Blog Tour & Review: Used by Lynetta Halat

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Synopsis Pink Lips

I am a slut. No worries. I’ve come to terms with it, and you will too. I’m not one of those girls who thinks she’s too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy … no, I don’t have that kind of luck. I’m the girl who knows she’s just right for everyone. — Denver

A reputation as a manwhore–with–a–heart–of–gold tends to precede me. But, I don’t do girls with issues, that is until this girl. It’s this girl I want to fix. This girl I want to protect. And maybe … more. — Ransom

Being in love with the same girl your entire life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She uses me in every way imaginable. How does she see me? I am her perpetual one-night stand. No strings, no attachments. Just mind-numbing sex … for her anyway. — Greer

Feeling like the life is being choked out of her in the small town of Anaconda, Montana, Denver Dempsey craves the escape that college offers … even if that means leaving her “best friend with benefits” and looking for a new way to forget. Thinking she’s found the perfect hookup in Ransom, Denver’s outlook on college is bright. That is, until Greer shows up looking for a second chance, and Ransom’s interest turns to hatred.

Love. Hate. Triangle.

Who’s using who?

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Melanie's Review

Unlovable. And if you’re unlovable, you’re incapable of love too. – Denver

Once I started reading this book, I had a very hard time putting it down. It is told in the POV of Denver and Ransom, but there is a third character, Greer, that is a very big part of the story. Through much of the book I am so rooting for Greer and wishing Ransom would get out of the picture. Then around 75% everything changed.

Denver is so very broken but also very strong at the same time. Her mother is a golddigger who cares more about her current husband (she is on her 7th) then she cares about her own daughter and she has a reputation for being a whore. Denver’s father left after her mother destroyed him and now he doesn’t want much to do with her because he says that they are just alike and he sees her as a reminder of the women that ruined him.

 … real love is a learned behavior, and I’ve never had anyone teach me. My mother’s version of love is that it’s a tool wielded to get you what you want, and once that’s acquired, you set your sights on the next objective, and repeat. If that’s not enough, my dad taught me that when you let love in, it destroys you and spoils everything good about you. – Denver

Greer, lives next door and is Denver’s saving grace and best friend. They spend as much time together as possible. When they are 16 a mutual attraction starts and they begin to kindle a romance. He has always loved Denver and wants to make her his wife one day and wants their first time to be on their wedding night.

 Do you have any idea how many times I’ve dreamt of taking you? But every single time I do, you’re surrounded by clouds of white lace and rose petals. We’re laughing, and we’re happy. I’ve always wanted to make you mine, but not until the day you become my wife. – Greer

 But then everything changes, and Denver’s life turns upside down.

 A few weeks before our magical summer would come to an end, my world shattered. And I used the broken shards from the wreckage to carve up my life until it was virtually unrecognizable. – Denver

When they go off to college, Denver finds herself undeniably attracted to Ransom. Although she keeps telling herself that she should be with Greer, even though they are just “friends”, she loves Greer but she is not in love with him. Too much has happened.

 Denver is so full of self-hate that she can’t see anything else. She calls herself a slut even though she has only ever been with Greer. When people talk about her and calls her a slut based on untrue rumors, she doesn’t try to defend herself, she just says, ‘yup, I am a slut and I like it’.

Although Ransom has a reputation for being a man-whore, he does not like sluts, and it infuriates him that he wants her so bad, but he stays away because he has ‘rules’ about women. But when he finds Denver crying and broken under a stairway, he can’t keep himself from helping her.

 I tell myself I’m standing over her and looking down on her to make sure she’s sleeping peacefully, but I call bullshit on myself. I don’t make it a habit of lying to myself, ever. I’m staring at her because she is beautiful and hurting and… just so damn loveable. I tried to fight that after I learned all that shit about her, but it was too fucking late. And it didn’t change a damn thing for me. Lord knows I’d tried. If anything, my feelings have intensified, knowing that she’s a hell of a lot stronger than I’d ever imagined. – Ransom

The ending – wow I did not see that coming! All I can say is book 2 should be VERY interesting! It isn’t a HEA, but it isn’t really a cliffhanger either. The book ends but the story is in no way over.

