Jul 31, 2015

REVIEW of No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West -- Blog Tour

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I have to be completely honest here; I did not find the blurb appealing. At all. It gives off a very generic and excessively common vibe, like thousands of other romance books out there. However, due to the fact that, lately I have been proven wrong about my presumptions about books, stories, and what not, I decided not to jump into any conclusions until I read and finish No Kissing Allowed. So, I requested for a last minute copy from the publisher through NetGalley, got approved, and started reading it. I'm going to share my thoughts about it with you in a little bit.
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REVIEW of Risk Me by Lexi Scott -- Blog Tour

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I was actually quite undecided about whether or not I should review this book. The blurb made Cohen look a little too good and boring. I have no qualms about the good part, but I don't like the male lead to be dull and too tame. Eventually, my curiosity won out and I read it. Let me share my thoughts about it real quick.  
 
Title: Risk Me (Silver Strands #2)
Author: Lexi Scott
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Also in this Series: Own Me
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: ARC Given by Publisher and Tour Organizer through NetGalley

SYNOPSIS:
For Cohen Rodriguez, getting dumped by his girlfriend was bad enough. Being told he's “not impulsive enough” was just the cheap parting gift. Still, he takes a break from his über responsible ways and dates his way through Silver Strand. Except it's not exactlyK turning out the way he thought...
 
On top of that, there's Maren Walshe, whose combination of sexy and down-to-earth is everything Cohen wants in a girl. But while they've recently been talking on the phone and texting every day, they've never actually met. Now Maren wants to meet. In person.
 
Faced with turning his oh-so-safe fantasy girl into an uncertain reality, Cohen and Maren are both about to dive head first, ready or not.
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CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Maren Walshe doesn't think highly of herself. In fact, she believes that all she's worthy of are a-hole guys and a messed up life. She's sad and lonely, but can't really move on with her life because of the "things" tying her down. However, she wants to know how it feels to be cherished and cared for, even if it's just for a while.

Cohen Rodriguez has always been the dependable guy. The stable, safe, and family-oriented man. But, that's something he wants to change. He wants to develop a more carefree and laidback attitude, all the while hoping he finds the right woman for him.

REVIEW:
I did not expect Risk Me to have such sexy and dirty language. I loved it! Cohen is obviously not boring and straight-laced. He has a wild side, and one that a woman would be happy to explore. Thing is, he's exactly the kind of guy I normally go for; seemingly innocent, goody-goody, smart, a gentleman, and responsible. I say "seemingly" because, I know that guys like this tend to hide large beasts within themselves. I talk from experience. *winks* Going back to the story, I absolutely loved the building passion between Maren and Cohen. Their romance started out quite differently than what we usually read; there were no women tripping over their own feet, then looking up only to see the hottest man alive, or two people sharing a one night stand, then finding out they have to work together. It's great how they developed feelings for each other (whether they admit it or not) because of their personalities, and not due to their mutual physical awesomeness. There was the usual troubled past and expected issues they faced, but all in all it still panned-out pretty well. The book was well-written and perfectly paced. I give it 4 stars.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lexi Scott is the combined forces of authors and best friends, Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell. Together, they write new adult and contemporary romance featuring strong, smart, feisty women and the swoony worthy, good guys who love them. The grew up on opposite coasts- one on the east, one of them on the west, but somehow, both ended up married and raising their families in the Southern U.S.

They love traveling, good food, wine and hoarding books.
 
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Jul 30, 2015

REVIEW of Stolen Moments by Cara Bristol -- Blog Tour

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I didn't really expect Stolen Moments to be this short. Honestly, I even thought it would be quite long, considering it's a story about a married couple who are going through a phase. Stories like that usually takes a couple hundred pages, in my opinion. *winks* Let's go to my review.

Title: Stolen Moments (Split Creek Hollow #1)
Author: Cara Bristol
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Published by: Cara Bristol
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer


SYNOPSIS:
Is it crazy to be jealous of a fictional character?

While Mary Sue is proud of her construction-worker husband Billy's new-found success as an author of spanking novels, she also finds herself resentful of Beverly Golightly, the fictional heroine who gets everything Mary Sue wants: her man's undivided attention, lots of hot loving, and many delicious spankings.

