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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Salvation by Noelle Adams

Title: Salvation
Author: Noelle Adams
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Genre: Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romance
   
Synopsis
You get to the point where you can just say it. There was never anything special about me, except my father is rich and important. That's why it happened. It was just a normal Tuesday afternoon. I was twenty-three and thinking about my new designer boots. They kidnapped me for ransom. They raped me before I was rescued. My therapist says that talking about it means I'm starting to heal. I don't really think I am. It's even harder to talk about Gideon. He couldn’t save me when it really mattered, so he keeps trying to save me now. He refuses to give up on me, and I can’t make him understand. There are some things you just can’t be saved from.


Warning: Salvation is a love story that follows a difficult path of healing after sexual assault. It is a true contemporary romance, but it addresses very hard issues, including rape and attempted suicide. Please consider whether this book is for you.  

Review

Noelle Adams takes us on an emotional journey that showcases a realistic journey of hurting, pain, and healing. Diana is a normal girl who is going about her life when the unthinkable happens. She is kidnapped and raped. While being kidnapped she meets another captive. He tries everything he could.. it just wasn't enough.

Diana's journey to healing is anything but easy. What I loved about this book is it seemed like a realistic journey. There was pain, self-loathing, and eventually healing. I feel like women will be able to relate to this. Whether they or someone they know have been a victim of sexual abuse, they can read this book and feel hope. This isn't an insta-heal, insta-HEA kind of story. It's real, raw, and gritty. Gideon, although not perfect, he was the perfect fit into this story. With all his flaws and every painful detail that was associated with him, he managed to find a way to be loveable. (And completely HOTT but that is so besides the point)

I want to keep this review vague because I feel like Diana's journey is painful and hopeful all at the same time. But what I can tell you about this story is that it captivated me from the beginning. The books starts and it takes off immediately. Noelle Adams has such an amazing way of telling this story. It's personal. I felt as if I was going through this with Diana. If you sit down, I promise that you will not be able to put it down!


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About the Author

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
 
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BLOG TOUR REVIEW W/ GIVEAWAY: Alpha by Jasinda Wilder


Title: Alpha

Author: Jasinda Wilder

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Genre: Adult Contemporary


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SYNOPSIS:

The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom's hospital bills. My baby brother's tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.," and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing…except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it?

I did.

The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: "belong."

A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. "To me."

The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom's hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you're desperate? You don't. I didn't.

And then, after a year, there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: "It's time to pay your debt."

Would you have gotten in?

I did.

It turns out $120,000 doesn't come free.



REVIEW:


Jasinda Wilder is an author whose work I have closely followed and marveled at since before I began blogging. She is notorious to us at The Little Black Book Blog, for writing some seriously angsty books that should not be read in public (as we learned the hard way), for they typically cause crying and loud outbursts of emotion! However, every now and then she puts out what I would consider a "fun read" type of book, one that fulfills fantasies and doesn't completely torture your heart..not too much anyway. This was how Alpha read for me...

Truth be told, I think Alpha might be the hottest book I have read since E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey! To set the record straight I will admit up front that I typically do not read many books that contain erotica elements. I am by no means prude with my reading choices, however I find that often the content can be difficult for me to read too much of. I of course enjoy a smutty erotic read from time to time, but being as they can often be formulaic, they don't always hold my interest. Just to be clear, Alpha is an Adult Contemporary Romance, BUT the explicit sex scenes gave it some what of an erotica feel for me. It gives you the best of both worlds in my opinion!

Alpha surrounds our heroine, Kyrie St. Claire. With rough family history - a father murdered and a batty mother in a nursing home - Kyrie is left to fend for herself, care for her brother, and pay all of the bills on her own. She is barely making ends meet as it is when she gets let go from her job and evicted from her apartment. Just when she is about to resort to something drastic to earn a dime, she receives a mysterious check for $10,000 (yes that is FOUR 0's), written out to her with only the words "You" in the memo. Uncertain but desperate she cashes it. The following months, more checks for the same amount arrive, the memos eventually spelling out the phrase "You Belong To Me". After a year and $120,000 of cashed checks later, her debt collector arrives looking for her to pay up.

She is then whisked away from her crummy Detroit apartment, into a surprising new lifestyle filled with luxury and wealth. Entering a Manhattan penthouse with a body guard, Kyrie thinks she is going to meet her benefactor face to face. However before she can see him, she is told she must be blindfolded. She hears a mysterious and seductive male voice that explains he will reveal himself to her in due time but she must play along and submit to his game before that happens...Now I wish I could say more about the plot, the mysterious benefactor, and Kyrie's experience's in the lap of luxury, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone!