 5 Stars!!!!!

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About the Author

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Since the dawn of time, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written innumerable stories and plays. A lover of good books, bad boys, and kickass tunes, she’d always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember. She also has a secret penchant for wringing the emotions out of unsuspecting readers, and she collects reader’s tears in much the same way that wine connoisseurs collect their favorite vintage.

Her first novel, Every Rose, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing, effectively burrowing her way into the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. Everything I’ve Never Had was her follow-up adult romance novel. Now, she has penned Used, a New Adult Romance that she hopes sinks its teeth into you and doesn’t let go.

Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a Master’s degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she also minored in snark and interpretive dance. She lives somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she’s not writing riveting stories, she likes to focus on her macramé art and her scouring of eBay, where she buys locks of hair from her favorite rock stars, most especially Bret Michaels and Dave Grohl.

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Blog Tour: Review of Deeper by Robin York

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Synopsis Pink Lips

In this New Adult debut by Robin York, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.
 
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

Melanie's Review

What is you go after the love of your life and it ruins you? What if you don’t, and you figure out you’re already ruined? – West

I don’t know where to begin. This book will stay with me for a while. I had my heart broken, felt betrayal and lust, witnessed ugliness and compassion, embraced hope, fell in love, understood hatred and the pull of revenge. But most of all I got to see a broken, lost girl find herself to become stronger than anyone could have imagined. This book is about Caroline and West. Two people who fight with all that they had to stay away from each other, only to succumb to the inevitable pull to be near each other.

 … he turns his head and kisses my jaw, openmouthed. It’s like satin. Like lightening. I don’t know what it’s like. I do know that it’s not what’s supposed to be happening at all. Except that the atmosphere West is creating makes me feel like this is what’s supposed to be happening. Exactly this. The West menace is, like, sex in aerosol form. He’s making it with his body, and then he’s putting it all over me. – Caroline

Caroline has had a pretty nice life. She is the youngest of three daughters being raised by her father who is a Judge. She is Daddy’s little girl and she is held high on a pedestal. Caroline and her boyfriend Nate had been together for three years. They got together in high school and went to the same college. When she realizes that they are drifting apart, she decides to break-up with him, but Nate wants revenge. While they were intimate Nate had taken some pictures of Caroline in sexual situations and he posts them online along with her name, college, email address and phone number. Everyone at school has seen the pictures. Everyone knows. Instead of people blaming Nate, they blame her. And she blames herself.

 Got what you deserved, didn’t you? Slut. It was them. The men. They follow me around. Their voices. Their vile opinions, now an endless stream of negative color commentary on my life. I’d still fuck her, they say when I turn on the tap, Fuck that bitch until she walks funny. I don’t care about her face.

… but I am hurt, Inside me, under my rib cage, hiding somewhere deep beneath my lungs, there’s raw, sliced-open flesh that won’t close up. It hurts all the time. – Caroline

West. West, West, West. West hasn’t had an easy life. He grew up in a rundown trailer with his mom and little sister, Frankie. His father is a loser and comes in and out of their lives. Before he left for college, he was raising Frankie. He got her ready for bed, tucked her in, made sure she had food and had her homework done. They move into his Bo’s (mom’s boyfriend) house while one of the times his dad disappears and West feels as though it is time to do something for himself since his sister is being taken care of with Bo around, so he drives across the country to go to Putnam College.

 I’m sick of fucking worrying about her all of the time. That’s the worst part about Caroline – the endless nagging worry of her. It was bad enough last year, when I met her and fell for her and swore to myself I’d never touch her again, all in the same day.

The problem with Caroline isn’t that I want her. The problem is that I want to help her, want to learn her, want to fix her, and I can’t do that. I can’t get caught up with her, or she’ll distract me and I’ll wreck everything.

I can’t give in to this, because the worst thing about Caroline is that I’ve never promised her anything, but she’s here, anyway. It’s as if she knows. She doesn’t know. She can’t. She can’t know that when I make a promise, I keep it. Or that I’m afraid if I start promising her things, I won’t ever be able to quit. – West

This book was so well written and made me just, feel. I can’t believe that this is a debut novel! The end killed me. I was hoping, praying that it wouldn’t end that way but I think I knew better. But somehow, even though it made me full-on-ugly cry, the ending worked. Caroline needs to solidify who she is and how incredibly strong she is. West needs to realize that he can’t save everyone. That he needs to put himself first for a little while.