But is Mary Sue's jealousy any crazier than the plan she hatches to recapture her husband's attention? 

EXCERPT:
She whirled around and planted her hands on her hips. "Are you going to sit there or are you going to give me a hand?"
 
Billy smiled, unfolded himself from his chair and sauntered over to her. "I'm going to give you two hands." He ducked his head to snuggle against her neck and squeezed both ass cheeks.
 
"Billy!" She protested with a wiggle, but giggled all the same. "We have to get the kitchen cleaned up."
 
"Okay." He kissed the other side of her neck, inhaling the scent of her shampoo. He wrapped one arm around her waist, cupped the V between her legs with his other hand, and pulled her against him.
 
"I'm serious," she said, but rubbed against his hard-on, which prodded her lower back. Victory! He grinned, and slid his hand up to cover her breast. He thrummed the nipple.
 
"What else needs to be done?" From what he could tell, she'd finished everything: stowed the leftovers, put their few plates in the dishwasher, and wiped off the counters.
 
I don't know things. She rolled her head to the side, baring her neck. Her nape and throat were very sensitive. Paying attention there offered an almost sure fire way to put her in the mood.
 
Billy followed the slope from ear to shoulder, kissing and nibbling. Mary Sue shuddered.
 
He smiled against her skin.
 
"What are you laughing at?"
 
"Not laughing." He shook his head and drew a circle with the pad of his thumb over a hard bead poking through her tank. He loved the tight, skimpy tops she wore. Around the house, she went braless. Something else her alter ego emulated. Only Beverly had pranced around town like that which had led to a spanking and a lecture on modesty by the heroines boyfriend. Billy brushed his lips over Mary Sues ear. "You want to move this to the bedroom?"
 
She slipped out of his hold, and with a teasing smile, said, "I think maybe the oven needs cleanin'."
 
"I've got something for the oven, but it doesn't involve cleaning."
 
Mary Sue half groaned, half laughed. "That is so bad. I hope you write better than that!"
 
"Darlin', writing is the last the thing on my mind right now."
 
REVIEW:
We usually read romance books that leads to marriage, and then happily ever after. But, we don't normally get to see how things are between the couple a few years later. This book gives us that. I loved how Stolen Moments shows us a real marriage; one with problems and misunderstandings. The story is very interesting! I really liked how Mary Sue represented real wives; she's supportive, tries her best to be understanding, and becomes childish when hurt. Billy is also very much like regular husbands; tends to be distracted, doesn't pay much attention to their wives, and tried to get lucky even if they don't deserve it. This has been a fun, short read for me. I give it 4 stars.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown step-kids. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.
 
AUTHOR LINKS:
Website/Blog: http://www.carabristol.com/
Cara's Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/9aRJj

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REVIEW of Perfectly Broken (Broken #1) by Maegan Abel

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The book cover and blurb intrigued me a lot and drove me to read and review Perfectly Broken. Okay, before I go to my review, I must say, my assumptions about this book were proven wrong. I can't believe the number of times I was thrown in for a loop, and ended up saying, "I was not expecting that." Should I give examples? Let me think about it for a bit

Title: Perfectly Broken (Broken #1)
Author: Maegan Abel
Publication Date: June 16, 2014
Published by: Forever Red LLC
Genre: Dark, Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Source: Copy Given by Netgalley

 
SYNOPSIS:
Zane Tishler moved in with his brother after his nightmare divorce to find that his brother had taken in a “stray”, a punk chick with a bad attitude. Liliosa Cortez found a place to start over in a city built for hiding. But when her roommate’s brother moved in she pegged him for a pretty boy with enough baggage to fill a semi and major hostility toward women. But now, after two years, Lili and Zane have become best friends and the perfect “wingmen.” They’ve developed a system for tagging and bagging tourists. No strings attached. They are partners in crime who have managed to have the time of their lives in the City of Sin.

Life would be perfect if they could keep it this way, but a new player in the game makes both Lili and Zane face the feelings they had not been prepared to notice. What happens when dangerous shadows from a forgotten past find their way into the neon spotlights? What happens when the fuse is lit on all those emotions they have deeply buried?

Can they survive the explosion or will the backlash tear them and everyone they love apart?

