#BlogTour | #Review: FINDING PARADISE by V.P. Ortiz + #Giveaway

Welcome to my #ReviewTourStop for
 Finding Paradise by V.P. Ortiz!

Title: Finding Paradise  
Author: V.P. Ortiz 
Publication Date: September 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Mila Quinn is ready to finally move out of the college dorms into an apartment with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan Lowe. But when Ethan reveals a big secret, her world is suddenly turned upside down, stirring up old memories of love and loss. Completely torn apart, she boards a plane to Hawaii to escape for the summer.

Even though Mila wants to spend her time in paradise in isolation, fate has other plans when it drops sexy local Gage Madden in her lap. Hesitant at first, she agrees to let him take the reins on her island exploration. As Mila discovers the wonders of Oahu with Gage, it becomes harder for her to fight the budding attraction between them.

But behind the curtain of island adventures and undeniable chemistry, trouble is brewing where Mila least expects it. Secrets begin to bubble to the surface that could destroy her all over again. Will Mila find her paradise? Or will she leave Hawaii with another broken heart?

#Review #1
Finding Paradise is an easy, quick, cute story. I could not put it down because it was so absorbing that I just could not. In this story everything makes sense if you really think about it afterwards, why she made the same decision twice and everything else.

Mila is in the moment when she has to decide what would happen with her life in order to move on from her past, things got a little complicated and now she is questioning what she did wrong. She is passionate and strong -even if it is really deep down. But when Mila and Gage meet... there seems to be nothing wrong so being friends is just right. Gage has his own past/bad decisions but he is kind-of a free spirit or at least he enjoys life and he is not ashamed of it. However, you need to involve yourself a hundred percent into a relationships -telling the truth is primordial or it could not last longer.

FP is incredible, I just loved it. It has the right amount of clichés that even with them between the pages it is fascinating. Plus, it made me want to go to Hawaii so bad.

Book: +4.5 love-is-stronger stars!

Buy: Amazon | B&N

V.P. Ortiz lives, works, and breathes in sunny/snowy/beautiful Colorado with her loving husband, their two beautiful children, and their three fat cats. While her home may be in the Rocky Mountains, she left her heart somewhere on the island of Oahu, where she plans to retire someday in a tiny house with an avocado tree and free-range chickens. Besides reading any book in sight, her hobbies also include eating, dancing, lip syncing, and occasionally running until her husband has to pick her up eight miles away because she got lost and has a leg cramp.

#BlogTour | #Review: ME TARZAN, YOU JANE by Camelia Miron Skiba + #Giveaway

Welcome to my #ReviewTourStop for
 Me Tarzan, you Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba!

Title: Me Tarzan — You Jane 
Author: Camelia Miron Skiba
Publication Date: December 6th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

2015 DREAMS Awards Finalist 
2015 RONE Award Finalist

Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.

When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.

Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.

#Review #1

MTYJ is an standalone book written by Camelia -who is also in my new-authors list. She has made an splendid job with this story, when it comes to understand both main characters, their reasons to do what they do and everything, just magnificent.

Jane Sullivan and Lucas Oliver; Jane is a strong character, she is also shy somehow, plus she thinks everyone experiences love once in life, but she also thinks that when you already have had it then there is nothing. She may be wrong, anyways, her character has been through a very difficult lost -the love of her life/husband and father of her 4 year-old daughter died. Due to this she has decided that it is better if she does what she has to do and without complications that come with dating someone. But when she meets Lucas Oliver -so sexy- many feelings even ones she did not think she would ever feel again. Lucas has had his bunch of bad in this life, everything he is been through led him to see life in other perspective, one where he is definitely up for enjoying every day almost like there is no tomorrow. Both character are very appealing and they do immerse you more and more in their life.

ME TARZAN, TOU JANE is a lovely story which shows us that life and love has many different perspectives. Plus, to "live" again does not mean you will forget and you will let everyone in your past where they are. I really recommend this story for everyone. And Ella is so cuuuute!

Book: +4 life-changes-you stars

Ever since I began writing and publishing books I’ve been on the run, always trying to write the next page, the next chapter, the next book. Every story was another journey, another discovery of what I could do and another evolution. All these years my motto was it doesn’t matter who I am or where I come from, but what I leave behind is. I thought I have it all figured out.

