love her back, a part of her died forever…or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he's determined to win her back. Finally he's able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago…but can she believe him? Has he really changed, and what makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

The answer lies somewhere in the past, and now the truth will come to light. Will Cassie rediscover what it's like to be trusting and open again—the way she was before Ethan? Or is it too late for these star-crossed lovers?

Don't miss this mesmerizing final chapter in the Bad Romeo duet, the unforgettable love story that captured the hearts of over two million fans online.

Just as the title suggests, Broken Juliet explains how Cassie became so broken. The follow up to Bad Romeo, we finally get the answers we desperately wanted. It starts off right where we left off, Cassie on the edge of making a major decision regarding Ethan. The first book chronicled the beginning of their relationship and their present questionable status. Broken Juliet shows you all the pieces that were broken by Ethan and how it occurred. There are no hidden pieces, Ethan and Cassie embrace purging themselves of all these hurts. Leisa Rayven’s writing shines through in this edition. Gripping, witty, and articulate, Broken Juliet is an uphill battle that leaves you looking for something to brace on while also soothing your hurts.

[The journey is worth it...]

Thu
Apr 23 2015 2:15pm

First Look: Cheris Hodges’s Rumor Has It (April 28, 2015)

Rumor Has It by Cheris Hodges

Cheris Hodges
Rumor Has It
Kensington / April 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Liza Palmer couldn't be happier when her best friend and sorority sister, Chante Britt, and her closest guy friend, Robert Montgomery, hit it off. And she's beyond thrilled when they announce their engagement. Robert is an up-and-comer running for the North Carolina senate. Chante is a partner at a prestigious law firm. They're a power couple made in heaven—until Liza discovers Robert in a compromising position—with another woman. . .

Liza can't possibly continue to support Robert's campaign, much less let him marry Chante. But when she tries to reveal the truth, Robert pulls out every corrupt trick in the book—including turning Chante against her. Her only choice is to seek out his opponent, Jackson Franklin, and help him take Robert down. But to Liza's great surprise, Jackson won't play dirty—and Liza finds him irresistible. As sparks fly, personally and politically, Liza and Jackson may become a winning team in more ways than one. . .

Cheris Hodges Rumor Has It is a political romance novel rife with scandal. Set in the middle of a tight race for Senate, the heat will be raised by two opponents. Liza is a social media queen. She can twist anyone’s bad decisions into positives using twitter. Jackson is a veteran who has battled his demons; he now gives back to the community at the veteran center. When the center is set to be shut down, he does the only thing he an think of to keep it going. He enters the race for Senate chair of North Carolina. He doesn’t realize the crazy, manipulate world he’s entering and Liza might just be his calming force.

Liza is a campaign manager for Jackson’s rival, Robert. They’ve been best friends since college and she would do anything to help him. This becomes quite a problem when she starts falling for Jackson. Can they keep their political ties out of their relationship?

[Politics and love are always a little messy...]

Tue
Apr 21 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Penelope Douglas’s Aflame (April 21, 2015)

Aflame by Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas
Aflame (Fall Away #4)
Penguin Intermix / April 21, 2015 / $2.99 digital

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year! Penelope Douglas isn’t afraid to take chances. After the cliffhanger from Falling Away I couldn’t wait to see what happens to Tate and Jared. Pulling the rug out on Tate and Jared’s relationship might have seemed like a cruel move but after Aflame you’ll see why it made their journey so much more authentic.

[A heartfelt journey that leads...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 1:15pm

Game of Thrones 5x02 Heart-to-Heart: Nothing’s Ever Black and White

Arya in Game of Thrones 5x02This post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 2, “The House of Black and White.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x02 Captain's LogShow/Episode: Game of Thrones 5x02 “The House of Black and White”
Ship(s): Daenerys and Daario, Jon Snow and ME (kidding, but not really), Bronn and Jamie (bromance)

 It begins with a new location. Arya has finally reached her destination and she’s enraptured with the sights. The city is mostly water and you can see the people trading. I’m not sure where they filmed but it looks a lot like Venice. She arrives at the House of Black and White, where she asks for help and shows the coin Jaquen gave to her. The mysterious man tells her they have no one by that name there. As night falls and Arya has nowhere to go she repeats her “kill list” to herself to keep her company and give her strength. She has no where to go. She wanders the streets practicing her skills on unsuspecting pigeons. I felt horrible for those birds when she sliced their heads off. When she’s cornered in the village, the attackers are scared off by the man who refused her entry. She follows him and demands to know why they were scared of him and his face contort to Jaquen, he was testing her. I definitely didn’t see that coming and as Arya disappears into the house I’m wondering what she’s gotten herself into.

