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Blog Tour: The Touched

It’s time for another blog tour as we get closer to Christmas aka my favorite holiday in the entire world.

It has been such a pleasure to have done so many blog tours this year and this one will be my last before the new year so it is extra special. This blog tour for The Touched by Jennifer Weiser is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours who I can’t thank enough for giving me this and many opportunity these past few months.

If you fancy a dystopian read with a paranormal element to it as well as fated lovers, then I definitely suggest you check out The Touched!


The Touched by Jennifer Weiser
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult

TheTouchedThe first sixteen years of Arabella Penthallow’s life have been a lie…

In a world where deception is the key to survival, Ara has kept up the charade of being a perfect Legion Leader’s daughter. But a darkness stirs, and she discovers she is Touched, a mortal gifted by the Gods. The Touched are as rare as they are feared, and Ara is forced to leave Union City for neighboring Midnight City to protect herself and those she loves, leaving Tove Thorn, the boy who has always known her heart, behind.

Carter Decker has vowed to burn Union City to the ground…

Midnight City’s cocky, infamous bad boy always gets what he wants, and he wants Union City to pay for burning his mother alive because she was Touched. When Carter meets Ara, she is everything he’s been taught to hate. Then he learns she is Touched—just like him—he isn’t sure who he hates more…the Touched girl whose father killed his mother, or himself for being tempted by someone he’s sworn to kill.

They are told they’re fated to be soul mates…and they each wish the other never existed.

When Midnight City is attacked by Union City, Carter and Arabella will do the unthinkable…even if it means falling for the enemy. The truth lies in Arabella’s home nation, and Tove is waiting. Soul mates or not, he has an advantage Carter doesn’t, fated souls be damned.

War is coming…and Ara is the prize.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25964260-the-touched?ac=1

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Author Spotlight

 Jennifer

 

Jennifer Weiser is a young adult author who has always been a book nerd and a bit chocolate obsessed. Writing has always been a favorite escape, but quickly became a passion not long after the birth of her daughter. When she isn’t combing the shelves of her local book stores or blogging about newest book obsessions, you can find her nestled in her nook creating worlds she hopes that one day will inspire her daughter, who not only has given her the courage to follow her dreams–but offers the inspirations that help color their worlds together.
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Signed copy of The Touched + a $10 Amazon Gift Card

3x eBook copies of The Touched


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Review

This is the first time that I have read young adult novel that is both dystopian and paranormal and I must say the combination is quite fantastic. Those elements together intrigued me and within good reason because I was sucked into this book from the very first pages. I dare you to read the prologue of this book and try to dissuade yourself to continue reading because it is simply not possible. The pure emotion of the tragedy that comes to life on those pages along with the air of mystery of what is to come that surrounds it compels you to keep reading and once you do you can’t stop.

Within this world you have individuals who are referred to as The Touched.  They are mortals who possess the abilities and gifts of the gods and therefore have can do things anywhere from mind control to predicting the past, present, or future (not all three though) to reading the emotions of other around you which is what Arabella, our protagonist can do. The only problem is that in Arabella’s world these individuals are feared, hunted down, and even burned at the stake in front of everyone which is called a Reaping. We are introduced to these horrible events as the beginning of the novel, the prologue that completely sucked me in, is a Reaping but not just any Reaping. It is the Reaping of Carter Decker’s mother who is plays another key part in the novel as he is Arabella’s love interest even though they don’t necessarily get along with one another when they first meet.

See Carter is not a fan of Union City which is the one of the legions that makes up the world in this novel. They strive to find and annihilate all of the Touched that exist Carter’s mother being one of them. Ever since he witnessed his mother being killed he has been hell bent on revenge against Union City (no shocker there if you ask me). His father is in a position of power in Midnight City which is the legion adjacent to Union City and where they are much more open to the people who live there. They accept people who are Touched which makes sense since both Carter and his father are both Touched. This alliance involves Arabella and considering that Arabella is Touched, her staying in Union City is not a good idea altogether given the fact that if discovered she is Touched she would be executed despite her family being in a position of power. So thus she travels to Midnight City to train with Carter who is none too thrilled that this is happening. What neither of them know is that they share a bond that has exist since birth.