When two pasts become one present in the searing Nevada heat…

When two realities collide under the lights of Vegas…

When two lives are threatened due to secrets and lies…

What do you do when you find out your perfect world is Perfectly Broken?

**This is a New Adult Romance with dark themes**

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20457996-perfectly-broken
 
CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Liliosa Cortez, a.k.a. Lili, a.k.a Pixie, a.k.a. Lee, a.k.a. Something-else-I'm-not-aloud-to-say is a strong, independent, and confident woman, who is not afraid to take what she wants. She's very comfortable with her sexuality, and Get In, Get Out, Get a Move On is one of her mottos in life. But underneath the tough exterior, lies a fragile, insecure, and scared girl. One who is trying her damnest to run away from her past, and the people who wants her back.

Zane Tishler likes sex. He's even become more "adventurous" when his ex-wife pulled the rug from under his feet and ruined [almost] everything that is good in his life. But he's getting better now, and is discovering new things about himself and his heart. Will he be able to love again though? And will he be loved back?

TO LOVE:
Okay, first thing that I loved about the book is Lili. Second thing, the relationship Lili and Zane have. Third, the tight bond that their "family" has. Fourth, the entire story. Fifth, the sex. I can go on and on, but I'd like to delve deeper into the reason why I loved these things. Let's begin!

Lili just made it in my list of favorite heroines. She's just...AWESOME! She's witty, sexy, a wonderful friend, tough, and mysterious. There's no dull moment with her, and one cannot simply predict what she's going to do! Example...and also spoiler alert: she insists that she doesn't dance, but when Zane needed rescuing, she saved him by dragging him onto the dance floor. She dances horribly for a moment, until the she-devil started gyrating on Zane. That's when she showed her true dancing abilities. She's freaking wicked! I was totally picturing a Step-Up type of dance-off happening.

Next up, Zane and Lili's "relationship". It would seem as though they are in a contest of "Who has the most sexual partners", but they're also each other's buffer. They flirt, they kiss, they grope each other--almost everything short of actually doing "something". However, their dynamic change, and things become sweet, painful, and complicated between them.

The "Family Affair". No matter how small their group is, they're bond is unbreakable. They have each other's backs, they never leave anyone behind, and they will do anything for one another. It's a beautiful thing, really.

The story is full of surprises. There weren't a lot of people introduced, making the plot concentrated and not at all confusing, but the author was able to twist things around and she managed to shock the heck out of her readers. I know I didn't expect a couple (or more) of events in the story.

Lastly, the sex. Spoiler alert again!! Here's the deal-y-o, Lili and Zane never had sex in the book. They never did anything remotely close to being that intimate (i.e. oral, intense groping), but they did do the deed with other people, and it was deliciously described. It was simple, yet very intense. I absolutely loved it.

TO BLEH:
Why did Zane's sister have to make an appearance?! I understand that she wants to protect her brother, but she's a little too much. She's causing extra drama that is not at all needed, because there are too many things happening already. What else? The cliffhanger...why did it have to end there?? I need more!
 
SUMMARY:
5 stars for Perfectly Broken, no doubt about it. The book is the perfect mixture of romance, suspense, and drama. It's well-written, engaging, and entertaining. I will probably read it again, and I can't wait to read the next instalment in the series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maegan Abel was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she still lives today. She has been an avid reader from a very young age and the top goal on her list of things to accomplish was to write and publish a book. During the summer of 2013, while working backstage on The Lion King, she read eleven books in four weeks. After reading her first New Adult book and being introduced to the genre, she felt she could totally relate to it. The idea for Perfectly Broken and the character of Lili was born backstage during that time.

