Book Review: Unattainable (Undeniable #3) by Madeline Sheehan

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Warning: This is not a virtuous and tender love story. It’s chaotic, ruthless, and tragic. This story takes love and kills its innocence, steals away the pure moments, and crushes the hearts of the broken. A story born in childhood, tying one girl to one boy, leads to a destructive path—that hurts more than it doesn’t, that shatters more than it heals—testing the love that binds the two through a lifetime.

Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell’s Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell’s Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage. Following is a wayward journey that is filled with regrets, mistakes, and heartache, pulling at the threads that hold them together. Cage and Tegen fight hard but love harder, and in the end, what matters is where the journey takes one girl and one boy, who have been twined with one another since the beginning.

This is Tegen and Cage’s story.

Love doesn’t erase a broken heart, and it sure doesn’t change people. But no matter how old, how flimsy, how frayed the rope of love is, it keeps you tethered to the people you love.

My thoughts-

How did I not know this came out?! I’m DAYS late! but let’s be real, there was tons of excitement for the second book that came out and I didn’t hear about this one…I just stumbled upon it. Regardless, I was super pumped and bought it immediately.

These characters…yeesh, they are so raw! And i’m so ridiculous because everytime I read one of Madeline’s biker books I want to become a badass biker chick and try to convince my husband (who is a banker) to buy a harley!! He says no, and says that if I get one for myself i’m only allowed to ride it around the neighborhood. At this point i’m always like, “why are you clipping my wings?!?” and he just rolls his eyes and walks away. hahaha He’s so patient. 🙂

But yeah…these books are just so incredible. You can’t help but be IMMERSED in this culture and story. I love it.

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Blog Tour and Guest Post: Kiss Me in Paris by Dmytry Karpov and Kimberly Kinrade

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No one knows my secret. Ever since high school, ever since I started living in fear, no one has known the true me. But then I met him, and I couldn’t hide anymore.

He became my hero, saving me from the villain of my past. He became my friend, his smile a blanket of warmth. And he scared me. Because he, this beautiful man, he might become more. Then he’d see the real me, and I couldn’t let that happen.

My name is Winter, and what I desire most I can’t have.

Flashes of the night I was drugged rush back to me. His strong arms carrying me through the streets of Paris. The feel of his heart beating as my head rested against his chest. The soft press of his lips against my forehead when he thought I was asleep.

Oh shit. I’m falling for the cowboy. Cade.

But we can’t be anything more. He has his own secrets. His own darkness he keeps hidden, like the letter he keeps with him everywhere he goes.

The letter he refuses to open.

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Writing a Romance Novel for Non Romance Readers

Romance is one of the most popular and bestselling genres today, right next to mystery and thrillers. Some people criticize romance as ‘mommy-porn’ or ‘fluff’, but there’s so much more to this genre. In real life, what do most people value and seek out above all? Love, family, relationships, being with someone who understands them and can stand by them through life. This is what makes romance novels a core part of our literary experience: because everyone wants to be loved and give love to someone.

But there’s more to life than just finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. There’s managing family conflict and graduating from college and building a career and the everyday problems that pop up for us all. There’s heartbreak and pain and demons from the past. There are big and small decisions and random life happenings. There’s humor and embarrassment and trying to fit in.

We wanted our book to have all of this—to be a romance, yes, but to also be a book about life and real people.

We wanted readers to leave Kiss Me in Paris feeling like they’d just spent a summer in Paris with Cade and Winter and had rooted for them and cried with them and laughed with them.

In order to appeal to a wide audience, we decided to infuse Kiss Me in Paris with qualities that most readers enjoy. These include:

Humor (There’s quite a bit of romantic comedy, some laugh out loud parts that we even laughed through while writing and editing them.)

A fun setting (Paris. Because whether you’ve been or not, who doesn’t want to travel to the most romantic city in the world?)

Mystery (Cade and Winter have their own secrets, but so do other characters in the book, and like life, these secrets aren’t always revealed right away.)

We also wanted our characters to experience conflicts that our readers could relate to, real life issues that we all face at one point or another. These included:

Family Issues (Cade must deal with his family dysfunction and a past that’s keeping him from living his future.)