Within the culture of the Touched, there is this notion that each Touched is fated to another in that there is one person out there they are meant to be with. They refer to it as a person’s bound. It is extremely rare given how so many of this race has been extinguished that the Touched find their bound. But in this instance amongst all the political intrigue and chaos that is occurring, Carter and Arabella soon learn that they are indeed connected to one another even if accepting that took some time. When your father is responsible for sentencing his mother to be burned at the stake I can only guess that they would not accept one another with open arms even if they are both Touched. But who doesn’t love when two characters who are meant to be initially bicker and may or may not hold animosity towards one another. Personally those kind of relationships are guilty pleasures for me so that is just another reason as to why I enjoyed this book so much and could not put it down.

If the fated lovers don’t suck you in at first, I guarantee the world and the story will as this book is wonderfully unique and captivated me from the very first page.

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Blog Tour: I’ll Be There

Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season so far! I am personally counting down till it is Christmas like a little kid but that is totally normal since this my favorite time of the year.

In addition to it being my favorite time of the year, I am also excited to be a host for this blog tour for I’ll Be There by Samantha Chase because this was such a fun, adorable read.You can follow the rest of the blog tour which is being hosted by Tasty Book Tours here.

If you enjoy contemporary romances that are emotionally charged as well as incredibly entertaining then I definitely think you should check out I’ll Be There.


I’ll Be There
Montgomery Brothers #6
By: Samantha Chase
Releasing December 1st, 2015
Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book #6 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase’s popular Montgomery series

This Montgomery Has a Head for Business

Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels-coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn’t answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She’s used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn’t hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic…and gorgeous.

And a Heart for Adventure

Zach’s perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help…but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella’s love.

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/09/ill-be-there-montgomery-brothers-6-by.html 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25392793-i-ll-be-there?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/103361-the-montgomery-brothers 

Buy Links:  Amazon | B & N | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo


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Samantha
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

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Let me first start off by saying that this is the first book by Samantha Chase that I have read. Given that this is the sixth book her Montgomery Brothers series, my knowledge of the other characters and storylines are essentially nonexistent. Though I am assuming each of these books can be read as a stand alone, having the previous knowledge of past characters definitely provides you with more of a connection with the series which I personally gravitate towards. Regardless of that, the way this book is written allows you to not only get the necessary context needed to follow along but also allows you to form that connection with the characters and the story almost instantaneously.

Zach Montgomery’s life has been put on pause as he recovers from the near fatal fall while he was climbing a mountain. The recovery of breaking almost every bone is in his body has been a lot more difficult than he anticipated as he is one who can usually handle pain and conquer the challenges placed in front of him. But the swift recovery he believed he would have has been anything but which leads to him accept that this is his life now unable to do the things he enjoyed before. As a result his negativity and anger towards the situation has taken over as he basically gives up and takes his frustration and pain and anger out on everyone around him specifically his assistant Gabriella Montane.

Gabriella Montane has been Zach’s assistant for the past 5 years and since the beginning there has always been a connection between the two of them beyond being boss and assistant. But striving to maintain that professional relationship, Gabriella never let her feelings for Zach collide with her job. That changes when Zach becomes more critical and strict in the office after an incident involving office gossip and her family creating rift between them that has yet to be mended. Add in Zach’s injury and their relationship gets progressively worse as Zach takes things out on Gabriella as he is struggling to reel in the anger/frustration/negativity he feels due to his accident. Emotions and feelings build up as Gabriella can’t take it anymore and decides to move on and become Ethan’s assistant, Zach’s best friend, who is now the acting president of Zach’s company while Zach get his life back together.

Zach and Gabriella’s relationship was so emotionally charged as one decides to move on while the other desperately tries to mend things and take them back to where they were when they first starting working together. Zach’s progression in the first half of the book was so wonderful to see because of how awful he treated Gabriella but it was also heartbreaking because he tried so hard to apologize and make things right with her but she consistently tried to make that break between them. Obviously their feelings for one another delayed that from happening. I became so invested in their romance from the very beginning that I could not put the book down. Their love for one another though masked by other emotions most of the time hooks you in as you are dying to see if things turn out right between them. If the other relationships written about in this series are anything like Zach and Gabriella’s romance, then I will definitely be continuing on with this series and other works by Samantha Chase.

