22 December 2014

Come Back To Texas by K.K. Hendin

Come Back To Texas (Twelve Beats In A Bar #1)
by K.K. Hendin.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military.
Publication: August 17th 2014.
Everyone thought we’d be the ones who made it through high school. The ones who’d get married and stay married forever. The example of how young love can work.

We thought so, too.

Too bad life had other plans.

It’s been three years since Hayley and Nate broke each other’s hearts. Three years, and a lot has changed. Hayley’s a freshman in Bushwick University, and the only things keeping her sane are stress baking, and her a cappella group, Twelve Beats in a Bar.

Nate’s a Marine, stationed in Afghanistan. The only thing that’s keeping him sane is the last picture he has of him and Hayley, and the hope that maybe when the hell of deployment is over, he can find her again and apologize.

One explosion will change everything.

When a bomb kills all of Nate’s unit, leaving him missing a leg and eyesight in one eye, he’s sent back home to Texas. Texas, where he loved Hayley more than he could possibly imagine ever loving anyone else.

With seemingly endless amounts of free time and needing something to distract himself, Nate starts making YouTube videos, imploring Hayley to come back to him, and come back to Texas.

Hayley’s life is wrapped around the Beats, making sure she doesn’t flunk out of biology class, and babysitting Ohio’s smallest monster, Brandon. She doesn't want to admit it, but she misses Nate more than anything.

It’s too bad she doesn’t know just how much he misses her, too…

Reviewed by Kelly.

Thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Hayley and Nate are two souls who seem to need each other no matter the time, the hurt, or the stupid mistakes they both made. It is about second chances and it is about healing and righting the wrongs you make as teenagers.

Hayley lives in a small town in Texas. She lives in a trailer home. She is quiet and kind. One day, Nate moves in the house next door. When Nate and Hayley meet they forge a strong bond. But Nate is not from a loving family and when the only relative that was left who kind of loved him died, a part of Nate died too and he didn’t know how to handle it.

Nate enlists in the Marines and Hayley gets out of Texas to go to college. Hayley tries to move on for three years
without anything from Nate. She is part of an Acepella band of girls and they are everything to Hayley. But they notice she isn’t happy about something and eventually they get out of her what is wrong and that she is missing Nate terribly.

Nate is also missing Hayley, something fierce, and wants her back. But he is in Afghanistan and when he is the lone survivor from his unit after an explosion he slowly comes back to life without part of his leg and one eye that sort of works. He has carried with him a picture of the two of them throughout Afghanistan. As he goes through rehab, he starts making you tube videos that he hopes Hayley would see. They become very popular but Hayley doesn’t yet see them. He puts out there reasons she should come home to Texas. He interviews various people (asking them why she should come back to Texas) that range from rehab to a homeless man on the street and he posts their answers. Dang, that is sooooooo sweet and what girl wouldn’t want someone doing all that for her!??

As time moves toward Christmas where Hayley will go home and when Nate may get to go home too, what will they do?

I am so glad she wrote a follow up of their story (which I just found out while posting this). Because it would really be hard to just move on with your life after all Nate has been through. And K K Hendin wrote...
So, when I first started writing COME BACK TO TEXAS, I had no intention of writing a sequel. It was going to be one book, and that was it. But the more I wrote, the more I realized that Hayley and Nate's story couldn't possibly fit into just one book.
And then I curled up in a corner and cried because direct sequels are scary, man. They are super scary.

But I love Hayley and Nate, and I love their story, and so off I went to finish their story. Which involves a bit more heartbreak and drama, because Happily Ever After is never as simple as we want it to be, is it?
You can add ADKOF to your Goodreads TBR right HERE- and remember, for every add, I donate more money to the Wounded Warrior Project.

KK Hendin's real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she'll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate.
She spends way too much time on Twitter, and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.

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Mary Did You Know? by Aaliyah Rose

21 December 2014

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20 December 2014

Blog Tour: Pierced by Love by Laura L. Walker

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Pierced by Love
by Laura L. Walker.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: December 9th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media.
Noelle Jensen doesn’t want to like Pierce Logan. After her boyfriend breaks up with her for her sister, Noelle is done with love. Plus Pierce Logan has commitment issues because of his parents’ divorce and a strained relationship with his dad. But as Pierce and Noelle inadvertently help each other to open up their hearts, they also rediscover the importance of family and love.

Reviewed by Kelly.

While reading this book, I realize I have been missing out on a lot of relationship growing. Let me explain. In most books it is a sexual attraction that you go after when the real glue that binds you to one person is really likes and dislikes, personalities, temperaments etc. That is what this one was full of. There were two different families and the girl and the boy from each one come from different life experiences and feelings and hurt that all family has from time to time. It is what you learn and take away from those earlier years is what shapes you and also depending on your experiences or help from another that can help you overcome some of those things we don’t like about ourselves and our families. There is where the meat and potatoes of a relationship are. This book really delves into that aspect of a relationship.

