March 18, 2015

REVIEW: Manwhore by Katy Evans


Release Date: March 24, 2015

Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

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"I feel like he's a hurricane and I'm the lake, calm on the outside, holding a thousand and one secrets within."

Upon finishing Manwhore by Katy Evans, I can honestly say that I felt emotionally exhausted! It really wasn't what I expected. At first when I read the synopsis I thought to myself "Here we go, another alpha billionaire book", but as I got a few chapters in, I didn't want to put the book down. The characters were fun and good natured, the plot moved quickly, and it absolutely left me wanting to read more!


Rachel Livingston is a reporter with fun, girly quirks and a passion for telling people's stories. Her outlook on others and raw need to know about the subjects of her work compelled me from the start. The way her "project", Malcolm Saint - playboy, billionaire, sinner, manwhore - was described compelled me as well. From the second she was assigned an exposé on Saint, I had to find out how Rachel was going to work her way into his life and what the repercussions of her plan would be. One of my favorite parts of the book is how they meet. It's so awkward and almost humorous. Hopefully you'll be grinning like I was for that one. All in all, the plot was solid and character development did not disappoint.

"You're so fragile you've boxed yourself up so you don't break."

As a heroine, the one word I would use to describe Rachel is vulnerable. Having grown up without a father, it's clear that she has some daddy issues. I think that is part of what draws her to Malcolm Saint. He is symbolic of all the things she never had in a male figure. He's represents strength and safety to her despite the level of risk associated with letting him in. I felt her constant inner struggle between focusing on her reporter work and trying to repress the emotions developing for Saint. You will feel her giddiness at the highs and heartache at the lows every step of the way.



Malcolm is a little bit harder to figure out. The image you're given to go off of about him in the beginning of the book is completely different from the man you see him become with Rachel.  It fits nicely as a theme for the book, because you learn who the real man is (fun, kind-hearted and endearing) behind all of the gossip as you go along with Rachel on her journey for information.

I absolutely LOATHED Rachel's best friend and roommate Gina. She annoyed me to no end with her jaded man-hating logic. There were times when I genuinely wanted Rachel to tell her to shut up. Gina was the contrast to Rachel's other friend Wynn. Wynn was the breath of fresh air that I needed, always optimistic, hopeful and rooting for Rachel's happiness even when Rachel couldn't see possibilities in her own future.

Something that Katy definitely brings to the table with her writing is details, details and more details! I think I feel more in touch with Rachel's feelings than my own at this point. Every blush and sharp intake of breath that she experienced, I felt. I took those deep breaths and felt my heart pounding during the tension-filled moments right along with her and Malcolm Saint.

**Potential Spoiler**

For those of you who don't necessarily enjoy cliffhangers, I will tell you that Manwhore does end in one. It's very abrupt and unexpected at a pretty pivotal moment in the story. You may find yourself shouting "WTF SERIOUSLY?!" like I did. I am definitely eager to see what happens next. 

**End of Spoiler**



Overall this was a 3.5 star book for me. I thought the relationship development between Rachel and Malcolm was very well done. I would have liked to see a little bit more backstory about Malcolm and towards the end Rachel's crazy emotions and indecisiveness drove me nuts. I did feel for her and respect that she had integrity. The sex scenes were definitely steamy and generously distributed! If you are a billioniare boyfriend addict, then Malcolm Kyle Logan Preston Saint will be your next favorite for sure!


About the Author: 
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

March 16, 2015

COVER REVEAL: My Time in the Affair by Stylo Fantome


Release Date: May 2, 2015

~Mischa~

I made a conscious decision to cheat on my husband.

Now, before you judge me, hear my story. Hear how much I'm like you, how similar my thoughts are to your own. Yes, I'm a horrible person. Yes, I've done horrible things. Yes, I don't deserve forgiveness. Yes, bad things happened because of my actions.

But I'm willing to bet I've done things that maybe, just maybe, you have thought of doing.

Maybe, just maybe, you're not as innocent as you like to think.

Or maybe I'm not so guilty ...

WARNING: This book involves CHEATING. The word AFFAIR is in the title. The main character has an AFFAIR. In the synopsis (directly above), she states that she intentionally has an AFFAIR. If you don't like CHEATING, then you have been VERY WELL warned. Also, this book is primarily written in the third-person narrative.




Excerpt

“I can't do this,” she stated bluntly.
He smiled. That annoying, smirky, sly smile.
“And why not, Mischa?” he asked, his voice low as he folded his arms across his chest.
“Because, I'm married. I don't want to hurt him. I like you, I really do, but I just … can't. I don't … I don't want this,” her voice fell into a whisper.
“You don't want me?” Tal clarified. Misch looked away.
“It's not that,” she sighed.
“You do want me.”
“That doesn't matter. I'm married.”
“That didn't matter, two minutes ago.”
“Well, it matters now.”
“When was the last time he touched you like that?”
She looked back at Tal.
“A long time,” she replied.
“How long?”
“Months. I'm not sure. Maybe six, maybe more.”
Tal stared at her for a long moment. His eyes wandered over her face, then down her body. Clear to her feet. Back up again, lingering at her hips and breasts before locking onto her eyes.
“I would touch you like that everyday,” he said softly.




About the Author
Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ..., forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.


March 12, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Echo (The Black Lotus Series #2) by E.K. Blair

ECHO (Black Lotus #2)
Written by: E.K. Blair

Release Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Genre: Psychosexual Thriller

Synopsis:

It's been said the longest echo ever measured lasted 75 seconds, but I can assure you, this will last much longer. The bang deafened the world around me, muting everything into nullity, allowing the reflection of its destruction to live far beyond its intended life. 

It will follow me forever, destroying me—destroying you.

You want answers? 

So do I.

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