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Blog Tour: Return Once More

After my little mini hiatus recovering from all the eating I did during Thanksgiving and welcoming the fact that it is finally December (I LOVE Christmas btw), I am here to bring you another blog tour! This awesome tour is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and you can check out the rest of the tour here.

Time travel, a new futuristic world, and a little romance mixed in is what caught my attention to this book so if any of those intrigues you too, continue reading to see if Return Once More by Trisha Leigh will be your next read. Plus, be sure to stare at the cover for long periods of time because it is GORGEOUS!! Also, there are two wonderful giveaway opportunities that I would not pass up the chance to enter.


Return Once More by Trisha Leigh
(The Historians #1)
Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Time-Travel, Young Adult

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If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17798068-return-once-more?ac=1

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Author Spotlight

Trisha

Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love–the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories–made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out my pen name, Lyla Payne!

Author links:
http://trishaleigh.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5828387.Trisha_Leigh
https://www.facebook.com/Trisha-Leigh-463838867020091/timeline/
https://twitter.com/trishaleighkc



GIVEAWAYS

Tour Wide Giveaway (US/CAN):
$30 Amazon Gift Card

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Individual Blog Giveaway:
One lucky person will have the chance to win a Return Once More Swag Pack. This giveaway ends on December 13th at 11:59pm.

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Review

I will go on the record right now and say that this is not a book I would normally read. My niche usually revolves around romance books as I am a huge hopeless romantic (not afraid to admit that whatsoever) but I was drawn to this book from the very beginning. Sure, I was sold the minute I saw the cover. Did I mention it is GORGEOUS because it is. But my intrigue and curiosity only grew once I read the synopsis. You’ve got a futuristic world where people live in a newly developed solar system, time travel is real and utilized to go back in time and study significant moments in history to see what mistakes were made in order to prevent them from happening again, and when you turn 17 like our protagonist Kaia you find out the person who is destined to love you. Please try and tell me you are the least bit curious after reading that. I have not dabbled that much in the world of science fiction but to my own personal knowledge this is the most original and unique premise for a book I have read in a long time.

My curiosity drew me in and from the first chapter I was hooked. Right off the bat you get a feel for what it means to be a Historian which is the job Kaia was sorted into as the setting of the book first starts off, you guessed it, back in time. Kaia and her fellow Historians witness and record a key moment in history in order to reflect on the events that unfolded and learn from it so as to not let it happen again. The term “History has a way of repeating itself” definitely came to mind when I was reading this book because Kaia’s world is trying to do the opposite in order to prevent what happened before the “New Era” began. Kaia as the story’s protagonist was also such a joy to read about because from the very beginning you could see she had her own interests within the realm of being a Historian as she focused more on the environment around her when she was back in time in the beginning of the novel then on witnessing what they travelled back in time to witness. Seeing her own curiosities at the very beginning made it all the more wonderful to see her character grow throughout the book especially as she starts to question her world around her.

If you enjoy time travel, a world where finding out who your true love is, and a book that will keep you intrigued from start to finish, then I definitely suggest you pick up Return Once More by Trisha Leigh.

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Blog Tour: The Last First Game

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope you all are having or going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine is starting off with a blog tour which is something I am very thankful that I get to do.

This wonderful blog tour is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and it is for The Last First Game by Gina Aziz which is a contemporary new adult sports romance with so much heart in it that I could not put it down. You can follow the rest of the blog tour here.

If you enjoy reading contemporary sports romances that revolve around college football but also have a romance that is both adorably cute and, at times, heart wrenching then you should definitely check out The Last First Game.


The Last First Game by Gina Azzi
(The Senior Semester Series, #1)
Publication date: November 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

The Last First Game When Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver, Cade Wilkins. A football player. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all.

Cade Wilkins is beyond ready for his last season at Astor. Already being scouted and projected as a NFL draft pick, he’s riding a natural high and all set to breeze through his senior year. To sweeten the start of the fall semester, he meets his dream girl at the airport on his way back to LA. Lila Avers, a blonde, blue-eyed angel. Could life get any better?

When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. But is she strong enough to see him through his recovery?

