Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Review" The Perfect Distraction By Melissa Rolka


When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.
Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?
Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.
Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
***For Mature Readers 18+*** 

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Jenny's Review:
***ARC was provided by author in exchange for honest review*** 

Hmmmmm......I have a lot of  up and down feelings about this book. At times I wanted to scream at Kate, especially when she is dealing with Kyle. The way that he treated her was pretty horrible.  Instead of her acknowledging this, she blames herself. You will find yourself wanting  go into the book and just shake the shit out of her. Then there were times when I could sympathize with her. She is dealing with a lot of things with her family, especially dealing with  her mother. I would've like to know a bit more of the relationship with Kate and her mom. I think it would've made me understand her more.

I think one of the saving graces in the book was Reed. Swoon!!!!! When he would say her full name, Kaherine, I could feel the butterflies that Kate would be feeling. I liked that Kate and Reed didn't immediately get together. I feel like they got together at the perfect time. Reed was very mysterious. We got a slight glimpse about him towards the end of the book. So I'm interested to know more about him.  The ending threw me for a loop and gave me a WTF moment.

This is the first full novel from the Melissa Rolka and sometimes you could tell. There were a lot of times throughout the book that she was repetitive. The story have a lot of potential and I would like to see how Melissa will continue the story in the second book, especially in regards to Reed and Kate's mom.

 About the Author:

Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.
The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Book Review - Waking Up Married

This book has been on Amazon’s list of Free Bestsellers for a long time now. I’ve always looked at it but was hesitant to download because of its 251 page count. Well I’m happy I read it.

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly is a cute love story about two people who get married for all the right reasons. The problem is that they’ve only known each other for 1 day!

Megan Scott is smart, beautiful, well employed, quirky and horrible at keeping a relationship. Connor Reed is her equal in many ways, though way more wealthy and worldly and yet he also has a hard time getting what he wants in a relationship. The whole book displays their courtship and aftermath in such a humorous and honest way that this book was hard to put down. Seriously, you will neglect other aspects of your life to read what happens next.

The chemistry between Megan and Connor is crazy hot. They’re both attractive people who are now married… what better time to get it on like rabbits?? Too bad Megan doesn’t know Connor from Carter. The sex scenes don’t occur until the second half of the book and they’re pretty good, not as graphic as some other books I’ve read but definitely not hand-holding PG rated.

The book is predicable in some ways. You kinda know what’s going to happen in the end so it’s no surprise when you get there.

Regardless, this was an enjoyable and quick read that left me smiling at the end. What’s there to really complain about :)

Waking Up Married gets 3 stars. It’s not a must read but if you’re in between books for a day, check this one out.

Author Mira Lyn Kelly is a USA Today Best Selling author and she has another book available, Once is Never Enough.  You can find more information about Mira Lyn Kelly at her website and check out the two more books she has lined up for 2014.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Notable Free Fiction e-Books 10-9-13

Good morning, Fiction Fans.  I have been so busy with school lately that posts have been difficult to finish.  Well, here you’ll find a source of some e-books from Amazon that are over 300 pages and have at least 4 stars.  It’s a mash up today of romance and thrillers.

In this sparkling first installment of her popular "Saint of Seven Dials" series, Brenda Hiatt has created "a most different and dashing rogue," according to bestelling author Kasey Michaels.

To escape her stepmother's matchmaking machinations, Lady Pearl runs away, pretending to be a common housemaid, with the help of her abigail. When she is rescued from near disaster by a charming serving-man, Pearl pretends to be simpleminded to safeguard herself from any unwanted advances. But soon she begins to suspect that her rescuer is far more than the common servant he seemed at first.

Luke St. Clair lives a double life, pretending to be a gentleman while in reality sustaining himself and the needy as that notorious Regency Robin Hood, the Saint of Seven Dials. The last thing Luke needs in his life is a beautiful simpleton in need of protection, but "Purdy" soon proves to be anything but simple--or common! Once he learns the truth, does he dare continue, in the ballrooms of the elite, the flirtation that began in the slums of London? The risk is enormous, but Lady Pearl's sweet kisses may just be worth it.

Her hand was pledged to one man...
Her heart belonged to another...

London, 1666

Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn't nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father's apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out--until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing nobleman who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it...

Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He's restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble--in the form of a lowly shopkeeper's daughter with whom he's most inconveniently falling in love...

Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.

In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker's fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath.

The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail and murder.

This is the first book in the epic 1929 Series. 
Jonathan Garrett has just lost everything. He and his two best friends were operating one of the top brokerages in New York City until the stock market crash of '29. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over. Renting a shabby apartment from a business rival with his eye on tormenting Jonathan, they begin to rebuild as best they can. Their wives struggle to make the best of their situations, each coping in her own way. They begin to make friendships that promise to last a lifetime. As the jobs become fewer and danger is at their backs, the stakes get higher for these men to find a way out. Their current poverty, their respective pasts, and their own struggles all threaten to ruin them. With hope, close friends, and a lucky twist of fate, they escape the city just in time. They return to their hometown of Rockport Massachusetts to begin a new life. Living modestly, and faring better than the friends they left behind in the city, they begin to think things are taking a turn for the better. But tragedy is never far behind...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review: Karma by Nikki Sex


Sometimes love has nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with karma…

Marcy Paget worked full-time putting her husband through University. When he finally became a success, he dumped her for a trophy wife more than ten years younger, leaving Marcy to raise their four year old daughter on her own.

Even though Marcy knows she is better off alone than with a cheating husband who doesn't love her, she is still struggling to make ends meet.

When an ethical dilemma presents itself she makes a choice - never realizing the incredible karmic chain of events that will follow her decision. . .

Jenny's Review

Karma is my first Nikki Sex story and I really enjoyed it. Marcy is a woman who is struggling. She is a single mother was has been mentally and emotionally abused by her ex-husband, Trent,  that have left her feeling down on herself. Believing what her ex-husband have said about her. Her choice leads her in the path of the charismatic André Chevalier, who takes it upon himself to change her life, for the better. Presented with a new job offered by André , she has to choose to stay in the position and life that she is used to or take a leap of faith which will change her life. When she decides on taking André offer,  she meet Martin Thompson, the head of security for Andre. With this encounters starts a story that  show what can happen when one decision can have a ripple affect that can change your life forever.

It's a great story. It shows Marcy learning to take control of her life. Opening up to her sexuality and opening herself up to a new relationship. That with one decision everything can change. I loved Martin. He is willing to take him time with Marcy. And the immediate connection that he has with Marcy daughter warmed my heart. I really like that the book focused on  a couple in their 30's. The problems that Marcy faces are very realistic. My only problem that I had is that they cut what happens to Marcy's ex-husband.There were parts in the book that they established that he was a big douche with well written scenes and then at the end, it kind of wrapped it up. I wanted to know the details of his confrontation with his new wife's father.There is no cliffhanger and a HEA.

All in all I recommend this book. It was a great read and I think that you will enjoy the change for all the new adult books that are out now.

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About the Author:

Hey there, I'm Nikki Sex!

I write sexy contemporary romance, often involving a bit of kink. I'm also a sucker Happy Ever After endings, so no matter how dark my stories get, fear not! It always all works out.

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