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Review + Giveaway: Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas

March 30, 2013 Aman 10
Today, I'm hosting a tour stop for Picture Perfect Blog Tour 
hosted by Inslinger PR. But first, here's a little about the book.

Title: Picture Perfect
Author: Alessandra Thomas
Published: Self | March 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
Goodreads | Amazon
Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes - and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two.

When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn't there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral - nude modeling for a nearby college's human form drawing classes.

When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she's posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she's ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat's absolutely smitten.

Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again - confident and beautiful - as long as Nate's around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he's just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again.

But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing - this might destroy their relationship before it's even had a chance to get off the ground.

Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she'll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin - even if it means leaving him forever.

Review:

     That was not what I was expecting and I say that in the most positive way. Picture Perfect really surprised with it's ability to be so relatable to every girl. I'm sure we all have again a few pounds at some point in our lives and even moved up a size or two and didn't feel comfortable in the new skin. I know I have. It is the most degrading feeling and I can't even count the number of times I had to buy the sweater tops in different styles or sit at a perfectly angled pose when hanging out with friends to hide the extra bulge. So I get it. I get Cat. And I loved her story, it really touched my heart.

     Cat Mitchell is a fashion designer student who models side by side for extra money. She was a perfect size girl with great friends and a hot boyfriend but that changed when she got into a riding accident and broke her left leg. Being in therapy for months caused her to gain few pounds or 60 and completely loose her self-confidence. Cat transformed from a skinny girl to a size 12 which is not that much in terms of an average dress size but for Cat, it was catastrophic. It didn't help that her jerk of a boyfriend calls her fat ass and dumps her in front of everyone. It was horrible, but I love that at the end of the day she pulled herself together, found happiness, got a wonderful boyfriend and proved everyone that she can still be the old Cat but in a body she loves and embraces.

     One of the things that really made me like this book was an interview the author did for one of the tour stops in which she explain her inspiration for the story (Source), and I loved her answer. Not a lot of people would think about writing a story based on a character who is so inseure all the time, but Alessandra made it happen without making Cat sound whiny. That was very commendable or I would have hated Cat. Anyway, besides all the body issues, Picture Perfect is a very hot and steamy novel. I loved Nate! He was so freaking perfect. My favorite scene was when Cat and Nate meet at an art class where she poses nude. Very awkward yet simply hilarious. They balanced one another as a couple and I loved seeing them together. Picture Perfect is a highly recommended novel. I loved the story, I loved the message it conveyed and I would encourage everyone to give this book a try. It was so worth it!


A Copy was provided by InkSplinger PR as a part of the blog tour, for an honest review.


About the Author 
Alessandra Thomas  
Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since she's not, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time. When she's not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.

Find Alessandra on: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway


Enter to win 2 signed paperback and 2 digital copies of Picture Picture by Alessandra Thomas.
I loved it! Don't forget to enter this giveaway!
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500 Follower Giveaway!

March 29, 2013 Aman 29

Thank You so much for following my blog and showing your support by commenting. I really means a lot to me. When I started blogging in August of 2012 (technically it was July 28), I never though that anyone would, in the most frank words, give a crap about my tiny little blog. And I'm so happy to have such great and truly amazing followers. So Thank You for every comment, every tweet and just everything.

Having 500 follower is a huge milestone for me, and I'm going to celebrate it by giving away the upcoming book from one of my absolute favorite series by the best YA author.

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Seriously guys, if you haven't read Covenant series then you really need to do so. It is my favorite mythology series and I can't wait to read Apollyon. Things went down in Deity, I changed my teams and I don't know what is going to happen in Apollyon. I'm a little scared but so freaking excited to reads Alex's journey.

All you need to do is fill out the rafflecopter below and
make sure The Book Depository ships where you live.
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PS: If you don't follow this series or are new to it, then you can win any previous book in this series.

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Blog Tour: Protecting What's His by Tessa Bailey

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Today, I'm so excited to share with you a guest post by Tessa Bailey on Sexy Men in Uniform and why are they so tempting. But first, here's a little bit about the book.

