*Review* Dead Light District (Sasha Jackson #2) – Jill Edmondson

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Synopsis:

As open-minded as she is, private investigator Sasha Jackson feels out of place when her latest case plunges her into the world of commercial sex. A classy madam has hired Sasha to find a missing Mexican hooker, which seems easy enough at first. However, everything becomes complicated when a nasty pimp turns up dead in the wrong hotel.Things get even worse when a spaced-out call girl, an arthritic old lady, and a Rastafarian pawnbroker enter the scene. Sasha figures out why the hooker ran away but not where to. Besides,how fast can anyone run in stiletto heels? When the next body turns up, Sasha has her moral compass tested as she tries to understand the sex trade and how those enmeshed in it will do anything to survive– even if it means murder.

My Review: 4 out of 5 Stars ****

Oakies, I’m really not one for mysteries, but this caught my eye last Summer. Yes I am still going through all the books I downloaded for the travels I was doing last year. I picked this because, although I’m not a huge fan of the cover the blurb grabbed me. It also came across as being a little on the Chick Lit side too.

I didn’t realize that this was in fact book two of a series, I am happy to report you can read it as a stand alone. I am also pleased to report that I really, really enjoyed it. Although it could’ve been a 5 star rating, but there was just a little bit on long winded writing that didn’t need to be in the story, that after a while started to irk me.

Having said that I really, really liked Sasha, she was a hoot. Smart, sassy and a little self effacing. She had it all going on, sometime singer in a band, totally broke, slightly happless P.I. She was a real woman, she liked a drink, and when she ate she did what I believe 99% of all women do, worry it was going to go to her hips.

When hooker Carmen goes missing, along with the lack of funds in her bank account she takes on Candace, a bordello owner’s request to try and find out what happened to her. All doesn’t go quite how Sasha wants it to go, and she has to quickly get over her slightly closed mind to the world of prostitution.

The story flows nicely, not sure if we needed the hooker’s POV, it did seem to give the game away slightly. But when a pimp turns up dead, graffiti sprayed on her house and a near hit and run the notches of the story went into a higher gear. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and I really thought Sasha was going to let the hooker get away with murder.

That is until the body count started to climb. The bordello owner had her own secrets, which gave dimension to her character, as well as a nice little sub plot. Did it make me laugh as much as your traditional Chick Lit books? No, but I had some belly laughs, especially the part she is chasing the hooker down after being held at knife point. That had tears streaming down my face.

The book wrapped up nicely, and while I would’ve liked a little more romance. Derek seemed divine, Sasha was a ballsy enough girl that it probably wouldn’t have fit in with the story. All in all I am glad that I downloaded it.

*Blog Tour Review* Eden Forest (Saskia Trilogy #1) – Aoife Marie Sheridan

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GIVEAWAY: Tour wide giveaway
Open internationally:
2 eBooks of Eden forest (part one of the saskia trilogy) and 2 e books of city of secrets (part two of the saskia trilogy)

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Book & Author details:

Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan
(Saskia Trilogy #1)
Publication date: September 28th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.

When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession.

She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.
On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5

Saskia, a world parallel to Earth life is anything but simple. Marta is 25, unmarried and pregnant. No big thing here on Earth, but on Saskia it isn’t allowed. The baby she carries is also very special. Morrick the king is hoping she would be paired with someone who would look after her for his own reasons. Bellona the queen has her eyes on Marta. Everyone has at least one elemental ability, if a boy child is born with the ability to control air they are taken from their mothers to be brought up as Guardians. When Marta’s friend gives birth to a boy and he is ripped from her arms Marta knows she has no choice but to run.

On Earth Sarajane’s mother has disappeared, it’s something she cannot just accept and every Sunday she, and her best friend Josh go into the wood where she was last seen to search for her. Not that it is any use. Then one day, at the dance a strange, and handsome stranger is following her and takes her also. To the land of Saskia, to a future she never knew existed.

What I liked about this book was the story, it was wonderfully intertwined with both worlds. I have to confess I did not see how they were linked coming which I also liked (I hate being able to guess the story too early). I also liked the legend of Sakia and how it came to be. Who doesn’t like a bit of angels and magic and how they could cross over to Earth.

Where I felt it fell short was in the actual story telling, the descriptions sometimes fell a little short and I did tire a little at the continuing “and then we” I would have liked to have felt more depth in emotions, more feels from the characters and have the writing style slightly more mature. However as I said the story was actually very good, if you like parallel worlds full of myth, legends and magic you will like this.

Also, I have to do a jiggy dance because the ending set itself up for the next book, I am not a huge fan of cliff hangers that leave me hanging with a year to wait. So massive brownie points for that.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17087721-eden-forest?ac=1

Purchase:
–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1908417498?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1908417498&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
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Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

LINKS:

http://www.aoifemariesheridan.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551996.Aoife_Marie_Sheridan
https://www.facebook.com/Aoifemariesheri
https://twitter.com/aoifesheri

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*Blog Book Tour* In The Fading Light – Tara Brown

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Giveaways:
Tour wide giveaway
Prizes – open internationally
-5x an ebook of their choice by Tara
-5x swag packs
-A Sunder t-shirt

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Book & Author details:

In the Fading Light by Tara Brown
Publication date: 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Separated by a curse but bound by love.