 The story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but it is far from over. Book two comes out in July and I have no idea how I will wait that long. I want it now. NOW.

I loved, loved, LOVED Deeper and is now and will always be one of my all-time favorites.

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Robin 18e33242e0460a7e9d9a72_L__V354038220_SX200_York grew up at a college, went to college, signed on for some more college, and then married a university professor. She still isn’t sure why it didn’t occur to her to write New Adult sooner. Writing as Ruthie Knox, she is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance, including RITA-finalists About Last Night and Room at the Inn. She moonlights as a mother, makes killer salted caramels, and sorts out thorny plot problems while running, hiking, or riding her bike.

 

Blog Tour & Review: Unraveled (Woodlands #3) by Jen Frederick

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Synopsis Pink Lips

Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.

Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?

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This is the third book in the Woodlands series  but can be read as a standalone because each book features a different couple.

Sam is a 22 year old Army widow. She married her high school sweetheart two months before he died in Afghanistan from an IED. Will has been gone for two years now and she has not been able to move on. His things are all over her condo as if he were going to walk in the door. She is filled with guilt that she didn’t move to Alaska will Will while he was in pararescue training, she lost touch with her friends, and she closed herself off to everyone around her. She has basically given up on being happy because all of her hopes and dreams were wrapped up in Will.

 Will was still taking up a lot of space in my mind and my condo. And it was time to let him go. All of those future plans I had made with Will weren’t ever going to come true. Not the two kids we talked about having or the dogs. Not the places we were going to see or the trips we were going to take. None of those things were going to happen now… Silent, hot tears started rolling down my face but they weren’t really tears of sadness. But they were tears nonetheless of all the things that I’d felt for Will. I was sorry to let him go, but it was time. – Sam

 Gray is a Marine. His father and grandfather were both career Marines and all he can remember wanting to do was be a Marine. It is who he is. When he is faced with the decision to re-enlist after serving for eight years, for the first time in his life, he is not sure what he wants to do. After receiving a very rare opportunity to take 45 days leave, he heads to where two of his ex-Marine friends live. Those two friends just happen to be Noah & Bo (from books one & two) and finds them both blissfully in love. But Gray didn’t trust women anymore. Not after catching the women he loved with another man when he came home early to surprise her. So, he closed his heart off and limits himself to friends with benefits because he doesn’t ever want to be that vulnerable again.

The sex in this book is seriously hot. I don’t remember the first two books being that hot. Wow like smoking. I loved the dirty talk! I which I could put a bit in the review but I would need to put an XXX warning at the top!

Sam & Gray know going in that this was just temporary. Sam was finding herself again and Gray was trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. They only has 45 days, but that was all it took for them to fall in love and then it was anything but temporary.

 I stared into her green eyes and not once did she look like she was anywhere but right here with me. I saw my reflection there. Her heartbeat was made wild by my kisses. The ring on her finger was gone and her condo was empty of most everything but yarn. It was a place I felt like I could be comfortable in. And temporary was the farthest thing from my mind. – Gray

 Loved it!!

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Spotlight: Scorpions MC Prequel: RYDER by Jani Kay

Title: Scorpions MC Prequel: RYDER

Author: Jani Kay

Release Date:  January 28, 2014

Synopsis Pink Lips

All Jade ever wants is an intelligent, well-mannered, and highly educated man like her daddy. One who has stellar career prospects as he climbs the corporate ladder to success. A good provider who will give her a stable life and a gorgeous house in the right neighborhood. A charmed life.

Everything orderly and well balanced.

Her perfect match.

Isn’t that what every woman wants?

What she doesn’t want is a smartass, cocky, rough-around-the-edges biker. One who has tattoos and piercings, and looks like a sex god. One who is demanding and controlling. The ultimate alpha male who storms into her life and shakes her to the core.

Jade never saw it coming. Ryder is the one man she can’t resist. He shows her what she really needs. Him.

All Ryder wants is inner peace. Freedom from the hatred churning in his gut.

Since his mother deserted him, his life has turned to sh*t.

He’s killed a man, lost his brother and fought for his survival. All before turning twelve.

Saved by Razor and Cobra, sons of the Scorpions, he owes his life and allegiance to them. The Scorpion MC is his only family. One he will serve and protect till his dying breath.

