Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Blog Tour: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini @Juliecross1980 @MarkTPerini @irish_banana

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 photo Cover_zpszspgayty.jpgModel Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.



Brooke's Review:
I want to thank Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I really loved the first installment in this series. It was so different. I know nothing of the modeling world, so it opened my eyes to so much. I figured this one would go in a similar direction as the first but I was surprised to see that it actually did not. What I loved most about this book is that the two main characters are really just ordinary people trying to make some money so they can pursue their dreams. It's not just about modeling and if they can make it, it's about how they can make fast money to use where they need it most. And interesting take on this industry for sure.

The book is written in dual POV: first person from Finley and third from Eddie. This was an interesting choice by the authors. I'm not sure why they chose to do it this way. I often see this done because one of the characters needs to be fleshed out from an outside perspective and being inside their head this can't happen. But I didn't feel that was necessarily needed in this book. At the same time, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book or from how I connected with the characters, which is obviously important to the story line.

Finely is a good girl. She's labeled that way in the industry, as well. And she's itching to break out into some kind of rebel. Even her father tells her to go for it. But it's hard for her to alter her normal persona and try to become something she really isn't. She's fairly innocent and while she attempts to change that, it's hard for her because that's really not the direction she seems to want to go. She cares about her loved ones and is loyal.

Then there's Eddie. He's hiding a secret. I was pretty sure I knew what it was from the start. And I knew I wasn't going to be particularly happy about it when it was finally revealed. Of course I was right. But I did like Eddie. He had a head on his shoulders and, despite his messed up family life from which he was running, he was trying his hardest to make his past mistakes right. He was sweet and caring, as well. But I still wasn't thrilled with the scenario.

Of course the complicated story line really had me wondering what would happen. These kids are young but thrown into situations where they grow up so fast. There is a ton of character development throughout the story, which made it very enjoyable. I like to see characters who really take shape and form and grow and change. I find that to be so important and it certainly makes a story much less stagnant.

Overall, I enjoyed the story line. I wasn't sure if I would like the ending, and I do think that it ended a bit too neatly for what it was, but who's to say things don't happen this way in real life? I know I can't since I've not been in such a situation before.

If you're looking for a romantic read that touches on some deep topics, this is the book for you. Light in areas and heavy in others, it will leave you thinking about what might be and what could have been.

ABOUT JULIE CROSS:
 photo Julie Cross Author  Photo_zpscfoktxnc.jpg Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. 

Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook

 photo Mark Perini_zpszydicwvv.jpegABOUT MARK PERNINI:
Mark Perini, is a New York City based author debuting his first YA novel, Halfway Perfect. Additionally, Mark is a featured author in the upcoming anthology, 50 First Times.

Mark began his career as an international fashion model 8 years ago, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. He has a passion for traveling the world, and he's made a blood pact with friends to see all seven ancient wonders of the world before he's thirty. Four down three to go.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blog Tour: Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee @sonyamukherjee @irish_banana

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 photo Gemini Cover_zps3ncigotf.jpgIn a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary.

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

Told in alternating perspectives, this unconventional coming-of-age tale shows how dreams can break your heart—but the love between sisters can mend it.

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Playlist
Gemini has two protagonists – Clara and Hailey, identical twins who are conjoined, but who have very different interests and personalities. When I thought about putting together a playlist for the book, I realized that it didn’t make sense to try to squeeze both girls into one list. They each needed their own.

Clara loves astronomy and stargazing, and that’s what this playlist is all about. I looked for songs that not only related to those topics, but also shared a certain mellow mood – the kind of music that Clara would want to listen to while leaning her head back against Hailey’s and gazing up at the late-night sky.



“Under the Milky Way,” The Church

This is one of my all-time favorite songs. Sure, Clara might quibble about the fact that we’re really in the Milky Way, not under it, but I think she would agree that this music perfectly evokes the tranquil beauty of looking up into a clear night sky, far away from any city lights, and allowing yourself to be awed by that incredible view of our galaxy.

“Bright,” Echosmith

The first time I heard “Bright” on the radio, I immediately thought of Clara and Max, the cute new boy at school who shares Clara’s interest in astronomy. After all, it’s a love song about seeing shooting stars and being dazzled by constellations together. That’s Clara’s love language.

“Across the Universe,” The Beatles

One of the great Beatles songs. Not only does it touch on the theme of traveling through the universe (albeit abstractly), but there’s that refrain of “nothing’s gonna change my world,” which sounds so certain, but can never really be true for anyone. I can almost imagine Clara clinging to this line as Hailey tries to convince her to change almost everything about the world they share.

