Guest Review – Ella Reviews Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines @AbbiGlines

Ella Reviews Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines

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Fallen Too Far was Blaire’s story. Now it’s time for Rush to share his side.

Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

 

Ella’s Review

 

Of the many series I’ve read, one of my favorites is Abbi Glines’ Rosemary Beach series, of which the first three books focus on the love story between Blaire and Rush.  The first book in the series, Fallen Too Far, was told entirely from Blaire’s POV, while the next two alternated between Rush and Blaire’s perspectives.

 

When I found out Fallen Too Far would soon have a companion novel, Rush Too Far, told entirely from Rush’s POV, I was beyond excited, but also hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed.  I hoped it wouldn’t just retell the story, but also offer insight into Rush’s thought process and help me understand what had been going on behind the scenes, when Blaire wasn’t present.

 

Well, I’m happy to report that I absolutely loved Rush Too Far!  Reading the story from Rush’s perspective explained so much of what he’d done when he and Blaire first met, including things that, initially, had made me wonder about his true intentions and the type of person he was.  The more I understood his family history, and particularly his relationship with his sister, Nan, the more I sympathized with him.  I watched as he struggled to reconcile the lies he’d been told, his entire life, with what, he was learning, was the truth about Blaire and her family.  Many of his actions, which had seemed cruel or insensitive when I’d read Fallen Too Far, suddenly made sense, and helped me see that Rush’s heart had always been in the right place, despite how things may have looked when originally told from Blaire’s POV.

 

This book actually made me love Rush even more, and helped me better appreciate his and Blaire’s story on the whole.  Naturally, I couldn’t help myself, and wound up rereading the entire Rosemary Beach series yet again!

I highly recommend this book, and give Rush Too Far a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

 

*Please note that the prologue in Rush Too Far makes reference to events from the second and third books, so I would recommend reading those prior to Rush Too Far.*

 

Be sure to check out the other books in this series.

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About the Author

Abbi Glines

Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Last, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. Her newest book scheduled to be released on December 17th, 2013 is Misbehaving (Seabreeze).

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

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Thank you Ella for your guest review!

Mwah…

~Susi

 

 

 

Whisper to Me by Christina Lee Blog Tour and Giveaway @Christina_Lee04

 

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Hot and consuming, this is a New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…

At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for ripped athletes. No one at college knows her heart was ripped to shreds by her high school boyfriend, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle. And then subsequently abandoned her. No one really knows Rachel Mattson at all, with one exception…
Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that horrible night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is also back, groveling for her forgiveness.

Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Now that Kai has had a taste of Rachel, he’s willing to do anything just to have her touch him again, even hiding his true feelings. After all, she only wants a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But perhaps it had been more all along.

 

My Review

 

Dear Christina,

I decided to write my review in the form of a letter to you.   I want to start off with these words.  “Kai is smoking hot!”  Seriously!    I am so glad that I went on to NetGalley and discovered your book.  I had never read any of your books until Whisper to Me.   I picked it out because I noticed that it could be read as a stand alone.  Well, you have a new fan.  I truly admire and enjoy your writing.  This story, my introduction to your writing was an amazing read.  I am now working my way back to the first two books because I loved your characters and want more of their stories.

As a fan of New Adult books, Whisper to Me  has now made it to the top of my faves list.  Your well written characters have found a place in my heart.  They are easy to relate to and easy to love.  From the moment I met Rachel, I instantly liked her.  She seemed real, friendly, and proved to be a pretty tough girl.  Her traumatic experience may have left her scarred but it also made her find love.

Then, I met Kai.  Swoon…… He is the epitome of hot!  What woman doesn’t love a sexy musician with piercings?  Oh… the piercings.   He was easy to love from the very beginning of the book.  His tender caregiver side makes him so perfect too.  Did I mention I love his “dirty talk?”  Oh, he can whisper into my ear any time.

I loved the way you created characters with such a significant similarity.  This similarity helped make them all the more compatible.  Their chemistry once reunited is totally undeniable. Their connection emotionally made their physical connection more intense.

Like I said, I had not read the previous books but this book was so well written and gave me enough background on the characters that I was able to follow and understand the story/plot with ease.

I am a true romantic.  I am also a fan of stories where the boy next door falls in love with his longtime friend.  Written in both Rachel and Kai’s POV allowed me to get into their heads and understand their emotions and their own internal struggles.  Thanks for making them such fantastic characters.

Finally, I cannot forget the sex, well, after all, Kai…. need I say more.  This dirty talker made his way into my heart.  You did an amazing job writing and bringing their intense sexual chemistry to life.

This is one of the books that truly made me smile when I got to the point where I understood the title.

As I mentioned before, you have a new fan.  I look forward to reading more of your writing.

I gave this book 5 sexy stars!

