Sometimes it Lasts

sometimes it lasts

Cage York has to choose between a love of the game and a love of the girl in this sultry Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

After waiting for his big break, bad boy Cage York is finally called up to prove his worth in the college baseball arena. But when Cage’s girlfriend, Eva, mourns the sudden loss of her father, it’s not Cage’s comforting arms she runs to, but those of her former fiancé’s twin brother, Jeremy.

Torn between his baseball dream and the girl of his dreams, Cage must prove he’s worthy of Eva’s love, or risk losing her to Jeremy forever.

Oh boy!!

First of all I must clear up something. I LOVE Abbi Glines‘ books. Like really love them. All of them. I don’t think the woman has written a mediocre story. The reason though that I have never reviewed an Abbi Glines book before is because I was late to the party. So late. Man did I kick myself for that. I kept seeing tweets about her books and several times tweeted her saying I’m finally getting to start your books. She ALWAYS replied. Always. I can’t begin to imagine how many tweets these authors get every day but I am pretty sure she makes an effort to acknowledge them all. Anyway it was a while before I got around to reading them, you know – so many books, so little time and all that. Well not anymore. My to be read pile is HUGE. This book released yesterday and wasn’t even in my to be read pile. Why? It didn’t need to be, it’s a given now, when Abbi releases a book I drop everything and pick it up.

So we all fell in love with Cage way back in Because of Low and were delighted when we got his own story in While it Lasts. The boy is so damn hot one book was never going to be enough and I know I jumped for Joy when I found out we would be getting another healthy dose of Cage in Sometimes it Lasts. Was it worth the wait? YES, HELL YES. I bought it yesterday morning with the intentions of reading it last night. While waiting for the water to heat up to clean the kitchen I was having a cup of coffee and said I would flick through the first few pages. In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, “Big mistake. Huge.” Like I was ever going to put it down again. My children were lucky to be fed never mind my housework completed.

Anyway, right there from the prologue Abbi Glines managed to get me sucked in. Sucked in with tears streaming down my face. Oh yeah, and a tummy full of angst (I am sure it is no coincidence that Abbi is critique partners with another queen of angst and intensity – Elizabeth Reyes!) . When reading the first few chapters all I could think was “how the hell did he manage to screw that up”, especially when we knew Jeremy was waiting there in the wings and now she has his ring on her finger!

The following are my favourite lines in the whole book, I kid you not – I had butterflies and reread it a few times!

Cage shook his head slowly and dropped his hands from his chest. Then he took two long strides to stand in front of me. He leaned down, putting a hand on each side of the rocking chair until his eyes were level with mine and only inches away. “Make no mistake. There will always be an us. You can pretend like what we had never happened. You can ignore your feelings. Hell, baby, you can even marry Jeremy fucking Beasley. But there will always be an us. No one and nothing can change that.”

Eva and Cage are for ‘Always’. OK so they aren’t together but he didn’t ever think that she would be with someone else. She was his and he had to make her see that, no matter the cost.

So it begins. This is an absolute must read for all Abbi Glines fans. If you haven’t read Abbi Glines before then, like me a few months ago, you just have no idea what you are missing. Please go out and get yourself a copy of Breathe, the first book in the Sea Breeze series. There are 5 so you are in for a treat and you never know, by the time you catch up number 6 – Misbehaving will probably be available because this woman is a machine!

As for me I am looking forward to more of my lovely Woods when Simple Perfection comes out next month!

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The Pleasures of Summer

TPOS

No i don’t mean the weather and a good job too as in Ireland Mother Nature has decided to skip summer this year. No it is the new book by Evie Hunter. You will remember Evie’s first book, The Pleasures of Winter, a sensation last year selling over 50,000 copies. Well she is back with a brand new story – The Pleasures of Summer and it is sure to be, well a pleasure!

