Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Release Blitz: Switch by Adriana Locke

Switch
(Landry Family #3)
by Adriana Locke
Release Date: February 20, 2017
February 19, 2017 (early release)

About Switch
Mallory Sims is late for her first day of work. 

After spilling her tea, she discovers she has no gas in her car. Add that her arm keeps sticking to her dress from syrup left on the console of her car, flustered feels like an understatement.

Then she sees her new boss. 

Graham Landry is the epitome of NSFW in his custom-fit suit, black-rimmed glasses, and a look so stern her libido doesn’t stand a chance. Being flustered is just the start of her problems. 

Her punctuality is only the start of his. With a pink slip in hand, he’s been waiting on his new secretary to show up only to let her go. Then she rushes in with her doe eyes and rambling excuses, smelling like bacon and lavender. The termination paper falls to the side as she falls in his arms. 

This is a disaster in the making. Not because of his pinpoint exactness or her free spirit, but because when they’re together, the sparks that fly threaten to burn the whole place down.




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An Excerpt from Switch
Her skin is pale and creamy, a soft framework for the deep chestnut hair cascading across her shoulders. A dress the color of moss in the summer showcases toned arms and a long, lean line from her shoulders to her calves. A thin rope belt cinches her trim waist, one that I can imagine digging my fingers into.

I clear my throat. “Can I help you?”

With something besides getting out of that dress?

“I think you probably can,” she breathes, then blushes a pretty shade of pink. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it like that. What I mean is …”

 She’s flustered. It’s adorable and sexy at the same time. I should say something, interject, help her out, but I don’t. I like this entirely too much. 

“I’ll stop talking now.” She flashes me a pretty smile, one that catches my attention in ways it shouldn’t at eight-sixteen a.m. Taking a step towards me, the toe of her shoe catches on the water bottle she didn’t pick up and she comes barreling my way. 

Before I know what’s happening, I reach out and catch her under a spray of loose leaf paper. 

“Omph!” she heaves as she lands in my arms and I’m surrounded by a sweet, earthy scent. 

I should let her go. I should back away, direct her to the front desk to get directions to wherever she’s going, and retreat to my office. Regardless of how sexy her breasts feel pressed against me or the way her ass pops as my fingers lace together at the dip at the bottom of her spine, I have things to do today. Important things. Lots of them. Even if I can’t pinpoint one at the moment. 

Large, nearly golden-colored eyes peer up at me. They’re crystal clear, almost like I can see all the way to the depths of her soul. They’re incredible tones of the purest gold and I can’t look away. 

The feel of her body against mine sparks something inside me—a carnal, visceral reaction that’s led by feeling rather than intellect. “Are you okay?” I ask, trying desperately to use the brainpower I’m known for in most circles and not the cock I’m known for in others. 

“I think so.” She pulls her gaze away from mine. A connection is actually snapped between us and I’m almost certain she feels it too because her features fall. “I’m just running late …”

Hell. Fucking. No. 

I’m afraid to ask the next question. If the answer is what I think it is, I’m going to kill my little sister.




About the Landry Family series

Sway (book one)
Barrett Landry has it all. 
Power, prestige, and plenty of women, the dapper politician’s life is pretty phenomenal. But in the midst of the biggest campaign of his life, he needs to focus. The last thing he can afford is a distraction. 

Alison Baker is a work-in-progress. 
As a single mother to Huxley, she’s rebuilding life on her terms. She’s focused on family, faith, and a future for her son that can’t be taken away. Putting her child first means not being careless, no matter what. 

A chance encounter forces Barrett and Alison to redefine what they really want out of life. But everything comes at a cost ... and sometimes, even for love, it’s a price too steep to pay. 

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Swing (book two)
Screw him and his perfect stats.
Sinful smirk.
Delicious body.
Lincoln Landry probably even has game-winning stamina.

I’d like to screw her and her perfect ass.
Dangerous curves. 
Sweet smile.
Danielle Ashley probably even has a game-changing personality.

There’s no denying the chemistry between them. It’s so fiery, it’s undeniable. They partake in it. Enjoy it. 
They really enjoy it. 
Attraction is not a problem. Nor is their banter, relationship status, or habits. That’s all fine. Perfect, actually. 
The problem is as tangled up as their sheets. 


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About Adriana Locke

USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket. 