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Jul 29, 2015

REVIEW of To Mate an Assassin by Ceri Grenelle -- Blog Tour

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I've always been a sucker for books with strong and cool female leads. I don't know if it has anything to do with feminism, but I just prefer women who can take care of themselves and not have to be rescued all the time. To Mate an Assassin promises that and a whole lot more. I can only take too much before I cave, so no judging!
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Jul 28, 2015

REVIEW of Heart-Shaped Stone by Arby Corry -- Blog Tour

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Look at that book cover. Just look at it and nothing else. Now read the title. Good? Now, does it seem like a suspense book filled with lies and deceit to you? No. Well that is exactly what I thought too! I have a confession to make; lately I have been swamped with books I need to read and review. Why am I saying this? I guess I just needed to justify why I was taken aback by how things turned out in Heart-Shaped Stone. I didn't bother to read the blurb again before diving into the book, so hurray me! I got smacked over the head and fell in a freaking rabbit hole.
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Jul 27, 2015

REVIEW of The Daddy's Girl Series by Normandie Alleman -- Blog Tour

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Confession time: I don't like audiobooks. I don't have anything against them, but they're just not my cup o' tea. I've only tried listening to one before--The Hunger Games, if memory serves--and it was weird. I just thought that maybe it works better on a different genre or whatnot, so I signed up for this tour thinking that this would be a better experience for me. Did I have a change of heart? Before I tell you, just an FYI; I'll be reviewing the series as a whole since I pretty much have the same thing to say about them all. Let's begin!

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Jul 26, 2015

Guest Blog by Aneesa of A Crave for Books -- "Bookworm, Blogger, and Business Management Student"

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We've met three other bookworm bloggers for the past three weeks, and I am thrilled to introduce our guest blogger for week 4 of "Bookworm, Blogger, and Something Else". She's quirky, speaks her mind, and is a great blogger. (Of course I only associate myself with the best. I KID, I kid.) 
 
1. What's your name, nickname, and blog's name?
 
My name is Aneesa. Hmm….nickname? Well I have had some really absurd nicknames back in school but mostly my friends call me Sully (Why? I have no idea) and my blog’s name is A Crave for Books.
 
2. What do you do? (Working, student, serial killer. Please be as specific as possible. ^_^)
Well I am a student mostly, studying Business at University. If I am not doing that then I am either running errands all day or trying to read a book (if my family stop harassing me with things to do that is ;)
 
3. What got you into blogging and how long have you been doing it?
 
Oh gosh! That is a really hard question. I don’t want to give a cliché response since I can’t pinpoint or define why I started either. But I guess in the past few months I have enjoyed blogging but most of all I love reading, I wanted to keep a record and a diary of all my favourite things kind of like a scrap book.
 
4. How do you balance your personal/professional life, reading, and  blogging?
 
There are not enough in the hours in the day for that! Lol
It’s all about priorities, I deal with anything that needs to be dealt with out of the way first so I can have more time to do whatever I want. Since I have holidays at the moment (3 months to be exact) reading and blogging is quite easy at the moment if I have nothing planned for the day (like social events etc). I read whenever I find the time to do so in between errands and social life.
 
5. Is there anything you'd like to add or say? 
 
I would just like to Thank you Ara (book snake) for even considering me for this, I consider myself a goofy person with nothing interesting to say or do. So as you can see I am a very boring person but thank you to anyone who stopped by to read this and sticking with me.
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Jul 24, 2015

REVIEW of Deacon (Starkis Family #1) by Cheryl Douglas -- Blog Tour

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You look at that cover and you tell me that that didn't make you curious. Those eyes, that chest, his abs, and that stubble...mm-mm-mm! Oh, sorry. I lost myself a bit there. Anyway, the synopsis isn't all that appealing to me. Sounds harsh, but it'll get good later, I promise. So anyway, the real reason why I decided to give Deacon a whirl--the book, not the man (but one could wish)--was because a fellow blogger told me that the author, Cheryl Douglas, is really good. This became the perfect opportunity for me to check out her creations, especially since this is the first instalment in her new series. Alright, let's got my review.
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Jul 23, 2015

REVIEW of Welcome to Paradise Series: Ava's Awakening by Heidi Lynn Anderson -- Blog Tour

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I'm only going to be reviewing Ava's Awakening, unfortunately. *sighs* But hey! It's still going to be fun. Here's the thing, I have read dozens of sexed-up books, ranging from steamy to downright unmentionable. It's one of the genres I feel most comfortable reading, and I'm not ashamed to admit that. You would understand--based on the blurb--why I would be drawn to this series, right? Anyway, here's my review of it.
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Jul 22, 2015

Jul 20, 2015

REVIEW of Desecrated Beauty (Twisted Fairy Tales #1) by Kyleigh Castronaro -- Blog Tour

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I've always been a fan of heroines who are tough, kickass, and independent. Add to that a fanged hottie who is not afraid to get what he wants. Who doesn't like a good vampire story? I'm definitely not immune to the charm and sexiness that comes with books like this. So obviously I had to sink my teeth (pun intended) Desecrated Beauty, and boy was it a treat. 
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Jul 19, 2015

Guest Blog by Melissa of Around the World in Books -- "Bookworm, Blogger, and...Blogger!"

