Aug 31, 2015
Aug 28, 2015
Title: Midnight Run (Once Upon a Desire #1)
Nora is a shy and insecure woman who is terrified of confrontation. She's pretty much content with her life; she's sharing an apartment with her gay best friend, has a supportive and loving family back home, and a promotion in the coffee shop she works for with her name on it. But life is full of surprises; some are bad and some are good. Hopefully she can deal with everything that comes her way.
Kingston is a true blue Texan; from the accent to his gentlemanly manners. He has always believed in happily-ever-afters so when he falls for two women, he doesn't know how to handle it. Especially since his sister's marriage is tumbling down. Will he be able to hold on to his beliefs or will pain and cynicism stop him from finding his own fairy tale ending?
I didn't have any expectations when I started reading Midnight Run. But I wouldn't have thought that it will end up being this short. In more or less a hundred pages, the author was able to depict a modern day fairy tale-like love story. In this age, the term we can use is "insta-love". That is what Nora and Kingston's meeting was like. I'm honestly not a fan of stories like this because I don't believe in love-at-first-sight. Lust-at-first-sight, sure but I believe that real love can't possibly be determined in a few short conversations.
In spite of all my reservations though I still ended up liking the book as a whole. The story tackles a whole lot of things; romantic relationships, family, career, and of course, running. I would love to kill Lauren (Nora's co-worker) in the most painful way possible but it's still a good book.
I'm not sure if this is just the first installment in a series, but I hope it is. There were so many things left hanging; how will Kingston's career turn out, did Nora finally overcome her fear of Lauren, how's her best friend dealing with his ex, and so much more. I do hope a part 2 is released soon; I've never been one for delayed gratification.
Midnight Run receives 3.5 stars from me. It's a romance-filled book with realistic characters in a complicated situation. It's a quick read with a good ending. Come check this out guys.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charity Hillis has always had a thing for fairy tales. She is the author of the ONCE UPON A DESIRE series, including MIDNIGHT RUN (out now), CUTTING LOOSE (coming fall 2015), and PRINCESS SUITE (coming winter 2015). She believes in HEA like she believes in chocolate.
My love for author J.J. McAvoy's books is no secret. She creates characters that I always end up loving, writes plots that are excellent, and throws in twists that has me reeling like crazy! So obviously I had to jump on the chance of reading and reviewing her latest release, Sugar Baby Beautiful. Before I start my review, let me just tell you...this has been one hell of a ride.
Aug 27, 2015
Hello, My Love is the first instalment in the Between Two Worlds series from author E. Journey. From reading the synopsis alone, I had a feeling that this would be a sophisticated story that holds numerous smart conversations. At the same time I expected it to be boring and stiff also basing it on the blurb. But were my assumptions correct? Find out in a bit.
Aug 24, 2015
Before I go to my review, I'd first like to share a wonderful and heart-warming thing I have experienced with Khamicom Publishing...and the tour in general.
Aug 21, 2015
My heart is hurting right now. I feel like a jackhammer is pounding my heart after a bulldozer ran it over. I just wrapped-up Never Always Sometimes, and I'm feeling very violent towards Adi Alsaid. I'm not even going to try to be mysterious or whatever -- I absolutely loved this book. But it doesn't change the fact that I am in pain right now. Adi... come on, man. Is that really it? I know you're trying to stick to the non-cliche theme, but I am suffering right now. *sigh* Since this isn't about me let me proceed to my review.
Aug 17, 2015
Judging by the synopsis alone, there doesn't seem to be anything special about this book. However, once you delve into the pages, you would understand why I liked this... a lot.
Aug 16, 2015
Aug 15, 2015
This is not my first Avery Aster book but I can't exactly say that I have been following her work as well. So I guess it would explain why I jumped into XO, Blake without knowing that this is just a short spin-off of another series. I don't really like starting in the middle of a story, with the setting already well-established, if you know what I mean.
There were a couple of times I almost put my reader down for this reason but there was something--or someone--stopping me from doing so. Want to know what...or who it is?
Aug 13, 2015
So Elise died and came back to life as a black-haired, smooth-skinned, physically-perfect supernatural creature. Yes, she's now a demon. But she's no ordinary demon because she's now known as "Father". How did that came to be? Well that happened around the same time she humped the real father demon and they exchanged blood. Awesome, eh?
Aug 11, 2015
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Then, one day he meets her, and suddenly, his darkened world is once again filled with hope.
Brooke Caldwell is a twenty-four-year-old prodigy in the culinary world. After a lifetime filled with heartache, she decides to pursue the opportunity of a lifetime by interviewing for a world famous chef in Los Angeles. While visiting the city, she is reminded how cold and calculated the world can be.
Until she meets him, and he shows her a world filled with the love and support that she never knew growing up.
Two wounded souls. Two hearts that continue to beat, in spite of all the damage that has been done. What happens when their damaged hearts collide? And, could they possibly be the half that finally makes the other whole?