Sincerely,

~Susi

Reading and Writing Between The Wines Blog

 

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss, salted caramel everything, and believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

 

 

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Twisted by Emma Chase – Excerpt and Pre-Order Links

Have you pre-ordered Twisted by Emma Chase yet?  Well, get to it!

 Here is a sexy excerpt for your enjoyment along with pre-order links.  

Release Date:  March 25, 2014

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Excerpt:

I close my eyes and let his words wash over me.  Drew has an amazing voice. Calm and soothing – but devilishly seductive at the same time.  He totally could’ve gone into radio.
I press another button.

And this time his tone is teasing.  “Kaate, you’re late. . Tell Delores to pick out her own god damn shoes. You’ve got a boyfriend who’s  sitting in a big, frothy Jacuzzi all by his lonesome. Come home, sweetheart. I’m here waiting for you.”

If only that was true today.

There’s more – some are quick and to the point, some are downright dirty.  And I listen to every single one.  He doesn’t say ‘I love you’ in any of them – but he doesn’t have to.  I hear it in every word. Every time he says my name.

Buy / Pre-Order Links

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Bio- Emma Chase
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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

Cover Reveal – Rogue by Katy Evans

I am super excited to share this amazing cover today.  I know many of us have been anxiously waiting for it.  It is soooo awesome!!!

Rogue by Katy Evans

Release Date: July 29, 2014

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SUMMARY:
 

ROGUE

Greyson King…
My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He’s the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something.
He
Lied.


His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero.
There’s zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future.
He may leave no trace of him anywhere, but his imprint is in me, in my very soul—and I hate that a mere look at him commands the beat of my heart. The temperature of my body.
I’ve looked for love my entire life. I’ve waited for the butterflies, the rainbows…
Instead I’m in a free fall of emotions and there’s no one to catch me but the one man I should be running away from. The one man I thought was my prince charming.
Except this prince charming went rogue.
Greyson will stop at nothing to make me be with him. He’ll let no one stand in our way, will allow no one to threaten me, and maybe this is what scares me most of all…

What will my rogue do to keep me?

Pre-order Rogue today!

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Have your met Remington yet?  Here are the links to Real, Mine and Remy.  Trust me, you will not be able to put these down!
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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love, married him, and now they are hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…
 

Review: A Gentleman’s Secret by A.J. Linn

A Gentleman’s Secret by A.J. Linn

Book 2 in the Gentleman’s Series by A.J. Linn

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Donovan Hart has finally found his unico vero amore’ in the beautiful Scarlett Montgomery, but the question remains…will he be able keep her?

Will his secret be too much for her to handle, or…will hers be too much for him to handle?

A Gentleman’s Secret is an unpredictable ride full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Two people desperate to escape the sins of their past, hoping to find the one thing that has been missing…Love.
But, is love really enough to conquer all?

My Review

A Gentleman’s Secret picks up right where the first book ends.  I loved that I was able to continue following Donovan on his journey of love and dreams without any interruptions in the story.  Having surpassed the final events in A Gentleman’s Affair, this story is a little different.  Donovan and Scarlett both have secrets to reveal and in the process, the story and their lives encounter twists, turns and even an unexpected surprise from Donovan’s father.

Donovan continues to be the sexy, witty bachelor I fell in love with in AGA.  In this book, we see a more lovable side to him.   Seriously, what is there not to love? We also see a different side to his father, which was a pleasant surprise.  The beautiful Scarlett brings out Donovan’s best. Just like in AGA, his inner dialogue makes this story from his POV so much fun to read.

We finally get to visit his club, with Scarlett.  His secrets and his past lie in this club.  Scarlett’s past is also introduced in this story.  It seems they both have things to put behind them.  It is also understandable why they have been keeping their past out of their present.

I felt a range of emotions when reading this story.  I experienced angst, happiness, love and even laughed out loud several times.  This book just like AGA is brilliantly written.  It is a fantastic read that I recommend to all.

I am a fan of A.J. Linn and look forward to his next book. What surprises does he have in store for us? I cannot wait for more Donovan and Scarlett.

I gave this book 5 stars!

More of my favorite Lines/Inner Dialogue

“Alright, baby girl.” I smirk as I break away with a shit-eating grin across my face. “I really hate to break this up, but I don’t think this is the right time and place for the huge boner that you’ve now given me.”

Who knew that all it would take was the offer of a shopping trip? Are women actually that easy to please? I am now taking notes…

Scarlett lets out a gasp, then rather orgasmic-sounding moan as she holds up a pair of crystal-adorned slingback Manolos, which I will now and forever refer to as Moanolos.

“Well Scarlett, I’m no saint. You must be figuring that out by now.”

“You, Scarlett. You are what I love,” I reply, shaking my head. “Don’t you get that by now?”