Title: Protecting What's His
Author: Tessa Bailey
Published: Entangled (Brazen) | Feb 23, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult
Series: Line of Duty
Protecting What's His

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iTunes

She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

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Guest Post: Men in Uniform by Tessa Bailey


Men in uniform. Grrrrowl. They appeal to female audiences for so many reasons! First and foremost, they represent authority. Women are so strong, we balance jobs, relationships, and a multitude of emotions every day. We make a gazillion choices under crazy pressure. So maybe once in a while, leaving a few decisions up to someone else (or at least the illusion of doing so) is very appealing. Enter man in uniform. The uniform represents power. And to women, in our fantasies anyway, it can represent the relinquishing of power. Cuff me and do bad things to me, officer. Don’t let me stop you.Sounds good to me!

Another reason we’re hot for men in uniform is less complex. It is an outward sign that they are motivated! They had to bust their cute little buns to earn that uniform. Sweated through a few t-shirts, pumped some iron, got a little dirty. They earned it. Ambition is something women have wanted in their men since the beginning of time. A man in uniform is willing to work hard for what he wants. He’ll work hard for you, too, right?

Lastly, we like an air of danger in our men. Men who sacrifice their safety for the well-being of others are super attractive on so many levels. Their actions are unselfish, they’re acting in the interest of the greater good and they are passionate about what they do. We want all that passionate intensity focused on us!


About the author
Tessa Bailey

Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter.  When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.


Find Tessa on: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


Giveaway

Entangled Publishing is offering a digital copy of Protecting What's His.
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18+ only.
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Feature & Follow (27)

March 28, 2013 Aman 21
 Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you've ever read in a book. How did you react?

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I'm on Facebook!

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Yes, I have finally joined Facebook. I was never really a Facebook fan. I joined few years ago and initially loved it but after a few months everything started being fake. Without going into more details, I would say that it just wasn't a good experience. Now, I'm only going to focus on the fan page and interact with people who has the same interest as me. That should be interesting. You can like my page, by clinking on that thumbs up button below.


Do you have any advice on FB? 
Let me know in the comments because I'm pretty confused. When I click on the share button at the end of the post, it gets the wrong thumbnail and wrong description. What am I suppose to do? Help!





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Early Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

March 27, 2013 Aman 8
Title: Walking Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: Atria Books | April 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance,NA
Series: Beautiful
Beautiful Disaster
Walking Disaster

Goodreads | Amazon
Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Note: You should read Beautiful Disaster first if you haven't already, but you don't need to re-read BD just to freshen up your memories. It's really not needed. Now on to the review.

Review:

     *Sigh* Walking Disaster was everything I'd hoped for. I was already familiar with Travis and Abby's emotionally messed up yet equally satisfying journey, so that was not my main focus going into Walking Disaster. I wanted to know more about Travis, about what he did besides obsessing over Abby 24/7, about his relationship with his family, about his anger issues, but mostly I wanted to know if Travis was really a good person at heart. Even if he said mean things at times or punched someone for petty issues, I wanted to confirm for myself that he didn't do it intentionally and learned from his mistakes and hopefully grew up to be a better person. (Which he did! Read the epilogue for that.)

     I loved Walking Disaster. I loved that we got to know more about Travis's brothers; Trenton is one-of-a-kind and I can't wait to read his book. Along with that, there were a lot of Travis & Shep moments and until now I didn't realize how much Travis depended on Shep to keep him in line and if not for Shep, Travis would for sure be in prison. I won't say that Travis is the best boyfriend ever or I would love to be with him because he is a little too much for me, but I love his determination and willingness to be a better person for Abby. That's shows in this book and that is exactly what makes me love him. He know he's a fucked up person, he's not blinded by any misconception, but still he wants to be the best person for Abby and I love that.

     Besides all the good things, I feel like Walking Disaster was not a romance story. When I read Beautiful Disaster, I felt every emotion, I felt Abby & Travis's love for each other, and I knew that would make a perfect couple just by seeing how good they were together, but in Walking Disaster, I didn't feel any of that. It was more of a retelling than showing, there weren't enough Abby & Travis private moments. Most of the time it was either them fighting or them being apart and I didn't like that. That is why I couldn't give it a perfect rating.