Something notable about Alpha was the sex scenes. HOLY HELL! I guarantee the sex scenes will definitely have you panting, so I would recommend having your B.O.B. (battery operated boyfriend), and some spare panties on standby while you read Alpha! At first I was just as frustrated as Kyrie wearing her blindfold to not have so much as a name, let alone a description of her Alpha, however the mystery kept me turning pages and made the sex scenes that much steamier! I mean really, there's that terrifying mystery aspect that some nasty old man with a sexy voice is doing all sorts of dirty things to Kyrie, or perhaps he could be walking human perfection. The only way to find out is to keep reading!

Overall Alpha was a quick read for me. It is a full-length stand-alone novel with a strong willed heroine, a ridiculously sexy alpha male, and a whole lot of kinky sex! Through her descriptive writing, Jasinda Wilder will take you on a sexually charged fantasy, packed with mystery and untold secrets that will slowly be revealed as you go. Whether you're an avid erotic romance reader, someone who enjoys the fantasy that the genre provides, or if you're just a fan of Adult Romance, who is looking for something new, I would say Alpha is the perfect new read for you!





About Jasinda Wilder:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.







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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Above The Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow


RELEASE DATE: JUNE 10, 2014


SYNOPSIS:

Becki Mowry’s journalism expertise keeps her busy as she spends her waking hours filling a calendar with gigs and public appearances for her boyfriend’s up and coming band, Alternate Tragedy. Radio interviews and TV spots result in sold out concerts and rowdy groupies hot for her guy; lead singer, Calon Ridge. But, as fame would have it, their time in the limelight also brings sabotage, rumors and false accusations. Becki and Calon try to stay steadfast on a personal journey that takes them to the depths of fear and uncertainty. And finally, the rug is pulled out from under the band when they must make a transition they never dreamed they’d be faced with.

In this third book of the In Too Deep series, Becki and Calon struggle to find balance as they navigate their new relationship while living amid the rock world’s nocturnal chaos. But when life’s unexpected obstacles come out of nowhere, they focus on finding their own private solace Above the Noise.

My debut New Adult romance, IN TOO DEEP, and its sequel, ON SOLID GROUND, were released in 2013 and have spent time on 3 of Amazon's Top 100 lists!
  


AUTHOR BIO:

Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.

The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.

Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.


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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin


Title: Dearest Clementine

Author: Lex Martin

Release Date: April 18, 2014

Genre: NA contemporary romance



Synopsis:

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn't mind being called bitchy and closed off. It's safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out...in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, FINDING DANDELION, this summer.





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REVIEW:



I whole-heartedly adored Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin!!! This was one of the most refreshing New Adult titles I have read in a while and once I started reading it, I couldn't stop!

At the start of the book, Clementine Avery is a character who, to me, could be likened to Julia Stiles' character in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Having been cheated on by her high school sweetheart, basically abandoned by her rich, self-absorbed parents, and stalked by a professor her freshmen year, Clem takes on a very "approach with caution" attitude towards newcomers in her life and throws a bullet proof wall at any guy that comes within a mile of her. Hiding behind her defense mechanisms is her way of surviving the hardships that her life has thrown at her. Lex Martin painted a perfect picture of a once happy, whole girl, now living a half life of broken parts...

"There is something so safe about being wrapped up in Gavin Murphy, like I can forget everything when I'm with him, the past, the hurt, the humiliation."

When Clementine meets Gavin Murphy, a sexy dorm RA I wish I could say the sparks fly. However,  she immediately brushes him off like she does with everyone else. Through interactions with their mutual friends, Gavin and Clementine start hanging out and he slowly breaks down her defenses in a one step forward but two steps back manner. At first it starts off as a fun friendship but as he starts giving her very realistic "tips" for the romance novel she is writing, their relationship progresses further. I truly enjoy when authors drag out the sexual tension between heroine and hero and there was no shortage of that in this book!

For the most part I felt very fond of Clementine. She was the perfect depiction of an insecure and very vulnerable college girl who was just trying to get by. There were times that her insecurities and constant self doubt drove me insane, however considering her high school boyfriend's betrayal and nearly being assaulted by someone who she considered a mentor, I could understand why her character was the way she was. From start to finish though, I could really appreciate the change I saw in her.

I fell head over heels for Gavin Murphy. He is literary boyfriend perfection. Sexy, charming, good looking, confident, understanding, in a band...I could go on all day. He was the perfect dose of reality to make Clementine open her eyes to feelings and start living again. The progression of their relationship wasn't always easy but I really felt for Gavin and I may have swooned a few times here and there.

As I said about, this was a refreshing and enjoyable New Adult read. The interactions between Clementine and her best friends Jenna and Harper were hilarious! And I think I may need to try the "Out-Skank" texting game with my friends (you'll see what I'm talking about when you read it)! The character development was wonderfully done and Lex Martin did scare the crap out of me a few times with a healthy dose of suspense and angst! Dearest Clementine is a fantastic book and would absolutely recommend it! The "Dearest" series has two more standalone novels centered around supporting characters in Dearest Clementine. Even though this book was about Clementine and Gavin's journey, Lex Martin built up a family of characters for me that I will definitely need more of in the future! I can't wait to see what happens next!