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For the third week of "Bookworm, Blogger, and Something Else", we have a woman who I really admire in a completely professional and blogger way. Her blog looks awesome, she posts great stuff, and writes insanely good reviews. Her name is...you'll find out in a bit. *wink*
 
1. What's your name, nickname, and blog's name?
 
 My name is Melissa and I blog at "Around the World in Books". 
 
2. What do you do? (Working, student, serial killer. Please be as specific as possible. ^_^)
 
Currently, I am a full time blogger.
 
3. What got you into blogging and how long have you been doing it?
 
I have been blogging since March 2015. I started blogging because I have anxiety. My blog began as a conversation with my mom one day and I decided to give it a try. Since that time, blogging has provided a fun outlet to help manage my severe anxiety.
 
4. How do you balance your personal/professional life, reading, and blogging?
 
Quite honestly I do not know haha. However, it seems to work out alright. My hope is to turn my blog into my job one day.
 
5. Is there anything you'd like to add or say? 

Thank you for having me on your blog, Ara – I always love your updates.
 
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Jul 15, 2015

REVIEW of Aoleon the Martian Girl: Part 5 The Great Pyramid of Cydonia by Brent LaVasseur -- Blog Tour

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Reviewing the fifth book in the Aoleon the Martian Girl saga is somewhat bittersweet, because it signals the end of such an amazing journey. This series made me realize that Science Fiction with some graphics, though not my genre, can be truly entertaining and even addicting. Seeing it come to a close though with its final installment, The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, is both exciting and saddening. But we'll stick to the happy note and end this series with a bang.
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COVER REVEAL of Hard Case by Marc Hirsch

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Title: Hard Case (Alice White, Investigator #2)
Author: Marc Hirsch
Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Published by: Books, Authors and Artists

 
SYNOPSIS:
In 1956 New York City, a year after Alice White’s first investigation, she becomes entangled in her Bronx neighbor's troubles. A United States customs inspector at the Port of New York, he has fallen into the grasp of the vicious dockworkers' boss.
 
As Alice attempts to free him, the power struggle created by the post-World War II wave of Italian immigration into the predominantly Irish run West Side imperils both. Can Alice save him? If she fails both may die.


 

EXCERPT:
In the 1500s, the Lenape Indians traveled and fished the waterways of New York Harbor. Four centuries later the harbor had become the site of the bustling Port of New York and New Jersey.

A dense fog hung over the water. Waves slapped the piers. The smell of seawater and tar penetrated the evening air. Thick lines groaned under the strain of ships at dock. Tugs tended their floating trusts. In the final hours of the night, the port sat at rest, protecting its living organism of cargo and crew―at rest, but certainly not asleep.

Mild as the spring temperature was, the young man shook as if it were polar winter. His hands trembled violently as he lit his last cigarette. He crushed the empty package and tossed it into the breeze. He leaned into the chain link fence against which he had been thrown. He lifted his battered face to the stars. Through his broken glasses, they sparkled like diamonds on a jeweler’s cloth.

The night air penetrated his broken nose. The taste of beer mingled with his blood.

He took a deep drag on the cigarette, only vaguely aware of the two men standing in front of him.

One of them held a gun pointed at his forehead. They were shadows, phantoms, ghosts in the moonlight.

The finger whitened on the trigger.

His being merged with its surroundings: the docks, the sea, the gulls, the sky overhead.

Somewhere inside him was an ethereal presence, an island of tranquility he had been aware of since he was a small child. A dream-self he was confident would survive this night even though he was positive his mortal body would not.