Trying to achieve your dreams (who hasn’t dealt with this conflict? Both Cade and Winter have big dreams, but living those dreams requires them to change and grow in real ways.)

Feeling accepted by others (most people seek acceptance in life, and our characters are no different. It’s what gets Winter into so much trouble!)

By including these elements, we made Kiss Me in Paris an extremely personal novel. While reading it, you really feel what the characters are going through, because likely, you’ve experienced it yourself, or at the very least, know someone who has. However, in order to actually make you care, we had to make sure Winter and Cade were likable. So we made sure they had qualities that people admire. Cade and Winter are both:

Funny

Loyal

Determined

Smart

Of course, Cade and Winter also have flaws that get in the way of their goals. We had to carefully balance their flaws along with their likable traits to create interesting and realistic characters. That turned out to be one of the hardest things about writing Kiss Me in Paris.

But in the end, we are both proud of the book we created together. Our “book baby” as it is. It might not be for everyone. No book is. But we feel confident that while romance readers will enjoy it, it’s not just for romance readers. We’ve seen fans who aren’t avid romance fans have life changing experiences reading this book. We can’t promise that to everyone, and we were honestly shocked at how powerful some of the early reviews of Kiss Me in Paris were, but we do hope that you will find more than just a love story here. You’ll find a story of life, love, family and drama. A story with humor, mystery, sadness and inspirational moments.

A story that you can relate to, whoever you are.

What do you look for in a great book? What characteristics make you fall in love with characters? We’d love to hear what you have to say, so leave a comment here and we’ll pop over and respond!

If you’ve read Kiss Me in Paris (which is on sale right now, by the way), then let us know what you think. Did we do what we’d hoped in creating these characters and this story? What stuck with you at the end?

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Blog Tour and Teaser- 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore

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Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother’s roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush.
Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He prefers loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate’s sister shows up on the scene, she’s far too innocent and sweet for him but he can’t shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she’s seeping into his heart as well.

Baya seems determined to show her brother she’s not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson’s body to prove her point. It’s been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES.

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(Baya’s Point of View, with Bryson.)

“So”—I lean into the doorframe—“is this where you stash all the girls you bring home for the weekend?” I don’t know why I went there. I guess, deep down, a part of me wants to know just how many girls his mother might find illegal.

“I guess so.” Bryson takes in a breath as he settles my bag at my feet. “I’ve never brought a girl home before, so in a way I’m setting a precedence with you.”

My heart thumps its way into my throat. My ears pulsate with a rhythm all their own. Bryson Edwards has never brought a girl home before and now that girl is me.

“I don’t know what to say,” I whisper as he comes in close, his breath feathering over my cheek.

“Say this.” Bryson covers my mouth with his and we indulge in a heated exchange right there in the doorway. His tongue roams over mine, his teeth bite over my lip playfully. I don’t stand a chance this weekend. I’m already his in every single way.

MY THOUGHTS-

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! I really really really liked this book! Baya is a funny, smart character. She is starting college and is SHOCKED by what she finds there. Her roommate is having sex when she arrives and doesn’t really care if anyone sticks around to watch! …and even more shocking than her roommate…her brother and his roommate. They are total man whores! Unfortunately, her brother is uber protective and it’s making Baya want to break out of the “good girl” mold pretty quick.

Bryson likes to keep things casual with girls….so why is he interested in his roommate and best friends little sister? This is bound to be big trouble, but he can’t help himself.

I knew that Bryson’s secrets would come up and cause some conflict towards the end of the book, but I was suprised by what happened! Looking back…I couldn’t guessed, but I honestly was expecting something else and was glad that Moore wrote an ending like she did. It was edgy and refreshing…something different than all the other NA out there. so hooray!

Addison Moore Biography:
Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.

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**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review and Author Interview: Right Now (Moments #2) by Marie Hall

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Right Now by Marie Hall will be available September 15th!

Sometimes in life….

Things were supposed to get better when Ryan met Lili. I was supposed to move on, get a life… but I’m stuck and lost. Things with my father are not good. There are demons in our closet, big ones. Ones I want to kill him for, I’m seeing a shrink, I’m trying to get better… but my life feels out of control, like I’m a raft adrift on the sea. I don’t know where to look, how to get anchored again, and then I meet Zoe Stone. Something about her draws me out of my rut, makes me laugh for real, smile, and for the first time in years I want to be more. But what will she think when she discovers who I really am?

