Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Beyond Jealousy (#4 Beyond) by Kit Rocha... GIVEAWAY!!!

Tile: Beyond Jealousy (#4 Beyond)
Author: Kit Rocha
Genre: Dystopian Erotica


She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two.
When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.
A saint...
Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin.  In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.
...and a sinner.
Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned.  He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.
Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two.  One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

March Madness Giveaway... ENDS SOON!!!

Here's what you can win this month:

~2 winners: eBook Amazon copy of your choice up to $5.00 (US DOLLARS)

~1 winner: eBook Amazon copy of Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

~1 winner: eBook Amazon copy of The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

~1 winner: eBook Amazon copy of Twist Me by Anna Zaires

~2 winners: eBook Amazon boxed set The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You by Laurelin Paige

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Book Review+Blog Tour Goodies: Breathe Again (#2 Breathe) by Rachel Brookes

Title: Breathe Again (Breathe #2)
Author: Rachel Brookes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: March 10, 2014

For Savannah Rae, the thought of living in her picture-perfect world was almost too much to comprehend. With her dream job, a family she could finally call her own, and the beginnings of the best chapter of her life, she still couldn't shake the unnerving feeling that it was all too good to be true.

The thought of a life without Savannah was incomprehensible to Tate Connors. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find his girl in the form of a sassy, stubborn, beautiful Australian. Finally he had the girl and life he so desperately wanted, but he still couldn't ignore the fear that it would crash around him.

When Tate’s past becomes his present and Savannah’s present becomes her past, the possibility of a future together collides head-on with reality.

In her darkest days, the words Just Breathe provided a peaceful comfort to Savannah from the heavens above. Now as she and Tate go down the path of new beginnings, brutal endings, and the constant craving of a happily ever after, they are anxious to learn how to Breathe Again.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Roar by Aria Cage... GIVEAWAY!!!

Title: Roar
Author: Aria Cage
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: March 17, 2014

CharlieI’m shadowed by sins; mine and the ones passed on to me. The only light comes in the way of him. He wants to fix me, but he can’t fix something so lost and broken. I'm completely undeserving and secretly unwilling. But how do I turn away the one person my body and soul soars for, the one thing that makes me forget the fear, the loss and the guilt? How do I stop the primal need which we are addicted to?
NateShe is a stranger amongst the world, a captive behind her smiles and lies which shelters the truth. But I know her, we are caged together with the demons and guilt, yet my love is stronger against all our loss and I want to help her heal, to set her free. Under her cloak still lies my scared kitten, feral to her soul because of what he took from both of us. If it’s the last thing I do, I will help her roar like the tiger I know her to be, even if it means setting her free from me.
Caged by their demons and primal need, will their love be strong enough to set them free?

Release Day Blitz: Ace of Spades by Elle Bright... HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!

Title: Ace of Spades
Author: Elle Bright
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance, New Adult


The stakes are high and the cards are about to fall…

Reckless, bad boy rocker Jackson “Black Jack” Blackner has everything a man could want, yet he hides from the pain of his past behind sex and drugs. Lost in a downward spiral, he reaches out to the only person who ever truly cared about him, the childhood friend he pushed away.

Promising businesswoman Melody Davis follows all the rules. Until Jackson crashes back into her life and turns her straight-laced world upside down. Dragged into his world of self-destructive indulgence, Melody must fight to save the boy she knew from the man he has become.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Severed Angels (#1 Severed MC) by K.T. Fisher & Ava Manello... GIVEAWAY!!

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Title: Severed Angel (Severed MC #1)
Authors: K.T. Fisher & Ava Manello
Release Date: 31st March, 2014
Published By: KBK Publishing

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Eve could never have imagined that her trip to Australia, where she is set to be maid of honor for her best friend's wedding, could turn from exciting to deadly so quickly.

Her sheltered and boring vanilla life comes to a screeching halt when she arrives in Australia and witnesses a shocking MC murder which puts her life in extreme danger. The Carnal MC are a dangerous and savage motorcycle gang who want Eve and will stop at nothing to seek their revenge.
Just when it seems her nightmare fate is sealed, Eve is rescued by the Severed MC and quickly falls for the club's Vice President Gabe aka "Angel". This could be just the diversion she needs. With her new protectors, Eve faces a whole new life she never could have imagined...

