Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City 
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore. 
The couple moves to Manhattan in search of a new life, and White Fur follows them as they wander through Newport mansions and East Village dives, WASP-establishment yacht clubs and the grimy streets below Canal Street, fighting the forces determined to keep them apart. White Fur combines the electricity of Less Than Zero with the timeless intensity of Romeo and Juliet in this searing, gorgeously written novel that perfectly captures the ferocity of young love.

My Review:
4 Stars

An unlikely romance between two unlikely people that blooms into much more, as much as Jamey tries to fight it and Elise tries to hold on. Gritty, raw, and oddly beautiful story about a couple from two very different walks of life. 

I thought the book was very realistic in how Jamey's family handled his relationship with a woman they thought was far beneath him on the social status. A real look at how love doesn't see race, religion, or status. Love looks with the heart.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Jardine Libaire is a graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Michigan MFA program. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NOW LIVE: Heartbreak for Hire by Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea


I turn trusted housewives into adulterous whores.
Let’s face it, nothing lasts forever. She may have started out as your wet dream, but now she’s your ball and chain. Let me set you free.
I’ll turn your loyal lady into a lecherous liar.
I can give you the uncontested divorce you desire, end your impending engagement, or rid you of that clingy girlfriend.
Either way, you’ll be a free man.

My name is Rift, and men pay me to have affairs with their women. It’s my job to get caught. While unethical, my profession is easy. Hell, most days it’s fun. At least until I fall for the soon-to-be ex of my newest client.


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I reached out to unzip the plastic holding my dress, but just as I did, the door to the dressing room flew open, and Dylan stood there looking back at me.
His eyes were wide with shock, as if he hadn’t expected me to be behind the door, and then they dropped from my face and slid down my body in an invisible caress.
I should have covered myself; I should have screamed at him to get out, but I didn’t move or tell him to go. The way he was looking at me, I needed that. I needed to feel beautiful and desirable.
“What are you doing here?” I watched him, his eyes a stormy blue.
His eyes devoured me, making me feel uncomfortable. If Mitchell supposedly loved me and disliked what he saw when he looked at me, then surely a man who didn’t love me would see me as even worse.
“The lady out front said the bathroom was the last door on the right, but I’m guessing she meant the last door on the left,” he said, not bothering to the hide the fact that he was looking at my body.
I nodded, not sure what to say.
“I should apologize and turn around and leave.”
I swallowed hard.
He didn’t leave.
Instead, he moved into the room and quietly shut the door behind him.
“But you see, there’s a problem.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
He reached out, running a single finger over my shoulder and down across my chest. “I can’t stop looking at you.”
I folded my arms across my chest now, feeling more exposed than I ever had in my life. His finger dipped into the top of my folded arms and between my breasts.
“You’re covering yourself like a woman who thinks she’s unattractive,” he said, moving close enough that his whispered words ruffled the hairs on the side of my face. “But the truth is, my cock’s hard just looking at you.”
I stiffened at his words.
No one had ever spoken to me like that. No man had ever been so brazen, saying naughty words to me in such a manner.
“How does that make you feel, Gwyn?” He moved closer, his lips skimming my earlobe and making me bite my bottom lip.
I should have run out, but I was half naked. And the truth was, I couldn’t move. My legs were stiff, and my feet were rooted to the spot.
“How does it make you feel knowing my cock is hard and throbbing for you?” He licked my lobe, and I shivered. “Here you are, in your white bra and panties, looking so innocent and corruptible ... what’s an evil man like me supposed to do?”
“You’re not evil,” I said, finally able to speak up.
My voice squeaked with my words, making me blush even harder.
He leaned back, his brow lifting in question. “You don’t think I’m evil?”
I shook my head. “Not even a little bit.”
“I assure you I am.” Again, he leaned forward, pressing his lips against my shoulder.
As if an automatic reflex, I tilted my head to the side to give him more skin to explore.
“I’m jealous of the way the lace on your panties is riding up your curvy hips and disappearing into the sweet space between your thighs.” He kissed my shoulder once again, his breath striking the side of my neck and filling my ear. “I want to be that lace, Gwyn. I want to be resting inside your warmth.”
Dear God, he was good, and I was so very bad. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

A sprawling, genre-defying epic set in a dystopian metropolis plagued by dragons, this debut about what it's like to be young in a very old world is pure storytelling pleasure

In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis' last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they've ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.

The Sky Is Yours is incredibly cinematic, bawdy, rollicking, hilarious, and utterly unforgettable, a debut that readers who loved Cloud AtlasSuper Sad True Love Story, and Blade Runner will adore.

My Review:

I had high hopes after reading the synopsis, I was a little disappointed. Although the characters are good, and the world building is, well, out of this world-the plot leaves a bit to be desired. The first half of the book is slow, and there isn’t any real clear direction the story is taking. It jumps around a bit, in no particular order. 