“Starlight,” Muse 

The lyrics were probably intended metaphorically, but if you take them literally, this could be a song about traveling far into outer space, perhaps toward a distant planet, and far from everything and everyone you’ve ever known – what Clara most longs for, and what she most dreads.

“(Let’s Kiss) While All the Stars Are Falling Down,” Hammock 

I mean, obviously, yes. Let’s do that.

“Walking on the Moon,” The Police

Clara dreams of seeing the Earth from space, making contact with life on another planet, and yes, walking on the moon. You think the lyrics are really about how it feels to fall in love? Well, how do you think it would feel to fall in love while also walking on the actual, literal moon?

“Meteorites,” LIGHTS 

It’s about meteorites, which are among Clara’s passions, and it’s also about seeing greater heights. Clara might fear that, but she wants it, too.

“I Wish I Was the Moon,” Neko Case 

This is a sad song, but it also has a lovely wistful feeling. I can imagine Clara listening to it while she looks up at the full moon, connecting with it so strongly that she can even imagine being the moon.

“Leave the Planet,” Galaxie 500 

Impromptu trip to outer space? Yes! Sounds like an ideal Friday night date.

“Underneath the Stars,” The Cure 

You could get lost in the stars while listening to this song, couldn’t you? It’s romantic and dreamy, like something you could float away on.

“I Took a Ship on a Gemini Spaceship,” David Bowie 

OK, this one doesn’t quite fit with the other songs, but it’s about a GEMINI SPACESHIP. I could not pass that up.

 photo Sonya Mukherjee_zpsdelabacc.jpgABOUT SONYA MUKHERJEE:
I grew up in California’s Gold Country, where I spent a lot of time sitting in trees, reading books and writing stories in my head. Now I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I spend a lot of time sitting in coffee shops, reading books and writing stories on my laptop. I like to play board games with my husband and kids, watch the kids' soccer games, and scare them with my terrible dancing. 









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Blog Tour: How To Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo @KACozzo @XpressoReads


How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
Karole Cozzo
(Swoon Reads)
Publication date: August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance in this swoonworthy new novel from the author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud.
The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.