Alice White’s boyfriend, Jim Peters, was still asleep in her apartment on the west side of the six-lane boulevard known as the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York City. It may not have been the standard of behavior for a single woman in 1956, but she was perfectly happy with their relationship and had no intention of further committing herself, despite his apparent wish for her to do so. One failed marriage for each of them was enough to last a lifetime, she thought.

It was a sunny morning in May. Jim awoke and watched Alice, unbeknownst to her, put on her favorite pair of gym shorts and band her straight, black hair into a ponytail. She quietly left the apartment and ran north up the Concourse toward Jerome Avenue. She was thirty-five years old with curves in all the right places. Alice would only have been superficially pretty, but her assertive nature rendered her incredibly attractive to some men, intimidating to others. Jim liked to think of himself as self-confident, but Alice strained his nerves to their limit. He had to admit that this was part of his attraction to her.

She had graceful, athletic legs. A woman running bare-legged on the public streets, for anyone to see, was yet another deviation from society’s norms. She honestly did not care. She was running in the footsteps of her idol, the “flying housewife,” Fanny Blankers-Koen, who had won four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. If it was okay for Fanny, then it was good enough for her.

Alongside the elevated train tracks of Jerome, Alice made her way up the sidewalk, north until she got to Zabronski’s Meats.

The sawdust on the floor and the smell of fresh cut meat always made her mouth water in anticipation of Zabronski’s beautiful steaks and chops on her table.

“Vhat can I get for you this fine morning, young lady?” the short, ebullient, mostly bald-headed butcher asked Alice in his thick European accent. He had been liberated from a concentration camp at the end of the war. His protuberant belly and multiple gold-capped teeth were the result of his non-stop celebration of freedom in the decade since. Alice had met his lovely wife and delightful daughter on previous visits to the shop.

Her answer to Mr. Zabronski was lost in the deafening screech of metal on metal, as a train passed overhead.

When the train was gone she repeated, “Mr. Zabronski, I am dying for some of your lamb chops. Would you cut me six, please?”

“Six? Aha. You’re having company. It wouldn’t be that good-looking young man you were in here with a couple of weeks ago would it? You like that man, huh? The way he looks at you I’d say he’s a good one and very polite too.”

Alice was amused that everyone was “young” to Mr. Zabronski as well as “good looking,” “handsome,” or “pretty.” She enjoyed the fact that he liked Jim. Mr. Z was in his sixties, but he had a certain sadness―and a stare in his eyes―that made him seem much older. He had told her of his captivity and terror in the camp. He would never lose that look, it seemed to her. She could only imagine the cruelty he had been subjected to. The thick-shouldered butcher was the classic immigrant that the Statue of Liberty was meant to welcome.

Alice watched Mr. Zabronski deftly cut her chops from a rack of lamb. He was a surgeon in a blood-stained white apron. She took money out of her pocket as he finished wrapping the meat in butcher paper and tying the package with string. He made change for her from his ancient cash register.

“Thank you, Mr. Zabronski. Say hello to your family for me.”

“Be well, young lady. Enjoy your lamb.”

Alice stepped onto the sidewalk and spotted an acne-pocked teenage boy sprinting toward her with a lady’s handbag under his arm. A young woman ran after him yelling, “Stop! Stop! Give me back my purse! Help, somebody, he stole my purse!”

Alice put her foot out and sent the boy, face first, onto the pavement. She grabbed the purse.

Mr. Zabronski appeared in the doorway of his shop, brandishing a knife. He looked to be considering carving the thief into pieces. He glared at the fallen man. The kid stood up, sneering back through his bleeding face at Alice, Zabronski, and the woman whose purse he had taken, apparently contemplating an attack to retrieve his prize. Zabronski shook his knife at him and surveyed the kid’s face. It would take weeks to heal.

Alice glared back at the enraged teenager and told him, “Yah, that’s right: two women and a butcher. You think you can take us?”

The boy reconsidered, turned, and then fled up the hill empty-handed, away from the pretty, but insane, woman and her two companions.

“I DIDN’T THINK SO!” Alice yelled after him.

“That was so kind of you and so brave too,” the sandy-haired woman told Alice. “I can’t thank you enough. My name is Susan Atkins. Please, let me buy you a cup of coffee.”

Alice handed Susan her purse. “Okay,” hesitating just a moment. “Sure, but I can’t stay long. I have to get this meat home. I have company.”