As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26251237-the-last-first-game

Purchase:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Last-First-Game-Senior-Semester/dp/0996483543/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447103439&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Last+First+Game


Author Spotlight

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Gina Azzi loved every moment of college – especially her study abroad experiences, internships, and travel adventures! She drew on her college experiences to create the storylines for The Senior Semester Series.

Gina is a passionate reader, frequent globetrotter, and coffee enthusiast. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband Tony.

Gina loves meeting new people and would love to hear from you! Get in touch with her at:

Email: ginaazziauthor@gmail.com
Twitter: @gina_azzi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginaazziauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14086131.Gina_Azzi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gina_azzi


Giveaway
Tour Wide Giveaway:
2 x $50 Amazon Gift Cards (International)
2 x paperback copies of The Last Fist Game (US only)

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Review

For Lila Avers, her college experience has been spectacular. After meeting Mia, Maura, and Emma freshman year when they were all assigned as roommates, they soon became best friends constantly together and enjoying what college life has to offer them. Now it is the beginning of their senior year and for the first time ever they will all be apart from one another as each is setting off on their own adventure whether it is studying abroad or attending an internship located in another part of the US. Lila, who is on the path of becoming a doctor even though she is not entirely sure that is what she wants to do, is attending a medical internship at Astor University located in California. She wants to soak up the sun at the beach more than she wants to be in a hospital all day but that all changes when she meets Cade Wilkins at the airport. Little does she know that that encounter will alter her entire experience at Astor University and what she believes will be her future once she finishes college.

Cade Wilkins is psyched to go back to Astor University for his senior year because he can’t wait to start the new football season especially now that there is talk that he is being considered as an NFL draft pick. Even though he had to deal with some family heartbreak as the one year anniversary of his older brother’s death occurred right before he heads back to Astor, life seems to be getting a little better for him the minute he sets eyes on the tall blonde with cornflower blue eyes at his gate in the airport. From the moment he sees Lila, Cade’s life changes even though he doesn’t even know it yet. What is to come will be amazing and wonderful but also challenging. The two immediately hit it off as they travel to Astor together. Lila becomes situated into her new life at Astor, meeting her hilarious and very witty friends Kristen and Sam as well as going on dates with Cade as they become closer and closer to one another. Things seem to be going well for the both of them until Cade’s injury during a football game that reveals a much more serious health issue that will test their relationship to the max.

Words can not describe how much I fell in love with this book and Lila and Cade’s relationship. I felt as if I was literally swept up into their world experiencing all the swoon worthy moments as well as the hardships along with them that I read this book in one sitting which is something I have not done in a VERY long time. It is amazing what can happen in just four months because what Cade and Lila went through and how their relationship changed, sometimes getting stronger and then at times drifting apart due to what was happening with Cade’s health, was so captivating to read about. Both experienced hardships that impacted their relationship but they did not allow those hardships to consume them and therefore jeopardize the love they had for one another. At times this book was so emotionally charged that I felt compelled to continue reading it to see how they would handle what life threw at them and if they would (which I knew they would) continue to fight to remain in each other’s lives even when faced with life threatening issues. This sweet, adorable romance was definitely tested to its limits. After all that happened to Lila and Cade, their relationship evolved into one that should inspire anyone to keep fighting for the one you love no matter what obstacles are put in your path. Lila definitely did not get the experience she thought she was going to get when she came to Astor but she ended up gaining so much more than she thought she would and that includes Cade, the man she loves and would do anything for.

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Blog Tour: Wild Boys After Dark (Books 3 & 4)

It is time to continue with this electrifying, extremely passionate series that has had me fall in love with each of the Wild boys countless times as I have read their stories. They may have fallen in the love with other people in these stories but that does not mean my feelings toward them will ever falter lol.

If you are just joining in on this amazing blog tour which is being hosted by Tasty Book Tours, then I strongly encourage you to check out my first blog tour post focused on the first two books of the series here. If you are returning to see how much I enjoyed the final two books in the series, then welcome back! I will gladly say that the final two books did not disappoint whatsoever which is why this overall series has been so addicting. Stay tuned to hear more about Jackson and Cooper’s stories.