So whats it all about?
Summer O’Sullivan is an IT girl. She spends her life partying, shopping and then partying some more. She is a spoilt little rich bitch that is used to wrapping daddy round her little finger. Now she is in danger and daddy wants her protected. She manages to get rid of every bodyguard hired to protect her, but she hadn’t bargained on Flynn Grant walking through her door.

An Irish Ranger, Flynn is more than a match for all Summer tries to throw at him. He has dealt with the Taliban for heaven’s sake – no society girl is going to best him. It doesn’t take long for Flynn to set down the ground rules and Summer breaks them just as fast. She wasn’t however expecting to have to deal with consequences!

When they have to flee London for a safe house in the remote Scottish Highlands the two struggle for control. Days are long and Summer reveals there is more to her than sleek hair and perfect nails. As the lines become blurred and hearts become tangled will their ever-changing relationship cause her to be in more danger than ever? When the games are over and it’s a matter of life and death who will finish the victor?

I started this book on Monday afternoon and was finished it by Tuesday evening, I really couldn’t put it down. I woke with a start on Monday night as the book fell out of my hand and landed with a thud on the bedroom floor. When I woke at six the next morning instead of rolling back over for another hour I turned on the lamp and picked up where I had left off the night before. The story had consumed me. It wasn’t just a love story, it wasn’t just an erotic tale it combined both of these and then throw in a bit of an action story too with guns and explosives not to mention your Special Ops missions. The story was constant, always something happening but it was believable. That is the most important thing isn’t it? We all get lost in the fantasy, imagining it was us – but it has to be viable, I mean there is only so much sex a couple can have – right? Evie Hunter has a unique way of telling a story that you really don’t know whats going to happen next, she is certainly got the knack of penning a page turner! I cannot wait for book 3!

How lucky was I to get an interview with Evie Hunter?

This interview is a bit different to the norm. Evie Hunter is actually two authors Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley who met at a creative writing workshop in Dublin in 2010. On discovering that they shared a passion for erotic fiction, they became the best of friends. In early 2012 they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an American publisher. When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on something bigger. Eventually, they emerged into daylight, clutching THE PLEASURES OF WINTER, saying ‘Never again’ … until the next time.

So the questions have been put to both ladies and they will both answer all the questions. For Caroline McCalls interview clck HERE and for Eileen Gormley’s interview click HERE

Finally, to be in with a chance to win a copy of both The Pleasures of Winter and The Pleasures of Summer click HERE

Exquisite & Entice

Exquisite

Exquisite

Here Ella Frank introduces us to Dr. Lena O’Donnell and Mason Langley, Smokin’ hot doctor and Chicago’s most eligible bachelor and renowned playboy.

Mason gets under Lena’s skin even before they come face to face. Lena is tough on the exterior, but really she is just guarded. She is hiding years of heartache, grief and harbouring a great deal of guilt. Lena was driving when she was involved in a car accident that tragically claimed the life of her sister. Now she can’t let anyone break down her walls. Mason is the owner of Chicago’s hottest restaurant – Exquisite.

Lena’s work is her life. She goes to work, goes home then goes to work again. She lives a lonely life but as far as she is concerned that’s all she deserves – after all her sister has no life at all. On the other hand Mason Langley has the life that he wants, at least he thought he did. While delivering a bunch of Flowers as a favour to his mother Mason barges into the life of Lena. The pair doesn’t exactly hit it off, in fact quite the opposite and if anything Lena may have been happy to hit HIM. However after a chance meeting later that night at Exquisite the pair come to a truce of sorts.

