HAPPY RELEASE DAY!! Finding Purgatory by Kristina M. Sanchez

For those of you who’re into angst – this one is for you. But beware – it ends on a positive note. It’s life. It’s real. It’s gorgeous.

So it’s no secret Kristina is a dear friend. She’s in fact one of the most opinionated, infuriating, quirky and incredibly talented people I know.

She’s also a fantastic writer and Finding Purgatory is her 2nd novel released. Her first published work, Duplicity is a novella and One to Tell the Grandkids is her first novel that release in 2014. Both are great reads and highly recommended.

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In one short moment, Ani Novak’s life is turned upside down. Her beautiful family is destroyed and she is left completely alone. With an unnamed desire, she seeks out the little sister she had walked away from when she was nineteen.

Tori Kane is barely eighteen, jaded, and reluctantly in need of her sister’s help. While Ani is in the position to financially support her sister, the one thing Tori really needs money can’t buy and Ani no longer knows how to give—trust.

Neither of them expected paradise, but they want more than the hell their lives have become. There has to be a middle ground between heaven and hell where they can just be.

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Finding Purgatory is awesome in a whole different way than anything you’ll normally read. You won’t find it packed with sex and the romance is not jumping off the page. Kris is an expert in “telling” relationships. She can write those suckers like it’s nobody’s business. And in FP there are some interesting ones.

In Finding Purgatory Ani and Tori’s stories are twined in a basic way, but that’s where basic ends and a helluvalot of complicated begins.

Finding Purgatory is about incredibly challenging loss, about finding life, about dealing with conflicting situations and yes, about rediscovering love, in its most basic and pure forms.

Grab Finding Purgatory on Amazon today and help spread the word.

(also, hint hint – both Duplicity and OtTtG are FREE through Friday, April 3rd)

I’m giving this beautiful story 5 because it’s really, really, truly worth them.

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Taken by Charlotte Stein

I was never a hairy hunk type of girl. Until Han.

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It was just a prank I didn’t want to be a part of. I never meant to hurt anyone, least of all Johann Weir. You wouldn’t know that he sells literature for a living. He has these wild eyes—eyes that light something up in me—and he must be twice as big as I am, with strong, warm hands. Hands I try not to imagine everywhere.

He scares me. And thrills me.

But now the deed is done, and I have to face the consequences. He says he just wants to hold me here until the police come, but it’s been hours and I’m still here.

Chained to a pipe in his back room like a prisoner.

The only person I have to talk to is Johann, and I tell him dark, shameful secrets—secrets that involve the metal around my wrist and him standing over me. But I can’t stop. I need him to know everything. I need him.

Johann has his own secrets—ones he wants to tell me too. And more than anything, I want to listen. And maybe, before he sends me away, he’ll punish me.

Just a little.

Just enough.

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Rosie and Johann’s… acquaintance, if you will, is quite possibly the one that’s most weird in the history of “first laid eyes on each other moment”.

Charlotte didn’t say what the “deed” that is done actually is, so I’m not going to ruin it. But Han’s reaction to it is what one would call extreme. I call it oddly funny. His reaction, though, plays right into Rosie’s fantasies.

Typical to Stein’s writing, the story is mostly in the MC’s head. It’s her thoughts, her desires, and her view on how things unfold. Rosie’s pov is very aware. She’s aware of her wishes, she’s aware of what’s going on, and she’s mostly aware of Han and his reactions and wiles. She’s also got one heck of a wild imagination.

Then we have Han, who’s view of himself is so distorted, he both sees Rosie and doesn’t at all. Or more like doesn’t see her impression of him. And boy, is that quite an impression.

Han is also a very, very, filthy boy. In truth, the way he sees himself is so opposite of how dirty he speaks to her in bed, that it’s both mind boggling and a major turn on. There. I said it.

I love the Under the Skin books, so far.

My rating: 4star

* Thank you Charlotte Stein, Avon, and Edelweiss for providing this copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Release Day: FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Excerpt & Giveaway

We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s, also known as J. Lynn’s, FALL WITH ME!! FALL WITH ME is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait For You Series, published by Avon Romance. We love this series and can’t wait to start reading Roxy and Reece’s story!