Jackson: Wild Boys After Dark #3  (Releasing November 24, 2015)

 

Jackson

Receiving a marriage proposal is supposed to make a women happy, but when Erica Lane receives a beautiful marriage proposal from her perfect boyfriend on the eve of her annual camping trip with her best friend, Jackson Wild, the first thing she does is jump into bed with Jackson.

Jackson’s all too happy to screw the annoyance out of Erica. After all, they’ve always screwed the hell out of each other when they were bored or angry, lonely, or too damn drunk to see straight.

But the marriage proposal changes everything, and their annual camping trip takes unexpected turns. Will a few nights in the wilderness set these friends with benefits free, or lead them on a path of destruction?

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/09/logan-heath-jackson-and-cooper-wild.html 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24779579-jackson

 

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/146133-wild-boys-after-dark


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Cooper: Wild Boys After Dark #4  (Releasing December 1, 2015)

 

Cooper

Four years ago at a film festival, Cici Fine met Cooper Wild, a man who turned her world upside down in the span of one deliciously perfect week. He was everything she’d ever dreamed of: sinfully sexy, intelligent, and incredibly loving. When the festival ended, they returned to their own hometowns with promises of forever. But Cooper disappeared, and Cici was left to raise the daughter he never knew about alone.

Cooper is finally thinking straight after years of being lost in grief from the tragedy that killed his father and left his mother blind. Now he’s on a mission to find the woman he left behind—the only woman he’s ever loved.

But Cici Fine is no longer a naive young girl. She’s a savvy businesswoman with big responsibilities, on the cusp of a life-changing move. When fate brings the two together, they’ll put the old adage to the test and find out if love really can conquer all.

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/09/logan-heath-jackson-and-cooper-wild.html 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24779585-cooper

 

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/146133-wild-boys-after-dark


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Author Spotlight

Melissa

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Author Links:   Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Giveaway

Tour Wide Giveaway for Two Winners to receive an Ebook Copy of LOGAN, Wild Boys #1

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Jackson: Wild Boys After Dark #3 

Jackson Wild and Erica Lane, or Laney which is what Jackson calls her have known each other since high school. Their friendship with one another has been a stable thread throughout their lives, caring about one another through each of the hardships they have both faced as well as trusting each other wholeheartedly that they would get tattoos linking each other to one another for the rest of their lives. That trust can also be seen in the friends with benefits relationship they have also had since high school. This almost unconventional relationship has continued to last even now when Laney is in another relationship with a man who is comfortable with what she and Jackson are doing because he believes that one day she won’t need him in that way anymore. Jackson and Laney rely on the natural flow of their relationship, coming together in fits of passion whenever the other person felt or needed it but that relationship is threatened to cease to exist the minute Laney’s boyfriend, Bryce, proposed to her during her birthday dinner. It is this jolt of reality that Laney might actually have found the person who can give her what every woman wants: a loving marriage and down the road the start of creating a family with that person, that cause Jackson to realize that his feelings for Laney are more than just of the friends variety.
I will say that this is the first time I have read about a relationship like Jackson and Laney’s where not only have they known each other for over ten years but for those ten years they have been engaging in a friends with benefits relationship with one another. As I have said above, this relationship seemed very unconventional to me only because most relationships that I have read about that decide to do the friends with benefits thing between one another have usually just met. The fact that these two know each other so well being best friends and all definitely brought an unexpected yet wonderful element to the story. I mean they have continued this relationship even when Laney has had boyfriends like the one she has in the book who decides to take things to the next step and propose to her. And to top it all off, Laney has told her boyfriend, Bryce, about her relationship and/or arrangement with Jackson and he was fine with it because he believed it would end and he would therefore take over from there. What Bryce did not bank on was just how much of a connection Jackson and Laney have no only as friends but as lovers. The shock of the engagement brought both Jackson and Laney to re-evaluate their friendship/relationship with one another but it was obvious from the very beginning that they were meant for one another. There was just so much heart and love for one another even if both were denying it a little bit that you could not help but latch on and ride out the story with them with the hope and anticipation that they would finally realize what they have is truly magical and not something they should let slip away.