The pair are drawn together and they discover an explosive sexual relationship, and Mason is determined to know Lena – all of her. The good, bad and the utterly heartbreaking. Everything is going along nicely and the pair have an amazing relationship. Then the unthinkable happens and tragedy strikes again. Lena’s world, for the second time, is turned upside down , due to her love and loyalty to another person. She finds herself all alone again and comes to the conclusion that her heart is safer is things stay that way. Not so sure her heart feels the same way though…

I have been following Ella Frank on Twitter for quite some time, I have seen Exquisite come up in my feed countless times. So I decided the time had come, I was going to read it and see what all the hype was about. Well I must say, all the hype – was well justified. Exquisite was … well Exquisite. It is a fantastic story, but much more than that it was a story well told. It is possible to read a good book and appreciate it as such, but a fantastic book is the one you can’t put down. it sucks you in and the lines of reality start to blur. What do I mean by this? I mean when I turn around to my husband and start to tell him a story about a friend and then think ‘shit, no that’s that book I’m reading’. That was Exquisite for me.

I was quite emotional reading this book, some of the story hit close to home for me, and other parts really too close to home. I admired the way Ella Frank walked us through the story and especially with Lena’s grief and he vulnerability over her sister’s death. I loved the way she developed the relationship between Lena and Mason to be about more than just sex and how he helped Lena face her problems and understand that her sister’s death was not her fault and bring her to the point that she felt she could visit her sisters grave. As I said emotional reading and it certainly struck a chord with me.

No need to take only my word for it, I was browsing through some of the comments on Goodreads and I am most certainly not alone.

Karla said: “4 1/2 Shiny Debut Stars!! Ella Frank is in the house…watch out…she is a force to be reckoned with!! There are seasoned authors that don’t write this well…Impressive!”

Alyssa wrote: “Ella Frank’s debut novel Exquisite was masterfully written. This contemporary romance was anything but the usual run-of-the-mill, it was angsty, deeply moving, and incredibly sexy that had me pulling at so many different emotions, from literally bawling at one moment to laughing in the next.” Oh me too Alyssa, me too.

I highly recommend this book as your next read. You can get it from Kobo, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Entice

Entice

Entice picks up where Exquisite left off, though this time we are following the story of Lena’s best friend and fellow doctor, Dr Shelly Monroe and Mason’s Best friend Joshua Daniels. Shelly and Lena have been best friends since starting work in the same hospital years before. Shelly featured in Exquisite so she isn’t new to us. Joshua is Mason’s best friend who has recently moved home to Chicago following the break up of a relationship.

Shelly is used to getting what she wants. She is a beautiful woman who is highly successful in her career. That doesn’t come without a fair amount of confidence to back it up. She doesn’t however want Joshua Daniels. He is absolutely the farthest thing from what she wants. Now if she could get the organs below the neck to get on the same page as her, then she would be getting places. So far the only place her body wants to get is into Josh Daniels’ pants.

Shelly knows what she needs, a man with a good steady job, financially independent – she’s had enough losers sponging off her to last a life time. When she see’s Mason she see’s everything she is trying to avoid. He’s a contractor, he could be sent to work anywhere – she is looking for stability. She has made up her mind about him and she doesn’t know the half of it. She doesn’t know he is every bit as financially stable as she is, she also doesn’t know that he isn’t just working for the company – he owns it. Either way they can’t get out of each others heads and after yet another date that’s as dull as dishwater the two embark on a journey that see’s them become friends with benefits – no strings attached sex. Oh ya – in complete secrecy. After all they don’t want their respective best friends to find out.

Yeah as you can imagine, that doesn’t quite go as planned and we are brought through the highs and the lows of two people trying to find out if they can work as a couple. When Shelly uses him to try to make a point with her controlling over bearing father, who as far as she is concerned has treated her mother like dirt, things take an unfortunate turn.

Can the two get on the same page, work things out and each be what the other needs? Will they work through their problems, can Shelly finally find out whats been going on in the family home and lay some old ghosts to rest?

Will love conquer all?

I honestly cannot decide which book I enjoyed more! I read the two books in three days so I suppose one rolled into the other for me. While Exquisite dealt with some deep and emotional story lines, Entice had its own heart-rending stories. The girl who seems to have it all, but really that heartbroken girl is still in there, trying to deal with ‘the sins of the father’. She thinks she knows things about her mother and fathers relationship while she doesn’t really know what is going on and it’s not until she has a bust up with her father and then a heart to heart with her mother that she finds out whats really been going on for all of these years.