     Overall, Walking Disaster was definitely worth the wait. I loved it! Travis was so so good and seeing him vulnerable broke my heart and made me fall for him all over again. I would prefer to read Abby's POV but Travis's was special and I don't regret it one bit. Not to mentioned it had THE BEST Epilogue I've ever read. Seriously, read it just for that. For all those people who thought Travis was a disaster waiting to happen should read this book, it proves that people grow up and change. Walking Disaster is a must read and I highly recommend you to give this NA a try. It is without a doubt my unforgettable read.

PS: I have a question. I don't think it was mentioned in the book or maybe I missed it, but do you know the ages of Thomas, Taylor, Tyler and Trenton?

*A Copy was provided by Atria Books via Netgalley for an honest review.*
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Waiting on Wednesday (28): MacRieve

March 26, 2013 Aman 9
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by
Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

This week I'm waiting on
 
  MacRieve (Immortal After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole
Releases on July 2, 2013

by Gallery Books


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Mini-Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Aman 8
Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: Self | May, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance,NA
Series: Beautiful
Beautiful Disaster
Walking Disaster

Goodreads | Amazon
INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Review:

     I always feel like I need to defend this book with so many people I know hating it this much. Beautiful Disaster is The Book that made me love bad boys and angsty romance. This book is like 50 shades for me. The same way I fell in love with eroticas adult books after reading 50 shades is the same way I became a die hard fan of new adult genre just by reading Beautiful Disaster. Yes, there were some scenes that made me question the difference between being over-protective and acting like a total stalker, but when I look at the story as a whole, there is something very captivating about Beautiful Disaster that you couldn't help but be entertained by it, in the least.

     Abby is a good girl. Travis is a bad boy/ sex on the stick. Now that is the perfect combination of an emotionally frustrating yet equally entertaining and sexy romance. I liked Abby instantly simply because she didn't caved in for Travis's charm and set him straight. Even after she started dating Travis, she didn't think twice before leaving him if he did something terrible, which he did because he was one messed up character. I admire Abby for that. As for Travis, I don't think I've ever read about a person who is so unstable in his life, from the outside he seems perfect but we get to know the real Travis when he is with Abby. He is obsessed with her to the point I felt awkward being in Abby's position but what made me love Travis was his determination. He never gave up on her and improved throughout the book. I loved seeing him with his family and getting to know how close he is to his brothers. It's the little things about Travis that made me fall head-over heels in love with him.

     Beautiful Disaster is not a book for everyone. If you can't handle hot & cold characters, then look for something else. Jamie McGuire wrote a brilliant yet risque book about an abnormal yet normal relationship. One moment I wanted Abby & Travis to have a happy ending and the next moment I wanted to murder both of them. My emotions were all over the place with this one and I've never read anything like this. It's different and I love it! Highly recommended to all the fans of angsty romance.


PS: On a complete side note, I feel so weird that Abby's best friend's name was America. Seriously!?! America! *shakes head*
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Review: The Proposal by Katie Ashley

March 25, 2013 Aman 8
Title: The Proposal
Author: Katie Ashley
Published: Self | Jan 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Series: The Proposition
The Party (Novella)
The Proposition
The Proposal
The Pairing

Goodreads | Amazon
In the weeks following Aidan’s betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn’t sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn’t going down without a fight—especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic.

But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal. To prove his love and commitment for her and their unborn son, he will take a leave of absence from work to care for her around the clock. Vowing to guard her heart, Emma reluctantly agrees.

While she is touched by Aidan’s attentiveness and tender loving care, Emma is thrown for a loop by the amorous attentions of ER doctor, Alpesh “Pesh” Nadeen. Pesh is everything Emma could ever want—successful, stable, and ready to settle down and be a husband and father. Pesh wants nothing more than to win Emma’s heart, but she is not sure she’s able to give it.

Her heart may still belong to the very man who broke it—the one who is so desperately trying to win her back.
Review:

     Why does this keep happening? I'll read a great book, and the next one I pick up will turn out to be mediocre or straight out hateful. The Proposal was not as good as The Proposition. I wanted it to go in a different direction than it went; bringing out a stud doctor just to create jealousy between Aiden & Emma and making Emma realize that she can love no one other than Aiden was a little cliched and overused. There was nothing new in that scenario and I didn't like it. On top of that, Emma acted like a crazy person throughout the book and I wouldn't blame that on the pregnancy. The only person who saved this book for me was Aiden.