“I’m ready…and it took my mom’s accident for me to come to the realization that we have no way of knowing if we will get another tomorrow, so if you want to do something, you just do it.”

“No buts. Everything is going to be alright, I promise.” I pull her into my arms, reassuring her that  I’m here, and that I’m not going anywhere. We sit silently in a tight embrace for a few moments, and then I pull back, looking into her eyes with intent.

“This is how rich fuckers handle things, got it?”

“You should have trusted me. You should have known that I would have done anything for you…That I still would.”

I have become that boyfriend…correction…fiance, again…re-fianced, as it were, that carries the bags. But I digress, because, fuck it. She is happy, and I am rich.

Stay up to date on A.J.Linn’s writing by following The Gentleman’s Hub.

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Sexy Snippet – Father & Son by Michelle Day

Last year I read and reviewed Prodigal Son Book One of the The Jensen Family Series by Michelle Day.  I got to ogle/interview the cheeky Paul himself too. (Click on links to review and interview via Bookish Temptations Book Blog)

Later on last year, Michelle Day released her stunning cover for Father & Son.

Here is a sexy snippet from the upcoming Father & Son.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

Thank you Michelle for this teaser!

And as soon as I know the release date for this book, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Enjoy!

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Paul paused and downed the remaining beer in his bottle. His height allowed him to peer over the heads of the
people surrounding him and wave the empty bottle at one of the club’s floor staff who immediately ducked away to get him another and replace
his empty bottle. With his drink taken care of, he turned his attention back to the woman in front of him, yet another of his sisters’ friends,
Faye who was flirting outrageously with him, her hands on his hips as they danced. Sliding his free hand around her waist, he pulled her
closer, his knee slipping easily between her legs while her hands glided up his stomach to rest on his chest.
He gripped Faye closer, enjoying the feel of her body against his, knowing that at any second,
Tessa could easily, with just a look, stop her friend from grinding on her brother but not caring at this particular moment in time. Faye
moved easily with him and fit him perfectly and he took a moment to ponder what it would be like to get naked and slide into that hot
little body.  Hands on his back pushed him closer to Faye and he held her tighter, almost positive he heard her moan at the contact but he
couldn’t be certain, the music was far too loud to allow for conversation, the only communication being gestures and body language.
The hands traversed his back to caress his neck before pushing into his damp hair.
Accustomed as he was to being groped while at the club, he took little notice and just enjoyed the feel of a hot body pressed to
his front while another caressed his back. Faye’s hand slipped into his shirt and pressed against his heated skin and from the look on her
face, he was now absolutely certain that she had moaned moments before.
As he lowered his head to take a taste of her skin, he felt her stiffen in his grip and thought for a split second that he’d read the signs
wrong, pulling back to look at her, her saw the reason for her discomfort standing beside her, smiling at him, radiant in her red
dress and fuck me heels.  Unaware of the girl code that had passed between his sisters friends when news of his hook up with Suzanne had circulated amongst them that he was generally considered off limits to anyone but her, he was puzzled by Faye’s reaction to Suzanne’s presence but relaxed as Fay stepped back from him and hugged Suzanne before blowing him a kiss and dancing away.
Taking a leisurely look at her from head to toe, he offered her a sip of his now replenished drink and watched hungrily as her lips wrapped around the bottle and her throat moved upon swallowing. He took the bottle when she handed it back then wrapped one arm around her, smiling as her hands wound around his neck
and they began to move, oblivious to everything but each other.
A heavy beat sounded throughout the club as they pulled each other closer. Paul’s head bowed, his lips mere millimeters from her neck as he watched her
pulse beat, smelled her unique scent and ground his hips into hers. He’d never wanted her more than he did right at this moment and knowing he
couldn’t have her only served to make him want her even more. He danced her backwards towards the edge of the dance floor to give them both a
little space from the bodies pressing into them and drew back to look into her eyes, seeing his own desire reflected there, bowing his head
to kiss her parted lips, he suddenly stopped, he had no idea where this sudden bout of will power came from but he managed to avoid her lips
and press his own to her cheek instead as her hands clasped his neck tighter. Dancing with him felt so right, they way they moved and fit
together, his scent mingling with hers, so familiar and erotic at the same time. His muscled thigh between her legs, his hand spanning the
small of her back, the feel of him beneath her fingers, his breath on her neck as she tilted her head, unconsciously inviting the pressure of
his lips. She moved with him as he danced them backwards towards the edge of the dance floor, the air here was marginally cooler allowing
her to breathe and realize she really shouldn’t be dancing with him like this. She made the mistake of looking into his deep brown eyes as
he pulled back and knew she was lost, the look on his face told her just how much he wanted her and the realization made her gasp as he
lowered his head. When he paused, she thought he was just teasing but when his lips touched her cheek, she knew he’d somehow managed to rein
himself in and was keeping this marginally within the friend zone.