I did finish the book, and have hopes for future books from this author as her world building and imagination is phenomenal. 

*I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Chandler Klang Smith

A graduate of Bennington College and the creative writing MFA program at Columbia University, Chandler Klang Smith has worked in book publishing, as a ghostwriter, and for the KGB Bar literary venue. She recently served as a juror for the 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards. She teaches and tutors in New York City.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Review: Lullaby Road by James Anderson


A trucker sets out to protect an abandoned child in the Utah desert...Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads "Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan" And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words. "Bad Trouble. Tell no one.." Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who this child is or the grave danger he's facing, Ben takes the child with him in his truck and sets out into an environment that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.

My Review:

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the previous book in this series but now I want to. The writing is outstanding, the characters unforgettable. This book made me want to keep reading. I love Ben Jones’s character. For someone who has suffered such great personal losses, he perseveres, and he remains true to himself. I need to read the first book, and I really hope there is a third! 

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. 

About the Author

James Anderson

James Anderson is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of Reed College, where he received his BA in American Studies. His undergraduate thesis was the first critical work done on the Beat Poet Lew Welch. Anderson attended Pine Manor College in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. 

The Never-Open Desert Diner is his first novel. Over the years his short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice Magazine, Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review and others. His first publication, at age nineteen, was the poem 'Running It Down' in Poetry Northwest.

From 1975-1991 Anderson was the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Breitenbush Books, publishers of general interest nonfiction, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Breitenbush received several awards for its titles, including three Western States Book Awards, juried by, among others, Robert Penn Warren, N. Scott Momaday, Elizabeth Hardwick, Jorie Graham, Jonathan Galassi, Denise Levertov, and Carolyn Kizer. Authors published included Mary Barnard, Naomi Shihab Nye, Bruce Berger, Clyde Rice, Gary Miranda, Peter Sears, David Shetzline, Michael Simms, John Stoltenberg, and Sam Hamill.

He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Review: The Last Time I Saw Her by Amber Garza


Two weeks ago, Dylan DiMarco and his sister Claire discovered Lauren Pascal’s body lying in a creek near his home.


Dead. Lifeless.

Today she is standing in the middle of the store where he works.

Alive. Breathing.

It’s not the first time he’s seen her lurking around. Following him. In life, Lauren had wanted nothing to do with him. In death, she won’t leave him alone.

He knows what she wants. What he has to do so he can finally be free.

With the help of the school’s bad girl loner Harley, Dylan sets out to solve Lauren’s murder. But when the lines begin to blur between finding justice and seeking vengeance, things take a dangerous turn.

My Review:

4 Stars:

I thought this was a really good whodoneit. You aren’t sure who to trust or who is telling the truth. Everyone is a suspect and everyone has a motive. It let me guessing until the end of the book! The characters were typical high school students and very believable, so this made the story much more real. A great read if you like mystery and being left guessing until the end!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cover Reveal: Greed by Elizabeth Cash


GREED by Elizabeth Cash
Cover Designer: Katrina Curry with Crimson Pheonix Creations

He was my downfall six years ago.
His actions lead me to a life that tried to ruin me.
Even though I almost cracked under the weight of the world I was in, I managed to win a losing battle.
I fought for my second chance and I made my way back to him.
Because the end game for me wasn't death; it was him.
And as long as I had him, I was alive.

I made one wrong move in a world I thought I knew everything about and I lost her.
I was stupid and naive to think I was above him, but when he took her, I rose up and took the throne.
Now, the empire was mine. All I needed was her.
When she came back, I could finally breathe. There was no longer a void in my life. I was whole again.
Everything was complete and my empire was solid now that I had my backbone.
Until our world was flipped upside down and the world around us began to crumble from beneath our feet.

#ComingSoon #CanLoveConquerGREED

Redesigned Cover Reveal: Wishful Thinking by Gabbie S. Duran


 Wishful Thinking by Gabbie S. Duran

 Cover Designer: Designs by Dana


 Lexie has one goal in life: to grant one last wish for each of her patients. There isn’t a request she will deny, and has yet to fail to deliver a promise. That is, until the day she goes in search of the infamous rock star Kaleb Knight, who can’t care less about her life’s ambition, or the children she is determined to help.

 Kaleb has his own dark secrets. He lives each day as if it’s his last, and refuses to spare a moment of his time to play the part of a knight in shining armor—especially for someone like Lexie . . . or so he thought. Now, his head and heart are at war, and his soul is screaming she is exactly what he needs. 

Will Lexie be the only one that can save him in the end? Or will he instead succumb to the darkness threatening to consume him?

 Wishful Thinking is Book 1 in the Dragon Knights Series, which each rock star will receive their own story. This is a full-length novel and could be read as a stand-alone.

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