…all we have…

When Alexander Donovan, aka The Golden Adonis, walks into my tattoo parlor, I know I’ll do anything to make that man mine. There’s an instant connection, a need to know more about him. Everything about him. But there’s also a mystery surrounding the guy, when people look at him they only see the man that laughs, that cracks jokes and makes the world think that everything’s okay, but I see the truth… I see the darkness that lurks so deep inside few would ever recognize it. I want to help him, I want to be with him, now I just have to make him trust me enough to let me in.

Is Right Now.

My Thoughts-

 Whoa! Marie Hall does it again! I loved the first book, A Moment, in this series and book 2 delivers just as satisfying of a story! See my review for A Moment here! (and BONUS, it’s free on amazon right now! I’m not sure for how long, but you should go get it so when Right Now comes out you’ll be ready!!)

We met Alex in book one and I liked him from the start. He was a good friend and cousin, so I was pumped about him getting his own story. Zoe is super cool, I’d totally want to be her friend in real life. (She’d most likely roll her eyes at me! Haha) This book deals with the same issues as book one but from Alex’s POV. Now that his cousin is in a better place, Alex doesn’t have anyone to take care of and is having to face his own demons. Just like in book one, these tough situations are handled perfectly and I was just blown away by the depths of emotions this book made me experience. I really liked how Zoe knew Alex from years before…it reminded me of how in A Moment Ryan and Lili pass each other years before they actually meet. Also, Marie writes these incredibly sexy guys that are so strong, but equally strong female characters who help save them. I just LOVE that.

“Her voice had guided me back, her touch made me whole. I was never going to give her up. She was my drug and I was an addict. This was my woman, and in her arms I’d found myself again.” –Alex

My Alex and Zoe-

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Bonus- I got to do an author interview with Marie Hall! How lucky am I?!? check it out-

 List five adjectives to describe yourself.

Goofy. Daydreamer. Caring. Slightly neurotic. :p People watcher.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was awful. A story that will never see the light of day. As to what inspired it, when I first came into writing I was a massive fan of highlander romances. But since I don’t like doing the proper homework needed to write a historical, I decided to make him a time traveling Scot who was cursed by a gypsy witch because he’d broken her heart and was sent to modern day America as a slightly balding, heavy set man. It was a riff on Beauty and the Beast. Even back then I was obsessed with fairy tales. :p I wrote that story nearly 15 years ago. And promptly shoved it into a drawer after I finished. It was a 500 page monstrosity, obviously I didn’t have the first clue how to write a proper plot. But, the bug was born from that story and I then went on to write more books and haven’t looked back since.

What made you want to write a new adult series instead of paranormal?

To look at my backlist, you’d think I was mostly a paranormal writer. In fact, I’ve written several contemporary romances over the year, I just hadn’t published any of them until A Moment. My fans know me as a paranormal writer and publishing a contemporary romance (even though it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for over a decade) terrified me. What if my readers thought I was a traitor for “ditching” paranormal (which I have no plan to do ever, since I really enjoy writing about monsters).  My other big concern was would anyone even find my New Adult books? The market is so glutted with new author bringing out college romances. Up until A Moment, I was strictly a published paranormal author. I’d always heard that unless you were a Nora Roberts or Stephanie Meyer, trying to crossover to new genres could be a death knell. But Ryan and Alex were so important to me, I knew theirs was the first story I would publish, because I had to tell it.

Your books in the Moments series handle really tough subjects, how do you handle all those emotions while writing?

I’ve experienced many of those emotions in my life. It’s not hard for me to channel absolute terror, or self-loathing, or fear. I’ve been through cancer, had a child land in NICU the first few weeks of his life, seen the devastating effect first hand of what rape does to a person… I’ve lived with those emotions for so long that it was almost cathartic to set them to paper. To put them out there and finally let them go.

In what type of atmosphere do you prefer to write?

Absolute quiet. I get crazy distracted. I try not to, but it’s very difficult for me to focus around sound. My ideal writing place is in a garden during sunrise. It’s very inspiring to me and the time I best think.

Are there any songs you listened to on repeat while writing Right Now?