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Cooper: Wild Boys After Dark #4 

Based on how quickly the other Wild boys have fallen in love, it is no surprise that Cooper Wild hopped on that train as well the minute he laid eyes on Celeste “Ceci” Fine at the Bay City Film Festival. Within a week, the two were so wrapped up in one another it seemed like they had known each other for forever. Life for Ceci seemed perfect until Cooper ended it abruptly and left her. Her world came tumbling down from the paradise she was in until she found out she was pregnant. After trying to reach out to Cooper to tell him about the baby for almost a year with no response on his end Ceci gave up and focused on raising her daughter whose brilliant blue eyes reminded her of Cooper and the amazing week they had each and every day. Little did Ceci know that the night that Cooper left her and ultimately ended things was the night his parents were attacked in their home which resulted in the death of his father and his mother becoming blind after taking a horrible beating from the attacker. The attack left Cooper with a mix of emotions as he tried to wrap his head around what had happened and come to terms with the outcomes. Dealing with the tragedy left Cooper numb as a part of him died the day his father was murdered. It wasn’t until his brothers more specifically Jackson found love that he was pulled out of that fog his thoughts now focused on the women he had fallen in love with all those years ago before his life was turned upside down. Now back at the Bay City Film Festival where they both met, Cooper is ready to win Ceci back while Ceci is just trying to move on with her life for herself and her daughter before they move to New York City to start their new chapter. Of course, life had other plans causing them to her to come face to face with the man her consumed her thoughts over the past four years as she tried to move on and raise their daughter.
I was so happy to have a story that involved a pregnancy within this story because not only are they some of my favorite stories to read about but also because it rounded the series as a whole bringing a whole other element amongst the ones that have already been told in the other books. After reading about how sustaining and powerful Jackson and Laney’s love was for one another overcoming the obstacles in front of them, I had no doubt that Cooper’s and Ceci’s relationship would be just as all consuming as it was before even after four years. I mean even after they reconnected in her hotel room when Ceci had every right to be furious about how Cooper left her they still were so drawn to one another that it is as if time never past. The reminder of how love never falters even after four years of total silence was so remarkable for me especially after seeing how much of an impact it had on Jackson and Laney’s relationship even when they were in denial that it could actually work between them beyond the parameters of just being friends with benefits. The sustainability of love that weaves through both of these stories was so refreshing to read about making me love them and this series so much more.
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Blog Tour: Wild Boys After Dark (Books 1 & 2)

As we near Thanksgiving, I am reminded of just how thankful I am tohave the opportunity to be a host on so many wonderful blog tours and this one, which will be broken up into two days, will be spectacular so you won’t want to miss it.

Today’s blog tour, hosted by Tasty Book Tours, will be focusing on the first two books in Melissa Foster’s Wild Boys After Dark series. Each book follows one of the Wild brothers, so today we will be talking about Logan and Heath’s stories and let me just say they are captivating, emotionally charged, and very steamy.


Logan: Wild Boys After Dark #1 (Releasing November 15, 2015)

Logan

Stella “Stormy” Knight is an expert at hiding—her feelings, her past, and her identity. Sometimes all that hiding takes its toll, and she needs to come out from under that heavy suit of armor and cut loose—but it never takes her long to put it right back on and disappear without a trace.

Private Investigator Logan Wild is relentless in his pursuit to discover the truth for his clients. He works hard, plays even harder, and always walks away unscathed and untethered. Until he meets mysterious and sexy-as-hell Stormy, who leaves him craving more than a one-night stand.

Passion ignites, secrets are shared, and their deep connection is impossible to ignore. But in order to have a future, Logan must uncover Stormy’s dark past—and when he does, he’ll hold her fate in his hands.

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/09/logan-heath-jackson-and-cooper-wild.html 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24779568-logan?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/146133-wild-boys-after-dark

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Heath: Wild Boys After Dark #2 (Releasing November 17, 2015)

HEATH
No last names. No strings. No ties. Except of the silk variety.

Dr. Heath Wild and Allyson Jenner only wanted a simple tryst. But Heath couldn’t live with just one night, just one taste, of Ally—and Ally couldn’t escape the memory of his hands on her skin, the way he looked at her like she was his obsession, or his seduction, which had pushed her to the edge and had made her want to do things she never had before.

One night leads to one tantalizing phone call. Can one phone call lead to forever?