Gabe never wanted an old lady. One look at the beautiful Eve cowering at the hands of the enemy changes all that. Starting a war with the Carnal MC and having Eve in his bed is just the beginning.
When Gabe stakes his claim, he goes all in. War with Carnal MC is just the price of making Eve his, and only his. But love invites blood and tragedy in an MC's life.

Just when it's looking up for his MC and his new woman, a savage attack blows the lid off everything. Revenge possessed and determined can the hot tattooed biker save her from the danger that lies ahead?

Cover Reveal: Dirty Angels (#1 Dirty Angels) by Karina Halle

Title: Dirty Angels (Dirty Angels #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: Spring / Summer 2014

For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.
When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.
Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.
As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.
Unless she ruins him first.
***WARNING*** This book deals with drug cartels and as such it contains a lot of sex and violence and some violent sex. It can get pretty ugly, pretty dark and pretty crazy. There is drug use, abuse, a bit of torture and dubious consent. The hero is not a hero and the villains...well, they're even worse. If this sort of thing bothers you, please do not read. This ain't no cupcake farting unicorn kind of book***

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Discovering Lucy by Laura Dunaway... GIVEAWAY!!

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lucy coverTitle: Discovering Lucy
Author: Laura Dunaway
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance



After three long years of living in a hell she never could have imagined, Lucy Jane Simmons courageously escapes to New York City for a fresh start. 
A new beginning... 

When Lucy meets Knox Taylor, the intoxicating man in the business suit, everything she thought she knew about relationships changes. He is strong, seductive and makes her feel safe. 

But can she open up enough to let him in? Will Lucy Jane escape the scars of her past? Can Knox give her the future she ultimately deserves? 

A story of rediscovery...

Release Blitz: Destroyed by Pepper Winters

Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Contemporary “grey” Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2014

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. 
I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free. 
He has a secret.
I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.
I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.
One secret destroys them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Book Tour Goodies: Destroyed by Pepper Winters... GIVEAWAY!!

Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark (Lighter) / Romance (Grey Romance)
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn 


She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. 

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free. 

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Fracture (#2 Blood and Roses) by Callie Hart

Title: Fracture (#2 Blood and Roses)
Author: Callie Hart
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: April 7, 2014


Zeth Mayfair is pretty much the last thing I need in my life. And yet with every breath I take he becomes more engrained in every aspect of it:

He has a key to my house. 

He knows where I work. 

He's dumped his strange, mentally traumatized housemate on my doorstep and has driven off into the sunset in search of my missing sister. 

I want to forget him. Want to change the locks and blot out his face, scourge his very name from my memory. The problem is that I also need him. I need him more than I need air to breath, and I can’t be without him now.

He owns me. 

He torments me.
He’s fractured me. 



Book Review+Tour Goodies: Toxic (#2 Ruin) by Rachel Van Dyken... GIVEAWAY!!

Title: Toxic (#2 Ruin Series)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult


Everyone has a secret...

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice. 
But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever. 
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn't just be his life at risk--but hers.

Saylor doesn't hate men. 
Just Gabe. 
Only Gabe. 
He's a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn't afraid of flunking, she'd be long gone. She hates that she's attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he's attracted to her--and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn't form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn't who he says he is, and he's hiding something big. 

What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever--the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he's been craving for the past four years?

Everyone has a secret...What's yours?


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is straight up emotional. I'm talking even more gut wrenching tears than Ruin... and that book made me weep like a baby!

This is the second book in the series and it centers around Gabe. In the first book, we meet Gabe who is friends to both Kierstan and Wes. But now it's his turn to share his struggles. He may come off as a man-whore looking for nothing in life but a good time, but what he makes you believe and what lies beneath the mask is a man who is suffering. Saylor (by the way, gorgeous name!) is a music student who needs to graduate in order to get a job and support her nurse mother and autistic brother. She feels swamped and dispassionate with her music. There's so much holding her back, yet meeting Gabe and understand who he really is might just be the kick in the butt she needs to find that passion for her music.