Socrates, one of the biggest philosophers to ever grace humanity once said, “I am talking a crock of s***.” I had no idea this expression dated hundreds of years ago and belongs to him, but who am I to argue with him? Needless to say, after some soul searching I realized my motto was a . . . pot of smelly stuff. I had a meltdown because, if you think about it, why would what I leave behind matter more than who I am here and now in this very moment? How will I ever know if what I left behind mattered with no way of seeing it? How am I gonna enjoy it? Think Socrates; does he know how much he touched humankind? Does he know people still remember him centuries later? And if he knows, does it make a difference?

I’m not sure. Frankly I doubt with all my heart it makes any difference to him. He’s gone, like I’ll be gone one day and instead of beating myself up to leave something behind me, I’m going to learn how to live here, now and totally enjoy it. No more worrying about tomorrow, but live today. No more five-year plans, but rather let the sun soak my skin, the air fill my lungs and the grass touch my feet. After all, I only live once.


#BlogTour | #Review: GOLD RUSH by Jennifer Comeaux + #Giveaway

 Welcome to my #ReviewStop for
 Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux!! :)

Title: Gold Rush
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Publication Date: January 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

I think maybe the mood I have at the moment of reading any book affects a little the way I feel/think about it. However, this book was so fascinating that instead of being a lazy read it made me be with my eyes wide open so as not to lose a word of it. 

Gold Rush, even the name might have caught you very well; this is my first time reading Jen's job and it definitely will not be the last one. It is a standalone but it also comes to be related somehow with one of her series.

Liza and Braden... they are just so perfect! But anyways, Liza is a very strong and determined girl whose life has not been anything but unreal -in a incredible way. Because I do not think I would ever be into skating/ice like her. YET her life seemed to be so real when it comes to how she reacted, the decisions she took and how she felt about things that I completely fell in love with her character. Plus, even when Liza was a child she knew it was in the deepest of her heart to be an ice skater, after all she had it in her blood. And Braden, he has totally entered my book-boyfriends-list, I really want one of my own. He is so alive, happy and easy-going; he gives Liza a new perspective of skating and dating/having a boy-friend, and that if you really try and want then it does not have to be bad. Both characters have had very different lives in general, but the more they know each other... the more they realized they have lots of things in common.

The plot was amazing, Jen did really make an excellent job with this book because I felt every single word, I was so focused on it that I did not feel the time went by; and it is because this book is so well-described, like Liza's dedication at what she does -I could totally feel and empathize with her. I have so many thoughts about this book that I do not really think I can put them all on paper, and I do not want to bore you so I will make it quick... you should -must- completely try this book even if you are not into YA (although I still think it is NA), this is a light, cute, sweet and beautiful story, maybe it could come to be a little cliché, but it represents so much more that you just forget about everything and really immerse yourself into it.

Book: +5 love-rush stars
Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iBooks

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. When she’s not writing, traveling, or calculating taxes, you can find her feeding her television addiction.


#BlogTour | #Review: PLAYING THE PLAYER by Amy Andrews

 Welcome to my #ReviewStop for
 Playing the Player by Amy Andrews! c:

Title: Playing the Player
Author: Amy Andrews
Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby #3
Release Date: Jan 30, 2017

After a long history with crappy guys, high school teacher Em Newman is going man-vegan. Four months of revirginization has opened her eyes to her doormat imitation but, baby’s got spine now, and some smooth-talking—even if he is sinfully hot—rugby player, won’t be adding her as a notch anytime soon.

Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through Em’s resolve, he’s more than up for the challenge. But this lady has a shoebox of stipulations before she’ll even go on a date with him, much less use that mouth for kissing instead of giving orders.

Something’s gotta give but this time Em’s not settling. And Linc’s questioning everything he ever knew about matters of the heart.

Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Playing By Her Rules
Book #2 Playing it Cool
Book #3 Playing the Player

Linc rang Em at the same time he had the day before. Every part of him ached from a morning of gruelling training, but in a good way. The kind of way that made him grateful for his fitness, that made him feel alive. And pumped.

Pumped to make this phone call. Pumped to hear Em say yes.

“Hi, Em Newman speaking.”

She had one of those teacher’s voices. Firm but kind, with just enough fuck-with-me-and-I’ll-send-you-to-the-principal edge to keep a guy in line. That kind of voice that had never really worked on him when he’d been in high school, but then he’d never had a teacher as sexy as Em Newman, either.

He might have turned up more often if he had.

“I think I’ve been going about this all the wrong way,” he said, picturing her sitting at her desk, her mouth pressing close to the phone receiver so she wasn’t overheard.

“I’ve been going for traditional names. But it’s not Ermintrude. Or Emma. Or Emily or Emmeline. So I’m thinking now your parents might be hippies, and it’s actually something like Ember. Or Emerald.”

