REVIEW: The Perfect Distraction (The Perfect Distraction, #1) by Melissa Rolka

18338181The Perfect Distraction by Melissa Rolka

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Book Description:

***For Mature Readers 18+***

When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.

Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?

Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.

Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
***For Mature Readers 18+***


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Review: BURN by Brooke Cumberland

Welcome to the Burn blog tour! Even since we took part in the cover reveal for Spark, we’ve been dying to read Brooke Cumberland’s books. But, we held off on reading Spark when we found out it had a cliff hanger.


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Just when Velaney thinks she is safe again…her worst nightmare comes back to haunt her.

Eric is dealing with his own insecurities as he tries to accept Velaney’s decision to help the enemy…can he get past it? Will they be there for each other in the end?

He struggles to step aside and trust Velaney…but will his past keep him from doing so? Can he let go in order to move forward?

Velaney and Eric had their fair share of ups and downs in SPARK…they love was undeniable and intense. Just when you think they could get their happily ever after…pasts collide and merge together…will they fight for what they want?

Or will their love crash and burn?

  

After reading Spark, I couldn’t wait to read Burn and find out what happened to Velaney and Eric. I was also dying to find out if Aiden was drawn and quartered (per my wishes) or if he just went to prison (finally!). 



Initially, in the first 1/3 of the book, I had issues. red flags were popping up and I was crying foul on a lot of things. It was so bad at one point that I feared I wouldn’t be able to finish the book. But after venting about my issues to a friend, I persevered and was able to go back to the story. 



Everything finally came together into a cohesive way. At teh time, when things were out of left field, I was confused and irritated. But when everything was finally revealed, it made sense. I can’t say more without giving things away. So, if you want to know all the secrets and dirt…read the book! winking



While I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did Spark, the overall story was decent. Brooke Cumberland definitely has talent and I can’t wait to read more from her. 


 This is how I saw the characters as I was reading:

 

But I’m not opposed to who the author cast as the characters. winking

 

Taylor Kinney as Eric Reilley  
Kendall Jenner as Velaney Wills

 

 



**Songs that relate to Eric & Velaney’s journey or songs that were involved in creating their story.**
“Dancing in the Sky” by Dani & Lizzy (For Ethan, Megan, & Baby Reilley #1)
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii
“Stars” by Grace Potter
“Marry Me” by Train
“God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes/Blake Shelton
“What Can I Do (But Love You)” by Joy Williams
“I Could Not Ask For More” by Sara Evans
“Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
“Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascal Flatts
“Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood
“Roar” by Katy Perry
“Hurt” by Christina Aguilera
“I Bruise Easily” by Natasha Bedingfield
“Soldier” by Gavin Degraw
“More than Anyone” by Gavin Degraw
“Stay” by Rihanna
“Dreaming With A Broken Heart” by John Mayer
“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

 

Brooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She’s a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (one daughter & two stepsons) and a black fury dog. She’s studied psychology in college, and counseling and education in graduate school where she found her love for writing. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She’s addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants. 


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Review: Cage by Harper Sloan

Welcome to the Cage blog tour!!!!!!! Not only are we celebrating Greg Cage, but we’re completely in love with all the guys at Corps Security! 


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You wouldn’t believe how excited we were to get a copy of this book to read & review. 



Seriously, Nikki practically had a fit when it was released.  


Um, don’t play innocent there Lindsay… You were excited too! OK … maybe I did go a little overboard with my stalking…. *looks away guiltily*



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And so, we have some confessions to make. 



We are officially card carrying members of the Author Stalker Club. 



And if you notice, Nikki is a VIP member. winking 



YAY ME! big grin What can I say… When I like an author, I LIKE that author! winking (Btw, Didn’t Lindsay do a great job making these cards! Don’t you all want one! Come on, I know you do!)
 