Not a one. I had a soundtrack going on in my head during A Moment. Silver Springs, obviously. Nutcase by Alice in Chains. Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift, Shellsuite by Chad Valley, Are you gonna kiss me or not by Thompson Square, Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, The unwinding cable car by Anberlin, Make War by Tedashi, Back at one by Brian McKnight. I mean you can literally track which scene I’m writing by which song. But when I tried to turn on the radio for Right Now, I found that I just knew Alex too well to need the inspiration. By that point it almost felt like I was writing a bibliography and not a romance because Alex was as real to me as my own sister.

What made you choose Austin, Texas as the location for the Moments series? Have you been there? If so, do you have a favorite restaurant/landmark/activity there? (As a proud Texan, I loved the setting! woohoo!)

I’m Panamanian and most of my family who’ve come from Panama has settled in Texas somewhere. Many of them are in Central, Texas. But a few years ago my husband and I (thanks to him being military) were stationed in San Antonio, TX. (Which I LOVE by the way, GO SPURS GO) and whenever we’d drive up to visit my family in Killeen, we’d have to pass through Austin. I just love that city. And while I’ve never personally been there except driving down the freeway, it just felt right. University of Texas is my husband’s favorite college town so I adopted it as my own and the fact that the city is so obviously proud of their weirdness just made it the perfect choice.

In your downtime from writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?

We live in Hawaii now. We go to the beach! :p But I’m also a HUGE Disney fanatic and now that they’ve built a Disney resort here, we love to just go hang out there on the weekends, eat lunch, and people watch. I love to just study people, see how different cultures interact and socialize. I think if I hadn’t been writing, I might have eventually become an anthropologist. The study of people and cultures fascinates me.

Who are your favorite authors? What’s your favorite book/series?

Umm… do we have enough time? LOL. Well, I grew up on Johanna Lindsey (thanks to my grandma whose closet was full of them, it’s how I first discovered romances). Then I saw a new genre spring up, paranormal romances and I inhaled anything and everything Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Eventually I got turned onto Karen Marie Moning and Kresley Cole’s IAD series. I’m equally as fanatic about the NA genre. I love Tammara Webber and Jessica Sorenson, Samantha Young and let’s not forget the Queen Colleen Hoover. Yeah, little known fact, most writers are readers too and I’m a definite fan girl.

Do you have any tattoos or peircings that Zoe would be proud of?

I’ve got a pretty huge hummingbird on my back shoulder and a cross on top of my foot. My nose is pierced and so is my cartilage. So I think Zoe and I could hang. I’m also planning another tattoo in the very near future.

If you could be any mythical creature, which would you want to be?

A mermaid, of course!

What’s your favorite quote? (book, movie, famous person)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou  Since I’m all about writing very emotional characters, I love that quote.

Coffee or tea?

Tea, absolutely. Why do you think Ryan loves his chamomile? *grin*

Thanks Marie!

**I recieved this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Blog Tour: Do You Remember by Mandy Baggot

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First Love. First Loss. Last chance?

2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?

Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.

Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon?

Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth?

 My Thoughts-

Wow! What an incredible book!

I absolutely fell in love with this story. I don’t want to give much away, but you will adore this book! Mandy Baggot weaves together a beautiful story full of hard times, falling in love and searching for the truth. I particularly loved the alternating timelines. We get a little bit of now, then a little bit of the past. It was just enough to leave me wanting more each time, and by the end I was so desperate to find out what happened!! Guy was super sexy, so no complaints there! I mean, he’s a sexy French Footballer!

5 stars to this stunning story about first loves and last chances!

About the Author-

do you remember2Mandy Baggot brings you award-winning fiction! In 2012 she won the coveted Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her novel Strings Attached was also short listed for Best Author Published Read!

Mandy writes strong contemporary romance and characters you’ll fall in love with. Previously self-published, she was traditionally signed by US publishing house Sapphire Star Publishing in January 2012. Shortly afterwards she became a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.  She has recently signed a two book deal with Harper Collins’ Romance Imprint, Harper Impulse.

She regularly writes of writing magazines and blogs and is a regular contributor to online magazine, Loveahappyending Lifestyle.

Mandy lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and two cats called Kravitz and Springsteen.

She is an advocate for women in business and belongs to the networking group Women on Wednesdays.

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