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/09/logan-heath-jackson-and-cooper-wild.html 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24779574-heath

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/146133-wild-boys-after-dark

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Author Spotlight

Melissa

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Logan: Wild Boys After Dark #1

For the past few years, Stella Krane aka Stormy Knight has lead a life riddled with uncertainty and fear as she assumed her new identity, moved away from the only place that she knew and brought he fond memories, and started over as someone else to try and escape her dark and traumatic past. Before her boyfriend, now ex-boyfriend, showed his true colors Stella thought she had found the perfect person to share the rest of here life with. She couldn’t have been more wrong as Carl Kutcher changed the nice girl in her into something else entirely, bringing out her sexual desires while also allowing his abusive nature to surface threatening both her life and the life of her mother who is battling cancer. After fleeing Mystic and becoming Stormy Knight, Stella is now living in New York city working as a bartender trying to keep a low profile and stay hidden from Carl who is due to be released from jail any day now. It isn’t until Logan Wild saves her from being assaulted by a drunk customer that Stella soon learns she won’t have to continue to look over her shoulder and live in fear once Logan entered her life.

Logan Wild is the ultimate protector. Being a former Navy Seal and therefore earning countless medals for his service, the skills he acquired come in handy in his profession as a private investigator. Though he is excellent at everything he does always striving to be the best, he still feels guilty that even though he could provide service for his country and protect others while he was overseas, the two people that mattered most to him besides his three brothers fell prey to an attack that he could not have prevented due to being overseas at the time. That attack was on his parents as a burglar broke into their house, wrestling and killing Logan’s father and then attacking his mother causing her to become blind. Logan has taken his revenge on the attacker who assaulted his parents making things right in his eyes but when he encounters Stella aka Stormy at the bar owned by his friend he can’t seem to take his eyes off of her even if she came off a little distant and hostile because that instinct enabled him to interrupt her almost assault by a customer in the alley behind the bar. After that, Logan felt this need to protect Stormy at all costs especially when her behavior combined with his PI knowledge told him she was running from something or someone and wanted to be that person who could provide her with the safety and comfort she so desperately wanted back.

This book started off Melissa Foster’s Wild Boys After Dark series with a bang as you have such an emotionally charged story between these two characters that you can’t help but get swept up in each person’s back story as well as the progression of their relationship that was both sweet and intensely passionate at the same time. Melissa Foster did not disappoint, which I very much expected based on how much I loved the last book of hers that I read. I will say as a precaution that because of Stella’s back story with her abusive relationship with Carl and how much that affected her mindset and the way she lived her life in total fear that he could just show up again and hurt her might be a trigger for some people who have also experienced this in some form. With that being said, Stella and Logan’s relationship was so wonderfully sweet and compassionate as Logan did everything in his power to protect Stella even if she fought him about it because he wanted to be the one to provide her with the safety and stability that could allow her to regain the person she was before Carl took that away from her. The situation that they are put in causes many emotions to surface amongst them very quickly which for some might be too soon in terms of how the book progresses but considering the ordeals that Stella goes through and the possibility of being found by Carl again who last time left her for dead you can’t help but believe that those feelings are completely genuine given the circumstances. This book provided me with just a taste of what could come in the next three books leaving me completely hooked and ready for the next one.

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Heath: Wild Boys After Dark #2

Next in this delightfully entertaining series, we have Heath who is the eldest of the Wild boys. Heath, who is a doctor, gets introduced in Logan’s story when he provides his skills after the incident at the bar involving Stella and the drunk customer which leaves her slightly injured. Let’s just say he has an excellent bedside manner when he is helping his patients but when it comes to his methods in the bedroom he is more of the take charge variety. Ally, the one night stand which ultimately turns into more, who he meets at a medical conference in Vermont does not seem to mind at all. Right off the bat we get a taste for their chemistry as the book opens up with them all over each other in the elevator of the hotel as they make their way to Ally’s room. The rules in the beginning were no last names, no particulars but that quickly changed as their connection to one another left neither of them able to stop thinking about one another once the conference was over. Heath, who was burned in the past, decides to nix his rules and asks for Ally’s phone number before they part ways. Little did they know they were going to be seeing each other sooner than they thought.