[A whole lot of trouble, we're guessing...]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Jay Crownover’s Asa (April 21, 2015)

Asa by Jay CrownoverJay Crownover
Asa (Marked Men #6)
William Morrow / April 21, 2015 / $13.99 print, $5.99 digital

You never know which moment might lead to forever . . .

Asa Cross struggles with being the man everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn't change its spots, and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn't want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it's easy to hit bottom when it's the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but also her partner's life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends, she's trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation alone. Except she can't stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs, but his allure is too strong to resist. And she knows chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop just seem so wrong together . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

I binge read this series in a weekend. I started Jet, I read Rule a while ago,  thought I would read one at a time and take a break. Well I blew through the entire series in a weekend. I couldn’t put it down and taking a break didn’t exist. Jay Crownover has the ability to immerse you in a colorful world filled with intriguing, complicated characters. I loved each and everyone one of these characters for various reasons, but Asa always stood out to me.

[OTP worthy?]

Wed
Apr 15 2015 5:00pm

Protective, Possessive, and Passionate: The Alpha Heroes of J. Lynn’s Wait for You Series

Wait for You by J. Lynn

J. Lynn aka Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New Adult series Wait for You is a witty, sexy look into a group of friends that are more like family. Since the first, Wait for You to Fall with Me I’ve devoured each of these books. Each of the main characters carry complexities that drive their stories to new levels. As we enter book 4 of the series, Fall with Me, J. Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout further emphasizes what makes her writing so fun, witty and downright sexy.  She gives unique twists to what could be tired stories of the good girl meets bad boy.

She isn’t afraid to GO THERE, some serious issues are addressed with sensitivity and no judgment. These are journeys that are taken with ups and downs and everything in between. It pulls at your heartstrings. There are some hard life lessons that are learned with serious consequences like in Be with Me when Tess figures out she could no longer dance and saw her entire future change or in Wait for Me when Avery confronts her parents after radio silence from them. But among all the craziness what stands out is the witty banter and her Alpha Male heroes.

Bring on the Alpha! I’m a huge fan of them and they roam a plenty in the series. Cam, Jase, Jax, and Reece exponentially raise the stakes on alpha hotness. They made me laugh and swoon, I even experienced some insane jealousy of their heroines. Their hilarious zingers and sometimes cheesiness really captures your attention and doesn’t let you go.

[We like a bit of cheese with our alphas...]

Wed
Apr 8 2015 9:30am

“Break the Wheel”: Who Will Feel the Sword—and Who Will Wield It—in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Game of Thrones, Season 5 posterThe fifth season of Game of Thrones appears to be bringing about major changes with new character and new locations. It's already been said by George R.R Martin, he's venturing outside the books and major surprises lay ahead, including new deaths not seen in the books. We last left Daenerys trying to hold the reigns. Jon witnessed King Mance Rayder being captured by Stannis, Tyrion fled after that epic scene with Tywin and Arya has boarded a ship bound for Braavos.

With the death of Tywin and the disappearance of Tyrion, King's Landing will be in an uproar. Am I the only rooting for Jamie to push through and lock Cersei in the dungeon? New playmakers will emerge and it will be interesting to see what hand Cersei will play. Will she feel the sword; I'm going to have to say no. Maybe Queen Margaery will turn the game and try to topple Cersei.

It's already been said Bran Stark won't even show so he's safe, for now. Arya heading out to Braavos will introduce new locations and I can't wait to see what they have in store. If the books are still guiding the show, this is where her transformation to assassin will take place. It’s been said that we’ll see a familiar face joining her, Jaqen H’ghar. He gave her the coin she used to head to Braavos. Her journey will prove to be very interesting as she eliminates people from her to-kill list instead of adding to it. Or at least learning the skills necessary to do it.

[She's got a lot of growing up to do...]

Thu
Apr 2 2015 9:45am

First Look: Abbi Glines’s When I’m Gone (April 7, 2015)

When I'm Gone by Abbi GlinesAbbi Glines
When I'm Gone
Atria / April 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

Abbi Glines has a formula that makes each of her books swoonworthy.  There’s the Alpha male and the feisty heroine, and they both have vulnerabilities. Her books are the equivalent of a cool drink on a hot day. They’re the perfect read, with the right amount of angst, romance, and intrigue to satisfy your book cravings.