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Review: Switch by Adriana Locke (Landry Family #3)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“What are you saying, Graham?” I ask.
“I’m saying . . . I’m saying I’d like to risk my mental stability and grip on life to have you in it. But I’m warning you—”
I leap forward, pressing my lips to his. He winds me up in his arms, kissing me for all he’s worth. When we pull back, we’re smiling and breathless.

I do believe I've found myself my favorite Landry brother so far (though if I'm being honest here, Ford's had my attention from the moment he made his first appearance on my e-reader). Graham Landry is focused, ambitious, and tenacious. He knows what he wants, makes a plan, and goes for it with gusto. He likes to keep things organized, with everything in its proper place, both in his personal and professional lives. Unfortunately, without a reliable administrative assistant, Graham is desperate enough to consider hiring a friend recommended by one of his sisters. He expects her to do her job and to do her job well. What he doesn't expect is how Mallory Sims is about to knock his world off its axis. She's beautiful, capable, and intelligent and she'll push Graham just enough to get what she wants: HIM. Mixing business with pleasure makes for a tricky situation, but add to that the fact that Graham makes it clear that he can't be the kind of man that his two other brothers have become--someone who can promise forever--and the free spirit that is Mallory could end up becoming permanently grounded and broken.

Ah, Graham. The man was all anal retentive in the first two novels, but it was always clear how much he loved his family and how he was protective he was of them. I wanted to know what was lurking beneath those pressed suits of his and we finally get our answer with Switch, the third novel in author Adriana Locke's ongoing Landry Family series. Second son and second eldest sibling Graham is a naughty boy indeed and all it took was the introduction of someone like Mallory in his life. I loved watching the man unravel as he tried to make sense of the tornado-like effect Mallory had on him, with everything getting swirled around and he unsure of whether to hold tight and remain stuck or simply let go and see where he and his heart land. I liked that they were opposites and I found Mallory to be such a breath of fresh air because she wasn't annoying. I know that sounds weird but I've come across way too many female main characters who were too much of whatever they were supposed to be. Mallory was carefree but not careless, whimsical but not wacky, and she so owned her sexiness without being totally slutty.

Can I just say that I'm loving the Landrys? They're like the ideal family, not because they're perfect but because they're acknowledge that they aren't and love and accept each member while offering to be supportive in any way, shape, or form. We're three siblings in, and because this series is entitled Landry Family and not the Landry Brothers--as quite a few family-type series are wont to do even though there are sisters in the mix, coming off as an afterthought at times--I'm a little apprehensive because that means we're already halfway through the series! Gah! I'm definitely looking forward to Ford's story, which is up next, especially because it's looking like a second chance love story based on the clues I picked up on here. Of course, I could be totally off-base. Then there are the twins, who obviously have their respective caches of secrets that they're keeping from their parents, brothers, and each other. With Graham and Mallory's story checking everything off my list and leaving me with a silly smile on my face, the bar continues to be raised. Fingers crossed Adriana Locke brings it in Swear. Five-plus stars for Switch. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Landry Family series:


Sway (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

Swing (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review

Switch (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 20 February 2017 19 February 2017 (early release)

Date Read: 20 February 2017

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Release Blast: Nova by Rebecca Yarros

Nova
(Renegades #2)
by Rebecca Yarros
Release Date: February 20, 2017

About Nova
The only heart he wants is the one he already broke...

He's Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
Four-time X Games medalist—
Full-time heartbreaker.

They say a girl broke him once—
That's why he's so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.

But I'm that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He's the one who destroyed me,
And I'm not the sucker who will let that happen again.




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An Excerpt from Nova
“How many have there been, Landon? How many memories are in your bed nowadays?” She forged on ahead, her eyes glossing over with a layer of what I was hesitant to call tears. “Can you remember them all?”

Heat rushed through my veins, a nauseating mixture of anger, shame, and the bitter taste of regret. My brain screamed at me to retreat and lick my wounds, to try again with her when she wasn’t on offense.

My heart reminded me that I was going to have to fight for this woman with every weapon in my arsenal if I wanted her.

And damn, I wanted her. Craved her. Needed her.

She was the only one I’d ever felt connected to—the only one my heart woke up and shook off the ice for. The only woman who challenged me and took me down in the process.

I stepped forward and clamped both of my hands on the table, boxing her between my arms. She craned her head to keep my gaze, unwilling to back down. It was the quality that both frustrated the hell out of me and turned me on faster than anything—her constant refusal to yield for just a fucking second.
 

