August 1, 2015

REVIEW: Amber To Ashes by Gail McHugh

From the New York Times bestselling author of Collide and Pulse comes a gritty new novel about a shattered young woman who unexpectedly falls for two best friends as she struggles to overcome the trauma of her tormented childhood.

They were a storm I never saw coming, an unforeseen heartbreak on the edge of a dangerous cliff.

Amber Moretti's life changes in the span of minutes. An orphaned outsider, she is desperate to start fresh the moment she walks onto campus. In the time it takes to cross the university’s dining hall, she meets two men who bring color, air, and light to her darkened world.

They became my addiction, each a needle to my next hit, my high.

Brock Cunningham’s appeal is dizzying, a potent force Amber can’t deny. A green-eyed smooth talker, he instantly attracts Amber. It doesn’t take long for him to consume her every thought, her every breath.

Ryder Ashcroft, a blue-eyed, tattooed, and pierced bad boy, turns Amber off immediately—that is, until he kisses her, stealing a piece of her heart, her soul.

They were as opposite as fire and ice, yet I ached for them equally.

Never knowing she could be broken down in so many unexpectedly beautiful yet petrifying ways, Amber finds herself falling for both men.

Immoral? Maybe. I say undeniable. Uncontained.

But one event changes everything, shattering each of their lives…and Amber isn’t sure she can come back from it.


Amber To Ashes drew me in and became an addiction of mine from the start of it's dark and ominous prologue to the last 10% of the book when I was reading, PANICKING, and thinking "No! It can't end yet! There has to be more!".

Raw, gritty, intense, and not necessarily for the faint of heart, this love-triangle romance is a fantastic new read by Collide and Pulse author Gail McHugh.

Alright so down to the basics. The story is about a broken woman with a twisted past. She meets two men who equally change her life for very different reasons. Most of the time, when you read a love triangle, there's a clear cut choice for which man you want to win the girl's heart. While yes, I was a bit partial to Ryder (that bad boy persona gets me every time), these flawed and tortured characters are presented in such a way that it really isn't a simple choice. I found myself torn, along with Amber. With explosive chemistry and sexual tension across the board, both Brock and Ryder are perfectly imperfect contenders for our heroine's heart. I think it takes some true talent to rip a reader's heart straight down the middle and Gail McHugh did a fantastic job accomplishing this feat.

The plot was extremely well done, not slowing down much at all from start to finish. Each character is complex in their own right. I also liked that Gail could take the taboo issue of loving two people at the same time, and turn it into the fiction-lover's wildest fantasy.

One of the most notable pieces of this book is the sex scenes. Holy freaking hell!! No lie, this book contains some of the most fantastically raunchy and detailed sex scenes I have ever read! My inner perve literally wants to go back and just reread THAT scene...the pivotal one between Ryder, Amber, and Brock that changes everything...

There are only a few reasons that Amber to Ashes didn't earn a full 5-star rating from me, the main one being a personal issue with the writing. While I am a sucker for poetic writing, I felt that it went a little bit overboard with unnecessary wordiness. A lot of the time I found myself skimming for the dialogue just wanting to get to the heart of what the characters were experiencing, sometimes having to go back to make sure I understood the point the author was trying to make with each lengthy sentence. I liked the concept behind the plot enough that a lot of the time, the writing just seemed to overdo it a bit.

I really didn't connect with Amber at all. She's written to be an incomplete person, torn up from the inside out by her past. While I did feel for her at times, as the book went on, I felt myself disconnecting from her character and scratching my head, wondering how these two men could possibly be so enthralled by her. She was an enigma, sometimes owning her actions and other times just being plain selfish and annoying. I definitely didn't feel she was a rare gem as she was so often referred to. I also found the insta-love-connection between her and her two boys a bit unrealistic, the extreme emotions they all felt, coming on a bit too soon. What kept me riveted was Brock and Ryder 100%. I couldn't get enough of them and I was definitely pleased to see that all 3 POV's are seen in this story.

Most of the feedback I've seen on Amber To Ashes is love or hate. There are some darker themes dealing with drug use and murder that may sway some people. The content was never an issue for me, but I'm a sucker for dark romance. If the description of this book piques your interest at all, I definitely urge you to read this book. It's far from any love-triangle I've encountered before and will leave you absolutely craving more!

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About Gail McHugh: 
A self-proclaimed chocoholic, married mother of three, and a lover of writing for as far back as she can remember, Gail McHugh is the author of two New York Times bestselling novels. The COLLIDE series, which includes COLLIDEand PULSE, was acquired by Atria Books on September 17th, 2013.

“The first of two sexy contemporary romances about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger who will stop at nothing to have her.” – Publishers Weekly on COLLIDE, a Top 10 Romance pick!

Gail’s next novel, also publishing through Atria Books, AMBER TO ASHES: Part One in the Torn Heart Series, is slated to release June 9th, 2015.

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May 20, 2015

TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Never Never: Part 2 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Two Synopsis: “Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can't imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

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Never Never Part 2, is the long awaited continuation of Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher's joint masterpiece novella trilogy (the best way I can describe it) and it definitely did not disappoint. It's been forever since I've been able to sit down and read a book cover to cover without moving from my seat, so I was shocked when I hit that last page at 100% as fast as I did.

If you read Part 1, then without a doubt the number one question on your lips was "Where is Charlie?!". Thankfully this book gives you the answers to that question. It literally picks up right where Part 1 left off with Silas. For the sake of keeping things spoiler free I have to keep this review vague. I'll tell you that although you won't get every answer that you're looking for with this installment, you'll definitely get more than Part 1 offered, in my opinion.

In a nutshell, complete mystery surrounds this story. I am absolutely stumped on what could be happening to our hero and heroine. For every question that is answered you will have 10 more to ponder. The writing is impeccable and as I said above you can literally read this book cover to cover in a matter of hours, if that. It's definitely shorter than the first part but I think the pages somehow have more content and glimpses into all the missing pieces.

It's amazing to me how Colleen and Tarryn could create two characters with zero recollection of their lives together but they somehow have the most potent bond. The romantic factor was fantastic, even in the moments that Silas and Charlie were apart. A big portion of their lives is told via letters that they wrote to each other (and if I said I didn't swoon at some of them I'd be lying). The letters paint a better picture as to who Charlie and Silas are as individuals and at least for me made them both more likable (I really wasn't sure I'd care for Charlie at first).

If you're not a fan of cliffhangers, you may want to wait it out for the last installment to release (I've been hearing this summer?). While the wait for each part can be torturous, I think these books are unique and well worth it to check out now. Maybe you're looking for something new and unique or maybe you're looking for a quick and fun in between book to read between full-length novels. Either way Never Never Part 1 and Part 2 are amazing choices! I have no idea where Silas and Charlie's story is going to go but I can feel one hell of a conclusion coming!

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Colleen’s Bio
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, Ugly Love and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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Tarryn’s Bio
Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of six novels. Her latest novel, Marrow, just released in April 2015 and she is currently working on the third installment of Never Never. She is the co-founder of the fashion blog Clothed Caption. Tarryn resides in the Seattle area with her family. She loves rainy days, Coke, and thinks Instagram is the new Facebook. Tarryn is represented by Amy Tannenbaum of the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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May 8, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker


Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.

When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for.

Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control.

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.

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And don’t forget BURYING WATER, BECOMING RAIN and CHASING RIVER, the first three books in this thrilling series…

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it—the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington, DC, major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the West coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to. ​





Armed with two years' worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn't let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it's because he saved her life, or maybe it's because he's completely different from everything she's left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn't the kind of guy she'd want to catch.




About K.A. Tucker:
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.