February 16, 2019

TOUR & EXCERPT: The Son & His Hope

By now, you must have seen my review for
The Son & His Hope.  I’d like to share with you today, an excerpt and a teaser that I think you’ll LOVE!











“Things you should know about me from the very beginning:

I was born to true love, witnessed the destruction it causes, and vowed never to let such agony happen to me. I am not a story-teller like my father. I am not a writer like my mother. I am just a son—their son.

I am happy being alone.

And that is all I ever want to be.”

JACOB

The day he was born, Jacob learned his hardest and longest lesson.

It wasn’t a lesson a boy should learn so young, but from his earliest memories he knew where happiness lives, so does tragedy. Where love exists, so does heartbreak. And where hope resides, so does sorrow.

That lesson carved him from the kid to the teen to the man.

And nothing and no one could change his mind.

HOPE

I first met him when he was fourteen at a movie premiere of all places. A movie based on his parent’s life.

He was stoic, strong, suspicious, and secretive.

I was only ten, but I felt something for him. A strange kind of sorrow that made me want to hug and heal him.

I was the daughter of the actor hired to play his father.

We shared similarities.

I recognised parts of him because they were parts of me.

But no matter how many times we met. No matter how many times I tried.

He stayed true to his vow to never fall.

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EXCERPT

It’d been a long time since I’d seen her, and this new woman in front of me didn’t compute with the waifish girl I’d done my best to scare off.

“I couldn’t sleep.” She blinked with eyes too hooded to be innocent. She spoke with a voice too rich and feminine to belong to the annoying Hope Jacinta Murphy.

My hands curled, fighting away sick appreciation. For years, I hadn’t bothered mingling with anyone other than family. Back when I’d attended school, the girls showed off their newly formed bodies and flaunted their sexual preference. Their obvious flirting turned me off rather than on. They all seemed so desperate to impress, so eager for a connection that would end up destroying them.

Hope, meanwhile, was none of those things.

She was shy beneath strength. Quiet beneath conversation. And when she’d hugged me?

God, she’d shown me pain had multiple levels.

A hug from family could sear and sting.

But a hug from her?

It drew blood.

“It isn’t safe to wander around this late on your own.” My hands balled, my voice thickened, and I did my best to keep my eyes on her face because there was no way I could look at her body. No way I could permit myself to see the change in her, the growth, the knowledge that she might drive me to rage and disturb my carefully perfected world, but she was the most beautiful creature I’d ever seen.

Soft but sharp. Trusting but careful. Fragile but brave.

All the things that drew out the best and worst in me. I wanted to be kind, so she was happy. I wanted to be cruel, so she’d leave.

I didn’t have the strength to fight both instincts or convince myself I was content with being alone. My phobia of getting close to anyone ordered me to back up and point at Mom’s house. “Go back, Hope.”

She bit her lower lip, looking at where I pointed before capturing my stare again.
I didn’t stand a chance with the way she studied me. The same way she’d watched me as a child with a certainty and calmness that made me fidget and bristle. Only now, a deeper element was there too. A terrifying welcome. A petrifying invitation that had nothing to do with the years we’d danced around each other and everything to do with this new torturous existence.

“I don’t want to go back yet.” Her voice whispered through the grass, sounding part breeze, part shadow.

“What do you want?” My jaw clenched.

What the hell sort of question is that, and why did I ask it?

She cocked her head, hair tumbling, eyes searching. “To walk.” Taking a hesitant step toward me, she smiled softly. “Want to walk with me?”

“What I want is for you to get off my property.”

Her smile warmed instead of cooled. “Can I walk on it first? Then I’ll get off it.”

I couldn’t understand her. Was she joking with me? Teasing? Being plain exasperating? Crossing my arms, I raised my chin. “Walking it would take hours. It’s big.”



ABOUT PEPPER

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

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That’s it everyone.  Did you like the excerpt or the teaser?  I love them both SO MUCH.  If you haven’t already, you can read my 5-Star review HERE.


REVIEW: Barefoot Pastures




Barefoot Pastures
Book One
Author: Lili Mahoney


All she wants is to keep her title. To stay at the top of her game. The world is harsh and Tory has already learned many of the harder lessons. Her life’s story has always been about control and the cowboy code, but will this year teach her the toughest lesson? Her own stubborn will may help her escape death, but will she come through unscathed? Can she remain true to who she is? In order to survive the pain, the cowardly men, the lies, and the passion that will threaten to tear her apart, Tory will have to hold tightly to what has always been important – friendship, loyalty, and always Rusty.

