30 October 2014

The Change (Unbounded 1) Review


The Change - Unbounded #1
by Teyla Branton




What they say: There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities. 


Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene. Worse, a new identification software could mean death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. 

As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her powerful attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps. 

Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make this an exciting addition to the world of urban fantasy.




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What I say: The overall concept for The Change is really clever and I appreciated the different approach to immortality but wasn't totally 100% convinced and won over by the characters.  

MC Erin goes through the change (no not THAT sort of change) into a sort-of-immortal. Think vampires crossed with The Tomorrow People and you get the Unbounded. Erin is suddenly thrust into this strange and dangerous world where everybody seems to have an agenda and are apparently allergic to the truth. After the initial change, the pacing in the first portion of the story is a little slow and I kept waiting for Erin (who by the way is an adult and not a teen) to get on with things. I didn't blame her though because it's the secondary characters who I found hard to engage with.

As much as he's a pain and I wasn't always convinced of him as the hero (or anti-hero depending on how you look at it) Ritter did grow on me and I did (mostly) like his hot-guy, alpha style moodiness. 

One particularly interesting idea was that of the immortality v's the problem of genetics. Would you risk having children who more than likely wouldn't get the Unbounded gene and then have to watch them die? Throw in the idea that due to your super reproductive system (contraception doesn't work) you can't have causal encounters without the risk of babies! Sex = long term commitment!

Although I had some issues with certain characters and the pacing early on, I did enjoy the story and the MANY twists. The story got better as it went along as Branton seemed to find her stride. 

3 - 3.5 Stars in my Sky!




29 October 2014

A Beautiful Purpose Tour & Review

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A Beautiful Purpose (Beautiful #6) 
by Alicia Rae

Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+ 
Publication Date: October 20, 2014
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.


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~ Synopsis ~

*Book 6 in The Beautiful Series or Standalone*

All Blake Johnson knows is the life of a Marine. After serving his country for eight years, he returns to his family for some rest and rehabilitation. Fighting an internal war, he battles sleepless nights as images of his former military days haunt him.

From the moment Audrey Hampton walks into his life, he is drawn to her. Her beauty leaves him breathless and weak in the knees. She kindles a spark of hope deep within his soul, igniting a part of himself he feared was missing. Her never-ending compassion for others opens his heart in a way he never dreamed.

But Audrey is hiding wounds of her own. Returning to Lake Tahoe to care for her ill mother triggers painful childhood memories of her parents’ loveless marriage, reminding her there is no such thing as true love.

Will Blake’s resolve be powerful enough to open Audrey’s sealed heart? Or will Audrey fear the past and risk losing the man who could give her life a new found purpose?

Can two wounded souls become one?


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Alicia Rae 

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…


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Excerpt:


~Blake~
We hopped out of my Ford and began to walk up to Skydive Tahoe. As we neared, Audrey caught sight of the sign that finally came into view, realizing where I had taken her. Her feet came to a dead stop, and her head whipped up to stare at me. A combination of excitement and fear flashed in her eyes.
“Are you one of those secret adrenaline junkies?”
A chuckle escaped from deep in my chest as I realized this could go one way or another. “Hmm…I might have been called something along the lines of that a time or two before.” I gave her a lopsided grin and reached for her hand. “Don’t worry. This place has excellent credentials. In the Marines, most missions required airdrop. I have done this so many times that I can do this in my sleep. I can personally say it’s one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had.” I hesitated, reading her expression. The interest was definitely winning, so I challenged her. “You with me?”
She bit her lip and glanced between the building and me. Just when I thought fear might take over, she shocked the hell out of me by grinning. “You only live once, right?”
“Hell yes,” I reflected her enthusiasm. “So, every day counts.”
Audrey squeezed my hand while snuggling into me. “Then, let’s do it.” She teasingly pinned me with her eyes. “But if my parachute fails, I’m going to come back as a ghost and haunt you.”
I set my hand on her cheek and tenderly caressed her soft skin. “I would never let anything happen to you, Audrey.” My voice was confident and reassuring as I said, “I have my military A license in parachuting, so you and I will be jumping together. I’ll be strapped to your back with our parachute and an emergency one, not that we’ll need it.” I knew there was no way in hell I would have brought her here and put her fate in someone else’s hands.
“So, if I go into shock and possibly faint, you can pull the cord?” she asked with humor.