There was a long pause then a deep sigh. “Why do you care?”

“I want to be able to call you by your real name.”

“Well, the kids call me Miss Newman.”

Linc chuckled. “Oh. Don’t tempt me.”

Another heavy sigh. “Are you just going to ring me every lunch hour?”

“Sure. If I have to.”

“Don’t you have...push-ups to do? Or something? Balls to kick. Tries to score?”

He grinned. “Training finishes at twelve, and in case you haven’t noticed, I’m trying to score right now.”

“Linc...” He’d have to have been deaf not to hear the exasperation in her voice. “I have papers to mark.”

“You are hell on a man’s ego, Miss Newman.” He loved the way “Miss” rolled off his tongue, and a dozen dirty thoughts about naughty teachers with crazy curls bending over to help a student with a problem, their shirts gaping to reveal pretty bras flitted through his head with a predictable effect on his dick.

Who knew teachers could be such a fucking turn-on?

Certainly not a guy who’d spent a good portion of his life avoiding them at all costs.

She snorted. “I have a feeling your ego couldn’t be brought down with an elephant gun.”

He laughed, not even bothering to try and dissuade her from the accuracy of her statement. “The Nerd Chicks are in town on Friday night.”

She didn’t say anything for a beat or two. “You know who the Nerd Chicks are?”

“I do now.”

Linc had spent a long time online last night trying to come up with something that’d blow Em’s mind. He’d finally found An Evening with the Nerd Chicks. Apparently they were three women with science backgrounds who ran a popular YouTube channel discussing all things science and had taken their show on the road.

“We should go together.”

There was another pause, but he thought he could hear her breath hitch. “Top marks for trying, Linc. But it’s sold out. It sold out in about half an hour.”

“Lucky for you I have two V.I.P. tickets.”

He definitely heard her breath this time. Hissing slowly out this time in a long exhale. “Thank you but...no.”

“No? Did I mention you get to meet them afterwards?”

A soft noise that sort of sounded like a whimper or maybe even a low growl caressed his eardrum. “I said no.”

But it was the most unconvincing no Linc had ever heard. He could practically feel her conflict. “Come on, Miss Newman,” he pressed. “Why deprive yourself?”

“Because, Linc,” she muttered, her voice terse, “afterwards I’ll probably fuck you in your ridiculously sexy car.”

Linc’s pulse spiked at her direct prediction. Even if she had sounded utterly depressed over it. He laughed. “And that’s a bad thing?”


“Okay. What if I promise to not let you fuck me in my car? Or anywhere else?”

It wasn’t going to win him the bet—but he really didn’t give a fuck anymore. Linc just really wanted to take her to the show. Because she obviously wanted to go.

She snorted. “I can be very persuasive.”
Playing the Player is the third book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series written by Amy Andrews -who has many books but anyways comes to be a new author for me. All the books in this series are standalone so I just had the common problems following this reality, however, there were no such big ones because Amy does an magnificent job catching you up on who is who and why such things.

Em Newman, her last relationship ended bad enough for her to decide to change her life decisions when it comes to men in general, now she has a new 'plan' -to be men-free; but there is someone who does not make it easy for her, and she cannot simply deny that the attraction/chemistry exists. Lincoln Quinn, he is a player in more than just one sense, and he seems to really enjoy his extracurricular activities, and a lot more if they involve women.

Em and Linc's have it bad -like, the more time they see each other the more they want to be in the other's pants. Linc seems to be a flirty persona towards Em every time he sees her, which the very first time they met did not go so well for him. Plus, he is of those who cannot abstain from a new challenge -it is not that he is always betting but yeah. Now, he has more reasons to be with her, but come on! Of course that if you already had some kind of feelings or at least 'happy-emotions' for someone and you add more of what was already there, obviously, something would happen. In a minute he is enjoying it so much that he just cannot bear to be far from Em. Because both are worth risking to face their deepest fears.

I do not know how the other books were in terms of length, but this was a short reading. At the end, what I thought was the main plot was not, and the real 'reason' behind everything amazed me in such a way that I did not know what to think in order to understand their different perspectives towards something. Playing the Player is a kind-of light and quick book, with cute and hot moments, and with a very deserved HEA. So, if you like sexy-sport romances with this kind of characters then give it a try, and if you somehow really want to get to know this world then read the previous books.

