Monday, July 28, 2014

Hot Summer Romance Blog Tour Review: Pieces of Broken Time

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Pieces of Broken Time
A Novel by
Lorenz Font


Release Date: July 24, 2014
Summary


When Blake Connor returns from Afghanistan, he wants nothing more than to hide from the world. He’s plagued by the memory of his best friend’s death and the pain of his own injuries. That same friend’s dying wish is just one more burden he must carry.

Jennifer Owens had expected to get married the moment her fiancĂ© returned from the war, but the news of his death changed everything. When an unexpected letter arrives a year later, it raises new questions and opens old wounds. Her search for answers leads her to Blake’s doorstep.

Although Blake seems determined to keep her at arms’ length, Jennifer recognizes the beauty that lies beneath his scars and confronts him with the truth. Nothing will ever be the same for this broken ex-Army Ranger, but he must overcome his warped self-image and emotional scars if he’s going to be the man Jennifer deserves.




I have a soft spot for a story about a soldier. And no, it’s not about how hot they look in their uniform…it’s about how hot they look when taking it off.

After a tragic accident leaves his best friend dead, Blake Conner returns home grieving and physically, emotionally and mentally wounded. He shuts himself away from the world, hating what he now sees in the mirror and unable to make his best friend’s dying wish come true.

Jennifer Owens lost the same man Blake did. Her fiancé was supposed to come home to his waiting bride-to-be, however the only thing that came back to Jennifer was a letter from Trent telling her Blake would take care of her if something ever happened to him.

Look at that cover. I'm completely in love with it. It's the first thing that drew me in. The summary on this one held so much promise, it intrigued me immediately. However, I was just left feeling okay about it in the end.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the writing, or even the story, I think my problem had more to do with the characters. I couldn’t connect to them in any way. I really wanted to like Blake because the guy has been through some shit and of course he’s going to be messed up and angry. But I couldn’t like him, I couldn’t feel sorry for him, I honestly couldn’t feel anything for the guy, good or bad.

Jennifer… I feel as if she was a very weak character. I really don’t think she was right for Blake at all; there was no chemistry between them. It was as if she only wanted to be with him because it was what Trent wanted and being with his best friend was easier than opening up to other people and going out and finding something real with someone else.

Now there is one scene in the book that I had some issues with.

The shower.

Jennifer knew how Blake felt; he wanted her to leave him alone and made it clear that he wanted nothing more to do with her than he had to. It didn’t matter how he really felt, or that he was lying to her, the only thing that mattered is what he told her. I feel like she took advantage of him being drunk and vulnerable. If the roles had been reversed and it was a drunken Jennifer and sober Blake, I’m sure there would be an uproar of reviewers screaming that what he did was wrong. Maybe some would even take it a step farther and scream sexual assault. Sure, Blake was into it in the moment, but Jennifer should have had the decency, and not to mention the brains, to tell him no instead of taking it as her chance to be with him. The guy didn’t even remember what happened the next morning! It was just wrong all the way around.

I do like that it gives a reader hope that after such a great loss and all the damages that have been done a happily ever is possible. And I do like the idea of having two characters grieving over the same man come together. I just think there could have, and should have, been a lot more passion in the story.
                                

About the Author

Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her previous novels: Indivisible Line, Feather Light, and the first two installments in The Gates Legacy series, Hunted and Tormented.

She currently lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. Lorenz divides her time between a full-time job and her busy writing schedule.




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Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Romance Blog Tour Review: Behind the Scandal

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Release Date: July 31, 2014
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Summary
Behind-the-Scandal-3D-BookstackSent to the family ranch to overcome his addiction, Taylor Reese is angry and hurt. Feeling rejected by his father and brother, Taylor throws himself into ranch life to help him forget. He struggles with his addiction, though he refuses help. But it isn’t long before it hits him hard how much his life has spiraled out of control. He begins to question every aspect of his life, and the confusion leaves him floundering and looking for something, or someone, to cling to. Libby Karlin is cautious, wary of Taylor’s presence. His brutal honesty and lack of respect claw at her composure. Her dark past makes her reluctant to let anyone near her family, but when Taylor strikes up a friendship with her son, Libby finds herself drawn to the sadness within him. His experiences are no secret to her. She sees where his world turned upside down and offers him a helping hand. But her own secrets stay buried, locked away until a knock on her door has her gasping for breath. Libby’s fear paralyzes her as she comes face to face with her demons and, determined to stay strong, she battles for a way out. Could dealing with their pasts really give them a future?



I didn’t realize this was a second book in a series. Not that it really mattered; it was easy enough to follow and works as a stand-alone.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this one. The story wasn’t all that original, the plot not all that captivating. We have the drug addict who is banned to the country to get clean where he meets the sweet single mother who, of course, has a troubled past of her own involving an abusive husband who she’s running from.