     The level of growth shown in Aiden was tremendous and I applaud him for that. After the debacle he created in the end of Proposition, I was so happy that he realized his mistakes instantly and didn't waste any time sulking around. I loved that Aiden was determined and didn't gave up, he pushed and pushed himself for Emma's forgiveness and did everything to help and support her in any way he can. When Emma is asked to take bed rest for 2 weeks, Aiden jumps up to be her nurse and takes care of her and fulfills her every wish, even if he was weird craving at midnight. I loved Mr. Manwhore in Proposition and I ended up falling for Mr. Nice in Proposal. He made up for everything or almost everything that went wrong in The Proposal, namely Emma and even Pesh.

     I had no problem with Pesh, nice person, rich doctor, whatever. I just feel like his character was unnecessary, the only reason he was needed in the story was to fly the plane in the end. Oh, on that note, a doctor and a pilot, where do I deliver your medal? Freaking unbelievable is what it is. He's not even important, so I'm not going to focus on him. What the hell happened to Emma? She was so indecisive and confused all the time, not to mention a coward. I feel like she did the same thing Aiden did but in a more sophisticated slash friendly way. She used Pesh and even if she said numerous times they were just friend, I'm not buying it. I don't thing anyone did.

     Overall, The Proposal turned out to be a very cliched read for me. I did enjoy Emma & Aiden's story but I will confess to skip few scenes here and there *cough* Pesh *cough*. The best part of this book was the epilogue. It was very very cute and yes, it had the baby in it. I loved that part. The Proposition is a really good book, don't skip it just because I gave an okay review to it's sequel. I don't regret reading it one bit, I loved getting to know Aiden & Emma and hope you'll give them a try.


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Review: The Proposition by Katie Ashley

March 24, 2013 Aman 6
Title: The Proposition
Author: Katie Ashley
Published: Self | Dec 9, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Series:The Proposition
The Party (Novella)
The Proposition
The Proposal
The Pairing

Goodreads | Amazon
With her thirtieth birthday looming, Emma Harrison finds her biological clock clanging and the elusive knight in shining armor yet to appear. She’s running out of options, especially after her gay best friend backs out from being her sperm donor. Of course, there’s always a sperm bank, but Emma fears a donor mix-up might impregnate her with the spawn of Satan.

Resident company womanizer, Aidan Fitzgerald, is used to always getting what he wants, especially in the bedroom. When Emma spurns his advances at the company Christmas party, he's determined to have her no matter what it takes. After Aidan learns of Emma's predicament, he is quick to offer a proposition that will benefit them both. He will father Emma's child, but she must conceive it with him naturally. Not one for hook-ups or casual sex, Emma is reluctant to take him up on his offer, but his charm, coupled with her intense desire for motherhood, wins out.

Soon their baby-making sessions become more than just physical. Aidan can't seem to walk away from her while Emma begins to wonder if Aidan could be the one. But can Aidan leave his past behind to become the man Emma needs him to be?

     Damn! That is exactly what I needed right now. Having had the worst reading experience this past week with a couple of drop offs and even a DNF (you wouldn't know by looking at my blog), I really really needed a healthy dose of good ole romance filled with drama and that is exactly what I got from The Proposition. It had a player, a good girl, a big traditional family, a loyal dog, some flirting, a weird proposal and lots of smexy scenes. It was a full packed for a romance reader and I loved it.

     Emma feels like her biological clock is ticking at 30 and now she wants to have a baby, married or not. That's where the infamous manwhore of her work place, Aiden comes in. He has been eyeing Emma since she rejected him in the office Christmas party and now that he know she needs a sperm donor, he offers her a proposition to help her get pregnant but he wants them to do the deed naturally. I know it has a very coincidental romance storyline but who cares, it was done tremendously well and I loved Emma & Aiden's story. Emma is a very realistic person, I loved that she took her time with Aiden, didn't trust him with her heart instantly because of his so-called reputation and made right choices. As for Aiden, he was a charmer with a commitment issue and I'm so glad that he was willing to change his ways for Emma. What I didn't get is why he freaked out in the end, there was no reason for him to act that way. It just proves that men will always be men. I'm so glad that I have the sequel ready in hand because I would have died if I had to wait for it.