 
 
 
Alpha heroes you’ll want to kidnap and keep, heroines to root for, and sizzling love scenes with emotional punch.” Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author
Greg Cage was born to protect. While growing up, he was his mother and sister’s shield against the world… until he failed. For the last decade, he has carried that guilt and need for vengeance around… until it was stripped from him. Now, with his best friend getting married and no longer needing his protection, he is even more lost, completely adrift, and desperate for some control. All he has ever known was how to protect: his family, his friends, and his country. Can he go against everything he has ever known, and give up that control?
Melissa Larson will never let anyone hold the reins in her life. She has been the rock in her family for more years than she can remember, and the fight to keep them together is her main priority right now. She has always been fiercely independent and proud. The last thing she will ever do is ask for someone else’s help. But when that choice is out of her control, forcing her to rely on others to save her and her family, and pick up the pieces that are left, will she be able to let someone else be her strength?
The second Greg locks eyes with Meli, he knows that she is someone he needs. Someone he craves. Meli knew the second she met Greg that he would be nothing but trouble and heartache. Her life takes an unexpected turn, and that bitch Fate is back to wreak more havoc on another member of the Corps family.
All hell breaks loose, leaving Greg no choice but to call in a favor. He hooks back up with his old friend Braxxon Breaker from the Breakneck MC. Together, they make sure that nothing threatens anyone Greg loves again.

CAGE is a complete story with a HEA.


 



We’re going to start off with our impressions of the book…

Lindsay: I’ll start off with the story…I liked it. It was good.
It was interesting. I thought the non-romantic connection between Greg and
Melissa was a nice twist. And I just knew that when it blew up, she would
freak. And I wasn’t disappointed. I loved seeing more of the guys from Corps
Security.

Nikki:  I also liked the story a lot. It was pretty faced paced and flowed nicely. Greg and Melissa had an instant chemisrty that I couldn’t wait to see where it lead. And of course, the rest of the Corps guys were always yummy…errr.. nice to see again!



Lindsay: As for Greg… I
was disappointed in him. At the end of Axel, and even in the beginning of Cage,
he was hot, he was alpha, he Was AWESOME!!!!
(and pierced
winking but that’s neither here nor there winking ) . But somewhere along
the way, Cage changed. And my thinking of him changed. When he was a hot alpha,
he was Cage. But then he became Greg…the non alpha idiot that let everyone around him take charge.

Nikki:  Greg was hot. Hello! THREE piercings! winking Swoon Although I have to also admit, he wasn’t what I was expecting in his own book after meeting him in Axel. I guess since we got to get inside his head this time and see what he was thinking… Don’t get me wrong, I loved him, but I was a little surprised by him. I agree that as Cage he was uber badass and as Greg he seemed to lose some macho man points.

Lindsay: And that was a problem for me! He went from 

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Nikki: rolling on the floor  



Lindsay: Do we dare start talking about Melissa? 


Nikki: d'oh I already know what you’re gonna say about Melli! winking



Lindsay: Ok smarty, what am I going to say? raised eyebrows



Nikki:

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Lindsay: rolling on the floor Well….Maybe blushing But I was going to be nice and say that I didn’t like her. 


Nikki: LOL! Well, I can see that. I liked Melissa, but I couldn’t bring myself to love her. It’s hard to really love a female character sometimes. I liked how she worked hard to take care of her mom and nephew and how she didn’t take shit from anyone, especially random skanks who try to take her man. But there were still some things about her that just irked me. For once we (mostly) agree! winking

Lindsay: Lol. You are far too kind about her. Like you, I admired her for working so hard to take care of her mom and her nephew. I felt bad for her because of everything she had been through. But I didn’t like her. She was cold to Cage and when they finally got together, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. When Melissa and Cage were together, I felt like he handed in his man card and she became ALPHA. Don’t get me wrong, I like strong women. And I could have liked Melissa…if she had been with someone else. She just wasn’t what I pictured Cage ending up with.

And when she found out about the connection between her sister and Cage’s sister, she went off the deep end blaming him for something that he had no control over.  

Nikki: When she found out, her reaction and his reaction to her reaction was a little irritating. I felt like she overreacted by running away but then again, I could understand her sister’s death being brought to the surface and her needing space. I do agree she could have handeled it better and shouldn’t have blamed Greg, like yousaid, he had no control over that.