  "The most erotic touch a man can experience is that of a woman digging her nails into his skull and giving a little tug" -Gabe H, Wes M, and all men...everywhere

Gabe's past is really messed up, but he finds love in this music student. Saylor makes him realize that not only are passed mistakes meant to stay in the past, but never letting them go will only hurt him, his friends, his family, and anyone he ever meets. This is another tragic story in the ruin series, but I'm relieved to see Gabe able to share that pain he holds for so long.

  "You didn't cause the distruction, Gabe. You were just an unfortunate victim- and sometimes that's worse than being the cause."  -Saylor

Overall, I'm giving this book 5 STARS out of 5 STARS for being something truly special. Tragedy leading to happiness is something you can never take away from someone, and everyone in their own way deserves it. I love Rachel Van Dyken's writing style. I love every book she writes, so there was no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't love this book!

Read by Taryn Lee on March 9, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on March 9, 2014
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee

Title: Shattering Halos
Author: Sunniva Dee
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: Feb 24 2014

I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.
The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.
He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.
My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.
The war is about to begin.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Ridge (#2 Wild) by Adriane Leigh

Title: Ridge (Wild #2)

Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2014

Sometimes doing the wrong thing feels so right...
I'm a player. I'm an asshole. I'm someone you should stay away from.
I have demons.I've made mistakes.And the biggest can't be taken back.
I've gone to hell and back in twenty-nine years and I'm only now coming to terms with moving forward, righting my wrongs, and making amends. Except not everyone deserves forgiveness. Sometimes the damage done is beyond repair.Everyday is exactly the same. I focus on the pain, in the quest to feel and forget, but I remember everything. When I close my eyes the darkness encroaches and some days it feels like the things that kill me are the things that make me feel alive.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: The Boyfriend List by Renee Novelle






Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Discovered by Kim Black...GIVEAWAY!!

Title: Discovered
Author: Kim Black
Genre: Romance
Hosted by: Everything Marie


Emily Roberts was done with men! She believed she was content with just focusing on her career. After Adam, her ex, cheated on her with not one but two of her co-workers, Emily fled from her former workplace, forgoing her internship and decided to start anew.

Though her decision to write off love had held up for over a year, her chastity belt would soon be put to the test when Julien Belmont, a French billionaire, takes an interest in her.

In one night, she questions everything she believes and though she is determined that he is no different from the rest, she finds herself in a world wind of affairs, lies and a tug of war between old and new men...

Can she learn to love again or will she flee from Julien, who she admits is the best lover she has ever had?

Julien Belmont is a gorgeous, commanding, and passionate Frenchman who enjoys his freedom. His ever growing sexual hunger makes it so his appetite is never quite quenched. At last not until he meets Emily. One night with her changes everything he has ever believed in.

Will his past destroy his potential future with Emily? Or will the fire between them burn eternal!

Note: This book is the first part of a series and is designed to be read in order.

This book contains erotic content and is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Book Review: Wild Man (#1 Dream Man) by Kristen Ashley

Wild Man (Dream Man, #2)Wild Man by Kristen Ashley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

Totally love this book! All the elements a dream man should have! Kristen writes a wonderful book!

In the second book of the Dream Man series, we meet the sweet and innocent cake baking Tessa O'hara (how sweet does that name sound). She's been dating a man for 6 months who she comes to find out isn't who she thinks he is. He's an undercover cop named Brock Lucas who has been following a lead on Tessa's ex-husband. What started as another day on the job turned into a love affair. When Tessa discovers this she decides it's over, but we all know a Dream Man only allows it to be over when HE says it's over. And now he's going to win her over for good.

But he's got his own baggage like a crazy ex wife and two amazing kids. And Tessa not only has a drug dealing ex husband but she suddenly gained a crazy amount of girlfriends including Elvira... oh yeah! She's back! The whole gang is. And now there's someone calling Tessa and just breathing down the line, and shots are being fired, so you know there's gonna be some craziness here!