Book: +4 😈 stars

Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

Amy is a multi award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written over sixty contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She's sold over two million books and been translated into thirteen different languages including manga. Her sizzling books feature lots of sex and kissing. She likes to make her readers tingle, laugh and sigh and please don't mess with the HEA!

At sixteen she met a guy she knew she was going to marry and she did. They're still living out their HEA and have two new adult children who are spreading their wings and flying the coop. She loves good books, frequent travel and great booze although she'll take mediocre booze if there's nothing else.

Amy spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two year term as president and after many years of unofficial mentoring of emerging writers, now runs her own manuscript assessment business, Word Witchery, which specialises in romantic fiction. With unique insight into what makes a story that sells, Amy aims to help every manuscript shine.

She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

#SexyBoysReviewMarathon #PartOne | BURNOUT by Tee O'Fallon + ON HER SIX by Christina Elle

 Welcome to the first part of my #SexyBoysReviewMarathon for
 Burnout by Tee O'Fallon
On Her Six by Christina Elle
The Hung Up by Tawna Fenske
 Sleeping with the Opposition by J.K. Coi
(All are standalone stories)

Title: Burnout
Author: Tee O'Fallon
Series: NYPD Blue & Gold, #1
Publication Date: June 13th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Imprint: Select Suspense
Length: 358 pages

This cop might be too hot to handle…
He’s been a cop too long not to recognize the signs of a woman running from her past.
She’s not who she says she is—and isn’t about to share her secrets.
Sexy-as-sin Police Chief Mike Flannery knows the new arrival to Hopewell Springs is trouble. She has a smoking-hot body and a quick wit…and he’ll be damned if that’s not a turn-on. But this former NYPD cop and small-town heartthrob has been burned before, and there’s no way he’ll let that happen again.
New York City Detective Cassie Yates is on the run. A six-month undercover sting in a sleazy bar seemed like a textbook arrest—but now there’s a hit out on her. Armed with fake ID, her K-9 companion, and a police-issued SUV, she flees to a quiet upstate town where she trades her badge and gun for a spatula, finally finding peace in the dream she tossed aside to follow her family into law enforcement.
There’s no denying the fire and ice between them. But as the hired assassin closes in, Mike’s past comes roaring back and secrets are revealed in an explosion destined to tear them apart—if not destroy them.

#Review #1
BURNOUT is the first book by Tee O'Fallon, plus it is the book number one in the NYPD Blue & Gold series. Something I liked about the idea of reading it was that she, Tee, knows what she is talking about when it comes to this whole world of detectives, police and everything, I thought it gave the series a complete new reality. And the cover added another sexy bonus.

When it is about dating, Mike and Cassie have their own version/perception of relationships; Mike has not had good luck with women, not for lack of trying but because of he trusting and ending with a broken heart and alone. In the other hand, Cassie has tried to date (for more than ten minutes) but it seemed that her ability to find someone "correct" or at least somebody that gave her more emotion in the dating thing, was not so good. Yet, when they met, OMG! There is instant-chemistry everywhere, it was not one of those stories where they meet and then they immediately start a relationship, it was slow but great.

This is about Cassie and Mike finding something they were not even looking for, and also about encouraging themselves to trust other people in a new level; their story together started like any other, however, Cassie already had a big secret, which is not good if you want to start dating someone. At first, I was really caught by their chemistry and the sparks that came with it. But then it suddenly took a different path -one that I saw coming due to all the events that were happening- and it somehow added the plot a little more of excitement.

