Review + Giveaway: Say When by Tara West [Book Tour]

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Welcome to my stop on the Say When tour! Don’t forget to check out the tour schedule and see what other bloggers thought of this title! 

Say When by Tara West  (Something More #1) 

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Publication date: July 19th 2013 

Genres: New Adult, Romance

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

Book Description:

He told me to say when, but I can’t. Not with Andrés. It’s so hard to say anything when he’s trailing feather soft kisses down my neck, or when his touch sends hot currents of lust rippling across my skin.

Then there’s the way he smiles and offers soft words of encouragement when I’m creating art, almost like he believes I have talent.

He’s not like any guy I’ve ever met. Not like my ex-fiancée. Not like my father. He’s got me thinking that maybe we can have something more. More than just lust, degradation, and abuse.

And now I’m scared, because that means I’ll have to trust him with more than just my body, but with my heart, too.

MY REVIEW:

Say When is an extremely emotional book, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you LOVE.

When I opened it and started reading I thought it was going to be the same sort of book as any other YA/NA romance. But it wasn’t!

It was more serious. And also more desperate.

Say When starts off with Christina breaking up with her boyfriend. She only dated him because her interfering mother set them up. Christina didn’t like the way he treated her, so she got rid of him.

Good call!

One thing leads to another and almost immediately, she meets Andres. A beautiful, Mexican mechanic.  They connect right away and jump into bed together. The sex was steamy, sensual and powerful.

Andres was in the army and has his own demons to face, but when he’s with Christina they fade away and he can sleep at night.

Christina has her own personal problems, but I won’t tell you about them because I think you should find out for yourself. Even if it was a little predictable, it was still emotional reading about it.

The one thing that I didn’t like was that Andres was a little cowardly and didn’t ask Christina a few things before he acted on them. Typical guy! But other than that I loved it!

Overall, this was a short, intense read that I would defiantly read again and recommend to all NA lovers!

Giveaways:
Grand prize giveaway
Prize (open internationally): a 50$ Amazon Gift Card
About Author:
Tara
A former Texas high school teacher, I enjoyed coaching the writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise my baby girl, I now work from home as a cover artist.
In my spare time, I loves to read, exercise and spend time with family and friends. I contribute the cover art for my Whispers Series and have designed covers for over 500 other books.
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Review: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

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You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Publish Date: May 6th 2013

Genre: YA/ Fantasy/Dystopian

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Book Description:

Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

MY REVIEW:

I hosted a book blitz of this book on my blog a few months ago, and I remember wanting to read this book but for some reason I never got round to it or a tour was cancelled or something. So when I was it on NetGalley I squealed (quite loudly!) and instantly clicked to request it.

I was even happier when it landed on my kindle the next day 🙂

The moment I started You Are Mine, I was captivated. The world building was fantastic and unlike any other that I’ve ever read. It started off with Serena being sold as a bride to some horrid, rich warlock. After a few surprising turns, Serena ends up with a stranger from another land.

This new guy is swoon-worthy and I LOVED him, kay? Hands off!

In Serena’s world, women were merely seen as an object. An extra person who had no real meaning other than to have kids, or give orders too. Serena was used to being punished over the slightest thing by her father and expects no different from her husband to be.

But it turns out that he’s actually quite decent and doesn’t want to hurt her or her sisters. (Thirteen of them!)

There is a slight element of magic, but not enough to make you think Harry Potter. The romance was subtle, and more romantic than what I expected. (That sentence doesn’t really make sense, but I know what I mean!)

I would recommend You Are Mine to readers who love paranormal romances and those to enjoy a good swooning over a “barbarian” who is actually lovely!

About Author:

janeal falor

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Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.

Review + Giveaway: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy [Book Tour]

ForeverInnocentTourBannerWelcome to my stop on the Forever Innocent tour! Click  HERE to see the tour schedule and to see what other bloggers thought of this title! 

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy 

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Publication date: October 1st 2013 

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

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“Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again.”

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.

Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.

When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.

MY REVIEW:

Words cannot describe just how much I loved this book! It was insane, I literally couldn’t put it down!

Forever Innocent is one of those books that makes you wish they ended up together no matter what happened…LIFE WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT CORABELLA AND GAVIN TOGETHER!

I cried so many times in Forever Innocent. I am now an emotional wreck!

The jist of the story is;

Corabella and Gavin have known each other since they were babies, they lived next door to each other their entire life.

When they where teens, they decided to turn their friendship into something more. Corabella ended up pregnant, but Gavin stayed with her and they planned to get married.

The baby, Finn, came early by two months. He was fine, until they discovered a heart defect. Finn lasted seven days before it was time to turn off the machine that kept him alive.

Gavin stormed out of the funeral and Corabella didn’t see him for four years. During those four years, both of them did things they shouldn’t. But they found each other in a university, studying astronomy.

When Gavin was thinking about Finn and how he would never be a father to him….THE FEELS. RIGHT IN THE GUT. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried. Out loud. Not like, one single tear sweeping prettily down my cheek. I’m talking snotty nose, tissues, and chocolate.

I thought that Forever Innocent was written beautifully and after reading about the author, I realised that something similar happened to her in her life.

Overall, please, please read Forever Innocent. It’s really NOT like all of those NA’s out there. You can feel the magic in this book. Whatever genre you like, pick this book up. You won’t regret it.

Giveaway:
Grand prize giveaway
Prizes (open internationally):
–a $50 gift card to any store and a lovely butterfly necklace with a USB loaded with Forever Innocent.
About Author:
Deanna

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Deanna Roy is a sucker for romance and drama and dumps hefty amounts of both in her novels. She is also a powerful advocate for baby loss moms and has founded multiple support groups for women, from teens on up, who endure this impossible heartache. Her other novels include Baby Dust and Stella & Dane: A Honky Tonk Romance.

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Giselle Cormier

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