About the Author:


Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR W/ JOINT REVIEW & 3 GIVEAWAYS!: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher


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Synopsis:
When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.



JOINT REVIEW:



LYNDSAY: You know those books that you hit refresh on Amazon for 500 times the day they're supposed to go live? That's what Mud Vein was for me!

JESSICA: I'm surprised you don't have carpal tunnel after hitting refresh so much that night!

LYNDSAY: I know I know, it was 2am and I blew up your phone with "MUD VEIN IS LIVE!" texts.

JESSICA: Which then resulted in  me waking up and reading it at 6am...I finished it 6 hours later at noon. 

LYNDSAY: Oh my god I know, if it weren't for my need to sleep at 4am, I probably would've finished that night too. The writing sucked me in! I felt a mixture of anticipation and terror going through it for the first time.

JESSICA: It's just the way Tarryn writes, her words just stick with you..I found myself highlighting page after page after page.

LYNDSAY: Seriously! I think I actually had highlights on the first page of the book!

JESSICA: I've never had a writer inspire me to get a tattoo before. The only other artists that affected that way me are The Beatles...(That's right Tarryn, you're ranked up there with The Beatles; classic, timeless, hauntingly poetic.)

LYNDSAY: If it were any one else that you wanted to tattoo on your body, I'd probably tell you, you were out of your mind, but I can't object to brilliance. Anywho...

LYNDSAY:  I think upon finishing the book we were both like....


...We have both been fans of Tarryn Fisher since the Love Me With Lies series, but she took it to a whole new level with this one.

JESSICA: I went into it not really knowing what to expect. Was it going to be a twisted love story like The Love Me With Lies series or does this involve a love story at all? She was so secretive, she could have gone anywhere with it!

LYNDSAY: I know! I was actually questioning whether or not I should read it because the synopsis was vague and alluded to something dark.

We've seen it mentioned many times before about books taking the reader on an emotional roller-coaster however Mud Vein tops them all in my opinion.

JESSICA: I mean come on, how many books make you feel emotionally exhausted, mentally drained, and over all mind-blown? 



LYNDSAY: There's so much I want to say about the plot, but I don't want to give it away to people who haven't read it.

JESSICA: I know, there's so many layers to this book, I feel like everyone needs to experience it on their own!

LYNDSAY: So let's talk a little about Senna, our broken heroine.

JESSICA: Love her and all of her dark and twisty-ness. 



LYNDSAY: Absolutely! At first I wasn't sure how to feel about her. She seemed so damaged that I wasn't sure she'd be relatable. 

JESSICA: But that's the thing about damaged characters…everyone can relate in some form.

LYNDSAY: Agreed. And this poor girl had some shit happen to her…It's no wonder she was so emotionally handicapped! She spoke to my black heart on so many levels…

JESSICA: But that's what I loved about it. She wasn't conventional, her journey wasn't conventional, the love story aspect definitely didn't follow a conventional boy meets girl formula.

LYNDSAY: I wasn't expecting love in the book at all. The blurb alone, had me thinking a girl trapped in a house = a story similar to the Saw movies and I remember I almost didn't want to read it because of that. I couldn't be more wrong. 


JESSICA: I'm glad you gave it a chance…we all know the dark books are more of my thing, but it immediately became one of your top favorite books.

LYNDSAY: Yes you're right, Mud Vein definitely explores some darkness, but nothing I couldn't handle. It was so much more than just a thriller. 

JESSICA: I can't believe it took me almost a week to write my individual review…I felt like there were just no words…my words just couldn't do Tarryn Fisher's writing justice. 

LYNDSAY: Agreed! The events in these pages, definitely took some processing time before I could form thoughts and put them in a review.

Honestly, I think we could talk all day about Mud Vein but instead of boring our readers to death with our mindless rambling, here's some of our takeaways for Mud Vein…

1) Go in blind…this is for each individual to experience.
2) Expect some darkness…it is a thriller after all...but don't be scared.
3) Conventional? NO!, Mind-blowing? MOST DEFINITELY!
4) Download the playlist as you read…the song selection will give you a deeper understanding of the characters…not to mention all the songs are FAMAZING!….seriously…download it.
5) Be prepared to HIGHLIGHT HIGHLIGHT HIGHLIGHT! Remember we said…HAUNTINGLY. POETIC. WRITING.
6) You can expect elements of a love story but this is NOT a romance novel!
7) If you feel like this at the end 

…it's okay, you're in the majority here and not a crazy person….well maybe just a little...


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ABOUT TARRYN FISHER:



I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…

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