     Katie Ashley knows how to write an addicting story, I didn't want to do anything besides sit in a corner and finish the story. The Proposition is a really good book and I highly recommend you to check it out if you haven't already. It lifted me up from all my previous disappointing reads and it literally made my day. Thank you, Katie Ashley for writing it and now, back to reading The Proposal.


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Mini-Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

March 23, 2013 Aman 7
Title: Once Burned
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Published: Avon | June 26, 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Adult
Series: Night Prince (Spin off from the Night Huntress series)
Once Burned
Twice Tempted

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She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
Review:

     Jeaniene Frost can do no wrong! Night Huntress series is by far The Best Adult PNR/UF series I've ever read, along with Kresley Cole's Immortal After Dark. Cat and Bones are the Brangelina of Urban Fantasy, there is no one like them,  and when I heard that Jeaniene was writing a spin-off with Vlad as a lead, I couldn't be more happier. It was literally dream come true, that is one thing I've always rooted for and Once Burned did complete justice to his character.

     Vlad Tepesh, as many of you are familiar with, is the ever-popular Dracula. Yes, I have a crush on a ruthless vampire. What's new? Don't be irked by it. Vlad is very sarcastic, playful and a cocky person but he is also the most powerful and knowledgeable character in the Night Huntress world. Well there is Mencheres, but I would say they are more neck to neck in terms of power and strength. Vlad is know for his pyrokinetic ability, he can burn anyone into ashes with the snap of his fingers. That and his mind reading skills comes in handy when he meets Leila. Now Leila has the most unique powers ever, she can touch an object and can tell about it's owner and their location in the past, present or future. Night Prince is a very high fantasy series, so you need to have a really good imagination to fully enjoy it. I loved it! I loved getting to know Vlad on a one on one basis and I loved seeing him fall in love. Leila is very special and I can't wait to read the next book that is coming out in few days.

     Once Burned is a story full of action, adventure and a lot of entertainment. We learnt a lot of new things about the Night Huntress world and we also get a cameo of all the previous character. I loved the scene where Leila saw Bones for the first time, it was simply hilarious and I couldn't help but agree with her reaction. Jeaniene Frost is a must read author for me, her work is magic, it always gets better with the next book. Night Prince series can be read as a standalone but it is so much better if you treat it as a spin-off and follow the order starting with reading Night Huntress series. If you are a paranormal /fantasy junkie, then you need to read this series. You won't regret it!


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Stacking the Shelves (2)

March 22, 2013 Aman 9
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review where 
bloggers shares the books they bought, won or received for review.

This week, I'm Super Excited for every single book. Two of them are Jennifer Echols who is my favorite contemporary author and then I got a few NA's which I'm really looking forward to. 

Click on the images for their Goodreads page.

Bought



Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols
Falling into You by Jasinda Wilder - LOVED IT!! Reviewed here
Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner (Amazon Freebie)

For Review


Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols
Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas
The Only Exception by Magan Vernon
Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland - LOVED IT!!! Reviewed here
Detect Me by Selma Wolfe 
This is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecher 
Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto 
Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) by Jamie McGuire 
The Symptoms of my Insanity by Mindy Raf  (DNF) Reviewed here.

A Huge Thanks to Gallery Books, Entangled Publishing, Atria Books, Dial Books, Selma Wolfe, Soho Press, Xpresso Book Tours, Netgalley, Edelweiss, and SupaGurl Tours!

How was your week in books?

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Review: Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland

Aman 8
Title: Just for the Summer
Author: Jenna Rutland
Published: Entangled Bliss | March 11, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads | Amazon
Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook...and to see if the baby she gave up for adoption eight years ago is happy. When she’s done with her reconnaissance, she plans to return to Detroit without any doubts about past decisions. But when she sees her little boy—indeed happy despite living with his single dad—she finds she can’t keep her promise to stay away from her son or from his flirtatious father, who has no idea of her true identity.

Recently divorced sheriff Matt Reagan is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?