While Heath is one of New York city’s best sports medicine orthopedic doctors, Ally works in a medical lab at one of the hospitals as a lab tech. It is there that their worlds collided once again as Ally’s is handling one of Heath’s samples which he comes in to check on. After getting more than just the results he sought after but also another encounter with the woman he could not stop thinking about Heath decides to go against his rules and ask Ally out on a date. Another magnetic connection is formed as Heath and Ally’s relationship progresses. While Logan and Stella’s relationship started under an air of danger because of her abusive ex trying to find her, Heath and Ally’s started under an air of passion which simmered down to this sweet and caring relationship between two people who have both been betrayed by others in the past. I love how Heath has that compassionate side which definitely comes from being a doctor but also has his dominant nature which come out when things start heating up in the bedroom. I can obviously see why Ally was so drawn to him when they had their “one night stand” at the medical conference where this all started. I mean pulling some strings so that their first date was at the Central Park Zoo after hours because Ally had never been to a zoo before was just the most adorable and thoughtful gesture that my heart couldn’t help but swoon a little and it continued to do so throughout the rest of the book.

First you have Logan, the noble and bad ass protector who goes to great lengths to ensure that Stella will be safe and then you have Heath, the compassionate yet dominating doctor who captivates Ally as much as she captivates him. After reading both of their stories, I can definitely see the appeal of the Wild boys and can’t wait to delve in more with the last two books of the series which are Jackson and Cooper’s stories.

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If you have enjoyed what you have read so far then don’t forget to check back in tomorrow to read about the last two books in this wonderful series. And of course, go pick up any of the books in this series because they will pull you in and capture your attention to the very end.

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Teaser Tuesday: I’ll Be There

Welcome to the first Teaser Tuesday here at Reaffirming My Bookworm Status!

I am so excited to share with you this teaser for I’ll Be There by Samantha Chase, which looks like it is going to be an adorable contemporary romance. I will be reviewing this book very soon so stay tuned for that as well!


I’LL BE THERE
Montgomery Brother’s #6
Samantha Chase
Releasing Dec 1st, 2015
Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book #6 in New York Times and USA
Today 
bestselling author Samantha Chase’s popular Montgomery series

This Montgomery Has a Head for Business

Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels-coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn’t answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She’s used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn’t hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic…and gorgeous.

And a Heart for Adventure 

Zach’s perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help…but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella’s love.

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Reaching across the table, Zach took one of Gabriella’s hands in his and just marveled at how soft it was. He always wondered what her skin felt like and now that he knew, he wanted to feel more. “Don’t leave me. Please.”

Her blue eyes filled with tears and she used her free hand to quickly wipe them away before they fell and then studied their hands on the table. “Zach,” she said softly, “we’ve been over this.”

“I know, I know,” he replied just as softly. “I need another chance, Gabriella. I need a chance to make things right.” He looked up, his gaze meeting hers. “I need you.”

Deciding to be bold, he turned her hand over and twined their fingers together and gently squeezed. He was surprised she didn’t pull away and thought maybe—just maybe—they were making progress. “I know I can’t erase the things I’ve said and done, but if you’ll give me one more chance, Gabs, I promise not to screw up. If I do anything to upset you, you can walk away. Hell, you can slap me in the face, kick me in the shin or throw something heavy at me and I’ll take it. I just…I can’t do this without you.”

Her eyes never left their joined hands.

“I don’t want to do this without you,” he said quietly.

“I’m afraid to…believe you.” He barely heard her words, they were uttered so softly.

Everything inside of him clenched with pain. His always confident, ever-efficient assistant was now distrusting and uncertain—because of him. “I don’t know what to say to make you believe me. Tell me. Tell me what I need to do. Anything. Anything you need from me to gain your confidence, and I’ll do it.”

She looked up at him. “It’s not that easy. Every day I walked into the office, I gave you another chance. Every time you berated me or made me feel like I screwed up and I came back, I gave you another chance. From my standpoint, you’ve had two years’ worth of second chances. I think I’ve been more than generous.”

His other hand reached out to cup her hand in both of his. “I know you have and you have no idea how much I appreciated it.” She looked at him with disbelief. “It’s true! I know I never said it but every morning you were there, I was thankful. Every time you walked into my office, I was thankful. Please. I’m begging here, Gabs.”


New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband
of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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