1.    Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? 
I always wanted to be a writer. During summer break, I would sit down at my dad’s old typewriter with the intention of writing historical fiction romances. I didn’t know I could actually finish a manuscript until a couple decades later, and along the way, finding a more “practical” career seemed very important. I did find a career I love (school psychology) and currently I feel like I have the best of both worlds!
2.   How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
 Typically, it takes me about three months. Towards the end, I tend to go into “mad artist mode” and I write like a crazy person every chance I get. Then I start breathing again and trying to get my house back into some kind of shape.
3.   How do you come up with themes for your stories?
My first two books can be construed as “issues” books. Working as a school psychologist, I naturally arrived at the ideas after participating in trainings and discussions and hearing a lot in the media related to Autism awareness, “mean girls,” cyberbullying, etc. I liked the idea of reaching teens and encouraging reflection and discussion about some of these topics in a non-preachy manner, and the idea of touching upon these themes in novels seemed like one way to go.
4.   Do you have a schedule of when you write? 
I try to keep a schedule, but juggling family demands and my “day job” sometimes makes it difficult. I usually come up with a self-imposed deadline for finishing a draft, then look at my calendar and try to cram in writing sessions wherever they fit.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?.
I keep a super organized planner and am pretty efficient with most tasks. I know I have to prioritize, and that some days writing simply can’t be a priority. And some days, if I’m in the zone, that I have to let it take over. Most of the time, then, the balance works itself out. Most of the time.
6.   What elements do you think make a great story line? 
Authentic character development. Gradual pacing when it comes to relationship building. And a little UST never hurts!
7.   What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
I think it can be difficult to balance your creative inspiration and drive with the parameters of the industry. As I stated above, I’m a huge fan of gradual development, and if it were up to me, my stories would probably be about one hundred fifty thousand words before there was ever a ‘first kiss!’
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? 
At this time, I have three books out or in the works. I’ve written nine manuscripts, however. I’m pretty sure my favorite will never see publication, which I’ve come to terms with and decided I’m totally okay with. This way, the characters will always be mine – they won’t be put through the grueling editing process or judged by readers. I sort of like keeping them protected that way.
8.   Do you have a favorite character?
Georgia Nicolson from Angus, thongs, and Full-Fronting Snogging is laugh out loud funny. I’m pretty sure my dog thinks I’m crazy because she’s caught me laughing so hard I’m crying while in an otherwise empty house while reading that series.
10. Where do you write?  
Wherever I happen to be when a few moments open up. Most frequently visited spots included my sun room, my home office, or Panera or Starbucks. I’m actually the most focused with some white noise in the background.
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? 
As a participant in NaNoWriMo, I received an email about the launch of the Swoon Reads community. To me, it felt like such a gift! I was a full-time working mom of two young kids at the time, and finding the time to do the query process right was a huge challenge. Having the opportunity to gain direct access to a publishing company was awesome! And the crowd-sourcing angle was a lot of fun – along the way, I was able to connect with some fabulous authors who became friends and get feedback about my stories.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My parents sort of think everything I do is perfect, so I’m not sure they’re objective! But with that being said, I get the sense that family members are proud that the books I’ve written thus far have the power to really impact young readers in terms of self-reflection and thinking about how they treat others.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I like to plan thematic birthday parties for my kids. I like working out and have ambitions of running one of the Disney half marathons. I like etsy and Pinterest an awful lot. I like watching The Blacklist with my husband. And I’m pretty happy just staring at the different expressions that come over my kids’ faces.
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? 
I’m a big fan of the adage ‘write what you know.’ Especially when you’re dipping your toes into the writing waters, I believe writing about familiar subject matter can result in a more authentic read and give you as the author increased confidence that you’re getting it right. When I wrote How to Say I Love You Out Loud, I definitely drew on my experience working with a special needs population and it made the process feel less like guesswork.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write? 
I’ve been writing stories since I was in elementary school, but I always credit Diana Peterfreund and Stephenie Meyer for making me plop myself down in the computer and go at this writing thing for real. I was reading the Twilight series and the Secret Society Girl series around the same time, and I remember thinking, ‘I love these stories so much! I wish I could write stories that readers adored even a fraction as much. I want to do that.’
16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? 
Yes, but I often feel bad depending on them because I’m pretty awful about being as awesome as they are in giving feedback in return! I wish I had more hours in the day. Now I usually bounce ideas and revisions off of my editor, Holly West, who’s the BEST.
17. Are you working on anything now? 
My third Swoon Reads novel, The Truth About Happily Ever After, which comes out in May 2017, is in the editing process. This book is less of an “issue” book than my other two, and overall is just a lot of fun. It’s set in a popular theme park and the main character plays Cinderella at the park. And I absolutely adore her love interest.
18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile
- the sound and scent of my morning coffee brewing (cinnamon or coconut, for the record)
- random texts from my bff
- my kids’ laughter when they’re teaming up to be naughty together (even though the results are usually less than thrilling)
- Disney. Anything Disney.
- being a writer
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad
- Forbidden (oof, that book was a bear!)
- that I don’t have more time to read
- winter time – I hate being cold and when it gets dark early
- that I don’t have a thicker skin when it comes to constructive criticism
- and, for one serious one, the fact that so many people in our country and the world today don’t feel like they have a basic level of safety anymore when they walk out their front door
20. If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
I’ve already traveled to some of the more exotic locations on the planet, so I wouldn’t mind visiting a small town in the South during a perfectly ordinary summer. I always think these make great settings for teen romance.


Author Bio:
KAROLE COZZO is a school psychologist by day, a wife and mother of two by night, and a writer of YA romance in the wee hours of the morning. She loves camping out at Starbucks, breakfast cereal at all hours, and watching every movie made from her favorite YA books. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is her debut novel.

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Book Blast: Copper Veins by Jennifer Allis Provost @parthalan @XpressoReads