Alice then turned to Mr. Zabronski and told him, “Thanks for the backup Mr. Zabronski. As always, the perfect gentleman.”

“It didn’t look to me like you needed any backup, young lady. You’re a credit to your sex. This’ll be a great advertisement for the business. I can see the headline: ‘Purse Snatcher Foiled By Gorgeous Young Lady Customer Of Zabronski’s Fabulous Butcher Shop!!!’ Come by next time your boyfriend is in town, and I’ll cut you some excellent steaks, on the house.”

“What a great idea for publicity, Mr. Z. It just so happens I have a friend at the Post, a reporter named Franklin Jones. I think I’ll give him a call and see if he’ll run it. This’ll put me in solid with my bosses, the attorneys, downtown. They love to hear about me risking my life thwarting crime.” Alice gave him a cheeky grin. “It’s their peculiar form of entertainment. Who knows? It may bring in business for you and them both.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marc Hirsch was born in New York City in 1945. He attended Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 1969. After 42 years as a doctor, he retired from hospitalist practice in 2011. He published his first book, The Case, in 2012 and will publish his second book, the sequel titled Hard Case, in 2015. The Case was edited and republished as a second edition in 2014. Plans for his screenplay of The Case are being made.


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REVIEW of Icarus Falling by Chris Meyer -- Blog Tour

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I've never been a fan of Memoirs or any of its sub-genres. I don't really know why, nor have I really tried  to look deeper into the reason behind it. But I have tried reading a couple though, one of them is a memoir of Ellen DeGeneres, but even that I couldn't finish! And that's already a book containing the life of one of my favorite people in the entire world! So what convinced me in taking a chance with Icarus Falling? I'd have to say that it's the title that reeled me in; Icarus Falling: The True Story of a Nightclub Bouncer Who Wanted to be A Fucking Movie Star but Ended Up Being Himself. A book that is bold enough to include the F-word in its title is definitely worth reading ... at least in my opinion.

Title: Icarus Falling
Author: Chris Meyer
Genre: Memoir
Release Date: December 22, 2014
Published by: Amazon Digital Services/CreateSpace
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer

SYNOPSIS:
The true story of a failed actor, who - still tantalized by the promise of LA - reinvents himself as a nightclub bouncer. Working both downtown and on the Sunset Strip, he is thrust into the bloodstream of LA. Amidst the unending parade of strung-out transients, shimmering miniskirts, enraged gangbangers and unhinged party people, he avenges his history of cowardice, atones for his past infidelities and tries to become something better than another Hollywood casualty.



 
 
REVIEW:
First things first, Chris Meyer is a helluva funny guy. He has the kind of dark and bold humor that absolutely works for me. I couldn't keep track of the number of times that I found myself repeating a line over and over again because it was ridiculously funny. Though I have to say, I don't think I'll be reading books like these in public ever again. Why? People thought I was crazy when I started laughing while I was riding public transportation! That's pretty traumatizing.

Anyway, Icarus Falling isn't just a humor-wrapped nonsense. It's a story of a man who wanted to reach his dream so bad that he didn't want to leave L.A. in hopes that an opportunity arises. Chris Meyer experienced things that are not for the faint of heart. As a bouncer, you don't know what's going to happen everytime you go into work. Chris broke up countless fights, and have been put in danger just as frequently. By night he goes to work, by morning he studies Jiu Jitsu. He's responsible, and despite everything, remained very professional. His co-workers respected and looked up to him. We also get to explor the romance in his life, and we are once again reminded that heartbreak happens even to the best of us.

SUMMARY:
Icarus Falling is such an enjoyable read. I loved every side of it, especially the humor and action. I give it 5 stars, and I'd love to see/read more of Christopher Meyer's work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I write noir and nonfiction. I am a former bouncer, firefighter, soldier, actor and prison chaplain. I started my writing career as a screenwriter, writing five screenplays, three of which were either optioned or commissioned. Icarus Falling is my first book, a memoir of my years as a nightclub bouncer. I've also edited my late father's short works for the collection I Was A Champion Then. When not writing, I enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, improv comedy and directing political rants towards my reflection in the bathroom mirror.

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