June 30, 2013

Spotlight on: We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong

We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong
Publication date: June 28th 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance


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Synopsis:
Peaches Monroe, age 22, is the sassy, plus-sized manager of a bookstore in the small town of Beaverdale, Washington.

One Saturday afternoon, she's balancing precariously on a chair, in a bridesmaid dress, when a handsome dark-haired man comes running into the bookstore. He knocks Peaches over, she lands in his muscular arms. They lock gazes, and ...

She recognizes him.

As the sexy vampire heartthrob she watches on TV every week.

Peaches and Dalton Deangelo are completely wrong for each other. He's only in town temporarily, working on an indie movie. She should stay away. He should stay away, too.

But they're drawn to each other. Dalton claims it's because they're made from the same stardust.


Dalton's expression got ultra-serious, and just like that, he turned into Drake Cheshire, the cultured vampire with a taste for big-lipped girls under one hundred pounds. He stared intensely at my eyes, my lips, my cleavage, my throat, my lips, and then up to my eyes again. I melted like a pat of butter on summer pavement.
He moved in closer, so our noses were an inch apart, and he repeated the intense look. Eyes. His, green like precious emeralds. Lips. Mine, slightly parted and trembling. Throat. Feeling very exposed. Cleavage. Mine, heaving, probably, guessing by the way I couldn't quite catch my breath.
His gaze slid back dreamily to my lips, and he tilted his head to the side, not yet touching his mouth to mine.
We held steady, the only movements our breathing and minor swaying with the motion of the vehicle. I could feel the heat from his skin against my lips. He tipped his head back and looked me in the eyes again.
Oh, the slow torture.
His hand moved from the outside of my thigh to the inside, to the hot crease where my thighs were touching. I gasped. No nylons. Bare flesh. His hand was only at the hem line of my bridesmaid dress, but the way he was looking at me, it felt much more intimate. He took one of my legs firmly in both hands and pushed it to bring space between my legs, and then his hand traveled up further.
He breathed against my lips and blinked slowly as his hand moved in, up under the peach-hued tulle skirt of my dress. His fingertips grazed the silky material of my underwear.
I arched my back as the sensation of his touch blazed through me. A tiny sigh escaped my parted lips.
He pulled his face back from mine and nodded up, as though beckoning me toward him.
With his fingers now gently pressing against my pulse point through my underwear, I found myself unable to move. I raised my eyebrows, calling him to me with my eyes.
The corner of his beautiful mouth twitched up in a grin. A pulse of adrenaline shot through me. That was the face Drake made before his fangs popped out and he bit a girl! I gasped again.
He moved quickly, and his mouth was on my neck, at my throbbing jugular vein.
I squealed in a mix of terror and delight as he pretended to bite me.
He let out a throaty growl, while at the same time he did something magical with his fingers between my legs. As he licked and kissed my neck, gently biting me, he kept exploring the elasticity of my underwear, until he had the silky material pushed aside and we were skin on skin, his fingertips on my freshly-waxed cushions of flesh.
I relaxed against the leather seat, my head back on the head rest, trying not to die from pleasure. Panties pushed aside, his strong fingertips gently stroked my clit. I moaned and whimpered for him to be less gentle, and he delivered a more vigorous nub massage. Oh, fuck yes. Just like that.
My breathing sped up, my pulse pounding as he brought me to the precipice of coming, and then eased off, pulling his hand back to rest between my thighs.
He nibbled on my earlobe, then murmured, Let's get naked.

We Are Made of Stardust (Peaches Monroe, #1)We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm having a hard time figuring out how to start this review because there just aren't enough words - or the right words - to describe how much I loved this book. I guess it will just have to be sufficient to say that I abso-freaking-lutely l-o-v-e-d this book! And then I have to turn right around and say that while I love Mimi Strong and the delicious books she writes, right at this moment I think that she is the most heartless, cruel, evil person in the world. (Not really Mimi - I might have gotten carried away in the moment). However, in her defense she did give us a warning about this book. I believe it went something like this: "SEX, SEX, SEX, CLIFFHANGER." Well she wasn't messing around when she said "Cliffhanger." I wanted to throw my Nook at the wall when I got to the last page (but then didn't because I need to read Mimi's "For You" before tomorrow). Anywho, without being spoiler-ish, here's what I thought about the book.