Review:

     Entangled Bliss is turning out to be my favorite source for sweet heartfelt romances. I loved Just for the Summer. It was a perfect length, summer story that took place in a small town where a mother searches for the son she gave up for adoption 8 years ago and now wants to see for herself if she made the right decision for her little boy. In the process, she ends up falling for the very flirtatious, single father of her son and is stuck in a position where she can make everyone happy by pretending or hurt them by revealing her true identity.

     Dani is one of the sweetest and most genuine character I've ever came across. Reading about her makes me feel like I know someone like her, she has that nurturing quality that I admire in a person. Her story of how she became pregnant and why she had to give up her child was heart-breaking but I commend on her courage to do the right thing, no matter how hard it was for her. Her moments with Sam were precious to read and I enjoyed seeing them together. Besides the serious issues, this book was filled with playful flirtations and witty banter between Dani & Matt. Some of their dialogues are so spontaneous and lough-out-loud hilarious that you know you're going to have a blast reading their story. I had so much fun reading about Dani & Matt, I was praying them to work out their differences and have happy ending because they both deserved one.

     Just for the Summer is a fast-paced, light yet very very romantic book about a mother and the consequences of her past decisions that brought her to where she was always supposed to be. It had a very cute ending and I loved it. I highly recommend this book. Better yet, give Bliss imprint a try if you haven't already. As far as some of their books I've read, they always leave me satisfying and makes me smile in the end.


A Copy was provided by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley for an honest review. (Thank You so much!)
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Feature & Follow (26)

March 21, 2013 Aman 16
 Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre or is it a type of certain book?

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Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

March 20, 2013 Aman 9
Title: Falling Into You
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Published: Self | March 16, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
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I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.
Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.




Review:

Oh WoW! I'm Speechless. FIY definitely hit a mark.

     Falling Into You seems likes a tearjerker book but in reality, there was only one moment in the whole story where I broke down and sobbed like a baby. It was in the beginning and I'm pretty sure you can tell by the reading the synopsis, but after that part was over, the story got much much better. It was more hopeful and happy. Jasinda Wilder did a fabulous job with bringing out the right emotions at the right time without them being an overkill. I loved Nell. I loved Kyle. I loved Colton. Kyle was special in Nell's life but she was, whole-heartedly meant to be with Colton. There were no doubts about that.

     Nell and Kyle have been best friends since they were born. They lived next to each other, did everything together and there was no doubt in anyone's mind that they would get married and grow old together. That changed when Kyle dies in an unfortunate accident leaving Nell alone and broken. She meets Colton, Kyle's older brother, for the first time on Kyle's funeral and sort of connects with him on the basis of mutual loss and unspoken understanding. I loved how beautifully the story was structured, it had a before and after feel to it along with the dual POV's that immensely helped me connect with Nell & Colton on a more deeper level and appreciate their relationship with being too judgmental. I never felt that they rushed into anything or got together too-soon, for me the timing made sense.

     The key element of Falling Into You is music. Music is what brought Nell & Colton together and music is what eventually healed them and made them express their dark moments in life. Colton was a surprise for me, I was stunned by his story. Colton had a hard time growing up, he left his house after graduation, moved to New York and never looked back. He's been through enough pain in his life that he gets Nell. He gets what she wants and doesn't wants. He gets that she needs to let go of the pain instead of bundling it up. He helps her through it and in turn, she helps him letting go of his past. They both healed each other and ended up falling in love. Besides all the moving-on part, this book was extremely hot. The graphic parts make me want to put it in adult category but hey, no shame here, I loved it. It was tastefully written and boy, I love a girl who calls herself slutty. Nell was one funny girl and her inner conflicts were my favorite parts to read.

     Overall, Falling Into You is a Must Read book. It'll break your heart and mend it again with Nell & Colton's journey. They have a special place in my heart, I'm not going to forget them anytime soon. I wish they had an epilogue together but I loved what I got. I highly recommend Falling Into You to all NA and romance readers. I would suggest you buy it and read it ASAP!


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Waiting on Wednesday (27): The Fiery Heart

March 19, 2013 Aman 11
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by
Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

This week I'm waiting on
 
  The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead
Releasing on November 19, 2013

by Razorbill 
 

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