Overall, this is classic KA... love it. love it. LOVE IT! I'm giving it 4 STARS out of 5 STARS because Tessa and Brock are super great together. I think they balance each other perfectly and they have such a cute family together! Go read this whole series!

Read by Taryn Lee on February 21, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on March 2, 2014
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Book Review: Rock Chick (#1 Rock Chick) by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1)Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Okay... so don't throw stones but... I greatly disliked this book. So much so that I have no desire to read the rest of the books in the Rock Chick Series. Now before you all go crazy on me and banish me from Goodreads forever, let's get a couple things straight.

1. I love Kristen Ashley a little too much. Dream Man series? Prime. Chaos Series? Hell yeah! But Rock Chick? Super lacking.
2. I went into this with arms wide open and low expectations, but I could not relate with the characters AT ALL.
3. I wanted to like this book so bad, but it just wasn't enough for me.

Basically, Indy Savage is a badass rock chick who pretty much fell in love with Lee Nightingale in the womb. She has ignored him for close to ten years after the very last time he rejected her. So she's done... Well until her barista decides to steal a bunch of money or something (see I was really sure exactly what happened with Rosie and the diamonds was it? Yeah completely confused from the beginning). Now Lee has to help save Indy from bullets. Lee is a total alpha male which I did love because I LOVE ALPHA MALES.

I guess it just wasn't the Kristen Ashley material that I love to pieces. But I realized something after I really thought long and hard about this book... this is one of her very first works, which means her writing keeps improving. I think that's why Dream Man and Chaos are some of my favorite series of books: They were written at a period of time when her writing peaked. Rock chick was one or maybe THE first book she ever wrote.

Rock Chick: 2008 vs Dream Man: 2012... A 4 year difference can mean HUGE for an author's improvements.

Overall, I'm giving this book 3 STARS out of 5 STARS, but do not take my word for it. I went and bought this book and decided let's do this. I gave it an open mind and just didn't like it. An author is going to have at least one book that will make you think meh... and that is this book for me.

Read by Taryn Lee on February 20, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on March 1, 2014
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Book Review: Wanted (#1 Most Wanted) by J. Kenner

Wanted (Most Wanted, #1)Wanted by J. Kenner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is another classic by J. Kenner. She writes with the likes of Sylvia Day. I can NEVER get enough of her characters. They always have the most intriguing stories to tell. And Wanted is no different.

This story is about Angelina after her Uncle Jahn, the last person who really KNEW her passes away. Jahn was the mentor to three boys: Evan, Tyler, and Cole. Evan Black has been on the forefront of Angelina's mind for years. After the tragic murder of her sister, Angelina changed her ways. She used to be a free spirited, flighty young woman, but now she is living every minute with structure. She won't screw up again.

Angie and Evan are two lonely souls who find that being together helps them become whole. but of course there are secrets they are both hiding from not just each other but everyone. And it's up to them to learn to trust each other.

Overall, I'm giving this book 4 STARS out of 5 STARS for its amazing scenery, strong love bond and fantastic writing. I have seen other reviews and you need to understand that the Stark Series was so beyond what anyone thought it would be that it exceeded so many expectations. Just do not go into this book with super high expectations because just like in everything you do with high expectations, you will be disappointed.

Read by Taryn Lee on January 5, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on March 1, 2014
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Book Review: Torn From You (#1 Tear Asunder) by Nashoda Rose

Torn from You (Tear Asunder, #1)Torn from You by Nashoda Rose

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a touching book about the struggles young couple Emily and Sculpt aka Logan endure after they both escape the pits of Hell.

I thought the first 35% of the book were really intriguing. Emily has been abducted and taken from her loving friends. She thinks this is it. Her life is over. Until she hears his voice. The voice of her lover, Logan, but she's sadly mistaken to find that not only is he not there to save her, but he's also to be called Master.