It’s really interesting to read the story of a woman who keeps going after a particular type of man because that is the type of man she should be with, instead of looking for the man who makes her feel the way she should. It’s also refreshing to read about a man who knows what he wants and prepared to get it, without all the whips and flogger 😉 (not that we haven’t enjoyed all of that too).

What I really can’t wait for is Rachel’s story. I think she is a little firecracker. I’m sure there will be a few surprises in her story too, and I can’t help but think a certain lawyer is going to feature in there somewhere!

Again let’s see a few quotes from others:

Becky *Must have HEA* writes: “This book has…

The best!

Sexual tension!

And chemistry!

EVER!!!!!!!!!”

Renee says: Who is ready to read some smexy and minxy stuff about realistic people with relatable issues?

Order Entice on Kobo, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Again I have been very privileged to have an interview with the author of the books I am reviewing. Ella Frank fabulously well thought out, detailed and honest answers and I would like to take the opportunity to thank her for this, so Thank you so very much xx
While I hope you enjoy the interview I am off to open page one of Ella’s new book, Blind Obsession which is out now!

Ella Frank

Who is Ella Frank?

Hmm let’s see. Ella Frank is a happily married Australian who currently lives in the USA with her loving husband. She is the youngest daughter to two wonderful parents and little sister to her big sis KT.

When did you know you were a writer?

I’ve loved writing ever since I could start reading. I really started when I was around sixteen though. I would write love stories and make my friends read them.

I have just read and loved Exquisite and Entice, when can your readers expect Edible?

Thank you so much for that, I’m glad you enjoyed them. Edible should be ready to release this Summer.

Mason was desirable but then in Entice you introduced Josh. Which of the men would you have a softer spot for?

That’s a really hard question, only because I love both of the men in their own way. These guys both play a large role in book three and although we know a lot about Mason, we get to find out more about the relationships between Josh, Mason and Rachel – being that they grew up together – and I love that.

This is the second time I have been made hungry by books. The first being Elizabeth Reyes’ Moreno Brothers series. Do you have a love of food or was it just a story line?

I love food! I really love to eat, actually I have been told I get mean when I am hungry (shh don’t tell anyone). In all honesty, I took two years in a culinary course and was thinking about working in a restaurant for a while. Obviously that changed but my love of food stuck around.

Entice had me in tears by page 55. Though it did strike close to home, so am I just a sap or have you heard of it making other people emotional?

It’s funny you say that about Entice because most people tell me that Exquisite is the book that made them cry. I always want to try and make my characters complex and usually that means they have flaws, and for Shelly her flaws developed due to her family situation. While it wasn’t death it was painful and difficult just the same. I don’t think you’re a sap, I think you related and that’s what you hope to achieve with at least one reader and I am glad I accomplished that with you.
I of course got my question wrong and it was indeed Exquisite that had me a blubbering mess!

I thought you approached and dealt with the issue of Lena not visiting her sister’s grave extremely well, do you think you may have helped others cope who face a similar dilemma?

Honestly I am not sure. I did receive a beautiful letter from a reader who expressed to me how moved she was by the way Lena was portrayed in dealing with her guilt and the scenes in the cemetery. She went on to explain that she had experienced the same kind of guilt after the loss of a person very near and dear to her. Everyone reacts differently to grief, for Lena it was guilt, for Mason it was anger.

Rachel seems like a little firecracker, are you having fun writing her story?

Yes! Oh my gosh. I love writing this story. I think a lot of people think they know Rachel but I feel like she will surprise them. She ended up a little lost in Entice, trying new things. She just needs someone to set her straight and I think I have the perfect man that will do just that.

I giggled like a school girl reading both books but I found with Entice that I was sitting in a cafe with a Latte with people looking at me sideways. Do people tell you how refreshing it is to have a bit of humor laced through the story?