[Take another sip...]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Manda Collins’s A Good Rake is Hard to Find (March 31, 2015)

A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins Manda Collins
A Good Rake is Hard to Find (Lords of Anarchy #1)
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

A DANGEROUS GAME

Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his “accident,” which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was involved with the Lords of Anarchy, a notorious driving club, and Leonora can't help but suspect foul play. But the only way she can infiltrate their reckless inner circle is to enlist the help of Jonny's closest ally, Lord Frederick Lisle. If only he didn't also happen to be the man who broke Leonora's heart…

AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE

Frederick isn't surprised to find gorgeous, headstrong Leonora playing detective, but he knows that the Lords of Anarchy mean business—and he has no choice but to protect her. A sham engagement to Leonora will allow Frederick to bring her into the club and along for the ride. But it isn't long before pretending to be lovers leads to very real passion. With everything to lose, is their tempestuous affair worth the risk?

This was an interesting, intriguing read. The two main characters and the story line immediately pulled me in. The story immediately opens with a punch, Leonora’s brother has been murdered and she will stop at nothing to find out the truth. Reunited with a former fiancée, Freddy, they embark on a journey filled with races, secrets, and hot dalliances.

There was a lot of background to cover in this first book; Manda Collins does a great job of providing it without weighing down the story. The Lords of Anarchy are considered to be a local driving club but many secrets lay beneath the surface. Nora’s brother was a member and she believes this club is at the center of her brother’s death. Freddy is missing the fourth member of his club, “The Four Horsemen”, Nora’s brother was his best friend and his death has come as big shock. When Nora finds him and demands his help, a false engagement leads to old feelings coming to the surface. The false engagement is the best bet to get them in infiltrate the ranks of the Lords of Anarchy.

[Just put me in a corset and call me an “old lady”...]

Thu
Mar 26 2015 4:00pm

March Madness, The Secrets Game: New Adult Romance Best Bets for March 2015

The Deal by Elle KennedyThis month brought some very interesting reading material. These characters are plagued with secrets and what a tangled web you weave, when you practice to deceive. From orchestrated encounters, using someone as a front—to gain what you want, to being so painfully honest you almost wish you kept it a secret, these reads will capture your attention.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy is the best book I’ve read all year. Quirky, witty banter and swoonworthy scenes make this an amazing read. Garret is the BMOC, captain of the hockey team; he’s struggling with one class when his paths cross with Hannah. They settle on a deal to help each other and along the way they find a lot in common.

Confess by Colleen Hoover uses real confessions and artwork throughout the story, it makes for a compelling emotional read. The heroine, Auburn puts her heart on the line for Owen but he may be hiding a secret that could destroy them both.

[These and more best bets within!...]

Fri
Feb 27 2015 2:20pm

First Look: Kim Karr’s The 27 Club (March 3, 2015)

The 27 Club by Kim KarrKim Karr
The 27 Club
Penguin / March 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

You don't know when...

You don't get to choose if...

When it's time to join...you'll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me, this is one club you don't want to join. It's not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.

The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, I know there is no doubt. I'm next. This is my destiny… and I was ready to yield.

But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate's presence controls me. I'm overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.

Nate doesn't believe in destiny.

But I do.

And if there's a way to cheat it—I must.

“Perhaps it’s destiny telling me to let go and explore the wilder side of life.”

The premise of Kim Karr's The 27 club is built around a “curse” surrounding artists. It’s widely known that a lot of prominent entertainers have died on their 27th year of birth and this is what the 27 club is based on. Zoey’s family has a similar curse. Various members of her family have no made it past their 27th year. It has affected her mother, her grandfather and now her brother. When she arrives in Miami to deal with the aftermath of her brother’s death and her grief, she decides to stop hiding behind the curse and instead embrace life.

[And love?]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 12:30pm

Hot for You: New Adult Best Bets for February 2015

Shift by Karina EspinosaFebruary is one of my favorite months, as it’s filled with all things romance. This roundup brings on the steam and the Alpha. From second-chance romances to friends-to-lovers to anti-heroes, you’ll be sure to find plenty of options to fill up your New Adult TBR.

Shift by Karina Espinosa is the start of a new paranormal romance. Mac has recently discovered she’s a werewolf. Using her claws and sarcastic, witty barbs Mac is navigating through new territory. Mysterious new hot guys, college, and suspense keep you captivated, this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Hero by Samantha Young is an unforgettable romance. Alexa carries guilt for actions that are not her own. When her paths cross with Caine, Boston’s most elusive and hottest bachelor, she’s compelled to reveal their notorious connection. Caine is an anti-hero who is equally swoonworthy and frustrating. Their chemistry is white-hot and the story has twists to keep you on your toes.

The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare carries the hilarious characters in Marjorie and Robert. A spin off from her Billionaire Boys Club novels, these two will keep you entertained with their witty banter, steamy moments and endearing storyline.

[What else is new in New Adult?...]

