January 20, 2015

REVIEW: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy


New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.

I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.

My everything.
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REVIEW:
"Wreck me, Ryder. Tear me apart and put me back together again in the way only you know how. Make me feel safe."
Wow! Wow! Wow! This was my first ever Monica Murphy book and good God was it sizzling hot! The book itself was impeccably written, the characters had such amazing chemistry that I thought my Kindle would overheat at times, and there was a scheming element that could compare to the likes of one of my favorite movies, Cruel Intentions....what more is there to like? Oh and did I mention that Ryder McKay is a filthy-mouthed closet bad boy disguised in a suit? Win win all around if you ask me!

"She should run. Get away from me as fast as she can. I'm like a disease that will eat at her welcoming heart until it's completely destroyed. And I won't feel an ounce of remorse for stealing it.

I think what I loved most about this book is that each character is an enigma in their own special way. Ryder McKay is a guy with a rough past. He's got a hard exterior due to a bad childhood, and can definitely be a scheming asshole, but as the story progresses you see he has a sweet, protective, caring side that I think even surprises him once he discovers it. He was seriously frustrating at times! I wanted to jump into the book, shake him, and yell "WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!" half of the time. But then he would say and do the sexiest things and I would melt right along with Violet.

Violet on the other hand starts off seeming weak and like she could break at any moment. Once you get a better glimpse at her, she's a strong, empowered woman with a wild sexual appetite. I wasn't sure I would like her at first the character development was so on point that I found myself really rooting for her to be happy in the end.

"This is temporary, what Ryder and I share. Like a meteor shooting across the sky, bright and hot and thrilling to watch, until it fizzles and burns into nothing."

I don't know how she did it but Monica Murphy captured some hardcore chemistry within the pages of this book, probably some of the best I've read. Even before Ryder and Violet were ripping each others clothes off, I could feel the sexual tension radiating off my Kindle. I'm not much of an erotica reader but I loved the seriously raunchy sex scenes in this book. They were filthy, rough and freaking hot!
There was one hell of a villain in Pilar. God I hated her! She definitely brought her bitch A-game and added another layer of drama to the book. I did feel that her story seemed like it was left a little open-ended, so I'm curious to see if she'll be stirring up more trouble in the other Fowler sister books.

Overall this was a 3.5 star book for me. The writing, character development, and sex scenes were top-notch for sure! I think the only reason I didn't go all the way to 4 or 5 stars is because I felt as though there was a lot of underlying emphasis on Violet's past which lead me to believe that the person involved would resurface but they never did. I was a little bit disappointed by that. Perhaps in another book? I hope so.


What's Next In This Series?
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—the second novel in New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy’s sizzling series about three powerhouse sisters and the men who would have their hearts.

People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.

Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.

For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.

And maybe I don’t want to.
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About the Author:
New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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January 16, 2015

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: The Stone In The Sea by A.L. Jackson


We are excited to share the cover of this brand new series by A.L. Jackson

A Stone in the Sea will Release on Feb 23
He wanted nothing at all…

Until he found she had everything to give…

Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.

Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.

When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she's helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.

They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won’t let them up for air.

Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.

Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?

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About the Author:
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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January 11, 2015

REVIEW: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon





If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare. 

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.


Review

When I opened this book, I had no idea what to expect. I had gone into this book completely blind. I stayed away from reviews and didn't even read a synopsis on the book. Amy Harmon is one of those writers that you just know will blow you away no matter what the book is. The Law of Moses is no exception. There were many times throughout that I just sat in awe of the magic she captured in these pages.  The prologue itself had me captivated and intrigued. The story was shrouded in a cloud of mystery that I couldn't wait to unfold. 

“A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. A story flawed and fractured, crazy and cracked, and most of all, a love story.”

Moses and Georgia, while from the same town are from two completely different worlds. Georgia is a spitfire blonde with a respectable family and strong ties to the community. Moses is the dark skinned crack baby that was left abandoned at the local laundry mat. After being shipped around for years, Moses ends up back in his hometown. But more importantly, he catches the eye of Georgia Shephard. She is persistent and unique, he is dark and brooding. But there is something about him that she just can't stay away from. She is drawn to his artistic ability and his inability to be broken.  Despite the warnings from the town, her family, and even Moses himself - Georgia finds herself coming back for more.

“And just like I'd done all my life, I jumped in head first, even though I had been forbidden. But this time, I drowned.”

To say that this is a "coming-of-age" story would be selling this book short. There is so much more to it than that. Placing this book in any one category would be doing it extreme injustice. There is love, angst, loss, coming-of-age, mystery, with a hint of the unknown. Many times throughout the book I realized the path this book had taken was different than anything I could have expected. The jaw-dropping surprises just kept coming. The writing was fluid and kept me intrigued from the very beginning. 

“There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.”

I can not say enough great things about the masterpiece that Amy Harmon created. It pulled me from a major reading funk. I had picked up and put down a countless amount of books before finally grabbing this one. Once I began reading, I realized I had found exactly what I had been looking for the entire time. I needed something deep and unconventional. I needed a book that broke out of the stereotypical mold I had become so accustomed to. Amy Harmon delivered on all of these levels. If you are looking for something that will move you to your core, you must put The Law of Moses at the top of your TBR!



                                                                 


About the Author

Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.