First off, I loved Peaches Monroe. She has the most vivacious and hilarious personality that I think I have ever come across in a character in a book. She practically leaps off of the page, and had me laughing out loud several times. Oh, the things that come out of this girl's mouth! And she has the nerve to claim several times throughout the book that she is not the "fun" girl, and never has been. I beg to differ. Here are just a few of the gems that Peaches had to offer in this book:
I'm the girl you ask to come over and give your cat his daily pills while your on vacation. And, by the way, I don't like the way your cat looks at me. Like even he knows I'm the dull one. One of these days, I'm going to drink a little wine and flash my boobs at your cat - really give him something to think about.
My whole body experienced a naughty, tingling sensation as I drank him in with my eyes, from his hiking boots to his lightweight brown chinos and up. My gaze got stuck briefly around his zipper, pondering exactly what was causing a sizable shadow in that area. A wrinkle in the fabric? A giant python? A tree trunk for one to climb with her bare-naked vagina?
There are so many more that I could share right now, but you really just need to go read the book immediately to truly appreciate the awesomeness of Peaches.

Then there's Dalton. The Hollywood actor that literally knocked Peaches off of her feet and into his arms. They start out just lusting after each other and indulging in hot, hot sex, but Dalton is just so sweet, and seems so perfect that it seems like it could turn into something real. Peaches goes into the whole thing with her eyes wide open, but they quickly become clouded when Dalton keeps saying the most perfect things to her.
"Let's just be two souls tonight. Two souls who are made of stardust, and found their way back to each other, the way they were destined to."
I wanted to really, really believe that what Dalton and Peaches had was real and sincere. I wanted to believe that there was a world where a drop dead gorgeous, movie star heartthrob, could really fall in love with a big, curvy, beautiful, loud-mouth woman. (Gives hope to the rest of us out here!) But there was something that just held me back. That kept whispering, "It's too good to be true." There were certain scenes in the book that made me pause...and wonder. And now thanks to Mimi, I STILL don't know for sure! And probably won't until book two! But I digress...

I loved all of the secondary characters in this book. Peaches roommate and cousin, Shayla, was hilarious in her own way, and was the perfect foil to Peaches. Adrian Storm was yummy, and I kind of hope that if things don't work out with Dalton, that maybe him and Peaches can give it a go. (or at least he can be her stud-pony Lionheart - don't worry if you don't get it, inside joke!) And Peaches mom was one of a kind. It is definitely obvious where Peaches gets her no-filter sense of humor from.

Overall, I loved, loved, loved this book! I hate to say it, but I even kind of loved the end in a sick, twisted way, because now the anticipation for the second book is going to drive me crazy (in a good way). If you haven't read anything by Mimi Strong, you definitely 100% should, and I recommend you start with this book. It is hilarious, smuttily sexy, and just plain all-out amazingness rolled up into an e-book. Go click "Buy"...now!! You won't be sorry!

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AUTHOR BIO
Mimi Strong writes chick-lit, erotic romance, sex comedy, and new adult contemporary romance. Most of her characters have a strong sense of humor.

Here's what she has to say:

I've always had a lot of sides. Sometimes I'm vulnerable, and sometimes I go after what I want without a single doubt.

My favorite person is my husband. If I can crack him up and see his eyes crinkle at the corners, my day is made. In fact, I love making everyone around me laugh.

I've always enjoyed empowering stories about kick-butt women who don't hold back and the awesome men who are smart enough to love them. Now that I'm writing these stories, I couldn't be happier. I hope you enjoy them too!

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June 29, 2013

Blitz: We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong

We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong
Publication date: June 28th 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance


Purchase Links:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobobooks
AllRomanceEbooks

Synopsis:
Peaches Monroe, age 22, is the sassy, plus-sized manager of a bookstore in the small town of Beaverdale, Washington.

One Saturday afternoon, she's balancing precariously on a chair, in a bridesmaid dress, when a handsome dark-haired man comes running into the bookstore. He knocks Peaches over, she lands in his muscular arms. They lock gazes, and ...

She recognizes him.

As the sexy vampire heartthrob she watches on TV every week.

Peaches and Dalton Deangelo are completely wrong for each other. He's only in town temporarily, working on an indie movie. She should stay away. He should stay away, too.

But they're drawn to each other. Dalton claims it's because they're made from the same stardust.


With grit in his voice, he said, “Petra! I command you to come to me, at once.”
My brain did a little double-hop of confusion, because he’d changed. Dalton Deangelo was gone, and Drake Cheshire sat naked at the edge of the hot spring. His erect cock took on a menacing gleam.
My breathing sped up, and I could feel my pussy swelling with excitement. Oh, fuck. Drake Cheshire. Oh, fuck me three times and don’t call me in the morning, I was about to blow the world’s hottest vampire.
“Come here, now,” he commanded. “This cock isn’t going to suck itself, so put your pretty lips around it and blow.”
“Blow it yourself! Nobody talks to me like that.”
Still staring intensely at me, he held out one arm and beckoned me to him with a finger. I’d seen him—Drake, the vampire—do this to his girls. He could be sweet at times, but he still had that evil vampire side. That beckoning gesture made me yell at the TV screen, but it also made me put my hand down my pants. So conflicting.
Still playing Drake, he said, “Come here and do as you’re told.”
I paddled my way to him, still feeling conflicted. And very swollen.
With a subservient whimper, I nudged my way between his legs.
“Lick it.”
**Review on "We Are Made of Stardust" coming tomorrow on Jessica Loves Books, so be sure to check back!!**

AUTHOR BIO
Mimi Strong writes chick-lit, erotic romance, sex comedy, and new adult contemporary romance. Most of her characters have a strong sense of humor.