BURNOUT is classified as Romantic Suspense, so there was love/romance with a touch of suspense. This kind of books are very appealing for the diversity they represent. Tee is a new author plus I think she did a really good job with this book, very recommend it if you like this kind of story, plot and characters.
Book: +4 too-hot-cover stars c:
Buy: Amazon US | B&N | Kobo | Amazon UK 
+Add it to Goodreads
Ten more minutes and all freaking hell would break loose.
Cassie wanted to growl as she braced her palms on the bar where she served as bartender in this crap-hole—the worst undercover assignment she’d ever had.
She scanned the twenty rickety wooden tables surrounding the raised stage in La Femme. Every walk of life in Manhattan was accounted for, from blue-collar workers in jeans and T-shirts to businessmen sporting thousand-dollar Armani suits. Sick bastards. They were all here for the underage girls. She hoped the perverted a-holes went down in flames.
Half a dozen drugged-out teenagers gyrated their scantily clad bodies from center stage, swaying and undulating to the rhythm of music pumping from overhead speakers. The bass boomed full throttle. Glasses on the bar vibrated. Bottles of cheap booze crammed onto rusty metal shelves hummed their own crystalline tune.
Cassie walked a few feet down the narrow aisle behind the bar, her black pumps making sucking noises on the wet, sticky tile. She wasn’t thrilled about wearing the working attire that hugged her so tightly she could hardly breathe. Her clothes barely concealed the body wire microphone nestled between her breasts and the tiny digital recorder taped to the inside of her thigh.
Another glance at her watch.
Six minutes to go.
She took a steadying breath, then grabbed a tray and went around the bar to gather empty glasses and bottles from the tables. Normally, it was the waitresses’ job to collect empties, but the less glass out there during a takedown the better.
After filling her tray, she turned and slammed headfirst into something solid. Glasses and bottles rattled on the tray, nearly sliding to the floor. The customer she’d plowed into gripped her upper arm, steadying her.
“Sorry about that.” She looked up and smiled at the face looming above her. “Thank”—her smile froze—“you.” She recognized him immediately. It was the bearded man she’d seen come in earlier, the one who’d made La Femme’s scumbag owner, Rod Manici, visibly nervous. The guy had gone directly into the back rooms—rooms reserved for private sessions. Apparently he was finished doing whatever perverted things he’d come here for. After years on the job, Cassie automatically took inventory.
Five-ten, a hundred and seventy pounds, dressed casually but neatly in black slacks and a black sweater. His beard didn’t quite match the color of his dark brown hair. She’d bet her ass it was a fake beard. No shock there, lots of men wouldn’t want to be recognized in a dump like this.
“You’re welcome,” he said, still gripping her arms. His voice was smooth, practiced, like a radio talk show host’s. The smile he gave her was pleasant enough, yet it never reached his eyes.
His eyes were an intensely bright gray, striking even, yet something about the man was definitely off. Was it that subtle air of superiority she detected? The way he carried himself, one would think he owned the place. No, that wasn’t it. That’s when Cassie saw it, a vicious, cruel light flickering in those gray depths. Just as quickly, it was gone, slick facade back in place. As if he’d suddenly realized he’d unintentionally exposed his inner demon.
He released her arms and turned, disappearing out the front door and leaving the scent of expensive cologne in his wake. Cassie watched the door slam behind him, her skin still crawling from where he’d touched her. It was more her woman’s intuition talking than cop instinct, yet she was certain of one thing—that man was pure evil. Too bad he wouldn’t be here for the takedown. She’d definitely like to see him in cuffs. That would have knocked that air of superiority straight out of him.
For the remaining few seconds of her illustrious bartending career, Cassie checked her customers’ drinks for the last time. Sweat ran from her neck into the valley between her breasts.
Any moment now, and…
Copyright © 2016 by Tee O’Fallon. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce, distribute, or transmit in any form or by any means. 

Tee O'Fallon has been a federal agent for twenty-two years, giving her hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement that she combines with her love of romantic suspense. Tee's job affords her the unique opportunity to work with the heroic and sexy men in law enforcement on a daily basis. For Tee, research is the easy part!

Besides reading and writing, Tee loves cooking, gardening, chocolate, lychee martinis, and her Belgian sheepdog.

Title: On Her Six
Author: Christina Elle
Series: Under Covers, #1
Publication Date: May 23rd 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Imprint: Select Suspense
Length: 362 pages
First rule of stake-outs – don’t fall in love.
New neighbors are bad news in Samantha Harper’s experience. Especially ones as suspicious and brooding as the guy who just moved in next door. So when the dangerous but sexy stranger seems to be involved in something illegal—the aspiring cop in her takes action. If only she could stop thinking about how he looks naked…
All DEA agent Ash Cooper wants to do is lay low and survive this crap surveillance assignment. But after a run-in with his attractive neighbor, he realizes that’s going to be much harder than he planned. Keeping the woman out of trouble is hard enough, but keeping his hands off her is near impossible.

#Review #2

ON HER SIX is the first book in the Under Covers series written by Christina Elle; It is true that the cover was a factor (maybe six) in my decision -it is undeniable, HOWEVER, have you read the synopsis yet? It is very captivating itself which in a certain way makes the book more appealing. Plus, I love reading new authors.