“Can I remember them all? Probably not.”
 

She snorted.


“You want to know why?” I didn’t wait for her to answer. “Because blonde, redhead, brunette—I saw their features for a millisecond. The moment I had one of them in my bed, they all had eyes the color of dark chocolate and hair so black it was almost blue...” I glanced at her hair. “Or purple. I never needed to remember them, because they were always you.”

“Don’t say things like that,” she begged. As if I could physically see her walls start to crumble, she softened. “You don’t get to say things like that to me. Not anymore.”




About Rebecca Yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, which includes Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What Is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for fifteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching Brat Pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, and an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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Review: Nova by Rebecca Yarros (Renegades #2)


Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

“I’m not going anywhere. If I have to tell you that a million times before you’ll believe me, then I’ll do just that. You and me—we’re our own little infinity. Our forever is wrapped up in everything that’s between us.”

Angst, thy name is Nova. Rebecca Yarros is no stranger to angst-driven novels, but the second novel in her adventure romance series, The Renegades, and she's given readers a second chance love story that breaks your heart time and again as the main characters struggle between their feelings of love and hate. But how do you handle not just seeing the only person who's ever owned your heart after two years and a half years but actually being stuck with them on a cruise ship and hanging out with them because your best friend is in love with their best friend? That's the conundrum that twenty-one-year-old Rachel Dawson is faced with as she deals with being part of the Study at Sea program she and her best friend are part of while trying to actively avoid twenty-two-year-old Landon Rhodes. Bits and pieces of information regarding their ill-fated love affair were strewn about in Wilder, the Renegades series starter, but here, we learn everything that went on and how they've tried to move on with their lives. Rachel and Landon aren't the people they were two and a half years ago. But their love? It's still there.

When they were together, Landon Rhodes was Rachel Dawson's supernova. Now? He more than lives up to his reputation as a Casanova. He didn't just break her heart; he broke her spirit, leaving her to try and to put together the shattered parts of their love and life as a couple only to be left with unanswered questions and not hearing from Landon for two and a half years. She's hardened her heart, refusing to break down and give in once again to Landon. Instead of reminiscing with the happy memories they shared, Rachel chooses to recall the pain and hurt he caused her. But seeing Landon in the flesh and having to be around him on a regular basis is proving to be a far more difficult challenge than she expected. He wants to apologize, to explain why he did what he did, to let her know that he still loves her. Will giving Landon the opportunity to do so open Rachel to yet another barrage of anger and heartache or could this be the chance for her to finally have closure and deal with what happened to them? She's tempted to continue keeping her distance, but once again, she's drawn to him like a moth to a flame.

Make no mistake, what Landon did to Rachel was wrong. Instead of discussing the situation with all concerned parties, he chose the Renegades over here. However, I get why he felt like he had no choice. Rachel was the girl he loved, but he was one of the Originals and it wasn't just his career that was on the line but those of Wilder, Rebel, and Nitro--Pax, Penna, and Nick--as well. It was as if he was thinking that Rachel would be able to find her way again--go to Dartmouth, return to her parents, and so on. So, the one he punished was himself. I'm also not solely laying blame at Landon's feet. Rachel mishandled what was happening between her and Landon while juggling her relationship with Pax, and that was where the whole issue among the three of them started. But yes, these two both suffered after their relationship ended, dealing with what happened in very different ways in order to survive the heartbreak. She went with avoidance and he went with sleeping around. But goodness, when these two were in each other's orbit, the tension between them--sexual and otherwise--was so deliciously and deliriously palpable.

Rebecca Yarros created this heartrending love story and her use of imagery was vivid enough for me to be able to picture where they were and what was happening around them. She also never fails to make sure that her entire cast of characters in the series are around, not just making their presence felt but making sure they start planting those seeds from the beginning, seeds that grow as the series progresses and leave you wanting to see what blossoms from them when it's their turn to get their story told. I loved Paxton and Leah's story and if I haven't made it clear enough, I loved Landon and Rachel's story just as much. Up next is Penna's and with the swirling emotions around her, what with her injury and what her sister did, seeing her bounce back and find love and happiness for herself is something I'm more than looking forward to. I asked the author about a novella for Nick, aka Nitro, and while it isn't part of her current plans, a fangirling Flygirl can hope, right? While these books can be read as standalones, I'm highly recommending you read Wilder and Nova in order. They're worth it. Five-plus stars. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Renegades series:


Wilder (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

Nova (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 20 February 2017

Date Read: 19 February 2017

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Release Blitz: Paint the Stars by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn

Paint the Stars
(Free Fall #3)
by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Release Date: February 20, 2017

About Paint the Stars
Ezra Greene has made a pretty decent life for himself. He has a nice apartment and spends his days doing the one thing he’s always loved—creating art. Despite being somewhat of a grumpy recluse, he’s even made a few loyal friends. When he takes a side job painting a mural at a local holistic center, he can’t help being curious about a certain friendly and self-assured yoga instructor, even if he doesn’t buy into any of that Zen crap. His holier-than-thou family already tried fitting him inside a box, and he swore he’d never be molded into anybody’s belief system again. 

For Daevonte Randall, adulthood has worked out pretty well. He’s close to his parents and lives with an awesome roommate. He’s content with weekend hookups, teaching yoga, and taking college courses. What he doesn’t expect is to be so intrigued by the brooding and reserved painter he’s been tasked to stay after hours with at the center. Something fascinates him about Ezra, even after Daevonte’s attempts at flirting gets him friend-zoned on the spot. 

As weeks pass, Ezra and Dae get to know each other, and soon their friendship catches fire. But Ezra’s been burned pretty badly before so trust and intimacy has to be earned. Daevonte feels up to the task, but it proves difficult as Ezra continues to keep his emotions in check. Dae’s only willing to wait so long, and when they’re dealt a surprising blow, Ezra needs to decide if love is worth the risk, that is…if it’s not too late. 




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An Excerpt from Paint the Stars
“What do you usually do to relax?” I ask him. 

“Besides paint?” I nod and he continues, “You really want to know?”

“Nope.” I wink at him and he rolls his eyes. 

“Smoke weed.”

“Whew.” I tease him. “I thought it was going to be something bad by the way you were acting. Go get it. Let’s light that shit up.” I’ve never been a huge fan of weed. Not that I dislike it, because it can be fun, but it makes me giggle for a little while and pass out. I typically don’t want to just randomly pass out. 

“Okay.” He pushes off the counter, sets his coffee down, and disappears down the hallway. There’s some rustling in the other room. A moment later he’s back with a small loaded pipe in his hand. “You can have green,” he says, offering me the first hit. 

Our fingers brush when I take the pipe from his hand. He hesitates for a second, then nods at me as though he wants me to go ahead and put the pipe to my lips. I do. Instead of handing me the lighter, Ezra flicks the flame to life and then holds it over the weed. It crackles and pops and burns as I inhale, the smoke stinging my lungs and my throat. He pulls back, and I set the pipe down, and his eyes are burning me the same way the flame just did with the pot. My stomach flips, and he keeps looking, and holy fuck that was hot for some reason.  

He takes the pipe back, still watching. He puts it to his lips, still watching. He takes a hit, still watching. There’s something about the way Ezra looks at you. It’s as though he can see something in you no one else can. Like he looks deeper because it’s easier to look inside of someone else than to look inside himself. It makes me feel like he’s seeing things I didn’t know were there. Like he’s asking questions he can’t find the words to ask and like he’s trying to make sense of all of it himself. 

“Here,” he says before he hands the pipe back. I put it to my lips, and we continue on that way, him lighting for me and me passing the pipe back to him until the bowl is dusted. His eyes only briefly dart away from me from time to time, otherwise their searing stare is locked with mine. It’s the most intensely he’s looked at me since I met him.

“Wow,” I tell him. “I almost feel like I need a cigarette even though I don’t smoke them. I don’t know how all this works for you, but on my end, that was kind of hot.”

A laugh bursts out of Ezra’s mouth—it’s infectious and happy, and I realize it might be the most honest one I’ve ever heard from him. It makes me decide right then and there to do whatever it takes to make it happen again and again until it becomes a habit for him. That’s what friends are for, right?




About Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn

Once upon a time, Christina Lee lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. She spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at her favorite hangouts. 

Now she lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She's been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that Christina realized she could turn the fairytales inside her head into the reality of writing fiction. 

Christina writes Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. 

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Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.

She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.

Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read. 

Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.

Nyrae also writes adult gay romance as Riley Hart.


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