 

Lindsay: Instead of continuing my rant, We’ll move on. My favorite parts of the book were actually some secondary characters. Oddly enough, I liked Cage’s psycho bed buddy Mandy. She was funny and when she showed up, you always knew hijinks would ensue! 

The other part I liked was Axel’s son Nate and Melissa’s nephew Cohen. They cracked me up and were adorable. And Cage was great with both of them. The two kids, Mandy and the other guys from Corps Security made the book for me. And of course, I loved seeing more of my boyfriend Axel. 

Nikki: Mandy! That chick was psycho! But I did enjoy those hijinks! I also loved Cohen and Nate! Cohen especially was hilarious and such a great addition to the book! My favorite parts were… you guessed it! The SEX! hot unlucky I also enjoyed the other Corps guys and catching up with Lindsay’s boyfriend Axel! 

Lindsay: So, that wraps up our review! 

Nikki: HEY! 

Lindsay: What? 

Nikki: You changed my words! shame on youshame on youshame on youshame on youshame on you

Lindsay: I did no such thing! 

Nikki: Sneaky little……  #$%%$^#^&%#!!!!!

Lindsay: rolling on the floor Are you trying to swear at me?  

Nikki: waitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaitingwaiting 

Lindsay: Hey! We agreed after our Axel review that Axel was mine! You can have Cage!!!



Nikki: In conclusion, We had mixed feelings on this one, but still recommend it! Lindsay is a book boyfriend stealer, Greg Cage is hot in bed and Cohen stole the show!



Lindsay:

It’s kinda hard to steal what’s already yours!  
Nikki: Always has to have the last word…  winking
Lindsay: Why yes, yes I do. tongue

Anyway, our collective rating is: 


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Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her ereader attached. As an ex-reviewer and blogger, Harper’s passion for reading runs deep. It wasn’t until ‘Axel’ decided to take up residence that she realized her true calling.
She started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
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REVIEW: BIG is Beautiful by Kelly Martin

18457605BIG is Beautiful by Kelly Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Book Description:

The seven worst words ever spoken came out of Brittany Gregory’s mom’s mouth at breakfast, “I signed you up for math tutoring.” Sure, she probably needs it (probably nothing, she’ll fail without it), but the thought of having to stay in that school longer than she had to every day makes her sick. It’s not the school’s fault… just the few jerks inside.

Brittany’s tutor is none other than Matt Taylor, senior quarterback– all around hottie. At first, she’s shy around him because, hello, Matt Taylor! But as he shows more and more unexpected kindness toward her, Brittany softens around him.

Unfortunately for Brittany, Matt’s former girlfriend, the beautifully wicked Kendra Moses, has tormented Britt since eighth grade about her weight. In an unusual moment of brains, Kendra realizes Brittany’s initials spell B.I.G.– a hilarious (to the cheerleader) irony since Brittany isn’t the smallest girl at school.

With the Red Ball (Valentine’s Dance) approaching, Brittany has to decide if her growing feelings for Matt are real, or if he’s secretly been playing a part in Kendra’s game all along.

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REVIEW: Pieces of Perfect by Elizabeth Hayley

18308384Pieces of Perfect by Elizabeth Hayley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Book Description:

ADULT CONTENT – Only Suitable for 17+.

As a sexy ex-hockey player, Max was the bad boy with something to prove. As a handsome single father, Adam was the man most women wait a lifetime for. Each man would take me on a journey of self-discovery that was marred with lies, jealousy, deceit, and a whole lot of fun. They each offered a glimpse of happily ever after, a piece of perfect. But in my constant quest to have it all, I would risk losing everything. Only one thing was certain. I’d never be the same after this.


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Review: Something Great by M. Clarke

Something Great by M. Clarke

She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.

Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.

Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?

 

 

I really enjoyed the first part of the book. It was a solid 4. Guy and girl see each other across a restaurant, eyes lock…instant attraction for both of them. Unfortunately, she has a boyfriend and he’s there with someone else. But call it fate or serendipity, they keep running into each other. And let the wooing ensue!