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PURCHASE LINKS
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MY REVIEW

This book honestly blew me away. It was intriguing, endearing and absolutely unique.

Although at some points the pace was a little slow for my liking, the story and its characters kept me in their thrall and kept me reading.

There are twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and had me simply flabbergasted.

A tale of growing up, getting to know oneself, friendship and first love, this book and its characters have touched my heart. Simply amazing.

With a HFN ending I cannot wait to read the next installment in this series.

I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



February 15, 2019

REVIEW: Fatal Infatuation



Fatal Infatuation
Almost Human The First Trilogy
Author: Melanie Nowak
Genre: Paranormal, fantasy


ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Trilogy
In this paranormal fantasy, chapters alternate between a vampire and a young woman, as they join an ensemble cast to navigate difficulties of addiction and desire; perils of zombies and vampires; and struggles with abuse, morality and... college.


Volume 1: Fatal Infatuation
Felicity views going away to college as an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman, but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargains for when she finds that her school is plagued by vampires!
Cain is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose.
His mission: find the hostile vampires that inhabit this small college town, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a wicked temptress who has set her sights on Felicity's new friend Ben. She will be difficult to control, but after meeting Felicity, Cain's most difficult task lies in controlling himself.

*ALMOST HUMAN is a series of successive trilogies, not stand-alone books. Each trilogy is self-contained enough to be read alone as a 3 book set, but the story unfolds chronologically, and the characters do continue from one trilogy to the next. Main storyline closure is in each 3rd book, but there are also story-ties leading from one trilogy to the next in the series. *For series updates, visit: MelanieNowak.com

PURCHASE LINKS
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MY REVIEW

Fatal Infatuation is engaging, fun and engrossing paranormal romance. It deals with prejudices and feelings of inadequacy.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this first trilogy but I was pleasantly surprised and captivated.

I loved how Cain and Felicity's relationship progresses slowly and naturally from friendship to bordering on more.

Although the pace at times was slow, there was enough twists and turns as well as action to keep the story engaging.

I find Cain is an enigmatic character. He has feelings for Felicity but also there is something between him and Sindy, a bond of sorts that makes me wonder.

This is simply the beginning of this series and I am definitely hooked. Without a doubt, I will be continuing this series until its conclusion.

I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




February 14, 2019

TOUR REVIEW: Royally Bitten

The Blood Alliance Series by Lexi C. Foss is simply amazing.  This paranormal romance series is one that will keep your attention!!!

ROYALLY BITTEN
Series: Blood Alliance Series
Author: Lexi C. Foss
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: January 31

Synopsis 

Once upon a time, humankind ruled the world while lycans and vampires lived in secret.
This is no longer that time.

Rae

Blood Day--the culmination of my training. The day I find out my fate.
I will not cry. I will not beg. I will remain calm.
Emotions are for the weak, and I am not weak.
My name is Rae and I will survive this.
But I never expected him to call my name...

Kylan

Someone wants to frame me for immortal insanity? Be my guest, darling.
I'll just pick a fighter as my bait, a consort with a hint of defiance.
And when the culprit attempts to bite, I'll be the one who bites back.
Because no one touches what's mine, including the fiery redhead at my side.

Welcome to Kylan City.
I dare you all to come out and play.

PURCHASE LINK 
Amazon
Free in KU


MY REVIEW

Royally Bitten by Lexi C. Foss is the second book in the Blood Alliance Series. A series that is getting better and BETTER!

Rae is a fighter and is courageous. On Blood Day, she is hoping to be chosen to participate in the Immortal Cup. So, when ancient and royal vampire Kylan takes an interest in her as his consort and kisses her, she bites him.

Kylan is jaded and bored with his lot. After one sizzling bite with a defiant human, his animal instincts are intrigued.

Claiming Raelyn as his consort will change both their lives - Irrevocably.

This was an amazing read that was addicting and page-turning.

I love Rae's defiance and fight. Her time in the snow made me smirk and giggle.
Kylan simply melts my heart with his actions and words.

I LOVED their relationship. He is jaded as well as an ancient vampire. I love that as much as he thinks he getting to Rae, she's chipping off pieces as well. He doesn't even realize it.