Samantha and Ash surely met in a peculiar way, so from the beginning this story guarantees to be unique and unforgettable. Samantha is a free-soul character, but there were moments when it put her in trouble; I liked that she was determined when she got something in her head, it made her persona more charming. And there is also her inner circle, they seemed to be what keep her grounded. Her past, more specifically, her story with the police and what happened or what people think her dad did, somehow makes her be more focused on what she wants. And then we have Ash, the sexy strange in our story. He was very similar to Samantha, which made me saw them in the same way; he knows what he has to do, yet, he seems to let himself -a little too much- to be influenced by some things that happened a long time ago. But then when you understand why he is the way he is, everything makes sense. Their relationship/friendship looks to be very influenced by both their past and decisions that were made before they even met. It is about trusting and getting to know each other, everything in order to discover and find what and who is behind what is happening with their relationship and with their lives.

Samantha plus Ash make the story very intriguing, and of course, there were also the other characters that give the essential amount of right to the whole plot. A suspense with tons of romance, in addition to a sexy-as-h*** guy with other six big-and-firm reasons to read it. Very fascinating if you ask me. Christina wrote the correct things at the right moments so the story is just amazing. I liked and highly recommend it.
Book: +4 six-reasons-are-enough stars!
+Add it to Goodreads
This was so not the way Samantha Harper wanted to start her day. Running late to work again, she had just gotten her car door open when someone came up behind her.
“Gi-give me your ma-money,” a gravelly male voice stuttered. Something cold and hard dug into her lower back. “Now.”
A gun. Inhaling a long gush of hot July air, she worked to slow her racing pulse and allow her training to kick in.
Keep him talking. Distract him. Buy some time to get out of the situation.
When she didn’t move, he spoke again, “Di-did you h-hear me?”
“Yes, I heard you,” she said.
“Then hand it over.” She attempted to peer over her shoulder at the assailant, but the man pressed the gun harder into her spine, causing a slice of pain to the bone.
Wincing, she said, “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Wha-what?” the man said, surprised.
“There are less criminal ways of making a living. You don’t have to do this.” She’d met plenty of people at the station who had forgone crime and now lived respectable lives. “I can help you.”
“Shut your m-mouth and gi-give me your goddamn m-money!”
Something in the way the guy spoke told her this wasn’t a regular mugging and he wasn’t a regular criminal. No, he didn’t seem like the usual drug-addicted men she’d helped book at the precinct. This one was more desperate. Frantic. Confused even.
“Are you okay?” she asked, once again trying to look over her shoulder.
There was a blip of silence where she didn’t think he was going to answer. The pressure against her back lessened, before he came to. “I…I d-don’t know what’s wrong wi-with me.” A slight tremor thrummed from where he held the gun. She caught sight of him rubbing his forehead as if suffering from a severe migraine.
She glanced up and down the vacant city street. No one outside due to the early morning hour. Only a handful of other cars parked along the curb. It was normally a quiet street. Neighbors took care of their houses, kept their hedges trimmed, and waved to one another when passing on the street. Things like muggings hardly happened in this part of the city.
The aggressive neighborhood watch group didn’t hurt either.
The sun beat down. Her skin felt clammy. Her pastel yellow blouse suctioned to her skin like plastic wrap. The stifling air mixed with the adrenalin coursing through her veins made it difficult to breathe. And to think.
Copyright © 2016 by Christina Elle. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce, distribute, or transmit in any form or by any means.

Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.

When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.

Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers.

#ReleaseDayBlast + #Review | DEAR JANE by Marissa Clarke + PROPERLY GROOMED by Boone Brux

Happy (late) new year everyone! This is officially our very first review plus post of the year. I know maybe it is nothing new but anyways, I hope you like it :)

Welcome to the #ReleaseBlast for Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke + Properly Groomed by Boone Brux
You can follow the tour here -> Dear Jane + Properly Groomed

Title: Dear Jane
Author: Marissa Clarke
Series: Animal Attraction #1
Publication Date: Releasing January 9, 2017
Genres: Entangled Lovestruck

Blurb Jane Dixon is a dating disaster. Flammable tablecloths and broken arms are just a typical evening for her unlucky companions. No wonder Jane never gets past a first date. But luckily her co-worker and new bff says he’s got loads of friends who’d date her more than once. If only she could stop thinking about how much fun he was to hang out with. And she’d never dropped a bucket of ice on his junk. Win.

All attorney Eric Blackwell has to do to make junior partner is not screw anything up for six weeks, which seems like a slam dunk until he finds himself matchmaker to the office “One Date Wonder” aka the boss’s daughter. It’s hard to stay focused when setting up the hottest girl he’s ever met with everyone but himself. Maybe he could just set her up with all the wrong men, and keep his hands off his new friend… Yeah. His promotion is toast.