Sun
Feb 22 2015 11:00am

First Look: K. Bromberg’s Slow Burn (February 24, 2015)

Slow Burn by K. BrombergK. Bromberg
Slow Burn (Driven)
Signet / February 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

K. Bromberg's Slow Burn exactly describes the awakening of sexual energy between two people who have had a burning chemistry since meeting. Haddie and Becks were first introduced earlier in the Driven series, but Slow Burn can be read as a standalone. Haddie Montgomery and Beckett Daniels are the best friends of newly married couple, Rylee and Colton Donavan (protagonists from Driven). Circumstances keep bringing them together and they decide to celebrate the nuptials of their best friends with each other.

[Burn, baby, burn...]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 7:05pm

New Year, New Beginnings: New Adult Best Bets for January 2015

Never Never by Colleen HooverThis month’s releases in New Adult bring us characters making some major decisions. Whether it be new relationships or changing the direction of old ones, they aren’t afraid to grab life by the horns to make it bigger and better. 

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fischer collaborate on the novella, Never Never, the first in a new series. Never Never it sets up what is bound to be an epic mystery—I had questions going in and came out with even more. I can’t wait to see what these two cook up in the rest of the series.

One Night Stand by JS Cooper is about a quickie that was anything but that. Hilarity ensues when the guy that was supposed to be a fun hook up shows up in your living room and you realize he’s actually more than just a stranger.

Raze by Tillie Cole is a no holds barred tale of two twisted individuals. Kisa is the daughter of the head of a Russian crime mob, while the hero Raze has had to fight to survive or for almost his entire life. When Raze and Kisa meet, it’s explosive. A tale of survival, Raze and Kisa tell a dark, love story.

[Dark...Survival...Love? Sign us up!]

Mon
Jan 5 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Erika Kelly’s You Really Got Me (January 6, 2015)

You Really Got Me by Erika KellyErika Kelly
You Really Got Me (A Rock Star Romance)
Penguin / January 6, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.

The first in a new series, You Really Got Me is the story of Emmie and Slater, two tortured characters, both working towards their dream jobs but finding that their pasts hinder them from fully enjoying their successes. Both have emotional scars from their childhood that they’ve barely come to terms with. Erika Kelly weaves a poignant tale about uncompromising love. It gives a realistic, unfiltered look into the making of a rock band and all the turmoil that entails.

[Let's rock and roll all night!]

Fri
Jan 2 2015 11:00am

First Look: Penelope Douglas’s Falling Away (January 6, 2015)

Falling Away by Penelope DouglasPenelope Douglas
Falling Away
NAL Trade / January 6, 2015 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

Penelope Douglas ventures into dark, gritty territory in Falling Away. Jaxon Trent is the epitome of a tortured hero. When we first met him in Bully, he was the mysterious half-brother of Jared and wise beyond his years.

Blue Hell arched an eyebrow at me, and I deflated. Not a damn thing had changed. And yet everything had changed. While I was away, Jaxon Trent had become a man.

Things have changed, but Jaxon retains his mystery. He is now an alpha man and has buried his past—or at least attempted to. He tries to move past it by gaining control of everything he can. He’s extremely intelligent and uses the skills he’s honed to gain influence and power. He has the town of Sheldon Falls in his pocket, but it’s still not enough to quiet his inner demons.

[We all have those...]

Wed
Dec 24 2014 1:00pm

Jingle Those Bells: New Adult Best Bets for December 2014

The Law of Moses by Amy HarmonIt’s the last New Adult Roundup of the Year! This has been a great year for New Adult with many titles being published. More amazing stories will be coming our way in 2015 and I’ll be waiting for them with bells on. This month these books are ringing with anticipation, thrills and secrets.

Amy Harmon’s The Law of Moses is a journey of discovery and pain. Moses had a rough beginning. Secrets and tragedy fill his days and this blooming romance with Georgia seems to be headed down a dead end street. A heartbreaking story of perseverance and strength, this will pull out all your emotions and then some.

When Delilah lands in the Hades Compound after being “rescued” from the only life she’s ever known, she hates every second of it. Desperate to return to her zealot community, she secludes herself. When Ky is tasked with protecting her, a new world is opened up to her. Hearts Recaptured by Tillie Cole tells the story of two lost souls trying to find their place in the world.

Monica Murphy begins a new trilogy with Owning Violet. Violet, the efficient middle sister of the famous Fleur Cosmetics company, has also been the passive peace-maker. With the arrival of mysterious Ryder McKay, she begins making waves and breaking through her shell. Office treachery and secrets threaten Violet professionally and personally but, she may just surprise everyone and turn the tables.

[What else is new and noteworthy?...]