In the beginning, Chase and Noelle have been dating for a while. But while reading you get that they aren’t really meant for each other. Then he dumps her for her sister. Noelle has been jolted once before from a relationship so she doesn’t want to get into any again and she can’t handle being around her sister. Oh and by the way, Chase is marrying her sister.

Pierce was known as a player. His family divorced and he has had a hard time with it. His faith in relationships makes him not want to get into one himself. But he has a heart of gold.

Since they both are at the same college and know each other. Noelle has been helpful in Pierce’s relationship with his dad. Pierce has been helping Noelle with her relationship with her sister and overcoming Chase. As time goes by, they find their way to becoming more than friends and even realize they love each other. They work well together; they get each other and know when to pick and choose the battles we all have with our loved ones. That is what I really liked about this book.

What I didn’t like was that, even though I saw and got that they got each other, I didn’t feel any chemistry. Maybe it’s just me.

But the overall message and ending was a good lesson in life for me too. The ending even has questions to ponder the relationships in the book which was a great way to see all aspects of the book.

From the author: Noelle Jensen and her boyfriend, Chase Dunlop, are waylaid by her roommate, Hannah, and their neighbor, Pierce Logan, as they are heading out the door of her apartment. As Hannah grills Pierce about his dating record, Noelle notices Pierce’s discomfort and comes to his rescue.


At the mention of the word mission, Chase stopped in his tracks and began in a superior tone, “One thing is sure, missions separate the boys from the men. Once when my companion and I—”

Noelle stifled a groan. Chase often repeated the same stories from his mission over and over. Once he got started, there’d be no end to his recitation. Noelle blurted the first thing that came to her mind. “So, Pierce, who’s your hot date this weekend?”

One side of his mouth quirked at her blatant attempt to forestall her boyfriend. “What makes you think I have one?”

Hannah, her long red hair draped dramatically over one shoulder, replied coyly, “You’re the coolest guy on campus, Pierce. You always have something fun planned. No offense, Chase.” Coming closer to Pierce, she wheedled, “Come on. You can tell us. Who is it this week and what do you have planned?”

“Why should I tell you?” Noelle’s heart tugged at Pierce’s obvious discomfort. His dates were legendary around here. The girls on campus liked to date him because he took them on fun outings. But Pierce never stayed with one for long.

At a recent get-together between the girls and Pierce’s roommates when Hannah had hounded him unmercifully about his “flavor of the week” dates, much like she was doing now, Pierce had admitted that he dated simply as a diversion from his studies and that he figured he’d get serious about settling down someday. He’d even hinted of something in his past making him gun-shy. Since Noelle could definitely relate to that, she had changed the subject to take the pressure off of him.

“Because I saw you driving off with Kasey Hamilton last Saturday,” Hannah insisted. “Are you going out with her again?”

Pierce’s eyes narrowed to slits. Instinctively, Noelle knew that Hannah had hit upon a sore spot. “I don’t think so.”

“Hmm,” Melody piped up for the first time. “When I talked to Kasey yesterday, she said that she was looking forward to another date with you.”

“Then she’s delusional,” Pierce answered in a clipped tone.

Sensing that, once again, Pierce needed rescuing from this line of questioning, Noelle tugged on Chase’s hand. “We really need to get going. We’ll see you all later. Bye.”


Once outside, Noelle turned to give Chase a goodnight kiss. But when she leaned closer, and saw the stormy look in his eyes, she asked uncertainly, “Is something wrong?”

Chase opened his mouth to speak before apparently changing his mind. He shook his head abruptly. “No. I’ll see you later.”

Laura Walker grew up in southern Arizona. She met her husband, Rob, at Northern Arizona University where she earned her bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She and Rob are raising their six children. Her hobbies include water aerobics and sewing. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. Pierced by Love is her first published novel.

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19 December 2014

Breaking Series by Juliana Haygert Cover Reveals

Breaking Free (Breaking #1)
by Juliana Haygert.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Abuse.
Publication: August 14th 2013 by Createspace.
**Previously titled Breaking the Reins**

Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can't turn away even though she's not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Warning: strong language, domestic violence, sex scene
Word Count: 110,000

Breaking Away (Breaking #2)
by Juliana Haygert.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Bullying.
Publication: June 10th 2014 by Createspace.
All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.

But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.

** Companion novel of Breaking the Reins. Can be read out of order **

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Warning: strong language, bullying, sex scenes
Word Count: 95,000

Breaking Through (Breaking #3)
by Juliana Haygert.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Abuse.
Publication: June 2015.
From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it's time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.

To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she'd like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.

As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept...and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.

** Companion novel of Breaking Free and Breaking Away. Can be read out of order.**

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting--but equally gratifying--life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
Co-founder and contributor at NA Alley (www.naalley.com)

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