"I loved how he looked at me and saw everything I am and could be." -Emily

Eventually, Emily is able to escape from Raul and his treacherous compound. But she has to leave Logan behind. And she's does. For two years she's been free. Well she thought so until Sculpt comes back into her life demanding he loves her and won't let her out of his side ever again. He went through so much to get back to her and he's not taking NO for an answer.

He was determined and unfathomable. He was confident with no fear. A steady resolve as if nothing could break him. It was scary hot... Now ... it scared me. Because I didn't trust him.

I was totally loving this book for the first 40%. It was so Pepper Winters' material. She's being abused, beaten, never raped though because Logan's her master and deep down he wouldn't betray her like that. So that was pretty grueling, but I loved how Logan treated her in the compound. He did what had to be done so they could survive.

It hurt. He hurt. The memories hurt. I knew escape was my only answer before I fell back into a place I swore I wouldn't go again.

But then when he comes back 2 years later I just found Emily to be so annoying! Every time Logan attempts to talk to her about what he went through so he could come back to her, she was like "I love you, but I can't trust you ever again." Okay I kind of understand since he had to be somewhat cruel so she would fear him, but he spent two years trying to escape for you, loves you to the moon, and gave you your dream of rehabbing horses. And you can't even give him a chance? Please. So I pretty much came to detest our heroine, which made the book go downhill for me.

I had to be crazy to still love this man, and yet... some fragment of my soul did.

Overall, I'm giving this book 3.5 STARS out of 5 STARS. Buy this book with the With You novella. It explains a lot of the references Torn from You. I was a little annoyed with the heroine, but I was loving the supporting characters! Kat and Ream are steamy and I cannot wait for their story. I'm more excited for the Unyielding Series spin off because I need to know if Deck and Georgie get together. And the mysterious Kai... that's gonna be so interesting!

Read by Taryn Lee on March 1, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on March 1, 2014
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Book Blitz: Burned (#1 Beautiful Mess) by S.C. Rosemary and S.N. Hawke... GIVEAWAY!!

Title: Burned (Beautiful Mess)
Authors: S.C. Rosemary & S.N. Hawke
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance series
Release Date: Feb. 20th 2014

Every girl carries the hope to find the one when she goes on a date.
Many a time, the date is disappointing.
Miraculously one day, the date is amazing and she thinks that she meets the perfect guy.
But only time can tell what kind of man she is really getting.
So what is she getting?

Ethan Lancaster has everything. He has the sexy body of a demi-god, eyes of prince charming, admission to the top law school and endless supply of dollar bills. Better yet, he is also searching for a girlfriend.

Dana Watson needs a boyfriend, regardless she actually wants one or not. The life as she knows is crumbling down and she is running out of time. Failing the college dating games miserably, Dana pushes her limits and finds Ethan. Both have their own secret agendas, but the spark between them is undeniable. Little do they know that secrets can get them burned.

This is a 3-part New Adult Contemporary Romance series. Approx. 20,000 words per volume.

*Burned 2 of Beautiful Mess will be released on March 1st, 2014.*

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About the Authors!

S.C Rosemary lives in North Carolina. She likes all kinds of mint and has to put some in her tea every day.

S.N Hawke resides in North Carolina. She likes chocolate but thinks yogurt is becoming her favorite snack lately.  