I am addicted to this series. This story made my heart melt and swell. I am excited and impatient for the next installment.

I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



ABOUT LEXI C FOSS


Lexi C. Foss is an award winning and bestselling author of paranormal romance. She loves complex plots, twists and turns, and writing fantasy with strong, realistic elements. Many of her readers comment on how her worlds feel real, and she not-so-secretly wishes they were—at least some of them.

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February 12, 2019

REVIEW: The Governess

Love historical romance?  Check out my review of
The Governess by Christi Caldwell!



The Governess
Wicked Wallflowers #3
Author: Christi Caldwell
Genre: Historical Romance


Regina (Reggie) Spark has loved Broderick Killoran, the resourceful and protective proprietor of the Devil’s Den, ever since he saved her from the streets and made her his right hand at the notorious gaming hell. For just as long, Reggie has never admitted her true feelings for him. Nor has she revealed her spirited ambitions—to buck convention and expectations and open a music hall.

While Broderick built his gaming empire with ruthless cunning, his loyalty to his employees is boundless. So when he learns of Reggie’s plan to leave his side and take charge of her own future, the betrayal cuts Broderick to the core. He responds as he would to any business rival…with swift retribution.

Instead of wilting, the savvy Reggie rebounds with a fury that shocks Broderick and stirs a desire he’s been holding in reserve for only ladies of nobility. But as their seductive battle of wills ignites under the harsh spotlight of the London Season, secrets are exposed as well—ones that could be ruinous in decent society but invaluable for the heart.

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MY REVIEW

Page-turning and filled with tension and angst, The Governess by Christi Caldwell consumed me.

Broderick is a man who is powerful and rich in his own right. He has a loving family and he has loyalty in friends like Reggie. Alas, he is not happy without more money, power and above all else, a connection to the nobility.

This was an emotional story with twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

The characters and plot were engaging. I couldn’t help but feel what they were going through.

The sparring between Broderick and Reggie was entertaining.

I was invested with all the characters and hope that Stephen gets his story told soon!

I received an ARC via NetGalley of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


REVIEW & RELEASE: The Son & HIs Hope












“Things you should know about me from the very beginning:

I was born to true love, witnessed the destruction it causes, and vowed never to let such agony happen to me. I am not a story-teller like my father. I am not a writer like my mother. I am just a son—their son.

I am happy being alone.

And that is all I ever want to be.”

JACOB

The day he was born, Jacob learned his hardest and longest lesson.

It wasn’t a lesson a boy should learn so young, but from his earliest memories he knew where happiness lives, so does tragedy. Where love exists, so does heartbreak. And where hope resides, so does sorrow.

That lesson carved him from the kid to the teen to the man.

And nothing and no one could change his mind.

HOPE

I first met him when he was fourteen at a movie premiere of all places. A movie based on his parent’s life.

He was stoic, strong, suspicious, and secretive.

I was only ten, but I felt something for him. A strange kind of sorrow that made me want to hug and heal him.

I was the daughter of the actor hired to play his father.

We shared similarities.

I recognised parts of him because they were parts of me.

But no matter how many times we met. No matter how many times I tried.

He stayed true to his vow to never fall.

PURCHASE LINKS


 MY REVIEW

Let me start of by saying that this title is amazing and so very accurate in more ways than one.
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The Son & His Hope is a story of friendship, love and heartbreak. Of learning to accept the things we cannot change. Of moving forward and living life to the fullest.

Speechless, awed and breathless. I feel like I’ve just come down from the highest of highs. This story is beyond incredible. Angst, friendship, heartbreak and love collide in this emotional and achingly realistic story.

Pepper Winters has an incredible way of making you feel every single moment. The feels in the book just kept coming. The story and its characters are vivid and real. Everything they feel is palpable. Every piece of heartbreak, love, loss and laughter I experienced. Every twist and turn kept me on the razor’s-edge, only to be pulled back at the very last second and sent in a new direction. Every moment leaving me breathless.

Jacob and Hope’s journey to love is a marathon not a sprint. Although they meet quite young and the connection instantaneous, Hope and Jacob’s everlasting love is not. It takes time, effort, forgiveness, tears, enduring love not to mention hope to get to their happily ever after.

An incomparable love story. The Son & His Hope has set the bar. This is the book to beat in 2019!

I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



ABOUT PEPPER

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

CONNECT WITH PEPPER