Yes I have heard that they love the relationships between the characters especially the sarcasm and snark. It’s funny because I don’t particularly see myself as funny, but I am sarcastic. It may be the lowest form of humor but hey, it’s still humor right?

What was your favorite book of last year?

Hands down it was Slammed and the irony of that is I don’t usually read YA/NA and had that book for months and when I finally read it, I like everyone devoured it and then cried like a blubbering idiot.

I have a list of books that I am waiting on to be released this year, with Edible been added to the list, are there any books that you are holding out for?

The only one I was really holding out for was definitely Lover at Last – but I have since got my BDB fix and I am now waiting patiently for the next installment next year.

What three luxuries can you not live without?

My ipad, I never thought I would say this (my phone), the internet!

Do you have a life motto?

Never settle for what you think is the only way. If there is something you want to do, something that makes you happy you should try and do it. We only get one go around in this life.

What would you describe as your best and worst qualities?

Best quality? I am a very happy, positive person. Worst quality? I can be too impulsive.

Who is your favorite book boy?

I really love the men from the Black Dagger Brotherhood – JR Ward

Finally, what book would you recommend that people HAVE to read?

It’s a toss up between the Outlander Series by Diana Gabalden and The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward

Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful disaster

The story of Abby Abbernathy and Travis Maddox, a girl running from her past and a ‘walking one night stand’.
Travis is the colleges infamous underground boxer, known in the boxing circle as Mad dog. After meeting her in a setting way out of her comfort zone Travis quickly bestows the name Pigeon onto Abby and though she has no idea why, It becomes how she is affectionately known to him.
Abby has a good girl act going on – keep her head down, get good grades and escape her former life. Former life I hear you ask? Well I’m not going to tell you that! Go read the book. Travis on the other hand works hard and parties harder. Well does a lot of things harder, truth be told.

Instantly drawn to Abby, Travis makes his play. He finds himself in unfamiliar territory when he is immediately shot down. Abby’s best friend America is dating Travis’ cousin and room-mate Shepley, meaning that whether she likes it or not – there is no avoiding Travis Maddox. Then the two become friends, and by losing a simple bet Abby finds herself living in Travis’ apartment for a month. The lines become blurred and hearts are on the line. Throw in another guy fighting for Abbys heart and we are sure to have fireworks.

The past comes back to bite Abby in the ass and she finds herself right back in the place she is trying to forget, with the people who have the power to ruin everything she has worked so hard for.

Can a Mad dog and Pigeon ever be together or will he inevitably savage her heart?

Jamie McGuires Beautiful Disaster is No1 in my all time best reads. It has everything you could need, the beautiful girl the hot hot hot boy, a great story line – which isn’t run of the mill and just the right amount of angst to make sure you are never long parted from the book. There is a magical quality about it. I am sure her legion of Facebook followers (In excess of 30,000!) will agree.
While there is no sequel planned for Beautiful Disaster there are two things even better! Firstly – Walking Disaster, The story from Travis’ point of view. One of the most eagerly anticipated books of 2013. I have read the prologue and all I can say is Oh sweet divine!!! Secondly, Warner Brothers have optioned Beautiful Disaster. That’s right, the gorgeous Travis and Abby are going to be brought to life on the big screen. I only hope they do justice to Jamie’s wonderful story.

You can find out more about Jamie on her website, her Facebook page
Follow her on twitter @JamieMcGuire_
Beautiful Disaster is available on paperback at all good bookstores, or any outlet that sells books and as an e-book.
You can get the e-book at the following:
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Jamie McGuire
I couldn’t believe my luck when i asked Jamie if she would do an interview with me and not only did she oblige, but she had the answers sent back to me within hours of receiving them. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did.

Who is Jamie McGuire?

Jamie McGuire is a mother of three, a cowboy’s wife, the daughter of a retired administrative assistant and a former song writer, a radiographer and New York Times bestselling author. Jamie is a red head who has overcome many years of being bullied and laughed at through perseverance, hard work, and maybe a little bit of luck. Jamie is a small town girl with a big imagination. Jamie finds it odd to talk about herself in third person.