Here's what she has to say:

I've always had a lot of sides. Sometimes I'm vulnerable, and sometimes I go after what I want without a single doubt.

My favorite person is my husband. If I can crack him up and see his eyes crinkle at the corners, my day is made. In fact, I love making everyone around me laugh.

I've always enjoyed empowering stories about kick-butt women who don't hold back and the awesome men who are smart enough to love them. Now that I'm writing these stories, I couldn't be happier. I hope you enjoy them too!

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June 28, 2013

Spotlight on: Fall From Love by Heather London

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Fall From Love by Heather London
Publication date: June 7th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Synopsis:
Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.

When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure  if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.

As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…


Fall From LoveFall From Love by Heather London

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fall From Love is a story about Holly, a college senior who loses her boyfriend Adam in a tragic mountain rescue accident. She falls into a deep depression and then when she starts to pull herself out of it, all of her bad memories resurface when she runs into Carter, the guy who broke the news to her about Adam being gone in the Hospital Emergency Room - the guy who held her while she cried for hours. He just wants to make sure that she's alright, but everytime she sees him it triggers a full fledged panic attack. Little by little, Holly is able to overcome her gut wrenching reaction to him, and they build a true friendship. Over time, it begins to turn into something more, but they both feel guilty for how they feel - each for their own reasons. Before they can move forward, they have to decide if it's worth risking the friendship that they have. And when Carter reveals to Holly the truth about the night of Adams death, and his role in it, everything that they have built is threatened. This is a bittersweet story about loss and despair, and about hope and love.

I liked this book just fine, but it was lacking a little for me. I had a hard time connecting with Holly in the beginning of the book. The tragedy with Adam happens in the first couple of pages, so I had built no sort of relationship or connection with either one of them before he was gone. So, while I empathized with what Holly felt, I wasn't really feeling it with her. I wanted her to snap out of it long before she actually did. My lack of connection with her also made me have a hard time understanding her severe reaction to Carter ever time she laid eyes on him. The book started to shift for me when her and Carter began to become friends. By this time I cared about Holly, but I really cared about Carter. He has had such a hard time in the last couple of years, and he has so much grief and guilt that he carries around every day. I fell a little in love with him the more I got to know him through his POV in the book.

I also didn't really feel the big buildup of anxiety and suspense that the big reveal towards the end of the book was supposed to have. I just didn't see how Holly, or anybody with any sense for that matter, could possibly be so horrified over Carter's revelation that she wouldn't want to be with him anymore. I understood his reluctance to tell her, but to me it would have been more of a heartfelt conversation rather than the BIG DEAL that it turned out to be.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I loved the supporting characters of Jenna and Josh, and I loved Carter from the beginning. Holly took a little while to grow on me, but when she finally caught up, she was one of my favorites as well. It was a bittersweet story, and I enjoyed how it ended.

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AUTHOR BIO
Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.

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Cover Reveal: Fatalism by LK Collins

Title: Fatalism
Author: L.K. Collins
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: August 1 2013
Cover release organized by: I Love Indie Books
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Synopsis:
Alexa Schaefer has been through more pain and hurt in her life than your average twenty-eight year old.  She protects her heart by controlling everything around her and living her life according to a strict set of rules.  For years, she has lived behind a wall, not allowing anyone into her heart. That is, until she meets Vincent, a man she can't get out of her head no matter what she tells herself.  On the outside, Vincent Mileski appears to be a confident, no nonsense attorney. A prodigy in the field of law, he has just won the biggest case of his career. Needing out of the spotlight, Vincent moves back to his home state of Colorado to get some time alone to heal from a previous betrayal.  He hasn’t had a woman turn his head in years, that is,  until he meets Alexa. After only knowing her name and the sweet taste of her kiss, she is torn from his arms.  Will fate bring these two back together, or will they spend an eternity searching?




Author Bio:
LK is, first and foremost, a wife and a mother. She has always had a mad passion for reading, and recently turned that passion into the love and talent of writing. She writes sexy and erotic adult romance. Fatalism is her debut novel, which is part of the Life. Destiny. Fate Series. The series will contain five books, all of which are their own stories and can be read in order or as stand alones.

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