What he doesn’t need in his life is a smart mouthed woman who thinks she’s better than him. One who pushes every one of his buttons. One who challenges him to want to be more than a drifter. One who makes him question everything he’s ever known.

Ryder never saw it coming. He can’t get Jade out of his head. She shows him what he really wants. Her.

About the Author

Jani has been married for  a long time to a special man, and her two children and their partners are the

sunshine in her life. She is a voracious reader and would spend her last dollar on a book – always fascinated that for the mere price of a book, she can escape her world for a while and see through someone else’s eyes.

Besides reading, her favorite ‘thing’ is  traveling – she has traveled the world, learning about the ways people live and

has come to the realization that no matter where we live, we all ultimately  want the same things. Her hobby – Scrapbooking – keeps her up till way after

midnight and her usual subjects are her family and her travels. Ever since she can remember, Jani wanted to  write stories about people, about their lives and loves. Relationships and

Happiness – arguably the most difficult things to master in life and yet  exactly what everyone ultimately desires (in her humble opinion).

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Review: After the Storm (Storm #1) by M. Stratton

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Alexia “Lexi” Hanson moved across country and rebuilt her life after the attack that could have destroyed her. She enjoys her simple life in the beach cottage. Life was complete in her eyes.

Noah Matthews is Rock & Roll’s hottest star and on top of the world. After years without a break he finds the solitude he craves at his beach house. Enjoying his early morning coffee Noah was surprised to watch his neighbor sneak into his garden and start crawling around.

They never saw what was coming that fateful morning. Someone else was watching them. Someone who thought she belonged to him and would stop at nothing to have her.

Lives are changed forever when they meet amongst the blooms in his garden. Even when things seem darkest, there is always light After the Storm.

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Melanie's Review

Lexi lives on the beach in Massachusetts with her dog Pepper in the home that her grandmother left her when she passed away. She has lived there for a few years and has never meet the man who owns the house next door but is very friendly with the live in care takers. Lexi keeps to herself and has no family in the area with the exception of her late grandmothers best friends who are the funniest old ladies you could ever meet! Every LOL was due to those crazy ladies!

Noah is the front man of the very successful and famous band the Last Stand, and just happens to be Lexi’s very flirtatious elusive next door neighbor. After years of touring and recording, Noah heads to his beach house on the east coast to enjoy his secluded property where the paparazzi can’t find him. When he see’s Lexi taking photos of the flowers in his garden he can’t help but to enjoy the view.

Lexi recognizes him right away but never treats him any differently than any other average Joe. But she doesn’t know how to take his non-stop flirting. She doesn’t take his advances seriously because she just figures that that is just the way he is. They become fast friends and started spending a lot of time together.

She dreamed of running her finger over every contour of his shoulders and chest, wondered what it would be like to be held in those arms. How his muscles would feel under her hands as he lifted her, her body pressed against his. Their lips close, hovering just before connecting in a battle of dominance, her fingers digging into his shoulders as she tried to get closer. – Lexi

 When Lexi starts to feel like her past is creeping up on her with the uneasy feeling of being watched Noah starts going caveman wanting to protect her.

 “What is it about you? I can’t get you out of my head. I stare out of my windows hoping to catch a glimpse of you like some lovesick teenager. I would do anything, give anything, to see your smile. I want to know everything about you. I want to know every curve of your body, to taste every inch of you. Take you places you’ve never been before. Protect you. Cherish you. Make love to you. No one has ever had this effect on me before. You already matter too much to me. I’m going to take care when it comes to you. I won’t use you and throw you away like I’ve done in the past. I’m going to prove to you that I am more than just some rocker who used to party too hard and didn’t care for anyone but himself.  If I have to spend the next eighty years proving to you how much you mean to me, I will do it every single day.” – Noah

Noah and Lexi are so cute together! The suspense that is lurking in the background of the love story keeps you on your toes and turning the pages. It makes it a very unpredictable story line and I want to read book two, to see what develops next.

 This author has a lot of potential and is one to watch for future works.

 3.75 STARS!

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M. Stratton i7063095s an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her debut novel After the Storm. She is a self-proclaimed dork that loves to make people laugh and can trip over nothing. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd but is quiet and shy on the outside.

She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

When not writing you can find M. watching football (Go Bears!), NASCAR, or classic movies, watching her husband and father restore classic cars, and seeing who can be sillier, her or her son, and of course reading.

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