DEAR JANE is the first book in Marissa's new series Animal Attraction; while it was true that the books' name did not caught my attention, the moment I read the series' name and the synopsis, wow they made me instantly want to read it -seriously, plus the idea of reading a new author is always delightful; so as you can see, there were a few reasons to do it.

The main character are very peculiar, they thought -even when they did not really know each other- that they were different when it came to every single thing in their lives, yet when they started to spend more and more time together... all changed, and then when everything seemed to be wrong, everything that mattered to them was right. 

Jane is literally a dating disaster, she has never been in a second date since a long time, and for some reason, she cannot date the only male friend who has borne whatever she does -with and without want to. Eric knows what he wants, and he is focused on getting it, even if that means just being friends with the only girl that has show him there is more than work and successful, sadly, he told her he can get her someone who would last more than just one date, plus he has never wanted a serious relationship; ignore what you want and accept what you can get, it seems easy, right? Kinda. Not so much if you cannot just accept a one time thing in the sofa.

This story is a mix of funny, love, hilarious and cuteness, there is a lot more beyond the synopsis and cover; plus, when there is a Dear Jane involve... anything could happen, even fall hard. And the why behind the name of the series is better.
Book: +4 Just-take-a-chance stars c:
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Marissa Clarke is a multi-award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.

Marissa Clarke is a pseudonym. Her real name is Mary Lindsey and she also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA.

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Author: Boone Brux
Series: Wedding Favors #3
Publication Date: Releasing January 9, 2017
Imprint: Entangled Lovestruck

BlurbPlaying house just got real…

When Joya Bennett wakes up after her brother’s wedding, half-naked and lying next to her lifelong crush, she’s mortified. OMG, did she try to jump his bones? Worse, did she succeed? Intending to lay low and housesit for her brother until the embarrassment fades, she sneaks away before he wakes up.

What she didn’t plan on is having company.

Lincoln Fisher doesn’t do relationships, but if he did, his friend’s little sister would be the one to tie him down. Good thing Joya had one too many drinks during the reception or he’d have crossed a line. Her brother would kill him if he found out all the places Linc wanted to kiss the sexy, auburn-haired beauty.

And now they’re stuck in the same house. For two weeks.

She’s off-limits. And he needs to keep it that way, even if the heat building between them is hot enough to blow off the roof…

Each book in the Wedding Favors series is a stand-alone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Bridesmaid Blues
Book #2 Random Acts of Marriage
Book #3 Properly Groomed

PROPERLY GROOMED is the third book in the Wedding Favors series by Boone, however, this is the second book I have read. All of these books are standalone so in whatever order you read them you would enjoy in the same way.

Most of the time, when all begin with one of the characters without remembering what happened -at least, not quite enough- it would be a nice ride. Plus, if the sexy guy is the one you have had a crush in for what seems to be forever, then you just have to enjoy it. Yet, Joya did not seem so great about it, so the faster she could get out of the room without him noticing, the better. And if she did not see he again in a long time, a lot much better. But her plans are obviously made in the wrong moment, because when she sees him... OMG! When Lincoln knows the true of what happened in that room that night -and before that- but he does not seem so pleased to tell it, of course, he would enjoy it a little bit longer. And the fact that they would be spending two weeks together alone under the same room, it is not just hard for him to resist the temptation.

Properly Groomed is a predictable story however a good one, I am sure you would grow a feeling for it, because it is very fascinating itself. PG is cute and lovely -plus he is hot. Highly recommended if you like this kind of stories.
Book: +4 you-cannot-resist-the-temptation stars!

Amazon Best Selling Author Boone Brux’s stories range from high fantasy to humorous paranormal.

Having lived all over the world, and finally settling in the icy region of Alaska, she's always looking for the next adventure. It's not unusual to find Boone traversing the remotest parts of the Alaskan bush, gathering information for her stories. No person or escapade is off limits when it comes to weaving real life experiences into her books or blogs.

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Giveaway #1 (Kindle Fire Tablet) 
Giveaway #2 (Two Ebook Copies of BRIDESMAID BLUES)

#BookTag #2 | Conociéndonos 😉

¡Hola a todos!
Luego de tanto tiempo alejada del blog es bueno estar de vuelta con unas merecidas vacaciones lejos de la universidad c: ¿y qué mejor que regresar con un #booktag para conocernos mejor?
Primero que todo, quiero agradecer a la encantadora administradora del blog Perdida entre libros por nominarme a este #booktag :) Así que, ¡muchas gracias!