When you self published did you ever expect to have the kind of success that you are having?

I hoped for it, but where I landed far surpasses anything I had hoped for.

You are a mother first and foremost, with the arrival of your new baby last year do you find it is more difficult than ever to find the time to write?

I’ve had to adjust, yes, but like everything else it’s a balance. I have a lot of help, and a husband who doesn’t mind if I stay up until 3 a.m. writing and then sleep in. I’ve learned that I truly am a writer, because I said I would take a year off, and it was more like 3 months. I had to write. I thought about all the time, and I missed it. It’s a part of me now.

I like many other people, read Beautiful Disaster in less than 24 hours (and more than once). I immediately went to Kobo, typed in your name and bought Providence. I didn’t read the blurb. I don’t do paranormal, but by the time I realised it, I was already hooked. I read all three of the Providence series in less than a week. It was phenomenal. Which genre do you prefer to write?

I just like to tell stories. Whatever genre they happen to be in is irrelevant.

Who was your favourite character in firstly Beautiful Disaster and secondly the Providence series? Travis was fun, of course. My favorite character to write in Providence was definitely Claire.

You are currently doing a book tour with two more of my favourite authors of the moment, Tammara Webber and Colleen Hoover. Do you find there is a good support network among writers?

We’re not exactly doing a tour. It’s just one group signing that we planned on the fly. And yes, I am extremely lucky to have friends who understand exactly what I go through on a daily basis. Writers are generally very supportive of each other, and with the popularity of social networking, it’s a great time to be a writer.

You are coming to Ireland in June, I can’t begin to tell you how excited i am about that. Did you ever imagine yourself to be doing international promotions and book signings?

I’ve been to Dublin before, and it was always the plan to return with my children some day. I’m very lucky we are able to do that, and I’m excited to meet fans while I’m there.

There is huge excitement regarding your upcoming book, Walking Disaster, The story of Abby and Travis from Travis’ point of view. I have read the prologue and went through a box of tissues in the process. Are we to expect more of the same?
Following the prologue, readers will be reminded very quickly of their favorite asshole. Travis’s personality comes out swinging in chapter one. The great things about Walking Disaster is how much we discover when Travis and Abby aren’t around each other, which is actually quite a bit. Walking Disaster is everything you loved about Beautiful Disaster, with a double dose of Travis.

Does Walking Disaster bring us any further into the future?

The reader will follow Travis and Abby beyond where Beautiful Disaster left off. I knew readers wanted a sequel, so I worked very hard to be sure fans were satisfied.

Your Facebook page has over 30,000 fans, do you ever get overwhelmed with your fame?

I am very, very blessed with such amazing, loyal fans, and I love interacting with them.

What three things do you believe you need to succeed in life?

Faith, passion, and guts.

What three things can you not live without?

(excluding family) Writing, my cell phone, and chapstick.

Beautiful Disaster has been picked up by Warner Brothers and movement has been made towards making the movie, does this seem surreal to you or is it simply a dream come true?

Just the other day, [Beautiful Disaster’s] screenwriter Julia Hart posted pics on Twitter of her research trip to Las Vegas for “the third act”. I clicked on the link and saw a picture of her standing in an empty arena. That was when it hit me: Holy shit. This is real.

Finally, for those reading this that have yet to read Beautiful Disaster or the Providence series what would you like to say to them?

Download the sample. Try it for free. Especially Providence. That series really gets overshadowed by Beautiful Disaster because it’s paranormal. Providence has richly developed characters, an edge-of-your-seat plot, all with an intense love story. So many people tell me that they read Providence without reading the description and were very surprised that it was paranormal, because they normally don’t read paranormal, but that they loved it just as much. I’ve grown a lot as a writer since writing Providence, but I still believe in that story. I hope you give it a chance. 🙂