Copper Veins
Jennifer Allis Provost
(Copper Legacy #3)
Publication date: July 26th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.
Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.
But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.
After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man–make that elf–for her?
Was marrying him a mistake?
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EXCERPT:
We walked all the way back to the manor instead of traveling by the much faster metal pathways. While he didn’t say as much, I understood that Micah wanted the extra time to clear his head, and I was content to while away the rest of the morning with him. “I’m still a bit… grumpy about being cheated out of our wedding night,” I muttered as we walked.
“Grumpy?” Micah repeated. We’d stopped beside a stream to relax and splash some cool water on our faces. “That is not quite the word I would have chosen.”
“Really?” I’d found a stubby branch, and was doodling in the mud while I sat on a rock, my back to the water. “And what word would you choose, General Silverstrand?”
“Hush. I have not filled that role for a long, long time.” He leaned over and nuzzled the soft spot behind my ear. “Lonely. Bereft. Frustrated. Unmarried.”
“Micah, it’s only been one night.”
“Yes, but until our marriage is consummated, we are not as one. The officiant said as much during our ritual.”
I recalled the actual words of the ceremony—at the time, I’d been too elated to dissect their meaning, but Corporal Rawson had said, “And once you know her as your wife, you are forever joined as one.” I hadn’t realized that that was what they meant, but I suppose it made sense. At least it was an easier requirement than babies.
“Are all marriages like that?” I asked. I felt Micah’s mouth curl into a smile.
“I don’t know. I have only been married once.” He nipped at my ear and added, “As for this marriage, I know that I must lie with you to seal our vows.”
“Well,” I murmured, stretching my neck for more kisses, “I guess we’d better get on that.”
“I agree.” Micah leaned forward to kiss me on the mouth, but he halted when he saw the result of my mud doodles. I had stabbed and slashed at the ground until it looked like a rabid buffalo had churned up the soil. “Sara, what is troubling you?”
Normally, I would have denied any troubles in favor of more kissing, but that’s pretty hard to do when the evidence is right in front of you. “Do… do you think it’s weird that Dad just showed up? I mean, we’ve been looking for him forever, and he just walks right up to the front door?”
Micah pursed his lips, taking a deep breath before he replied. “Weird? Perhaps. However, your father’s return is an unprecedented turn of good fortune. And on our wedding day, no less.”
“I love it when you say that.”
“What?”
“‘Our wedding day.’”
Micah took the stick from me and pulled me to my feet. “Soon, I will be telling you about our wedding night.” He tossed the stick into the stream and tugged me back toward the road and the manor. “Come, my love, my wife, and let me bring you home.”


Author Bio:
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Blog Tour: The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens @yrnameer @RockstarBkTours

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 photo The Bad Decisions Playlist_hres_zps6tmq8ufc.jpgTitle: THE BAD DECISIONS PLAYLIST
Author: Michael Rubens
Pub. Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook





PLAYLIST SELECTS

“Alison” Elvis Costello
The song that sets the book in motion, the song the protagonist sings – well, attempts to sing – to a girl named Alison and gets clubbed over the head with his mandolin for his efforts. And, by the way, a great song by a fantastic songwriter.

“Fireflies” Rhett Miller and Rachel Yamagata
Big fan of Rhett Miller’s songwriting and lyrics, both as a independent artist and as the lead singer of the Old 97s. Love the sad, almost languid back and forth duet in this song. It’s also the song that inspires Austin to see what it’s like to lay down on some train tracks, an activity I do not recommend.

I recently got a chance to hang out with Rhett after one of his shows in NYC, and it was a struggle to not transform into some sort of slobbering, puppy-like fanboy (perhaps you’ve had a similar experience). Rhett was gracious and warm and funny and seemed genuinely pleased to hear that I mention him and his music in the book, and at least pretended to be excited to get a signed copy of it. The moral of this story: buy more music by the Old 97s and Rhett Miller.   

“Starfishin’” Amy Correia
Amy Correia is just a fantastic singer-songwriter and should be massively famous. I used to go see her perform in NYC way back, and each time it felt special. And speaking of Amy Correia...

“Blind River Boy” Amy Correia
Another beautiful song from Amy Correia – actually about the immensely talented Jeff Buckley, and how he died young, drowning in the Wolf River in Memphis. A song Austin and his father Shane sing together while sitting near their own river.


“Too Much” Sufjan Stevens
I often think Sufjan Stevens’ songs are like being lost in an angel’s fugue state. Another Sufjan song makes a key appearance in the book at a pivotal moment.

“Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms”
The book begins and ends with a mandolin, so here’s a selection featuring my mandolin hero, Chris Thile. I play* mandolin, and when I was learning it was difficult to find a teacher in NYC so I was constantly buying instructional books and tapes and VHS cassettes. The point is, somewhere I have a dusty VHS tape featuring a very young Chris Thile – and I mean very young, as in maybe twelve – relating his mandolin wisdom in what I remember as a prepubescent voice, an experience that was both enlightening and vaguely humiliating.


* I use this verb here in a very loose and admittedly charitable manner.


 photo Michael_zps9bhisw3k.jpgMichael Rubens is the author of The Sheriff of Yrnameer and Sons of the 613. He was a producer for several years for the Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has written and produced for CNN, Oxygen, the Travel Channel and other networks. It’s theoretically possible that you saw him as the host of Eclipse Chasers: Ghana on the Travel Channel. He was also, for a very brief period, the World’s Least Effective Bouncer. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York, and feels that the practice of writing one’s bio in the third person is somewhat questionable.
He is represented by John Silbersack at Trident Media Group.