¿En qué consiste?
Este #booktag tiene como fin el conocernos mejor y ayudarnos a crecer como blogs (menos de 200 seguidores). También viene con un par de reglas:
  Dar las gracias y seguir al blog que te nominó.
➥  Responder las preguntas que este blog a hecho con mucho amor para ti .
  Realizar las 11 preguntas para que los 11 blogs nominados las respondan.
  Comunicar a los 11 blogs nominados para que estén enterados.
 Si los blogs nominados desean hacer el tag dejar un comentario para poder verlo y comentarlo.

Let's start...
  • Si pudieras hablar con un escritor, ¿cuál sería?
Siendo sincera, desde que comencé el blog he hablado con un par de escritores, algunos conocidos y otros no, algunos de los cuales soy admiradora y otros no; sin embargo, en general soy muy mala iniciando conversaciones con quien sea. Pero, si pudiera hablar con alguno o alguna ahora mismo en persona, creo que elegiría a J. L. Armentrout, she is a badass! ¡Me encantan sus libros!
  • ¿Cuál es tu libro favorito?
¡Es tan difícil elegir solo uno! Pero, debo admitir que el último libro que me dejó con resaca fue Wait for it de Mariana Zapata, lo terminé hoy en la mañana y me fascinó por completo la trama y los personajes.
  • ¿Eres capas de disfrazarte de un personaje literario para ir al cine con tus amigos?
No soy de ir mucho al cine porque no me gustan las películas dobladas, además, soy muy tímida y mis amigas son peores así que creo que la respuesta es no 😔.
  • Si fueras un personaje de un libro, ¿cuál serías?
Sinceramente me encantaría ser Kat para poder usar al sexy Daemon 😏 de almohada 👿.
  • ¿Tienes un ritual antes de leer? Si o no ¿cuál es?
Cuando tengo que estudiar para un certamen, siempre intento estudiar al menos una hora y luego darme un pequeño recreo y leer un capítulo (o diez) de cualquier libro que me llame la atención en el momento. En general, siempre termino leyendo sin planearlo.
  • ¿Te gusta la película de cazadores de sombra?
No. Recuerdo que mi mejor amiga de ese entonces me dijo que leyera el libro y así podía acompañarla a ver la película, eso fue alrededor de dos semanas antes de que se estrenara la película. Terminé leyéndome la saga completa antes de ver Cazadores de sombra, y me decepcionó. Desde ahí, aprendí que no debo ilusionarme con las adaptaciones de libros. 
  • ¿Cuál género literario es tu favorito?
De todos, romance new adult. Aunque por lo general ni me fijo en qué género son y no me doy cuenta hasta que ya voy por la mitad del libro. O cuando veo la portada me hago una idea (en especial si tienen chicos/hombres atractivos sin polera en la portada).
  • ¿Haz leído algún libro que a plena vista no te gusto, pero luego de leerlo sí?
No estoy segura, pero creo que me ha pasado un par de veces. Nunca hay que juzgar antes de conocer.
  • ¿Cuál fue tu primer libro?
No tengo ni la menor idea.
  • ¿Qué libro para ti vale la pena, para que lo adapten a una versión cinematográfica?
Hay varios libros que me gustaría que adaptaran y a la misma vez no, entre ellos cualquiera de CoHo/JLA.
  • ¿Haz llorado alguna vez con un libro? Si o no ¿cuál?
Soy un poco sensible cuando se trata de libros, así que, sí, he llorado varias veces. Con A thousand boy kisses lloré durante todo el libro; me quedé sin lágrimas con It ends with us; y lo mismo con varios otros que simplemente me llegaron al corazón 😊.
Cuando leí Me before you lloré con el final del libro, pero me reí durante toda la película.
Odié la película de Maze Runner.

¡Mis preguntas!
1. ¿Cuál fue el último personaje al cual quisiste golpear? ¿Por qué?
2. ¿Último libro con el cual reíste? 
3. Si pudieras elegir un solo libro para leer el resto de tu vida, ¿cuál sería? 
4. ¿Libro digital o en papel? 
5. ¿Prefieres leer de día o de noche? ¿Por qué? 
6. ¿Personaje literario favorito? 
7. ¿A qué libro le cambiarías el final? ¿Por qué? 
8. ¿Qué libro has leído más veces? 
9. ¿Cómo eliges tu próxima lectura? 
10. ¿Alguna vez te ha gustado más una adaptación que el libro? 
11. ¿Chico malo o bueno?