Chapter 1
Everything told me that meeting someone from the internet was a bad idea. I had a feeling that I was going to regret this date tonight. But I was told that a life without regret couldn’t be a fulfilling one.
Oh heck, I was already a sophomore. It’s about time to make some mistakes. Comparing to my friends, I already started too late. Plus, I was on a mission-a justified mission. I was looking for a boyfriend. And I needed one fast.
I had never needed something so desperately. For 19 years I had been fine without a guy, until now. Well, life happened. It happened like a giant tornado. Usually around this time, a prince or a ridiculous sex god would fly out of nowhere and save the girl from her torment and kiss her brain out, right? Sadly, that didn’t happen to me. So I decided to step out of my comfort zone and look for someone who would be willing enough to be in a relationship with me. After quite a few terrible failed dates with real life acquaintances, I adventured online.   
Thinking about my date this evening, I almost forgot his name. What was it again? Right, Ethan. His post on the Internet said: "Looking for a nice girl. Not into the bar scene. Prefer a smart, intelligent lady with adequate manners." I wasn't sure if I would fit his description but at least he didn't mention something crazy. Also, if he was honest about his information, we were both students and actually went to the same university. So I contacted him. We exchanged several emails and he asked me out on Saturday. He even sent me a small blurry photo of himself. I couldn't make out anything other than that he had hair.
I paced around the parking lot behind my dorm. We said to meet here at 6:00pm. I checked my watch again. It was 6:02pm. My date was only two minutes late and I was already getting anxious. I took a deep breath and tried to put myself at ease. It was not working. My chest was still tight and my heart was beating against it. I was not in any good condition to meet a stranger from the Internet-so many scary stories came from there. Maybe I went too far this time. I paced around the parking lot again. I didn't know why I was so nervous. Maybe this guy wouldn't show up. Maybe I should go back to my dorm and hide in the corner.
Just as I started headed toward the dorm, a shining black SUV finally pulled in the parking in lot. Was it Ethan? I slowed down and glimpsed at the SUV. The door opened and someone stepped down. I stopped completely in awe with just one glance. This guy was hot, capital HOT. He was standing there like a living Michelangelo scripture. He had thick blond hair that reflected the golden sunlight. He was wearing a light blue shirt, matching the color of the early-spring sky. I could make out the perfect outline of his muscles beneath the shirt. I would bet all my part-time job earnings that he had at least a six-pack.  My eyes traveled down along his back, taking in the sight of his firm and proportional waist, hip and…oh my Gosh, I blinked rapidly. The hot guy had the car key in his hand. He casually put his fingers in the pockets and looked up. His movements were so mesmerizing. His confidence was unmistakable- he was one of those people who could own any space he stood in. More importantly, this guy could not be Ethan. No guy this hot would end up on an Internet personals ad listing. I was clearly out of his league. I should hide somewhere before I embarrass myself.
Too late. His turned toward my direction and those bright green eyes caught mine instantly. Oh no, I was staring. I grasped for air and forced myself to break eye contact. I turned around trying to walk normal and fought the urge to run. My high heels did not help along.
"Dana?" A sexy male voice called behind me. I could hardly recognize that it was calling my name. The voice was so magnetic. Was it for real? Was it really calling me?
I turned around slowly, unsure of myself.
"Hi there," the hot guy advanced toward me. I didn't dare to look up at his eyes. But I felt his eyes on me, scanning.  My gosh, I hope he wouldn't tell me that he had an emergency and run off after he took a look at me. "Beautiful dress," he said. His magnetic voice sent a pleasant wave and went through my body. I was bond by it and didn’t dare to move.
"Me?" My voice was so small but my eyes were opened infinitely wide. I looked like an idiot with that expression for a whole three seconds. I couldn't believe my ears- not when such a magnificent guy stood right in front me and was complimenting my dress. I already forgot that I was wearing a dress. I hope this dress did make me look a bit better. It was dark blue with a V-neck. I looked sort of like my history TA, but I was slimmer.
"Yes, you," he smiled, all the sunshine leaked out of his perfect white teeth. I never knew a hot guy smiling under the sun could look so sexy. I was staring again. Wake up! I reminded myself. I couldn't keep looking at him and drooling at the same time. I had to be cool. Well, at least cooler. But I had no way to cool down the temperature on my cheeks right now. I had seen hot guys before in the campus. I appreciate them from afar just like fancy displays in the museum- I knew I would never be able to afford the luxury to take the paintings home with me. Now this handsome, charming…Oh, I should I describe him? He was walking and leaking sexiness all the way as he walked up to me. Every inch of his skin and muscles were radiant with androgen. He was getting closer and I had never felt so helpless. Did he enchant me with magic?