In the fading light of the night, their eyes meet where their lips cannot. It is a single second that sustains their love.
From the moment her eyes met his, Estelle Dumont was captivated. Her heart would always be his.

But Edmond Lamont’s heart wasn’t entirely hers. He had been in love once before, tricked by the fair beauty of an Encantado named Lisle.

Desperate to rid themselves of the curse she placed upon them, they must decide just how far they are willing to go. They must decide if their love is more important than their lives.

But how far is too far and what cost is too much?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19548108-in-the-fading-light

Purchase:

Will be found here come release day:
–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Brown/e/B007RS9V30
–B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tara-brown

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AUTHOR BIO:

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I am not going to talk in the third person. It feels weird.
I am a Bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance but my true passion is my Post Apocalyptic and Fantasy novels. I write a lot of books and jump Genres a lot. Mostly because I think I have Writers ADD, I like to call it WADD. It might be a real thing.
I write New Adult, my books have sexual content (Heck yes) and Swearing. You have been warned. Now enjoy!

I have a beagle named Buster, a husband who I force to read everything I write and two girls who want so badly to be a character in my books. And not in that order.

I am mid thirties so be prepared for the chick lit novel this year. I am calling it my Ode to my Midlife Crisis.
I have been writing since I was old enough to lie. So for some time.

Welcome to my world. Please enjoy the ride.

Author Links:

https://www.facebook.com/TaraBrownAuthor
https://twitter.com/TaraBrown22
http://tarbrow.wix.com/tara-brown-author
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768382.Tara_Brown

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*Review* Looking for You (A Laurel Heights Novel) – Kate Perry

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Synopsis:

Gwendolyn Pierce has a secret. A big secret.

No one knows that the gourd artist is really the missing Grape Princess—the wine heiress who ran away fourteen years before. And that’s the way Gwen likes it. No paparazzi recording her every mistake, no stern family disapproving of her life. She has her gourd shop in Laurel Heights and lives in peaceful bliss.

Until she meets Rick Clancy.

The last person she should get involved with is a private investigator who finds her as suspicious as he does sexy. Only she can’t help herself, and she can’t help wondering if she can trust him with her secrets—and her heart

My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 ***

Oakies, I’m slowly but surely working my way through the Chick Lit books I downloaded last Summer. Most all of them have been happy reads with warm, funny stories. This book doesn’t quite fit into what I call Chick Lit but I got it because I knew it would have romance in it, and who doesn’t want some romance while they are on vacation? (That’s what I got it for)

Though I didn’t read it while on vacation, instead it was read over two of the coldest days in South Texas it did warm my heart.

The story was a little implausible, a missing wine heiress living in disguise in San Francisco, only to hook up and casually date a private eye. Who just happened to want to know her secrets, but agreed not to dig for them while they were in the throws of having hot, passionate sex.

Then there was the journalist, Camille. So desperate to please her mother she for goes her dreams of being a writer and her chances of snagging her crush Dylan, she gets the unenviable task of covering the story of Gwen (the runaway heiress) who is now a gourd artist that has been chosen to show her pieces in the local museum. It is her that uncovers Gwen’s secret and outs her to the world.

What I loved the most about this book was its easy pace and style, there was nothing that didn’t draw you in no matter how much you thought the story wouldn’t play out the way it did. The characters were likable, and the men deadly sexy. Isn’t that what you want in a romance novel?

I do. I, at times wished the story had a little more depth or dimension, but overall when I reached the end I was smiling. This is the perfect beach read, there is nothing better than sun, sea and hot, hot seduction.

Blog Tour Review* Shattered Veil (Diatous Wars # 1) – Tracy E. Banghart

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Synopsis:

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When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

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War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.
All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.

Secrets

Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.
Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past…until her future seems to depend on it.

Sacrifice

And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything – her home, her name, even her face…
…only to become the key to her dominion’s survival.

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars*****

I seriously don’t know where to start with this review. I’ve so many feelings and emotions going through my head. Suffice to say, this book is brilliant. It has a wonderful underlying back story about what our military and their families endure through the separation of war.

The story starts off a little slow, Aris is eighteen and about to go through the selection process of where she will be for the rest of her life. She will then be promised to Calix and life will be wonderful. Only that is thrown on its head, a strange encounter with a flyer from the military has her world spun on its head.

I said the story was slow, however it gives the author the chance to do a lot of world building and character development. I had mixed feelings about Aris at first, she seemed a little petulant. I was wrong about her, she is one of the strongest heroines I’ve read in a long time. I grew to realize that not ever kick ass female has to be like that from the get go, maybe, through the strange turn of circumstances in our lives bring out strengths we didn’t even know we had.