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Tour Schedule
Week One:
7/25/2016- The Cover ContessaGuest Post
7/26/2016- Owl Always Be ReadingReview
7/27/2016- Once Upon a TwilightExcerpt
7/28/2016- James and the Giant BookReview
7/29/2016- Fall Into BooksGuest Post

Week Two:
8/1/2016- YA Book MadnessReview
8/2/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post
8/3/2016- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
8/4/2016- Books and Ladders- Excerpt

8/5/2016- Riddle's Reviews- Review

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blog Tour: Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan @SoVerySophie @irish_banana

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 photo HellBreaksLoose Cover_zps3yyurzkb.jpgABOUT HELL BREAKS LOOSE:
Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage . . .

Shy and awkward, First Daughter Grace Reeves has always done what she’s told. Tired of taking orders, she escapes her security detail for a rare moment of peace. Except her worst nightmare comes to life when a ruthless gang of criminals abducts her. Her only choice is to place her trust in Reid Allister, an escaped convict whose piercing gaze awakens something deep inside her. Reid is nothing like her other captors.

He’s tougher, smarter…and one blistering look from him makes her hotter than any man ever has.

Reid spent years plotting escape and revenge . . .years without a woman in his bed. For this hardened felon, Grace Reeves isn’t just out of his league—she’s from another planet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her. Escaping Devil’s Rock was tough, but resisting this woman could be the end of him. For a man with nothing to lose, protecting her . . . claiming her as his own, becomes more necessary than his next breath.


I want to thank Avon for supplying me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I was anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. As you can imagine, watching a series where criminals are the main characters is completely enthralling. I am loving every minute of seeing how their stories play out. Just when I think there is no way they could possibly get out of a situation, they do. Just when I think they could not possibly find love, they do. Just when I think Jordan can't come up with another twist, she does! How does she do that?

If you haven't read the first book in this series, I cannot promise there won't be some spoilers about the main character from that book. It's nothing you won't learn fairly quickly in that book, but still...if you don't want to know it, stop here!

This is Reid's story. If you read the first book in the Devi's Rock series, you'll remember Reid as the man who friended Knox and North when they went into prison. And also as the man who vowed to look after Reid once Knox was paroled. And Reid is nothing if not a man of his word. So when given the chance to try and set some wrongs right, but not being able to keep his word to Knox, he's torn, but takes his chances. I love Reid's hard edges. He's a man who hasn't had a chance to experience life since he was put in the pen at such a young age. He's spent eleven years not knowing what it's like to be free and is set to spend the rest of his life under the same circumstances. I won't tell you how he gets a chance at this freedom, just know that it comes at a price and he puts himself in a position to surely pay for it. I love the mysteriousness of Reid. You don't really know his story and he's not really willing to give away any details. It kept me riveted to the story for sure.

Grace is the president's daughter. Always under surveillance. Always escorted. Never able to lead a regular life. She wants for nothing but it's not enough. She yearns for freedom, even if it's just one night to be on her own and not worry about what everyone else thinks or how she has to act or who has to follow her around. But when she takes that once night of freedom it comes at a price, and that price might just be her life. Grace is shy and awkward and does what she's told. She's not a strong woman when we meet her. But all this changes when she is put in the position where her life might be on the line.

Throw together a hardened criminal and a shy first daughter and it's surprising how fast the sparks fly. I love that Jordan starts the book off with a bang. There's no censure, but just pure raw emotion and chemistry between these two. And though you might find the plot a little odd, it actually works well. I wasn't sure it would. I mean, how could it, right? But Jordan really develops such a great bond between these two. And it's not Stockholm Syndrome, though I had my doubts at first. It really is an emotionally charged connection that holds these two together.

And there is the right amount of steamy thrown in, of course. Passion and lust surely play a role, but you see tenderness in the relationship and there's also a bit of humor which I loved. There is so much intensity in how they relate it's hard not to love them together.

The plot of this story is interesting and certainly keeps you on your toes. There are a few instances I was sure neither character would survive the situation! Jordan kept me on my toes! And the pacing was pretty perfect. I wasn't sure Jordan would be able to keep me interested with the direction she took (let's just say a large portion of the story only involves the two characters and no one else) but it really worked!

I cannot wait to see where the rest of this series goes. Jordan never disappoints me with her unique story lines and intricate and interesting plots! Who would have thoughts inmates as heroes would have hit home!

 photo Sophie Jordan_zpsdnau2vo9.jpegABOUT SOPHIE JORDAN:
Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.
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