"Unless there is another girl around named Dana," he teased as he walked up to me, stepping in a little too close.
"Well, that's my name," I trailed off. I couldn't believe he was talking to me. I was still staring. I needed to say something. Anything. I gathered my courage. "You are really Ethan?" I heard myself asking. What a stupid question. I could say something much better. But now I was not typing papers on my laptop. I couldn't just erase what I said. Darn it.
"Of course," he smiled wider. "Sorry I didn't send you a current photo," a witty smile appeared on his face. "But yeah, I am Ethan. The real Ethan." He opened up his arms and stepped closer, gesturing for a hug.
He was going to find out that I was shaking if he put those strong arms on me. Avoiding the hug, I quickly held out my right hand and shook his hand instead. "Pleased to meet you," I managed to speak in a steady voice. Ethan narrowed his eyes for a brief moment. I almost regretted not hugging him.
"Nice to meet you, too, Dana," he squeezed my hand. He looked a bit surprised about my rejection to a friendly hug, but he was not mad. Actually he sounded quite delightful. "You are formal. I like that."
"You do?" I couldn't believe my ears again. I looked up and saw his green eyes staring right down at me.
"Mhm." Ethan gestured the parking lot, pointing at his car. "Ready for our date, Dana?"
Not even close to ready. My heart was beating way too fast. I didn't even know if my brain was filled with water or something. I just couldn't think. I read a study about boys became stupid in front of hot girls-I wonder if the case was true for me the other way around.
"Yeah," I nodded at him, pumping some confidence in myself. He was just a guy-an amazingly hot guy but he was not a scary bear. Why did I have to be so nervous? I could do this.
We walked to his SUV. My eyes were on Ethan earlier so I didn't pay attention to his car. Now I was up close, I saw he was driving a fancy luxury car. No wonder the car looked so shiny. But why did Ethan have a car like this? A big question popped in my head. He said he was just a student. How could he afford such an expensive car?
"This ride is okay?" Ethan asked, seeing my hesitation. "I have an Italian collectible sport car but I don't normally drive it into campus." He sounded like I was not impressed by his car. But I was more concerned about it.
"You have more than one car?" I looked at Ethan. "You said you are a student…"
"Law school first year, actually," he said.
Oh thank goodness he was not some legendary gangster. I sighed in relief and waited for him to explain about the fancy cars, but he just opened the car door for me. Oh, he was the type who opened doors for girls. I smiled at this surprise. What a gentleman!
I peeked inside the car before getting in. I saw the parking permit of our university for graduate students. What a relief, he was telling the truth. He was really a student. I turned to Ethan. I was so shy I couldn't look him in the eyes, so I eyed his shoulder and thank him with a smile as I got into his car.
In my memory, I never had a record of sitting inside a luxury car. The fancy interior design of the Ethan's SUV was not something I saw in person and up close. I was unsettled. I was sitting on soft leather seat but my back was stiff. I couldn't relax. The air in the car smelled like a mixture of genuine leather and jasmine. I thought of an advertisement about a man as hot as Ethan, or less, driving a car with the hood down. And a blonde super-model with shorts and bikini top was sitting next the driver. They were driving toward the beach, toward the beautiful sunset. As they parked the car by the beach, they embraced each other, they drink champagne, kissed and…I did not dare to think further.
I knew nothing about Ethan other than he was hot and drove luxury cars. I didn't even know where we were heading. I should have planned ahead somehow. But how was I to prepare unexpectedly meeting a hot guy from the Internet?
"Um, Ethan," I cleared my throat.
"Yes?" He looked at me with amusement.
"I am not trying to be awkward," I paused. This was awkward. "But I just want to make sure this isn't a 'casual encounter'." Casual encounter was the code for no strings attached hook ups on the classified ad website. There was a whole section for it. Ethan and I briefly mentioned that we were looking for a long term relationship but I didn't want to take the chances. No matter how hot this guy was.
"No," he answered quite earnestly. "I don't look for casual encounters on the Internet." He paused for a second like he thought of something. "This is kind of new to me." He said in a low voice. I wasn't sure if he was talking to me or thinking out loud. I didn't know what "this new thing" was to him, but I heard seriousness in his tone.
Whatever "this" was, I hope he was referring to a standard dinner date. I didn't think I could handle too much more.