“Yep, I got your back.” I leaned forward and kissed her. “Always.”



Top Five Books on my TBR List - Alicia Rae:

1.     Breathe With Me by Kristen Proby
2.     Searching For Someday by Jennifer Probst
3.     Elite by Rachel Van Dyken
4.     Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

5.     The Passion of Darius by Raine Miller


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: A Beautiful Purpose is the final book in Alicia Rae's Beautiful Series but it can be read as a standalone contemporary romance. If you're familiar with the series then you'll probably remember Audrey and Blake from the brief appearances/mentions of them in previous books. 


The book is told in dual POV featuring both quiet, sweet and under appreciated Audrey Hampton and soldier Blake, who is the eldest Johnson brother. Audrey hasn't experienced many happy relationships and doesn't believe that love can last - Blake is detained to prove her wrong.

To be honest I wasn't expecting to like Audrey because often when a character is labelled as being 'good' then they often become boring but I did like her; she's definitely not boring. Audrey suffers from a lack of self-esteem and belief in herself, but she's always really caring and thoughtful with a hidden sassy side.


I haven't met any Marines (it's a long way from the US to England and I can't really justify trip across the Atlantic to look at hot soldiers) but Blake definitely fits the image I have in my head of what a soldier should be like. He's strong, loyal, brave, sexy, determined and caring. Blake's dilemma is an interesting one, which I imagine many people who serve often have to go though (ok not those exact circumstances but still).

There are certain characters who make me forget about wanting angst and being cynical, these two defo manage it. It's always nice when previous characters make appearances and Alicia Rae always manages to interweave her characters well. The series is super sweet and although I have pointed out in past reviews there often seem to be a lot of coincidences in the series, this also what I enjoy about it. Sometimes it's nice to see things come together in such a way without constant drama. Don't get me wrong Audrey and Blake experience their fair share of drama in this book but the angst seems to be there for a reason. Do such fortuitous events really happen? I'm not sure but it works for the series and made me smile... 


3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!


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Waiting On Wednesday: Nocte

Courtney Goes Dark!!







This Week I'm Waiting on... 

Nocte by Courtney Cole


What they say: SAVE ME AND I'LL SAVE YOU...

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.  
My other half-- my twin brother, my Finn-- is crazy. 

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.  

Dare DuBray. 

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.  

He has the power to destroy me. 

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.  

Why? Because of a secret.  

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. 

You won’t either.  



  • Expected publication: Nov 3rd 2014 by Lakehouse Press.







Why I'm Waiting on Nocte


  1. Holy Hell it sounds dramatic!
  2. Love the blurb!
  3. Read note Courtney posted online...

"Dear Reader, 

I once considered not writing this story. It was too dark, too twisted, too much, too, too, too.  
Obviously, I changed my mind. But I re-wrote in four different ways first, trying to make it different, more easily palatable, softer.  

It didn’t work. 

So I went back to my original idea, the idea that I loved. The idea that I dreamed about and lived and breathed until it was done the way I wanted it, the way it has to be.  

I know you’re capable of reading it. I know you’re capable of putting yourselves back together again when it’s all over. I have faith in you. 

Is this story dark? 
Yes. 

It is twisted?  
At times. 

Will it slap you in the face? 
Absolutely. 

Will it have you flipping the pages, trying to figure it out, trying to get to the climax, trying to breathe? 
God, I hope so.  

I wrote this story the way it needed to be written. I couldn’t sugarcoat it. I couldn’t water it down. It is this way because the story demands it.  

I’m not sorry."  

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28 October 2014

All Broke Down is Live!!

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ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack is live baby!!

It's a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

All Broke Down

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About ALL BROKE DOWN:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


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Excerpt:

I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.






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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.






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