Why is it that when the hero has fucked up shit that he’s dealing with the heroine has to have just as fucked up shit going on? Is it a romance rule that the two main characters both have to have secrets and lies going on to be attracted to each other? Sure, everyone has issues but it’s the same issues over and over again. Guy is a mess, falls in love with girl and is magically better. Girl is abused and haunted by past which eventually catches up to her and is saved by guy.

*sigh*

The whole relationship between Libby and Taylor just seemed…. I don’t know, forced? From every eye rolling line he threw at her, to her constantly reminding him he wasn’t there forever, the two of them just didn’t seem like they fit together. I definitely think as a mother she should have been a lot more protective about having her son around a guy with a past as dark as Taylor’s.  And considering what she had already been through in her own life, I think she would be a little more cautious about getting involved with Taylor herself. 

That being said about keeping Taylor away from Levi, I think the best part of the book is the relationship between the two of them. Their first meeting definitely was not the best start. Taylor pretty much hated and was annoyed by the mere existence of the kid, but things between them slowly begin to change and he actually begins to care for the boy. I actually really like how Taylor’s use of the word “brat” went from one spat at the kid to one used with affection.

I also like that there was no surprise or miracle pregnancy. I’m really tired of reading books that have the FMC saying she can’t have kids blah blah blah and then suddenly she’s knocked up. No. That’s not real life. Okay, I know this isn’t real life either, but it’s nice to see a little realism thrown in.

Like I said, I’m not sure how I feel about it. The writing was okay, but the story wasn’t strong enough, or original enough, to hold my interest. 
                                 
 

About the Author
mstacie_hi-resM. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories. She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Running keeps her sane, along with knitting and listening to loud music.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Romance Blog Tour Review: Hollywood Sins

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Release Date: July 10, 2014
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Summary
Hollywood-Sins-3D-BookstackPublic spectacles, private breakdowns, and terrible choices. How can a beloved Hollywood star feel so unloved?
Twenty-four year old Adra Willows grew up in the spotlight, but navigating the shark infested waters of show business doesn’t get easier with age. Constantly comparing herself to others, Adra has experienced mild success but nothing like the achievement of one of her best friends.
With her manager giving her questionable advice and her relationship with a leading comedic actor on the rocks, Adra finds herself at the crossroads of Virtue and Vice. She can either continue along the path of taking roles that showcase her body instead of her acting skills or she can forge ahead of her competition, ignore the wishes of her manager, and make her own decisions.
The red carpet of life is lined with virtue and vice, but which side will the actress choose to walk along?


Every time I’ve read one of N.K Smith’s novels I have this overwhelming feeling to sit down and pound out something of my own. She inspires me to want to try and write. But I don’t have to patients, time or honestly the attention span to sit and do what needs to be done to write something amazing—or even half assed mediocre. But the fact that she makes me want to? That’s saying something about this wonderful author.

I knew I was going to love this one from the very first page. It instantly drew me in and I couldn’t put it down. N.K really knows how to write a tortured character, but at times I wanted to slap Adra. Yes, she’s an addict and she was acting like an addict would (I’m assuming since the only addicts I’ve ever actually seen is on TV) but there were times it was just too much.

I blame Elsie. She was behind the start of Adra’s downward spiral. A manager is supposed to look out for you, help take care of your career and, in this case, she was supposed to help take care of Adra. Elsie was there when no one else was and therefore like a surrogate parent. She should have acted that way. In my opinion the best part of the book was when Adra finally grew a backbone toward Elsie. And really, I think she got what she deserved in the end.

Can I talk about Peter for a minute? If Adra doesn’t want to treat him right and give him what he deserves you can send him my way. I loved Peter. And I loved that he didn’t have some fucked up issues going on with him. He was the normalcy that Adra needed even if she didn’t realize it at the time. There was a part in the book where Adra was moaning that there were other people in her life that should have known better (or something like that) and helped her. Peter was one of those people. He was there for her over and over again and got shit on for his efforts. I kept waiting for him to just throw his hands up and give up on her because it was exactly what she deserved.

What I really love though? It was Adra that finally woke up and realized only she could change. She wasn’t rescued by Peter like SO many heroines are. She did it all on her own. She wasn’t forced to get the help she needed, or compromised to go there because of her love for someone. She did it for her, and that’s something so rarely done. Usually it’s the hero that convinces the girl to get the help, or gives her the help himself. It’s one of the things I really adore about Smith’s heroines; they’re strong on their own even when they completely fuck up their lives.
                         


About the Author 
nsmithN.K. Smith is the author of several books including the young adult sensations The Old Wounds series and My Only. Interested in a variety of genres and styles, she also penned Hollywood Lies and Ghosts of Our Pasts. She lives in the Midwest.
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