Tuesday, December 31, 2013

*2013 TOP READS* Plus the 121 books I read this year!!

Welp, 2013 will be over in less than 12 hours, and I have officially read 121 book this year!!
 Definitely hoping to break that next year, maybe 150?

Below I have compiled a list of my Top Reads of 2013! 

Click the name of the book for my review, and buy links!

Top 13 Singles
(in no particular order)
Some will eventually turn into a series, but are currently the only one out.

Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy
When It Rains by Lisa De Jong (will be a series
Love Me Back by Michelle Lynn
Tug Of War by K. Larsen (will be a series)
The Good Life by Jodie Beau (will be a series)
Unspoken Bonds by Michelle Grey
In The Stillness by Andrea Randall
Just Breathe by Rachel Brookes (will be a series)
Killing Sarai by J. A. Redmerski
Beautiful Failure by Mariah Cole
Secret Maneuvers by Jessie Lane (will be series)
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Cursive by Phoebe Lane


Top 13 Series
(in no particular order)
Series may have started before 2013.
Links lead to book 1 in the series, review and/or buy link.

Real Series by Katy Evans
I Surrender Series by Monica James
Control Series by M. S. Willis
The Invisible Series by Michelle Lynn
The Evolve Series by S. E. Hall
For You Series by Genna Rulon
Now Series by Brenda Rothert
Flowering Series by Sarah Daltry
Guarded Hearts Series by Ashley Piscitelli
Love & Repair Series by Chelsea Camaron
Collide Series by Gail McHugh
Beautiful Bastard Series by Christina Lauren

My 121 books of 2013! 



*BLOG TOUR* "That's a Promise" by Victoria Klahr

That's a Promise by Victoria Klahr
Publications Date: December 10, 2013
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This book is book one in a three part series, so not all matters are resolved at the end of the novel. It is also meant for ages 18+ due to yummy adult content ;) 

Happily ever after doesn’t exist. Not just in the romantic sense, but in the sense that there will never be a point in life that will contain no more obstacles. 

Josie Sommers is a nerdy twenty four year old, elementary school teacher who has always considered herself a strong person. But with the loss of a loved one and the return of someone she vowed to never see again, her strength starts to break. 

When he betrayed her in the ultimate way, she never thought she would let him back into her life, let alone open herself up to falling back in love with him. 
Plagued with resentment and the burden of her own dishonesty, 

Josie has to decide if forgiving and coming clean is worth the risk of losing him again. With so many hurdles, we know that Josie’s story is no fairytale. 

That’s a promise.

“You are gorgeous, as always, Josie.” He turned me around and brought his lips to mine. He kissed me slowly, and I could feel myself getting heated. He grabbed my hand and pulled me towards the bed. I was a little embarrassed when he started undressing us, unable to believe that I agreed to do something so risqué. He position me in a particular way, and went back to his cameras to make sure his shot was right and to set up timers on them.

“Okay, don’t think about the cameras,” he said, coming back to me. He started sucking on my neck as his hands roamed my thighs, stomach, and then my chest. I tried to ignore the cameras and focused on his tongue and mouth on me.

Click. He brought one of my breasts into his mouth and sucked on my hard nipple. His tongue always knew how to make my body feel good. Click. I moved my hands into his shaggy sandy blonde hair, and arched my back, needing more of him. Click. Seth aligned his chest with mine, and went back to assault my neck as I moved my hands to rub his shoulders and arms.  Click. His other hand that wasn’t fondling my breast, moved its way in between my legs, and rubbed me. I gasped at the feeling of increased pressure on my clit. Click. His fingers really were magical. It didn’t take me long before both the pressure of his mouth on my neck and breasts and the rubbing of his fingers against me, made me come. Click.

“So sexy,” he whispered, before putting on the condom he had ready on the bed.

His eyes were hooded with desire. He positioned himself in front of me and moved my long hair in a way that covered my breasts. Click. He eased inside of me gently, and then pulled back out fast. Click. He teased me like that for a while, as I whimpered with need. I decided to sit up and grab onto his back, nearly clawing him to finally give me what I needed. I started to raise my hips to his at a better rhythm, loving the small whimper that came out of his mouth. Click.

Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

*REVIEW* "When It Rains" by Lisa De Jong

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't. 

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt. 

I’ve been saved. 

And I’ve found hope. 

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…




I’m pretty sure that I have NEVER cried harder reading a book… ever. It was worth every tear, every sob, every sniffle. With the amount of emotion that is in this book, you can tell that Lisa De Jong poured every part of her being into the words.