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FALL WITH ME Synopsis:

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

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Someone—was it Melvin?—catcalled as Reece led me down the hall, and my cheeks flushed. “Okay, heman, I can walk all by my little self.”

He cast a look over his shoulder at me as he opened the office door. “I’m sure you can.”

Then he pulled me inside.

My gaze flipped to the roses—the roses!—but before I could say a word, he closed the door and my back was pressed against it, his hands planted on either side of my head and his face right in mine. Like right there, within kissing distance.

Wow.

“So, I was at my father’s place in New Jersey most of the day, and you know, he lives out near the Pine Barrens, so service is shit.”

I nodded even though I really wasn’t processing what he was saying as I was too busy staring at his mouth. Those lips, fuller on the bottom, drove me to distraction.

“I pull out of his driveway and I have all these messages from Dennis,” he continued, and I finally caught on to what he was talking about. “I honestly thought he was messing with me at first.”

I cringed. “He . . . um, he wasn’t.”

He shot me a bland look. “That much I figured out.” His hands slid on the door, stopping just shy of touching my shoulders. “What did he do to you?”

“What?” I blinked.

“What did that bastard do to make you throw a book through his windshield?”

Oh. Oh. My heart was now wiggling along with my stomach. “He really didn’t do anything. I just lost my cool. He wanted to talk to me, and I didn’t want to talk to him.”

“You don’t have to talk to him.”

“That’s what Dennis said, but I shouldn’t have damaged his car.”

A muscle flexed along his right jaw. “That’s true.” He shook his head. “Damn, Roxy, can’t say I’m surprised.”

My brows flew up. “You’re not?”

He laughed under his breath. “Babe, you’ve always had a hell of a temper on you.”

Ah, that was kind of true. “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”

Reece cocked his head to the side. “A sexy thing, but vandalism and destruction of property doesn’t look good on you, sweets.”

“No. It doesn’t match my manicure.” I raised my hands, flashing him the blue nails.

He laughed again and then he sobered up, just like that. Cop Face was on, and yeah . . . the low coiling in my stomach told me I found Cop Face arousing. “You’re lucky. He could’ve pressed charges, and this conversation would be going in a whole different direction.”

My own half smile slipped off my face. “I know. It’s . . . I was just with Charlie, and he’s . . .” Unable to continue, I forced a casual shrug I didn’t feel. “What are you going to do with me?”

His lips parted as his chest rose with a deep breath, then his gaze dropped to my mouth, and his expression tightened. He looked . . . he looked hungry. “I have lots of ideas.”

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz

This, and I’m not saying this lightly, is probably the best book in the series (out of the 7 books released to date). And you all know my favorite is Søren. But seriously – this? Freaking incredible!

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The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she’d be running away with Søren. But instead, she’s running from him.

Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure

She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can’t stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make

The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.

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I went in reading The Virgin with great apprehension. I’m very much a Søren girl, and love everything and anything to do with him and Nora, and this book dealing mainly with Nora and Kingsley, in two separate storylines (though they are cleverly, as ever, woven) made me…. not “thrilled” to start. Which is probably why I had it for 3.5 weeks before I attempted reading it. LOL <—- silly me.

In The Virgin we learn of the whole truth behind the reason Nora left Søren years ago and how she became a dominatrix. We learn where she’s been a whole year when she couldn’t be found, we learn what she did during that year, we learn a whole lot about her relationship with her mother, and we mostly learn just how deeply Nora loves Søren.

Alternately, we get a play by play of how Kingsley and Juliette met. And let me tell you this – it’s GLORIOUS!!! I never thought King could be taken down to his knees by a woman, but Juliette does it without even meaning to, and that is a sight to behold. Or imagine. ;)

There are multiple highs and lows in The Virgin created a vortex of emotions when I read it. I quite literally felt Nora’s and Kingsley’s pain, Søren’s anguish and their indescribably happiness.

The Virgin is one glorious tale from beginning to end, and oh what a splendid end it is. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m kind of looking forward to the last book in the series. And still…. dreading the day it arrives.

My rating: 5 <— brightly shining!!!

ps – lookie here, I managed to review this book without spilling one itty bitty secret. Hahahahaha *pats self on the back*

Thanks Harlequin via NetGalley that sent me this advance copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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