What happens to America's favorite rock star when his picture perfect life falls apart? Again…
Sebastian and Brooke had a fairy tale romance, until one choice tore them apart. Brooke's decision to move away and run Max Wolf's struggling restaurant, Lardon's, stands in the way of Sebastian's plan to propose on the night of his birthday. They have a fight and he takes off, leaving her to board a plane to London without saying goodbye. While there, she meets Reid, a handsome chef who just happens to live in the same building she now calls home. Their newfound friendship, and Reid's attraction to her, only adds to the strain on her already fragile relationship with Sebastian.
Then, one out of control night changes everything as they know it, and their relationship is put to the test. Now, do they fight for what they love? Or choose to walk away? Will facing your demons destroy you? Or make you stronger? Surely, a love that was meant to be can face any obstacle.
A force too strong to ignore. A need so deep it aches. Undying love.
A heart may be broken, but it keeps on beating. And never gives up.
Rhonda loves writing, and reading, books. When not working at her office job, you will find her writing, reading, or cooking. She lives in Michigan with her husband of twenty-two years, and their two grown children. She loves talking online with fellow Indie Authors, and learning tips and tricks for reaching her readers. Her guilty pastime is playing on Pinterest, and she welcomes you to follow her boards.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Miles Apart. These are the prizes you can win:
Aug 5, 2015
Title: Storms of Passion
Vivian Margaret is tired of reading about other people's romances. She craves adventure. After a fortuneteller shines a mirror on her innermost longings, Vivian enrolls in a sailing course on the other side of the country.
Reservist rescue swimmer and tech specialist, Tucker MacLean has been there and done that, and is not going to fall for a woman any time soon. That is until he quite literally collides with Vivian.
Out of her element, she rediscovers her strength of character and a stubborn ambition to cling to hope when all seems lost.
Not realizing the depth of his intense emotional attachment until a surprise storm threatens Vivian's life, Tuck must find her and bring her back from the heart of the storm. Passion drives him, love sustains him.
If I were to judge a book based on its synopsis, Storms of Passion will be getting such high praises from me. But the problem I have with books I get excited for is that they usually fall short of my expectations. Does that mean this one did too? Let me think for a moment... Nope! It didn't. Lori Power created such a wonderful story with characters that are interesting on their own but amazing with each other. I got exactly what I was promised; romance, a bit of humor, drama, suspense, and a whole lot more. There were a few cheesy moments of course, but I think that's the norm nowadays. Besides, no matter how much we say we hate cliches, when your man treats you like his queen, you'll still swoon.
Going back to the book; I adored Vivian. She's such a strong-willed woman who chooses to fight and never give up. She wants to discover her true self, as well as start living her life--for real. May I just say,that I kind of envy her. She gets to read books for a living! That's awesome! Though there are some things in her life that aren't [awesome]. *Awkward silence* Anyway, I loved Lori's approach in sharing with us glimpses of what Vivian was reading. Page one gave me a shock actually. I won't be giving too much away but I will say this: this book feels very real. It's not too far fetched... well, almost... and every scenario can happen to just about anyone. It's quite realistic.
This is such a well-written book, penned by a very inspired and talented author. I give it 5 stars and recommend it to everyone out there. I can't wait to read more of Lori's works. I'll definitely be supporting her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aug 3, 2015
Aug 2, 2015
"Bookworm, Blogger, Crazy Human" is the proposed title of Ms. Victoria. She's such a fun person. *laughs hysterically*
She's our 5th guest blogger for our series, and I'm sure you will all enjoy this Q&A with her.
1. What's your name, nickname, and blog's name?
Name? Claudia Victoria, but y’all just call me Claudia. Nickname? Uhhh... Blog name? PenMarkings ^.^ (I’m also a co-blogger at Quite Literary!)
Currently in high school, working full-time as a book hoarder and blogger. Sometimes a doodler, rarely an athlete, but always a reader.
3. What got you into blogging and how long have you been doing it?
I got into blogging because, well, for the same reason many of you did: to have people read what I think about stuff. I don’t have much readers in my friends at school, so I didn’t really have anyone to fangirl with over books. Blogging makes up for that, since I’ve found some pretty cool people to chat with!
4. How do you balance your personal/professional life, reading, and blogging?
Well, school is always first but when I’m not working I’m always reading. I’m pretty good at multitasking, so I’ll type an essay, write out a blog post and steal quick reads at paragraphs from a book. Eventually things get done. I like getting all my blog posts planned out in advanced, so whenever I have spare time I write them out so I don’t stress about it later.
5. Is there anything you'd like to add or say?
Um...I don’t any pearls o’ wisdom for you people out there without crossing into the cheesy side of things, but remember that life doesn’t give out handouts; you’re not going to get anything unless you get it yourself. (Also: books + blankets = cozy reader heaven)
Thanks so much Masako for having me as a guest!