So Aris follows Calix into the military, no mean feat since females were not allowed. She is hidden behind a veil that gives the illusion she is in fact Aristos, a man. I loved her growth as a person and a flyer. I loved the friendships she made, especially with Dysis another female.

Of course there was a bigger story here, the war between Atalanta and Safara. The side stories of Ward Nekkos and Ward Vadim of Ruslana were great. There was twists and turns, sub plots to scupper plots. It was all very well thought out and just bloody magic.

I was saddened by the sad reality war changes us, it sometimes makes us into people our loved ones don’t recognize. But it did open it up to a bigger story, loving Major Vidar. I truly didn’t see any of that coming, like wowzer. It was all there in plain sight too. Brilliant writing from Ms Banghart.

The ending, lets just say I was crippled, I actually shed tears. I wanted something to happen so badly I could feel it. It didn’t…..but there is always book 2 right? Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18621479-shattered-veil?ac=1

Purchase:

–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Veil-Tracy-E-Banghart/dp/0989037347/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393258363&sr=8-1&keywords=shattered+veil+tracy
–B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shattered-veil-tracy-e-banghart/1118591644?ean=9780989037341

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Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

LINKS:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

*Review* No Easy Choices – Trista Cade

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Synopsis:

Art major, Andie McDaniels was used to not being part of the “in” crowd. But now that she is a member of Theta Zeta Delta, the most sought after sorority on campus, she wants to try to fit in for once in her life.

Fitting in with the clique of Southern Belles isn’t so easy though, especially when she falls hard for the socially unacceptable Javier, a gorgeous South American student from a Colombian drug cartel family.

Faced with snooty sorority sisters holding nightly meetings to vote her out, her fear for Javier’s safety from a rival drug cartel, and her family’s high expectations of her, Andie must make some hard choices

My Review: 2 out of 5 Stars **

Oh Lordy me! This story could’ve been so much more than it was! I only continued reading because it was a short, quick read. I’m not too sure of what to say about this story, it wasn’t that it was bad, it was just not written with any depth.

Andie has gone to Georgia to college, she is living in the sorority house of the Theta Zeta Delta, a group of girls that I would turn on my heel and run as fast as I could from if I saw them coming my way. It centers on their rules and regulations, of what is expected of Andie and whom she can date.

That all gets turned on its head when she meets Javier, a mysterious hunk working in the library. It was all well and good, and the premise sounded like we were heading down a very good path. The sisters hated him for who and what he was, a foreigner! A lesser mortal than they were and not in the approved circle of who Andie could step out with.

Andie stood her ground and all of a sudden the sisters liked him!! That is until Quinn, the sister’s leader found some rather juicy gossip about his family. Then Andie had to dump him, only to get back with him when he explains it away. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted them to get back together but everything was a little too perfect. Especially when she realizes ahe cannot stay in the house and leaves, her parents come to town to hep her look for a new apartment. I don’t know about you, if my teenage daughter was hooking up with a Colombian drug lord’s son I wouldn’t be so quick to move into his apartment.

It was all so twee and situations righted themselves long before they got out of hand. I was wanting bitch fighting, grug cartels and chases galore. What I got fell a little flat on what could’ve have been a great book. Unfortunately this wasn’t for me

*Blog Book Blitz* After the Curtain Falls – Ainsley Shay

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Book & Author Details:

After the Curtain Falls by Ainsley Shay
Publication date: January 31st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Erik never had to be anything other than a freak…until now.

Two hundred fifty-three days is a long time to fake being normal when night after night you perform miraculous feats on stage in a freak show. Thousands have paid to witness the miracle, suspecting nothing more than a hoax. But it is very real and it is slowly destroying him. Erik is weakened to the point where he’ll stop performing and start going to school for the first time ever—in his senior year. His only goal is to rebuild his strength so he can return to the stage and perform doing what he loves most in this world. What he didn’t plan for was the appearances of beautiful Addison and mysterious Naya. Now, unfamiliar feelings and bizarre new friendships threaten to unbalance Erik’s future as a miracle-performing freak.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20617601-after-the-curtain-falls?ac=1

Purchase (book is on sale for 0.99c during the blitz!):

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/after-the-curtain-falls-ainsley-shay/1118400664?ean=9781939588029

http://www.amazon.com/After-Curtain-Falls-Ainsley-Shay-ebook/dp/B00I4HE1L0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1392927507

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AUTHOR BIO

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Ainsley Shay avoids insanity by living mostly in the fiction world. She believes surrounding herself with positive people, and strives for balance in everything. She owns more jeans with rips and holes than without; and has recently found the magic of patches. For her, reading or writing the perfect sentence is better than the smoothest piece of dark chocolate melting in her mouth. She is a deltiologist for pure enjoyment, not for the study of. She longs to move north one day, even though she hates the cold. (Go figure!) So, for now, she continues to live in warm south Florida with her incredible husband, three beautiful daughters, and two lazy cats. (We won’t mention the dog.)

Author Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7789269.Ainsley_Shay
http://ainsleyshay.blogspot.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/ainsley.shay
https://twitter.com/ainsleyshay

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