I honestly cannot tell much about this book without giving much away. But when I can tell you, is that you will laugh, cry, smile, wonder, care more, tell someone you love them (immediately), find out the difference between soul-mates and love, and all around you will just… feel. You will feel so much, from the depths of your soul that it will hurt.

You will want to give Kate a hug that lasts for hours. 
“The old Kate is gone… and she’s never coming back. And I’ll always hate when it rains.” 
You will want the friendship between Kate and Beau.
“He means everything to me, even if I can’t say it. He’s the one person in the world I trust not to hurt me.”
You will want the love between Kate and Asher.
“If my heart could melt, it would be in a puddle at my feet right now. This guy is definitely a Carrington import… they just don’t breed them like this around here.” 
Kate has been through too much, and she doesn’t realize that her life is going to take an even more unexpected turn once she meets Asher. Asher turns into her angel, the one who brings Kate back, stops her crying, and eases her pain.
“I feel like he was sent here to awaken my soul, but he chose not to stop there. He awakened everything.” 
She figures out more than she ever thought possible. She has to put her own misery aside. She realizes how much time she has lost because of one terrible event, and is determined to actually LIVE again. With Asher to thank for most of it, her mom to thank for being there, and Beau to thank for never giving up.
“Life’s not fair. Life’s often complicated, leaving us to deal with things that we shouldn’t have to. Life can make you smile one day, only to leave you broken into tiny little pieces the next.”
The synopsis of “When It Rains” doesn’t even do this book justice. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started this book, but I got so much more out of it than I could ever imagine. This is not your typical NA novel. This goes beyond far “boy saves broken girl”. It touches on more than one sensitive issue, and takes you through all the steps to healing.
“I’ll always remember the look on his face when his eyes meet mine. There is just enough light in the room to give me a glimpse into what he’s feeling, and all the emotions he’s experiences melt into my heart.”
My heart hurt, my throat hurt, my eyes burned, my face was puffy, and my husband may have thought I was a little bit crazy at one point or another, while I was reading this. It was one of the best books I have read, ever.

…and I will never look at a napkin at a diner the same way ever again.

Quote that still gives me chills: 
“All the stars shine for you, Asher.”


*BLOG TOUR* "Mike's Way Back" by Amy Gregory

Title: Mike’s Way Back (Finding Perfect #1)
Author: Amy Gregory
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Cover Designed By: Davis Snodgrass
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Detective Mike Sterling walked away from his dream job telling himself it was to honor the promise he’d made his mother, while lying in a Chicago emergency room. A year later, he’s still fighting the demons that followed him back to his boyhood town.
Taryn Watts is an award-winning designer, going from project to project, living from a suitcase. Her plan for Renlend Kansas was the same as always. Go in, get the job done and get out, just the way she likes it. Growing up as a cop’s daughter, her every move was controlled. When she escaped to college she vowed to never fall in love with a cop –ever. Until she found herself sitting across from the ruggedly handsome stranger. Looking into Mike’s ice blue eyes they pulled her, called to her, but there was a haunting in them she knew too well.
Mike is drawn to Taryn, her passion for her work and her stunning beauty left him breathless, but what surprises him most is the peace he feels when he’s near her. Maybe it’s because Taryn is a temporary addition to his town and his secret is safe, or maybe it’s because she makes him feel safe. Mike knows he can’t keep up this charade and when Taryn moves to Renlend for an extended stay he can’t hide the truth any longer.
Can Taryn forget he’s a cop and give him her heart, or will his demons drive them apart?

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He reached for the bottle, the dark glass still cold to the touch.  Tipping it back for a long swallow, the slight burn of the heavy ale helped force his past back where it belonged.
“Hey, Mike?”
Noises became sharper around him as he realized it wasn’t Molly’s voice calling his name this time.  Silverware sliding across a plate and ice cubes falling into a glass were a far cry from an emergency room, especially when a round of cheers rose up around him.  One glance was enough to know the baseball game he had zoned out on was now tied.  Blinking, he separated his hellish past from present day and turned toward the bar to answer Jeff. 
His friend was holding up a fresh bottle, yet to be uncapped.  Mike blinked twice, hardly letting Jeff’s chuckle register. 
Mike’s jaw wasn’t the only part of him to twitch.

It had nothing to do with the second beer the bartender just set on the counter for the waitress to deliver to him. No, it was all to do with the knockout in a black pencil skirt, toned bare legs and killer heels standing at the bar—talking to Jeff.

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.
She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!