I really did like the first half of the book. I love the dance between Max and Jenna…will then end up together? Will Jena give in and start dating him? She was obviously attracted to him but she isn’t convinced that she should dump her perfectly good boyfriend for a guy she doesn’t know. But Max is sweet. He keeps up the wooing, to gain her affection. And they were small and simple things. He sent her flowers, rice Krispy treats and lunch dates.

I liked Max, he was a nice guy. He was hot and he knew it. But he knew what he wanted and he went after it. And he wanted Jenna.

My issues came after 50%…(and this is where it lost a star). Max declared his intentions and his interest and I couldn’t help feeling like there was nothing left to tell. Either they were going to be together for the next 50% of they were going to do the annoying routine of break up and get back together multiple times. Unfortunately, it was a little of both. Max and Jenna were blissfully happy for most of the second half. And I found myself a little bored. Then, there was a huge issue that the author did a good job of setting up throughout the book but when it happened (and they broke up), everything was forgiven too quickly. I just felt like it was a lost moment. All set up and little payoff.

Oh, and I have to address the ending…I was led to believe that there was a cliffhanger. THAT IS NOT TRUE. You can make the argument that it’s a “to be continued” or a “wanting more” ending, but I was satisfied with it.

But, I was impressed with the author’s work, and it was (overall) an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend it to others and I would read more from the author.

 

 

 

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Mary Ting resides in Southern California
with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.
Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to
grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once
had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in
love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-
Something
Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She
tours
with Magic Johnson
Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies
Allowed

  

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REVIEW: Cruiser by Dee J. Stone

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Book Description: 

Sixteen-year-old Cruiser Dalton wants Lex Woods. The problem? She’s with his twin brother.

An accident a year ago tore them apart and messed him up so bad his parents shipped him off to his grandparents. Now he’s back and ready to rekindle that spark with Lex. But as much as he wants her, he’s not going to steal her. He loves Rey and would never dream of hurting him. But Lex won’t leave his head—or heart.

Lex has worked so hard to get over the accident and what happened between her and Cruiser. With his return, old feelings resurface. She can’t get him out of her head either, and it’s screwing things up with Rey.

If they give in to their desires, they’ll hurt Rey. If they stay apart, they might miss out on something amazing.

*This book contains profanity and content that may not be suitable for a younger audience*

 

 

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This was a decent book. It wasn’t horrible, but I didn’t love it so much that I couldn’t put it down. But, it was a satisfactory read.

I really liked Cruiser. He’s your typical bad boy that was trying to change, to be better. But he was a genuinely decent guy. He loved his brother and he loved a girl. Unfortunately, the girl was his brother’s girlfriend.

Lex…I’m not sure what to say. Overall, she was just ok. But to start out, I really didn’t like her. I get that she had been through a lot but her attitude was off the charts horrible. She was off-putting. When her attitude started to change, my feeling about her changed. I didn’t lover her, but I warmed up to her.

Rey. I didn’t like him. It’s as simple as that. He was the “perfect” brother. He could do no wrong in the eyes of his parents. But he was also a jerk and a coward. He let his brother take the fall for things he did and granted, in the book there weren’t many (but a few), but one was one too many. He never manned up and accepted responsibility. However, he did finally admit that he knew Lex and Cruise belonged together and that he kept them apart because he had something Cruise wanted.

Ok…the accident/drama…I was disappointed in it. From the way the book started, I thought for sure that Cruiser was driving the car when the accident happened. Lex blamed him so that had to be it. But that wasn’t it. He was blamed for something he didn’t do. Something he had no part in. He was blamed for being there with Lex when it happened. And I’m not talking about the parents, I’m talking about Lex blaming him. It really boiled down to Lex couldn’t handle her own guilt for not paying attention to her sister so she blamed Cruiser. And it was extreme. Just seeing him at her house (for a perfectly logical reason) had her threatening to call the police. It was just…off putting.

So, overall, this was a decent story, with a great guy (Cruiser) who was in love with a girl who felt so guilty she blamed him and took it out on him. There’s definitely some drama but not a lot of angst, which I was happy about. I would definitely say this is a book worth checking out. And I would definitely read more from the author.

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